Friday, November 27, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros.  Please leave a comment or question for Ana to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Ana will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on her tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

The Raven Room
By Ana Medeiros
The Raven Room Trilogy, Book 1

Publisher:  Diversion Publishing
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Erotic Thriller
Format: eBook/Print/Audio
Length:  250 Pages
ISBN:  978-1626817777

Buy Links: Amazon B&N Print |

About the book:

Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it’s every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death.

Drawn by needs he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he’s worked so hard to build.

When the police link the Raven Room to the death of a young woman, it threatens to expose a number of powerful people—people who would kill to stay anonymous...

Meredith’s body can’t get enough of Julian. He has opened her sexual horizons to tempting new possibilities. But out of bed she’s an aspiring journalist, and The Raven Room is the story she’s been looking for. By writing an exposé on the club and its elite clientele, she plans to launch her career.

As Meredith embarks on a sexual journey into the forbidden world that Julian inhabits, questions emerge, and dark appetites threaten to swallow her whole.  How much can she trust the man who has laid bare her erotic nature and how much will she sacrifice in order to protect him?


Julian was lost in her experience. Suddenly, she lifted her eyes to him and his breath caught in his chest. He couldn’t tell what color her eyes were or the exact shade of her hair but it didn’t matter. As she continued to move with her partner, her lips were slightly parted, her hair in disarray, but those were details in the periphery of his awareness.

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in the Azores islands, Portugal, Ana Medeiros has a background in Photography, Sociology and Psychology. For the last seven years she has worked in the magazine industry. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, with her boyfriend and two cats. The Raven Room, book one of a trilogy, is Ana’s first novel and is published by Diversion Books.

Twitter: @AnaMAuthor

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you and your family be blessed on Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of the year………

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Naked by Eliza Redgold

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold.  Please leave a comment or question for Eliza to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Eliza will award a $20 Amazon/BN GC to one (1) randomly drawn commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on her tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

Interview with Eliza Redgold

Maria:  You've established yourself as a contemporary writer, were you fearful about how your first historical novel would be received?

Eliza:  I’m an academic as well as an author. NAKED is a work of fiction published under my pen name Eliza Redgold (based on the Gaelic meaning of my name).  I’ve written academic papers about Lady Godiva under my full name Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd and recently had the chance to talk about Godiva at the Popular/American Culture Association Conference in the US. The first time I presented about Lady Godiva to my academic colleagues I was rather nervous, but I’m happy to say it has been very well received. I’m proud to be an academic and a romance writer too – even though as a genre romance fiction can be quite revealing. If you can’t handle exposure – don’t call your book NAKED!

Maria:  What drew you to Lady Godiva's story and prompted the desire to not only tell her story but expand on the possibilities of why she was willing to ride through the town naked and her possible future?

Eliza:  To look for Lady Godiva I made a trip to Coventry, England. It was difficult to find remnants of Godiva’s life, but I definitely experienced a strange feeling near the place where Godiva and Leofric are believed to be buried. Their spirits are in the air.  It was in Coventry I became convinced there was an untold story.  In most of the Godiva stories, Leofric of Mercia is definitely the villain of the piece, ready to impose heavy taxes and to force his wife to carry out her daring ride. Yet by the end of his life, I discovered historical documents reveal Lord Leofric was a changed man. This for me was the untold (love) story.

Maria:  How much research and what kind of research did you do for Naked? A Novel of Lady Godiva.

Eliza:  Before I wrote NAKED I couldn’t ride a horse. I needed to know how to horse ride to capture the famous scene of her naked ride, so I took lessons. I’d love to report that I became a brilliant horsewoman overnight, like my heroine Godiva, but I got worse instead of better. I took lessons at an amazing therapeutic riding center that has lessons for young and old, able-bodied and disabled riders alike, and some of the people I met were absolutely inspiring. I learned some life lessons – not just riding lessons.

Maria:  An academic by day and a writer by night, what do you do to relax from a stressful day at work before you dive into writing?

Eliza:  Music shifts me from one mood to another. Here’s Wild Horses a ‘theme song’ I listened to while writing Godiva’s story.

