Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sultry Summer Reads Blog Hop @DenyseBridger


Welcome to the Sultry Summer Reads Blog Hop! All the rules and how the hop will work it listed on the Safari Heat site. Follow the link below.


First, please read this carefully, so you can increase your chances of winning the wonderful prizes being given away! To be eligible to win the fabulous prizes in this hop THAT REQUIRE MAILING, you must reside in the US or Canada, because of prohibitive shipping costs for prizes. All other prizes are open to everyone.

The Grand Prize Is A Kindle Fire HD 7” – Second Prize Is A 100.00 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N. Plus books to go on the winner’s new Kindle.

Apart from one of my books donated for the winner’s new Kindle, I’ll be giving away a Gift Certificate for ARe All Romance Books. PLUS:  We will be giving away six to seven prizes a day. The hop’s host will be randomly popping into blogs to pick winners, so be sure to visit as many blogs as you can to increase your chances daily! It’s also VERY important that you leave your email when you comment–it’s the only way we can contact you if you win a prize!

There are four ways for you to get extra entries into the grand prize giveaway: Leave a comment, follow my blog, follow me on Facebook, or on Twitter. To keep it simple, you can try this format as a guide:

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Writing historical fiction that is based on factual events is sometimes difficult. When you choose Victorian London as the setting, and the genre is erotic romance, things can present special challenges. I’ve always loved this era, a holdover I think from my utter love of Sherlock Holmes. A few years back, I wanted to do a series. As things sometimes happen, my timing was not great. The Devane Files only survived two books, a long novella and a short one. I wanted to write more, but there was little interest. Who knows? I love the Inspector, so it’s likely I will revisit him one day soon.

One of the interesting things about writing in this era is to keep the tone correct. Victorian society was very proper and in many ways quite repressed on the surface. The heroine in these two books is a young widow, accused of murdering her abusive husband. Michael Devane is an opium addict and a very unorthodox investigator. So, instead of choosing the blatant for the eroticism, I went with a more subtle sensuality. The readers who have discovered these books have given them consistently excellent reviews, and I have to admit, they are rare for me in the sense that they’re stories I genuinely like myself. So, if you’d like to discover a mystery with sensuous edge, and ties to Jack the Ripper, you will probably love The Devane Files!

I’ve chosen a very simple excerpt for this blog, Bethany and Michael’s first real kiss, catching them both by surprise:

“My carriage is outside,” she said, “Percy will take us to the Café, if you are willing to be seen with me, Inspector,” she grinned as she spoke, a teasing challenge in her tone.

“I think I’ll risk it, Lady Bradshaw,” he replied, matching her tone.

Once they were underway, he looked across the carriage and saw she was still watching him, a wistful smile softening her features. When she saw he was observing her interest, the expression changed, and became one of polite warmth. He was exceedingly disappointed.

“Why did you want to see me?” he asked, finally coming to the reason for their present meeting.

She opened the small bag she carried and offered him the handkerchief he’d given her in the library of her home, after the torrential storm of her tears had passed and left them bonded much more intimately than was wise for either of them. He accepted the freshly washed and pressed handkerchief, tucked it in his pocket, and waited.

Bethany?” he prodded when she seemed inclined to remain silent. He leaned forward, and saw the ashen features that had been so animated mere minutes prior to his query. He took her hands in his, felt the chill through her lace gloves, and his chest tightened painfully. “What is it, darling?” he coaxed, sincerely anxious when her agitation grew more evident.

“Last night,” she started, choosing her words with obvious difficulty and care. “Do you believe dreams show us things, Michael?” she asked, attention erratic, switching topics so swiftly, he blinked.

“Yes,” he answered her honestly. How could he not believe in dreams as visions of truth when much of his investigative brilliance was based on the abstract images of dreams and drug-induced vision.

If it was possible, the answer upset her further. He left his seat and settled next to her, keeping her hands held tightly between his.

“What have you seen?” he asked, filtering the probable answers through his brain even before she could reply. When she spoke again, she offered him the one possibility that he would never have guessed.

“Your death,” she murmured, voice heavy with dread. “Last night, in my dreams, I saw you die, Michael! You were alone, lying on a dark street...” She shuddered violently, closed her eyes, and tears slid from beneath the veil she’d hidden behind. “I know it is highly inappropriate, but I cannot help it,” she looked at him again, and finished, “I do not think I could bear your death, dearest.”

Devane was speechless for a few seconds, stunned by the revelation of both her nightmare and the depth of her sincere affection for him. Bethany clearly misinterpreted his silence; she pulled her hands from his grasp and stared at the other side of the carriage wall.

“You must think me a complete fool, Inspector,” she murmured bitterly. “Please accept my apology for the embarrassment I have...”

