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#WineWednesday What People Think I do as a Writer with Wine

You’ll have to excuse as I’m a little punch drunk today. No, not too much wine, just a lot of work! I was up until close to midnight finishing up a project!

But speaking of wine . . . Some wine fun for you today!

Have a great Wednesday and don’t forget to check out all the giveaways going on for ONE SUMMER NIGHT! You can find them all on my Facebook Page and on Twitter and on Instagram.

Some Upcoming Events & Taking a Break

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve got some writing and work-related obligations coming up for the next two weeks, so I’ll be absent off and on. I’ll pop in when I can to share photos, etc. and events.

Right now, there are a few upcoming events for you! I’ll be at RomCon in Denver from September 25 to 27. If you’re going, I’d love to spend some time with you!

I’ve also got a few release parties scheduled and here goes:

Romancing the Military Man Release Party – September 29

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Hot Hometown Hunks Release Party – Oct 6

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Edge of Never Release Party – Oct 14

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Guest Blog and Winners!

Time for some winners for all the past blog hops & contests!

Those of you who attended the chat with the wonderful Aimee & David Thurlo, thank you! I’ve written to you to get your contact details and the prizes will be going out shortly!

For the Lisa Renee Jones blog for a chance to win HOT VAMPIRE TOUCH and a copy of Lisa’s December release WICKED WEREWOLF NIGHT in e-book as well as a little goodie bag with fun surprises, the lucky winner is Kelly Mueller.

The winner of a LOST T-shirt and a $10 Gift Card from the Spooktacular Blog hop is Amy Stogner!

Please send me your postal addresses so we can get your contest wins out to you.

For a chance for some more giveaways, visit with me later today at the Harlequin Paranormal Romance Blog.

Discover Diane Escalera’s Dangerous Desire & Giveaway

Over ten years ago, Kensington Publishing launched the short-lived, but innovative, Encanto Latino romance line. The women who came together to write for that line formed the Encantadoras sisterhood. A sisterhood that has continued for many of us through the trials and tribulations of the publishing world.

That’s why it’s so exciting and joyful for me today to have with me Diane Escalera, one of my writing sisters. Diane is going to share with us her new release, DANGEROUS DESIRE, from Lyrical Press.

Please welcome Diane today! To help celebrate the release, I am offering up a $10 gift card and a copy of THE LOST to one lucky reader who leaves a comment by July 21, midnight PST (I want to give my California friends the time to post!)

About Diane Escalera

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I relocated to South Florida, a sultry paradise I instantly fell in love with. Unlike most authors, I didn’t know I was destined to write. In fact, I worked in banking for many years, but deep down knew that it wasn’t my dream job.

At the young age of thirty-five, my sister died of an illness. I realized the same thing could happen to me. There are no guarantees. I couldn’t waste another moment doing something I didn’t love.

Writing was one of my greatest joys when I was growing up. While still working at the bank, I decided to enroll in an intensive course where I learned everything I could about the craft. It didn’t take long before I left the bank to pursue a writing career.

Still living in South Florida, I’m married, have two children and a super cute Dachshund I can’t get enough of. I feel truly blessed to be able to share my stories. I only wish I could have shared them with my sister.

Dangerous Desire will be available on July 18th at Lyrical Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Digital Bookstores everywhere. The Print Edition comes out in October.

Please visit www.DianeEscalera.com to learn more about my sexy tales. I love to interact with readers! “Like” my fan page at www.Facebook.com/DianeEscaleraOfficial. Follow me on www.Twitter.com/DianeEscalera.

DANGEROUS DESIRE Excerpt

In full view, Cruz stripped off his sweaty black tee and Sienna nearly had a heart attack. Jesus Christ. The men at her gym would’ve despised him.

Her eyes slowly drank him in. Good God. He had the sexiest bod she’d ever seen. Taut and tan, his muscles were chiseled in a way that gave his dimensions beautiful symmetry. Tori would’ve been impressed. She’d always preached about the importance of muscle balance. Some men took it to the extreme. Not Cruz. He sported a tapered waist with shredded abs, V-shaped torso, and arms that made her drool because, if she had to pick a favorite body part, arms were it.

He used the dirty shirt to dry sweat off his gorgeous frame. Her eyes followed his movements, stopping at the bulldog tattoo etched on his sculpted pec, with the word Marines below. He’d been in the service, a kickass Marine. How hot!

He busted her checking him out.

She yanked her eyes away. Jeez. Her face probably looked as red as it felt.

Holding up a fresh shirt, he shook it out a few times. The sound of fabric caught her attention. Her gaze slid that way again. Okay. Sound had nothing to do with it. She just had to look one more time. He pulled the shirt over his head. Terrific. Now he wore a white muscle shirt tailor-made for his ripped physique. The thing should’ve been outlawed.

Wearing a sly smirk, he combed his fingers through his short, spiky hair. Running down the inside of his arm below his rock-hard biceps, he had another tattoo, this one with five small Chinese symbols. What a unique spot for a tattoo, and unbelievably sexy, like everything else about him.

Even his name sounded hot.

