Monday, December 31, 2007

There Be Dolphins

The plan is to get back to the normal schedule of posting this week, but I might miss a day here or there as I'm playing tour guide this week, and showing a friend from Japan around my corner of the world.

It's quite interesting seeing things from a tourist perspective. Yesterday, we went dolphin watching in the Hauraki Gulf. Check it out!!

Yes, these are from my camera! The water was so clear and a whole pod of dolphins ran along in front of the catamaran for ages. Apparently, they like to surf the waves generated by the boat.

We also saw lots of little blue penguins swimming around (they're so fast!), as well as gannets flying overhead. The view in the Gulf - of the marine life, the islands, the yachts, the sea itself - was amazing. It was such a great day. If anyone's ever down this way, I'd totally recommend doing this!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Good News!

My head is spinning. Why?

Publishers Weekly
reviewed Mine to Possess and called it "...paranormal romance at its best..." Squee!!!!

I was still walking on air over that when I found out that Romantic Times gave MtP a 4.5 star Top Pick!!!!

But wait, there's more. Caressed By Ice was picked as one of the Hottest Books of 2007 by Michelle Buonfiglio's Romance B(u)y the Blog at Lifetime TV; and as I was about to write this blog, I was told that CBI's also been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award!!

Hence the head spinning (and excessive use of exclamation marks)! I think I need to throw a cyber-party to celebrate. So, pull up a chair, bring your drink of choice and tell me what's made your head spin lately. :-)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cake is not a food group...or is it?

How're the holidays going for everyone? :-)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays!!

Sand, snow or sunshine, I hope you all have a fun and fabulous day! :)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Review & Bollywood

It's Christmas Eve!! That means it's Christmas tomorrow! Lots of sunshine down in New Zealand - I'm thinking the beaches will be packed for the holidays. :)

I've already gotten a very nice present - tugsduck, one of the winners of the ARC Contest, read and loved MtP. Here's what she said in the comments to Friday's post:
It was awesome! I read until my eyes wanted to pop out of my head (much to the chagrin of my boyfriend!).

This book is just as good if not better than those preceding it. It has humor, poignancy, and sensuality (much to the pleasure of my boyfriend once I was done reading!). Clay and Talin's story was the bomb!

This book will be added to my keepers to be enjoyed again and again...
for all of you eagerly anticipating the release date, it will definitely be worth the wait!

Link to full Comment (#9)
Yippee!! Thanks tugsduck! And now, I have a present for all of you. I recently watched a Bollywood movie called Om Shanti Om. There's a lovely song in it - I won't translate it except to say that it's super-romantic, and the title line means (not an exact translation): "In your eyes, there is a kind of magic."

The video below is actually a trailer for the movie, but it uses the song (a really short version). If you want to hear the beautiful full version, search Ajab Si on YouTube (or better yet, go see if the movie's playing near you!) Also, in case you wonder about the costumes - the first half of the movie is set in the 70's, the second half in the present day. Enjoy! :)

Link to Trailer

Friday, December 21, 2007

Weekly Catchup

I realized I missed a question earlier - about an excerpt from Hostage to Pleasure. It's a bit too early yet for HtP. Chapter 1 will be included in back of Mine to Possess, though. Here's a tip - if you're tempted to read that excerpt before diving into MtP...resist! Trust me, you'll enjoy it a lot more. :)

So, how's the week been? Any plans? I can't believe it's almost 2008!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

[Edited] Update & Book Tour: Gena Showalter - Savor me Slowly

Ok, the Mine to Possess ARC winners have all been notified. Check your email if you entered. I'm not announcing the winners names yet, but if you won, feel free to "out" yourself!

[Edited to add:] Winners who I've heard back from - Casee, Nicole C., Joni, Angela H., Bel, Jennifer R., Helen G., Stephanie S., Amy B., Tina C., Brooke, Ria, Janet, Kirsten S., Margarida, Sweet, Peggy, Anna, Sonia, Rosemary

I want to thank all of you for your enthusiasm for the contest and for MtP. I hope you all fall adoringly in love with Clay and Tally's story!! :-)

Talking about releases, check out the OOTB book tour for the fabulous Gena Showalter's next Alien Huntress book! I'm so loving that cover!

SAVOR ME SLOWLY by Gena Showalter

(Pocket) December 26, 2007

Mishka Le’Ace was created to be an undercover operative . . . literally. Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength -- strength she’s going to need. Her latest mission sends her to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death. With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other. A passion she was forbidden to know. . .

From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch. But the machine half of Le’Ace forces her to do things she doesn’t always want to do. Even betray him . . . and ultimately destroy him. Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le’Ace and even Le’Ace herself to at last claim the woman he’s come to love.


Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27. Three years later, at the ripe old age of 30, she had sold an amazing total of 15 books in a multitude of genres: paranormal romance, contemporary chick lit/romance hybrid, young adult and urban fantasy. Her books provide something for every fan of fiction. For more information about Gena and her novels, you can visit her website at and her blog at


In versatile Showalter’s new futuristic novel, the world teeters on the edge of disaster unless a tough band of human and alien allies can stop it. Danger spiced with sizzling sensuality are definitely hallmarks of Showalter’s style. Kicking butt and taking names is what these protagonists do best which cranks up the action quotient for this intense new book! – Romantic Times

One of the premiere authors of paranormal romance.” New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole

SAVOR ME SLOWLY is the third and strongest installment in Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series. As riveting as the previous two books were this one is better. Fresh Fiction

The characters in this book are flawlessly drawn. . . Science fiction at its best! So if you’ve never picked up a story by this talented author, now is the time to start. Two Lips Reviews -- 5 lips, their highest rating!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Contest Update, Excerpt & Reader Interview: Erin

Just a quick update: the emails will probably go out today to the winners of the ARC contest. I'll do some sort of blog post on it either later today, or tomorrow. Also, the website has been updated with a new excerpt from Mine to Possess!

Now, onto the interview (if you'd like to participate, details are
here)! Today's interviewee is is Erin, who also loves Remembrance (one of my favorite books)!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

- I'm 25 years old and work at a trade assocation as an accounting assistant. I currently live in Olympia, Wash., and love reading, photography, swimming and history. I'm single, and loving it, and travel is my obsession.

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

- HOARD! It's really bad, actually. I just moved, and had to pack up my books - over 900 of them! But how do you give them away? I re-read every night before I go to bed, so I need a library as a selection, since I never know what mood I'll be in.

