Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Now out from Entangled Scorched

Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.

When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!

Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.

“Intense, romantic and erotic!” –Charly M., NetGalley

“This is a sizzling hot intense and erotic romance.” –Shannon’s Bookish Life

“While this was an erotic romance and had plenty of sexy times, Ms Gaines managed to make it not all about sex by creating well-rounded backstories for Rae and Nate. They became more than just people having a good time for a week with no strings attached sex at a sex resort.
They were people with feelings, fears, hopes and dreams. The sex made for a spicy read but their personalities brought depth and meaning to the story.” –Deanna L., NetGalley

“Hot, hot, hot!” –Erika C., NetGalley

“There’s so much more to this sizzling romance than just the sexy times, and I loved it!”
–Monica B., NetGalley

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Captain and Countess is on sale for 99 cents until July 11


Captain and Countess was one of the first ten books selected for the Kindle Scout program.  Some of the reviewers have said the following:

Jane Austen haunts the pages of this regency romance, and she does so with a vigorous nod of approval…It makes perfect sense that Alice Gaines is an award-winning novelist--she writes well and shows an astute, timeless understanding of human nature.

The book delivers in spades. Excellent writing and editing. Lively dialogue. Good pacing. And OMG, blow your socks off sensuous love scenes!

Thanks to my readers who've made the book so successful.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

One week only

Entangled Publishing is holding a 99 cents sale for selected Lovestruck titles,  including my Just One Week.

Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail…
Her brother’s best friend is not only the hottest man Michelle Dennis has ever seen, he’s the reason she left town eight years ago. Of course he’s the one waiting at the airport. Worse, he made sure they’re staying in the same house.

Alex Stafford is expecting to pick up his friend’s kid sister, not a full-fledged bombshell. He was planning to apologize for their past, but the feelings he had years ago come roaring back…and this time, there’s no denying them.

Keeping his hands off is a test he’s bound to fail—especially when they’re stuck in close quarters. But falling in love with Michelle, living in her world, isn’t an option for a guy like him. And remembering that will save them both a lot of heartache…

“Alice Gaines will tantalize your romance tastebuds with a book you can’t put down until the very last page.” – Jasmine Haynes, New York Times bestselling author of Somebody’s Love                                      

Friday, September 9, 2016

Upcoming blog tour for my new release from Entangled Lovestruck:


4 stars "Great read by Alice Gaines. Fantastic story of young love getting a second chance to make the right choices." ~Katie Gustafson, NetGalley review

4 stars "I love a good friends to lovers book and this one was awesome!" ~Logan's Book Sports Section

5 stars "Love it!! Hot sex and sweet romance." ~Karla Andrews, Goodreads review

4 stars "I read this story in one night because I couldn't put it down....it is cute and the chemistry between the main characters was explosive." ~Romancing the Laser Pistol

4 stars "It was cute and quick and fun. Loved the sense of family that they all have in this book. Great read." ~Addicted to Books

4 stars "Super fun, cute read....definitely left me smiling and it's a book I would highly recommend." ~Bette Hansen, Goodreads review

Date Blog Name Blog URL
Lucia's Book Reviews luciasbookreviews.wordpress.com
Splashes Into Books splashesintobooks.wordpress.com
The Starred Review starredreview.wordpress.com
FMR Book Grind fmrbookgrind.blogspot.com
What I'm Reading sillymelody.blogspot.com
Between Books blogbetweenbooks.blogspot.com
The Lusty Literate thelustyliterate.com
Romance Novel Giveaways romancenovelgiveaways.blogspot.com
StarAngels Reviews www.starangelsreviews.com
Two Sassy Chicks twosassychicks.wordpress.com
Romance Reviews Today Blog romrevtoday.blogspot.com
Ramblings From This Chick www.ramblingsfromthischick.com
Read Your Writes Book Reviews readyourwrites.blogspot.com
CUDDLES PLEASE cuddlesplease.blogspot.com
What Is That Book About www.whatisthatbookabout.com
Fiction Fangirls www.fictionfangirls.com
The Bookworm Lodge www.thebookwormlodge.com
Romancing the Book romancing-the-book.com
Book briefs bookbriefs.net
Dena Garson-Real... Hot... Romance denagarson.net
Becky on Books beckymmoe.com
Tantos Livros Tão Pouco Tempo tantoslivrostaopoucotempo.blogspot.pt
Nose Stuck in a Book ycervera.blogspot.com
OMGReads omgreads.com/blog
U.S. - Brazil Book Review www.usbrazilbookreview.blogspot.com
Josie Ann's Books josieannbooks.wordpress.com
The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf thecraftyengineersbookshelf.com
Diana's Book Reviews dianasbookreviews.com
Read-Love-Blog www.read-love-blog.com
Smexy and Fabulous smexyandfabulous.blogspot.com
Quesarasera Book Blog quesarasera1973.wordpress.com
Short and Sassy Book Blurbs www.facebook.com/shortanddassybookblurbs
Wickedlittlebooks wickedlittlebooks.wordpress.com
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com

Friday, August 5, 2016

New release - Earth Con: Jazzed Up - and a raffle!

