Thursday, January 31, 2013

FOOLS FOR LUV GIVEAWAY HOP & THE GRAND PRIZES

FOOLS FOR LOVE GIVEAWAY HOP AND GRAND PRIZES

 It's finally here and we are very excited to offer you an exciting event with 14 days of posts and prizes from top shelf authors and bloggers along with a fourteen day giveaway hop and our fabulous grand prize offerings of SEVEN Grand Prize Packages donated by a bevy of fabuolous individuals and companies. Two Bonus Gift Card will be randomly attached to any package!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Little Naughty: The Pin-Up



PIN-UP GIRLS?!?!?!?


How could we?

Dana and I may both be modern women -- women who freely chose out life circumstances, but that doesn't mean we aren't "girls" too. A little objectification goes a long way and now women objectify men as much as men do women. If you don't think so check out some book covers or the pictures my friends put up on Facebook. And, Pin-Ups are a little naughty - like many of the books we write about.

And, ten years ago I would ave looked at them differently, but I have changed and, now, I like them.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thanks to Coreene Callahan and Suzanne Johnson!






Two writers each donated their time, enthusiasm and Grand Prize Packages to our event and we would like to thank them for helping make Fools for Luv a great time!. 
Coreene Callahan writes books about Hot men who can shift into dragons or dragons that can shift into really sexy guys.  Some of the dragons are the good guys and some are really, really bad guys.  Coreene also guest posts on February 7th with a few ideas on how to keep love alive all year.

Suzanne Johnson writes fondly of a city close to her heart, New Orleans. There are shifters in Suzanne's books too, they mostly bark or howl when furry and growl sexily when they are more human; there are also Wizards, and Undead Pirates. Just like New Orleans, her books are full of characters! Her guest post on February 9 is a Pirate's Guide to Modern Romance by one of her characters, the infamous Jean LaFitte. .









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Monday, January 28, 2013

Thank You, Penguin!

      The joy of reading brings so many readers together time and time again. When readers gather to discuss their latest book selections, new and meaningful relationships are established. Book bloggers are a unique group of book lovers, each whom have an incredible platform in which to record and define how each book resonates with them. Our love of literature is fickle and vast, leading to a new book crush just about every week. To read, review, and discuss our passion is second nature to dedicated readers. Publishers play a huge role in what bloggers do day after day. They play an integral part as supporters of the blogging community and are vital to reviewers that yearn for well written stories that transport them to far off lands and dreams.

    Fools for Luv would like to thank Berkley/NAL the Penguin Group USA for their generous gift, a tremendous shipment of books from various authors. Your magnanimous gift has allowed Fools for Luv to offer visitors and followers, rich and vibrant works of literature guaranteed to delight readers. Your commitment to readers and the blogging community is appreciated by those who love to read and blog about their books.

     Thanks to donors like Penguin, Fools for Luv will be able to give back to a community of readers that nourish the industry and enrich the book blogging community.

We invite you to take a closer look at the amazing titles Penguin gifted us with.
New American Library (NAL)


A TEMPTING DIVERSION
Things have always fallen into place for Richard Moore, Earl of Raleigh. His good looks, abundance of charm, and the small matter of being heir to a marquisate make him quite the catch. So when a delectable young woman wants nothing to do with him, he can’t help but seize the irresistible challenge.

AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP
Jane Bunting knows all about responsibility—she has managed to support herself and her brother with their bakery—but she knows nothing of excitement or passion. When dashing Lord Raleigh crosses the threshold of her shop, she has no idea of the potential danger to her reputation…or to her heart.

AN IMPOSSIBLE MATCH
Neither imagined things would go so far—until the night their worlds collide, irrevocably changing both their lives. But when duty calls for Richard, and with everything Jane's worked for suddenly at stake, will their taste for scandal be their downfall?




As a hard winter on the Colorado mountainside finally yields to spring, more than snow is melting in Angel’s End…

To Cassie Parker, Colorado is the farthest point on earth from the dusty, troubled life she left behind in Texas. Here she has a birthright—her grandfather’s land not far from town—and a chance at a promising new start. And Jake Reece certainly is promising.

There’s never been a day in Jake’s life that he didn’t work harder than anyone else, and he’s got a thousand head of cattle and the ranch of his wildest dreams to prove it. Yet winter has a way of making even the most independent of men long for more. That must be why he’s so drawn to the strange, secretive beauty who’s taken up on the Parker land.

