Last minute release day party… BURN FOR ME

UTA: 4/5/2014.  Contest is closed to entries at this time.  Winner to be posted on 4/6. Thank you!

With the madness of getting ready for Scotland and other assorted madness, I had no time to prepare the whirlwind sorta blog parties that I try to do with my big releases.

So…let’s try a last minute release day party.

I’ll bring the door prizes.

secrets & shadows giveaway

You bring a date and something else…munchies or drinks or both.  (I’m partial to buffalo wings.)

FIRST!  Pick out your date… there’s a bit of a twist here, though.  The date has to come from the Secrets & Shadows series.   Here’s my story board

Me?  I kinda liked Dean, Noah & Caine… since I’m hosting the party, I guess I oughta bring something…I’ll order in some pizza and there are two bottles of rum, plus some coke and diet coke. I have some scotch I got in Scotland, but that’s mine.  And I’m greedy.

(It’s gotta be easy…I’ve got to finish getting things together!)

Things…like this?

Everybody who comes to the party…(meaning you bring a date and a ‘cyber’ offering of food or drink) gets their name entered to win an ebook reader…either a Kindle Paperwhite, a Kobo Touch or a Nook Glowlight.

One party goer will win an ebook reader. All you have to do to enter is drop your name in comments below and tell me which of the characters from the series you want to bring as a date, and then tell me what you’re bringing to the party.  Food, drinks… (if it’s a drink and you wanna leave the recipe, that’s awesome!)

This party will last all week, so be prepared. 😉

A quick look at today’s release!

Burn For Me


Scarred long ago by the disappearance of his mother, Nichole, Tate Bell aches to spend his days and nights with Ali Holmes, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations… Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with Nichole right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Ali thinks that Tate’s unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with…even though the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?


I’m not going to cry because it’s over.

I’m not going to cry because it’s over.

I’m not going to cry—

She hiccupped as a sob broke free.

Bringing her knees to her chest, she buried her face against them.

Lost in the hurt, she didn’t hear his footsteps.  It wasn’t until he closed his hands around her ankles that she even realized she wasn’t alone.

Jerking her head up, she stared into Tate’s gaze.  His eyes, so dark they were nearly black, bore into hers.

“Tate . . .”

He tugged her legs down and she curled her hands around the edge of the porch swing, her heart slamming against her ribs.  He went to lean in and she lifted a hand, pressed it to his chest.

“Don’t.” Her voice cracked. “I’m not . . . we can’t do this anymore.  I can’t do this anymore.”

He didn’t seem to realize she’d even spoken as he reached up and closed one hand around her wrist, his thumb stroking against her inner wrist as she continued to press against his chest.  “Ali . . .”

His heart slammed against her palm and his shirt, soaked by the rain, was no barrier between them.  She felt the scalding heat of his skin.  Drops of rain clung to his hair and as she stared into his eyes, one of the drops fell, caught on his cheekbone, and rolled down.  It hit her wrist and she was surprised it didn’t sizzle, as hot as she suddenly felt.

It was a heat that echoed deep inside her, down low in her belly and every beat of her heart sent that heat pulsing through her until she thought she might explode.

The seconds drew out and she took a slow, deep breath.  His gaze dropped to her mouth and she had to bite back a moan.

“Tate, stop,” she whispered, forcing the words out. That hunger continued to pang inside her, making her skin feel tight, hot.  She had to curl her fingers into a fist to keep from reaching for him.  “I’m tired of only having part of you.  I told you.  It’s all or nothing and you won’t give me everything—”

He lifted her hand to his mouth, pressed a kiss to her inner wrist.  That gentle caress sent shivers racing through her.  Blood started to roar in her ears, so loud it took her a minute to realize he had started to speak.

Look for stories from the other Bell siblings in late April and early May.

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Quick rundown on rules, because it’s a contest and that means I have to have them.
Open worldwide, but you’re responsible for requesting the device that will be functional in your place of residence…not me.
As this is supposed to be fun, please don’t just…enter me to win…go along with the way the contest is set up…yanno, pick a date, bring a ‘cyber’ food or drink…
You must be eighteen or the age of majority in your country of residence to enter.
The winner’s name will be posted to my blog next week.  Please check back to see if you’ve won. You’ll have two weeks to claim the prize.  If you fail to claim the prize, it’s void.  A new name will not be re-drawn, per my contest rules.  For the rest of the rules, please see my disclaimer.
FYIENTERING the contest means you’ve read and agreed to the rules laid out in the disclaimer.
Full disclosure… I kinda got the idea from Barbara Vey and her awesome parties that she’s done over the years.

58 Replies to “Last minute release day party… BURN FOR ME”

  1. These guys are way too young and my husband wouldn’t approve of me dating someone else but if Harrison Ford were a choice, I’d have to at least think about it.

