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Book Blast for Seal the Deal (1NS series) by JoAnne Kenrick

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Seal the Deal by JoAnne Kenrick

A 1Night Stand Story

 

 

Isle of myth and magic. Destined mates. One extraordinary date.

 

After being ditched at the altar, Finn Kneale isolates himself at Port St. Mary’s magnificent lighthouse. A violent storm ravishes the coastline, pitching the maritime tower into the Irish sea and transforming Finn into a seal. Carefree at first, he soon longs to walk as a man again. When leap year arrives, bathing land and sea in magic, Finn temporarily regains his human form. If he can’t find his soul mate in twenty-four hours, he’ll be back to cavorting among the waves.

Anne Ward—resident midwife and newcomer to Port St. Mary, Isle of Man—guards some wild secrets of her own while avoiding entanglements with married doctors. A believer in fate, she seeks out Madame Eve’s exclusive agency to help find her destined mate.
1Night Stand matches these two lonely souls. But will their extraordinary date allow Finn and Anne to open their hearts to magical possibilities and Seal the Deal?

 

Excerpt:

 

Finn Kneale slid from his watch-point rock a few miles out from the little tourist trap where he had lived for most of his life. Under the miraculous February 29th lunar eclipse, he delved into the depths of the Irish Sea. The orb hanging over the ocean like a dimmed lantern held his last chance to undo the spell shrouding him in misery. Water lapped, and he twisted, clapping flippers over the sea foam. Waves crashed over his mottled gray-and-black seal self. Excitement rushed through him and exited in a loud, brassy roar. Then he unleashed another and another, each increasing in volume for the benefit of his aquatic friends. The barked announcement told the world Finn hoped to meet his mate tonight.

He floated in the shallows, waiting, watching as the old, white lighthouse fluctuated in and out of existence. The sliver of moonlight cast a silvery glow over the once-in-ruins building sitting proud again, high on the cliff’s edge. Its beacon shone bright, yet the gray sky pitched gloom below. He had all of twenty-four hours to seal the deal—as long as the lighthouse stood—then the energy balance would return to normal along the rocky shores of the Isle of Man, the historical maritime building vanishing once again. At least, that was the story his father had relayed every morning for the last four years.

Shimmying his slippery body across the pebbled beach of Port St. Mary, he took cover between tall, bulky rocks for the transformation. Safely hidden, he squeezed his eyelids closed and tried to envision his human self. Too much time had passed; he wasn’t sure his memory was close to the mark.

Think, Finn, think.

Soft cotton towels against his whiskers, the warm touch of the sun on his shoulders as he worked the farm, tasty homemade soup tangy on his tongue. Soft flesh of a woman beneath him. Oh, to be admired for his manliness rather than his cutesy seal features and bubble-blowing talents. Fragmented recollections of the little things were all that had survived years of watching the shoreline.

 

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About the Author:

JoAnne Kenrick is a multi-published author who writes both contemporaries and paranormals. Her Irish Kisses series earned her the title of a Bookstrand bestselling author, and contemporary romance bestselling author at ARe and Amazon.When JoAnne’s not writing, she enjoys creating book adverts and crafting.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and two puddy cats. When they aren’t demanding her attention she strums away on the keys of her little laptop, creating worlds and adventures she could only ever dream of. Come across the pond and faraway….with JoAnne Kenrick. Get exclusive sneak peeks at her new and upcoming releases by signing up to her quarterly newsletter here: http://tinyletter.com/joannekenrick

 

 

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Guest Post & Review of Wyk’s Surrender by Dakota Trace w/giveaway

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Hi all, my name is Dakota Trace and I like to write erotic romance – the steamier the better.   But before I get into any of that, I’d like to take a moment to thank Harlie for having me today.  I even left my rascally muse at home.  *see I can be nice* LOL.   Anyway, I’m swinging by today to talk about a wonderful celebration that is going on this week. It’s hard to believe it but one of my publisher’s lines is turning 200 this month. Yep, that rascally Madame Eve has appeared (sorta) in over 200 books over the past couple of years, weaving her magic over some very lucky couples and even a few ménages.

