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Beths Book of the Week Giveaway
Sunday, November 29th, 2009

This week, I’ll pre-order a copy of my Berkley Heat erotic/contemporary/suspense Release (comes out Feb. 2) to one commenter this week at my blog. (Any blog entry comment qualifies you). And just a reminder that I’ll be previewing my video for Release next week and giving away one advanced manuscript of Release.

Here’s a bit about Release…

RELEASE
RELEASE
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Genre: Contemporary
ISBN-13: 978-0425232712
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Format: Trade Paperback
Pre-order Release

His need for her was so absolute, he agreed to share her with another man in order to possess her.

Genny loved her husband Max, but something was missing—a sexual charge that was instead ignited by his business partner, Sean. He was ruggedly handsome, with a heart-stopping smile and a slow, sexy New Orleans drawl that made Genny weak. The more time they spent together, the stronger the attraction between them became and when her husband offered to share her with Sean for one intoxicating night, both Genny and Sean were too tempted to refuse.

That night in the company penthouse, Max and Sean showed Genny the heights of ecstasy. But it was Sean who scored her very spirit, and one-on-one, they were red hot. But as Genny learns, there’s a price to pay for such impulsive pleasure. What began as a night of forbidden desire spirals into a whirlpool of murder, sensual submission, secrets, and a scorching passion that threatens to consume everyone it touches.

Excerpt

The blonde woman cried out in agonized pleasure as her orgasm notched back up again to its original potent blast.

Genevieve must have whimpered in mixed misery and arousal, because suddenly Sean’s head whipped around.

The woman continued to keen and moan while she gushed in climax, and Sean pinned Genevieve with his stare. His fierce, blue-eyed gaze hit her like a bolt of electricity. Her muscles jerked, the harsh movement awakening her from her trance.

The next thing she knew, she was flying blindly down the hallway. She heard him call out to her, his voice sounding flat with incredulity. He called out again, this time sounding closer . . . too near for her to make it all the way to the front door without him overtaking her.

She thought she might shatter into a million pieces if Sean put his hands on her at that moment. She fumbled for the master bedroom door and rushed inside.

“Genny. What the hell—”

His exclamation was cut off when Genevieve slammed the door and swiftly turned the lock. The handle jerked. His hand thumped on the door. She pressed her back against the wood, straining to hear in the taut silence that followed.

“Genny.”

She clamped her burning eyes shut at the softly uttered plea. It must be a hollow-core door, because she could actually hear him quite well. It sounded like he’d spoken with his forehead pressed against the crack between the door and frame. They were only inches apart—

“You picked a hell of a time to come waltzing back into my life,” he said, his low voice vibrating with emotion.

“I didn’t know you’d be here.”

“Obviously.”

She licked her tear-spattered lips. For the first time, she realized her face was soaked. She must have been crying for a while now . . . maybe since she’d first heard Sean’s easy drawl resounding from the depths of the penthouse.

“Go away, Sean.” Her heart thundered in her ears in the pause that followed. The door gave slightly, as though he’d just pushed himself off it.

“I was here first.”

“You can go straight to hell second, boy.”

His chuckle sounded appreciative . . . amused.

Sad.

“Just give me a minute to tell her good-bye.” For a second, she thought he’d walked away, but then his deep voice penetrated the crack of the door again.

“Are you okay? Did something happen?”

She stared at the enormous king-sized bed in front of her—the bed where the three of them had become drunk on pleasure three years ago.

Did something happen? She’d say it had.

Genevieve had been forever changed on the night Max had offered his young wife to his super-sharp, second-hand man . . . the night she’d burned beneath Sean’s touch.

“I’m fine,” she said blankly, her eyes glued to the bed as vivid memories played before her mind’s eye . . . memories brought to the forefront by being in the room where it’d all happened.

“Yeah, right,” she heard him reply wryly.

“Will you just leave me alone?”

“That’s likely.”

This time, she sensed for certain that he’d walked away. A minute later she still hadn’t moved. They passed within feet of her.

“You’re acting very rudely,” the woman accused petulantly as she moved down the hallway.

“Yeah, I’ve been told I have a problem with that,” Sean replied evenly.

“Is there someone here? Who were you talking to?”

But then their voices faded. She heard the front door open and shut, and knew Sean was escorting the female out of the tight Sauren-Kennedy Solutions security. He’d get her a cab. He may have grown up poor, friendless, and fatherless, one of the “˜conduct disordered’ terrors of the mean streets of New Orleans, but Sean’s manners were impeccable.

Genevieve still hadn’t moved when he returned a few minutes later. She stood stock-still, her back against the door like she thought she was on the penthouse’s window ledge with the city looming below her toes. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw the handle turn. He spoke softly again near the crack in the closed door.

“You’d better open up, girl. You don’t really think that excuse of a lock is gonna keep me from you, do you?”