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

- I'm really, really not the stalker type, but I do tend to check on certain author's websites and blogs - Lynn Viehl, Marjorie M. Liu, Meljean Brook and Allison Brennan are a few that are on my favorites list.

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

- At certain times of the month, very susceptible. All other times, not so much.

5. Favorite book? Why?

- So, so hard. I don't have a favorite, but I have a few that have moved me on a deep level. Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley, Remembrance by Jude Deveraux, Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu for a few. The why is difficult, but I like subtle. I want to feel the emotions, and not have to read that so-so is angry,happy, etc., and I want it simple. All of these books have a lyricism that lures you in.

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

- 1 case of flare guns, 1 case of pens, 1 case of notebooks.

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

- Grapefruit

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

- Umm...about 20, I think, with books that are currently out. I've got about 15 more on pre-order, including Mine to Possess *squeal*

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

- No one's perfect, but...very smart, quiet, can make me laugh, dangerous when riled, open minded and for a physical trait, I like 'em lean.

Which character in a book do you relate most with?

- Hmm. Callie Dunbrook in Birthright by Nora Roberts and Rachel Morgan in the Rachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison. Callie because she's stubborn, loves history and loves cello music, and Rachel because she's stubborn, klutzy, and always ends up doing stuff she didn't intend.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Book Tour: SheWolf - Teresa D'Amario

I've got a book tour for you today from debut author Teresa D'Amario. Details below!

SHEWOLF - Teresa D'Amario
Freya's Bower
December 18, 2007

A small town veterinarian has a big time problem. She's not human.

Plagued as a child with an extra-sensitive sense of smell, strength, and eyesight, Anna Callaway always thought she was special. But she didn't understand how special until she met Kieran Hunter.

He insists they are True Mates, but he's not human either. He's wolven.

Kieran is a protector of his race. No longer the Alpha of his pack, he spends his time searching out and punishing any who may reveal their race to humans. While patrolling, he finds two wolven about to kidnap Anna. He battles to protect her, but is surprised to find himself drawn to her in a way he never expected.

The couple must learn to deal with their differences before they can address their similarities. But when three men kidnap Anna, she must decide if she is to embrace the wolven way of life, or return to her quiet existence. And whether to abandon the man who claims her as his True Mate.



A dangerously spirited heroine and a sexy hero combine to make one whirlwind of a read. Teresa D'Amario has crafted a fun, steamy debut! ~ Larissa Ione, multi-published author

Teresa D'Amario has crafted a dynamic romance layered through with passion, provocation, and a mutual respect that is rare between fictional heroes and heroines. I'm especially in awe of this debut author's SheWolf - Anna sparkles with satisfyingly feminine strength! ~Emily Ryan-Davis Author of the Dragon Queen series


Teresa comes from the time of too many hours of Dark Shadows and Star Trek, and when she read her first paranormal romance, it was like coming home. Less than a year later Teresa completed her first full length novel, followed by several others. SheWolf is her first published novel, but with many more to follow. She lives in NC with her husband and two dogs who believe they are her children. **Shhh. Don't tell them different now.**

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday Links

" Inc., which has sold more than 12 million Harry Potter books online, said it bought J.K. Rowling's handwritten volume of fairy tales for 1.95 million pounds ($3.98 million) at a London charity auction yesterday...." Full story here.

"I bet no one ever received her CALL while she was wielding a nailgun on a rooftop..." From Gennita Low's First Sale Story (I'm seriously addicted to these stories, and this one rocks.)

It's the holiday season, and The Knight Agency wants you to come party!

Is it a leopard? Is it an ocelot? No, it's an ocicat. Check out these pictures (scroll down on the page) of a rare breed of cat that looks like a miniature leopard. I'm fascinated...

That's it for today. Have a safe and happy weekend everyone. :-)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Weekly Catchup

It's Friday! What's everyone been up to? Any fabulous plans for this weekend? My plan is to clear the decks of all the little errands that have been building. Oh, what excitement! ;)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

MtP Review & Contest Update

Some good news to kick of the day: Mine to Possess was reviewed by Gail for the PW blog Beyond Her Book. Here's what she had to say:

This book was fast paced and riveting. I can truthfully say that once you start reading it, you'll find it impossible to put down!


Also, an update on the MtP ARC Contest. There's been a slight delay - my poor publicist is in the region hit by the ice storm and so are the ARCs. Once I know when they might be able to be posted out, I'll notify the winners.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Question for today: What do you think it is about some stories that makes them so imminently re-readable? It's different for all readers, so what makes something a keeper/reread for you?

On another topic, it was reported on the news over here that ice storms are hitting the US. Hope all of you in those regions are staying warm and safe.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reader Interview: Tara

Tuesday is reader interview day. If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is Tara, who has a head start on all of us when it comes to chocolate!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a stay at home mom with 2 kids and a fantastic husband! I love to read and hope to one day write a book of my own…even if I am the only one who reads it! My favorite color is yellow because it makes me feel warm and sunny! If I was at a party in a crowded room…just follow the laugh!!

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

I am a total hoarder. I have a hard time even loaning out books!! “MINE, ALL MINE” In most things I am very giving and sweet…when it comes to my books I am not!! lol

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

All of the authors that are kind enough to respond to me!! I get star crazed and want to know all about them!! I would not go as far as stalking them (at least not yet) but I do wish I could know each one on a friend type level rather than an outsider looking in. I do have a dark hunter tattoo (I love Sherrilyn Kenyon books). So I am just crazy enough to permanently alter my body!!!

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

Apparently my mom put chocolate milk in my bottle as a baby!! Seriously…. but that was in the 70’s so it was not frowned least I do not think it was??

5. Favorite book? Why?

That is a hard one!! I really have a whole bookshelf filled with my favorite books!! I really LOVE the JR Ward Brotherhood series!! I would have to say those would be my favorites!!

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

Since it has to be things and not who…lol

I would say..q-tips, beef jerky (I am NOT eating fish), and a magna doodle!!

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

Does coffee count??

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

At least 10 but I have some September new releases on the way….and lots of holds at the library!!

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

No shirt, kinda fuzzy chest, deliciously masculine smell, …oh and also strong, compassionate, and funny!!!

Extra reader submitted question(s)! Answer at will :)

* Which character in a book do you relate most with?

