Cover Reveal for Give Me Pleasure, by Celeste Carrara

I am so pleased to be a part of the cover reveal for author Celeste Carrara’s newest book, the fourth book in her Paranormal City Series!


~Give Me Pleasure ~

Kayla has needs and desires and thus far hasn’t found a man who can accept her kinks. Then again, she has a hard time accepting them too. She’s suppose to be a good girl. Good girls don’t do the things Kayla fantasizes about.

Mika doesn’t have time for women. His life revolves around his job. As the head of security to vampire king Sebastian, Mika’s only focus is protecting and serving his king. Women, especially the human variety, are used for only two things. Blood and sex.

When Mika and Kayla meet, neither are prepared for the feelings they stir in one another. They shouldn’t be together, too many obstacles, yet they can’t stay away…

Get an in depth look at Give Me Forever, the first book in the Paranormal City Series, from the awesome Q&A completed by author, Celeste Carrara as a part of my Write it Forward Indie Author Initiative!

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Q&A on Blood Bound, (The Gallows Novels, Book 1), by Sharon Stevenson

1.  What is the title of your book?

Book no 1 of The Gallows Novels is titled ‘Blood Bound’.

2.  What is the genre and age rating?

Modern Fantasy – it’s basically Urban Fantasy in a non-urban setting.  There are as many supernatural creatures as I could cram in!

Despite the ages of the characters, this is an adult novel not recommended for young readers.  Older teens may love it since the profanity adds to the sense of humour!  There’s no graphic sex but there are sexual references and steamy moments so if you’re looking for a nice clean YA read you won’t find it here.

3.  Give a brief synopsis, using your own words.

Okay, so there’s this sarcastic, battle-scarred, kind of unfortunate-looking guy called Shaun who doesn’t really want to be a demon tracker and is pretty lonely.  Then there’s his maniacally cheerful and gung-ho twin sister Sarah who wants to save everyone and is always pushing at her brother to use his powers.  Enter fellow demon tracker and teen temptress Melissa.  See, demon trackers have soul mates they are inexplicably and undeniably drawn to, and Melissa might just be Shaun’s soul mate.  The only thing is she’s basically evil.  It’s just Shaun’s kind of luck.

4.  Is it part of a series? Is the series completed? What made you decide to do a series rather than an epic?

It’s part of an ongoing series.  I created characters I want to keep writing about, it’s as simple as that.

5.  Visually describe your main character and provide a picture if you were inspired by an actual person.


Both twins have dark blonde hair and blue eyes.  Shaun is 6’5” and due to a werewolf attack he has one glass eye with a claw scar around it, and scars covering his upper body.

Sarah is a foot shorter that her brother and is slim and pretty.  She has messy hair and wears dark eye shadow pretty much all the time.

I wasn’t inspired by anyone for them, but I have been asked what actors were most like them looks-wise  before and I came up with John Mallory Asher from Weird Science and Karen Gillian from Doctor Who.

6. What are your his/her biggest character flaws?

Shaun’s reluctance to use his powers is the fault he needs to get past to live up to his true potential.

Sarah’s reckless nature spurs her on to make some ill-advised choices.

7.  What are his or her best qualities? 

Shaun thinks things through before he makes decisions.  He even manages to save his sister from herself occasionally.

Sarah is caring and wants to save everyone.  She does whatever it takes even though it often creates problems in her personal life.

8.  Is there a romantic interest for your MC (main character)…or maybe more than one? Would you describe it as antagonistic, angsty, steamy, romantic, and or loaded with sexual tension?

Shaun is attracted to Melissa but he doesn’t want to be.  He has some powerful lusty feelings he does his best to ignore but she does her best to tempt him.

Sarah’s love life gets complicated.  She has two best friends, Ray & Dev, who both have feelings for her but she’s just started a casual thing with another guy.

9.  Visually describe the romantic interest(s) and provide a picture if you were inspired by an actual person.

Melissa is a busty red-head with dark eyes.  She wears revealing clothes.

Ray is muscular with tattooed arms.  He’s only a little bit taller than Sarah, has long dreadlocks and his eyes are green.

