Saturday, January 29, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Giveaway from Nalini Singh

Hey everyone,

This is the last post for Summer Lovin'. Nalini Singh has been kind enough to giveaway a signed copy of PLAY OF PASSION, the latest release in her Psy/Changeling series. 

In his position as tracker for the SnowDancer pack, it’s up to Drew Kincaid to rein in rogue changelings who have lost control of their animal halves—even if it means killing those who have gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite…and who threatens to enslave his wolf.
Lieutenant Indigo Riviere doesn’t easily allow skin privileges, especially of the sensual kind—and the last person she expects to find herself craving is the most wickedly playful male in the den. Everything she knows tells her to pull back before the flames burn them both to ash…but she hasn’t counted on Drew’s will.
Now, two of SnowDancer’s most stubborn wolves find themselves playing a hot, sexy game even as lethal danger stalks the very place they call home…

All you have to do win is leave five songs that you think would make a great playlist for summer. Don't forget to also leave your email.
All giveaways end Feb 2nd and all are International. (sorry, should have stated this on each post.)

My list is:
1. For Your Entertainment - Adam Lambert
2. We R Who We R - Ke$ha
3. Saturday Night - Jessica Mauboy ft. Ludacris
4. Raise You Glass - P!nk
5. Just Tonight - The Pretty Reckless

Monday, January 24, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Interview with Mel Teshco & giveaway

Welcome back to Strange Candy Reviews, Mel. It's great to have you here. Can you tell us about your books?
Thanks for having me again Jo-Anne, it's great to be here!
My books are a little dark and sensual, my characters a little bit 'out there' even in my contemporary stories. (I mostly focus on paranormal). I've written gargoyles (a series for Ellora's Cave) a vampire and dhampir (Harlequin Nocturne Bites) and werewolves (Ellora's Cave) as characters. In my contemps I've written about a stripper, and a bitter divorced woman. At present I'm writing and almost finished a trio of alien heroes and their earth woman (g) and another ms, a co-authored book about a psychic girl in and out of a mental hospital, and her brilliant doctor brother, trying to repress that same gift/curse. I have quite a few other's on the go too LOL!

Where would you want most to go for summer if money is not an object?

I'd LOVE to hire a car and explore Europe with some of my family, with no particular itinerary other than visiting where my grandparents lived in Germany, tasting the food in Italy and drinking wine in France *sigh*. That has been a dream of mine for a long time. Of course, I'd also love to explore the great open spaces of my own country, Australia has so much to see. 

Do you prefer the ocean or a pool?

I love the ocean, there's something peaceful yet powerful about the sea that draws me. Of course, I have my own pool, have always loved to swim laps and just generally muck around in the water. But definately the ocean =)

Where do you think Cray and Loretta(from Stone Cold Lover) would spend their summers?

I imagine Cray would take her into the mountains where he could take her in his arms and soar through the skies, sight unseen. (*sigh* so romantic!)

What's the best way to spend a summer day?

Relaxing with a bourbon and coke in the arvo, a family bbq and perhaps a swim. A few hours of uninterrupted reading or writing and then maybe watching a good movie. And perhaps a horse ride to top it all off.

Why do you think we love romance novels so much?

It's the escapism from our 9 - 5  jobs, the sometimes harshness of reality. And who doesn't love a Happily Ever After?

What’s your perfect summer date?

My husband buying me a Thai Beef Salad, (or pizza) sharing a couple of drinks and a laugh. 

Surfer Boy or Cute Lifeguard?

Ummmm.... Lifeguard. One who has a brilliant career when he's not volunteering at the beach (g)

Who are five people you would invite over for a BBQ?

My husband, my three daughters and my mum. But if my loved ones weren't allowed, it'd be Stephen King, J.R Ward, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and a barman LOL

Do you have a favourite romance author?

I love paranormal romance, so I guess J.R Ward would come under that category. Go the Black Dagger Brotherhood!

What summer food can’t you live without?

Where do I start??

If you could pick any three items that you could have when stranded on an island, what would those items be and why?

endless pen and paper (for that soon-to-be best seller once I'm rescued), lots of fresh water (perhaps a waterfall LoL) and an orchard

Which would you like better: A mojito by the pool with cabana boys or wine overlooking the ocean with your friends?

ah, what's a mojito?? (will have to google) so I guess it's wine overlooking the beach - hopefully sparkling wine!!

You can find out more about Mel and her books on her website.

Mel is giving away a copy of her next release, Moon Thrall to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is name your favourite romance author. Don't forget your email. Giveaway ends Feb 2nd.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Summer Lovin - Guest Post by Kayden McLeod & giveaway.

Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for having me here! It’s a pleasure.
My name is Kayden McLeod. I’m a paranormal author of various flavours; romance, erotica, science fiction and horror. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, where a majority of my books are placed. My most recent novels are the last two in the Cornwall Coven Trilogy, Carnal Magnetism that was just released January 15th 2011, and Demonic Pandemonium, due to be released January 29th 2011

To find out more about my books, this is my website:
It’s January, and where I live is cold and either raining or snowing for a long time yet. I wish for the warmth of the sun on my face, or the Pacific Ocean breeze to float past me, and not feel like I am covered in icicles.
Fortunately, even during in the wintry weather, I can still write about the summer season. Vampires love summer! Well, mine do.
The Cornwall Coven is quite content to be out and about during the summer. They have barbeques and days at the beach…when they’re not hunting or being hunted by Rogues out to destroy their lives.
Here is an excerpt about some of the members in the Cornwall Coven Trilogy, having fun in the sun at an amusement park in Vancouver, Playland:

From: The Cornwall Coven, Book Three, Demonic Pandemonium
To be released January 29th from Silver Publishing
So, Pandora, how’d you meet Kev?” Kelly asked in a way that sent up an immediate red flag.
He spilled coffee on my arm.”
Not two seconds later, Marcus laughed, smacking Kev on the shoulder.
And you’re worried I would offend her? I haven’t scalded her,” Marcus needled. Kev just smirked in my general direction when I turned to look at him.
He’s just clumsy,” I defended.
That’s the funny part. Kevlar is the least clumsy person I know,” Kelly emphasised with her brow furrowed.
Kev gently pulled on my hair, and I turned to see him smiling down at me, the sunlight making his blue eyes shine. Staring at his lips, I speculated again what he would taste like. I loved the masculine way he smelled.
Massive, colourful stuffed-animals stood like sentry walls on either side of us, a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic tunnel that stretched ahead of us under a long overhang.
Oh! I love this.” Kelly turned abruptly to walk up to a game. With this one, well over a hundred balloons stuck to a sheet of particleboard, and you threw darts at them to win. When she paid the man for five darts, the men groaned. It was obviously not a favourite past time for them.
This is so easy, it’s almost unfair.” Matthew laughed.
Yes, it is.” Marcus sighed.
Have you ever played this game?” Kev’s hand pressed on my back, as he stood closer.
Of course, have you?” I countered, and tried not to stutter when he leaned into me.
You have to slow your heart-rate down. It’s jumping all over the place.”
You can hear that?”
I have exceptional hearing,” Kev said. “So, are you any good at this game? I have played it a lot, which, by the way, I always win.”
Always?” I rolled my eyes at the obvious maleness of this moment.
Marcus snickered behind us. When his hand flicked, he threw a perfect arc that popped the balloon in a sudden burst. He made it look too easy.
Oh, yes,” Kev purred with self-satisfaction. For some obscure reason, I liked the sound of it. The overconfidence that drove me nuts in others intrigued me in him. “Always.”
I even felt amused, and possibly even, a tiny bit challenged. Not to outdo him really—oh no, I already knew I could do that. I wasn’t a girl who needed to prove herself. Just to screw with him.
Then throw, Kev. Let’s watch you win.” I stepped well inside of his personal space.
Yet the closer I got, the more pronounced his effect on me became. I’d stopped, inadvertently allowing my breast to brush his arm. But I didn’t take much notice of it. My attention was all for him.
Do you really believe that, Kevlar?” I asked in a breathy voice just as his arm snapped back. His eyes widened dramatically, and I knew before he’d even finished the movement that it would’ve been a perfect throw. Had I not interfered.
The dart left his finger…
And he missed. It was nice to know the relentless attraction went both ways, and not just on my side.
Marcus stared at the misplaced dart and then back at me, absolutely stupefied. I believed if he continued for long, his face would stay like that permanently.
I missed,” Kev said, appalled with himself.
And it was freakin’ awesome!
Kelly laughed again, a light tinkling of sound, pleasant to the ears; a purity not heard often outside of small, not-yet-jaded, children.
It would certainly appear so.” Marcus’s expression became unreadable. The way he watched me was indescribable, like he had just realized something huge about me. And I had no idea what it was.
Oh, big deal,” Kelly muttered to him. “So she’s hard to read. Some people are just like that.”
I had the feeling she was trying to smooth something over. What was their problem? Did the big he-man get upset when he lost?
Too bad.
I laughed out loud, not able to help myself this time. There must be some pretty solid ground to Kev’s ego, if his friend’s appearances testified to anything.
Umm, sorry,” I replied, sharing a mischievous glance with Kelly. But the men just looked at us like we had lost our minds.
Bah! This was just too much fun.

