Guest Author & Giveaway: Cassandra Carr featuring Head Games

Wednesday, December 28


After all of the holiday hoopla I could use a little pampering...ok, really it's more than just a little necessary at this point.  I need a vacation, which sadly, isn't going to happen.

One thing that got me through all of the craziness was lists.  I'm a list maker.  I find them incredibly helpful, and it's not even to have the satisfaction of crossing things off, it's so that I don't forget something important.

Erotic Romance Author Cassandra Carr is my guest today with a list of her own...it's one kind of list that I've never made :)  Cassandra and her heroine Kathy, from Head Games, discuss the pros and cons of having a menage relationship.  Read and enjoy!


My heroine makes a pro/con list with a little help from me


Me: Kelly, I believe you're contemplating a life-changing decision. Can you tell us about it?

Kelly: Yes! These two hot guys I know have proposed that they share me. Can you believe it?!?

Me: Share?

Kelly: Yeah, like both be with me in a relationship.

Me: Ohh, kinky!

Kelly: *blushes* Yeah. But if you could see these guys...

Me: Oh, I've seen them. I created them.

Kelly: This is true!

Me: You know what always helps me make decisions like this? A pro/con list!

Kelly: *tilts her head* That might actually work!

Me: *getting out paper and a pen* Let's try it! Now, what would you say one "pro" to being with these guys is?

Kelly: Well, one that's obvious...they're both smokin' hot.

Me: I agree! *writes down 'smokin' hot bods'*

Kelly: And a con would be that if the public finds out I'm with both of those smokin' hot bods my reputation could be dragged through the mud.

Me: *nodding severely* Yes, that's possible. *writes down 'mud'*

Kelly: Another pro - they really focus on me. I feel like they really listen to me and care about the things I care about.

Me: Good point. *writes down 'listens/cares'*

Kelly: A con - they're out of town a lot to play games.

Me: Hmmm. *writes down 'possible strip club attendance'*

Kelly: Hey! I didn't say they might go to strip clubs.

Me: No, but I know hockey players, honey.

Kelly: But you created them! They aren't the types to do that!

Me: You've got me there. *erases*

Kelly: Another pro - they're totally supportive of the restaurant and of me having a career.

Me: Always a good thing. *writes down 'she can still work'*

Kelly: Oh, another pro - it seems silly but it's a big deal to me. Both of them are taller than me.

Me: All right. *writes down 'tallness means large'* Ow!

Kelly: That's not what I meant!

Me: Ah, but again you forget. I created them. I know how big they are.

Kelly: *blushes again* Fine, leave it there.

Me: Hey, it's a plus in my book!

Kelly: *snickers*

Me: So far the pro's are outweighing the con's.

Kelly: Then should I do it?

Me: If I two gorgeous, rich, attentive guys who wanted ME between them I'd do it in a heartbeat!

Kelly: *giggles* I gotta go.

And there you have it! See how the logic of a pro/con list can work?


Leo Laporte and Scott Schaeffer are teammates on the ice and roommates off it who also share women. They’ve been coming into Kelly Chase’s bistro after games for months, and they know they want her. As the attraction grows, the men realize they want more than a one-night stand - they want forever.

Kelly’s not so sure. Yes, she wants both men. But a permanent mĂ©nage relationship? That’s taking giving her heart away to a whole new level, and a chance she’s hesitant to take. Then Leo is injured and Scott’s on the trading block, and she realizes this may be her only shot at true, everlasting love.

There are so many questions swirling around inside Kelly’s head. Can she believe in Leo and Scott’s love? And will her business and her reputation survive once people find out she’s with two men?

Read an excerpt, & below is a special except for Musings readers:
“Okay, so let’s go over everything again – make sure we’re on the same page here,” Leo urged.

“All right. Can’t hurt. We need to present a united front if we’re gonna do this.”
“Exactly. So both of us want her.” They’d been attracted to Kelly since the moment they’d laid eyes on her, but had come to the realization a few months ago that their feelings ran deeper than simple lust.

Scott nodded; his eyes as determined and focused as Leo had ever seen them. “Yes, we both want her, and the only way that will work is if we share her. But we need to make it clear at some point, maybe not right up front, that we want her more than just sex.”

“And we think tonight is the night?”

“She’s definitely intrigued.” Scott paused and Leo could practically see the wheels turning in his friend’s head. “Even when we mentioned a threesome last week she didn’t run.”

“Yeah, and did you see the expression on her face? She wants it.”

“I think so, too. But don’t forget. We can’t push her too hard. And everything one of us does affects the other. We can’t let her tear us apart and if this thing starts to do that we need to reconsider.”

“Agreed,” Leo answered. He held up his fist. “Even now, even with Kelly, bros over hos, man.” The two men did a quick fist bump and Leo relaxed a little.

A few minutes later Kelly backed out of the kitchen, her arms laden with plates, and both men paused to admire her in her tight chef’s pants. She caught them staring and just shook her head, laughing.

Yes, they were done waiting for her to come around. It was time to put Operation Seduction into action.


