[Archive] Series Spotlight, Reviews, CMC15 Promo & Giveaway for Larissa Ione_9.30.14



Series Spotlight, Reviews, Coastal Magic Convention Promo & Giveaway


Larissa Ione

Hey everyone!

I’m very happy to be promoting for the uber fabulous Larissa Ione again today.

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

Keep up with Larissa online - Website / Facebook / Twitter / GoodReads

Larissa is the proud creator of the incredible DEMONICA and LORDS OF DELIVERANCE series. She also has a Native American based Vampire series called MOONBOUND CLAN VAMPIRE.

I cannot say enough good things about Larissa’s work, so if you haven’t had the pleasure of checking out her books, do! For today, however, I’m going to tell you about her MOONBOUND CLAN VAMPIRE series and its newest release, Chained by Night.

Bound by Night

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Larissa Ione’s bestselling Demonica series has captivated fans with its sensual blend of dark passion and demonic fury. Now she takes you to another intoxicating world—where a dangerous clan of wild vampires rules the night…


Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most …


A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with

her touch … or bury him forever.

Chained by Night

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Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation. To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.

But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

—Actual Rating 4.5 Skulls

Seriously, Larissa Ione can do no wrong… EXCELLENT read! I will admit that I didn’t love book #1. Yes, I liked it, but after devouring her Demonica and LoD books like the world’s most decadent treat, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be in for the long haul with Moonbound Clan. I can tell you with 100% certainty now that I AM! :)

Picking up where Bound by Night (book #1) leaves off, Hunter is resigning himself to a lifetime commitment to a woman he doesn’t even like, let alone love. In an effort to save his clan he made a deal with the clan chief of another to marry his daughter, thereby strengthening both clans. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only hardship. The humans are coming out en masse to try and destroy the vampires and life for the foreseeable future is looking challenging.

Action-packed, sexy, and intriguing with a super strong female that I adored, an incredible alpha male just soft enough around the edges to entice, a hated antagonist group that sickened and a group of supporting cast that will have you loving and hating with equal measure, Chained by Night was a ‘stay up extra hours’ engaging read that had me wanting the next book of the series immediately.

Highly recommended! Though I do suggest reading the series in order for maximum enjoyment.

Make sure to check them out!!

Do you want to meet Larissa in person? You can! You can meet Larissa, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.

Keep up with all things Coastal Magic at the Website / Facebook Page / Facebook Event / Twitter / Pinterest

I’m offering up winner choice of Bound by Night or Chained by Night in eBook from either Amazon or B&N

To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget on our Book Blasts & More page through 10/6, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.

Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!!

29 September 2014 ·

[Archive] Upcoming Release Spotlight, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway_9.29.14



Upcoming Release Spotlight, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway


Lisa Kessler

Hello my literal addicts!

I am super happy to have the wonderful Lisa Kessler back with us today.
Lisa Kessler is a Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. She currently writes the Night Series and the Moon Series for Entangled Publishing.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. She’s married and lives in sunny San Diego, California.

You can keep up with Lisa online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

You can check out Lisa’s entire backlist HERE, but let me fill any new readers in on her MOON series so that we can all be ready for the awesome new release, Blood Moon, when it gets here! I’ll also let you know about a wonderful new box set she’s involved in called Seductive Supernaturals. Read on…

MOON Book #1

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Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

Hunter’s Moon
MOON Book #2

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Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she’s on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.

When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she’ll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.

Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she’s also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.

Add book #3, Blood Moon - Releasing Soon - to your GoodReads Shelf, as well (cover and blurb coming soon)!

And… the new box set with 11 other best-selling and award-winning authors, Seductive Supernaturals, coming 10/20/14…

Bad boys, tortured alpha heroes, and kick-ass heroines all come together in 12 steamy full-length paranormal romance novels and novellas from NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors! Whether you’re looking for tantalizing dark tales or the humorous side of the supernatural, you’ll get werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, monster hunters, and ghosts—every one of them a hot temptation you won’t be able to resist…

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Check in to one of the eBook retailers to read about each of the stories that comprise the box set, including Lisa’s Night Angel.

Now, let’s learn some more about Lisa, shall we?


LITERAL ADDICTION - Chelle: Hi Lisa! Welcome back. As always, I’m thrilled to be promoting for you today!!

LISA: Hi Chelle! *waving* Great to be back with the Literal Addicts again! :)

LITERAL ADDICTION - Chelle: I always start out by asking some random ‘get to know you’ type questions, as you know. We did most of the normal ones last time we did an interview with you for the NIGHT series, so I thought I’d throw some new ones at you this time.

Q1): The last time you were here I asked you to tell me 3 things about yourself I couldn’t find out easily on the Net and you mentioned that you chew gum [furiously] while you write. What’s your favorite kind and why?

LISA: Great question! LOL I’m kind of an aficionado of sugarless gums!
LOL I’ve tried most all of them, and my favorite is still Trident Bubble Gum. Occasionally I’ll also chomp Trident Sweet Mint too just for a change of pace! LOL

Q2): I also asked you what you liked to do in your non-author time and you told me that you adore Disneyland. What are your favorite parts of the park?

LISA: Fantasyland is my favorite. I love the storybook rides and It’s a Small World, but during the Fall I’m all about the Haunted Mansion. They switch it up in September and all of the Nightmare Before Christmas cast takes it over. Amazing!!! It’s my favorite Halloween tradition! :)

Q3): If I were to pick up your MP3 player or jump in your car, what would I be most likely to hear?

LISA: I have pretty eclectic tastes so it could be anything from show tunes, to Adam Lambert, to Queen, to Metallica! LOL It’d probably be easier to tell you what wouldn’t be playing… Country and rap. Just not my things! :)

Q4): If your house was on fire, assuming everyone was perfectly safe and you were able, what book(s) would you attempt to go back in to save from the inferno?

LISA: All my signed Kelley Armstrong and Anne Rice books! Yikes! My hubby would be right beside me braving the flames to save all his Stephen King 1st edition hardbacks.

Q5): Let’s play a game…. You are the heroine in the last book you read and are dating the hero from the one before. Who are you and who is your boy toy?

