Jennifer Apodaca’s HER TEMPORARY HERO

July 24, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



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Once A Marine, #2


Author: Jennifer Apodaca

Print Length: 194 pages

Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (July 14, 2014)

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Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex. With her dreams of love and marriage destroyed, she’ll do anything to protect her child…even agree to hide out in her boss’s cousin’s house while he’s away.


Wealthy, sexy, and emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife to get his land, per his dad’s rules. No wife, no inheritance. But when that wife lands on his doorstep and comes with a baby, his darkest memories are triggered. He tries to keep his distance, but his efforts are shattered when he starts to have real feelings for his fake wife and child.


Just as Logan begins to think he may have a future with Becky, his attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.












Once A Marine, #1


Author: Jennifer Apodaca

Print Length: 142 pages

Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (March 11, 2013)



Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn’t know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together…


Adam returns to Raven’s Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son.


Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it’s a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail…














Award winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on a business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons.


While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of perusing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.


Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book DATING CAN BE MURDER. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.


Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.


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Awakened by Virna Depaul, Never Been Kissed and Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe & Giveaway!

July 23, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

We are giving away  to one winner a copy of Awakened By Virna Depaul, to another winner Never Been by Molly O’Keefe and a third winner will get Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe

How do you enter to win? In the comments tell us if these are new to you authors or if you are all ready fans.  Don’t forget to leave your  email addy or check back to see if you won. Contest runs thru 7/28


awakenedPraise for Awakened

“Barrett and Nick’s electrifying chemistry, coupled with a clever and intricate plot, makes this one amazing read.”RT Book Reviews

“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero that’s to die for.”—Bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd

“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner


Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.
Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real—until Belladonna recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. She will be sold—unless Barrett can find her first. Forced to team up with her former lover, Nick Maltese, an undercover sniper, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her.

Nick’s hunting a new breed of vampires and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. Soon a seething underworld of strange desires threatens to engulf them all. Can he save the girl and reclaim Barrett’s heart? Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to her as the hunt begins—and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.

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About the Author

Virna DePaul

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction. Whether featuring vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops, or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center on complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love.



Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s second novel in her exciting new series—The Boys of Bishop—features an irresistible romance and unforgettable characters in a page-turning story that delivers equal parts emotion and humor . . . with a little edge to boot.
As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.

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Praise for the novels of Molly O’Keefe

“Irresistible and satisfying . . . addictive and sexy romance at its best.”New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

“Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction.”New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen



Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Between the Sheets is Molly O’Keefe’s final book in the Boys of Bishop trilogy, featuring a sizzling romance between a sexy motorcycle bad boy and the girl next door who can’t resist him.

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.

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About the Author

Molly O’Keefe published her first Harlequin romance at age twenty-five and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring each character’s road toward happily ever after. She’s won two Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and the RITA for Best Novella in 2010. Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, two kids, and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.


Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined

July 22, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?  I’m so thrilled to be here—you guys have been a favorite blog of mine for years and it is great to be back!!! I’m currently working on a bunch of different things because I have the attention span of a gnat, lol.  My current release is Addicted, the follow-up to my very first New York Times bestselling book (yay!) Ruined, and it’s part of the Ethan Frost series which will be three books that follow Ethan and Chloe through their romantic journey.

I’m also working on the Extreme Risk series—Shredded and Shattered are already out and Slashed is coming this winter.  It’s a new adult snowboarding series that takes place in Park City, Utah and follows four friends as they compete on the professional snowboarding circuit and face the challenges life throws at them.

