Guest Author & Giveaway: Chloe Harris featuring Secrets of Sin

Friday, January 29

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If you've looked at the cloud tag recently you will have noticed that I tend to gravitate towards historical romances and erotic I guess it should not come as a big surprise that I was instantly enamored with SECRETS OF SIN,  a new historical erotic romance by Chloe Harris.

I recently found out about this book on the Aphrodisa blog when Chloe Harris, or rather one of the authors that comprise the Chloe Harris writing team, posted the five reasons NOT to buy SECRETS OF SIN which I thought was so clever and absolutely loved.  Reasons like....if you want a perfect hero, or if you don't think that love can redeem.   I immediately put it on my wish list.  Especially after reading the blurb and the excerpt.  Do yourself a favor and read all of the reasons why you shouldn't buy the book, which really are reasons why you will probably LOVE the book.  I think you will enjoy it and will see why I couldn't keep this book a secret.  You can thank me later, however I believe your TBR will not.

Noelle Henderson is my guest today (she's either the Chloe or the Harris part of the writing team...not quite sure which) to celebrate the release of SECRETS OF SIN and to talk about what gives you tingles when reading romance.  Read and enjoy :)

Romance on the Edge

It's funny the little things that end up having an impact. I once read a small article in a motocross magazine that had a big effect on the way I look at life. The article was about how anyone at any skill level could enjoy motocross because the thrill came in finding and pushing your own edge however far out or small it might be. So the young kid on his brand new bike doing flat laps in his backyard got just as much of a life affirming experience as the pro leading a race because each one was riding on and even expanding their own edge. I love that idea and I think it can apply to many things.  Almost any sport/past-time even reading can be exciting and fulfilling at any level if you find your personal edge and go there.   

In my upcoming book, Secrets of Sin, there are a lot of edges found, rode and pushed.  Captain Reinier Barhydt, the prodigal husband, knows his own sexual edge and pushes it as far as he can as often as he can. It's his emotional/love edge that he's shied away from for almost four years. But he must find and ride out that edge to find his Happily Ever After. And for Emiline, his wife, it's about discovering that after four years she's changed and both her emotional/love and sexual edges have reached expanding new heights that Reinier helps her find an conquer.  

As a reader, taking it to the edge can be part of what a great romance reading experience is all about.  And if you're like me your reading edge can be miles ahead your real life edge. That's what makes it so much fun. If we choose we can go much farther out with our sexual edge in our imagination.

Romance on the edge means reading something that takes you to that place where that little shudder goes down your spine, you give a little sigh and just adore how naughty or romantic it is. That edge for some could be as tame as the one or two fade to black scenes in a category or for erotic romance fans it could be as wild as a great bondage scene or ménage à trois. But each reader gets the same thrill when they read to their own edge.  

Conversely, "The fade to black" reader isn't going to enjoy a bdsm romance because it pushes them too far past their edge. On your edge and just past it is electrifying, too far is just uncomfortable.  And for the erotic romance reader, a category doesn't come close enough to theirs to find it very  interesting.  Unless that category pushes their emotional/love edge but that's another story. The point is, it's a wonderful thing that romance goes from Amish to erotica so that every kind of reader at every level can get that sizzle or sense of satisfaction that comes from taking Romance to the edge.  

Is this part of why you read romance? Have you read anything recently that gave you the tingles that come from skirting your romance reading edge?   

Two lucky commenters will be transported  into a world of charmingly wicked sea captains, dazzling strong women, warm exotic locales and deliciously sinful secrets by winning a copy of Secrets of Sin.


On a Caribbean island of alluring delights, Emiline du Ronde-Barhydt commands a large estate, vast wealth, and unwavering devotion. Her inheritance and dazzling beauty insure that she’s granted her every wish… or almost. The one thing she can’t get is freedom from her proud wayward husband.

