b2b is Three!

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Someone pinch me! Has it really been THREE years already?! WOW!

Another year just whooshed by me…Personally, it has been another year filled with health issues I just wasn’t ready to deal with, but then when are we, right?!

Through it all I found that my hubby’s love can get me through everything life throws at me and that is a blessing I don’t ever want to take for granted.

As always, I still feel blessed with so many of you that are faithfully stopping by, commenting and making me laugh out loud. Your support is appreciated and always welcome. I’m really humbled by the romance community all over the world!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all!

This year saw our Krissie leave us, but we welcomed with opened arms two of our faithful followers with their unique reviews, Connie and Leah. I was seriously considering shutting the blog down when they jumped in and literally saved me. Please help me welcome them with a huge HIP-HIP-HOORAY!

Since last year our one month-long PUSH-A-BOOK celebration was such a great hit with readers and authors alike, we thought why mess with something that ain’t broke?

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So get ready, our bookworms as we’re kicking off our ONE month long celebration on November 1st with Vanessa Kelly and ending it with Anna Campbell.

Throughout the month we’ve invited some of the most hard-working, amazingly creative and way too talented people in the romance community to stop by and help us celebrate. Our invitations once more answered with so much enthusiasm that we just might schedule some visits in twos and threes!

Here’s just a few of the authors that will be coming over… Delilah MarvelleVicky DreilingEileen DreyerDanelle HarmonMaureen Driscoll, Anna CampbellGrace BurrowesMia MarloweMarilyn BrantVanessa KellyLouise AllenShana Galen, Elise RomeNicola CornickJillian StoneSaralee EtterPatricia RicePriscilla ShayBethanne Strasser, Valerie Bowman, Bella Love, Monica BurnsElla Quinn, Caroline LindenSandra OwensTerri BrisbinVictoria Vane, Jenn LeBlanc, Norah WilsonAmanda ScottDonna CummingsNicky Wells, Marguerite KayeBarbara MonajemSaralee EtterDeborah Doucette, Lila DiPasqua, C.C. HumphreysTracy Anne Warren…and a few surprise guests too! There will be prizes…books, and books and some more books, a bookworm heaven, right? There will be many surprises and a Grand Prize as well!

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‘The Hero Sandwich’ by Karyn Gerrard and Gayl Taylor

BOOK BLURB:  A wild night of meaningless sex is all best friends Connie Hollingsway and Nicci Sullivan have in mind when they approach a beyond handsome, younger man in the Cougar Cave bar. They soon realize they have taken on more than they bargained for.

Barrett Michaels just found out he was cut from the Double A baseball team he played for. To drown his sorrows and ease his pain, he goes to the Cougar Cave looking for a one-night stand with an experienced, older woman. Imagine his surprise when not one, but two women suggest a night of mind-blowing sensual pleasure with no strings attached.
Can three lonely people keep pain, bitterness, and grief at bay or will emotional fireworks tear down the walls surrounding their hearts?

EXCERPT:

“As far as Connie Hollingsway was concerned, she’d just found the meat filling for her hero sandwich. She cast a quick glance to her best friend, Nicole Sullivan, and amended her statement to our hero sandwich.

Bass from inane techno music reverberated off the wood-paneled walls of the club called the Cougar Cave that she and Nicci were at tonight. Connie’s gaze slid back to the man sitting alone in a booth directly across from them and further down the wall. The man, in a word, was perfect. Ascertaining his age was difficult under the flashing strobe lights, plus he sat directly underneath a neon sign for Budweiser, which cast a reddish glow over a stunningly rugged, handsome face. The layered and tousled hair looked as if he had just rolled out of bed. Milk chocolate would be the way she’d describe the color. Like all young guys, he had a scruff of facial hair, but Connie’s keen eye could make out the sexy cleft in his perfectly shaped chin. There were six empty beer bottles in front of him, and he’d just waved his arm to the waiter for more. A sly smile curved about Connie’s mouth. If man-meat was drunk enough, he may be open and willing to consider her suggestion. Leaning toward Nicci to talk about her idea, the words died in her throat when man-meat stood, shook off his leather jacket, and hung it on the coat rack attached to the back of the bench seat. He was taller than she first imagined, a few inches over six feet to be sure. A skin tight black T-shirt hugged every valley and plane of his powerful physique. Man-meat was cut, chiseled, honed, and sharpened into hardened precision, enough to rival those marble statues of Greek gods. The T-shirt, tucked into a pair of incredibly tight blue jeans, showed his torso to sculpted perfection. Fabric strained across rock hard thighs, a muscular ass and—Connie’s held breath whooshed out in a moan—showed off his impressive package to perfection.

