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Spotlight: Going Under by @jeffekennedy #bewitchingbooktours

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Going Under 

Falling Under Trilogy

Book One 

Jeffe Kennedy

Genre: Erotic Romance

blurbKnowing all too well the damage online trolls can inflict, game designer Emily Bartwell takes privacy seriously. Living in solitude and working remotely under a male alias gives her a sense of security. The sexy writer renting the house next door ignites desires she’d forgotten she had, and when he invites her to play games of a very different sort, Em is ready and willing. Even if it means breaking all her own rules to abide by his.

Undercover tech reporter Fox Mullins is so close to the biggest scoop of his career: finding the elusive programmer Phoenix. An increasingly erotic adventure with his reserved but passionate new neighbor is the ideal way to heat up the chilly Pacific Northwest nights as he tracks the brilliant gamer.

At first Fox is happy to help Em explore her newly awakened kinky side, no holds barred, no strings attached. But as they push the limits of intimacy, both physical and emotional, Fox discovers he’s not the only one keeping secrets. And revealing hers may mean betraying the one woman who embodies everything he desires.



Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-Image4fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns;  the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic  contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera, which released beginning January 2, 2014. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and a fifth, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, will release starting in July.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.







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Spotlight and #Giveaway: Léopold’s Wicked Embrace by @KymGrosso #bewitchingbooktours

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Léopold’s Wicked Embrace

Immortals of New Orleans

Book 5

Kym Grosso

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Independent – MT Carvin Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication:  April 5, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1497312449

ISBN-10: 1497312442


Number of pages:  412 print

Word Count:  100,045

Cover Artist:  Cora Graphics


blurbAn erotic paranormal romance…

Seductive and lethal vampire, Léopold Devereoux, returns to the Big Easy to find a killer.  His search leads him to a beautiful and mysterious woman, who awakens desires and emotions that he’s long fought to keep buried.  After centuries of self-imposed solitude, the billionaire philanthropist struggles to restrain his growing thirst for the intriguing, lovely female who’s captured his attention.

Laryssa Theriot, an antiques proprietor in the Vieux Carré, agrees to help the commanding yet debonair stranger, who seeks her assistance.  She withholds her secret abilities, afraid to trust the man who threatens to unleash her darkest fantasies.  All the while, Léopold consumes her thoughts, testing her limits and bringing her to new levels of ecstasy.  As the menacing force that has stalked Laryssa for years finally catches up to her, she submits, putting her life into the hands of the dominant vampire who offers his protection.

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, they embark on a perilous adventure, forced to search for an ancient sacrificial relic that they hope will save their lives.  As they face formidable challenges, Léopold and Laryssa surrender to the passionate intimacy that possesses them.  After hundreds of years of denying himself love, will Léopold bond to the woman who has begun to crack the impenetrable shell around his heart?  As evil draws near, will Laryssa survive the demon that has come to take her soul?

Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes and is intended for adult readers only.

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excerptDimitri crossed the room and sat on the bed, taking in the listless state of the vampire.  He observed that Léopold’s eyes were now closed, and the wound had started bubbling apart.  Before he could stop himself, he’d made the suggestion.

“I’ll feed you.”

Léopold’s eyes flew open, meeting Dimitri’s. “What?”

“You heard me.  Come on, let’s do this thing.  You can bite my arm, right?”

“I don’t know…I can’t ask this of you.  The donors, they come to me freely.”

“Yeah, well, so do I.  Come on.  You did this for Wynter.  You had her back, I have yours.  It’s no big deal, right?  I mean, it’s not like you’re going to have some weird bond to me.”

“No.” Léopold gave him a small smile. “No bonds.  No sires or anything. But still…”

“The faster you’re on your feet, the faster we can go try to find connections to Mariah’s past.”

Léopold’s lips tightened and he looked away.

“Ya know I’m right.  We can’t waste any more time.  You didn’t fly me all the way out here to lie around, did ya?”