But when Cassie runs afoul of the local cattleman’s association—with Jake at the helm—what started as sparks ignites into a full blaze. And things in Angel’s End are about to really heat up…





Princess Mercedes’s story… 

 While journeying home from Scotland, Princess Mercedes of Alden’s coach is set upon and her personal guard killed. Barely escaping with her life, she seeks help at a nearby inn. But with no money and looking little better than a beggar, the townsfolk think her claims of being a princess to be nothing more than a far-fetched tale. Utterly forsaken, Mercedes wonders what is to become of her.
     After years of soldiering, dispossessed Laird Daniel MacKinnon is finally coming home. At an inn he is confronted by a bedraggled young woman claiming to be of royal blood. Daniel doesn’t believe her wild tale, but when she asks for his protection, he agrees to serve as her bodyguard—in turn she promises to reward him handsomely once they reach London. But Mercedes is still being pursued by ruthless hunters whose motives remain unclear.
    As the danger increases, so does the desire she and Daniel feel for each other, until the two of them must face the greatest danger of all—falling in love.




Ember's Kiss cover    For centuries, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have hidden themselves from mankind, defending the earth’s treasures in secrecy. But as the final reckoning with the Slayers—who are determined to eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them—heats up, even the most ancient secrets will be revealed.…

Brandon Merrick is determined to banish his shifter nature forever. The charismatic tattooed surfer is on the cusp of the ultimate challenge—to prove himself on the whitecaps of Hawaii and secure his future as a pro surfer. But his dragon isn’t prepared to be tamed so easily....

One look at marine biologist Liz Barrett ignites the spark of a firestorm: Liz is his destined mate and his chance for happiness. While Brandon sees their first night together as just the beginning, his dragon seizes the upper hand. Awakening in the company of a raging dragon challenges Liz’s ability to believe her own eyes. Can Brandon accept his inner beast in time to make it work with Liz?

Neither one realizes Brandon is caught in an ancient Slayer’s scheme to enslave him. When the deadly plot ignites, the very island will be at risk...and Brandon and his mate could be the ultimate sacrifice.



“I NEED TO KNOW IF ANYONE WAS KILLED LAST NIGHT.”

In his years working for the private security firm The Edge, Clay Marshall has seen it all. But the recent blackouts he's been having are new. So is waking up with blood on his hands and clothes, with no memory of where the blood came from—or who he might have killed. He hates to admit it, but he needs help.

Dr. Leigh Vaughn has treated other Edge employees before, but from the moment she sees him for the first time, Clay strikes her as a special breed of man. She knows he’s dangerous, and distrustful of doctors, but she finds herself drawn to him even as his own steely exterior gives way to his growing desire for her.

Neither knows, however, that Clay is being used as a pawn in a larger experiment, and that his blackouts are only the first step toward a terrifying goal. And both Leigh and Clay will put themselves in harm’s way to stop an unseen enemy—and to save one another.





          
Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.
Warrior angels, vampire hunters, and angels gone bad heat up this altogether sizzling paranormal alternate universe. This anthology of novellas features Angels' Wolf, Angels' Judgement, Angels' Pawn, and the never-before-published Angels' Dance.



The Wardens of the Realm are a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England from any threat. But in this steam-powered world, there’s a fine line between enemy and ally… 

Reeling from her brother’s death, beautiful American spy Claire Brooks has vowed revenge on the member of The Company who she believes to be responsible: Stanton Howard. But when she chases the man to London, Claire is captured by the Wardens of the Realm and placed in the custody of the Earl of Wolfred, the dashing Alistair Payne.

Seeing the prospect of retribution slipping away, Claire convinces Alistair that she has defected and will help him take down The Company. As they travel via steam liner, Claire and Alistair must pretend to be engaged. Claire can’t deny the growing attraction she feels for her pretend husband, but when Howard is finally within her reach, she will have to decide whether her true loyalties lie with The Company or with her heart…





Four unlikely brides make their way west—and find love where they least expect it in award-winner Kaki Warner’s heartwarming series, one “as stellar as her Blood Rose trilogy…”

Edwina Ladoux hoped becoming a mail-order bride would be her way out of the war-torn South, but as soon as she arrives in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, and meets her hulking, taciturn groom, she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Declan Brodie already had one flighty wife who ran off with a gambler before being killed by Indians. He’s hoping for a practical farm woman who can corral his four rambunctious children. Instead, he gets a skinny Southern princess who doesn’t even know how to cook.

