GIVEAWAY AND INTERVIEW WITH HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR,MANDA COLLINS….

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR…..

MANDA COLLINS!

Good morning, Manda and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into Manda Collins?

Well, I’m a Gen X-er who loves reality television, like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. By day I work as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college in the American South. I used to be a pretty big knitter, but not so much since I started writing. I have two cats and a dog.
MBA&M: What inspired you to write this genre?

 

I have been a fan of Jane Austen and Regency Romance since my pre-teens so it was a natural fit for me. And fortunately my voice works well for this period.
MBA&M: What do you feel the allure of historical romance is to readers today?

 

For me personally as a reader, I appreciate reading about a time period when there were rules for correct behavior and for everything from wardrobe choice to which fork to use first. Of course we still have rules, but they aren’t so much in use (and frankly I’d find them to be a dead bore). But I like imagining how I would behave in a similar situation. And of course I love reading about the clothes and the excesses of the upper classes.
MBA&M: Which character in “How To Romance a Rake” do you most identify with and why?
For me personally, I identify the most with Juliet. Just like her, I suffered a life changing debilitation in my teens and I really worked hard on making her as authentic a representation of a disabled woman as I could. Of course, she is NOT me. She’s a fictional character. But that aspect of her is as close to autobiographical as my writing has come so far.

MBA&M: Most people speak of the main characters, I would like to talk about some secondary characters in “How To Romance a Rake”. Please tell our readers a little about some of your secondary characters? Will any of them have their own stories? How they came to you? etc.

 

The most memorable secondary characters in HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE are Monteith and Maddie, who will be the hero and heroine of my next book, HOW TO ENTICE AN EARL. Montieth started out in HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE as a sort of throw away friend character for Lucas, but somehow over the course of the trilogy he turned into his own man. He’s by far the most amusing of my heroes. Maddie, of course, is the third member of the Ugly Ducklings and she is the pushy one. She is not afraid to speak her own mind, and she’s the boldest of the three. I think she and Monteith are going to be a combustible combination!
MBA&M: Can you tell us a scene out of “How To Romance a Rake”,that stands out to you?
One of my favorite scenes is the one where Juliet and Alec meet in the garden behind her parents’ house. They share their first kiss. And it’s a pretty emotional scene.
MBA&M: What is your life’s passion beside writing,of course?
I am very passionate about the role that libraries play in society. I think that everyone–no matter how rich or poor–deserves to have access to books. And not just informational books. All kinds of books. One of the things that worries me most about the rise of ebooks–and don’t get me wrong, I love them–is the fact that not everyone has or will have access to an ereader. And so a number of people are losing access to reading material. It’s a problem, and I wish I knew an easy solution for it.
 
MBA&M: What is one of your most interesting quirks,do you think?

 

I am a pretty decent mimic. I’d demonstrate, but alas…
 
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they can found “How To Romance a Rake?

 

 Manda, do you have anything you would like to add today?
Thank you so much for having me today! And thanks to all my lovely readers who have made HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE such a success! I hope you all enjoy HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE as much as I did writing it!

Thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to spend time with us and our readers today!

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HOW TO ROMANCE A RAKE

MANDA COLLINS

Ugly Ducklings, Book 2
St. Martin’s Press
July 31, 2012

ISBN-13: 9780312549251
ISBN-10: 0312549253

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You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can’t make her bloom—unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat…

DANCING WITH DANGER

What’s a nice girl like Miss Juliet Shelby doing in a place like Lord Deveril’s ballroom? With her shy demeanor, she’s a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze…

PLAYING WITH FIRE

Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the “fashionable” women he’s accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence—and an explosive secret. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms …

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GIVEAWAY AND SPOTLIGHT ON AUTHOR….MELISSA BOURBON RAMIREZ…

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MELISSA BOURBON RAMIREZ…..
 MEET MELISSA BOURBON RAMIREZ!!
(from the author’s website)
Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas.  She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing (Bare Naked Lola hits the streets in April 2012), A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox with Tonya Kappes, and has two romantic suspense novels to be released in 2012.

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About Lola Cruz MysteriesMeet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she’s now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola.  She’s also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.

 

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Bare-Naked Lola is the fourth installment in the Lola Cruz mystery series by bestselling author Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Genre: Mystery with Romantic Elements
Length: Novel
Release Date: May 15th 2012
ePub ISBN: 978‐1‐62061‐005‐3
Print ISBN: 978‐1‐62061‐004‐6 
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Shelved nationwide in Barnes & Noble stores!