Dev is tall and skinny with floppy dark hair and bright blue eyes.  He has a recent tongue piercing so he’s currently lisping.

10.  Who is your favorite secondary character? Why?

Probably Dev, because he’s a bit of a deviant and is amusing to write about.

11.  Were any of your characters inspired by people you know or have known?

No, I like to make people up from scratch!  I do occasionally realize later I’ve put a quality or quirk in one of the characters that is reminds me of someone I know but it’s never glaringly obvious to me when I’m writing.

Thanks to Sharon Stevenson for giving us a peek into Blood Bound, the first book in her series, The Gallows Novels, which you can find more information about from checking out THIS previous feature!!

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Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves…Oh, my!

Any author with a warning like this on her website, is someone that I can totally get behind:


The Gallows Novels are Adult Modern Fantasy, not YA.

These novels are littered with profanity and may be considered sexually rampant by more conservative readers!

**You’re intrigued now, aren’t you? Don’t lie to yourselves, people…you know you are.

The Gallows Novels:

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The Gallows Novels, by Sharon Stevenson, are Modern Fantasy books set in an alternate reality Scotland, complete with entirely fictional towns and supernatural entities such as vampires, witches and werewolves.

There are currently two books available, with the third scheduled for release on May 6th.

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Q&A Session of Give Me Forever, by Celeste Carrara


1.  What is the title of your book?

 Give Me Forever

2.  What is the genre and age rating?

 Erotic Paranormal Romance 18+

3.  Give a brief synopsis, using your own words.

Give Me Forever is about a vampire princess named Serena. We follow Serena as she navigates her life and relationships with her father, friends, and lovers. She is put in some tough situations and most of the time has no control over the things that life throws at her. Her wealth, good looks, and position in the vampire community do nothing to diminish the amount of turmoil she faces. She tries to find her voice, and gain her independence from her father (Sebastian) while still being loyal to him. When she lets love in her life, she ignores the fact that the man she has fallen for is human. She knows they have no future, but it doesn’t stop her from wanting to be with him. When fate steps in and delivers Serena her soul mate, who happens to be an assassin, Serena does everything she can to prove destiny wrong. She doesn’t want Alex, but she can’t live without him. Even worse, the last thing he wants is to be tied down to anyone, but he can’t fight the need to be with Serena. Having a soul mate for someone in Serena’s position is a very bad thing and Sebastian will not allow his daughter to loose focus on what’s important. She will one day be the queen of the Northeaster faction of vampires, whether she wants to or not and Sebastian won’t let anyone stand in her way, not even her soul mate Alex.

 4.  Is it part of a series? Is the series completed? What made you decide to do a series rather than an epic?

 Yes, it is part of a series. Give Me Forever is book one and there are currently two other books available. The series is not complete yet. My characters are what drove me to do a series. They all wanted their own books!

 5.  Visually describe your main character and provide a picture if you were inspired by an actual person.

 Serena is a vampire and is physically perfect. She is tall, about five feet ten inches, with waist length brown, straight hair. Her eyes are chocolate brown and her skin is pale white. She has large, natural breasts and is curvy but thin and in great shape. I didn’t have one particular person in mind for Serena, but I can see her clearly in my mind.  I like to keep her exact features to myself because I like to let my readers use their imaginations about what Serena looks like to them.

 6.  What are his or her biggest faults? Using a short excerpt from your book, can you show us an example?

 I would have to say Serena’s biggest fault is she doesn’t stand up for herself enough when it comes to her father. They have a tumultuous relationship and he is very controlling. She always gives in to him. We do see her grow more of a backbone, but their relationship remains unbalanced.


“He continued, “I see you have taken some of your things out of the house. Did you think that would go unnoticed, that I wouldn’t know when my own daughter wasn’t sleeping in her home? What’s your plan, Serena? You live with him in his home and live happily ever after? Turn your back on your people and your responsibilities? If you think I will sit back and do nothing about it, you are mistaken. You have one hour to collect your things from his house and return. Don’t you ever do something like this again, and don’t ever ignore my calls. Now go. You have one hour.”

