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#DFRAT 2013 Winners Announced

Posted August 2, 2013 by Tracy in Giveaway Winners | 7 Comments

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in DFRAT 2013 – both the authors who were kind enough to be involved and offer giveaways, and to the bloggers who read about all of these wonderful books!  We love digital! 🙂

Here are the winners of the giveaways on Tracy’s Place:

The winner of Second Chance at Forever by Heather Lire:

Melissa T.

The winner of Dark Maiden by Lindsay Townsend:

Debra G.

The winner of one book from the backlist of Cynthia Sax:

Crystal N.

The winner of either Shanghaied or Bad Dog and the Babe (winners choice) by Cricket Starr:

April P.

The winner of The Patrician’s Fortune by Joan Kayse:

Crissy

The winners of the Tina Holland Giveaway:

Crissy – The Pilot and the Pinup
Joanne W. – Fireproof
ELF – Sexing Up The Spy
April P. – Buckin’ Chastity

The winner of the Swag Prize Pack offered by Elle James:

Tiffaney R.

The winners of Lucifer by Annabell Cadiz:

ELF
Jbst
Sarai

The winner of the prize pack of Two Are Better Than One and Carnal Coeds by Suzanne Rock:

Trix

The winner of How to Love by Kelly Jamieson:

Crystal C.

The winner of Archer, A Hard Body Novel by Debra Kayn:

Ellie H.

The winner of the Ellie Heller Giveaway:

Copy of A Matter of Fate: Denise V.
Swag Prize pack: Pearls InnerGoddess

The winner of Elite (Eagle Elite) by Rachel Van Dyken:

Joanne W.

The winners of Trapped Under Ice by M. J. Schiller:

Terri M.
JenM

The winner of Scent of Salvation (or a backlist title – winners choice) by Annie Nicholas:

Sarai

The winners of Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy:

KellyM
ELF
Joanne W.
Aurore

The winner of Rescuing Dawn by Nicole Flockton:

ELF

The winner of Under His Skin by Sidney Bristol:

Kris M.

The winner of A Slow Burning Fire by J.F. Jenkins:

JenM

The winners of The Front Porch Romance 25 Book Giveaway:

BookLady
Jeanne
Kristine
Anna
Mary
Elf
Angela
bn100
Briana
Evarista
Karin
Marina
Ashley
Donna
sarai
Kris
Elizabeth
Brenda
LSUReader
Aurore
Betty
Ashley
Lisa
Evarista
Janice

The winners of $10 Gift Certs to Front Porch Romance:

Crystal Broyles
Stephanie

The winner of The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups by Shannon MacLeod:

Jennifer M.

The winner of Seducing the Beast by Jayne Fresina:

ELF

The winner of Feudlings by Wendy Knight:

Jbst

The winner of The Derby Girl by Tamara Morgan:

JenM

The winner of Beacon of Love by Allie Boniface:

Joanne W.

The winners of of Vegas Knights by Marina Maddix:

Miranda
Crystal C.
Sara G.
Lisagk
Rita L.

The winner of Fix You by Mari Carr:

Susan D.

The winner of Watershed by Cd Brennan:

Crystal C.

The winner of Medium Well by Meg Benjamin:

JenM

The winners of Falling for Sarah by Cate Beauman:

ELF
Martha L.
Aurore

The winner of The Dungeon by Velvet:

Kris M.

The winner of Discovering Alicia and Training Randi by Tessie Bradford:

Joanne W.

The winner of the giveaways by Cynthia D’Alba:

Copy of Texas Two Step: The Prequel – ELF
Swag Pack – Joanne W.

The winner of Waiting Fate by W.B. Kinnette:

ELF

The winner of The Dimple of Doom by Lucy Woodhull:

Zinnat A.

The winner of Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon:

Martha L. 

The winner of the $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Cert for participating in DFRAT:

MarnieColette

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#DFRAT Winners Wrapup

Posted August 1, 2013 by Holly in Features, Giveaway Winners | 12 Comments

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The winner of Willing Sacrifice by Joey W. Hill:

flchen1

The winner of Her Gilded Prison by Beverley Oakley:

Kristine

The winner of Hired by Lily Harlem:

Melanie

The Winner of Jordan’s Battle by E.A. West:

bn100

The winner of A Touch of Lilly by Nina Pierce:

Maureen

The winner of Personal Assets by Kelsey Browning:

Amy R.

The winner of Her Knight in Black Leather by JM Stewart:

KrisM 

The winner of the Heather Gray Swag Pack:

Kimberly Mayberry

The winner of Mail Order Man by Heather Gray:

Jolene A.

