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Friday, November 28, 2014

TWICE TEMPTED Blog Tour

 
Come join us to celebrate the release of Twice Tempted by Eileen Dryer!  Read an excerpt and enter into the giveaway!
About TWICE TEMPTED:


Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . . 

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne. But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive. Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Window Seat!  Enjoy a day with family, friends, and a good book on the couch while the rest are watching football!  That's how it usually goes for me! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

LAST CHANCE FAMILY BLOG TOUR


Celebrate the release of Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay with an excerpt and a giveaway!
About LAST CHANCE FAMILY
Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high - there's no way he's prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can't get out of his mind. Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can't leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they've ever had . . .

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE DARKEST TOUCH TOUR


There is nothing better than when an author KNOWS how much a new release has been anticipated and she pulls out all the stops!  The LONG awaited story of Torin is finally out today and Gena has lots of fun events planned -  a virtual signing on December 9 and signed copies are available to order.  So join in on the fun!  Torin's book is reviewed here.

Excerpt:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gena Showalter - The Darkest Touch


I love the series where there is one character that you just want to see happy.  For many Lords of the Underworld fans, that character is Torin - the Keeper of the demon Disease.  His inability to touch anyone has made him a fan favorite for years (though I will admit, the one I am really waiting for is Cameo...)  Well, that time has come and Torin's gloves are OFF! :)

Torin, keeper of Disease, has been the stabilizing presence in the Lords fortress.  Unable to go anywhere or touch anyone without causing a plague, Torin is the one watching out for the homestead while the others are fighting to try to find Pandora's box and the artifacts they need to obtain it.  As a result, Torin has missed out on a lot and feels that he hasn't really helped his friends all that much.  But when Cronus offers Torin the opportunity to touch a woman, he takes it - even though he doesn't trust Cronus to keep said woman alive.  The temptation is just too great.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Couple Showdown - And the winner is.....


Another Showdown is done!  We started with 32 couples that were all worthy and that represented all categories of Romance - Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical, Fantasy, and Steampunk.

Before we get to the winner - THANK YOU to all of the authors who generously donated of themselves to help make this Showdown a success! Whether posting on their facebook pages or sending out newsletters to let the fans know it was wonderful of you all to participate! This is something that we fans enjoy and the generosity of authors to help it along means a lot! I hope that many of you were able to join in the fun and enjoy the "bragging rights" amongst yourselves. It is always nice when we can see authors acting as goofy as us! :) Thanks most especially to Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh, Jennifer Ashley, Kylie Griffin, Julia Quinn, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kristen Ashley, Larissa Ione, Kristen Callihan, G.A. Aiken, and the publicity team at Grand Central Publishing. I couldn't have done it without you and I really appreciate all your efforts. Thank you sooo much!

And thank you to all that voted and helped cheer your favorites to victory!  Without all of you coming back each week to vote, the Showdown wouldn't have gotten very far!  Thanks so much for helping to make this a success.  We are planning a Hero Showdown even now, and I hope that you will come back and vote again for your favorites!  We are trying to adjust the rules and competitors to create a compromise to keep everyone satisfied - but as was proven in this Showdown, some people need to be disqualified - or they are just too similar!  And come visit us on JANUARY 26 for a chance to nominate your favorites for the competition to come!  And now...without further ado... the winner is...... 

Friday, November 21, 2014

One Night: Denied Book Blitz


 The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries...

He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price...

Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn't come without sacrifices-but he won't let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs...from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he's ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elisabeth Naughton - Marked

So this series has been on my radar for a while.  I have picked the first book up a time or two, but I never was able to really get into it.  This weekend, I set out to finally tackle this book.

Theron is the leader of the Argonauts, a race of warriors whose job it is to protect Argolea.  Hs destiny is to marry the dying king's daughter, Isadora, but neither Theron or Isadora are really on board with that plan.  Though they respect one another, there is no passion in their relationship.  Isadora is on a quest to find her long lost sister in the human realm and Theron is getting a little frustrated about chasing her.  But chase her he does and he finds Isadora in a strip club.  As he gets set to send her home, he is overpowered by some daemons and he is badly injured.  He seems to have met his end when a savior appears.  Casey, a waitress from the strip club finds him and takes him home.  There, she nurses him - in a most unusual way, she would rather take him to the hospital - and soon Theron is recuperating nicely.  Nicely enough that he is incredibly intrigued and aroused by his unlikely savior.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Waitress..

As I started reading a new series this weekend, I had a moment of eye rolling... What is it with the waitress heroine at the start of a Paranormal Series?  I felt so much like I had been down that road before that I had to take a moment to think about just how often I had seen this before.

