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New Release, Review and Giveaway: Fire Lust, by R.E. Hargrave

Title: Fire Lust by R.E. Hargrave
Cover Design by: J.C. Clarke (c) Grafix Momma
Genre: Fantasy / Bi-Sexual Erotica / Short Story
Length: 86 pages (~13k words)
Price on Amazon: Kindle $0.99 , Paperback $5.50 , FREE with Kindle Unlimited
CONTENT WARNING:
***Contains explicit adult content meant for mature readers 18+,
including graphic sexual situations and recreational drug use.***
Summary
Heather Marsden and Cody Stevens have been an item since their first year of high school. With their future planned and their college graduation within reach, Cody gets devastating news from his doctor. Heather must now cope with the knowledge that she might lose the man who was supposed to be her forever.
While trying to come up with a grand final birthday surprise for him, Heather ends up befriending the new girl in town. Suzanne Cross lives a hippie life full of color and extravagance, seemingly without a care in the world. In truth, she’s all alone and hides a secret.
Heather’s new friend is something more than human, but how far will she be willing to go to save Cody? Just how much faith in “love” can she muster?
 
EXCERPT
A few minutes into class, the door opened and a tall, dark-haired beauty rushed in, apologizing to the teacher with an innocent smile. The girl rushed across the room and slid into the seat right in front of Suzanne, who found herself staring and not caring one bit that she was. The purple aura around the newcomer was comforting . . . welcoming.
With a soft sigh, the girl dropped her bag before rummaging around in it for something. She finally found what she’d been after—a hairpiece—and as she straightened up and twisted the satiny lengths of her onyx hair into a messy bun, Suzanne was hit with a wave of sweet scent.
The smell reminded her of the beach—coconuts and limes. Surprisingly, she found herself leaning forward to try and sniff the girl who chose that moment to turn around, her pretty brown eyes widening at Suzanne’s proximity.
“Oh, sorry. Didn’t mean to startle you,” she whispered and though her voice shook, she pressed on. “Hi, I’m Suzanne Cross. I just transferred here and well, I’m having a party on Friday to try to get to know some people . . .” The words rambled out while she pushed a flyer toward the girl, trying to cover her inappropriate sniffing. What the hell? Suzanne didn’t do girls, but something about this girl was calling to her.
The girl didn’t grunt. She didn’t give Suzanne a noncommittal nod either. Instead, she took the flyer, looked it over, and then looked up at Suzanne with a brilliant smile.
She couldn’t help thinking how very beautiful the girl was and her head was having a hard time wrapping around that.
“Nice to meet you, Suzanne,” she whispered back. Her breath was tinted with a minty scent. “I’m Heather. This sounds great, but I need to check my calendar. I might have something going on,” she said politely before turning back around to pay attention to the history professor.
Suzanne had to give the girl credit for at least being amiable. She was the first person to speak to her all day—even if it had been a tactful dismissal. It hadn’t escaped Suzanne’s notice that most of the invitations she’d distributed throughout the day were left behind on seats, or even blatantly wadded up and tossed in the trash when people left the classrooms.
Class ended an hour later, and Suzanne was beyond ready to get home and light up. There was a shitload of homework to tackle, but it could wait a little bit until she’d mellowed. She was gathering her things when Suzanne felt a tap on her shoulder. Looking up, she was met with Heather’s sweet face.
“Hey, Suzanne, I just wanted to ask, if I can make it, is it okay if I bring my boyfriend? Friday’s his birthday and it would be awful of me to ditch him.” Heather let out a cute giggle, and she found herself smiling despite the absurdity of her reaction.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter, and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of music. A native ‘mutt,’ Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal to the erotic—on location in South Carolina and Texas, but it’s anybody’s guess as to what the genre will be!
 