“No, but I don’t think this is a good idea.”

“Well let me put it this way…At some point, possibly very soon, whoever wanted that kid dead is going to realize that she’s still very much alive.  Then they’re gonna go after her again.  And since she’s staying with Logan, I don’t want them going after my Alpha and his mate.  So let’s go.  Come on, just take a little, enough to get you by until we find your donor.”

“I won’t need much.  Your blood; it’s strong.  You’re wolf,” Léopold admitted.

“There ya go, then.  Let’s get to…what do you need here?” Dimitri sat on the bed and considered how best to feed a vampire.  What the fuck am I thinking?  Too late now.  He sat cross-legged, and then changed his mind, lying onto his back.

Léopold grew amused at his friend’s insistence.  Not that he didn’t appreciate the offer, but he wasn’t accustomed to needing anyone.  Dimitri’s blood, given in friendship, felt all too intimate, making him uncomfortable.  Yet the lancing pain to his gut reminded him of his dire situation.  He shifted onto his side, cradling Dimitri’s arm in his hands.  Slowly he lowered his head to the wolf’s wrist.  The aromatic scent of blood called to him as he found the strong beating pulse.

“You’re sure?” he asked, locking eyes on Dimitri’s.

“Yeah, I can take it.  Do it now, before I change my mind.”  Dimitri glanced away as if someone was about to give him a needle.

Without hesitation, Léopold’s fangs extended, striking the wolf’s arm.  He closed his eyes, allowing the pungent flavor to coat his tongue.  Deliberately, he suctioned the life-sustaining fluid, releasing his own power into Dimitri’s body.  Léopold, grateful for the gift, would cause the wolf no pain, only pleasure.  He knew Dimitri would resist, confused by his reaction to the bite.  Léopold clutched the wrist to his lips, watching as his friend’s body bowed off the bed.

As soon as Dimitri felt the pinpricks, his body flooded with unexpected warmth.  The tug of Léopold’s lips sent a rush of blood to his cock.  What the fuck is happening?  He wanted to rip his arm away from the vampire, but he felt paralyzed to fight.  Desire washed over him from head to toe and before he knew what he was doing, his own hand had reached to grip his shaft through the fine cotton shorts.  Stiff as a board, he stroked himself, attempting to relieve the pressure.  Goddess, this feels wrong on so many levels.  His mind screamed at him to move, to struggle, yet his lips parted, releasing only a moan.

Léopold licked the wounds he’d caused, and released Dimitri’s arm.  Thoroughly energized, he sat up, and stared down at Dimitri, whose face had grown tight in both arousal and anger.  Léopold laughed, and rolled off the bed.  He watched in amusement as the wolf attempted to launch himself off the mattress but fell backwards, clutching himself.

“Fuck me.” Dimitri shook his head at the realization of what he’d just said.  He quickly took his hand off his groin and glared at Léopold. “No.  I didn’t mean that.  Don’t touch me.”

“You’re fine,” Léopold assured him.  He glanced in the mirror and finger-combed his hair back into place.

“This,” Dimitri gestured to his erection, “is not funny.  Goddammit, I need to get laid.  Not that you aren’t pretty, Leo, but you’re not my type.  Shit, look what you did.”

“You may recall that I told you that feeding from you was not a good idea.  But I must admit, your blood is fine.  Very tasty.”  A broad smile broke across his face.

“Really, Leo?  What the hell, man?”

“Sorry, but there aren’t many choices when it comes to a bite, you know.  Would you have rather had pain?  I’m not a sadist by nature, but if you’d preferred it…”

“No.”  Dimitri pushed himself up so that he was sitting on the edge of the bed.  His painful erection was finally starting to subside.

“Well, then, you have to admit that it didn’t hurt.  Go get a shower, see to your need.  I’d love to help you but I’m afraid you’re not my preference either, wolf.”

