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

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Author Liliana Rhodes

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

Regrets

 

What happens when you live your life believing in no regrets?

Life hasn’t been perfect for plus sized Deborah Hansen. Still reeling from her grandmother’s death, her increasing pile of debt, and finally graduating college, she decides its time to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

Working as a tailor in a fine department store isn’t high on her list, but it has its perks and she meets one in the form of a man she calls “Mr. Sexy”. William King isn’t just any sexy man though, he’s the ultra-private billionaire heir to a fortune Deborah knows nothing about.

When Will’s mysterious past puts the two lovers in danger, will the truth bring them closer together or finally tear them apart?

Buy it on Amazon: http://bit.ly/NoRegretsAM

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Liliana Rhodes is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes romance with fun, engaging characters. Blessed with an over active imagination, she is always writing and plotting her next stories. She enjoys movies, reading, photography, and listening to music. After growing up on the east coast, Liliana now lives in California with her husband, son, two dogs who are treated better than some people, and two parrots who plan to take over the world.

Q&A with Author Lori Foster and a NO LIMITS Excerpt

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

NO LIMITS Lori Foster – Q&A

 Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, NO LIMITS?

This is Cannon’s story, a character that readers met in my last series, Love Undercover. From the second Cannon showed up on the page, I knew he’d get his own story. He’s that kind of guy, the guy who steps up and takes notice and gets a lot of notice in return.

 

In NO LIMITS, Cannon reunites with Yvette, another character from the previous series. They parted under strained circumstances, with Cannon just heading into professional MMA and Yvette young and traumatized from a horrific threat. Cannon saved her then, but he was noble because of her age and what she’d been through. Now she’s older, more independent, and he’s ready to make up for lost time.

Can you also fill us in on the prequel to the series, HARD KNOCKS?

HARD KNOCKS gives readers a peek into the MMA world and the fighters who will have novels in the Ultimate series. You get to see the inside of Cannon’s gym, the set-up and what the guys do for the neighborhood, as well as the close relationships they share. It’s a short romance featuring Gage and Harper, two fun, strong people with a few romantic quirks to work out. It’s short and sexy and gives readers a taste for how the novels will be more about fighters in a romance than about fighters fighting in the cage.

 

How has your UFC obsession influenced the writing of NO LIMITS?

Well, I’ve gotten into the idea of picking silly fight names for the heroes. And from the fight names, I’ve come up with some “inspired” reasons for them. It also makes it easier to justify the guy being totally ripped – although not all fighters are. I’ve learned in actual fights the physical appearance can be deceiving. It’s more about heart and talent, training and speed, than how a guy looks. But naturally any hero I write about will be blessed with a six-pack and boulder shoulders.

 

What was it like getting inside the mind of a mixed martial arts fighter?

I’ve interviewed a few fighters over the years, chatted with others while getting promotional photos and during before and after “meet and greets” while at live events. Every single fighter I’ve met has been extremely nice, unassuming, dedicated to fans, and (though it sounds silly) very sweet. It took only a few questions to see how much they give to the sport they love, the discipline it takes to stay in training, and the confidence they gain from having extreme ability. Since I’ve never asked a fighter about his love life, that part of the story is pure imagination on my part. But then I only write good guys, and talented lovers.

 

What is your process for choosing names like Cannon Colter?

I’m a terrible cheat when it comes to names. More often than not I see a name on Facebook or Twitter that I like. I never, ever use a first and last name together, but I do pick and choose and mix and match. When I see a unique name, or a name that resonates with me, I grab it up. When I’m writing, I’m far less focused on names than I am on personality. Names for me are an afterthought, so stealing from my social media sites makes it easy.

 

What are Cannon and Yvette’s best physical traits?

Although Cannon is a fighter with a shredded bod, it’s more his smile and his eyes that get to Yvette. He has a very sincere smile, because he’s a very sincere guy. And when he looks at a person, it’s felt through and through.For Yvette, she has long beautiful hair, but it’s more about the deceptive confidence she tries to exude that draws Cannon – that, and the way she looks at him like he’s a superhero. What guy could resist that?

 

What is the best scene (in your opinion) between Yvette and Cannon?

There’s a fun scene where Yvette is at the rec center (the gym) and the fighters start arguing. Cannon is irked, his buddies are irked, and Yvette thinks they might come to blows. She tries to put herself in the middle and sort of gets sandwiched between some pretty hot flesh. I smiled while writing it, so I hope readers smile when they read it.

 

The poor guys didn’t know what to think. They’re big, physical guys who don’t mind working out a few differences on the mat, but they’re also friends, and they’re fighters with a load of control often utilized in a fight. But with Yvette, they all want to be gentle – while struggling to figure her out.

What music did you listen to while writing NO LIMITS?

I have a long playlist of about 150 songs. Much of it is from KORN and Kid Rock and Marilyn Manson, but I’ve also really gotten into Disturbed, The Pretty Reckless, Papa Roach, Skillet and Puddle of Mud. Oh, and Cage the Elephant. I like loud, strong music that I can sing along with while I’m writing.

 

How is this series different from your previous works?

The Ultimate series is a different setting, different characters, different plots – and yet you still visit some of the characters from Love Undercover series since it remains in the same fictional city and state. In the last series the focus was on Rowdy’s bar and the police station. There are visits to the bar still, but much of the action takes place at Cannon’s rec center and in different houses owned by the characters.

 

The stories remain super-sexy, the guys remain alphas, the women remain smart and independent, and elements of suspense go throughout both series. But I hope each character has their own personality and for me, that’s where the differences should be most evident.

What character did you find yourself most drawn to, and why?

I love Armie Jacobson – and I’m pretty sure readers will too. He’s outrageous, too sexy, has effortless talent in the cage, and a wounded background that has influenced his life greatly. I love all the guys – Gage, Cannon, Denver, Stack… but Armie stands out.

 

Do you prefer writing about small town romance settings (like in NO LIMITS) or city settings?

I’m not sure I’ve ever written a large city setting. Smaller towns, always fictional, work best for me because I like the lack of anonymity in a small town. Everyone knows everyone, or has at least heard of everyone, and it can lead to some touching, and embarrassing, situations. I like the warmth of knowing your neighbors and caring about them. And I like the ease in creating the town.

 

Who would play Cannon and Yvette in a book-to-film adaptation?

Josh Duhamel, while a little too old, would make a fabulous Cannon! He’s big and gorgeous and built. I think he’d be perfect if NO LIMITS was ever made into a movie. For the heroine, Mila Kunis is beautiful and I can easily picture her as Yvette. They’d make a hot couple!

 

What are your five favorite verbs to use during a love scene?

Favorite verbs to use in a love scene… Only five, huh? Wow, that’s difficult. How about catch/caught, press, contract, nuzzle/nibble, lick/suck. I’m not sure I could write a full love scene without them.

 

Can you tell us about the process behind the cover artwork?

