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Saturday, September 27, 2014

.99 Cents for OVERWHELMED



OVERWHELMED's eBook is .99 cents for the next few days on amazon.com. For other countries, the price has been converted to reflect your currency. Go grab a copy before this special finishes.


BLURB:

It was a chance meeting
That changed everything

Before only one man loved me
Now two do

One is my husband
The other a lover

I didn’t cheat
We had a threesome

But the problem was what followed
My lover wanted more than one night

My husband got angry
My lover got dirty

And I got overwhelmed



Saturday, September 13, 2014

RICARDO (The Santini Brothers #1) is .99 cents for this weekend only.

If you haven't read RICARDO already, go grab a copy now as the book is currently .99 cents on amazon.com and Smashwords. Just be quick, because the special is only for this weekend. For other amazon sites, it will be the equivalent exchange rate, eg. in Euro it's .89.

Here's the blurb:

On a Mediterranean Island run by mafia, the Santini brothers are fighting a war against the Landi family, who are targeting their loved ones. After his fiancée is murdered, Ricardo, the eldest of the brothers, starts spiraling out of control, his violent nature leading him down a path that could rip his family apart. But, when two women walk into his life... 

His first love—Bianca D’Angelo 


And an assassin from the Viper Sisterhood 


...he finds himself pulled into a world of espionage, intrigue, and seduction, where he'll win his family's safety and the woman of his dreams—or lose everything.



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

For Readers of My Masters' Nightmare: Read MMN EPISODE 11 BEFORE RICARDO

Hi, Everyone,

If you're reading the My Masters' Nightmare series, you should read Episode 11 before Ricardo (The Santini Brothers #1). This is because RICARDO flows directly on from EPISODE 11. At the point where Bianca leaves EPISODE 11, RICARDO starts. Episode 12 happens the same time as RICARDO. It shows what happens to Alessandro while he's in Donatelli hands. Episode 13 also shows some of this as well. Though, it's not necessary to wait until after Episode 13 to read RICARDO. Waiting until after Episode 11 is fine, because you should already know I would never kill Alessandro off :)

Happy Reading!


Marita.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

RICARDO (The Santini Brothers #1): Free Chapter.

