Nicola Davidson – #Author

A Few of My Favorite Things

Nicola DavidsonNICOLA DAVIDSON worked for many years in communications and marketing, as well as television and print journalism, but hasn’t looked back since she decided writing wicked historical romance was infinitely more fun. When not chained to a computer she can be found ambling along one of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches, cheering on the champion All Blacks rugby team, history geeking on the internet, or daydreaming. If this includes chocolate—even better!

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Nicola’s books are sexy and intriguing. She weaves mystery and suspense into the plot to deliver a read that is… unputdownable!

This week, May 1-5, stop by and learn more about Nicola’s delicious historical romance reads! She’s also sponsoring a Rafflecopter that will run all month. Complete the tasks and one randomly drawn winner will receive digital copies of books 1 and 2 of The London LordsTo Love a Hellion and Rakes to Riches. Trust me, you want both of these!

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A Few of My Favorite Things – The Heroines

The Heroines

The “standard” heroine in historical romances is a soft, sensitive soul who, through the course of the story, must find her inner strength in order to prevail over story villains or compromised situations and find her happily-ever-after with the story’s hero. She’s sometimes considered sassy and feisty. I don’t consider either a compliment. Neither speaks to intelligence, strength, or character. But usually a satisfying ending is enjoyed by all.

In my favorite HR stories, the heroines are formidable adversaries (or co-conspirators) almost from page one. They are smart, and even cunning. These women have very little time for tears and no time for running. However… for the right man… there’s plenty of time for passion!

Most HR stories take place during a time when women were second-class citizens. Not allowed to vote, own property, or even have input into their futures. They had their lives dictated to them by men and senior matriarchs “looking out for their best interest.”

Women learned fashion, food, music, and all things female. Discussing sex was unheard of, and expecting or wanting sex was even worse. They married whom they were told to – and it wasn’t uncommon for their future husband to sometimes be two or three times their age… as long as he had a title.

In the event a woman found herself the surviving widow or beneficiary of wealth, she was expected to marry so her husband could manage her wealth as he saw fit.

Whatever.

During the month of May, you’ll meet several women who have no time for societal mores and snub their noses at convention. They’re in dire situations and usually, time is of the essence. Of course, they were not planning on running into him, and he’s a game-changer! He either needs to get out of her way – or help her! They’ll risk life, ruin, and their hearts to save family… and for love.

 

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“Avarice Unleashed (Hell on Earth Book 3)” by A.C. Melody #Review

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“Avarice Unleashed (Hell on Earth, Book 3)”

Author: A.C. Melody

Genre: Dark Erotica-BDSM-Paranormal

Release Date: April 30, 2017

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5/5 Stars!

Devils Need Love Too!

From the beginning of Avarice and moving on to Avarice Unforgiving, the list of growing questions keep the reader engaged and on the edge of their seat. A few bits and pieces of answers are tossed out in book 2, but they only serve to ignite more questions! Avarice Unleashed answers all questions… in ways the reader will never see coming.

Saphiel is gone and in her quest to find-in her mind… rescue-him, Kameo Kross must accept even more incredulous truths. It’s all or nothing, and Kami finally accepts she cannot be without her devil.

This is such a well-developed character! Even though the truth was Kami had nowhere to go, a lesser female would have tried. The seemingly endless situations of peril had ME on edge, but Kami rose to the occasion! Early in chapter two, she thought, “…she was getting really tired of being abducted” and “How many times was one person supposed to find themselves in a potentially life-threatening situation in the same week?” HA! Score Kameo Kross! Not fearless… but fierce!

Determined to find her man… er, devil, Kami finds out someone she once trusted is not even close to whom she believed them to be. It is then Kameo Kross understands despite the eons-old thought of demons and devils being vile and evil entities, the avarice of humans makes them much worse. A devil never threatened her life… but humans did.

Retribution is swift and I must say… justified. If you don’t want a devil to bother you… don’t bother him! Kami also finds out how deeply she was betrayed by someone she once cared for and takes no issue with the punishment given.

Kami’s roommate, Zoe Bankes, is front and center, and oh, so much fun! Big nods to the author for another strong female character! Her girlfriend banter with Kami is on point, and she doesn’t sugar-coat her personality for Saphiel! Zoe is the ultimate BFF because she will always tell you the truth whether you want to hear it or not, and she always has your back… even if demons are involved!

Kami is apprehensive as Beltane approaches. Even Saphiel has doubts. Everything could change… something neither of them wants. Will they survive?

