Guest Post and Excerpt: Robin Covington, Author of Playing the Part

Please welcome Robin Covington, author of Playing the Part,  to the virtual offices this morning!  She’s here to tell about yummy men with ooey-gooey insides.  After, Robin has an amazing giveaway, with a $50 gift card for the grand prize!

Heroes are like Ghiradelli Chocolate squares.

You know the ones . . . they come in those square, metallic packets. All different colors depending on the filling . . . my favorite is the bronze colored ones that contain the milk chocolate filled with creamy caramel . . . excuse me while I wipe off the drool.

I love opening the wrapper and seeing the dark chocolate—creamy but also firm – strong enough to protect the softer inside. The first bite is eye-rollingly-good. The chocolate resisting just before it gives way and the sweet, sultry caramel spreads over my tongue.

My Ghardelli chocolate square is just like my favorite kind of hero: strong on the outside but when touched with the right pressure he gives into and allows the sweetness to ooze out. And I want my hero to only be that way for me —to everyone else he’s Fort Knox—but to me he caves like that chocolate square.

My all-time favorite tough guy character with the sweet gooey center?  Zsadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. This guy was all kinds of mean, closed off and covered from head-to-toe in Teflon. Only one woman had the chance to break through his armor—Bella—and he completed the circle with his daughter Nalla. But don’t think he’s a softie and a pushover, he will take you out in a heartbeat of you threaten them.

He is my ultimate Ghirardelli Chocolate Square . . . which hero is yours?



Excerpt –  Playing the Part by Robin Covington

She was only human.

Piper looked down on the gorgeous, tousled, sexy man sprawled under her in the front seat of this way-too-small car. Mick’s eyes were dark—intense and tracking every movement she made. His chest rose in time with the harsh pants erupting from his mouth, the breaths ragged and loud in the silence stretching between them. His hands clenched in fists at his side, his body radiating the tension ricocheting around this car—he was waiting on her signal.

She gave him one.

Bypassing the temptation of his mouth, she zeroed in on the delicious expanse of his neck. The bristly stubble of his five-o’clock shadow scraped the tender inner part of her lip as she dragged her mouth over his skin, tasting the musky sweetness, the sharp tang of his arousal. Unable to help herself, she zeroed in on the pulse pounding just under his skin and took a little nip. Nothing too hard. Nothing to leave a mark. But damn, it got the reaction she wanted.

Mick snaked one hand around her waist, anchoring her against the hard, muscled expanse of his chest and the even harder bulge in his jeans. He slid the other hand up her back, tracing her spine and leaving a trail of tingly shivers in its wake before he wove his fingers into the hair at her nape. A tug, perfectly balanced between pleasure and pain, brought her mouth within kissing distance.

If he had eased into his possession of her desire, she might have second-guessed the decision to indulge in this moment, but he offered no mercy, annihilating her common sense with the destructive focus of one of his action movie roles. He was a world-class kisser, the combination of soft lips, firm strokes of tongue, and the sharp edge of his teeth all living up to the fantasies of his millions of fans.

“Let’s take this inside,” Mick murmured against her mouth.

“No. Here.” Her naughty side was coming out. She’d already checked—Mick had pulled into one of the secluded parking spots. No one would see.

Mick ceased the fevered mapping of her body, stopping just shy of her aching breasts, and Piper groaned in protest. He pulled back, his eyes dark and glittering under the meager lamplight. Full of questions. She lifted up, bracing her arms against the backseat on either side of his head.

She didn’t need to think about this. She’d made her decision. No, she needed Mick to live up to his reputation—in and out, no strings, no problems. She lowered her head, intending to restart the party.

Mick had other ideas. “If I were a good boy,” he said, “I’d point out that we’re in public.”

“We both know you aren’t that good.”


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Robin’s Bio:

Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance.

A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel earned 4.5 stars and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.

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About Playing the Part:

The harder they play . . . the harder they fall.
After publicly self-destructing over a heartbreak a year ago, bestselling romance writer Piper James is now making nice with her publisher by agreeing to teach Hollywood’s favorite action star how to act like he’s in love. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like.

When a seductive heat ignites between Piper and Mick, she jumps at the chance for a bit of fun between the sheets, but with two stipulations: she’s kept out of the public eye and things end when she returns to New York. Only Mick keeps changing the rules on her. Tempted by America’s favorite bad boy, Piper is wondering how far she’s willing to bend…

Character Interview with Finn Tremble from Tammy Falkner’s The Magic of “I Do” and Giveaway

Please welcome special guest  Finn Tremble to the virtual offices today! Finn is the protagonist of Tammy Falkner’s The Magic of “I Do,” and he has quite a bit to say this morning. After, he has a copy of A Lady and Her Magic for one of you to win.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Finn] Smitten. (Only description that matters right now.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Lord Phineas Tremble?

[Finn] Before I met Claire, it was – Spending time at my club, solving some petty crimes, vising with Robin and Anne, and the rest of my time was spent finding a woman to warm my bed.

After I met Claire, it became — thinking about Claire, wanting Claire, looking for Claire, and making Claire fall in love with me, and finding ways keep Claire in my bed.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Claire?

[Finn] Stubborn, beautiful and MINE.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?

[Finn] What’s not exasperating about her? Even more exasperating is how bloody much I love every exasperating thing she does.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Finn] I would never have fallen asleep after that first night with Claire. Then she never could have gotten away from me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Finn] A kiss from Claire.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t helping in the search for murderers?

[Finn] I like to help manage my brother’s holdings. I have a certain affinity for it, and I hadn’t realized how much I enjoy the responsibility of it until he was gone.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Finn] I want magic! (That’s only three words. But it sums up how I feel for Claire, our life together and our future.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Finn] Thanks for having me. I hope you love THE MAGIC OF ‘I DO’!



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Desperately Seeking Excitement…

With the temporary prohibition on magic on the land of the Fae, Claire Thorne might as well go back to the Regency world. The haut ton has just as many annoying rules as her world, but at least they have parties and dances. Plus, the roguish Lord Phineas "Finn" Trimble is there…

When the feisty faerie tumbles into his room through a magical portal, Finn can’t believe how completely unpredictable she is. Even before the two stumble into a dangerous intrigue that threatens both their worlds, Finn discovers that his hitherto carefree life is about to go up in smoke…

Praise for A Lady and Her Magic:

“A dash of Jane Austen and a sprinkle of faery dust make this book a treasure.” —Kathryne Kennedy, author of The Elven Lord series

“Charming and filled with the magic of love and faith…Falkner’s tale whisks readers into a realm of enchantment.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“Marvelous magical mayhem.” —Midwest Book Review

“Absolutely enchanting…a delicious Regency fairy tale beautifully written.” —Romance Junkies


As half of the Lydia Dare writing team, Tammy Falkner has co-written ten books, including A Certain Wolfish Charm and In the Heat of the Bite. A huge fan of Regency England, her regency paranormal series combines the magical elements of both mystical faeries and the glittering regency ton. Tammy lives on a farm in rural North Carolina with her husband and a house full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two. Visit her website,, for more information.

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