Zara represents the force of life and love through sex. Origin has sent her into the universe to battle her counterpart, an escaped spirit who brings enslavement and death. She's followed Raven to Earth Con to save humans from Raven's evil. What she doesn't expect to discover is a human with the power of Origin strong inside him.

Nolan Price lost his sister to a cult, and since then he's devoted himself to freeing other victims. He never thought to encounter a charismatic leader from another part of the universe. Nor did he understand the depths of his own strength.

Raven was here. She could almost smell him. As Zara circulated amid the crowd, normal Earthers all despite their colorful costumes, she kept all her senses alert for signs of Raven’s presence. Even if she hadn’t embedded the tracer into the bulkhead of his ship, she would have traveled to Earth Con. Gullible in the extreme, the inhabitants of this planet would make perfect fodder for Raven, especially since this convention allowed beings from other worlds to mix in with the locals. He must have been salivating as he entered this solar system and set down outside the city limits.

“Hey, cutie, what are you supposed to be?” a human male said as he sidled up to her.

“Origin,” she answered. A truthful answer that would mean nothing to him.

“Nice.” He raked her over with his gaze. “Hey, you’re a tall one aren’t you? I like them big.”

Humans would have this reaction to her, and she’d have to get used to it. After all, she was here to seduce them as much as Raven was. Unlike Raven, she’d also come to help. Raven had his own motivations, none of them for the Earthers’ benefit.

“Are you going to the concert later?” he asked.

“Is it something special?”

“I’ll say.” He laughed, deep in his throat and with definite overtones. “I’m not normally a fan of jazz, but this new guy does a special kind of fusion, ya know?”

That would describe Raven’s music. Fusion of melody and death. Something exotic to lure his victims in and then seduce them with promises of eternal pleasure. Then he’d steal the energy of their souls, and they’d never realize what had happened to them.

Zara stopped in her tracks and finally took the time to study the Earther. Tall by human standards, although he only topped her by an inch or so. He had light brown hair, and he’d painted his face green and added fake wrinkles to his forehead. If she’d had more time to study human lore, she might have figured out what sort of creature he was supposed to represent.

He lacked the dazed look -- the empty expression -- of someone Raven had already jazzed-up. Neither did he possess the powerful sexuality Raven would endow in his Second-in-Combat. So he most likely wouldn’t have encountered Raven in person. Yet.

“And the concert… who’s performing?” she asked.

“A serious new dude. Has a wicked way with a guitar.”

“Does he look like me?”

The Earther stared at her for a few seconds as if he hadn’t considered the possibility before. “Yeah, he does.”

Origins appeared human enough, although their greater height, black hair, and pale skin made them stand out in a crowd. Raven had all of that in spades as well as an ethereal beauty that drew anyone in -- Origin or Earther.

“I would like to attend this concert,” she said.

That appeared to surprise him because his eyes widened. “You would?”

“I’ve never heard of this musician. What do you know about him?”

“Well, he looks like you, as you said. People say he plays like no one else they’ve ever heard,” the Earther said. “Everyone’s excited.”

“Well then… what’s your name?”

“Joel.” He stuck out his hand. “And yours?”

“Zara.” She might as well give him her real name. It wouldn’t mean anything to him. In Origin, Zara would be recognized as the goddess of sex and life as opposed to Raven, the god of sex and death. She’d won the battle for the souls of Origins for the most part, which had sent Raven to other worlds to recruit. The Earthers here had no idea they were to become part of an ancient battle.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

New release from Changeling Press and a new raffle!

New release:  Hooked Up, part of the Earth Con series from Changeling Press, in which aliens take advantage of a popular convention to mix in with Earthers.


For years, Mora has studied the ancient art of sex in the literature and history of her planet, Vesta. Now she's been assigned to visit Earth to discover, hands-on, how sex is performed so she can re-teach the pleasures of the flesh to her people. Unfortunately, she's been paired with an aristocratic prig who prides himself on tight control of his emotions and denial of any sensual pleasure. Thank the Universe he's a handsome devil, or the job would be impossible.