Current titles on Amazon:
Anthologies
The Crazy Lady Authors Present: Treasured Moments
Novellas
Sugar & Spice
Haunted Raine
Unchained Melody (ebook only)
The Food Critic
Fire Lust
Novels
To Serve is Divine (Bk 1 of The Divine Trilogy)
A Divine Life (Bk 2 of The Divine Trilogy)
Surreal (Bk 3 of The Divine Trilogy) — 2015 Golden Flogger Award Nominee
Coming Soon
 
 
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My Review
The last birthday present he will ever receive is life itself. What a wonderful twist on a paranormal theme while keeping the storyline smooth and real! I’m coming to think R.E. Hargrave can write nothing wrong. Highly recommended.
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Book Reviews, Guest Posts

 

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It’s Official – It’s Happening!

Trial RunTrial Run will be out November 12th!

(mark it in your calendars)

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“Trust me, he says. You’ll be safe with me, he says.”

Amelie Watts is sick and tired of being treated like a child. She might be willowy and delicate, but she has strength of the kind that doesn’t show on the outside. Plus, she learned all she needed to know so she could cope on her own. Now, if only her big brother would finally release her inheritance! She would fly to the Bahamas and kiss the backwater she grew up in goodbye.

Jason Watts is fed up with picking up the pieces of his little sister’s life. If only she would grow up already and learn to live life without stabilizers! Her latest idea is insane, and bound to be her most enormous failure to date. But how to make her understand?

Enter Rob Tyson, incorrigible bachelor and Jason’s best friend. For a laugh, they make a bet. Two people, a hastily acquired boat, and a tropical paradise. What could possibly go wrong?

Trial Run

And because I love you very very much, here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite. Jason took Rob along to rescue Amelie from a dubious tattoo parlor, and they were almost too late.

Rob watched as Amelie launched herself at her brother, oblivious of her nakedness or any danger to which she may be exposing herself. He took two strides toward them, then stopped, hesitating. What now? Should he simply grab her and pull her away? She didn’t have a stitch of clothing on. How would she react to his hands on her body? More to the point, how would Jason react to his best friend brazenly manhandling his sister?

Amelie took that decision out of his hands when she collapsed to the floor. Her knees buckled and she slid slowly down, deflated, like a punctured balloon.

He rushed to help Jason then, sliding an arm behind her back and pulling her face around with his free hand to look at her eyes.

It only took a glance at her pupils to work it out.

“Roofies!”

Jason nodded in agreement. “Still think I’m overreacting?”

Rob didn’t bother answering. “She’s not completely out yet. We need to get it out of her system quick.”

“We need salt and warm water.”

“Not enough time. Can you think of something else?”

“Just trigger her gag reflex.”

Rob frowned. “I’ll hold her up.” He shifted his grip so Amelie was in a better position, making sure he didn’t touch her in any inappropriate places. Still, he was all man, and the ugly duckling he used to know had transformed into a swan over the last ten years. There was no escaping the heat coursing through his body when he propped her naked, plump behind against his leg and bent her over his arm, holding her mass of chestnut hair back with his other hand.

When she was done, Jason grabbed some paper off the roll used to cover the tattooist’s cot and wrapped it as best he could around his sister. She fought and mumbled incoherent slurred words at the discomfort, but soon passed out. Rob hoisted her up in his arms and followed Jason back out to the car.

He sat in the back with Amelie on his lap, his eyes skimming over her body, as Jason drove back almost as fast as before. The paper roll couldn’t disguise the curvature of her hip, the curl of her calf, her slender ankles… Lips pressed together, Rob stared at her child-like face, wondering what he would do if she’d been his sister, instead of Jason’s. What was she thinking of? Why would she be so careless about her own safety? Did she enjoy getting in trouble? Did she expect, perhaps, that her brother would swoop in and rescue her every time?

No matter how pretty she was, or how delectable her body had become – and he was definitely not staring at the shape her nipple rings etched into the paper covering – if she’d been his sister he would have bent her across his knees and tanned that pert behind until it glowed. This princess syndrome she seemed to indulge in had to be stopped before it got out of control. One day her prince charming would fail to appear, and then what? Knocking sense into her by whatever means necessary, now, would be the best course of action, for her own good.

Rob carried Amelie into the house and laid her carefully in her bed, then stood back as Jason ripped the paper from around her and pulled a sheet over her naked body. Again, he didn’t look at her nipples, so he couldn’t explain how he’d noticed the ring on the left had flipped up and over the top, begging to be straightened, and he most certainly hadn’t caught a glimpse of the ice blue stone of her clit dangle, the exact same color as her eyes.

