And the winner is…

Wow! I didn’t expect such a big turnout for the Mistletoe Madness contest. I am pleasantly surprised. 🙂 I enjoyed reading the answers to the contest question. Some had me literally laughing out loud, and some brought me to tears. I sent prayers out to those of you who lost love ones during the holidays. You all have memories worth writing about, and I thank you for sharing them with me.

I’d also like to thank the people outside the US who commented even though they knew the contest was only for US contestants. I’ll promise to have an international giveaway real soon.

You guys rock! Thank you so much for participating!

Now to announce the winner…

Let’s get the drum roll going!

Now let’s have a long pause for dramatic effect……………

😀 LOL!

And the winner is…

AIMEE LAVALLE aka AIMEEKAY

*Throwing confetti* Congratulations Aimee! You’re a winner!!!

You will receive:

~ A signed print copy of the redesigned title, Designing Love from Yours Truly.

~ An ebook copy of Her Wanted Wolf by Renee Michaels

~ An ebook copy of Santa Baby by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

~ A signed print copy of Destino by Sienna Mynx

~ An ebook copy of Denying Bjorn by Charisma Knight

~ An ebook copy of A Midsummer Tryst by Serenity King

~ An ebook copy of Out of the ShadowedLands: Book Three of the Morgan Crowe trilogy by Maggie Berkley

~ And last but not least, an ebook copy of Thin Ice by KR Bankston

Way to go Aimee! I hope you enjoy your 8 amazing gifts.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!

‘Tis the season for WINNING!

Wow! We’re 5 days in on The 2012 Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop and many people have already entered to win. Don’t miss out on your chance to chance to score 8 amazing reads from 8 wonderful authors.

There’s even a chance to win the grand prize, which is a brand new KINDLE FIRE!

Check out the prizes:

Designing Love (Interracial Erotic Romance) by Yvonne Nicolas (Signed print copy)

DesigningLove_FinalMedWorld renowned architect, Devon Sparks reluctantly accepts the job of designing a house for his former lover, who’d betrayed him with his best friend. Still a little emotionally battered, Devon is content to never love again, until Josephine shows up on his doorstep.

Josephine Burnett, a brilliant interior designer, is thrilled to be working on such a big project with Devon. She relishes the opportunity to showcase her talents, but wonders if accepting the job was a mistake in the face of Devon’s rude behavior. Soon she discovers the man behind the cold, hard exterior is capable of smoldering passion…

A passion she finds hard to deny.

Can they break free from their emotional restraints to experience the sultry heat of their love?

Her Wanted Wolf (Paranormal Romance) by Renee Michaels

Alpha were Drew Lunedare lives by very few rules. Keeping the women in his family Her Wanted Wolfsafe was foremost. The fact his sworn enemies had taken his sister eats at him. This makes him dangerous and his temper unpredictable. On the verge of acquiring a clue to her location, he has it snatched away by a she-wolf who is not in any way intimidated by him. She is everything he does not want, Sabine kindles emotions in him he’s determined to keep buried. But she has a gift which might help get what he believes is his heart’s desire.

Sabine Silverwolf is determined to save her small pack from extinction. If she has to use the menacing were, she will, even if she has to take him as her mate. She needs him, but doesn’t want him. She strikes a bargain that will be mutually beneficial; his protection for her skill at masking scent.

But neither were takes into account that proximity will bring out the primal in them, awakening a need that can’t be denied. Loving is easy; it is the wanting that causes difficulties.

Santa Baby (Holiday Erotic Romance) by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

Santa BabyHaving been burned by his father’s betrayal, real estate tycoon Trip Wakefield has no interest in love or relationships. Until he meets Arietta, a struggling, sultry, blues singer, in his favorite club. Seduced by the silken velvet of her voice, he pursues her with a single-minded purpose—-Arietta in his bed, at any cost. He offers her a deal; if she will be his mistress she can have anything she desires, except his heart.