Laer has spent his life in pursuit of the intellectual over the carnal. Unfortunately, he scores high on Mora's so-called tests of sensuality. Now he's been assigned to a mission to Earth to study how to give and receive sexual pleasure. Watching a pair of Earthers make love opens up a new reality for him, but what follows between him and Mora in the bedroom steals not only his dignity but his heart.

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And now for an excerpt:

Chapter One

An exquisitely sensitive and crucial mission, and Mora’s home planet had assigned her a stiff-backed, high-born, coldly intellectual, self-satisfied prig of a partner to complete it. At least, he looked good, which would be a benefit. Her job, after all, was to teach the man how to enjoy sex.

Laer Mi-Artes Yar DoCardi, Scion of the First House stared around him at all the Earthers and their colorful costumes in obvious disapproval. He’d deny was doing it, of course. Contempt was an emotion, after all, and he held those in… well… contempt. She’d have to help him get over his aversion because sex was something Earthers understood, and whether he liked it or not, Earthers would be their teachers.

The gathering called EarthCon attracted an odd bunch of the planet’s inhabitants -- people who liked to dress up in costumes and impersonate characters from their popular fiction. Luckily, those characters were largely beings Earthers referred to as “aliens,” as if coming from this small, insignificant planet qualified one as normal and everyone else in the Universe as other. Still, the premise of the conference suited Vesta’s needs as Vestans could pass easily among the attendees despite the Vestans’ sixth finger on each hand and the color of their skin, which an Earther would describe as “aquamarine.”

Mora watched Laer as they walked among the crowd in the main exhibition hall. Haughty to the extreme -- a trait considered a virtue among Vesta’s ruling class -- Laer could ruin the mission by rejecting any kind of involvement with the participants at the conference. She’d have to remind him again and again, if need be, about the importance of the task before them and how his cooperation was mandatory.

“This entire endeavor is ridiculous,” he muttered. “I don’t know why I have to mingle with this great horde of the unwashed.”

“It seems to me they’re very well washed, indeed. There’s a shower in every hotel room.” The idea of bathing in water had taken some adjustment, but after a few tries, slicking oneself with soap and splashing it off had become quite pleasurable. Especially in the huge sunken tub in their luxury room. Another sensual experience to introduce to their home planet. Along with the obvious they’d come here to explore -- copulation. She’d have to overcome a great deal of resistance in that regard with Laer.

“What’s the one over there supposed to be?” Laer said, pointing a long finger in the direction of an Earther dressed in little more than strategically placed feathers.

Mora grabbed his hand. “It isn’t polite to point.”

He lifted an aristocratic brow. “It’s a simple enough question.”

Mora regarded the Earther. They’d both studied the various personalities of the local mythology, but this one had her stumped. “I don’t know. Some kind of bird-creature perhaps.”

The bird-creature in question had spotted them, and instead of taking offense at Laer’s pointing at her, appeared to view it as an invitation to approach. She sauntered over and gazed up at Laer from under feathered eyelashes. “Hey, you’re kind of cute.”

Mora held her breath waiting for his reaction. Luckily, he responded out of his training, not his natural inclination to bluntly order the woman out of his sight. He did nothing. He might have straightened a bit. At his considerable height, it was hard to tell.

“That’s a neat costume.” The Earther took his hand and studied his fingers. “Do all of these work?”

In answer, he clenched his hand into a fist around the Earther’s. Clenched his jaw, too. He probably wouldn’t tolerate too much more contact.

“Ooooh,” the Earther said. “Must be fun in bed.”

Mora reached over and gently removed Laer’s hand from the Earther’s. “Pleased to make your acquaintance.”

“Yours, too, I’m sure.” The Earther looked Laer over from top to bottom. “He has big hands and feet. Nice.”

The implication came through -- he’d be well-endowed sexually. A quaint superstition among these people. Laer obviously took its meaning because he glared at Mora, asking without words how much of this familiarity he was required to tolerate.

“My friends and I are having a special kind of party in my suite,” the bird-creature said. “Adult fun, if you know what I mean.”

“That sounds intriguing,” Mora said.

“You could come, too.” The bird-creature batted her eyelashes at Laer again. “Suite 650. Seven pm.”

Laer managed to maintain his composure, but Mora knew him well enough now to detect some cracks in his calm façade.

“We’re tired, having travelled light years to get here,” Mora said.

“Yeah, sure.” The Earther waved a dismissive hand and then leaned into Laer, splaying her fingers over his chest. “Suite 650.”

Before the cracks in his control turned into fissures, Mora stepped between him and the Earther. “I’m afraid he’s mine. And beware, my bite is venomous.”

“Kinky,” the Earther said. “Whatever floats your boat. Suite 650 at seven.”

