Wednesday, June 10, 2015

His Target, His Desire Blog Tour (+$30 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: His Target, His Desire
Author: Aspen J. Lee
Series: N/A
Pages: 172
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Siren Publishing 
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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The rules of survival in this line of work: trust no one, hold no assumptions, don't fall for your target. Bryant Holt breaks all three. For 1.5 million, Cypress Howard is now his target. Ex-black ops, Bryant finds he can't resist her temptations. He's way out of her league, sexy as hell, and asking her out for dinner. It just doesn't make sense. But Cypress is frightened of letting any one in. Why? Because Cypress now lives incognito. The real her is dead, or so everyone thinks. A deal is struck between secret factions and Cypress is now being hunted. Bryant's claimed her, and he'll do anything to save her. But first he must unravel the maze of her past. When her life begins to implode, Cypress's lover turns into James Bond. Who the hell is he? It's too late to question, Bryant's already chained her heart. All she can do is hold on.

~Lessons from My Hero~
Bryant Holt was a tricky guy to get to know. At first he was a closed character. Being ex-black ops, he’d experienced a lot and knew how to play his cards close to his chest. As you can image his experiences were not the happy kind that anyone would chose for their son, but it made him the person he is today. Bad experiences can either destroy a person or make a person, and more often than not we find ourselves lost in a situation we never chose to participate in. Unfortunately that’s life, but the choice you do have is either allowing it to break you or make you.

Bryant never had the choice because that was his job. Instead of allowing his inner peace to be battered and reduced by what he’d experienced, he found ways to thrive, by turning inward and creating solidity buoyed by courage.

He’s inner strength is what I admired the most about him. We could all benefit from cultivating courage. I know after spending many hours walking through the pages of his life, I realized how important it is to find that kernel of courage that is in us all and nurture it and mold it to make us stronger people. His fortitude is something worth emulating. Life is unpredictable and sometimes difficult, but image if you were able to face each obstacle with resilience and valiancy. All of a sudden those mountain would be reduced.

Bryant is also loyal. Loyalty has always been honored as one of the great virtues. Loyalty is feed from a life lived with integrity. These virtues draw people to you and make life long friends out of those you meet. Bryant was surrounded by people who respected him and were willing to give their life for him, that sort of loyalty is something worth fostering.

Through all his hardships Bryant was able to hold on to his heart. He never allowed the darkness in his life to crush his ability to find love. I think that’s a special gift to have. For without love, life loses it’s special meaning.

Finally Bryant is a great lover. Yes I spied on his and Cypress’s fun, and although I feel like a voyeur, I’ve decided that every woman needs a man who can give her what she needs, in and out of the bedroom. If your lover isn’t doing it quite right, then show him what you want (again in and out of the bedroom, in the gentlest way). A relationship is meant to be all things, fun, sexy, hard, perhaps even painful at times, but when you trust the person you’re with you know you’ll both make it through together.
~Try an Excerpt!~
“Sorry.” She gave him a quick glance as her cheeks heated some more, determined to give him only a moment’s eye contact, enough to endorse her apology, before turning her attention back to the broad shoulders in front, but the arresting smile and deep brown eyes held her head in place.

“Pleasure’s mine.”

O-k-a-y. A delicious yet confusing comment.

“Bryant Holt.” A hand came toward her in the ritual of welcome.

Long fingers laced around, encapsulating her hand, locking it to his warm palm. When she glanced up, the intensity of his gaze, lessoned only a little by his generous smile, swallowed her.

“Cypress Howard.” The words came out quick. Great, now he would think her childish, gushing or simple. “I wasn’t looking.”

His brow furrowed, then one eyebrow shot up quizzically—sexy, in a cute, alluring way.

“Your screen, I mean. I wasn’t peeking at your typing, or rather what you were searching through.”

He gave a small nod to show he understood her bumbling explanation. “Doesn’t matter. My cells littered with work stuff, boring as hell and riddled with jargon even I can’t understand.”

“You work in this building? It’s just that I’ve been riding this lift for a year now and haven’t seen you before.” Left off the sentence end was an elaboration that went something like “yours is a face I wouldn’t forget,” but it was way too much of a pickup line. And what about everything else she’d said? Did it all sound cheesy?
~Meet Aspen!~ 
After joining her local writers’ centre and attending a workshop on romance writing, Aspen J lee decided she was set on the wrong career path. Swapping sides from factualising to fictionalizing life, she quit her job and started a Masters in Writing.

Soon after she discovered passion rather than academics was the key ingredient, so picked up the pen and began to fashion her own stories. Another workshop introduced her into the world of spicy writing. The end result was Slipping Through His Fingers, published by Siren-Bookstrand (2014). Two novels followed His Target His Desire (Siren-Bookstrand, 2015) and Bound (Eternal Press, 2015).

Aspen is currently crafting her fourth erotic romance and dipping her quill into a dystopian, both of which she hopes to have published later this year.

When Aspen can extract herself from her characters, she can be found in her kitchen, crafting magic of a different nature, with dogs and cats in tow. She lives on 6.5 acres, which she shares with the wildlife, a husband and three children.

You can follow Aspen on her website and her blog
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  1. I am a newbie I look forward to reading His Target His Desire and your other book. I do like meeting new author's.

  2. Hi Felicia, thank you for your comment. I hope you enjoy your reading. Aspen x

  3. Hi Andra, thank you for hosting me on your site. I look forward to sharing my book with your readers. Aspen x

    1. Hi Aspen! Thanks for being here :) I'm glad to host and super excited that you could stop by! What else are you up to today?

    2. Hi Andra, today I'm busy editing the final chapter of my next release due out on the 25th of June called Agent Provocator and then i will be heading into the future with an new story, which I can't wait to get into. I hope you and your readers enjoy my excerpt. Aspen x

    3. Exciting! Any hints you can drop about the next book??

    4. Agent Provocator is about a woman, Ami Knight, who is contracted by a secret organization to help catch a criminal. Her part is to seduce him of course. However, Ami ends up caught between two men and she can't decide which should win her heart, the criminal or the one who contracted her.

  4. Spicy writing? Never heard it called that before. Count me in, please!

    1. I love the term. I think it conjurers up good imagery.

  5. Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

    1. Hi Mai, I write under two names. Aspen with my spicy writing and TJ Adams for other ventures that are not as spicy. A good friend and author Renee Hammond and I are currently writing a series together, the first will be released around August this year. It has been a fun adventure. We get together ever Friday to nut out the story, do the research, plan who will write what. Basically I will write the first, third and fifth and she will write the others. We're quite similar in our style, so i think it will work well.

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    1. Hi Mary, I like him to. He was great fun to write.

  7. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  8. Thank you Rita. I'm glad you enjoyed it

  9. This sounds like a wonderful mystery/romance.

  10. Hi MomJane, thank you for your comment. It was a lot of fun to plot and then write.

  11. Thanks for the introduction to a new to me author.... This looks like a great book!

  12. Hi Glenda, that's the great thing about these sorts of book blogs, the reader gets to discover new and interesting authors and the writers get to showcase their work. A win win situation.

  13. Hi Andra, thanks very much for hosting me today.

    1. You've been a doll aspen! Thanks for the teasers! I'm excited :)

  14. Congratulations on your book's release! The cover is hot and beautiful and it sounds great!

  15. Congratulations on your book's release! The cover is hot and beautiful and it sounds great!

  16. This is a new to me author. Congratulations on your book's release ! Sounds like a must read !