The winner of Ten Million Reasons by Heather Gray:

Mari

The winner of Late for the Ball by Heather Gray:

Charlotte

The winner of The Full Set of Morgan O’Neill’s Italian Time Travel series:

Zrinka

The winner of Someday You’ll Laugh by Brenda Maxfield:

BookLady

The winner of Lover for Ransom by Debra Glass:

Rita Luken

The winner of Melting the Millionaire’s Heart by Linda Morris:

Evelyn

The winner of Fated Souls by Becky Flade:

Sarai

The winner of Jezebel by Koko Brown:

Joe Hawkshaw

The winner of The Bargain by Christine Feldman:

Amanda G.

The winner of Jack’s Dee-Light by Lacey Thorn:

Trix

The winner of Demon Chronichles: Serephin by Lacey Thorn:

Elf

The winner of Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts by Heather Massey:

Jess1

The winner of Worst Week Ever by Liza O’Connor:

Christy

JenM

TrishMC

The winner of The First Time Again by Barbara Meyers:

PatL

The winner of Horse Country by Christine Meunier:

Crystal

The winners of Diamond Dust by Vivian Arend (ARCs):

Nicole M
Nicole1000
Catherine

The winners of Hailey’s Truth by Cate Beuman:

Melanie
Maureen
ELF
bn100

The winner of Trio and How Beauty Saved the Beast and As You Wish by Bella Maurice:

Kimberly Mayberry
Lavender Lane
Emily

The winners of Counterfeit Countess by Lynne Connolly:

Charlotte
JenM
Willaful

The winner of Love and History by Cheryl Dragon:

Desiree

The winners of Love Simmering Spring by Elisabeth Barrett:

Trish
Jolene

The winner of Hawk Enslaved by Venetia Green:

Sarai

The winners of Spin by Bella Love:

Pamela
Crystal

The winner of Love at High Tide by Christi Barth:

Crystal
Jeanine

The winners of Heat of Passion by Elle Kennedy:

Charlotte
Jeanine
Maureen
Willa
Melanie
Kris
Jolene
Kate
bn100
Trix

The winners of Bittersweet by Laura Browning:

Pat L
Charlotte
Maureen

The winners of the Entranced Publishing Giveaway:

Pamela
Maureen
Jeanne
Kim
Maria

The winner of Hell’s End by Ally Blue:

Azteclady

The winners of Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend:

Kare
Aurore
Diane
BookLady
Elf
Nicola
Jess1
Gabby
Jeanne
Kristine

The winner of Immortal Duty and Immortal Kiss by J.K. Coi:

Jessi

The winner of A Simple Twist of Fate:

Jane

The winner of Mark of the Bear by N.J. Walters:

Shannon

The winners of The Front Porch Romance 25 Book Giveaway:

BookLady
Jeanne
Kristine
Anna
Mary
Elf
Angela
bn100
Briana
Evarista
Karin
Marina
Ashley
Donna
sarai
Kris
Elizabeth
Brenda
LSUReader
Aurore
Betty
Ashley
Lisa
Evarista
Janice

The winners of $10 Gift Certs to Front Porch Romance:

Crystal Broyles
Stephanie

The winner of the $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Cert for participating in DFRAT:

MarnieColette

BookClub

Book Club Giveaway

The winners of Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley:

Deborah
Lauren
Holly
Amy
BookLady
Natalia
Sarah
LSUReader
Elena
Pamela
Rachael
Kelly
Brianna
Emily
Kim

 

Congratulations! All winners have been emailed.

Thanks for all your support during this event. We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

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#DFRAT Excerpt and Giveaway: Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon

Posted July 31, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Book Four of The Holloway Series

Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy, blonde, who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers as tour guide and “bodyguard.”

After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She’s working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.

Even as Travis’s troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…

Excerpt:

The sound of tires against gravel grabbed Andie’s attention. A guy climbed out of the pickup. Through the rolled-down window she could make out a dark T-shirt and sandy brown hair. Then he shut the door and started toward her.

Damn. The heavens sure did shine on country boys. This one had a confident walk to match the could-lift-a-bus shoulders. Add in the faded blue jeans and skin that looked smooth enough to eat off of, and a woman could get a bit breathless.

She would have if he weren’t, like, twenty. Good grief, it was a wonder he could even grow that sexy scruff around his chin at his age.

