Tuesday, July 10, 2012


**NOTE** A scheduling mishap on my part made it so my blog is in 2 hops at the same time. The only way I could think to fix this is by doubling up the prizes! The First Blog hop ends July 17th, so I will announce the first winners then. Thanks for your understanding :) 

This is so the perfect Blog Hop for the Dartmouth Cobras! What makes it even more fitting is that these particular Cobras develop a very different relationship through the course of the 3rd book in the series, BREAKAWAY. I could tell you more, but I think I'll let the excerpt speak for itself! ;)  
Check out the bottom of the post for prizes and don't forget to comment for your chance to win! 

Rubbing his lips as he shook his head, he moved towards a bookshelf and picked up the first familiar book, Strangers by Dean Koontz. On another shelf he found a bottle of Jamaican rum and a tumbler which he filled before bringing the book and the glass to the chair. Not like he'd be able to sleep anyway.

"I have sports books."

Luke arched a brow as Seb slipped into the room and gave him a dry smile. "No picture books? With real big words?"

"I'm afraid not." Seb came to stand in front of him and lifted the book to see the cover. "I wouldn't have taken you for a fan of Koontz. This isn't one of his best."

"It's my favorite. All those people trying to piece together the weird shit that's happening to them. Lots of suspense. Couldn't put it down once I picked it up. Shocked my mom and read it in just three days."

"So you haven't read it recently?"

"Naw, when I was thirteen." Luke took a sip of rum, then gestured to Seb with the glass. "I hope you don't mind that I helped myself?"

"Not at all. I'd tell you to make yourself comfortable, but you've done that already."

"Yeah, sorry, bad habit." He grinned. "Bunnies hate it when they bring me home and find me checking out their Vagisil and shit in the bathroom. I figure, once I've had my tongue up your ass, 'privacy' is kinda a mute point."

Seb's eyes widened. Then he chuckled. "Well, since I haven't had that pleasure, should I assume you won't invade my privacy?"

Choking on a mouthful of rum, Luke stared at him. "You had your hand on my balls—aaannnd, umm, yeah, let's not talk about that. Want to talk about the playoffs? Think Mason's knee is solid enough?"

"I never discuss the playoffs until twenty-four hours before the game. It's superstitious nonsense, like—" He grazed Luke's scruffy cheek with his knuckles. "Not shaving during the playoffs. I noticed you started early."

"Yeah, well I shaved twice as often before, hoping it would help my beard grow faster once I stopped." He swallowed, unable to help leaning into Seb's touch. "You think it will work?"

"It's hard to tell." Seb crouched to eye level and traced Luke's jaw with his fingers in a way that made him shiver. His thumb brushed his bottom lip. "The growth is pretty even, no patchy spots that I can see. I doubt you'll make the rankings for worst playoff beards."


"So, why was your mother so shocked that you finished the book quickly?" Seb straightened and leaned a muscular forearm on the back of the chair. "She must have seen you read like that before?"

Luke grinned and shook his head. "Nope, not unless it was for school, and I grabbed the movie for reports every chance I got. My grades were sucky and my mom threatened not to let me play hockey anymore if I didn't get them up. My English marks were the worse, so I made her a deal. I would write an extra report, and if I got an A, she'd let me play. My English teacher agreed, under one condition. I had to choose a book over four hundred pages."

"You took that as a challenge?"

"Damn straight I did. And I got my A. My mom was so happy, she nagged my dad until he got me two new sticks. And not the cheap ones." He thumbed the pages of the book and smiled, recalling how every single one of Koontz's books had sat in a box beside the sticks on the kitchen table. "You see, my dad played hockey most his life—only made it to the minors though. He didn't finish school and had no other plans. So when he got injured, he couldn't get a good job. My mom was scared I'd do the same thing. She cried when I graduated high school, and cried some more when I got a scholarship to the University of Minnesota. Made her happy that she didn't raise a dumb jock."

"And your father?"

Finishing off his rum, Luke shrugged. "He didn't care whether or not I was dumb, so long as I played good. He showed up when I was drafted—five years after filing for divorce to chase some young tail, walking out on my mom and me—telling me he was so proud. I wanted to deck him. My mom worked her ass off as an orderly in a local hospital to pay for all my shit. Me making it had nothing to do with him."

"But you had your mother's support. Which is all that matters." Seb squeezed his shoulder. "Would you like another drink?"

Lips pressed together, Luke handed over his glass. "You gonna get me drunk so you can take advantage of me?"