About Bare-Naked Lola

Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she’s going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps…

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“THE DANGER THAT IS DAMION” GIVEAWAY AND INTERVIEW WITH,LISA RENEE JONES….

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME LISA RENEE JONES TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY….
Good morning, Lisa and as always welcome to My Addiction and More!
                We are so honored to have you visit with us today…We adore your stories…..
MBA&M: Lisa, please tell those readers who do not know you, a few tidbits about Lisa Renee Jones?
I left the corporate world to write back in 2007 and its been such a good change. I then made another big change and moved to Colorado two years ago and absolutely love it here. I’m a Texan and there are a lot of Texans here because its very similar but the temps are very mild. Even when it snows it doesn’t feel that cold. We rarely need our winter coats. There are crazy cold spells that are below zero but it might be 70 two days later. The big white snow flakes and a fireplace make a great writing environment.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration in writing the “Zodius” series?
I love Vegas and use to go there about 3 times a year. My ex and his family were Army and/or Special Forces so the two things along with a fascination for Area 51 really spurred the idea WAY back before I left the corporate world.
MBA&M: Tell our readers how “The Danger that is Damion” come to be?

 

Damion and his story came to life while writing Sterling. I got to know Damion very well and I knew exactly who his heroine had to be.
MBA&M: How many books will be in the “Zodius” series?
I have a short story I’ve turned into my editor and then we shall see. I have 3 more planned and hope to write many more. Chale’s story will be next.
MBA&M: What  or who inspired you to become an author?
I actually did a lot of independent film and considered pursing that at one point but life and kids got hectic and time passed. Right before I left my biz I did some independent stuff that went to film festivals but I was really at a point where I had to move and go for it or not. I started thinking about other ways to be creative and script writing and thought — you know– you LOVE books. So the instant the idea came into my head I dived in and never looked back.
MBA&M: If you could step into any of your books,which would it be and why?
Well Santa Baby is so me. The heroine is the only one I can say is a lot like me. So I’d say I don’t have to step far. That heroine and all her mishaps are so relatable to me.
MBA&M: “The Danger that is  Damion” is the third in the “Zodius” series,do you feel readers should read this series in order or not?
I don’t think you need to read in order but I’ve had some readers say you need to. I go to great lengths to try to make sure you can step into each book without reading the prior books
MBA&M: What are some of your comfort foods?
Chocolate. I love it. But I also love cheese (Queso  yum!) and good cookies. Sugar with lots of icing.
MBA&M: What are three titles in your TBR list?
ICE Karen Moning — its not out but I cannot wait!
I am listening to Mr. Perfect on audible. Loved it when I read it and still love it.
Just finished listening to Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis
MBA&M: Who do you feel is your biggest supporter?
Oh Diego, DH, for sure.He’s believed in me when everyone thought I was nuts to leave the corporate world.
MBA&M: You have a street team named “Lisa’s Underground Angels”, how can anyone join if they would like to,and what do they do to support,and encourage you. For those who do not know what “street teams” are all about,please tell them?
Oh I love my angels. I have a group of ladies that help promote my books but many of them have become friends. They really are a special group. Some beta read for me. Some are social media experts. Some let me cry on their shoulder when I have revisions!
I do a lot of special things for my angels because they are special to me.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where to find “The Danger that is Damion”?
Damion should be in your Barnes and Noble stores and on line at all e-tailers. Or you can come to Vegas May 26th and get one signed by me!
                     Lisa, do you have anthing else to add today?
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and our readers today!!
Just thanks for having me and thanks to my angels and my readers!
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THE DANGER THAT IS DAMION
LISA RENEE JONES

The Danger that is Damion

ZODIUS #3: THE DANGER THAT IS DAMION

Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 2012)

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General Powell from book 1 has returned and he’s developed a way to create and control a new generation of female GTECHs. He plans to use these women to bring both, the Renegades and the Zodius soldiers, back under his command. The world will be his. Now, Damion, a Renegade, who readers met in book two, will be pitted against one of those soldiers, a woman destined to be both his Lifebond and his enemy. Damion will become her only hope of salvation and their trust in each other the only chance they have to save the world from a madman.

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PIRATES INVASION AND GIVEAWAY WITH AUTHOR,M.L. TYNDALL…

IT IS OUR HONOR AND PLEASURE TO WELCOME SWASHBUCKLING ROMANCE AUTHOR, M.L TYNDALL TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TOAY!!