Maria:  You have an upcoming historical series for Harlequin - when can we expect their release?

Eliza:  A pair of my Victorian romances will be published by Harlequin Historical in 2015 and 2016.  Enticing Benedict Cole (November 2015 release) is about an artist, a lady and a secret love:

When Benedict Cole shuns her request for painting lessons, Lady "Cameo" Catherine Mary St. Clair takes matters into her own hands. She arrives at Benedict's studio, only to be mistaken for a model! It's an opportunity she just can't turn down… 

Benedict knows better than to let intimacy interfere with his work, yet he can't quell his fascination for the mysterious Cameo. And after one daring night together, everything changes. Will Cameo still be his muse when Benedict discovers who she really is?

Maria:  What do you have planned for 2016 as a writer?

Eliza:  NAKED is the first in my ‘Legendary Lady’ series to take back the story of a legendary lady to tell it from her point of view and twist her tale. NAKED is the first in my ‘Legendary Lady’ series to take back the story of a legendary lady to tell it from her point of view and twist her tale. Coming soon is the next book in the Ladies of Legend series:
‘Lost voices. Lost lore. Lost love.’

That’s a clue J Who is the next Lady of Legend? Get in touch and let me know who you think it is – and I’ll send you a copy if you’re right! 

Quick Get to Know You Questions:

1. Favorite Color? Red gold
2. Favorite Flower? Redgold roses
3. Coffee, Tea or something else? I got addicted to mead (honey wine) while writing NAKED.
4. Upcoming Movie You Can't Wait to See? Star Wars

5. Heels, sandals or barefoot? Barefoot

Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva
By Eliza Redgold
Legendary Ladies, Book 1

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance/Fiction
Format: eBook/Print
Length:  322 Pages
ISBN: 978-1250066152

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | BAM | IndieBound | iTunes

About the book:

We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story.

We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva’s ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for ‘peeping Tom’) and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax.

Naked is an original version of Godiva’s tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice.


If the rider heard he made no sign. Clad in a silver helmet and armored in brown leather, he galloped under the arches, my warning ignored. His great black horse circled the courtyard, raising dust as he halted in front of the steps.

For a moment he didn’t move. Nor did I, except to tighten my fingers on the handle of my blade.

He lifted off his helmet.

A pair of piercing eyes met mine.

This is not Thurkill.

The knowledge flashed into my brain. The man in front of me was tall and strong. Many years younger than my father, perhaps thirty years of age, his face a tanned brown. His hair, tawny as an owl wing, fell to the studded collar of his armor, its leather stretched across his shoulders.

He spoke. “You are Godiva.”

Hawk high I lifted my head. “I am. Who are you? Why have you come to my lands?”

Dirt swirled in the air as his horse hoofed the ground. River deep turned his gaze as he took me in, lingering on the thick braid that fell over my shoulder to brush to my thigh.

 “Well?” A flame flickered though me, hotter than fear. A flame I’d never known.

 “Who are you?” 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

ELIZA REDGOLD is an author, academic and unashamed romantic.

Eliza Redgold is based upon the old, Gaelic meaning of her name, Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd. She was born in Irvine, Scotland on Marymass Day and currently lives in Australia. She has presented academic papers on women and romance and is a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. Eliza has also written two upcoming Victorian historical romances for Harlequin Historical. Look out for ‘Enticing Benedict Cole’ in November 2015.

“NAKED: A Novel of Lady Godiva” was released internationally by St Martin’s Press New York in July 2015.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Release Blast & #Giveaway for My Lady Gloriana by Sylvia Halliday


Welcome to my stop on the Release Blast, presented by Tasty Book Tours, for My Lady Gloriana by Sylvia Halliday.  Please leave a comment or question for Sylvia to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter the tour wide giveaway, where Sylvia’s publisher will award a print copy of My Lady Gloriana to five (5) randomly chosen commenters, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  

Sylvia Halliday 
Releasing Nov 24th, 2015

In this twist on the Pygmalion story, a duke makes a wager that he can bed the uncouth Lady Gloriana. But the bet takes on a life of its own...