He turned and walked out the door before he failed to notice more things about Amelie that made his blood heat up and race around his body. She was no more than a spoilt brat who needed firm handling if she was going to make it past her twenty-second birthday alive.

Trial Run

 

This is book two of four standalones in this collection. Genre: romantic suspense. Not Juliet (novella length of 40,000 words approximately) is out now and retailing at 99 cents. Trial Run (full novel at over 60,000 words) is set at $1.99. It also contains bonus material not available anywhere else. Those hawt and juicy cut scenes will stay exclusive to the Trial Run e-book and paperback. Next on the list and this year’s NaNoWriMo project is book three, Safe Haven, which should be ready for release before Christmas. Wish me luck.

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Book Reviews, News

 

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Do you believe in love at first sight? NOT JULIET is Live!

And it’s live! You’ll have figured by now that I haven’t just abandoned this blog for no reason. I’m not making excuses for abandoning the blog, but there was a reason!

My experimental project, a first in so many ways for me, NOT JULIET is live and for a limited period on a promotional price of only 99c.

Here are the blurb, cover and links.

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Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy.

The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth.

After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

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Amazon UK, Amazon US, Smashwords (you’ll need this code for the promo price: XD79Y)

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And some of the tags, to give you an idea of what’s within the pages: action, romance, romantic suspense, happily ever after, erotic, princess, Italy, England, Rome, Tuscany, Florence, sunshine, Romany, young first love, sweet, love at first sight, Jacuzzi, pool, lost love, heartbreak, helicopter crash, gangmaster, betrayal, escape, strong heroine, attractive hero, shooting, arson, weapons, second chance, reunion, battle, gypsy, king, conflict, tension.

Tempted yet?

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The good news is that writing it was so enjoyable, I’ve decided to create a collection, and if you look at the Addicted To Love Romance Collection page, you can have a sneak peek at the next three titles (which I will somehow have to wrestle out this year. Having met one deadline, I am hopeful).

If you’d like a complimentary copy in exchange for a review, I’m sure that could be arranged. Let me know in a comment below.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in News

 

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2014 Plans

In case you’re confused, the number in the title signifies the year, not the number of my projects. Just thought I’d make that one clear. Phew. Now, let’s get on with the show!

You know I’ve edited a lot last year, and as a consequence I only managed two new books, Eternal Immortality (co-written with Kristie Haigwood) and Blood is Power, the second in the Hunter trilogy. Even so, my collection doesn’t look too bad:

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Despite the fact that my ‘booked’ editing projects now stretch to the end of May, I didn’t think my book banner was anywhere near cluttered enough. I have so many stories that need to get out, and not a lot of spare time in which to write them, so for this year I’ve changed the way I work. I’m going to try something new: novellas. And I’m going to try it repeatedly. I am also going to write a non-fic book. Yes, you read it right. Non-fiction. Taboo and scorned by some, but trust me, this one I have thought through properly, and I am writing it not because I need to write it (the way I can’t wait to let out some of my inner fictional worlds), but because so many other people need to READ it. It’s a book for others, not a book for me.

Because I’m not just a writer. The question flooding my mind in many guises is this:

how I feel as a writer

So what does my future writing schedule look like for 2014?

A bit like this:

Not Juliet single14 February: NOT JULIET – A Modern-Day Romance (novella)

9 May: THE PROBLEM WITH WRITING – non-fiction, and still in the planning stages

Summer: ETERNAL ILLUSION (working title) – the third book in the Eternal Series (paranormal romance) – with Kristie Haigwood

September: BLOOD IS FINAL (working title) – the final book in the Hunter Thriller Series (and look forward to a big surprise)to catch single

December, Pre-Christmas: TO CATCH A GUY – A Christmas Romance (novella)

December, Pre-Christmas: ABOUT THREE AUTHORS – Contemporary Romance – with Patti Roberts

December, Post-Christmas: Compendium of Written Works (working title), showcasing my writing, permanently FREE. Is there an ulterior motive behind this last book in the year? You’d better believe it. I’m angling for a new-age agent or publisher, someone who can help raise awareness of my work – more like an agent in the entertainment industry, this person is expected to find the best way to employ my writing and editing abilities. Spongers need not apply. Open warning: I can see through BS-coated disguises with my eyes shut, guys! Do not test me!

