Monday, November 30, 2015

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With Mia Sosa and UNBUTTONING THE CEO

About UNBUTTONING THE CEO...As the CEO of a large tech company and a semi-reformed bad boy, Ethan Hill is used to calling the shots. But when he's sentenced to work two hundred hours of community service-for reckless driving, of all things-this chief executive needs to keep his real identity under wraps. Which gets increasingly difficult when he can't stop thinking about his sexy new (temporary) boss. 

The moment Graciela Ramirez meets Ethan, she's tempted to throw all professionalism out the window. She can't afford to get emotionally involved, but after a steamy session behind office doors, a no-strings-attached fling might be exactly what they need. He'll protect his secret. She'll protect her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

About Mia Sosa...Mia Sosa was born and raised in New York. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Communications and met her own romantic hero, her husband. Mia once dreamed of being a professional singer, but practical considerations (read: the need to pay bills) led her to take the law school admissions test instead. 

A graduate of Yale Law School, Mia practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation's capital for ten years before returning to her creative roots. Now, she spends most of her days writing contemporary romances about smart women and the complicated men who love them.

Mia lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters and will forever be on the hunt for the perfect karaoke bar.

“We have a dinner reservation at eight. I figure we could go bowling before then. It’s a family favorite. I used to play a lot when I was a kid. Are you game?”

Gracie loved the idea, but she downplayed her excitement. Maybe this date wouldn’t be as terrifying as she’d imagined. “Sounds like fun. You’ll have to be patient with me, though. I haven’t played in a long time.”

He pushed off the wall and sidled up to her. “I was hoping you’d say that.” Then he took her jacket from her hands and stood behind her. As she slipped her arms through the jacket’s sleeves, he caged her in his arms. His warm breath drifted near her ear and she jumped. “Are you nervous?”

“What gave it away? The sweat on my upper lip?”
“Yes,” he said.

She whipped around and stared him down.

He took a step back with his hands in the air. “I’m kidding.” Then he grabbed the ends of the scarf she’d just draped around her neck and tugged her flush against him. “Why don’t we get the kiss out of the way? From there, everything should go smoothly.”

Oh, yes, please. She reached into his jacket and threaded her hands together at his waist. “I should say no just to spite you.”

“Ah, Gracie, but you’d only be punishing yourself.”

She couldn’t help but to grin at his conceit. “Wow. Someone’s cocky this evening.”

“Hold that thought for a couple of hours. Trust me. It’ll come in handy later.”

She lifted her chin. “Are you stalling?”

He didn’t answer. Instead, his mouth swept over hers as his hands rubbed her back. Gracie opened her mouth and welcomed him inside. His lips danced across hers like silk, and then he followed his careful ministrations with a gentle tug of her bottom lip. Gracie was startled by the attention Nic paid to her mouth. The kiss was not a means to an end. It was the end itself. And Gracie enjoyed every minute of it.

Pressed against him, Gracie knew Nic was as affected by the kiss as she was. She reached between them, seeking his hard length. Once again, though, he stopped her. “Bowling,” he said in a rough voice. “We’re going bowling. And we need sustenance. Then you’ll see how cocky I can be.”

Gracie laughed and pushed him away. He seemed to know exactly what to say to ease her jitters. “If you don’t stop talking yourself up, I’m going to start to think you’re all hype. Let’s go.”

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With Suzanne Enoch and SOME LIKE IT SCOT

SOME LIKE IT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch
  • Series: Scandalous Highlanders (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (October 6, 2015)

Nineteenth-century, Scotland:
When a mad lass in trousers shoots at him, Munro "Bear" MacLawry isn't sure what impresses him more-the girl's sure aim or her irresistibly tempting curves. Catriona MacColl has fled to the Highlands with her half-sister to escape an unwanted wedding, and wants no part of him, nor any man. But he can't abandon the flame-haired, sharp-tongued wildcat now that he's discovered her-not when she fits so perfectly in his arms...