She had to get a closer look.

While his build and his aura evoked a certain maturity, there were no telltale lines fanning out from the eyes to show he may be in his thirties, nor were there heavily cut lines around his mouth. Damn, how young was he? Who cared? He was getting drunk at the Cougar Cave so naturally the man would be interested in an older woman.

Wonder how he would feel about two women?”

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‘My Vampire Cover Model’ by Karyn Gerrard

STORY: Life changed for Deanna Brooks the night she attended a book signing for her aunt’s best-selling paranormal romance series. There she met Burney ‘The Cover God’ Sheridan. The model for the series’ fictional vampire hero, Burn is beyond handsome and has an overabundance of Irish charm. He’s too good to be true.

Burn Sheridan, a man with scores of past lives, has a secret: he is a vampire. Meeting Deanna is agony because for the first time in over two hundred years, Burn experiences the rarest of vampiric needs—the mate-of-the-soul connection. Keeping people at a distance has been Burn’s existence for centuries, but Deanna makes his pledge of staying detached impossible.

Many obstacles lie ahead and the biggest of all may be Burn himself. Can Deanna and Burn overcome them and find lasting love?

REVIEW: What would our Halloween posting be without a review of some good ol’ paranormal romance?!

Karyn Gerrard‘s  ‘My Vampire Cover Model’ is such a great little novella, its perfect for this time of year!

You can grab a nice hot cup of coffee or warm apple cider and have a seat and an hour later you have read the entire book and it’s a great little break!

‘My Vampire Cover Model’ is a fun, fast paced, fluffy vampire novella.  It’s cute, engaging and altogether a pretty fun read.  Burney or Burn (LOVE the name) is our vampire hero who changes his identity occasionally to not become detected as a vampire.

For this particular moment in time he is none other than a romance novel cover model for a series of paranormal vampire stories…..very clever if I do say so myself. :)  While at a book signing with the author of the series of books he models for, he finds instant attraction, love at first sight, if you will, with none other than the author’s niece!

Deana is lonely and unaware of the stir she has caused in Burn when she first meets him.  See, he knows who she is to him but she certainly doesn’t. The chemistry between Burn and Dean is instantaneous and doesn’t keep the readers waiting long to combust.  It’s fun and its sexy; its great reading material for all us Paranormal fans!

If you are looking for a good, quick read that is not heavily laden with angst and misunderstandings this is the one for you!

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‘Heart of Rock’ by Karyn Gerrard Giveaway

STORY: Irishman Brogan Byrne is at the pinnacle of rock music success in 1974. Handsome, charismatic, with a three-octave voice, you’d think he had it all. But Byrne sinks to new depths of depravity with women, liquor, and drugs.

Carly Montgomery is an ambitious record executive offered an opportunity to be manager for the last leg of Byrne’s tour. Though she’s detached and tough as nails, Carly’s cool façade comes under attack. Somehow Byrne manages to slip by her frosty defenses.

Brogan, for his part, is broken inside. A memory weighs on his soul and affects his actions. Is Carly the one woman to help him forget his guilt and heal his heart of rock?

REVIEW: Let me see if I can describe this story in one sentence….Best things come in small packages and this short, hot, sensual and unbelievably sweet love story is perfect summer read.

Have any of you seen Tom Cruise in his latest movie ‘Rock of Ages’? He played your typical 80’s Rock Star and oh. em. gee. did he do an awesome job! Well, our hero was just like that. He inoculates himself with drugs, drink and sex (not necessarily in that order) in order to keep his heart rock solid and from engaging it in any of his relationships, from his brothers, girlfriend, band mates. And then he hits the ‘rock bottom’ and it’s ‘do or die’ decision time….

