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Happy Release Day to Cindy Spencer Pape’s Sea Change

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Sea Change
Release Date: 11/26/14
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Link to publisher’s page: http://www.ellorascave.com/
Genre: paranormal romance
Content/Theme(s) merfolk, action/adventure, Greek gods, magic, shifters,
Purchase Links: http://www.ellorascave.com/sea-change.html#
Blurb:

Shot at by drug dealers and left to drown, marine biologist Heidi is rescued by the hottest boat bum she’s ever seen. Tall, dark and handsome, Jake is every girl’s dream. But with her best friend missing or dead and the bad guys still after her, the last thing she has time for is romance.

As a merman, exiled from his colony and under a curse on when to shapeshift, Jake can’t afford to be around humans, especially a marine biologist who might discover his species. But he can’t throw Heidi to the wolves of the drug dealers and possibly corrupt law enforcement. He’ll fight drug lords, pirates and even the gods to protect her. More complications arise when Jake’s family shows up looking for help, but the biggest problem of all is whether Jake and Heidi can resist the massive attraction that grows between them.

Excerpt:

Heidi knew they were in trouble before the first crate hit the water.

It had been a great day right up until it went to hell. The night was warm and clear, the water calm as a lake. She loved the sun, the sea, and especially her post-doctoral research project recording the behaviors and social activities of dolphins. She got to sit in a boat in the sunshine for hours on end with her favorite person in the world and study her favorite animal. In fact, she’d been so caught up in tonight’s research that she’d ignored the seaplane circling the cove where they floated in a rocky, cliff-lined inlet, just south of Ensenada. A pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins had played in the cove all day, providing an ideal observation opportunity. A few minutes before midnight, though, when the plane started dropping wooden crates wrapped in inflatable sleeves into the glassy, black water, Heidi’s gut clenched. Things were about to get messy.

“Brad, we need to get out of here. Fast.” She packed up her camera and notebook, her fingers shaking with haste. “I mean it.” Couldn’t he hear the terror making her voice quaver? Later, she might be embarrassed about being so scared. Right now she just wanted to be gone.

“Just a minute.” Lost in the research “zone”, Brad continued to scan the horizon. “I’ve got two adults and a juvenile…”

He was her best friend and she loved him like a brother, but right now Heidi longed to shake him into action. “Dude, we’ve got a freaking drug deal going down in this cove. Ignore the dolphins and start the damn engine. Now.” She secured the last of her equipment and yanked the binoculars out of Brad’s hands.

“What the hell?” He looked to where she pointed, saw the plane, gulped, and then turned his back to her to start up the small boat’s outboard engine.

“Strange planes dropping crates at midnight can’t be good. We’ve got to get out of here before the retrieval team shows up.” Heidi mentally willed the temperamental motor to start. Please don’t let us die!

No luck. He pulled the cord but the engine didn’t make a sound.

“Goddamn it, the crappy-assed thing’s flooded again,” Brad grumbled. Since their Zodiac was really nothing more than a giant rubber raft with a plywood floor, they hadn’t invested in a big motor, just a used one that would let them putter from place to place, watching the dolphins.

Dumb, dumb, dumb. “Of course it is. It always is when we need it most.” She watched as the plane disappeared. “Try priming it.”

As Brad primed the motor, Heidi picked up the plastic oars from the bottom of the boat and shoved them into the oarlocks. If nothing else, she’d row. One good thing about being almost six feet tall with the shoulders of a linebacker was that she could row as well as most of the guys in the marine biology department—better than some. Thank you, Viking ancestors.

While Brad messed with the motor, she began to pull in long strokes toward the nearest shore.

She’d only made it about a quarter of the distance when the sound of a different, bigger engine caught Heidi’s ears. From the south, she saw the running lights of a fast, slim cigarette boat. The low, sleek watercraft, about twice the size of their inflatable, sped into the cove then slowed to an idle near the southern shoreline where the crates bobbed in the waves.

