Blog Tour ~ Songbird Caged ~ Lisa Edward

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Tara has made a promise.

A promise to wait six months for Riley to come home from his tour of duty, so they can be together.

But as secrets and lies are uncovered, it leads Tara to question their commitment, and she is finding it difficult to keep that promise.

The distance between them is growing, and only one person can fill the void, Tara’s best friend Cole.

As Cole tries to support Tara, he is struggling with demons of his own, that threaten to tear him away from the life he has built for himself.

After devastating news is received, who will be there to pick up the pieces?

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“I’d like to take you out.”

I looked at Cole, slightly amused. “We go out all the time.”

“No, we go to your place, we come here. We go to the gym, for a run on the beach, or we go to Songbirds. We don’t go out.”

We were sitting on Cole’s couch in his apartment, looking at light fittings for Reds on the Internet.

He was wringing his hands. “Would you like to go out with me?” he asked.

I frowned. “What, like on a date?”

“If that’s what you want to call it. I don’t know, I’ve never been on a date. But if going out to dinner and then a club together is a date, then sure, let’s call it a date.”

I looked at him warily. “You do know I’m engaged, right? You haven’t forgotten?”

He shrugged. “In theory. But there’s no harm in letting me take you out. I mean, officially take you out—on a date.”

I had to think about this for a minute. Was it asking for trouble to let him believe we could actually date when I had made a commitment to Riley?

“You know, even if you pay for dinner, I’m not going to sleep with you,” I said with a smile.

“So what’s the point of paying for dinner, then?” he asked cheekily. He took hold of my hands in his. “I wouldn’t expect you to sleep with anyone on a first date. You’re not that kind of girl.”

I exhaled slowly, weighing up how to respond. “Okay, we can go out on three conditions.”

He nodded.

“Firstly, we need to have other people there, so maybe Marcus and Nicole can come with us.”

“Like a double date,” he said, teasingly.

I chuckled, and shook my head. “Secondly, you have to stop calling it a date.”

He grinned at me cheekily.

“Thirdly, you have to wear your Calvin Klein jeans, the ones that fit your butt really well.”

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I awoke with a start.

My arm had gone to sleep from laying on it all night, and my face was squished into someone’s neck. It was Cole’s. I inhaled his warm cedar and musk scent. Even after sleeping on the couch all night, he smelt unbelievable.

Sitting up, I moved my head from side to side, trying to stretch out the kinks.

“Good morning, sleepy head. Did you just sniff me again?”

I looked down at Cole. He was grinning up at me as I rubbed my shoulders and numb arm.

“Good morning,” I replied with a groan, as I stretched my arms over my head. “You know I’m staying here so I don’t have to sleep on a couch. Kind of defeats the purpose, spending the night out here.”

He sat up and started rubbing my arm, trying to get the blood to flow back into it.

“I disagree. I’m sure I’m much more comfortable to lay on than your lumpy couch.” He moved his attention to my shoulders, and I sighed. “Besides, it’s not every day I have someone dribble all down my neck.”

I wiped my hand across my cheek. It was damp. Oh my God, I had dribbled in my sleep. I checked Cole’s neck and quickly wiped it dry.

“You should be used to it,” I said, trying to make light of the embarrassing situation. “You have girls drooling over you everywhere you go.”

He chuckled. “No one who matters.” He took my hand away from his now dry neck and held it. “Until now, that is.”

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Every relationship changes you, some for the better, others can shatter your confidence and almost destroy you.For the musically talented, twenty-four year old Tara O’Connell, her relationship with Stephen almost broke her, until Tara found the strength to leave.

Now she is on the road to discovering that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and follow your heart.

As Tara’s self-belief grows, she meets two men she is instantly drawn to who will change her life forever.

Corporal Riley Hammond is a soldier in the Australian Military Special Forces. With his smiling sapphire blue eyes, Tara falls for him instantly. He is thoughtful and caring, and gives her the support and love she needs.