LISA: I’m Mercy Thompson and my boy toy would be Charles from the Alpha and Omega series… I can see lots of drama on the horizon when Adam Hauptman finds out, right? LOL

Q6): What’s a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a process that you normally follow or is it sort of by the cuff?

LISA: I wish I had a typical day. Before I started writing full time, I had this mental picture that I’d have hours to write every single day, but it hasn’t worked out like that for me just yet. Between promo for new releases, sales on backlist releases, and writing new books my days are crazy. When a book deadline is nearing though, everything else takes a backseat so I can crank out words every single day. Lots of words… Whee!

Q7): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the MOON series?

LISA: It was actually born from a short story. I’d met Ray Bradbury and he challenged me to write 52 short stories in 52 weeks. During that challenge I wrote a short story called Moonlight about a woman who had no idea that when she passed out during the new moon cycle, she was really shifting into a huge black jaguar.

Anyway, after I wrote the short story, I couldn’t stop thinking about Lana and Adam and wondering what would happen next. That story ended up being Chapter One of MOONLIGHT and after I met the rest of the Pack, I knew I needed to write each of their stories.

Q8): How many books do you have planned for the series?

LISA: There will be eight books total. The final book will be Sebastian’s.

Q8): For my readers who are new to the series, can you tell us a little bit about it in your own words?

LISA: The Moon Series centers around a werewolf pack in Reno, Nevada. Their path is on a collision course with a top secret government contractor, the Nero Organization, who is obsessed with breeding the ultimate assassin.

Q9): Congratulations on the wrap up of the NIGHT series by the way! So great. :) Do you have anything else in the works outside of the MOON series that you can share with my readers?

LISA: Thank you!!! I’ve been thrilled with the reader response for the final book in the Night Series, NIGHT CHILD! I’ve got a new series that my agent is shopping around, and in the meantime, NIGHT ANGEL is going into the new multi-author boxed set you mentioned above, Seductive Supernaturals! I’m thrilled to be a part of it! :)

Q10): Is there anything special you’d like to say to your readers and fans while I have you here today?

LISA: I’d love to thank all my readers and all the amazing people on my Night Angels street team too! You all make this crazy publishing journey worthwhile and I appreciate every one of you who take the time to read and breathe life into my stories.

LITERAL ADDICTION - Chelle: Lisa, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to be with us again today. I adore having you here and I am SOOO excited to finally meet you in February!

LISA: Oh I can’t wait to meet you too Chelle!!! When my first book, Night Walker, came out, you were one of the FIRST book bloggers who had me on their blog and I’ve never forgotten! Thanks for all the support over the years! :)

Do you want to meet Lisa in person? You can! You can meet Lisa, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.

Keep up with all things Coastal Magic at the Website / Facebook Page / Facebook Event / Twitter / Pinterest

There’s a contest for this Event going on until 10/6 over on our Author Interviews page!!

28 September 2014 ·

[ARCHIVE] Series Spotlight, Author Ambush & Giveaway with Anton Strout_9.25.14



Series Spotlight, Author Ambush & Giveaway


Anton Strout

24 September 2014 ·

[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Interview & Giveaway with Cherie Priest_9.22.14



Spotlight, Review, Interview and Giveaway


Cherie Priest

22 September 2014 ·

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20 September 2014 ·

[ARCHIVE] Spotlight, Excerpt, Series Information and Giveaway for Eden Bradley and Invitation to Eden_9.17.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT 9/17/14 Spotlight, Excerpt, Series Information and Giveaway for… Eden Bradley and Invitation to Eden

 Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin writes erotica and erotic romance for Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice, Berkley Heat, and Samhain Publishing. Several of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel FORBIDDEN FRUIT, was profiled in Cosmopolitan magazine’s Red Hot Reads.

In 2010 she launched her new pen name, Eve Berlin, exclusively for Berkley Heat, with the debut of her erotic romance, PLEASURE’S EDGE, winner of the 2010 Holt Medallion Award!

All of her book ratings at Goodreads reflect her favorite books, from those she loved to lifelong keepers.


Keep up with everything Eden at her Website, on Facebook, and on GoodReads.

I’m here today to tell you all about a sexy new series called Invitation to Eden, an exciting series from 27 of the biggest names in sizzling hot romance. Join us as we take you on an exciting adventure to Eden, where anything…and everything goes, and Eden’s contribution, Pleasure Point.

Pleasure Point



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The island always knows what you need…

Miranda lives in paradise— the exclusive Eden resort, the ultimate in fantasy retreats.

Roan, the resort’s dungeon consultant, lives part-time on the island and full-time in the past.

When the sexy Dominant and the sultry pastry chef both receive one of the island’s mysterious invitations they spend a sizzling week together in the dungeon suite. They’re left breathless, wanting more… and hopelessly falling.

Both have been scarred by loss, both have created a nearly impenetrable shell. The intensity and intimacy of kink might be the perfect recipe to open Miranda’s heart again. But can the man who fulfills her every secret desire ever give her what she needs the most?


Roan led her to a small sofa upholstered in diamond-tucked red leather and waited for her to sit before seating himself next to her.

“So, here we are,” he said, reaching for a tumbler of water on the table in front of them and pouring her a glass, handing it to her. “Summoned by the Master of the island.”

“Yes, I suppose so.”

He touched his fingers to the glass, gave it a small nudge. “Drink, Miranda. And tell me what you think of this place.”

She found herself sipping from the glass, following his instructions.

This is crazy.

She set the glass down on the table and took a moment to look around, noticing the gorgeous and luxurious equipment. There were red leather spanking benches, gleaming chrome chains dangling from the ceiling, some ending in red and black padded leather cuffs. At regular intervals along the slick red and black walls in between the seating areas were shining chrome racks holding floggers, paddles and whips. And the entire room was reflected in enormous, chrome-framed mirrors mounted on the walls. Beautiful and wicked-looking.

“It’s spectacular. Nothing but the best for the Eden resort, so it doesn’t surprise me. But I think I expected there to be other people here,” she said, glancing around, her nerves beginning to prickle at the back of her neck simply from being in the same room—this deliciously wicked room—with Roan Abrams.

“Did you? You knew where you were going, then?”
“Of course. The invitation said to go to Club Sin.”

His eyes were dark, searching her face. “You knew this wasn’t a bar? A dance club?”

