Lovestruck Giveaway Hop June 15th – June 22nd! (Int'l)
Congratulations to Vanessa and Lacey!! They were my TWO lucky winners!
Thanks to everyone else who visited and commented.
Welcome to my home! I have appletinis and margaritas for everyone. Snackies are over yonder. Help yourself as you wander around.
While you’re here, I’m proud to reveal the cover, blurb, book trailer and an excerpt from my upcoming Naughty Fairy Tale from Evernight Publishing, Vixen and the Pea. TWO visitors who comment, will have a chance to win EITHER a copy of my May 11th release, All’s Fair in Love and War (<<–click to read more about it), a chick lit / romantic comedy OR Vixen and the Pea. The latter releases a couple of days after the drawing so fair warning there would be a tiny delay in fulfillment if the winner chooses that prize.
Without further ado, let me tell you about Vixen and the Pea, which is loosely based on the fairy tale, “Princess and the Pea”, specifically Prince Koldo who is the object of Lady Otsana’s “lovestruck” desires:
Cover / Blurb:
All that stands between playboy Prince Koldo and the throne is his wife…or the lack thereof. Koldo has no desire to wed anyone, let alone the know-it-all shrew his parents favor.
Lady Otsana is fed up with the oppressive sexism that requires she hide her face, body and brains. She much prefers the sexual adventures she enjoys out of her birka-like clothing when she becomes Fleur.
Prince Koldo also has an alter ego, Bero, only Fleur is not fooled by his disguise. Just as Fleur and Bero’s attempts to best each other in the bedroom blossom into romance, Koldo reaches the end of his tether. His bride will be chosen by contest at the upcoming King’s Ball.
Otsana must make a difficult decision. Will she enter the Prince’s contest and risk all for a chance at love or will she play it safe but give up Bero forever?
The first rays of the sun seeped through the openings in the window curtains. Koldo took himself in hand and tried to stroke new life into his fallen soldier. Not a single spark could he coax from the once lively fellow. He pumped faster, but the pressure only elicited a wince. Had the wench bruised his manhood? Was such an injury even possible? With a sigh, he turned his head, prepared to concede defeat to the succubus he had bedded, a demon in the guise of a woman who had nearly sucked the life out of him.
Its eyelids were shut, lashes fanning across high, sculpted cheekbones. The demon’s dark tresses lay askew across the pillow, with a long lock trailing down over one breast. She really was a lovely creature.
He leaned closer to lay a soft kiss upon her lips and to see if she had been spying on his resurrection attempts. Lips had almost met lips when hers parted and a loud snort, like that of a pig, burst out. He recoiled snickering.
Otsana’s snores grew louder, but soon their steady cadence lulled Koldo into a drowsy state, and his eyes drooped shut one last time before sealing.
Otsana wasn’t sure if the rooster’s crowing woke her or the shaking of the bed, but both had her sitting bolt upright. Koldo no longer lay next to her but sat on the edge, pulling on his boots.
“Merde! How long have I been asleep?” she asked rubbing her eyes. No point in pretending. She’d lost their bet. The arrogant Prince of Basqueland had bested her. No man had ever outlasted her in bed before. How had this bastard done it?
Koldo turned and smiled. “Since the first light of dawn at least. I was all set to pounce upon you once again when the most unholy noise came forth from your mouth. My lady, you snore … loudly.”
“I do not!” Otsana gathered the sheets to her breasts and scanned the room for her clothes.
“You most certainly do.” He leaned over to fetch something from the ground that he tossed to her. Her shift. Another lean produced a single black stocking.
She remembered its mate had been pressed into service and indeed was still tied to the bedpost. A wicked smile passed across her lips as she untied it. Perhaps another night with this rogue wasn’t the worst means of settling a wager. “I will concede that I have lost our bet … but not that I snore.”
A deep booming laugh caught her off guard. She’d expected him to crow about winning, yet he’d not spoken a word about it thus far.
“As you wish. Seeing as my carnal needs were thwarted by your … softly slumbering self, ‘twas not snoring I heard but my own disappointed hopes.
Otsana gave him a sidelong glance. “Another night we said?”
“Aye, my lady, on the date of my choosing.”
She gathered her stocking and prepared to slip it over her foot, when he stilled her hand and took the stocking. He turned toward her and slowly unrolled the woolen knitwear over her foot and up her leg, his fingers lightly skimming her skin during their trek. A sigh escaped her lips. Why did his touch affect her this way?
His mission complete, he lifted his eyes to meet hers. “Three nights hence, meet me here at sunset. I’ll leave a note for you with the innkeeper telling you which room.”
She nodded, unable to tear her gaze away. When he ran hasty fingers through his disheveled hair, the moment was broken, and they both turned their attention elsewhere. He appeared as puzzled as she felt.
“Very well. Three nights.” She drew on her other stocking, pretending to be engrossed in her task while she sifted through a muddle of emotions.
The bed jiggled when Koldo stood to slip on his coat, the only remaining garment he had not donned. He strode to the door, which he opened halfway then paused and glanced back at her.
Her brows lifted in question, and she waited for him to say something, but no words came. The man himself moved, heavy-footed, back to the bed where she sat and without a word, snatched her into his arms. The kiss he planted was commanding and thorough. Otsana’s bones began to liquefy, but before she could embarrass herself by begging him to stay a while longer, he wrenched his mouth away.
“Three nights,” he said, and with a curt nod of his head, left.
Celebrity Visual on Prince Koldo:
And there you go! Hope that whets your appetite a little.
To Enter the Giveaway:
All you need to do is tell me in the comments about one of your favorite fairy tales. I’ll randomly select TWO winners at the end of the hop.
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I love romances based on fairy tales. Thanks!
I also love the romances based on fairy tales. Would love a romance on Red Riding Hood.
Naughty fairy tales….Scarlett and the Three Bears.
I am a huge fan of fairy tales – particularly love Cinderella and the Ugly Duckling 🙂
I had two favorites. “Beauty and the Beast” and the “Ugly Duckling”. I always love tales where you have to look at what’s on the inside. What’s outside is just superficial – it’s what a person is like on the inside that counts. That and a great pair of eyes (the window to the soul).
I like Beauty and the Beast because she falls for the beast and then he turns beautiful. I actually do not like many fairy tales. I think the moral of the story is not always good. Like Ugly Duckling is really saying you will get loved when you turn beautiful! Thanks for the contest
Love the trailer and smokin’ HAWT cover, Miss Lila!
Woohoo! I love blog hopping!
What a great way to discover new blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!
I like the modern versions of the fairy tales, especially “The Ugly Duckling” and “Rapunzel”.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!
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I love modern fairy tale retellings, especially of Beauty and the Beast!
I like Beauty and The Beast and Sleeping Beauty. Look like my favorite fairy tales must have word ‘Beauty’. LOL!!
I like Snow White and The Huntsman to 🙂
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I love fairy tales…I think Red Riding Hood is my favorite.
My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.
I’ve always loved Sleeping Beauty! Who wouldn’t want to be woken up by a handsome prince?!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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Sleeping Beauty is my favorite.
I have always loved Little Red Riding Hood….I I really love the naughty, adult versions of fairy tales 🙂
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I loved Cinderella when I was young, but now have an affinity for Aladdin. 🙂
That was a wonderful excerpt! I cannot wait to read it. I have not read a princess and the pea story yet.
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I really enjoyed Mercedes Lackey’s 500 Kingdoms Fairy Tales – how you had to shape tradition to your situation to get a happy ending.
I love Cinderella! WHo wouldn’t want a prince to whisk them away to a castle!
I’m a Cinderella fan,, always have been, always will be.
I like Cinderella.
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