Thank you Cassandra for being my guest today and sharing a bit about Head Games with us!  If you'd like to learn more about author Cassandra Carr and the books she writes, including her upcoming Ellora's Cave story, Impact, you can find her at her website, her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

To celebrate Head Games, Cassandra is giving away a set of signed Romance Trading Cards to one Musings follower, and your comment will also enter you to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn commenter from the virtual tour!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Have you ever made an important decision with a pro/con list and if so how did it work out for you? (good for 1 entry)
How to enter:
  • Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour to earn additional entries for the $10 GC.  Your comment at Seductive Musings also enters you to win a set of signed Romance Trading Cards to be given away to one Musings commenter.
Rules and disclaimers:
  • The winner(s) for the $10 GC will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by either the author or by Goddess Fish Promotions who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).
  • The winner for the digital copy of the book will be selected randomly from among all of the comments at Seductive Musings on  12/30/11.
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Friday Fun: Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 23

More than likely I won't be around the blog for a few days with final holiday preparations and then the actual celebration with family and friends.  I know you're probably as busy as I am so I'll make this short and sweet.  I hope you have a wonderful Holiday, whether you celebrate Christmas or not!

One thing I do every year is watch my favorite holiday movie, or at least one of them (the other is Little Women, but that one makes me cry which is not very pretty for Christmas photos).  I love love love The Bishop's Wife.  The original with Cary Grant and Loretta Young, (definitely NOT the remake with Whitney Houston...which was just a total travesty).  It gives me such a feel good Christmas cheer because at the heart it's about reconnecting with who you are, with your family, the person you love but may take for granted, friends you may have lost contact with, and religion.  Yes, it has some silly scenes, but for me it just adds to the charm :)  And it has one of my favorite Christmas trees ever!  

If you've never seen it I highly recommend it.  I know most people like It's a Wonderful Life, but for me so much of that movie focuses on the depressing part of his life and you only get the feel good moment a few times...mostly at the end.  The Bishop's Wife gives me that feel good, smile out loud kind of feeling all the way through.   I would try to explain it, but this review on Amazon says it all. Can't beat that feeling ...nor all the tinsel on the tree :)  What's your favorite holiday movie?


Happy Holidays!

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Winners: All the Pleasures of the Season, Lorelei James e-book loan & Sourcebooks e-book

Thursday, December 22

Because I have been so richly blessed I had a few surprise giveaways last week (that I'll continue to have sporadically).  Here are the winners!


The winner of the promo code for a free Sourcebooks e-book is...

 (I hope you enjoy even more bytes that you can't do a damn thing with, LOL)




The winner of the Kindle loan of either Long Hard Ride, or Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James (one of my favorite series, and authors) so that we can be addicted together is...

Even though you said don't enter you, you were the random winner...and who knows maybe you'll get the Kindle Fire for Christmas :)



To celebrate the release of All the Pleasures of the Season, Historical Romance author Lecia Cornwall is giving away a digital copy of the book to Musings follower...

Chelsea B.
 Since you provided your email address in your comment I've already forwarded your info on, so you should hear from someone soon!



Congratulations!   As always, you can click on any of the links or the book covers found on this blog to purchase the books you are dying to read...even if you didn't win them.  If you didn't win one of these, don't lose heart because I'll have some new ones for you soon!

If however,  you've been lucky enough to have already won these book(s) in another giveaway please let me know so that alternate winner(s) can be selected.  The winners will have until Tuesday December 27th to contact me with your mailing address, otherwise alternate winner(s) will be selected.  

For new followers to Seductive Musings please take note I do NOT email you that you have won.  The blog post serves as the announcement and it is your responsibility to contact me with your mailing address. You can send your mailing address to me by using the Contact link in the menu bar at the top of the blog then filling out the form.


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Guest Author & Giveaway: Lecia Cornwall featuring All the Pleasures of the Season

Wednesday, December 21


I spent all last weekend baking, and candy making for the upcoming holiday festivities.  I made peanut butter fudge, peanut butter blossoms, buckeyes (yep, more peanut butter) snickerdoodles and cut out cookies.  It was a lot of work, but in the end we will enjoy every last bite :)  

It's not altogether different than Historical Romance author Lecia Cornwall's making of her holiday Avon Impulse novella, All the Pleasures of the Season, except that she didn't wait until the last minute :)  She had all the right ingredients to make a Christmas romance that we can satisfyingly savor until "the end".  

Lecia is my guest today to share a bit about her Christmas confection (aka love story), All the Pleasures of the Season.  Read and enjoy!


Recipe For A Christmas Love Story

On the day I was asked to write a Christmas e-novella for Avon Impulse, it was hot and sunny, and I had just finished planting my garden. I had spring mud under my nails, and Christmas was the farthest thing from my mind.

I had never written a Christmas story before, or a novella, for that matter. I didn’t know how I was going to wrap my mind around snow, mistletoe and holiday cheer while the tulips were blooming outside.