“I work here. On the island.”

“Ah. So do I. Well, I come in as a consultant. Tell me what you do here, Miranda.”

“I’m the head pastry chef. But according to the invitation I have the next week off.”

He reached out and stroked her cheek with one warm fingertip, like a tiny shock of need against her skin. There was a small but cocky grin on his generous mouth. “You bake sweets, do you?”

He was too damn handsome. Too commanding. Too… everything. She pulled back. “Which I’m sure you’ve eaten, if you’ve been on the island.”

“I’m certain I have. Working with sugar suits you.”

“You don’t know anything about me.”

God, why was she being so rude to this man? Maybe because his stunning good looks and natural dominance were making her think about things she shouldn’t even be considering.

Like his hand coming down on her bare ass. Pulling her hair hard while he kissed her breathless.


He leaned closer, lowering his voice, and she caught his scent—something spicy and earthy. Provocative. “No? I believe I know at least two things about you. One, you were invited here to meet me apparently, since, as you pointed out, we are the only ones here. And two,” he paused, his voice a quiet murmur, “the pulse in your lovely throat is racing.”

“Oh.” She put her hand to her neck for a moment, saw him watching and dropped it down to her side. She had to get herself under control. She cleared her throat. “Why do you think we were invited here? I don’t know what the Master could have been thinking.”

“Am I so repulsive to you, then?”

“What? No, of course not.” Then she saw the teasing twinkle in his eye, the slight curve of his lips, and her cheeks flamed. “I mean, no. I didn’t mean to be rude.”

“You weren’t.”

Her gaze narrowed on his. “And you’re having an awful lot of fun playing with me.”

“Ah, I hope to.”

She shook her head. “You’ve got the wrong girl, Mr. Abrams.”

Doesn’t he?

“Roan,” he said. “And I’m fairly certain—quite certain—I don’t. I have a particular knack for these things. You are definitely the right girl, in the right place. With the right Dominant. And even if I were fallible in this regard, Mr. Vardalos is rarely wrong about these things—sending out the invitations. From what I’ve heard.”

“I’ve heard plenty myself, but I don’t know how much of it to believe and how much is simply clever marketing for Eden.”

“I doubt the resort needs much in the way of marketing since it’s by invitation only. Our benefactor has plenty of money—he didn’t build this place because he needs to turn a profit.”

“He’s my employer, not my benefactor. I work hard for my paychecks.”

“Of course. I never meant to imply anything else.”

She really had to calm down and stop being so damn defensive. This man wasn’t anything she couldn’t handle.

Oh, you are such a liar. Half the conversation has been calculated mind-fuck.

It was working, damn it. She crossed her legs against the warm ache between them.

She cleared her throat again. “So, what do you do for Mr. Vardalos?” she asked.

“I designed this place, for a start. About four years ago. And the Victorian spanking suite, and the other BDSM suites. He has me back here periodically to make changes, to check equipment, come up with new ideas.”

“You designed this place? The club?

“Yes, and much of the equipment.”

“Oh…” It came out on a soft breath. Her fingers tightened on her small clutch purse. This man—this Dominant—was definitely going to be more than she was ready for. He was the real thing, high caliber in the kink realm, obviously. No weekend player. Oh, yes, far too real for her, no matter how insanely attracted to him she was. “I think…I think this was a mistake.”

“Again, Miranda, I’m certain it wasn’t.”

She stood. “No. It was definitely a mistake. Look, Roan…I don’t mean to be rude. Really. But I’m not…this is not for me. None of this. You. This place. I have to go.”


© Eden Bradley 2014

Make sure to check out the other books in the series from Elena Aitken, R.G Alexander, Avery Aster, Opal Carew, Mari Carr, Jessica Clare, Delilah Devlin, Sarah Fawkes, Cathryn Fox, Eliza Gayle, Lauren Hawkeye, Joey W. Hill, Steena Holmes, Adriana Hunter, Julia Kent, Roni Loren, C.C MacKenzie, Sharon Page, Carly Philips, Suzanne Rock, Daire St. Denis, Tawny Stokes, Kimberly Kaye Terry, and Erika Wilde.

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16 September 2014 ·

[Archive] Spotlight, Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway for Kristen Painter and the authors of Darkly Dreaming_9.16.14



Spotlight, Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway


Kristen Painter and the authors of Darkly Dreaming

Hello everyone!

I’m here today to tell you all about an incredible new box set by Kristen Painter, Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, and Cate Rowan called Darkly Dreaming.

Darkly Dreaming

A 5 book fantasy romance box set

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Fall into magic and fall in love with Darkly Dreaming, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. Darkly Dreaming contains five fantasy romance novels intended for adult readers.

Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don’t kill each other first.


Eager to find her place in the world and understand the frightening gifts she’s been born with, Jessalyne Brandborn leaves her sheltered life to become apprentice to the most powerful sorceress in Shaldar. She hires Ertemis, the deadliest man in the realm, to get there.

With the Legion’s bounty on his head, Ertemis is reluctant to escort Jessalyne but needs the money she offers – especially if he’s ever to find out who his father is. On the way, he discovers benefits to Jessalyne’s naiveté; she treats him like an equal, not an outlaw.
Swayed by Ertemis’ gruff charm, Jessalyne starts to trust him and her emotional walls begin to crumble.

Little do they know that within them lies the hope of the dying elven race, the renewal of Shaldar’s beleaguered kingdom and an incredible chance at love. If they don’t kill each other first.