Luckily, Edwina and Declan agreed on a three-month courtship period, allowing them time to get the proxy marriage annulled. Yet as the weeks pass, thoughts of annulment turn into hopes for a real marriage—until the unspeakable happens, and suddenly Declan is torn between duty and desire, and Edwina has to fight for the family she’s grown to love…



Again, thank you for all you have done, Penguin. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A SPECIAL GRAND PRIZE OFFERING FROM HARPER COLLINS/AVON

A few weeks ago my contact at Harper Collins emailed me that as a grand prize to a SINGLE WINNER they wanted to offer their complete Mass Market Paperback Line up for February. Shipping from Publisher, 18 and over, USA ONLY
That's six hot-off-the-presses books!
ONE GOOD EARL DESERVES A LOVER by Sarah MacLean
THE LASS WORE BLACK by Karen Ranney
SEX AND THE SINGLE FIREMAN by Jennifer Bernard
THE RED DIARY by Toni Blake
DESTINY’S EMBRACE by Beverly Jenkins
FRANKLY, MY DEAR by Sandra Hill


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, the second book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s award-winning Rules of Scoundrels series, is a lively, romantic adventure, starring a lovable, sometimes bumbling heroine and a sexy, leading man who offer up plenty of steamy sexual tension.
Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, the always proper and logical Lady Philippa “Pippa” Marbury wants to learn about London’s dark side before she happily heads off to the country and embraces married life. But it’s in London’s shadowy corners where she meets Cross, the brooding, mysterious bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell. He’s a rogue in every sense of the word. Or is he?
The heroes of the Rule of Scoundrels books will steal the hearts of their heroines and readers alike! HARPER COLLINS








In The Lass Wore Black, New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney offers up a new tale of desire and romance in the Scottish Highlands.
After a near-death experience at the hands of her lover in London, a physically and emotionally damaged Catriona Cameron flees to Edinburgh to heal. It’s up to Dr. Mark Thorburn, disguised as a footman, to capture her heart and make her whole again.
Fans of Mary Balogh won’t be able to resist this tale from Karen Ranney, the Queen of the Scottish historical romance. Deeply emotional and satisfying, The Lass Wore Black is a suspenseful tale mixed with adventure, passion, and compelling characters you will fall in love with.  Harper Collins





There's a hardnosed new training officer in town, and that's bad news for the
Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel . . .
But great news for firefighter Sabina Jones . . . maybe.
The toughest captain on the East Coast, single father Rick Roman has come thousands of miles to San Gabriel to put an end to the "Bachelor Firemen" media hype. But when a stunning woman he nearly hooked up with in Reno turns out to be a firefighter from his new station, Roman realizes it's going to be tough keeping the tabloids at bay.
But there's even more Sabina isn't telling him. Before dedicating herself to battling blazes, Sabina led a very different life, one that made her famous. The last thing she wants is to have her secret exposed. The papers, bloggers, and TV gossips will have a field day with that—expecially when they sense the obvious sexual heat between Sabina and Chief Roman, who's torn between firing her . . . and falling in love with her! Harper Collins





The Red Diary, an erotic tale from rising romance star Toni Blake, takes readers on a sensual adventure in a story of seductive retribution.
Lauren Ash keeps a private journal filled with her deepest, most intimate sexual fantasies... When house painter Nick Armstrong finds it, he plans to use the red-hot content to break Lauren’s heart—a proper revenge for the wrongs his family suffered at the hands of Lauren’s father so many years ago.
Racy and fun, intimate and touching, The Red Diary features rich, compelling characters and a suspenseful, passionate escapade that you won’t want to put down. Harper Collins 











Award-winning romance author Beverly Jenkins offers up another high-stakes historical romance that is sure to make you swoon.
With Destiny’s Embrace, Jenkins brings readers back to the American West, where Logan Yates, a self-important ranch owner, must confront his feelings for his beautiful, free spirited housekeeper, Mariah Cooper. While they bicker incessantly, their sexual tension is palpable, and only rises when Mariah's former lover arrives on the scene. Will she accept Logan's heart?
Set in 19th-century California, Destiny's Embrace features unforgettable characters and a satisfying mix of adventure and passion from nation's premier writer of African-American historical romance. Harper Collins








Travel to 18th-century Louisiana in Frankly, My Dear, New York Times bestselling author Sandra Hill's sexy and sassy re-imagining of Gone with the Wind.
All New York fashion model Selene knows about the Old South is what she sees in the classic movie. When she magically finds herself in the Louisiana bayou, surrounded by Southern belles and gentlemen, she does her best to follow the example set by Scarlett , but is brooding yet alluring plantation owner James Baptiste truly her Rhett?
Frankly, My Dear features spicy innuendo, a dash of good humor, and a satisfying mix of temptation, passion, and new and unexpected love. Scintillating and sensual, Sandra Hill offers up a historical romance in her trademark style that will satisfy her fans and new readers alike. Harper Collins




Come back, please February 1 to 14 to enter for this and more grand prizes for the Giveaway Hop!
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

BLOG HOP AND GRAND PRIZES!