I sat down and imagined the ingredients of perfect Christmas…a castle, perhaps, in the snow-covered English countryside. There’d be the light of candles on frosted windows, the scent of evergreen boughs, the delights of mistletoe and stolen kisses, the glamour of a holiday ball, and all the pleasures of the season, including family, friends, and a winter wedding. I blended, stirred, and created this recipe for a Christmas love story.

ALL THE PLEASURES OF THE SEASON

1 Perfect Castle, set in a romantic landscape
In Secrets of A Proper Countess (April 2011) I mentioned that Carrington Castle was home to Blackwood’s grandfather. I discovered Holker Hall in the beautiful Lake District of England while I was doing my research, and it stands in for Carrington. You can see why I chose it: http://www.holker.co.uk/holker-hall-and-gardens.html

1 Heroine, in love with the wrong man
Lady Miranda Archer is the granddaughter of a duke. She’s expected to marry within her class. But that’s not where her heart lies…

1 Hero, infatuated, but uncertain
Gilbert Fielding is no match for Lady Miranda. He’s a penniless second son with no title or fortune, destined for a career in the army. Of course he loves Miranda, but her family and his would most certainly not approve of the match, even if he were brave enough to face Miranda’s formidable grandfather to propose.

1 Fool, vain and titled, with a dark secret
The Earl of Kelton is the perfect husband for Miranda. He’s got an excellent pedigree, and he’s considered the handsomest lord in England, a perfect foil for Miranda’s beauty. But five minutes after accepting his proposal, Miranda is already wondering if she’s made the right choice.

1 Family, unusual, but loving
Miranda’s family means well, and want only the best for her. Her sister Marianne considers herself the clever architect of her sister’s betrothal to Lord Kelton. Her brother wants to protect her from a man who’s all wrong for his youngest sister. Her grandfather wants to see his last grandchild married at last, so he can retire to the peace of Carrington Castle. And Marianne’s husband Adam is set on seeing that Gilbert realizes just what he stands to lose if he leaves now.


Stir together and add:

1 heart, broken
1 jaw, smashed
A dash mayhem and mischief
A hasty journey through dangerous weather
A touch of sparkle:
jewels, eyes, lips and snowflakes
1 puppy
Salvation
(not the kind you think)
1 magical wedding
1 Christmas Ball


Frost liberally with:

Love, enough for a lifetime—undeniable, eternal, and unforgettable—the kind that leaves you as breathless as a snowflake on skin.

Allow ingredients to simmer for several weeks, and unwrap in time for Christmas.

Doesn’t that sound delicious? I’ll be here today to chat with you, and answer your questions…and what’s Christmas without gifts and surprises? I’m giving away a copy of ALL THE PLEASURES OF THE SEASON (e-format only). You can see I have Christmas baking on my mind, so tell me, what’s the one holiday treat you can’t live without? The lovely ladies of Seductive Musings will draw the name of a one lucky winner, and I will send your copy electronically this evening!

Wishing each and every one of you all the joys and pleasures of the season!

Lecia


On the first day of Christmas:

Lady Miranda Archer accepts a marriage proposal

On the first day of Christmas and 15 minutes:

Miranda realizes she’s made a huge mistake.

For the next 12 days:

Miranda must find a way out of her engagement, which is harder than it looks, especially when her fiancĂ© is pompous, mean, and desperate for her family’s jewels… and convince her true love that all she wants for Christmas is him...




Thanks Lecia for being my guest today and for sharing that fun recipe!  Having already had the pleasure of reading All the Pleasures of the Season I have to say that her recipe for love is an apt and delicious description :)

If you'd like to learn more about Lecia Cornwall and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.leciacornwall.com, blog, Facebook and Twitter.  Her new full length novel The Price of Temptation is scheduled to be released next week on December 27th.  Gifting us with two stories in one month? That's what I call getting into the Christmas spirit!

To celebrate the release of All the Pleasures of the Season, Lecia is giving away a digital copy of the book to one Musings follower, and your comment will also enter you to win a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter from the virtual tour!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Lecia asked readers in her post and please leave a meaningful comment or question for her regarding books.(good for 1 entry)
How to enter:
  • Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour to earn additional entries for the $25 Amazon GC.  Your comment at Seductive Musings also enters you to win a digital copy of All the Pleasures of the Season to be given away to one Musings commenter.
Rules and disclaimers:
  • The winner(s) for the $25 Amazon GC will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by either the author or by Goddess Fish Promotions who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).
  • The winner for the digital copy of the book will be selected randomly from among all of the comments at Seductive Musings on  12/21/11.
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!
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Monday's Muse

Monday, December 19

Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues.  Thanks for your understanding!

This week's Muse is dedicated to all of you!  My loyal and faithful followers & friends who visit, share your thoughts, and make all the time it takes to have a blog worth it.  That's why I selected this week's Muse just for you and your viewing pleasure.  Yummy, huh?