1
Valentino watched the group of women dancing provocatively in front of his table, the five scantily clad females trying to get his attention. He was in H20, the hottest nightclub on his island, a place where inhibitions were left at the door. It was overflowing with beautiful women, many giving him the impression they wanted to jump his cock. It was because he looked like his half-brother, Alessandro, a man-whore who did porn for kicks.
He knocked back another grappa, the strong taste of the brandy burning his throat, the way he preferred it. He wasn’t interested in riding Alessandro’s panty trail. He was a killer, not a lover, even more so after the mafia war had sent his wife to an early grave.
“You should be in hiding,” his best friend said over the techno music, “not walking around as though you don’t have a hit on your head. Pedro Landi won’t take kindly to you killing his men.”
The Landi were one of the five main mafia families on his island. Pedro Landi was their Don, and the man who’d ordered his wife’s murder. Pedro thought Maria’s family had a hand in his youngest daughters’ gruesome deaths, but even if they did, Maria had no part in what had happened. She’d been a gentle soul, someone who didn’t deserve to be riddled with bullets all because she was born into the wrong family.
Valentino slammed his empty glass down on the table, not interested in Niko’s advice. “Those men murdered my wife,” he snapped.
Niko threw worried glances around the nightclub. He wasn’t just Valentino’s friend; he was his bodyguard. He was a monstrous man, a six-foot-five wall of muscle, with receding brown hair and a burn scar that made his right eye droop, the latter courtesy of Iraq.
Niko returned his focus to Valentino. “Keep your voice down. You’re going to get yourself killed, you crazy figlio di puttana.”
“If I wasn’t a son of a whore, I wouldn’t have been born,” he retorted. His father was the Santini Don, while his mother had been a common prostitute.
Niko exhaled. “It’s an expression, and you’re still crazy.”
“I’m not crazy; I’m here to save my daughters’ lives.” Valentino indicated for the waitress to bring him another drink. “And no one’s crazier than my oldest brother,” someone he didn’t share a surname with. His father didn’t acknowledge him since he was an embarrassment to the family. Because of it, he’d grown up in a bordello, where men had paid for his mother’s affections—until one of them murdered her. It was what had turned him into a killer. He’d taken retribution on his mother’s murderer at the age of sixteen, tracking him down and placing a gun to his head. He’d pulled the trigger without an ounce of guilt, the man’s cries of innocence all lies. From then onwards, people hired him to take care of their ‘problems’, most of them mafia related.
Niko leaned back in his chair. His white button-down shirt pulled across his chest, revealing a glimpse of his bulletproof vest. “Ricardo may be a crazy bastardo,” he said, “but you’re going for his title by being here. The Landi are after your blood.”
“They wouldn’t dare set foot on Santini premises.”
Niko frowned. “H20 doesn’t belong to the Santini.”
“It does now. They’ve taken it, like they take everything they want. The twins needed a place for their band to play, so their mother bought it for them.” He sneered, hating the troia. Concetta Santini did everything for her sons, and everything against him.
“You’re still not safe. My source says that Don Landi has hired the Black Vipers to kill you. They’re female assassins—”
“I know who the Black Vipers are.”
Niko’s eyes flicked to the women dancing provocatively in front of their table. He leaned in closer to Valentino. “Any one of those donne could be a Viper.”
Valentino sneered. “I don’t give a merda about dying.”
“Don’t speak like that, your daughters need you.”
“It’s only a matter of time before I’m six feet under. That’s why I need Ricardo to take them in.”
“You can’t leave the girls with him, he’s evil.”
“He’s also loyal to famiglia.” Valentino wanted Ricardo to take them under his wing, rather than their mother’s family, who were on the run from the Landi. He was afraid the Landi would use his daughters as payback, crucifying them in retaliation for what had happened to Pedro’s daughters.
The waitress placed more grappa in front of Valentino. He picked up the glass, swirling the pomace brandy around before taking a gulp. He swallowed it down, his next words hoarse from the drink’s bite. “Ricardo won’t stop until every last Landi is in the ground. Only then will my bambine be safe.”
“Slaughtering a whole famiglia is the work of a monster, not a protector. He’s a madman.”
