Saturday, January 25, 2014

Between the Sheets Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Welcome to the "Between the Sheets" Blog Tour, featuring Jodi Ellen Malpas, C.C. Gibbs, Cecilia Tan and Kate McKinley!

My question today is: Have you come across any interesting facts while researching?

Jodi Ellen Malpas:  Haha! I’ve just gone into my Google search history to remind myself of what I’ve researched lately. You don’t even want to know what I found!

Cecilia Tan: I had fun researching locations for Slow Seduction. I actually went to England for a business trip so I was able to set a lot of scenes in places I visited like York and London. But because Karina is working in a London museum and on an exhibit of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, I ended up learning a ton of stuff about painters like Edward Burne-Jones. In particular, I learned he had a tumultuous love life and never really reconciled his feelings between his wife and his mistress. His paintings are so romantic, so full of longing and desire with an undercurrent of angst. Slow Seduction is already a mix of lust and angst so it was fascinating to find out that the painter I used by chance as Karina's favorite was really appropriate.

C.C. Gibbs: I adore research. My early books had footnotes. Even with contemporary stories I do a lot of research. For instance the temperature in Singapore only varies by a few degrees all year long. It’s consistently a sweltering tropical heat. You need to know neighborhoods, streets, restaurants, languages, customs wherever you place your characters.    

Kate McKinley: I’m always finding interesting tidbits while researching—it’s one of the reasons I love writing historical romance. The most amusing was the use of vaginal or pelvic message by medical professionals on women to relieve the symptoms of hysteria—which was a diagnosable condition, at the time. Imagine going to the doctor’s office to get, uh, serviced! Awkward!

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THIS MAN CONFESSED by Jodi Ellen Malpas (January 21, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $15.00)
Ava and Jesse are getting married. The Manor is filled with guests as the couple weds in the very place where their passionate love affair began. While Ava understands she'll never tame Jesse--and wouldn't want to--she believes his troubles are now behind him. But on what should be the happiest day of her life, Ava is faced with new problems. Her brother, Dan, disapproves of her marriage and is determined to make her see that Jesse isn't the man she thinks he is. Could there be truth to his words? Is Jesse hiding another dark secret? Ava loves Jesse deeply, but has she bound herself to a man who cherishes her and will take her to the edge of ecstasy--or to the brink of despair?

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, UK, where she lives with her family.  Working for the family construction business fulltime and with the prospect of taking it over once her father retired, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing a novel until it became impossible. She finally found the time and courage to release her creative streak and in October 2012 self-published This Man as an e-book.  She took a chance on a story with some intense characters, notably Mr. Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world.  Two months later,  Jodi made the decision to give up her day job to concentrate on her new and very unexpected career in writing.

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ALL HE NEEDS by C.C. Gibbs (December 17, 2013; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
Brilliant. Wealthy.  Powerful.  Dominic Knight is one of the hottest tech developers in the world--and the most demanding lover Kate Hart has ever known.  Whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, he is always in charge.  But there is one thing he cannot control:  Kate's fiery heart...

As a master in her field, talented Kate surpassed Dominic's wildest expectations.  As a woman of uncommon intelligence and beauty, she unlocked something deep within him.  Yet since their professional relationship--and erotically charged affair--came to an end, the fire in him has only grown stronger.

Now, the man who has everything will do whatever it takes to reclaim the woman he lost.  From Boston and Paris to Singapore and San Francisco, he will lure Kate back into his elite world of privilege and passion.  Together, they will test the limits of desire and the boundaries of discipline.  For both, this is uncharted territory--naked, reckless, and uninhibited.  But when Dominic's deadliest enemies target Kate, he must face his darkest fears...and admit to himself that she is all he needs.

C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in the Midwest, at times in Northern California, is married with three children and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein, while the creative process offers fascinating glimpses into the machinery of the mind. And last but not least, researching anything, but particularly a book like ALL HE DESIRES--thank you Google--is great fun!

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SLOW SEDUCTION by Cecilia Tan (January 28, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $10.00)
Unforgettable passion . . .

Two months have passed since Karina's painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she'll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.

Unexpected pleasure . . . 

Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been "trained" to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?

Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Black Feathers, Mind Games, White Flames,and The 50 Greatest Yankee Games. She has edited over 50 anthologies of erotica for Red Silk Editions, Thunder's Mouth Press, Blue Moon Books, Masquerade Books, Ravenous Romance, and for the publishing house she founded, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, Best American Erotica, and many other places, and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Slow Trains, Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball Magazine, Yankees Magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere. 

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A COUNTESS BY CHANCE by Kate McKinley (January 7, 2014; Forever E-Novella; $0.99)
A gambler's daughter, Sophia Weatherby knows her way around a deck of cards. So when her family estate becomes threatened, she has no choice but to use her skills at the gaming tables to save herself from ruin. A lavish house party affords her the perfect opportunity-until the newly minted Earl of Huntington arrives. Adam Greyson has never forgotten the day Sophia rejected his proposal. Now to even the score, he challenges her to a shocking wager-his two thousand pounds against the one valuable commodity she has left: her virtue.

KATE MCKINLEY writes Regency and Fantasy Romance. When she's not staring at her screen, dreaming up delicious heroes, she's a wife, mother and part-time assistant.

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