Ooooh, I LOVE getting new covers, it’s so exciting. The way it works is that I give my editor an idea of what the characters look like. Usually this means emailing her my own character sheets – notes I keep on the characters to detail (and help me remember) height, eye and hair color, body type, etc… I usually include any and all info like the car he/she drives, job description, age and any other pertinent information that I might need to recall from book to book.My editor also asks for a synopsis, but since they usually start working on covers long before I know what the story is about, it’s a guessing game on my end. I know there’ll be a hunk, a heroine, some suspense, hot sex, lots of emotion, and a happy ending. The how and why is often not clear to me at that point.Then the publisher has a meeting with the art department and they brainstorm cover ideas and come up with a concept that I get to see. The concept is just an idea. It’ll show a model, but not THE model. It’ll show a pose, but not THE pose. I see where the placement of my name and the title will appear, along with any quotes.Once that’s approved, the art department does a photo shoot and from those images they choose the one they like best. I weigh in with pleas of chest hair. Chest hair is always my #1 requirement if they show the model with his shirt off. To be clear, this is for new novels, not novellas or re-issues. For those they generally use stock art. It’s all very fun and I can honestly say I’ve loved the artwork so far.

 

If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your many characters, who would you choose and why?

Since I’m an enormous wimp and not at all heroic, I’d love to have Trace with me, from Trace of Fever. He’s bossy and take-charge and lethal. He knows what he’s doing, how to protect and how to survive. Plus I think he was pretty sexy.

 

If it needs to be a character from my current Ultimate series, I’d say Denver – for many of the same reasons. He’s far more autocratic than Cannon or Armie or Stack. He’s big, brawny, and when necessary he can be lethal. I’d feel safer with a real bad ass if I had to be stranded.

What was the most difficult part of the process when writing NO LIMITS?

My heart broke for Yvette. She’s one of more damaged heroines I’ve ever written (although there have been a few) and she struggled so hard for her independence. More than anything she wants Cannon, but because he’s so brave and strong she doesn’t feel quite worthy, and the stigma of being seen as a victim really hit her hard. I image something like that would be very, very difficult to overcome.

 

Have you written an outline for the NO LIMITS series or do you make it up as you go?

I totally make it up as I go along. Or I should say my characters make it up. I never try to figure things out in advance because as sure as I do, the characters will have a different idea and they’ll rebel, making it difficult to write until I give them their way. Fighting it is futile. But since they’re seldom wrong, it works for us. (And yes, I’m nuts. I don’t fight that either.) Usually the characters will give me enough clues along the way to keep the writing flow steady. For instance, while I was writing NO LIMITS, Denver stepped up and talked about Cherry and made it clear his book needed to be next. Now while I’m writing HARD KNOCKS (Denver’s story) Stack is giving me nudges, saying, “Me next, me next. And I’m going after Vanity… whether she or I know it yet or not.” So that’s how I know Stack’s story will be after Denver’s.Armie has said he wants to wait, stew on things a while, come to grips with his future… so I’m letting him get used to the idea of what is to come.

 

What was your go-to snack while writing NO LIMITS?

Goldfish cheese crackers and pretzels. Occasionally I drink Mountain Dew when I need more caffeine but I usually snack with Lipton Citrus Green Tea as my drink.

 

I also love baby carrots. And far too often I cave to the call of the Pringles can.

What’s your favorite part of the book?

There’s a fight scene in the book. Not a sporting match, but an angry, defensive, you-dared-touch-what-is-mine kind of aggression filled with rage and loss of control and an awakening of strong emotion. Call me barbaric but I love writing scenes like that. I love getting down to the basics of how love can affect a person, whether it’s in sex or fighting off danger or just showing vulnerability awareness. It’s the real stuff people are made of.

What are you working on next?

I’m writing Denver’s story right now, titled HOLDING STRONG. It’s due out in spring 2015 and I’m loving Denver and Cherry together – and them as a couple with the rest of the fighters around. It’s a very fun dynamic. After that I’ll do another benefit novella for June 2015. It’ll be part of the Buckhorn family and all proceeds from sales of the book will go to a charity. I’m not yet sure which of the Buckhorn clan will be featured, but I’m sure it’ll all come to me in plenty of time.And then I’ll jump into Stack’s story. He should be ready by then – which means I’ll also be ready. Luckily the characters keep me writing. In fact, if there were more hours in the day, I’m not sure they’d ever let me stop!

 

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No Limits

August 26, 2014

Ultimate Series

Ultimate

 

A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series!

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it…

Harlequin ·  978-0373779048

 

Read an Excerpt:

Cannon couldn’t stop looking at her. Damn, he’d remembered her as pretty, but she’d matured into killer good looks—and didn’t seem to know it. An angel’s face paired with that trim but curvy figure, and yeah, he was pretty sure every guy in the place had already started fantasizing.

Too bad, because none of them would touch her.

If he’d had any doubts about wanting her, they were put to rest in a big way. Instead of three years, it felt like a decade he’d been waiting on her. Yes, he wanted her. He would have her, too.

The only question was how soon.

A few weeks ago she’d lost her grandfather, and she probably needed time to acclimate to being home around the unpleasant memories. He’d love to segue right from hello to hell yeah, but he also enjoyed just looking at her and talking with her.

Sipping her Coke, Yvette stole a peek at him. Feathery lashes framed those big green eyes he remembered so well—eyes that used to watch him with innocent infatuation, but now seemed wary. She sat straight, proper. Spoke carefully. Avoided his direct gaze.

As Tipton had said, she was guarded.

She wore makeup, but not a lot. Even in a ponytail, her long dark hair made him think of it spilled loose on his pillows, or gliding over his chest.

Or his thighs.

And her clothes, while casual, covered such a sweet body it left him visually undressing her.

Knowing he had to get a grip, he asked, “Are you hungry?”

She shook her head. “But please go ahead and eat if you want.”

“I’m good.” Arms folded on the top of the booth, he smiled. “I can’t get over how much you’ve changed.”

That pleased her, he could tell. “It’s been almost three and a half years.”

Long enough for her to put the past behind her? To put him behind her? No, he wouldn’t let her. “I’m so damn sorry about Tipton.”

“Thank you.” She set the drink aside, then nervously drew her finger through the damp ring the glass had left on the booth top. “I wanted to talk to you about that. About—”

“Hey, Saint.” Two guys sidled up to the table. “Can we get a pic?”

Cannon forced his gaze away from Yvette. “Sure.” He would never alienate a fan, but damn, the timing could be better. Yvette had been screwing up her courage to say something. Now he had to wonder what.

Stepping out of the booth, he bent a little to put himself more in line with the shorter guys, and with a double thumbs-up, smiled as a plump lady used her cell phone to snap a few photos.

That only seemed to unleash other fans, and before he knew it, he was posing with men and women alike. Some wanted to hug him, some wanted him in a fighter’s stance, a few just wanted him to mug for the camera. Before he could get a handle on things, he’d taken around twenty photos and signed more than a dozen autographs.

Yvette watched it all with a look of fascinated indulgence. When there seemed to be a lull, he reseated himself. “Sorry about that.”

“You’re popular, I understand.” Her long glossy ponytail spilled over her shoulder when she tipped her head to study him. “I watch the fights.”

That pleased him more than it should have. “Yeah? What do you think?”

“You’re pretty amazing.”

He held back his grin. “I do my best.”

That earned a short laugh. “Humble too.” Shaking her head, she teased, “No wonder they call you the Saint.”

He’d rarely heard her laugh before, and hearing it now did funny things to him. It was nice. Rich. Husky.

