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#Top10Tuesday – Books That Blew Me Away!

Happy Tuesday, Book Lovers!

Today I am sharing a list of books and book series that recently BLEW ME AWAY!

  1. The Others by Anne Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

Holy moly! This series is INCREDIBLE! I basically read it in a week and fell completely in love with the world and the characters. I have never read anything like it!

 

2. Shadow Rider and Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan

I NEED book #3! I am more than a little desperate for it. I adore this family and their unique gift. Sexy and dark men and the mysterious and strong women who love them. It’s just fabulous!

 

 

3. Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

No news here! I have made no secret of my love for Nalini Singh and I adore this new arch in her Psy/Changeling series. The bears are a lot of fun. I miss the edge the wolves and leopards have just a little bit, but I’ve already read this twice and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle

Sexy man who’s also a cop? Sign me up! Sexy man with a cute dog? Sign me up twice! Sexy man, cute dog, and a fabulous woman in a unique situation? Oh yes, I’m in:).

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. White Hot by Ilona Andrews

It has been a few years since Burn for Me, but White Hot was just as good! Great urban fantasy with a very sexy vibe. Luckily #3 is only a few weeks away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Worth the Wait by Lori Foster

Lori Foster is a genius! I have yet to find a book by her that I don’t like:D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

This was my first but definitely won’t be my last K.A. Tucker. Until It Fades is a beautifully written romance with the perfect slow burn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

I love the Heartbreaker Bay series and finally getting to Elle and Archer’s story was just so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. After the Dark by Cynthia Eden

Neat premise to have a profiler who has personal connection to a serial killer. The story was super twisty and unexpected and I really enjoyed the psychology added in between. Strong characters and a great start to the series, which had me reading until 2am.

 

 

 

 

 

10. The Billionaires by Calista Fox

I love a great menage and Billionaire’s had me from page one. I’m not usually a fan of second chance romance, but this one had just the right balance of hot and emotional!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anything you’ve read that blew your mind recently?

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#Top10Tuesday-Favourite Romances of 2016

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2016 was a great year for reading! It took quite a bit of internal fighting for me to narrow it down to my Top 10, but here you are:

  1. Ruthless by Lexi Blake
  2. Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster
  3. Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh
  4. Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte
  5. Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
  6. Kept by Maya Banks
  7. Dirty by Kylie Scott
  8. The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
  9. Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
  10. Looking Inside by Beth Kery

What were your favourite reads of last year?

If you’re curious why I enjoyed these books you can check out #tinastop10romancesof2016 on Instagram or follow me on RECO as @TinaE.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 14

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. They have finally ended up in the cargo hold, Clara’s goal for this trip. The tension between them is still running high. When they come to an end of the tour he asks her if it has lived up to her expectations. She’s non-committal. Here is Garrett’s response. We are in his point of view.

“Not good enough. I can’t let you out of here until we’ve fulfilled all your expectations.”

Even in the low light he saw the green sparks in her eyes growing bolder.

His cock hardened further.

She licked her lips, raising his body temperature few hundred degrees. She walked toward him, the definite swish of her hips twisting the heat inside him. He wanted to lay her out and feast.

Clara didn’t stop until she pressed close. “I believe the time for slow is over.”

What works, what doesn’t?

It’s Sunday and the sun is (mostly) shining. Fingers crossed there will be some time to enjoy it;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 13

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and the beginning of a trilogy. This snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. Garrett is taking Clara on the tour she’d asked for, but the tension between them is growing hotter and hotter. For the first time in her career Clara is struggling to focus on a mission. Just before this snippet she’s forcing herself back to the task and asking Garrett to see the cargo hold. We are in her point of view.

His brows rose; his eyes filled with a hint of suspicion. “Why would you want to look at a bunch of boxes stacked on skids?”

She waved him off, “I don’t want to look at the individual boxes, silly. I want to see how you managed to squish all the cargo into the bay and I want to see it all in one place.” She smiled. “Remember, it’s all about the size for me.”

His suspicion didn’t ease completely- a darkness filled his green eyes for a second but then cleared out again and his lips twitched as if to cover for his mental misstep. “There are plenty of things aboard the Bismarck which have a girth impressive enough to warrant your admiration.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Today is another insane day (what happened to Sunday’s being lovely and relaxing), so it may be evening or even tomorrow before I make it around. The sun is finally shining in Toronto! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. This last winter has been endless and horrible, so not having to wear 13 layers is wonderful.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!