FOOLS FOR LOVE GIVEAWAY HOP AND GRAND PRIZES

THE HOP DOESN'T OPEN FOR ENTRIES UNTIL 2/1 but take a look at the awesome participating blog and the grand prize packages! 

It's Finally here and we are very excited to offer you an exciting event with 14 days of posts and prizes from top shelf authors and bloggers along with a fourteen day giveaway hop and our fabulous grand prize offerings of SEVEN Grand Prize Packages donated by a bevy of fabulous individuals and companies. Thanks to the many donors - corporate and wonderful authors who made donations to the event or helped sponsor the expenses.

Here are our Grand Prizes, followed by our entry form and then the list of other sites on the hop.  You can go from one hop site to another and enter to win dozens of prizes.

Our hop prizes - well I divided them up and then if anyhting else comes in, I will randomly assign it to any package that doesn't have that item in it.   So they'll be  surprise bonuses assigned at the end of the event!
Rules are right under the Rafflecopter form.  Due to the number of prizes, all prizes are available to USA only addresses.  And, you must be at least 18 to enter.

Here are pictures of and contents: Stand Fabric, and other display items are not included.


PRIZE A

Prize Package A:  Swag, Fair Game by Taylor Keating, Touch of Steel by Kate Cross, Scorched by Laura Griffin, Edge of Sanity by Shannon K. Butcher, and Ember's Kiss by Deborah Cooke.


PRIZE B
Prize Package B: From Suzanne Johnson's Sentinels of New Orleans a Honorary Sentinel T-Shirt, a copy of River Road and a copy of Royal Street (both signed) , Fleur de Lis bar coasters, a bracelet from Debra Anastasia with Crushed Seraphim cards, and assorted swag.



PRIZE C

Prize Package C:  I think of this package as the Indulgences package.  It contains A Taste of Scandal by Erin Knightly, Colorado Heart by Cindy Holby, Her Highness and the Highlander by Tracy Anne Warren, Bookmarks, 2 Sephora Body Wash pods, a notepad and a pen from Gabrielle Bisset.

PRIZE D


Prize Package D has assorted swag from Coreene Callahan, Gabrielle Bisset, and Lara Adrian, Edge of Sanity by Shannon K. Butcher, Ember's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, Angel's Flight, and Angels Blood both by Nalini Singh, and an arc of Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher, and a pen from Gabrielle Bisset.


Prize E

Prize Package E:  This has something for lovers of adult and YA genre fiction.  Bookmarks, one of Gabrielle Bisset's Pens, Lightbringer by K.D. McEntire, and ARC of Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner,  Next to Love by Ellen Friedman and Ember's Kiss  by Deborah Cooke, and a flash drive from Scholastic with an intro to a free reading app.

Prize F


Prize Package F:  This has one of LL Bean's famous tote Bags embroidered with Fools for Luv, and Coreene Callahan's Knight Awakened and Fury of Fire, plus some bookmarks!


PRIZE G



Prize Package G : Edge of Sanity by Shannon K. Butcher, and Ember's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner, Colorado Heart and Claire Ashgrove's Immortal Surrender, handmade jewelry by Debra Anastasia, Ellora's Pack Trading Card, and one of their "Clicky for a Quickie" clickers.

PRIZE H

Prize Package H: Consists of a $25 Amazom Gift Code from Joey W. Hill (emailed from her), (mailed from us) Edge of Sanity by Shannon K. Butcher and  Ember's Kiss by Deborah Cooke and some bookmarks.


All of these items have been readied. Are you ready to enter???

Enter Using this Entry Form: a Rafflecopter giveaway


RULES

Entering the Contest certifies and affirms that you have read the rules and affirm that you are indeed over 18, have a USA address and agree to the contest terms.

1. You MUST be at least 18 years of age.
2.  You must have an address in the United States where you can take delivery of the prize package.
3. You must provide all requested information and it must be the correct information.  Incorrect information shall immediately void the entry.
4. Once a winner's email is sent the winner will have 24 hours to respond. If that person doesn 't respond the n each other winner will move up a slot and a new winner for the last position shall be chosen.
5. Contest goes from 12:00 AM on February 1, 2013 through to the very last second of the calendar date February 14, 2013.
6. We reserve the right to make any changes we deem necessary and remain the sole abiters of any decisions to be made in reference to the contest..
7. Prizes may ship in separate packages (media mail and regular). Once we ship a prize we are not responsible for loss or damage in shipping.
8. Once we notify the provider of a prize not shipped by us we no longer have any ability or responsibility for the prize.  All are offered in good faith.
9. We have no responsibility to police, control, change advise, instruct or in any way administer the activities of any of the other blogs in the hop.   We neither  know nor endorse the blogs, authors, or their prizes.
10 Void where Prohibited.