A turn-on…

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About the Author

Lori Foster

Biography

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of over 70 novellas and novels. She currently writes single titles for HQN.

Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.

Along with her good friend, Duffy Brown, Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

In 2007, Lori put together The Write Ingredients a cookbook of recipes donated by popular authors. Proceeds from the cookbook go toward Lori’s ongoing “Troop project” of collecting and mailing fun, and sometimes necessary, items to our troops.

In 2008, Lori coordinated with other authors of her choosing and arranged for the publication of The Power of Love, a special romance anthology of novellas about empowering women. All author and agent proceeds from the anthology go to the Hamilton Co YWCA Battered women’s shelter.

In 2009, Tails of Love, another romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

In 2010, The Gift of Love romance anthology, with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit The Conductive Learning Center, a school for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

In 2011, The Promise of Love, a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with proceeds to benefit the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children.

You can read more about the charities that Lori supports here.

In 2012, Love Bites,  a romance anthology with Lori and other contributing authors, was published with all agent and author proceeds to benefit The Animal Adoption Foundation.

 Lori has received many prestigious awards, including:

Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for: Series Romantic Fantasy Contemporary Romance

Walendenbooks: Say No To Joe – second “Bestselling Original Contemporary”

 Borders Group Inc.:

The Secret Life of Bryan – “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance title

Jude’s Law – “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” romance title

Back in Black – “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” romance title

 

Lori Foster has been both a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle and the USA Today Quick Cross puzzle.

Lori enjoys visiting with readers on her Facebook Fan page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Visit her website – http://lorifoster.com/– for a complete listing of her books, social networks, and special appearances and events.

 

Author Leslie Wells

September 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Book blurb:
Julia is a book-loving publisher’s assistant. Jack is a famous British rock star.

“Opposites attract” is an understatement.

It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz.

Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line.

Jack exposes her to new experiences, from exclusive nightclubs in SoHo to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood; from mind-bending recording sessions to wild backstage parties. Yet Julia is afraid to fall for him. Past relationships have left her fragile; one more betrayal just might break her. As she fends off her grabby boss and tries to move up the corporate ladder, Julia’s torrid relationship with Jack takes her to heights she’s never known—and plunges her into depths she’s never imagined.
With a fascinating inside look at publishing, this entertaining story of a bookish young woman’s adventures with a rock superstar is witty, moving, and toe-curlingly steamy.

http://www.amazon.com/Come-Dancing-Leslie-Wells-ebook/dp/B00KVQAL98/

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current project?

Thank you so much for having me! My current project is Come Dancing, a romance about a young woman named Julia who works in book publishing in New York City. One night while she’s out dancing in a nightclub, she meets Jack Kipling, a famous British rock star. The story takes off from there. Reviewers have described it as “hot, sexy and combustible”; “hilarious”; and with “effervescent writing”. Many reviewers have stated that they “stayed up half the night because I could not put it down”.

I began writing Come Dancing in 2009, on the thirtieth anniversary of my arrival in New York City. I wanted to describe what it was like in the early eighties, when Manhattan was still rough along the edges. When SoHo was still the domain of artists and galleries, and the occasional local bar. And when nightclubs like the Palladium, the Roxy, Danceteria, and the Mudd Club attracted a huge mix of people from many different strata of society.

Back then, you could go out dancing and run into just about anyone: actors, politicians, rock musicians. Celebrities weren’t surrounded by bodyguards; the assumption was that if you were allowed into a club, you were cool. No one was going to harass anybody; after all, this was downtown. True story: once I went to a rock concert at Radio City, and three days later I met the lead singer at a party (he was obnoxious). And there were no cell phones back then. People didn’t walk around with a camera in their pockets 24/7—so if you were famous, you didn’t have to worry about being photographed every time you turned around. That made for a much more open atmosphere, where regular people rubbed shoulders with the glitterati as everyone cut loose on the dance floor.
I also wanted to write about book publishing before the advent of e-readers and computers, when we were all lugging home 400-page manuscripts every night. As with the music biz, the changes have been seismic.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
By the time I started writing Come Dancing, I had edited literally hundreds of published books (my day job is being a book editor). I love helping authors improve their work, and I’ve helped so many novelists come up with plot ideas and hone their dialogue and characters. So I was pretty much primed to write my own book.

One morning I awoke from a dream that I’d had, and the words “Please Do Not Touch” were echoing in my ear. I got up and wrote the whole scene (which is a chapter in Come Dancing), and the novel unspooled from there.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

Several of my authors had told me that they read every single page of their manuscript out loud. I did that with the various drafts of Come Dancing, reading it to my husband. It’s amazing how many little things you miss until you do this: word repetition, dialogue that doesn’t ring true, plot inconsistencies. Now I tell all my authors to read their work aloud before turning it in.

Describe the “perfect” hero.

To me, the perfect hero has to be fairly imperfect. I don’t like novels where the guy is so dashing and suave that he doesn’t seem real; I like my heroes a little rough around the edges. Jack Kipling, the rock star in Come Dancing, has lots of flaws, because that’s the way it is in real life. I had fun writing about the difference between a “good girl” book editor who’s always been fairly straight-laced, and this bad boy rocker.

What are some of your favorite pastimes?

I’m a huge reader; not only of the authors I’ve edited, but I read tons of other books as well. A lot my editor friends don’t read much because they’re so busy, but I always thought it would be a shame if I had to stop reading for fun just because it was part of my job. And I read very eclectically, all over the map: from history to memoir to fiction classics (I’ve read Pride and Prejudice eight times; same for To the Lighthouse) to romantic comedy to literary fiction.

My other hobbies are listening to music, especially rock and roll from the 70s and 80s; jogging; cooking (and eating!), and hanging out with my husband, kids, and dog.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

My biggest adventure by far was moving to New York City in 1979 without ever having seen it and not knowing a soul. I was going there for grad school, so I would be living in a dorm, but I was still terrified. The city was very edgy back then, and I wanted to portray those aspects in my novel.

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 didn’t learn to cook until I was in my late thirties—I was always working long hours in Manhattan at my publishing office, and had never bothered with it. I’d get home and just have a baked potato for dinner. So when I did start to cook, I had a few memorable disasters. (I used one of them in the bonus scene that’s on my website.) Gradually I moved past Joy of Cooking to making my own pizza, sushi, chocolate mousse, and risotto. I even have a pasta maker gathering dust in my basement. The one thing I have never perfected is making a cake from scratch. If anyone has a foolproof recipe, I’d love to have it! I will pretty much try anything, except beets.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?

My husband takes me out to dinner. The table is set with white linen and candles. I’m wearing my favorite slinky dress and high heels; he’s wearing a jacket and tie. We hold hands and talk about things we don’t usually get to discuss at home with the kids around. I have a glass of pinot grigio, which I finish and then drink half of his merlot. We reminisce about our early days of dating in Manhattan, when we went to art galleries in Soho, and to my authors’ book signings and publishing parties. We go home; the sitter leaves, the kids are asleep, and . . .

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

Friendly! I grew up in Virginia, where politeness and friendliness were as customary as pecan pie. And I’m a book lover; despite the fact that I’m a full-time editor, I’m always reading a published book as well. It was my dream to work in publishing, and I’m always so grateful that my career involves helping people improve their writing. (I also blog about writing tips every Monday.)