“Shit, they’re here. They’re picking up the crates.” She could hear her voice rising in pitch, even as she tried to keep the volume down. Heidi rowed even harder toward the northern point of the cove. “Come on, buddy, this is bad. We’ve got to get out of here. Fast.”

There was a chance, just a slim one, that in the meager light of the moon, they’d blend in with the rocky coast enough to be overlooked while they rowed around the nearby outcropping and out of the cove.

Shouts in angry Spanish emerged from the other boat.

Heidi groaned. She recognized a few of those words. “Shit, we’ve been spotted. Hurry.”

Brad just grunted and kept working.

“Why the hell did I have to pick tonight to watch the dolphins? And why did you have to agree with me?” Duh, because the full moon and the calm seas made for excellent viewing conditions. Apparently they were also good conditions for a drug deal. “Come on, Brad. We’ve got to move!” She could see the headlines: “University Scientists Killed in International Drug-related Shootout.” Not good.

“No luck.” Brad turned to her as the powerful speed boat gunned its engines and headed toward them. “Any ideas?”

“Kick it!” It was a last-ditch play, one she’d seen her father use back in Minnesota once or twice, but this was a time for a Hail Mary if there ever was one. Her arms were beginning to ache—these oars weren’t designed for speed.

“Aye-aye, cap’n.” Brad hauled off and kicked the old Evinrude with his sneaker-clad foot. And glory be, it started. Heidi pulled up the oars and held on to her seat as Brad cranked it up to full throttle and they turned toward the tip of the cove. There was a resort just a little way up the coast, with lots and lots of people around. “We can make it.”

“Maybe,” Heidi conceded. But she didn’t believe it. The cigarette boat drew closer, and the shouts, now in a mixture of Spanish and English, carried across the unusually placid waters of the Pacific. Desperate to do something, anything, Heidi grabbed the emergency kit and scrabbled for the flare gun.

Her words were choked off as she heard a sharp report, felt something whiz by her left ear. “Oh, fuck, they’re shooting!”

“And gaining on us.” Brad swore in a steady stream. “Get down, Heidi!”

She did, falling to her knees between the seats and tugging at his shirt. “Get down yourself, you idiot!” She’d worked with Brad since they were undergrads. He was her best friend in the world, and she was every bit as terrified for him as she was for herself.

Their inflatable craft was more maneuverable than the power boat, but that didn’t help in the open ocean, and the other boat blew it away for speed. The bad guys were gaining quickly and shooting as they came.

She fired a flare back at the boat, but it fell short and she heard their raucous laughter ring out over the water. Damn, there were only two flares. She took a steady aim—as steady as she could get in a boat chopping through the waves, anyway, and waited until the other boat closed. Then she aimed at the shooter.

He screamed and toppled into the water, but the boat still kept coming. Another man produced a gun.

Heidi barely remembered how to pray, but right now she was sending off maydays to every god, goddess or other spirit she could think of.

There was a jarring thud followed by a sickening ripping sound and the grinding crunch of plywood being shredded. She could hear the roar and smell the gas fumes from the cigarette boat’s powerful engine. The impact threw her forward, smacking her head on the seat in front of her. She heard a scream, thought it might have been herself. The Zodiac spun in distorted circles no amusement park ride would ever want to duplicate, hissing and spitting as it went.

But it was only half of the Zodiac, Heidi saw in one heart-rending moment of visual clarity. A scream of anguish tore from her throat. “Brad!”

She couldn’t see the other half of their boat through the spray and smoke. There were more shots, some of them probably at her. And then the torn bow of the inflatable spun and flipped, flinging Heidi into the air before dropping her under the oily black waves. Just before she hit the water, she felt something strike the side of her head.

The world went black.
My Bio:

Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and brings that to her writing. Award-winning author of 19 novels and more than 30 shorter works, Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, two sons, granddaughter, and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.

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Erotic Book Review of Bride Undone by Kate Deveaux w/$50 GC giveaway!

