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Friday, May 30, 2014

Release Day: Read to Me by Nona Raines (Except + $25 GC Giveaway)



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Read to Me by Nona Raines
Published by The Wild Rose Press (a Scarlet rosette)
Genre: Erotic M/F novella
Releasing: May 30, 2014

Synopsis

perf5.000x8.000.inddAt the age of forty-four, Blaise Blankenship believes her own opportunity for romance has long since passed until she accidentally lands in the lap of a sexy stranger. She and the handsome Latino connect over an afternoon at a local bookstore, sharing their love of erotica. Blaise is swept away by an impetuous, hot, "no last names" night together. But the morning after reveals a truth she can't ignore—or avoid.

Excerpt

A waitress appeared at their table. "What can I get you?" "Do you have any Krupnik?" Blaise asked. The young server's brow crinkled. "I don't…" "It's a honey flavored drink," Guy told her. She shook her head. "I don't think we have that." Then a smile stole across her face. "But maybe I can come up with something." She left, and the two of them sat without speaking. The silence was a comfortable cocoon enveloping them, connecting them. There was no need for speech. A bit later, the waitress returned with two rocks glasses half-filled with an amber liquid. "Honey flavored Kentucky bourbon," she explained as she served them. Guy paid the woman then lifted his glass in a toast. Blaise followed suit. "What shall we toast?" "To happy accidents," he proposed. "That works for me." They clinked their glasses, and Blaise took a sip. Though unusually sweet, the drink had the familiar burn of whiskey. Heat spread down her throat to her belly and below. He touched the book. "Shall we continue?" She nodded, and Guy opened to the page and began to read. People around them chatted and laughed, going about their business, but she and Guy were in a bubble. No one looked their way. No one paid them any mind. They were in a tiny universe all their own. Blaise sipped her drink, sliding closer to him in the circular booth. He was so big, so warm. Just being near him made her body heat rise. Perspiration bloomed, and her blouse clung to her skin. Her nipples, hard and achy, poked against her bra. A few words penetrated the haze—something about the Hummingbird's Kiss—but it wasn't the story line or the whiskey making her woozy. She was getting drunk on the low, sensual timbre of Guy's voice. Soon the words blurred into an incomprehensible buzz in her ears. Her breath slowed as she watched his lips move. She pictured herself kissing them, licking the sweetness from them. Lowering her gaze to his hands, she imagined them touching her. He'd skim the pads of his fingers along her torso, fasten those succulent lips of his on her nipple and pull… Her pussy responded to the fantasy with an answering pull. She shifted slightly to ease the throb between her thighs. Her movement must have distracted him. His gaze flickered from the page to light on her face and his voice trailed off. Guy nodded to her empty glass. "Another?" She'd finished it? When had that happened? "No." Her tongue felt thick. "Would you like something else, then?" he asked.
  1. She knew what exactly she wanted. The question was, did she have the guts to ask?
It's your last chance. Your last adventure before you become the boring old mother of the bride. Take it. Take it! Gathering her courage, she took the leap. "Yes." She placed her hand on his thigh. Underneath her fingers, his muscles tensed. His eyebrows lowered and his gaze sharpened. "Yes." She squeezed his thigh. "I want to get a room. Let's go upstairs."

Author Bio

Nona Raines became hooked on romances when she first picked up "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen Woodiwiss (and she's not telling how long ago that was). Romances may have changed since then, but her love for a good love story has not. She's been writing off and on for years, but it was only when she joined the Central New York Romance Writers Association that she finally gained the support and confidence she needed to complete a manuscript. Nona lives in upstate New York with her many pets and is currently working on her next novel. A former librarian, she enjoys reading books of all genres and discussing them with others. Her books include The Man Series (One Good Man, Take This Man and Her Perfect Man) from The Wild Rose Press and Uncollared from Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was a GLBT finalist in the 2014 DABWAHA competition sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs.

Author Links:

Link to website: www.nonaraines.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NonaRaines.author Twitter: https://twitter.com/nonaraines Blog: http://divasofdesire.blogspot.com/ Amazon page: amazon.com/author/nonaraines

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49 comments:

  1. My favorite erotic romance series is Jess Michaels' Pleasure War series. :)

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  2. My first one is You Make Me by Erin McCarthy.

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  3. Good Morning! Thanks so much for hosting my Release Day Blitz! :-)

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  4. Ooh, you're in for a treat! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Good old Harlequin! I think a lot of us started out with those. Thanks for taking time to comment!