Munro has more than earned his nickname-he's a well-muscled, well-favored mountain of a man with an engaging bad-boy grin and a string of well-satisfied lasses behind him. Bringing Catriona food, blankets, candles, everything she needs to survive a winter in an abandoned abbey, Munro is an unexpected gift in her reckless bid for freedom-and an unexpected complication. Clan MacDonald has plans for her, and they don't include her falling for a MacLawry. But this man makes her feel like a woman-and he may be her one chance to live a life about which she's only dared Some Like It Scot by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along with Elizabeth Hoyt and SWEETEST SCOUNDREL (Rafflecopter Giveaway)

(November 24, 2015; Grand Central Publishing Mass Market; 
Maiden Lane Series)

SHE'S TAKING CHARGE...Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

HE'S RUNNING THE SHOW...Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.

BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL...In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .
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About the author...Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at:

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“What do you see when you look at me?”
What did she see when she looked at him?
Eve inhaled, trying and failing to tear her gaze from his.
Mr. Harte sprawled across her dainty settee like a Viking marauder in a pillaged Christian church. His broad shoulders took up more than half the width, his arms lazily draped over the back. His scarlet coat was spread open, contrasting with the sedate gray-
blue of the cushions almost shockingly. One long leg was thrust straight before him, the other cocked open and resting on a booted heel. The pose made the apex of his thighs very . . . obvious . . . and even as she kept her eyes locked on his she could feel heat rising in her cheeks.
What did she see?
She saw violence and anger, kept under a control that was tenuous at best. She saw power and a strength that could hurt her—kill her—if he so chose. She saw the innate brutality that was, in larger or smaller part, in all men.
She saw her most terrible fears.
But—and this was the truly unprecedented part—she saw more in him. She saw temptation—her temptation—alluring and frightening at the same time, his virility so strong it was nearly a visible miasma in the space between them.
She wanted him. Wanted that brash gaze, those long, muscled thighs, that mocking, insulting mouth, and the shoulders that went on forever, big and brawny and so
very, very male.
This was madness—she knew that intellectually. She’d never wanted a man before—was in fact afraid of almost all men, let alone one so obviously, blatantly sexual.
She took a breath, hoping that he couldn’t read all this from her gaze—and knowing it was a lost cause already.
His heavy-lidded green eyes were far, far too perceptive.
“I see . . .” She paused to lick suddenly dry lips. “I see that your hairline is nearly a perfect arc across the expanse of your forehead. That your eyebrows tilt ever so slightly up at the ends and that the right has a scar through it. I see that when you are solemn, the outer edges of your lips reach just to the midpoint of your eyes, but when you smile, they go beyond the corners. I see that your chin and jaw are almost in classical proportion and that a small white scar forms a comma on your chin just to the right of center.” She finally glanced away from him, breathing heavily, certain that she’d not thrown him off the track with her artist’s eye’s impressions. She inhaled again and ended, “I see every line of your face, every line’s intersection and how they relate. That is what I see when I look at you.”  
“And is that all you see? Lines?” His voice was deep and amused.
She chanced a peek.
He still watched her, his gaze utterly unperturbed by her observations about his countenance.
No, she’d not fooled him at all.
She licked her lips again, buying time. “I see,” she said carefully, cautiously, “a very self-possessed man.”
Self-possessed,” he drawled. “I’m not sure what that means, frankly. It sounds, just a bit, like a coward’s answer.”
Her gaze flew to his, outraged.
But before she could take him down a peg, he chuckled softly. “Tell me, Miss Dinwoody, would you like to know what I see when I look at you?”
She shouldn’t. She really, really shouldn’t.
“Yes,” she blurted, and then winced because she knew well enough what men
thought when they looked at her: ordinary, if they were charitable. Plain if they were not.
She braced herself for mockery, but when she glanced again at him, his gaze was hot and hard. Certainly not gentle. Certainly not kind. But he wasn’t dismissing her, either.
He looked at her as if they were equals. As if he really saw her, a woman to his man.
“I see,” he said, his deep voice musing, “a woman afraid, but fighting her fears. A woman who carries herself like a queen. A woman who could rule us all, I suspect.”
She gazed at him, her breath caught in her throat, afraid to exhale and break the spell.
A corner of that wicked mouth tilted up. “And I see a woman who has a deep curiosity. Who wants to feel but is worried—of herself? Of others?” He shook his head. “I’m not sure.” He leaned forward slowly, destroying his pose, and she had to fight herself not to scoot her chair away from him. “But I think she has a fire banked within her. Maybe it’s only embers now, glowing in the dark, but if tinder were to be put to those embers . . .” He grinned slowly. Dangerously. “Oh, what a conflagration that would be.”

