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The Defiant Bride by Leslie Hachtel

Thank you so much for having me here today. I am a gypsy at heart and in the absence of being able to travel in person, traveling by blog tour isn’t a bad alternative *grin*. I had the opportunity to travel to Europe right after college and spent time in Italy, France where I learned to speak fluent Italian and French and then I fell completely under the spell of the English countryside. In fact, whenever I see pictures of England or Ireland, Scotland or Wales, I find myself drawn to those places, their rich history and the complex nature of the people. They are such an inspiration to me and fuel my imagination. In fact, if I were to win the lottery tomorrow, I think I would drag my own prince charming on a tour of the United Kingdom (possibly for months) and lose myself in all of it. I hope that you will enjoy reading The Defiant Bride and that you will enjoy this little adventure with me.


***GIVEAWAY: One lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of The Defiant Bride. Contest ends 3/8 at 11:59PM EST.


Furious at being used as a political pawn, the Lady Dariana defies King Henry VII by faking her own death to avoid marrying a man she has never met. Praying the king will not retaliate against her father, she seeks refuge in the forest and learns to fend for herself. When William, a warrior knight, is felled by an arrow, she saves his life and arranges his rescue before fleeing to avoid discovery.

William awakes from his injury to be told he imagined the beautiful woman in the forest. Besotted and determined to make her his own, he hunts her down and tricks her into marrying him, intent on turning her defiance into love. But even as he begins to succeed, their enemies join forces to end the marriage—even if it means that Dariana must die.

When Dariana is abducted, William must track her down to fight for her life and their happiness. And, Dariana, once the most defiant of brides, must channel her own strength of will into survival, both for herself—and for the child she now carries.

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Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled, and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.

Her favorite stories as a child—and stretching into the adult years—were fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. It was the happily ever after that was so full of hope and inspiration. It was the love of those stories that led her to eventually want to write romances.

Leslie lives in Memphis, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband, a wonderful stepson, Matt and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.


Dariana gazed into the pool of water; the vibrant rays of sun twisted this way and that, dancing on the crystal surface. Her thoughts were mingled, flashes of memory, visions. A part of her took great pride in her survival in so different an existence, but what had she gained? She had lived through cold nights and painful loneliness, but to what end? She was unmarried, yes, and not exiled to a land where even the language was foreign, but she was thought dead.

Perhaps she could do something else, something that would give her life meaning after all. Her thoughts continued to wander and she dipped her hand into the cool water and watched as the ripples further disturbed the shafts of light in their attempts to float on the surface.

All at once, a reflection joined her own. She was jolted at the image, then chided herself for allowing her imagination to conjure it. She stared at the shifting shape and reached out her hand, wishing so dearly it would be real. The water stilled and the reflection behind her grew more clear. Could it be?

Her instinct was to throw herself into the warmth and protection of his arms, but she feared she might be hurling herself into nothing more substantial than the cold water, so she hesitated, waiting for the apparition to dissolve.

“Did you miss me?” William questioned softly. “For I have thought of nothing but you since the day you came to my aid.”


Sneak Peek @ Solstice Quartet #2! by Catherine Peace

I’m steadily working on Solstice Quartet book 2, and I’m having so much fun with it that I NEEDED to share a snippet. This is totally unedited, but I think it’s worth the read. Hope you enjoy Amy and Marrok as much as I do.


He followed her up the stairs to a narrow hallway with doors lining either side and took in the scent of her, like summer and spice. Damn the swans for being this beautiful.

“I have to say, I’m a bit surprised you found me here.” She opened her door, revealing a modest room with a cream-colored wrought iron bed and floral furnishings. From the looks of things, she hadn’t unpacked much. Good. Maybe she’d already decided to leave.

The click of a gun being cocked didn’t escape his notice. “The fuck are you, really?”

At the sight of the muzzle trained on him, he considered his options. Telling her the truth seemed the safest, yet worst, route possible. Lying would probably piss her off. He didn’t want to return to Max in a body bag. Combining the two might work if he spun his story well enough. “A friend.”

“A stalker friend? Sorry, mate. Not buying the bullshit. Let’s try again.” She stepped closer. “Who. The fuck. Are you?”

“If you’ll put the gun down, I will tell you. But right now you’re being a bit irrational.”

A harsh laugh filled the room. “You’ve got to be shitting me. You’re the stalker. One person knows I’m here, and you decidedly do not resemble her. So either you spill the truth, or I spill your guts. Either one.”