The villian….lol No I think I can relate to almost any female character in a book….If she is a full figured character I can relate even better!!

* Where do you live?

In Aloha Oregon

Monday, December 10, 2007

Wild, Wicked & Wanton - Jaci Burton

Warning: Reading this book may make steam come out your ears.

First, the backcover blurb:

Three friends...three secret desires...three chances to make it all come true.

They're inseparable best friends who delight in sharing their wildest secrets and dares. But their latest bet is the boldest one of all: each must sleep with whomever the other two have chosen for her. And come back with every juicy detail...

Abby married the town bad boy. And he lived up to his reputation, bedding any woman who let her guard down. She swore off men for good, but never counted on a pair of sexy veterinarians who are fulfilling a desire of their own.

Blair is the town heartbreaker. Afraid to commit, she's broken off three engagements. Yet there's one man she never had the courage to bed. The one man she really loved. But now, the decision is out her hands.

Callie is the sensible one....but beneath it all she's a true romantic, with the broken heart to prove it. Now her long-dormant fantasies may be getting a workout. A new man enters her life and everything about him is irresistible.
Wild, Wicked & Wanton is seriously hot. I swear I singed my fingertips during reading. It’s three novellas but they’re connected so for me, it read like book - I also felt each couple got their chance in the spotlight, especially since you get to see them outside their novella. But the heat aside, what really made this book work for me were the relationships.

First, the relationship between the three women – Abby, Callie & Blair. They just seemed like real friends, and I liked how the men fit into and respected that friendship.

And second, the relationship between each heroine and her hero. The love scenes were utterly hot, but there was tenderness there, too. I truly believed these couples would make it – Wild, Wicked & Wanton really fulfilled both parts of its promise of being an erotic romance. This one’s going in the keeper pile.

You can check out an excerpt at Jaci’s website.

What've you all been reading? Any recent keepers?

Saturday, December 08, 2007

ARC Contest Reminder & Saturday Links

This is the final reminder for the Mine to Possess ARC Contest. Follow the link for details.

Onto today's web surfing:

Penguin editor Jessica Wade interviews author Anton Strout. (Link courtesy of Fangs, Fur & Fey)

Loretta Chase tells her First Sale story over at Dear Author.

Elizabeth Bear talks about Writing Groups over at Storytellers Unplugged. (Link courtesy of my fabulous agent, Nephele Tempest).

Ann Aguirre is saying some lovely things about Caressed By Ice *smile*

The talented Jaci Burton is giving away cool mini-calendars.

Anne Bishop has up an excerpt for Tangled Webs, which I'm trying to resist reading as I know the wait will drive me insane. I must have this book! (Thanks to Shartyrant for the heads up).

And I'm with Dorian :) Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Weekly Catchup

What's been happening in your corner of the world everyone? Any plans for the weekend? I'm going to spend it with Dorian. *g*

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Advanced Copies & All That Jazz

A reminder that the Mine to Possess ARC contest closes Sunday, so if you haven't entered, hop to it.

Talking about ARCs, I'm sure you guys would threaten to lynch me if I told you what ARCs I have sitting here right now, calling to me. Since I value my life, I won't tell you the titles...yet *grin*

But, if you had super-ARC powers, which books would you want advanced copies of? (Aside from Mine to Possess of course!)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tinker - Wen Spencer

I've heard lots of people recommend Tinker, but for some reason, I never actually knew what it was about for the longest time. Well, I recently fixed that. And as soon as I read the backcover blurb, I knew I'd have to read this book.
Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design.

When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour. Tinker finds herself taking on the Elfin court, the NSA, the Elfin Interdimensional
Agency, technology smugglers and a college-minded Xenobiologist as she tries to stay focused on what’s really important – her first date. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel toed boots, and a junk yard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss.
I loved this book. Tinker is such a great character. She's a super genius, and yet she's normal enough to run around saying: "Yes! Be healed!" Tinker cried. "I am your magic god! Say Amen to me! Woohoo!" She danced around the room. "Oh yes, I am a god! The one! The only! Tinker!" after she pulls off something difficult. (Hands up if you've ever done something similiar ;) ).

The world is pretty amazing, too. Elves, magic and hoverbikes in one awesome package. Magic is only quantum physics to Tinker, and she makes even the weirdest things seem grounded and real. And yep, there's more than enough romance in the book to satisfy. But, don't take my word for it - there's a great excerpt available on the author's site.

I'm definitely looking forward to diving into
Wolf Who Rules, the sequel to Tinker.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Reader Interview: Larissa

The Mine to Possess ARC Contest has taken off like a rocket! Details on Monday's post. Today, it's back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Tuesday is reader interview day. If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is Larissa, who only lives across a really big ditch a.k.a. The Tasman Sea, from me!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am 28, I live in Sydney, Australia. I am originally from the Philippines and I moved here 2 and a half years ago. I live with flatmates in a nice house in a suburb full of children and pets, where we are the only ones on our street who don't appear to have either :) I came here to study and in the end finished with a double masters degree. I start a graduate job next year and in the meantime I work for a ticketing agency in a call centre.

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

I hoard. I came to Australia with 6 books. I currently have a six shelf Ikea billy bookcase and I need to get another one really soon... If I really, really don't like the book I might take it to a second hand shop and trade it for a better one :)

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

Neil Gaiman! I heart him.

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

Severely. I always give it up for lent cos its the ultimate sacrifice. One of the best pictures of me is next to a chocolate fountain.

5. Favorite book? Why?

i have too many! i will name two, archangel by sharon shinn (a romance disguised as fantasy, i swear) and bel canto by ann patchett which is a beautiful, lyrical novel that i highly recommend to everyone.

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

An immortal never dying cigarette lighter (zippo, preferably)
An all weather blanket (good for cold & heat)
And a laptop that ran on endless batteries with a high speed T3 connection (so i can order all my needs on the internet)

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

sultana & apple oatmeal by uncle toby's (no milk) and a banana

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

The pile on my side table has maybe...8? There is an entire shelf in aforementioned mentioned bookcase that I have not read. Plus some others...

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

well first he has to smell nice & be able to spell. this is important ;P
smart, funny, considerate, with sexual prowess (ha ha ha) and hot. and i mean hot to me, he doesn't have to be you know, brad pitt. but just someone who i am attracted to and who is attracted to me!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Mine To Possess ARC Contest

Mine to Possess releases Feb 5, 2008 (put that in your diaries!).

