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It’s time to read Adam’s Fall, by Liv Morris…

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Tour Dates:  February 24th – March 2nd, 2014

My review is pending…but I will say this:

I had hoped to post a review this morning, but a family emergency intervened – I will post it as soon as possible.  For now, all I can tell you is that if you haven’t read Book 1, Adam’s Apple, or the subsequent novella (Touch of Tantra 1.5, Temptation) — don’t wait. Adam Kingsley’s story is not to be missed for those who love the adult contemporary romance genre, with passionately erotic descriptive scenes and wonderful characters.  No spoilers for Adam’s Fall – but as Adam’s story continues to unfold, prepare to be breathless.

Title: Adam’s Fall (Touch of Tantra #2)

Author: Liv Morris

Genre: Erotic Romance 18+

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc. and Love Between the Sheets

Synopsis

“Kathryn’s mesmerized me with some kind of tantric magic. I’m bewitched without an ounce of fight left within me. She knows my dilemma, my hesitancy to surrender and loosen the grip I have on my past, and she’s won.” An excerpt from Adam’s Apple (Touch of Tantra #1) An erotic bestseller.

Adam and Kathryn’s tantric love story continues once again told in his point of view…

When roguish playboy Adam Kingsley meets the stunning Tantra instructor Kathryn Delcour, he falls hard, becoming captivated by her strength and beauty. An intense sexual chemistry sizzles between them from their first shared glance to the soul cleansing Tantra session they experience together.

While Adam recovers from injuries after saving Kathryn’s life, she instructs him in the sensual practice of Tantra. He becomes her willing student as their tantric lovemaking brings Adam to sexual highs he never dreamed were possible.

But Adam’s life takes an unexpected turn when newly exposed secrets surrounding his birth father force him to make a seemingly impossible choice. Avenge those he loves and let everything he holds dear crumble around him, or allow the guilty to go free. With Kathryn by his side, Adam faces the fight of his life.

Adam’s Fall is the concluding book in the Touch of Tantra series.

Teaser, anyone?

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Purchase Links for Adam’s Fall (Tantra #2):  PENDING

Purchase Links for Temptation (Tantra #1.5): Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Smashwords

Purchase Links for Adam’s Apple (Tantra #1): Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

About the Author

Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her first and hopefully last husband. She received a degree in communication from the University of Maryland. Liv has published five short stories in the Love in the City series. Her debut novel, Adam’s Apple, was published in July 2013.

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Why TouchStone? An Interview with Sydney Jamesson About The Story of Us Trilogy

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The Plan, by Qwen Salsbury ~ A Review

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The Plan, Reading Day: 1

9:00 p.m.

  • Kindle:   Open
  • Book:  Downloaded
  • Glass of Wine:  By the bed
  • Bag of Sweet Potato Chips:  In the bed
  • Me:  Positioned to the right of the sweet potato chips
  • Brain:  Fully engaged, ready to relax & read

The story begins to unfold, drawing me in right away as a result of the author’s unique, straightforward writing style, as well as the format she uses to set the scenes: it’s crisp, clean, and ultimately relatable.  The opening prologue is immediately compelling, the scene perfectly described. My set-up for total reading enjoyment is complete.

10:00 p.m.

  • Wine Glass: Empty
  • Bag of Sweet Potato Chips:  Also empty (it was only a small bag…)
  • Brain:  Fully absorbed in the story
  • Me: Alone in the house, repeatedly laughing out loud

This is the most fun I’ve had while alone in a bed in a long time.  I can’t wait to turn the page. The pop culture references are hilarious.  The first-person present-tense POV is perfect. I can relate to every thought going through Emma’s head. I can also relate to her experiences in the office. I feel as though I could ‘be’ Emma — if I were younger (much); prettier (much); and worked for the hottest, cruelest and apparently soulless jerk ever created. (Note that the first part of the previous sentence is something I have never experienced, while the second part explains why I’ve decided to stay self-employed for the rest of my life.)

12:01 am.

  • Wine Glass: Just another splash added
  • Empty Bag of Sweet Potato Chips:  In the trash
  • Brain:  Loving the story more by the hour
  • Me: Laughing so hard that I’m breathless, with tears are rolling down my face.
  • My Friends: Receiving frequent messages about me laughing while alone in the house. Probably annoyed by the timing of said messages. But curious enough to ask me what I’m reading.

I’m planning to stay up all night because I want to finish The Plan. It’s the weekend, I’m self-employed, therefore I have no apparent reason to stop reading. (Also refer to the above comment re: the most fun I’ve had alone in a bed in a long time.)

2:oo a.m.

  • Wine Glass: Empty again
  • Husband:  Home from work
  • Brain:  Vaguely aware of the above arrival; resisting distraction
  • Me:  Highlighting all the funny phrases and some very, very steamy scenes.
  • Kindle: Battery running down; nearly every page has at least one highlighted paragraph, but most have several. I’ll want to reference them when I need a quick laugh or, well, a quick hormonal buzz.