While Cole Michaels is the overconfident singer in a popular local band. His charisma, emerald green eyes, tattoos and piercing, have girls falling at his feet. But while Cole pushes Tara’s buttons, he also pushes her to reach for the stars.

Both men couldn’t be more polar opposites, but both offer Tara different qualities that she needs to fulfill her destiny.

As Tara continues her journey, she will discover fate can offer you more than one path. Her fate is in her own hands, and the choices she makes, will shape her life forever.

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While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.

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Review- Friendly Temptation- Elaine Radley

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Ever since Katherine Ainsley’s divorce, a hazy line has emerged in her relationship with best friend Dominic Corvalis—one teetering between companionship and lust. When he proposes a dare, she rises to the challenge, even after she finds herself in a place she’s never imagined. Besides, Dom is there to support and tease, and the sexual tension percolating beneath their naughty errand is simply too tempting to resist. Perhaps they are meant to be more than just friends. She’ll never know until she pushes him across that line…and into the bedroom.

Pamela’s Review

Friendly Temptation   When two people are friends is it worth letting your true emotions come out. Dominic and Katherine are friends they enjoy each other’s company. He wants her to explore a different side of herself and what better way than a tattoo.  They both become aware of the chemistry that is afloat in the small shop.  The Author let’s you enjoy a true sweet sexy relationship as it unfolds.  Can your best friend be more? Read this  short read and enjoy what becomes of a friendship with true emotions

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The Fabric of Reality by Benjamin Kelly

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Alesia and Gil’s story is somewhat confusing, especially with the tech of Gil’s world, and comprehension of Windows and Doorways. However, if you’re just looking for a good story to pass the time, it’s a worthwhile option. Unfortunately, it leaves lots of unanswered questions, questions on the different realities, what it all means, and what the future holds.

Each world holds an awesome background story, but unfortunately, only a short snippet of circumstances are shared. I feel the book would have been improved upon greatly if more information was forthcoming about the realities, as well as the differences between us. This book contains an absolutely fabulous premise, but falls somewhat short in delivery.

Perhaps, if further books are forthcoming, going into more details, it would provide a more satisfactory telling. All that being said, if you are a sucker for sci-fi romance, and just read the tale between Alicia and Gil as is, it is a lovely tale of two individuals searching to free themselves from a deathly fate.

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Book Spotlight – Long Overdue – Madison Sevier

Long Overdue, River Jewel Resort, Book 3 by Madison Sevier

Hi Tamara and thank you so much for letting me appear on your blog.

My next release with Secret Cravings Publishing is ‘Long Overdue’ River Jewel Resort Series, Book 3, scheduled for pre-order on May 6, 2014.

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Blurb:
After a decade of working at the campus library, a scandal involving a student leaves Olivia Milan unemployed and able to spend much more time with her best friend, Matt. She’s always been attracted to Matt Osgood, but believes he’ll never feel the same about her. When he heads out of town for the weekend, Olivia takes the opportunity to visit the River Jewel Resort in the hope of getting a new job. However, what she finds when she arrives proves life can be stranger than fiction.
Romance author Matt Osgood has been in love with the same woman for a very long time, but he thinks she’ll never return his feelings. Years of going to the River Jewel Resort have allowed him to live out his every fantasy. Still, he aches for a real emotional connection to the woman he truly loves.
Can the River Jewel Resort turn fantasy into a reality for these two best friends? Or will they run in opposite directions when confronted with the truth?