This is a complex, challenging read and not for the faint-of-heart. If you’re easily offended, please don’t read this. Take heed of the author’s disclaimer. This isn’t comfy, cozy, or warm. It is challenging and even shocking in some areas. But, everything in this read has meaning… EVERYTHING. Nothing is gratuitous or a last minute add-in. It is often said one must suspend belief to read fiction. For the Avarice series, I disagree. Grab your beliefs and hold them close. You’ll need them.

Avarice Unleashed is a fitting conclusion to an epic series. Kudos to the author for delivering such a complex, detailed three-book story, and doing it in less than a year.

I stepped way out of my reading comfort zone for this series and I’m glad I did. Do I want to be Kameo Kross? No way! But, I am happy for her. She found what she’d spent two lifetimes searching for… and isn’t that the heart of any romance novel?

Indulge in a little avarice – no judgments here!

 

Enjoy!

“Avarice Unleashed (Hell on Earth Book 3)” by A.C. Melody #ReleaseBlitz 18+

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“Avarice Unleashed (Hell on Earth, Book 3)”

Genre: Dark Erotica-BDSM-Paranormal

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Hell hath no fury…

Saphiel’s gone and it’s all Kami’s fault.
Panicked and riddled with guilt, she turns to the only one who can help, only to fall into the wrong hands. It seems opportunity has knocked, and not a single enemy is willing to miss out. Everyone wants their dues, and Kami’s the perfect bait.

All she wants is to reunite with Saph and she’ll face off with the Devil himself to do it.
Facing herself and the reluctant truths of her heart are a whole other matter, especially when it could be too late. Will the unforgiving Avarice ever pardon her for endangering them both?

As the calendar races toward Beltane, sickening plots of greed and single-minded obsessions continue to unravel all around them, but their greatest challenge awaits in the aftermath of retribution.
Can they find some semblance of redemption in one another at last,
or will the demon within change everything?

…like a Devil unleashed.

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A few moments passed before the sound of a door opening and closing quietly cut through the room. About fucking time!

The hood was yanked off her head, but not by the one standing ten feet away, facing her. Panting, she quickly scanned the room without moving her head. There were at least seven Legion standing guard—three on either side of her, plus the one who’d removed the hood and remained behind her shoulder. Had they been there all the while? Probably. Bastards. None of them mattered, at any rate. It was the six and half-foot golden god with ice-blue eyes and a face sculpted for sin standing directly across the room that mattered.

He wore a light-gray modern suit with an old-fashioned flare—a vest, complete with pocket watch. It did nothing to detract from the raw power he emanated. His dirty blond locks were brushed arrogantly away from his face, too long to be professional, but she’d dare anyone to tell him that. His eyes were like the winter; blue death with a frosty coating, encircled by a midnight ring. They drank her in with something close to pleased malevolence.

“Mmm, now that’s the face that belongs to a woman in chains. Mascara tears and ruby red lips,” he broke off with an aroused sound of approval. “You look absolutely tragic, Kami. May I call you Kami?”

She knew better than to answer. His voice was smooth as whiskey. A velvety spell designed to wreak havoc on his victim’s minds. She doubted he’d ever uttered a single syllable of sincere flattery in his entire existence. No, much like Saphiel, this Devil got his pleasure from making others suffer. Tremendously. She could feel his sadism woven into his potent presence. Her inner masochist had radar like that.

Flashing a quick smile of amusement, he clucked his tongue. “Clever, too. I’m almost envious that one of my wayward brethren have already claimed you. I think I could have enjoyed toying with you for a while.”

Kami visualized a giant, icy dragon batting around a helpless kitten and tried not to shudder.

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Author Bio:

A.C. Melody is a hybrid Author of Erotic Romance and its many sub-genres. Confessed javaholic, introverted geeky girl with a twisted sense of humor and a wretched muse.

She has a weakness for hard ass Alphas and the strong women who capture their hearts, without damaging their rough edges. No matter how submissive or demure, her female leads have a core of strength and a willingness to admit their own flaws and evolve, not just demand that of their men.

When it comes to gambling, A.C. admits she’s 100% guilty of placing all her money on the underdogs, anti-heroes, and shameless whores.