Finally, the bird creature moved away but not without glancing over her shoulder to give Laer a smoldering look.

“Must I…” He hesitated for a moment. “Copulate with this Earther?”

Thursday, December 17, 2015

New Release: Aisle 6 (and a new raffle)

Now out from Changeling Press!  Aisle 6

Trish is doing her usual thing -- checking out the hot guy she calls The Bod at the supermarket -- when she discovers a weird anomaly in aisle 6. When she gets too close, she finds herself transported to another time and place, and The Bod is waiting for her, dressed as a desert sheik. Anders wants to help Trish work out her sexual fantasies. On the fun scale, it sure beats her job in the IT department.
Anders has been tasked to save his species by mating with a woman from a different version of Earth. Trish is his most compatible DNA match. He must keep her with him by any means possible and give her as much sex as she can stand. But will his deception force them apart?
Cleanup on Aisle 6!

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An excerpt:

That cute guy was back at the supermarket again. Trish Swanson had watched him for weeks now. Setting out melons and handling tomatoes gently -- like a lover. Most of all climbing to reach something on the top shelf for tiny Mrs. Gilmore. Despite her seventy-odd years, Mrs. G's eyes sparkled whenever he did it. In fact, the old lady was probably putting him up to it and didn't really need the generic, canned dog food up there. As far as Trish knew, she didn't even have a dog. But when he stretched out to his full height, the muscles in his shoulders bunched and released, and he gave anyone watching a good look at a major-league ass. After a while, Trish and Mrs. Gilmore had coordinated their shopping schedules with his shifts so they could both enjoy the view at least once a week.

Today, Mrs. G hadn't shown up, and Trish remained at her station in the pet food aisle. She'd spotted The Bod, as Trish had come to think of him, in the produce section. He'd probably mosey over this way in a minute or two, and if the old lady didn't show up, Trish would either have to confront him herself or wait until next Wednesday for another ogling session.
He rounded the end of the aisle and headed in her direction.

Immediately, her mouth went dry, and her heartbeat started an erratic pitter-pat. She'd always been a complete dunce around good-looking men. Hell, all men. If she were to try to speak to this one, she'd probably stutter and blurt out something that said nothing more than "I'm an idiot."

He had the bluest eyes she'd ever seen. Not light blue like robin's eggs but more the hue of a cloudless, California sky. Deep, dark, and dangerous. His chestnut hair and pale skin made him stare-worthy, but his most remarkable feature had to be the dimples that appeared at the corners of his mouth when he smiled. And he always smiled. He was doing it right now.

"Hello," he said. One simple, very ordinary word. But it had a lilt to it. Almost an accent, as if English wasn't his first language. He was Latino, maybe. Or Irish. French?

Whatever the origin of his speech, it drove any response right out of her head. She opened her mouth to speak, but nothing came out, so she lifted her hand and wiggled her fingers. God, what a moron. Why did she have to be so damned shy?

"Where's your friend?" he said.

"Hmm?" Still stupid, but at least she'd said something.

"The older lady. I assumed you must drive her here," he said. "I always see you together."

"Mrs. Gilmore... no, she and I... that is... I only see her here. With you."

He laughed. "I don't drive her here."

"Of course, you don't. I just meant..." Anything she'd meant would make her sound even more foolish than she already did. She surely hadn't wanted to suggest that he and Mrs. G knew each other from somewhere else or staged their performances for her benefit. If she didn't have anything intelligent to say, she'd keep her mouth shut. So she did exactly that.

He rested an elbow on a shelf and struck a casual pose. Not going anywhere for a while, obviously. His posture only emphasized his considerable height and the breadth of his shoulders. He could hardly have shown himself off to better effect except maybe by bending over. Where was Mrs. G when Trish needed her?

"Can I help you with something?" he asked. His voice had taken on a husky tone... the kind you heard in the bedroom after particularly good sex. Not that she'd shared those delightful moments with too many men, but you didn't have to experience that often to have the sensations imprinted in your brain. The dimples in his cheeks and the light in his eyes told her he knew exactly what message he was conveying to her. He had to be supremely confident that she'd be receptive. Luckily for both of them, he'd calculated correctly.

"Help?" she said. There, that came off as casual. More or less.

"You appear to be searching for something. I'm here to make sure you find it."

"Well, since you asked..." What could she make him search for? Dog food upper shelf? Cat litter lower? Mrs. Gilmore always knew how to get him to show off his build to best effect.

He held up a hand. "Never mind. I know."

"You do?" Well now, that could be embarrassing. He'd figured out their little game? Drat. Could he sue them for sexual harassment?

"Aisle 6," he said. "Everything you want is there."