3:00 a.m.

  • Husband:  Trying to sleep – looking a bit peeved.
  • Brain:  Vaguely aware of the above; repels distractions
  • Me:  Wondering how an author can create sensual, intensely sexual scenes that are incredibly detailed, sizzling with serious heat; and still throw in enough humor to keep my hormones totally off-balance. I dare any woman to deny that she hasn’t had some of those same thoughts buzzing in her brain even as the rest of her body is otherwise pleasurably engaged. It’s another thing that sets this book apart and makes it utterly endearing at the same time.
  • Kindle: Needs re-charging….soon.

3:30 a.m.

  • Husband:  Snoring.
  • Brain:  Begging for sleep.
  •  Me: Arguing with the above and losing. I really, really want to keep reading – but since at this point my brain is definitely more objective than my ovaries, I am finally convinced that I can’t write a decent review if I can’t remember what I read, no matter how sexy the book is.
  • Kindle: Bookmarked, shut down, plugged in.

The Plan, Reading Day: 2

Summary: As I continue to read, The Plan only gets better.  The sensuality, passion, and tenderness that develops between the principal characters nearly brings me to tears on several occasions.  And although the author’s basic writing style doesn’t change, the tone of the storyline does. Qwen’s description of their evolving relationship – not to mention their hotter-than-hell love scenes – takes on a lyrical quality that is so engaging, I feel every look and every touch; I experience every sense of longing and the unbridled excitement they share as they each struggle to come to terms with what is happening between them.  At this point, The Plan is impossible to put down, and I stop responding to all external stimuli. My brain puts out its “Do Not Disturb” sign and my body language threatens anyone who might dare attempt a distraction.

Now, being a veteran reader and passionate advocate of well-written love stories – but also a bit of a cynic – I keep a watchful eye out for the inevitable plot twists that turn a beautiful romance into a gut-wrenching roller coaster ride straight into Romance Hell. (I dread them, yet without them, a reader can’t truly appreciate the highs and lows that make reading them so utterly addictive.)  In The Plan, those twists are an ever-present threat, creating a necessary tension and more than a little anxiety, even though the comic relief continues. Emma’s inability to acknowledge or show her true feelings; her fear of exposure and loss; the inevitable manipulations of a jealous colleague; and nagging doubts about the true character and feelings of Alaric Canon, (the object of her/our desire) – any of these conflicts could derail what has now become a relationship the reader desperately wants to believe in.  I hold back a bit of my joy in anticipation of the one twist that could spell doom for this couple. And I hope against hope it doesn’t happen.

10:45 p.m.

  • Glass of Wine:  empty
  • Brain:  Drunk with endorphins
  • Kindle: Shut down; ARC deleted.
  • Me: Completely, utterly satisfied. Thankful that I signed on for this blog tour.
  • Amazon:  Made a sale ~ 2 books; one for me to read again and again when I need an uplifting, delightfully smart and tender love story that deliverers on every level; and one for a friend who will love it as much as I do.
  • Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Last Word:  Read The Plan, and anything else written by this engaging author. It’s worth every minute.

Monday, February 24th ~ Blog Tour and a Review of The Plan, by Qwen Salsbury

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THE PLAN

An Adult Contemporary Romance

By Qwen Salsbury 

Published by Omnific Publishing 

Released February 2014

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Day of Employment: 359

11:05 a.m.

Location: Cubicles outside Canon’s office.
Co-workers: Betting on how long Canon’s new PA will last.
Me: No doubts. Ms. Gum-smacker won’t last the day. I need to place my bet.
Manolo Blahnik’s New Fall Shoes: Mine. As soon as Madeline hands over my winnings.

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. Emma’s co-workers run a betting pool for Personal Assistant terminations. There’s a separate pot for the day one leaves without crying. Not likely…Canon made a former Navy SEAL cry.

He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none.

Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more.

It is a goal. Emma has a plan.

About the Author

Qwen Salsbury was born in Kansas and somehow keeps ending up back there.  Raised on her grandparent’s five acre homestead within the city limits, her imagination was honed during long days of quiet play and spartan access to a TV signal.  Now mother to handsome boys, she strives to ensure they appreciate potential adventures found within the pages of a book, an honest day’s work, and what ingenuity may yield from mundane objects like a string and a cup.  The boys prefer a PS3.

After spending time in corporate America, she returned to school and received a BA in English, Creative Writing and Poetry from Pittsburg State University, the alma mater of Pulitzer Prize winning poet, James Tate.  She worked on a Masters there until going on to receive a juris doctorate from Washburn School of Law.

A seven-time Sigma Tau Delta writing award winner, her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and have been selected by fiction communities as featured story of the month and year.  Predominantly a writer of romance, her romantic fiction varies from contemporary to historical to fantasy, though often with a humorous slant and poetic undertones.