 

THANK YOU, M.L. FOR VISITING WITH US TODAY AND WELCOME!!!

MBA&M: Give our readers a little background about yourself?

MARY LU: I grew up in South Florida where I fell in love with the tropics and tall ships and dreamt of swashbuckling pirates, but I now live on the opposite side of the country in California. How I ended up out here is a long story. LOL.  I have a degree in Math/Computer Science and worked as a geeky programmer for 15 years at IBM. Yes, it’s true. Weird, but true.  I’ve been writing full time for six years, been married for 20, and I have six kids and 3 cats.

MBA&M: What are some lessons learned as an author?

MARY LU: Don’t ever make this career about you. Make it about helping others, about entertaining them and encouraging them and helping them see life from a different perspective. For me, it’s about making people see how much God loves them. When it becomes about me, I get worried, anxious, jealous, demanding. When it’s about others, I just work hard, and let God handle the rest.

Also, write the story God puts on your heart and don’t write the stories you think will sell or the stories that are hot in the market. When I wrote my pirate series, there were no Christian pirate stories out there and nobody wanted historical novels.

MBA&M:  List three things readers may or may not know about you and your writing career?

MARY LU: The very first book that I submitted for publication got accepted. (Please don’t hate me)

I have 10 books published and 4 more contracted.

My very first book, The Redemption, was nominated for the prestigious Christy award!

MBA&M:  What do you feel about self-publishing and will you be self-publishing any of your future titles?

MARY LU: Recent changes in the publishing industry are very exciting!  Many authors who’ve never had a chance to become published through a traditional publisher, can now publish their own work with minimal effort and money. I think it’s great!  It not only opens up doors for so many authors, but it gives us more freedom to choose what stories we will write. Of course that means there will be a ton of badly written books put on the market, but I’d rather have the readers be the gate keepers than some small group of publishers.

Yes, I’m planning on writing a mermaid story that’s been burning on my heart and putting that out as an e-book. This is a book that would never get accepted by traditional publishers, but I believe there’s a real market out there for it and it’s a story that must be told.

MBA&M: MaryLu, with today’s market and the publishing industry seeming to pull awry from certain topics, how hard is it to write stories involving Pirates, especially if it is something you enjoy? And do you feel there is a vast market for the “Pirate” invasion?

MARY LU: Back in 2005 when I was shopping around my pirate series, I came across a lot of opposition in the Christian market. In fact I got rejected by every single Christian Publisher except one. Pirates are notorious thieves and let’s face it, most people don’t think Christianity and thieves mix very well!  At least not at first glance. But I’m of the opposite opinion. I think Christianity and thieves and prostitutes and murderers and liars and all other forms of debauchery mix quite well. Jesus himself hung out with sinners all the time. Why would I want to only read about righteous people? What better way to express the awesome power and love of God then by taking a dead-beat wicked pirate and showing how God can change him, transform him and give him life!

MBA&M: Is there a market for the pirate invasion?

MARY LU: I sure hope so!! I have many more tales I’d love to write! But time will tell.

 MBA&M: What do you feel the allure of “Pirates” are to readers today?

MARY LU: I can only tell you why I love pirates. I don’t look at them as thieves and murderers, though some surely were quite evil. I look at them as misfits, rejects, and outcasts from society who took to the seas in search of freedom and a chance to make a fortune. Many of them were poor sailors who’d lost their jobs in the navy when the wars ended. Others were political prisoners escaping tyranny, others were escaped indentured servants, others x-slaves, some just didn’t fit into society’s mold and couldn’t make a living.  Many of them were actually forced into piracy when their merchant ships were captured.  Let’s face it, there’s a little bit of misfit in us all, a part of each of us who feels we don’t fit in. And maybe a part of us who just wants to get away from all of society’s restrictions and requirements and live free again. I think that’s the true allure of pirates. Besides, swashbuckling adventures aboard a ship are really cool!

MBA&M: As a Christian author, how hard do you feel it is to get readers outside of the Christan/Inspirational reader to read this genre?

MARY LU: Next to impossible. And when they do, I often get blasted with criticism about my books being too preachy.  When in fact, they really aren’t. My spiritual themes flow nicely with the story just like wizardry flows nicely with the Harry Potter stories, or vampires flow nicely with the Twilight series. All are supernatural stories. All have miracles and events that go beyond our human understanding. Yet it’s always the books that mention Jesus or God that get criticized.  Go figure. I think if some non-Christians would give Inspirational books a try, they might really enjoy them and find the spiritual aspect of them quite encouraging.  

