Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Release: Tempting the Darkness

Tempting The Darkness
Darkness, 5
By Shiela Stewart
Paranormal Romance
Champagne Books:

For twenty long years, Cooper Hawthorne has kept the brightest light in his bleak existence a deeply hidden secret. All this time, his beloved Gabriella has slept safely in cryogenic stasis, awaiting the day he finds a cure for her terminal cancer. As love blooms amidst the Darkness, and still no cure in sight, loneliness drives Cooper to drastic measures. He awakens Gabriella and breaks his last promise to her—by turning her into a vampire. Gabriella’s sense of betrayal weighs heavily on her attempts to deal with what Cooper has done to her. Pushing him away, she turns to his friends for support—and finds she isn’t the only one hurt by his actions. Cooper fights the temptation to use his powers to wipe her mind of the damning memories. But, when he comes face to face with the monster that created him, he knows what he must do.

Will Gabriella be able to save him before it’s too late? Or will the Darkness swallow him whole?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Savvy Saturday: Where to Find Our Authors in December

Keith Willis

There's dragons galore on this guy's website!

From the man himself:

On Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:00pm I'll be appearing at the William K. Sanford Public Library Colonie, New York, ( for a reading from Traitor Knight and discussion of writing, fantasy, and dragons. And there may be dragon cookies...

On Sunday, December 11 from noon - 5:00 PM I'll be participating as a vendor in the Altamont New York Victorian Holiday Celebration & Winter Market. I'll be in the Altamont Community Library with copies of Traitor Knight for sale. In addition I'll be raffling off some cool swag, and I'll have a special treat for any kids (or kids-at-heart) who come by--because everyone needs a dragon for a pet, right?

Amy McKinley

Check out her website for everything Amy!

December 10, 2016 Donation giveaway at Merry X-Mass Bash event beginning at 8:30 am CST.

December 10, 2016 Ani Bishop's Always You Release Party event takeover at 3pm EST.

December 13, 2016 25 Days of Christmas event takeover at 3pm. the event is presented by Books and Boys Book Blog

December 14, 2016 Naughty or Nice event takeover at 9pm. Happening in The Party Palace Facebook Group

December 15, 2016 12 Days of Kiltmas event takeover at 6pm EST.

Amy's books are now available at the Tinley Park Public Library in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Veronica Helen Hart

Veronica Helen Hart will be signing books at Book Warehouse in Tanger Square Mall, Daytona Beach, Florida on December 17th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Also with her will be Robert Hart, William G. Collins, and Lois Gerber.

Veronica's books are now available at the new Change Jar Books in Ormond Beach, Florida located on Nova Road.

Kay Latour

This new CBG author will be having a guest interview at her blog with author Natalia Brothers on December 15th.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tattle and Wrye column December 2016 edition



“Brrrr, it’s chilly outside,” Tattle enters the office in a Mrs. Claus Suit.

“Not if you live in Arizona!” Wrye does a two step, ending with, “Ta…da!”

“Ah, so it’s duelling Christmas jokes ye are after, m’elfin friend.” She swirls about and verbally assaults. “What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.”

Wrye thinks, huh, but counters, “Why does Santa have 3 gardens? So he can ho-ho-ho.”

Walking around Wrye, Tattle’s skirt swirls “Why was Santa's little helper depressed? Because he had low elf esteem.”

“What do you call an elf who sings? A Wrapper!”

“What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? Frostbite.” She holds up a hand. “Enough. I win. Time for our Love of Literature Leap Reviews.”

Again Wrye thinks, huh, but bows concession and off they go.

The duo find themselves in BORN IN ICE by Linda LaRoque, a futuristic/sci-fi/romantic suspense.

Zana Forrester left her young daughter and elder mother to brave the unstable roadways in the year 2080. She lived in a world where global warming had taken control, and avalanches, like the one that killed her husband, were not uncommon. Having to survive and keep her family fed and warm, she works from home as a computer programmer, but now and then she had to leave to pick up supplies.

Not to overtax her mother, she had taken her baby boy Jonathan with her and left her daughter, Katy. Soon after they start out, they are consumed by an avalanche.