What is your favorite comfort food?

Shrimp scampi with linguine, a big piece of buttered bread, and a glass of white wine.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
I really adore Italy. I’ve been there twice, and I love the art, the people, and the pasta! Everyone was so nice when I asked for directions in my halting Italian, and I love the way families goes out strolling at eleven at night in the summer, even young children. All of the little towns have such an open, warm atmosphere.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

Summer has always been my favorite time of year. I’m so glad when I can ditch the parka and live in flip-flops. These things make me happy: the smell of grilling hamburgers, the scent of newly cut grass; of suntan lotion on warm skin. My kids staying up late since they don’t have school. Jogging in shorts, swimming in the bay, breathing in the tangy salt air. Having dinner at eight and then going for a walk under the stars.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

A microwave. I use it constantly to heat up last night’s leftovers, bake potatoes, soften ice cream.

What project are you working on next?

Right now I’m working on the sequel. It picks up right where Come Dancing left off; Julia goes with Jack to his Mum’s house in England. As in the first book, they have many ups and downs! You can sign up to receive an email when the new book comes:
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Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

My blog tour schedule is at http://bookjunkiepromotions.com/

Author bio:
Leslie Wells left her small Southern town in 1979 for graduate school in Manhattan, after which she got her first job in book publishing. She has edited forty-eight New York Times bestsellers in her over thirty-year career, including thirteen number one New York Times bestsellers. Leslie has worked with numerous internationally known authors, musicians, actors, actresses, television and radio personalities, athletes, and coaches. She lives on Long Island, New York.

Leslie’s website: http://www.lesliewellsbooks.com

Leslie’s blog (Every Monday I blog about writing tips, and on Thursdays I blog about New York City in the Eighties): http://www.lesliewellsbooks.com/blog/feed/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leslie-Wells-Books/698195936894996?ref=hl

Goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8301510.Leslie_Wells

Google Page: https://plus.google.com/104530554245394025076/posts
Amazon Author profile page: http://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Wells/e/B00KW4X146/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

 

The Fall of Our Secrets by Tracy Gardner Beno

September 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

The Fall of Our Secrets by Tracy Gardner Beno

(E-Lit Books/September 2014)

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Laura and Nicole, childhood friends separated by mysterious circumstances, meet again quite by accident and renew their friendship.

Laura is a devoted single mom. She’s stuck in a going nowhere relationship, but doesn’t realize it until she meets Adam, her newly dubbed Airport Hottie, on the flight home after spending a whirlwind weekend with Nicole.

Nicole is now married to the man of her dreams, but she carries deep wounds from a childhood filled with secrets, constantly afraid to trust any true happiness she encounters.

Together these two best friends work toward uncovering the long buried secrets of Nicole’s horrific past, ultimately freeing her to believe in and embrace the new life she’s worked so hard to create. The friendship nurtures both women and Laura finds her own self confidence and the revelation that what she needs is within reach, hers for the taking.

THE FALL OF OUR SECRETS takes the reader on a hopeful journey of love and discovery.

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Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? I’ve recently finished my third manuscript, a coming of age story with a healthy dose of passion that explores nineteen year old Danni’s struggles after losing her twin Derek, falling in love with the wrong man and finally finding the right one. I’m working on some revisions, and entertaining the idea of a sequel which would follow Danni’s BFF Tommie and her bad-boy boyfriend Sean. The prospect of furthering the storylines of this metro Detroit circle of friends is exciting, as they seem so real to me.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’d like to say there was an ah-ha moment, but there wasn’t. I have always written—short stories, poems, song lyrics when I was younger, transitioning to novels in my early thirties. I can only say that it’s impossible for me to stop writing. I have learned that the hard way.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Stephen King once told me (okay, he told the whole world, in his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft): “Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? My perfect hero is the man who gives me the space and support I need to find my own footing and save myself.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? My to-be-read pile is pretty tall. And I look forward to writing the same way I look forward to diving into a great book. Aside from that, I love spending time outdoors with my family, camping, swimming, sitting around a fire. I also get antsy if it’s been a while since I’ve attended a concert. I’m always on the lookout for one of my favorite bands coming around, there’s just something about live music (more on that here: http://www.tracygardnerbeno.com/blog/words-and-music ).

What has been your biggest adventure to date? Married with children is quite an adventure! Constantly evolving game plan, a new set of challenges and rewards around each corner.

If you’re talking actual rigorous adventure, I’d say the trip my husband and I took to Alaska BK (before kids). We rented a car and traveled from Anchorage to Fairbanks back down to Seward, camping along the way. Nothing quite like opening your eyes at 3 am to bright rays of sun glinting off glacier topped mountains around you, a grizzly bear ambling down a slope in the distance (the far distance, thank goodness!). And the fish. Best. Salmon. Ever.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
I honestly wouldn’t know how to choose. Anywhere I haven’t been. I can’t say I’m just a beach person or a camping person. I fell in love with NYC when I was there for a much-too-short few days a while ago. I think I’d let my fairy godmother surprise me!

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 will definitely try (almost) anything once.

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I am painfully shy, especially in large settings. Friends and family would say that I’m quiet until you really know me. I’m an eternal optimist, but also impatient and obstinate. I have strong smart-ass tendencies tempered with fierce loyalty and compassion.

What is your favorite comfort food? Mexican food. And chocolate. Anything Mexican or chocolate. And coffee. Mexican food followed by chocolate and coffee. Followed by more chocolate.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? I have always loved the fall. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I have never missed a year of dressing up. Last year my husband and I went to our traditional 2000 person Detroit party as Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction. I love the cool crisp autumn air we get in Michigan, the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows on the trees, the cozy fall jackets and boots worn for trips to the cider mill.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Hate to admit it but I would be lost without my laptop. Cannot begin to imagine writing longhand or even on a typewriter. Not to mention, nobody would be able to read a single word of my chicken scratch.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Kids at Grandma’s house. Tickets to a concert. Dressing up in something that my daughter would disapprove of. Sharing a drink with my husband over discussion on what the set list will include, before the band takes the stage. Losing ourselves in the music and atmosphere, reconnecting on a level that has zilch to do with all of the demands and pressures of everyday life. Returning home to an empty house … ‘nuff said.

What project are you working on next? I’m in the planning stages of a women’s fiction which will follow the flight of Mia and her troubled daughter from family turmoil in suburban Michigan to the sanctuary of far reaching, starkly beautiful Alaska. Mia discovers the woman she should have been, while seventeen year old Talia begins to emerge from the confines of her self-imposed prison. When Mia is nearly run over by a leather jacket wearing Detroiter in the center of downtown Anchorage, a man she assumes embodies everything she left behind, her life is turned upside down once again. Mia learns that Vin, former Red Wings hopeful, is not what he appears, as he opens Mia’s eyes and heart to all she’s been missing. The past stubbornly refuses to stay in the past, however, forcing Mia and Talia to take a stand and fight for the future they deserve.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’ll be at the Howell Opera House for The Fall of Our Secrets book release party and signing October 2nd, 6-10 pm, in Howell, Michigan.
I will be at Blue Frog Books October 25th, 12:30-2:30, and will also be participating in a fun ladies night and book signing at The Ceramic Studio, date to be announced.