I’m happy to say that I’ve had the pleasure of having two books appear in the 1NS series.  My first book came out nearly eighteen months ago.  Blind Need was a sweet but spicy tale of two strangers, both who’d been hurt finding a second chance at love, even after they’d been rejected in the past.  Got to love this kind of book. It can be sweet and still burn up the page.  Xaviera and Nate were a blast to write, even if I had a bit of challenge describing things from her POV (she’s blind) and he had the biggest chip on his shoulder. (Which Xaviera knocked off quite nicely.)  Despite struggling to write such a short and concise book, it ended up being very well received  to the point that several readers have inquired what happened to my sexy smoke-jumper and his blind heiress after the 1 Night Stand.

Of course I finally gave into temptation and wrote a second book.  I wanted to make sure that I could work Xavier and Nate into the story line, but I was on a different kick genre wise this time.  Instead of sweet and spicy, I wanted dark and sinful.   (See I also like to write BDSM books – particularly FemDom *gasp*)  But how to connect the two? It seems like a nearly impossible task. A sweet erotic romance and a dark, intense BDSM story…one might think they could never meet, but that’s when it hit me.  Every family has a black sheep so to speak.  Why not have the heroine of Wyk’s Surrender be that person?  And that’s what Venus is.  She’s just as opinionated as Xaviera was but she has a dark side that Xaviera lacks.   Especially when it comes to her boss, Wyk.

At first, I was leery about writing such a book for the line, but when I submitted the story and my kick ass editor Kate said she loved it, I gave a sigh of relief.  In the erotic romance world, there are tons of BDSM books, but very few are FemDom and the fact that Decadent accepted it, just floored me. I chalk this shortage up to there being more Doms available for us curious authors to pester than Mistresses.  Don’t get me wrong, I found a few on FetLife, I even enrolled in a class that was geared just for Dommes.

I’m not sure why but for some reason, many people think Dominatrix’s when you say FemDom.  Just like in vanilla lifestyle – there are more flavors out there than Basket Robins has of ice cream when it comes to BDSM. I didn’t want a my Domme to be the type that was in her lover’s face scream obscenities at him, while telling him what a worthless worm he was.  (Huge turn off for me) But what I did want was my Domme to be stern but mischievous.  She had to have a sense of humor but possess a  commanding presence at the same time.  I wanted her to be a woman that Wyk couldn’t ignore. But most of all she had to be human under it all.  It was quite the challenge to show all those facets in Venus without making Wyk look like a wuss or sissy.

I’d like to think I balanced it out.  But for those of you who are brave enough to read it, why don’t you shoot me a line and tell me what you think .  Speaking of that…before I forget, I have a hot copy of Wyk’s Surrender in my little hands right now.  I’ll be giving it away to one lucky commenter.  All you have to do is vote.  You do like Sweet but sizzling or Dark and Intense when it comes to your 1NS?  (Don’t forget to leave your email, so I can contact you if you win.)

Opps one last thing.  Ms. Harlie was nice enough to include the 1NS 200th Celebration Rafflecopter form below.  Be sure to enter.  It’s harmless and there are chances to win some pretty cool prizes. I know I’d love to win a gift certificate to the movies.  Have you checked the prices lately?  LOL.

Thanks again for having me, Harlie!

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BOOK INFO:
Wyk’s Surrender:
She wants to mark him and make him hers…

Mistress “V” lusts after her boss. She wants him at her mercy, begging for her touch, but he only knows her as his very capable assistant Venus. When an off-hand comment dashes her hopes, the sexy domme turns to Madame Eve at 1Night Stand for help…

He isn’t sure he can handle the dark pleasure she promises…

Living up to his father’s expectations has driven Wyk Havas to the edge. His curvaceous assistant Venus wants to push him past those limits, and he’s damn near attracted enough to try. But Venus’s preference for men to submit to her threw him for a loop. Can a date from 1Night Stand show him if he’s able to submit to a woman?

Can Wyk truly surrender to Mistress V’s pleasure or were they doomed from the start?

AMAZON BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Wyks-Surrender-1Night-Stand-Series-ebook/dp/B00FA8ASTA/

AUTHOR INFO:
Dakota is a simple Midwest girl, who found her passion in storytelling at a young age. She wrote her first novel her freshman year on an old electric IBM typewriter. Now writing in several different genres from erotic romance and BDSM to m/m and paranormal, she is a published author with multiple books under her belt. When she isn’t writing, she’s a devoted band mom and a loving wife.

