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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A to Z - Zombies

A to Z Challenge - Z

Zombies

Zombies are getting more and more popular in television lately. The thing I'm loving? They're based on books, graphic novels to be exact.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: W, X, Y

I think by now we've all heard of The Walking Dead, and there is a new addition to the zombie TV field, iZombie. I'm loving that television is snagging more ideas from books and exposing it to more audiences. Can't wait to see what's next.

In case you haven't watched The Walking Dead, here's the trailer for season 1. I believe season 5 just finished up last month so you'll have a lot to binge watch on Netflix.


And here's the trailer for iZombie. I'm really enjoying the show so far. You can watch it free on Hulu.


Do you have any favorite zombie books? Favorite zombie show or movie? Let us know in the comments!

Thrifty Thursday [110]

$0.99
Unbound - Various

$1.99
A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole
No Rest for the Wicked - Kresley Cole
Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole
Touch of Frost - Jennifer Estep
Searching for Perfect - Jennifer Probst

$2.51
Dark Frost - Jennifer Estep

$2.99
Kiss of Frost - Jennifer Estep
Magic in the Wind - Christine Feehan
Flight from Hell - Yasmine Galenorn

$4.99
Poison Princess - Kresley Cole

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A to Z - Young Heroines Only

A to Z Challenge - Y

Young Heroines Only

I see this topic pop up every now and then and it always pisses me off.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: V, W, X

Why are publishers pushing for youthful female characters? I've seen this topic come up every now and then and have heard a few authors actually state that they were asked to make their heroine younger. This is ridiculous to me since there are readers of all ages.

Am I personally able to relate more with younger characters? Yes, I'm in my mid-twenties. Will I always relate to that age character? No! This is why I don't understand the reason behind having main characters only in their 20's-30's. I rarely see one in her 40's. It irks me that this ageism even exists in the books I love so much.

I'd love to hear your views on the subject in the comments below. 

WoW [154] - Illusionarium

Illusionarium - Heather Dixon
Release Date: May 19th 2015

What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.
Why I am waiting:
I'll admit the cover caught my eye, but the blurb drew me in. I'd be interested to see some of the reviews for this when it's released.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A to Z - Xtra Large... and X Rated

A to Z Challenge - X

Xtra Large... and X Rated

I've recently started reading the erotica genre on a more regular basis than just one or two a year and have noticed something.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: U, V, W

While I know this topic isn't just in the erotica genre, but I'm find it a lot more prevalent in that genre than others. What am I talking about? That the main male character in the story seems to have the largest dick the female has ever seen. I'm not sure why but it always makes me laugh when they start describing it. I want to say in the last 4-5 erotica books I've read it's come up in 3 of the books. Is this a normal occurrence or are these books I've read lately blessed with largely endowed men?

Have yall noticed it? Am I crazy? I probably am since I always check out the mips (man nipples) on all the covers with shirtless dudes.

Speaking of mips, here's one for ya ;) I think this one had the large endowed man in it too haha 


Monday, April 27, 2015

A to Z - Werewolves

A to Z Challenge - W

Werewolves!

*happy sigh* Werewolves are some of my favorite types of shifters. It brings me back to one of the first books that hooked me on the paranormal romance / urban fantasy genres.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: T, U, V

I feel like most of the books I've been reading lately have werewolves as a secondary character rather than the focus. So here are a few books that I've enjoyed in the last few years where at least one of the main characters is a werewolf.


I've only read the first two books in this series so far, but have enjoyed both!

Full Blooded - Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain)
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life. 

I've read the entire Naked Werewolf series and adore Molly Harper's writing style. If you haven't read these yet, I highly suggest them!

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper (Naked Werewolf)
Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble. 

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question. 

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . 

This is the book that got me hooked on the paranormal books! 

Bitten - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld)
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

If you have any werewolf book suggestions let me know in the comments! 

New Releases 04/28/2015

Overruled - Emma Chase
As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That's definitely not part of the plan.
***

Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits" begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she's crazy...and her heart says something else entirely.
***

What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.



A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find - Kelly Bowen
HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . .

The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.

. . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER

He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .



The Scoundrel and the Debutante - Julia London
When a man on a mission takes on a beautiful but unlikely ally, seduction and adventure are inevitable…

The dust of the Cabot sisters' shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she's tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can't deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's obligations and its forbidden desires.



Hold Me - Susan Mallery
Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.



Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch - Emma Cane
The only thing hotter than a cowboy...

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone—least of all herself—until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then, she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now, Lyndsay's scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

...Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will's high-school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn't been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who's been able to catch—and keep—his attention. When they team up to teach Valentine's teens about ranch life, Will discovers it's not just her sexy-as-hell smile that has him hooked. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?



The Duke and the Lady in Red - Lorraine Heath
When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.



A Scoundrel by Moonlight - Anna Campbell
Anything can happen in the moonlight . . .

Justice. That's all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel's temptations herself.

From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there's something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z - Virgins

A to Z Challenge - V

Virgins

Every now and then I read a book where the female lead is a virgin. I'm always intrigued by other reader's POV on that trope.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: S, T, U

I read a book recently where the mid to late 20 something heroine was a virgin. I know that there are women out there like that, but I'm intrigued on what yall (other readers than me) prefer.

I'm going to keep this question where the person is in their 20's or older.
Are you okay with reading a book where the hero/heroine is a virgin? Are you against it? What are your thoughts on it?

My stance is that it doesn't bother me for the most part. Unless the person that is a virgin happens to be all of a sudden a sexual god/goddess with no experience. That just casts the disbelief in my mind.

Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z & Review - Unless You Can Be A Unicorn

A to Z Challenge - U

Unicorn

Unicorn shifters! Can't say I've read many books with those in the past. I had to read this one when Anya sent me a link to it though!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: R, S, T

Title: Unless You Can Be A Unicorn
Author: Delphina Henley
Series: B3 #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 13th 2014
Length: Novel (267 pages)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Borrowed via Kindle
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Giveaway + Review: Fringe Benefits

Title: Fringe Benefits
Author: Sandy James
Series: The Ladies Who Lunch #4
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 21st 2015
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 5.0-stars 

A to Z - Thrifty Thursday [109]

A to Z Challenge - T

Thrifty Thursday

I've been featuring Thrifty Thursday on my blog for *double checks header* 109 weeks now. It's unbelievable that it's been that long. The post is all about affordable ebook deals. Check below for this week's deals I spotted.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: Q, R, S

Free
Seeing Red - Holley Trent

$0.99
Dirty Secret - Emma Hart
The Bottom Line - Sandy James

$2.00
The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver P√∂tzsch

$2.99
Atoning - Kelley Armstrong
Sealing the Deal - Sandy James
Fringe Benefits - Sandy James
Naked - Raine Miller

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z + Giveaway - Superheros

A to Z Challenge - S

Superheros

A few years back, I never thought I'd say one of my favorite types of books would be superhero romances. Lola Dodge knocks each story out of the park and made me a believer.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: P, Q, R

I'm seriously addicted to Lola Dodge's Manhattan Ten series. She sent me a signed copy of the book below to giveaway to one lucky reader so enter below via the rafflecopter!

PS: The awesome thing about this book is it's the first THREE books in the series combined into one awesome paperback ;)

M10: Unlikely Beginnings - Lola Dodge
Do you believe in love at first fight?

Ivory

When Panther’s trans-Atlantic catnap is interrupted by Ivory’s ice spear through a crazed attacker’s gut, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her as one of the Manhattan Ten, America’s elite superhero team. It’s the only way to shield her from prosecution. It doesn’t hurt that the Nordic beauty puts his inner cat on the prowl.

Temptress

With one kiss, any supe’s powers belong to Temptress. Except this time she smooches the M-Ten’s leader, Thinktank, who’s not happy with how his Vegas vacation is turning out—Temptress can’t figure out how to give his powers back. He’s also helpless against the desire that rises in him every time he kisses her.