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Tracy Gardner Beno is a Metro Detroit native who has lived in and around small, rural communities like those described in The Fall of Our Secrets. Her stories draw readers in with recognizable characters and real emotion, seasoned with intrigue and a dash of humor. She loves spending time with her husband and two children, reading, writing, and catching her favorite bands in concert as often as possible. She works as a Registered Nurse in her day job and when she’s not writing novels she contributes short stories and articles to Verite Magazine where she’s a staff writer.

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Tall, Dark & Paranormal Box Set

September 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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CRESCENT MOON by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorLori Handeland…

A cryptozoologist travels to New Orleans to investigate whispers of a wolf in the Honey Island Swamp.

 

FOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorLaura Kaye…

A reclusive, empathic vampire falls in love with a woman he planned to kill, and must fight his ancient guilt, bloodlust, and an old vampire rival who threatens everything he holds dear.

 

SINS OF THE FLESH by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorCaridadPineiro…

Mick Carrera is a mercenary hired to eliminate problems, but the genetically engineered woman with the superhuman powers is nothing like what he expected.

 

SPELLBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew…

What is Lucinda, a tenth level wizard, to do when Destiny pairs her with a man who is utterly domineering, overwhelmingly masculine, incredibly irresistible and, according to her most trusted friend, extremely dangerous?

 

SPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling AuthorStephanie Julian…

A warrior born to defend. A young witch in need of protection. A dangerous desire neither of them expected.

 

HAUNTING A COWBOY – Brand New from USA Today Bestselling AuthorRandi Alexander…

When a ranch foreman hires a ghost whisperer to handle the spirit that’s haunting him, the attraction between them is…supernatural

 

HUNTRESS FOR HIRE by USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear…

He’s bound to get her killed, so why does the huntress desire the vampire-turned hunter more than life itself?

 

DEAD SEXY by USA Today Bestselling AuthorPaige Tyler…

Can her love save him from a curse worse than death?

 

ASMODEUS: DEMON OF LUST by Bestselling AuthorSara Humphreys…

When Kai Kelly discovers an unusual ring in the attic it leads to much more than she bargained for. She may not realize what she has in her possession, but the boys in Hell sure got the message.

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEST by Bestselling AuthorJudi Fennell…

Reclusive artist Todd Best hasn’t produced anything since the death of his wife…until aspiring romance novelist Jolie Gardener enters his life and turns it upside down.

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- A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander When ranch foreman Thad McCade’s life is disrupted by something supernatural, he hires a ghost whisperer to clear his home. But Madam Ruby is not at all what he expected. She’s Cheyenne Redford, she wears a business suit, drives an expensive SUV, and Thad would rather have her whisper in his ear than whisper away his ghost.

 

Excerpt from Haunting a Cowboy: When Cheyenne finished her beer, she stood. “Well, since there’s no one but you and me here tonight, I’d better get going.” She looked out the window. Pitch black. “Could I borrow a flashlight? I didn’t think of grabbing one before I walked down here.

 

Thad got to his feet. “You walked?” Leaning over, he picked up his keys out of the bowl by the door. “Let me drive you back.”

 

“No, please.” She stepped to the screen door. “I don’t mind the walk. It’s so beautiful here, with the stars and…” She rolled one hand around, trying to come up with something else to add.

 

Thad grabbed a rifle from behind the door. “And night critters that are prowling, looking for their next meal.” He checked to see that it was loaded.

 

“Oh, I didn’t think of that. In the city, night critters walk on two legs, and carry knives.”

 

“I’ll walk you.” He leaned close to her.

 

His scent filled her mind with warm, naughty ideas as she blinked up at him, parting her lips. Would he kiss her now?

 

He frowned and flipped on the porch light. “After you, ma’am.”

 

Turning her face away, she hid the warmth that flooded her cheeks. Crap, what an imagination she had. Stepping outside, the cool night chilled her romantic notions down to manageable proportions.

 

They walked along the gravel drive in silence.

 

A howl came from a distance. In the nearby woods, scurrying sounds startled her, making her lurch a bit, and stumble into him.

 

Taking her elbow in his hand, he got her straightened out, but kept his hold on her arm.

 

The heat racing through her, starting at her arm and running all the way up and into her bloodstream, gave her chills.

 

“Cold?” His voice came close to her ear.

 

Was he making his move now? She could see the lights of Sayde’s house ahead. Would he kiss her now, or wait until he dropped her off at the door? Oh lord, those two beers had really hit her hard. She was wanting things she probably shouldn’t even be thinking about.

 

But if she was reading him right, and for some reason she was able to read him a little too well, he was wanting her just as much.

 

They stepped from the gravel road onto the concrete driveway at Sayde’s house.

 

He released her. “Cheyenne.” In the low illumination from a faraway yard light, his eyes glimmered.

 

Her intuition told her he wanted her, but was too reserved to take what he desired.

 

“Thad.” She stepped close to him, ran her hands from his chest up to his neck and went up on tiptoes, pressing her lips to his.

 

For a second, he stiffened, then he opened his mouth, the hand not holding the rifle wrapped around her waist and pulled her tight against him.

 

Amazing, his lips felt so firm and hot, his breath laced with beer and sexy, pure man, mingled with his woodsy scent and forced a shiver through her.

 

Where their hips pressed together, she could feel a bulge. She touched her tongue to his lips.

 

“Goddamnit.” Thad released her, stepped back, and breathed hard.

 

The loss of his heat against her cooled her as much as the look in his eyes. Pure terror.

 

“Get inside, Cheyenne. It’s not safe out here.” He growled the words and turned, walking away.

 

 

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HandelandLori Handeland is a two time RITA Award winner and the New York Times bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. She also writes western historical romance under the name Lori Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

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PineiroNew York Times and USA Today bestseller Caridad Pineiro is a Jersey Girl who just wants to write, travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Caridad is the author of over 40 novels/novellas and loves romance novels, super heroes, TV and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

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Opal CarewNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Opal Carew is the author of erotic romance stories in which she makes offerings of hope, success, and love to her readers. As Amber Carew, she writes futuristic, urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary romance.

 

 

 

 

 

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JulianNew York Times bestselling author Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers. She is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.

 

 

 

 

 

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SpearUSA Today bestselling Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and a medieval Highland romances series. Heart of the Wolf was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly‘s Best Book of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TylerPaige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than fifty books, including the new action-packed paranormal/romantic-suspense X-OPS and SWAT (Special Wolf Alpha Team) Series, both from Sourcebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara HumphreysSara Humphreys is an award-winning bestselling novelist of paranormal and contemporary romance. The mother of four teenage boys, Sara has been married to her college sweetie for twenty years. She believes in true love, great sex, and happily ever afters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan

September 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Elizabethan glamour and intrigue abound in this heart­pounding follow­up to MAID OF SECRETS, which Kirkus Reviews called “lively and fast­paced” with “plenty of action and plot twists.”

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Love may be the most dangerous weapon of all.

Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion…and her heart. Caught in a web of ever­more­twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: in a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

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Excerpt: Are you just going to stand there?