“The mad ones make the best rulers, and with this war, I’m hoping he’ll finally take over his household. He deserves to be Don, not that senile old man who’s too weak to stand up to his wife. That troia is responsible for my mother’s death.”
“You don’t know that for sure.”
“People saw one of her hitmen leaving the bordello—now he’s paying for it in Hell.”
“You said he denied killing her.”
“People lie to save their necks; it just didn’t work for him.”
One of the women dancing for his attention broke away from the pack, shimmying between a few people to get to him. She was wearing too much eye-makeup and a black dress that barely covered her ass. She leaned her tits towards Valentino, giving him a show of her wares, which were plentiful. “Hello, Alessandro,” she said.
“My name’s Valentino,” he muttered, running his hands over her body, making sure she wasn’t concealing weapons.
Instead of slapping him, she giggled, looking ecstatic with what he was doing. “You look just like the porn actor Alessandro Santini.”
“He’s my brother.” Valentino leaned back in his chair, satisfied she was unarmed. She was probably one of Alessandro’s legions of fans.
Her whole face lit up as though he’d made her day. She leaned closer, almost shoving her tits in his face, the things overflowing her brassiere. “You want to leave with me?”
“I have no interest.”
She straightened, looking aggrieved. “But you touched me.”
“I’m Mafioso. I always check for weapons.”
Her eyes widened. “You’re mafia?” she squeaked.
“You’re not a local, are you?”
She shook her head, appearing shell-shocked. People always reacted in three different ways when they were scared: fight, flight, or freeze—the woman taking the latter option.
He leaned towards her, not feeling an ounce of guilt for scaring her; if anything, he was doing her a favor. “Word of advice: stay away from anyone who looks like me. Now, leave.”
As though he’d said the magic word, she took off, tottering to her friends on her six-inch stilettos. The women surrounded her like the pack of cougars they were. A second later, they pushed through the crowd, looking like they couldn’t get out of the club fast enough.
He turned back to his friend. “As I was saying, Ricardo will protect my girls.”
“No, you need to get them off the island,” Niko replied.
“The Landi will still hunt them down unless my brother takes them under his wing.”
“The Santini are in this war too.”
“The Landi will only attack them if provoked—unlike the Rossos. They’re going after all of them, even defenseless children.” He picked up his glass of grappa and tipped it back, swallowing the rest down. He prayed that Ricardo would agree to help him; otherwise, his children would be hunted down like their mother. If they hadn’t been at a friend’s house that fateful day, they would’ve been killed too. The memory of his wife’s bullet-ridden body clung to his mind, torturing him.
Niko sighed. “Ricardo’s not the type of man you should have looking after girls. Females are terrified of him. He’s a violent bastardo.”
“His violence is only directed at men.”
Niko leaned across the table, his large biceps flexing from the movement. “I still think it’s a bad idea. Send the girls to America; I’ll go with them. I’ll protect your ragazze with my life.”
“I know you would, but Ricardo will guarantee their safety. He may be evil, but he’s also very powerful.”
“True, especially the evil part. Thank Dio he’s one of a kind.”
“I think it’s the Devil you should thank instead.”
The crowd suddenly surged, scared voices mixing in with the techno music. Like the red sea, they parted, their faces panicked. A group of large men dressed in dark suits appeared, heading for Valentino’s table. They were Santini soldiers, cutthroat bastards who wouldn’t think twice about killing the people surrounding them.
The two men at the front parted. Ricardo Santini stepped forward, surprising Valentino. He hadn’t expected his brother to come in person. Instead, he’d thought Ricardo would’ve sent his consigliere, the man who often represented the Don at meetings. Sí, Ricardo wasn’t a Don yet, but everyone was treating him as one.
Ricardo stopped in front of Valentino, their resemblance sealing their brotherhood. Like Valentino, Ricardo had olive skin and brown hair, though Ricardo was taller. He was six-foot-four inches of violence dressed in Armani, the man having impeccable taste in suits. And his face ... it was both terrifying yet stunning, his violet eyes almost glowing under the lights. Ricardo was the picture of raw masculinity, only his violent reputation stopping him from being swarmed by women. They feared him, as they should, because he was a bloodthirsty bastardo who would rather kill than take a woman to bed.
         Valentino breathed out, hoping he wasn’t making a mistake in choosing Ricardo to look after his daughters.



