BEYOND THE PAGE: Deciding to Sign with a Publisher

July 28, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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We’re back, Full Fathomites…with the next post in our BEYOND THE PAGE series, a tell-all about the process of turning a manuscript into a published book. Author Catrina Burgess (check her out HERE) is back to tell you why she decided to sign her Dark Rituals series with Full Fathom Five Digital. Take it away, Cat!

When I’m not working away on my stories, I spend my time running a romance review site called Romance Junkies. It’s a fun side project I’ve been doing for the past twelve years. Through Romance Junkies, I end up dealing with a lot of authors and publishing houses. I had a chance to work with some FFFDig staff—like Publishing Director Samantha Streger and Marketing Coordinator Caroline Breed—when they were doing promotion for their titles on RJ. They were very professional, but at the same time they seemed to have a great sense of humor. I felt very at ease when I was working with them, which to me is a big deal. But it wasn’t just getting to know the staff that made me sign with their house. I did my research. I looked up the employees, checked out their backgrounds, and learned all I could about the new house and how they were running it. I learned all I could about their other imprint and their owner James Frey.

James Frey is infamous. You can read all about him on the internet. One of his books came out years ago labeled as a memoir, and it was later revealed that he’d embellished the drama to make the book a better story. It was big news, and many people were outraged. But everyone makes mistakes in life, and what I admire most is someone who is willing to face those mistakes and not let them define him or her.

Since then, James Frey has had a very successful career. He isn’t just an author anymore. He’s the founder of Full Fathom Five, which began as a multimedia content packaging company. The idea behind it is exactly the same as the concept that created Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries. Full Fathom Five collaborates on a concept with a writer, and together they create a story that can become a book, a book series, a movie, a TV show, a video game, and more. The Nancy Drew books were contracted the same way and were written by more than one author. Some authors have no problem with stories that are created this way; others think content creation companies are evil incarnate. But there are many writers who have made a good living writing books for contract. Many of the content creation books from Full Fathom Five were published by major NY houses. You might recognize quite a few of the titles; some are on the New York Times best sellers list. A year ago, Mr. Frey decided to branch out and create a publishing imprint that would operate separately from the content creation side of the business. You guessed it—that imprint is Full Fathom Five Digital.

Anytime you are contacted by an agent or a publishing house, you should do your research. Find out as much as you can about them before you decided to sign with them. After all the research I did on FFFDig, the decision on whether I should sign with them was pretty easy. In my research, I found that FFFDig is very different than their content creation parent. Like many digital publishing houses, FFFDig splits any profits 50/50 and the author keeps the copyright to their work. I loved working with their staff and I had no problems with James Frey’s past or the idea of the content creation company. I liked that I was signing with a publisher that might allow my stories to be more than just a digital book. In most digital publishing houses, there is a chance your books could be published in print if they sell enough copies digitally, which is very exciting. What author doesn’t dream of seeing their books out in print? But FFFDig also has another aspect of their company that I thought was really cool—they have experience taking turning their books into television and/or movie projects. [You can read more about this on their webpage.]

For me, the idea that my stories could develop into something more was enticing.  But even more enticing was the fact that I would have professional editors working on the book and professional covers made. Writers are always concerned with the thought that, when they’re working on a story, they don’t see its weaknesses—as a writer, you often can’t see the fatal flaw that will keep it from reaching a wider audience and being a success. Having a professional team work on a manuscript, helping you avoid pitfalls and helping the story reach its full potential, is very exciting. My stories are better today because of the staff at FFFDig. And I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Dark Rituals series.

P.S. The cover used with today’s blog post was created by Catrina to accompany her stories on Wattpad. Impressive, right? FFF Digital is working with Catrina and a cover artist to create new covers for the whole series. Keep up with Beyond the Page and you’ll hear all about creating final covers for the series!

Stay tuned next week as our BEYOND THE PAGE series continues. Next Tuesday, FFF Dig Publishing Director Samantha Streger joins the series to talk about all the day-to-day work that goes into publishing books.

What is BEYOND THE PAGE?