 

I glanced up at him, knowing I should launch into my own interrogation, to learn what deceits the Scot was weaving in our very midst.

But all I seemed to notice was that Alasdair’s body was strong and sturdy against the chilling breeze, his broad shoulders silhouetted against the starlight of the northern sky. That, and I seemed a little dizzy, all of a sudden, my breath coming a bit too fast. This was not good. This was not sensible. And yet I did not want to leave the shelter of Alasdair’s presence, didn’t want to break the spell, didn’t want to lose this moment quite yet.

He was watching me, and so I gave him my best smile. “Well. You speak of giving gifts, good sir, and yet I’ve only your cape for a short while. What else would you grant me, while you yet tarry here, before you are called back to hearth and home?” I’d tried to make my words arch and sophisticated, but instead I sounded breathless, and more than a little bereft.

If Alasdair noticed, he was unmoved. In fact, he was practically like a statue, as still and stoic as the walls that rose up around us. I waited for him to say something, and I pulled his cape around me more tightly as a chill stole over me that had naught to do with the crisp night air. And still he stood silent.

So I waited.

And waited.

It should be noted, waiting is not my strong suit.

“Are you just going to stand there and say nothing?” I finally demanded, and Alasdair turned toward me then, crowding me into the stone corner, but still seeming impossibly far away.

“Aye,” he muttered. Then he cupped my face with his hands and brought his lips down to mine.

 

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About Jennifer McGowan:

Jennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She fell in love with the Elizabethan era as a college student and is now an unrepentant scholar of that period, happily splitting her time between the past and present. An RWA Golden Heart Award winner and multiple finalist, Jenn is the author of the Maids of Honor series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), the novella A Thief Before Christmas, and the forthcoming novel Maid of Deception (2014). She lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at JenniferMcGowan.com, find her on twitter via @Jenn_McGowan, or visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferMcGowan.

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Author AJ Llewellyn

September 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Hi Romance Junkies! You and I go back a long way…you were one of the first review sites to review Phantom Lover, my first M/M book published in 2007. I am so thrilled to be here. Thanks for having me!

I have a lot going on these days. I have a new release with Breathless Press. ‘Ailani: The Last Warrior, the first in my M/M, paranormal Hawaiian trilogy comes out on September 19. I loved writing this series!

I have quite a few new things in the pipeline, including a new fantasy/paranormal story with my frequent co-author, D.J. Manly.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

I knew from the time I was eight and I was writing very melodramatic stories that this was what I wanted to do. I have always written. It’s always been my job, and my hobby. I write because I simply have to.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

Many years ago, I worked on a newspaper with Geraldine Pascall, an amazing journalist in Sydney, Australia. I met her in the last year of her life, 1983. She died very young, 38. It was quite unexpected and shocking. I guess in some ways I am still not over it.

You see, my mum died when I was six. She was young, too. 38! Just like Geraldine.

So when I got my cadetship on this newspaper, Geraldine mentored me. She told me to write the stories I wanted to read. She said to “write like it’s the last bloody tale you’ll ever tell. Write it with your heart.”

I was young and full of enthusiasm. It seemed like good advice and I’ve been trying to follow it ever since.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I love anything Hawaiian. I collect Hawaiiana. I have some beautiful things but have been really lucky. I have beautiful pieces by Frank Schirman – lovely statues made of black coral. My favorite is Goddess Pele. I can look at that statue for hours. I have quirky tiki stuff by Coco Joe. I find things in unexpected places very cheap. I have a record collection of 78′s, 33′s and 45′s and play them all the time. My dog is very sick of Hawaiian music but I think it’s fantastic!

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Definitely climbing Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island while it was erupting! I still have my burned-out, lava covered shoes, even though they are a bit stinky. They smell like rotten eggs. LOL

It inspired my book Phantom Lover and my all-time favorite sex scene I wrote with Kimo and Lopaka having sex on the edge of the volcano. It was hot, even if I do say so myself :)

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

Oh I would go to Pompeii, before it was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius’s volcanic eruption. I am absolutely fascinated by that lost city’s culture and would love to be transported there to study it. I would also make sure the dog that was trapped, frozen in time in lava, would be able to escape. I am an animal lover and very much involved with animal rescue.

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 am a vegetarian, borderline vegan. I will try most things except anything that has a face. And I wouldn’t to try something that tasted yucky. I like yummy food! :)

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

I could live without my computer but not my typewriter. I got my first portable Olivetti for Christmas when I was 12. I still have it, and I still use it!

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?

I am a bit of a sap, really. Dinner for two somewhere sexy and private – I would love a view of the ocean. A walk on the beach, coffee, ice cream and lots of kisses. See, I told you I’m a sap…

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate. Predictable, I know.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

I love Fall, and I love Spring. They are both filled with promise and hope and both are about the beginning and ending of things – like a good book.

What project are you working on next?

I am working on Hogtied, Book 7 in my Mingo McCloud Honolulu Mysteries series.

Please check my website www.ajllewellyn.com for updates, free short stories, and free blog stories. Thanks for having me here, Romance Junkies!

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After a bad breakup, Lio rents a cheap house with magical views. It seems the perfect solution, but the house has a haunted connection with an ancient statue. Once unearthed, it gives Lio the power of…THE LAST WARRIOR…

When Lio’s lover cheats on him, he’s forced to give up what he thought was the idyllic romance he’s lived with Maks, including their stunning, scenic Waikiki apartment. He rents a cheap house with magical views on the other side of the island. So why is it so cheap? 

He soon becomes haunted by dreams in which a fearsome yet sexy Hawaiian man begs him to rescue him. Lio is certain he’s going nuts until one night in the midst of a tropical rainstorm he follows the man’s urgings and digs a hole in a church graveyard. He finds a gigantic, ancient stone statue with scary eyes…that soon gives Lio the power of…THE LAST WARRIOR…

 

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We shared a slice of the pie I’d never tried before. It was like eating a giant orange Creamsicle. That’s when I remembered why Hau’ula was familiar. I’d come here many, many years ago on a school excursion.

“Isn’t there a great trail into the rainforest around here?” I asked him. 

“Why, yes.” He grinned at me. 

I recalled quite clearly going with my class. We’d bought ice creams from a portable ice cream stand as we were leaving. Orange Creamsicles. 

“Do you hike much?” I asked. 

“Every chance I get.” 

“Wow, that’s great.” 

“You like to hike?” he asked, pushing the last bite of pie toward me. 

“Yeah, my ex hated it, though.” 

“I’m always up for a hike,” he said. “Give me a shout some time.” 

Speaking of shouting, the volume rose considerably with some newcomers so we gave up our table. Outside, I inhaled a mouthful of sweet night air. 

He was giving me so many mixed signals, or so I thought. Sometimes he reached out to me, then pulled his hand away. I was certain he was staring at my mouth in a hungry way. I sure as hell wanted him to kiss me. He smiled at me a lot. Maybe he was being kind, but I felt certain we were on a date. When he took me to his own home, I didn’t think I was wrong. His beach cottage sat right on the reef, and I was stunned by his uninterrupted view of the ocean. 