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Merry Christmas the Cowboy Way!

I am very excited to share with you this fabulous book. She’s not just a fabulous friend, but also an amazing writer who tells stories that stay with you and make you think. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Lexi Post!

Her latest (scorching hot) release is Cowboys Never Fold (just look at the yummy cover;):

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Blurb:

Former professional poker player, Kendra “Night Owl” Lowe, is determined to make her new Poker Flat Nudist Resort successful, even if it means relying on her own two hands and a few misfit employees. All bets are off, however, when Wade Johnson arrives, her fourth stable manager in less than four months, and her attention wanders to his broad shoulders, six-pack abs, and polite ways. But she’s his boss and giving in to temptation could mean jeopardizing her operation. Something she refuses to do.

Wade Johnson only agreed to work at Poker Flat because he owed his best friend a favor. Now he has to discover why the last three stable mangers quit and fulfill the requirements of his position, while trying to keep his hands off the smart, sexy, unreadable owner. But even as his body and heart become more involved, new “unfortunate events” occur to threaten the resort.

As Wade draws closer to learning the truth, his own truth is revealed. Kendra will do everything she can to make her resort a success, which could include letting him go. To win her heart and save her dream, he will have to go all-in and that could mean baring more than his soul.

Run to your preferred ebook retailer and order this one up. You won’t regret it:).

Merry Christmas!

Weekend Writing Warriors-Dirigibles Are Forever Snippet 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing with my sexy steampunk Christmas novella Dirigibles Are Forever, which is out now! *happy dance* If you comment here there is a very, very (did I mention very;) good chance for you to win the steampunk jewellery I’m giving away to celebrate the release.

Last week Holly decided to give her boss Mr. Tannenbaum one final shiftas Aether traffic controller. I have moved forward and it is now Christmas Eve. She has arrived at work excited and a little apprehensive. She’s getting ready to head up to the tower.

You will seduce Jack Smith tonight. She would step out of the protective bubble she’d only recently realized she’d surrounded herself with after David’s death. Today would be the first day of a new Holly. Or rather the return of the old Holly who’d disappeared after finding her husband’s dead body in their tent during a botanist expedition to the Amazon.

She didn’t want to hide any longer.

She wanted to live again.

And one passionate night of sex would set her on her new path.

Holly exhaled and closed her locker with a slam.”

FPWL, the next book in the series, is killing me. It has been suggested that I sit down with a glass of wine or other alcohol when I next try to write to shut off my inner editor and just push through. This advice came from at least 4 other authors, so I assume there’s something to it;). I don’t like the taste of alcohol, but I will try it. Wish me luck!

Have a great Sunday and as always Happy Writing!

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Dirigibles Are Forever blurb. You can read a sample chapter if you follow the link.

Working as an Aether Traffic Controller saved Holly Acklin after the death of her husband, but now she wants more—including a night of uninhibited passion with Jack Smith, whose very presence has kept her body tingling for months.

Special Agent Jack Smith kept his identity a secret when he came to the London Royal Port Authority with one assignment, one he cannot fail. It holds him back from following his attraction to Holly. But on the eve he must complete the mission, Holly asks for one night with no rules or boundaries, and his control snaps.

When London experiences an unexpectedly white Christmas, all dirigible traffic is grounded, leaving Holly and Jack free to act upon their stormy passions. Holly finds her determination to stay emotion-free crumbling unaware Jack is experiencing the same need. Each lover wishes for more, but fears it can’t be. Instead they focus their desires in mind-blowing passion.

But when Holly discovers that Jack isn’t who he claimed to be, everything is thrown into turmoil. Can she trust the man she thought she knew?

Hunky Holidays Blog Hop-Steampunk Style!

Welcome to the Hunky Holiday Blog Hop! The Nice Girls are sharing some of our sexiest heroes with you, giving you the opportunity to meet new hunks, discover new books and win some fabulous prizes. Each Nice Girl is giving away something on their blog. Stop by and comment on a minimum of 5 blogs to be eligible to win the grand prize of  $50 All Romance eBooks Gift Card and the choice of 3 of Tina Christopher’s books (as you can see I’m the sponsor this month;). Click here for a list of all the participants.