Excerpt:
“Not enough pay. Not enough hours. Not enough clothing.” She tossed the red marker across the room. “This newspaper is full of shitty jobs. There has to be something in this town I’m qualified to do.”
“Have you considered starting your own tantric-tutoring classes at the Y?” Matt waved his napkin as Olivia threw him an evil glare.
“Hardy-har-har. Are you ever going to let that go? It happened over a month ago.”
“I know, but I still wish I had been there to see it. I’m afraid the images in my mind of you and the Professor rolling around in your office just don’t do the real thing justice.”
“Perv.”
“You know it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the old man still sits around picturing the two of you getting each other off while he jerks off in that disgusting office of his.”
“Really? Did you have to go there? I feel dirty just thinking about it. Gross. I still can’t believe I let my libido take control of me.”
“Just kidding, babe. Tell you what, if you promise to go to River Jewel while I’m in Chicago doing actual work this weekend, I’ll stop teasing you about the senior-shag when I return.”
Olivia rolled her eyes. “Liar. You’re enjoying this.”
“Well, yeah, but I promise to stop. Besides, I overheard someone last night say that they’re putting a bookstore in at the Resort, on the third floor. That tells me they’re hiring and who better to run a bookstore than you?”
“No way.” She was speechless. A bookstore! It had been years since she’d been in an actual bookstore. Working at the library, reading Matt’s books and the ease of online shopping had supported her need for books for years. To be employed at a shop full of her favorite things would be amazing! Just the thought of working in one made her panties wet.
For Olivia, books had always been everything. The way they smelled when one opened them and the feel of them in her hands was like a drug. This was one of the many reasons she’d loved her job at the library. She could be closest to the things that made her happy.
One night after the library closed, her love of sex and fiction came together in an amazing way. She’d snuck in with a guy and they’d made love on top of one of the long, mahogany tables. Olivia had never felt more alive than that night. She’d been surrounded by new and old authors, their famous works standing at attention, surrounding them. Their stories of happily-ever-afters calling to her as she milked every drop from her ex’s shaft and after that, screwing in the library had become the only thing that came close to satisfying her.
Her fiancé, Randy, had never been into anything she wanted or needed and for a long time, she’d thought it was her fault. Olivia had tried to be everything Randy Davis desired and it took her a long time to realize that no one could have made him happy. His insatiability rivaled hers but he preferred to satisfy his needs with other people behind Olivia’s back. If she had known what he was doing, she never would’ve stayed with him for as long as she did. Looking back, she had wasted so much time and she’d cried enough tears to fill the Ohio River. If only she had met Matt sooner. Maybe their lives would’ve been different. Straddling Matt on a library table, riding him until they were both raw and exhausted…
“Hellooo. Earth to Olivia.” Matt snapped his fingers in her face. “Where’d you go? Oh, you were thinking about Tim, the quarterback again, weren’t you?”
Busted. “Not exactly. Okay, maybe.”
“You were! Library sex flashbacks? I’m so jealous!” He teased. “I’ve never known anyone to hold on to a memory of an ex like you have.” Did she sense a bit of real jealousy in his tone?
Maybe it was a fantasy of you that I was thinking about. She’d seen how well-endowed Matt was. Helping him get into and out of the shower safely every other day had played a huge part in her need to be taken by a man, any man. Thinking back, she should’ve spoken up sooner. Maybe their lives would be different if she had. An author and a librarian were a perfect match. She’d give him plenty of inspiration for his books and he’d fulfill all of her fantasies. But what if she was wrong?

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Bio:

Madison’s days are spent homeschooling her daughter, while her nights are spent weaving naughty, romantic tales. She writes unconventional endings which have been loved by some and hated by others. Madison is a firm believer that love is never predictable and she loves to show that happily-ever-afters come in many forms.
Madison’s words to live by; “Have fun and enjoy every moment in life. You never get a chance to do the exact same thing twice.
She loves to hear from her readers and fans.

You can email her at madisonsevier@yahoo.com or visit these places to connect:
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Review- Furious Lust – Elise Hepner

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One mistake can change a life—let alone an eternity.

Tisiphone’s a revenge demon working for Hades in the Underworld torturing damned souls. When she escapes for three days under the sun with a human male, her leash is pulled tight. Tisiphone’s banished from the Underworld to Earth and stripped of her demonic powers. But that’s not what drives her horrendous nightmares.

Cithaeron’s human life was dedicated to revenge, until a demon walked into it. The wickedly intense, sensually destructive Tisiphone takes over his life with probing questions and haunting caresses. It’s over in a blink. After centuries of torture in Limbo, Hades brings him back for a judgment call that could change their intertwined lives—dead or alive.