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“Avarice Unleashed (Hell on Earth Book 3)” by A.C. Melody #PreOrder 18+

It’s about to be Unleashed! 4.30.17

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Hell hath no fury…

Saphiel’s gone and it’s all Kami’s fault.
Panicked and riddled with guilt, she turns to the only one who can help, only to fall into the wrong hands. It seems opportunity has knocked, and not a single enemy is willing to miss out. Everyone wants their dues, and Kami’s the perfect bait.

All she wants is to reunite with Saph and she’ll face off with the Devil himself to do it. Facing herself and the reluctant truths of her heart are a whole other matter, especially when it could be too late. Will the unforgiving Avarice ever pardon her for endangering them both?

As the calendar races toward Beltane, sickening plots of greed and single-minded obsessions continue to unravel all around them, but their greatest challenge awaits in the aftermath of retribution.

Can they find some semblance of redemption in one another at last,
or will the demon within change everything?

…like a Devil unleashed.

Excerpt:

Pushing the door open to the master suite, Saph shoved her forward with a swat on her ass. “Get undressed. Now.”

“When you say ‘like us’?”

“The correct answer was ‘Yes, Sir’ followed by the shedding of clothing,” he stated, closing the door and stalking toward her in that confident, predatory way. “Would you like to try again?”

“Yes, Sir,” she exhaled breathlessly, hating how weak her knees felt just from that simple reprimand.

Kicking her shoes off, she unbuttoned and removed her jacket to drape it over the chaise. She was about to lift the silk camisole over her head when her phone rang. Digging it out of her coat pocket, she saw it was Zoe. Probably wondering if she’d made it back to New York yet. Kami set it aside, letting it ring. She could call her bestie back when Saph was finished with whatever he had planned.

“Who is it?”

“Zoe,” she answered. “I can call her back.”

Lifting the tank over her head, she tossed it in the direction of where-the-fuck-ever, which had Saphiel arching a brow. She’d already gotten into trouble once for just flinging clothing. They both knew that now she was just asking for it. When her phone started ringing again and Kami saw it was still Zoe calling, her stomach pitched.

“Something’s wrong,” she muttered as she snatched it up and answered it. “Zo?”

“Oh my God, Kam, someone broke in,” Zoe rushed out in a thick, liquid voice indicating she was crying. “They took everything! My laptop, the TV—who the fuck would want our TV?—and your room is completely trashed.”

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“One Year Left” by J.C. Robinson #NewRelease

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Author: J.C. Robinson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 29, 2017

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In the last year of his life, Will moves to Portland in search of happiness, but the disappointment and despair of his past aren’t influenced by distance. Then he meets his new roommate, Kristen. Even with her own emotional scars, she’s everything he’s ever wanted. The trouble is, old habits are hard to break and if they can’t find a way to move forward, they risk losing their best chance at love.

One Year Left is a standalone new adult romance novella with no cliffhanger, no cheating, and a happy ever after. If you want to read a book so sweet it hurts and enjoy endearing characters with a dash of humor then One Year Left is for you.

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J.C. Robinson is 26 years-old and lives in Clarksville, MD with his puppy who thinks tennis balls are treats. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Criminal Justice & Criminology degree. As of March 2017, he has left his job as a professional hand holder (IT-ish) to pursue writing full-time.

J.C. also enjoys listening to Bon Iver, playing with Max (the aforementioned rogue puppy), and watching How I Met Your Mother. His favorite movie is Adventureland as the last scene makes his heart flutter.

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“A Few of My Favorite Things”

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Historical Romance is a generic term for a wide and varied genre. Stories could be set in Arthurian Fiction, Ancient Greece, Tudor England, Westerns, during the Civil War, Pearl Harbor… the list is endless. Because of this, historical romances can require a great deal of research. Many committed followers of the genre hold authors to a high standard of authenticity. Fashion, language/speech, homes, politics, foods, furnishings… everything must be correct for the time period used or readers will show their disapproval with negative reviews.

I’m not quite so picky about certain details as long as there is an amazing story!

And you thought it was just a romance novel!

For a great many of us, historical romance means an English setting or English characters, usually in the Victorian, Elizabethan, or Regency periods (named for the ruling monarchy). These are three of the most popular periods with readers.

If you’re of a certain age, you remember when the term “bodice ripper” was popularized and all cover models looked like 80s-model Fabio Lanzoni!

While the term is still used, (along with racy, steamy, sensuous, erotic and HOT), cover models are much more diverse and varied. Sorry, Fabio!

Join me in May for Historical Romance Month when I’ll be spotlighting my favorite historical romances and their characters.

And I won’t be alone!