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Monday, August 11, 2014

★•*´¨`*•★LAST CHANCE TO WIN AN ARC OF RICARDO★•*´¨`*•★

Do you want to win an ARC of my new series? Book 1 titled RICARDO is up for grabs for TWO winners!!! I will also give away one eBook copy of MY MASTERS' NIGHTMARE Season 1 Episodes 1-5 (which is the soap opera serial that spawned The Santini Brothers series). I will also give away a spot prize of My Masters' Nightmare's Episode 11 to a fan of the MMN series, but you will have to mention wanting it in your post.

Here's a little peek at Ricardo (The Santini Brothers #1):

Ricardo stopped in front of Valentino, their resemblance sealing their brotherhood. Like Valentino, Ricardo had olive skin and brown hair, though Ricardo was taller. He was six-foot-four inches of violence dressed in Armani, the man having impeccable taste in suits. And his face ... it was both terrifying yet stunning, his violet eyes almost glowing under the lights. Ricardo was the picture of raw masculinity, only his violent reputation stopping him from being swarmed by women. They feared him, as they should, because he was a bloodthirsty bastardo who would rather kill than take a woman to bed." Chapter 1.


TO ENTER:

➜ Put RICARDO on your Goodreads to-read list.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20803014-ricardo
- This will get you 1 entry.

➜ Like this link RICARDO FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY LINK and tell me that you want a copy of RICARDO. - Worth an entry each.

➜ Get a friend to like my Faceboook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marita-A-Hansen/113130742120676?ref_type=bookmark and for them to tell me who sent them. Both of you will get 2 entries.

➜ Tweet this

Check out: RICARDO (The Santini Brothers #1) #Mafia #Thriller #Romance #FamilySaga https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20803014-ricardo

-This will give you two entries. 

➜ Liking my author facebook page. Worth one entry.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marita-A-Hansen/113130742120676?ref_type=bookmark


The ARC will come directly from me. By entering this giveaway you promise you will not share the ARC.

The winners will be drawn on Thursday the 14th at 8 AM NZ time, which will be the 13th for most of the world, as New Zealand is the first to see the new day. GOOD LUCK!!!!

*Please note: BRANDO (The Santini Brothers #2) will only be published if RICARDO sells above a certain amount of copies, hence why it's important to tell all your friends about RICARDO! So, get sharing, tweeting, and liking!!! Because you'll want to know more about BRANDO!!!



Sunday, August 10, 2014

COUNTDOWN TO RICARDO

Hi, Everyone. There's only 3 days left until I press the publish button for RICARDO (The Santini Brothers #1), so I thought I'd tell MY MASTERS' NIGHTMARE readers that EPISODE 11 is out. The reason I'm telling you this is because RICARDO runs directly on from this episode, and if you don't read EPISODE 11 before RICARDO it won't flow. Where Alessandro's chapter in EPISODE 11 ends is where Bianca's chapter in RICARDO begins.

However, for anyone who hasn't read MY MASTERS' NIGHTMARE, it's not needed to understand RICARDO. Yes, it might give you more insight, but again, it's not needed. RICARDO is based around a different family and was written to be more mainstream, whereas MY MASTERS' NIGHTMARE was experimental and is NOT mainstream. MY MASTERS' NIGHTMARE has also got non-con and M/M as well as M/F. RICARDO is dark, but not pitch black like its predecessor. It's a mafia HEA thriller series.

So, MMN readers, read Ep 11 first, then RICARDO, then the remaining 4 episodes before BRANDO (The Santini Brothers #2) comes out. Jagger is in Brando's book, and has a scene from his point of view. He has a strong family link to Brando, which is why he features in that book. All the surviving MMN characters after EPISODE 15 will be moving to The Santini Brothers series, because there will be no season 2.

So, here are the links to buy My Masters' Nightmare's EPISODE 11.


AND



P.S. BRANDO (The Santini Brothers #2) will only be published if RICARDO is successful, so tell all your friends about it. If it's successful I will publish BRANDO in October.
THANKS!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Dream Cast, Quotes, and Information from RICARDO

THE SANTINI BROTHERS SERIES


The Santini brothers belong to one of the most powerful mafia families on their island. This is Ricardo Santini's story, the oldest of the brothers who has lost his lover to the mafia war that is plaguing his land. Due to his grief, he unleashes his violent nature upon anyone who dares cross him, his need to punish his enemies all encompassing. But what he doesn't count on is Bianca D'Angelo walking back into his life, the only other woman he has ever loved.

Bianca had once loved Ricardo, but left him due to his violent nature. After an abusive marriage to another man, she vows off all relationships, just wanting to be left alone. But when she accidentally kills one of the most powerful men on the island, she is forced to stay with the Santini brothers for her own protection. Upon seeing Ricardo again, she attempts to deny her feelings for him, terrified of falling into another violent relationship.

But Ricardo isn't one to be denied a second time, Bianca not knowing what hit her.


The Dream Cast, Quotes, and Information
from 
RICARDO
(The Santini Brothers #1)



RICARDO SANTINI
He was six-foot-four inches of violence dressed in Armani.