Doing a little dip with her gaze, touring it all over him, made her feel like a dirty old woman even though she was right on the edge of thirty-five. Not that she was quite ready to look somewhere else. Not when the young hottie stopped right in front of her.

He was six-feet of hello-there-handsome. She ignored that and pretended to be a mature professional, though him looking like that didn’t make it easy. “Good afternoon.”

Up close, only a few feet away, she got a nice view. Green eyes, not dark or almost brown. A pale shade of green.

He smiled. “I’m looking for Andy Patterson.”

And he had one of those deep voices with a slight southern lilt. Man, he got sexier by the second. “You found her.”

His smile faltered. “Excuse me?”

The cute one seemed a bit slow. “I’m her.”

“Her?”

The conversation seemed stuck. She tried again. “You seem to like asking questions.”

“What?”

Well, that didn’t work. She thought the 38Ds would give him a hint, but she spelled it out anyway. “You’re looking for Andy with a ‘y’ but it’s Andie with an ‘ie’.”

“Ma’am?”

“You don’t need to call me ma’am.” Mostly because it made her feel ninety.

“Okay.”

The poor thing looked like he’d been hit with a big stick. “Andie as in Andrea, but no one ever calls me that. Well, not more than once.”

“Andie.”

“There you go.” He’d stopped frowning and making every response sound like a question. She decided that amounted to progress. Of a sort.

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#DFRAT Excerpt and Giveaway: The Dimple of Doom by Lucy Woodhull

Posted July 30, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 4 Comments

It may sound like common sense, but never hump an art thief. Turns out, Samantha Lytton’s Common-Sense-O-Meter is super duper broken.

Failed actress Samantha Lytton is getting along just fine in her lonely little life when a charming criminal called Sam or Nate or maybe even Richmond kisses her, square dances most provocatively, opens his not-so-wicked heart, and gets her in trouble with not one, but two international art theft rings as well as the LAPD.

She’s either gonna end up in jail or famous. Maybe both.

Along the way, she fights for her life and falls for this funny, sexy disaster of a man… and learns that finding happily-ever-after with yourself is the first step to real contentment. A cute dimple is just the second. 

THE DIMPLE OF DOOM
by Lucy Woodhull
Release from Total-E-Bound July 5; All outlets Aug. 2.

Setup: This is mid-chapter one. Our heroine, Samantha, has skipped out of the Steak on a Stick office Christmas party for a little secret nookie with her crush, Sam, from accounting. But there may be more to him than meets the eye.

I unlocked the door and tiptoed into the CEO’s well-appointed office. It smelled of leather furniture and large, ridiculous bonuses. I had been Oliver Taylor’s second assistant for over a year at Steak on a Stick, whose slogan read, ‘What doesn’t taste better on a stick!’ It wasn’t the best rhetorical question ever. I’d gone to school to learn how to act. Now every day I acted as if being a secretary at Steak on a Stick didn’t murder my soul one beefy bite at a time.

Sam hadn’t arrived yet. I planted myself on Oliver’s desk and turned off the negative voices in my head. After all, I wasn’t here to rehash my disastrous acting career—I was here to begin a disastrous affair.

I didn’t wait long. A couple of minutes later, he sauntered into the room, cool, collected, debonair. Ellen’s cock-blocking face filled my brain. I tried to conjure chaste thoughts—nuns, priests, naughty monks…hot priests listening to dirty confessions…

I wasn’t very good at chaste thoughts. Whoever it was who said that only men thought about sex all the time was dead wrong, or simply rubbish at picking up ladies.

Sam paused a moment in the dim light, then came towards me, slowly, almost prowling like a jungle cat. That was what romance novels always said the hero did and boy, did Sam panther with the best of them. Appropriate, for while my bodice hadn’t exactly been ripped, it had been stained thoroughly.

“Hello,” he said.

I jumped. The room had been so quiet. He threw me a cheeky smile that said he wasn’t sorry for making me jittery.

“I’ve never been in here before.” He ran his hand across the back of a sofa that probably cost more than my car.

The twinkling lights of downtown Los Angeles filtered in through the enormous executive windows, illuminating him in warm, sultry yellows—Hollywood’s modern version of candlelight. I slid off the desk and jutted out a curvy, come-hither hip. “Well, here is where it all goes down.”

“Where all what goes down?”

I shrugged. “I don’t know. I don’t care. I avoid thinking about my job any more than I have to as a tremendously dedicated professional.”

He laughed and said, “But he never sees people up here, right? That’s the scuttlebutt.” Sam’s eyes caressed every inch of the room instead of caressing every inch of me.