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http://www.marylutyndall.com/

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Even Pirates need Love!

Legacy of the King’s Pirates trilogy by M.L. Tyndall

A unique blend of blood-thirsty pirates, romance, suspense, miracles, and God.  Take a journey back to 17th century Caribbean during the golden age of piracy and follow the adventures of Captain Edmund Merrick, a pirate turned privateer who, along with his rag-tag crew, scour the seas in search of Spanish conquests as well as conquests for God!

Each book title in the series is not only the name of the book, but the name of the ship in the story and the theme of the story:

In The Redemption , when Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of a father she never knew , she is shipwrecked on an island and rescued by a band of pirates, captained by Edmund Merrick who soon discovers the man Charlisse is searching for is the same man Merrick hopes to capture and hang.

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/SS9jHzAbDsM

Links to buy The Redemption

In The Reliance, the happily married Charlisse and Merrick soon find their joy severed when an explosion causes Merrick to believe Charlisse is dead, but instead she is kidnapped by their nemesis out for revenge. While Merrick reverts to his evil pirate ways, Charlisse escapes, takes over his old pirate ship and encounters many harrowing trials as she attempts to make her way back to a man she believes has forsaken her.

In The Restitution, after Isabel Ashton bears the illegitimate child, a product of a forced encounter with the pirate Kent Carlton, her baby is kidnapped by one of Kent’s enemies. In love with Isabel and wanting to change his pirating ways, Kent finds her and together they search for their child, encountering battles, deception, jealousy, and danger along the way.

 

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH AUTHOR,C.J. ELLISSON….

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C.J. ELLISSON and her Vampire Vacation Inn series!!!

Good morning, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!

 

CJ: Thanks for having me here today! It’s a pleasure to meet your readers and please thank Jeanne for the lovely reviews she did on my books.

MBA&M: Please give our readers insight into C.J. Ellisson.

 

CJ: Hmm… I never know exactly what people want to know. I’m a happily married mother of two battling multiple autoimmune diseases and several severe bacterial infections.

I had to leave my last job a few years ago because of my health and began writing to save my sanity. I never expected people would want to read my take on sexy vampires—and am continually surprised and humbled by the response the books are receiving.

MBA&M: What is the allure of “vampires” to readers?

 

CJ: That’s a tricky one! I think for every reader it’s unique. Some may like the deadly, mysterious aspects or the angst-riddled characters Anne Rice produced decades ago, while others may be drawn to the more modern dream-lover in today’s paranormal romance books. I tend to enjoy books that are a mixture of the two—a monster with a mysterious sexual allure.

MBA&M: How many books are in the “V V Inn” series and what order should they be read in, if any?

 

CJ: There are three books right now, and two free reads containing half of the first two books.

My idea was simple: Give half the book away to make sure the reader truly liked the story and style before buying it. I’d rather do that than risk annoying buyers with the overt eroticism inherent in the first book, and the unique story-telling style in the second one (which is very different than the first book).

Titles in the V V Inn series:

Free Short Story and half of Book One: Just One Taste

Book One: Vampire Vacation (Oct 2010)

Free Read containing half of Book Two: Another Sip

Book Two: The Hunt (June 2011)

Book Three: Big Game (April 2012)

Book Four: The Seduction of Death (due out December 2012)

MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in the “V V Inn” series?

 

Oooo… so hard to choose… I really love Vivian and Rafe, but some of the secondary characters have grown on me, too. It’s hard not to love a werewolf with a self-deprecating sense of humor who oozes sensuality. Or an ex-military vampire recently turned during a tour in Afghanistan. (It helps that the last character is based on one of my nephews. No, he is not a vampire) 😉

MBA&M: Where did the idea come from for the “V V Inn” series, and how did you decide who would be the hero/heroine and who would be the villain(s)?

CJ: I’d been reading the genre for a very long time. Whether it was called fantasy, horror, romance, or the newest moniker urban fantasy—I read it. I loved the strong heroines and noticed there was a distinct trend – they were the ones who invariably became romantically involved with the powerful, supernatural hero in the story.

I decided if I ever wrote a book it would be with a supernatural female lead and she would be stronger than her mate. The story started to coalesce in my mind little by little, but was still a disjointed dream most of the time.