Speechless, I left the room. As soon as I closed the door behind me, I ran through the apartment, down the stairs, and out of the building. The look of disappointment in his eyes nearly crippled me, but I had to move fast and do as he said. He could have sent someone else to get my things, but I knew my father’s motives. He wanted me to feel the pain of leaving Alex and the defeat of having to follow his orders. He knew I wouldn’t fight him. He knew the control he had over me despite my recent rebellion.”

 7.  What are his or her best qualities? Using a short excerpt from your book, can you show us an example?

 Serena’s best quality is that she tries so hard to do what’s right. Just because she is a vampire she doesn’t think that means she has to act the way she is expected to all the time.


‘Compulsion was one of my new gifts too, but it wasn’t something I was comfortable with. Altering the mind of an unsuspecting human didn’t sit well with me. It was dangerous for them if they weren’t of a stable mind. Too much on one person could have disastrous results. Being able to mess with their minds so easily just seemed wrong. It was a form of control. Having been controlled my whole life by my father, I guess I felt it wasn’t right to control another person like that.’

 8.  Is there a romantic interest for your MC (main character)…or maybe more than one? Would you describe it as antagonistic, angsty, steamy, romantic, and or loaded with sexual tension?

 Serena has two romantic interests. Nick who is human, and Alex who is a vampire. Serena’s relationship with Nick is all romance. He is the perfect guy and while their sexual encounters are hot, they are more loving and romantic. Alex and Serena’s relationship is filled with sexual tension, angst, and steamy encounters. There is romance too, but it takes a lot of heartache before they can get there.

 9.  Visually describe the romantic interest(s) and provide a picture if you were inspired by an actual person.

 Nick is tall with dark hair and piercing blue eyes. He is light skinned and well built. For work he is always dressed in suits but when he’s not, he could be the poster boy for Abercrombie & Fitch.  Alex, is over six feet tall with wavy brown hair that is longish but not past his neck. His eyes are hazel/green and his skin is pale white. His body is fit, like a swimmers body. Again I can see them both in my head but like to keep their descriptions vague giving the readers a chance to form their own visuals.

 10.  Who is your favorite secondary character? Why?

 My favorite secondary character is Serena’s father, Sebastian. He is such a bad ass. Confident, powerful, and sexy. But he is flawed and mysterious and always up to no good. The man is fearless and cocky and there are so many layers to his personality.

 11.  Were any of your characters inspired by people you know or have known?

 All my characters have traits of people in my life. The relationship between Serena and her father is very similar to that of mine with my own father.

 12.  Post a short excerpt (1-2 pages max) that you think that readers will love…


“As soon as I entered my building it started again. The light-headedness came first. As I stepped into the elevator the dizziness hit me and it was hard to remain upright. What the hell is going on? Once the door opened revealing my floor, I rushed out in search of my father. A shiver ran through my body, and my hands were shaking. Trying to pull myself together, I used my senses to locate my father. When I did, I realized he wasn’t alone.

“Serena, come in please. I’m glad you’re home. There is someone here I’d like you to meet. This is Alex; he is an associate of mine. Alex, this is my daughter, Serena.”

I never thought I had a soul, but in that moment when our eyes met and our hands touched in greeting, my soul screamed for joy. Dazed and shocked, I couldn’t let go of his hand. Electricity seared as we touched. I couldn’t speak. Like a magnet, my body was helpless to the pull, and I never wanted to let go. When I heard his voice, it was a melody my whole body rejoiced for.

“Serena, it is a pleasure to meet you. Your father has been telling me of your amazing progression after your transition.”

Why was my father talking to him about me? Finally I found my voice, but when I spoke it didn’t even sound like it was mine. Breathlessly I responded, “It’s a pleasure to meet you as well, Alex.” Just saying his name coupled with the word pleasure had my body crying out to be pleasured by him. My knees went weak, and it took everything I had to keep my composure.