To celebrate the upcoming release, I’m holding a contest giving away some Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs).

Because the purpose of ARCs is to get the word out before the book’s release, if you win an ARC, I’m asking that you review/talk about it, during January. You can put up an online review, talk about MtP to your book group, do a print review, chat about it in a yahoogroup…it’s up to you! The content of course, is also up to you.

Here’s what you need to do to enter. Send me an email at nalinisinghwrites @ (without the spaces) - with the following info:
  • “Mine to Possess ARC Contest” in the Subject Line
  • Your Name & Postal Address
  • The place(s) where you would post a review / discuss the book etc
  • Do all this by 12 noon PST, Sunday 9 December.
  • One entry per person. Winners will be notified by email.
If all goes well, the winners will be chosen, and the ARCs posted the week of Dec 10. I hope many of you will enter!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Saturday Links

First up, I've been asked whether there will be a Mine to Possess ARC contest. I'm working on the details. Hopefully I'll have something to announce mid to late next week. :-)

Now, onto the links:

Publisher Red Sage now has a blog and they're currently doing a series on "Getting to Yes."

Writer Unboxed has a very interesting interview with agent Donald Maass. This is part 1 (part 2 goes up next week).

Fellow Kiwi Yvonne Lindsay has up a thought-provoking post on backcover blurbs and reader expectations.

Historical and paranormal author Kresley Cole talks about her First Sale at Dear Author.

Paperback writer Lynn Viehl has the finalized cover art for Twilight Falls.

Next week, author Ann Aguirre will be holding a week-long Early Christmas with guests and giveaways.

Fellow Berkley Babe Saskia Walker is holding a contest to win a copy of the Naughty or Nice anthology - you have until Monday to enter. And just for fun, turn on the sound and check out this video (for everyone who likes shoes, handbags and hunks...). (Link grabbed from Saskia's blog).

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Weekly Catchup

It's Friday and I'm planning to work on Hostage to Pleasure. :)

What are you guys up to?

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Crazy-Making Mini-Excerpt

You know how I was talking about the yummy hero in the novella I'm writing? Well, I did say I'd post up some kind of excerpt. So here's a sneak peek (some stuff may change in edits). But WARNING - don't read it if you have a low crazy-making threshhold. 'Cause it's short.

Why is it so short?

1. It's a novella so I can't give away too much.
2. I was trying to find a bit where you didn't hear his first name, because that's mentioned in Mine to Possess (only two more months till MtP releases!!) and I thought you guys might enjoy figuring out who he is.
3. It's fun to make everyone crazy ;)

So, if you'd still like to meet Mr. Scrumptious, here he is:


…he followed Annie the short distance to the sick bay. Looking over her shoulder, he saw the darkened interior. “He’s gone.”

She jumped. “You walk like a cat!”

“I am a cat, sweetheart.” He wanted to tease her again, so he let a low growl rumble up from his chest. “See?”

Streaks of vibrant color stained her cheeks. But she didn’t back down. “Are you planning to move?”

“No.” He drew in a deep breath, fighting the urge to nuzzle at her throat. “You smell good. Can I taste you?” It was a half-serious question. “Just a little?”

“Mr. Quinn!” She took a step around him and headed off.

But he’d already caught the lush bite of arousal in her scent. Satisfied, he followed, on his best behavior now. It wouldn’t do to scare Annie away.

Not when he planned to keep her.

So, anybody feeling crazy? (Nalini runs away very fast)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Book Tour: Sexy Devil - Sasha White

A book tour today for fellow Berkley Babe Sasha White. Details below!

SEXY DEVIL - Sasha White
Kensington Aphrodisia
November 27, 2007

No one can resist the spell of a …SEXY DEVIL

Surrender to Sasha White's sensual world, where red-hot passions simmer—and desires are unleashed with sinfully wicked pleasure…

"The Devil Inside"

Workaholic Caleb Mann used to think blind dates were a waste of time, but when his ex-girlfriend calls him boring in bed, Caleb becomes bent on changing his image fast. And fast is what he gets when he barely knows his date's name, but he can't stop fantasizing about replacing the sleek motorcycle between her firm thighs and letting her ride him all night long…

"Devil's Jewel"

Ex-soldier and psychic hunter Angelo Devlin has seen evil first-hand. He knows how perilous his assignments can be, and he doesn't welcome outside help, which makes his run-in with Jewel Kattalis all the more infuriating. But instead of sending her away, he wants to grab her, take her, and tease every inch of her beautiful body. This woman may be more dangerous than any mission he's ever been on before…


"SEXY DEVIL by Sasha White is a sexy, tantalizing anthology that include a bonus story titled Mountain Retreat that features the story of Mac Goodman who appears in The Devil Inside.This book flows along smoothly from one story to another with well written characters that are easy to like with their charismatic ways. The touch of paranormal adds a little more intrigue that goes perfectly with the sizzling hot love scenes that will give you visions of your own!"

— Recommended Read From Fallen Angel Reviews

"SEXY DEVIL is hot as hell, with heroes to die for and heroines who are more than their match. For blazingly erotic romance marked by strong, sexy characterization, Sasha White never disappoints!"

— Meljean Brook, author of Demon Moon

"SEXY DEVIL is smart, sassy, and oh so sexy. It's fast-paced and has intriguing paranormal elements, interwoven with spine-tingling suspense. If you like erotic paranormal romances, you'll love SEXY DEVIL. Sasha White writes with amazing energy and a "joie de vivre" that engages the reader, and makes it impossible to put her books down. A talented, entertaining author!"

— Catherine Spangler, National Bestselling Author of Touched by Fire



After bartending for almost 20 years Sasha White has turned her focus to writing. Having traveled over most of the world she's seen and done many things. Things that help her tell stories about real people, love, and desire. Waitressing/Bartending feeds her endless curiosity about what makes people tick. Writing feeds her brain. Traveling feeds her soul.

She writes for Samhain Publishing, Kensington Aphrodisia and Berkley Heat. Sexy Devil is her first paranormal in print. You can learn more about Sasha and her books by surfing her website,

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Reader Interviews: Amy

Tuesday is reader interview day. If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is Amy, and now I really want to know what she'd take to that desert island! ;)

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi Nalini! What a fun idea. Well, my name is Amy. I'm a stay at home mom. I live in Western NY with my fabulous husband and my son! He is 8 and growing up so fast. I've been married 10 years this past July :). I love books. And thank goodness I have a very supportive husband when it comes to my 'tiny' obsession. I have my library that has most all of the author goodies I have collected scrapbooked and framed hanging on the walls. I love that room!

