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Guest Blogger: Sara Daniel

Why I Love Reading and Writing Romance

by Sara Daniel

1. The Love Story: Obviously, right? I love to read about two people who care about each other so much that they’ll fight for each other. I love that they believe in each other more than anyone ever has before or will again. There is something so satisfying, so heartwarming to watch two characters fall in love, usually against their will, and rise above all the conflict to live out that love they deserve.

2. The Emotions: No other genre does the roller coaster of emotions like romance. One minute I’m laughing at a particularly witty line of dialogue, and the next I’m sobbing as the hero or heroine takes a figurative (and occasionally literal) punch to the gut. Does your life feel stale and blah? For the hours that you’re reading a romance, you’re living the gentleness of the hero caressing your cheek, the frustration of that one person who always has to make life difficult, the thrill of finally giving said person their comeuppance, the sweetness of a first kiss, the stark terror of falling for the person who could cause you to lose everything, and absolute joy of spending forever with the love of your life.

3. The Happily Ever After: Of course, we all know how a romance novel ends. The hero and heroine get together and live happily ever after. Some people scoff at this guarantee, but it is my number one reason why I will always read and write romance novels. Every day you can pick up the newspaper and read about a life that ends in tragedy. In our own lives and in the lives of our friends and neighbors, there are problems that we can’t wave a wand and make everything magically turn out okay. Who needs to read about more pain, suffering and general cynicism? Definitely not me. Instead, sit down for a couple hours and escape to a romance. Vicariously conquer every roadblock thrown at you. Best of all, no one can take away your happily ever after when you reach the end.

See what I mean with this short intro to one of my favorite books.

Nicole trusted Wyatt with her heart once. She won’t make the same mistake twice.

Nicole DeMonde’s car breaks down the moment she returns to her hometown for her brother’s wedding. The cop who stops to help her is none other than local hottie Wyatt Truman, who slept with her then dumped her when they were teens. She has no choice but to accept his help. However, she knows better than to trust him with her heart twice.

Wyatt is determined to earn Nicole’s forgiveness and make amends for his callous past. Once he lays eyes on her, he can’t help wanting a lot more than forgiveness, despite his intention never to hurt her again.

Just as Wyatt starts thinking his best intentions are of the forever variety, Nicole decides to work Wyatt out of her system with a one night stand. Can either of them make peace with the past in a single weekend, let alone survive with their hearts intact?

To read an excerpt from Wyatt’s Guilt, please click HERE.

Sara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband.

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Blog Hop Winner

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by during the Valentine Blog Hop! It was great meeting so many new readers and I hope to see you again soon!

Congrats to Courtney T! Her name was pulled from the hat for a copy of Seducing Kate. Check your email, Courtney. I’ll be emailing you soon!

Em

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Valentines Blog Hop

ValentinesDayGiftHopWelcome to Skye Warren’s Valentine Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to be taking part! I apologize for getting my post up late! I was chaperoning a middle school dance until midnight…that’s a survival story for another day!

Today we’re going to talk about my lovely new release Seducing Kate.  I absolutely loved writing this book.  It really is a labor of love for me. My editor was a beast on this one…and in the best possible way. This is my first attempt to write a first person POV. And I chose to do it through the eyes of a twenty-two-year-old male! What was I thinking??

I’ll tell you what I was thinking. I was thinking that this book deserved a deeper look into Kyle’s motives, because quite frankly when I started this erotic novel in the third person, Kyle was coming across as a total creeper.

He’s developing his sexual appetite, and stumbles upon a chance to be a bit voyeuristic very early in the book. When I was writing this as a third person point of view, I just couldn’t seem to get deep enough into Kyle’s thought process to not make what he was doing come across as perverse.

I set the book aside for a few months, all the while having these two characters nagging at me to write their story. Finally, it struckseducingkate-510 (1) me to tell this affair through Kyle’s eyes and suddenly the book just stared pouring out of me. It was a struggle and still a bit rough when my editor got her hands on it, but she helped me perfect his voice and I couldn’t be more pleased with how this book turned out.

