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FREE READ – Love, Lust and…Terror?

1 Apr

My favorite stories to write are filled with hot, steamy sex. And something else.

That “something else” can be an alien world, alternate universe, time-traveling characters, paranormal beings or…terror. I love giving my characters something truly threatening to deal with and when I can make the villain or villainess someone seemingly innocent, all the better.

Being married to a Miami cop made me familiar with the underbelly of humanity as well as how criminals were caught. Over the years I heard a lot of “war stories” from the officers and have often drawn on some of their shared experiences to create my suspense plots and characters.

Thus I am thrilled to announce, that after extensive revising and updating, two more of my backlist romantic suspense novels are now available in e-book.  But first…

PRETTY MAIDS IN A ROW has just been made a FREE READ at iBooks –

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pretty-maids-in-a-row/id479646306?mt=11

Holly Kaufman was one of a group of young coeds sexually violated by fraternity brothers playing a cruel game. With nowhere to turn, the girls formed a support group.

Two decades later, they are still meeting. Only now, revenge is the only item on the agenda. To see their abusers pay for what they did, Holly must feed information to a reporter without implicating the group, and David Wells is the best man for the job.

David smells a prize-winning story and Holly Kaufman looks like his best bet for unearthing the truth. Although seduction is his preferred tool for getting information from a woman, he’s unprepared for being the one seduced.

When the former frat boys start turning up dead and minus a certain organ, Holly wants out. Unfortunately she’s a prime suspect and her only hope of being proven innocent lies with the man who is reawakening her passion and cannot be trusted.

 Excerpt: http://www.marilyncampbell.com/id57.html

 And now, about those other two…

While Teri Carmichael is being hailed as one of New York’s most promising new artists, her marriage to a compulsive gambler is wrecking her life. When he refuses to give her a divorce, she thinks her life can’t get more complicated…until the police find his brutally murdered corpse in an empty apartment.

Drew Marshall has come to New York to start over from a disastrous downward spiral, but nothing has given him as much hope as meeting Teri. Despite the worst possible timing, they are unable to resist the powerful chemistry drawing them together.

They might even be headed straight for a happy ending except for the web of evil being spun around them. An embittered detective is convinced Teri killed her husband, and Selena, a young woman who loves Teri like a mother, would kill to protect Teri from harm…in fact, she already has.

 Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Parlor-Twisted-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B007Q2BFWM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1333226515&sr=1-1

Excerpt: http://www.marilyncampbell.com/id60.html

 As Ellery Winters watches her mother’s casket being lowered into the ground, a stranger tells her murder may have been the true cause of death and that the vice presidential hopeful, Abraham Lincoln Jones, could have been involved. In order to uncover the truth, Ellery agrees to go under cover as Jones’ assistant.

Two decades ago, Luke Madigan witnessed a whore gruesomely mutilating her client and has had nightmares of the event ever since. For several years the psychotic hooker, known as “The Eye Doctor”, left a trail of victims, but not enough clues to find her. When she strikes again, Luke determines to put an end to his nightmares, even if it means walking right into the Doctor’s waiting room.

Though they don’t yet realize it, Ellery and Luke have a common goal. Their coming together is fueled by lies and distrust, but seduction and lust ignite a passion that will not be denied despite the deadly danger closing in on them.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Erotic-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B007Q2QCB6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1333226650&sr=1-1

Excerpt: http://www.marilyncampbell.com/id61.html

 As part of the marketing push for these books, the cover has been changed on the other romantic suspense novel put up a few months ago, so I want to share that with you too: Continue reading

Cook Naked: Oh Canada! French Toast!

8 Sep

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Ah, bonjour, mes amis, I want to thank all of you who are helping with the search for Nara. I know everyone is anxious to see the winner of today’s drawing for their choice of a $10 gift card from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. But first, we need to feed the search parties and Kelly Jamieson, who is desperate to get her crit partner back, joins me today to help support your efforts.