And I’m also super excited about my Shaken Dirty boys.  Shaken Dirty is a rock star series that follows a band of the same name.  The first too books, Crash into Me and Drive me Crazy are out and the third book, Fade into You, which will chronicle the recovery of the drug-addicted drummer, will be out this fall.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? Honestly, I always say from the minute I understood that letters made words and words made sentences that told stories.  I remember clearly being in second grade and waiting in the car while my parents were getting a car loan in the bank (this is back in the day when you could leave your kids in the car without worry).  I finished reading my Judy Blume book and looked around for something to do and the only thing in the car with me was notebook and an aquamarine marker.  I picked it up and wrote my first short story—about fifteen pages long—about a princess, a rainbow, a leprechaun and, of course, a prince.  From that moment on, I’ve never wanted to be anything else.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?  Actually, a good friend of mine Shellee Roberts (who is one third of Ivy Adams, the pen name I use when I write with her and Emily McKay) has a school of writing that I love to subscribe to which is—what is the absolute worst thing that can happen at any given moment?  I try to do that with every book I write, because if you do that, then you have huge conflict and page-turning plot.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Ooh, that’s a hard question.  I’m an English professor as well as a writer, and my first love has always been Gothic Villain Heroes. Batman, Anakin Skywalker, Heathcliff, Angel … I love them dark and brooding and just a little mysterious, which is how I usually write my heroes.  But at the same time, my fans are pretty crazy about Ethan Frost, and I have to admit that so am I.  He’s a hero who has it (almost) all together.  He’s brilliant, funny, down-to-earth, altruistic, and still hot as hell, so in my mind, he’s a pretty great hero.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I’m a total nerd (remember the English professor thing) and I collect different editions of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield is another great hero, in my mind).  And because I’m also a diva, I collect antique jewelry pieces.  Hobbies include cooking, swimming, hanging out with my friends (I’m one of those rare extrovert writers), playing video games with my three boys, reading and watching movies.  I love movies!

What has been your biggest adventure to date? A few years ago I went to Egypt and climbed the pyramids (before the revolution).  We spent three weeks there, much of it in a small seaside town in Bedouin territory and a Bedouin sheikh tried to buy me from my husband for goats, gold and camels.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? England. I love England.  Shopping and seeing plays in London. Hiking the cliffs of Dover.  Walking the Lake Country where my favorite Romantic poets walked.  And trifle   What’s not to love?

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I’m a little bit of both. I like trying new things but I won’t try anything—I do draw the line at fried crickets.  But other than that, I’m pretty willing to try new recipes from different cultures (my favorite recipes are Indian, Thai, Japanese and Greek). But I also love American comfort food, too, so …

 What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? OMG, indoor plumbing. I love medieval novels but there is no way I’m okay with maids having to heat water and then lug it to my room so I can bathe.  I am also not okay with chamber pots.

An ideal romantic evening for me is one spent at some cozy, out of the way place—either a restaurant or a picnic or a carriage ride (because, why not?)—drinking good wine, sharing dessert and talking to my date about everything and anything that comes into our heads.  Followed, of course, by great sex 

 How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I’m an extrovert.  I’ve never met a person I didn’t want to talk to.  I swear, it’s true.  My friends will tell you the same thing—we’re heading to the National RWA conference today and they always joke about the fact that if we have plans to be somewhere, we have to leave the room an hour early so that I can talk to everyone we run into along the way.  I love people, love listening to their stories.

What is your favorite comfort food? Homemade chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve always loved them, but Emily McKay gave me an amazing recipe that has resulted in me eating way more cookies than I need to.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Oh, that’s a hard one.  Winter and Summer, probably.  I’m a surfer, so I love Summer when the waves are perfect and I can spend all my time on the beach (when I’m at home in California, lol.  Austin, where I live now, doesn’t have many waves ;) I also love Winter because I love bundling up for the cold and sitting under a blanket near the window with a cup of tea and a great book.

What project are you working on next? I’m actually working on three projects right now.  The first one is Powerless, which will be my next young adult novel.  I’m writing it with the amazing Tera Lynn Childs and it’s the first in a superhero trilogy that kind of turns the whole superhero/villain paradigm on its head.  It’s so much fun and I love the book so much!!!

I’m also working on Play Me, an erotic serial that I’m writing for Random House.  It will be out in December of this year and it follows the son of a casino owner who has turned his back on Vegas when the mob killed his best friend during college and the daughter of a Vegas mobster who walked away from her family and the mob after a terrifying experience that nearly killed her.  All I can say is Sebastian and Zoe are striking major sparks off each other right now!

And I’m also beginning work on the next Ethan Frost book, which I am super excited about!

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’ll be at Authors After Dark, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month and at at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in October, so if anyone’s attending, come say hi!

I’ll also be stopping by some pretty awesome book blogs over the next few weeks to celebrate my latest release, ADDICTED, so if you can’t make it to the events above, you can still catch me online. Find the tour schedule here.



Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.

Praise for RUINED:

Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you’re looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner

Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff’s Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

Want to get to know Tracy better? Check out this exclusive interview!

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As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.


Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.