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For more information on Carnal Magnetism and Demonic Pandemonium, and where to buy them:
You can see the trailer for the Cornwall Coven Trilogy here:
Happy Reading…
Kayden McLeod

Kayden is giving away a copy of Deadly Fetishes, the first book in the Cornwall Coven series, to one random commenter. Please don't forget to leave your email.
You can read my review here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Summer Lovin - Guest post by Erica Hayes & giveaway

Thanks to Jo-Anne for inviting me to Strange Candy! As I write this it's sheeting down with rain – we’ve had a very wet summer so far in the eastern states of Australia, when we're used to the weather being hot and dry. Strange candy indeed

But I love to write stories set in summer. My Shadowfae Chronicles urban fantasy series is set during the scorching heights of a Melbourne summer: hot and dry, with the odd ear-splitting thunderstorm that creeps out of nowhere.

Melbourne's renowned for miserable winters and four seasons in a day, yet it always seems to be summer in the Shadowfae world. Why? Well, firstly, I love writing about heat. It's alive and sexy, and my books are packed with shimmering heat hazes, searing air that parches your throat, and the scents of stormy ozone and skin and sweat. Ruled by a demon lord, the Melbourne of Shadowfae is at times eerily like hell.

Heat is edgy and provocative, too – it frustrates people, drives them mad, pushes them over the edge into unreason. When you're fighting for your life, your body heats up. You sweat and shiver and breathe hard. Fear and sexual arousal are alike for a reason: your body's worked up to cope with extremes. And that's what we want, in a good hot romance – our characters pushed to the edge, or sometimes over it, to obtain their heart's desire.

Want to wind up the tension for your heroine and hero? Arc up the heat, and let their world burn. In my book POISON KISSED, the hero, Joey, is a shapeshifting gangster who loathes his animal (ahem, make that reptile) shape so desperately, he always wears clothing that covers him as completely as he can, just in case. But when the story opens, it's so damn hot that even he can't bear it. The summer strips him of his armour. Makes him vulnerable. Joey and vulnerable don't play well together, especially when the sexy banshee enforcer he lusts after gets too close…

Anyone seen the movie Summer of Sam? How about Predator 2? Or The Chronicles of Riddick, set on the prison planet Crematoria? Tension much? Heat is the climate of fever and fear. So a long hot summer is the perfect atmosphere for a dark, sexy, gritty paranormal series.

It's also a really good excuse for characters to swan around with hardly any clothes on. Shirtless boys, ahoy. Wet hair, muscles slick with sweat… Okay, I'm sold. Come to think of it, I shouldn't be surprised if it's always summer in the Shadowfae world. Even in July.

You can find out more about Erica and her books on her website & facebook.

Book 4 in the Shadowfae Chronicles, Blood Cursed is out August 2nd 2011!

Now for the giveaway. Just fill out the form below to win either a copy of Poison Kissed or both Shadowfae & Shadowglass. Winners choice. Giveaway ends Feb 2nd. 
The question you have to answer is: If you could spend a summer romance with anyone (fictional or otherwise) who would it be and why?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Guest post by Cynthia Eden & giveaway


Hi, everyone! It’s great to be here at Strange Candy Reviews—and I’m excited to be blogging about two of my favorite things: summer and romance.

Ah, summer…those long lazy days. Hot days. Days that should be spent reading romance novels. What? Come on—the summer is perfect for book time! I love carrying a book with me to the beach. Sand between my toes and a book in my hand. Heaven! Without a romance novel at the beach, I’d just be lost. Lost!
Since I live in the South, my summers are particularly HOT. I love reading about summer time books set
in the South because authors usually feel like the extreme heat means the characters won’t get to wear much in the way of clothing. Less clothing equals…well, I’m sure you can imagine. I think John Travolta said it best when he sang, “Summer lovin’ had me a blast…”

Nothing like those hot days and even hotter nights. Definitely blast indicating time in romance land.

I always race to the beach at the first sign of summer. Sure, it’s usually just early March, but I still go. And signs of romance can be found all around. Maybe it’s the ocean, maybe it’s the bikinis and swim trunks—folks just seem to be in a hand-holding mood. Romance. You can feel it everywhere.

