Feature: Ancient Egypt

Contributed by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)

I’ve always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. Why? It comes across to me as an era that’s mystical and well, I really don’t know much about it. But all those Pharaohs, slave girls, gladiators…so many factors ripe for conflict and a good story.

Sadly, I’ve yet to read a book set in that era. So I was very happy to see this book!

I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Due out on April 1, 2018 from Harlequin, though it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Cleopatra’s slave girl

and an enemy Roman soldier…

Egyptian slave Wen-Nefer is wary of all men. But she can’t help but be captivated by handsome Titus, adviser to Julius Caesar, even though he is commanding and intolerant of bold women like her. Their affair is as all-consuming as it is forbidden. But is he a man who will go to any lengths to love her despite their boundaries…or a sworn enemy she must never trust?

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I really love Ancient Egypt settings! Would love to hear your recommendations!

Feature: Holiday Recs Part 1

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holidays are coming ’round the corner. Have you bought your presents yet? While the crowds haven’t congregated on the malls yet, I’m off to do some holiday shopping this weekend. That includes books for myself, because of course, books are all I want for Christmas. There, easy to get me a present, right? LOL

Oh, or you could get me this T-shirt:

Or any of these. I can’t decide! All of them are pretty funny and cute:

       

They’re also on promotional price right now, if you’re thinking to get one for yourself or your family and friends.

But enough about T-shirts! Here are some holiday reads, recommended by TRR reviewers, to get you in the mood:

Christmas Surprise on MacLean Mountain by Randi Alexander (Amazon)

Doctor Booker MacLean is shocked when his estranged wife calls and asks to talk to him in person. Is Sybil back to finally ask for a divorce? Three days before Christmas? He hardens himself for the blow that’s sure to come

Sybil MacLean has been gone from MacLean Mountain and from her husband for seven long months, and now she’s back to admit that leaving was a terrible mistake. She has a secret, but won’t share it with Booker unless he forgives her and takes her back first.

As a powerful blizzard moves into the Colorado Rockies and Sybil and Booker are stranded together atop MacLean Mountain, will his fierce pride and her need for his understanding keep them from spending Christmas with the one they love most? Continue reading

#TRRparty #Featured #Book Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

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Once upon a time, there was a Scottish pirate, the fine, handsome son of a clan chief. On his bold voyages, Dair Sinclair tempted fate once too often, and when the English finally captured him, he faced unspeakable torments. Now, Dair can’t forget, or heal from the terrible injuries. He’s known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh, a raving, scarred, terrifying beast. His father seeks a healer for his son and heir without success, until a dark prophecy directs him to find a virgin to save his son.

Fia MacLeod is easy to overlook among her lovely sisters, despite being every bit as pretty, since she bears scars and a limp from a terrible childhood accident. Fia has a remarkable talent for healing wild creatures, and when the chief of the Sinclairs comes looking for a virgin healer, she goes to aid the Madman of Carraig Brigh. She faces anger, pain, and suspicion from Dair, but there is attraction there as well, and a kindred understanding of what its like to be lost, scarred, and afraid.

As Dair and Fia draw closer, and love and desire grow stronger, others seek revenge for Dair’s past deeds, and Fia is accused of black magic and witchcraft. Only with courage and true love can Fia save herself and the man she loves, and restore the heart of the man she loves…

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book Lethal Union by Vanessa Liebe

Link: Amazon

A debutante by day, slayer of demons and vampires by night … life is very complicated for Sarah Carlton. It gets even more complicated as she tries to fight her growing passion for a Master Vampire, the Marques of Sanford. A forbidden attraction between deadly arch enemies … Vanessa Liebe brings Regency England to life in Lethal Union, Book 1 of Slayer, her new paranormal romance series.

Sarah Carlton is a debutante in Regency England and she is also “The Slayer.” She has the difficult task of balancing her life between the social whirl of the haut ton and slaying demons and the undead at night. To complicate her life further, Sarah knows a Master Vampire is coming to London – a vampire she has been ordered to capture rather than kill. But nothing prepares her for the Marquis of Sandford, or her attraction to him.

Dominic, the Marquis of Sandford, has come to London after hearing of the Slayer. Believing her previously to only be a myth, he’s curious to meet her and fight her – he’s not expecting to desire her and start wanting something else entirely. Then she is kidnapped just as he has convinced her to be with him. Can he rescue her in time?

Content Notes: Hot, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Light BDSM, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency, Action, Adventure, Demons, Vampires

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#TRRparty #Featured #Book Season of Love by Merry Holly, Stephanie Queen, Stacy Hoff, Gerri Brousseau, Bobbi Lerman (@AuthorMarian)

Link: Amazon

Five romantic stories filled with love and the promise of a happily ever after.A Wedding and a Promise by Merry Holly
After a whirlwind romance, pressure from the groom to marry immediately has Noel questioning her decision. Deep inside her heart she knows Chase is the one but why rush the wedding?
Chase never intended to get engaged on his trip home for the holidays, but chances didn’t give him a choice. One he laid eyes on Noel his heart was gone forever. But he has a secret. One he’s afraid to tell Noel for fear she’ll leave him forever.

An Unexpected Match by Bobbi Lerman
Sylvie Ann is certain true love is an impossible fairy tale until fate and Tillie the Matchmaker send unexpected storm, stranding her with Noah and the irresistible possibility of one more chance at happily ever after.

Love Delights by Stacy Hoff
Two co-workers-former lovers-vie for the same big job promotion in their NYC advertising agency. The agency’s next Creative Director will be the one who pitches the better ad campaign to a major potential client, Love Delights, a gourmet chocolatier. Too bad they both need more time, and each other’s help, to come up with the perfect pitch.
Can they win over the client? And each other? Because this Valentine’s Day, the agency’s finances-and their hearts-are on the line.