“Sebastian I won’t keep you any longer. As always it was an honor meeting with you. I will be in touch.” Without another word he bowed towards my father and made his way for the exit. Leaving the room without speaking to me, my father left in the other direction. In my haste to catch up with Alex, I stumbled over a chair. That didn’t stop me. I needed to hear his voice just once more.

“Hey, wait up!” Yelling and chasing him like I did wasn’t as graceful as I would have liked, but I was desperate to speak to him. Luckily he did stop and turned to look at me. “Sorry, but I just have to ask, have we met before? I swear you look so familiar.” My whole body had started to tremble, and it was difficult to try and gauge if he was having the same reaction while trying to get hold of my emotions.

“No, I don’t believe we have met before. You must be confusing me with someone else. I have to go. It was nice meeting you, Serena.” He practically ran away from me, taking the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator.”

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Q&A Session on A Vampire’s Saving Embrace, by Darlene Kuncytes

1. What is the title of your book?

“A Vampire’s Saving Embrace”

 2.  What is the genre and age rating?

It is first and foremost a romance – with a touch of the supernatural.  The best way to describe it would be a love story that the main character just happens to be a vampire.   I would say 18 and over.

3.  Give a brief synopsis, using your own words.

Abigail Montgomery is a loner – she’s a woman who’s only had herself to depend on her entire life.  One night she is saved from danger from a dark, mysterious man. Desmond LaGrange, and is taken back to his estate.  The sparks immediately fly between the two, but each has a past that holds them back and Abby finds herself thrown into a world that she didn’t even know existed.  It’s a story about love, and redemption.

4. Is your book part of a series? Is the series completed? What made you decide to do a series rather than an epic?

It is part of a series – but stands on its own.  Book two is about two characters from the book and their story.  It’s funny, because when people finished this book they started hounding me to write Luke and Kat’s story. Lol.  I guess they loved their chemistry and the fact that they are both complete smart-asses.  Gotta love that!  I am in the process of writing it now and am hoping to be done soon.

I like a series that can stand on its own – yet one that the characters you fall in love with make an appearance or two.  This is a tight-knit group and I love that we will be able to keep up with all of them.

5. Visually describe your main character and provide a picture if you were inspired by an actual person.

I only WISH I was inspired by an actual person! Lol!! Desmond is the perfect man.  Dark, gorgeous, muscular, sensitive – but can also take charge. He is a tortured soul that feels that he doesn’t deserve love because of what he is.  Abby is strong, accepting and funny – yet deep down, so afraid of losing her heart.

6.  What are his or her biggest faults? Using a short excerpt from your book, can you show us an example?

His biggest fault is that he can’t accept what he is – a good man.  He is tormented by his past.


“He closed his eyes and sighed, hating the monster that he was and not wanting this woman in his arms to realize it. The last thing he wanted was for her to be frightened of him. He wanted her only to think of him as they were now, glowing with the aftermath of their lovemaking – being held safe and secure in his arms – but he knew that if she knew the truth, she would turn from him in revulsion. Hate him for the death that hung over him like a dark storm cloud. She was too pure and innocent not to be disgusted by the death that enveloped him.

Then there was the issue of her blood and her now being immortal. He stared up at the ceiling, his fangs descending at just the thought of tasting her. It was a deep, primal urge that wanted desperately to be satisfied and he fought every moment not to let it win.

From what he could find out from the legends, her blood was a powerful force to any supernatural being that consumed it – vampires included. It was said that to vampires, a half-blooded Feys blood would be the sweetest of all blood imaginable.”

7.  What are his or her best qualities? Using a short excerpt from your book, can you show us an example?

His best qualities are his compassion and caring.  When he cares – he cares with his entire heart and soul – yet still feels unworthy.  It’s that inner battle that makes him who he is.  Strong – yet so vulnerable.


“Holy, Christ,” Desmond gasped, as he pulled her into his arms and against his chest. “Marcus!” he yelled – true panic in his voice.

“I’m on it!” she vaguely heard him answer from somewhere downstairs.

She grabbed onto the front of Desmond’s shirt as the pain continued to rip through her – reverberating through her body like a runaway freight train and she clenched her teeth together to keep from screaming again.