Ever wonder what happens after you sign with a publishing house? Catrina Burgess, author of The Dark Rituals series coming this October, has convinced us to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how a manuscript becomes a finished book. Tune in every Tuesday for a new installment, and check out the series on the author’s blog at catrinaburgess.com!

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The Legacy of Copper Creek by R.C. Ryan

July 27, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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THE LEGACY OF COPPER CREEK by R.C. Ryan (July 28, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Copper Creek #3)

When Love Walks Through the Door . . .

Like all MacKenzie men, Whit respects three things: hard work, his family, and the wild beauty of the Montana land he calls home. The solitude of the high country is a welcome respite to a loner like Whit. So when a powerful spring snowstorm hits as he’s tending the herd, Whit heads to one of the family’s isolated cabins. The cold winds don’t trouble him. The gorgeous mystery woman waiting inside does.

All Cara Walton wanted was a chance to clear her head. And the forgotten cabin on the outskirts of the MacKenzie ranch seemed like the perfect place to do just that—until Whit arrives. The rugged cowboy quickly melts Cara’s defenses and she’s powerless to resist his strong arms or his tender touch. She desperately wants to trust him, but there’s so much Whit doesn’t know, so much she hasn’t told him. She lost everything once—can she find the courage to risk her heart again?

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The door opened and the woman who’d been on his mind stepped into the snow and started toward him.

“I feel like Nanook of the North.” She was grinning from ear to ear.

He was relieved to see the smile back in her eyes. “You look like my nephew Casey when his mother puts him in a snowsuit. It’s like a straightjacket and he can barely move. Can you bend those arms?”

With a laugh, she walked stiff-legged and stiff-armed in his direction. “What arms? Are there arms under all these layers?”

He was laughing as she bent down and, without warning, scooped up a handful of snow before taking aim. It hit him squarely in the face.

His smile turned into a look of surprise before he set aside the ax and filled both hands with snow. “Goldilocks, that was a declaration of war. And you don’t stand a chance.”

Seeing what he planned, she ducked, and the snowball he tossed landed harmlessly on the bark of a tree behind her.

“A certain cowboy needs to correct his aim.” She scooped up more snow and sent it flying toward his head.

Before she could blink, a handful of snow landed on her cheek and found its way down the collar of her parka.

Just as she brushed it aside, she looked up to see him racing toward her.

With a squeal, she turned and started running.

In quick strides he caught up with her and wrapped both arms around her, lifting her clean off her feet. In one quick motion, he scooped up snow and lobbed it right at her.

“Oh, you’ll pay for this, Cowboy.” She was still wiping away the snow when he bent down and filled his hands with more.

Seeing that, she dropped to her knees and did the same.

“Not on your life, woman.” Whit leapt on her, moving so quickly she was pinned beneath him, and they sank into a snowdrift tall enough to bury them both.

He grabbed some snow and held it up menacingly.

“You’d better apologize for that sneak attack, Goldilocks, or your face is going to freeze.”

She held up both hands in a sign of surrender. “Whit. No. I’ve had enough.”

Laughing, he tossed aside the snow. When he looked down at her, he realized too late that it had been a mock surrender. Laughing, she tackled him and rubbed a snowball into his face, forcing him to eat a handful of snow.

“Quite the little actress, aren’t you? Now you’ve done it. I won’t be fooled again by your cheating.”

“I wasn’t cheating. I was using war strategy.”

“Here’s your strategy.” Straddling her, he smeared snow over her face just as she did the same to him.

They both froze in place, laughing so hard they could barely catch their breath.

“I love the devious way you think, Goldilocks.”

“You mean, the same way you do?”

“Yeah.” Whit leaned close enough to touch his forehead to hers. And immediately realized his mistake.

Up close, her face was glowing and her lips, pursed in a perfect little pout, filled his line of vision.

“I think I’ve found a way to end this war.”

Seeing the way his gaze burned over her lips, she understood his intention and tried to turn her face away.

He reached up and caught her chin so that she could do nothing more than watch as his face slowly descended toward hers.

“You’d better declare a truce, Goldilocks.”

“Never.” The word was forced from her suddenly dry throat in a low, drawn-out whisper.

