Guest Post ~ Marina Maddix + Excerpt + Contest!

Vegas Knights (A BBW Erotic Romance) Yum…. I’m ecstatic to have Marina Maddix visit The Book Tart  on her Insatiable Reads tour. She’s talking Vintage Vegas and her book Vegas Knights  . Don’t forget to enter the great contest for chances to win a Kindle Paperwhite, an Amazon gift card, and books books and more books! *Kermit flail*

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The LATE Queen of Tarts

(Who’s lost her marbles!)

♥ Author Guest Post ♥

By Marina Maddix

Vintage Vegas

Las Vegas is the setting for my new erotic romance novel Vegas Knights, and in honor of the Queen of Tart’s love for all things retro, I thought I’d treat her readers a tour of the best of classic Sin City.

No vacation to Vegas is complete without touring downtown’s Fremont Street. Situated north of ‘The Strip’, Fremont Street was the place to be after gambling was legalized in the ’30s. Nicknamed ‘Glitter Gulch’, it became a hotbed of mob activity in the ’50s and later. Now, Fremont Street is a pedestrian mall covered with a canopy that is the ‘screen’ for a free nightly light show. Free concerts are also held on two sound stages, so check out the link above for a full schedule. For some jivin’ swing music, be sure to catch Friday Swingin’ Pedestrians or Jump, Jive and Wail. Cool, daddy-o!

If you just can’t get enough of the glittery stuff, check out the Neon Museum north of Fremont. Formerly known as the Neon Sign Boneyard, where neon signs went to die, the museum now offers tours of its fabulous collection.

Fremont is also home to the city’s first hotel, the Golden Gate Casino & Hotel (the address is 1 Fremont Street!). Recently remodeled rooms still offer that Rat Pack vibe — and even artwork featuring the famous ‘Rats’ — while offering modern amenities. And don’t miss out on their $2.99 shrimp cocktail: “It’s the best tail in town!”

For the hippest of hotels, book a room at the El Cortez Cabana Suites. The prices are surprisingly affordable, if not downright cheap, but the vintage boutique ambience and stylish decor are supermurgitroid. Plus some vintage rooms remain untouched for those who want the full experience.

It may not look like much from the outside, but the Golden Steer Steakhouse was a favorite haunt of Marilyn, Elvis, Frank, Dean and Sammy. Its red and black upholstered booths and wood paneled walls harken back to a bygone era. Reserve the Elvis Presley Booth and arrive hungry (and carnivorous!).

Moving out of Fremont and down to The Strip, drop into ‘The Mob Attraction’ exhibit at The Tropicana for an interactive journey through organized crime, complete with real mob memorabilia. If you can’t get enough of the mob stuff, hit The Mob Museum for a less romantic picture of what went down back in the day.

Jubilee! at Bally’s offers up some of the best — and longest-running — Vegas showgirl entertainment. Long-legged ladies and topless dancers are decked out in rhinestone-studded costumes designed by the great Bob Mackie.

If you’re going to be anywhere near Sin City over the last weekend of March, hie on over to Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend at the Orleans Hotel. Seriously retro, the four-day event is the epitome of the vintage lifestyle, and includes a burlesque competition, tons of bands and a tiki pool party!

The Peppermill Fireside Lounge is another great vintage stop. Purple neon reflects off the mirrors and your bowl-sized cocktails.

No vacation is complete without a little shopping. First, stop at Retro Vegas on Fremont for some stylish decor and antiques. Vintage Vegas resembles a museum of funky kitsch. A stop at the Retro Bakery is sure to add to your luscious curves with their luscious cupcakes. Dress those curves at Bettie Page Clothing at either Planet Hollywood or Ceasar’s Palace. And for the fellas, schedule a pit stop at the So-Cal Speed Shop, a classic car nut’s mecca.

There you go. More than ten of the most vintage experiences Las Vegas has to offer. Kelly and Rick, the main characters in Vegas Knights, were too busy figuring out their relationship to enjoy any of them, but maybe one day they’ll find themselves standing in front of Elvis at A Little White Wedding Chapel. If they’re in a hurry, they could just roll up on Rick’s motorcycle for some ‘drive thru service’!

What about you, dear readers? What would you most like to see on a two-week vacation in Sin City? Let us know in the comments!



Vegas Knights (A BBW Erotic Romance)Vegas Knights

Release date: February 28th, 2013 |
Publisher: CreateSpace |
Genre: Romance
Marina Maddix (Author)
ISBN: 1482707217 |
ISBN-13: 978-1482707212 |
Format: Paperback and ebook

After a passionate public encounter with a mysterious and very sexy biker, big girl Kelly Saunders finds herself on the ride of her life. Her ‘Knight on shining armor’ — Rick Knight, billionaire heir to a motorcycle legacy — whisks her away from her soul-sucking corporate job to Las Vegas, where she finds the road to love is treacherous.