Belle Fury

Renowned ballerina Belle Fabian is finally starring in Giselle, the performance of her life—until she manifests super powers mid-dance. Luckily, Red Ruin of the M-Ten is there to help Belle control her newfound abilities. When they’re together, though, Ruin’s lightning isn’t the only thing giving off sparks…

Product Warnings
This superhero team includes a smoldering ice vixen, a sexy beast man, a leader who thinks too much, a bombshell who can steal powers, a lightning-hot second-in-command and a not-so-blushing ballerina. With a roster like that, you’re sure to expect complications—and chemistry.

Giveaway:
1 - Signed paperback copy of M10 by Lola Dodge. USA only
Giveaway will start on 04/22/15 and end on 5/8/15 at 11:59PM. I'll email the winner to get their shipping address.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

WoW [153] - Cold Burn of Magic

Title: Cold Burn of Magic
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #1
Release Date: April 28th 2015

There Be Monsters Here. . .

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .
Why I am waiting:
Eek! Super excited about this. I'm all caught up on JEstep's Elemental Assassin series, and needed another book by her. This is a YA/NA paranormal series that definitely sparked my interest.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z - R is for Roni Loren

A to Z Challenge - R

R is for Roni Loren

Drea says: This two-for-one review includes a new-to-me author and two titles toward my book challenges.  Read on!

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: O, P, Q


Title: Crash Into You
Author: Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge, #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 3rd 2012
Length: Novel (336 pages)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Source: Purchased
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4-stars 

Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z - Q & A with Drea & Melissa

A to Z Challenge - Q

Q&A with Drea & Melissa

As most of you know, we're the ladies of LilyElement. We decided to do a little random Q&A.

Check out our previous A-to-Z posts: N, O, P

We couldn't think of a decent topic for Q other than drag queen, so we decided to interview each other so you could find out more about your reviewers.

Melissa: *throws glitter*

Drea: *growls and dusts off* HEY. Save it for the hookers.

Melissa: But, why do they get to have all the fun?  

Drea: Cuz they have the blow? IDK. Glitter sucks llama ballz. That brings me to my first question: What is your fascination with glitter anyway?

Melissa: Herpes of the craft world, I guess that's why I think of hookers :P

Drea: Ooh, that makes sense now. Kind of. Are you a part of the craft world?

Melissa: I try to be, but wind up giving up after I learn a bit of it. I've learned basic knitting and crochet, a little bit of chainmaille and some sewing.

Drea: Cool! Are you going to make crochet banana hammocks?

Melissa: I'll have my boyfriend model his *cough* Okay Miss Drea! Let's see… Hmmmmm.. We'll start out easy, like the hookers... ;) What's your favorite guilty pleasure read? (Mine are cowboys *drools*)

Drea: Umm...most of what I read feels like a guilty pleasure. Maybe YA is the guiltiest? Especially stuff with love triangles.

Melissa: Don't get me started on the love triangles!

Drea: I don't know why they get such a bad rap.  

Melissa: I think it might be because in books without them you know who is going to wind up together. In books with love triangles you could spend the entire book rooting for the losing person.

Drea: That makes sense. I usually root for the heroine to end up with BOTH :D (super guilty pleasure lol) So what genre are you most afraid to admit you adore? Cowboys or something else? 

Melissa: I'll have to say I've been enjoying erotica books lately, which is something I normally don't read. As my boyfriend calls ALL the books I read "porno books" he'd be terrified to hear the audio I just listened to mwhaha

Drea: Ooh, which one was that? 

Melissa: The Master by Kresley Cole. It was soooo dirty, it would make him blush. I still think I should record him reading a paragraph or so from an erotica book.

Drea: Yep. You should. Especially one of the weird ones.

Melissa: His reaction would be priceless. I can hear it now "WHY IS THIS HOE DOING THIS?!?!!?"

Drea: He sounds like a hoot. Do you have any guilty pleasure TV, movies, or songs?

Melissa: I occasionally watch Project Runway or other reality game show things. MAKE IT WORK!

Drea: Oh, so you've watched Jersey Shore :D

Melissa: I wish!! I got sidetracked one day and started watching some special effects makeup show when I was going to watch Jersey Shore jkjk.

Drea: If you could go out in any costume, and money wasn't an issue, what costume would you wear?

Melissa: BATMAN! Errr Batwoman? *hums Batman song* That costume might get hot in TX though :/

Melissa: Are you a fan of books that turn into movies/TV shows? 