Devane reacted purely on instinct, cutting off the apology that hit him as an offense, not a deference to his feelings. He touched her cheek, turning her to face him.  Before reason could censor his action, he touched his lips with hers, covering her mouth with a tenderness that had been missing from his heart since the early days of his marriage. Back when he and Evelyn had been in love and filled with hope. The kiss had been meant as a brief caress of reassurance, but the tentative touch slowly caught him and held, making him deepen the kiss further, turning it into a sensuous exploration of her mouth. The taste and scent of her filled his awareness and he leaned closer, holding her head, guiding her willing response as she sighed quietly and melted into his embrace.

It was several minutes before he withdrew, and seconds more before he knew what had pulled him out of the erotic languor that had seeped into his very bones. The carriage had stopped moving. He looked at Bethany, and she stared back, her expression a combination of wonder and confusion. He was puzzled by the emotions, but decided not to ask.

“Lady Bradshaw!”

Percival Vaughan’s anxiety laden voice reached them a moment before the carriage door was unceremoniously opened and the footman peered inside. Devane caught his attention instantly and was startled by the burning resentment that sizzled in the other man’s light blue eyes.

“I’m fine, Percy,” she said, sounding slightly breathless. “Really. Thank you for your concern.”

“I told you we was here, ma’am,” he stated quietly. “When you didn’t answer, I thought you’d fainted again.”

She winced at the reminder of the last time she’d ridden in a carriage with Devane, and he tried, unsuccessfully, to keep the smile from curving his lips upward. She pretended not to notice his amusement.

“I’m sorry, Percy,” she apologized, quite unnecessarily. “The Inspector and I were discussing Robert’s death, and I truly didn’t hear you.”

“Yes, ma’am,” he bowed his head in deference, and held the door open while Devane stepped from the carriage then turned to assist Bethany.

Devane caught the anger in Vaughan’s eyes again the instant his hand touched hers, but he made no outward appearance of having noted the emotion. Bethany stepped daintily onto the cobble-stoned walk, and asked Percy to return for them in approximately an hour. He nodded, slammed the carriage door shut with needless force, then climbed back into the driver’s seat. Devane felt the prickle of ice at the back of his neck as they approached the door to the café, and he glanced back, long enough to see Vaughan glaring at him with open hostility. The vehemence of the resentment struck Devane like a blow, then he entered the building and turned his attention to Bethany as she spoke quietly to a young man, asking for a private room. He clearly knew her and was happy to accommodate the request.


The Devane Files: Book One - OUT OF HELL
Available from: Liquid Silver Books


The Devane Files: Book Two - AN UNSPOKEN BETRAYAL
Available from: Liquid Silver Books



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59 comments:

  1. Chris Bails
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    What a great giveaway. Lots of great prizes. Big fan of your books.
    I am definitely a reader. Not a writer.
    I am a United States resident.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Awesome!!! Thanks so much, Chris - so nice to see you here!!! Good luck, and I hope you win some great goodies - so many amazing people involved in this one!!!

      Hugs, D

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  3. Hi, former AQP writer! I agree that writing historicals is a challenge. Try getting info on the England's fifth century. Impossible, so that's why I made my novella a fantasy.
    Dee Ann Palmer
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    1. Thank you, Dee Ann - wow, AQP? I barely remember those days now... feels like several lifetimes ago! Sometimes we have to build our own words, or at least take creative license with some of our research. Good luck with that fantasy novel, and with the giveaways. There will be new prizes daily!!

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  4. Beautiful and Enchanting site as your books
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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by, Lorraine - and good luck with the contests!! Hope you're a winner of something very cool!!

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  5. Lorraine Carey
    my email is lorraineacarey@gmail.com

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  6. Jean Patton
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    Great excerpt, really enjoyed it
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    1. Thank you, Jean. I hope you're enjoying the hop and all the wonderful authors who are participating - LOTS of talent to discover on this one!! Good luck, and thanks again for stopping by!

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  7. Name: Morgan K Wyatt
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    Comment: Your Out of Hell cover model has an interestiing appeal. Is he a real person?
    Twitter: Followed morgankwyatt
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    1. Hi, Morgan. Thank you for coming by and joining the fun. I have no idea who this model is. When I wrote Michael Devane I had never seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it had been out awhile before I wrote this - so when I got around to it, imagine my surprise when I saw Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray, and he was Michael Devane embodied. I told the very talented artist that, and she found am image that suited for both books.

      Thanks again - and good luck!!!

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  8. Name:Gail Rosenstrom
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    Comment: love the victorian era as well!
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gail. I've long been enchanted with the Victorian era, I think it was reading all those fabulous Sherlock Holmes tales. I want to write more in the era, too, and possibly even this series. Time will tell.

      Good luck with the contests/giveaways!

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  9. Name: Nikki Noffsinger
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    Comment: I love just about anything historical and Im a huuuge Stuart Townsend fan as well as I love the eerie cautionary tale of Dorian Gray. I remember watching the old black and white movie with Angela Lansbury in it where she sang that song, "Good Bye Little Yellow Bird". Eerie and haunting when you think about the movie it was being set with.

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  10. I forgot to add, I follow you on everything and I live in the USA and I am both a reader and an author.