“Oh, I do love a challenge. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

His mouth closed over hers in a kiss that was as shocking to their systems as the snow had been just moments earlier. A kiss that sent tiny spears of fire and ice dancing through both their veins.

“Ready to declare a truce?”

R.C. Ryan

About the author:

New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.  In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journaland Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America. R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan.

 

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WOLF TROUBLE by Paige Tyler

July 27, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Title: Wolf Trouble

Author: Paige Tyler

Series: SWAT, #2

Pubdate: August 4th, 2015

ISBN: 9781492608509

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He’s in trouble with a capital T

There’s never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.

When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn’t know what the heck to do. Worse, she’s put under his command and Xander’s protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it’s almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other…

Paige Tyler is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.

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Paige Tyler’s sexy, action-packed SWAT series is back this August with the release of Wolf Trouble! To celebrate this latest release, Corporal Xander Riggs has agreed to sit down for a Q&A with us:

If you could go back in time and live during any time period when would it be and why?

“Probably the old west. I’d could be like Wyatt Earp.”

 

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 Xander had to pick his jaw up off the floor of the training room when Gage introduced the newest member of the SWAT team. He didn’t know what to expect, but it sure as hell wasn’t Officer Khaki Blake. Tall with an athletic build and just enough curves to fill out the SWAT T-shirt, she had the biggest brown eyes and softest looking lips he’d ever seen. She had her dark hair back in a bun, so he couldn’t tell how long it was, but he’d bet money it fell past her shoulders. She smelled way too good to be believed, too—like a slice of frosted spice cake in a uniform.

Shit. He was practically panting. If he didn’t get a grip soon, he was going to start drooling.

He gave the other guys a covert glance to see how they were dealing with her scent and was stunned to see that none of them reacted at all. Why not? His nose wasn’t that much better than theirs. He knew for a fact that several of the other guys—Cooper Landry and Jayden Brooks specifically—could smell a hell of a lot better than he could.

Maybe everyone was so mesmerized by finally getting to see a female version of their kind that the rest of their senses had stopped working.

Gage had left it up to Xander to fill the guys in on what had gone down at the meeting with Deputy Chief Mason while he’d headed home to get ready for his trip to Washington State. While the guys had been pissed that the top brass was playing politics with the team, they’d been intrigued at the idea of adding a female werewolf to the Pack.

They’d bombarded him with dozens of questions, none of which he could answer. Was she as fast and strong as they were? Did her abilities manifest themselves in completely different ways? Would she be as aggressive as they were and able to handle herself in a fight? Were there more like her out there, or was she the only one?

Not all the questions were so general. Brooks wondered what she would look like, Max Lowry wanted to know if she would smell like them, and Eric Becker… Well, Becker just wanted to know if she liked to wear yoga pants. God, that kid had an obsession with those things.

Xander had told them what he knew—that no one except Gage knew a damn thing about female werewolves. And Xander wasn’t so sure how much their commander knew, either.

While Xander was lost in thought, Gage turned the floor over to Khaki, who was currently explaining how much she appreciated the opportunity to be in SWAT.

“I know I won’t be handed anything, but I look forward to proving to every one of you that I belong in the Pack and on the team.” She spoke in a light, lilting voice that surprisingly filled the large classroom. Xander could definitely pick up the Midwest accent, so she probably wasn’t originally from the Pacific Northwest. “I’m not asking for anything from you but a chance to do prove myself.”

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Author Bonnie McCune

July 26, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Life’s a crazy ride nowadays, with constant change, invading technology, and permissive lifestyles. Are women’s novels out of sync or idealistic?

Women’s fiction seems to lag behind changes in society. In real life, people are constantly bent over a device while in restaurants, stores, or theaters, waving their fingers and mumbling to unseen visitors. However, novels still focus on characters, plot, description. They interact. Occasionally, mobile phones DO now appear in fiction, and a woman in danger turns immediately to a cell, but few heroines or heroes spend the amount of time online that occurs in daily life.

Married couples spend more time online than they do in bed with one another. I can barely go shopping without some seller urging me to download a new app. Internet, Twitter, Pinterest, smart phones, text messages, demand for techie contact has become so constant and so fast, even people on the shady side of forty can lose their balance in the net.

