Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcoming "Taming the Outback" Author Ann B Harrison


I'm pleased to host author Ann B Harrison on what is normally my "Open Mic Monday"...only one day early.  Ha!  Kisses, Caresses and Whispers in the Night is a stop on her virtual book tour and, speaking as someone just wrapping up a tour, I'm happy to be on this end for a bit. (whew--I'm tired!)  Welcome, Ann!  I love your cover, by the way. 

Title: Taming the Outback
Author: Ann B. Harrison
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: 159 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:
Is Libby prepared to give up her new home for a chance to roll Nathan in the hay when her libido wakes up after five long years?

Nathan Miller rattles Libby's nerves more than she cares to admit. He is the one person that stands between her and the family home that has been left to her. 

So why then is he the guy that stirs her up to such an extent that her body pulses with the need to have him? They do nothing but clash and snap at one another and he makes no bones about the fact that she shouldn't be on the station, but back in the city where he thinks she belongs.

Libby fights to learn about her new home while struggling to find a way into Nathans heart. She almost loses it all when a flood hits their tiny town and rips through her farm putting her daughter's life in danger.

Will she be able to convince him that she is not the irresponsible city chick he has dubbed her or will he see her as she truly is, a woman in love with him.

EXCERPT #1:
"That's just it, sweetheart," Nathan exploded, his frustration finally rearing its ugly head as he rounded on her, giving her the brunt of his foul mood. "This is a harsh country, and buts just don't cut it out here. You are cut out for the city life for Christ's sake. You're not a farmer. You don't have the slightest idea of what you're getting yourself into. You proved that by almost losing Tom and your daughter." The look on Holly's face when he had found them was still burned into his mind. The poor kid had been terrified she wasn't going to be able to hold onto Tom against the rush of water. He couldn't bear to think of what would have happened if he hadn't made it in time. How can I be sure Libby won't put her in any more danger now that I have had my heartstrings tugged tight? He stood and looked down on her, trying to keep his face void of emotions but his heart was telling him to take her in his arms and put them both out of their misery. "How many more times are you going to put those kids at risk?"

"Now just you look here," she cried, pushing him back and struggling to get to her feet. "I may be a barmaid, and I know I have a lot to learn, but learn I will. And for your information, I would never knowingly put my kids in danger. Neither would Tom."

"You don't belong here," he ground out. Though aware the words he was saying were hurtful, he couldn't stop himself. They were his only defense. He was trying to will her away from him the only way he knew how, unwilling to risk his heart to a city dweller again. As much as he wanted this woman, he wouldn't let her know it. She had the capacity to break his heart when the going got tough, which was in the cards looking at the state of her farm, and he wasn't sure he would survive another crushed heart. Better to get her out of here now before he caved in. "Get used to the idea and move on back home where you belong."

"Why? So you can take over?" She practically spat at him. "I will not give up what my family has passed down to me. It's mine, and you aren't going to get it."

"There's more than one way to get what I want." Nathan hauled her into his arms.

Libby tried to push him away, but the contact of her breasts on his hard chest knocked the wind out of him, and he held onto her for dear life. He groaned deep in his throat as he pressed his lips against hers, demanding and hungry. The heat rushed through his veins as his hands slid down to cup her denim-clad butt, pulling her against his hips, leaving her in no doubt he wanted her. She wound her arms around his neck as she molded her body closer to his, impatient noises coming from her mouth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann swears she was born with a book in her hand and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reading has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing…and publication.

She lives in the middle of the desert in Australia in a small mining town with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.

Strong, spunky heroines with a good dose of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the Outback hero and watch the passion ignite.

When not writing, Ann runs a day care centre and looks after young children for working Mums and Dads. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking her very large dog, Hugo, and fighting with her computer.



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Romancing the Hop Winners Announced


First, thank you for everyone who stopped by my blog and left a comment.  On Kisses, Caresses and Whispers in the Dark, the winners are:
Daph $25 Amazon Gift Card
Brandi $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Winners have been notified via the email left in their comments, thanks to ALL who visited. 

After over 9,000 comments our Romance Hop has some grand prize winners!!
Congrats!

Grand Prize Winners:

Kindle Fire Winner:
Laurie Goudge
(from It's the Journey that Counts's Blog)

$130 Amazon Gift Card:
Ellie
(from Carrie Ann Ryan's Blog)

Swag Pack:
Cassandra
 (from Dana Delamar's Blog)

The grand prize winners have already been notified and have their prizes or the prizes are on their way!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Go be sexy!--Be Sexy Series


For the last installment of the Be Sexy series where I'm talking about how YOU can ramp up the sexy in your life, I'm writing about loving yourself first so that the rest will fall into place!  This series is about bringing the sexy back into our lives--even if you're flying solo at the moment.  Remember...you may not be able to control other people, but if you feel confident and sexy, it's amazing what can happen in the romance department.  Trust me...I'm a romance writer. *wink*


Well, for the past three days I've talked a lot about ramping up the sexy with tips on kissing, raiding the underwear drawer and saying yes to joy.  Today I'm wrapping it up by talking about love...love not only of someone else, but of yourself.  No, don't go hopping away...at the end of the day all the sexiness in the world leads to the one great thing we're all striving for...LOVE.

