Monday, January 9, 2012

Melissa Schroeder Sneaks In the Lair!

Today, I welcome Ms. Melissa Schroeder to the Lair. If you have come here in the past... You will know that I love Ms. Melissa's work! Yes, I am an Harmless Obsessive fan!! If you have not read them... You need too!!!! Now, I will not make you wait any longer... Here is what you came for..... Let's put together a warm Hussy Lair welcome to Melissa!

Hello! My name is Melissa Schroeder and I write all kinds of romance. From historical to futuristic and everything in between. I also write from various heat levels from sensual to erotic, but always with romance. I also write under the name Kiera West exclusively for Siren.

First a big thank you to Cecile for having me on the All I Want and More blog. I appreciate you letting me chat about my newest release.

The Cursed Clan was born out of a writer’s retreat. I wanted to try something different. Not that I don’t love writing my historical sensual romantic suspenses or my erotic contemps, but at the time I dreamed this up, I had never really did any huge world building. I had a few futuristics, but nothing on the scale of this book. It follows the story of five cousins: Callum, Angus, Logan, Fletcher and Anice. Each of the books feature one of the cousins and their quest to break the curse. First up is the Laird of the Lennon family, Callum Lennon. While it’s a contemporary paranormal romance, the seeds of their problems start centuries earlier just after the Battle of Culloden. Callum is the protector of the Clan, a man who believes it is his duty to see to their welfare. It leaves him little time for fun, for romance, but that all changes when our heroine, Dr. Phoebe Chilton is brought in to help solve the curse. From the moment they meet, the sparks fly, but they are both keeping secrets. Their chemistry exploded off the pages as I was writing it. They have a tenacious relationship that of course hides the attraction they both feel for each other. Link
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Here is a little tidbit from The Cursed Clan: Callum

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum’s impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn’t like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn’t help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he’s attracted. But, he doesn’t really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents’ shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents’ work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Lennons’ offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Lennon family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.

Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.
“I protect what is mine. I’ll not allow you to use Angus.”

She moved away from the counter, her body tense with anger. “I have never used another person, especially in that way. You’ve convinced yourself that I decided to somehow use my considerable wiles on your cousin to somehow gain who knows what.”

When she said it like that, he felt juvenile and petty.

“Don’t worry, Mr. Lennon. I’ll avoid your cousins from now on.”

Which is what he wanted, but at the same time he felt like the lowest form of scum even if it was the best choice. The diary could hold their secrets, and the less she connected to them, the better. They just needed it translated, and for her to leave. As soon as that happened, he would be free of this affliction, he was sure.

“I’ll do my work and take my meals in my room.”

He heard the hurt in her voice. His need to banish Phoebe was as unexplainable as the need to ease her pain. She attempted to brush past him, but he stepped in front of her, blocking her one exit.

“I didn’t say you needed to avoid my cousins.” It was what he wanted, needed, but here he was contradicting his own thoughts, again.

When she looked at him, there was no humor in her gaze, no studied interest as he’d seen before. Now, all he saw was loneliness and he ached.

“No. I’ll finish my task and leave. I know you must have a very good reason, although I can’t understand what it could be. I will respect your wishes.”

Again, she tried to move past him, but he refused to budge. That same fresh scent of her reached his senses, seducing him. Even as he was reaching for her, his mind was screaming stop. He ignored it, and every other protective instinct. The only thing roaring through his head was to take, to claim.

“It isna my family that has me worried, lass.” The moment he wrapped his hand around her upper arm, her head shot up, surprise lighting her eyes her mouth falling open in surprise. “It seems being around you is no’ good for my peace of mind.”

He jerked her against him. She gasped, the sound filled with both fear and excitement. Arousal spiked and his body craved—demanded—more intimate contact. Knowing it was wrong, even knowing it was dangerous, he bent his head and took possession of her luscious mouth.

**Okay... Giveaway Time**
Melissa is sweet enough to allow me to give away one ecopy of CALLUM!!!!
The contest is open international!

What do I want from you..... Tell if you have read any of Melissa's book...
If not, which one would you like to read?!?!?

:::You know there are Rules, so here goes:::

Contest ends... January 14th ~ Satruday Winner Announced... January 16th ~ Monday

1.) You need to be a GFC follower..and make sure its visible in my profile, please.
2.) Follow me on Goodreads.
3.) Tweet the giveaway and post the direct link.
4.) For all the extra entries... Please post seperate comments!

Thanks to all of you for stopping by!!!
Good Luck!

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  1. I look forward to reading this new series--it sounds great! :D I'm afraid I haven't read any of your work yet, melissa, but I have all of your other books on my list! :D


  2. I am really looking forward to reading this.Thanks for sharing the excerpt.
    And I love the cover :)


  3. oh yeah the question...Of course I have read Melissa's books.



  4. I own a few of the Harmless books but I refuse to read them out of order. I still need to get the first one so I can start reading. Oh, the Callum on the cover of the book - so HOT! (Okay, the books sounds hot, too!)!/Zebra_Reader/status/156468990028431360

  5. Hi Melissa! I am really looking forward to reading this new series. I have read a few of the "Little Harmless" stories (love them) and look forward to reading more from you. CALLUM sounds great. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. Sent Goodreads friend request and am following your reviews there (June Manning)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. Tweeted:!/JuneAnnM/status/156512767698931712

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. Hey Ladies!!! Thanks for stopping over! I hope you enjoyed Ms. Melissa sneaking in the Lair today!
    Good luck on the giveaway!!!

  9. I have read most of the Harmless Series. Once I get caught up on that I am going to read the rest of the back list.
    GFC follower Jen B. (I tried to check but I couldn't log in)

  10. Follow your reviews on Goodreads as Jennifer (I just signed up today, BTW you are the first blog where the Goodreads link worked without any problems).

  11. That was an awesome excertp, can't wait to read the rest! :) I have not yet ready any of Melissa's books, though I do have the first 2 in the Harmless series in my TBR list...

    GFC follower: Eva Perez


  12. Sent request to follow you in Goodreads under Evita


  13. Welcome Ladies! I hope you are enjoying Ms. Melissa's stay as much as I am!!!!

    Good luck!!!

  14. Great Guest Blog! Can't wait to read Callum!


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