Sunday, March 25, 2012

Reading Romances Drinking and Winning Blog Hop

Welcome to the Drinking and Winning Blog Hop. Woo hoo!!!  Let the festivities begin. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a scrumptious Pomegranate Martini. I'm also giving away a copy of my new release, Rendezvous with Rumpelstiltskin, a naughty fairy tale published by Evernight Publishing.

Annalynne's Kick-Ass Pomegranate Martini Recipe:

Servings: Serves 2


  •                        1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice

    •                       2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka or white tequila

    •                       1 ounce Cointreau liquor
    •                        Cup of ice
    •                        Splash of sparkling water (optional)


    •                        Squeeze of lemon (optional)


    Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.

    Now, kick up your heels and enjoy an excerpt from Rendezvous with Rumpelstiltskin.


    “Betsy, you may be dismissed,” Aleksander said to the
    governess. As soon as the older woman disappeared out of sight, he
    advanced on Katarina. He lifted her hand and laid a kiss on her limber
    wrist. He stepped back, then twirled her around as if on the floor of a
    ballroom. She pirouetted twice before he stopped her. Aleksander
    clutched her hip with an unyielding grip and pulled her against his
    strong, athletic build, his erection flush against her thigh. Katarina’s
    fingers automatically grasped his broad shoulders to keep from
    falling. At the same time, he inclined his head to whisper in her ear. “I
    make it a habit to treat my guests well. As long as they deliver what is

    It was obvious Aleksander wasn’t talking about her work on
    the spinning wheel. Katarina cleared her throat and stepped backward
    toward the bed. Her captor pursued her, his intent clearly sexual. She
    picked up the gold fabric she had woven and whirled around to face
    him. “Here is the textile you asked me to weave,” she said, anything
    to distract him from his mission to seduce her.

    He took a brief gander at the material, then turned his attention
    back to Katarina. This time, so close she could smell the brandy on his

    breath. "Very nice. But that's not the only reason I brought you to
    my estate,” he said as he cornered her body between the wall and the
    bedpost. She had nowhere to run. No place to hide from the onslaught
    of his desire. “I need to taste you.”

    Suddenly his mouth descended upon her sensitive skin,
    leaving a trail of kisses behind her earlobe and down the slender
    column of her throat. His fiery-hot tongue ignited a blazing inferno
    along her untouched flesh. Katarina moaned and draped her languid
    arms over his well-defined shoulders to keep her balance. She
    suddenly felt weak. Light-headed. Ready to pass out. She had to
    speak up, before she lost her nerve. “Please, Mr. Othman. If you have
    any respect for my honor, stop this madness!”

    Aleksander drew back and stared at her, his decisiveness
    unwavering. His eyes wandered to her breasts for only a moment,
    before he yanked on the lace fabric of her bodice, revealing her achy,
    swollen bosom. One cherry-red nipple peeked its head out of her
    corset. A draft hit her exposed skin and sent a chill up her spine. It
    was enough to cause her nipple to bead expectantly, begging for his
    eager caress. Katarina whimpered as his thumb grazed the tip. Heat
    exploded between her thighs, and liquid from her womb drizzled
    down the inside of her leg.

    “No need to worry your pretty little head, Katarina. We’re just
    having a bit of fun. I plan to leave you fully intact. At least for
    tonight.” Without warning, he turned her in his arms and pressed her
    lithe curves flat against the stone wall. He nudged her legs apart,
    lifted her gown, and delicately removed the matching red panties he’d
    left for her earlier. Each stroke was purposeful. Each movement
    precise and deliberate as if unwrapping a gift on Christmas morning.

    Then he stepped away and gawked at her nakedness. Katarina
    watched him out of the corner of her eye. His mouth gaped open,
    saliva forming in the hollows of his lips in preparation for an all-out
    invasion. Katarina could feel his gaze focused on her rear, on the
    delicate flesh of her womanhood that glistened in the early morning

    Aleksander extended his index finger and slid it over her
    heated nub, down her thigh and over her round bottom, collecting the
    sweet nectar that pooled in the crevice between the two. Katarina
    writhed in his arms. Her knees grew weak. Aleksander seemed to
    relish her enthusiastic response. He lifted his finger to his lips to savor
    Katarina’s unique flavor. He leaned his forehead against her back and
    groaned. “Hmm. Just as succulent as I dreamed.”

    Katarina leveraged her sweat-soaked body against the cool
    pavers plastered to the wall. She took in deep inhalations of air to
    calm her battered nerves. “Sir, why are you doing this?” she asked.
    “Because I can.” With his forehead still pressed between her
    shoulder blades, he let out a wicked laugh. His heated breath glided
    across her prickly skin. A moment later, he slipped her dress and
    undergarments back into place and stepped away. He snatched up the
    gold material laid across the foot of the bed and bolted to the door.

    “Now get back to your work at the spinning wheel. I have business to attend to in Berlin. But I shall return in a matter of days to check on
    your progress. And if you’re a good little slave, I’ll reward you with a
    night of pleasure the likes of which your virtuous flesh could never
    imagine. Even in your wildest dreams.”

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    1. I'm loving this hop! My husband and I are really enjoying the drink recipes. Thank you for your kind giveaway!
      Lmackesy at gmail dot com

    2. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for this opportunity!

    3. Great excerpt and recipe. Thanks for the giveaway.
      sstrode at scrtc dot com

    4. Loved the recipe and the excerpt. I look foward in reading Rendezvous with Rumpelstiltskin.

      Tracey D
      booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    5. Great excerpt! Thanks for the chance to win

    6. Love the excerpt! Thanks for participating.

    7. Loved the excerpt. Love the twist on the fairytale.

    8. I love twisted fairy tales!! Thanks for the awesome excerpt!
      bournmelissa AT hotmail DOT com

    9. Great giveaway! can't wait to read and i've gotta try that drink out!


    10. I have always loved twisted fairy tales! I can't recall reading any based on Rumpelstiltskin before.
      manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    11. Great excerpt, I look forward to reading this!


    12. Wow cant waitto read more .Than kyou for this giveaway

    13. Wonderful excerpt! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!

    14. This sounds very good can't wait to read it! Thank you for the great giveaway!

    15. Thank you for the giveaway! All the excerpts on this hop are amazing!

      Shannon Gallagher

    16. I love the sound of this sexy twist to this classic. Thank you for the giveaway. Thank you also for the drink recipe. :)

      trb0917 at gmail dot com

    17. Thanks for the chance to win :)