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I am very excited to introduce you to Jack Smith, hero of Dirigibles Are Forever.

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Jack is an agent for Special Branch in 1890s London. He has been living in a world of secrets and lies for a long time. Holidays are not really on his Long Range Visualization Terminal, especially if he is undercover on a mission. His cover is that of an Aether Traffic Controller at the London Royal Port Authority. No problem. He’s a chameleon and able to adapt to every scenario. Except this time he has a supervisor who dominates his thoughts and fantasies.

Holly is just gorgeous and he wants nothing more than to take the next step, but she is the right woman at the worst possible time.  He’s working on Christmas Eve because this is the one night when he can fulfill his mission. Of course best laid plans always explode to cinders. London is experiencing an unexpectedly white Christmas, meaning Holly and he are snowed in and “trapped” at the dirigible station. Then Holly asks him for one night, no rules, no boundaries, only what they can do for each other.

Jack’s now has to choose between his duty and what he’s been dreaming about for months. Guess what he decides to do?

The idea of this blog hop is to share with you what our heroes get up to over the holidays. Let me give you a snippet…

“Before she could worry over Jack and his similarities and dissimilarities to her dead husband, the subject of her obsession returned. Jack carried her Dewar flask and a mug in one hand and a wet cloth in the other. She raised her brows at him, but he only smiled.

Holly couldn’t ask about it as the second vessel had reached transfer distance. “There it is again.” The same inconsistent blip appeared on the LRVT, but this time much farther west than the previous time. And once again it was just that one flash and nothing more.

Jack poured her a cup of tea. “I added the milk downstairs.”

“Thank you.” She had a sip. “Perfect.” She returned to the LRVT and engaged with the navigator of the Nimrod. Or at least she tried, as that was when Jack sank to his knees beside her and pushed the blanket up so her lower legs were uncovered. She covered the speaking tube. “What are you doing?”

He didn’t say anything, only shot her a look that had her nipples tightening and her pussy moistening. Once again, fire burned in his amazing eyes.

He twisted her chair so she was slightly tilted away from her LRVT. He moved between her legs and forced her to open them. The blanket slipped to the floor, forgotten.

Jack pushed up the shirt she’d purloined from him until her thighs were completely uncovered.

Holly pressed the speaking tube against her chest as he used the hot moist washcloth to clean away the marks of their lovemaking. She wanted to moan when he rubbed the rough cloth across her sensitive inner thighs. He pulled a second towel out of his back pocket and stroked the dry fabric in the wake of the wet.

Then he leaned forward and kissed the skin he’d just cleaned.

Her head fell back and the speaking tube dropped out of her hand. He retrieved the tube and passed it to her. His complete silence and knowing smile elevated the tension.

She had no idea what he planned.

And it excited her beyond belief.

Jack gently pushed her legs wider and kissed his way from her knee to the curve where hip and thigh met. He licked the crease where her leg ended and her pelvis began. She’d never known how sensitive that stretch of skin was.

When he pressed the moist towel directly onto her pussy, she jerked and whimpered. Her hand clenched around the speaking tube. The wet heat after the cool room air was a shock, but an exciting one.

Jack slowly pushed one finger covered in the cloth inside her, cleaning her thoroughly. The slightly rough material scraped along her inside walls, raising the sensitivity level higher and higher.

He moved his finger back and forth and her arousal skyrocketed. He pulled his cloth-covered finger out and dropped the towel. Then he leaned forward and blew on her.

Her hips jolted and she screamed.

Jack held her hips down and licked her pussy from one end to the other.

Noise echoed in Holly’s ears, but she couldn’t place it until he lifted her hand still holding the speaking tube.

Holly froze. Heat filled her cheeks. It was the navigator of the Nimrod shouting in her ear. She thrust a hand into Jack’s hair, trying to make him stop, but he only disentangled her hand and held it to the side. “Jack.” She gestured with the speaking tube, reminding him they weren’t completely private.

But he continued to lick her opening, making her wetter and wetter. Holly wanted nothing more than to turn off the LRVT, but she couldn’t in good conscience do that. And with the speaking tube in her other hand, she had no way to make him stop.