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A Romantica®  erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

General Release: April 11, 2014

ISBN: 9781419903540

 

Buy links:

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Synopsis –

 

In one week Chloe will walk down the aisle. Yet she’s a bride who can’t stop spying on the weddings of total strangers. Desperate to catch a glimpse of what true love really looks like, she is having serious second thoughts about tying the knot.

Until she meets Wes — the sexy long lost father of her groom. The hunk from Texas confirms her worst fears. She is marrying the wrong man.

Battling her intense attraction for Wes, the flame between them burns too hot to resist. Chloe and Wes give into their scorching passion and struggle with the consequences of their love.

This bride takes ‘I do’ to a whole new level — just not with the groom.

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The door opened and Chloe jumped.

“Chloe?” Wes said in surprise. He froze in the doorway, his jaw tight and his eyes dark.

“Wes, I had to come talk to you.”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea.” He nervously glanced out into the hall. “I told you I’m sorry.” He stepped inside the room, leaving the door wide open.

He walked over to his desk and rested his fingers on the glass. “We really shouldn’t be together. I’m leaving today.”

“No, no, Wes.” She moved toward him. “It’s not your fault.”

Wes’ eyes changed from amber to dark espresso. “I have to get to a board meeting. Please go, Chloe.”

Her eyes searched his and she saw pain in his dark gaze. “I can’t.” She moved one step closer to him.

Wes shook his head. “I shouldn’t have come for the wedding. None of this would have happened.”

“Yes…yes, you should have.” A hint of desperation crept through her. “Well actually, there isn’t going to be a wedding, but that’s not your fault.” She searched for the right words. “I was having second thoughts before you ever arrived. I was going to churches and watching complete strangers get married. The wedding was doomed before you ever got here.” Her words tumbled out faster than she could think them.

Wes said nothing but his raised eyebrows and taut neck muscles told her she wasn’t getting through to him.

“I knew what Conner and I had wasn’t right, that there was something missing.” She knew she was babbling but she had to let him know how she felt. “I have feelings for you, Wes…feelings I can’t hide. You probably think I’m crazy, spying on strangers’ weddings, but it just wasn’t right, me and Conner. And when I met you I knew. The minute I met you.” Tears welled in her eyes.

Wes looked stunned, as if someone had punched him in the stomach. She thought he was going to bolt from the room. He stood there staring at her before striding quickly toward the open door.

Instead of leaving, he paused and looked back at her and then shut the door and deliberately pressed the lock button. He said nothing, just turned on his heels and walked back to his desk, placing his hand on the phone.

Shit, he was going to phone Conner. He was going to keep her there captive in his office and call Conner and tell him what a nut bar his fiancée was.

Immobile, she watched him as he picked up the phone.

“Marie. Cancel the board meeting.” He looked up at Chloe and they locked eyes. Chloe’s stomach flipped and she started to tremble as Wes spoke into the phone. “Some new information came and in and I need time to review it. Send them all back downstairs, will you?”

He hung up the phone and stood behind the desk, his posture tense. Chloe’s heart pounded in her chest.

“Chloe,” he said gently, coming around the front of the desk, but carefully keeping his distance from her.

“You might have cold feet. Everyone does. It’s natural.” His eyes softened to amber but she could see the tension in his taut neck muscles remained, belying his calm tone. “I didn’t mean to lead you on.”

Dammit. How dare he think he’d led her on? How dare he discount her feelings so casually and sound so condescending? She knew he felt it when they kissed. And he must be scared. She was too. His expression hardened and she braced for his rebuke.

Wes looked at her, but was silent.

“Wes, it’s not your fault.” She struggled to convince him. “But I can’t marry your son. I have feelings for you and I can’t ignore them. I don’t want to.” She stepped toward him, praying he didn’t push her away.

He didn’t move, just stood there stone-faced.

“Don’t tell me you don’t feel it too.” She gazed at his chiseled face, his strong jaw, the flicker of gold in his eyes making her melt inside as they turned tender.

“Chloe,” he said softly. “What am I going to do with you?”

“You feel it too, don’t you?” She narrowed the space between them until she could feel the heat off his body and the thrum of his pulse.