“Oh… oh my God!” she gasped, her body beginning to tremble uncontrollably – her teeth beginning to chatter. Her eyes held his – silently pleading with him to make it stop.

Desmond swept her up and carried her over to the bed. Bracing his back against the headboard, he kept her cradled in his arms, as he desperately tried to soothe her. If Desmond’s heart had been beating, the sound of Abby’s screams would have surely stopped it right then and there. He held her close as she moaned against him – rocking her gently, and would have given his very existence to take the pain from her. He had never before felt so helpless in all of his two hundred and fifty years and the feeling was utterly terrifying.

“Easy,” he cooed, his hand stroking her hair as he kissed the top of her head, over and over. “It’s going to be all right, sweetness. I swear to you.” She shuddered against him; her skin beading with perspiration and her breathing becoming shallow – as her heart pounded erratically in her chest.

8.  Is there a romantic interest for your MC (main character)…or maybe more than one? Would you describe it as antagonistic, angsty, steamy, romantic, and or loaded with sexual tension?

I would have to say – sexual tension, romantic and a bit steamy at times.  I love the romance, the electricity that runs through you when you meet someone who just takes your breath away.

9.  Visually describe the romantic interest(s) and provide a picture if you were inspired by an actual person.

Abby is the other main character and she is purely fiction too.  She is quick-witted, beautiful and funny.  She puts others before herself, yet has spent her life closing herself off.

10.  Who is your favorite secondary character? Why?

I’d have to say Luke.  He is smooth, sarcastic, masculine – yet incredibly loyal.  He would die for Desmond and Abby – yet loves to push Des’s buttons at any opportunity.  And when he and Kat meet the two butt heads instantly – which I love!

11.  Were any of your characters inspired by people you know or have known?

I think in some aspects there are pieces of me in each character, lol.  Growing up, my father always called me his little smart-ass – so when Kat and Luke throw barbs at each other, that is totally me -and I am fiercely loyal to my family and friends.   I am a hopeless romantic.  I LOVE making candlelight dinners and all that mushy stuff.  And there is a tiny bit of people from my past in Desmond – not much, but some. lol

12.  Post a short excerpt (1-2 pages max) that you think that readers will love…


“Abby was staring at the fire when Desmond came through the door carrying a tray. As soon as the smell of the food reached her – her stomach growled hungrily.

“I knew you would be hungry,” Desmond chuckled, that damn, infuriating, breath-stealing grin on his lips.

Abby blushed to the roots of her hair at her stomachs noisy betrayal. “I…I am – thank you,” she stammered – completely mortified.

Desmond set the tray down and placed a piece of errant hair behind her ear. “Is there anything else you would like?” He asked, and Abby’s blush only deepened. “My pet?” he questioned at her obvious embarrassment – his eyebrow quirking up so damn seductively.

“Would it be asking too much if I could bathe or perhaps shower?” she whispered, picking up a piece of toast and delicately biting off the corner. “I’m sure I must reek to high heaven by now.” Again the room was filled with his laughter and Abby found herself thinking that she would never tire of hearing it, or of seeing that grin of his. She shook off the thought, knowing she had no business even toying with such ideas.

She was Abigail Montgomery, devout self-appointed hermit, and the fact that she felt so at ease with him around was disturbing, to say the least – not to mention how completely compelling the man was .He was walking, talking sex on a stick and it scared the hell out of her. She had spent her entire life protecting herself from getting romantically involved with any man, and that was not about to change now.  Eric had been proof positive that she was better off alone.

“Actually,” he said, leaning down and placing his lips ever so lightly against her neck. He inhaled deeply and Abby shivered from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. Good Lord! “You smell of vanilla and lavender, with perhaps a hint of honey. It’s quite nice.”

“Wow,” she choked out, her heart racing triple time. “I’ve always read that Vampires were supposed to have a heightened sense of smell or something. Yours must really be on the fritz.” Desmond laughed against her neck, which only caused her to shiver again. Damn, but this man was dangerous, she thought irritably. What he was doing to her body should be illegal!

