Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hot Summer Nights Blog Hop 7/18-7/22

It's certainly been a hot summer here in the States. Where I live, we're in a drought which has taken us almost to a state of emergency. So, how do you beat the heat when it's almost too hot to handle? By hopping with us in the Hot Summer Nights Blog Hop, of course. So, fill a frosty glass with your favorite icy cold beverage, kick back in your most comfortable lounge chair, and hop around to all the blogs on the hop for some cool prizes, some of which might be books that will turn up the temperature in your imaginary bedrooms as much as the weather is turning up the heat outside. And for you in the southern hemisphere, where winter has you in its grip, this hot blog hop is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy.

My contribution to turn up your temperature? Book two of my AKM series, Heart of the Warrior, has caused quite a stir with readers. HOTW, as I call it, is a M/M romance between two super sexy vampires named Severin and Arion, and even readers who don't normally like M/M have fallen in love with it. I receive so many compliments on how amazing, hot, and emotional this book was. Several readers have even told me the story brought them to tears (in a good way, of course). So, if you want a hot read, give Heart of the Warrior a try. It's available at:

Barnes & Noble
All Romance ebooks

My muse for Severin Bannon, or "Sev"

My muse for Arion Savakis, or "Ari"

Here's a Little Excerpt

As [Ari] rounded the corner, he sucked in his breath at the magnificent, beautiful male who greeted him. Sev was sitting on the bench, his face already turned toward him, his guarded eyes red and full of tears, his thumb poised against his sternum as if he had been rubbing it.
Sev slowly stood up. "Why are you here?"
Suddenly, everything Ari had wanted to say escaped him. Like a fleeing antelope, his words bounded away, leaving him only with his breath, his body, and the vision of Severin in front of him. And the scent of Sev's sweat. And the memory of Sev's mouth on his, their bodies perfectly matched and pressed together. All he could do was stare and remember how incredible Sev had felt against him and in his arms.
Without a word, Ari charged forward, grabbed Sev, and thrust him back against the metal lockers with a loud clang as he came nose-to-nose with Sev, his senses spiking to DEFCON 1 as he panted with arousal.
"I didn't want her." His voice growled low in his throat.
It took a moment for Sev to react, but he didn't fight him or try to pull away. On the contrary, his body seemed to light up with as much heat as Ari was feeling.
"What? What do you mean?" Sev blinked in confusion. Or maybe he was just dazed.
Arion’s grip on Sev's shoulders stayed firm as his gaze danced over Sev's face hungrily. "I didn’t want her." He spoke more softly this time. More reverently.
Sev licked his lips and it was all Ari could do to not lean in and quickly snag his tongue with his teeth.
"Who?" Sev said quietly.
Ari could tell Sev knew he was talking about Chloe, but he seemed wary, as if he couldn't believe he was hearing him right.
"Any of them. I didn't want any of them." Ari couldn't have made a truer statement, because not only had he not wanted Chloe, but he now knew that he had never wanted a single woman he had been with. He had never been more certain of anything than he was right now. He had never wanted any of those females.
Their noses touched as their gazes held and locked on to each other, and Ari could feel the warmth of Sev's breath on his own mouth. It made his stomach muscles quiver with excitement.
Sev's eyes searched his as he remained pressed against the lockers. "Who do you want, Ari?"  He kept his voice soft then held his breath, as if not daring to hope for the answer he wanted.
But he knew the answer. Ari could tell. He could see the realization dawning in Sev's blue eyes; the connections being made; the knowledge that what had happened six weeks ago hadn't been a fluke, an accident, or just some curious adventure. It had been real.
"You." Ari closed the last inch between them in an instant, fusing his lips to Sev's. Air pushed out their noses as they both moaned. It was as if they had both been holding their breath. And who knew? They probably had been.

For this hop, I will be giving away a free copy of my ebook, Heart of the Warrior, along with a $10 Amazon gift card. If you already own Heart of the Warrior, we can talk about an alternative prize. Please leave your email in your comment unless you want to check back on 7/23 for the winner. If I'm unable to contact the winner within 48 hours, I will re-draw.

Check out all the other blogs on the hop for more chances to win even more prizes:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. felt the emotion when I read that scene in the book & all over again while reading it above , makes me want to pull up the book & read the rest again (hot, hot) :)
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Thank you. HOTW was a very emotional story to write. So glad to hear from fans that they felt that emotion while reading it, too. :)

  2. I love to chill out on the porch with the breeze and a nice glass of win. Thanks for participating in the hop! emily joy drake at gmail dot com!

    1. Oooohhh, I love the front porch and breeze. *sigh*

  3. I'm currently reading book 1, can't wait to get to this book and see more of these two! I live in FL so the heat is crazy now, I stay indoors with the AC and alot of icy drinks. Love the pics too!

    1. I love pics, too, so I try to provide them on my posts for those visual creatures among us. And the eye candy just works. LOL.

  4. A large frozen fruity cocktail always helps me cool off!!! Your inspiration for Ari is delicious!! Thanks for the chance to win! raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

    1. I devoted a whole post to my Ari muse. Check out the Monday Muse link on the right hand side of my blog. You have to scroll back just a bit, but I doubt you'll mind. LOL. His name is Richie Nuzzolese, and I'm so glad you like him. He's gorgeous! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  6. To stay cool , I love to jump in a nice cool swimming pool or if at the beach in the ocean.

  7. This summer I'm cooling off with some frozen lemonade from Tim Horton's and getting hot with some nice hot reads!!!

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  8. hee hee hee you expect me to think after looking at your sev muse? ummm cool off, er... I use ice cubes of course:)

  9. I stay inside with the ac on
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  10. I stay inside to cool off or go swimming! Thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

  11. I stay cool swinging on my glider while I read. I own the book and loved it!

  12. I rub ice cubes down my neck and chest. lol Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. It's been so hot this summer, I haven't left the house
    rlawrence110 at yahoo dot com

  14. I stay inside and drink sweet tea! I know boring but it works!

    Thanks so much!

  15. I take a dip with my husband in the pool..


  16. Go swimming with my b/f in the evening or early morning :)

  17. I stay cool by staying indoors...sad but true...its so hot I haven't opened the curtains in a month! Lol...

  18. love to swim to stay cool!
    Thanks so much for the contest!!


  19. I stay inside with th A/C & read books


  20. Thank you so very much for the contest!! Loved the post!!


  21. pile up in from of the AC with next to nothing on
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  22. Reading in the A/C or in the backyard pool!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  23. Less clothing and a BIG margarita ;)
    Thanks for this great giveaway.

    chellesy.clay at gmail dot com

  24. I go swimming or stay in the A/C.
    Thank you for this giveaway!! =)

  25. Stay in the AC and use lots of ice.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  26. Either swimming or staying in the A/C. I also take lots of cool showers, especially after reading hot books, lol.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  27. i stay cool in house and then read and blg on the hop if i find them

  28. I like to go swimming in the pool or the beach.


  29. Thanks for the chance, I head down to the beach, I'm lucky enough to live in a mile away from the Gulf.

  30. I read a very steamy book and afterward take a shower with a toy. :)
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  31. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com