Do you have a favorite summer romance memory? Please share it with me. One commenter will win a copy of DEADLY HEAT, the second book in my Deadly romantic suspense series. In DEADLY HEAT, FBI Agent Kenton Lake must join forces with fire fighter Lora Spade in order to stop a serial arsonist. Yep, as you can imagine, things get hot.  As hot as a southern summer.

Thanks for checking out my post!

Best wishes,

Cynthia Eden

She wants revenge . . .
Six months after her lover died in an arsonist’s blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI’s elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned – not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.
He wants her . . .
Kenton’s interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can’t get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case – and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can’t hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer’s sadistic, fiery game.
A vicious killer wants only . . .

DEADLY HEAT—Available 1/25/11

She wants to hide the past…
FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn’t fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger.
He needs to uncover the truth
One night isn’t enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniable—until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn’t who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of blood-thirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.
As a merciless criminal spins a web of . . .

DEADLY LIES—Available 3/1/11

Remember to leave a comment with a favourite summer romance memory to win a copy Deadly Heat! Please  leave your email so I can forward it to Cynthia if you win. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review: Deadly Fetishes by Kayden McLeod

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Publisher: Eternal Press (February 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037HOHAC

Purchase Information

Kelly needs to get herself a fetish. A newly-converted vampire, she’s quiet, conservative, and prone to panic attacks. When her friend drags her to a vampire fetish club, she meets Marcus, a walking manual on sexual pleasure. Marcus is captivating and dangerous and knows exactly what he wants. With a single-minded purpose, he scoops Kelly up from her abnormal, disillusioned life and shows her the pleasures of immortality. His obsession with her body knows no limits, and her desire only burns hotter every time he touches her. She drives him insane with the blinding need to hear her scream his name with absolute abandon. Marcus shows her the true world of vampires, which is more magical than Kelly had ever dreamed.

Deadly Fetishes by Kayden McLeod is one dirty, smutty read. I loved it. Kelly and her best friend Sara are in Vancouver to escape horrors they both endured in their small country town. Kelly is quite shy and introverted and also a newly made vampire, while Sara is the extroverted one, and Kelly‘s maker. They’re a fetish club looking for an easy meal, when Kelly meets Marcus. He’s all alpha male vampire and knows more about sex than Kelly could dream. 

There is, of course, plenty of sex, but also an intriguing storyline with a nasty vampire from the girls past hell bent on taking them back. Deadly fetishes is full of sexy vampires who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go and get it. The two heroine’s are strong in their own rights, each playing off the others weaknesses. The host of other characters help carry the story, with a few other males I can’t wait to read more about. The story line kept me glued to my laptop, reading as quickly as I could to find out what happened next. If you wThant a fast, sexy, thrilling read then I suggest you grab Deadly Fetishes. It did not disappoint. I give it 3.75/5
This book was provided by the author.

Don't forget to enter the Summer Lovin' giveaways for Jessica Andersen, Shannon K. Butcher, Eve Silver, Lila DiPasqua & Christina Phillips. These lovely ladies are giving away some awesome books!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Guest post by Christina Phillips & giveaway

Thank you, Jo-Anne, for having me at Strange Candy Reviews today as part of your Summer Lovin’ celebrations! I thought I’d chat about my ancient historical romances set during the first century AD, during the early years of the Roman occupation of Britain, featuring sexy warrior heroes and magical druid heroines

In the world of Forbidden, my Druids worship the goddess culture and magic is interwoven into their everyday lives. But with the invasion of the Romans their entire way of life is in danger of vanishing forever.

Between a warrior and a princess comes an erotic passion as all-consuming as the hatred between their warring worlds…

Forbidden is set in AD 50 Britannia. My heroine, Carys, is a Druid princess and acolyte of the Goddess of Wisdom, Cerridwen. As the Roman Legions sweep through her beloved land, she and the rest of her clan escape into a magical enclave and are waiting for a sign from their gods before they attack their enemy. They were only supposed to remain there for a short time to rebuild their defences, but their High Druid has other plans.

My hero, Maximus, is a Roman Centurion, a patrician and loyal to his Emperor and Rome. When he discovers Carys spying on his bathing ritual (a scene I quite enjoyed writing!!!) he’s instantly captivated. Who is this woman, and why hasn’t she been seen in any of the villages the Legion has vanquished?

Maximus has been charged by his Emperor to eliminate all Druids. And Carys has sworn to rid her land of the barbarous invaders. Yet despite everything that conspires against them they are irresistibly drawn to each other.