Novels haven’t adapted to this transformation, at least not to the extent I see out and about. In books, human interaction requires face-to-face contact, if not body-to-body; and text messages or Tweets are used, if at all, as quirky plot developments..

The diversity of communications methods mirrors what seems to be occurring in women’s personal lives. According to experts, as well as popular films, television, and songs, women are leaping in and out of bed (or in cars or on tables or outdoors) with enthusiasm and are increasingly casual in their sexual encounters, if not outright promiscuous.

Why then do novels continue to advocate stable, monogamous relationships? While wedding rings may be far fewer in stories than in the 20th century, the preponderance of women’s fiction has the heroine and hero in a happy clinch by the end, not a clutch of partners.

So how can the poor writer decide how to publish a story and what equipment to feature? Should we write in 148 character series, as one novel I read did in an introduction to each section? Are young readers going to dump fiction unless it’s available on phones? The phenomenon in Japan is the cell phone novel with chapters of less than 200 words. Are our characters moving toward no physical contact, just phone sex?

One thing’s for sure. In fiction, the chaste (and chased) virgin of fifty years ago, frequently a nurse, secretary, or teacher, is far outnumbered by her more adventuresome sisters. They may not be “loose women,” but they’ve been around the block. Plots are reflecting reality, as studies and surveys show attitudes toward casual sex and multiple partners continue to become more liberal.

Are romance novels old-fashioned and out-of-date? Are they read by little old ladies or spinsters hiding in their rooms? Or are we reflecting and espousing standards, even hopes still treasured by most in our society?

At the conclusion of any written adventure, whether the novel is a sweet romance, erotic, historical, sci fi, literary, steamy or whatever, everyone’s still just looking for love. Real love. True love. Which continues to mean one partner, with whom we communicate face-to-face, even if he’s a vampire. Maybe writers aren’t out of sync with society, simply idealistic like their readers.

(Bonnie McCune is the author of three novels from Prism Book Group, the most recent “Falling Like a Rock. Visit her at www.BonnieMcCune.com)

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Watch out for falling rock! A mountain town and its rugged mayor captivate a woman in search of a new life and love.

Unloved and unemployed. That’s Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock.

Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, her own fears, finally a forest inferno. Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory. (199)

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Bonnie McCune lives in Colorado and is the author of novels, novellas and short stories. A writer since the fifth grade, her interest in the craft led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. Simultaneously, she published news and features as a free-lancer. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. Bonnie’s writing explores the highs and lows of everyday people and their unique lives with humor, close attention, and appreciation. Her blog addresses “ordinary people, extraordinary lives” and also features samples of shorter works. Visit  http://bonniemccune.com/ to connect with her.

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She knew she had to leave the main road and find help. She swerved onto a pull-off that appeared as if by a miracle, turned off the motor, and sank into the seat. In all directions she saw flat monotone prairie. If spring was about to arrive, no sign of it blossomed here. An occasional bush of greenish sagebrush nodded, but most of the landscape consisted of earth-toned dirt and dirt-toned pebbles scoured by a constant wind, which threw a thin top layer of particles hither and yon.

What she knew about auto mechanics fit on a matchbook cover. She’d been shown where to fill up on gas and wiper fluid, and that was the extent of it. She flicked the ignition off and on several times, peered at the dashboard, even popped the hood. Nothing looked out of place or broken.

She returned to the driver’s seat to think and worry her tooth with her tongue. It wasn’t safe to sit out here alone, and dismal warnings from her parents to never trust a casual passerby in a situation like this darted in her mind. So she hauled out her cell phone. No service. She slumped in her seat.

The plains spread horizon to horizon around her, and an appreciation rose in her for the courage and hard work of the pioneers who had traveled one slow step at a time over an endless landscape to reach their new homes. At least nowadays an asphalt ribbon transversed the plateau. On the road an occasional semi whooshed past, rattling her vehicle as it traveled. One trucker slowed to a crawl and honked, but by the time she decided he was offering help, he’d disappeared.