A woman who knows her own mind and goes for what she wants, Arietta decides that she wants him and his heart so she takes the ultimate gamble and agrees to become his mistress. But when the stock market crashes Trip loses everything. Knowing that he can’t keep up his end of their bargain he tells Arietta it’s over. Arietta takes another gamble and moves in with him and gives up everything she owns to help him rebuild his wealth. In a gift worthy of the Magi she offers him everything she has: herself.

Destino ~ Battaglia Mafia Series (Interracial Erotic Romance) by Sienna Mynx (Signed print copy)

Mira Ellison is poised to have it all. In 1989, she is the first prominent African American Destinofashion designer redefining change for both beauty and style among the renowned in Italy. That happens until the evening she meets a tall, mysteriously charming Sicilian businessman who orchestrates a friendship that awakens a wicked sexual heat she has long forgotten. Who is he really? What harm could a little fling in one of the most beautiful countries in the world bring?

Plenty.

Don Giovanni Battaglia is a man who knows how to get his way. He lives his life on the razor edge of control as he balances family and his dark legacy. He is the leader of a ruthless crime family, and those who intercept his purpose are swiftly made to pay. Mira’s design house opens in Napoli, and unbeknownst to her, the property she occupies is one for which the Battaglia family has big plans. Giovanni’s designs for her business set them on a collision course of heated passion, spine chilling danger, and an unspeakable act of murder.

Denying Bjorn (Interracial Paranormal Romance) by Charisma Knight

Saving BjornBjorn Jensen has fulfilled his destiny by overseeing the well-being of his Dragon Lord. For centuries, he’s led a lonely existence as a Protector, but now he’s forced to take a long hard look at his life.

Lydia has strong feelings for Bjorn, but she’s not ready to trust him with her secret. As their relationship develops, she continues to deny him the truth. Between her meddlesome cousin and a threat from her past, she realizes the odds are against her, and the skeletons in her closet could cost she and Bjorn the happiness they’ve been waiting for all their lives.

Warning: Get cozy and break out the wine. This steamy read contains a svelte Viking-like immortal who knows how to please, protect, and pamper the love of his life, and a strong heroine who eventually realizes the value of trust in a loving relationship.

A Midsummer Tryst ~ Alesi Men(Interracial Erotic Romance) by Serenity King

Italy was a place full of beauty and wonders, however nothing Piero had seen there onA Midsummer Tryst his recent trip could compare to the beauty and wonder Adanna inspired. Fresh from a trip to the Old Country, Piero thought to unwind with family and instead found himself ensnared by the woman who had also caught the attention of his smooth cousin Nicco, who believed he had the upper hand in the quest of Adanna’s heart. After all, she was the best friend of Nicco’s sister. Too bad his cousin had no idea Piero was going to stop at nothing to make the alluring, self-possessed woman his own.

Adanna had no time for the games of too sexy Italian playboys. She had a deadline to meet and no idea how to make the words of her latest romance flow. Who knew all she needed was a little inspiration from a man who certainly knew a thing or two about romance….

Out of the ShadowedLands: Book Three of the Morgan Crowe trilogy (Paranormal Romance) by Maggie Berkley

MorganCroweTrilogyA storm is brewing in the Dark Courts and her name is Death. Tired of broken promises and betrayal, Morgan Crowe takes matters into her own hand and carves a destructive path through the maze of political intrigue the Dark Queen of the Mor’sin’dar had created. After rescuing her friend Vivienne from the dungeons of UnderArch, Morgan returns home to discover her son missing, taken by the man she had once given her heart to. Seeking help to retrieve him she finds those she served unwilling to give assistance and realizes that loyalty is not always a two way street. Tired of being used by those she thought of as allies and hunted by those she knows are enemies, Morgan is determined to end the game she had been unwillingly pulled in to and strikes out in fury at everyone around her. But when her past finally catches up with her and threatens the lives of those she loves, Morgan knows it’s time to take a stand. Charged by her dead King to bring justice to him and the throne and still haunted by the prophecy given to her about the future, she must make a decision that could change the ShadowedLands and those who live within its borders forever. With the help of the mysterious Lord Requiem and the young Werewolf Ty, Morgan steps forward to bring a true King to the Ebon Throne and to remove the threat to her and those she loves. Will she give into her destructive nature or will she finally step into the destiny she was born for?

