Love, Lust & Lipstick Stains: Spring Fling Blog Hop

Love, Lust, and Lipstick Spring Fling Blog Hop graphicWelcome to the Love, Lust, and Lipstick Stains Spring Fling Blog Hop, 4/21 – 4/24!

Over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to provide some great posts and giveaways. Plus, be sure to enter the Grand Prize giveaway for a Kindle, gift cards, paperbacks, and more!

Romance Chat with Carina Tranquilli

My feisty heroine from HAVEN joins me on the hop today, interviewing me on the romance topic.

Okay, Carina, I’m all yours. And thanks for taking the reins here.

No Problem, Celia. I’ll keep it simple. For now. What’s your favorite romance?
Good question. And oh, there’s so much romance goodness out there. As you know from your own romantic experiences starring in Haven, I love urban fantasy (UF) with a strong romantic component. And I adore paranormal romance (PNR). I write and read both. I also enjoy a good Highlander Romance. Contemporary, too.

That’s great, Celia. And thanks for Alexander. He’s undead Awesome Sauce. Now, give us some specific reading recs, per favore.
My pleasure, Carina. Or rather, yours, re: Alexander *ahem*… 😉

Paranormal recommendations: Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark, J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander Series, Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine series, and Laura Kaye’s Hearts of Anemoi series.

Grazie for the reading recs. Now tell us, why do you like reading romances?
I like stories with a Happily Ever After (HEA), or at the very least a Happily For Now (HFN). Romances give me that, and more.

flowerFair enough. Do you have any fun/embarrassing stories from WRITING that sweaty scene? I just bet you do.
And you’d win that bet! One evening, while I was working on a paranormal romance featuring a merman-human hybrid — and writing a steamy bathroom scene between my hot hero and his human heroine — my husband peered over my shoulder and said,

“Your brain scares me.” [Pause.] “I wish I could unsee that.”

Best. Compliments. Ever. LOL 🙂

If I had a dollar for every time someone said “you scare me…” (Carina shakes her head) but I digress. Okay, Celia, almost done with the interrogation, I mean, interview. Do you have a favorite sexy scene
Oh man, there are so many awesome sexy scenes in so many delightful romances, how can I possibly pick just one?

Hm… Okay, sheesh don’t give me the evil eye!

Here: Laura Kaye’s *awesome* contemporary romance Hearts In Darkness features a man and a woman trapped in an elevator in the dark. Their interactions in the darkness are so, so good. Read my review for more info.

Va bene, Celia. Last question: Do you have romances to share?
Haven book coverYes. Let’s share yours, Carina.

Short blurb: San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli discovers latent powers and makes peace with her vampire family, destiny and soul mate, with Team Evil in hot pursuit.

Here’s a romance snippet:
Alexander crushed his lips to mine. Need roared through me and my hands burrowed into his thick, silky hair, holding his head as if he might try to escape. He growled his approval against my lips, his kiss growing more insistent. He tasted metallic, like the blood he’d consumed. Again, I found I liked the taste…

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My e-gift card giveaway ends 12:01AM PST, Friday, April 25, 2014. Winner of e-gift card announced here, Friday, April 25, 2014.

What to comment: What are your favorite spring romance reads? Or, simply say hello!

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Image Credits
Haven book cover by Amanda Kelsey. Copyright Champagne Book Group. All rights reserved.
Flower photo, Copyright 2013 Elinor Mills, all rights reserved. Used with permission.


Celia’s Site-Specific, Starbucks $5 E-Gift Card Giveaway Winner: the gods at have spoken…congrats Skeeter Lee (@KinkyVanillaRom)!

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