Their future is in their past. Their lust can burn each other to the ground. But they’ve got to learn to work together or they’ll both go to Hell for good.

Pamela’s Review

Furious Lust was an Enjoyable read: I have just read a book that I didn’t think I would read, but let me just say I did enjoy it.  To be truthful it might  seem to start off a little slow, but that’s only because  you must realize the depth of where the story goes.

It’s has such emotion, because Tisiphone has let something happen to someone she was starting to want…. Cithaeron but disaster happens and their world is turned up sided down and she became tormented ……. You need to read the story to feel the emotions of the two characters as they are searching for answers….. But in what world will they find them, how much darkness and anger must they carry. Can they find what may be called their ……………  Destiny or is it to much, will dark forces ruin it?

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Blog Post ~ I Believe in Love ~ Christina Cole

I Believe in Love

by Christina Cole

Romance today — in fiction — seems to be fast-paced and dangerous, with sex leaping off every page — the hotter, the better. There are not just “couples” involved, but threesomes and more. The romance genre is no longer confined to the “boy-meets-girl” variety of love story. Boys meet boys, girls meet girls…and angels, devils, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and “shifters” abound.

All of which is great — for those who like that sort of thing.

But where does this leave writers like me who are more interested in love than lust? Is there a place in romantic fiction for old-fashioned values and traditions?

I belive there is, and this is why I choose to write historical romances. My stories are rooted in America and in the ideals we cherish. My characters are searching for something beyond themselves — independence, equality, the opportunity to become all they aspire to be, the chance to achieve their dreams.

For a long time, I questioned my place in the romance-writing community. Were readers really intersted in stories about love and its power to change our lives? Or were they merely looking for one more quick romp in the bedroom? Did readers still care about virtues and values, or were they searching for ways to escape from reality and routine? Would I find any romance readers who shared my belief that happiness comes from appreciating even the most ordinary moments of life?

The men in my stories are not super-heroes. They’re very ordinary men who work hard, play hard, and hope to get a break now and then. The women I write about have dreams, just as we all do. They also have doubts, disappointment, and moments of despair. But above it all, they have a determination to make the most of life, to do what they believe is right, and to make their world a better place.

Although I was often told that readers no longer cared about moral issues, personal sacrifice, or lessons to be learned in life, I kept on writing stories that focused on right versus wrong, stories that forced my characters to make difficult choices, stories that helped my characters grow and change.

I was told that readers craved danger, suspense, and “alpha” heroes — dominant, demanding men who live every moment on the edge. Readers wanted exotic, not ordinary. Readers wanted stalkers, serial killers, and dead bodies littering the story. They wanted cold-blooded assassins, time-bombs threatening to go off at any minute, and complex, complicated plots of espionage — with lots of hot sex thrown in for good measure, of course.

Some readers, I was told, just wanted the sex.

But sex alone wasn’t enough. They wanted bondage and domination. Bring out the whips, the chains, the handcuffs.

They didn’t want love. They just wanted a good spanking.

I want more.

I want to give my readers not momentary pleasures that quickly fade away, but stories of real people and real love. I want to share my old-fashioned belief that love makes life better, that love makes us better.

And so, I write old-fashioned romances, stories in which characters reach out, take risks with their hearts, and find pleasure in love-making. I write stories that bring hope, stories that bring happiness.

Yes, I’m pleased to know, there are still readers who appreciate true love stories.

I’m glad, because I believe in love.

About Christina:

Christina Cole’s old-fashioned historical romances have touched the hearts of readers throughout the world. Her latest, Not the Marrying Kind, was released in January by Secret Cravings Publishing, and is the first in “The Sunset Series” — stories of life and love in the fictional town of Sunset, Colorado. The second book in the series, Keeping Faith, is scheduled for release in July.

For more information on Christina and her books, please visit Christina Cole Romance. To learn more about “The Sunset Series”, check out her blog, Riding Into the Sunset — Stepping Back in Time.