Seventy-five years later, Brock Callahan and his crew salvage a rare all-terrain vehicle buried in an iceberg. After outrunning a dreaded pirate, they take the vehicle aboard his ship. Inside, unconscious, Zana holds her dead son. In her time, drugs had been administered to keep tissue from freezing completely, which allowed for Zana’s rebirth. Her son had been too young for the treatment.

Hence, Zana awakes to a world much different from her own, without her son, and not knowing what had happened to her daughter or mother. Finding her daughter becomes her main concern despite being instantly attracted to Brock and the new life he can offer her.

Meanwhile, Brock, a widow, is immediately drawn to the lovely Zana, and believes she would be the perfect wife and mother to his own daughter. Yet he refuses to love her. Death always follows those women he had loved. Both have their own agendas, but fate keeps them together as they battle through the dangers and heartache of the weather torn planet and its survivors’ tumultuous days and nights.

To further complicate their goals, a foreboding evil stalks them. Though Zana had been reborn, death is once again at her heels, threatening not just her but those she is beginning to love. 

Tattle whoops, “Wow! If you like adventure, suspense well-dosed with the unexpected and romance, this is the book for you. The prose pulsates with persistent realism despite being set in a futuristic world. You find yourself glancing out the window to remind yourself you don’t live in a city under the sea or a modernized cavern. The story absorbed me within the first paragraph, and I felt the characters pain and trauma. I became Zena’s and Brock’s cheerleader as their fortitude helps them overcome both physical and emotional bouts of intense ordeals. This read became part of my heart long after I put the book aside.”

Wyre nods in agreement. “The story itself captivated me.  The characters crawled under my skin and held me enthralled. I was in constant anticipation of what would happen next, and whether or not they would survive. The writing itself was so accomplished and well-done, I could almost hear a musical score adding to the background suspense. It was such an enjoyable journey, I found myself wanting to visit that world, meet the people, and applaud their bravado. Many books have captured my interest, but this one baited, hooked, and cooked me well. I am forevermore a LaRoque fan!”

Tattle and Wrye read their way through CLAIMED by Andrea R. Cooper, a paranormal, fantasy romance. 

Dream jobs aren’t always the dream you expect them to be, and Renee Maxwell soon discovers that truth. Being an assistant to sensuous and dreamy archaeologist, Damon Cubins, in the ancient ruins of Turkey has its perks.  Mostly, it is gruelling work and feverish nights. Not, hot, ooh la la type of nights but actually feeling sick with a legit fever. It doesn’t help that visions insert themselves over reality. Damon, though, incredibly handsome to begin with becomes even more tempting, taking on the traits of a chiseled, perfect hot-to-the-bone god. Meanwhile, Travis, a volunteer, she swears is beginning to look gnome-like. Was it the heat? Was it the flu? Was it the weird dreams? No, no, and no! She had recently dug up a crystal, an insignificant find, she pocketed, intending to make it into a necklace, but it is also affecting her.

What she doesn’t know is that the crystal is the very one Damon has been seeking. Damon Cubins is an incubus and if he doesn’t find the crystal and feed off of its energy, he will turn into a full demon. Once he knows Renee has found it, he realizes he must get that crystal away from her. Ironically, the full-figured beauty has feminist views and, unlike most women who fall for his charms, she resists his romantic overtures. She is quite content to let his model thin girlfriend have him all to herself. Well, maybe content isn’t the exact word. Attempting to resist might be more accurate.

Damon though needs that stone. Though he can feed off others’ sexual energy, he refuses to do more than siphon a taste, rather than hurt them. Unlike his cousin, Clive who feeds off violence and war, Damon cares for humanity. He soon finds he also cares for Renee. Will she run when she realizes what he is? Will Clive create enough chaos to put them all in danger? Will Damon lose Renee and become a demon? Read to find out!

Tattle sighs. “This is one of those romantic, paranormal romps you want to jump into as if it is a shimmery lake and discover it has a tumultuous undertow.  It has just the right blend of danger, adventure, sexuality and romance to satisfy every emotional nook and cranny of your literary being. I really like Renee, especially how she keeps sticking to her views and independence. It was a hoot, however, watching the very likeable and sexy Clive not get the girl right off the bat. Cooper’s writing has a clean, crisp feel, giving the storyline a swift pace. The dialogue is very believable with a grand amount of bantering that kept me smiling even though I kept rooting for them to reveal their true feelings to each other. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a quiet, cozy night with only enough light to read by.