Before you ask, (Laura), I haven’t forgotten Tequila. What I plan to do is re-release the whole of the Hunter Series early 2015, and at the same time release DEAL WITH IT! – Tequila’s Story. I plan to cycle offers on the four books in this series – one per month – through the year.

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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in News, Sunday Feature

 

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Not Juliet, A Modern-Day Romance

Hello and welcome. Just showing you my current project. Feel free to cheer me on. Hint: if you do, I might share some excerpts with you.

Tell me what you think about the cover:

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And the blurb:

Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy.

The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth.

After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

And finally, here’s my progress.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in Just A Thought

 

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Release Shout-out: Beneath Manhattan Skies, by Emma Meade

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November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.

Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.

Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?

(45,000 word novella)

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Excerpt

Nick and Erin kept a lookout for anyone of the supernatural persuasion, a difficult task since Erin doubted vampires went clubbing with the words I want your blood printed on their shirts. What had James and his maker in common? Agility, gracefulness, a predatory sway. It should be simple to spot one. Yeah right!

They had zero proof the vampire or vampires responsible for both deaths even frequented the place, if it’s even vampires, she reminded herself. But if the cops were interested in the club, then it was the only lead Erin and Nick had.

“If we do see a vampire, what next?” Erin asked.

“We follow him.”

“And then what? Ask if they’d like a bloody beverage? A diet Coke with a splash of O Negative?

“We kill them.”

“Oh, of course. Because we both know how easy that is … And how exactly do we do it, oh intelligent one?” Erin spoke as low as she could over the tuneless house music. “Do you have a stake handy?”
“Yes.”

“What? Are you crazy?”

Nick unzipped his coat and pointed at his inside pocket. Erin checked to see if anyone was looking before she did a quick search. Something long, wooden and narrow. A stick.

What the hell?

“I made it a while back. Just in case.”

“Just in case,” Erin parroted. “Just what exactly have you been up to in Boston?”

“Relax.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, Mr. Van Helsing, but I wasn’t aware my brother had become a vampire hunter.”

“Can we talk about this later?”

“You talk about it later. I’m going to the bar.”

Before Nick could protest, Erin stormed off. She hadn’t known Nick to keep a secret from her, ever. But not only had he been carrying out research of the supernatural persuasion behind her back, here he was walking around with a homemade stake in his pocket, hell bent on some stupid vampire hunting mission.

Erin berated herself for coming to the club. If she and Nick came up against a vampire, the odds were not in their favor. Once again, the question came unbidden. Where are you, James?

Emma MeadeAuthor Bio

Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She loves vampires, slayers, witches, ghosts, aliens & shadow men (or at least the youngest of the Shadow Men), and regular people who live extraordinary lives (think Slayerettes and you’re on the right track). Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on. Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

Connect with Emma on:

Twitter     Facebook     Blog      Goodreads      Amazon Author Page   Website

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18633256-beneath-manhattan-skies

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Guest Posts

 

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Cover Reveal: Beneath Manhattan Skies, by Emma Meade

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Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.

Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.

Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?

(A 45,000 word Novella).

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Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18633256-beneath-manhattan-skies?ac=1

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Emma

Emma Meade writes paranormal fiction.
She lives in rainy Ireland and loves all things supernatural. Stephen King’s The Stand is one of her most loved books and she’s lost count of the number of times she’s read L.J. Smith’s trilogy, The Forbidden Game.

Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on.

She is not ashamed to admit that Dirty Dancing and Twilight make her top ten movie list but wishes to point out that The Last of the Mohicans, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society, Stand by Me and The Goonies are in there too.

Writing supernatural stories & watching marathon re-runs of Buffy are some of her favourite ways of escaping reality.

Author Links:

Website: http://emmameade.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaMeadeRamblings

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emmameadeirl

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4229395.Emma_Meade

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Guest Posts

 

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