You can visit with Dakota at www.dakotatrace.net

Review:

I read this story a couple of weeks ago and its still with me.  Yes, still with me.  I will admit that I have basically stopped reading any form of BDSM because of a certain series of books that mainstream has considered great reads…but I digress…sorry.  Anyway, I’ve always been attracted to FemDom stories since Ms. Tiffany wrote a couple of books about some girl named Nora.  😉  Yes, I’ve read the series and worshiped them.  *wipes tear*

So why the attraction?  Read this book and it will explain it to you.  Venus is a strong woman and isn’t afraid of her own sexuality.  She is a FemDom and is in love with her boss, Wyk.  She would love to bring him to his knees and satisfy her own cravings.  But what about the boss/employee relationship.  As his assistant, she does control a bit of the office.  The thing I most liked about Venus is that while a FemDom, she is not an abuser, hard core bitch but a woman that likes to top men.  And the man she wants to top is Wyk.

Wyk is such a great hero.  He knows he wants Venus and also the idea of her being a FemDom doesn’t scare him.  He craves to be on his knees with her in the bedroom.  He embraces his submissive side in the bedroom but fears that being with her will ruin their working relationship.  Again, a perfect set up for Venus and Wyk.  Two people that aren’t afraid of who they are, just being together.  Will it shift their relationship at work?  You will have to read the book to find out.  🙂

All that aside, the smexy times in the bedroom are hot but not over the top.  They are sensual, hawt and loving.  Yes, loving.  These two love each other that almost borders on obsessive.  Venus is the perfect FemDom:  loving, controlling but also soft.  Yes, soft.

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up and read it.  You will not be sorry and you might have just found the FemDom isn’t all whips, chains, pain but pure pleasure.

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Review and Author Interview featuring D.C. Stone’s Armed & Desired (1NS series)

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Giveaway info:  (For total tour) Two ebooks of winner’s choice from Decadent and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, plus a surprise swag item.  Rafflecopter link is at the bottom of the post.  Good Luck!

1Night Stand

Armed and Desired

by DC Stone

Sergeant Alyssa Bloom knows what it means to stay in control, be alert to her surroundings. Staying mentally tough and keeping a level head is not so easy to do around the hot, young rookie she’s assigned to train.

Nate Wilshire has the best job in the world and the sexiest partner a guy could ask for. Alyssa might be showing him the ropes, but he has a few things he’d like to teach her. Unwilling to act on his desires and risk unprofessional conduct, he asks Madame Eve to find him someone to scratch the itch Alyssa can’t.

Needing some relief from the intense heat of her attraction to her subordinate, Alyssa agrees to a 1Night Stand. When her date is none other than her handsome partner, she has a decision to make— leave…or let her heart finally take control.

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What Readers are saying:

 

“The premise is clever, and the sex is scorching. If you like a naughty man in uniform, this is a best bet.” –Sheila Hollums

 

“The writing is tight yet vivid, detailed, with wonderful imagery and humor woven throughout, and you just-can’t-put-the-book-down.” – Lea Bronsen

 

Welcome D.C. Stone! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Hi! Thank you for having me!  I’m D.C. Stone and I’m a romant-i-holic. *loopy grin* Oh, more?  Well, I’m a full-time internal affairs investigator and have been in the world of criminal investigations for some sixteen years now, eight of which was with the US military. About three years ago I decided to give in to my other love, that of writing love stories, and pursue becoming an author. It took about a year to get a contract, and then, viola, here I am!

 

Is (book title) a single title, or part of a series?

Armed and Desired is part of the 1 Night Stand series with Decadent Publishing. While it can stand on its own as a short read, it definitely also has its place within the series and the hundreds of other stories that have been published within the INS scope.

 

What were your inspirations for the story?

Well, in any of my stories you are either going to find a law enforcement officer of some kind, or a military member.  Those are two very big parts of my world. For Armed and Desired, I chose to go the law enforcement direction, although, you’ve just given me a lovely idea for another 1NS story involving hunky military heroes. *winks*

 

Please share your setting for (book title). Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   

Armed and Desired is set in beautiful San Diego, California. I grew up in San Diego and even though now I live in North New Jersey, I’ll always consider southern California my home. You can’t go wrong with the sunny beaches or the sweet people of San Diego.

 

When did the writing bug first bite?

Oh boy, the bug bit me about four years ago when I started playing around online with another friend. Her and I decided to try writing a book together, and while that book never made it to print, the process of creating a world and characters really drove home the exciting prospect of writing my own stories, in getting the craziness in my head out on paper.