Trained in sensuality, a Druid priestess finds herself falling for the wrong man—the warrior who’s taken her prisoner…

Captive begins six months after Forbidden ends. The heroine, Morwyn, is not only recovering from the realization that the man she once loved brutally betrayed his own people, but has also turned her back on her Druidic heritage. She sets off to join the rebels fighting the Roman invaders but is ambushed and captured by a tough Gaul mercenary.

The hero, Bren, is haunted by his violent past and far from being Morwyn’s bitterest enemy as she imagines, has been undercover in the Roman Legions for the last three years. The problem is he can’t tell Morwyn the truth, because the truth could get them both killed.

Romantic Times BOOK Review

Phillips’ second in the Forbidden series is just as hot as its predecessor. Readers will be held Captive by the magic between Druid priestess Morwyn and Bren.

Forbidden: ~ Out Now

Excerpt: Over 18s Only, please!

Captive: ~ 1st February 2011

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I’d love to give away a copy of either Forbidden or Captive to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment on this post or answer this question – why are alpha warrior heroes so hot? 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Guest post by Lila DiPasqua & giveaway

Fairy tales are one thing…but Fiery Tales are quite another! by Lila DiPasqua

Thanks so much for having me!

For those of you who don’t know me, I write wicked & witty a historical romance for Penguin/Berkley.

And I’m the odd one on the block.

Yes, it’s true! When other new authors have landed on the scene with historical romances set in England or Scotland—I picked 17th century France.

Why, Lila?” you ask? Well, it’s because my Fiery Tales series is about…well, fairy tales. Retellings of three classic fairy tales in each book, to be exact. Yes, you get three sinfully seductive rakes inside each novel—–both AWAKENED BY A KISS (out now) and my newest release, THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED!

I know what you’re thinking; that doesn’t explain the setting. Seventeenth century France? Really?

Yes, really. Here’s why. I love history. I love Regency England, and I love fairy tales. How do these connect? Allow me to explain.

Long before the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, 17th century French lawyer/writer Charles Perrault did something no one had done before. He was the first to write down folklore and add morals to his stories—stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Bluebeard, to name a few. He was the creator of THE TALES OF MOTHER GOOSE!

At first, his stories were frowned upon. Especially by those who attended those renowned 17th c. salons of Parisplaces of enlightenment, hosted by the women of the upper class, where the aristocracy and the literati (poets, dramatists, grammarians) gathered to discuss and debate history, religion, politics and literature. After all, these tales had been popular with the illiterate. The intellectually and socially elite felt it was beneath them to acknowledge Perrault’s fairy tales.

But fairy tales have an appeal and magic of their very own. They’re wonderful, timeless and rather irresistible (sort of like the rakes in AWAKENED BY A KISS and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED *winks*).

In short order, the genre of fairy tales took off and soon became a highly fashionable subject of conversation at every salon in the city.

But just what was Perrault’s world like? Well now, it was just as refined as Regency England. I kid you not! Full of decadence, you had distinguished lords and lovely ladies who lived in city mansions and sprawling palatial country estates. There were spectacular ballrooms and elaborate masquerade balls. Theater—and plenty of scandalous behavior. All those elements you love about the Regency period are found in the time and place when the genre of fairy tales was born!

But, Lila, will I really be able to connect with this different time period?” Of course! THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, has “strong- minded heroines you can relate to” and “breathtaking carnally gifted male leads”. (Fresh Fiction)

I’ve written something that will feel familiar to historical romance readers, yet at the same time offer them something different and fresh! Dare to step into the world of fairy tales? Be prepared to be scandalized!

Once upon a wicked time. . . I hope you enjoy these fun, sensual stories.

Oh, and watch for my first full-length Fiery TaleA MIDNIGHT DANCE—out August, 2011!! A sexy retelling of Cinderella, as it’s never been done before!

Berkley (Sensation)
ISBN: 978-0425241981
Historical Romance/Aug. 2011

Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince...and make him pay.

Matching wits and wiles with a man of Jules de Moutier's seductive skill is not as easy as Sabine Laurent supposed. Soon, she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince...

Read an excerpt of THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED –

Read an excerpt of AWAKENED BY A KISS—

About the Author:

Lila DiPasqua writes wicked & witty historical romance for Penguin/Berkley. She lives with her real-life hero husband and three children and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after. She loves history and enjoys traveling. She has been to four continents so far. Her novels, AWAKENED BY A KISS, and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED are featured in Doubleday as well as Rhapsody Book Clubs. To learn more about Lila and her books, visit

You can also find Lila on:

QUESTION: Name me something you recently read in a romance novel you felt was different.

One random commenter will win a copy of AWAKENED BY A KISS or THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED. Winner’s choice.