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

I am a HOARDER!! Although I have gone through some of them and sent a couple boxes overseas to Iraq for the troops. It can be difficult to part with my books but who I did it for made it very worth it and I have even heard back from a few thanking me for them!

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

Well, I've already been named stalker of Jacquelyn Frank! hehe!! But you could definitely tempt me! Your books are fabulous!

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

I'm not a fan of Chocolate :(! I do love snickers candy bars!

5. Favorite book? Why?

This answer could change next week but as of right now it is Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. I just read it the other night and the messages that were in that book were very touching! Tragedy can happen at any moment and you have to enjoy what you have and NEVER take it for granted. And also, there is life and happiness after a tragic event. Man, I love that book!

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

I'm kinda in the gutter with this one....sooo....I'm going to plead the fifth! ;)

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

I'm not a breakfast eater. I drink two cups of coffee every morning.

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

uhh...I'm afraid to count! But I would have to say more than 50! :)

Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

Hmm...this is a tough one. I keep wanting to describe the perfect male. But that's not the same as hero. I don't think I can describe the perfect hero.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Website & Heroes Poll

My website's been updated.

Also, Diana Holquist's Sexiest Man Never Alive poll (discussed in the comments to this post) is now live, so go forth and vote for your favorite heroes.

I'm heading out, so it's a quick post today. Why don't you guys tell me what you've been reading? (And whether you've done your Xmas shopping?)

Have a good start to the week everyone!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Saturday Links

Careful how you research - crime writer Ian Rankin was once suspected of murder.

Dear Author is holding a really awesome Thanksgiving giveaway (you have until Sunday to enter).

Kimber Chin had an interesting post up on RTB about The (Im)perfect Heroine.

Cover artist Emma Peterson talks about one of her covers on Dionne Galace.

Lora Leigh has put up a steamy excerpt from Nauti Dreams.

And if you like mazes - check out this game at Target (link via Nice Mommy~Evil Editor)

Have a fabulous weekend folks!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Weekly Catchup

It's the end of the week again. What's everyone been up to? Plans? I know many of you are celebrating Thanksgiving, so have a great holiday break. :-)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Books and more books!

Since we love talking books here, I have a couple of book-buying questions for you guys today.

1. How do you usually buy books these days? The bookstore? Online? Somewhere else?

2. How many of the purchases are impulse buys - as opposed to having something on your to-be-bought list?

Also, don't forget to give Diana hero suggestions for her Sexiest Man not Alive poll. (Comments section of yesterday's post).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Interview: Diana Holquist

Here's the interview I promised you with the author of Sexiest Man Alive, Diana Holquist! Diana's happy to answer any more questions, so hit her with them! Plus, check out the discussion question below. Now, onto those deep, dark secrets...

1. Sexiest Man Alive? How did you come up with such a fun idea?

Oh, that’s easy, Sexiest Man Alive was inspired by my husband. Hi, Honey!

Okay, is he gone?

Right then. Sexiest Man Alive was really inspired by a famous guy whose name I will not
mention. I used to work for his father. Famous guy would show up in the office every now and then and stroll about and we’d all swoon and try to catch him bending over the water fountain in the hall….

Sorry. Got a wee bit distracted there. Anyway, we’d sit around and gab, asking each other, what is it that makes that guy so, well, hot. That, my friends, is the stuff of great literature.

2. Inspiration for Jasmine's character - her "flaw" is just so original? (Tangent: Hey, I wrote a Jasmine, too! My first published book!).

See, we were meant for each other, Nalini. My Jasmine’s flaw is that she’s pathologically shy around sexy men. She shakes, she blushes, she goes mute, and then she flees in terror. This is a problem as she’s just landed the job as the dresser (the person who helps an actor change quickly between scenes) for People magazine’s sexiest man alive. I came up with the flaw because I’m that way. Not around sexy men. But around a certain kind of person. I won’t tell you who or what, though; it’s too personal. But if you know me, and you’re that kind of person, you think I’m INSANE. If you’re not that kind of person, you think I’m completely normal. (Hah!) It’s a kind of phobia—like of snakes or heights…only for Jasmine, it’s sexy men. It’s actually surprisingly common.

3. SMA is part of a loose series based around three sisters - how about giving us the lowdown on the other books.

Each book starts with a gypsy psychic, Amy, who can tell a person the name of their soul mate—the one person on this earth who is destined to be their One True Love.

Make Me a Match, was the first book I published. It’s about woman with a “perfect” life who learns that her soul mate might be dying. If she ever wants to experience the love of a lifetime, she has to drop everything in her comfortable life and find him now.

Sexiest Man Alive is the second book in the series. It’s the story of the shyest woman alive who comes to believe that her soul mate is People magazine’s sexiest man alive. It’s in stores now.

Hungry for More will be out next fall. It’s Amy’s story, the Gypsy psychic who has been messing up everyone else’s lives with her soul mate prophecies. She loses her power and has to take a job in a restaurant to support herself. Wouldn’t you know the chef is one sexy dude….

4. Who is Diana Holquist - tells us your deep, dark secrets (especially the ones that involve sexy men).

Wait, I think I already did that. Okay, more secrets. I have no idea how to use my cell phone. I have to have my eight-year-old find Dancing with the Stars every Monday night, as I can’t work our satellite TV either. I’m addicted to diet Pepsi, but I hide it and drink it in coffee cups so my kids don’t see me drinking soda. I’m addicted to Sudoku.

This isn’t about me, but rather about the model on the cover of Sexiest Man Alive: this was his first modeling gig. In real life, he teaches special needs kids. Now, if that’s not sexy, I don’t know what is…

5. What draws you to write contemporary?

Contemporary romantic comedy is dead. And yet, I get so many reviews and e-mails that say, thank god someone is writing fun, funny, light contemporaries! I have the utmost respect for other genres, but I could never write them. Angst is not my thing. Dark stuff frightens me and I’m too frightened of the real world to deal with made-up stuff.

6 .Do you have plans to write in other sub-genres?

