Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Losing Control @Tina Donahue

Please welcome Tina Donahue. Tina is here today as part of her Blog Tour for Losing Control. Enjoy her post and excerpt! Comment and you'll be entered in her contest. Scroll down for more contest details.

Now here's Tina…

He touched me…

A few years back, I saw a fragrance commercial I’ll never forget. The brand isn’t important. The scenario is. A beautifully dressed woman comes down a sweeping staircase. A handsome man in a tuxedo waits at the last step. People are milling around him. Clearly, he and the woman are at a party.

However, we know they haven’t met. It’s in his eyes as he notices no one else except her. She’s equally fascinated by him. As she moves closer and they’re about to meet, the song He Touched Me plays. The singer delivers the lyrics with so much passion, my skin tingled.

Wow. If that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is.

I had that scene in mind when I wrote the opening chapters of my newest erotic romance Losing Control, Book Two in my Appointment with Pleasure series. Catherine and Tim’s first meeting and touch had to be special. Not only sensuous, but emotionally satisfying. That to me is what makes romance so exceptional. The way the characters’ worlds seem to shift when they notice each other. How everything else fades away.

In Losing Control, Tim touches Catherine’s soul and heart in a way she never anticipated. She does the same to him. Here’s the blurb and an excerpt to give you a taste of their story.


When it comes to passion, there are no rules…

She wasn’t supposed to hunger for him. Tim Bellamy was off-limits to Catherine, a high-priced call girl with an uneasy past. Indulging in his raw desire shouldn’t have happened, especially at a District party attended by the nation’s elite. Tim doesn’t know she works for the agency. If he did…  That’s not something Catherine wants to confess. Drowning in his strength and heat, aching to see him again, she keeps her secret.

From old wealth, Tim has never met anyone quite like Catherine. Exotic, elegant, earthy, she’s the best of all worlds. Their evenings are sensual delights where voyeurism, bondage and a growing bond satisfy carnal needs and stir something deep within…until he stumbles upon the truth.

Shaken by her lies, Tim needs to prove the depth of Catherine’s lust and yearning once and for all. For him, their erotic adventure has only begun…


Unable to help himself, he stepped closer. The tip of his left shoe hit the bottom stair, its tiny tap lost beneath the party’s noise that began to intrude. Others moved into the expansive foyer, laughing, conversing, debating hot-button issues that they’d never agree on. In the grand reception hall, the pianist played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, reaching the piece’s crescendo.

On those vibrant, wild notes, she descended, her gown fluttering around her long legs.

Images of them flooded Tim’s mind, her creamy flesh exposed to his sight, touch, taste. He pictured his mouth pressed to her furry mound and soft folds, so heated and damp, ready for his tongue and cock.

Bursts of heat spread from his groin to his thighs and chest, both energizing and weakening him. A freaking bizarre combination, like having the urge to jog during a heart attack. Taking a full breath became too much of an effort. All he could do was wait as she negotiated the staircase one slow step at a time. Her unhurried pace seemed deliberate, as though she wanted to keep him in suspense, see how much he desired her.

Was there any doubt? He was still here, wasn’t he?

Beads of lights from her sparkly gown danced over the gold-and-red stairway runner. A small purse, also copper, dangled from a dainty chain on her right shoulder. Gershwin’s tune reached another apex. Behind Tim, two men argued about a recent bill one of them thought shouldn’t have been passed.

At last, she stopped a step above him and smiled…almost as if she couldn’t help herself.

Tim gave her his most unvarnished grin, not wanting to question her initial hesitation. Having her this close was good enough, for the moment. The fragrance she wore was elegant and fragile, though not by too much. Beneath the floral tones, he detected a hint of musk, a heady blend that was ideal, seemingly made for her alone. He was absurdly pleased her eyes were green, a startlingly beautiful shade fringed with long, dark lashes. With no delay, he offered his hand to help her down the final step.

She accepted the courtesy as though they’d known each other forever. Her fingers curled around his, her palm achingly soft and hot.

It was a damn miracle his wasn’t sweating. He squeezed her hand gently. She stroked his thumb in acknowledgement that also held what appeared to be approval. A good sign. A woman in love with another guy or one who feared her man’s possessiveness didn’t behave like this.

Emboldened, Tim leaned closer and murmured, “Hi.”

Her smile softened at his greeting, confirming it hadn’t sounded nearly as unglued as he felt.

She tilted her face to their joined hands. “Hi.”

A groan of delight caught in his throat. Her tone was decidedly smoky and did wicked things to him, all of which he liked. With her hand in his, he assisted her down the final step and held on. No way was she leaving his side until she absolutely had to.


Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.


To celebrate the release of Losing Control, I’m offering a contest.

I’ll choose THREE winners (at random) from those who comment on the various sites during the tour. The more you comment, the greater your chances of winning one of my backlist ebooks from this list:

1.            Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT

2.            Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit

3.            Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award

4.            In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT

5.            Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT

6.            The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller

7.            Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books

8.            Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR

9.            SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR

10.          Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book



Tina Donahue said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Gale. :)

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wow, sounds wonderful. thanks for hosting a give away
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Eva Millien said...

I find that the look across the room or chance meeting on a plane, or bumping into someone in a crowded store when you feel the chemistry is romantic. Then when you share that first touch its very magical.

Tina Donahue said...

Absolutely! That first glance when you connect with someone - really connect - wow! Thanks for dropping by, Eva! :)

VampedChik said...

I Love the excerpt! I can't wait to read this one! Thanks!

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Amber! Great seeing you here! :)

laura troxel said...

All your books look so good to read.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Laura! I really appreciate you dropping by. :)

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I've now chosen my winner (at random - there's a winner at each stop BTW). AT this stop the winner is Eva - yay, Eva!! Please send me your email address so I can email you your prize. :)