Christmas is fast approaching and I know a lot of you will be busy preparing and celebrating all of this week and may not have a lot of time to read the blog.  If you are traveling to visit loved ones and friends I hope you arrive safely and have a wonderful time!  If you are staying at home, like me, I hope you take a few minutes to truly enjoy all of the blessings in your life, because everyone has at least one...and if you have a hard time thinking of one don't forget my gift to you, your Muse :)

I'll be here sporadically this week since Little Love is not in school this week (which is when I do most of my blogging).  We'll be busy making a Barbie Gingerbread House, lots and lots of arts and crafts...and wrapping a gifts, which she swears she'll keep a secret, then at the first opportunity gives hints like it starts with "P" and end in "jamas".  Yeah, it's exasperating and funny at the same time :)

She's 5, and this year Christmas is magical to her, which makes it that more special for me.  And while I may not have found the love of my life...yet, I am surrounded by so much love in my life that I considered myself almost embarrassingly blessed.  Happy Holidays!

This week at Seductive Musings:
  • Tuesday:  I'll have some winners from the "gift" giveaways that were from last week.  I hope to have at least one or two more this week so look for them.  I may also have a review for you, but again it will depend on how much free time I can find :)  Little Love demands all of my attention, and yeah I'm a sucker and can't say no :)
  • Wednesday:  Historical Romance author Lecia Cornwall will be my guest to celebrate her new Avon Impulse title, All The Pleasures of the Season, as well as her new full length novel The Price of Temptation which releases next week.
  • Thursday-Friday:  If I make it here it will be to post reviews, but I may be constructing gingerbread houses and baking cookies...hopefully not burning myself in the process.
  • Tempting Trailer: This week's Tempting Trailer is for Emily March's upcoming novel, Lover's Leap.  I've not read this author before, have you?  Is the Eternity Springs series similar to Robyn Carr's Virgin River series?

    Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors will new releases this week!



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    Friday Fun: We're Talking Covers

    Friday, December 16

    Last week Seductive Reviewer DD sent me a link to this video titled "The Making of a Romance Novel Cover"  featuring the creative director Kristine Mills-Noble from Kensington Publishing (think Brava and Aphrodisia...) from a recent Time Magazine article.  Thanks DD!  (you might have to give it a few seconds to fully load)


    After watching that video I had several thoughts.  
    • How can I get the job of the spritzer woman...it's a tough job but someone has to do it right :)
    • I need to send Ms. Mills-Noble a Christmas card to thank her for the covers she gives us :) 
    • And who will be the new "Fabio" from the 2000's? Ya know the one you look back on and think "Egads" did I really find that attractive? (Not that I was ever into Fabio, although I wasn't reading romance at that point in my life either)
    • Must get to the library and check out the December 5th issue of Time to read the interview...and check out any pics while I'm at it ;)
    I love love love these types of behinds the scenes videos.  I have another Thursday's Thoughts coming up about this, but that is a whole 'nother post.  So tell me who you think the new "Fabio" is/will be?

    And just for fun I searched out the covers that the model in the video might be gracing, and found the cover for Burning Up by Anne Marsh which will be released fall of 2012.  I have to say, after seeing the images in the video I'm kinda disappointed in the actual cover.  What do you think?  The series sounds interesting though, "Smoke Jumpers".

    WHERE THERE’S SMOKE…

    For Jack Donovan, smoke jumping is a way of life. He lives for the adrenaline rush—the thrill of flying over the burning California hills, the intensity of diving straight into the inferno, the glory of taming the forces of nature. Love is a distant ember compared to the feeling he gets fighting fires—until an emergency call from his hometown brings him face to face with the one woman he can’t forget …

    THERE’S FIRE

    Lily never got over the handsome rogue who once kissed her senseless—and then left. She vowed she was done with love ’em-and-leave ’em men and small town life. Until a series of malicious fires set by a stalker has her running home to hide. Now, their summer is heating up as Jack fights to save her from the stalker’s fiery threats and to convince her to give the passion between them a second chance.


    While I was prowling the upcoming releases I also happened across the newest cover in Elizabeth Amber's Lords of Satyr series, SEVIN...and it's positively, deliciously sinful!

    Lord Sevin Satyr indulges freely in the delights of the flesh within his infamous Salone di Passione, the talk of 1880s Rome. Surely the Humans who would deny his kind their pleasures can be persuaded to share them in a new Salone he plans just for them—above all, the beautiful Alexa Patrizzi. Fiery and spirited, she is made for sin…

    Sevin’s younger brother Lucien possesses powers he cannot control. Held in the Roman catacombs as a sex slave until he was eighteen, he finds refuge in the ElseWorld—and sexual healing in the arms of Natalia, a maenad, who thinks Luc too beautiful, too young for her. But when his mirrored eyes heat to molten silver at her touch, she can only love him more…



    Finally on this Friday I thought I would share the ebooks I either purchased or were FREE that I recently downloaded.  What did you get?


    I'll try to be back later today with a long overdue review, and possibly another gift :)


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    Thursday's Thoughts: What Should Be #1 on Your Christmas Wishlist...

    Thursday, December 15


    ...that is if you don't already own one. An e-reader.  Doesn't really matter which one you prefer, although after reading several comments by others it seems like some books are slower to become available via the Barnes and Noble Nook than other outlets.