The Leading Man:
Ricardo becomes the Don of his gunrunning family in this book. He's 37 years old and unmarried. Due to taking an experimental drug eight years ago for his Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), he damaged his nervous system, losing ninety percent of the feeling in his body. Because of it, he has trouble forming relationships since he can barely feel. However, Bianca changes that, the chemistry between them off the charts.


BIANCA D'ANGELO
“Tu sei un dono del cielo,” he said, telling her she was a gift from the heavens.
Ricardo speaking to Bianca.


The Leading Lady:
Bianca D'Angelo is a widower. During her marriage, she was abused by her husband. She's also had a disastrous affair, which left her scared of commitment. But when she sees Ricardo again, her first love, she finds it hard to resist him, the man a force to be reckoned with.


SALVATORE SANTINI
Rosa walked over and sat down on Salvatore’s lap, pulling his attention away from Ricardo. A large smile lit up Salvatore’s face, the love in his eyes clear. He worshiped the ground his wife walked on, the two inseparable. They’d met at the age of ten, gotten married at twenty, and were now living a happy-ever-after Ricardo knew he would never have.


Salvatore is the second oldest of the Santini siblings. There are eight brothers and two sisters He's 36 and is married to his childhood sweetheart, Rosa.
They have two young children. He is Ricardo’s right-hand man and is very loyal to him.


BRANDO SANTINI
His brother’s beauty was only on the outside, Brando’s soul an endless pit of hate.
Ricardo's thoughts on Brando.


Brando is the only golden-eyed Santini. The rest of his family have violet or blue eyes. He bears an uncanny resemblance to the D’Angelo family, in particular Jagger D’Angelo, a man famous for his beauty. Brando is a hitman and is in constant conflict with Ricardo, due to wanting to be the Don. He also has severe scarring on his back from being brutally whipped.


THE TWINS

DOMINIC
Dominic never cared about looks, saying it was the eyes that held true beauty. And Ricardo believed him after seeing his brother turn down a gorgeous model, choosing her ugly friend instead.

VINNIE (Vincenzo)
He punched the soldier in the face, then moved behind him, wrapping an arm around the man’s neck. Bianca heard the crack, shocked she’d just witnessed Vinnie kill someone before her eyes. 


The rocker twins are 29. They are singers and guitarists in a hard rock band, which has a cult following. They are single. Dominic is also a “finder”, someone who locates people who don’t want to be found. He’s also very good with electronics and is fond of tattoos and piercings. Vinnie is an explosives expert and only has tattoos, not sharing his twin’s piercing fetish.


CONCETTA SANTINI
The woman was fiercer than any man he knew, a tyrant in a dress.


Concetta is the matriarch of the Santini household. She had nine children in ten years, and will protect them any means she can, whether its unethical or not. She has a fiery temper and constantly clashes with her eldest son, who she doesn't want to be Don due to his medical condition. She's also very controlling of her other children, often bullying them into doing what she wants.


ALLESANDRO SANTINI
...a man-whore who did porn for kicks.



Although he isn't in RICARDO's book a lot, he is still worth a mention since he's a very popular character from My Masters' Nightmare (The serial that spawned The Santini Brothers' series). He will also get his own book in this series. At 27, he is the youngest of the Santini brothers. He was born prematurely and wasn’t expected to survive, but is now one of the strongest men on his island. He became famous after working as a porn star, his muscular body and sexual prowess gaining him a legion of fanatical female fans. He is also famous for his tattoos, which cover more than half of his body. His back ones were done to hide bad scars, which were inflicted upon him by kidnappers when he was fourteen. He also has multiple piercings, his Prince Albert and huge sexual appetite gaining him notoriety amongst the mafia community. He is currently working as a sex slave trainer for the D’Angelo family.
PEDRO LANDI
The convoy stopped next to Ricardo. The window of the middle vehicle wound down. The face of his enemy appeared: Pedro Landi, the man who had murdered his woman. The fat fuck pointed two fingers at Ricardo and cocked them, as though he was shooting a gun.