I don’t know if you knew, Kelly is from Canada. She’s a hockey fanatic too and she shares her love of country and hockey in her newest erotic romance, Face Off, out tomorrow from Ellora’s Cave.  To celebrate the release of Face Off,  Nara had scheduled us to do a Cook Naked blog together. And let me just say, mes amis, Canadians do French toast better than the French. I look at the list for ingredients, and my mouth waters.

1 dozen eggs

½ cup cream

½ tsp vanilla

Zest of one orange

2 tbsp Grand Marnier

1 loaf of French bread, sliced 1 “ thick

Bond:  Kelly, tell me about Face Off while I locate the ingredients for this recipe.

Kelly:  Faceoff is a quick little read and features Tag Heller. You might recognize his name – he’s the oldest brother of Jase Heller from my book Breakaway. The Heller family has four hockey playing brothers and this is Tag’s story.  Tag is back in his home town because the NHL team he plays for has been sold and moved back to Canada. As the returning “home town hockey hero” he has a lot of pressure on him to put positive spin on this move. When his family convinces him to take a week off and spend it at the lake cottage, he meets up with Kyla MacIntosh. They grew up together because their parents were best friends. She was like a little sister to him…but she’s not any more. Now they’re both all grown up and ready for a hot week at the lake.

Bond:  This makes Kyla the love that got away, n’est-ce pas?  Obviously, Tag was not going to let the perfect woman be lost to him. Neither would I. We don’t give up around here, mes amis. We don’t allow stale to take over. And that’s what pain perdu, the lost bread, or French toast as you say here, is about. Recovering what is lost.

It could be about wooing back the love that got away, or maybe your love life needs a little spark, something to make that passion fresh again. You make this Canadian French Toast,  serve it as breakfast in bed for your lover and the sparks will fly, flames will crackle.

And of course, Kelly would bring us a recipe that requires using the whip. We all have our little fetishes. *winks at Kelly* Who do you wish to wield the whip Kelly, vous ou moi?

Kelly:  Oh vous, Bond, s’il vous plait –  I like watching you yield the whip. Please, whip it good. Tag, in Faceoff, has a bag of toys he brought to the lake with him (apparently he wanted to be prepared for anything during that little holiday). He doesn’t have a whip but he does have a few other fun things that he and Kyla make good use of. Because they’re there with their families, they end up spending most nights together in a tent Tag sets up. Have you ever had sex in a tent, Bond?  ___ How about in a boat?

Bond:  Non, not in a boat or a tent. A boat? This is true? I have to read this book.

It is hot in here and we haven’t even preheated the oven. Set it to 375, cherie.

Kelly will slice a loaf of french bread while I do the whipping. I just use the wire whip, no need for fancy mixers or blenders. There is something so satisfying about the steady beat of the whip and churning up the froth.  We start by mixing the base ingredients for the recipe. And I don’t mean base the way you think, mes amis. Always you take my comments and you think sex. I mean the foundation of the recipe. Eggs, cream, and vanilla. Get the finest quality for this. To rescue something you let get away you need quality ingredients. Isn’t this so, Kelly?

Kelly:  Yes that is so. Tag and Kyla were friends a long time ago. She always wanted to be one of the guys and followed them around everywhere, but she was never really one of the guys and as she got older Tag started noticing her as a woman. But Kyla has two older brothers and Tag knew if he ever laid a hand on her, they’d probably beat him up. So he left town for his pro hockey career. Now he has another chance to be with her and this time he’s going to take it.
Bond:  Tag sounds like a man with dominant leanings. Letting a lover know  she is what you want, is so sexy. A little lover’s game of take what you want, is a nice spice to the love life now and then too.  Once the foundation is prepared, then we add spice, the unique flavor that grabs attention. Orange zest brings spark to these base flavors, but the Grand Marnier breathes it to life.

Kelly:   I love the way you say Grand Marnier with that sexy French accent. *sigh*

Bond: Ah, you tempt me, Kelly. Now like any romantic endeavor, foreplay is key. You put the lost bread in a low sided pan or dish and drizzle the mixture over. Okay, you don’t have to drizzle, you can pour, but drizzling is sexier, gets your mind thinking of slowly immersing your lover in something delicious, giving her time to soak up the pleasure. We give this dish an all night soak, so I put a tray in last night to have ready this morning.

