Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway Circle of Dishonor by Carla Swafford

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Carla will award one copy of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR at every stop to a randomly drawn commenter, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Please click the banner to see the other stops on this tour.

John “Ice” Takahashi’s final job for The Circle has an unexpected hitch in it; he’s fallen for an innocent civilian and his enemies know it. With his mission in a shambles, he’ll do anything to protect her, including kill. So how can a man without honor prove he’s worthy of her love?

Lena Matthews feels like she’s playing with fire by dating the mysterious Master J. He’s exotic, dangerous, and exactly what she needs in her boring life. With the bad guys bearing down on them, she discovers a whole new world of sensuality that binds her heart to his forever.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

John Takahashi, also called Ice in the more deadly corners of the world, watched from the shadows as the woman slid into her Nissan Altima. He wanted to be certain she safely reached her car. 
His hands tightened on the steering wheel.
A burly fellow strolled by Lena’s car and continued to the next lane without glancing her way. John’s hold eased up. If the man had attempted to attack her, bloody fat limbs would be scattered across the parking lot within seconds. He’d never allow anyone to harm her. Hell, if the man only spoke to her, John was unsure of his reaction. He’d never felt this way before. Possessiveness wasn’t his usual response. He only knew she belonged to him.
From the first moment he saw her five weeks ago, intently watching him from the coffee shop, he’d decided to meet her. Her contradicting shyness and boldness amused him. The two times he’d allowed her to see him watching her, she’d looked away, blushing. He liked that. From the way she walked and held herself, he suspected she was a woman used to taking orders from a man. After being with so many women with that certain need, he had a sixth sense about such matters.
His contacts reported that her husband had died three years earlier. She wasn’t a flirt and hadn’t dated during that period. She dressed stylishly but modestly. Her hours were spent working in her house and in the flower beds surrounding her home. Occasionally, she had lunch with friends and attended charity functions, but nothing more.
Of course, their time in the coffee shop had been a test. If she’d been too timid or too bold, their time together would have ended without a dinner invitation. He wanted a woman willing to take commands but strong enough to demand what she needed in return.

Carla Swafford is a lithe twenty-nine year old with long auburn hair and sparkling dark eyes who loves dancing with her gypsy friends. Geez! Can you tell I love writing fiction? Now for the real stuff: I'm married to my high school sweetheart and live in Alabama. I swear my stories are more exciting.

Blog Tour and Giveaway for Taming Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson

Jessica Jefferson


Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?


Marc watched the faint outline come across the dense morning fog, becoming more discernible as it approached. The tall, thin figure was riding along at a perilous speed, given the morning’s lack of visibility. He thought perhaps it was some gangly young man misguided in the fog. It wouldn’t be the first time someone accidentally stumbled upon the vast property that made up his family’s immodest estate. Then the fog parted in an almost biblical manner, revealing his gross inaccuracy.Were those ... breasts? Marc closed his eyes and thought for a moment. Typically, women didn’t ride alone at such an hour and they certainly didn’t wander unexpectedly across his property. It’d been quite a while, his last birthday to be exact, since his last intimate encounter with a woman—a gift, compliments of St. Regis—so there was always the possibility that perhaps his half-drunk, sex-starved mind had conjured up the sensual image. He shook his head, opened his eyes, and looked back again toward the horizon. Yes, those were most certainly breasts. And she was most definitely not a young man. The woman’s riding habit pulled taut against her body as she raced toward him. Her hair was blowing behind her—various hues of auburn and gold, like wild flames curling about in the wind. Then a decidedly feminine voice burst through the morning’s silence, interrupting his self-doubt.
 “Oh, thank goodness I found you!” This was no mirage. She was indeed very real. And very loud.


Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago.  She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy.  She invites you to visit her at and read more of her random romance musings.


Our interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

Though I love Tamsin, I know that I’m not at all like her. She’s more of a run with your heart, not your head kind of girl. I’m an over thinker – so nothing fun would have ever happened in the book.

What was your inspiration behind this book?

I come from a larger family, and have a few sisters. My mother is one of five sisters, and I think there’s a great dynamic there. I’ve always wanted to write about sisters, and I’m lucky to have the opportunity to do so in the Regency Blooms Series. Each book is about a different sister. Taming Miss Tisdale is about the “tomboy” of the group. Didn’t every family have one of those?

Why did you become a writer ?

I love writing. It sounds corny, but I always thought that I’d be a writer. I just enjoy creating stories and putting them to paper.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?

I completely agree with that statement. I encourage readers to reach out to me. I love having the feedback. The great thing about facebook and twitter is that you actually have the opportunity to speak to those who read your work. I’ve always enjoyed receiving messages from readers.

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

Judith McNaught – one of my all time favorites.

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?

I think it’s hard to let go of characters after spending so much time with them. The great thing about a series is that you get to spend some more time with them.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

In Taming Miss Tisdale I introduce Jason, and I love him. He’s very cocky, and that’s something I look for in book boyfriends. 

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?

I read a lot of regency – but I prefer the modern twist that authors Eloisa James and Tessa Dare put on it. I’m also a big fan of the Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones.

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

Once. I did once – and it wasn’t even that sad!  It was the end of book one and I think I was just overwhelmed by the idea that I was actually finished.

id you have a Cover Designer ?

Through my publisher.

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?

My friend Violetta Rand writes about a character named Aaron, who’d despicable when he first makes his appearance, but later appears in his own redemption story. He’s another one of my book boyfriends. I love a flawed hero.

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?

I’d love to talk with Judith McNaught – she wrote contemporary and historical and did them both really well.

Do just re-read your favorite books ?

I’m a re-reader. There’s some books I’ve read a dozen times just because.

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?

Of course. In between series from my favorite authors. The time spent between Pennyroyal Green books has been agony for me.

What is the funniest book you ever read ?

I actually just read Lisa Kleypas’ Smooth Talking Stranger for the first time and that book made me crack up!

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