Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop 6/20 – 6/23

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Welcome to The Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop, 6/20 – 6/23!

Over sixty authors and bloggers have joined together to provide some great posts and giveaways.

Plus, be sure to enter the Grand Prize giveaway for a chance to win one of three gift cards! Details below.

Enjoy the hop! 🙂

HAVEN, an Urban Fantasy Romance

In keeping with our hop’s romantic theme, here’s a romantic snippet from HAVEN starring club owner Carina and her undead love-interest, Alexander. Note: If you visited the Summer For Love Hop earlier this month, you may have read the first half. I’ve expanded it here, so read on to enjoy the extra bit!

Outside, the misty air cooled my lungs, the marble bench froze my ass, and the concrete under my bare feet chilled them bone deep. All cleared my head and eased the vertigo. “What time is it?”

Alexander draped his black leather coat over my shoulders. “Around four.”

He helped me snake my arms into the coat’s too-long-for-me sleeves, his hands pale like moonlight against the inky darkness of his coat. Such large, competent hands, the fingers long and strong. Piano player fingers. A silver band graced his left index, an onyx triquetra adorning the middle. He fished my hand from the sleeve. When our palms touched, power pulsed, warm and comforting.

My eyes strayed to the bracelets on his wrist. One thin strap of black leather and a chunky, metal bracelet of I-shaped links. I traced the metal with my free hand. “Silver?”

“Never.” He pointed at the rings. “White gold.” And the bracelet. “Titanium.”

“Oh.” My fingers continued their dance over his accessories. Love touching him.

Wind gusted around the clinic, whipping locks of hair across my face. He brushed them away, tucking some behind my ear. I pressed my cheek against his palm and closed my eyes to savor the moment. “Feeling better?”

I blinked and gave him a wry grin. “A lot better since you interrupted my undead uncles getting me drunk on brandy.”

His lips quirked, fangs flashing.

My insides quivered. “Yeah, much better.” My fingertips stroked his handsome face.

His skin showed no signs of the wounds he’d received during the earlier fight. Impressive. He leaned into my touch. My eyes zeroed in on his oh-so kissable lips. He moved closer, closer still, pausing a hair’s breadth away. My pulse skyrocketed. My stomach performed endless somersaults while bits lower clenched in anticipation. Do it. Do it now.

Alexander let out a breath and kissed me.

A feral sound erupted from my chest. Alexander growled against my lips and pulled me onto his lap so I straddled him. How perfectly I fit there.

Made for me.

Our kiss deepened, his tongue dancing with mine, exploring my mouth. I pushed my way into his. […]

Alexander groaned. He gripped my hips, grinding me against his hard length […] He was ready. […] I wanted him inside me. Now.

Energy radiated from us both, swirling like a gentle cyclone. Amazing. Just as our bodies fit together, so did our power. […]

A burst of pain speared my tongue and I stilled on his lap. I’d nicked myself on one of his fangs. Blood pooled in my mouth and I swallowed it, enjoying the iron flavor.

He pulled back. “Sorry.” A shadow passed through his blue eyes. I knew what he thought. Will she wake up and run now?

I lavished him with a reassuring smile. “It’s okay.”

His eyes brightened and he retracted his fangs, displaying smooth, even teeth. Wow, that is so hot. I squirmed on his lap, earning my hips a nice squeeze.

Haven book cover

San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting killed in the process.

MERIT AWARD, Best First Book, 2014 Holt Medallion
FINALIST, 2011 Launching a Star contest
FINALIST, 2012 Colorado Gold contest

$2.99 through 6/30/14Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop Grand Prizes

(1) – $75 Amazon Gift Card
(1) – $25 Starbucks Gift Card
(1) – $25 Amazon (or B&N) Gift Card

Visit the hop’s rafflecopter page to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter box and press enter (one entry per person). Winners chosen on Tuesday, June 24 using Random.org.
Summer For Lovin’ Hop’s main page | A Rafflecopter Giveaway –>

Celia’s Summer For Lovin’ Blog Hop Giveaway:
Leave a comment below for a chance to receive one (1) $5 Starbucks e-gift card, OR (1) $5 Amazon e-gift card. (Winner’s choice)

What to comment:
What’s your favorite summer beverage? Favorite location for a romantic summer getaway? Favorite summer read? Or, simply say hello!

Celia’s e-gift card giveaway ends 12:01AM PST, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Winner of e-gift card announced here by EOD Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Keep Hopping!
Follow this link to access more blogs with fun post and giveaways!
Summer For Lovin’ Hop’s main page –>

Winners!

Grand Prize Winners:
$75 Amazon Gift Card — Kim Turner
$25 Starbucks Gift Card — Trudy Baker Dowling
$25 Amazon (or B&N) Gift Card — Shirley Ann Speakman

Celia’s Site-Specific Winner:
Starbucks Or Amazon $5 E-Gift Card – the tech gods at random.org have spoken…congrats Michelle Willms!

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60 thoughts on “Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop 6/20 – 6/23

  1. My favorite summer beverage is a nice top shelf potato vodka mixed with grape Kool-aid made with Splenda. Delicious. I love lounging anywhere where with water, preferably a beautiful beach, but even my little backyard pool will do, as long as it’s peaceful. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

  2. My favorite summer drink is a vanilla iced latte! That shot of espresso is just what I need. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

    prettylittlepages[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. My favorite summer beverage is either a sugar-free lemon drop OR vodka and grape Kool-aid made with Splenda served over crushed ice or even better; made into a Vodka grape slushie! michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

  4. My favorite Summer reads would be most anything that I feel like reading at the moment. I like to mix up my reading to different genres.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

    • Hi Jess, I read across genres, too. Lately, I’ve been on a contemporary romance kick. My favorites at the moment: Laura Kaye, Samantha Becke, Tessa Bailey, Virginia Nelson. 🙂

  5. My favorite summer drink is iced tea. San Francisco is a great location for a romantic summer getaway. Thanks for the giveaway!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Hi Book Lady! For me, San Francisco is a “staycation”. You know, since I live here. 🙂

      I like to go North for romantic getaways with the husband, to the wine country, or south and stay on the coast. Somewhere like Carmel.

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