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With (COVER REVEAL) for FORGETTING AUGUST by J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg - USA Today Bestselling Romance Author

Forever Romance and J.L. Berg invite readers to join them for a Facebook party on December 9 from 7 – 10 PM EST to celebrate FORGETTING AUGUST, on sale December 1.  In addition to fun guests and giveaways, there will be a great discussion about the book as J.L. Berg takes fan questions. RSVP here<>.

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FORGETTING AUGUST by J.L. Berg (December 1, 2015; Forever E-Book; Lost & Found: Book #1)

She can forgive, but can she forget?

Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn't matter that she's moved on, that she's about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can't hurt her-because he's in a coma. Except that he's not anymore.

August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she's the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.

Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .

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After a stunning cliffhanger ending in Forgetting August, USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg delivers the happily ever after that fans have been waiting for in the sequel, REMEMBERING EVERLY.
He's forgotten his past, but it hasn't forgotten him. After losing two years of his life trapped in a coma, August Kincaid will do anything to win back the love of his life. But his past threatens to destroy his second chance at happiness, it's Everly who is in danger of paying for his crimes.

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About the author:
Author J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South.  She is the author of the self-pubbed Ready series, which has sold over 100,000 copies.  Married to her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With Katie Lane and A BILLIONAIRE BETWEEN THE SHEETS

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company's success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn't mean he'll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

About Katie Lane...Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series.  Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn't writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

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The words were out of Deacon’s mouth before he could stop them.  Not that he didn’t know where they came from.  The moment Olivia had started clicking through Grayson’s drawings, Deacon’s mind had stripped off Olivia’s gray power suit and dressed her in each article of lingerie.  From the sheer, sexy nightgowns to the hot, leather corsets.  And it didn’t help that Grayson had put Olivia’s features on the model in each drawing.  It didn’t help at all.
Olivia blinked.  “Excuse me?”
He could’ve teased his way out of it, but he discovered he didn’t want to.  “Your panties,” he repeated.  “I want to see them.”  He watched a blush stain her cheeks, and her breasts lift in a quick inhalation of breath.
“B-but why?”
“Let’s just say that your designs intrigued me, and I’ve been wondering what style you chose as your own.”
Her breath released, and the moist heat brushed over his face and relocated beneath the fly of his jeans.  She glanced at the door, and then whispered.  “Someone could walk in.”
The fact that she was even considering it excited him even more.  He smoothed back the wisp of hair that had come loose from the clip at the back of her head.  “Don’t tell me you’re too bashful.  Not when you’ve showed me your panties before.”
“I was fourteen.”
“It was still hot.”
Her eyes widened.  “You thought I was hot?”
“Yes.  So are you going to show them to me or make me guess?”  When she only stared back at him with those pretty green eyes, he continued.  “Let’s see.  You have on a gray suit so I’m going to go with the purple satin panties with the little ribbon bows.”
She shook her head.
“The white see-through thong with the lace?”
Another shake, and her hair came unclipped, falling around her face in golden waves. 
He lifted a strand and held it to his nose.  It smelled like he thought sunshine would.  Clean, fresh, and hot.  “Please don’t disappoint me and tell me you’ve got on a pair of panties that are big enough to dry my two-ton truck after the carwash,” he teased.
There was a moment’s hesitation before she spoke so softly that he had to tip his head closer just to hear.  “What with everything, I haven’t had a chance to do laundry.”  She swallowed and blushed even brighter.  “So . . .”
Her words trailed off taking all the oxygen in the air with them.  He felt lightheaded and woozy.  Or maybe his condition had more to do with all the blood rushing to his dick.  Whatever the cause, he couldn’t think past one thing . . . Olivia wasn’t wearing any panties.  And hadn’t been wearing panties the entire time she’d been doing the Power Point presentation.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With Two Great Holiday Books with (HOME FOR CHRISTMAS) and (ON THE NAUGHTY LIST)