Jack licked across her clit, freeing it from the protective skin cover.

She pushed her hips into his face and panted, desperately trying to even out her breathing so the Nimrod wouldn’t notice anything. She swallowed and lifted the tube. “Nimrod, this…this is…is Tower One—Oh Lord! “

Jack tapped her bundle of sensitive nerves with his tongue and she lost all concentration. He pulled back the tiniest bit and looked up from between her splayed thighs. “I believe they require coordinates.”

She clenched the speaking tube against her chest again. “Stop while I talk to them. I can’t focus while you do this.”

One brow rose, and his smile turned dark. “No,” he said and went back to licking her.”

Well, I’m sure you can imagine what happens next;). Dirigibles Are Forever is available at all ebook retailers.

What would you do with your hunk at Christmas?

Now, this is a Hunky Holiday Blog Hop and that means I need to add some pictures.

Happy Holidays and a wonderful start to the New Year!

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My Favourite Re-Reads!

The fabulous Veronica Scott has asked me a question, so I am sharing some of my very favourite books, the ones I have read and re-read a dozen times over at the USA Today Happy Ever After blog. If you haven’t read anything by Veronica yet run to the closest computer and download her books now;).

Books, Books, Books!

A number of years ago I stumbled across a books called Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh. I was pulled into the world and the characters. Now I have just finished Rule Breaker.

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Rule Breaker is book 29 in the Breeds series. I have read pretty much each and every one of them with a couple of exception that were novellas in anthologies. You could say I am invested in finding out how the series continues.

I can’t imagine it being easy to maintain a series for this length of time. As I mentioned when I talked about Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, I love how she is bringing the current arch to an end. J.D. Robb is a master at it. I have no idea how many In Death books there are, but every time you read one she grounds you in her world and gives you context who everyone is. I still enjoy Lora Leigh’s writing and I love seeing characters I’ve either followed on their journey or characters I want to see find their HEA, but I struggled with the first third of Rule Breaker.

The author expected you to remember everything and I didn’t. There was very little to ground me in the world or help to orientate myself on who was who. Some characters are more memorable, Jonas, for example, but he has appeared in every single book, but a lot of the names were without context to me. This meant I read one or two other books while Rule Breaker sat on my shelf. By the way, totally random side note, after 28 books that were ALL PAPERBACK, why the heck did they think it was a good decision to put book 29 into hardcover?! It is a bit of brick and a nightmare to lug around. And it totally doesn’t fit with all the other books on the shelf and nerd that I am I like my books to fit.

Anyway, the beginning was a little rough, but once the story got going and Gypsy Rum (yes, the names in this book were…interesting; not sure if that was on purpose or by accident) and Rule got together I was back in the story. If you like scorching hot sex and emotional roller-coaster rides Rule Breaker is the book for you.

What have you been reading recently that you loved?

Books, Books, Books!

Hi there! I hope wherever you are in the world that summer is treating you to beautiful weather and the opportunity to be outside.

This week I want to share with you one of my favourite contemporary series. It is Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series. I’ll give you a minute to…admire the covers.

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I have to say I have no interest whatsoever in sports. I have no idea about the rules of the games or why grown men and women get so excited about a bunch of super-fit men running after an egg-shaped ball, nearly killing each other over a flat vulcanised piece of rubber or smacking a ball with a wooden bat like there is no tomorrow.

But that doesn’t matter for this series. Jaci’s stories are what keep my bum glued to the chair. That and her characters (it doesn’t hurt that the books are HOT! HOT! HOT!;). The stories are compelling enough I can skim over the parts that I don’t understand. I imagine for fans of the relevant sport her details add to the story, but even without that I keep coming back to this series of siblings and friends all linked through their love of sport. I love a series where I revisit couples from a previous book or where I am introduced to the hero or heroine of the upcoming book as secondary characters. Jaci does an amazing job of keeping everything connected and making readers feel like they know the characters.

If you’re looking for some great contemporary reads with chemistry hot enough to burn your fingertips as you turn the page, give the Play by Play series a go. And there are quite a few, so you can binge without having to wait for months in between books.

What contemporary book or series do you count as one of your favourites?