Wyre grins. “I thoroughly enjoyed reading CLAIMED. It is reminiscent of the grand style of romance novels blusterous beginnings. It is a compelling read yet had its own unique speed, I couldn’t put it down but I didn’t want to rush it. I felt the need to read each phrase, every word. I liked the play of good and evil, especially showing an incubus that is more than simply sexually driven. Cooper took paranormal to a different level, writing a story that wasn’t a clone of what is already out there. It had a unique plot and its own remarkable style. This author will quickly gain a following, and I am personally looking forward to her next book.”

Hope you all enjoyed our reviews! Until next month, keep reading.

Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdash
of Blather City, Wannachat

Created and written by:  Angelica Hart and Zi

Books by: Angelica Hart and Zi
Books by: Vixen Bright and Zachary Zane


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Savvy Saturday: Exclusive Peek at Rita Bay's New Book Ely's Epiphany

Lexie slapped the dash of the Tahoe. “You’ve been silent the whole trip. You are going to tell me your problem before I get out of this car.”

Todd grimaced. “I know you’re pissed at me, Lexie, but it’s not right to dump my worries on you.”

He jerked when she stabbed his arm with a finger. “I’m going to sit here until you fess up. If I’m late to see Colonel Travers, it will be all your fault and I will never forgive you.”

He rubbed the sore spot. “Lexie, it’s personal and none of your business.”

He cringed when she sent him a hurt-filled look and whimpered. She bowed her head and covered her face with her hands. “I can’t leave you like this, but I’ll be in so much trouble.”

Todd knew he wouldn’t be able to withstand her tears. He would crumble and they both knew it.

“Okay, baby, just don’t cry. I’ll tell you what I can.”

She popped up impatient to hear the story. “Hurry, I don’t have all day.”

“It’s Ely. There’s something going on with him. He’s behaving strangely. Way too nice.”

She shook her head. “I’m not seeing it. He fixed a great breakfast. He’s making Christmas plans. Nothing unusual there.”

“I know differently. We’ve been together too long for me not to notice the signs. He said he was going to the restaurant yesterday, but he lied. I checked the GPS on his phone and he was miles away. I could narrow him down to the post but couldn’t get any closer. He was moving around.”

“What do you suspect?”

“I’m afraid he’s found someone else. He’s tired of me and is being nice to let me down easy.” His voice broke. “I love him so much, I don’t know what I’ll do if he leaves me.”

She threw her arms around him and kissed his cheek. “I love him too. Enough to know that he would never leave us. Don’t worry. I have to go now, but we’ll discover the real story soon. Love you.”

She jumped out of the Tahoe, waved as Todd pulled away, and then turned and ran straight into Colonel Cochrane’s chest. As she rubbed her sore nose, Lexie knew she was screwed.

About the Author
Rita Bay has worked as a Registered Nurse, educator and school system administrator. While juggling family and work, she has participated in archaeological digs, earned a black belt in Shotokan karate, prospected for gold and crystals, and camped across Europe. She lives on the Gulf Coast, except when she's in Atlanta, at least for now.

Rita is happily published with Champagne Book Group (paranormal, erotic mythology), Secret Cravings Publishing (contemporary M/F and M/M), Siren BookStrand (historicals). She posts random bits of trivia for lovers of American and European history and culture at Rita Bay's Blog at You can also grab this book on Amazon, Kobo, and at the Champagne Bookstore.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Savvy Saturday: Interview with Brantwijin Serrah and Serenity from The Pact

Hello Brantwijn! Welcome back! I hear you have a new book out, care to tell us a little bit about it?

B: The Pact is a supernatural fantasy western. A little bit Dark Tower, a little Firefly, a little bit Dresden Files. It's about a woman seeking justice for the murder of her mentor, going so far as to make a deal with a demon to do it. It's not a one-time deal, though; it binds her and the demon as partners for the rest of their lives. So it's going to be a long adventure.

