Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Excerpt Reveal ~ Slave to Love by Julie Richman

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Mixing business and pleasure is never a good idea.  Or is it?
Find out in Slave to Love by
Julie A Richman releases January 14th!
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There are risks to mixing business with pleasure...


He was a royal prick.
The night we met, he ignored me.
Then Mr. Big Shot CEO grabbed my ass in a business meeting.
My boss just loaned me out to this guy.
Now, we’re working on a major project together.
And our chemistry is dangerous.
If I allow it to ignite, I’ll risk losing that promotion.
Worse, what if I lose myself in him?


From the moment I saw her I knew she was trouble.
It was the combination of her fresh face, smart mouth and nipples that seemed to know my name.
This woman could satisfy my needs both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
But there was more to it than that.
I wanted her.
Really wanted her.
And I was in the position to change the course of her life.
But I’ve got secrets, secrets that could destroy her.
And either make her mine or drive her away forever.

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Slave to Love
© 2015 Julie A. Richman
Parking the Lotus, I quickly head to her side to help her out. She gives me a look and I laugh, “I’m only trying to be a gentleman.” I feign innocence.
“Mmm-hmm.” Even her mmm-hmm is dripping sarcasm.
Not commando. White lace. Oh God, she’s destroying me. I want to rip them off and lower her onto my lap. Impale her and discover what kissing does to her with my cock inside her.
Damn it. Will I be able to keep the promises I want to make?
Our waiter comes by and I order two Manhattans, smiling at Sierra.
“Craving cherries?” Her eyebrows are raised.
Oh man, she really is going to kill me tonight.
“Only if they are yours.”
“You want mine?” she asks and I can see she feels it. She feels our energy.
“More than you can imagine.”
“I would hate to deny you.”
“Good girl. Then don’t.”
The waiter places the Martini glasses in front of us and I lift mine, “Good to see you again.” And I hope she can see how sincere I am.
“Good to see you.” She takes a sip and her nose scrunches up. “This tastes different.”
“They make theirs with rye whiskey instead of bourbon.”
Another two sips and the cherry is no longer submerged. Sierra reaches into the glass and plucks it out. About ready to pop it into her mouth, she catches my eye and smiles. She’s just messing with me. Reaching out, I grasp her slender wrist and slowly pull it to me. Taking the tips of her thumb and forefinger into my mouth, I suck the cherry out from between her fingers and show it to her on my tongue before slowly chewing it, a smile firmly planted on my face.
I’m still holding her wrist and with my free hand, I signal to the waiter for two more.
“We need to talk, Hale.”
I can see she is struggling. We are in such dangerous territory and we escalate there quickly and too easily. She is clearly unnerved and I’m not sure if it’s by her own behavior, mine or what happens when we’re together. Her eyes search mine as if she is hoping to find some truth. I loosen my hold on her wrist and pick up my drink.
“Let me start by first saying something I have yet to say to you. I’m sorry, Sierra. I’m sorry I disrespected you.”

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About the Author:
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USA Today Bestseller Julie A. Richman is the author of the highly acclaimed NEEDING MOORE SERIES trilogy (SEARCHING FOR MOORE, MOORE TO LOSE & MOORE THAN FOREVER), BAD SON RISING & HENRY'S END. Saddled with the affliction of serious wanderlust, Julie can often be found behind a camera lens in locales from Paris to Alaska.  


COVER REVEAL ~ The Lie by Karina Halle




Their love led to a lie. Their truth led to the end. Scottish enigma Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident - and, subsequently, his job - he's finally moving forward with his life, securing a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and starting a new chapter in the city. Slowly, but surely, he's pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him. Until he sees her. Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she'd die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she's in London, she's ready to start over again. Until she sees him. Because some loves are too dangerous to ever rekindle. And some loves are too powerful to ignore. Can you ever have a second chance at a love that ruined you? The Lie is a second-chance romance with a dark, forbidden twist.   ADD TO GOODREADS

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancĂ© and rescue pup.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top 20 Book Boyfriends of 2015

It all started as a Top 10. I couldn't narrow it down, so decided to have 15. But I still had a few I've swooned over this year, so what the heck, it's 20! And I'm not ashamed. Everyone should read the books to get to know these guys. 

***Note: if the guy is swoon-worthy and on this list, it doesn't mean the book he's featured in is on my Top 15 list. As Stephanie would say, "The hero is a 5 star, the book a 4."***


Joe Jensen from Carved Hearts series - Good Wood, Mollywood and Heartwood by L.G. Pace III and Michelle Pace.


Julian Rivera from The Secrets That We Keep by Isabel Lucero. 


Oswald 'Ozzie' from Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey.


Nikolai Kotova from Amour Amour by Becca & Krista Ritchie.


Romeo Wellings from Star Crossed by Kele Moon.


Marcos Rivera from The Viper by Kele Moon.


Decker Kendrick from Tempting Boundaries by Carrie Ann Ryan.


Jack McGabe from Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway.


Oliver King from King of Hearts by L.H. Cosway.


Reiner Kulti from Kulti by Mariana Zapata


Benjamin Dash from the Blood and Bone series - Blood and Bone, Sin and Swoon, and Soul and Blade - by Tara Brown.


