Horny Hump Day 07/30/14: Beleaguered ~ Hidden Beauty





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Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

Welcome back to Horny Hump Day!

I’m continuing to spotlight Beleaguered, the final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love which released earlier this month!


This week is the last little hot snippet from Beleaguered for a while.  In this scene, Alyse is being pleasured thoroughly.  By whom?  But that would be telling. :)


10425814_m“You are so beautiful, Alyse,” he whispered, trailing his lips down her neck, breasts, belly, “and I want to taste every exquisite inch of you.”

She moaned and shifted her bottom as he set his tongue to her navel then trembled when it dipped lower to her dark curls. He bent her knees and pushed her legs wide, revealing the hidden beauty of her.

That’s all for now. If you’d like more, Beleaguered is available at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!


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Beleaguered Winners!

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa!

I’ve been in such a whirlwind of activities for the past two weeks–including preparing for and going to RWA, that I neglected to announce the winners of my Giveaways on Release Day and Beleaguered Blast Day.


Winners of copies of Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered are:

Jennifer Lowery

Debbie Brown

Teresa Cypher


And the winner of my Swag Box is Jennifer Lowery!

Congratulations, Ladies!  I will be contacting you shortly with information on your prizes.





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Spotlight on Great and Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna



Tristan, the Marquis of Wrenworth and British spy, must marry but he’s haunted by guilt of war.

Lady Evelyn Hurstine’s past makes her fear men but for Tristan, she’s willing to overcome her fear.

Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, can they find love before the traitor destroys them both?


“Pardon me, sir, I believe the lady is with me.”

The rich male voice interrupted their game. It startled Evelyn but quickly warmed her. She recognized the voice. Tristan. Her Adonis. Her stomach fluttered, as if she’d swallowed a hundred butterflies. It appeared he had surprised Andrew too. His body tensed as he stepped away from her.

“I’m sorry, Lord Wrenworth, I did not think she needed a chaperone today,” Huntington stated flatly, his tone guarded and unfriendly.

“Hardly. I am her fiancée.” The man’s voice hard, a challenge underlining his statement.

Evelyn’s breath caught in her throat. Others reacted with surprise as well. Sarah’s mouth dropped open, Andrew’s eyes widened, and behind Tristan, his friend Harry choked.

Swallowing rapidly, Evelyn’s mouth became dry so quickly, she was barely able to speak. Finally she stammered, “I-I beg your pardon?”


What made him say that, of all things? Fiancée? Engaged to the ice queen? Tristan noticed how pale Evelyn turned, and part of him tightened. When that fop moved away so quickly, it was obvious the man wasn’t really interested in Evelyn. But Tristan’s interest surely could have been expressed less dramatically.

“Tris.” Harry stood behind him. “What are you doing?” It was a low whisper.

Tristan forced a smile, concentrating to make it more of a devil-may-care grin. “It wasn’t to be announced just yet,” he replied, his gaze on Evelyn. She still looked a bit shocked. “Come, my sweet.” He held his hand up for her to take.

Her eyes still wide, but her mouth now shut, Evelyn gently laid her hand on his, like a butterfly landing on a flower, fragile as spun glass. She blinked and managed to return a timid smile as he led her away.

Several feet from the croquet game, she stopped, withdrawing her hand, as if he had stung her.

“Do you care to explain yourself, captain? Wait, no, my lord?”

He wanted to laugh at her attempt to guess his rank but heard the anger in her tone. Ah, so his ice queen wasn’t entirely frozen. Her anger melted that lovely aloof façade. Pity.

“I’ve come to a conclusion, my dear…”

“I am not your ‘dear’,” she snapped.

He snorted at her reaction. “But for all intents and purposes, you are. Now hear me out.” Tristan directed her to the oak tree near the edge of the grounds. They were in full view of everyone, so he figured she’d be calmer there than in the house. Evelyn reminded him of a skittish colt, on the verge of darting off if threatened.

“I need a wife. You are searching for a husband. That braggart there was too close for comfort. Therefore, I rescued you.” He chuckled. “And he won’t be bothering you again.”

Her gaze narrowed. Ah, the fire in her eyes lit to blazing. “Whose comfort?”

Great and Unfortunate Desires can be found in the boxed set Tempted by His Touch


at these e-tailers for just .99:

Nook  http://bit.ly/1k1Gm3S

Amazon  http://amzn.to/1xjOFsy though Amazon has it as 1.99 at the moment
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Horny Hump Day 07/23/14: Beleaguered ~ Be Sensible?