Kelly:   I’ve made this recipe many times but never thought of it as foreplay. You’re right…it’s a long slow build up to the finish.

In the morning, take the slices and place them on a well-greased cookie sheet. They will have soaked up all the luscious liquid. Then bake them at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. During that time you can return to bed for a little snuggling before breakfast. When it’s done, it’s amazing how it becomes a little crisp, the inside of the bread creamy and delicious.

Bond:  *Grabbing towel, mopping forehead.* The only thing hotter than cooking with Kelly, is reading her books. I’m sure her husband can add more items to the Kelly hot list. Sex in a boat? You researched this, cherie?

Kelly: Let’s stick to cooking, Bond.

This is wonderful served with strawberries (or other fruit) and of course because it’s Canadian French toast, you must serve maple syrup, which is sticky and sweet. Be careful if you’re eating in bed. On the other hand, if some gets spilled, licking syrup off each other could be fun…

Bond:  Licking, now there is my favorite sport. Enjoy French toast Canadian, mes amis.

Until next time, go stir up something different. Don’t forget to grab Kelly’s new book, Face Off,  when it releases tomorrow.

~Bond

Oh, oh, almost forgot. The drawing. I put the names in a hat and Jolie pulled one out. The winner is…….. Cara Micheals!  Congrats to you, cherie. Please leave in the comments your choice of Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Next week’s prize is a $15 gift card and we only have one player with enough points to get in that drawing. Get clicking, mes amis. You only need two hundred points. If you do the extra credit challenges for yesterday(comment on my interview with Siobhan Muir and follow her blog) and today(comment here and subscribe this blog), you’ll be halfway there. It’s not too late to join the hunt for Nara. As you can see, I’m generous with ways to earn points, and we have 5 more weeks of adventure and prizes to go. The grand prize, a Nook Color, is both an e-reader and a small tablet computer. Looks to me like your chances of winning are superb.

NY Times Best-Selling Author, Virginia Henley Guest Blogger TODAY at Passionate Reads!

3 Sep

Hello Passionate Readers!

Joining us to today is NYTimes Best Selling Author Virginia Henley! We are thrilled to have her here  and here’s what she has to say about “That beautiful cock” and sooooo much more!

PR (Shannon Emmel): Welcome to Passionate Reads, Virginia! Thanks for taking the time to blog with us!

 Virginia:  It is a pleasure to blog with you. I was most flattered when you invited me.

 PR:  I’ve known you and been a fan for years, but  for some of our new readers, tell us a bit about YOU…

 Virginia: I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, and immigrated to Canada where at fourteen I meet my future husband, Art.  We’ve been together ever since and now live in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. I have just adopted a rescue dog, a miniature Schnauzer, I call Lily, who was kept in a cage for four years for breeding purposes. She was very frightened, timid, and apprehensive four months ago when I got her.  I was determined to spoil her and turn her into a cheeky little bitch.  I believe I have succeeded.

 PR: You are the mistress of opening with a “hook” that grabs the reader’s attention and then keeping them going all the way to “the end”…

Let’s cut to the chase: “What a beautiful cock!”  We want details please!

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Building Beautiful Worlds

11 Aug

As authors we create worlds in our imaginations all the time. Creating one that exists outside of the experience of most readers, while fun, is a big challenge. You never know how the image in your own head will take shape in someone’s mind. When I wrote Snatch Me, I was tasked with trying to explain a world much like the one pictured in the video above. I had to pull a literary trick or two to create the sense of traveling to an imaginary world and to get across how it might feel more real and appealing than the real world. If you’d never had the experience of stepping into one of these kinetic paintings and walking through them, it’s hard to comprehend how someone could find it more appealing than their real life.

