Welcome to the Cocked & Loaded, Shootn' Stars, & Blastn' Giveaway Hop!

July 5th – 11th
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So excited to be part of this blog hop and big thanks to Ronda and Nikki for hosting it!

I love, love, LOVE Independence Day! It's my 2nd favorite holiday after Halloween, mainly because I like things that sparkle in the dark (except vampires!) Or should I say EXPLODE in the dark, because hey, I am an erotic romance author after all! I also think it is wonderful to pay tribute to those who keep us safe!

And to keep your Independence Day holiday HAWT, I'm sharing a short excerpt from UNWRAPPED, my holiday menage romance from Loose Id!


Caitlyn Sachs has a great life. A family she loves, check. An incredible design job working with her best friends, Tristan and Matt, check. An amazing home she shares with the guys, double check. But her upcoming twenty-fifth birthday and the desire to shed the burden of her virginity have spurred her to consider something shocking. All she wants is one uncomplicated night with one of her best friends, no strings attached. But how can she choose?

Except there’s another problem. Tristan and Matt are already involved sexually with each other, much to Cait’s shock. And both men have long harbored feelings for Cait that go way beyond friendship. When they whisk her away for her birthday to a cabin in the mountains, she discovers the extent of their lust—and her own. The gift they give her is one she'll never forget.

But when the weekend's over, will she retreat to the safety of the status quo, if they'll even let her, or will she finally embrace what she's secretly craved for so long?

Hot excerpt:

“I’m only asking because it’s you. Normally I’d say to hell with it and take my shot,” Matt said, his voice guttural. “I want in those pants of yours, and I’m going to get there. But only if you say yes first.”

To his surprise, Cait gave him a small smile and rubbed her palm over her wool-clad thigh. “I’m wearing a dress.”

“Is that a yes?”

She paused just long enough to make him want to drop to his knees and say a loud, fervent prayer. “No.” He still hadn’t recovered from her answer when her smile widened. “That’s a hell yes, please.”

He soon found himself on his knees anyway, close enough to her heat to breathe her in. He translated the confusion on her face as he rolled up her dress, revealing her pale legs. No stockings or garters. Just pure, untouched flesh.

Really untouched.

His mouth went dry, and he glanced up to seek her permission again. This wasn’t some random girl he’d hooked up with in a bar. It also wasn’t Tristan, who not only took what he dished out but served it right back up to him. This was the girl he’d loved so long, platonically and then otherwise, that he hardly remembered the years before she’d come into his life. It felt like she’d always been there. Always would be.

Trying to get himself back in line, he kissed the inside of her knee. She touched his hair, reaching down to loosen his ponytail like he’d done with hers. She brushed her fingers over the back of his neck, saying more with that one gesture than she could have with a thousand words.

I want you. I trust you. I love you. 

Along with all the AMAZING prizes to be had on the hop, I'm offering some too!


I'm giving away a $5.00 gift card to Amazon/Barnes & Noble (winner's choice) and 2 of my backlist ebooks.

To enter:

* become a follower of the blog (lots of contests here!)

* let me know if you'd like to be subscribed to my new newsletter due to start in the fall (more contests, sneak peeks and other goodies for subscribers!)

* and leave a comment (with email addy) telling me how YOU'VE spent your 4th of July, or if you're international, how you intend to spend your weekend. Bonus points for the most creative - or explosive, heh heh! - answers!

That's it. Easy peasy!

Ready to go hopping? Click on the God Bless America graphic to return to Ronda's site to visit the next site on the list!


Kassandra said...

GFC follower=Kassandra

Hope you had a wonderful holiday. I spent a pretty quiet one this year at home with the kiddos and hubby.

BLHmistress said...

Honestly I would like to say I spent the 4th with some hottie alone on the beach but nope just stayed at home in front of the tv.

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Patricia said...

Follow email
Follow GFC as Patricia Williams

I spent the 4th in the pool since it was 98 here. (email for the hop)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cari!
I follow by email and GFC-Debi Anne

Add me to the newsletter please

I spent it with my family at the beach:)

Leigh Savage said...

I follow by email

and I'd love to be added to the newsletter.

My daughters birthday is on the 4th so we took her out to eat and then to toys r us to pick out her birthday gift...then this Sunday we are taking the kids to their first baseball game.

ReneAva said...

Yes please subscribe me to your newsletter once you get it all set up :)
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I get an mail from you (that's how I found out about this amazing hop).

GFC Ava VonGiebel

I just had a nice quiet BQ this year with my hubby and my two teens. No fireworks, but yummy food!


elaing8 said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Yes please sign me up for your newsletter

for my weekend I am hoping to get some gardening done and some reading.And maybe go see Magic Mike :)


Ronda (Queentutts World of Escapism) said...

Hi Cari, Thank you so much for being apart of this hop and Happy 4th of July.


laceyblossom said...

Went to a relative's house with my family and ate some BBQ! Thanks for the giveaway :)
GFC: laceyblossom
I'd love to by signed up for your newsletter.

Foretta said...

Thanks so much for the contest! I love the 4th of July!! I really like getting together with my family and watching the fireworks!!

Cheryl McInnis said...

I'm in Canada, so we had our holiday last weekend. My kids were away at camp and my husband was working backshift, so the dog and I watched fireworks from our deck and ate cheesecake! I also caught up on this season of True Blood and finished reading two books. It was an awesome day :) This weekend everyone is back home so it will be cooking, cleaning and laundry all weekend...not so awesome.