Seb laughed. "I will never take advantage of you when you are drunk, semental. Whatever we do, you will have to face sober."

"Remind me to keep a flask on me at all times."

The dark look Seb gave him stilled his heart. He inched back into the chair as Seb returned, glass in hand, and loomed over him. "You may drink tonight. And tomorrow night. After that, you will be sober, niƱo. At all times. To be otherwise will disappoint both me and the team and you are better than that."

Yeah, I am. But I don't need you telling me what to do. Luke took a long, burning gulp of rum and scowled. "Are you under the impression that I give a fuck what you think?"

Placing his hand over the glass, Seb leaned over him, lips close enough to kiss. His accent thickened his tone as he spoke. "I know you care what I think, Luke. And I know you are fighting, very hard, not to. When you're done fighting it, let me know."

A brief, hot brush of lips and Seb moved away, leaving the room without looking back. Luke pressed his fingers to his lips and ground his teeth.

I. Don't. Care.

It took an insane amount of effort to choke down what would no doubt be one of his last drinks for awhile.

But that doesn't mean I care. Just means he's right.

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Now for the prizes! Those who comment about the excerpt with their email in the comment will be entered for one of 4 chances to win a copy of their choice of one book from my backlist OR a copy of BREAKAWAY in the format of their choice the day of its release. Out of these 4 winners the 2  best comments will win Puck Bunny t-shirts. 

For even more awesome chances to win, click on the badges below. And GOOD LUCK!


  1. Oh. these men got me. Carter and Sebastian are gonna be be smokin' hot in this book. I've read the other two so this is a automatic for me.
    Thanks for being a part of the hop and letting me get to read this little tease snippet.

  2. Uh holy shit!! I'm thinking this is going to be super hot and I can not wait!!! So Sab and Carter??!! *fanning myself*

  3. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! Man love!!! Cannot wait for this book :)


  4. That was really good! Hot, hot.
    Thank you for being part of the hop.

  5. Oh my!! This series just keeps getting better and better! I'm proud to be a puck bunny!!
    Hugs xx

  6. Bianca, had a hard time writing the scene or what comes next? That was hot enough of taste to the imagination of what Seb has in mind for Luke. What a way to swing the series. Only 3 more books after this, you are really moving into a diferent head set. I love and can't wait til it comes out. Huggles, Suzanne
    suzyrph@charter.net (did you get the posters?)

  7. What an excerpt! I just went out and bought the first two in the series so I can get caught up.

  8. OOOOH MAN LOVIN!! The excerpt was YUM-O, I can't believe I haven't read this series before...off to add it to my TBR :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  9. OMG!!! When does this book come out???? I don't know if I can wait after reading that. I just adore Carter and was very interested in Seb after reading the last book. Looking forward to the rest of this series. Thanks again Bianca for the reads, just love them.


  10. I need a bucket of ice water after that one!! Can't wait for tis one! Love me some MMF!!!!


  11. I love hot guys! Thanks for sharing with us! Can't wait to start this series. Thanks for participating in the hop.

    mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

  12. I just read about the Dartmouth Cobras for the first time as I've been hopping around today & seen comments from other hoppers - where have I been - gotta read this series!!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  13. EEE, hockey manlove! I'm as excited as Cookie Monster in a bakery...


  14. The book to be done faster please!!! With a tease like that it's hard not to beg for more. Can we have more??? Please!!!

  15. Wow!!! Very hot. Love M/M action. Haven't read this series. Now on my TBR list. Can't wait to start reading then


  16. WOW!! Sounds like a HOT read! Hope I win. I just added the series to my TBR list.

    thanks for the contest


  17. When Your done fighting it...Whew! I'm definitely going to use that in a bar soon ;) wink wink! May get me a hottie! :)

    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  18. Sebastian's controlled confidence and Luke's struggle with his emotions creates an beautiful, slow burn. mmmmm....man love, definately can't wait to read this one! michele_my_bella@yahoo.com


  19. more more more more!!! Fanning myself here. Damn Seb! I see the alpha male in him. I'd love to see Luke fight it then finally cave. So adding this to my TBR.

  20. I just recently found this series and now I really can't wait to start to find out how these 2 get to this point and what happens next!! Hot hocky guys, what's not to love!