    Bringing Strawberries dipped in chocolate though so maybe it evens out.

  2. Tate would be my choice and how about David James Elliot???
    Chips and dip for me with some rum and coke please!

  3. I’d bring Caine as my date–those eyes !!! We’re bringing Dirty Shirley’s for all!

    Dirty Shirley: cherry vodka, grenadine, sprite (mix to your tastes!!!)

  4. I’ll say it’s girls night out and bring Ali. I’d bring Tate but my husband might not approve 🙂

    I’ve got brownies and ice cream 🙂

  5. I think I would have to bring Tate Bell… He is just too yummy and we are celebrating his book.

    I am in the mood for Cheese Cake… SO I will bring alone some Homemade Individual Chocolate Cheese Cakes, topped with whip cream and Mini Chocolate Chips.

  6. Heh. Of the ones shown – I’d have tried to claim Caine. 😉 And I love buffalo wings! And seven layer dip. And … hummus. And snacky foods. 😀
    But from the storyboard Tate, Gus, and Adam aren’t bad at all either. 😉

    And beyond snack foods… chili cheese fries! Why? Drinking always makes me want to have snacks – and … we’d definitely need drinks. I think hurricanes, since a trip to NOLA approacheth.

  7. I’m bringing Gus, cause if someone “accidentally” spills a drink, he has the abs to wash it out 😉 You know me, I’d bring coffee as my offering…cause I’d shank a bish without it. Happy release day Shi!

  8. I’ll bring Caine, thanks! And some nachos, since this is a virtual party they should have virtual calories!

  9. I think bringing Caine would be a blast !!!im bringing
    Spinach dip and more wings cause you can never
    Have enough! Simple drinks of cranberry and vodka
    To start with chocolate martini for dessert
    Vodka Godiva chocolate licquore (1 oz each) baileys
    Irish cream (1/2 oz) and a splash of half and half

  10. I’m coming with Caine and Gus 😉 and we’re bringing Malibu and pineapple juice plus buffalo wings 🙂

  11. I am accompanying Tate to the party. We are bring jello shooters and shrimp cocktails. 🙂 Congrats on the release of Burn For Me. 🙂

  12. I’ll bring Adam and Guinness Chocolate Cupcake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting. I made them for St. Patrick’s Day and they are some of the best cupcakes ever. What’s a party without chocolate?

  13. Adam (Sweeter than Sin) and I have arrived. We brought the chocolate fountain being wheeled in behind us and all of those lovely edibles to dip into it. Happiest Release Wishes!

  14. These young men are just that: TOO YOUNG! They are nice to look at, but
    my oldest grandchildren are just a few years younger!! Tom Selleck is
    definitely more my speed! BTW, I’ll be bringing white bean hummus with
    pita & bagel chips. Yummy!

    Pat C.

  15. I’m inviting Noah because he’s getting lonely, and probably jealous of everyone bringing Tate. And I’m a big fan of 7 layer dip.

  16. Happy Release Day !! if I brought a date it would be Tate Bell or Johnny Depp, as for food,my favorite would be Buffalo wings and potato salad,for dessert,Dark chocolate cake with Peanut Butter icing,drink would be Bayou Punch ….

  17. Bringing snicker doodles & Apple pie moonshine & Noah looks like my kind of man
    Thanks for the chance this book sounds really good

  18. I loved Tate, =) so I´m bringing him, and for something to munch on? Pigs in blanket. Oh, or fresh cauliflower with a sourcream dip *om nom nom*
    Or just potato chips. Can you tell I´m getting hungry here?
    Happy Release! Awesome book and I´ve already reviewed on GR & AZ, =)
    Happy Tuesday!

  19. I am bringing Tate. And maybe later I can sneak off with Noah 🙂
    Since you have the coke I’m bring Canadian Club Whiskey. And for food I’m bringing stuff to make sundaes 🙂 Whip cream,chocolate syrup,jam,ice cream. We could have some fun with the guys with that 😀

    Congrats on the new release.

  20. Congratulations on the new release! I’m bringing Adam with chips & dip. 😉

    Thanks for throwing a party!

  21. I’m bringing Dean, he’s extremely hot!
    I’m bringing a variety of cupcakes from Brooklyn Cupcakes: chocolate cheesecake; crazy carrot; french toast;Tres leche; triamisu; red velvet; and a large pitcher of “Hot Sex”.

    Hot Sex:
    Bartender’s Hot Sex 750ml
    Vanilla Ice cream
    Crushed ice
    Mix in blender and add Vanilla Absolute to personal taste.