When her husband, sea captain Reinier Barhydt finally agrees to give his determined wife the divorce she craves - it’s for a price: three days of total submission to his every erotic demand. Both fall under the spell of the most forbidden sensations that reignite every delicious inch of their bodies… and Reinier soon realizes that he is no longer master of his carnal game. At the mercy of his own raw shattering needs, the three red hot days may just turn into a lifetime of smoldering passion…

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Many thanks to Noelle and Barbra, the writing team that comprises the author pseudonym Chloe Harris for being my guests here today, and congrats to both of you on the release of your first book together! Woo hoo!

You can find out more about these authors writing as Chloe Harris at, their blog, on Facebook, or Twitter.  You can learn more about SECRETS OF SIN, as well as the next book they are currently working on the website, and while you're there enter to win their "Have You Seen This Hot Guy?" contest they are having to celebrate the release of SECRETS OF SIN....lots of signed books as well as other goodies are to be had.

In addition to their "Hot Guy" contest, they have also offered to giveaway TWO copies of SECRETS OF SIN to Musings followers in celebration.  Right now I could definitely use a warm exotic locale with a charming and wicked hero :)  How about you?

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question posed to readers in the post (good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) 
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Emma Michaels January 29, 2010 at 12:59 AM  

I am a follower and already have my warm and exotic local! Great post and contest!!!


chelleyreads January 29, 2010 at 1:44 AM  

yes, i love it when i feel the tingles in that special "awwww" moment. the last romance book that gave me that was devil in winter by lisa kleypas.

hero and heroine are already married? my favorite kind of plot line! as long as it doesn't have menage a trois (books with that is just not my cup of tea), i'd very much love a chance to read this book.

thanks for the giveaway. i'm a GFC follower.

Eva S January 29, 2010 at 3:16 AM  

Yes, it's part of why I love to read romance, and I can choose many different genres depending on my mood. One book I recently read was Virtual Reality by Joey W Hill, a book about something I never could experience in real life.

I am a follower

Noelle (Chloe Harris) January 29, 2010 at 7:23 AM  

Good Morning Everyone!!

Thanks so much for having me! I'll be back this afternoon to check out all the comments.

Thanks again.

Anonymous,  January 29, 2010 at 7:53 AM  

Hey ladies,

I'm B*, the other half of Chloe Harris. I just wanted to thank you for your comments.

Emma Michaels, just yesterday I had a hissy fit/pity party on the blog because I'm sick and tired of winter. *lol* I'm in desperate need of sunshine.

Chelleyreads, I gotta check that book out!
There is a Mènage in "Secrets of Sin" but it's definitely not your typical MaT. I'd like to elaborate but more info would be a spoiler!

Eva S., I loved Virtual Reality! What I found fascinating was that you'll ride the edge for almost 3/4 of the book without anything (or not too much) happening. It's all just fantasy / in the characters' heads. I loved that. However, I didn't like what they did with all those delicious vegetables then. *lol*
I also loved If Wishes Were Horses. Have you read that too?

vslavetopassionv January 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM  

Since I am a sub boy, I enjoy reading these types of stories. They give me the tingle you talk about. :)

I am a google friend to this blog.


Bethie January 29, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

Please count me in. I follow on GFC. Its been a while since I read something that made me tingle. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

kalynnick January 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

I love the moments too. I haven't read anythign recently that makes me feel that way.

I'm follower!

kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

Scorpio M. January 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

It's very rare for me to come across a historical erotic work that peaks my interest as SoS has. I have been mostly a mainstream romance reader but have been branching out lately.

The theme of pain as aphrodisiac is a novel concept to me, I noticed that it's a pretty common in erotic works. When I read these types of scenes I definitely feel a bit out of element and that I am pushing my reading boundaries. It's not an issue of like or dislike but simply trying to understand the connection btwn pain & pleasure, you know? Definitely, edgy imo!

Thanks for blogging, very thought- provoking questions.

I am a GFC follower.


jeanette8042 January 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

I love the tingle moments and the least book I read that gave me this feeling was Perfection by Kris Cook!