“Really, so you give hard-ons but no blow jobs?  Lucky me.  For the record, if I ever am dumb enough to suggest this again, would you please just say no?”  Dimitri hobbled over to the bathroom door.

“Hey wolf,” Léopold called from the doorway.

Dimitri lifted his gaze to him. “Yeah?”

“Seriously, Dimitri. I appreciate you helping me.  I should’ve paid more attention. I let myself get run down.  It won’t happen again.”

“No problem.”

“You need to know that it has been a very long time for me…this friendship thing.  This isn’t something someone like me does.” Or deserves. Léopold’s eyes darkened and his tone grew serious. “These few days have been quite the adventure, and I suspect there is more to come.  I must ask, however, that you keep what you experienced tonight to yourself.  Not the bite but the travel.  Logan knows as I couldn’t hide it from him when I showed up in his house last night.  But no one else.  It’s a special ability…one I’d prefer others not know about.  Understood?”

“My lips are zipped.” Dimitri sensed sadness in Léopold.  As wolf, with his pack, he was never truly alone.  Perhaps he underestimated the loneliness that plagued the vampire.

“Well, then…see you downstairs in a few.  I’ve got someone I want you to meet,” Léopold commented as he left the room.


authorbioKym Grosso is the author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Image2Orleans.  The series currently includes Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1), Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3), Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4) and Léopold’s Wicked Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 5).

In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy.  She also is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

Website: www.KymGrosso.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KymGrossoBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KymGrosso

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5785692.Kym_Grosso

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/kymgrosso/



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Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld

Book Two

Shakir Rashaan

Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance

Publisher: Strebor Books/Atria Books

(A Division of Simon & Schuster)

Date of Publication: June 10, 2014

ISBN: 9781593095468


Number of pages: 272

Word Count: 67,000+

Cover Artist: Keith Saunders, Marion Designs


blurbA tale unlike anything else, this second episode in the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld series continues the erotically charged journey inside Atlanta’s African-American Fetish/BDSM community.

“In order to be great, you have to leave your mark. Are you ready to leave your mark?”

After returning from Dubai, a power shift occurs within the Atlanta Fetish community as the “torch” is passed on from Amenhotep to Ramesses and Neferterri. The Palace is being transformed in Ramesses’ image, and the new “power couple” is adjusting to life in the spotlight and the benefits — and headaches — that come with it.

But as Ramesses puts the finishing touches on establishing the balance of power, Amenhotep has tasked him with a daunting undertaking — one that will test his will and re-forge a bond that was once broken, cementing his legacy within the sacred “society.”

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excerpt“So, how did You enjoy Your time in Dubai, youngster?”

Under normal circumstances, a phone call at 7:00 a.m. wouldn’t have bothered me, but coming home and suffering serious jet lag from the near fifteen-hour flight made this phone call something of a cruel joke Amenhotep was playing on me.

With the way I felt, I was in desperate need of a vacation from our vacation. We’d spent nearly a week in paradise, one of the most unique and luxurious locales on the planet while celebrating His and paka’s nuptials, and here He was sounding bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like the flight time never had one ounce of an effect on Him.

I looked at the phone, trying my best to match His energy, realizing quickly that I wouldn’t come close to meeting Him halfway. “Dubai was wonderful, and that’s putting it mildly, Sir,” I replied. My voice sounded like I’d gargled with broken glass. “I feel so drained right now. If I were working for someone else, I would be calling in sick. Why are You calling so early in the morning anyway, Sir? Is something wrong?”

“Well, to answer Your question, we have business to take care of, kid.” He sounded as serious as a heart attack as His voice carried through the air waves and into my ears. “Oh, and You are working for someone else…You’re working for Me, now.”

His trademark chuckle made me want to vomit. He couldn’t be serious about trying to get back to business now, could He? “Come on, Sir? Give Me twenty-four hours to recover, veg out on the couch and enjoy the children, anything other than working the next morning after we’d gotten off the plane?” I hated sounding like a freaking teenager trying to beg his father for more time to be lazy, but I really needed some time to be lazy. Neferterri was soundly sleeping next to me, completely oblivious to the conversation I was having with Him.