The authors of my favorite historical romances will be on-hand with Rafflecopters, ebook/gift card giveaways, print books, and even a Kindle!

 Remember to stop by Nesie’s Place in May for chances at prizes and links to great reads!

 

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“Avarice Unforgiving (Hell on Earth Book 2)” by A.C. Melody #Spotlight 18+

In anticipation of the April 30th release of “Avarice Unleashed”, book 3 in the “Hell on Earth” series, I’m spotlighting books 1 and 2! The books can be read for free through the Kindle Unlimited program! My review appears at the bottom of this post – Enjoy!

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“Avarice Unforgiving (Hell on Earth, Book 2)”

Length: 135 Pages

Genre: Dark Erotica-BDSM-Paranormal

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Rating Average: 4.5/5 Stars

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Run.

That’s Kami’s first instinct when shit gets a little too real for her peace of mind.
Kink was supposed to be an escape, a release, but her mysterious Dom robbed her of that and there’s no going back. Her job was supposed to be an accomplishment, a step forward, but Mr. Kress took that from her and twisted it to his own design.

They want her to submit.

If Kami had her way, they’d both be kissing her ass on her way out the door.
Now, there’s a new threat hanging over her head. An unknown enemy wants to expose all of Kami’s sordid, depraved secrets to the media. Little do they know, that even she has no clue who in the hell she really is…but someone does.

Someone who’s about to reveal an incomprehensible tale. A truth that will unravel Kami’s entire life at the seams. Everything she’s ever believed will be altered as she’s thrust into a world she’d never feared existed, and only one undeniable fact will ring through the loudest:

Running had never been an option.

 

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“No, Sir. I said, right away, Sir,” she smiled brightly.

He gave her a dark smirk. “Cheeky.”

His eyes swept down her body and back up again. By the time they landed on her face, that smoldering deviousness was back. Fuck. That was worse. She’d rather him bend her over the counter and whip her ass, because now she was going to be squirming in anticipation until he revealed his kinky plans on the plane. Pivoting in the doorway, he gestured for her to lead the way.

“Always the gentleman,” she sighed.

His arm curved around her hips from behind to stop her.

“Oh no, baby girl. You know me better than that. I don’t allow you to go first, because you’re a lady. I insist you go first, because I keep an eye on what’s mine, and I like you aware of the fact that I’m right here,” his hot breath molested the nape of her neck. “Where I can take whatever I want, whether you see it coming or not.”

Embers of lust sparked through her, heating her veins. His words and nearness sent erotic shivers in every direction. Kami’s lips parted on a ragged breath and the need…it was crazy how badly she could need him.

“Okay, Sir, I’m sorry,” she apologized.

“Mmm,” his lips brushed over her ear, intensifying everything. “As if that changes anything.”

 

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December 17, 2016

5/5 Stars!

Avarice Unforgiving is exactly that–unforgiving. Book 1 was Cat in the Hat compared to this continuation. Just when I thought I was on the same page with this author and had delved into the psyche of Kameo Kross, and figured everything out, this read slapped me in the back of the head and said, “Nice try.”

But I wasn’t alone. Kameo herself has many questions she, nor anyone else can answer. At least, not anyone who’s willing to answer… not yet.

On a roller-coaster of emotions and need, Kameo is caught between her mysterious Dom and her ruthless boss. Both men feed the degrading submissiveness which is her joy and her shame. And then there are the jumbled memories of her ‘Bull Man’ and Halloween which still torment Kameo.

Not one who believes in happiness, Kameo feels that even if she gets what it is she’s been searching for, she won’t be allowed to keep it. That agonizing thought drives her to a decision–walk away.

Easier said than done. Honestly, she never had a choice.

Kameo finds out someone knows of her past–the bad and… the bad–and even the circumstances of her birth, and is out to blackmail her boss, Kress, and ruin her. Not believing she can sink any lower, Kameo is still appalled at the way the information is delivered… and where.

M.W. Kress. An enigma unto himself. I had thought certain things through about him from book 1, but even my twisted mind didn’t go… there.

While trying to understand how and why she has become someone’s target, Kameo must reconcile with new revelations. The circumstances of her birth are not what she’s believed all her life, and she’s not whom she thought she was. Well, actually, she’s not sure who she is. Kameo has to open her mind to things ‘normal’ people would never believe. Even with doubts still pulling at her, Kameo knows what she’s seen… and experienced… is real.