    Why do you say this, you may ask? Well, it's not only because they are one of the best things since sliced bread (even though I think they are) it's because the Romance writing community & Publishers' knee jerk reactions are changing faster than most can keep up with.  One, thing that isn't going away any time soon though is e-books whether you like it or not.  Sometimes you have to change with the times.  So if you are book lover who loves to hold the paper I suggest you just buy a cover like this one to the right and suck it up :)  Embrace it.  Love it.  Or, just get used to it :)

    Am I taking a harsh stand?  No, and I'll give you some of my reasons why.

    It seems like publishers are trying to slow down the trend towards e-books, not only with:
    • the dreaded DRM,  
    • but also with similar if not higher pricing on ebooks than the print version. 
    • removing their digital titles from lending libraries
    • And recently I've noticed some publishers are now releasing some e-books days if not at least a week after the print version is available in stores and online.  For instance many of Jill Shalvis' fans were upset that they couldn't get Head Over Heels which was recently made available in print on November 22nd, but it wasn't until December 1st that the e-book was made available.  GRRR...  
    Has that stopped people from buying digital books in triple digit growths?  No.

    The tactics that Publishers are taking to try and slow down the trend will fail, and fail big time.  They obviously are more concerned with their business model and bottom line than they are about the consumer that is purchasing their products.  The individuals who are going to pay, more than figuratively, are You and Me my friends.  You and me. Doesn't that just suck! The result of their efforts will have only one outcome, angry readers who couldn't get the book when they wanted to read it.  In a world that is used to almost immediate gratification that is a HUGE mistake. Stupid.  Publishers have become the Scrooge of Christmas while Readers are the poor crippled little Tiny Tim from Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  Let's just hope they realize how detrimental their actions are before it is too late.  LOL, they may even be visited by ghosts of authors past, present, and future ;)  Keep reading you'll understand why in just a bit...

    And yes, I strongly believe that there will be a point where it will be too late for them, and it may be sooner than they realize.  Not because of their stupid actions to slow down the e-book trend, but because Authors are embracing digital publishing like it's their Christmas goose and it's the first bit of meat they've seen in forever.  And why shouldn't they?

    Over the past few months I've seen many authors that I read who have been traditionally published decide to self publish their future works for a variety of reasons including a larger share of the profits. Most recently I've seen authors Lila DiPasqua, Beverley Kendall, Ashley March, Shiloh Walker, Jackie Barbosa, and Bella Andre to name just a very few...announce their self publishing intents.  It seems like the list keeps growing every week.  And honestly I can't say that I blame them, especially when you take into account Courtney Milan's success with Unlocked which became a NYT bestseller.  While it may be more work, authors can have greater control, and hopefully a bigger piece of the pie...er, goose.  Win, win, win.

    I want talented authors to earn a MORE than decent living from their writing, really I do, but I also have some fears from a reader's perspective.  Some of them are:
    • Will the quality of the writing continue to be what I've come to expect?  Sadly, I've already experienced that not to be the case.   A writer may employ editors, and have beta readers but it all comes down to honesty in feedback, and experience in the professionals that they hire. Only time will tell.
    • How many author newsletters must I subscribe to in order to find out about the new releases?  As far as I can tell there is no one resource that let's you know what upcoming releases for self published books there may be, or when the book is actually released....except for the author newsletter, facebook, blog...UGH!  For a person who likes to scan upcoming releases using a few of my favorite sites this is a big downfall to self-publishing.  And frankly I can't handle any more emails, blogs, facebooks, twitter...whatever.
    • I'm a big, big library user.  My library is great and is ranked as one of the top 100.  For the size of the city I live in, it's amazing.  And they always purchase the books I request them to :)  While my library now offers digital e-book lending how long will it take for them to have self published books available for lending?  My guess, not any time soon because they like to have reviews from trusted sources before they will buy a book for lending. Which may mean that I will no longer be able to read all of the authors that I love if too many of them decide to self publish.  Ya know, because that thing called a budget....can only go so far :(  I've found so many authors that I now religiously buy and read because of the library, and it makes me somewhat sad that in the near future that could end...even if it is only temporary.
    • Then we have to take into account that e-books will be available before a print version (in some cases), if there is ever a print version made available.  That in and of itself is the biggest reason why a digital e-reader should be your #1 item on your wishlist.  Because otherwise you may not be able to read the books you want...unless you want to read on your computer :(  Not fun.
    My final thoughts, all of this also makes me wonder about the quality of books overall.  Not only self published books, but also books published by the biggies.  Consider this,  if some of the most talented authors decide to go it alone (as it seems to be happening), what will be left for NY to publish?  Will it mean that NY published books will become mediocre as they try to replace the authors that they lost to self publishing?  That would be the kiss of death for NY.  

    I'm sure hoping there is enough up and coming talent that that hopefully won't be the case...but it does make one wonder. Despite the biggies tactics to slow down digital books, I don't want to see them fail because I do think they have value...or at least used to.  Things have changed dramatically in just one year.  What will next year bring?

