Hip Hop Hippie Blog Hop

Yes, it sounds crazy I know.

 

With A Hip Hop Hippie To The Hip Hop

 

I have been tagged by a wonderful writer and person Kathy Bosman in an Author Blog Hop.

Visit her website at http://www.kathybosman.com/

 

So here are the questions the tagger sent through to me and my answers:

 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on three project simultaneously and I must say it’s messing with my head. Right now, I’m busy with the first draft of a vampire and witch menage (still untitled), an erotic romance thriller series and an erotic Christmas short story.

 

Give the beginning on your WIP as an excerpt. (This is FIRST DRAFT quality.)

From the still untitled vampire-menage

The grandfather clock struck once and Ginny Harris jerked her hand away from the brand new deadbolt. In the dim light of the camping lantern, she glared at the offending appliance still sitting skew against the wall while forcing her heart rate to calm. Half past five in the morning was not the time to become skittish about her decision to move to this remote farm in the Kalahari region of South Africa. Leaning her back against the front door, she took stock of the room.

Since the removal truck had arrived just before dark the previous evening, she’d been scrubbing the inside of the dilapidated building in an attempt to make her new home more accommodating. She’d pushed and shoved the furniture around on the wooden flooring, but no matter how hard she’d tried, the place still needed some serious repairs.

Her mother had warned her about buying a property unseen—especially one in a foreign country where crime was reported to be rife and life cheap. Ginny hadn’t cared, she had to get away from the suffocating mumbo-jumbo her parents wanted her to believe. When her grandmother’s inheritance had become available, Ginny searched for an isolated place where neighbours were too far away to pay her surprise visits and where she could be herself without worrying about the stigma of her parents’ lineage colouring people’s judgements.

She pushed away from the door, strode to the kitchen and poured herself a cup of tepid tea from the kettle resting on the Aga. Despite it being summer, the air carried a chill in the early morning hours and she dreaded showering in the cold water, but she was too tired to find the distribution box to connect the electricity and turn on the geyser. Dawn would arrive in less than two hours and she planned to be asleep long before then.

The tea tasted rusty and brackish and she dumped the contents in the sink. After a long nap, she’d see to getting a proper cup of coffee and something to eat. Now, she just wanted to crawl between the cool sheets of her king-sized bed and lose herself in a few hours of oblivion.

Turning on the shower, she listened to the pipes clanging above her. Just how long had this place been deserted? On the way to the farm, she’d passed many abandoned buildings and all of them had been stripped of their roofs, windows and everything inside. How is it then that this building remained intact despite the evidence that nobody had lived here for a number of years?

Ginny dumped her soiled clothes in the laundry basket and stepped under the spray of the water.  Fighting air back into her lungs, she scrubbed the dust and grime from her body and hair. If she wasn’t so tired, she’d enjoy the feeling of finally living on her own more. After towel-drying her hair, she wrapped a bath sheet around her and stuck her feet into a pair of sandals. With nobody around, she didn’t bother to search for her pyjamas.

 

How is your work different from others?

This is a difficult one, but I hope that I manage to infuse the hot stuff with liberal dosages of humor.

 

And now I’m tagging 

Inge Saunders, author of  Falling for Mr. Unexpected

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Can Emma fall for Mr. Unexpected when she doesn’t believe in Mr. Right or even Mr. Right Now…?

Primary school teacher Emma Cupido compares the notion of “The One,” with believing in the Tooth Fairy. When the school holidays starts, she heads for her brother-in-law`s beach house in Strand, South Africa and stumbles on more than she bargained for.

Hollywood heartthrob, Damian Davidson flees LA thinking his beach house in SA would be a safe hideout from his sex scandal. He’s had his fill of manipulative women and when he mistakes Emma for a crazy fan, all hell breaks loose.

Emma and Damian get off to a rocky start but first impressions can be deceiving. Is there more to Damian than the superficial taint of Hollywood? And what happens when she agrees to a trip to LA? Will Emma become a believer in “The One” or just another Hollywood scandal?

 

 

About Inge Saunders:

First time author Inge Saunders fell in love with books when she started reading romance novels with her grandmother. Intrigued by the worlds books unlocked, it was inevitable she would take pen to paper.

At age fourteen she wrote her first novel which wasn`t such a roaring success according to her brother. Not discouraged, she realized something fundamental: as a writer you can only write about what interests you, a principle she still upholds in adulthood.

When she`s not writing about that ‘inexplicable attraction’ she`s reading almost every sub-genre in romance out there, spending time with friends and family and taking hikes in her hometown`s National Karoo Park.