What I came up with surprised me.  The "waitress in distress" is as common a theme as it seemed to me - and it is often the start of the series.  As a series progresses, authors have the time to create more intricate backstories, but it seems that starting off with a restaurant/bar scene with a waitress or bartender seems to be a way to "get the ball rolling".  Is it because waitresses and bartenders are out at night and many of these paranormal characters are night creatures? Or is there a romance to the idea of the "damsel in distress" as she waits on drunks?  And it is strangely paralleled by the equally common "rocket scientist".  Either the heroine is a waitress or a genius.  Okaaaay....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

G.A. Aiken - Light My Fire

Who saw THIS one coming in the Dragon Kin world?  Celyn?  The next hero?  Ok... a few fans saw it coming but I mocked them, convinced that they were way off base.  But the hero here is Celyn and yes... he is a bit charming!

Celyn the Charming is one of  Ghleanna and Bram's youngest offspring (I think) and his closest sibling is Brannie.  Having had a rather notorious liaison with Brannie's best friend (and his cousin) Izzy, Celyn is now mostly forgiven by his kin and serving as a guard to Rhiannon, the Dragon Queen.  He does his duty, but he is not as anxious to well... kill as the rest of his family.  Killing to protect the queen?  No problem.  But haphazard killing is not his thing.  So Celyn is content in his job and when his aunt sends him to capture the silly human working her way to kill the queen, he easily apprehends the foolish woman.  Then, when his aunt wants her kept safe, he puts her in the safest place he can think of - jail.  The fact that he leaves her there for almost a year - because he forgot about her - is a sticking point, but he is just so darn charming, he can surely get her to forgive him for that... right?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Couple Showdown - Finals


Well, I knew this was a possibility when I took out some of the restrictions...but I can't say I mind! :)  A Singh showdown in the finals.  At least there aren't both Psy Changeling couples.  Still this has been a fun showdown for me, with lots of great couples competing!  Hopefully, some of you have seen that there is a connection between the rules and the results and understand a little more! :)  If not, then at least I hope you had fun!  And now, for the final round....

Friday, November 14, 2014

Upcoming December Releases


Upcoming December Releases
(For links to past monthly releases, see the Archives



Title: The Darkest Touch
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld
Publisher: HQN
Release date: November 25

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rebecca Zanetti - Claimed

I will admit... when I came into the paranormal romance scene, I was a little spoiled.  I just happen to fall into some of the best series right off the bat (which is probably how I came to be a fan).  When on the first few times into this genre, I happen to hit the jackpot of Dark Hunters, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Immortals After Dark, and Demonica, those are tough acts to follow.  As a result, when I hit a series that is better than average, but not spectacular, I get very picky... The Dark Protectors is one of those series and I am not yet sure if it is me being picky or the series has some flaws.  

Dage is the King of the Realm.  That means that he is not only the head of the vampires, he is also in charge of the Alliance between the vampires, the shifters, and a few other groups.  Additionally, Dage is one of the most powerful beings in existence.  He has known for over two hundred years exactly what his mate would look like.  He has dreamed about her for that long.  But it wasn't until his brother Talen met and mated Cara that he finally knew how to find his mate.  Emma is Cara's geneticist sister and is not only the future Queen of the Realm, but her scientific background and knowledge may also be the key to stopping the virus that the Kurjans are using to try to destroy the Alliance.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MIDNIGHT ECLIPSE BLOG TOUR

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Title: Midnight Eclipse 
Author: Arial Burnz  
Genre: Paranormal Romance with a historical twist 
Series: Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles but each book can be read as a stand alone. 
Release Date: November 11, 2014 
Publisher: Mystical Press            

Synopsis 

Book 4 – Shetland Islands, 1734 – Shapeshifting Pirates



This paranormal adventure contains a sexy vampire and a kick-ass wolf-shapeshifting heroine. It also contains lots of other sexy shape shifters, has strong romantic elements with HOT love scenes, and swashbuckling pirate action.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Couple Showdown - Semi Finals/Group 2


Here it is!  The last round before the finals!  And once again, I don't care who makes it to the finals because I love both these couples, both these books, and both of these authors!  It is a win win for me! :) Styxx is a bad guy turned good, Bethany a goddess of Wrath.  Hawke a wonderful Alpha leader and Sienna a Psy defector turned wolf pack member.  Honestly, these four could not be more different when you look at their stats.  But in each of these situations, you have someone tortured, someone saved, and lots of love. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rebecca Zanetti - Fated

I had heard that Rebecca Zanetti was a very good author, but since all I knew about where her Sin Brothers, and tortured military heroes are not my thing (too real), I never looked into her work further.  When I realized she had a paranormal series, I jumped right in!