He climbed into the driver’s seat and snapped his door shut. He didn’t look at her, but then, he didn’t have to. She knew he knew what kind of effect that little display had on her. Oh yeah. He had it written all over that smug face. He might be a soaking-wet dream she didn’t mind entertaining on a nightly basis, but she didn’t have to be so obvious.

Sienna grabbed her seatbelt and tried to latch it.

“Damn,” Cruz mumbled, as he watched her struggle with the belt. He turned on the ignition and flipped the air conditioning to the highest setting.

She looked at his face instead of his sinewy arm. It took willpower, because those arms really did it for her. “Is there a trick?” The mechanism wouldn’t click into place.

“I keep forgetting to get that thing checked,” he said. “Don’t usually carry passengers except for Roman.” He looked back at his dog and grinned. Roman sat on the bench seat patiently waiting to go bye-bye.

“It doesn’t work at all?” She preferred to wear a seatbelt, and not just because of the law. South Florida had some loony drivers.

“It just takes a little maneuvering,” he replied. “Let me give it a try.” He turned all that magnificence toward her and reached across her chest.

Holy crap, he was totally in her face, his delicious body stretched across her lap. She held her breath and pressed her back into the seat, felt his weight, smelled his soap and baby shampoo. Her every cell fell under his spell. She tried to find her voice. “Any luck?” she squeaked out.

They were eye-to-eye, his mouth so close that if she puckered her lips, that would be it. His gaze traveled downward. He tilted his head like he wanted to kiss her. Uh-oh. She hadn’t made out in years. She probably sucked at it by now. A magnetic intensity pulled her to him, and she had a feeling she’d relearn pretty quickly. Her body buzzed with sexual urgency. Not once in her life had she felt this consumed, this desperate to feel a man’s lips on hers.

Whew, is it hot in here or what? I hope you enjoyed Diane’s visit. Feel free to leave questions and comments for Diane and the giveaway.

Also, if you feel like chatting, I’ll be at the Writerspace chat room tonight at 9 pm EST. Stop by for some fun and prizes!

Guilty Pleasure Monday – Tom Brady, Guest Blogs & Giveaways

Being a Jet-Giants fan, you know I would never be a big fan of the New England Patriots and yet this weekend, as I was watching the games, I caught an interview with Tom Brady. Now, I’d never thought he was all that cute before, but this new slightly scruffy longer-haired look and ready smile sure certifies him as hottie material!

So today’s Guilty Pleasure Monday hottie is none other than Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, father of two and hubby to a supermodel.

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Don’t forget there is a wickedly good blog tour going on with all kinds of giveaways at the various stops. You can find out more by clicking here!

Also take a moment to visit Books on the House and Paranormal Haven who are hosting me today and have some goodies for you to possibly win!

Wicked Wednesday – ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH?

To that I have to say – today I am not! Sorry not to have an excerpt for you, but I am swamped with work and writing deadlines. I will be back tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve been busy hopping around the blogosphere and there are a ton of places you can visit for more info on STRONGER THAN SIN and some giveaways here and there. Take a moment to visit one of these spots on the ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH BLOG tour.

11/8/2010 http://thebooktree.blogspot.com

11/8/2010 http://maryinhb.blogspot.com

11/8/2010 http://www.froggaritasbookcase.net

11/8/2010 http://threeboysandanoldlady.blogspot.com/

11/8/2010 http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/

11/8/2010 http://www.rexrobotreviews.com

11/9/2010 http://cuzinlogic.wordpress.com

11/10/2010 http://www.saveyspender.com

11/11/2010 http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

11/12/2010 http://theromancereviews.blogspot.com

11/13/2010 http://booksandmakeup.blogspot.com

11/14/2010 www.triciareads.blogspot.com

11/16/2010 http://bridget3420.blogspot.com

11/16/2010 www.sarahsblogoffun.com

11/18/2010 http://chrissysworldofbooks.blogspot.com/

11/19/2010 www.thecajunbooklady.com

11/19/2010 http://www.libslibrary.blogspot.com

11/19/2010 www.lovetoreadforfun.com

11/19/2010 http://www.renees-reads.blogspot.com/

11/19/2010 http://candidclevercosteffective.net/

11/19/2010 http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.com

11/19/2010 http://startingfreshnyc.com/

11/19/2010 http://dkay401-challenges.blogspot.com

11/19/2010 http://thefictionenthusiast.blogspot.com/

Guilty Pleasures Monday – Football and the Blog Tour!

If you know even a little bit about STRONGER THAN SIN, you know I’m a football fan in addition to being a baseball fan. I root for the JETS and GIANTS and hope that one day New Jersey will have its own football team. It’s why I invented the New Jersey MARAUDERS as Jesse Bradford’s team in the book.

My family and I were watching the Colts-Eagles game yesterday when one of the young players – Austin Collie – took a punishing hit. We held our breaths as he went down and prayed he would be okay since he was clearly injured. We learned later on that he suffered a concussion. So today is dedicated to this young man. Everything I’ve read about him indicates that he is an outstanding individual and I hope he heals quickly. (Photo Credit: BYU Cougars Football)

Today begins the ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH Blog tour! Stop by one of the blogs to find out more about me and my books and to possibly win a prize as some of the blogs are hosting giveaways.