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17 April, 2015

Blog Tour - Book Review and Excerpt: Master of Freedom (A Mountain Masters Novella) by Cherise Sinclair @InkSlingerPR @CheriseSinclair

About the Author:

Having to wear glasses in elementary school can scar a person for life. Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author?

Known for writing deeply emotional stories, the USA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year. Called an “ascendant erotica queen” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Cherise spends her days writing, supervised by a sadistic calico cat.

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My Thoughts
Cherise Sinclair has been one of my favorite authors since I was introduced into the BDSM genre and she doesn't disappoint with Master of Freedom, her seventh foray into the Mountain Masters and Dark Haven worlds.

Master of Freedom is probably one of my favorite Cherise Sinclair books to date. I really liked the progression of Atticus and Gin's relationship, as well as the steamy attraction that each felt for the other. I also liked how there was resistance on both sides in terms of either character wanting to get involved in a long term relationship.It always seems as if there is one character that gets in their own way and manages to hinder a developing relationship, but in the case of Master of Freedom, both Atticus and Gin had past issues and relationship baggage that needed to be dealt with.

Sinclair not only has a way with words, but she seamlessly mixed seamy hot sex scenes, romance, and every day life, as well as dramatic and suspenseful tension, into Master of Freedom. I loved reading Atticus and Gin's story, as well as catching up with the lives of characters from previous books in the series. I'm hoping Sinclair will write a story (full length or novella) about Atticus' brother Sawyer. He was one of my favorite characters in Master of Freedom and I would love to see him have a storyline of his own.

Note: The following excerpt is meant for readers 18 years and older.

Excerpt from Master of Freedom:

Yes, this man was special.

And she wanted him more than she’d wanted anyone before. She frowned into her drink, and when she looked up, he was watching her, sipping his wine, and waiting.

With some of her dates, she’d felt their impatience, as if they tired of wading through the getting-to-know-you phase before they could get some. Atticus displayed no urgency, just the quiet patience of a very experienced man.

The knowledge increased her low-key arousal.

Far, far sooner than she should have finished, she drank the last of her wine.

“Nervous, pet?” he asked.

She nodded. Although the air was chilled, her body felt like a heat pump, and her stomach quivered with nerves. She hadn’t had many lovers and no one since meeting Preston. No one after.

He studied her for a moment, eyes narrowed. “Talk about mixed signals,” he said. “I can take you back to your car, sweetling, if you like. Or I can light a fire, and we can sit and talk.”

“Or we can go for the third option.” She set her glass on the island, grasped his hand, and pulled him down the dark hallway. Hopefully his bedroom was at the end of it. “Let’s get this out of the way.”

“You make sex sound like a trip to the dentist.”

“There have been—” Her mouth snapped shut. Blushing, she stopped dead, not believing what she’d started to share.

“I see.” His chuckle was low. “I’ll try to make this feel better than a long, hard drilling.”

The suggestive words delivered in his deep baritone sent tingles over her skin.

With his hand on her stomach, he backed her into a room, even as his mouth covered hers, taking possession. The minute her arms wrapped around his neck, he curved one hand under her ass and pulled her up on her toes. His thick erection pressed against her pelvis.

When he lifted his head, she was breathless.

Her skin simmered with heat. She glanced at the bedroom and saw no interesting kinky shackles or piles of rope or handcuffs. “So we’re going to do this the old-fashioned…um, vanilla…way?”

“Mostly.” He undid her bustier. “I’m not going to tie you down, sweetheart. Not until you know me better.”

“Oh. Okay.” That surely wasn’t disappointment she felt. The sensation of his scarred knuckles brushing each newly bared inch washed the emotion away.

She glanced up at him and saw his half-smile and the comprehension in his expression. He knew…

Flustered, she lifted her hands to undo his shirt. “You’re overdressed.”

Master of Freedom (A Mountain Masters Novella
Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published: 14 April 2015 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

Detective Atticus Ware gave up his beloved Idaho to start again in the mountains of California, close to his imprisoned brother. He has a rewarding job and friends, but the experienced Dominant wants more than the Do-Me submissives who flock around him. He needs a woman who will give her heart as well as her body.

Virginia, “Gin,” is damn good at her challenging career as a prison psychologist. However, one problem inmate is mired in misery and unable to overcome his guilt at causing a friend’s death. To clear her mind, she joins a friend’s kinky backpacking excursion, planning to hide in her tent during the evening BDSM pursuits. But Atticus lures her into the activities. She’s read about BDSM, but submission under the hands of a powerful Dom is beyond anything she’d imagined. She doesn’t trust men, doesn’t want a relationship, and yet…wants more from him.

Finally, Atticus has found the woman he wants in his life. In his bed. In his cuffs. But she’s not only his brother’s therapist, but also works in a prison. How can he tolerate his woman walking into danger every single blasted day?

Gin knows she has no future with Atticus Ware, but still, hope is rising in her heart.

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Check out the rest of the Mountain Masters and Dark Haven Series on Goodreads HERE.

