Wednesday, October 28, 2015

HER SWEET SEDUCTION: Release day giveaway

It's release day for Her Sweet Seduction!

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this story with everyone. It's short, but HOT. Something you can read over lunch or on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

I had fun writing this story, especially when it came to researching the chocolate candies that Luke uses in his seduction of Celina. There's something so sinful, so decadent about gourmet chocolates that they really pair perfectly with a little bit of romance. Right?

If someone was going to seduce you, what food item would it take to get you to open your heart? Comment below by 11:59pm on November 1 and you will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

In the meantime, here's a little more about my short story being released by Evernight Publishing through its "Romance On The Go" line:



When romance novelist and single mom Celina Preciado writes a near tell-all about her former lover, he’s the last person she expects to see at her book signing. But not only does Luke Anderssen tell her that he enjoyed her book, the stockbroker-turned-chocolatier let’s her know in no uncertain terms that he wants her back. 

Celina’s been burned before and she’s hesitant to let him into the life she now shares with her young daughter. So Luke embarks on the sweetest of seductions to prove once and for all that he’s not the man he used to be and he’s ready to give her the happily ever after she deserves. 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Top 10 things to know about Prisoner of Love

I'm so excited to have Cathy Skendrovich on the blog today talking about her new release "Prisoner of Love."

Cathy, please share what you think are the top 10 things readers should know about your book:


1.  Prisoner of Love appeared on Wattpad three years ago, and had over 800,000 hits before Entangled Publishing picked it up. It would probably have over a million hits by now. I still get questions about it, though now I can send readers to Amazon or B & N to buy it.

2. Jake Dalton is not your usual hero. Although he is drop-dead gorgeous, he has character flaws that set him apart from the typical romance novel hero. He swears, he gets impatient, and some of his bad decisions are what has put him in the predicament we find him in at the beginning of the book. Women can relate to him because he represents many of the men they know.

3. Lucy Parker also is not your typical romance novel heroine. She is smart and sassy, but she also has issues with self-confidence. She’s about ten pounds overweight (which in my opinion is nothing), and wears glasses. When oh-so-hot Jake Dalton shows an interest in her, she can’t I understand why. I was Lucy for the longest time in my life, so I guess you could say I made her in my image.

4. Prisoner of Love is my very first published book, and also the first suspense book I ever attempted. I’d written romances and uploaded them to Wattpad, but always figured suspense was too complicated to put together. Until Prisoner’s plot exploded in my brain. I’d seen a prison road crew on the side of the freeway, and the idea for the book was born. I discussed it with my older son, who was in the car with me at the time, and he helped me get the suspense part figured out, since he loves James Bond plots to begin with. But it was a complex undertaking that I love how it turned out.

5. A few of the suspenseful scenes in Prisoner of Love are personal fears that I have harbored over the years. For example, take the restroom scene. I won’t explain more because that would ruin the surprise. But I’ve imagined that particular scenario every time I’ve gone into an empty public restroom. What would I do if that happened to me? How would I react? What is believable, and what would turn readers off? Lucy’s response is the result.

6. Most of this book flowed from my brain like a movie. I had trouble keeping up with the scenes as they poured forth. I could see the kidnapping scene; I could see the final chase scene. It’s awesome to have such a clear vision of what I want, but often very hard to put into words. My editor definitely had her work cut out for her with this book!

7. I had a very definite idea for Jake’s characterization. I pictured Johnny Depp as him (although many readers saw him as Ian Somerhalder). Also, Jake swears. A lot. He uses curse words as adjectives and nouns. I chose this because I imagine most undercover cops take on the behaviors of the people they hang around. Lucy, on the other hand, doesn’t swear at all. Coming from her particular background, she wanted to get as far away from it as possible. So she never swears. The one time she does shows just how far her nerves have been stretched.

8. I chose the Inland Empire of southern California, as well as Las Vegas, because I know both those areas fairly well. I’ve been on that road that connects the two areas numerous occasions. And I do enjoy a weekend in Las Vegas! Plus, I imagined Anton Farelli would be the flashy type, and diversify his holdings beyond drugs. A Las Vegas hotel seemed logical. Years ago I read that authors should write about what they know. I couldn’t set the book in England because I’ve never been there, and couldn’t make it realistic. But I could write about California and Las Vegas. I was able to describe those places and make them realistic.

9. The book started out much differently. There was more humor, a little too slap-stick in retrospect, and Jake wasn’t quite as decisive as in the final version. The readers never really know what happened to the bad guys. With the help of my editor, we polished it up so that it became a fast-paced read that keeps readers turning that next page to find out what happens. I can’t help but be proud of the finished product.

10. I asked the Entangled art department for a cover that did not have the same bare-chested man that so many contemporary romance novels portray nowadays. I wanted my book to stand out, and I am in awe of what Entangled came up with. Provocative without being trashy.

These are the 10 most interesting facts behind my debut release, Prisoner of Love. I have really enjoyed sharing these details, and I hope everyone buys a copy to see for themselves why Prisoner of Love is not your average romance novel. And thank you, Sabrina, for giving me the time and the space on your blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Cover Reveal & Excerpt! Her Sweet Seduction

Hi everyone,

I'm so excited to share my cover for Her Sweet Seduction! It will be released October 28, 2015 from Evernight Publishing. Just a clarification though. The "sweet" in the title refers to the chocolates in the story....not the sex scenes! And to prove it, I'm also sharing a HOT excerpt! I can't wait for you to read it...