Celebrate Christmas on Sanctuary Island, where the love light gleams. There will be snow and mistletoe...and two lonely hearts yearning for love, family, and above all, home.
Magazine columnist Libby Leeds has made a name for herself sharing heartwarming stories from her perfect life on Sanctuary Island. There's just one minor detail she's left out: she hasn't set foot on the island since her childhood. Orphaned and heartbroken, she departed years ago and never looked back-except in her fictional columns. Now a wounded war hero is returning to Sanctuary Island, and Libby's editor insists she cover the story by taking the long road back...
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS…Army Ranger Owen Shepard is a tall, handsome single father, and now a media sensation. He wants to reconnect with his daughter, Caitlin, and make up for lost time by giving her a Christmas to remember. When "America's Favorite Homemaker" Libby Leeds offers her help, he jumps at the chance. But the sweet, reclusive writer is more intriguing, and more tempting, than Owen could have imagined. Soon, Owen and Caitlin are spending their holiday with Libby, decorating trees, making gingerbread houses, and warming up by the fire. It's the closest Libby has come to love and family since she was a child-but until she and Owen admit what is in their hearts, the home they are creating together will be only in their dreams.

ON THE NAUGHTY LIST by Lori Foster; Carly Phillips; Sugar Jamison; and Beth Ciotta

Love. Sex. And all the best gifts worth giving...*On the Naughty List is a collection of holiday stories from some of today's brightest stars*

Lori Foster - Christmas Bonus…The workplace is heating up for the holidays when two colleagues who are planning a Christmas party side-by-side end up making love their main order of business.

Carly Phillips - Naughty Under the Mistletoe…A no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss ends up having a scandalous-and utterly magical-moment with his twin instead.

Sugar Jamison - Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas…Dina Gregory returns to New York for the holidays. Her mission: To locate her young son's father. Her surprise: His HOT brother.
Beth Ciotta - Some Kind of Wonderful…Two old friends-who seem to have little left in common-are come home for the holidays. But when they end up stranded together during a blizzard, they know just how to keep each other warm. . .

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With Lisa A. Olech and WITHIN A CAPTAIN'S HOLD (Rafflecopter Giveaway)


Here in the U.S., it’s Thanksgiving. We are firing up the ovens, basting the turkeys, peeling potatoes, and roasting the chestnuts for the stuffing. Well, not me… I don’t know one end of a chestnut from the other. But I will spend Thanksgiving with my extended family and eat a wonderful meal prepared by the loving hands of my mother. The fact that she somehow failed to pass on her amazing cooking skills to her only daughter still mystifies her! She’s put me in charge of the mashed turnip. How much damage can I do to a turnip?
What she did pass on was her love of books and authors. And this year in addition to passing the gravy, we’re passing around the champagne to celebrate the debut release in my new Captain’s of the Scarlet Night series entitled, Within A Captain’s Hold.
Being so close to the holiday, it got me thinking. I wonder what a pirate Thanksgiving would look like?

Trade grandma’s china for pewter bowls or wood trenchers, and the linen-draped table with little pilgrim place cards for an undulating deck and tarred rigging. A huge pot holding a rolling boil of salmagundi would take the place of the turkey—or include turkey if they were lucky. Salmagundi was a stew concocted with pretty much anything they could find. Meat, sometimes turtle, veggies, fish, fruit. 

