Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrating the 4th with Jill Shalvis, Rebecca York {+ Giveaways}

Welcome everyone to a grand celebration for the Fourth of July. I hope you’re having a great day and thanks for taking time out of your holiday to visit with the fabulous romance authors Jill Shalvis and Rebecca York on this special day.
Both authors have wonderful new releases and to celebrate they’re sharing excerpts and hosting awesome giveaways.

First, this is part of Release Week Blast for Jill, who is celebrating her quirky contemporary romance, THEN CAME YOU. She’s sharing an excerpt and hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway. The prize is a $50 gift card to an online e-tailer (open to anyone who signs up for the author's newsletter).

Next, this is also part of a Blitz for the action-packed romantic suspense, BETRAYED, by Rebecca. She is also sharing an excerpt and hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway. The prize is the Rockfort Files series book #1 and a $50 gift card to an online book e-tailer. More about both giveaways at the end of the post.

Jill Shalvis’ THEN CAME YOU

ThenCameYouHere’s a brief synopsis of THEN CAME YOU, An Animal Magnetism Novel Book #5 …..

      Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship.
     Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans... 

Book Information
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: July 1, 2014
ISBN: 9780425270172
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley

Emily sat on a fallen log and leaned back. When she was little, she’d loved to try to star watch. In LA, this was tricky because of all the city lights, not to mention smog. Doing it here, in the land of the big sky, was a whole new ball game. “I’m not lonely,” she said to the horse, who snorted again and swished his tail.

“Good. Cuz you’re not alone.”

Two long legs came into her peripheral. Wyatt crouched at her side and looked into her face.  “How are you?”

“Fine,” she said.

Nodding, he sat on the log at her side and leaned back, presumably to look at whatever she was looking at. “Pretty night.”

His hands were behind him, his shoulder and a part of his chest brushing her arm and shoulder. Actually it was more like he was encircling her within his arm span, which was considerable. It was a guy move, an alpha guy move, and it made her feel ... protected.

She was getting far too used to that, she thought with a sigh. “Where is everyone?”

“Gone,” he said, and there was an odd quality to his voice that had her taking a 
second look at him. He didn’t take his gaze off the sky so she got him in profile, the tousled hair, the fine lines crinkling the corners of his eyes from long days out in the sun, the square, scruffy jaw. A broad shoulder built to take on the weight of the world. 

He’d been working his ass off, here at Belle Haven, helping Dell take up the slack for the out-of-town Jade, and then going home and helping his sisters with the monstrous house they were fixing up. He did so much for everyone, and she found herself wanting to do something for him. Make him smile. Make him relax. Make him forget, even for a few minutes…  She nudged him with her shoulder.

He nudged her back and turned to look at her then, his eyes dark and unfathomable behind his glasses.

Chickening out, she turned her head this time, and stared up at the sky as he had been only a few seconds before.


When she didn’t tear her gaze off the stars, he leaned in and nipped her ear.

Sucking in a breath, she looked at him again. His was still dark, but there were things swirling in those dark depths now. Need. Heat.


He stole her breath. 

“Let the record state,” she said, reaching out to snatch off his glasses, “that I don’t always make the first move.”

He blinked in momentary confusion, and probably also because he could no longer see. He opened his mouth to say something, but she sank her fingers into his hair and kissed him, hard and long and deep.

“Emily,” he said when they broke for air, his voice rough and husky.
She climbed into his lap and then pushed him backwards off the log so that he fell to his back in the wild grass with her straddling him.

Laughing, he slid his hands beneath her top and up her back, drawing out a delicious shiver from her.  Then his hands slid slowly down her spine, and into the backs of her jeans.  “Let the record also state,” he said in a delicious growl. “Who made the rest of the moves.”

THEN CAME YOU is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and ITunes.


New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. 

Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
For more on Jill and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


Rebecca York’s BETRAYED

BetrayedCoverHere’s a brief synopsis of BETRAYED, a Rockfort Security Book #2 …..

      There is a spy in S&D systems who is leaking top-secret information that could lead to extreme disaster. It's up to Shane Gallagher to uncover the mole and set things right.
      Systems analyst Elena Reyes had no intention of stealing company secrets until her brother's life was threatened by the cruelest of mobsters. When Elena finally confesses her deeds to Shane, he's ready to do everything he can to keep her out of danger. But will Shane's help be enough to protect them, or will his good intentions leave them all for dead?

Book Information
Author: Rebecca York
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense



Elena had never thought about seducing a man. She wasn’t even sure of her moves. But she knew that Shane wanted her, even if he wasn’t prepared to admit it. She also knew he felt protective of her, which was probably part of the conflict he must be feeling.

Before he could come up with another objection, she cupped the back of his head with her hands and brought his face down as she raised her own head toward him.
She hadn’t been sure what would happen. Or perhaps she’d been afraid that he’d wrench himself away from her. But the danger must have affected his emotions as well as her own. When their lips met, it was as though someone had tossed a match into a pile of gasoline- soaked kindling. Invisible flames rose as heat flared between them.

She heard him growl her name and felt him gather her closer as he kissed her with purpose, running his hands up and down her back.

The heat coming off him made her dizzy. She should be afraid, but she kept kissing him, letting him feel all the passion that she’d held inside herself for so long.

Opening her lips, she invited him to explore her mouth, then did the same with him, absorbing his taste and the way the mouth-to-mouth contact sent shock waves to every part of her body. 

“You know that you’re playing with fire?” he asked. 

“I know what I want.”

“Then take off your clothes.”

Again, a dose of reality. Was she ready to get undressed in front of him? Or was she going to back away—the way he hoped she would.

She wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of scaring her off. Not because she was trying to score any points, but because what she wanted hadn’t changed, even if he was trying to make her take a step back.

She did step back, but only a few feet. She kept her gaze on him as she reached for the hem of the T-shirt and pulled it over her head, then let it drop on the floor so that she stood before him naked to the waist…

BETRAYED is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s writing has been compared to that of Dick Francis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maggie Shayne. 

Her award-winning books have been translated into twenty-two languages and optioned for film. A recipient of the RWA Centennial Award, she lives in Maryland near Washington, DC, which is often the setting of her romantic suspense novels.

For more on Rebecca and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.



The first giveaway is from Jill. The prize is a $50 gift card to an online e-tailer (open to anyone who signs up for the author's newsletter). To enter, just click on the first Rafflecopter widget and follow the instructions.

The second giveaway is from Rebecca. The prize is the Rockfort Files series book #1 and a $50 gift card to an online book e-tailer. To enter, just click on the second Rafflecopter widget and follow the instructions. The widgets may take a few seconds to load, please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and joining in the fun with Jill and Rebecca. My wish for you today is that where ever you are, you’re having a great time and enjoying your day whether you’re celebrating the holiday or not. Do you have a book lined up to read during the holiday weekend? Are you reading romance, mystery, crime fiction or some else?

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  1. Happy 4th of July, Mason! I love the Animal Magnetism series and I'm looking forward to reading the latest installment!

    1. Ingrid, Happy 4th of July to you and the girls. The Animal Magnetism series is a fun read, hope you enjoy the latest book.

  2. Jill and Rebecca, thanks again for joining us on this holiday and sharing a excerpt to your books. Wishing you both much success and a happy Fourth of July.

  3. Mason - Happy 4th! And thanks for featuring these books - romance from two different perspectives.

  4. ooh, some hot ones for the holidays!


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