Why in the hell did I have to be a light sleeper?

The laughter over the phone after I made my plea gave me the distinct impression that my request would not be honored. “See, that’s the problem with you young folks. By now, I would have taken care of the things that we need to take care of before lunch. Are You getting soft on Me already, youngster?”

I sat up after hearing that question. “Not by a long shot, old man, but I have to wonder how in the world You’re able to be so fucking hyper when You took the same flight we took to get back home?”

“Clean living, You should try it sometime.” His voice never lost its energy. Slowly and surely, it began to breathe life into me, providing the necessary adrenaline rush to lift from the bed and shuffle into the bathroom to begin freshening up. “In order to be great, You have to leave Your mark. Are You ready to leave Your mark, Ramesses?”

He appealed to my ego with that question. He knew full well I was ready to leave my mark, and I was ready to do it in a big way. I had been plotting and planning ever since the conversation we had in Dubai one night, when everything was set in motion:

“I’m ready to do this, Sir. The shock has worn off. It’s My time, now.”

“Is that right, Ramesses? Do You think You’re ready to take things tothe next level?”

“I wouldn’t be here talking with You if I wasn’t ready to take things to the next level. The question is, are You ready for what the next level is?”

“Youngster, I’ve been waiting for You for the past few years to figure out when You were ready. I have the means for You to do what needs to be done, and You have the energy and drive to make it all happen. The way I see it, it’s a win-win proposition for everyone involved.”

“So, why are we here talking when we can be laying the groundwork so I can hit the ground running when we get back? You know the expansion plans I’ve wanted to execute for some time now.”

“The answer to Your question comes with its own question, Ramesses. The plans for the Palace are only the tip of the iceberg. There’s something else I need You to do for Me. This is big, probably bigger than any plans You might have for the Palace.”

“I haven’t refused You before, what makes You think I’m backing down from this request?”

“The request I am making of You, Sir, will require You to do something that I don’t know if You’re going to be willing to do.”

“Stop speaking in riddles and get to the point, Sir. You know I don’t do the cloak-and-dagger nonsense. Spit it out.”

“In order for You to accomplish the expansion plans that You have in mind, You’re going to have to have two individuals to help with those plans. They haven’t spoken to each other in nearly a decade, and despite My efforts, they have yet to reach an accord. Where I have failed, perhaps You might succeed. It’s the only way Your ultimate plans will come to fruition.”

“If it’s the two people that I think You’re talking about, Sir, I might as well scrap the plans now.”

“Don’t be so quick to scrap what has been laid out for You, Ramesses. You and I both know things happen for a reason.”

“I’m dying to know what the reason is for this one.”

“Only time will tell, My old friend…only time will tell.”

“You haven’t answered My question, kid,” Amenhotep’s voice sliced through my thoughts. “Are You ready to leave Your mark?”

What He asked for was the impossible. A decade of noncommunication and animosity, and I was supposed to diffuse that in the course of months? If He couldn’t do it, what made Him think I would be able to do it? Yes, I have an ego bigger than the great state of Texas, but even I have my limitations. On the one hand, what He was asking for was next to impossible, but on the other hand, if I had the right

leverage, I might have the ability to do something my Mentor wasn’t able to do. The end game was too seductive to resist.

“I’m ready, Sir,” I answered. “And I already have a plan in mind.”


authorbioShakir Rashaan currently lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children. Rashaan’s catalog
includes the series Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld and the upcoming Kink, P.I., and current projects being developed under the pen name Curtis Alexander Hamilton. Other credits include several anthologies, including the bestselling Zane Presents Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3. You can see more of Rashaan at ShakirRashaan.com.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/shakirrashaan

Web: http://www.shakirrashaan.com

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