But that’s not why I’m with him.


I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.


But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?


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Also in the Ethan Frost series: RUINED by Tracy Wolff!


About Tracy Wolff:

Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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Author Leona Bushman

July 22, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Nolan Littlebull is the alpha of the Wahpawhat pack of Werewolves and the lead detective on a series of murders of pregnant women from his pack. Torn between human justice and were justice, he travels deep onto the Yakama Reservation tracking the ones responsible. He is attacked by one of the rival pack, only to be defended by another from the rival pack.
Alexandria George is the healer for the Lupins. She defends the mysterious wolf in their territory from her pack’s bully and escapes with the stranger.

Nolan and Alex face the complications of being mated and together they must find and identify the killer while facing an uncertain future.

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? *Takes a deep breath* As always, I have more than one War of the Weres book in various stages, I’m working on finding the next story in one of my zombie stories, looking for time for my sequel to Slow Burn (a romance horror (zombies) book, editing another book for Passion in Print to submit, plus other stories when these ones stump me :D For me, writer’s block means writing on a different story LOL Now, if I can only find the time to be writing more!!

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’ve been writing since I was a kid. One day, I just decided I wanted to publish things. *shudders as thinks of things she did on that learning curve*

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Linda Lael Miller. Write everyday (something I’ve been reminded of recently. *Gives self slap on back of head*).

Describe the “perfect” hero. The perfect hero isn’t perfect. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Perfect hero for me? Um, doesn’t mind I can’t clean house well, and can in fact clean like a whirlwind and does, and well, as a writer, I have no special preference. LOL The characters tell me who they are and some are louder than others, so they get written first…I don’t think I have a real type yet.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Reading, painting, gardening, hiking, camping, swimming… stuff. :D Do you have any hobbies or collections? Well, Um, *hopes she doesn’t break the internet* Painting, crocheting, scrapbooking, cross stitching, quilting, and I play around with other things like beading.

What has been your biggest adventure to date? Being married with children.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? Scotland. I’ve been craving to visit Scotland, Ireland, and England all of my life. I was adopted. Recently, I mentioned on Facebook how certain places felt like home just by seeing them in a picture. That place is mostly Scotland, with some other odd places around Europe thrown in, almost as if I’d lived there in a past life. Someone said I should do my ancestry. So I did. I’ve started and only money holds me back (wait until I hit the NYT best seller list! Then we’ll really go!). So far, on my mom and dad’s side, I’ve traced back to Scotland in multiple lines (I’m related to King David through three three of his children. Too bad I can’t go back and claim that!!) I have English heritage the I’ve found and can feel the rightness of. I seem to have an instinct for when something isn’t right. Once I learned how to use Ancestry better, I tried to fix the things others had that were wrong, but I still have a bit of ways to go. Also, I have Swedish and German Ancestry I can’t find as I don’t know the languages, but it is Scotland where my heart lies.

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? LOL I’ll try anything. As for recipes…my best cooking comes when I modify them—sometimes greatly!

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Running water. Well, I could, I used to be on Search and Rescue and I could figure it all out, but there’s nothing quite like a shower! What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? oooh…depends on my mood! Sometimes, candlelight, good food, small talk and sometimes a good, hard rousing game of volleyball or hiking or camping… I’m hoping to get it together so my husband and I can go out on the town July 30th in our finery, me in Celtic medieval clothing, him in a kilt. (He wore one for our wedding :D and he’s agreed to do it!! Taking donations now :D)

How do you describe yourself? Resilient, tough, determined, hopeful.

How would your family and friends describe you? Well… the ones who’ve run into I won’t do things their way because they’ve insisted it’s the only way? Stubborn, er, curse words, “misguided,” and so on. Most people would say stubborn, talented, loving, giving, and good mom. ALL whether they love me or not would say terrible housekeeper. The only difference would be the words and tone they would use to say it :D

What is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate. Pepsi. Fruit. Steaks. Potatoes. Salad. And chips/popcorn. In that order. Give me a little Chocolate and Fruit, with a Pepsi to drink while cooking me dinner, then watch a movie and eat something salty. Yes. Comfort.