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  6. Oh, Jess Michaels is an awesome author--great choice! :-)

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  7. Jennifer SantiagoMay 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Well, I'm not sure. I see someone mentioned Harlequin, and I do remember the first Harlequin novel I ever read, Sunrise Vows by Carla Cassidy. But I don't personally count Harlequin as erotic romance unless it's their Blaze or Temptation line - one of those isn't around anymore, don't remember which. LOL.

    I can say the first erotic romance I blogged about was Secret Desires by Stormy Glenn, this was my first gay erotic romance.

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  8. Kathy Heare WattsMay 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    What was the first erotic romance you ever read? Exit to Eden by Anne Rice writing as Anne Rampling

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  9. It was a rather raunchy Mills and Boon book .lol

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  10. I think that is was a historical romance by Julie Garwood? Seems pretty tame to what I read now :) Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I honestly don't remember the name. It was one of my mother's old bodice rippers that was not a good book - romance wise, story wise or anything. It actually was bad enough that it put me off of the genre for years. :-)

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  12. Oh gosh, that was so long ago I can't remember......LOLOL......I think the title had "Cherry" in it...

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  13. 50 Shades of Grey

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  14. Try by Ella Frank

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  15. 50 Shades of Gray :D

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  16. One of Lora Leigh's Nauti series

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  17. I'm not sure I can remember that far back lol I've read so many books since then. Probably something from the Harlequin Blaze line

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  18. I think the last one was 50 shades of grey.

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  19. Not sure if it counts, but I read my grandma's Jackie Collins books when I was in 6th grade...lol

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  20. Angie, Jackie Collins definitely counts! :-) Thanks for your comment!

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  21. Uh-oh, Kathy, your memory sounds as shaky as mine, lol!

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  22. Blazes are pretty hot! Some of them shock even me! :-)

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  23. Ooh, Lora Leigh definitely brings the "nauti" to romance!

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  24. Ding ding ding--and we have another vote for 50 shades! :-)

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  25. Oh, I'll have to "Try" that one! Thanks for the comment ( and the rec)!

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  26. EL James, thanks for bringing so many readers to the erotic side of romance! :-)

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  27. "Cherry", huh? That sounds promising! :-)

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  28. Yeah, some of those old-timey bodice rippers could be off-putting. Glad you've found your way back to us, Glenda!

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  29. Ah, Julie Garwood. She's an awesome author.

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  30. Mills and Boon/Harlequin novels sure have changed, haven't they? They began pretty tame and have really gotten spiced up!

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  31. Ooh, Anne Rice. And she's written some other erotica based on Sleeping Beauty, hasn't she? Thanks for commenting!

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  32. I think the Blaze line is still around--it may be Temptation that's still around. I remember my first male/male romance was Joey W. Hill's Rough Canvas. Awesome book!

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  33. Kathy Heare WattsMay 31, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Yes, her Sleeping Beauty Series was the next set of books I read. LOL, when I think of Sleeping Beauty now, it isn't the kiss of the Prince that pops into my head.

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  34. I think it was Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy. This was a lot longer ago than I'd care to say!!

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  35. Jennifer McElroyMay 31, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Probably Fifty Shades of Grey :-)

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  36. Sable Hunter's 'Cowboy Heat'..... OMG it was HOT! :)

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  37. Vickie Imacosmetologist CarterJune 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    CANE The McKinnon Brothers

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  38. It's been way too many years to remember what that was.

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  39. Stephanie ShipleyJune 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Fifty Shades of Grey was the first!

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  40. Fifty Shades of Grey :D

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  41. Ooh, I haven't read that, but I think that Anne Rice brought the BDSM before EL James did. :-)

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  42. I'm gonna have to start a tally of how many readers were led to the "dark side" by 50 Shades , LOL. :-)

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  43. Judy, you can never go wrong with cowboys, can you? ;-)

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  44. Ooh, haven't read that one. Gotta check it out! :-)

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  45. haha David, mine go back a long way, but I can still remember a couple of them! :-)

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  46. Another vote for 50 Shades! :-)

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  47. LOL, Kathy, I think I'm scared to ask what *does* pop into your head at the mention! :-)

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  48. EL James, I thank you from the bottom of my erotic romance writing heart! Thank you for commenting Bube!

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  49. Kathy Heare WattsJune 2, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Well, let's just say if you haven't read the trilogy, that the Prince does not Wake her with a kiss, he takes her Virginity!
    Definitely not Disney style!

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