Thin Ice (Urban Fiction) by KR Bankston

Welcome to the city of Atlanta, home of Hip Hop Moguls JD, Luda, TI, Outkast and ThinIcemore, where Magic has its own city and redemption from sin can be found at any number of Mega Ministries the city heralds. It’s also home to Ian “Ice” Bailey a man as dangerous as he is sexy.

Our story begins on the East side, where we meet Ice and our supporting cast. Kaitlyn “KiKi” Ross and Jaleesa “Tweety” Mitchell; two ladies who can hold their own in the game, making moves and plays as well as any of their male counterparts. Things are fine until Tweety crosses the line, unwittingly dragging KiKi along, and invade Ice’s territory. That’s when everything becomes complicated.

Throw in a romantic triangle or three and the fun really starts. Ice has a thing for KiKi, but she has a thing for Tariq. Tariq Taylor is the short order cook she sells smack to and thinks he’s a junkie. Tariq is into KiKi, but Landon, the guy who works for the arena league that KiKi meets at the club, is determined she’s going to be with him. Confused yet? No? Well there’s Tweety’s man Evan, Landon’s friend, who isn’t what he presents himself to be and who also happens to have hidden lust for KiKi.

Ice is not a man accustomed to hearing no, or being outwitted in his business. His reaction to both is force, sometimes deadly. Begin the ride with us and meet all the players in our serial drama, starting with the beginning, BEWARE: Thin Ice.

Entering is so easy. Just CLICK HERE and follow the simple steps to win!

Good Luck!

The 2012 Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Giveaway

HolidayGiveaway2012Hello, my lovelies! Guess what? It’s that time of year again ~ time for The Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Giveaway! Whoohoo!

For those of you who don’t know what a blog hop giveaway is, I’ll break it down for you.

Each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop from one giveaway to the next.

Enter to win over 50 giveaways hosted by our participants!

Alright you anxious readers, allow me to lay out my prizes for the hop.

  • A signed print copy of the redesigned title, Designing Love from Yours Truly. 😉
  • An ebook copy of Her Wanted Wolf by Renee Michaels
  • An ebook copy of Santa Baby by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
  • A signed print copy of Destino by Sienna Mynx
  • An ebook copy of Denying Bjorn by Charisma Knight
  • An ebook copy of A Midsummer Tryst by Serenity King
  • An ebook copy of Out of the ShadowedLands: Book Three of the Morgan Crowe trilogy by Maggie Berkley
  • And last but not least, an ebook copy of Thin Ice by KR Bankston

DesigningLove_FinalMedHer Wanted WolfSanta BabyDestinoSaving BjornA Midsummer TrystMorganCroweTrilogyThinIce

All you have to do is follow a few simple steps and you can win these awesome prizes. If you enter on the blog hop, there’s a chance to win an even bigger prize!

  • The grande prize for the chosen contestant is a Kindle Fire pre-loaded with novels from our sponsors, which includes ME. 😉

At the end of the blog hop, us sponsors will get together and choose the winner for the grand prize.

(Note: this contest is for US contestants only.) Sorry.

Now onto the steps to win;

1. First, leave a comment answering this question. (Don’t forget to include your name and email addy)

  • What is your fondest holiday memory? And what makes it so special?

2. Next step, click “like” at the bottom of this post. If anything, do it because you want to make me smile. 🙂

3. If you’re on Facebook, “like” my Yvonne Nicolas Fan Page, because I’M AWESOME! 😀 OR if you have a Twitter account, follow me @YvonneNicolas

4. And lastly, follow my blog. 😉

Easy breezy, right? Keep in mind that you have to follow all of these steps in order to win!