Kord’s life seemed to be straight out of my childhood. Everything on the walls and sideboards was found art. He’d discovered gigantic shells, sea glass balls, bleached pieces of driftwood that almost looked like antlers. He’d even made a hammock out of an old fisherman’s net. 

He showed me his home office, which took up most of the space. He pointed to the garage. “That’s where I build stuff.” 

I had a sense he didn’t bring many people here. I almost felt glad I didn’t see any chick stuff. His home spoke of a solitary existence. 

“Take a seat.” He pointed outside. I swung in one of the aged rocking chairs on the lanai as he brought me a beer. Longboard. My favorite. 

“You had a recent breakup too,” I said. “Isn’t that what you told Marcella?” 

“Sure. It never works out for me with women.” He scowled. 

“Why’s that? You’re a great guy. Handsome, hard-working—”

“Thanks. That’s part of the problem. I love to work.” 

The words swayed between us like a coconut palm. “I have a hard time with women because…because…” 

He didn’t finish the sentence. He didn’t want me to know he was bi. I sensed he didn’t want to give me ideas. It was okay. I didn’t need any. I was too busy licking my own wounds and couldn’t have handled any confusion. 

When he dropped me home and kissed me on the lips, I felt my spirit and my body reacting. 

“Have a great night,” he said, then watched as I let myself inside Dad’s house. 

As I closed and locked the door behind me, I felt something shifting. I couldn’t explain it as I leaned with my back against the blue stained-glass mermaid and felt her coolness seep into my hot skin. 

Aaaahhh…something had changed. Something good. I touched my lips. We’d had a great date. No, not a date. He was being kind. 

So why did he kiss me? 

We’d had a swell time. A gentle time. I hadn’t had such a sweet evening with a man in a very long time. When I’d cleaned my teeth, I fell into bed. I could almost feel his dark hair on my face, his lips on mine. I tasted salty tears. Yeah…something was changing. I didn’t know what. 

I dreamed of fishermen’s nets, mad laughter, and mud. 

At around three o’clock in the morning, I awoke from a strange dream. 

No. They were not coming back. I wouldn’t allow them to come back. Not the dreams. Not those ones. I closed my ears to the voices whispering… 

Remember…remember…

I worked very hard to forget. To think of nothing but the soft press of Kord’s lips, wishing for more. So much more.

 

A.J. Llewellyn is an author whose obsession with myth, magic, love, and romance might have led to serious stalking charges had it not been for the ability to write. Thanks to the existence of some very patient publishers, A.J.’s days are spent writing, reading, and dreaming up new worlds. A.J. has definitely stopped Google-searching former boyfriends and given up all ambition to taste-test every cupcake in the universe to produce over 150 published gay erotic romance novels.

A.J. wants you to read them all.

You can find this author lurking on Facebook and Twitter—part-time class clown being another occupation. When not writing or reading, A.J.’s other passions include juggling, kite-boarding, and spending a fortune buying upgrade apps for Diner Dash.

How to find/friend me:

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KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET by Anna James

September 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Today we have Max Paradis with us, the hero from KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET – Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy. Welcome Max! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello. Thank you for having me here today. My name is Max Paradis. I’m 34 years old. I founded the construction management firm Paradis and McNamara in Chicago, but sold my share to my brother, Reed McNamara, a bout a year ago. I love to golf and ski and I’m a huge Sox fan. That’s White Sox, not Red.

Can you tell us a little about your book KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET by Anna James?

KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET is about learning to trust again. It’s full of passion and romance, mystery and suspense.

 

Tell us about Nicole. How did you meet Nicole Bradford?

 Nicole works for Paradis and McNamara and is my soon-to-be sister-in-law. Her sister, Ashley, just got engaged to my brother, Reed. We met when I returned home to Chicago after a year of working abroad for a year.

 

What drew you to her?

Nicole’s voice is what first drew me to her. It flows over and around you, like a whisper of silk slipping over smooth skin. It sent my pulse racing. But it was her integrity and strong sense of family that made me want to get to know her better and ultimately had me falling for her.

  

When did you know Nicole was the one for you?

I was in New York City negotiating an important deal. I got word there’d been a car accident. Sudenly, the business deal wasn’t important at all. The only thing that mattered was getting to her and making sure she was all right.

 

 What do you regard as the lowest depth of your misery?

 I was gutted when Carlo told me about Nicole’s ugly past and the secret she’d been hiding, but that was nothing compared to how I felt after she walked away from me and I realized Carlo’s lies weren’t true. I thought to myself, I can’t lose her. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. How the hell am I going to fix this?

 

Can you share a scene in your book with us?

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 Max hefted his suitcase from the cab, paid the driver, and hurried toward the entrance of the apartment building where he’d rented the small one-bedroom until he could find something better. Better encompassed a long wish list, but his number one ‘must have’ was a place he and Nicole could share.

He planned on asking her to move in with him tonight.

In the meantime, a quick shower was in order after the long flight, then off to surprise Nicole. She didn’t know he’d returned from Paris a day early and he couldn’t wait to see the look on her face when he showed up at the house. Maybe he’d stop and grab a bouquet of flowers for her. And a bottle of champagne, to celebrate. The moving in together, not the new business venture.

The meeting in Paris had started off on the right foot, but in the end a final agreement couldn’t be reached, so it was back to the beginning on the job front, but he’d deal with that tomorrow.

Now all he wanted was Nicole in his arms. He missed her, more than he thought possible, and couldn’t wait to see her again.

Carlo lurched forward from his spot against the wall the moment Max stepped into the lobby. How had he gotten in? So much for the excellent building security the real estate agent had gone on about. The last thing he needed now was a confrontation. “What are you doing here?”

Carlo lifted his hands in the air as if surrendering. “I just want to talk.”

He didn’t have time for this. “I don’t want to hear anything you have to say.”

Carlo nodded and took a step toward the exit. “Okay, but I was only trying to save you a little misery. Nicole Bradford is not who you think she is.”

“Why would I believe anything you have to say about Nicole?”

Carlo gave a careless shrug. “Suit yourself. But if you change your mind . . .” He bent down and reached inside the backpack resting on the floor, pulled out a large envelope, and thrust it toward Max.

Max stared at the package. He recognized the prestigious New York law firm letterhead in the upper right hand corner. What had she done that required hiring a criminal attorney? Probably nothing. Carlo was here to cause trouble and he’d do well to remember that.

“Take it,” Carlo urged. His eyes turned serious. “Learn for yourself what she’s been hiding from you before you get in too deep.”

Hiding? His palms started to sweat. Images of Angela and Eve, together in bed, swam through his head. No. Nicole wasn’t like Angela. She hadn’t lied and wasn’t keeping anything from him. Was she?

No, of course not. Carlo wanted to cause trouble. Right?

He’s none of your concern. Nicole’s words echoed in his head.

  1. Max turned away from Carlo and the envelope, strode to the bank of elevators on the far end of the room and stabbed the call button.

The door slid open. He stepped inside and swiped his keycard for the twenty-first floor.

Carlo tossed the envelope into the car. The door whooshed shut and the car ascended.

Max stared down at it. “Damn it,” he muttered and bent to scoop it up. He couldn’t leave it lying there for someone else to find.