Exclusive Excerpt - HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter

Water dripped from several openings in the cavern ceiling but the sandy floor was mostly dry. Plenty of open space remained between the boulders scattered across the ground. It would do for shelter.
Ertemis removed his leather breastplate and hooked it over his saddle horn. He yanked his shirt off and stood bare-chested in the firelight. “You cannot stay in those wet clothes, no matter how nicely they cling to you.”
Jessalyne hugged her arms over her breasts. “I’m fine.”
“You’re shivering. Take those wet rags off. Or do you wish help?” He raised a brow, his mouth curving seductively.
“No.” She moved to the other side of the cavern, away from him. The firelight set his skin aglow, defining every muscle. He looked like living stone. How would it feel to be held in those strong arms?
Ertemis picked up a branch the thickness of a man’s arm and snapped it like a twig before tossing the pieces onto the fire. With some of the longer branches, he built a tripod at the edge of the fire. He draped his cloak and shirt there then began unbuttoning his trousers.
“What are you doing?” Jessalyne yelled.
“I’m not sleeping in wet clothes. And as you still haven’t taken a stitch off, I’ll be over to help you when I’m through.”
“You will not!” She turned around and stared at the rugged cavern walls. Beast. Must he carry on this way? Nice one moment, barbarian the next. Obviously, he enjoyed torturing her. She would never be able to sleep in the same room, or cave, with a naked man. Even thinking the words made her cheeks warm. Especially since she knew exactly what that naked man looked like.
Something pulled her off balance. She gasped. He was unlacing her bodice.
He whispered into her ear. “I wouldn’t turn around unless you wish to see for yourself how impressive I am in my all-together. Again.”
His hot breath sent a shudder down her spine. “You’re shameless and wicked.”
“Aye.” He tugged once more and the bodice came loose. “That I am.”
Once the bodice was off, his hands went around her waist. He held her for a moment, the warmth of his skin sinking through the damp fabric. Then his fingers spread over her hips possessively. She inhaled hard. A thick, liquid heat gathered in her belly. He pulled her close, removing any space between them. The contact was so sweet it hurt, but the pain was worth the pleasure. Rational thought disappeared. Every inch of him was hard, hot muscle. No wonder few women ever refused him.

Award winning author Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists and incredible worlds. She writes both paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor where she loves to interact with readers. She’s also the co-founder of RomanceDivas.com, an award-winning writers’ forum. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/xT-9L to find out when her next release is coming out.

Kristen writes the amazing HOUSE OF COMARRE, CRESCENT CITY and ALL FIRED UP series, as well as several sexy single titles and Continuity Novella series called SIN CITY COLLECTORS that she started with Amanda Carlson.

Author links- Website / Blog / GoodReads / Twitter / Facebook / Mailing List

Do you want to meet Kristen in person? You can! You can meet Kristen AND Danielle, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.

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15 September 2014 ·

[Archive] New Release Spotlight and Excerpt for Cynthia Eden_9.15.14



New Release Spotlight and Excerpt


Cynthia Eden

14 September 2014 ·

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway with Lexi Blake_8.19.14



Series Spotlight, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway


Lexi Blake

Hello my lovely literal addicts,

LITERAL ADDICTION is thrilled to have the wonderful Lexi Blake with us today…

You can keep up with her online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest and on GoodReads.

Lexi is the proud creator of the THIEVES and MASTERS AND MERCENARIES series, as well as some awesome collections.

I suggest you check out her entire backlist, but for today, I’m going to get you all caught up on her MASTERS AND MERCENARIES series and promo its new release, A View To A Thrill, which was just released today, 8/19/14!

The Dom Who Loved Me

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A routine mission…

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She’s the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

…turns into a dangerous seduction.

Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean’s every dark desire. She’s living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she’s only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?

The Men With The Golden Cuffs

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A woman in danger…

Serena Brooks is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn’t managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don’t believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she’s making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart.

Two men in search of love…

Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They’ve spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she’s the one. But Jacob’s past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena’s story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever…

A Dom is Forever

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A Man with a Past…

Liam O’Donnell fled his native Ireland years ago after one of his missions ended in tragedy and he is accused of killing several of his fellow agents. Shrouded in mystery, Liam can’t remember that fateful night. He came to the United States in disgrace, seeking redemption for crimes he may or may not have committed. But the hunt for an international terrorist leads him to London and right back into the world he left behind.

A Woman Looking for a Future…

Avery Charles followed her boss to London, eager to help the philanthropist with his many charities. When she meets a mysterious man who promises to show her London’s fetish scene, she can’t help but indulge in her darkest fantasies. Liam becomes her Dom, her protector, her lover. She opens her heart and her home to him, only to discover he’s a man on a mission and she’s just a means to an end.

When Avery’s boss leads them to the traitorous Mr. Black, Liam must put together the puzzle of his past or Avery might not have a future…

On Her Master’s Secret Service

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Her submission fulfilled her

When Eve St. James married Alex McKay, she had her whole life ahead of her. They were the FBI’s golden couple by day, but by night Eve gave herself over to her husband’s world of Dominance and submission filled with pleasures she came to crave.

His betrayal destroyed her

Worried for her safety, Alex left Eve behind to tackle a dangerous mission. But Alex never suspected that Eve was the real target and her security is destroyed by a madman. By the time he rescues her, his wife has been changed forever.

But when her life is in danger, he is her only hope

Unable to heal the damage, Alex and Eve are still trapped together in a cycle of pleasure and misery that even their divorce cannot sever. But when a threat from Eve’s past resurfaces, Alex will stop at nothing to save her life and reclaim her heart.


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Some contracts are made to be broken…

A contract broken…

Ryan Church and Jill Paxon enjoyed their life as Master and submissive until the day Ryan’s entire world crumbled. No longer able to fulfill his end of the contract, Ryan did what he thought was best for Jill. He let her go.

An unexpected reunion…

Eighteen months later, Ryan is working for Ian Taggart as the Dom in Residence at the elite BDSM club Sanctum when his former submissive walks through the door looking for a job. Jill has changed, but his desire for her is still insatiable. Jill, shattered by his past rejection, can’t trust Ryan, but she needs the job. Back in the community where she once felt safe and secure, she longs for the life she lost and the man she loved.

A last chance for love…

Ryan is presented with an opportunity to restore his wealth and name, but it could cost him his last chance at rebuilding a life with the woman he loves. When the secrets Jill has carefully hidden from Ryan are exposed, a terrible twist of fate might take her out of his life forever.

Love and Let Die

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Ian Taggart and the whole McKay-Taggart Security team return in Love and Let Die.

A Tragic Love Story

Charlotte Dennis’s mission was clear: distract and misdirect CIA operative Ian Taggart by any means necessary. If she failed, she would never see her sister again. With her training, it should have been simple, but after one night in Ian’s arms, she knew that saving her sister would mean losing the man of her dreams.