She`s forms part of Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and currently has two books under contract with Decadent Publishing, Falling for Mr. Unexpected (released at the end of September 2014) and Dance of Love ( due later in 2014).

 

You’ll find Inge here: http://ingesaunders.wordpress.com/– don’t forget to pop in and say hi next Monday and see which author she’s tagged.

 

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It’s Release Day for Her Bareback Cowboys

When you throw together two self-assured cowboys and one sex-starved photographer, things are bound to heat up. Her Bareback Cowboys releases today from Totally Bound Publishers and I thought I’d share a little about the book.

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From the Back Cover:

When the Groundhog Saddle Company awards twenty-six-year-old freelance photographer and divorcee, Adrian Barlow the coveted assignment of advertising their saddles and other leather products, she jumps at the opportunity. Her bank account is in dire need of replenishing and her reputation as a photographer hangs by a shred over a bottomless abyss. Even when her employer informs her that her duties include playing babysitter for the two cowboys they hired for the job, she doesn’t complain. She needs the money too much to be fussy.

Texan rodeo stars Wade Randall and Maverick Green agree to play fashion model for a couple of months because Wade needs the money to buy his own ranch in Texas and Maverick must rest his injured shoulder. However, nothing prepared them for the sight of Adrian when she collects them at the OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa.

The attraction between the three is instantaneous and the sexual tension so thick it clogs up the interior of Adrian’s four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser, but none of them are in the market for a serious relationship. Adrian’s past sexual mistakes caused her financial misery and she has no desire for a repeat performance while the men’s plans for life exclude permanent partners for a long time to come.

Isolated on a working farm in the Highveld of the Mpumalanga Province, Adrian is unable to resist the sexual pleasures the two cowboys promise. With the firm understanding that none of them wants a serious relationship, they embark on a journey of sexual discovery that melts the cold winter days.

However, when old acquaintances from Adrian’s past arrive, she learns that over-indulgence always comes at a price…

Reader advisory: This books contains scenes of anal play, anal sex and double penetration.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt – 18+ only

Bathed and dressed in casual slacks and a bright pink sweater, Adrian joined the men in the lounge. With no lights on, the fire illuminated the room, casting eerie shadows against the walls. Before she could pour herself another drink, Marie announced that dinner was ready and they moved to the dining room. The table was set with three plates next to one another. Wade pulled out the chair in the middle and Adrian sat, trying to ignore the zing of his touch on her shoulder.

Although conversation flowed naturally, by the time they finished dinner, both men were struggling to hide the fatigue plaguing their bodies. She pushed her empty plate forward. “I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready for bed.”

Seeing the twinkle in Maverick’s eyes, Adrian stood and held up her hand. “Not tonight. I need my beauty sleep.”

“Darn, and I thought we could cuddle.” Maverick closed in on her and she sidestepped him.

She chuckled. “I doubt you have a cuddle on your mind, and I’m tired.”

Maverick exaggerated a pout. Adrian fisted her hand in Wade’s shirt and pecked him on the cheek.

“Sleep tight, cowboy. Tomorrow’s going to be another long day.”

He hugged her, but his arms didn’t linger. Maverick stood with his hands stuck on his hips and his head cocked to the side. Mischief danced in his blue eyes as Adrian stepped closer to him. When she stood on tiptoes to kiss him on his cheek, he turned his head and their lips met.

Gathering her in his arms, he buried his fingers in her hair, holding her head in place. She snaked her arms over his shoulders and he deepened the kiss, exploring her mouth like a treasure hunter on the trail of innumerable riches.

Adrian clung to him as the strength seeped out of her limbs and she trembled with weakness. He dropped his hands to her buttocks and lifted her to him. She hooked her legs over his hips without breaking the kiss.

Maverick strode to the wall, pressed her back to it and captured her hands in one of his big ones. He tilted her head to the side and slid his lips to her chin, exploring the sensitive flesh below her ear.

She gasped for breath as he captured her earlobe in his mouth and suckled. Her limbs liquefied and heat pooled in her pussy. How could she fault the men for the bit of heaven their arms promised her?

“I want to taste every inch of your skin,” Maverick whispered close to her ear.

Gooseflesh erupted on her arms as the effect of his words flashed through her. She tightened her legs and edged her pussy closer to the hard ridge forming in his trousers. He hissed as she pulled him closer, further fueling the fire dancing between them.

“Hell, you’d better apply the brakes right now. Marie’s still in the kitchen.” Wade leaned against the wall next to Adrian. “And I’m not sure I’ll be worth two cents if we don’t get to bed soon.”