Drea: Most of the books I'd love to see turned into movies don't. But the ones that have aren't too bad.

Drea: If you got to become a superhero, would you want to be like Batman (rich with gadgets) or someone with special powers?

Melissa: Ohhh I'd have to go with the special powers, depending on what the power is. If it's something lame I'd go with the gadgets instead. 

Drea: In books, what really burns your butt?

Melissa: I'd say love triangles but I can tolerate those for the most part. I'd have to go with an ignorant main character. If I can tell something but they can't until the end of the book it irritates me.

Melissa: What's a weird were shifter that you’d like to read in the future (one you haven't read before). np lol

Drea: I'm with you on the ignorant MC. 

Drea: I think you mentioned someone was doing phoenixes, I'd like to try one of those. Er...read one of those ;)

Melissa: Oooh yes, Keri Arthur! I've been wanting to read book one. I've seen pretty positive reviews for it so far.

Drea: Okay, one last question from me: What's the one new author/book/genre you're going to do this year? 

Melissa: I think I'd like to try out a few more erotica books, and would appreciate book/author recs in that genre since I'm not very familiar with it.

Drea: Then you have to read tomorrow's post on Roni Loren. She's my new favorite erotic author.

Melissa: Will do! I've seen her name around, but never actually looked at her books just yet. 
Melissa: Are there any new author/book/genre that you plan on reading?

Drea: Yup! I signed up for the New-To-Me challenge this year, so I'm all about new stuff. My goal is to also dive into some multicultural/diverse stuff as a part of that. So I'll be checking into Holley Trent's post from the other day. *nods*

Melissa: Can't wait to hear your thoughts on those!
Melissa: Thanks for doing the random Q&A with me Drea <3

Drea: lol no problem...well...one problem. I'll never get the glitter off everything *glares*

Melissa: *throws more glitter* :D

Drea: *shakes fist and shouts* MELISSSSSSSAAAAA!

New Releases 04/21/2015

Fringe Benefits - Sandy James
When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.

HOT FOR TEACHER

As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance—or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .

Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills—and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff—and his age—may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?



Beauty's Kingdom - A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Before E. L. James and Sylvia Day, there was Anne Rice: Discover Beauty’s Kingdom, the fourth novel in the bestselling Sleeping Beauty series

Mega-bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure, returns to the mysterious kingdom of Queen Eleanor in this new chapter of her Sleeping Beauty series. When the great queen is reported dead, Beauty and Laurent return to the kingdom they left twenty years before. Beauty agrees to take the throne, but she insists that all erotic servitude be voluntary. Countless eager princes, princesses, lords, ladies, and commoners journey to Beauty’s realm, where she and her husband usher in a new era of desire, longing, and ecstasy. Provocative and stirring, Rice’s imaginative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth will be adored by her longtime fans and new readers of erotica just discovering the novels.

This book is intended for mature audiences.



Garden of Lies - Amanda Quick
The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes.

Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. Nevertheless, he seems sensible enough to Ursula, though she does find herself unnerved by his self-possession and unreadable green-gold eyes…

If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well…



One Night - Eric Jerome Dickey
For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?

Filled with all the hallmarks of an Eric Jerome Dickey bestseller—erotic situations, edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, and fun, believable relationships—One Night will delight Dickey’s existing fans and lure countless new ones.



Asa - Jay Crownover
Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.



Just Three Words - Melissa Brayden
Sometimes the one you want is the one you least suspect...

Accountant Samantha Ennis craves order and structure. As the bookkeeper at the boutique advertising agency she owns with her three best friends, it’s her job to apply logic to the chaos. When one of those best friends, laid back Hunter Blair, moves in to share her loft apartment, Sam’s carefully organized world is thrown wildly askew.

Hunter Blair’s been the coolest one in the room since elementary school. Until recently, her biggest worry in the world was which of the girls in her cell phone to call on a Saturday night. But it’s not long before Samantha sparks a fire in Hunter that has her questioning her old habits and longing for new ones.

Isn’t it a bad idea to fall for one of your best friends? Samantha and Hunter are about to find out.



The Wood's Edge - Lori Benton
At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?