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Participating authors in Horny Hump Day post three sentences from their published works or WIP, hot like a firecracker! LOL

Welcome back to Horny Hump Day!

I’m continuing to spotlight Beleaguered, the final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love which released last weekend!


So this week of course, I’ll give you another little hot snippet from Beleaguered.  In this scene, Alyse has been tending to Thomas, whose hand has been hurt. One thing has led to another…and this is the aftermath.

17541736_m“You should try to sleep again, my love, for Geoffrey said you had not slept since he summoned you in Bordeaux.”

“And how on earth am I supposed to sleep with you here in my arms when I have not seen you for nigh on two days? Be sensible, madam–I can sleep later.”


If you’d like more, Beleaguered is available at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords!

Please continue to the Horny Hump Day blog site for additional sites on the hop and go check out the other hot authors.

Thanks so much for visiting the Journal once more for Horny Hump Day!


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Jenna Interviews Karen Lopp, Author of Splintered Lies

I’ve got good friend and fellow author Karen Lopp here today, sitting in the hot seat (well, probably the luke-warm seat–I’m not cut-throat in my interviews) at Jenna’s Journal.  So sit back, Karen, and let me into your soul. :)

1. Tell us a little bit about your new release. Splintered Lies is my debut romantic suspense. It involves a drug cartel bent on vengeance and two undercover officers who must work together to bring the cartel to justice. The Romance Review gave it a 4 stars.

2. I am a fanatic about my character names. Are the character names special in any way? Some names I just fall in love with and that is what happened with my hero’s name, Jerah. Usually I search for a name that fits the character.

3.   Do you have plans for a sequel to this book? While working on my next suspense novel part of the plot flowed great with Splintered Lies so I tied them together for a sequel. Jerah and Rissa will have a cameo appearance in the next book.

4. Who was the first romance author and book you read? Aw, geez, that was way too long ago to remember. It was probably Barbra Cartland or Georgette Heyer.

5. Who has been the greatest influence on your writing? My husband, he has been my sounding board, my fan, and a great role model for the hero’s in my stories.

6. What is the most exciting/daredevil thing you’ve ever done? Class V river rafting. My sister-in-law, who had our kids and my nephews at an observation point, watched us disappear in a huge hole and thought she was going to have to adopt six kids that day. It was a blast.

Now, Lightning Round:

7. What is your favorite amusement park ride? Roller coaster, the faster the better.

8. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

9. Boxers, briefs or commando? Boxers.

10. Blond, brunette or redhead? (preferred men’s hair color) brunette

11. Would you rather skydive or scuba dive? Scuba dive. It is not over so fast and there are so many beautiful colors in the sea.

12. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii, Vegas or London? I’ve been to Hawaii and Vegas so I’d choose London. It would be exciting to explore places I’ve never been


Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance for a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now, her life in the shadows has to be brought to life to save the man she has secretly loved for years. With a price on her head can she risk letting him know?

Detective Jerah Qassem has built his career as an undercover agent in the dangerous world of drug cartels. But, when a ghost from his past is resurrected, can he overcome his bitterness in time to save her life?

BUY LINK: http://tinyurl.com/SplinteredLies

FIND ME: http://karenlopp.com



Author Bio.

Stories have always been a part of my life, from books to tales passed down from my ancestors that brought history to life. Danger, struggles and the will power to overcome are all found in the rich legacy of my family tree. Inspiration from their lives inspired me to write what I love. Branching out to contemporary suspense has been another dream come true. I hope my stories bring you entertainment and inspiration.

I love history of all times and places. And my second but equal love of suspense fills my books.



Jerah Qassem had never been more grateful for his years of undercover training than at this moment. Fingers tight around the tumbler to stop the tremors, he watched the apparition glide up to the bar, and wondered if someone had laced his drink with a hallucinogen. Mary was dead. He had nightmares or wet dreams about her most nights for the last eight years.

It wasn’t only the woman’s face that had his insides swirling like a hurricane. It was the way she moved. Long, smooth strides, shoulders straight and eyes darting around like a caged cat. Mary had always been casting looks over her shoulder as if she expected someone to jump out and chase her. But those legs were just as toned and shapely as Mary’s had been. She had been athletic and grabbed every chance she could to romp around the beach. Even the hair was the exact same color of ripened wheat and bounced just below her shoulders. Just like Mary had worn it.