What is your favorite season? Whatever season I’m in LOL. What do you love about it? In the Spring, I’m so happy to see new shoots and things that come back from previous years, and the flowers and the smell of dirt. Summer, I love the fresh fruits and veggies, and to swim, and camp, and all the outside time. Fall, I love the warm days full of colour and harvest and the turning into winter. Winter, I love sledding, the glistening snow, Christmas, hot chocolate and warm fires. Sigh. I really do love to live. I especially love capturing those moments and feelings with my camera for later translation into paint.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? Any time, you can find me on Facebook or Twitter @L_Bushman and I do talk back to people so come say hi! Also, I will announce where things will be happening on those places.


Author Bio:

Leona Bushman goes by many names but the most well-known one is superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back, even when her muse tries to muck things up.
She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:
Twitter: @L_Bushman

Passion in Print:
Murder by Succubus

Breathless Press:
The Ulfric’s Mate*
Ravaged, Vol 1 ~ Barely There*
Rick Sexed Up the Doc ~ Naughty Nursery Rhyme
The Captain’s Christmas ~ Cyber
Crimson, Vol 1 ~ Daryn’s Slayer **my story is an historical vamp/wolf story
Serviced, Vol 1 ~ Over A Dead Body
The Midwife’s Moon*
Down on the Farm, Vol 1 ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Faeries
Slow Burn ~Dead Man Walking special
Ravaged, Vol 2
The Shot**
*Denotes War of the Weres
**Denotes Traincoach of Death Steampunk series
Just Ink Press:
Mayhem in Mexico ~Urban Sci-fi~ please note, this is not a romance.


Author Sara Wolf

July 21, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

The aliens crash-landed on Earth eleven years ago. And now, sixteen-year-old Victoria Hale feeds them. With her emotions.

Victoria is an EVE – an Emotion Vesicle Engraft – and one of few humans who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on. She’s doing it for the money – her sister Alisa needs a good doctor, and fast. But what she didn’t count on was being sent to the world’s first desegregated high school for Gutters and humans. She didn’t count on the paparazzi, the protestors, or the insane Gutter politics and government secrets. She didn’t count on the crimson-eyed Gutter prince with an intriguing heart of cold iron, either.

She especially didn’t count on murder.

But it’s counting on her.


Sara Wolf is the author of ARRANGED, a college-aged romance series centered on an arranged marriage. She’s currently working on her next New Adult romance series. She’s addicted to the Vampire Diaries, loves chocolate and romantic angst, and can’t get enough of damaged heroes.






Life meets death. The end meets the beginning. 

Eighteen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved has dropped off the face of the planet after his girlfriend’s death, leaving a Jack-shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.

But how long can that smile last with all of her friends gone?

How long can it last with the guilt of Sophia’s death crushing her?

And how long can it really last when Will Cavanaugh attends the same school, taunting her?

Isis is good at pretending everything is okay. But not that good. The cracks begin to show.

Isis Blake is good at putting herself back together.

But Jack Hunter is better.
**This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers. 

**This is the third and final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.

Author Julianna Douglas

July 21, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


His Heart’s Desire

Two best friends find a fairy-tale love in this emotional and sweetly sensual contemporary romance.

Rebecca Anderson always dreamed of happily-ever-afters, but those dreams were shaken when she had to leave vet school to nurse her dying mother. They were completely shattered when her boyfriend betrayed her in the cruelest possible way. Crushed and lonely, Becca seeks out the one person she knows she can trust–her best friend, Ethan.
Successful CEO Ethan Montgomery has loved Becca since the day he met her while volunteering at a local animal shelter. Seeing her emotionally broken on his doorstep stirs his protective instincts. He tenderly cares for her, but knows that Becca will need time and space to heal her battered heart.

When Becca realizes that the white knight of her fantasies has been right in front of her this whole time, she begins to dream again of her future–one that includes Ethan. But their undeclared love is put to the test when Ethan’s wealth and power, as well as a woman from his past, threaten to tear them apart. Will a surprise invitation from Ethan finally fulfill all of Becca’s romantic fantasies and prove that only she is… His Heart’s Desire?

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Author Bio:
I’m a hopeless romantic and believer in fairy tales. Even as a little girl, my fondest dream was to find a Prince Charming who would sweep me off my feet. I’m happy to report I’ve been married to him for twenty years. Although I’ve been an avid reader since I was two years old, I never envisioned myself as a writer until five years ago. Now I feel like I’ve finally found my life’s passion. The muses keep the ideas flowing faster than I can put them on the page. I hope that my readers will love my characters and stories every bit as much as I’ve loved creating them.