Five minutes later, he dumped his suitcase on the bed, pitched the envelope into the trash, undressed, then stepped into the shower. He closed his eyes and let the hot water ease his tired, aching muscles. But the longer he stood there, the tenser he got.

Why hadn’t Nicole told him why Carlo was harassing her? What was she hiding?

No. You’re playing right into his hands.

Max turned off the tap, stepped from the stall, dried off, and stalked back into the bedroom. The envelope peeked out of the trash can, tormenting him.

He turned his attention back to the task at hand. Boxers, socks. Then trousers and shirt.

Once dressed, he went back into the bathroom to shave and brush his teeth.

He retrieved his wallet off the dresser and stuck it in his back pocket.

His eyes drifted back to the garbage. Whatever Nicole’s secret, it couldn’t be as bad as what Angela had kept from him.

Reaching down, he snatched up the envelope and tore it open.

  Where can readers get KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET – Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy so we can find out how your story unfolds?

 Details are on Anna’s website. Click on the link below.

www.authorannajames.com

   

Can you tell us a little about Anna James?

  Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after. She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.

Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.

Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

 

Where can readers find Anna?

 Website:

www.authorannajames.com

 Thank you, Nicole, for sharing some of your story. Look for KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET by Anna James and find out if Nicole and Max can find their happy ever after.

 KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET – Available September 17, 2014 

A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist

 Get you copy today!

 

In Bed with a Rogue By Samantha Grace

September 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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By Samantha Grace

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September 2, 2014

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He’s the Talk of the Town

The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.

 

She’s the Toast of the Ton

Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thanks for inviting me. It’s great to be at Romance Junkies today. I recently turned in the third Rival Rogues book to my editor. “A Good Rogue is Hard to Find” will be released next summer, and there’s a short excerpt at the back of my newest release, IN BED WITH A ROGUE. I think “A Good Rogue” will be the perfect tie-in to the Beau Monde Bachelors, Rival Rogues, and the next trio of stories I’m proposing toward the end of the month. The book is about Eve Thorne, Sebastian’s younger sister and Benjamin Hillary, whose younger brothers had their own love stories in the Beau Monde Bachelor series. “A Good Rogue” also introduces two new characters that are destined to become heroes, and I can’t wait to share it all of it everyone.

 

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

It wasn’t long after the movie “The Bucket List” came out. My mother-in-law saw it and decided to make her own list. She and my father-in-law shared a few things that were on their bucket lists, and the conversation made me reevaluate my own life and goals. My only regret if I would have kicked the bucket at that time would have been never writing a book. I’d promised myself for ages that I would do it, but I kept procrastinating. I wrote my first book in a couple of months in 2008. I had so much fun, especially after I met my critique partners, and I couldn’t stop.

 

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

I remember hearing at my first RWA conference to learn the rules, so when I break them, it will be on purpose. It was part of a panel discussion with Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and Sherry Thomas. I don’t remember which one of them said it, but it made an impact on me. I think this stuck with me because I was at that place in my career where I was receiving feedback from judges’ in contests quoting lots of unspoken writing and genre rules. My favorite: Never use the word “was”. LOL. All this feedback was beginning to paralyze me as a writer. I was afraid of doing the wrong thing, and if I did the wrong thing, I would never get published. This advice helped me to relax and focus on the joy of writing. I believe if I have fun writing a story, it will carry over into the book.

 

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?

To me, the perfect hero respects the heroine and treats her as a partner. I also love a good sense of humor, intelligence, and a protective streak. I think the heroes in my book share these qualities with my real life hero of 18 years.

 

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I love to be outdoors, so if I get a chance to go hiking, I’m in heaven. I enjoy going to the farmer’s market for fresh vegetables and cooking a nice meal. I want to take a cooking class at one of the food co-ops in my area that teaches how to make lots of different recipes using food within a 100-mile radius. I think that would be fun. I like meeting friends for dinner and trying new restaurants. And I love my Pilates class. It helps with managing my aches and pains, and I have so much fun with my classmates. I collect black cats for Halloween decorations and Santas for Christmas. Otherwise, I don’t really collect much.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I’m not sure if others would consider this an adventure, but my husband and I rented a motorcycle in Hawaii and explored Oahu on our own. I’m not a huge thrill-seeker, so that was about as wild as I’m willing to get. It was beautiful and we found a waterfall where the tourist buses didn’t make a stop.

 

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?

I would go to Scotland and England because I’ve never been. All my research has been online or from visiting old houses from the 1800s. A lot of the houses have items brought over from Europe, so it has been helpful, but exploring Great Britain would be the best.

 

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 definitely adventurous. I’ll try most things if I have a bottle of ketchup. JK! That was my mom’s trick when my brothers and I were little. If we didn’t want to try something new, she’d tell us to put ketchup on it. I probably wouldn’t try bugs, but if they are covered in chocolate…? Eh. Probably not. I’ve seen them smashed on the windshield too often.

 

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?

Microwave! I know this because ours was recently on the fritz. I mean, I can live without it, but I don’t like it. It’s great to heat up a quick cup of water for tea. I have a rice sock I pop in there when I have sore muscles or can’t sleep. I use it all the time to thaw chicken or fish for dinner, and apparently, the timer is a must for everyone in the family. I can’t tell you how many times the kids complained about not being able to use the microwave timer.

 

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?

An uninterrupted evening with my husband where we can connect is romantic to me. We don’t have to do anything amazing. We could watch a movie together in the den or it could be talking in the car on a short day trip. We stayed overnight at a spa recently to celebrate our anniversary, and my favorite part was just being together. My husband is a good conversationalist and we laugh together a lot.

 

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?

I think I’m funny and smart. In fact, I crack myself up all the time. People probably look at me funny when I’m laughing as I’m driving someplace, but I don’t notice. J My friends sometimes say I’m too nice, but I don’t think that’s true. I’ve never regretted showing kindness to another person, but I’ve had regrets about being thoughtless or snarky. You can’t take those things back. I know how to set boundaries and I do when necessary, but I’ll probably be nice about it.

 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Pasta! There is something very comforting about a pan of lasagna or Alfredo.

 

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?

I love autumn. There are so many things to love about it: the colors, apple picking, mums, comfy sweaters, pumpkin flavored ANYTHING, family gatherings… We host a fall party at our house for family and it is one of my favorite times together.

 

What project are you working on next?

Summer 2015 is a long time away, so I’ve started work on a second Danby Family novella to release in between IN BED WITH A ROGUE and the third Rival Rogues book. The novella is a follow-up to “Twice Upon a Time”, which was originally featured in “A Summons from the Duke”.

 

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?

I’m participating in a Facebook release party for my writing partners Jane Charles, Jerrica Knight Catania, and Ava Stone. It’s scheduled for Monday, October 13th. I’ll be chatting with readers and offering a giveaway at 7 pm Central. Here’s the link for anyone who would like to join the party. One Haunted Evening Release Party I’d love to see you there if you can make it.

Thanks again for blogging with us!

It’s a pleasure to be here. These are great questions. Maybe it would be okay to ask your readers one, too? What modern convenience is a must for you?

 

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About the Author:

Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publishers Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Website: http://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Grace/264436686918343

Twitter: @SamGraceAuthor https://twitter.com/SamGraceAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4946067.Samantha_Grace

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