At the end of the contest, I’ll randomly choose a winner. Then I’ll announce the winner a day after the contest ends. So make sure you get your answer in and complete the steps before the 22nd of December.

CLICK HERE to view the list of participants and get to their blogs.

Enter to win the big prize by clinking on this link =>> Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Contest

Good luck!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hello, my lovelies!

The talented author Vivi Dumas selected me to participate in the Next Big thing “blog hop”, along with 3 other authors. Because I like her so much, I accepted.

I was given 10 questions to answer about my current WIP.

So here we go!

What is the working title of your book?

Scattered Flames ~ Book 3 of the Dragon Queen series

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I read a lot of stories in urban fantasy and horror, which happens to be my favorite genres. The premise for The Dragon Queen Series came to me while I was listening to the complaints in a readers group. This was when I was a serial reader, before I dived headfirst into a writing career. The complaint from the fellow readers was that they found it difficult to relate to the characters in the popular books we read. My goal was to answer the reader’s call, to make a great story with characters relatable to people from different backgrounds.

What started as a short story blossomed into a series. And in the fantasy world created in my mind, it’s still going.

What genre does your book fall under?

Given the dynamics of the storyline, it falls under different genres. Gothic horror, urban fantasy and interracial paranormal romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I love this question, because when I’m creating the characters I imagine a certain actors portraying them on the big screen. For those of you who have read the books in the series so far, if you have better actors or actresses in mind to portray the main characters, I’d love to see who you choose.

Demetri Bithanos, the hero of the series is a debonair beauty and merciless killer. I was bouncing back and forth between Ben Barnes and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but I think Ben would be a better choice. After seeing him pull off the role as Dorian Grey with such finesse, I was in love. Put some contacts on him and he’s my Demetri.

Sharayna “Rayne” Piers, the heroine of the series is sweet, funny, gorgeous and a little bit hood. An actress who would do her character justice is Keke Palmer. I think she would excel at bringing out the two sides of Rayne. Besides that, she’s a great singer! Rayne’s a songtress as well, so that’s a plus for the role.

Now who would be a great actor to play Demetri’s hot, ill-mannered older brother, Maurisio Bithanos? I’m leaning towards Stephen Amell from the show “Arrow”. Maurisio is rich and a bit cocky, not to mention the alpha wolf of one of the biggest shifter clans in the world. Oh yeah, Stephen can definitely nail that role.

When I created Priestess Katsumi, the soul of Demetri’s katana, I had only one actress in mind. Michelle Yeoh! The character Katsumi is a symbol of power and elegance. In my opinion, Michelle is the embodiment of that. She is so refined and beautiful―a perfect candidate for the role of Katsumi.

I would list the rest of the characters and the actors/actresses who would be a great fit, but being that the Dragon Queen Series has a large cast, that would make this post very long. 🙂 I will, however, post a blog dedicated to the characters at the beginning of the year.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Live in the shadow of darkness or die within the flames of Heaven.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency/publisher?

I’ll let you know next year. 😉

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A few months. It would’ve been less but I’m easily distracted. LOL!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Some of the readers compare it to the Vampire Huntress Legend by the dearly missed L.A. Banks, which is a huge honor. I didn’t believe them until I started reading her books. Wow, that is a kickass series! I can only hope to be as good as Mrs. Banks one day.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I think I answered that on the second question. One of my long drawn out answers. *grin*

What else about your book might interest the reader?

There’s plenty of sex, death, violence and romance. Such a twisted combination, but a great read all the same. ^_^

Here are the four lovely ladies I invited to next week’s installment of the Next Big Thing blog hop. They will post their questions and answers on the 12th of December. Be sure to visit their blog spots!

KR Bankston

Roslyn Hardy Holcomb ~ The One Who Writes

Serenity King

Sienna Mynx ~ The Diva’s Pen