Though it is through Kyle’s eyes, we see that he is not some stalker/pervert, but a guy with a healthy sexual appetite and desires to be with a woman he can’t resist. And though we never get into Kate’s head, though Kyle’s words and perception of her actions, we see her struggle with her attraction to a younger man, her final acceptance, and her guidance as they delve into sexual play that he is unfamiliar with.

I enjoyed doing this so much, I’m already considering another male first person POV erotic novel.

As part of the blog hop, I’m giving away a free e-copy of Seducing Kate! Just comment below and you’ll be entered to win. And don’t forget to swing back by the hop to see who is next on the list and all the great prizes!!

Our grand prize will be a Kindle Paperwhite and digital new adult romance basket. Every comment on every blog in the hop will count as an entry toward either of the grand prizes.

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Blurb:

It was lust at first sight for Kyle when he met his roommate Justin’s mother Kate. Kyle, a college transfer, was too far from home to visit on short school breaks, so Justin took him to Minneapolis where his mother was serving up a family meal for Thanksgiving.

One look left Kyle with a healthy obsession for Kate which grew with each visit. When he landed an internship in Minneapolis, he moved in with Kate for the summer, and got in touch with his voyeuristic side. It wasn’t until one late evening and a few too many glasses of wine that Kyle began to suspect his attraction wasn’t one-sided.

When he dared to push the issue, he found Kate more than willing to succumb to his seduction.

 Excerpt:

I’d barely spent time with Kate, just a few minutes in the kitchen before John had come strutting in. I had sat across from her at dinner making awkward conversation while Justin and John glared at each other over the spaghetti and garlic bread. It wasn’t like she’d crawled across the floor half naked and begged me to fuck her.

What the hell was it about her? Sure she was beautiful, but I’d dated beautiful women. None of them had pushed me to the point of obsession. I wanted nothing more than to throw Kate down and fuck her until she screamed. Not cried out like she had moments ago, but screamed. And dug her nails in my back. And wrapped her legs so tight around me I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t know why. All I knew was my body was borderline insane with lust, and my dick was so hard it hurt.

“Fuck.”

I turned the cold water on and splashed my face a few times to snap out of the Kate-induced haze. When I was finally able to think about something other than having sex with her, I went back downstairs.

 

 

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Contest: Fall in Love with Musa Publishing

Fall in Love with Musa Publishing
Grand Prize
Four $10.00 Musa Gift Certificates
All entrants are eligible for Grand Prize Drawing February 14, 2014
Winners announced February 16, 2014
Enter daily to win free books!
Musa Publishing is giving away two Promotional Paperback Books daily!
PLUS each winner receives a download of Cooking with Musa.
No particular order to the daily drawings for the books below

For His Love by Nya Rayne
Marisa’s Choice by Kadee McDonald

Only a Hero Will Do by Susan Lodge
Storm’s Fury by Nya Rayne

Taming Angelina by Helen Hardt
Treasuring Amber by Helen Hardt
Trusting Sydney by Helen Hardt

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners of paperback books who reside outside the Continental United States will receive their prize in e-book format.

All paperback book prizes must be claimed by February 20, 2014 or they are forfeited.

Giveaway begins February 6, 2014 and ends midnight CST February 13, 2014

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Prize winners!

I apologize for the delay in getting the prize winner’s posted. Last night I went to my first hockey game. It was not quite what I expected.

I was imagining drunken crowds, testosterone so thick you could smell it, and men on skates bashing each other’s teeth out.

Nope. The crowd was calm, the testosterone was moderate, and there were a few slams against the Plexiglas, but no bashing.

Disappointed? A little. But it was still fun. I’d do it again.

Though my friend and I determined that perhaps Women’s Roller Derby is more out speed. We’re going try that later this spring.

However, you are here for much more interesting news….who, oh who, is going to win that sexy little Silk Rope Set?

I’m picking two winners today (actually the hubs is pulling name out of hat):

The winner of the Silk Rope Set and an e-copy of Seducing Kate is:

angieia

And the runner up, earning an e-copy of Seducing Kate is:

Allie Ritch

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate Seducing Kate’s release and to all the hosts who let me stop and talk about my lovely little book.

 

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