I'm a GFC follower!

lilazncutie1215 @

dor January 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

I read Unbridled. That gave me tingles for sure.
I follow on googl friend....dor.

dorcontest at gmail dot conm

Estella January 29, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

The tingle moments are the best!Have not read a book lately that did that for me.

kissinoak at verizon dot net

alba January 29, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

For a number of years I had read what you would call soft or Innocent romance,
I soon change those habits when I hit my 30+year ;-} ;-} I do push the bounderies I may not have that kind of thing happen in my Bedroom ( I'm such a prood;-]) I do enjoy reading them except for the real ex-stream S&M stuff.. I'm currently reading Wicked all day by Liz Carlyle it's on the softer side more Drama than S*X....
Enjoyed the excerpt it's going on my MR list.
Have a good one.
I'm a follower.
sadly no blog did email my friends hope the stop by.

Nancy January 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

Noelle, you make a very good point about everyone having a different edge, a different boundary. For me, plot-oriented genres do better with fade to black or a brief description focused on emotion, while relationship-oriented books seem to want a more detailed description.

misskallie2000 January 29, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

Oh yes, I do need a warmer climate or a really hot,hot book with tingle..LOL

I am a GFC

Thanks for the great giveaway and pls put my name in the hat.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Artemis January 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

Wow! What an excellent locale and story. A married couple that wants to work on their marriage. Whatever it takes. Here, here!

I am a follower.

Thanks again for giving such great peaks at wonderful works.

Linda Henderson January 29, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

It depends on the mood I'm in what I'm reading. I read a lot of different genre's so I have a lot to choose from. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a sweet romance and sometimes I'm in the mood for something more erotic. It's great that we have so much to choose from.

I am a follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

justpeachy36 January 30, 2010 at 12:51 AM

I love romances that give you the tingles. I just read All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz... it was inundated with spicy scenes but the ones it had were really tingly LOL

Stacy Stew January 30, 2010 at 1:23 AM  

I just like love and romance and if a book has it, than I'm usually pretty happy.
I am a follower

enyl January 30, 2010 at 2:53 AM  

The most recent romances that I have read have been from the Harlequin medical catagory and romantic comedies, so the love scenes are pretty basic

enyl January 30, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

Goole Friend Connect follower.

ddurance January 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

To me, there are two types of tingles, innocent ones like those from conversations, such as dialogue between Bella and Edward in Twilight or erotic ones such as all the sex scenes in Ann Rice's Beauty series. Both are very nice, just depends on what you're in the mood for.

I'm a follower.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

jedisakora January 30, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

I too experience two types of tingles. There is the "squee" worthy moments of the book when the hero or heroine does something romantic, first admits their feelings, or does something hilarious. Then there is the moments where you shut your door so no-one can bother you and indulge. ^^


Teresa January 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

I have never read romance books like this, so I have never gotten a feeling like that.

I am a follower via google friend connect
mstlee2000 @

Ina January 31, 2010 at 5:12 AM  

Hi Noelle and Barbra :)
thanks for being here - I really enjoyed your post...

@Melissa (jedisakora): I couldn't say it better! I recently read a category 2 book by Lorelei James and although it's all new to me I really liked it...

have a great day,

+I'm a GFC follower

Carol L. January 31, 2010 at 1:40 PM  

The Madness of In MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley. What story. It made me weak in the knees to read about the tenderness from Ian. I love all Highlanders, just a particular weakness of mine lol ooohhh, I can't forget Karen Marie Moning's Highlanders.
I would love to be entered for Secrets of Sin.
Carol L.

Mitzi H. January 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

I first book that I read that pushed that uncomfortable limit was Marly's Choice by Lora Leigh. That was the 1st book I had ever read that had a 3+ way going on.

The last book that I read that pushed that uncomfortable limit was Ice Queen by Joey Hill. Very emotional read.

Both novels are on my keeper shelf.

I'm a follower on google friends connect and would love to be entered into your drawing.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Noelle (Chloe Harris) February 1, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

Thanks to every one for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Good luck in the drawing!!

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