She twisted her brain in knots to find some way to save herself. Surely if she were careful, stayed in her car and blinked her lights and beeped, someone should rescue her. Clouds began to build in gray billows, flowed from west en route the east, and the sun plunged toward twilight. If anything terrified her more than an appeal to a stranger for assistance, it was spending the night out here in the open. In her rearview mirror, a battered Land Rover appeared, and almost on impulse, Elaine switched on her hazard lights and leaned on the horn.

The vehicle slowed but didn’t stop. Not until it was some yards down the road. Next a tall, lean figure climbed out, the engine still in operation. A man dressed in jeans, ski jacket, and a black Stetson. Elaine would have laughed if she hadn’t been worried about the security of the car door locks. She was in the West now. It made sense for a cowboy to show up.

He approached with careful deliberation, halting a few feet from her, and she rolled her window down several inches and studied him in case she had to describe him later to the authorities. Not particularly suave or polished, but certainly with the rugged strength typically associated with cowboy types. Dark, as if he spent time outside or had some Mediterranean or Latino ancestors. A prominent nose, off-centered, perhaps from being bashed once too often.

“Need help, ma’am?”

PREGNANT BY THE COWBOY CEO by Catherine Mann

July 25, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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From one-night stand to one huge secret! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann…

Jewelry designer Amie McNair would do anything for her dying grandmother, including promise to travel with the outsider chosen to run her family’s business empire. Simple. All she has to do is keep her hands to herself…and find a way to let the sexy new CEO know she’s pregnant with his child.

Preston Armstrong has secrets of his own. But spending a week with Amie has this tight-lipped cowboy longing to open up. Even if his past threatens their future—as a couple, and a family.

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INFATUATION by Melissa Schroeder

July 23, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Get USA Today Bestselling Author Melissa Schroeder’s FIRST military series, A Little Harmless Military Romance!

To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Infatuation: A Little Military Harmless Romance

Francis McKade is a man in lust. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s little sister for years but he has never acted on it. Besides that fact that she’s Malachi’s sister, he’s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex-fiancé. Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time. Still, at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen—and does. Unfortunately, after the best night of his life, he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions.

Shannon is blown over by Kade. She’s always had a crush on him and after their night together, it starts to feel a little like love. But, after the mission, Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream. Until one night, her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life.

Kade isn’t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii, or even the last few years. Losing a friend and being injured, especially one who had never felt so vulnerable. He still can’t shake the terror that keeps him up at night. Worse, he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over.

Shannon is still mad, but she can’t help but hurt for the man she loves. He is darker, a bit more dangerous, but beneath that, he is the Kade she’s known for so many years. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.

Warning: This book contains two infatuated lovers, a hard-headed military man, a determined woman, some old friends, and a little taste of New Orleans. Of course, there is a Dom who wants to be in a charge and a sub who wants to challenge him. As always, ice water is suggested while reading. It might be the first military Harmless book, but the only thing that has changed is how hot our hero looks in his uniform—not to mention out of it.

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Misty Evans & Adrienne Giordano’s EXPOSING JUSTICE

July 23, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

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Title:                            Exposing Justice

Series:                         The Justice Team (#3)

Authors:                       Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Release Date:              July 13, 2015

Genre:                         Romantic Suspense

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 Fans of the Justice Team Series will love this action-packed third installment!

As a Public Information officer for the US Supreme Court, idealist Hope Denby knows how to spin a story. A journalist at heart, she loves being in the middle of a juicy scoop and has her sights set on future Press Secretary for the White House. When the Supreme Court Chief Justice is accidentally killed in a road rage accident, and a high-profile conspiracy blogger claims it was premeditated murder, Hope has to shut down the paranoid blogger—which should be a slam dunk until she discovers he’s not as crazy as she thought and she has more in common with the secretive, hard-hitting investigator then she’d like to admit.

Cyber resistance against government corruption isn’t just a theory for Brice Brennan on his blog, The First Amendment Patriot. As a former ATF agent who blew the whistle on his superiors, he’s no stranger to government cover-ups and scandals. An anonymous tip on the Chief Justice’s death sends him searching for answers. What he finds is a sexy, young idealist about to blow his private, behind-the-scenes world to pieces.