I have a cross-genre idea for my next book after Hungry for More, but I don’t know if I can pull it off. So I won’t admit it yet. Come back in five months and I’ll tell you more.

7. Anything else you want to add?

Thank you for having me!

8. How about a question for readers to discuss?

Matt Damon, People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2007. Pro or con? Discuss.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Reader Interview: MaryKate

Tuesday is reader interview day. If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is MaryKate...and if her perfect hero ever comes to life, I have first dibs!!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a 36 year old meeting planner who lives in metropolitan Washington, D.C. I'm an avid reader of romance.

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

My books go in three categories: (1)give aways, (2)shares, (3)keepers.

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

Nora Roberts. She's my all time favorite author and seems to be such a smart and incredibly witty person. I'd just love to have cocktails with her.

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

Very. Especially Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms.

5. Favorite book? Why?

The Windflower by Tom and Sheila Curtis. Why? The prose, plain and simple. It features some of the most evocative prose written in romance, IMHO. The hero is delicious, the heroine smart and grows noticeably during the story, and the secondaries are some of the most memorable out there. Also, it's a pirate romance. What's not to love about that??

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

Books, iPod (with some sort of charger), and plenty of Diet Pepsi.

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

A bagel and lite cream cheese.

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

Two. I'm a very fast reader, so I have a hard time maintaining a TBR stack. I'm always deeply envious of people who say they have hundreds of books waiting. How do they do that?

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

He's tough, loyal and a leader of men. He's probably ornery and can be on the cranky side. He's fiercely protective of those he loves, especially his woman. He's a big guy, and looks good in either a t-shirt and jeans or dressed up, but prefers to be casual. He's good with his hands (and his mouth...LOL!). Hmm, maybe I've thought a little too much about this.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sexiest Man Alive - Diana Holquist

I found out about Sexiest Man Alive via Jane's review on Dear Author. (It's a great review, so swing by that way for a much more in-depth look at the book.)

Here's the blurb that I grabbed from the author's website:

Jasmine Burns’s One True Love as destined by Fate is named Josh Toby. Of course, he might not be THE Josh Toby, the biggest movie star of the decade. After all, a shy girl like her could never be loved by a movie star like him? Could she?
The One True Love part comes from Jasmine's sister, Amy, who has a gift. She can touch a person and tell them the name of their destined soulmate. There's just one problem - she just gets a name. So if your one true love is John Smith, you're in trouble.

I really enjoyed
Sexiest Man Alive - at first blush it's a fun contemporary romance, but this book's got heart. I felt for Jasmine. Her shyness isn't put on or temporary, it's very much a part of her life. I absolutely loved the book's beginning - Jasmine trying to get over her fear of speaking to men by practising with a naked...Ken doll. (Go here to read the excerpt.)

And Josh Toby, the Sexiest Man Alive, surprised me. He was a movie star but he was also so sweet. I could totally see him and Jasmine making it. This book made me smile. :) Have any of you read it? Thoughts? Any other good contemporary recommendations?

p.s. I've roped the author into doing an interview. Look out for it on Wednesday! She's going to be spilling some deep, dark secrets...*grin*

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Links

Diana Peterfreund has a bright and beautiful cover for her next book - Rites of Spring (Break).

Yvonne Lindsay also has an awesome cover for her Tycoon's Valentine Vendetta.

Meljean Brook's ARC contest (to win an advance copy of Demon Night) is still running.

Bronwyn Jameson is giving away a copy of Seduce, Sizzle and Simmer.

Jennifer Apodaca's first sale story is up on Dear Author. She calls it The Bulldog Approach.

Jordan Summers has a thought-provoking post up on RTB about Making Friends With Change.

And my resistance to Creation in Death is crumbling, crumbling, crumbling. Ah, Roarke...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Weekly Catchup

It's Friday! The week has zipped by at the speed of light. My plan today is to finish off the almost-final draft of the novella and do some work on another book. But Creation in Death is sitting about five feet away calling to me. Nalini, Nalini, come read me, you know you want to....

What voices are you hearing? How's the week been?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

When Characters Make Their Own Rules

So I'm working on this novella and hero is so scrumptious that I want to write a whole book about him. He just makes me want to sigh dreamily. The man is a terrible tease though - the things he says to the heroine!

The idea for this novella came via Mine To Possess. There's a fleeting mention of something in MtP that made me think, hmm, wonder what their story is. It was meant to be a fun look behind the curtain so to speak - an in-depth look at something glimpsed. Now the hero is sitting here laughing at me because he knows he's going to get to come back in other books. I just won't be able let either him, or his heroine, go. I think you guys are going to love him too. :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reader Interview: ShellBell

Tuesday is reader interview day (except today is Wednesday *grin*). If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is ShellBell, and she definitely knows her chocolate!! :)

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a single, 40 year old and I live in New Zealand. No cats no this house, although I have considered getting one or two! I am generally quite a reserved person, until you get to know me. I absolutely hate talking about or describing myself as I'm pretty boring, and there are always much more interesting things to talk about! I have been an avid reader for years and rarely go anywhere without a book in my handbag!

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

Definitely a hoarder. I do eventually have a cleanup, but end up re-buying some of the ones I'v gotten rid of. My Palm is a godsend - I can have print and ebook versions of my absolute favourites, and just ebook versions of the rest.

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

There are a couple - definitely you Nalini, along with JR Ward, Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Fortunately I'd be a harmless stalker - far too shy to ever approach anyone, and you'd never get a word of sense out of me! I think I'd probably be way too star-struck (or should be author-struck). I doubt if I'd be able to open my mouth without making a complete fool of myself - I prefer to admire from afar.

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

Extremely - especially peppermint, fruit and nut, white chocolate, flake bars (ooh yum - especially the luxury flake bars), pinky bars, milky ways, moro bars, freddo's, sultana pasties, tim tam biscuits, mallowpuffs, chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate milkshakes, chocolate mousse, chocolate dipped ice-cream etc, etc, etc. Let's face it - if it has chocolate in it, I'll eat it! .

5. Favorite book? Why?

The Odyssey by Homer. I've always loved Roman and Greek mythology and this book is a very compelling read. I couldn't possibly name a favourite romance or paranormal book - there are too many of them that I love, and enjoy reading (and re-reading) each of them for different reasons.

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three
things would you take with you?