I currently live in hot, sunny Phoenix, Arizona with my husband, our two teenage children (one boy, one girl), a Husky/Great Pyrenees mix dog, and three cats. In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, hanging out on GoodReads, surfing the web, watching TV or movies, book shopping, and feeding my insatiable thirst for knowledge.

I love to hear from my readers. You can contact me at my website or via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or GoodReads where my username is AuthorJuliannaD.

I strongly believe in giving back to the community, and that’s why a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each of my books will be donated to charity. For more information on which charities I’m supporting, please visit the charities page of my website.

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Interview Questions:
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
For me this happened later in life. I wasn’t one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since I was a child, although I did frequently make up stories in my own head to entertain myself when I was young. I’ve always been an avid reader, and occasionally people who knew about my love of books would ask if I thought I would ever become a writer. My answer was always an unequivocal ‘No.’ Perhaps it was because I didn’t care much for writing in school, but I never really pictured myself as a writer.

Coming to the realization that I wanted to be a writer was a journey for me that began six years ago when I started my own book review website. After spending about a year analyzing other authors’ writing, I felt like I understood the basics of writing a novel. Then a friend on GoodReads invited me to join a writing group she was starting. She gave us three writing prompts, and I finished the first two relatively quickly. The last involved writing a romantic story involving certain elements. My initial reaction was that I couldn’t possibly do that, but then to my utter amazement, the story began to take shape in my mind. It still took months to convince myself to give it a try and then years to actually finish the story, but long before that the muses were already giving me new story ideas. Needless to say, once I wrote that final page of my first novel, I knew I wanted to do it all over again.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
I’ve received lots of great writing advice, so narrowing it down to only one is hard. I’d have to say that the best piece of advice, and the one that I would unhesitatingly pass on to every writer I know, was first given to me by literary agent Cherry Weiner. I’m paraphrasing, but essentially what she said was to write what you know and love, because if you try to write something you don’t love, it will show through in your story even if you didn’t intend for it to. This advice was then echoed in a class I took just last week with author and UCLA writing instructor Victoria Zackheim and the legendary Anne Perry in which they said, “Always be true to your own heart and voice.”

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
The type of hero I most like to read about and the perfect hero for me are pretty much one and the same. I like a man who can command my respect and the respect of others. I may not always agree with him, but I almost always understand where’s he coming from. He has to be intelligent, kind to others and not overly quick to judge, funny (I love a man who can make me laugh), thoughtful, loyal, and protective of those he loves. Most of all, I like a man who is romantic, a true gentleman, and knows how to treat a lady right.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
My favorite pastime is reading and shopping for books. I also love to watch movies and TV, study psychology (as a layperson, not formally) particularly in the area of personality typing, and simply feed my insatiable thirst for knowledge. I’m like a sponge that absorbs information about the world around me. I have huge collections of books and DVDs, and I have a collection of unique roses (eg. pewter, wood, glass, leather, etc.)

What has been your biggest adventure to date?
I’ve never been a thrill-seeking adventurer, so I’d have to say that my biggest adventure to date has been writing and publishing my own book. I’ve met so many amazing people and learned so much already about myself, about writing, about publishing… and yet, I feel like my journey has barely begun. I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for me around the next bend in the road and what story idea the muses bring to me next.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
That’s a tough one, but I think I’ll have to go with Scotland. Ever since reading Outlander for the first time twenty years ago, I’ve been madly in love with the history and culture of that area of Great Britain. Not to mention, both I and my husband have Scottish blood in our ancestry. That said though, New Zealand comes in a very close second. The Lord of the Rings movies made me fall in love with that country too.

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I most definitely do not have an adventurous palate, so I pretty much stick only to foods I know I like and rarely ever try new things.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
That’s another tough question, because I can think of many modern conveniences I wouldn’t want to do without. At the top of my list, though, would be computers and the Internet. I’m pretty sure I never would have become a writer without them.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
The romantic evening of my dreams would involve being pampered by my man. I would want to start with a candlelight dinner. We would most likely go out to a restaurant and sit at a quiet corner table, but I might be game for making a meal at home if he was doing the cooking or we did it together. Then I’d like to snuggle on the couch and watch a romantic movie. After that we’d share a relaxing candlelit bubble bath, maybe a massage, and see where things lead from there…

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I think the first thing my family and friends would say about me is that I’m shy and quiet, which is admittedly true. I’m an introvert, and I have a hard time making conversation with people, especially people I don’t know well. I’m the type of person who likes to connect with others on a deeper level than just small-talk. I’m a thoughtful person, and always try my best to choose my words carefully. I’m not a fast on my feet thinker though, so in person, my words may come out either jumbled or a bit more bluntly than I’d intended, which is why I prefer writing.

