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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring in the New Year with these Amazing eBooks!

As we get closer, and closer to the New Year, a group of us thought we'd help fill out your New Year's reading list.  I have invited my friends to add their comments to this post with their eBook info.

For my part, I'll start with....
Mortal Illusions (A Contemporary Vampire Romance)

Broadway--New York City. Bright lights and hot nights.

Despite a nightly, on-stage seduction by her sultry, debonair costar, Claire Daniels didn't believe vampires were real. Not at first. But her brother was dying and she was willing to believe in anything that might save him. Armed with only her blood and innocence for barter, Claire entered into the dark, silken web of the vampire with the belief that she could seduce one of its most powerful and elusive leaders into helping her save her brother. Such illusions, however, would cost Claire far more than any mere mortal could fathom.

Barnes & Noble

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Deadly Enchantment (Shape-shifting wizards)

Murder and Mayhem in Victorian England 

Serena Cunningham did not trust Dominic Westcroft.  She was almost certain he had brutally slaughtered her sister, his first wife, in a fit of jealous rage, and she was out to prove he was the cold-blooded killer she believed him to be.  All she needed was the opportunity.

Though found not guilty by the wizard’s council and a jury, Dominic Westcroft still didn’t know if the panther he shifted into at moments of stress or danger had been responsible for his wife’s brutal murder.  And until he knew for certain whether the beast that claimed a part of his essence was innocent of the crime, he had no intention of allowing another woman into his life.  No matter how deeply he was attracted to her.

Barnes & Noble

Really hope you enjoy them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

'Tis the Season when Mistletoe isn't always needed

Just wanted to spread a little holiday cheer.  Tonight we saw Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" performed at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and it has put me into a holiday sharing mood.  I intend to post these and even more pictures on my web site, but I'm sharing them here first.  One of our family projects during the holiday season is to set up and display our Lemax village collection.

We have approximately 30 Victorian businesses that we put into a rather daunting display downstairs, and seven more that belong to a modern day Alpine Village that we put upstairs.  This year we have people kissing in both displays, and since I'm a romantic at heart, I thought I'd share with you what those two couples look like positioned in their respective displays.

Victorian Couple

Alpine Couple

My husband's name is Rich, so we thought it was especially appropriate that the couple in the Alpine village can be found kissing in front of "Rich's Retreat."

Currently on my web site are pictures of the villages we created in 2006.  I will be replacing both the village and tree pictures with photos we're taking this year, but probably not until after Christmas.  In the meantime, if you want to get a better idea of what these villages look like, please visit:

Scroll down until you see the Christmas photos section and take a gander.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Thankful for the Holidays Blog Hop

Over 18?  I'm giving away 1 book each to 2 lucky entrants.  It's going to be reader's choice from a selection of my three books, but you need to be over 18 to enter.

I have listed all the participating blogs in the hop that are 18+.  There are some great prizes being offered, so "hop" on over, all you adult blog bunnies, and scroll down until you see the Blog Hop posting with the above graphic.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

NCP December 10 Chat Giveaway

During NCP's December 10 chat, I'm giving away one reader's choice from my two NCP titles.


Click on any of the links above for more information about the book or to read an excerpt.

To enter, all you have to do is make a comment on this blog saying which book you'd like, what format you prefer and why you made the selection you did. Please include your e-mail address as well, so I can get back to you.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mortal Illusions Giveaway on Goodreads-Dec 10

Mortal Illusions

Desperate to keep her dying brother alive, Claire Daniels sets out to charm a powerful vampire into helping her save him. But winning Germaine St. Justine’s support will take more than Claire’s blood. It will cost her heart and soul. 

Length: Epic Novel
Genre: Paranormal/Vampires
Rating: Spicy
Publication Date: Nov 16 2011
ISBN/EAN13: 1466493534 / 9781466493537
Page Count: 342

eBook Winner - From the Heart of Romance Writers 2004 Lories Best Paranormal Romance

Fallen Angel Book Reviews - Michelle Bailey
5 Angels!  ". . . This reviewer loves Ms. Blake's vampires."

Romance Junkies - Gail Northman
5 Blue Ribbons! ". . . MORTAL ILLUSIONS is a book that should not be missed."


So, if you're after a gift for a fellow booklover or an early Christmas gift for yourself, enter Mortal Illusions' giveaway on Goodreads by clicking the following link.

An Early New Year's Resolution

I've already started a "naughty blog" in the "Over 18 Only" section of my web site, so I thought I'd start one for those thoughts or topics that could be shared with a more general audience.  So, this will be my attempt to share general thoughts, topics of interest, and insights into the creative process of writing spicy romantic novels.

So, this is my early New Year's Resolution.  To post items of interest (at least to me, and hopefully to others) on a weekly basis, beginning in January (if not earlier).

For those of you who are over 18 and want to read my thoughts on why I write steamier books, please visit the Over 18 Only section of my web site, and click on the Blog Icon.  If you are interested in knowing more about the erotic books I've written click on the Book Icon.

Over 18 Only

For those of you who are younger, or "younger at heart," I will post below some of the contests, chats and giveaways I'm participating in so you can join in on the fun!