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Cover reveal: MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson


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I have known Megan via Twitter now for a while, and am delighted to share with you the cover from her upcoming NA romance. It sounds hot and funny--two of my very favourite things (besides Channing Tatum and cheesecake. Maybe they'll be in the next book in the series...?) Drumrooooll, please...


 
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec...who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
 
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back...
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To MAKE IT COUNT, Alec must learn messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


 

Chapter One excerpt


Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.
“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.
She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.
She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.
Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.
His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”
Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.
But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”
See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”
He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”
Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.
  

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MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

Find Megan on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website

Coming August 2014: VIOLETTA


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"May the best man sin."

My name is Hugo de Grint.

I'm the man in the expensive suit who steals your breath in the elevator. The banker. The one they call Filth in the boardrooms and bars. I am many questionable things, but a bad big brother is not one of them.

When Tomas wanted the manor we grew up in for his beautiful young wife-to-be? I said yes. When he wanted to remortgage to finance his ailing business? I said yes.

And then, days before they married, I met her.

Violetta, from nowhere. Like the sun shot her out and she landed next to me, wispy edges still smoking. I am her friend and confidante...but I ache to be more. Though I have run from my obsession, her skin haunts me.

I tell myself I am a good brother--as boys, I took on his horrors; as we grew, I took on his debts. But Tomas is too much like our father, and not the good husband he should be.

I can fight it no longer.

I am going to take his wife.

VIOLETTA is a dark and erotic contemporary romance, told from Hugo and Violetta's points of view.



TAINTED TOUCH is now available at Amazon, B&N and iTunes


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Amazon UK
B&N
iTunes
Add to GoodReads

Kobo will probably take about three centuries to upload it, but should you want a Kobo-compatible copy, you can buy one at Smashwords.  

Read the 5* review at Book Drunk Blog

Go forth and enjoy 366 pages of hot boxer awesomeness, complete with friends who use crap French, friends who wear mandigans, and roasted seagulls. Oh, and a 4000 word sex scene, just because you're all worth it. [L'Oreal hair swish]

Go on. He's looking at you...





Six days to go to TAINTED TOUCH


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"Every now and then, he says something that reminds me of smoke and punches and electric blue sparks..."

Another TAINTED TOUCH teaser...


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Thirteen days to TAINTED TOUCH...


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And oh, look at that. Come back on March 31st when TAINTED TOUCH releases, and you can even read the rest of it...


Favourite Reads


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I've been meaning to do this post for aaaaages. Today, I'd like to share with you some of my all-time favourite books.

I'm an eclectic reader. I love a bit of smut--especially the darker stuff--but I'm always skipping between genres. These books are part of the tapestry of my life, stories I always come back to. If you like my work, you might like some of these...and if you don't, you might like them anyway. Because they're awesome.


Jacqueline Carey's KUSHIEL series

My love affair for this alternate history/fantasy saga began on a plane to the Maldives, which is rather glamorous, hmm? I'd picked up the second book (unknowingly) at a store not long beforehand, and thought it would make an excellent companion for the thirteen hour flight due to its sheer size. And I was right.

Carey takes us to an alternate early Europe, and introduces us to Phedre, a courtesan "cursed" to find pleasure in pain. Her worldbuilding is intricate and intoxicating, and her characters are layered, shadowy beasts. The sheer scope of these books is breathtaking. Carey has built a global subculture around these books; she regularly shares fan art and fan tattoos on her Facebook page.

Start at the beginning with Kushiel's Avatar. (You may find the maps and huge dramatis personae intimidating--unless you're a George RR Martin fan, anyway. Press on. I promise, it's worth it).


Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Current romance trends have spawned a whole subgenre of books featuring abused heroines working through their issues by exploring both their sexual and emotional selves. This is one of the "originals"--first published in 2008--and it does not disappoint in its grit or brevity. If you've recently enjoyed The Siren by Tiffany Reisz or Unteachable by Leah Raeder, you should give this beautifully written novel a go.





The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Suzanne


This book is what Mad Men would be if it was all about the women. Set in the same era, it follows three young women on their individual paths to self-destruction. It is pulp fiction with fat spatterings of depressing realism, but I loved the characters all the same. A classic, and a thought-provoking read.









Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


I miss Crichton. I was probably more upset by his death than I was about Buffy being cancelled, which is quite the feat. I'm a sucker for contemporary sci fi thrillers, and Jurassic Park managed to be wonderfully escapist to boot. The book goes into a lot more scientific detail than the film, and I adore this kind of thing because I come away feeling like I've learned something.













The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith


I only read this one recently, but it's one of my favourite reads for a long time. A sci fi/fantasy romance featuring...a lizard dude. You may think this isn't sexy; you see my lurve for the raptors above, so I was already half gone before throwing myself into this. But still, I like to describe this book as Jacqueline Carey and Joss Whedon having babies. It's something of a slow burn, but the world-building is done so carefully and the characters are so engrossing that I loved stretching it out, really taking my time with it--it's the posh box of chocolates of the book world, even if one of them is lizard flavoured. Read it.




Curio by Cara McKenna


Hot French male prostitute book. I actually don't read a great deal of straight romance/erotica (I'm too cynical. Weep) but this is something else.

This is erotica at its most introspective and provocative. The heroine is smart and believable, and the hero is a beautifully wrapped enigma. I've read a few of McKenna's books, but this one really stands out for me in terms of originality.











BZRK & BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant


Contemporary sci fi thrillers about nanotechnology. Loads of blood and guts--those nanobots get "down in the meat," as the characters say. The series comes pretty damn close to the glory of Crichton, though Grant's voice has a blunt, wry edge. These books have crack-tastic plots and geeky characters soaked in various shades of grey, with a satisfying romantic subplot. I wish I could write stuff like this.