Carly has been managing rock stars for a few years now, and stepping in to manage this mess of a man could either help or ruin her career, but she has no choice and if anything, she welcomes the challenge. Never would she dream that in doing her job, her heart would be involved to a point that she might get it broken….

As I said earlier, this is not a long read, but boy was it good. Karyn Gerrard can write erotic scenes as well as she can write the sweet and tender ones. If you are looking to be entertained with a love story filled with sensuality and tenderness all at the same time, grab this read when you head out to the beach, pool or even a road trip [as long as someone else is driving!]. You won’t be sorry and you’ll be highly entertained!

Here’s TC to get you in a mood for this story….

Now, relax, click here for some inspiration Karyn had in writing this story….and for your greatest enjoyment of this fun excerpt from ‘Heart of Rock’!

“Where the feck am I again?”

Looking at him, Carly shook her head. “Are you going to become one of those pathetic, burnt out, brain-fried bastards who need index cards wherever you go so you know what city you’re in?”

He interrupted her and in an uninterested tone explained, “Love, I always needed index cards to tell me what city I was in.”

She sighed in exasperation but continued, “We’re still in Philly in a private VIP lounge at the airport waiting on a flight to JFK. In New York. You have a concert in two nights, remember?”

“Far out,” Brogan mumbled in annoyance.

“Guess I’ll have to introduce myself again. Carly Montgomery. I’m your new manager. Byron quit last night. I suppose you don’t remember that, either.”

“No. I really don’t remember. The show went well, I suppose.”

“Yes, the concert went fine. What happened after the show caused the concern. You all but trashed the dressing room at the Spectrum. Your mess is going to cost a pretty penny, Nigel is not impressed.”

“Carly? How original. Copy Carly Simon, did you?”

He watched as her jaw set in annoyance. “I don’t copy anybody. My name is Cara, but my family has called me Carly since I could crawl — and why am I explaining this to you?”

Brogan blinked and had a good look at this infuriating-as-shite woman. She was no more than 5’3”, her hair was long and wavy, dyed some two-tone shade of black with bright red streaks throughout. She wore a skintight black leather skirt and sexy four-inch black pumps. A tight gold tiger-patterned sweater hugged her feminine curves. Under the six layers of makeup he supposed she was attractive enough, no raving beauty but adequate. Her voice, however, sounded like nails on a chalkboard.

“I don’t have to stay here. You can’t keep me. I’ll find my own feckin’ way to New York —”

Carly whistled shrilly through her teeth. The door to the private lounge swung open. A man as big as a Volkswagen with a human head on it stood before Brogan with his legs apart and tree trunk-sized arms crossed defiantly.

Carly’s laugh sounded smug and amused, which pissed him off further. “This is Giovanni. Gio gave you the cold shower, remember?”

He interjected again, this time more sarcastically, “Love, it’s not the first cold shower I ever had.”

“Regardless, he’ll be your shadow going forward. Gio will keep you in line. Make sure you’re a good boy and behave at the venues in future.”

“I need a drink.” Brogan snarled.

Carly inclined her head toward the counter. “There is fresh coffee in the pot, and some donuts in the box. That’s all you’re getting for now.”

Jaysus Christ. He clasped his hands together to keep them from shaking. He did need a drink — badly. Times like this, he wished he smoked. He could use a fag right now. He was sober for the first time in days. Well, he would try to stay somewhat lucid for the show itself. But after the concert was over he would put aside the few restraints. Stalking the stage and whipping the crowd into a wild froth wasn’t enough for him. He always needed more. His irritated gaze roamed over the huge man in front of him. Great. His own gorilla.

“Listen to me, Byrne. I’ve been around enough rockers these last three years to see the signs. Your own band can’t stand you. They went to Nigel. They will be around you only for prerequisite rehearsals and the show itself. The rest of the time? They don’t want to know you. They demanded separate travel and different hotels, though I can’t see that happening. You’re arrogant even to your own family and to your girlfriend,” Carly hesitated. “You don’t remember a thing, do you?”