Her pulse threatened to leap right off her neck. She’d never heard him call another female gull, his drawl softening the “r” until it was only barely audible.

The sound of it on his tongue had always felt like a caress.

She spun around and flipped the lock. Her gaze remained fixed on the carpet as she stormed past him. She grabbed the bag she’d dropped in the foyer and reached for the handle on the front door. His hand rose behind her, shutting the door with a precise snap.

“What happened?”

“What makes you think something happened?” she asked irritably. She was hyperaware of him just inches away, leaning down over her. Heat resonated off his body.

“Don’t, Genny. Haven’t you punished me enough by avoiding me all this time? You know I’d never have wanted you to see what you just saw. Not in a million years.”

Her soughing breath was the only thing that broke the silence that followed. Her chin dropped to her chest.

She did know it. She may have her doubts about him, but she knew instinctively Sean Kennedy would never purposefully hurt her.

The havoc he’d wreaked unintentionally on her life was another matter altogether.

Holiday Bound Winner and Sherlock Holmes
Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Sherlock

Are you guys curious?

I’ve read every Sherlock Holmes story. When I was twelve, I say Leonard Nimoy play Sherlock at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago, and he was brilliant. I adored Jeremy Brett’s quirky, raptor-like BBC Sherlock. The thing about Sherlock that fascinates me is he’s…well, screwed up, let’s face it. He’s a self-centered, cocaine-injecting genius. I’m thinking Robert Downey Jr. is a pretty damn good candidate, and I can’t wait to see what they do with Dr. Watson’s character. One thing is for sure, it’s not going to be a typical portrayal.

So…anyway…I have a weekend winner for Holiday Bound!! The random number generator says the winner is number 12, Eva S! Eva, write me from the address where you want your e-book copy of Holiday Bound sent to, and I’ll return the email with your free advanced copy of HOLIDAY BOUND! (bethkery@aol.com) Thanks to everyone for ‘playing’!

Beth

Beths Weekly Book Giveaway, Dragonslayer by Fiona Jayde
Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Dragonslayer by Fiona Jayde

A Dragon’s Curse

Griall must find the woman who can release him from his curse before he
becomes a Death Beast like his father. Even if the man inside him craves
the Dragon Slayer’s touch, he knows she must destroy the beast who
shares his skin before it’s too late.

A Slayer’s Pride

*Xara cannot escape the lie upon which her life is built. A Slayer who
has never fought a dragon, she’ll never feel feel strong enough to be
the one Griall seeks. Surely, a Slayer wouldn’t allow herself to love a
beast! Xara must find a Slayer’s power to kill this dragon before his
curse destroys them both.

Excerpt:

She couldn’t breathe with his hands on her, couldn’t think with him this close. A dragon. An enemy. Her body did not care.

“Don’t touch me.”

He gave her a mocking, lethal smile. “What will you do to make me stop?”

She plowed her fist into his face, heard the crack of bone. Watched as that sensual mouth bled, those light eyes narrowed. Surely he’d shift into the dragon now. His scales, his teeth would cool the lust inside her belly.

She willed him to turn into the beast. Lifted a fist again. Froze mid-swing when he pulled her toward him, tumbling them both onto the grass. She rolled on top of him, struggling to push his arms over his head. The fire in her belly flared as she cradled him between her thighs, the heat of his arousal hot and urgent against her.

She arched toward him, as forbidden pleasure coiled. While her head screamed stop, arousal bloomed inside her as she struggled, pushing herself into him, wanting more, needing more contact.

Her hands were now above her head, his heat fueling the tension gripping every muscle. Watching her eyes, Griall took his weight off her, eased to the side, claimed both her wrists in one large fist while she struggled to breathe, to calm, to think.

Slowly, his free hand traveled up, those clever fingers brushing over her lips, tracing a dark path over her neck.

She should have stopped him. She did not.

Dragonslayer Video


Learn more about Fiona and her books.

Order and Read Dragonslayer today

Comment on Fiona’s post to qualifty to win three books, including a download of DRAGONSLAYER this Friday.

Some Announcements
Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Hey there, how was your weekend? Mine was quiet, but productive.

Here we go again; the winner of last week’s Beth’s Book Give Away–Angela–did not claim her prize. Angela, I hope you’ll continue to visit and try to win. I know we all lead busy lives, which is why I loved Natasha’s fabulous tutorial (below) on how to use Google Reader over the weekend to help you track the blogs you love and the contests you have entered. Check it out if you haven’t already and show Natasha some love for her hard work.

I am very excited to say that I was lucky enough to get the most awesome, amazing, rocking video for my upcoming erotic contemporary/suspense, RELEASE, which comes out on Feb 2, 2009. Check out its debut here at my blog on Monday, Dec. 7, when I will also be giving away an ARC of RELEASE. :) (I’m so dang excited, both about this video, done by LEAF Book production–ever heard of it?–and for this book to come out, as well). I’m also looking forward to getting into the Christmas spririt next week–sexy Christmas spirit, of course–with the release of HOLIDAY BOUND from Samhain on Dec 1. I’ll be doing a special weekend giveaway of HOLIDAY BOUND over the weekend after the announcement of this week’s winner, so check it out.