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Kat Phillips is not the marrying kind. She can’t cook, keep house, or sew a stitch. When her father takes sick and decides to sell the Rocking P ranch, Kat must either follow his wishes and marry the lackluster minister in town or find a husband for herself.

Joshua Barron comes to the Colorado Territory to make a new start. Nothing means more to him than freedom. He arrives at the cabin where he’ll be staying with his reclusive, crazy-as-a-coot cousin, and realizes Cody desperately needs a wife. His thoughts go at once to the long-legged redhead he met in the foothills.

When Kat realizes the handsome stranger is looking for a wife, she’s determined to prove she’s got all the skills required to please a man…even if she has to lie to do it. She has no idea that Joshua is involved in a few lies of his own.

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Book Spotlight- Timeless Heroes Boxed Set

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Magic & destiny unite lovers across time and space in this epic collection of award-winning, chart topping tales. From sweet to sizzling romances, 10 Timeless Heroes has a little something for everyone. With over fifteen hundred pages and a retail value of $25.90, you save almost $23 with this special introductory price! Don’t wait to stock up. Summer is right around the corner…

Fiona by PL Parker: In the past, she found her future.

Somewhere My Lass by Beth Trissel: Neil MacKenzie’s well-ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he’s her fiancé from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her she’s just addled from a blow to her head-until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.

Going Back For Romeo by LL Muir: Alone with a Highlander, in his castle, on a cold dark night…Okay, so it wasn’t that cold. Jillian is duped back to 15th Century Scotland to rescue a plaid-clad Romeo and Juliet. The monster in her way, however, is a handsome Highlander who may just be her own Romeo.

Swordsong by Skhye Moncrief: He’s arrived to help her create the perfect bride. His ticket home relies on a lonely woman haunted by more than apparitions. If time-travel duty, romance, and a bit of magic don’t help them realize their destiny resonates in mysterious fairy SWORDSONG, all known history could change.

Highland Mystic by Sky Purington: Caitriona is not who she seems. Her fate was foreseen long before birth and so important it will impact all future MacLomains. When dreams of Alan Stewart begin, she knows the time has come. But how to convince a Highland laird from another century that he must die for her? Especially when she couldn’t bear his death.

My Honorable Highlander by Nancy Lee Badger: Bumbling present day herbalist, Haven MacKay, gets more than she bargains for when her love spell goes awry, is cast back in time, and meets her true love — Laird Kirkwall Gunn. Kirk’s plans go slightly off course when he falls in love with a woman wandering through the Scottish Highlands. After all, he has pledged to marry another, from an enemy clan, in order to end a century-old feud.

Out of the Blue by Caroline Clemmons: Police Detective Brendan Hunter wants answers. Who shot him and killed his partner? Why? And why does Deirdre Dougherty know details of the event? He can’t let her out of his sight until she confesses to how she learned details no one but he and his late partner knew.

A Train Through Time by Bess McBride: Ellie awakens on a train to Seattle to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era reenactors. When handsome Robert convinces her the date is 1901, Ellie presumes she is in the middle of a very interesting dream–a dream she doesn’t want to awaken from.

Captive Hero by Donna Michaels: Test flying an invisible plane–unreal. Time-shifting to WWII–unbelievable. Capturing a hero–unavoidable. When test pilot Samantha Sheppard accidentally flies back in time and inadvertently saves a WWII pilot, she changes history and makes a crack decision to abduct him back to the present, but convincing him it’s another century proves tough.

Desires of the Heart by Linda LaRoque: At a cottage in the UK, recently divorced Loren Fairchild rebuilds her life. A simple-minded woman appears and triggers an event that hurls Loren 60 years into the past. During WWII, Miles Chapeau’s wife is hurt in an air raid. She now has the mind of a child. One day she disappears. That very night a strange woman appears. Caught in a web of confusion, Loren and Miles struggle with the direction their lives must take.

The following titles contain sexual content and are recommended for a mature audience: Swordsong, Highland Mystic, My Honorable Highlander and Captive Hero.

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