Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop Giveaway

What is your favorite thing about romance? Well, we authors are ready to share our romantic tips, favorite romance reads, and more! Starting Friday, August 31st and ending Monday, September 3rd, over 200 authors and bloggers are sharing their favorite things about romance, reading romance, and dating.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep, there will be over 200 giveaways! On my blog you can win....

A $10 Amazon Gift Card!

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

To enter to win, please leave a comment with your email address. You can also gain extra entries for the $10 Amazon gift card I'm giving away (see the Rafflecopter below for details!)

Whew! Okay, now that all the administrative stuff is out of the way, let's get to the romance! EDGE OF THE PAST, the sequel to my debut novel LIFE ON THE EDGE, will be out this winter, and the story will pick up one year after we left Emily and Sergei in LIFE ON THE EDGE.

I'm sharing a little romantic scene here - a glimpse at what Emily and Sergei were up to between books. Emily and her skating partner Chris are about to go on the summer Ice Champions tour, while Sergei has to stay behind to coach his other students.


The townhouse was quiet when Sergei and I returned from dinner. Only a trace of light came from the living room, where one lamp remained on.

"Aubrey must already be asleep," I said, kicking off my heels and beckoning Sergei toward the couch. He wrapped me in an embrace as I curled up against him.

"Twelve days until I see you at the show in Providence," I said.

Sergei softly kissed the top of my head. "I've got my special calendar all ready to mark off the days."

I smiled, thinking of the big wall calendar I'd made for him. It showed the city where I’d be every day, and it had all my off days highlighted in bold colors. I'd made one for Marley, too, so she could track Chris's schedule.

"After Providence we'll have three weeks until I'm back here for a break." I turned my mouth downward.

Sergei huddled me closer to him. "I'm going to miss seeing you skate every day.”

I lifted my head from Sergei’s shoulder and looked into his eyes. "That's really sweet."

"I know between giving instructions and critiquing details it might seem like I don't have time to enjoy what you're doing, but I do. I love watching the way you move across the ice."

Sergei traced a feathery line down my arm, and I shivered from the soft heat in his touch. I curled my fingers into his hair and drew his mouth toward mine. As his lips moved from my mouth down my neck, the sound of feet on the creaking stairs snapped me out of my moment of bliss. I leaned away from Sergei just as Aubrey reached the living room. She was in her pajamas and carrying her laptop.

"Don't mind me. I'm headed to the kitchen," she said, making the turn to the next set of steps.

Sergei promptly resumed his tender exploration of my collarbone, sending fiery impulses to every part of my body. Grasping my face in his hands, he locked his deep blue eyes on mine. "When you're gone, I want to remember exactly what you feel like."

I pressed my lips together, trying not to smile. "I have a little confession to make."

"What's that?"

"When I was at your apartment last week, I stole one of your T-shirts to bring with me on the road.” I couldn't hide my grin any longer. “So I can sleep with it."

He laughed. "You could've just asked me for it."

"I thought it might sound weird."

"It's not weird. I like the idea of you sleeping with my shirt. I like the idea of you sleeping in my shirt even better." His gaze and his voice lowered, and my cheeks flushed with warmth.

"You don't have anything of mine,” I said. “I guess you'll just have to memorize me.”

Sergei gently slid my amber bracelet aside and touched his lips to my wrist, placing identical kisses all along my forearm. I moved onto his lap and buried my face in his collar.

"I hate goodbyes," I mumbled.

Sergei rubbed comforting circles on my back. "Twelve days will be up before you know it."


For more on LIFE ON THE EDGE, visit my page here!

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And here are the other blogs participating in the hop... visit them for more chances to win!!!!


  1. Wow this is an awesome giveaway Thanks for having it!

  2. Fun excerpt.

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  3. Wow, It'll take all day to go to all those blogs!

  4. Ah, tender good-bye moment! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. This looks amazing! I can't wait to read more about it!

  7. OH! I'm so excited for the sequel. I loved the first book!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the ice skating theme!

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  9. Hope all goes well during the Hop!

  10. So excited for this giveaway. Thanks!

  11. Thanks for participating.

  12. My favorite thing about romance is all of the sub-genres under the romance umbrella. Some books give us a mini history lesson. Some take us to someplace we've never been before. Some push the limits of our imagination. And some show us world that exist in our author's imagination.

    Thank you for hosting.