I'm a GFC follower and would love to be added to the newsletter.


Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I already follow you!

I had a rather uneventfull 4th this year! We stayed home on the actual 4th and I read. We did go out with friends and watch fireworks on the 3rd and ended up getting stuck for about 3 hours trying to get out of the parking lot!

Thanks so much!
mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Karen H in NC said...

I don't do much on the holiday simply because I don't like crowds and it has been extremely hot here for the past week or so. I'll stay inside with the A/C and a good book!

GFC follower: Karen H in NC
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janhvi said...

I'm spending a part of the weekend with my best friend which will be loads of fun followed by a family dinner :)

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Yvette said...

I spent the holiday with family. I follow the blog and newsletter.

Mel Bourn said...

We had a quiet night this year. Our old doggy got very sick so we stayed with him. Played some card games and has some popcorn

Long time follower and newsletter receiver.

bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Nay Nay said...

GFC: Nay Nay
After spending time with my family and eating lots of great food, we sat and watched the fireworks show from the Rose Bowl. We had a ring side seat in our front yard. <^_^>
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

wpogrant said...

follow by email

Joy said...

I follow by email.
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Emily said...

E-mail follow and GFC as Emily

I spent my 4th babysitting and then sitting at home reading and blog hopping. Not very exciting, but plenty relaxing :)


Molly said...

Email & GFC follower: Reviews By MOlly

I spent my 4th with my kids and parents and doing a lot of reading :)

I would love to get your newsletter! Thanks!


Carin said...

Thanks for participating Cari,
I follow your blog with GFC as Carin
and email as mawmom(@)

I would love to get your newsletter.

How I spent my 4th of July by Carin
On June 25th I stepped into my gutter and managed to break my right foot and tear tendons in my left. So on July 4th I was trapped in bed with my feet elevated and ice on them. Now I wouldn't mind being trapped in bed with my feet elevated and I could find a better use for ice if my hubby was in the bed with me ;) sadly this was not the case and pain killers have a tendency to kill the libido.
Carin mawmom(@)

Sherry said...

I didn't have any plans and I didn't do anything either. I would love to get your newsletter.
GFC - Sherry S.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Susan W. said...

I spent the time with family. Movie matinee with my cousin then cookout with my in-laws!
I would love to get your newsletter.
email follower - suz2(at)cox(dot)net

Kim Lemear said...

We ended up just doing swimming and a family BBQ at my Mom's. We missed the parade due to cranky children, wasn't worth listening to them fight. I would love to get your newsletter. Thanks for participating in the hop, i have found lots of new books/authors for my wish list.

Cathy M said...

Spent the 4th with family and had a fabulous bbq with home made ice cream.

Gfc follower as Cathy m
Yes to newsletter

Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

Vanessa N. said...
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Vanessa N. said...

GFC: Vanessa N.
I'd love to subscribe to your newsletter.
I had a BBQ with the family and then we all went to watch fireworks.

Renald said...

GFC : r.d1
For the 4th it's food that makes the day, corn on the cob and watermelon, ect... ;-)

Rissa said...

GFC follower..Rissa

My 4th was spent with a 5 hour tubing tip down the rifle fun fun!!!

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andieleah said...

Gfc Andrea Wardlow
Please sign me up for the Newsletter
I worked on the fourth and then went to Grandma's for a bbq and fireworks

Merry said...

I would love to receive your news letter. As for the fourth? We spent the day cooking out with the kids, and after watching the neighbors set off fireworks..... we made a few fireworks of our own!

Merry said...

forgot to leave my name and email...
Lisa H. yankssssrule08(at)yahoo(dot)com

Donna said...

thanks following blog

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

GFC Follow
We didn't do anything this year.
Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

latanya said...

gfc follower

yes, sign me up for the newsletter

I got my hair done on the 4th.

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June M. said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I spent the 4th house & dog sitting, watching tv and reading.
GFC follower: June M.
please add me to your newsletter, if you have not already.
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Evelyn said...

Thank you for the contest!
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VanillaOrchids said...

Great excerpt! Unwrapped sounds really good. :)

GFC: VanillaOrchids
Email subscriber: vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

Sure, I'd like to be added to your newsletter.

I didn't do anything special for the 4th except that I went to my sister's that night for some fireworks. It was a pretty quiet day otherwise.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Tammy said...

We spent the 4th together as a family, I have 8 kids so lets say it was LOUD!
Thanks for the contest
would love to get newsletter

bn100 said...

I follow via email. We have family BBQs.


Julianne said...

I spend the holiday with family and cooking out even though it was a scorcher at 95. The important thing was we were all together and having a good time.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

PaParanormalFan Renee said...

Hello Cari,

Thank you for participating in the Cocked & Loaded, Shootin’ Stars, & Blasting Giveaway Hop.

I Follow you by email: paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com & GFC: PaParanormalFan

Well we celebrated the 4th of July of the 5th because my Hubby is a Police Officer, 32 years & still going strong) & the 4th is one of their busiest days. But we always enjoy celebrating with family at our house on the 5th with a cookout & a pool volley ball game…& it’s always the start of my Hubby’s vacation time.

I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway.

Take Care Cari & Stay Naughty,
PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

Angel Rogers said...

Hi Cari! I follow by email and GFC-Debi Anne Add me to the newsletter please I spent it with my family at the beach:)