“Fine. You want the truth? I’m supposed to kill you.”

If her spine went any more rigid, it’d snap. “Kill me, eh?”

“Yes. I’d prefer not to do that, though.”

“What would you prefer to do?”

“Before I tell you, I’d really like for you to put the gun down.”

She shook her head. “The moment I do, you could try to kill me. And rest assured, you would only try. You wouldn’t succeed.” The light of an idea filled her eyes. “Plus, I don’t know you’re not carrying a weapon, yourself. Yet.”

“Planning to frisk me?”

“No. I can’t let down my guard. You’re going to strip.”


Book Blurb:

ember coverEmber only wants two things out of life: to be reunited with her sisters, and to see people come back to her café. Catering to people she never sees again, she experiences a loneliness that can’t be filled. As one of the last Whakamanu—a descendant of the Maori bird-god Tane—she has to hold on to the secrets of her tribe. Family first.

Gourmet TV personality Austin Garten, host of the popular show Back Road Eats, needs more in his life than Breadbasket America grilling. He’s tired of the safe routes, the easy and dependable foods that the Network loves to display. When his RV breaks down in Wyoming, and he learns about Kai, a Maori restaurant outside of Casper, his interest is piqued. Once he meets the proprietor, he realizes he’s wants more than just her food. He wants her.

Ember isn’t too sure. The Solstice, the Maori New Year, is fast approaching, and with the heat in her kitchen ratcheting up, she knows she can’t keep her secret for much longer. But will Austin be able to accept her? Or will her secret drive them apart?

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Author Bio: Catherine Peace has been telling stories for as long as she could remember. She often blames two things for her forays into speculative fiction—Syfy (when it was SciFi) channel Sundays with her dad and The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. She graduated in 2008 from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in English and is still chasing the dream of being super rich and famous, mostly so she can sit around in her PJs all day and write stories. When not being a slave to the people in her head, she’s a slave to two adorable dogs.



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Secret Identities by Domino

Hi Everyone,

My name is Domino and together with my twin brother Dominic we blog over at Breathless Press. Today I want to talk to you about our newest anthology – Secret Identities – which is a collection of superhero stories (and it releases today, 24 February).

Obviously we can all agree that there is something deliciously appealing about all these wonderful superhero movies that have come our way recently. I mean, Thor could rescue me any time and I would give up my silk stocking obsession for a chance at Captain America. Dinner with the Green Lantern would be a scream and don’t get me started on the rest of the Avengers. Sigh. Of course, there is as much reason to celebrate excellent casting as there is to enjoy the stories themselves, but you have to admit… there is something about superheroes!

For many of us there is a subconscious desire to do more, to be more than who we are. We see injustice around us and there is often nothing we can do about it. The superhero genre allows us to escape from the world around us and “right the wrongs” we see. Most superhero stories are set in what we would consider to be the “real” world, so they allow us to fantasize about our own world being better, somehow improved. It’s the most wonderful escape!

There are so many familiar super powers in the stories we all know and love. Super strength, the ability to fly, x-ray vision, laser vision, transformation (like the Hulk). The question arose … what super power would you like to have if you could have anything you wanted? Of course, when you let a group of talented romance authors loose with the idea of writing stories about superheroes, with super powers you may never have seen before, you’re bound to get more than you bargained for and this anthology doesn’t disappoint!

Until next time…

Domino xx


**GIVEAWAY: 2 lucky commenters will each win an ebook copy of the anthology. Contest ends 3/1 at 11:59PM EST**

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Ever wonder what it’s like to fall in love with a caped crusader? Or perhaps you would rather be a damsel who loves to fall into the wrong hands? Breathless Press presents seven sultry tales of adventure filled with superpowers that would make any pants quiver with excitement. Face foes who are too hot to resist, and find love on the wrong side of the spectrum. These dashingly dangerous authors will have you thirsty for more:

Brantwijn Serrah

Jen Bradlee

Winter Bayne

McKayla Schutt

Ivy Bateman

Find out what’s under the cape…


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Right Where I Want You by Brantwijn Serrah

Clarion City’s Midnight Defender finds himself in the clutches of his arch-rival, the sultry villainess codenamed The Mink. She’ll give him the chance to win back his freedom…but only if he gives her everything she wants.

Manipulator by Jen Bradlee

Manipulation has always come second nature to Addison, but an unexpected ally takes the time to show her where her true value lies.

