Reader’s Edyn

I always felt like I could do something more than just read. Finally, I have found both a creative outlet and a chance to do something meaningful with my reading. This blog was created in appreciation of and tribute to all of the authors who have brought me joy through their books. These reviews are my way of giving back to authors and providing recognition for the hard work that each one completes every day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Heart Signs by Cari Quinn

What’s new readers? Today I have a very special guest visiting the blog, giving us a special peek into her latest release! Please help me welcome:

**Cari Quinn**

As mentioned on Ms. Quinn’s website,  
“I write romance. I drink coffee. Sometimes I sleep.”
Oh, yeah. She sounds like my kind of person. *grins* You can visit her website by clicking here.

Here's a bit about Ms. Quinn:
Bestselling, multi-published author Cari Quinn wrote her first story--a bible parable--in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she'd ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today.

Though she also fires up her computer as a graphic designer, proofreader and editor, she can't resist the lure of disappearing into a world of her own creation. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars.

The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Please contact her through one of the ways below.

Twitter          Facebook           GoodReads

Ms. Quinn’s latest release is called Heart Signs. It released last month from Ellora’s Cave. Heart Signs is an Erotic, Contemporary Romance. It has been hailed as emotionally gripping, sweet, sexy, thought provoking, unputdownabale … those are just a few of the words I came across in the GoodReads reviews. But don’t take my word for it! *shakes head* Take a look at the buzz:


Final verdict? Lovable characters, intense emotions and mind melting hot sex. Erotica doesn’t get any better than this. 4.5/5 ~ MBR's Realm of Romance

HEART SIGNS is a fascinating, compelling and heartwarming love story filled with raw emotion and sensual heat. After INSATIABLE and UNWRAPPED, this book has earned Cari Quinn her third perfect 10 from me. The combination of heat and emotion does me in every single time and Cari delivered on both in HEART SIGNS! 10/10 ~ Pearl's World of Romance 

Wooo-weee! I don’t know about you all, but I’m thinkin’ I should read this book. *nods* And in fact, it will be the next book I read. *whispers* I will have a review for you within the week so keep checking back. This one sounds like it has very high potential. *clears throat* So how about I tell you more about the book? Sound good? Okay then. 

**Latest Release**

(Click here to read my review.)

The heart has a language all its own...

Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller's billboard orders for the last two years, but they aren't to advertise they're love notes to his wife. Sam's most recent billboard about his wife's passing hits Rory hard. When she calls Sam to offer condolences, it sets off an unexpected chain of events that ends with Rory in Sam's apartment-and his arms.

Reading Sam's love letters tugs Rory into the romance between him and his estranged, now-deceased, wife. Their lives soon intertwine so completely that Rory wonder how she'll ever forget the man who makes poetry out of emotions she's fought to dismiss. And plays her body even more skillfully that he writes love notes.

Consumed by guilt and grief, Sam is shocked by the feelings Rory arouses in him, sexually and otherwise. Now he's not thinking about yesterday as much as he's looking forward to tomorrow. He's just not sure if he's capable of moving on...or if the woman who helped him find the will to really live again will be by his side.

Buy Heart Signs here:
Ellora’s Cave          Barnes & Noble          Amazon

How about an excerpt? Yeah, I thought so. Ms. Quinn has generously provided what you wish right here:

(adult content)
“I’m definitely hungry.”
Sam flicked a look toward the door that led to the kitchen. “I might have stuff for a sandwich.”
Rory walked her fingers up his belly, stirring all sorts of appetites that had nothing to do with food. “Not hungry for a sandwich, Sam.”
He took a long breath. If he could’ve picked the ideal woman to have a one-afternoon stand with, Rory would’ve been the perfect choice. She made things so easy.
God, it had been forever since anything had been easy.
“Okay. Good.”
“Would you rather just go sit and talk?” His pained expression must’ve given him away because she laughed. “I’m fine with hanging out for a while. We’re both buzzy from the accident.”
Was that why he felt so electrified? “Wasn’t barely one. Just a bump.”
“Enough to get our hearts racing. That and the sunshine set the right conditions for some harmless feelings of attraction.” She shrugged. “Not surprising the rush turned into something else.”
She was giving him an out. Yes, adrenaline and excitement had carried him through the ride home and into the house. But now nerves were winning. And that small voice at the back of his mind that told him he shouldn’t bring anyone into his world, not when he’d likely lock them right out again afterward.
But she wasn’t asking for a lifetime commitment. They didn’t have to be any more to each other than they were right now. She knew the score. If they both found release and moved on without any hard feelings, what was the problem? Whether they attributed it to drive-by lust or the aftereffects of a fender bender didn’t really matter.
Thinking too much had gotten him into the stasis he’d lived in for over two years. He wanted out. Could even smell the scent of freedom beyond the barred gate inside his head. He just needed to reach for it.
“I’d rather not talk. Or hang out. If it’s all the same to you.” He cleared his throat. Kiss her, dolt.
Instead she stepped into him, tipping her face upward until their mouths brushed. Her soft lips heated under his, encouraging him to press his tongue against their parted seam. She made a sound of acquiescence, of excitement. The deeper he slid, the more she made the noise. Almost a purr. Carefully, he reached up to hold her head in his palms, tilting her so he could explore. She tasted like grape bubblegum. Sweet, a little wicked. A lot sexy.
This would be okay.
His heart was pounding so fast that eventually he had to break their kiss to breathe. Then he came back for the next round, using his thumb to stroke her lower lip while he licked the upper. Again that whimper in the back of her throat. His hard-on grew, straining against his well-worn jeans. If he hadn’t been afraid of scaring her, he would’ve tugged down the zipper to give himself room.
Then she did it for him.