The year is 1725. Lady Gloriana Baniard is a beautiful fish out of water. Brought up on the mean streets of London, she is a brash, blunt, obscene force of nature. But thanks to a brief marriage to a disgraced aristocrat, she is forced to live with his noble family and endure the humiliating process of learning to be a lady. Rebelling, she runs away to Yorkshire, where she intends to be a blacksmith, a skill at which she excels. She knows she’ll need a manservant to front for her. When John Thorne appears, she hires him, stirred as much by his irresistible attraction as by his strength.

John Haviland, Duke of Thorneleigh, is an arrogant, indolent gambler and womanizer. Having seen Gloriana just once, he yearns to make her his own. When he learns she has run away from her family, he makes a wild bet with his wastrel companions―he will find the lady and bed her. Disguised as a humble servant, he becomes her assistant, learning the blacksmith trade. The clash of wills between these two proud people creates more sparks than a blacksmith’s anvil, as Gloriana learns to be a lady, Thorne learns humility―and desire deepens to love.

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(Setting:  John Haviland, Duke of Thorneleigh, has gone for a midnight walk in the country.)

The night was more glorious than he would have imagined. The sweet scents of new grass and spring flowers filled the air with their delicate perfume, soothing his troubled soul. Impulsively, he rolled up his sleeves, then laughed and pulled off his shirt completely. He half-expected to hear the voice of his long-ago nursemaid, chiding him for common behavior that didn't suit the heir to an ancient dukedom. Gentlemen didn't go around half-clothed. 

“Rest in peace, Nurse,” he murmured, recalling her with tenderness. He'd stripped naked many a time since those days—and for far less innocent reasons. It was a mild night. Maybe he'd further scandalize Nurse’s memory by going for a swim. 

He felt young, adventurous, free—yet strangely sad and melancholy. What had happened to the carefree lad he once had been? What had turned him into this idle dissolute? Surely there was a moment he had missed—a turning point that might have taken him in a different, more satisfying direction. 

No. Tonight, with the earth wrapped in silvery moonlight, was for magic. He felt as though something extraordinary was about to happen. Something that would change his life, lead him to a path more splendid and glittering than the moon-dappled one he now followed. 

He pulled off his shoes and stockings and stripped off his breeches. The sensual night air caressed his nakedness like a harlot’s hand; he felt a quivering and stirring in his groin. He suddenly ached for a woman. But not a clumsy slattern, like the innkeeper’s wife. Nor even a perfumed beauty who strolled St. James’s Park by day and slept on satin sheets by night. He wanted a goddess, as magical and lovely as this moon-kissed midnight. 

He heard the soft whinny of a horse, the gentle thud of hoofs upon packed earth. The sounds seemed to be coming from the far end of the clearing. He shrank back against the tree trunk, concealing his naked body, and waited. The woman galloped onto the sand, magnificent upon her horse—a vision of perfection that took his breath away. 

His longed-for goddess.

Award-winning author Sylvia Halliday’s first historical novel, written as Ena Halliday, was chosen by Pocket Books to launch their Tapestry line. She subsequently wrote for Popular Library/Warner and Harlequin Historicals under the pen name of Louisa Rawlings, the name of her maternal great-grandmother. She has written for Kensington/Zebra under the pseudonym of Sylvia Halliday. She has published 14 historical romances. Her FOREVER WILD earned 5 stars from RT Book Reviews and Affaire de Coeur, and was a RITA finalist for the Romance Writers of America. Her latest offerings, published by Diversion Books, are MARIELLE (The French Maiden Series, #1), LYSETTE (The French Maiden Series, #2), DELPHINE (The French Maiden Series, #3), DREAMS SO FLEETING, GOLD AS THE MORNING SUN, THE RING, and SUMMER DARKNESS, WINTER LIGHT. FOREVER WILD, STOLEN SPRING, and PROMISE OF SUMMER, written by her as Louisa Rawlings, are available from Samhain Publishing.