Brice and Hope couldn’t be more opposite, but exposing justice makes them partners—and puts them on the track of a ruthless killer. As their investigation takes them into the dark underbelly of Washington politics and murder-for-hire, it also takes them into the bedroom where passion erupts and emotional walls crumble. But when the killer makes an attempt on Hope’s life, will Brice be able to keep her safe? Or will blowing the whistle on corruption and greed mean losing the one person he’s allowed himself to love?

 

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Misty Evans:

USA Today bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

Connect with Misty: Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

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 Adrienne Giordano:

 USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.

Connect with Adrienne: Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Street Team

 

Blog Tour Stops

Visit the blogs below to read reviews and excerpts!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Nerdy Dirty and Flirty

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Joyfully Reviewed

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

So Many Reads

Friday, July 17, 2015

Peaces of Me

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOS Aloha

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Amy Manemanns’s Blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cricket’s Chirps

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Romance Junkies

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happiness is a Book

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Renee Entress’s Blog

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Becky on Books

Em & M Books

Friday, July 31, 2015

Brooke Blogs

Ramblings From This Chick

 

Sexy to Go

July 22, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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11 sizzling stories for women who like it hot! Erotic romance for women by women featuring contemporary, paranormal, BDSM, and more. A new volume every month, always delicious.

 

Command Performance by Sorcha Mowbray

Can a billionaire playboy take charge of a headstrong ballerina or will she lead him a merry chase before dancing off into the sunset?

Sorcha’s Website | Tweet @SorchaMowbray | Facebook | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest | Newsletter

 

First Class by Jocelyn Dex

Shay is terrified to fly, but when a sexy-as-sin man sits next to her in first class, he provides a distraction that changes her outlook on flying and leaves her longing for more.

Jocelyn’s Website | Twitter @JocelynDexFacebook  | Goodreads | Amazon | Pinterest | Newsletter

 

Geek Overboard, #1 by Kathryn Lively

Dumped at the last minute by her boyfriend, Natalie is stuck on a cruise ship with hundreds of sci-fi fans. She intends to make the most of it…maybe that handsome man by the pool can help.

Kathryn’s Website | Tweet @MsKathrynLively | GoodReads | Amazon

 

Dreamwalker: Dream Date by Pamela Moran

Dreamwalker Lee Jacobs needs answers to who shot him, to who wanted him dead. Can a dream date with sexy Dr. Brynn Keegan, a researcher at the Lucid Dream Center, help him find the answers? Or will that date only lead to murder?

Pamela’s Website | Tweet @Pam_Moran | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Newsletter

 

Rewriting the Law, Part 4 by Daisy Banks  Elana attempts to leave the safety of the bakery. She discovers Jagan law is implacable, or at least it is when administered by the broad palm of Ansgar. His promise to listen to her tale once the law is satisfied isn’t the only reward for obedience.

Daisy’s Website | Facebook | Tweet @DaisyBanks16 | Blog | Pinterest | TSU

 

Alien Sex Life an Alien Sex Ed story by Allie Ritch  Can alien lovers negotiate a life together? Four-armed Valene is madly in love with Apax, but she’s nervous about her impending marriage.

Allie’s Website | Tweet @AllieRitch | Amazon

 

Pleasured by a Ghost by Haley Whitehall

Confederate soldier Randal Hartford promised his intended he’d wed her after the war and make her dreams come true. Killed at the Battle of Shiloh, he returns in ghostly form. Although not the reunion she expected, he fulfills her every fantasy.

Haley’s Website | Tweet @HaleyWhitehall | Facebook | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest

 

GLBT STORIES

 

Love or Money by Shiloh Saddler

After being attacked, Daniel owes Dr. Abrams a lot for saving his life and nursing him back to health. Only the doctor asks for a night with his lover, James, as payment. Could this destroy their relationship or open a new door?

Shiloh’s Website | Tweet @ShilohSaddler | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Pinterest

 

On the Sly, Part 1 by Leigh Ellwood

It’s 1989, and somebody is attacking gay man in Archer Beach. Officer Jeremy Truman is determined to find the assailant, and protect Colin.