And is this lovely lady you brought with you from that book? Care to introduce yourself ma’am?

S: I'm Serenity Walker, the aforementioned demon summoner.

Serenity, what would you say was your favorite part of your most recent adventure?

S: The story looks back on my past now and then, before I met D'aej--that's my demon partner--and while I was still learning magic. My favorite part, I guess, is my final night with my second teacher, Rook, when he initiates me into the order of most ambitious magic practitioners and knowledge-seekers, the Sons of D'Shaye. That was right before I made my demon pact.

In turn, what was the worst?

S: Hard to tell you that without giving to much away. Safe to say, though, I didn't appreciate the author throwing a giant scorpion at me about halfway through the book.

If you had to ask Brantwijn for just one thing, what would it be and why?

S: It would be just fantastic if maybe she could give me one horse, just one, who doesn't get eaten by a monster.

Now it’s Brantwijn’s turn: what would you ask of Serenity and why?
B: Keep a better watch out for monsters, genius.

Alright guys, it was nice talking to you. We hope to see more of your adventures soon Serenity!

S: Oh, you will. She doesn't let me get a lot of R&R.

B: Whiner. What she means is, we've still got seven books to go.

When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

Brantwijn's books can be found on Amazon, at the Champagne Bookstore, Kobo, and at Barnes & Noble. You can also visit her on her website.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Savvy Saturday: Interview with Glenn McCorkhill, Co-author of Chatel’s Vision

Welcome to Savvy Saturday! This week we have an interview with Glenn McCorkhill, co-author of Chatel’s Vision.

Hello Glenn! We are exited to have you here on the Champagne Books Blog!

Very happy to be here, and thank you for this opportunity.

So, I hear that your journey to co-writing the second book in the Cheetah Princess series was a little odd. Mind telling us about it?

The review I wrote of Cheetah Princess in 2012 ended with the remark that I hoped a sequel might be in the works. The author, Joan Conning Afman, pleasantly responded. She said another book may follow, but had other new works that were occupying her time just then. About six months later we became Facebook friends and that’s when our journey began. Since the ending of Cheetah Princess left open the possibility the story might continue, I asked again if she had given it more thought. We discussed what might happen to the main characters if the antagonist, Vadent, found his way into their lives once again. After tossing around several ideas for what the sequel might entail, we got down to the serious business of putting it on paper.

How did co-writing the book go? Can you tell us a little bit about your fellow author?

It was a mess right from the start! We settled on writing alternate chapters, and gave it a good try for about six months. But with Joan being a seasoned author with many titles and experience under her belt, while this was my first real go at writing, trying to make our separate works mesh together into a seamless story proved a near impossible task. With little to show, we decided it was time for a new approach: I would write, and she would edit and mentor (for which I am very grateful!)

What was your inspiration for Chatel’s Vision?

Cheetahs have always been one of my favorite animals, and I’ve read many books that feature them. But the lead cheetah always seemed to be male, so I wanted a female cat to be the hero for once. And not born into the role, but coming from a simple background just like her owner, Chatel. Together, they could be swept up into a world unlike anything they had seen before, and come of age in the process.

Is this your first published work?

Other than a few sentences I managed to squeeze into an issue of Reader’s Digest last year, yes. But now that Joan and I have found a way to write together and make it work, we have more stories of all the Cheetah Princess characters in progress.

What would you recommend to a fellow aspiring author looking to be published?

Don’t be afraid to take a chance. Write reviews of your favorite author’s stories, and send them friend requests on Facebook. I haven’t had one author turn down a friendship offer. If they have a book signing in your area, go and meet them, even if it’s just to have a good book autographed by the person who put a large part of their life into telling the tale. And, if possible, try to experience as much in this world as your characters experience in theirs. If they go horseback riding and you never have, give it a try. Climb a mountain, paddle a canoe, do volunteer work. When it’s time to put your character’s adventures on paper, life will be the best teacher out there.