“Yes, that’s true, I guess. It’s a secret office,” I joked. He didn’t say anything. I glanced in the ornate wall mirror and floofed up my hair.

Sam made a slow circuit of the room while I almost jumped out of my skin. I ought to be the jumpee, not the jumper—why was he ignoring my obvious signals? My seduction techniques were rusty. Perhaps in true Tinseltown fashion I should have sent him a sex tape as a warm-up act.

“I heard there was a secret, secret room.” he said.

My heart tripped just enough to make me flustered. “How do you—?” Shit. A good assistant would have denied the secret, secret room. Truth be told, I was a competent, bored assistant at best. “I mean, what room?”

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#DFRAT Excerpt: Smolder by Graylin Fox

Posted July 30, 2013 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

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Check out Smolder by Graylin Fox

Clinical psychologist Ellie Quinn is starting a brand new job at a hospital in Savannah. She doesn’t expect the amorous attentions of quick-tempered ex-cop Owen Mata and handsome Russian surgeon Dmitri Komarnitskaia. But choosing between the two is soon the least of her worries. When she persuades a battered woman to leave her husband, Ellie finds herself the target of a sinister serial killer, and something about the case is making Owen increasingly unstable. Only with Dmitri does she feel safe, but if she can’t bring her psychological skills to bear to catch the killer, she won’t be the only one in danger.

Read an Excerpt of Smolder:

smolder_HiRes - smallThe alarm clock woke me up, but it didn’t have a way to remind me I had moved to a new home. So after I bumped into the first two walls, I found the light switch and headed to get cleaned up. After a long, hot shower and a huge mug of coffee, I was off to start my new job. The three-mile drive to the hospital took thirty-five minutes. You can’t call it a rush hour if no one is moving faster than twenty-five miles per hour. The parking deck was nearly empty, so I had plenty of room to pop the trunk and pull out the boxes I needed to take to my office. The offer of help that I barely heard with my head in the trunk registered enough for me to stop and turn around. Oh, my.

Damn, he’s gorgeous.

He stood a few feet away, yet I still had to look up to find his eyes. They were the deep blue of the ocean with gold flecks that made them sparkle even in the dim light of the parking deck. His black hair was smooth and perfectly placed except for one straggler that hung down just over his brow. I wanted to reach up and run my fingers through it. He had broad shoulders and stood confidently as I let my gaze linger over his strong, lean form. His smile indicated that he was enjoying the attention. The hand he held out to me was tipped with perfectly manicured nails. I saw no wedding ring on his left hand and was relieved. My knees were weak from the brief encounter and I wanted to know more about him.

“Thank you,” I replied. “I could use an extra pair of hands. But I’m not quite sure where I’m going just yet. I only know the hallway where my office is located.”
“It is next to mine.”

His sexy Russian accent was beautiful as he spoke softly, almost in a whisper. My body responded with longing I hadn’t felt in a year. I think I swayed toward him as he spoke.

“I’m Dr. Komarnitskaia,” he added.

“Nice to meet you. I’m Dr. Ellie Quinn. Psychology.”

We shook hands and his were smooth and strong. I felt breathless and weak-kneed. As someone who talks for a living I’m rarely out of words, but looking into his eyes I had trouble finding air or words and momentarily fumbled for my reply. The last time I’d felt like that had been in high school, when my crush had asked me to move out of the way at the lockers.

“I should warn you, I’ll mangle your last name.”

He smiled and my knees buckled. I leaned back against the car for support. Reaching behind me, I grabbed the edge of the trunk and tried to make it look intentional. His eyes sparkled in a way that told me he’d noticed, but he didn’t mention it.

Find out more about Graylin:

Graylin Fox is a multi-published author and poet. She began writing poetry in 1993 with her first poem published in 1995. In 2008, her characters demanded a larger format and she began to expand her talents into the short fiction market.

Decadent Publishing published her short story, Coming Home, in January 2011. In July of 2011 Decadent Publishing released Your Biggest Fan, a psychological thriller. Her series, Summer Fae, began with Contagion in April 2011. This series continued with Bloodlines, a novella in September 2012. The final installment of the series, The Legacy, will be out in 2013.

Her first full-length novel, Smolder, about a Hospital Psychologist who finds love while dodging a killer, released May 9, 2013.

She lives in a marsh off the eastern coast with plants that struggle to survive on her “happy muse” weeks and a tiny cat runs the place. Graylin can be found at GraylinFox.com and contacted at GraylinWrites@gmail.com.

 

 

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