*A campervan (winnebago) - with an never-ending supply of food, electricity and fresh water......... does that count as one item!!!!!

*Having discovered the joys of eBooks, one item would have to be my Palm, stocked with all of my favourite books and music.

*The Tim Tam genie - at least I'd have an endless source of chocolate biscuits and a companion who could ....... cook for me!

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

Eggs and spaghetti on toast - I cook breakfast most weekends but during the week it is usually just some yoghurt.

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

57 - some books have been in my TBR pile for ages as I haven't been in the right mood to enjoy them. Other books are in my TBR pile as they are in a series where I don't have the earlier books and I get really pedantic about reading books in a series in the correct order.

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

Someone who is confident, but not full of himself, leaning towards being an alpha male.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

AAR Top 100 & Interview

I'm going to put up the next reader interview tomorrow instead of today, because I want to share some cool news.

Slave to Sensation is in the 2007 AAR Top 100 Romances list! Thanks to everyone who voted for Sascha and Lucas!! I'm ecstatic so many of you loved StS. :)

Also, in other news, I was interviewed by Anna Campbell for the Romance Bandits. Drop by and say hi.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Good novellas

I'm working on a novella this week, so I thought we'd talk about some good novellas that we've read recently. I've heard great things about the On The Prowl anthology so that's definitely on my to-read list.

Any other recs?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Weekly Catchup

What's everyone been up to? Plans for the weekend? Share!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Happy Diwali

Today is Diwali, the Festival of Lights. I hope you all have a wonderful day full of light and joy. :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr & YA Books

This is another young adult book that I think adults will love, too. I certainly did. It’s about a girl, Ash, who can see the fae (who are all around us). However she’s spent her life pretending she can’t see them, because of the possible (dangerous) consequences. Then one of the faeries, Keenan*, starts to court her.

Keenan is the Summer King and he’s been looking for his Summer Queen for centuries. He thinks Ash is the one and he’s not going to take no for an answer. Throw in Ash’s sexy outsider boyfriend, Keenan’s chilling mother, and Donia, the last (unsuccesful) candidate for Summer Queen, and you’ve got a deliciously dark story. Link to author's website.

From memory, I’ve read three books or series I consider YA this year (PC & Kristin Cast’s “House of Night” books, Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” and this one), and it’s a departure for me – I don’t think I’ve read that much any other year. Is it because YA is changing, or is it because YA has always had intriguing stories but now some books are making it big, making us pay attention? What do you guys think?

*Hey, I have a Keenan in my books, too!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Art of Television

We haven't talked about t.v. for a while, and since the new season is starting in New Zealand, I thought we'd go for it today. I'm not watching much at the moment, so share your faves with me and tell me what dvds I need to look out for.

Over this way, the Dresden Files are about to start. Heroes, Season 2 has already begun. Those are two that I'm interested in. Oh and for Joss Whedon fans, he's apparently developing a new series.

What are you guys watching on the box? Any recs? (Also, don't forget to drop by my guest post at Simply Romance Reviews and share your fave first lines - some great ones already up there!)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Simply Romance Reviews

I'm the inaugral guest blogger at the brand-spanking new Simply Romance Reviews blog. Come keep me company, share some of your favorite first lines and drop your name into the hat for a prize.

Reader Interview: Candice

Tuesday is reader interview day. If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is Candice, and she's got a very interesting extra question for you all. Read on to find out more!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Candice but my nickname is CandyAss, has been since high school, all though no one ever really calls me by it all the time lol. I love reading paranormal romances and fell in love with Slave to Sensation. Which was the best impulse buy to date :) I love; being a Libra, playing with Photoshop, writing and reading, I am proud to be a child of the 80's lol and have a great movie and pop culture knowledge. When anyone has a question about movies they come to Candice lol. I was raised in Florida but currently reside in WV (could be soon to change)

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

I could never give any books a way. I am a hoarder to the end (unless the book didn't really grab me, then I have no problem passing it along) If I love the book the I spread the word for people to buy it, it's worth it :)

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

Wow, well I have to say that it's not so much the author but the characters I would stalk lol but I wouldn't mind having a sit down with Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Alyssa Day, Lara Adrian, Nalini Singh, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Alex Kava... but thats just a few

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

I love chocolate like it was a food group. White Chocolate is my favorite but there's nothing like a good 'ol milk chocolate bar

5. Favorite book? Why?

Oh I can't say I have a fav book, or even series. But I do to love the 'Warrior-protecting-innocent-while-finding-love' stories

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

A way off lol um, I would need laptop with Internet connection, all my books (that counts as one right ha-ha) and a Warrior ::dreamy sigh::

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

I sleep till noon usually but I like croissants

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

oh gosh I have a drawer full... roughly 15-ish (and more on the way)

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

I wouldn't mind a Brotherhood of the Black Dagger, or Dark Hunter... Shifters are usually loyal and mate for life, a knight in shining armor with immortality lol... the kind you only read about

p.s. Think I should add any other questions?

If you were in the Psy/Changeling World, what side would you be in?

It would be hard to be a Psy, with no feeling but it would be cool to have special abilities. I think a Changeling because of the freedom of expressing feelings and having family/pack with you.

Monday, November 05, 2007

N.O.R. Award & Hostage to Pleasure

I had a very nice surprise in the inbox this morning. Caressed By Ice was voted the Best Print Paranormal Romance in the FAll N.O.R. Awards! Thanks to everyone who voted for Judd and Brenna.

What a great way to start the week!

My main plan for today is to work on Hostage to Pleasure - I'm currently working on a hardcopy, and since I don't want to end up with 400 pages of notes to enter when I'm done, I'm planning to input some of the changes today. Wish me luck!

Hope your week's getting off to a great start, too! What're you up to today?

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Saturday Links

A while back, several New Zealand & Australian Silhouette Desire writers got together to create a six-book continuity series. The series debuts January 2008, and the website for the continuity "Diamonds Down Under" has just gone live - swing by and show them some love!

The Knight Agency is giving away a highlander and some passion in their Free Book Friday. Winner picked Monday so you've got the weekend to enter.

Gena Showalter's blog party is rounding up with a big prize pack, so don't forget to swing by.

This week's first sale story at Dear Author features multi-published author Jennifer Ashley.