 

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Oh geesh, how long do you have? *laughs* Anyone who follows me knows I swear by a few authors.  First and foremost, hands down, this is the author who if we are forced to pick one and go to ground for years to come, it would be Pamela Clare.  She develops amazing stories and puts in enough heat and comedy to really draw you into another world.

Other authors I enjoy include: Joan Swan, Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, JR Ward, Jaci Burton, Julie Ann Walker, Kaylee Cross, and I’m sure I’m missing a few.  I’ve always considered myself a reader before an author, and still to this day do.

 

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

Without a doubt, Julie Ann Walker and Pamela Clare.  These two really drive and inspire me to continue telling my own stories.

 

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

What…exactly…is “spare time?” *chuckles*  I’m being half serious with that question.  I really wish I had time, but unfortunately in my career field, there’s not a whole lot there.  When I’m not working or writing, I’m carting around my two beautiful children and trying to fit in time to read, as well as learn more about my craft—in both fields—so I can stay ahead, or at least up, with the game.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

*makes a face* In my line of work?  You’d be surprised.  Or rather, maybe not.  Then again, I’ve adjusted quite a few of my cases into my books. Hint enough? *winks*

 

About the Author:

D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction.

She lives in the north-east with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the all American black Labrador puppy. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, never-the-less.

After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.

Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance one of her favorite past times. That passion took a back seat as soon as she discovered her own love for writing and recreating her own stories and characters. Her writing concentrates on Romance with specifics in Paranormal, Suspense and Erotica.

Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. Trying to keep up with that crazy bunch is a skill many would yearn to have.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers.

Contact Details:

 

Website: www.authordcstone.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorDCStone

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DCStoneauthor

 

Enjoy the following excerpt for Armed and Desired:

 

Nate waited at the floor-to-ceiling window of the hotel room and stared out across downtown San Diego. Tall skyscrapers soared around the city, their tops dusted with popping colors of green, blue, and red. Cars passed by in a blur, and with dusk only minutes past and the weekend kicking off, nightlife began to bloom along with his own anticipation.

He tucked his hands inside the charcoal dress pants and rocked back and forth in the uncomfortable black dress shoes. After spending days in his boots and uniform, the toes of the shoes pinched at his toes, and the soles unforgiving. He did not miss them. At all.

The door behind him clicked and a brush of air alerted him someone entered the room. He stilled, his heartbeat kicking out an erratic tempo in his throat, but he didn’t turn, instead watching a woman cross the threshold in the window’s reflection. She assessed the larger-than-normal hotel suite before her gaze settled on his back.

Perplexed, he tipped his head, recognizing her familiar features. She progressed with a lethal grace only a trained law enforcement officer would know, her steps purposeful, but silent, even in heels higher than he’d ever seen her in.

Standing to the side, she set her purse and a small black bag on a table, giving him her profile. A flash of deep red hair grabbed his attention. He sucked in a breath and pivoted in slow motion, refusing to allow hope to grow any more than it had, yet at the same time, fear sliced through. The one person he needed to get out of his system stood in the same room as he.

The night was about to go to hell.

Facing away from him, she took in the overwhelming luxury of the room. Desire slammed into him, he came to life with a kick against his fly.

Alyssa.

Review:

Another 1NS for Harlie to love.  What makes this one a bit different is that both characters have the hots for each other but won’t act on it.  Being the boss and employee, especially in law enforcement isn’t a good thing to start a relationship…quickie or long term.

I really felt for Alyssa in her thoughts about what it would be like to have Nate.  Ever being the professional, she knew that it would be a bad idea but she still had that little nagging in the back of her brain telling her to go for it.  Oh my, when she realizes that her date is Nate…it was all about her giving up her control.  And no, this is not a BDSM book.  I’m talking about her controlling nature as the boss in the relationship.

Nate on the other hand could care less.  He just wants Alyssa, plain and simple.  I know that doesn’t sound exciting for the hero but just wait until he gets to the hotel room.  OMG…talk about demanding and hot.  Yep, he’s that and more.  What was really great about Nate on the date was that he gave Alyssa an out.

While the smexy time is beyond hot, its the build up of their relationship that sealed it for me.  They truly liked and respected each other as partners.  It was just the feeling of wanting each other that got in the way.  BTW, the age difference isn’t an issue in the book at all; which I appreciate.

Lastly, what made Armed & Desired one of my favorite 1NS books is the straightforwardness of it.  There is no fluff, no pretense, just a story about two people that work with each that want each other but fear and control stand in the way.

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