Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.
Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.
October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.
So… MY favorites?? I had to think about this one, because I actually don’t love horror a whole lot, and that’s what I usually associate with Halloween. I have to mention Nightmare before Christmas though, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Okay, not exactly movies to leave you shaking in your shoes but still must-watch Halloween classics. I AM on a massive paranormal TV binge right now, however – I just finished a Teen Wolf marathon and now I’m catching up with the Winchester brothers on Supernatural. I kinda figure all the spooky things that go bump in the night on those shows will put anyone in the Halloween spirit! And those shirtless abs go better with chocolate! What are your Halloween faves??
The giveaway runs October 18th – November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily giveaway events.
I’m super thrilled to be a part of this AMAZING boxed set, that includes seven amazing full-length novels from NYT, USA Today and bestselling authors. On sale now for only $0.99, you’re going to want to grab this 7-book e-box set while it’s hot (and hunky)!
And stop by our Facebook launch party tonight, 10.6, from 3 to 10 EST to win many awesome books and other prizes!!
About the Hot Hometown Hunks Collection:
You know the guy. The hometown hunk who can make hearts race and knees shake with a flash of his abs or one crooked smile. From enemies to lovers to second chances, these sizzling, seductive, and satisfying full-length novels are guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.
At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab
I was a normal teenager until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. Later, when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and curious stares. I decided to get in my car and go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.
Let Me Love You by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Miller
Winery owner Lucy Stone isn’t looking to settle down with one man. But when she wins a date with blazingly hot firefighter Joey Brackett at a charity event, everything changes. As things heat up between them, Lucy must choose between what she thought she wanted, and what her heart tells her she needs.
Second Chance at Perfect by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Charity Pineiro
Maya Alfonso was hopelessly in love with fellow pre-med student Alex Martinez, but their engagement came to an abrupt end filled with recriminations and heartache. Maya picks up the pieces of her life and vows never to make the same mistake again. But when Fate brings her a second chance at a life with Alex and his adorable daughter, Maya is willing to risk her heart for a second chance at perfect.
The Rebound Pact by USA Today Bestselling Author Eliza Knight
After a one-night stand with her older brother’s best friend Gabrielle Dane vows never to return to her hometown and the awkwardness one night of passion created. But several years later, she finds herself doing just that, running into the delicious Holden Bellamy. The attraction between them still sizzles… Having just experienced serious breakups, neither one is ready to start again. Instead, they make a rebound pact. Casual sex, no strings attached—don’t fall in love.
Unfinished Dreams by Amazon Bestselling author Amanda McIntyre
After leaving an abusive relationship, Tess is given a second chance at happiness, but will it come at the expense of the handsome cowboy she’s hired for repairs on the farmhouse she’s rented? Gabe knows the perky city girl isn’t going to last living the country life, but while he’s helping make her dreams a reality, he doesn’t count on wanting her to see her stay.
Batter Up by Robyn Neeley
Can a quirky bakeshop owner predict soul mates for bachelors in her magical batter? Investigative reporter Jason Levine is about to find out. Sparks fly when Jason tries to expose Emma Stevens as a fraud who has duped an entire town into believing that she can predict their happily ever afters, but logic goes out the window as he begins to fall under her spell.
Carolina Heat by Christi Barth
Investigative journalist Annabelle Carlyle goes undercover in Charleston when her best friend disappears. Before she finds a single clue, she runs into a sexy man she can’t shake. Tall, dark and charming, Mark Dering is happy to show the gorgeous Yankee his hometown. Soon they’re knee deep in a mystery that goes all the way back to the Civil War. The stakes grow higher when a body is discovered. With a killer on the loose, it’s the worst possible moment for Mark to try and unlock Annabelle’s heart. Or is love exactly what her life’s been missing?
Since it was pointed out that I accidentally closed the Rockin’ Reads giveaway early, and since it IS a release day, I’m giving away a fun swag pack with bookmarks, key chain, some fun stuff I’ve picked up from other authors, etc to one person below. ALSO don’t forget to stop by our Facebook launch party for tons of other Amazing prizes!! Oh yeah, and grab the box set, because it’s an effing awesome price for a great bundle of books, and you know you want to. 😉
So I guess today’s blog hop is about books we read that rocked? I tried to come up with books about rock – as in, rock star romances – except it turns out I haven’t read too many of those that really rang my bell. So if you’ve got some recommendations for those or any other books that rocked your world, please leave me a comment!
So I LOVE to talk books, and I love to share books that have really made me swoon, so that’s what I’m doing with this hop today. Share yours in the comments, and I will give one poster a signed copy of one of my paperbacks, plus some swaggy things!
Now – my recent fave comfort reads:
The Bollywood Affair – I had the pleasure of hearing Sonali Dev talk about her book at last year’s WRW Reader/Blogger Luncheon (we’re doing another one on October 10! You should totally be there!) and it just sounded so fascinating I had to check it out. I got so engaged in the richness of the story and the drama of it that my husband started making fun of how I wouldn’t put the book down. Given the way I read, that’s really saying something.
The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen (new adult, male/male) – another author mentioned this book in a discussion, and I eventually grabbed it and read it over and over. The love story is so sweet and it makes me actually want to watch college sports, which isn’t even usually my thing. The whole series is great. If you’re a purist about starting with book 1 of a series, you’ll actually want to go here.
Forgotten Sins – Rebecca Zanetti is always awesome, and I mean – a fiercely loyal superhuman soldier with amnesia, and the woman who loves him. Need I say more?