Ian was tracking a terrorist when he met the beautiful American daughter of a Russian mobster. His instincts told him Charlotte was trouble, but his body craved her like a drug and his heart would not be denied. She took his ring and his collar. For once he was truly happy. But as he closed in on his target, her betrayal cost him his mission while her sacrifice saved his life. As she died in his arms, Ian vowed he would never love again.

A Dangerous Reunion

For six years, Charlotte has thought of nothing but returning to her husband, her Master. Working in the shadows, she has devoted herself to earning a chance to reclaim her place in Ian’s life. But forgiveness isn’t a part of Ian’s vocabulary.

Nothing is more important to Ian Taggart than his new mission. But the information he needs is firmly in the hands of the woman who betrayed him. To catch his most dangerous prey, Ian will have to let Charlotte back into his life. As the hunt takes them to some of the world’s most exotic locations, the danger grows and their passion reignites.
Will Ian forgive his wayward submissive…or lose her again?


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A curious woman

Ashley Paxon understands responsibility. After her fiancé left her alone and pregnant, she forged a new life for herself and her daughter. Moving to Dallas, she went back to school and found a job at a club called Sanctum. As one of the BDSM club’s waitresses, she watches the Doms and their submissives every night. She yearns to explore their lifestyle of discipline and power exchange, but she knows she wouldn’t belong.

A wounded man

Keith Langston believes in living in the moment. Haunted by the past, he moves from one casual relationship to the next and never looks back. But the moment he lays eyes on Ashley, something primal and possessive takes over. He can’t stop thinking about her and yet he knows he can’t offer her what she needs. Having her seems impossible until Sanctum’s owner, the mysterious Ian Taggart, makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

The perfect contract

Offered the chance to train Ashley and initiate her into the D/s lifestyle, Keith is delighted to accept. Under the guidelines of a carefully crafted contract, they lose themselves in the pleasures and intimacies of being Master and submissive. But when Ashley and her daughter are threatened, Keith realizes she needs much more than a part-time Dom. To protect her, he will have to break through the barriers of their contract and finally face the demons haunting his heart.

Dungeon Royale

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Broken by betrayal, one woman holds the secret to his redemption…

An agent broken

MI6 agent Damon Knight prided himself on always being in control. His missions were executed with cold, calculating precision. His club, The Garden, was run with an equally ordered and detached decadence. But his perfect world was shattered by one bullet, fired from the gun of his former partner. That betrayal almost cost him his life and ruined his career. His handlers want him to retire, threatening to revoke his license to kill if he doesn’t drop his obsession with a shadowy organization called The Collective. To earn their trust, he has to prove himself on a unique assignment with an equally unusual partner.

A woman tempted

Penelope Cash has spent her whole life wanting more. More passion. More adventure. But duty has forced her to live a quiet life. Her only excitement is watching the agents of MI6 as they save England and the world. Despite her training, she’s only an analyst. The closest she is allowed to danger and intrigue is in her dreams, which are often filled with one Damon Knight. But everything changes when the woman assigned to pose as Damon’s submissive on his latest mission is incapacitated. Penny is suddenly faced with a decision. Stay in her safe little world or risk her life and her heart for Queen and country.

An enemy revealed

With the McKay-Taggart team at their side, Damon and Penny hunt an international terrorist across the great cities of Northern Europe. Playing the part of her Master, Damon begins to learn that under Penny’s mousy exterior is a passionate submissive, one who just might lay claim to his cold heart. But when Damon’s true enemy is brought out of the shadows, it might be Penny who pays the ultimate price.

Dungeon Games

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Derek Brighton has become one of Dallas’s finest detectives through a combination of discipline and obsession. Once he has a target in his sights, nothing can stop him. When he isn’t solving homicides, he applies the same intensity to his playtime at Sanctum, a secretive BDSM club. Unfortunately, no amount of beautiful submissives can fill the hole that one woman left in his heart.


Karina Mills has a reputation for being reckless, and her clients appreciate her results. As a private investigator, she pursues her cases with nothing holding her back. In her personal life, Karina yearns for something different. Playing at Sanctum has been a safe way to find peace, but the one Dom who could truly master her heart is out of reach.


On the hunt for a killer, Derek enters a shadowy underworld only to find the woman he aches for is working the same case. Karina is searching for a missing girl and won’t stop until she finds her. To get close to their prime suspect, they need to pose as a couple. But as their operation goes under the covers, unlikely partners become passionate lovers while the killer prepares to strike.

A View to a Thrill

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A Spy without a Country

Simon Weston grew up royal in a place where aristocracy still mattered. Serving Queen and country meant everything to him, until MI6 marked him as damaged goods and he left his home in disgrace. Ian Taggart showed him a better way to serve his fellow man and introduced him to Sanctum, a place to pursue his passion for Dominance and submission. Topping beautiful subs was a lovely distraction until he met Chelsea, and becoming her Master turned into Simon’s most important mission.

A Woman without Hope

Chelsea Dennis grew up a pawn to the Russian mob. Her father’s violent lessons taught her that monsters lurked inside every man and they should never be trusted. Hiding in the shadows, she became something that even the monsters would fear—an information broker who exposed their dirty secrets and toppled their empires. Everything changed when Simon Weston crossed her path. Valiant and faithful, he was everything she needed—and a risk she couldn’t afford to take.

A Force too Strong to Resist

When dark forces from her past threaten her newfound family at Sanctum, Chelsea must turn to Simon, the one man she can trust with her darkest secrets. Their only chance to survive lies in a mystery even Chelsea has been unable to solve. As they race to uncover the truth and stay one step ahead of the assassins on their heels, they will discover a love too powerful to deny. But to stop a killer, Simon just might have to sacrifice himself…

How awesome do they sound!? Spies, submission, and sex appeal!! :) I was entranced writing the spotlight… For the rest of today though, let’s see what Lexi had to say when I sat down to chat with her.



LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Lexi! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us. I’m so happy to have you here today!

LITERAL ADDICTION: I always start by getting to know our guest V.I.P author a little bit better…

1) Can you tell us 3 things about yourself – no matter how random - that we couldn’t find out easily on the internet?