  13. I hate good byes too! Lovely, tender scene. I can see how you put your readers on the edge!


  14. What a sweet scene! I was unmoved at first, thinking that all the heat had been spent earlier in the book, but then you hit me with, "sending fiery impulses to every part of my body." Nice job!

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  15. such a wonderful scene...i really enjoyed it. will have to add the book to my wishlist!

  16. Loved the excerpt. Sounds like a great book.

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  17. Lovely excerpt. Thanks for being part of the hop and giving us a chance to win.

  18. Great Excerpt, Thank you for the giveaway..

  19. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

  20. Thank you for the giveaway!


  21. Aww, that was a very sweet excerpt! reneeroseauthor at gmail .com

  22. This looks like such an awesome hop!

  23. Very cute, I like the t-shirt stealing :D

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
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  24. Looks like a fun book--thanks for participating!


  25. Enjoyed the excerpt. My TBR list is getting longer and longer!
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  26. Loved the excerpt!! Thanks for an awesome hop and a great giveaway!!!

  27. What I love about reading romance is about how people findlove and the happy ending. Thank you for the giveaway and I hope I win the kindle fire!!!

    A great excerpt you posted! thank you!

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  28. Loved the excerpt, thanks for participating and the giveaway.
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  29. great excerpt :) Congrats on your upcoming release!

  30. Thanks for the chance. GFC followed. Great excerpt.

  31. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!
    GFC follower

    thanks for the contest!!

  32. Thanks for sharing this excerpt!
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  33. Thanks for the chance!

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  34. thanks for participating

  35. Thanks for participating! This is fun.

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway
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  37. Thanks for participating! Really like the hop so far!! I love reading, especially romance. I love reading contemporary, historical and erotic romance. I love the happy ending that is garenteed at the end. My favorite book is Lover Mine by JR Ward! I love John Matthew and Xhex. My favorite romantic moment was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! We meant two years ago right around when summer was ending! I think it is romantic when he brings me flowers because no one else has ever done it! My friend and I went out for our last big night out before classes started again. Thanks so much! Hope everyone else is having a great long weekend!!

  38. Thanks for the great giveaway chances!

  39. Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your sequel. Well done!

  40. aw! I love that. I miss those two!!

  41. Thanks for the excerpt.
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  42. Thank you for the giveaway!
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  43. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  44. Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!

  45. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!

  46. Love to read romance books because I like to know that at least someone is getting an HEA, even if the characters are only fiction! Thanks for joining the hop and the awesome giveaway!
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  47. It sounds like it be a great read. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway.

  48. My favorite thing about romance is the journey the hero and heroine go on to find their HEA!
    Thanks for sharing. Love the blog, great hop!

  49. Figure skating!!!! YES!!!

    Samantha Jane

  50. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!

  51. Thanks for joining this hop.. I love reading..

  52. Thanks for the fun. DebP

  53. Thanks for being in the hop!

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  54. Figure skating, huh? Did you ever see Cutting Edge? Gotta love the "toe pick" scenes. Now that was a romance.
    For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

  55. That was a great excerpt from Edge of the Past, I think I'd enjoy reading that book! :) I love skating even though I've never done it myself before, haha. Thank you for the give away and for being part of the hop!

    Crystal Craig

  56. Sounds like a wonderful series...that's what I like about blog hops - discovering authors new to me!
    Michele L.

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  57. Loved the excerpt. I look forward in reading this series; I have added it to my wish list.

    Tracey D
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  58. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  59. sounds like another good one, thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  60. Thank you for the giveaway.

  61. Thanks for the chance! I enjoyed the excerpt.


  62. Thanks for the contest!
    Romance can be as simple as holding hands with your loved one!

  63. Thanks for the giveaway! LIFE ON THE EDGE sounds fantastic!

    GFC: oh! paper pages


  64. Great excerpt. Thx for giveaway.

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  65. Thank you for being part of the blog hop. :)


  66. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven! :-}

    I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can like, HOT sex and the HEA! <^_^>

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  67. Nice excerpt.


  68. This is a great hop. I love romances. I am so addicted to them that I can't pass a bookstore without going in and buying a book.

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway! Like the little snippet.

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  70. Thanks for being on the hop! I love reading romances for their happy ending. Can't go wrong with two people finding their true love.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  71. Thanks for the great giveaway and excerpt!

  72. thanks for the contest!
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  73. Great blog post and thanks so much for this great opportunity!