And last but definitely not least *grin*, my website has been updated.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Weekly Catchup

Before we get to the catchup, I wanted to answer a question from yesterday's comments - Kat asked whether chapter 1 of Hostage to Pleasure will be included in back of Mine to Possess. The answer is yes. It's an unusual first chapter...and that's all I'm saying. ;)

I'm exhausted this week - the t.v. is looking more and more tempting. I have Howl's Moving Castle sitting here, but I'm also tempted to find one of my Bollywood favorites and lose myself in the drama and romance. Decisions, decisions.

How's everyone's week been? Weekend plans?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Book Cravings

There's been an interesting discussion going on in one of my email groups about different types of romances, which got me to thinking about what kinds of books I'd like to see more of. I'm a western fan, so I'd love to see more western books out there.

What about you guys? And if you're not craving anything, what can't you get enough of? (Books, people, I'm talking about books *grin*).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Book Tour: Tall, Dark & Filthy Rich - Jill Monroe

A special book tour for you today. Don't forget to read down for the details on the blog party accompanying Jill's release!

When a bad boy grows up to be a deliciously bad man...


Tall, Dark and Filthy Rich

Out November 1st from Harlequin Blaze

What would you do if you hit the jackpot?

Private investigator Jessie Huell has always eschewed girlie things for the tools of her trade. She'd swap Jimmy Choos for a nightscope any day. But when she arrives as a guest on a popular Atlanta sex show, Jessie is unexpectedly reunited with high school crush and producer Cole Crawford—multi-million dollar lottery winner, igniter of panties...and bad, bad news for her.

Now Jessie is the official spokesperson for fling-havers everywhere—Cole and Jessie are doing hot, naughty things in the very same places she swore she'd avoid. As each incredible second explodes by, Jessie finds herself in deep trouble: if she's not careful she'll break the first rule of flingdom and it'll turn serious…which means she'll have to find the real dirt on Cole Crawford...because this man's too good to be true!

What Others Are Saying About Jill Monroe

"Monroe is an author discerning romance readers will appreciate for the lack or artifice, contrivance, and cliché in her narration." from


Jill Monroe: I didn't write the phrase panty igniter, but I have more people comment about it, so I'll go ahead and take credit. Actually, I'm hosting a contest with that phrase in mind. If you e-mail (to jillmonroe @, without the spaces) one of the color of panties mentioned in the book (and there's more than 1 to choose from) by December 31, 2007 - you'll be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Victoria's Secret Gift Certificate. Winner announced the first week of 2008 - good luck!

Tall, Dark and Filthy Rich can be purchased wherever Harlequins books are sold or at, Barnes and Noble and

And don’t miss the blog party at Gena Showalter’s blog where we’re celebrating the release of Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole and Holidays are Hell by Marjorie Liu!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Reader Interview: Merry

Tuesday is reader interview day. If you'd like to participate (you know you want to), the details are here. Today's interviewee is Merry, and OMG, she lives in Derbyshire, home of the gorgeous Mr. Darcy!!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a 30-something university librarian, sharing a house with three border collies, one cat and a guinea pig. Oh, and a housemate. I love books, always have (thank you mum and dad) but only really started buying them in 1986. I started with horror, and then worked my way up through fantasy, science fiction and romance with the occasional foray into crime. I am a proud genre ho'! LOL

I still read in all these genres but romance, in most of its forms (subgenres?) predominates.

2. Are you a hoarder or do you give your books away?

I am a hoarder. 3,500 books and counting - although I am trying to be stern about getting rid of books that I know, absolutely know, I will never read again. Keeping it just because it's part of a series (or because I have every other book that that author's written) is no excuse!

3. What author might tempt you into turning stalker?

Jayne Ann Krentz - simply because she's my feelgood author. Whenever I can't decide what to read, or I'm tired or ill and want a comfort read then out comes the JAK. Or Lora Leigh. I love the Breed warriors.

4. How susceptible are you to chocolate?

It depends.

White chocolate? No. No, no, no, no, no! It's just wrong.

Milk chocolate? Yeees - if it's Belgian.

Dark chocolate? Yeah, baby! Small pieces, individually wrapped to just pop in the mouth and let it melt. (And if it's flavoured with Seville oranges and cinnamon, so much the better.)

5. Favorite book? Why?

Aaargh! This is a difficult one. If I had to choose it based on how many times I've read a particular book, then I would have to say Jayne Ann Krentz's Ravished. But, saying that, there have been quite a few books out in recent months that I've read and enjoyed but haven't had a chance to re-read, so that may change! (Especially as I've fallen in love with Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy and will be re-reading that as soon as I can!)

6. If you knew you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

Sustenance (food & drink)


A marine - to get us both off the island (when we're ready to leave!)

7. What did you eat for breakfast?

Posh muesli - it had dried blueberries, strawberries and cranberries in it.

8. How many books in your current to-be-read pile?

Which one? No, seriously. Err, about two hundred give or take 10. (Is there a biblomaniacs anonymous?Mind you, they'd probably make me give up my books so that's no good! LOL)

9. Describe your idea of a perfect hero.

Alpha without being a berk. A man who's not afraid of caring for people and doesn't see it as a weakness. A sense of humour, not a joker though. Someone with the ability to balance work and play. Nice hands. Nice smell.

* Which character in a book do you relate most with?

Grace in Lori Foster's Too Much Temptation

* Where do you live?

In Derbyshire in the UK.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Disappeared – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This is the coolest book. If you like science fiction and thrillers, you’ll enjoy this. It’s set in a time of interstellar travel, when humans are part of a wider universe that includes aliens completely unlike us.

The hero of this book, Miles, is a detective on the Moon base. He’s barely settled into his job when bizarre things start to happen. An alien ship is stopped with two kidnapped children on board, three people are found murdered in a floating space yacht, and all of this seems connected to a woman on the run last seen heading for Mars.

The world is really complex and disturbing in a way that makes you think—for example, some aliens are allowed to kill in vengeance, while others are permitted to take children to pay for the crimes of their parents. So Miles not only has to figure out if a crime has been committed at all, he has to wrestle with whether what he’s doing is truly just.

I’m hooked, I tell you. I've already read Extremes, the second book in the series and I’m going to be racing through the rest (the series is up to book 6 now and it looks like each is a stand-alone mystery but with an overarching backstory). Here's a link to the author's website.

I looooove finding a new series to catch up on. Have any of you guys glommed* an author recently?

*glom = tracking down and reading voraciously through an author/series in a huge burst.