Brogan Byrne didn’t know why he acted this way and didn’t know how to stop. This monster lived inside him, and it had resided there for a long time. The demon was a voracious beast. Even now it clamored and groaned. The beast wanted to be fed. The only thing quieting the fiend was drugs and sex. He needed some type of hit. He glanced over at Gio. If Tiny wasn’t here he could put the moves on this Carly. Jaysus, where did that come from?”

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TIME TRAVEL IN MOVIES with Karyn Gerrard

I have always loved the time travel concept in either books, television or movies. There are so many variables and directions you can go story wise with Time Travel. It is fantasy all the way, you have to suspend your disbelief and go with it. Scientists will say on paper the concept of time travel is feasible, but in reality? No.

But think of the possibilities! I asked at a few other blog visits if a stunning hunk of Regency virile masculinity asked you to go back to 1821, would you go? Most said ‘no way’. They couldn’t give up the creature comforts, or the more important things, like a flush toilet. Some said they would if they could travel back and forth.

So when crunch time comes in this fantasy, and it always does, what is the time traveler to do? Stay in the time he is in? Or if he can, go back to the time period he is from? The heroine in my novella, “TIMELESS LOVE” has this same conundrum. The heroine is also faced with a decision, does she stay with the hero, or beg him to come with her?

So that got me thinking about some of my favorite time travel movies, I will only touch on a few.

Time After Time was released in 1979, with Malcolm McDowell and David Warner. Malcolm plays H.G. Wells himself, and the plot cleverly works in ‘Jack the Ripper’ (as played by one of my fav underrated Brit actors, Warner) Jack steals the time machine and lands in 1979 San Fransisco and continues with his killings. H.G. Wells is hot on his heels, and enlists a spunky banker (Mary Steenburgen) to assist him. Like any good Time Travel, this has suspense, drama, adventure, and yes, romance. Does Amy the bank teller go back to Victorian England with H.G Wells? I won’t give it away.

Another favorite is the three-hankie weeper, ‘Somewhere In Time’. I just have to hear the lush music score from John Barry and I choke up.

It was panned by critics when it was released in
1980. This is an unabashed love story first, with Fantasy and drama thrown in. There is no time machine used here, Richard Collier (The late Christopher Reeve) travels through time using hypnosis. When he meets actress Elsie McKenna (Jane Seymor) A heartbreaking romance unfolds that has ever been put to screen. The film’s message, that love is such a powerful force it can punch a hole through time, resonates. The ending here? Get the Kleenex.

I love the ‘Back To the Future’ Movies. (1985-1990) The three of them are so different, the first was light-hearted fun, the second, much darker, and the third, I really like. The ‘Old West’ back drop works, it can incorporate the adventure and suspense aspect, and also throw in a romance. The love story between Doc Brown and the school marm Clara was sweet and touching.
The ending ties the three films together and it was entertaining and fun.

Also will include one of Mel’s favorites, THE TIME MACHINE 1960 with hunky Aussie Rod Taylor!

Based on H. G. Wells 1895 book of the same name. This film won an Oscar for its amazing  time-lapse photographic effects. It is a scene that is fantastic by today’s standards. As H.G. travels forward in time, we see outside the window the rapid changes of a store front as the decades click by.

This movie was remade with another hunky Aussie, Guy Pearce in 2002, but as with most remakes, doesn’t hold a candle to the original.

Just a snippet of a few of my favorites.

Do you have any favorite time travel movies, or books, or television shows?

Or if you like, answer that question above, about the  Regency hunk asking you to go with him to 1821, can you do it? (go with the fantasy here, you’re young, unattached!) Or is flush toilets, running water and penicillin just too hard to give up?

One lucky commenter will win a PDF copy of my ebook novella

TIMELESS LOVE from Evernight Publishing!

To learn more about Karyn Gerrard please visit her website here.

‘Timeless Love’ by Karyn Gerrard

STORY: 1969—Underworld enforcer Joey Indelli didn’t expect an English Regency Era carriage to appear before his very eyes in a thunderbolt of light. Inside he discovers a disoriented beauty, the honorable and delectable Catherine Worthington.

Catherine finds herself immediately attracted to her rough and very masculine rescuer but is determined to return to her home in 1821 Cornwall, England.

Seeing the carriage appear in front of him, Indelli believes her story but is convinced she has no choice but to stay in 1969.