  21. Dartmouth Cobras are new to me, I have added the series to my TBR list. Thanks for being part of the blog hop.
    Carin mawmom(@)gmail.com

  22. Love me some hot hockey Jocks...absolutely love this series and that excerpt is yummilicious!!!!

  23. Damn you had me with that smoking picture! Then you go and post the amazing excerpt and have me all hot and bothered! What am I supposed to do now? No really!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  24. This is one of my favorite series and I am so looking forward to Breakaway.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  25. WOW!!! OMG OMG!!!

    sounds like a hot read, cant wait ^^


  26. I'm intrigued and what a tease!! I soo wanted to keep reading!


  27. Holy crap, that was awesome! I can't wait for this one!! Thanks for that tease!!


  28. I am not really into real life sports but Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars series and Lorelei James Rough Riders is amazing. Just thinking about those bull riders in their tight jeans get me … well you know! LOL

    Thanks for the contest


  29. Hoo boy that was an excerpt. I will never look at Dean Koontz the same again!

    Thank you!


  30. Wow, I loved the excerpt. Such sexual tension between Luke and Seb. I was going, kiss him, kiss him, kiss him. And I pictured the two guys at the top of the post as Luke and Seb (surprise huh?) Them boys is sexy!!!
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  31. oh my gosh..this is very hot books..cant wait to read,,
    thanks for the chance..

    icha09 at gmail dot com

  32. This book looks really steamy...Thank you for the giveaway..


  33. Thank you so much for the great giveaway! This sounds like a great book can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  34. ohhhh I want I want I want!! and no worries about the 2 hops - 2 is always better than 1 :D

  35. Okay... I need to get this series so I can read more about Seb and Luke! Have to find out what happens when Seb's done fighting it and lets Luke know. I can already tell I'm going to like Seb. Dean Koontz is one of my fav authors and Strangers was a favorite book! Although I wasn't 13 when I read it!


  36. I have book 1 in my TBR pile, think I'm moving it up higher, really want to read it now. I want to be a puck bunny ;)


  37. Can't wait to read this series. I've got it on my gotta have list. Thank you for being part of this wonderful blog hop. Wishing you all the best!

  38. Wow! Great excerpt. Now I'm hooked and need to know what happens next.


  39. Thank you for the chance to win


  40. I cannot wait for this book! Thanks for sharing!


  41. After reading the excerpt, i am very interested in reading what Seb has in mind for Luke. and given my love of hockey that only adds into my curiosity to this story. Thanks for a chance to win. Have a fabulous day!
    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  42. Going by the excerpt, this series has to go on my Must Read list! Thanks for the giveaway.


  43. Well that was some very hot sexual tension! Looking forward to seeing what happens next with Seb & Luke.
    asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

  44. I am so excited for the new book!! I am with Missy V. I just want more!!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  45. ooh that was way hot!

  46. Great excerpt. Wicked sexy tension.

    shieldsdonna at hotmail dot com

  47. Fabulous excerpt! The mix of attraction and hostility was wonderfully hot!

    Thank you for the chance to win.


  48. Wow. Well....I must say you are great at pushing me outside of my literary comfort zone! I have found books (with the exception of a couple) with m/m elements to not be my cup of tea...but damned if this didn't get me a little hot and bothered...and have me wanting more! Definitely need to read this....how long do we have to wait until release date??? Can't wait to see how a certain Ms. Richter will fit in with this!

    Stlcards35 at aol dot com

  49. I'm not a writer, so you aren't going to get a long poetic post from me, lol. But I will say that I love it when Seb says "I know that you care what I think, Luke," up close and personal. That's intense.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)


  50. So HOT! Thanks for such amazing writing!

  51. Come on Luke! Get your shit together soon so we can see some action!! LOL!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  52. thanks for letting us see inside the book. It's going to be hot!!!

  53. Loved this excerpt. Especially the line about privacy being a a mute point after he's had his tongue up someone's ass, lol. Gotta read this :)
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  54. I just put this on my list sounds really good!! Wonderful contest, thank you so much!


  55. Thanks for sharing. The excerpt sounds great!! Can't wait to read!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  56. The excerpt sounds Hot Hot Hot!!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway...


  57. This excerpt is hot!! I can't wait to read the book and see what happens! I love the Dartmouth Cobras series! What could be hotter than hockey players and BDSM!!!

  58. WOW definitely a teaser you gave us! I'm new to the M/M books, but I think this one could get me hooked. I'm looking forward to reading it for sure.

  59. Awesome excerpt! I want more..and more..and more! lol Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing and for the awesome hop!

  60. Wow! Hockey players have to be on ice because they are just that hot... especially yours! Can't wait to read more of your Cobra series.