The Don of the biggest military might on the island. He holds a vendetta against the Donatelli and Rosso families for their part in his youngest daughters’ deaths. He is also raging a war against the Santini, who are defending the Rossos due to intermarriage.


THE BLACK VIPERS


IVY
The Black Vipers were a sisterhood of assassins and spies, mercenaries who hired out their skills for an exorbitant rate. They were also renowned for their beauty, and the one before him certainly lived up to expectations. Although she was of average height for a woman, five-seven at the most, her features and physique were anything but average. The shape of her face was chiseled to perfection, her kohl-rimmed eyes smoldering, and those lips ... they spoke of hot nights and ecstasy under the sheets. His gaze lowered down her body. She exuded raw power in every line and curve of her toned physique. Sì, she made his mouth water, but he also knew a Viper had a nasty sting, and this one looked fatal.


Ivy gets a point of view in RICARDO. She's second in command of the Vipers and often influences/manipulates the leader (her older sister) into doing what she wants, and in this case it's the Santini brothers. The Vipers were created by the Black Russian, an evil figlio di puttana. They broke away from him, losing fourteen Vipers in the battle, leaving them with only twelve. They want vengeance on the Black Russian and because of that they need an alliance as well as to pull in new members to their sisterhood. In RICARDO, Ivy is already eyeing up two new recruits to join their ranks.
Ivy has very little morals, and will do almost anything to get what she wants.

MENNA
She loved her sister with all her heart, but it didn’t mean she liked her.
Menna thinking about Ivy.


Menna is Ivy's older sister and the leader of the Black Vipers. She's cautious, whereas Ivy is all about action. She has to control her sister or Ivy would run in guns blazing and get everyone killed. And although Menna is soft on Ivy, she's also hard when it's needed.
Menna and Ivy are of Egyptian descent. Menna is pregnant with the Black Russian's baby.


KENNEDY
His head whipped around as motorbikes shot past his car, two leather-clad women riding each one.
One of them slowed down beside his window. “Hope your Santini women are hot!” the blonde at the back yelled. The driver laughed, then rammed the throttle, sending exhaust smoke billowing in their wake.


Kennedy is one of two Americans in the Black Vipers. She's blonde and angelic looking, until she smiles or opens her mouth. She's extremely cocky and is the only lesbian viper. She's in constant conflict with Ivy, the two rarely agreeing on what's best for the Vipers. She has no interest in the Santini, and is angry that Ivy is steering the Vipers towards them. She thinks the men are dangerous and it'll be a huge mistake.
Kennedy is a sniper.

DAPHNE 
but everyone calls her D
Vinnie’s gaze landed on D. The woman blew him a kiss, getting a grin in return, but instead of flirting back, he sniggered at what Dominic was doing. His twin was waggling his tongue at the Viper. The woman flicked him the finger, not looking impressed.

D is Kennedy's best friend, and is the other American. She's also Kennedy's spotter (a sniper cell) on assignments. She's the one who gives the sniper instructions on how to hit a target.
She likes bad boy rockers and has her eyes set on Vinnie Santini, which Ivy uses to her advantage.


Put RICARDO on your to-read list.
Below is the link to its Goodreads page.


Click on the book links to purchase the series that spawned The Santini Brothers

MMN Episodes 1-5                 MMN Episodes 6-10

 WARNING: Unlike RICARDO, My Masters' Nightmare is about the D'Angelo family, who are human traffickers. It has graphic non consent and dub consent scenes. It is also a soap opera serial. If this isn't for you, you should wait for RICARDO (The Santini Brothers #1).

About the Author

NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. However, in My Masters' Nightmare and RICARDO, I have started writing about Italians . My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.
SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.
CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.
FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse, and golden queen peaches.
BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself! I'm also obsessed with writing.
STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.