“Fuck,” he cursed as he looked down at his cowboy boots and then slowly back up at her. He shook his head as if in defeat and pulled her to him. He pressed her body hard against his, jarring her with the impact, but loving the strength in his embrace.

His lips met hers and he kissed her, hard and demanding. “Chloe,” he murmured, wrapping his arms tightly around her and making her body hum with desire. “Yes, I feel it too.” One hand smoothed the hair from her face, the other cupped her ass firmly as he pulled her harder to him and parted her waiting lips with his tongue.

She welcomed his tongue eagerly as she grabbed his broad shoulders, running her hands along his strong back, feeling the muscles ripple under her fingers as he moved her across the room while kissing her.

The backs of her legs met the edge of the couch as he hovered over her, pushing her down as he kissed her lips hungrily, then down her neck, trailing his lips along her décolleté. It was if he was going to devour her and she ached for it.

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I admit that I didn’t know what I was getting into when I signed up for the review of Bride Undone but I’m sure glad that I did.  Ms. Deveaux took a pretty taboo subject (falling for the father of the groom/older man/younger woman) and made it so much more than that.

Sure there are smexy times and yes, they are hot but there is a point to them.  Almost getting caught and the reaction from fiancee Conner was priceless but necessary.  What really made the story for me what Wes’ reaction to Chloe and the honor he had to his long lost son and he’s own wants and needs.  Oh and Chloe’s trips to watch weddings.  OMG…that scene was hilarious!  Plus, it said so much about her and what her thoughts and feelings were from the beginning.

I never expected the Conner twist during the book.  No, he didn’t fade into the woodwork and yes, he definitely had Mommy issues.  That’s what really stuck with me after I finished the book.  I never saw those character traits from Conner and I’m glad that Chloe finally saw him for who and what he was.  Trouble with all that is convincing Wes that it could work.

I know this review seems short but trust me, my feelings for Chloe and Wes aren’t short.  I fell in love with them.  It was a tough road for them but Chloe had her dad and friends to help her along the way.  Plus, meeting the couple at the islands was eye opening, too.  Great scene and explained so much in just a few paragraphs.

Don’t let the taboo matter scare you from the book.  Ms. Deveaux wrote a beautiful story about two people that were fated to be together.  Some of the times were great and then they had some not so great times.  Plus…who wants to read about the older man/younger woman without all the extra drama?  Me and this book didn’t have it.  Just enough to move it along.  🙂

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ABOUT KATE:Katedeveaux

KATE DEVEAUX is a contemporary, erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. It was after reading Jane Eyre in high school, that she became hooked on the idea of writing about romance, excitement and drama. Kate has been penning stories, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, ever since!

A former wedding planner, Kate has always been “in love” with love!  She was inspired to transition from writing racy short stories to full length manuscripts after meeting other authors in the romance world at industry workshops, conferences and events. Now a multi published contemporary romance novelist, Kate is a member of Savvy Author, Romance Writers of America (RWA) as well as their erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. Born in London, England, Kate has lived in both the U.K. and the U.S. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even “love” in that game too!

 

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Happy Release Day to Kate Deveaux’s Bride Undone w/giveaway

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A Romantica® erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

General Release: April 11, 2014

ISBN: 9781419903540

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Synopsis

This bride takes ‘I do’ to a whole new level — just not with the groom.

In one week Chloe will walk down the aisle. Yet she’s a bride who can’t stop spying on the weddings of total strangers. Desperate to catch a glimpse of what true love really looks like, she is having serious second thoughts about tying the knot.

Until she meets Wes — the sexy long lost father of her groom. The hunk from Texas confirms her worst fears. She is marrying the wrong man.

Battling her intense attraction for Wes, the flame between them burns too hot to resist. Chloe and Wes give into their scorching passion and struggle with the consequences of their love.

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Excerpt:

 

“Not now, Conner. I told you it’s bad luck to see the dress,” Chloe called out.

“I have your keys, Chloe and I don’t think it’s bad luck for the father of the groom to see the dress.” Wes’s voice carried through the closed door.