    So what are your thoughts, and take on all of this?  I'd love to know what you think, even if you do have a different take on all of this.  Personally, I'm ok with however I get my romance fix, print, e-book, or whatever else may be invented in the future as long as in the end I'm the biggest winner by getting great romance reads.  I may lament the loss of print books in the future, but then again I don't miss VHS tapes :)  E-reader.  Get thee an e-reader.




    But wait there's more...LOL.  If you read the entire post you deserve a surprise/gift/medal.  I have a coupon code from Sourcebooks for one lucky Musings follower that will allow you to download one e-book from their site for FREE. But you gotta leave a comment :)  I'll pick a winner....sometime within the next few days.  Oh, and supposedly they for some reason don't support international readers yet :(  So I guess it's US only.


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    Guest Author & Giveaway: Christine Young featuring Highland Honor

    Wednesday, December 14


    You all know I have a thing for Highlanders :) But most especially historical romances with English heroines and Scottish heroes...I can't help but think of...you guessed it Jamie and Claire, but also other beloved stories by Julie Garwood, Hannah Howell, and Bertrice Small to name just a few of my favorites.  So when I ran across Highland Honor my interest was peaked.  I can't wait to learn more, join me won't you?  Please welcome Christine Young!


    Which is stronger for a Highlander...Honor or Revenge?

    Honor is the stronger characteristic, at least for Colin "Hawke" MacPherson.  Revenge can take over a man's life and make him less than whole. So many decisions in life demand that integrity rules the choices we make. A man cannot reach conclusions and judgments without honor.
    “Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.”
    Boileau, Nicholas
    In Highland Honor, Hawke is forced to choose between honor and revenge. As he falls in love with Callie, this becomes no choice at all. He easily chooses honor over revenge. One cannot seek vengeance from an innocent. Although Hawke believes it was Callie's father who wronged his family, he cannot blame Callie.  Yet Callie is convinced her father was also betrayed that eventful day when the MacPherson was convicted of treason against the English King and sentence to death. Together Callie and Hawke seek the truth and discover more than they ever bargained for.



    Willfully stubborn, innocently courageous, Callie Whitcomb braves a journey through the treacherous highlands to the MacPherson castle. Callie flees from an unwanted marriage as well as her ruthless half brother. Naively she believes Colin MacPherson, the head of the clan, is loyal to her father and will give her sanctuary, protecting her from the vile plans that have been made for her.

    As hard and as unyielding as the winter storms that sweep through the countryside, Colin is irresistibly drawn to the impetuous beauty who has magically appeared on his doorsteps. Despite his vows of revenge against her father, she stirs his passion as well as his sense of justice...but to love her would violate all his vows of revenge.

    Here's a special excerpt for your reading enjoyment:

    Scotland November 1512

    A heavy frost sat on the frozen earth, and a full moon shone clearly between the heavy clouds dotting the sky. Lady Callie Whitcomb looked over her shoulder as she raced through the deepening gloom toward the lighted tavern ahead. Every shadow, every mournful sigh of the wind sweeping through the trees, every chilling animal sound filled her with terror. Fear for her life drove her to put all thoughts of danger aside. He would follow her, find her, and drag her home.

    Home.

    "Don't think of that now," she reminded herself fiercely, even while tears stung in the back of her throat and fear made her limbs tremble. "Don't ye dare think of home. It no longer exists." Nothing and no on could coax her back or make her believe there was naught but terror in the home where she'd been born.

    "I will never marry Lord Huntington. Never!" she whispered fiercely, the chill night air solemnly echoing her words.

    Her stepbrother, Archibald Covington III, made sure she could never return.

    "There ye be, lass! I've been waiting for ye."

    The voice rose from nowhere and surprised her. Her heart froze, lurched, then began an erratic beat, while raw nerves snapped, sending a myriad of sensations racing down her spine.

    "Archibald--" she whispered, panic sweeping through her. "He's found me." All she could hear was the pounding of her own blood in her ears.

    Thank you Christine for sharing Highland Honor with us today!  If you'd like to learn more about author Christine Young and the books she writes you can find her at her Author blog, & at Rogues Angels.

    In honor of the Highland Honor blog tour, Christine is going to giveaway a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so the more you comment the better your chances of winning, and she is also giving away a Clan MacPherson book mark to one Musings commenter.


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    Review: Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James

    Tuesday, December 13

    Title: Cowboy Casanova*
    Author: Lorelei James
    Series: Rough Riders series, Book 12
    Genre: Contemporary Western Erotic Romance
    Publisher: Samhain Publishing
    Format: E Book
    Date/Year: December 2011
    Reviewed by: DD

    *This book was purchased by the reviewer for her own reading enjoyment.

    Summary from the publisher:

    His rough touch makes her lose control...

    In Sundance, Wyoming, you can’t throw a boot without hitting a McKay cowboy, so Ben McKay is used to fading into the background. Except on weekends, when he’s Bennett, imposing Dom at The Rawhide Club, surrounded by a bevy of female subs eager for the attention of his long…whip.