The Siren – this envelope-pushing erotica novel by Tiffany Reisz is one I go back to again and again not simply for the sexy chemistry between the characters but because I love Reisz’s lyrical writing style so damn much. <3
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson’s “mostly true memoir” isn’t romance and apparently isn’t even entirely fiction, but I swear to you that you will laugh until you can’t breathe. Worth the price of the book, even though I typically bristle at paying more than ten bucks for an e-book. She has a new one out also, even better I’m told, though I haven’t had the joy of checking it out yet.
Every book release is special. I mean, you work and type and have nightmares (I do, anyway), and cackle maniacally when you think of something brilliant only to decide later that it’s the stupidest thing ever (and then later that it’s fucking brilliant again, depending upon your blood to caffein/alcohol ratio). I love what I do, and I’d do whether I made buckets of money or none at all (buckets of money are nice though, at least so I’m told). *ahem* Point is, I said my last release was special, and I’ll probably say it next time. 😉
ACTS OF CREATION is a book I cherish for a lot of reasons. The deeply emotional and personal nature of the Evergreen Grove series, for one thing, made this series a both a challenge and an amazing journey for me. I owe a huge thank-you to Lori Wilde for the brief time she spent mentoring me, and the advice she gave to try writing something more emotional. Well, I did. While neither At the Stars or Acts of Creation were at all about me, I drew on my experiences as a survivor of assault in writing about Cassie’s experiences in At the Stars–and to some extent, Michelle’s experience in Acts of Creation.
Most of all, it was the moment when Cassie met Dante in At the Stars that told me there was something even deeper for me to explore in Evergreen Grove: An estimated 1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual abuse, and yet I feel that I see them rarely as romance heroes. When I saw Cassie befriended Dante in At the Stars– this proud, strong, Puerto Rican boxer who had been abused by his former coach–I knew I needed to write his story. What came out as ACTS OF CREATION was kind of frightening, because for all of my research I’m not a guy and I could only try my best to tell his story well. But Also, I honestly fell in love with Dante, and the story of him and Michelle falling in love and shoring each other up was, for me, heartwarming, romantic, and sometimes even humorous.
I hope you’ll fall in love with Dante and Michelle just like I did:
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About Acts of Creation:
He’s living a lie.
Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.
She’s living in the shadows.
Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.
Regular price – 3.99.
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Excerpt – Dante’s POV – All rights reserved:
I escape into the bright daylight, blinking and disoriented after the bleak, unnatural gym lighting. The warm afternoon should be breezy and refreshing, but instead I can’t breathe.
All of my lies are about to collapse on top of me.
I can think of one person I want to talk to about this. She was such a good listener, and how did I repay the favor? By sneaking away from her room at two in the morning.
I pull out my phone anyway. Perv that I am, I’m thinking about the way she felt when I slid out of bed last night. The way the moonlight from the window caressed her body. Asshole.
I’ve hit the “dial” button without thinking. I’m about ready to hang up and go deal with my shit like I’m used to doing, when she answers with the words, “I didn’t think I’d hear from you.”
Girl isn’t beating around the bush. Which is fair. I owe her an answer. One I’d be happy to give if I knew how to explain in a way that didn’t start out with, “The first thing I wanted when I woke up last night was to bury myself inside you and forget the rest of the world…”
“Dante? Hello? Am I talking to the inside of your pocket right now?”
Shit. I clear my throat. “I hear you. I mean…not my pocket. I’m here.”
“Is everything okay? Last night I thought maybe you were too overwhelmed or something. After what you told me. I didn’t mean to push you.”
Jesus. She’s apologizing to me. This girl’s got a better heart than anybody. If my mother were here, she’d probably tell me to marry her.
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Dante and Michelle’s Playlist:
Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen
Immortals – Fall Out Boy
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Dave Matthews – Crush
Tiesto – Red Lights
OneRepublic – Feel Again
Simple by Olive Carpet, at least I think that’s who it’s by. I heard this song performed by an a capella show choir when I was in college, and then later found it on Napster or wherever, because yes I was an asshole who downloaded illegal music in college and heeey, I had no idea one day I’d be a person whose livelihood also often got illegally downloaded by assholes so I guess that’s my karma. Anyway, I no longer have the mp3 of that song, and I don’t know where else to get it. I can’t seem to find it anywhere now, and there IS in fact a band called Olive Carpet, but Simple doesn’t seem to be one of their songs so perhaps I was drunker than I thought back at school. Nevertheless, I still love this song and it was in my head constantly while writing Acts of Creation – if you see me at a con or anything, I just might sing a little of it for you. 😉 OH – and if anyone can find me a recording of this, I’ll send them a signed book or a gift card or something.
Happy reading, everybody!! <3
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GIVEAWAY!! To celebrate the release, I’m giving away a $25 gift card from either Amazon or B&N – I apologize, but I’m making this a US only giveaway, because europe and even Canada has so many weird rules now–supposedly Canada requires a test of skill? I dunno. It’s all very confusing, and for now I’m trying to keep it simple until I can learn more. Thank you for understanding! I hope the fact that AOC is on sale for release week will assuage the irritation of my international readers at least a little. 😉
Hold me, Internet. After six years in the writing industry I’m heading out to my first RWA con, in the saucy heart of Times Square. I haven’t gotten a chance to spend a significant stretch of time in New York since college, so I’m all kinds of excited. And if you’re in the area, please join us for the “Readers for Life” Literacy Signing on July 22, from 5:30 – 7:30. Hope to see you there!!