If it were the early days of their voyage, the food would be plentiful…and fresh. Chickens provided eggs until they provided chicken dinners instead. Bread. Fruits and vegetables, and lots of them. However, fast forward a month or so…freshness does have a shelf life. On a hot, wet, rat-filled ship…freshness was barely a word. Let’s all pause for a moment and say thank goodness for refrigerators and Tupperware™. 

Hard tack could keep for a year if were kept dry, but try not to break a tooth—if indeed you still had teeth. And it was better if you ate it in the dark. Please don’t ask me why…  If you were lucky, there were limes to keep you from getting scurvy and losing the rest of your teeth. 

But if you were pirating in the Caribbean, you had sugarcane. And from sugarcane comes molasses. And from molasses comes a staple of every pirate’s diet. We’re talking RUM!! Lots and lots of rum! It made that hardtack go down a whole lot smoother.

So, I think I’ll stick to the turkey, mashed potatoes and squash. I’ll trade hardtack for mom’s melt-in-your-mouth snowflake biscuits. But perhaps in addition to the turnip, I’ll bring a key lime pie…you know, to prevent scurvy. And rum…lots and lots of rum!

BLURB…Captain Jaxon Steele is a tall, sun-bronzed, fierce-fighting Pirate King. He and the notorious crew of the Scarlet Night are both feared and respected for their ruthless reputation. The Captain’s only love is the open sea and the ship he calls home. When it comes to women, he has three rules: never sleep with another’s wife, don’t take virgins into bed, and most importantly, never bring a woman aboard—that brings the worst luck of all.

Annalise Gatherone has to leave London—tonight! Usually her only concern is the color of her latest gown, but now she’s choosing between life and death. Desperate to escape the clutches of an evil Duke, she stows away aboard the Scarlet Night, hoping she’s bound for Port St. Maria. Winning Captain Jaxon’s affections, she just might sneak by unharmed. But when her plans are altered in ways she never imagined, she must batten down the hatches for a journey into unknown waters…


ISBN: 978-161650971-2

BIO…Lisa is an artist/writer living in her dream house nestled among the lakes in New England. She loves getting lost in a steamy book, finding the perfect pair of sexy shoes, and hearing the laughter of her men. Being an estrogen island in a sea of testosterone makes her queen. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, the power of a man in a tuxedo, and happy endings.

Author’s photo courtesy of Jenny Sinclair Photography.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mary Gramlich Is Blogging Along With Shannyn Schroeder and HIS NEW JAM

Meet the Heroine – Sydney Peters (His New Jam) By: Shannyn Schroeder

Sydney Peters is kind of a mess. She fell in love with a guy in high school and followed him to his college of choice. She kept giving to him at the expense of herself and her education. It’s been a few years since then, but she’s painfully aware of the long-term effects of that relationship. Because of that, she doesn’t date.

All Sydney wants to do is finish college so she can get on with her life. She wants to be a professional musician, but she promised her father that she’d get a college degree to have something to fall back on. In the meantime, she plays in the college marching band because she needs the scholarship it gives her. Although she plays and practices, she hates marching band. It wouldn’t be so bad if they let her play the drums at least sometimes, but she’s been at it for two years and they only hand her the cymbals.

Hunter Reed is a saxophone player who for some reason started flirting with Sydney at the beginning of the season. She does her best to ignore him and all the solo songs he plays as she walks by, but she can’t pass up the offer he makes her. Hunter wants her to teach him how to play the drums and in exchange for lessons, he’ll let her fill in as his drummer in his band over winter break.

Sydney accepts because she needs the experience in a band, playing for a real audience. What she’s not ready for is her attraction to Hunter. As she starts to fall for him, she fears falling into the same trap of losing herself. She needs to find a way to trust both Hunter and herself as they navigate a relationship.

Book Blurb…Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.

Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?

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Bio…Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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