    As for the curvy brunette eying him from across the room? He’ll eat his Stetson if she's the experienced Domme she claims to be. Bennett offers her a deal—he’ll let her call the shots for one night. But the next night he gets to prove to her how freeing it'll be when he takes the reins.

    Ainsley Hamilton is amazed by how well Bennett read her every secret yearning during that one explosive weekend—and she's stunned when they come face to face in their everyday lives as rancher and new bank president. Now Ben’s urging her to explore her submissive side outside the club, and there’s something in his commanding gaze that makes it too easy to let him take control—of her desires and her pleasure.

    Can Ben help Ainsley overcome her fear that a relationship built on dark sexual appetites won’t survive the light of day?

    Product Warnings:
    This book contains a lot of kinky sex. No, seriously, there's A LOT of kinky cowboy sex in this Rough Riders installment. You've been warned.


    My Musings:

    My, my, my. What does one say about Miss Lorelei James that hasn’t already been said? She is a Goddess among us mortal women. But I swear, if she’s actually ever met a man like Bennett McKay (not seen, not spotted from afar, but conversed with) in the real world, I’ll just eat my brassiere right this second. I mean I know she lives in some kind of Dakota Wilderness or something, but I fail to think these men exist.

    As has been said many times, James is an author that is so good you put down whatever you are reading. Reading a Paranormal Shape Shifting Historical Erotic Steampunk What the F*^# Novella? Ma’am, step away from that book. Put it down. Making the Bed? Please. Cleaning? Come On. Working? Nope. Sleep? I don’t think so. Drop whatever you’re doing; another installment of the Rough Riders is out…WoooooHooooo!!!

    Let’s talk about Bennett McKay. Rancher? Check. Dominant? Check Check. Hot? Checkity Check Check. In short, if there ever was a fantasy man to make us desperate housewives and established career women faint from the vapors, it is this particular hero. The reason I love Bennett is because he is the epitome of a Gentleman. He does not kiss and tell. He keeps his private life fiercely private. And he is unapologetic for what he wants and needs. He loves his mother. He cares about his family and neighbors. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone with the knowledge of what he really is, but at the same time knows it’s no one’s business. With all this confidence however, he has the vulnerability that makes him completely irresistible to a woman. Being a middle child, Bennett has felt lost in the shuffle of the overpopulated McKay family. Yes he is rooted in reality and knows his own proclivities, but he has enough of a conscience to feel a modicum of shame about his preferred lifestyle. His family has no idea, but in a way it seems as though he is trying to get caught. He wants to unload his burdens but cannot trust anyone fully. Like he is crying out for an intervention, but no one is smart enough or perceptive enough to interpret his comments….
    Ben Brushed Bongo with long strokes. “Trouble in Paradise? Has Libby been hanging out at Ziggy’s bar again?”

    “Fuck off. No, a couple of the new, single teachers have asked her about you.”

    “Teachers? Definitely not my type”

    “Why not”

    He patted Bongo’s withers. “I have a hard time believing a teacher would make a good student.”

    “What the hell is that supposed to mean”

    Thinking out loud always got him in trouble. “Nothin.”

    Ainsley Hamilton has escaped a bad marriage where she was make to feel dirty and sordid because she wanted a little something more in the bedroom. She is the President of the new bank in town, so to make matters worse she is in an extremely male dominated conservative career. She has no outlet. She is unsure about how to face or handle her intimate life since the ruination of her marriage. She doesn’t want to risk her fragile standing in a new community that is small and judgmental. So her friend sets her up with a guest invitation at the Rawhide Club. The problem? Ainsley thinks she’s a Domme, and is basically “advertising” herself in the club as such. Is she? Well...that’s debatable. She is a small fish swimming in an ocean of Phiranas. Bennett is a master (pardon the pun) at observation and body language. He spots Ainsley and knows immediately that she is just full of it. However, he is intrigued by her beauty and confused by the mixed signals. And as the story usually goes, and the rest is romance history.

    I can say with certainty that this is my favorite Lorelei James book so far. And there is a lot of them so that’s saying a lot. Ainsley is not my favorite heroine, but I adore her with Bennett. They compliment each other so well. I cried sometimes for both her and Ben. They are both wounded deeply, and truly, they are the bandages for each other’s souls. Yes, they practice BDSM elements. But for the first time I think, it wasn’t too much for me and it also seemed, well, sort of normal. Ainsley was a little past experimenting, and Bennett was open minded enough to not let his Dom persona rule him to a degree that is disturbing. I love that. They met in the middle and it is glorious. My problem with books with this Dom/sub subject matter is that one bad line that is over the top and I’m done. James handled this with finesse and not one time did I roll my eyes.