As urgent business matters demand more and more of Rick’s attention, Kelly is left to wonder about the future of their relationship. A ruthless betrayal throws her life into turmoil, and a devastating discovery threatens to pull them apart. Is their love just so much Vegas glitter or is it strong enough to survive beyond the dazzling lights of Sin City?

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Vegas Knights

by Marina Maddix

Copyright © 2013


They sat entwined under the stars, swaying slightly with the rhythm of their own bodies. Rick’s hands moved slowly from her hair down her back. Shivers of anticipation rippled through Kelly. They were going to make love under the stars. It had always been a fantasy of hers but she’d never imagined it would come true. But a lot of things she’d never imagined were happening lately.

Feeling the need to show him she wasn’t some precious flower that needed tending and special care, that she was an independent woman, Kelly took control. His eyes never left her body as she moved to stand over him, legs spread, hands on her hips.

“Strip.” The single word brought a knowing smirk to Rick’s face. Without a word, and still never taking his eyes from her, he eased his off his jacket, throwing it aside. His gaze was positively smoldering as he loosened his tie and started to pull it over his head.

“Leave it.” Kelly commanded on impulse. His hands paused, then dropped to the front of his charcoal Armani button-down, his eyes burning into her flesh like a brand. His fingers worked slowly, deliberately, intensifying her need for him. But she wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of seeing her impatience. Cocking her hip, she let him tease her with his leisurely pace.

When the shirt was lying atop the leather jacket, he looked up expectantly, awaiting her next instruction. When she nodded toward his pants, triumph flashed across his face. She realized her mistake as he moved to stand. Once on his feet, he would tower over her, emphasizing her vulnerability and his dominance.

“On second thought, scratch that.” One of his eyebrows shot up, and a look of exasperation took the place of triumph. She knew the score and she wasn’t going to give him an advantage if she could help it. He leaned back on his elbows — shirtless and irresistible — and studied her.

She couldn’t afford to make a misstep or show any hesitation. This had become less of a game for her and more of a demand for equality in this relationship. He may be rich, but that didn’t mean he was in control here. Either he accepted that they were in this together, as equal partners, or he would be taught that lesson. Of course, she suspected that would be a lesson he might enjoy learning.



More Marina

Marina Maddix is a romantic at heart, but hates closing the bedroom door on her readers. Her stories are sweet, with just enough spice to make your mother blush. She lives with her husband and cat near the Pacific Ocean, and loves to hear from her fans. Connect with her by email, on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or her website

Marina’s part of the Insatiable Reads book tour with 15 other sizzling hot romance authors. Different authors will be featured on various blogs throughout the month of March, culminating in several excellent giveaways. Check out the tour at, where you’ll find a schedule of Marina’s other blog stops.

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Insatiable Reads Book Tour

Blog Tour Stops:

3/5 Romance Addict (Getting Romantic in Las Vegas)
3/7 Readers Guide to Epublishing (The Whys & Hows of Reviewing Books)
3/8 Belle’s Book Bag (The Benefits of Pole Dancing)
3/8 I Love Lady Porn (Book Spotlight)
3/10 Under the Covers (Character Interview with Rick Knight)
3/12 The Jeep Diva (Author Interview)
3/13 Caribbean Accent (Author Interview)
3/15 It’s All About Romance (Book Spotlight)
3/16 A Little Fiction for Every Flavour (Book Spotlight)
3/17 Close Encounters of the Night Kind (The Condom Conundrum)
3/17 Musings from an Addicted Reader (Book Spotlight)
3/18 Babbling About Books (Are Alpha Males All That?)
3/19 Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Book Spotlight)
3/20 Heart Breaking Reviews (Book Spotlight)
3/20 My Fiction Nook (Book Spotlight)
3/21 United by Books (Is It Real or Is It Fantasy?)
3/21 Romance Junkies (Speed Dating Interview)
3/22 HEA Romance with a Little Kick ()
3/23 Dr. Pepper Diva (Book Spotlight)
3/24 Hesperia Loves Books (Guest Post)
3/24 Wicked Readings by Tawania (Book Spotlight)
3/25 Books & Tales (Book Spotlight)
3/27 The Book Tart (Guest Post)
3/28 Cocktails & Books (Author Interview)
3/31 Beach Bum Reads (Author Interview)



4 Replies to “Guest Post ~ Marina Maddix + Excerpt + Contest!”

    1. Awww Thanks hon *sigh* The Queen who is in danger of losing what’s left of her mind… and her crown! So sorry darlin’ that I was late late late for our very important date! I love this post and really really want to read Vegas Knights. 😉


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