After a book club meeting one night, a friend asked about my idea—boy, did she got an earful! I’d had my opening line in my head for a while and the overall storyline spilled out as we chatted in my driveway. Turns out she was also a professional editor and loved my concept. She encouraged me to try my hand at writing and helped guide me on the basics.

I knew nothing about plotting a book and just wrote. This friend helped me understand I needed to know where the story was going so I could write toward a goal. Within a few weeks I had my villain mapped out, his motivation, and a meaty story to keep readers involved.

When asked, I tell people the book is not mystery, because that angle of the story is more of a subplot. Nor is it a romance, despite the frequent and detailed sex scenes. If pressed, I try to explain it’s a mix of genres and sits in the fantasy section.

MBA&M:  What is your next project(s)?

 

CJ: The third full-length novel in the series, Big Game, will release the end of April. After that I’m going to do some shorter novellas for the readers who want to know Jonathan’s story. I plan on completing at least two novellas this year while working on book four, The Seduction of Death, which is slotted to release in December 2012.

I’ve also got a middle-grade book I’m working on for my children under another pen name.

MBA&M: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

CJ: I’m fortunate that one of my dream destinations will happen this summer. My books are based in Alaska and I’m going there on a vampire themed cruise called Vamps at Sea as a guest speaker. It will be so cool to finally see the land I’m writing about in the series.

Aside from my immediate trip, I’d love to travel Asia extensively. I’ve always been fascinated with the rich culture and history of the people. Truth be told, if I had the money, I’d love to visit every continent and see many countries.

 

MBA&M: What is some of your comfort foods?

CJ: I was diagnosed with Celiac’s a few years ago, so a lot of my favorite comfort foods had to change. I’ve found some decent pasta, which saved me in some regard. I can’t resist a spicy meat sauce at least one night a week!

Side dish favorites would have to include mashed potatoes. And with the addition of Bob Evan’s pre-made mashed potatoes in the grocery store, we have them more often now than is good for my waistline.

MBA&M: What are some of your writing rituals?

CJ: Depends on the day of the week and how I’m feeling. Some days I have memory issues due to the bacterial infections I’m fighting and need to re-read a few recent chapters and my outline before I can begin writing. I like a relatively quiet work place and have been known to chase my husband back down to his office when he’s on a call (He has a booming voice on the phone and we both work from home). Occasionally I’ll put on music or get up and exercise when I feel like I need a rejuvenating push of energy.

Other days the writing flows smoothly and I have a clear grasp on what to write. It’s hit or miss; I take it as it comes.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where the “V V Inn” series is available?

CJ: I’m all over the Internet. I’ll keep it to a few and hopefully they will come by and say hello.

My website, where they can read half of my books for free:

http://www.cjellisson.com

Facebook, where I interact daily with readers on the Page:

http://www.facebook.com/c.j.ellissonfanpage

My books are available at many online retailers, including Amazon, Apple, B&N, Powell’s, Diesel, Bookdepository and many more.

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VAMPIRE VACATION

Book 1

C.J. ELLISSON

Paperback:312 pages

Publisher:Red Hot Publishing (October 10, 2010)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1927116244

ISBN-13: 978-1927116241

Book Description:(from Amazon)

 Meet Vivian.

She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot — a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.

 Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

*Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers over 18 only.*

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THE HUNT

Book 2

C.J. ELLISSON

Paperback:312 pages

Publisher:Red Hot Publishing (June 30, 2011)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1927116252

ISBN-13: 978-1927116258

Book Description:(from Amazon)

Vivian thinks she can control every aspect of a deadly game with her usual manipulations… but what if she can’t?

Seven vampires and seven werewolves pay to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of an Alaskan resort. The one to catch her, and live through the encounter, will increase their power by feasting on hers.

The tiny vampire they track is more than she appears, however. To escape a fate of twelve years in silver chains, she’ll do anything to survive the weeklong excursion. This time, the darkness holds more than just the stinging bite of the Arctic–it holds death.

Journey along, in this next installment of The V V Inn series, for a wild ride as the tale is told through the eyes of all the new seethe members.

*Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.*

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BIG GAME

Book 3

C.J.ELLISSON

(from Ascot Media Group)

Third in the series, Big Game promises two fast-paced adventures, one involving the shooting of a werewolf at the Alaskan resort and another as we follow our loving couple through the challenges of tracking exactly who suspects Vivian’s most well-guarded secret.

*Warning: This book series contains very explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers over 18 only.*

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