Chills erupted all over his body and cold fingers caressed the nape of his neck. Unable to blink, Jerah stared at the ghost of Mary. The girl he had sent to her death in a fit of anger. The girl he had fallen in love with, yet had been too proud and ambitious to acknowledge until she was gone. Forever.

Jerah closed his eyes against the jarring memory of two firemen holding him back from the charred remains of the building he had sent Mary into as three body bags were carried out. A shudder rattled down his spine. He had relived that day too often. When he glanced back at the bar, the woman had taken a seat and smiled at the bartender. Jerah knew that smile. The same smile that once had almost melted his resolve to not get involved. He had had a career to build. Mary had stirred up thoughts of forever and love, things he hadn’t been ready for. The temptation had been great. But somehow, he persevered and tossed away the best thing that had ever happened to him.

Air exploded from his chest and Jerah shook his head. He did not believe in ghosts. Prickles sprang up his legs as if his blood had decided to flow again. He tugged his leaden body from the chair and stalked to the bar. “Give me a shot of Wild Turkey.” Needing the fortification, he gulped down the amber liquid. Fire burned down his throat. Nope, he wasn’t dreaming. Hands braced on the edge of the bar, he turned to the woman at his side.



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10 Fun Facts About “Secret Love” by Christine Warner

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Ten Fun Facts about Secret Love, Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series by Christine Warner:

  1. I hadn’t planned on making this a novella series, but once I started writing Secret Love there were other characters that I felt the need to share their stories. So far I have 2 other novellas planned, but I might add on to that. The second novella should release in August or September…stay tuned.
  2. The title Secret Love is actually taken from a Doris Day song that released in 1954.
  3. Secret Love takes place in small town America, 1955.
  4. Wayne and Lizzie are the hero and heroine of the story and have known each other for about 10 years.
  5. I used several television shows and songs from the era when writing my story.
  6. I had a very cute little scene involving bread bags and winter boots that I had to delete from the story because bread bags weren’t even invented in 1955.
  7. Lizzie is one of my favorite heroines to date. I love her spirit and personality.
  8. I love the 1920’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s and have always wanted to write a story in one of those decades. I hope that Secret Love will be the first of several.
  9. My favorite scene in the book is actually the prologue which goes back 10 years in time to 1945 when 13 year old Lizzie confesses a secret to 17 year old Wayne.
  10. The tropes in Secret Love are older brother’s best friend, boss/employee, and wrong side of the tracks, and unrequited love. Some of my favorites. Of the ones I’ve listed, which one is yours?


Thanks to Jenna for letting me share her blog today :)

(You are so welcome, Christine!  Love having you anytime!)

SECRET LOVE: Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series


Saranac, Michigan 1955

Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.

Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away. One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away. Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?


She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”

He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”

“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”

“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.

“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”

“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”

She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.

He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”

Her belly trembled. What if?

“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.

“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.

Author-Pic2-300x200AUTHOR BIO:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.


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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 7/20/14 Beleaguered ~ A Better Solution


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

 Beleaguered, the novel-length final installment of my medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love, released this past week!  Hooray! So of course this week I’m spotlighting it again. :)



I thought I’d find a happier snippet to tempt you with this week.  This is from the first chapter, where Alyse and Thomas are finally allowed to disembark from the Phillipa, where they’ve been waiting all day for their turn to go ashore. This snippet takes up where last week’s left off.  (I have been somewhat creative again to get this whole bit in eight sentences.) :)

Bealeaguered_ThomasWhen Thomas arrived beside her, she reached for his arm, lest she topple over.

“Why does the land move so?” she asked fearfully, trying to remain standing while her feet seemed to wander to and fro.

He laughed and held her steady. “We have been moving constantly for the past ten days. ’Tis the ground that stays still while your body thinks it continues to move. ’Twill pass in a few moments.” Then, to her surprise, he scooped her up in his arms and started for the last waiting carriage saying, “I believe this is a better solution to your predicament, madam.”

Laughing, she wrapped her arms around his neck, pleased with his public attentions to her.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this snippet from Beleaguered, which is now available from Smashwords, ARe and Amazon.  It will be available elsewhere as well shortly.

When death holds sway in the world, can even the greatest love survive?

Finally in France, Alyse and Thomas return to their roles as courtiers to Princess Joanna. Their passion for one another continues to smolder hot and deep—until one fateful encounter changes everything.

During a formal banquet, Alyse must share an intimate dance with Geoffrey, her first love. His searing touch proves her love and desire for him is as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.

Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives. Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves. But which love will survive?

In the mean time, check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.



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