LEXI: I collect those little souvenir magnet from every place I visit and yes, I do put them on my fridge.
I really want to go to Iceland. It looks gorgeous there.
As a teen I wrote Doctor Who fan fiction. No. I am not kidding. I really wrote a whole season of Who when I was in high school. I’m a geek.

2) What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to make you angry?

LEXI: Babies always make me smile. I can’t help it. I love a sweet baby face. And Hemsworths. They always make me smile, too. Just put a half naked Hemsworth in front of me and I’m sure to smile.
Two things that make me angry—bullying and rudeness. There’s no call for either.

3) When did you start writing? Can you share with us a bit about your first experience trying to get a manuscript out there?

LEXI: I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pen. I won my first writing contest when I was in fifth grade. In high school I wrote plays. I actually had several produced in the states and Canada. And then I got married and had kids. It was after I had my third that I decided to get back into writing. I wrote nine full books before I submitted anywhere. I tried to get an agent and failed and finally wrote a book for a small press and that’s how I got started.

4) Was there anyone (or anything) that was directly involved with your drive to become an author?

LEXI: My father always showed such great pride in my work. He came to every play, read every essay, cheered at every competition. He had a great imagination and taught me that hard work pays off in the end.

5) If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – whom would you want to spend it with, and what would you want to do?

LEXI: I would spend it with my father. He died before my daughter was born and I would love for to meet my dad. He also passed before I published anything, before I even really tried. What would I do? I would take him to Yankee Stadium and see a game with him. The only thing I’ve kept of my dad’s is his Yankee’s cap. I take it with me when I travel and take pics to show my brother so a little piece of my father has gotten to see the world.

6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks or a specific routine you must follow to begin your writing process?

LEXI: Cup of coffee. This is a must. Then I note in my calendar how many words I wrote the previous day and how many I need for today. I also write the scenes I’m writing on a white board because I have the compulsive need to check things off lists.

7) If we were to hop in your car or pick up your MP3 player and turn it on, what do you think we’d be most likely to hear?

LEXI: I have a whole lot of Snow Patrol and Fall Out Boy, but I also listen to the 80s channel on satellite radio.

8) Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the MASTERS AND MERCENARIES series?

LEXI: Yes. James Bond. James Bond and more James Bond. I wanted to do Bond as a Dom. I love thrillers with intricate plots and international locations. I just always miss the hot scenes you get in an erotic romance. So I married them and got Masters and Mercenaries. Only one character though has ever done the Bond, James Bond thing. The name’s Taggart. Ian Taggart. He’s the only one allowed to do that.

9) How many books do you ultimately have planned for the series?

LEXI: No idea. After Simon, I’m doing books for Jesse, Brody, Liam’s new partner and a couple of new players you’ll meet in A View to a Thrill. I definitely plan something for Tennessee Smith.

10) What types of scenes do you enjoy writing the most (love, action, dialogue, etc) and why?

LEXI: I love writing dialogue. I think it’s because I came from theater, but I love people talking. Even in my love scenes, there’s an enormous amount of dialogue. I especially love it when a character has his or her own unique voice. When I can write a piece of dialogue and the fans know who it is without me having to tell them – I know I’ve done well.

11) What was the most challenging thing about creating the series?

LEXI: Getting things right. I really try to be correct when I talk about guns or locations or the CIA and MI6. I research and find experts to talk to, but I still get it wrong on occasion. I love writing characters from other countries, but I can still slip Americanisms in.

12) Has there been a specific moment in your career thus far that you are particularly proud of?

LEXI: I had a reader tell me that my books helped get her through chemo. She said reading made it easier for her and I can’t think of anything I would rather do or be than comfort for another human being. I have books I go to when I’m feeling down and the idea that I could be that for someone else makes me very happy.

13) What’s up next for Lexi Blake? Anything else in the works – or available - that you can share with us?

LEXI: I’ve got Cherished coming in October. It’s set in the Masters and Mercenaries world. Then I start the new Thieves series in January with a book called Ripper. In February of 2015 M&M continues with Jesse’s book You Only Love Twice.

14) Anything else coming up that you want to be sure your readers and fans know about – online events, signings, conventions, etc?

LEXI: I’ll be in Seattle in October for KallypsoCon. I’m excited about that because it’s going to be a very intimate con and specifically for BDSM centered fiction. I’m excited about Coastal Magic, too. It’s a very PNR centered con and I really want to talk about Thieves. I’ve never been before and I’m happy to share it with a bunch of my fellow 1001 Dark Nights authors.

15) Is there anything special you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

LEXI: I have the best readers in the world and I owe them everything. My job is a dream. I get to sit around and write out the stories in my head. It doesn’t get better than that and I can do it because of their support.

LITERAL ADDICTION: Lexi, thank you SO much for being with us today. We really hope that we’ve turned some new readers on to your work, and we hope that people will go out, pick up, and love the MASTERS AND MERCENARIES novels. I am so excited to meet you in Feburary!

LEXI: I’m looking forward to it! And thank you so much for having me!

WAIT, there’s more… Do you want to meet Lexi in person? You can! You can meet Lexi, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.

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18 August 2014 ·

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Reviews, Interview and Giveaway with Michele Renae_8.12.14



Series Spotlight, Reviews, Interview and Giveaway


Michele Renae

Hello my literal addicts! LITERAL ADDICTION is thrilled to be promoting for author Michele Renae again today! It’s a bittersweet post for me. While I’m thrilled to tell those of you that don’t know about the PARIS SECRETS Trilogy, I’m heart broken to say good-bye…

An author of over 60 stories in the fantasy, action/adventure, historical and paranormal romance genres, this prolific author now writes erotica as Michele Renae. [For those of you that don’t know, Michele Renae is Michele Hauf in her other persona. :)].

Michele is good at daydreaming, kitty wrangling, navigating Paris from memory, and locating parking spots close to the front door. She is not so good at making bath bombs, being patient in line at the Post Office, and reading only one book at a time.

You can connect with Michele online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on GoodReads.

Michele, as Michele Renae, is the proud creator of the PARIS SECRETS series, a super sexy erotic romance trilogy unlike anything you’ve read before.


For those of you not yet familiar with PARIS SECRETS, here is everything you need to know to get you all caught up until you have some time to curl up on your favorite chaise or ottoman and enjoy them yourself…


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An erotic romance behind glass

The first time she sees her new neighbor, his sexy smile arouses her curiosity — and her desires. His hard, chiseled muscles and playful invitations are irresistible.