Damn, she’d forgotten about Marie—again. All she could think about was finding a bed where she could ride the cowboys to her heart’s content. Adrian tugged her hands from Maverick’s grip. She clung to his shoulders as she captured his mouth for a last searing kiss before she struggled out of his grasp, lowering her legs to the floor.

“Wade’s right. Besides, our first priority must be the photos. It wouldn’t do if the lens depicted two tired and worn out cowboys.” She palmed Wade’s face. “Goodnight, boys.”

Maverick’s chuckle followed her along the passage and when she closed the door behind her, their footsteps thudded to their rooms. Adrian waited for her heartbeat to slow. Playing with fire had never felt so good.

Also available from Amazon, All Romance E-books and other major online retailers.

Author Interview: Meet Vicki Ballante

Today we welcome erotic romance author, Vicki Ballante to our blog to share some of her life with us.

Vicki writes erotic and fantasy romance. She loves taking her characters into an alternate world where strange and sexy things happen. She lives with her patient husband and three noisy kids in South Africa. In between being a busy stay-at-home Mom who hates housework and spends half her life cooking everything from scratch, she runs several blogs, writes under another name, and buries herself in the delightful world of her characters. When growing up, her school friends asked her if she wanted to be a nun. She always said “no.”

Tell us a little about yourself. (What country you are from, where you grew up, married, etc.)

I live in South Africa and grew up in Durban before I branched out into the big wide world although Durban often calls my name. I’m married with three kids – two teenagers and an eleven year old.

What made you decide to write erotic romances?

My husband’s constant nagging! No, he did prod me to try, and I put aside all my inhibitions and took the plunge.

What in your opinion makes writing erotic romances different from writing other romance novels?

To be honest, it’s a lot harder! I write sweet romance too. There you have enough to consider, but bring in writing believable, hot, and varied sex scenes which all move the story forward – well you have a lot more to add to the mix. But besides that, it’s great fun.

What do you enjoy most about writing erotic romance?

It’s always about the romance – what holds the couple apart and what brings them together, but I think what I enjoy about erotic romances is often the sex brings them together and over-rides all their barriers.

What attributes does your typical hero have?

I’ve never been into writing the super alpha male. I like a guy with some kindness and tenderness mixed in with his manliness. And typically, an ordinary everyday guy!

Are you currently working on another erotic romance title?

Um…I’m in the middle of edits for three of my other books and brainstorming a new book, so no, not at the moment. But I have several brewing in my head (although they’re predominantly fantasy novels)

What books do you have published and where can readers find them?

This is my first erotic romance. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on the 5 September 2014. Here’s the linkhttp://www.amazon.com/At-Second-Glance-Vicki-Ballante-ebook/dp/B00N5ES6I6

 

Four years after her divorce, Merryn decides she’s ready to find someone. Joining an online singles site, she connects with the perfect guy. Funny, sexy, sensitive. When he suggests they meet, excitement compels her to say yes. 

Kirk pines for his ex-wife, but realizes he must move forward. After several stimulating online chats, he believes she might be the one for him. Smart, sexy, willing to experiment and learn. But when he happens across his ex, all his plans fly out the window. 

Will Merryn learn to relax and have fun without giving her heart? Can Kirk forget the past and become the man he longs to be? 

 

 

If given an unlimited budget, what would you love to shop for?

Um…new kitchen cupboards and appliances like a food processor and ice-cream maker.

Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us today. Don’t forget to grab yourself a copy of Vicki’s new release At Second Glance.

 

Review: At Second Glance by Vicki Ballante

I had the honor of reviewing a debut novel by Vicki Ballante. This is a sweet, erotic romance (seems like a contradiction, but you have to read the story to understand) that touches the heart and well…other places. This releases on Friday the 5th of September 2014 and I urge you to grab a copy for yourself.

Here is the review I wrote for Goodreads. Maybe I could get Vicki to join us on the blog sometime in the near future.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given this book in return for an honest review and was pleasantly surprised by this debut erotic romance by author Vicky Ballante.

After a divorce, the inevitable post-mortem questions, doubts, anger and guilt usually follow. When enough time has passed, the parties usually decide to ‘get back on the horse’ and face their fears of repeating the mistakes which had lead to the disintegration of the marriage in the first place. This happens in most cases of divorce and it is something many people can relate to and the author made great use of exploiting these fears and insecurities.

Initially hiding behind the anonymity of a chatroom, the parties get to know each other a little better—after all it is easy to be honest when you don’t think you’ll ever meet the other party. When they finally meet, they come face to face with all the reasons why the marriage fell apart in the first place. Although the over-analyzing of these fears can sometimes seem repetitive, I found it realistic and believable in the context of the story.