For reasons she can’t even articulate herself, she decided to start writing fiction again while solo parenting and attending law school (during Constitutional Law class, to be exact.).

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The Male POV – A New Phenomenon?

The women’s fiction/erotica literary world is buzzing lately with excitement over the male POV.  It is relatively rare, but not unheard of.  There are some excellent authors already published: E. A. Stanbridge, Cameron Lincoln, and Jake Malden, to name a few.  And there are some newer independent/self-published male authors of note: A. J. Linn (A Gentleman’s Affair, A Gentleman’s Secret); and another, Jason Luke, who recently burst onto the scene in a big way with the release of Interview with a Master.

I will be posting a review of Interview with a Master (with a few extras from a recent interview) – at a later date. I am still considering the points I want to make that will differentiate it from some of the other reviews flooding Amazon and Goodreads.

In the meantime, here’s a re-run of my review of A Gentleman’s Affair, by A. J. Linn.  It was my “first read” of the male POV and I loved the premise.  Although I haven’t yet read A Gentleman’s Secret, it too has received multiple 5-star reviews from his loyal fans – and I plan to read it and review it at a later date. My “to read” list is going to take more than a lifetime to finish, at this point.

So here, in honor of all men who are breaking through the glass ceiling of adult erotica, and in AJ’s case, adult contemporary romance, here’s a replay of that review.

An Affair to Remember ~ A Gentleman’s Affair, by A. J. Linn

First Posted on Amazon & Goodreads May, 2013, with later updates 

If you’re tired of being dragged through the emotional wringer of tear-jerking erotic novels, and want to read a book that’s simple, life affirming, romantic, sexy AND hilarious, pick up a copy of A Gentleman’s Affair, and don’t put it down until the end.

The protagonist, Donovan Hart, is at first glance fairly typical of all contemporary book boyfriends: gorgeous, wealthy, smart, successful, sexy, & single. But the similarities end there. Donovan doesn’t have any of the usual deep childhood traumas that make BBFs dark, deeply conflicted and sometimes dangerous. He’s pretty much an open book, because the story is told entirely from his point of view. And the majority of it is simply hilarious.

It is refreshing to see such clean, crisp, authentic writing in a masculine voice; it’s long overdue in this genre. It is obvious that AJ Linn writes with great feeling, passion for his characters, and an ironic sense of humor that engages the reader from page one. His stye is a raw – not unexpected for a first-time author – but shows great potential as he gets more comfortable with his own voice.  His WordPress blog ChristianGreyPOV, is evidence that he is a master of the male POV, and flows somewhat easier than this story, but as a first publication, A Gentleman’s Affair is an easy, fun read – with a story line all its own.

The plot describes Donovan’s search for “the one” after endless nights of drinking, gambling, debauchery, and one-night stands. His journey runs the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime, taking the reader on a joyous and heartfelt journey, laughing nearly all the way. He hints about secrets from his sordid playboy past that occasionally come back to bite him. And, of course, there is “the Ex”, who shows up to keep him off balance as she tries to win him back at any cost.

But this very well developed character also has a sad side, hidden beneath a façade of cocky confidence and a sense of irony. He is still grieving the death of his mother and mourning its effect on his father. The collapse of their loving family life; the pressures of running the luxury Malibu hotel that is their legacy, and the vision to build another grand hotel drives him, but also takes its toll.

Throughout, you find yourself pulling for Donovan. He is a true gentleman at heart. His search for someone to spend his life with is sincere, and his efforts to overcome his past are often funny, but not without heartache as well. And then there is the cliff-hanging ending that you literally never see coming.

A Gentleman’s Affair is well worth reading because it has genuine heart and soul, with great humor, trials and triumphs – and all the way through, you hope that Donovan will finally find – and keep – the well-deserved woman of his dreams. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, A Gentleman’s Secret, because I have fallen in love with the truly endearing, principal character, his mysterious past, and the colorful women in his life. I know that the sequel will be full of humor, passion, erotic moments, and hopefully some of those compelling secrets that made Book 1 so very enticing.

Exciting News about the "Tangled" Series, by Emma Chase!

If you’re a fan of Emma Chase (Tangled, Twisted, and Tamed) – this will knock your socks off!  Check it out!!!

From Enn (Nina) Bocci:

A FOURTH book has just been picked up by Gallery! AND IT’S ALL FROM THE POV OF OUR MAIN MAN DREW EVANS!

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Twitter:  @emmachse

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Exciting News about the “Tangled” Series, by Emma Chase!

If you’re a fan of Emma Chase (Tangled, Twisted, and Tamed) – this will knock your socks off!  Check it out!!!

From Enn (Nina) Bocci:

A FOURTH book has just been picked up by Gallery! AND IT’S ALL FROM THE POV OF OUR MAIN MAN DREW EVANS!

www.emmachase.net

Twitter:  @emmachse

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