The great poet Rumi wrote: “Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” 

To me, Rumi's poem sums it up perfectly.  If you really want to be sexy, love yourself, your life and those around you.  Fall in love with yourself...and your life.  Love attracts love.  



There have been times in my life when I haven't loved myself very much--when I've looked around and only seen the negative.  Those were some lonely times.  When I started loving what I did for a living, loving the view for the sake of its beauty alone, loving myself for my quirks, loving my family for their imperfections and loving life itself because it could all be gone tomorrow, I felt a shift deep within my core that rocked my world.  It was a shift toward joy.    

Everything I've written in this Ramp Up Your Sexy series for the Romancing the Blog hop has been aimed at loving yourself and life.  The sexiest thing about anyone is their confidence followed closely by their happiness.  

So, please, think about this carefully.  When is the last time you noticed how good you look in your favorite shirt rather than focusing in on the negative?  When is the last time you looked in the mirror and complimented yourself rather than chastised?  When is the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back for juggling all that you do?  When is the last time you did something just because you absolutely love doing it?  Start now and make it a habit. 

LOVE is what we all want at the dimming of the day...after the kissing and the lingerie and the laughter.  It's all connected...and it all begins with you.  Focus on what you love about your life--despite the b.s. that can drag you down--examine your life for the good and you'll find an abundance of it.  Loving ourselves and life itself is the sexiest thing of all.  

Go be sexy!  

Here are the links to my other posts in the Ramp Up Your Sexy series for this hop, comment to enter as often as possible:  The art of kissing (stop 1), Let's Strip (stop 2) and Embrace YES! (stop 3)  THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY KISSES, CARESSES AND WHISPERS IN THE NIGHT.  I'm forever grateful to all of you for your support.  



Novels by Amber Lea Easton


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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Embrace YES!--Be Sexy Series

For the third installment of the Be Sexy series where I'm talking about how YOU can ramp up the sexy in your life, I'm writing about always saying YES to playing and connecting with your significant other!  This series is about bringing the sexy back into our lives--even if you're flying solo at the moment.  Remember...you may not be able to control other people, but if you feel confident and sexy, it's amazing what can happen in the romance department.  Trust me...I'm a romance writer. *wink*

Let's face it, when we're bogged down with heavy burdens, we're not gonna feel too sexy and are more inclined to be bitchy.  If you're looking at your significant other and only thinking about the bills or that idiot at work, then you're wasting an opportunity for happiness and human connection.

I'm asking you--no, no, no I'm urging you--to stop the madness!  When you're 90 years old, are you going to be thinking, "wow, I'm so glad I stressed so much about bills and getting sleep when I was young and didn't have sex as often as I could have because now I'm...well, now I'm 90?"  NO!  Hell, no!

I know it's hard...I know we all get tired and stressed...but what better way to rejuvenate than to connect with your significant other?  Say YES to a quickie in the morning...or at lunch...or in the shower...or before bed even though that report is due in the morning...whatever.  Say YES!

It's funny how we're a society of no when it comes to anything to do with ourselves.  Guilt consumes us if we miss work or can't volunteer at school...for those things, we usually say yes without question, yet are quick to say no to anything pleasurable for ourselves that we may deem "frivolous".  Being happy is not frivolous.  Connecting with our lover is not frivolous.  Establishing memories with the important people in our lives is NOT frivolous.

Are you understanding this?  Say YES to your own happiness.  That's sexy.  Need help remembering how to play?  (Don't worry if you do, it's a problem many adults have.)

