Thursday, July 4, 2013

Sizzling Summer Blog Hop

The Romance Troupe is hosting its first annual 
Sizzling Summer Blog Hop!
July 4th - July 7th

Please join over 40 authors and bloggers as we celebrate summer with some fabulous romantic tales. 
Each blog will feature a SIZZLING excerpt from one of the author's own books or from one of their favorite reads.

Here is mine from That First Kiss by J.C. Valentine! 


BLURB: Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson...even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

“I’ll put on a pot of coffee.”
            “Nah, don’t worry about it.” Tate waved her off.
            “What do you mean, don’t worry about it?” Piper stood there holding the empty pot in one hand and a bag of fresh grounds in the other. “Half an hour ago you were yelling at me because you ran out. Now you don’t want any?”
            “First of all,” Tate said, leaning inside the refrigerator. Piper tried and failed not to appreciate the view. “I didn’t yell. Second, I reserve the right to change my mind.” He selected the jug of orange juice and began pouring a glass.
            “To be clear, you were yelling,” Piper informed him. She just couldn’t resist poking the beast.
            Tate stepped closer, setting his glass on the counter. Unsure what he was up to, Piper held her ground. She nearly sighed when he lifted his hand to brush the back of his knuckles across her cheek. “Did I scare you?”
            For a moment, Piper got lost in the warmth of his eyes. At his touch, her body flamed, acutely aware of his potent masculinity. It was the second time that day he had managed to tilt her world on its axis. “I should get home. It’s late.” She purposely ignored his question and stepped back, putting much needed distance between them. Her shaking legs barely made it to the front door and she was just slipping her purse over her shoulder when Tate’s smooth voice stopped her.
            “You didn’t answer my question.”
            “What question was that?”
            He spun her around and her eyes widened as he backed her up against the door. He leaned forward and, bracing his hands on either side of her head, hovered over her. “Did I scare you?” His face was so close; she felt the whisper of his lips against hers as he spoke.
            “You don’t scare me,” she said breathlessly. Piper was shocked at the kind of responses this man could evoke from her, how readily her body responded to him. She shouldn’t have been responding to him at all. He made her so angry, the only thing she should be feeling for him was hatred and resentment, but every time he looked at her a certain way or spoke her name in a certain tone, her traitorous body melted for him. It was humiliating.
            “You look scared,” he observed, the corners of his mouth twisting slightly.
            “What are you doing?” Piper flattened herself against the door as Tate tilted his head toward her.
            “Thinking,” he said, distracted.
            “About what?” Her heart pounded and she was finding it harder to breathe.
            His lips whispered across hers. “Kissing you.” He dragged his lips down the slope of her jaw to her neck. “Tasting you.” When he reached the curve of her shoulder his hand dipped between her legs and cupped her throbbing mound. “Fucking you,” he whispered, placing a succulent kiss to her heated flesh.

Currently on sale for only $.99! 


Sizzling Summer Blog Hop 

You could win......

Grand Prize #1
(Alternate prize for international winner)


Grand Prize #2
$50 Amazon/B&N Gift Card
+ Several Surprise Digital Books


Fabulous Swag Pack #1
+ $10 Amazon/B&N GC
+ Several surprise digital books
(US ONLY for Swag)


Fabulous Swag Pack #2
+ $10 Amazon/B&N GC
+ Several surprise digital books
(US ONLY for Swag)

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Comment on this page and hop to each stop on the list below and comment to win. REMEMBER, you must leave your email addy in your comment for it to be counted as a valid entry. Each blog you visit raises your chances of winning!

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Good Luck and Happy Hopping!
Winners will be chosen using
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For my part on the hop, I am giving away a copy of That First Kiss by J.C. Valentine!  

It's simple and easy. 
Just enter the Punchtab!

Remember to check out all the great blogs on this hop listed on The Romance Troupe's page!


  1. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opp.. Happy 4th! vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  2. Thanks so much! Amanda

  3. Thank you

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. jag1(at)Comcast(dot)net

  5. thanks for the contest. Happy 4th!!

  6. Thank you for the awesome giveaway :)

  7. Thanks for the amazing giveaway Donna Reynolds

  8. Thanks so much!

  9. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. Great excerpt! Happy 4th and thanks for being part of the hop!

  11. Thanks for the great giveaway!


  12. Lovely cover art and excerpt. Happy 4th.

  13. Happy 4th of July everyone!! What an awesome give-away -- thanks I would love an iPad mini!

  14. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  15. Thanks for the great giveaway! I follow by email.

  16. Happy 4th of July! Thanks for the giveaway


  17. Love the excerpt!! It was pretty steamy! Thanks for the awesome hop!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  18. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  20. Hope everyone had a great Independence Day! Thanks for the chance to win :)


  21. Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC & Linky: BookAttict

  22. Thank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  23. Thanks for the excerpt!

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

  24. Great excerpt.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  25. THis has been on my TBR! Thanks for sharing


  26. Thank you for being part of this awesome hop.

  27. Enjoyed the excerpt! I do follow The Romance Troupe via email. Thank you for being part of this hop!

    JessieL62 AT comcast DOT net

  28. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  29. Loved the excerpt!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  30. Enjoyed the excerpt.
    Thanks :-)

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  31. The punch whatever you have to unfollow then follow for it to count...

    Not all my things were accounted for IDK...

    That was the twitter thing


    1. Hi Becky. I checked the PunchTab and I have you down for everything but the FB page like. Does that sound accurate to you?

  32. Thank you so much for doing this!!

  33. Thank you for being part of the hop :) fingers crossed that I win one of the amazing prizes being offered!

  34. Thanks so awesome

  35. Enjoyed the sizzling excerpt.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  36. I love a hot read for my sizzling summer. Thanks for being on the hop.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  37. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Some definite fireworks in the excerpt!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  39. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  40. OMG I LOVE that last paragraph! Completely sold me on this book :)

    booklover1335 at gmail dot com

  41. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  42. Thank you so much! That First seems great!
    alifeamongbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. Hi! Great excerpt! Sounds like a great book! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)

  44. Thanks for the fun hop

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  45. Thanks for being on the hop!

  46. *turning up ac* Dangies! Did it just get hotter in here or is it just me!?


  47. thanks for the hop! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  48. Awesome! bookedandloadedATgmailDOTcom

  49. Great excerpt! Thank you for sharing. :)
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

  50. Hopping along.


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