Beachcomber Valentine by Stephanie Queen USA Bestselling Author and International Digital Award Winner
Notorious operator Dane Blaise and skittish beauty Shana George team up to find the long lost love of a mystery client as they flirt with the dangers of romance and Cupid.
But of course there’s more to this easy-money case that the rekindling of an old romance. Once Dane and Shana find out that the “lost love” is involved with the FBI, their suspicions kick into high gear and they end up with more than a dinner date on Valentine’s Day.

Puppy Love by Gerri Brousseau
Sparks fly when a chance encounter entangles Lord Robert Nelson with the lovely Claudette Valentine and her dog, Madeline. The attraction is undeniable, but her father’s plan to find her a wealthy husband holds a hidden agenda that Robert can’t abide by. A story of attraction, longing, and if destiny can be changed, a loving marriage, instead of a loveless one.

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#NewRelease and #Giveaway : The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (A Cynster Novel)
Release Date: February 24th, 2015

Blurb:

Thomas Carrick is determined to make his own life in the bustling port city of Glasgow, far from the demands of the Carrick clan, eventually with an appropriate wife on his arm. But disturbing events on his family’s estate force Thomas to return to the Scottish countryside—where he is forced to ask for help from the last woman he wants to face. Thomas has never forgotten Lucilla Cynster and the connection that seethes between them, but to marry Lucilla would mean embracing a life he’s adamant is not for him.

Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla knows Thomas is hers—her fated lover, husband, protector, mate. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. How can he ignore a bond stronger than reason and choose a different path? She’s determined to fight for their future, and while she cannot command him, she has enticements of her own to wield when it comes to tempting Thomas Carrick.

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#NewRelease #Excerpt : 1,001 Erotic Nights, Part 1: Slave Girl by Lisa Cach (@LisaCach @xoxoafterdark @Pocket_Books #PocketStarENights)

 

A sex slave who’s never been touched… National bestselling author Lisa Cach spins an erotic, passionate novel about a young Roman Empire slave who’s intended to become her king’s concubine—until a rugged barbarian prince takes her heart…and more.

Lovely Nimia is a slave to King Sygarius, who’s grooming her to be his consort as soon as she reaches full womanhood. And that time is very close. Nimia is forced to attend shocking lessons in the erotic arts; lessons that leave her body aroused and her mind conflicted. Because while she’s attracted to Sygarius’s power and eroticism, her spirit rebels at being his slave.

Then one of Sygarius’s allies comes to visit. Smart and ambitious, Clovis burns to take over Sygarius’s kingdom—and the beautiful Nimia. And though her virginity is meant for Sygarius, Clovis takes it with her enthusiastic consent.

When Sygarius learns that she is no longer a virgin, Nimia flees for her life. But can she find Clovis before the wrath of Sygarius—and imminent death—finds her first?

 

EXCERPT:

Star-E-Nights-Banner - graphicTruth be told, it sent a wicked thrill through me, and made my cunny swell.

I imagined I could feel Clovis’s gaze upon me. Did he know what he was looking at? I told myself he did; that he, of them all, knew that it was not a costume he was seeing, but my own skin.

It didn’t matter, though, for as Kina plucked the lyre, I became the nymph, Lotus, and the audience faded away. Music, dance, and song always transported me to a place beyond the present—or perhaps it was a place deep inside myself. All I knew was that the world around me disappeared, replaced by one of my imagination.

The lyre was my voice, expressing my emotions as I wandered through a meadow, picked a flower, and savored the warmth of the sun on my skin. An imaginary butterfly landed on my fingertip, and as it flew away I grasped two thin reeds that had been hidden in my full skirts, one on each side. Their bottom ends were attached to my hem, and when I lifted one reed in each hand, the flowing yards of fabric lifted into the air like butterfly wings. A sigh of delight went through the room, the soft echo of it barely piercing my trance.

I danced and spun to the music of the lyre and flute, flicking my wrists and looping my arms to make my fabric wings ripple and flow. As my body followed the choreographed moves that I’d practiced so many times before, my soul began to float free.

Yes. This is what I sought, this transcendence, this freeing from the bonds of the earth, my body, my thoughts. Though I still saw the meadow in my imagination, new visions began to flicker at its edges: a face I did not know; a stormy sea; a haze of shimmering gold.

The shimmering gold . . . there was something important about it. I strained toward it, trying to see it more clearly, but the dance was almost at its end. There was one more chance, one more moment when I might see it all.

I drew a gasp from the audience when I took a great leap into the air, wings outspread, seeming to hover there as if truly I could fly—while in my mind I sought that shimmer of gold only to have it fade away, a mystery still. I landed in a small crouch upon the floor, my wings together above my back, resting with the slightest of trembles like a newborn butterfly drying its wings in the sun.

One tense note played upon the lyre, plucked again and again.

The moment stretched, tension rising, and then a burst of music from the pipes—and of laughter from the audience—heralded the arrival of Donkey, played by a servant named Marcelius, in a plaster donkey’s head with laughably large ears and teeth. He lumbered into Lotus’s meadow and tried to eat her wings, his movable jaw champing loudly. Lotus laughed and shooed him away, and then nymph and donkey capered together, playing at chasing one another.

Then, oh, Lotus grew so sleepy and in need of a nap. And look, here was a lovely couch upon which to lie. I patted Donkey and then gracefully lay down on my back, twisting my lower body slightly onto my side to better show the dip of my waist and the swell of my hip. I lay my arms partially folded above my head, leaving my body open, vulnerable.

A feast for the taking.

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