“Coming” Attractions ~ Not to Be Missed ~ Hot Summer Nights Ahead!

Black & White-Seduction

Hot Summer Nights are made for Hot Summer Books.

First, a look back…

Recently, author Deborah Harkness published the incredible conclusion to the stunning All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, & The Book of Life). Earlier this summer, Sydney Jamesson released the epic finale of The Story of Usbringing what has also been called the “TouchStone Trilogy” full circle. These are always bittersweet moments for readers. We anticipate finales for months – sometimes years – but yet, as we read them, we also know we are saying goodbye to some incredible characters that have become like best friends, in a way. Great reads are made to be read over and over again – and inevitably, my favorite books (the print ones, anyway), are well-worn around the edges from long nights of reading and re-reading. All we can do is hope that our favorite authors continue to write and carry us along on new journeys with new treasured characters.  One of my very favorites, Sylvain Reynard, is working on The Florentine Series (Book 1, The Raven, releases in early 2015); and another, Sydney Jamesson, is rumored to be writing again, which will make thousands upon thousands of TouchStone fans delirious with anticipation.  So, as we look back, we can also look forward to new creations by the authors who ignite our senses and stir our souls.

Now a look ahead…

Another “finale” – of sorts – by another favorite indie author, A. J. Linn, is right around the corner…the clock is ticking down as I write this post.  It’s a prequel to the other two popular books in his Gentleman’s Series (A Gentleman’s Affair & A Gentleman’s Secret), and as such, A Gentleman’s Memoir is, in true A. J. style, sure to be hot and hilarious (a lot like its author, as a matter of fact!) Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime, it’s never too late to catch up by reading the first two books in the series. Donovan Hart is an unforgettable book boyfriend who’s simply to sexy, snarky, and hilarious to resist. Take a peak, courtesy of The Gentleman’s Hub on Twitter (@GentlemansHub):

A quote from A Gentleman's Memoir by author A J Linn
Photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub
A photo and quote from a BDSM scene in A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn
Photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub
A sexy quote by Donovan Hart, protagonist in A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn
photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub

 Books 1 and 2 of The Gentleman’s Series are available in all formats here:

A Gentleman’s Affair:

AmazonUS (print version) ~ click on the cover…

AmazonUK  (print)
Smashwords (eBook – all formats for $3.99)
iTunes
Lulu
Barnes&Noble (Nook)

 A Gentleman’s Secret

AmazonUS – print version, simply one-click the cover:

eBooks available here…

Nook  (Barnes & Noble)

Smashwords (eBook)

Lulu

iTunes

This week on Curl Up and Read:

Tomorrow – Book Tour – the release of Evelyn, a novella from the Fallen Angel Series by indie author Tracie Podger!

As the week continues – a focus on those American Book Boyfriends we love to love! (Of course I will editorialize on my favorites, it’s my blog after all!) Check back and see what you think – comment, debate – enjoy!

Coming Soon (dates TBD) – “The Faceless Men of Facebook!” – interviews with Cameron Lincoln  and E. A. Stanbridge; updates from my naughty friend Jake Malden – and more…

 

"Coming" Attractions ~ Not to Be Missed ~ Hot Summer Nights Ahead!

Black & White-Seduction

Hot Summer Nights are made for Hot Summer Books.

First, a look back…

Recently, author Deborah Harkness published the incredible conclusion to the stunning All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, & The Book of Life). Earlier this summer, Sydney Jamesson released the epic finale of The Story of Usbringing what has also been called the “TouchStone Trilogy” full circle. These are always bittersweet moments for readers. We anticipate finales for months – sometimes years – but yet, as we read them, we also know we are saying goodbye to some incredible characters that have become like best friends, in a way. Great reads are made to be read over and over again – and inevitably, my favorite books (the print ones, anyway), are well-worn around the edges from long nights of reading and re-reading. All we can do is hope that our favorite authors continue to write and carry us along on new journeys with new treasured characters.  One of my very favorites, Sylvain Reynard, is working on The Florentine Series (Book 1, The Raven, releases in early 2015); and another, Sydney Jamesson, is rumored to be writing again, which will make thousands upon thousands of TouchStone fans delirious with anticipation.  So, as we look back, we can also look forward to new creations by the authors who ignite our senses and stir our souls.

Now a look ahead…

Another “finale” – of sorts – by another favorite indie author, A. J. Linn, is right around the corner…the clock is ticking down as I write this post.  It’s a prequel to the other two popular books in his Gentleman’s Series (A Gentleman’s Affair & A Gentleman’s Secret), and as such, A Gentleman’s Memoir is, in true A. J. style, sure to be hot and hilarious (a lot like its author, as a matter of fact!) Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime, it’s never too late to catch up by reading the first two books in the series. Donovan Hart is an unforgettable book boyfriend who’s simply to sexy, snarky, and hilarious to resist. Take a peak, courtesy of The Gentleman’s Hub on Twitter (@GentlemansHub):

A quote from A Gentleman's Memoir by author A J Linn
Photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub
A photo and quote from a BDSM scene in A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn
Photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub
A sexy quote by Donovan Hart, protagonist in A Gentleman's Memoir by author AJ Linn
photo edit courtesy of @GentlemansHub

 Books 1 and 2 of The Gentleman’s Series are available in all formats here:

A Gentleman’s Affair:

AmazonUS (print version) ~ click on the cover…

AmazonUK  (print)
Smashwords (eBook – all formats for $3.99)
iTunes
Lulu
Barnes&Noble (Nook)

 A Gentleman’s Secret

AmazonUS – print version, simply one-click the cover:

eBooks available here…

Nook  (Barnes & Noble)

Smashwords (eBook)

Lulu

iTunes

This week on Curl Up and Read:

Tomorrow – Book Tour – the release of Evelyn, a novella from the Fallen Angel Series by indie author Tracie Podger!

