Winner of Karen Erickson's GAME FOR MARRIAGE contest!

The winner is...*drumroll*... Jo - (jochibi @...) Karen will be in contact with you soon if she hasn't been already! Thanks to everyone for stopping by, and enjoy GAME FOR MARRIAGE!


Welcome to Jared and Sheridan from GAME FOR MARRIAGE! CONTEST!

Welcome today to Jared Quinn and Sheridan Harper, hero and heroine from Karen Erickson’s brand spanking new - and delicious! - Brazen from Entangled Publishing, GAME FOR MARRIAGE

As Jared’s should-be wife (hey, sharing a last name imparts certain rights, dontcha think?) I’m a little resentful that he got married when clearly we are soulmates, but whatever. I’ll settle for this interview in lieu of a torrid affair and quickie marriage. Since Sheridan, that lovely wi—lady, got there first. ;)

I’m going to ask the same questions of both Sheridan and Jared, as I’m sure they don’t share the same views about everything. And I won’t even ask any personal, private questions of Jared, though I certainly think it’s my right as his former flame. In the sense that I was on fire while I read GAME FOR MARRIAGE. Which totally counts, right?

Make sure you read on to the end to find out how you can enter Karen's fabulous giveaway!

1) So rumor has it that you two spent a hot night at a motel together after knowing each other approximately seventeen minutes. True, false?

Jared – Totally false. It was at least a couple of hours before we ended up at the—ow. (rubs side with a grimace) Whoops, sorry. No comment.

Sheridan – (Smiles serenely after jabbing Jared in the ribs) I have no idea what you’re talking about. *blinks*

2) I’ve developed a new love of soda. I’ve heard Jared has something in common with Pepsi products. Are there pictures?

Jared – Uhh, now I’m the one who’s clueless. (scratches head, turns to Sheridan) What’s this crazy woman talking about?

Sheridan – (leans in toward her husband and whispers) Oh, my God, don’t be so rude! She’ll ask even tougher questions if you keep this up. (Sits up straight with a smile) You must’ve heard something from my best friend Willow. She has such a wicked sense of humor and it’s a—private joke between us. I can’t go any further than that, sorry.

3) Now as you can imagine, I’m a big romantic. But even I question a relationship and marriage that occurred before Sheridan had time to change her underwear (Jared, I’m assuming you don’t wear any, because, seriously, don’t.) How did you two fall in love so fast?

Jared – I wear underwear—sometimes. *winks* Look, I was instantly attracted to her. And she didn’t seem that interested in me which I gotta admit, intrigued me even more.

Sheridan – When we met, I was working, Jared.

Jared – I know, I know, and I admired your work ethic—amongst other things. (Gives Sheridan a long, smoldering look)

Sheridan – God, you’re so bad.

Jared – You know it. Now tell the nice lady who claims we were married in another life how you fell in love with me so fast?

Sheridan – *smiles* I like how he’s always so focused on me. Like nothing else matters when I’m with him, just me. And trust me, there’s always something going on in his world that could distract him. He shuts it all out when we’re together and I love that.

Jared – That’s because there’s no one else I’d rather be with. You make it easy to shut everything else out.

Sheridan – See? That. That’s exactly why I fell in love with him.

4) Jared’s injury has to slow things down on the field and off. Was your honeymoon as quick as your nuptials? Feel free to give my readers details. Salacious details.

Jared – Very quick. Timing was all wrong, season was starting and I couldn’t give Sheridan the honeymoon she deserves. I’m rectifying that very soon.

Sheridan – Yeah, our honeymoon was…weird. But never mind that. (turns to look at Jared) What are you planning?

Jared – You’ll find out soon enough.

Sheridan – I hate secrets.

Jared – You’ll like this one. Trust me.

5) Now that you two have ridden off into the sunset, do you have any tips for keeping the home fires burning? Do you ever consider partner swapping? (Oops, never mind, disregard that last question.)

Jared – (Clenches jaw) Considering she’s my wife, that would be a big hell no to your crazy question. She belongs to me and no one else.

Sheridan – I love it when you get all possessive and growly. *sighs* Now, as for tips to keeping the fires burning at home, I must confess it’s pretty easy when you’re so completely attracted to your spouse. I mean, look at him…

Jared – Aw baby, look at you. Isn’t she the most beautiful woman ever? And she’s thoughtful, feisty, and incredibly talented. I’m all sorts of amazed she actually wants to be my wife.

Sheridan – Stop, you’re making me blush.

6) Just for fun: Wall or bed? (I have both available, just saying.)

Jared – Without a doubt, the bed. I can have my pretty little wife every which way and take my time with her. *grins*

Sheridan – Well, how can I follow up that answer? I actually prefer the wall because it brings back fond memories. Plus, I like it when he shows off how strong he is. I mean, I’m not a small girl and he can haul me up and press me against the wall, hold me there while he…

Jared – (whispers, mouth curved in a wicked smile) Getting a little carried away there, wife.