Master of Freedom (A Mountain Masters Novella) Blog and Excerpt Tour Arranged by InkslingerPR.

Blog Tour - Book Excerpt: Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1) by J. Kenner

About the Author:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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Excerpt from Say My Name:

I was about to go out on a real date, a very rare occasion for me. And dammit, I liked the way I felt. I wanted to hang on to the feeling. More than that, I deserved to hang on to it.

I busied myself with making coffee, then didn’t want to drink it for fear it would linger on my breath. When the quick, firm knock sounded promptly at ten-thirty, I just about sprinted to the door.

“Hey,” I said, breathless as I flung it open, and even more breathless when I saw him standing there, tall and lean, his dark hair wind-tossed just enough to give him a sexy, reckless vibe. When he stepped inside, his primal, raw scent enveloped me. Earth and wood and rain, blending together in a way that was uniquely Jackson.

“Don’t move,” he said as he stood just inside my apartment. “I want to look at you.”

“I like the dress,” I said. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome,” he said as his gaze raked over me with such intensity that I was certain he was seeing both the dress—and what was underneath.

“I like the lingerie, too,” I said boldly, and was rewarded by the heat in his eyes and the way his jaw tightened, as if he was fighting for control.

“Do you?” he said, and those two simple words seemed to hold a world of questions.

I lifted my chin slightly, and when I spoke, my voice was breathy. “Yes. Do you want me to show you?”

Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy #1)
Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published: 7 April 2015

New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner kicks off a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new trilogy that returns to the world of her beloved Stark novels: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Say My Name features Jackson Steele, a strong-willed man who goes after what he wants, and Sylvia Brooks, a disciplined woman who’s hard to get—and exactly who Jackson needs.

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.


Say My Name Blog Tour Arranged by InkSlinger PR.

15 April, 2015

Blog Tour - Author Guest Post: Kristi Belcamino (Blessed Are Those Who Weep: Gabriella Giovanni Mystery #3)

About the Author:

Kristi Belcamino is a writer, photographer, and artist. In her former life as a newspaper crime reporter in California, she flew over Big Sur in an F/A-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, watched autopsies, and interviewed serial killers. She is now a journalist based in Minneapolis, and the Gabriella Giovanni mysteries are her first books. Find Kristi on Facebook or on Twitter.

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I Am Not Gabriella

One thing that has surprised me about being published is that people seem to have a hard time separating me from my main character.

Gabriella Giovanni is an Italian-American crime reporter living in San Francisco.

There are a few similarities:

I mean, yeah sure I'm Italian-American, brunette, and a former crime reporter, but really that's about it. But unlike my character, I’ve been with my husband for 24 years, life in Minneapolis, and have two kids. And that is just the tip of the iceberg for differences.

I write in first person present tense and I think this contributes to it.

But when people read my books and are completely immersed in Gabriella Giovanni's world - and frankly, in her head - they sometimes come away feeling like they know me intimately.

Well this is hard to swallow on many counts. I'm not my character. Thank goodness! My mom reads my books. My dad reads my books. I have violence. And sex scenes! If I were writing about myself, I'd die of embarrassment and never be able to write another word.

Gabriella Giovanni is a fictional character. Sure, she has some of me in her. But so does the serial killer and the cop and the little kid and the gangbanger on the corner. Every character has a tiny bit of me in him or her, after all, they came from my brain.

But I'm not my characters.

However, some people who read my books assume that I'm Gabriella.

In fact, one of my friends who read my book last summer was upset because Gabriella was sleeping around and I've been married 20 years.

"I'm not Gabriella," I told her, even though I really shouldn't have had to say that.

And yet.

It is by far, the most common question I'm asked in an interview: “Are you Gabriella?”

So much so, that I made myself take the Myers-Brigg personality test twice. Once as me and once as Gabriella. It was no surprise to me that we were polar opposites in every way.

I’m not Gabriella, but I sure do like spending time in her world and from what I’ve heard, my readers do, as well!

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Blessed Are Those Who Weep (Gabriella Giovanni Mystery #3)
Adult Contemporary Murder Mystery
Published: 7 April by Witness Impulse

San Francisco Bay Area reporter Gabriella Giovanni stumbles onto a horrific crime scene with only one survivor—a baby girl found crawling between the dead bodies of her family members. Reeling from the slaughter, Gabriella clings to the infant. When Social Services pries the little girl from her arms, the enormity of the tragedy hits home. Diving deep into a case that brings her buried past to the forefront, Gabriella is determined to hunt down the killer who left this helpless baby an orphan.

But one by one the clues all lead to a dead end, and Gabriella's obsession with finding justice pulls her into a dark, tortuous spiral that is set to destroy everything she loves …

“Tense, disturbing and smart....Belcamino is a writer to watch.” — Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls

“Truly first- rate.” — Bruce DeSilva

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Check out the rest of the Gabriella Giovanni Mystery Series on Goodreads HERE.

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