  • Play hooky for the sake of playing. Convince your significant other to do the same--spend the entire day in bed, even if it's just talking or napping in between making love.  Go to a matinee and hold hands over the popcorn.  There's something very sexy about "being bad" no matter what your age is.  
  • Role play.  Have your significant other pretend to pick you up in a bar and play hard to get--make him work for it.  You'll end up laughing at the silliness of it all later...but that's what you need to do...LAUGH.  Or let him be the Professor while you're Mary Ann and you're both stranded on a desert island (that's my age showing there...remember Gilligan's Island? LOL). You get the idea.  Add some fun into the mix.
  • Speaking of fun--sex toys, people!  They're not just for the fringe--why should they have all the fun?  Spice it up in the bedroom, experiment a little, go out of your comfort zone, say YES to some adventure that rips the sheets from the bed.  
  • Do something that you used to do before the kids came along or before the jobs became too demanding--head out for a night of dancing or playing pool.  When you do this, you remember each other as you used to be before "life" got a hold of you, you remember what attracted you to each other in the first place.  This isn't the same as date night, which I think is kind of lame.  This is simpler than that--no expectations of "we must now have a date night and absolutely no talking about the kids".  What I'm talking about here is simply doing something you used to do, maybe laughing over old times, reconnecting on a basic level.  No rules.
  • Speaking of rules--screw 'em.  Why do we as adults suddenly make up rules for our significant others?  Stop it.  If he wanted his mommy, he'd have never left home when he was 18.  A little bit of freedom shows respect--and that's sexy.  Do you want a man or a castrated, beaten down shell in your bed?  Personally, I prefer a man.  
  • Always say yes to sex with your significant other.  Now this may tick people off--but I'm talking about CONSENTING sex here--and, of course, if you're sick then it's probably a no go.  However, if you're simply tired or reading or watching your favorite television show (hello--DVRs have a pause button!), then get over yourself and realize that you have an opportunity to share yourself with someone who wants to share themselves with you.  That's amazing--celebrate it.  Sex is about connecting, intimacy and love.  Never use it as a weapon--that's hurting both of you.  Like I said above, when you're 90...or when you're widowed...or when it's simply too late...what will you regret more?  The sex you had or the sex you avoided?  
Say yes to adding fun back into your life. Play! Laughing is sexy--being tired and bitchy 24/7 is not.

Did you miss the first two installments of Be Sexy? The art of kissing...Let's Strip!...comment on those, too, for more chances to win in both my giveaway and the grand prize Romancing the Hop giveaways.  Say YES to winning! (Wow, I just channeled Charlie Sheen for a minute!) 


Novels by Amber Lea Easton


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Let's strip!--Be Sexy Series

For the second installment of the BeSexy series where I'm talking about how YOU can ramp up the sexy in your life, I'm writing about what lies beneath the clothes...no blushing!  This post is about bringing the sexy back into our lives--even if you're flying solo at the moment.  Remember...you may not be able to control other people, but if you feel confident and sexy, it's amazing what can happen in the romance department.  Trust me...I'm a romance writer. *wink*

Let's be honest, it's easy to get lazy when it comes to turning up the sexy in our own lives.  Between work, kids, housework, pets, extended family, and friends, our time is limited and slacking off on certain things becomes a bad habit. By certain things, I'm referring to what lies beneath the clothes.

When is the last time you bought yourself sexy underwear just because it made you feel good?  I'm not talking about spending a fortune either, just indulging in something lacy or silky because it feels good on your skin. You don't need an excuse to pamper yourself--no need to wait for an anniversary, if you're in a relationship--or a boyfriend for that matter, if you're single.

Look in your underwear drawer.  Is there anything with holes or anything that's stained?  Toss it out NOW.  Are your bras not what they used to be or are they tending to look more like grandma wear rather than hot wear?  Get rid of them NOW.  Seriously.  I'm not joking.  There is no excuse for you to be wearing anything that says "I've given up on my sexuality".  No, money is not an excuse--you can find cute undies and bras anywhere these days at an affordable price.

Knowing that you're wearing something sexy beneath the sweatpants as you're picking up the kids from school or beneath the conservative suit at work puts you back in touch with your femininity.  No matter how independent we are as women, no matter how strong, there's something powerful about being in touch with our own sexuality.

Oh, and in case you just woke up and realized that it's 2012, hairy is out, girls.  I don't care if you haven't had a boyfriend for a year or if your husband is snoring on the sofa by 9PM, shave your legs...etcetera.  Wax, laser, whatever...maintain yourself.  You just never know when an intimate moment may present itself.  And educate your man on manscaping--hairy is OUT.  (If you don't know what manscaping is well...think about it for a minute...hair...down there...very 1980s.)

Sexy lies in the little details that we often slack off when comfort sets in.  Don't misunderstand; I'm all about comfort! But it doesn't take much effort to toss out ratty old underwear and replace it with new; nor does it take much effort to stay silky smooth.

You're not doing these things for someone else either--I want to emphasize that.  You're doing these things because you deserve to feel pretty, you deserve to treat yourself well.  The more confident you feel, the sexier you'll be.  Like I said...trust me, I'm a romance novelist. *wink*

If you missed my first installment in the Be Sexy Series about the art of kissing, check it out here: http://amberleaeaston.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-art-of-kissing-romancing-blog-hop.html


Novels by Amber Lea Easton


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AmazonBN,  Bookstrand.



New Release, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords

Feel free to comment but the giveaway has ended. Thanks!