As the week continues – a focus on those American Book Boyfriends we love to love! (Of course I will editorialize on my favorites, it’s my blog after all!) Check back and see what you think – comment, debate – enjoy!

Coming Soon (dates TBD) – “The Faceless Men of Facebook!” – interviews with Cameron Lincoln  and E. A. Stanbridge; updates from my naughty friend Jake Malden – and more…

 

The British [Book Boyfriend] Invasion – Old World Charm, New World Sex Appeal

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 Intelligent. Powerful. Articulate. Wealthy. Charming. A bit dangerous – in a good way. Drop-dead gorgeous. Gentlemen with an “edge”. And, oh my God, the accent!  British Book Boyfriends are The Bomb.

When my friend and business partner, Jenn Watson, proposed that we tackle “The Battle of the British Boyfriends” during this week’s British [Author] Invasion – I jumped at the chance. We frequently debate the merits of our favorite “B-BBFs” when we chat, but to be honest,  it’s hardly a debate because we both adore British men, and the British celebrities that personify our beautiful book boyfriends. So it’s not much of a battle – it’s more like a buffet on our blogs today.

On her blog, An Open Book, Jenn tells you the personal history of HER love affair with British men and British Book Boyfriends past and present.  Her fascination with beautiful Brits goes back to “classics” of Victorian fiction ~ and she makes some stunning comparisons to our favorite contemporary romantic heroes.  And when I think of edgy, classic British authors and playwrights – the fictional archetypes are there, from Shakespeare’s 16th century Romeo and Juliet to Thomas Hardy’s Angel Clare and Alec d’Urberville in Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891).

American BBF Christian Grey first seduced Ana with a reference to classic British authors and their Victorian era book boyfriends – good boys and ‘bad boys’ – in a memorable quote from Fifty Shades of Grey:

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{Blogger pauses for a moment to contemplate the quote, the character, and the British hunk, Jamie Dornan…}

So I pause here for a disclaimer…two of my favorite Book Boyfriends aren’t technically British, the others are. But the common denominator is the breath-takingly handsome British men who come to mind as I read their stories and fall in love with their characters.  Because there are so many gorgeous British men to choose from (the mind boggles), I have had to narrow it down to the top 4 “British” book boyfriends who’ve rocked my literary world and fueled my fan-girl fantasies:

#1 – Ayden Stone, lost boy, playboy and prince in The Story of UsTrilogy, by Sydney Jamesson. (British to the core, Ayden is everything a woman could hope for. And, as most of you already know, Sydney’s muse for Ayden’s character was none other than the utterly heart-stopping, drop-dead gorgeous Henry Cavill.)

Henry Cavill pictured as the character Ayden Stone in The Story of Us trilogy by Sydney Jamesson

#2 – Matthew Clairmont, the dark, dangerous, powerful and utterly lovable vampire in The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Technically of French descent, however, since he’s more than 1000 years old, it’s clear in the trilogy that he’s spent more than a couple of centuries in London and the British countryside. It was in the Bodleian Library at Oxford that he meets the love of his life, Diana Bishop, an American professor and the descendant of very powerful witches.  There is no one more perfect to envision as Matthew than the smoothly sensual British actor, Richard Armitage (and literally thousands of All Souls Trilogy fans agree).

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#3 – Gabriel Emerson, the tortured, then enraptured, and totally redeemable professor of Italian Studies from the Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard.  (OK, before you start busting my chops that Gabriel is from Sellinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and his creator, Sylvain Reynard, is from Toronto, in my mind he may as well be British because my fantasy Professor Gabriel O. Emerson is the hottest British male model ever to walk the runway, the incomparable David James Gandy.) Don’t even try to argue with me about this. Ask anyone in The Argyle Empire on Facebook!

#4 – Max Stella, the Beautiful Stranger. One of a series of sexy, edgy, gorgeous men in the Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren, Max Stella is a British sex-god on American soil in this voyeuristic, erotic romance that will leave Max in your heart, soul (and other places) long after you finish the book!

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So there you have it ~ my top four ~ all contemporary romantic heroes that personify the traits I listed in the very beginning of this post. If you haven’t met these gentlemen – don’t wait a minute longer.

Today’s post was all in fun – naughty, sexy fun – and mostly mine, I suppose! I could talk about British men and book boyfriends all day…just ask my husband.  But I hope I’ve made my case that British Book Boyfriends – or the incredibly sexy British men who represent them – are a force to be reckoned with. And I hope this light-hearted look at them has also brightened your day, or inspired you to share your own thoughts about them….

….And maybe, just maybe, you’ve discovered one or two new ones to check out as you Curl Up and Read! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments here or on Facebook.

See you tomorrow ~ when the spotlight is on a personal favorite author, and the creator of my favorite B-BBF Ayden Stone, the bestselling author of The Story of Us trilogy, Ms. Sydney Jamesson!