Talen is a royal vampire.  One of five brothers, they are the ruling family in a secret race of vampires that, together with their allies, fight against the Kurjans.  While Talen is a good vampire, the Kurjans are monsters.  When Talen is sent to save a female and her daughter who are pegged by the Kurjans as special humans capable of being mates to their breed, he has no intention of mating her himself.  But fate has other plans.  As soon as Talen touches the young, intelligent single mother, the mark of a mated male appears on his hand and it becomes his driving instinct to protect his females from the enemy.  He forces Cara to marry him and then plans to take her home to make her his in truth.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Window Shopping - Made For You



Some mistakes are worth making...



Lauren Layne's Best Mistake series continues with MADE FOR YOU.

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . . Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . . .

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Coreene Callahan - Fury of Seduction (Audio)


Audio Corner - The last Friday of each month, a new audio book will be reviewed.

This month:  Fury of Seduction by Coreene Callahan


The third book in the  Dragonfury series was the hardest for me to get into.  For one thing, I skipped over it to get to Wick's story, and after that story left me wanting, I had to work very hard to pick this one up.

Mac is the Butch of the Dragonfury crew.  If you don't know who Butch is (from the Black Dagger Brotherhood), then you will likely enjoy this story and have little problem reading and enjoying.  Mac is new to being a dragon and he is new to the Dragonfury clan.  Originally, he was the cop on a case that involved the clan, but as things progressed, Mac came upon the knowledge that he was a rare Water dragon and he came into contact with Tania, his mate.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Couple Showdown - Semi Finals/Group 1


Sigh... this is something that I did try to avoid, but figured would happen anyway...  A Singh shoot out! :)  I see this as the Guild Hunters vs the Psy-Changeling crew!  Not much I can say that won't be an attempt to influence votes to my favorite! :) As we are getting to the finals, it is definite that there will be a Singh couple in the Finals!  But, it may be a Guild Hunter or even a Psy-Changeling vs. a Psy-Changeling!  You decide! :)
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Happy Halloween from The Window Seat!

The Sweet Surrender to Wicked Ways Blog Tour



Celebrate the Scottish Highlands with two new stories from Paula Quinn!  Don't forget to scroll through the excerpts and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Buried Blog Tour



THE BURIED by Shelley Coriell (October 28, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

"It's cold. And dark. I can't breathe."
Successful, ambitious state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche is at the top of her game. Then she gets a chilling call from a young woman claiming to be buried alive. Desperate to find the victim before it's too late, Grace will do whatever it takes . . . even if it means excavating the darkest secrets of her own past and turning to the one man she thought she would never see again.

FBI agent Theodore "Hatch" Hatcher is a man without roots-and that's the way he likes it. But when a grisly crime shatters Cyprus Bend, Florida, Hatch is dragged back to the small town-and the one woman-he hoped was in his rearview for good. Forced to confront  the wreckage of their love affair, Hatch and Grace may just find that sometimes the deepest wounds leave the most beautiful scars-and that history repeating itself may just be what they need to stop a killer . . . and save their own hearts.

Read on for an excerpt and to enter a contest to win!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shooting Scars Launch Day Blitz


 
 
About SHOOTING SCARS
Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.
When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden's safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier's plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole. Meanwhile, Camden's new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that to get back the woman he loves, he may lose himself in the process and turn into the very man he's hunting.

Read on for a contest and an excerpt!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Couple Showdown - Quarter Finals/Group 4


This is the one of the reasons that I didn't want to create a group that would allow former competitors to compete in this showdown as a couple... I REALLY didn't want to do it, but it was what everyone wanted.  So I guess the good thing is that after this week either the winner of the Heroine Showdown (Sienna) or the runner up from the Hero Showdown (Darling) will be eliminated.  Putting them all together was a way to make sure that these repeat characters didn't dominate the newbies, but it sure doesn't make it easy to vote!  Pick your pleasure - a Psy defector and an Alpha wolf or a human Emperor and his rebel wife... The good thing is that a vote either way really can't go wrong!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Window Shopping - He's No Prince Charming


A wounded beast . . .
It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her—all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about "true love" helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement—an heiress, to be exact . . . and he knows just the woman to help him find one.

A spirited beauty . . .

Danielle Strafford believes everyone deserves a fairytale ending—even the monstrously scarred and notoriously brooding Marquis of Fleetwood. Not that he's left her a choice. If she doesn't help him secure a wife—by any means necessary—he'll reveal her scandalous secrets.

A passion that will consume them both

The more time Marcus spends with Danielle, the less interested he is in any other woman. But the Beast must do the impossible: keep from losing his heart to a Beauty he is destined to lose.