Since I just received a review on this one, I thought I'd offer up a taste from the actual book. This review is from RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 Stars!):
And for those of you reviewing my blog, in which I have countless times promised to review my conference notes and organize the tips for my writer friends, here is a little something from Protecting Your Joy, a workshop given by Maisey Yates and Jackie Ashenden.
"Reviews are not for the author. They're for other readers." ~ Maisey Yates
Maisey also said:
"Writing is my job and if I had a hobby, it would be writing."
Which I include because I love it and feel the same way.
Going back to reviews, I agree with her there, too. I recently read a comment from a reader that said she likes to see negative reviews because that helps her decide if she can live with that particular flaw. For eg. if one reader says, "I hate Marriage of Convenience stories," but another reader loves them, this comment actually sells the book to her. So negative reviews are in the eye of the beholder.
I still dislike beholding negative reviews, however. I'm much more tickled with ones like the above. So, because I'm in such a great mood now, I will give you this quickie from The Russian's Acquisition.
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“Did you travel with him?” he asked with exaggerated patience.
“I was supposed to, but he died before I went anywhere. Go back to that bit about why you…” She couldn’t bring herself to say “want” when it sounded as though the sexual attraction drowning her wasn’t affecting him. She shivered in a hot-cold shudder of uneasiness while blood rushed under her skin, flushing warmth into her chest, making her breasts feel swollen and sensitized. Her hips longed to press into his, seeking the hard length that had nudged her when they kissed.
He knew what he was doing to her. A smug gleam lit his narrowed eyes as his gaze dropped to her lips. He started to lower his head.
Jerking hers back, she gasped, “I haven’t agreed.” But did she really want to step onto the street at midnight with her meager possessions and become one of the homeless? Her few shallow friendships were all with people she worked with. They wouldn’t take her in for fear of losing their jobs. She didn’t have a cushion of savings, just a credit card she couldn’t pay off if she didn’t have an income.
The direness of her situation began to hit home. At least this afternoon she’d been sure she could find some kind of menial work, but not now. Any character reference out of the firm after today would be career-stoppingly negative. Flicking a look from his set jaw to his penetrating eyes, she whispered, “You’re a real piece of work, you know that?”
“I lost my redeeming qualities years ago,” he agreed, something dark flickering in his gaze. “Which means there’s no appealing to my better nature. Make this easy on both of us and give in, Clair.”
She was tempted to. She didn’t have anything to lose and no one to answer to while he was dangling—what? A night? A reprieve at any rate, one that advertised a fringe benefit of physical satiation she had never expected to want. The emptiness of a one-night stand was, well, empty enough to make her ache, but she wasn’t in the market for a real relationship, so…
“Why extend your takeover to include me?” she asked in a voice more husky than the disparagement she was aiming for. “Didn’t you get enough out of scooping up the firm from a dead man?”
“He was still alive when I started proceedings and no, I didn’t get anything near what I wanted. Don’t make out like you’re some kind of prey just because you’re used to being the predator. You get to keep the money,” he taunted softly.
“No matter what?” The jerky toss of her head was supposed to convey brash confidence. The question was real, though. She couldn’t help being seduced by the prospect of running the foundation her way, without needing approval on every detail. Without having to reveal that each of those details touched her personally and that was why she was fighting so hard for them. “I’m not into anything kinky,” she warned. “If you’re looking for someone to spank you, move along to the next girl in the secretarial pool.”
“I’m not the submissive in any relationship,” he assured her dryly. “I like straight sex and lots of it. I don’t hurt women, ever, if that’s what you’re dancing around asking. I might play with dominating one, controlling her…” He flexed his hands on her elbows, making her breasts press into his chest.
Excitement returned with a spear of pleasure straight into her loins. She gasped.
“If she likes it,” he murmured.
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Like it? Preorder The Russian's Acquisition here.
You can tune in for proper #SampleSunday excerpts from The Russian's Acquisition starting Oct 5th.
Next week's #TeaserTuesday (Sept 23rd) will start a four week series from my Montana Born Christmas book, Blame The Mistletoe.
I'll continue with the Hometown Hero #SampleSundays until it releases Sept 29th.
Hometown Hero is one of five in a series set during Homecoming in Marietta, Montana. Here's the line-up of authors who collaborated on this series along with the release dates for their titles:
- Sept 22 - Sing Me Back Home, by Eve Gaddy
- Sept 25 - Finding Home, by Roxanne Snopek
- Sept 29 - Hometown Hero, by Dani Collins
- Oct 2 - Long Way Home, by Kathleen O’Brien
- Oct 6 - Home For Good, by Terri Reed
Do you want to know the minute my books become available? You will when I tell you that Hometown Hero will have a special introductory release price of 99c!
Join my newsletter to be notified when it goes on sale. I also draw for a signed copy of my next print book from my subscriber list so you could also win a copy of The Russian's Acquisition or get an advance copy of one of my future books.
I've set up a Goodreads Giveaway for The Russian's Acquisition. It doesn't start until Sept 23rd, but here's the widget, in case you stumble across this post while the contest is live:
I must get back to work. I put down one thousand fresh words today on my spring book for Montana Born, which is not great output, but the first thirty pages are always a bit slow as I try to get a handle on the characters. Now I have a few more marketing tasks and hopefully a few more hundred words ahead of me before I have to cook supper.
Need something to read while you wait for my new releases? Harlequin has marked down the digital copy of More Than A Convenient Marriage? by $2.00 until the end of September (I think! They said 2 weeks from Monday the 15th.)
Note that the N.American version is a 2in1. Those are the first two books in my Makricosta series. If you haven't read them yet, this is a great time to start since I just turned in Book Four. (Like to read in order? Start with No Longer Forbidden? then More Than A Convenient Marriage? Book Three is An Heir To Bind Them.)
I'm insanely delighted to say that my erotic romance collection has been ranked #1 in romance, erotica for over a week. I keep taking screenshots, figuring there must be some error somewhere. Note that it's been marked down a little bit, too. Buy Dani's Erotic Romance Collection on Kobo here.
Here are some of my other recent releases. As mentioned above, An Heir To Bind Them is Book Three in the Makricosta series. The Ultimate Seduction is a sex with a stranger story--reader reviews give top marks to Tiffany. If you like the erotic reads, The Secret in Room 823 is for you. Lady Hamilton Smythe has a thing for bondage.
Want to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest...etc? Click here for Dani's Social Media links and take your pick.
I expect to post on Thursday, unless I completely zone out. Not sure what you'll see yet, though. Have a great week.