“My sense of smell is just fine,” he stated adamantly as he stood back up. “In fact, I am certain that what you have heard is only one of the very few things that is correct. All of my senses are heightened.”

Oh great, Abby thought crossly. That means he can probably hear my heart beating around in my chest like a boy crazy teen-aged cheerleader. Cripes! Could this get any worse?

“How about sunlight and crosses?” she asked; desperately trying to keep her thoughts away from how delectable he was.

“I can go out in the sun for very short periods, if any longer than a few moments my skin will burn and I will weaken – but it would take some time to kill me. And as for crosses…” He opened the top button of the shirt he wore and held up the tiny gold cross that hung around his neck, “just stories – although silver does have an adverse effect on me – pretty much the same as the sun.”

“So I guess that means you don’t sleep in a coffin either?” she asked, as calmly as possible, and he smiled – his eyes scanning up and down her body in a slow, thorough appraisal and she felt herself growing warm.

“No, I don’t. I sleep in a bed.” His smile widened and he chuckled deep in his chest – his eyes gleaming dangerously. “In fact, I usually sleep in this bed.”

Abby gulped at the realization that she was in fact lying in his bed – her cheeks turning red as a picture of the two of them intertwined on it filled her mind. Shit! “I’m sorry,” she stammered, trying desperately to push the image away. “I don’t want to kick you out of your….room.” She finished quietly.

“There is no need to apologize,” he replied, his finger stroking her cheek gently. “There are many more bedrooms in the house if I need one.”

…….Another Excerpt:

“As she jerked around, the towel fell to the floor and she turned a bright shade of red at Desmond’s wide, appreciative grin. “Thank you,” he laughed, his blue eyes gleaming in amusement as his gaze blatantly scanned over every one of her curves and she felt herself turning red –yet once again. Abby grabbed the towel and covered herself – the heat flowing through her body creating havoc.

“Here,” he chuckled, handing her another of his silk shirts, “this might stay on a little better. Not that I’m complaining – mind you.”

Abby grabbed the shirt and turned her back to him, letting the towel fall to the floor. She tried desperately to ignore him as she buttoned up – but the shaking of her hands was proof positive that she couldn’t. His very presence caused a heightening of all her senses as if the air around him had been electrically charged. She would have to have been deaf, dumb and blind not to be aware of his presence. Oh, who the hell was she kidding- she thought with a scowl – she would also have to be hard of smelling! The guy smelled amazing!

Finally with a deep breath, she turned and gave him a smile. “Thank you for the shirt,” she said sweetly, “but you know, I really will need some real clothing to wear. I mean, I have to get back to my apartment – my job. I can’t stay here forever and I certainly can’t keep wearing your shirts.”

Desmond seemed to consider all of this a moment before his mouth set in a tight line. “Abby, you will remain here until I am certain that you are safe.” He said finally, and she could tell by his tone that the subject wasn’t up for debate and she felt her temper flare. No man was ever going to tell her what she could and couldn’t do – ever again. No matter how gorgeous he was! Yet, she reluctantly admitted to herself – there was a small part of her that was relieved. The thought of going back to her solitary life at the moment did not appeal to her in the least. She couldn’t explain it, but there was a sense of peace here.

She didn’t know if he had killed the demon who had attacked her or not – and she wasn’t even sure that she did want to know. She only knew that she felt protected here with him – and she found that there was a part of her that really liked the feeling.

“And as for wearing my shirts – I don’t see why not,” he continued, the beginning of a smile twitching at the corners of his mouth. “I have plenty of them and you look much better in them than I.”

“Oh Lord, you’re impossible,” she muttered, before walking past him and through the door into the bedroom. She needed to get away from his disturbing gaze and heart-stopping smile. She walked over to the fireplace and plopped down in one of the oversized chairs as she had imagined doing since she had first woken up and her face broke out into a contented smile – her anger at his Neanderthal -like behavior, instantly forgotten. They were gloriously comfortable, she thought happily as she settled herself into the buttery leather. Pulling her legs up underneath her, she rested her head on her hand and sighed – watching the flames dance in the fireplace.”

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