Heroes for Hire: Striker by Winter Bayne

Shade is an average woman until the government changes her with superhuman powers. Striker is ex-military who sees the benefit of altered humans and turns his vision into a business, Heroes for Hire. On opposing sides, passions flare for them leaving one unanswered question—how good can sex get?

Hear the Heat by McKayla Schutt

Being a mind reader, Kelly struggles to find the perfect man as she puts criminals in jail. At a speed dating night she meets the sexy detective Brad in Richmond, VA. Find out if they can make it past the one night.

Edged in Flame by Ivy Bateman

“You and I can light up the world together.”

Ever since Lizzy first slipped into her super suit, she’s longed to hear words such as these from the perfect hot partner. But now that it’s happened, have they been said by the right man?

Playing Hard to Get by Brantwijn Serrah

Brooke doesn’t really play well with others, and she wants nothing to do with an organization out to recruit “talent” like her. It’s a little tough to refuse, though, when they send a recruiter with some very special talents of his own…

Bound in Memories by Jen Bradlee

Adele realizes too late that behind the façade of the perfect gentleman who saved her from prison beats the heart of a ruthless villain.




Lobster Cove’s BDSM Club by Marie Tuhart

Lobster Cove it the brain child of the owners Rhonda and RJ of The WildRose Press. On one of our weekly chat session Rhonda bought it to the authors and the brainstorming began. I happened to miss the chat because I was leaving for a writing retreat the next day. But I downloaded the transcript and began reading.


I saw the potential, so since I was on a writing retreat, I wrote out a short synopsis and sent it to my editor who then sent it on to the editor who was in charge of the project. I was told to go ahead and write my story, which was published as Red Club Temptation.

It was a challenge to place a BDSM club in the small town of Lobster Cove, but I was able to do by doing a little research. And had lots of fun writing the story. Here’s the blurb for Red Club Temptation:


RedClubTemptation_w9002_300She needs a dungeon master. He needs her secrets.

Red Club owner Jessie Michaels isn’t looking for love, just someone competent to monitor her dungeon in Lobster Cove’s only BDSM club. But a new Dominant catches her eye and makes her tingle in all the right places. She’s called away for business before she can catch his name, but not before that commanding voice tempts her for more.

Caleb Drake has returned to Lobster Cove to find out what makes the Red Club so successful only to discover the sexy redheaded sub he met the night before is actually his boss. He vows to keep business separate from pleasure, but the temptation to see if the iron-fisted club owner is truly submissive in the bedroom becomes too much.

But when Caleb’s ulterior motive is revealed, will Jessie be ruled by business…or pleasure?

**Giveaway: One e-book or print edition of Red Club Temptation. Comment to enter. Contest ends 2/26 at 11:59PM EST.**


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Time to find out if she was a Domme or sub. This time when their gazes met and held, he mouthed the word “Obey.” Her gaze dropped. He sucked in a breath. Damn, she was a submissive. And just what he needed. He couldn’t help himself as he strode across the room.

Caleb stopped when he was within touching distance, and her gaze never rose from the floor. Excitement stirred in his spine for the first time in a long time.

“Hello,” he said.

“Good evening, Sir.” Her voice was soft but calm, eyes still downcast.

He cupped her chin and tilted her head up. “Look at me, sweetheart, I want to see your eyes.”

Hazel eyes to go with beautiful red hair. He loved looking into the eyes of his subs, unless of course he had them blindfolded, and then he would make them use other senses.

“Are you available?” He glanced at her wrist. No band. He’d been told anyone with a black band was off limits.

“Excuse me?” a male voice intruded.

Caleb’s gaze left her to see one of the dungeon masters standing next to them. “You’re needed in the other room, Red.”

Her spine stiffened, and she lifted her chin out of Caleb’s hold. “Thanks, Ryan. I’ll be right there.”

Ryan nodded and gave Caleb the once over before disappearing into the private club area.

“Sorry, but I have to go.”

“I understand, but first.” He cupped her cheeks and brushed a kiss across her soft lips. She leaned into him when he released her mouth. “I’ll be here if you want to play later.” He released her and stepped back.

Her fingers touched her lips and then she smiled. “I might take you up on that.” Then she strode away hips swaying.




Author Bio:

Marie Tuhart can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hands. A voracious reader since childhood, she began writing at 19, and in 1994 decided to join RWA and get serious about publishing. When she isn’t reading or writing, Marie loves to spend time in bookstores. A world traveler, she enjoys searching out corners of the globe she hasn’t experienced yet. While still totally open to finding her own tall, dark and handsome, she is certainly enjoying the journey

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