I’m a kind, caring person who naturally likes to help out wherever I see a need, which means I have to be careful to rein myself in and not do too much. I may not be the most talkative person, but in the right situations, I can be very warm and friendly. I do actually like people, and I’m a keen observer of human behavior, which is probably the result of doing a lot of listening. I’m also an extremely passionate person who feels very deeply. I cry easily at touching moments. (Yeah, I’m one of those people who can cry at a Hallmark commercial.:-)) On the positive side, I’m idealistic, complex, intuitive, loyal, and empathetic, but on the negative side, I can sometimes be aloof and detached even though I don’t mean to be. In general, I think my family and friends would agree with my assessment of myself. (And yes, I asked my husband just to be sure.:-))

What is your favorite comfort food?
That would have to be Kraft Mac ‘N’ Cheese. It was a childhood favorite and still tastes exactly like it did back then. Even though I’m really the only one who eats it at my house, I still make it on occasion just to have that blast from the past.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
My favorite season is Spring, because it’s the time of year when everything comes to life. I love the vibrant colors of flowers blooming and the grass and trees turning green after the dead brown of winter. It’s also my last opportunity to enjoy comfortable temperatures before the stifling heat of the Phoenix summer.

What project are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the second book of my Loving Hearts series, titled Heart of the Season. It’s a Christmas-themed story that will probably be novella or short-novel length. This book is about a Marine who was badly wounded in Afghanistan. All he wants is to rescue the stray dog that saved his life, but he can’t seem to find anyone who can help him get her out of the country. Lucky for him, there’s a pretty animal rescue worker who is already in Kabul. The pair begin to fall for one another while communicating via Skype. But can she locate and return the dog to him in time for Christmas?

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
Well, you just missed my very first in-person book signing at the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas last weekend. At this point, I don’t have any plans to appear in person again until next February at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire in Glendale, AZ, but who know? That could change. As for online appearances, I have another author interview/promo with Wanton Reads which is supposed to go live on 7/20/14. Also the Happily Ever After group on GoodReads is doing a buddy read of His Heart’s Desire, now through 7/31/14. I’m still in the early stages of promoting the book, so I may be doing a blog tour, as well as other interviews, giveaways and more over the coming weeks. You can always visit my website to stay updated on my upcoming appearances.

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

July 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick



October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different
person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities
he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his
neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more
unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees,
helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere
he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the
former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott
from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive
in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall
behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is
shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed
by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and
improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes
Bryan’s obsession.



you guys!” Marley plunked her ass down on the chair across the table from me.
As usual, Kathy followed closely behind and hovered by her shoulder when Marley
sat down. “I’ve got big news!”


all turned to her at once. Josh even put down his
walnut-grape-granola-goat-cheese-chicken-salad sandwich on focaccia to give her
his full attention. “What’s up?” he asked between enthusiastic chews.


just heard some teachers talking in the hall. And they said that Friday is Miss
Libby’s thirtieth birthday.”


pursed her green lips. “We can’t let it pass without doing something for her.
She’s the coolest teacher at Appleton.”
know what would be so funny?” It was Josh again. “It would be such a riot if we
set up a flash mob for her.”
all laughed, just imagining it in our heads.
seriously,” Josh said. “We should set up a flash mob for her. Doesn’t she have
lunch duty on most Fridays?”
this the Josh I know?
then, what did I have to lose? “I’m in.” It was the least I could do for Miss
Libby, who’d given me a chance to redeem myself with Scotty.
do that?” Scott appeared absolutely scandalized. “What about those guys?” He
again nodded toward the Superjocks. “They’ll never let you live it down.”
me if I care?”
just sat there, his full spoon frozen just beneath his lips.
Scott didn’t voice the question, David did. “D-do y-you c-care?”
looked squarely at David. “Not even slightly. Plus, you should see me dance. It
is something to behold.”
rolled his eyes, because he’d seen it a time or two, but everyone else seated
at the Social Justice League Table nodded and grinned.
get together as many kids as I can and I’ll find some music. We can practice at
the community center right after school on Thursday. I’ll reserve it.” Marley
was always on top of those kinds of things.
posed a problem for me, though: basketball practice. But I had new priorities.
I would work it out. “I’ll be there. How about all of you?”
nodded again. Scott had turned an enticing shade of pink.


looked right at him and said, “Then Thursday after school is a date.”