With mild trepidation, Kameo decides to accept what is offered and steps out on Faith. (Did I really say, ‘Faith’?) This is when the story is bum-rushed by a tornado of a plot twist that left me just staring at the screen! Trying to kick start my brain, I proceed to the last chapter… and the annihilation of my brain was complete. I have no words.

Avarice Unforgiving is a complex, tightly written story–there is no wiggle room. And you will wiggle. It will make you squirm. Much of the world building includes things many of us have been taught or read. Avarice Unforgiving will challenge you.

Of course, it is a cliff-hanger! This author…maaan! Book 1 left me hanging on with two hands. Now, I’m hanging on with one hand…and reaching for book 3! There is a disclaimer at the book’s beginning–please read it! This is not a comfy, little read. Though short in length, you will not “breeze” through it. Much like Kameo Kross, you will be tormented… and you will enjoy it. Go ahead and 1-click. No judgments here.

Enjoy!

“Unbreakable (Undeniable Trilogy Book 3)” by ML Preston #ReleaseBlitz 18+

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“UNBREAKABLE (The Undeniable Trilogy Book 3)”

Author: ML Preston

Genre: Contemporary, IR, Romance

Release Date: April 25, 2017

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Learning to love again was the most difficult task for Amaya Davis. When she shed her insecurities, and took a full run at it, Nicholas managed to break her once again. Instead of cowering to her old ways, she stood on her new-found ground and made an honest attempt to move on. But with Nicholas fighting to break through her walls and regain her trust, she realizes her heart only belongs to him.

Now living in their forever with a baby on the way, and her new job with Nicholas as her boss, they seem to be heading towards the matrimony express. Yet some people won’t take a hint.

Will Nick and Amaya have a happily ever after? Or will the villain get the victory?

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“I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting your needs, baby,” he whispers as he continues to lay the assault of kisses on my mouth. I reach down and pull his t-shirt off, revealing the amazing set of abs he has developed over the past few months. He works out more now to relieve the tension of not having sex. That is why I’m so surprised and relieved that we are doing this now.

“Nick, are you sure you want to do this?” I ask. He places his finger on my lips signaling me to be quiet as he gently lays me on my back. Propped up on his side he traces my face with his free hand and slowly makes his way to my engorged breasts and plays with my nipples. He watches as I writhe in pleasure. They are so sensitive. I reach over with my left hand and feel the length of his cock through his jersey shorts. I gasp at what I’m feeling and desire races to my pussy where the need to feel him deepens. I try to pull him near me, but he declines the invitation as he slides his hand across my belly, down to my awaiting swollen clit, and begins to play with it softly. The sensation begins to grow and almost becomes too much when he suddenly stops before my eruption.

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“Why’d you stop?” I pant out, wanting to feel him in me or complete the task.

“I…I just love watching you. Knowing that I bring that sexy ass look to your face, that I’m responsible for that glow, for those moans, for making you come, is fucking hot and I love being the one responsible. I don’t want it to end.” I push him over onto his back and mount him placing his hands on my breasts and inviting him to slowly massage them. I remove the pins from my hair and allow the curls that he loves, to cascade down my back and frame my face. I playfully tease my hair causing him to let out a slow hiss as he adjusts his hips. I begin a slow and steady rock against his erection throwing my head back each time I hit that spot. He reads the expression on my face and grinds up into me, giving me the pleasure I need.

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ML Preston

ML Preston was born and raised in Oklahoma City, where she learned early on that she had a gift for bringing worlds to life with her words. An avid and voracious reader, she was encouraged to nurture her active imagination and quickly found a passion for storytelling. Inspired by her own personal love story, she began to write the voices in her head, embarking on a journey to share her stories. She spins tales of passion and romance where the lines between race and creed, physical perfection and social norms disappear in the face of love. Tales of real love; erotic connections with a heart and soul that everyone can relate to. She now makes a home in Texas with her husband and three children, who keep her grounded when the voices call on her to tell their story. And they never stop calling.

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Curated Content For Writers ~ April 28

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Content Curation color wheelHappy Friday, Story Empire readers! We’re wrapping up another busy week (and month) here at Story Empire. We would like to thank everyone who visited us on the RRBC Springtime Book and Blog Party yesterday!

But now it’s time to share some of our favorite links we’ve found around the Internet pertaining to writing, marketing, and promotion. P. H. shared a great video compilation and post this week of the struggles of book revisions, and Craig delved into incorporating memories in fiction. Check those posts out if you missed them, and peruse the other links we found for you. So without further ado…


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