    **will cause you to be sleepy, but aren’t you tired after good hot sex. LOL!!!

  22. I’ll be with Tate… We are bringing orange juice and vodka for a’screwdriver’

  23. I think I will choose Dean and I’ll bring along a couple bottles of vodka and a cherry ripe cheesecake. 🙂
    BTW I’ve already read Burn for Me and I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next book. Ms Walker you are now on my auto buy list *cheers* 🙂

  24. I believe that I will bring Tate. And I am thinking Fiesta Dip with tortilla chip to snack on. I must have some Captain to go with my Diet Coke.

  25. I’m bringing Caine as my date and we are bringing rotel, chips and a bottle of Ciroc

  26. I’m bringing Chief Sorenson, just in case…along with a big box of coffee from Starbucks, and some of those nummy new pastries they have that I can’t remember the name of right now. Looks like you are low on the sweet offerings, and coffee is always appropriate, in my opinion.

    Can’t wait to read Burn For Me. Happy release day!

  27. I could bring anyone but I think Noah…..and Ill bring some ice cream as it is my favorite…. mint choc chip, choc marsmallow, plain vanilla and some chipwiches mmmmm….

  28. Tate would be my choice. I love the angst. Also, I would bring blueberry boy bait (it’s a cake), not just because it is my favorite cake, but because you serve it warm with whipped cream and I am thinking about what else we could put the whipped cream on.

  29. I’ll bring Liam Neeson as my snack, Noah as my date and Crested Ten Irish Whiskey as my drink.It’s going to be some kind of party!’

  30. I’ll bring Liam Neeson as my snack, Noah my date and Crested Ten Irish Wjiskey as my drink.

  31. I’m bring Tate, I’m bringing a mixed drink. Created so don’t have a name. Oj, pineapple juice, and coconut rum over ice. Yummy! Also bringing fruit tray… might get a multi use from the fruit. 🙂

  32. Hmmm, my hubby is fine with me bringing along some eye-candy to entertain me ’cause he knows who I’ll be going home with…so, I think I would invite both Dean and Hugh Jackman, lol. I am a grazer so lots of little snacks for me…various cheeses, pineapple, fried won tons…and Pineapple Crush to drink! Great party…I love sitting in the corner and people watching.

    Have a fantastic trip and unwind but store up lots of neat atmospheric things to delight us with in your stories also. Congrats on the release!

  33. Absolutely!! Everyone at work loves it when I get up early and make one before work.

    Here you go:

    Blueberry Boy Bait

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 2/3 cup butter
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • ½ cup Cinnamon and Sugar
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. Mix first seven ingredients in large mixing bowl.
    3. Pour into baking dish.
    4. Cover with Blueberries
    5. Sprinkle top with Cinnamon and Sugar
    6. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.

    My changes:

    1. Whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour
    2. Increase it to 3 – 4 cups of blueberries
    3. Non-stick spray
    4. I never measure the cinnamon and sugar, I just coat the entire top.

  34. I would bring Noah because I think he needs a little fun, white and red wine, with bbq chicken wings with blue cheese to dip.

  35. I’m bringing Dean and a family favourite blend of Drambuie, Brandy and Coke (equal amount of each spirit and coke to taste) because your description of his lazy walk and smile made me think of this drink 🙂 and to complement them both a lovely rich chocolate mousse.

  36. Ohhh I think I’ll have to fight someone for my date. I’ll be the one showing up with Tate on my arm. With a wall that needs to be broken down…I’m just the woman to do it.

    As for the party food…Godiva Truffle Cake…it will come in handy during your party and I have some extra frosting for Tate and I to share at our own ‘after-party’…:)

    Congrats Shiloh!! It was so great chatting with you tonight.

  37. I’m in and Dean West is my date. He sounds compassionate and strong. I’m bringing pulled barbecue chicken, cheese in little pita cups. They are so good !!!

  38. I have to bring Chief Sorenson along to the party for protection in case it gets too rowdy (and you had me at Dennis Quaid). As I will be coming from Wisconsin, I’ll bring the local microbrewery beers, as well as bratwurst and cheese curds!

  39. I’ll bring Noah (Wowee!!!!) amd vanilla ice cream. I love vanilla ice cream and wish I had some right now.

  40. I am bringing Caine……and frozen Margarita’s for all…we’re gonna need them.

  41. I’ll bring Noah, and some pizza. We’ll need some energy to keep the party going!

  42. My date would be Tate and I’ll bring cocktail sausages, sausages rolls and mini pasties. I’ll bring some wine for the host and as I’m a soft drink girl, somes Pepsi.

  43. Mmmm, I’m bringing Gus & Tate. Bringing broccoli cauliflower salad & for dessert ghiradelli brownies plus a variety case of Smirnoff 😉

  44. My cyber date will be Adam. . . and I will bring a lovely spread of fresh hummus, warm pita bread and olive oil. That kind of mood today!

  45. I will bring Tate and the Vodka, Sprite, and Pimk lemonade…Let’s get this party started

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