We urge you to visit and enter contest being offered at these sites:


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Participants Prize

As Dana and I got more and more into this project we also became more and more excited about our participants and the wonderful guests and blog hoppers! So we decided to offer a special prize for all the guest posters and blog hoppers. Continue

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Attempting the New and Naughty This Valentine's Day

      Have you ever read or thumbed through one of the vast editions of the Kama Sutra, the ancient Indian instructive text on sexuality?  I still remember the first time I laid eyes on volume of text with elicit  pictures titled Kama Sutra in large gold letters.  At the time I was a young girl in love with all things romance; I spent the vast majority of my time at the local library reading of dreamy heroes who road off into the sunset on their trusty steeds with their loves. 

In was during one of those jaunts into the worlds of days gone by that my young eyes came across the Kama Sutra mentioned in one of my books.  After reading about the heroine finding the book in the hero's library and being shocked, I knew I had to find out more about this picture book.  I still remember finding the book on the shelves of my local library and feeling as if I were about to embark on the unknown, but excited non the less.  So, off I went to my favorite quiet corner of the library to read the very taboo book, that young girls were not supposed to read. 

Needless to say it was educational and put certain aspects of romance I had only read about in books into perspective.

Fast forward to the present and the ancient Kama Sutra is tame in comparison to today's more explicit texts available for the more daring of lovers. We live in an age when exploring our sexuality is more acceptable, allowing women to ask more from their partners when it comes to their needs.  A happier woman makes for a happier relationship, especially if she feels satisfied sexually.  Smart men and women have written a vast number of books just for men, too. Brilliant!  If you ask me, some men just need a little help.

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to be wicked and try something bold and new.  Play out a scene from one of your all time favorite romance books, play dress up, get tied up or tie someone up, you get my drift. I always find it so enjoyable, the secret planning that goes on weeks before that special day.  The special note to meet  you at a certain hotel room, what you plan to wear or better said, not wear.  The menu to enhance the appetite, the music that will forever be tied to that one night. Whether you are spontaneous or a planner, special thought goes into Valentine's Day — you should always leave a lasting impression.   Enjoy yourself, and make it memorable, try something new, own the day.

Have you ever read the Kama Sutra? 


I thought I'd share Barnes & Noble's Current list of the Top 5 best sellers delving into sexuality.


Guide To Getting It On!: A Book About the Wonders of SexGuide To Getting It On!: A Book About the Wonders of Sex
by Paul Joannides, Daerick, Sr. Gross Sr. (Illustrator)













Loving Sex: The Book of Joy and PassionLoving Sex: The Book of Joy and Passion

by  Laura Berman















365 Sex Positions: A New Way Every Day for a Steamy, Erotic Year

365 Sex Positions: A New Way Every Day for a Steamy, Erotic Year
by Lisa Sweet,  Amorata Press Editors





















She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a WomanShe Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman
by Ian Kerner, Ian Kerner

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do You Have an Unrequited LOVE?
THE GUARDIAN Locates the GIRL FROM IPANEMA





The real life Girl from Ipanema Helô Pinheiro.
The real life Girl from
Ipanema Helô Pinheiro.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Last August THE GUARDIAN's Johnathan Watts tracked down and spoke with Helo Pinheiro (left),  the inspiration for this classic song detailing unrequited love.  Granted the story is about "love" based on nothing more than the girl's good looks and her good sense to not engage with ride men catcalling her from bars, but the syncopation,  mournful lyrics and nostalgia made this a hit and continue to keep this song at the top of many play lists.

In the early 1960s, a 17-year-old girl called Helô Pinheiro would walk past the Veloso bar on the beachfront of Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, every day. She was "tall and tanned and young and lovely" – and she was regaled by the men who drank there.
"When they saw me, they would whistle and shout out, 'Hey beautiful girl! Come over here,'" says Pinheiro, the girl from Ipanema who inspired the song of the same name – which turns 50 today. "I did not know who they were until years later." The barflies she ignored were the composer Tom Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes, who turned desire and frustration into a track that is now second only to the Beatles' Yesterday as the most recorded song in the world, a sultry hymn to unrequited lust that launched the bossa nova rhythm across the world.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/01/helo-pinheiro-girl-from-ipanema
Have you ever had an unrequited love? Was it love, attraction or lust?
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