The love scenes were super-hot because the characters remained honest in their self-doubts and needs. I found it refreshing that the emotions motivating the scenes were portrayed with such tenderness and understanding.

The story deserves the five starts I gave it, despite a couple of editing mistakes that couldn’t distract from a beautiful story.

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Fighting the Cold with Hot Romances

The wind started howling today, whipping up sand and trying to grate the skin off your bones. Above me, the corrugated iron roof creaked with alarming frequency as the support beams desperately clung to the sheeting. Just listening to the gusts assaulting the windows had chills spider-walking down my spine.

Winter had arrived. 

With the wind and the cold comes the inevitable searching the horizon for any signs of fire. A wisp of smoke could mean loss of grazing, loss of livestock and sometimes, if the wind loses it manners like today, even loss of life. What better place to be on a day like today, than under a thick duvet with plenty of coffee and hot chocolate? The only thing missing would be a good, steamy romance novel. 

For those of you lucky enough to do just that, here’s a few suggestions:

Leather Lace & Rock n Roll by Mia Diamond




Brains before Beauty, that’s Rachel Newberry’s motto, especially when her quiet, orderly life is interrupted by international rock star, Jaydon Hawke. And true to her word, brains take center stage when she discovers Hawke has a lot more on his mind than beautiful music. Targeted by a madman, Rachel puts her trust in Hawke, a move that may cost both their lives. 

If you Can’t Stand the Heat by Joss Wood


Resisting temptation has never been so impossible… 

Living on the edge used to make wild-card war reporter Jack Chapman feel alive. These days he needs some time-out before he burns out. So what better distraction than delectable pastry chef Ellie Evans? She’s oh-so-tempting…and sleeping right next door! Perfect for a short-term fling! 
Ellie knows it would be beyond stupid to fall for a guy with ice in his veins who’s always on the move. But daredevil Jack is even more irresistible than her death-by-chocolate cake—and saying no has never been Ellie’s strongpoint!

The Keepers: Archer (Book 1) HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance


‘Don’t ever look for me again, Archer.’

His mouth curled into a smile. ‘Game on.’

Central Park. Sienna Beckham is out jogging in the autumn sun, feeling almost ordinary. Trouble is, she’ll never be. She’s on the run from her life as a powerful witch and the three Keepers blood-bound to protect her.

Evil is hot on Sienna’s tail and Archer Bennett is searching for her, desperate to find her before they do. As one of her Keepers, he will fight to his death to defend her.

Sienna must return and defend her hometown, Rapid Ralls – but she has to face the past and master her powers. And as forbidden feelings blossom between Sienna and Archer, will their love survive the ultimate war?

The Keepers: three strong and handsome warrior brothers, born to protect.

The Trouble with Mojitos (HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance)


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From the author of the fabulous Waking up in Vegas comes another fun, flirty and wickedly sexy romance!

Let the fairytale come alive…

Turquoise blue waters. Sandy white beaches. Mojitos…

Film location scout Kenzie Cole has found herself in paradise. And working in the Caribbean for a week is just what she needs to escape the long line of exes in her closet.

Though the last thing she expects is to be picked up at the resort bar by a disgraced former Prince!
Luckily for Kenzie, exile is suiting the man formerly known as Prince Fredrik very well. And it’s not long before his rugged, pirate charm is proving hard to resist.

But Rik’s been spending his time in paradise exorcising demons of his own and he has danger written all over him. If Kenzie was sensible she’d run a mile instead of lose herself to her lust – although, they do say that sometimes you have to get lost before you can be found….

If these books doesn’t warm you up what about some heavier erotic romances like those of Sierra Cartwright 

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She still craved him… The sight of a collar in her boyfriend’s drawer had stunned Sarah. Panicking, she had fled. But no other man has ever been his equal.
Two years ago, the woman he’d hoped to collar and marry disappeared. So Reece McRae is stunned to find his former girlfriend on her knees, behaving as the submissive he’d always wanted.
Is it too late? He should refuse her, but an undeniable sexual attraction consumes him.
Sarah had been under Reece’s spell from the moment she met him. When she found a steel collar in his drawer, she panicked. The idea of a lifetime of his relentless demands, sensual and otherwise, suffocated her.
In the years they’ve been apart, she hasn’t met his equal. Now, convinced one last night will vanquish his memory, she sets out to seduce him.
The Reece she returns to is even more determined to have his way. Is she now strong enough, brave enough, to surrender to his love?
Reader Advisory: This book contains sensual torment, flogging, anal sex and sex in public.
Hope you have a happy reading weekend, snug under the covers and hot under the collar (pun intended).