Sheridan – Oh! Sorry. Yes. The wall. Ahem.

Thanks so much to Jared and Sheridan for visiting today! Be sure to leave a comment or question for the happy couple to be entered into the giveaway!

Contest: One lucky commenter (please leave your email address so we can contact you!) will win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice!). 
Just answer the following question: marriage of convenience stories – love them or hate them?
 (Contest runs until Monday 1/21/13 at 11:59 pm - winner announced Tuesday 1/22/13)


He’s going in deep to make her his…

Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.
Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?

Link to Entangled Publishing page for GAME FOR MARRIAGE:

Karen Erickson’s bio:

Bestselling romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read—sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing, Entangled Publishing’s Bliss & Brazen Imprints and Avon Impulse. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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Welcome to the Naughty New Year's Blog Hop! Contest!

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop for more giveaways:


Welcome to the Naughty New Years Bloghop! 

Welcome to the Naughty New Years bloghop, where we’ve got over 200 kinky authors and bloggers. Discover new books and win fantastic prizes!!! Every host will offer a site-specific giveaway, whether a gift card, an ebook, or something else, but we also have two huge grand prizes. These are both provided by the host (Skye Warren) and every comment along the hop will automatically be entered to win a grand prize.

$100 Gift Card to sexy fun online shop EdenFantasys
Erotic Digital Gift Basket – 10 New Releases from Hot Authors

Thanks so much to Skye Warren for holding this amazing hop! I'm a huge fan of erotic books and I've always enjoyed writing them. My latest release, MELT (check out the post beneath this one and read on for how you can enter to win an ebook copy) is definitely erotic, and it was a lot of fun to write, despite the darker themes delved into within the pages.

In 2013, I hope to write more erotic books that turn people on and make them think. This year, I'm going to seek out those projects that stimulate my brain as much as the rest of me and hope that all of you enjoy them!

Since this is a giveaway, along with all the prizes listed above, you can also win TWO prizes here:

One winner in the United States will win a fun NO FLOWERS REQUIRED/NO ROMANCE REQUIRED prize pack to celebrate NO ROMANCE REQUIRED's upcoming release. What will you win? A paperback copy of NO FLOWERS REQUIRED, a NFR book thong, a cute yoga cat mini calendar that relates to NO ROMANCE REQUIRED, a lighted snowman ornament AND fun Cari Quinn swag.

One International winner will win an ebook copy of my latest release, MELT, AND an ebook of their choice from my backlist!

How do you enter?

Leave a comment answering this question: (include your email address and which prize you're entering for - US or international OR you can enter both if you're from the US but would like ebooks anyway) You're stranded on New Year's Eve with the hottest man/woman you've ever read about. Who is he/she?


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New Release: MELT is now available!

I'm really excited to share my new release, MELT, with all of you. It features Justin, a tattooed, tongue-pierced high school guidance counselor hero who likes to spank, and Kylie, a fun, fiesty, fun bartender heroine who can take - and give if need be - whatever Justin dishes out. It's dirty and emotional and I hope you like it!
To Justin Norton, an impending blizzard is the perfect time to push the limits. The last thing he expects to encounter on the trail is a dazed woman next to her overturned snowmobile--especially since that woman is his former lover Kylie Fisher, the bartender he’s been slowly rebuilding a friendship with over a shared love of basketball and lager. He's had some pretty kinky fantasies about her and now that they're alone, he's having a hard time keeping his hands off. But she's weak and hurting...isn't she?

Walking in on her long-term boyfriend with three naked women isn’t the way Kylie intended to celebrate the holidays. Flying on fury, she recklessly hits the trail on her brand new snowmobile. Luckily Justin, her seemingly easygoing knight in flannel and denim, saves her from herself, but does he have the moves to back up the sexy looks he’s flung her way for months? Because if he can’t make her melt, she’s damn sure going to find a man who can. But is she really ready for everything that comes with Justin Norton?
And for fun...a short first kiss excerpt:
“I should get you home,” Justin said, only half-aware of his fingers digging into the soft, fleecy material of her pants. “If you refuse to seek medical attention, your boyfriend”—he almost choked on the word—“can take of you. I’m sure he’s worried.”

Kylie let out a sound caught between a laugh and a hiss. “I really fucking doubt it.” Her gaze rose to his. “What about you? Can you take care of me?”

Before he could come up with an answer, she fisted her hands in the lapels of his jacket and jerked his mouth down to hers.

He didn’t react for a moment. Two. Hard to move away when what he hadn’t dared to want had come to him. Finally. Her lips were inferno hot, backed by enough purpose to have his rock-hard cock leaping. Before her tongue could slip into his mouth and rip away the last shred of his defenses, he gripped her shoulders and gently drew her back. “You must want Rob right now. Let me call him.”

“No.” Her blue eyes gleamed defiantly in the crisscrossing spill of light from their snowmobiles. “I don’t want Rob, Justin.”