When romance novelist and single mom Celina Preciado writes a near tell-all about her former lover, he’s the last person she expects to see at her book signing. But not only does Luke Anderssen tell her that he enjoyed her book, the stockbroker-turned-chocolatier let’s her know in no uncertain terms that he wants her back.

Celina’s been burned before and she’s hesitant to let him into the life she now shares with her young daughter. So Luke embarks on the sweetest of seductions to prove once and for all that he’s not the man he used to be and he’s ready to give her the happily ever after she deserves.

EXCERPT:

She so couldn’t handle being alone with him.
They’d spent a few minutes picking out strawberries for Zoey from the front counter case. Then he’d convinced her to go in the back kitchen to taste test some of his newer creations. But the more he talked about  “simmering” and “hardening” and “creaming,” the more turned on she became. As Luke showed her a selection of salted caramel truffles, she drifted between wanting to lick the candies to wanting to lick him. All of him.
“We use French fleur-de-sel sea salt,” he said, while handing her one of the small rounded chocolates.
Celina bit into it and closed her eyes. The stunning mix of sweet and salty, combined with the smooth, milky caramel … well, it was nothing short of glorious.
“Oh. My. God.” She groaned. “That’s… Oh my God.” She finished the piece off with one more bite and a few more groans. “You made these? Damn, Luke. I think you just gave me my first T. B. O. You know? Taste Bud Orgasm.”
He only nodded in response. At first, she thought she’d embarrassed him. Then she saw it. The way his jaw hardened. The way his lip curled into a hint of a smile. The way his nostrils flared.
She recognized that darkening swirl in his eyes. A penetrating gaze that emanated raw lust and had been known to burn right through her shields of reason and sanity. It was a devastating look. Simply devastating. And now it was slowly zeroing in on her mouth. 
He took a step toward her and although her instincts told her to take a step backward, she couldn’t move.
Her body tingled with panic, or was it desire? Maybe it was a combination of both. Either way, she was flushed and lightheaded. And when he raised his hand and touched the corner of her mouth with his thumb, a longing she hadn’t felt in years raged in her soul.
“You have some salt flakes here,” he said in a thick, low voice. But he didn’t brush them away. Still staring intently at her mouth, he instead moved the pad of his thumb slowly over her bottom lip. Finally, he met her eyes with an unspoken question.
She gave him the smallest of nods, yet she unleashed a tidal wave.
He surged toward her and grabbed her head with both of his hands. Their lips crashed together, roughly and furiously. And when he slid his tongue inside to claim hers, she welcomed the invasion with a moan. He tasted like coffee and chocolate—two of her vices wrapped into one sinfully sexy body.
Like a dream she didn’t want to wake from, she pushed every other complicated thought aside. All she wanted to think about—all she wanted to feel—was this moment with Luke. Old, familiar sensations and new, thrilling ones surged within her all at the same time.
And she couldn’t get enough.
He moved his hands down and cupped her ass through the thin fabric of her short dress, grinding her against the growing hardness in his jeans. She swung one arm around his neck, while the other twisted the back of his shirt.
“God, you taste good,” he murmured into her mouth. They’d managed to maneuver themselves against the kitchen’s stainless steel island and she braced herself by gripping its rounded edge. The arch of her body gave him full access to her neck and he quickly moved his mouth there while bringing his hands back up to engulf her breasts. Her nipples, desperate for his touch, strained against her bra. As if they’d called to him on their own, he tugged the top of her dress down over one shoulder and freed one breast from its enclosure. He laved one long, delicious lick over the engorged nipple. Her breath caught and her knees buckled.
“Oh, dear,” she said with a gasp.

He stopped devouring her nipple just long enough to whisper into her ear, “Do you want me to make you come, Celina?”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Evernight Celebrates 5 Years of Publishing!



 Thanks to readers like you, Evernight Publishing has grown by leaps and bounds in five years so they’re pulling out all the stops and throwing an extreme BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BLOG HOP in your honor!




That’s right! It’s Evernight’s birthday but YOU get the presents…

Prizes include:
Apple Watch Sport
NEW Kindle Paperwhite
Fitbit Flex
Evernight, Amazon, and ARe Gift Certificates
((Enter to win the Rafflecopter giveaway below)


I’m honored to celebrate this momentous occasion with Evernight.  Here’s a look at my first Evernight title:

HER SWEET SEDUCTION
When romance novelist and single mom Celina Preciado writes a near tell-all about her former lover, he’s the last person she expects to see at her book signing. But not only does Luke Anderssen 
tell her that he enjoyed her book, the stockbroker-turned-chocolatier let’s her know 
in no uncertain terms that he wants her back.

Celina’s been burned before and she’s hesitant to let him into the life she now shares with her young daughter. So Luke embarks on the sweetest of seductions to prove once and for all that he’s not the man he used to be and he’s ready to give her the happily ever after she deserves.

Her Sweet Seduction is a short story that will be released in a few weeks. If you'd like to be notified when it goes on sale, sign up for my newsletter here: www.sabrinasol.com.

I'm so excited to have joined the Evernight Family that I'm joining in on the party with my own giveaway!  To enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card, simply share a birthday message for Evernight in the comments below!
I'll announce a winner by 12 a.m. EST October 9th.

And it’s a great time for an Evernight shopping spree because all Evernight titles are 25% off through October 9th at AllRomance eBooks!
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