Bared before their windows, framed and displayed above the streets of Paris, they embark upon a provocative affair. Their daring game of exhibitionism lures her back for more and more, and she quickly realizes he is the man she has dreamed about.

Yet she’s never heard his voice. Never felt his touch. Never thought she’d experience something this exquisite. Or this bold…

Paris Secrets - Do you dare?


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She fell willingly, seduced by the erotic foreignness of all that he was. Words can be more powerful than touch. Stimulate and engage the senses, then watch what happens…

They began a daring affair a few weeks ago, baring skin, sensual secrets—their very souls—before their bedroom windows, situated across the street from one another. Now they’ve taken it to the next level. The laptop screen has added sound to their intimate liaisons, and his voice, that delicious French accent, is oh, so sexy. His laughter teases good shivers across her skin, and his sensual commands seduce her deeper into a world of erotic play. Fantasies lure them into a new intimacy and a surprising trust that the two strangers who have never touched welcome.

Yet frustrations grow as she pines for his touch. They must meet. Soon. But a secret is revealed that will challenge their desires and the trust both have earned.

Return to the heroine’s Parisian apartment as she continues her relationship with Monsieur Sexy, and they explore the delicious intricacies of cyber-sex. Book #2 in the Paris Secrets trilogy begins with a bang..



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Are you ready for two bodies to collide in an irresistible crush of desire? They’ve experimented with sight, voice, and trust in their inventive sexual romps that began as a flirtatious affair before a window and advanced to provocative cyber sex. He fell in love with her. She is still waiting for his touch.

Exquisite. Bold. Gorgeous. Those are the words that lured her into the Frenchman’s heart. She is the American woman who has learned to set her inner vixen free, and he is the handsome and light-hearted Monsieur Sexy.
Finally the lovers abandon their apprehensions and come together. All senses are engaged, including the delicious glide of his masterful hands over her skin. A dashing musketeer, black velvet Louboutins, and Da Vinci’s mysterious Mona Lisa all become a part of their liaisons. It is easy to fall into a trusting relationship that feels as if it were meant to be.
But there are yet challenges that will try their connection and which will force them to decide, once and for all, if they were meant for one another…
…or if secrets will break them apart.

SKIN is the final story in the Paris Secrets trilogy. Do you dare?


And… for the first time ever in print, the entire PARIS SECRETS TRILOGY, in one utterly gorgeous bundle!

The Paris Secrets Trilogy
PARIS SECRETS #1, #2, & #3

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This fun and flirty erotic romance trilogy is comprised of the stories, WINDOW, SCREEN, and SKIN.

Set in Paris, the story follows an American heroine who discovers that her fantasy man lives across the street from her—and a window affair begins. Mutual self-pleasure graduates to cyber-sex, and in the concluding story…they finally come together, skin to skin.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Incredible trilogy. Definitely not to be missed….


Window is a super sexy debut novel in a new erotica trilogy unlike anything I’ve read before!
There is just something so incredibly naughty and titillating about forming a ‘relationship’ with nothing but sight - ‘you can look, but you can’t touch’… Or talk… Yet what they SHARE is more private, personal and intimate than anything else.
It’s self pleasure and voyeurism at its best. It’s one of those highly sexual books that isn’t filled with ‘in your face’ eroticism, but requires you to feel, and think, and fantasize right along with your leading couple, thereby getting your pulse racing and your flush rising.
It’s got a quirky female lead that you can’t help but love, a sexy, chivalrous male lead that will melt your heart, and even the cliff hanger didn’t upset me too much, because I knew there would be more, and I absolutely CANNOT wait to get lost in this teasing, artful seduction again!


Yet another surprising and sinfully sexy read by Michele Renae. I breezed through it in one long setting, and wanted nothing more than the third book of the trilogy immediately afterward.
Picking up where Window (book #1) left off, our leading couple takes their relationship to the next level. After discovering one another with nothing more than sight across a Paris alley, they add sound to the mix, and jump into a cyber relationship from Berlin to Paris, still keeping to their rules of engagement.
Given the sheer genius of the way these books are written, it’s hard to write a review without spoilers. Suffice it to say that Michele ramped up the fantasy, added a sense, threw in a wrench, and had my heart rate elevated almost the entire time with Screen, and I cannot wait for the finale to the trilogy, Skin.
PARIS SECRETS is one of the most engaging, unique, and titillating series I have encountered. The romance is sweet, the erotic elements are off the chart steamy (and all without touch if you can believe it), the characters super lovable, and the tone light and fun…until twist that Michele introduces towards the end of Screen, which serves as a reminder that the best happily ever afters don’t come easily.


I honestly can’t think of a better way for Michele to end the series.
There were some seriously sexy times, some really fun scenes, some slightly dark (and very human) moments, and under it all, heart and emotion that impacted me on a deeply visceral level.
I ran the gamut of emotions in this book, and that is a true sign of good storytelling, and quite honestly, I can’t thank Michele enough for allowing me to take this journey with her characters.

I loved it!

TRILOGY - Overall:
Engaging, enthralling, utterly sexy, fun, flirty, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)


O.K, now that you’re scrambling to your favorite bookseller to find them all, how about I tell you more? During Screen (book #2), there is an event that occurs that leaves a lot to the imagination (O.K, there is a lot of that [and it’s all FABULOUS!] , but I’m referring to our heroine writing in a notebook and the reader not knowing what she writes. If you want to see some of her entries, Michele has created an awesome book companion for us fans. Go to The Notebook Confessions to find out what she had to say (I suggest waiting until after you read the books though. There’s no spoilers, but it’s much more enjoyable as a companion.


Now, how about we see what Michele had to say when I sat down to talk with her about writing under a different identity, coming out afterwards, about the journey of PARIS SECRETS and more…


LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Michele! Welcome back and congratulations on wrapping up the series. I’m both thrilled and sad, I’m sure you can relate…

MICHELE: I can relate to being thrilled and sad. But overall? I’m sort of pleasantly satisfied that I’ve told this couple’s story and I think I did it well and I hope that readers will feel the same.