Oh, yeah! That clinched it. You will definitely be seeing a new review for Heart Signs by next week! *nods* But. Wait! There is more! More, you say? More I say! What more could there be, you ask? MORE I tell you!
*drum roll please*

**It’s. A. Giveaway!**

*happy dance* Ms. Quinn has generously provided one digital copy of Heart Signs to be given to one lucky commenter! Yay! Now one of you will have a chance to read this book too! What do I have to do, you ask? Check it! Simply fill out the rafflecopter form below. One commenter will be chosen at random to win. I will even throw in a few extra ways to enter cause I’m giving like that. *grins* And yes, the contest is open internationally so long as you have a valid e-mail.  So get to entering! 


One commenter will be drawn at random to receive a digital PDF copy of Heart Signs, by Cari Quinn. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest open internationally. Reader’s Edyn and participating author are NOT responsible for lost or damaged items. Anyone may be disqualified at any time so be sure to follow directions to avoid disqualification. No substitutions allowed. Contest ends March 17th at midnight MST. That means you will have through the 16th to enter. When the clock strikes midnight on the 17th, the contest will be over. Winner will be contacted by e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Odds of wining depend on the number of entries received. Be forewarned! *serious face* Those who enter and do not follow the tasks properly will have their entries removed. *peer closer* Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I. Will. Check. Them.
Best of luck to you all and until next time … HAPPY READING!!!

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  1. Hello Cari,
    Where do you get your ideas for your books?
    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Julianne ~ Nice to see you again! One thing I Have learned from various conversations with authors is that they are never NOT thinking about the next plot for the next book. In fact, my friends who are published have a ton of ideas filed away just waiting to be written. All they need is more time. Don't we all, right? And when they get another idea, they quickly get it down to be revisited. They have some amazing stories to tell and many times their experiences are incorporated into the story in one way or another.. You never know, you could be the next inspiration for an author while just walking down the street. *wink* I imagine the same is true for Ms. Quinn. For example, I seem to remember mention of a woman looking for a sugar daddy via billboard in the story. :D Great question!

  2. Thanks again for having me here today! :)

    Hi Julianne, thank you for stopping by! I get my ideas all over the place. The story behind Heart Signs is actually one of my favorites, because how the story came together was just so...weird, LOL. I was driving one day and happened to see a billboard where a woman was looking for a "sugar daddy." This really shocked the heck out of me and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I decided I'd like to write a story centered around a billboard, and next thing I knew Sam and his penchant for writing love notes via billboard popped into my head. But I knew I didn't want the heroine to be the one he was writing the notes for, because that would be too easy. ;) Instead I decided he would write them to his wife...who had died. Rory, the heroine, fell in love with Sam's words even before they met in person, so that set up a really interesting dynamic for me to play with.

    Heart Signs ended up being one of my favorite stories I've written and I'll always thank that anonymous woman looking for her sugar daddy for helping me to come up with the idea!

    Thanks again for visiting and for the great question! :)

    1. Ha! The sugar daddy billboard is true. LOL I didn't know that. It must be amazing to be able to create a story for experiences you have within your everyday life. It is almost like the icing on the cake - knowing that today could be another fabulous idea for a book. How fun! Thanks so much for being here with us, Ms. Quinn. I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the book as well. :)

    2. Yep, the sugar daddy billboard is definitely true! I had to use it in the book because it makes me laugh every time I think of it. ;D It is pretty incredible to be a writer, I have to admit. One of the best jobs in the world, I think!

      Thank you so much for having me here and for your wonderful review! I really enjoyed hanging out with you and your readers. :)

  3. Thanks for the post - and for taking the time for a nice response to the previous question. It's so nice to see active authors.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! It's always really fun to answer questions about my books. Readers and reviewers are writers' favorite people, no doubt about it! :)

  4. Bas1chs ~ I couldn't agree more! I absolutely love to see active authors. There is nothing more fantastic that getting to interact with the authors we enjoy. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!


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