On Friday, check out who has one the ROLLOVER prize of Moonlight and Mistletoe, Dirty and the book of the week….a download of good friend Fiona Jayde’s Novemeber release: Dragonslayer! Usually you qualifty to win Beth’s Book Give Away if you comment on any blog here during the week, but this week only, to comment to qualify to win THREE great books, please leave Fi a comment on her sexy, action packed new novella, Dragonslayer. Up next, a blurb and video (which Fiona did herself, of course; she’s a gifted artist in addition to being a talented writer).

Coming up: Dragonslayer

Something About You!
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Time to share something pretty. Check out Lea’s new sprout for friend Julie Jame’s upcoming book, Something About You.

Very nice job, Lea, and Julie, splendid cover. I’m thinking the sprouts for Something About You and Release would look pretty together with all the gray and pink. :)

Here’s a bit about Something About You

FATE HAS THROWN TWO SWORN ENEMIES. . .

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends in bloodshed. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and nearly ruining his career…

. . .INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…

A new cover and TWO books being given away this week!
Monday, November 16th, 2009

Happy Monday! First off, I’m sad to say that last week’s book–Moonlight and Mistletoe–was not claimed by the winner. As a result, this week, one lucky commenter will win BOTH Moonlight and Mistletoe and Dirty. (Now that’s an interesting combination of books, and even more interesting when you consider they both come from Harlequin lines)!! Remember, all you have to do is comment on my blog at least once this week, one entry per person, although you can comment as often as you like. The winner will be announced on Friday afternoon. To claim your prize, you need to write me at bethkery@aol.com over the weekend, or the book will roll over to the following week.

Next up–I finally got my cover for Holiday Bound!! Yee Haw! It comes out in two weeks from Samhain Publishing. If you’d like to know more, check out the link to the excerpt. So…what do you think?

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Show me what touched you, and win a copy of Megan Harts Dirty.
Friday, November 13th, 2009

I’ve long respected a story that isn’t just enthralling, but that really pulls at your heartstrings and makes you think about the vistas of life and your own potential.

This week, I’m going to try something different for the Beth’s Book of the Week Giveaway. I’ll give away a copy of talented author Megan Hart’s book, Dirty, to one person who comments along with a link to a video or short documentary to something that touched you. There’s no specifics here, it might be a music video, an old movie clip or a news documentary…anything, really, that moved you and you feel comfortable sharing. like this one I saw recently: (Page down to CNN video).

(Please note, that I reserve the right to delete any links that are not sent in the spirit of this post, or that potentially would offend a majority of the readers).

So…that’s the challenge, here’s the book if you choose to take it!

Dirty

I met him at the candy store. He turned around and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children’s candy store, mind you — this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss’s wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

I’ve been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears. Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.

The problem with wanting is that it’s like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. I don’t apologize for who I am or what I’ve done in — or out — of bed. I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven’t wanted anything else.

Until Dan. Until now.

Find out more about Megan and her books here.
Purchase Dirty here.

Hey all! The winner of Flat Out Sexy is,
Friday, November 6th, 2009

Quiltingwriter!
Quiltingwriter, send me message at bethkery@aol.com over the weekend with your addy! You are the unofficial winner until you claim your prize!
Congrats!

Next week, I’ll be giving away a fun Christmas/Holiday romance.

The Winner of Paradise Rules from my guest blog at Desert Island Keepers was
Friday, November 6th, 2009

Renee!!! Renee, just write me at bethkery@aol.com with your addy, and I’ll get off your book. :)

Thanks to Lea for having me over at Desert Island Keepers for all the fun and to all of you who stopped by! I had a really good time chatting with you. Oh…and Lea was nice enough to provide me with results of the poll on hero physical description…naked.

Chest Hair or No Hair 31 votes total

Hairy chest: 14 votes (45%)
Smooth Chest: 17 votes (54%)

“Equipment” Size 31 votes

Large Equipment: 5 votes (16%)
Perect Fit: 20 votes (64% )
Leave it up to my imagination: 6 votes (19%)

Physique 31 votes

Sleek and Sinewy: 18 votes (58%)
Muscle Bound: 13 (41%)

Privates Shaved or Au Natural 31 votes

Shaved: 7 votes (22%)
Au Natural:- 24 votes (77%)

Be sure to check my blog either this afternoon or over the weekend because I’ll be drawing a winner for Flat Out Sexy!

Last Day on the Island
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I hate the last day of vacations so I’m determined to make this one special. Come join the ladies at the island and myself and the menz. I need your vote for the physical qualities you prefer on your hero, and since I write erotic, some of the preferences you get to weigh in on are rather…intimate.



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