When I first started exploring virtual worlds I was in awe of the creativity all around me. Everything you see in the video above was created by residents of Second Life. As part of my upcoming contest (grand prize a Nook Color) I want to introduce readers to virtual worlds and exploring the beauty it’s possible to create there. I wanted to make a world that was easier to access than Second Life and I wanted something small-scale that won’t feel overwhelming.

And when I say explore, I mean you have an avatar that walks through a world that responds to the avatar just like the one pictured in the video. You can climb towers. You can fly. You can dance. When jump in deep water, you’ll sink. The tree branches move when the wind blows. The sun rises and birds sing. The sun sets and crickets sing.

My little project has been months in the making and has existed on the web for months as I learned to bring virtual worlds to life. I’ve had the extra hurdle of finding a way to make it accessible to readers without the big learning curve that goes with Second Life. Mine are smaller, self-contained worlds that I have control over. I’m not quite ready to post video of my worlds yet. The video above was made in Second Life and my world is based on the same sort of platform.

September 1 is launch day. I’m excited. Hope you are too. Get ready for adventures. Now I have to get back to work.

The Disadvantage of Digital

9 Aug

I’m an unapologetic convert when it comes to reading digitally. I adore my nook and take it with me everywhere. But I recently discovered a major downside: those 20 or 30 minutes on the airplane at take-off and landing when you have to turn off all of your electronics.

I travel a lot, and since I live in Alaska, getting anywhere takes a long time. (Just to give you an idea, it takes me about 15 hours to get to the east coast, usually with 2 or 3 stops on the way. Coming back is worse, 24 to 36 hours with an overnight at the airport.) Anyway, I have the whole travel thing down to a science. I get a window seat, put on my slippers, stick in my earplugs, and start reading.

Since I’m an introvert, curling up in the corner with a book sends a clear message: I am busy and do not want to hear about your gout / how small the seats are / your most recent grandchild. I just want to read, so leave me alone. The earplugs, of course, dull the noise of wailing babies. And my nook lets me read all sorts of non-child-approved fiction without revealing my secret inner vixen.
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Super Huge Big Mega Christmas Contest!

1 Dec

Okay, so maybe it’s not a super huge big mega contest…but it’s still really good. :)

Holy smokes! Can you believe December is already upon us? Christmas will be here in no time, so to help you celebrate the holiday season, the Passionate Reads Authors have decided to team up and offer our readers–or future readers!–a fantabulous holiday contest.

Since most of us here at Passionate Reads are mainly e-published authors, we thought what better way to say thank you than giving away a brand-spanking-new eReader!

*tosses confetti*

What kind of eReader, you’re probably wondering? Well, since it seems like people are either die-hard Nook or Kindle fans, we thought we’d offer the winner their choice. That’s right, ladies and gents…the contest winner gets to choose whether they’ll take home a Nook or a Kindle.

Now, like all good things, you’re gonna have to work for it, LOL. Well…maybe not work. :-) Over the next couple of weeks, we (Passionate Reads little helpers,  Brandi Evans and Lauren Fraser) will be posting a new daily challenge. It may be going on a scavenger hunt to find hidden icons on member websites or maybe answering a few questions about PR authors. You never know what we’ll throw out there.

Like the lottery, the more entries your earn, the more chances you’ll have to win!

Today, we’re gonna make it easy on you. To earn your first point, all you have to do is subscribe to the passionate reads blog by clicking the “Subscribe to PassionateReads.com” icon on the top, right of the page, so you’ll be one of the 1st to hear about tomorrow’s challenge. That’s it! Easy peasy. Oh, and if you want some bonus points, just click on any of the “share this” icons at the bottom of the post (tweet, facebook, etc.) and share this contest with your friends. (NOTE: To get your bonus points, you must leave us a comment and tell us where all you shared this contest…we’ll take your word for it. ;-))

We’ll have a complete list of contest rules and the point breakdown up on the contest page soon, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, email us at passionatereads (at) gmail (dot) com or just post your questions in the comments section of this post.

Good luck!

Your Passionate Read’s Contest Helpers,
Lauren Fraser & Brandi Evans

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