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    1. Thanks so much, Nikki!!! You know I loves you, too, babe. Oh yeah, Stuart in the superb wardrobe of Dorian Gray - he was just stunning. I've watched that old movie, too, and hell... atmosphere, wonderful acting, and amazing story - so what's not to love??

      Good luck with the giveaways, and thanks again for always being in my corner, Nik.

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  11. Name: Haven Malone
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    Comment: Love everything you do Miss Denyse! :)
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    1. Haven! Thanks for stopping by and joining the fun!! These two titles are special for me, and I am really, really leaning toward writing something new for Inspector Devane, so who knows?

      Good luck, and thanks again, love!! :)

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  12. Name: Sue Sattler
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    Comment: I love your writing, please don't ever stop. Your worlds always transport me away from my everyday life.
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    1. Hello, Sue. Thanks so much for coming by and hopping with us!! I'm so glad you enjoy the books, that means more to me than I can say.

      Hugs, D

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  13. Oh, your books just sound fabulous (and LOVE your banner)- thanks so much for the giveaway!
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    1. Thank you, CJ - the banner was designed by Kayden McLeod, who is one of the best artists around. She designed it to complement my website, which also looks pretty amazing!!

      Good luck and I hope you win something cool!!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your awesome book, the hop and the giveaway. Eva Millien evamillien at gmail dot com Facebook - followed; follow by email Reader; US

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    1. Thank you, Eva. Good luck with the giveaways!

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  15. Name: Dena Garson
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    Comment: I love historical romance - add a little intrigue and it's even better!
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    1. Hi, Dena. Thanks for coming by, and yeah, I agree, historical is wonderful and add in unexpected elements and things just get more intriguing.

      Good luck!!

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  16. bn
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    nice excerpt
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    1. Thanks for coming by, BN. Good luck with the contests!

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  17. Sebella Blue
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    Excellent excerpt, and I love the fact that the characters have flaws. It makes them very unique.
    Twitter - @blueshedevil32
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    1. Thanks very much, Sebella! Michael and Bethany Devane are very special to me, so I'm glad they appeal to readers, as well.

      Good luck to you with the giveaways!!

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  18. Name: Amy Hart
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    I am a reader and live in the USA

    Love your blog! Thanks for contributing to the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amy. I've worked hard on this blog and my other one, and I think they finally look pretty good. Hope you win, and most of all, have lots of fun meeting so many wonderful authors participating in this hop!!

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    2. Me too! I definitely need an ereader. ;) Im enjoying meeting all the new to me authors, including you!

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  19. Name: Catrina Barton
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    Comment: Great giveaways! Thanks for the opportunities.
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    1. Catrina, thank you for coming by - I agree, this hop is a lot of fun with so many talented people involved. Good luck with the giveaways, and thanks again!!

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  20. Name: Kathy Osborn
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    Comment: Loved the blurb. Thanks for the hop and giveaway
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    1. Kathy, welcome to my Fantasy Pages, and thank you for hopping by! :) Good luck with the giveaway, I hope you win something terrific!!

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  21. Trix
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    Thanks so much for participating!
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    1. Hi, Trix! Good luck and thanks for coming by.

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    2. Trix you have won an e-copy of Skin Deep by T.G. Ayer. Congrats!

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  22. Thanks for participating in the hop.

    I am a reader residing in the US.

    pjmillion (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Thanks for coming by and sharing the love, Pam!! Good luck with the giveaways!!!

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  23. Name: Dayna.vonthaer@gmail.com
    Comment: Very nice promotion and giveaway.
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    1. Welcome to my blog, Dayna - and thank you for jumping on board and participating in the hop! It's been wonderful fun seeing all the comments and hopping around to other blogs. Good luck with the giveaways, and thanks again!

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    2. Dana you have won a signed copy of Midnight Secrets by Ella Grace! Congrats!

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  24. Name: Cheryl Lynne
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    Comment: Interesting excerpt. I love stories set in Victorian London. Thanks for the giveaway!
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    1. Welcome Cheryl ~ Thanks for coming by. Always nice to discover someone else who loves Victorian London! Good luck with the giveaways, and thank you again. :)

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  25. Name: Joy Flynn
    Email: magic5905 at embarqmail dot dom
    Comment: Thanks for the great hop.
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  26. Name: Catrina Barton
    Email: bidelia78@yahoo.com
    Comment: Thank you for taking time to participate in this hop.
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  27. Name: Amanda Arrington
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    Comment: thank you for participating in the hope
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  28. LINDAB/HOTCHA1
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    THANKS FOR THE HOP~

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  29. Name: Catrina Barton
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    Comment: Thank you for taking time to participate in this hop. It's been a blast!
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  30. LINDAB
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    OUT OF HELL SOUNDS GOOD AND CONGRATS WINNERS!

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  31. LINDAB/HOTCHA1
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    GREAT BOOKS!
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  32. LINDAB
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    BACK AGAIN
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  33. LINDAB/HOTCHA1
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    CONGRATS TO BOTH WINNERS! HOPE I WIN TOO!

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