    The sex scenes are truly some of the best and most scorching that I’ve read. They are amazingly written and intricate. I know however it is all about what appeals to you. I can’t presume to say what all women like or want in their romance novel, but I like an edge that isn’t so out there that it can’t happen. I felt like the story was realistic (if there really is a likeness of Bennett McKay-see above. LOL), and what a lucky woman it can happen to. We also read a lot about ranching business and family dynamic in this novel. In my opinion (I’m not a rancher and I don’t live in Wyoming but anyhoo) it is spot on. Without knowing what is going on with both Ben’s and Ainsley’s careers they would be one-dimensional. Without knowing how Ben becomes the way he is, I think both he AND Ainsley would have fallen flat.

    When it comes down to it, the major reason why this book appealed to me is although Bennett is a dominant, he is not so caught up in a “lifestyle” that he can’t see past his role in everyday life and his relationship. He takes a look at his feeling and actions and after the usual denial and conflict, he wants in his heart to grab on to the one he is destined for. I think this fact surprises him. He is level headed for the most part. Quick to anger but not rash in reaction, that is until his heart is in tangles. And really, although some of us won’t admit it, isn’t sacrifice the grandest gesture a man can make? To give up something freely and without resentment so his mate will be happy? Don’t we all want him to finally surrender to love because of you and only you, his one true love? Isn’t this the John Cusak radio moment that we all dream about? I think so.

    Ratings:

    Overall: 4.99 Stars. (Darn that Lorelei James for making us think Bennett could be real.. I’m taking away a tenth just for that. )

    Sensuality Level: 5.00 (Off the charts hot.)

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    psst...I loved it just about as much as DD did, and totally agree with her taking off a bit for Ms. James making us wish that Ben was real ;)  

    Have you read Lorelei James before?  If not tell me what has held you back. (because if you read this blog and haven't read her yet then you are really missing out!), If you are thinking about giving her books a try, what aspect of DD's review intrigued you? I have either Long Hard Ride (RR #1), or Cowboy Casanova (RR #12) to lend a Musings follower that is new to this author that I am willing to loan via Kindle so that we can be addicted to Ms. James' brand of romance together :)  Choose book 1 if you like to read a series from the start, or if you like the sound of book 12 and want to start with this one choose Ben...really you can't go wrong! ~Booklover






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    Winners: Head Over Heels & Victoria Alexander books

    To celebrate the release of the third book in the Lucky Harbor series, Head Over Heels, Jill's publisher Forever Romance would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to these three lucky Musings followers...




    In honor of Joan Swan's upcoming release of her debut novel, FEVER, and her Journey of a Debut Author Blog Tour, Joan is giving away the following books by Victoria Alexander to these very lucky Musings followers:

    Winners of THE PERFECT MISTRESS are...




    The winner of the gorgeous hardcover of HIS MISTRESS BY CHRISTMAS is...





    And last, but not least the coveted ARC of MY WICKED LITTLE LIES goes to...

     


    Congratulations!   As always, you can click on any of the links or the book covers found on this blog to purchase the books you are dying to read...even if you didn't win them.  If you didn't win one of these, don't lose heart because I'll have some new ones for you soon!

    If however,  you've been lucky enough to have already won these book(s) in another giveaway please let me know so that alternate winner(s) can be selected.  The winners will have until Thursday December 15th to contact me with your mailing address, otherwise alternate winner(s) will be selected.  

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    Monday's Muse

    Monday, December 12

    Sorry, but the image containing the Monday's Muse has been removed from this blog so as not to violate any copyright issues.  Thanks for your understanding!

    Ok, don't faint, but I think I might have OD'd on Alpha males last week. LOL.  Who knew that was possible?  I went on a complete Alpha binge last week, and I have to say after reading 3 or 4 back to back I just couldn't stand their domineering and protective ways anymore!

    So my antidote...was Charming Mickey from Elizabeth Hoyt's Scandalous Desires.  I've been wanting to read this one, and just couldn't resist that Irish charm combined with a seductive rogue.  Yeah, he's alpha too, but does it with a smile...and that made all the difference.  So this week's Muse is also a charming Irishman.  Be still my beating booklover heart :)

    Charming Mickey is supposed to have black hair and dark eyes with wicked charm, master of his opulent domain...and you know, I can totally see Colin Farrell in that role, which is why Colin is my Muse of the week.  Did you read the book?  If so who would you cast as Mickey O'Connor?  Did Silence's story live up to your expectations?  I have to admit that I've been looking forward to Silence and Mickey's story the most from the Maiden Lane series.

    This week at Seductive Musings:
    • Tuesday:  I'll have some winners and maybe a review *ducking* (maybe)
    • Wednesday:  Author Christine Young will be my guest to share her novel Highland Honor with us.
    • Thursday:  I have some thoughts about self publishing and the industry as a whole
    • Friday:  I have a fun post for you that Seductive Reviewer DD sent me last week that I didn't have time to post & I hope to have another review for you.
    • Tempting Trailer: This week's Tempting Trailer is for Christy Reece's Last Chance Rescue Series.  I haven't read this author before, but love Romantic Suspense and this trailer has me intrigued.  I think I'm gonna check it out more.  Have you read any of them, if so what did you think?


    Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of the authors will new releases this week, especially Musings authors Courtney Milan, & Pamela Clare (which I somehow missed last week).  Congrats Ladies!!!



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