Lachlan MacAlister from Beyond Her words and Beyond Christmas by Bink Cummings.


Ethan Dexter from The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan.


Lord Brandon Graven  from Wolfsgate by Cat Porter.


Lord Robichaux from Beneath These Chains by Meghan March.


Boner from Iron & Bone by Cat Porter.


Corrado Moretti from Made by J.M. Darhower.


Lucien Knight from the Knight series, Knight & Play, Knight & Stay and Knight & Sleigh by Kitty French.


Lachlan McGregor from The Play and Winter Wishes by Karina Halle.


Wyatt 'Wrath' Ramsey from Tattered on My Sleeve by Autumn Jones Lake.

There you have it, these are are heroes I've swooned over this year. They are pretty much different, but they all had something that made them memorable to me, so I'd gladly reread the book[s] to melt all over again.

I highly recommend the books they are featured in.

Thank you and may 2016 be another good year in books for everyone!

~ Iza ~

Split (Sex & Mayhem Series) by Miss Merikan


--- Split between a lust for life and a craving for death ---

Astaroth. Motorcycle club president’s daughter. Virgin. Occultist.
Hunter. Outlaw biker. Loves a challenge. Ex-Christian.

Hunter knew he was in deep shit when a patchover went sideways, ending up with his prez dead, and him and his cousin becoming live-in hostages at the Coffin Nails MC clubhouse. What he didn’t know though, was that the girl he fucked just a few days before was the Coffin Nails club president’s daughter, set on having nothing to do with him after a creepy one-night stand in an abandoned church. Tough luck, because Hunter is not a quitter, even if getting involved with the prez's hot daughter could get him killed.

Astaroth is devastated after losing the two people closest to her. Unable to connect with her grieving father, she believes that a ritual described in her late mother’s notes might hold the key to bringing back the balance in her family. During the ceremony, she needs to get pregnant by the demon she summons, but why does he have to appear in the form of a handsome, long-haired, asshole of a biker, who just doesn’t know when to give up? She never intended to see him again, but there he is, a new member of her dad’s club. 
And worst of all, the other man who appeared that fateful night, Hunter’s cousin, is also up for seconds. 

Astaroth was supposed to die in nine months, but instead, she is only beginning to feel truly alive for the first time. But no matter what she feels for the man who crashed into her life so unexpectedly, if she ever wants her family to be whole again, she needs to finish what she started. 


Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, forbidden love, overprotective father, secret baby, revenge, occult

Genre: New Adult erotic contemporary romance, suspense (NOT paranormal)
Length: ~93,000 words (STANDALONE novel)

WARNING: Adult content. Explicit sexual content, strong language, violence, and topics that might be considered taboo. Reader discretion advised.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sex and Mayhem is right. That couldn't be a more perfect title to this series, and Asty's story is no different. I want to also give props to this cover. They couldn't have gotten a better model. Perfection.

I read online they, Kat and Agnes, got most of this idea walking through a Polish forest. They should do that more often, because this is seriously some of their best in the series. It's also my first het book I've read by this author. Normally its kind of hard for me to fall into a het after so much MM, but I immediately connected with Asty and her story, I didn't want to put it down.

Asty, daughter of Detroit Chapter prez of the Coffin Nails MC, is a demon worshiping 19 y.o. who believes death is following her. Before her mother's life is taken by cancer, she's written down in notebooks a ritual she "wants" Asty to perform for the sake of the family. Going on this journey with her is something I've never read in a book before. It's intriguing to see this side of religion. It's also eye opening to see both sides, and when Hunter comes into the picture, we get just that.

Hunter, abandoned by his Christian parents for not conforming to their beliefs. Taken in by his uncle, The Rabid Hogs MC prez. When things go south and he and his cousin are to fold into the Coffin Nails MC, they get an unexpected surprise on their way there.

Their meeting was very, uh, strange to say the least, but I think that's what makes this story so unique and kind of magical. Most definitely unconventional, and that's what makes this a Merikan book.

Both Asty and Hunter have these exteriors and expectations of what others think of them, but inside both have a sensitivity to them. They're alike in so many ways, with each of their mothers being fanatics of their religions, even if their on opposite ends of the spectrum. It makes their chemistry that much hotter and more connected, being able to be themselves together. It's such an intimate thing and a joy to read.

"Unable to part, as if his body were a magnet and attracted the cool steel of her heart"

Let's talk about the hotness level..its definitely a 5. These ladies paint a picture with their words that will leave you fanning your face grabbing for a cool drink of water!!

I loved everything about this book. The originality of the story, the characters good and bad, they give good villainary. I do believe you can jump right into this book without having read any of the other books, though I highly encourage you try them, I don't feel you would be lost.

I absolutely cannot wait for Grim's book... maybe we'll get 2 weddings??? hmmm....
 ((P.S. Grim isn't mentioned in this book, but its next and it will be glorious #eggplant #GrimisComing))

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About the Author(s)

Miss Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of - it will be full of surprises.


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- We are Polish,
- We're neither sisters nor a couple,
- Kat's an artist, and Agnes is a psychologist but neither works in her field,
- Kat's fingers are two times longer than Agnes's.