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four
exceptional children—all named after saints—and five non-pedigreed cats—all
named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband
of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t
ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the
emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that
sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a
love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of
tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of
1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She
is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to
stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement
with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in
the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing
or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered
pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
themes I always write about:

Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes – only love can save them.

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Curvy Girl Romance

July 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



First In A Series Plus Size Romance Erotic Novella

Author Paige Madison July 15th, 2014 will publish her first e-book version of the Hot Curvy Girl Erotica publishing the novella is innovating a genre where she has coined the new romance term, “real-life, self-help adventure erotica.” Part of the; “Get Your Motor Running,” series this first title is called, “Kick-Start.”

For the first time ever, a romance novella has been created that allows actual readers to in reality visit in real time in real life, numerous multiple locations, throughout Los Angeles and Southern California as noted in the book. These places such as the Glendon Bar and Restaurant in the Westwood area of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier are where characters in Madison’s book go to eat, shop, flirt, and play.
“We wanted readers who may live in or will be visiting Southern California and especially Los Angeles, the opportunity to go to actual existing locales where they could order off the menu the same food dishes, deserts, cocktails, enjoy shopping for clothes, make-up, perfume at discount, and even visit the exact by name fun places where our characters in this book series go,” explained Madison. “This further allows readers to use a method such as “Google Streetview” to observe, or “visit” the actual places and locations where our book characters spend their time, no matter where in the world readers live”

Included in the plot our romantic heroine Amanda while looking for romance, love, and hot sexy adventures in “all the wrong places” learns to become more of a femme fatale under the tutelage of her best friend and “Mexican-American fairy-Godmother” Rosa. All the while as they dine, shop, and have fun, throughout Southern California between sexual exploits and misadventures almost too hot to handle, much less detail here.

Additionally, our heroine learns with Rosa’s help (as do readers) useful and beneficial self-help tools listed throughout the novella such as, YouTube videos, books, and other information to help readers learn methods such as: how to prevent pregnancy using the super safe birth control system known as the Billings Rhythm Method, ways to pleasure their lovers using techniques taught by real life sex expert Lou Paget, as described in her book and so much more.

The plot revolves around our single and unattached female curvy sized heroine Amanda, who works for a motor-cycle dealership in West Los Angeles, California along with her best friend fellow employee Rosa. Rosa her “partner in crime” takes Amanda on this journey and special trek as super girly-girl and femme fatale Rosa encourages, teaches, leads and protects her friend Amanda as they move through their lives and experience some of the fun places in Southern California. Throughout Rosa dispenses wisdom and experience to teach her how to become the hot, sexy, curvy girl that she always dreamed of being. While the “new” Amanda (who hadn’t had a date in over a year) starts getting attention from men she never expected or thought possible after her make-over.
For readers who like the fact they can have their erotic romance, experience some of the unique venues of Southern California, and perhaps learn a few womanly “tricks of the female trade” so to speak will find this book a refreshing change of pace.

This e-book is available at the introductory price of just 99¢ from all the usual places including: Amazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook), Apple Book store, just to name a few. It is also available in audio book form direct from the authors website: or the other audio distribution places.


July 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Flowering is the story of Jack and Lily. They’re college kids with their own issues, who manage to find each other. What starts as physical attraction and sexual awakening becomes so much more. Jack is troubled, with a past that makes it hard for him to see the future. Lily comes from a perfect world where she’s expected to play the role she was given. When they’re together, though, Jack becomes someone even he cares for, and Lily becomes whole.

This series is about growing up, about “flowering” into the person you become. It’s also about love and how it starts with one chance encounter and turns into a lifetime. Jack and Lily don’t have it easy, but they have each other. They’re not billionaires or rock stars or undercover agents; they’re just college kids looking to be a little less alone in the world.