It was great having you Glenn, and we hope we haven’t seen the last of you.
Check out Chatel's Vision on Amazon, Kobo, or at the Champagne Bookstore.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Excerpt from Ely's Epiphany

Ely’s Epiphany
Lexie’s Guys, 2
Rita Bay
Erotic Contemporary Romance/M-M
Champagne Books:

Will Christmas bring a breakup or a new beginning for ex-Green Beret partners Ely and Todd?

Todd shivered as the cool air’s caress chilled his damp, naked skin, or maybe it was the anticipation of Ely’s arrival. He glanced at the sheets. He’d feel much safer if he could cover himself with one, but he wouldn’t dare. He felt vulnerable. For the first time in their years together, he was apprehensive about the evening. Ely had behaved out of character for several weeks, maybe even months. Nicer, much nicer, but that had only increased his apprehension. Events were approaching some culmination, but he had no clue what that might be. The uncertainty was hardest to bear.

He’d spent some time in the bathroom, longer than he probably should have. He wished he could have relaxed in the garden tub, but it sat broken under a tarp awaiting repairs. He rushed through a shower, dried off, and then rubbed Ely’s favorite scent into his skin. When he couldn’t put it off any longer, he returned to the bedroom and crawled onto the bed.

When he arrived upstairs, he discovered the duvet on his bed had been replaced by sheets folded to protect the bedding. Ely knew he didn’t like to ruin his bedspreads with their activities, but what could he possibly have in mind? His partner got a bit rough sometimes, but he occasionally liked it that way. He’d never feared one of their encounters, not even their first one when he begged Ely to take his virginity. His cock stood at attention at the thought of their first time together.

He’d brought Ely home from the bar, knowing what he wanted from him. He’d tossed caution to the wind, chancing public humiliation if he were exposed and discharged for homosexuality and consorting with enlisted personnel. It had been a chance worth taking.

The off-post bar manager called the Officer of the Day’s office for assistance with an unruly customer, even gave them Ely’s name. He’d recognized the name and volunteered to handle the incident on his way home. Everyone on post knew Ely, or at least his reputation. He was a Green Beret who was rated as a search and extraction specialist, but those with a top secret clearance knew he did far more. He carried out assignments for the government that government officials claimed they didn’t do, and he was the best they had.

He’d written a check for the damages and they’d left together. Outside the bar, Ely stood silently. It was obvious he was waiting for something. Eventually, he turned to walk away. Todd had managed a ‘Wait.’

Ely looked at him closely, clearly assessing him. ‘You don’t know shit, do you?’ All he could do was shrug and shake his head.

They hardly spoke on the ride home. His moist hands gripped the steering wheel of his new 1993 Mercedes 500SL. Sweat beaded on his forehead. His shirt was damp under his arms. His pulse raced. He’d forced himself to slow his breathing.

Ely sat beside him totally relaxed. He was certainly no worse for wear for having laid out a couple of dozen brawny blue-collar workers in the bar. He wore jeans and a T-shirt, but no one would ever mistake him for a civilian. He was massive, but his movements were sure and smooth.

Ely walked into his home—an off-post, high-end townhouse in one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods paid for with family money—looked around, and said, ‘I don’t belong here.’ When Ely turned to leave, he’d been ready to cry. But Ely had stayed and introduced him to the gay sex he craved, even though—like Ely said—he didn’t know shit.

The next morning in his hot tub, they’d negotiated a partnership that was satisfying to both. They’d celebrated with Ely fucking his ass for the first time. The man had been patient and eased him into things. He smiled at his own ignorance.

“What’s so funny, Todd?”

He cringed and his cock shriveled. Ely had caught him again.

“You can tell me when I return.”

His partner stood at the foot of the bed, still dressed and holding two small coolers. He set the coolers under his cot, which made them off limits and walked into the bathroom. He heard the shower running. Ely was naked now. They’d showered enough together that he could anticipate his every move. The hot water his partner preferred streamed over the slick planes of his body. Ely soaped his hands and stroked his body, then slid his hands over his cock and balls.

Todd tensed as he followed the progress of his partner’s shower. His own cock was back at attention. He grasped his cock and ran a thumb over the tip. He spread the pre-cum over his shaft, and then…

“Starting without me, Todd?”