Chloe froze. Wes. What was he doing there? The saleswoman smiled and before Chloe could utter a word, the efficient woman was heading the door.

“Uh,” Chloe stammered, not sure what to do or say.

“Can I come in?” Wes repeated just as the door opened and the saleswoman ushered him in.

“Holy mackerel,” Wes said. Chloe thought she saw him stagger back slightly. “Wow.” He stood in the room, staring at her.

“She’s stunning, isn’t she?” the saleswoman asked proudly.

“That she is. Completely stunning.” Wes’s eyes were locked on Chloe perched on the platform, looking at Wes who he’d her car keys in his hand.

“I’ll just be out front,” the saleswoman said, excusing herself and leaving Chloe and Wes alone in the large change room.

The woman left and Chloe wanted more than anything to run out of the room. Not to be left alone with Wes, it was too humiliating her feelings for him and that kiss in the elevator.

“I brought your keys,” Wes said, moving toward Chloe. “Wasn’t easy, but I got them out of your car. Conner called me to rescue you as he’s with clients. Had a heck of time with that Beemer of yours. German engineering and all.

“I don’t need rescuing, but thank you,” she said curtly, trying to appear in control and unfazed by him standing there, his hunky body tormenting her with embarrassment. “Just put them on the chaise by my purse.” She motioned to the chaise.

“Sure.” He eyed her and then placed the keys where she asked.

“And could you hand me those shoes?” Chloe asked, motioning to the shoe bag next to her purse.

Wes took the wedding shoes out of the protective bag and handed the first shoe to Chloe.

“You didn’t answer my calls.” His eyes locked on hers as she tried to slip on the strappy jeweled sandal.

She really didn’t want to talk about last night—she wanted to put those crazy feelings she had for him as far out of her mind as possible,—but it was going to be hard with him looking at her like that, his sultry chocolate-brown eyes searching her. Like he wanted to sweep her up and carry her far away. Or maybe that’s just what she wanted.

“I wanted to talk to you about that. I want to apologize,” he said with a serious look. “If you thought in any way I acted inappropriately, I am sincerely sorry, I didn’t mean at all…” he paused and looked unsure as he clutched her shoe in his hand.

Chloe’s cheeks burned as she looked at Wes, his hand wrapped around her delicate shoe.

“No, I didn’t think that at all. Nothing happened. Okay?”

“Okay.” He handed her the other shoe. “Damn these things are tiny.” He toyed with the delicate shoe before looking up at her. “I just want my son to be happy and you two to be happy together. I don’t want anything to change that.”

“That’s what I want too,” she said with less conviction than she felt.

“Do you?” He handed her the shoe, those brown eyes boring into her, igniting a fire within her that she tried to suppress.

Balancing on the one shoe, she bent down and gathered the satin dress in attempt the slip on the other shoe. Struggling to find her foot under the masses of fabric, she stumbled slightly off balance and teetered on the edge of the platform.

Wes reached out and caught her as she tumbled into his arms. He grasped her around her waist, the slippery satin dress sliding through his fingers, his hands ending up holding her right under her breasts. She looked up at him. His muscles flexed, were rock hard under her touch, and she could feel smell his wonderful masculine scent. Damn it, she wanted him.

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Author Bio

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KATE DEVEAUX is a contemporary, erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. It was after reading Jane Eyre in high school, that she became hooked on the idea of writing about romance, excitement and drama. Kate has been penning stories, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, ever since!

A former wedding planner, Kate has always been “in love” with love! She was inspired to transition from writing racy short stories to full length manuscripts after meeting other authors in the romance world at industry workshops, conferences and events. Now a multi published contemporary romance novelist, Kate is a member of Savvy Author, Romance Writers of America (RWA) as well as their erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. Born in London, England, Kate has lived in both the U.K. and the U.S. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even “love” in that game too!

What’s Kate up to next?

Kate is busy completing several books for release 2014, each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets, and heroes who make your heart skip a beat…

Coming soon in 2014….Platinum Pleasures and A Vixen in Venice

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