Q1): So now that everybody knows that you’re also Michele Hauf, can you tell us a little bit about how you decided to write as Michele Renae and what it was like when you finally spilled the beans that Michele Renae and Michele Hauf were both you?

MICHELE: I think I took a different name for this series not only because it was very steamy erotica (different from my usual romances, and yet, I get steamy in my para/roms) but also because it sort of freed me to write anything goes. I was a different person! I had a new name. And it worked to allow me to dive in and not have that usual internal editor and go for it. But also, my middle name is Renae, and I have always regretted not being Michele Renae from the very start for my romance writing. So now I get to use it!

Q2): What did you find to be the biggest challenge about switching from the genres that you wrote in as Michele Hauf, to this bright and shiny new world of erotica as Michele Renae?

MICHELE: I think this story is very honest in all aspects, and that was sometimes very surprising to me, to be writing, and all of a sudden realize…I’m crying. What’s that about? Not that I don’t write honestly with my para/roms, but there is that fantasy element that takes it a little beyond my norm. Does that make sense? And yeah, this series does feel bright and shiny. How cool is that?

Q3): PARIS SECRETS is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I think it’s utterly magical because of it. Were you afraid of what readers might think about an erotic novel where the characters never touch actually touch until the 3rd book?

MICHELE: Ha! Well. Yes. That’s why there are some fantasy scenes in the first two books. Because really? How long will readers hold on until they just say Enough? So I tried to make it work for everyone involved. And to be honest, by book 2 I was saying to myself “Why did I do this to myself? They need to touch!” So by book 3 I was happily relieved.

Q4): I think you once told me that you weren’t sure this was going to be more than a single book. When did you know that it was going to be a trilogy?

MICHELE: When I originally set out to write Window, it was just going to be that first book. Two people having an affair through windows. But about halfway through the story I realized how much I loved the characters. And then I knew I couldn’t just leave them standing in the windows staring at one another. I had to continue. And so I did.

Q5): PARIS SECRETS has a heroine with a very distinct voice. It’s something that immediately grabbed me as a reader, and I’ve read other reviews where readers found her utterly compelling, as well. How were you able to keep her so fun and light and yet truly unique? Was she someone that you had whispering to you for a while? Is she a bit like you in ways and that’s why she reads so natural?

MICHELE: It’s weird but I don’t really know how to answer that one. That’s just the way she came out on the page. I know, not a very good answer. So maybe there is a lot of me in her. Well, I know there is. ;-) But as well, I did strive for a light, fun tone. I know a lot of erotica is dark and angsty. I want sex to be fun!

Q6): O.K, those that follow you online know your inspiration for Monsieur Sexy, but for those that may not, can you give us a little insight? ;-)

MICHELE: Sometimes when an author reveals the picture/actor/inspiration for her characters then readers may be disappointed because they had a totally different image of them in their minds. But. I don’t care. ;-) Luke Evans has always inspired Monsieur Sexy for me. I know, he’s Welsh, not even French! But there’s something about his smoldering gaze. And let’s not discuss his real-life sexual orientation. All good stories are fantasy anyway, right? Of course, if a movie were ever made I would kill to see Vincent Cassel in the lead role (even though he’s probably a bit too old).

Q7): This is a bit of a spoiler, but how (and why) did you decide that you weren’t going to introduce the characters’ real names until late in the series, and how in the world did you find a way to write the books in such a way that, as a reader, you honestly don’t even realize that you don’t know them?

MICHELE: I had no clue my characters names as I was writing book #1, WINDOW. I think by the end of that story I had figured out what to name Monsieur Sexy. So it was no problem writing that story without names. I had a moment of doubt where I thought readers would throw rotten tomatoes at me for not giving them names, but that didn’t last long. Because the story doesn’t need names. It would have been weird to know their names, yes? And by book #2, SCREEN, I still didn’t know the heroine’s name. Honestly. So when I reveal the hero’s name at the end of that book and not hers? It was by necessity. I actually only got her name right when I started drafting out book #3, SKIN. And to be honest, she started with a completely different name than she has now. I think the strength of the characters overwhelms the need for names. Maybe?

Q8): So overall, PARIS SECRETS is very light, flirty and fun, but there are some very human, and therefore quite dark, moments. Were you worried about how your readers would take them, or were you fairly certain that most would feel that they were necessary to keep things feeling ‘real’?

MICHELE: I think any good story does have to have some dark moments. And this is a chunk of two people’s lives. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows. But still, I didn’t want it to be tragic in any way. Just real life.

Q9): So here we are, at the end. The story has been told, the characters have lived their lives and touched many others (mine for certain!). How are you feeling about how things worked out overall and now having to say goodbye?

MICHELE: Well, I did write an ‘extra’ chapter at the end of SKIN to satisfy my need to make sure readers were satisfied that this couple would have their happily ever after. So I can say goodbye with a happy au revoir!

Q9): Do you think we’ll ever hear from any of these wonderful folks again? Any chance you have another story or 2 in that beautiful brain of yours for us? Maybe some of the supporting characters with a guest appearance from our beloved couple? Or what about any other ideas swimming around in your head for Michele Renae erotic tales?

MICHELE: You know I think about Melanie, the heroine’s BFF, a lot. That’s all I’ll say right now. ;-) Oh, ok, and how about a book on ottoman porn? Ha! Just sayin’…

Q10): Anything you want to say to your readers and fans – both new and established – about the PARIS SECRETS Trilogy?

MICHELE: I’ve been utterly and delightfully surprised at how well readers are receiving the series. I love that you love it! It means so much to me to hear your kind words, so please know I appreciate it. Makes writing the series well worth it. And to those who have not yet read it, I dare you to get to know Monsieur Sexy. Come on, I dare you!

LITERAL ADDICTION: Michele, you know I adore having you here, and I really, really hope that people check out the trilogy. This series holds a very special place in my heart and it’s definitely one that I know I’ll pick up again someday. I’m most definitely going to miss these characters and this world, and I’m so very happy that I was able to take this journey with you!

MICHELE: It’s been a fun journey with you Michelle. (And you know why.) Your support has been awesome, and now I feel like I have to write another book just so I can come back to this great online home you have. ;-)

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11 August 2014 ·

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