Will the love that develops between them fade with their parting or somehow keep them together and prove…timeless?

REVIEW: This is my third book from Karyn Gerrard and let me tell you: I am now a full-fledged fan!

The above blurb is just a perfect bait to hook you to this story, but the story in itself is so well told that will have you laughing one moment, and wiping tears the next.

Ms. Gerrard is so good at giving us a hero that is rough and tough, yet tender, understanding and loving.

And as for the heroine, her innocence and beauty were so adorable that our hero had no chance!

This is a sequel to ‘Timeless Heart’ but you don’t have to read the first to follow the second, BUT you’d be missing on another fun and entertaining read if you don’t.

I really liked everything about this story. It was well written, character driven and fast paced.

This is an author that can weave an erotic AND sweet love story so well that will have you panting and sighing at the same time. If I were to give out stars, this would without a doubt be a FIVE star read! Way to go, Ms. Gerrard. I hope you tell us a couple of more stories from the carriage…like what happened to Baron Aidan Ashwood and Mr. Daniel McCubbin? And a driver Mr. Jonas Cook? I would love to find out their stories…

Karyn Gerrard’s Christmas Memories

I’m very excited to welcome this new author, to me at least. I only read two of her books, ‘Timeless Heart’ and ‘Christmas Memories’, and both I loved very much and hope you’ll give her writing a looksy. If you’d like to find out more about Karyn, click on the cover of her latest book or her pic, and you’ll visit her blog or her website!

Here she is to tell you more about her Christmas memories.

Thanks so much for having me here today Melanie!

Over three hot, muggy nights in July with the AC going full tilt, I wrote a Christmas short story.

A handful of e-publishers had submission calls out for Christmas so I wanted to see if I could cobble together a short story under 10,000 words. I never attempted a short story before.

Where to begin?

I started thinking about what I liked about Christmas, and how certain music,TV shows and movies can trigger Christmas memories. The light bulb came on and I started to write!

My hero as always is a bit of a tortured soul. He has past Christmas memories he would like to forget.

He accepts an invitation to spend Christmas at a wilderness lodge with some other guys. He hopes to play poker and let Christmas pass unobtrusively. He didn’t count on my heroine, Karin Kellegher!

I started to think, what is my favorite Christmas music? Even though I love hard-driving rock, I don’t like rock or pop in my Xmas music. (The lone exception, John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War is Over).

The Christmas music I prefer is easy listening, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Andy Williams to name a few. If I were to choose one album, it would be THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING by Glen Campbell. No, it is not country, Glen croons on this album to rival Sinatra. It was released by Capitol Records in 1968 and has been out of print for years. The MP3’s are available on Amazon. (I remember when Glen had his own variety show! I think I just aged myself. I was a very small child!)

My dad was Xmas shopping in ’69 when he heard the album being played in the department store. He liked it so much he bought it and Glen has been a part of our Christmases ever since. My parents still have the album and my two siblings and I made CD’s from the album complete with hiss, pops and scratches. We all love it and it evokes such wonderful memories every time I listen to it. I mention this album in my short story and when it is played it pulls the hero into Christmas memories of his past.

So what other Christmas theme brings back those warm, fuzzy memories? The next thing on my list was 1966 cartoon of Dr. Seuss ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ I haven’t missed a Christmas watching this in decades, I love this!

Thanks to DVD’s, I can pop it in anytime and watch it UNCUT and relive all those Christmas memories.

In my story, my hero Jimmy can recite the Grinch right along with Boris Karloff and in doing so, charms the woolen socks right off my heroine.

I never fail to get a lump in my throat when the Grinch carves the roast beast. It seems when it comes to Christmas, I am a total softie. I am a firm believer in tradition, love to decorate and cook the big-ass turkey dinner. Christmas is also when the hubs and I fell in love. Awwww. To me, it’s magical and I treasure all my Christmas memories.

So my question is this, do you have any favorite Christmas music, movies or TV shows that bring back any warm, sentimental Christmas memories? Let me know! I have a PDF copy of CHRISTMAS MEMORIES from Silver Publishing up for grabs!

And Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings or whatever! Cheers :)