Now complete in one volume. Includes the short stories, “Her Brother’s Best Friend” and “Morning Glory;” the novels, Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, Blue Rose, and Orange Blossom; and the novellas, Star of Bethlehem and Ambrosia.


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Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, hissarahtorical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.


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The Luckiest by Wendy Owen

July 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



Once upon a time Mackenzie Phillips thought she’d found her happily ever after. She had married her high school sweetheart and had started her perfect family. But one tragic night Mac’s perfect life was ripped away from her, leaving her beautiful fairy tale existence in ruins.

When everything worth living for is suddenly taken from you, how do you keep going? People told her how lucky she was just to be alive after that night, but she didn’t agree.

Years passed with Mac living in a fog, until another unfortunate turn of events placed her world on its head once again. Now, still carrying the tender wounds of her past, this widow has to face the realities of life again.

Broken and truly alone, she must find work. In walks her new employer, Dean Johnson, a guy who is just broken enough himself, that she thinks he might actually be able to understand her. But Mac soon discovers that that bond with Dean may instead force her to face demons she isn’t yet ready to deal with.

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I glance in, but the box is dark inside all of the tissue paper. My hands retrieve the first item. “Buckeyes!” I exclaim.

“I can see why she’s your best friend.” Dean leans on one elbow, watching me explore the contents one by one.

I reach in, continuing to pull out items—a black hair scarf with cherries, a pair of earrings from one of my favorite local jewelry designers in Cincinnati, Abbi Glines’s newest steamy romance. My cheeks go hot as Dean sees the cover, lifting his eyebrows.

“Well, I think that’s it,” I say, lifting the box, the sound of something shifting inside catching my attention. “Oh, there’s something else.”
I reach in, and as I do, I can feel Dean’s eyes locked on me. I feel something long and cool slip into my hand. Locking my fingers around it, I let the box fall away. Instantly, I see Dean straighten up, a half-cocked grin on his face.

Much to my horror, I look down to see a pink rubber penis-shaped device in my hand. I freeze, but my cheeks are on fire. All I can think about is the different ways I am going to torture Monica before I kill her.

“I can explain,” I begin. I’ll tell him she’s crazy—like actually certifiable.

He’s still grinning at me as he gives me a slight nod. He closes the gap between us even more.

“You know, I can help with that,” he offers, and I can’t help but wonder if he’s serious, or perhaps maybe I’m wishing.

“You think I’m that easy?” I hit the ball squarely back to him. I consider licking my lips, but worry that may be over the top. I’m looking directly at him, and damn, he’s incredible.

“A guy can hope.” He pauses, playfully lifting an eyebrow. “Can’t he?”
I grin. In fact, I can’t do anything but grin. He moves closer, and I glance down, realizing I’m still holding the device. My breath hitches, but he still moves closer. He’s facing me, never moving those gorgeous blue eyes away from me. He slides his arm around my waist, and as he presses himself against me, I’m sure I can feel an erection. This surprises me, and my hand releases the dildo, which falls to the floor with a thud.

“What’s wrong? Can’t contain your excitement around me?” he whispers, his breath warm on my neck, just below my ear.
My mouth is watering, my heartbeat quickens, and my head is now spinning. I pull back, the distance giving me a slight bit of clarity. The idea of this kind of pleasure is tempting. The bulge in his jeans tells me he is interested.

In an attempt to casually conceal the pink rubber shaft, I use the toe of my platform sandals to kick it under a nearby chair. Dean cocks a brow, his face shifts, and he laughs softly.

“What?” I shrug innocently.

“Did you just kick a dick under a chair?” He’s still laughing.

“Watch it, or I might make a habit of it.”

“Ouch,” he hisses, then winces, grabbing himself as if he were imagining the attack.

My eyes dart past his shoulder, where Storm is coming up the stairs. She has on her headphones, staring at the face of her phone. I nod my head at Dean, indicating we’re no longer alone. I shift, moving to walk past him. He grabs my hip, pulling me into his grasp.

“We’ll continue this later,” he promises. He takes my hand and leads me past Storm and out of the bus without a word. I wonder if she can tell what had been transpiring from the look on my face.

As we move around the side of the bus, I feel his hand shift to the small of my back. It’s like he knows all the places to touch me to drive me absolutely insane.

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Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.

Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.

When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

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