Leigh’s Website | Tweet @LeighEllwood | Facebook | Blog | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest | Newsletter

 

Daylight (48 Hours #3) by Sofia Grey

Joel is happily falling in love with his new boyfriend, Anton, so why is he attracted to Anton’s female roommate? He doesn’t do girls any more – especially not when he has everything he wants in Anton.

Sofia’s Website | Tweet @SofiaGreyAuthor | Facebook | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest

 

Unburied Hatchet by Eva Lefoy

The pack’s move is delayed by a double childbirth. Afterward, Casi experiences her first shift, but on return home, discovers a brutal attack on the pack will separate her from everyone she loves.

Eva’s Website | Tweet @Eva_Lefoy | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon | Pinterest | Newsletter

 

Author Interview

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Well, Sexy To Go Volume 6 is out now which is a boxed set of short stories by eleven authors. We put out a new volume every month if you can imagine!

My contribution to Volume 6 is Command Performance.

Can a billionaire playboy take charge of a headstrong ballerina or will she lead him a merry chase before dancing off into the sunset?

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When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? After someone read my first book which never made the light of day. I was so excited because they were excited. Loved that feeling!

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? BICHOK. Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard. Can’t remember where I saw it first. But it is so true.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? I’m not sure any hero is perfect, and I love an imperfect hero. When I think perfect I get this image of a guy with super shiny hair and blinding white teeth with a super cheesy smile that just screams plastic. LOL! Me? I like them rough around the edges, a little dark, a little silly, and super sexy. That goes for books and Mr. Sorcha. *Wink*

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? Sadly I write and read romance in my free time since I have a day job. Otherwise I spend time with my husband.

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? Somewhere in between. I can be adventurous, but mostly I stick with tried and true.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? My phone. I’m pretty sure I would go into withdrawals if not full on convulsions without it.

What is your favorite comfort food? Cupcakes. I can eat the hell out of some cupcakes, especially if I’m looking for comfort food.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Summer. I love the heat and all the time spent outdoors. And I love sundresses. Can’t wear a sundress in winter. Well, okay. I live in SoCal, so yeah. I can. LOL!

What project are you working on next? Well, we have Sexy To Go Volume 7 coming out this month…and a new volume every month after that! I know we’re a bunch of crazies!

Me personally, I’m working on a new series called Tales From Epsilon. It’s a post-apocalyptic motorcycle club romance. A short prequel will be out soon—maybe in Sexy To Go, Vol 7—and then the first full book in the series will be out later this year.

Excerpt from Command Performance

Trish basked in the moment. Relished the thunder of applause. Did it matter if she wasn’t the one standing front and center beside her partner? Not right now it didn’t.

She’d worked too damn hard to become a soloist with the San Diego Dance Theater (SDDT) to worry about being the Prima Ballerina. Yet.

Katerina, the reigning Prima Ballerina for SDDT, nodded and as a single unit the soloists stepped to the right, extended their left legs—toes pointed!—then they tucked their legs behind them and curtsied. Bow your head. Look up, smile, and turn to run gracefully from the stage. Just another bit of choreography to remember.

Dancing the role of one of the four swans in Swan Lake was a dream come true. One realized after years of hard work. The wings of the stage were crowded by squealing women and, sadly, men. Too bad she spent her days surrounded by incredible specimens of the male form who were completely uninterested. Not that she’d ever sleep with a coworker. The incredibly small dance community had the grapevine to match.

The high pitched squeals faded away as she wandered deeper into the bowels of the theater. At her dressing table she found her cold cream, the first step in scraping the layers of paint from her face. As much as she loved performing, she detested all the makeup she had to coat on her skin. Some days it positively suffocated her.

An hour later she finished showering and dressed for the opening night cocktail party. Everyone in the company was required to attend so they could schmooze the donors who were the monetary lifeblood of SDDT. It came damn close to prostitution, but she wasn’t naive enough to believe it wasn’t necessary. It just sucked to play dodge the handsy millionaires all night.

She walked into the art museum filled to bursting by patrons and dancers. With deft fingers she snagged a flute of champagne as it drifted by and sipped. At least there were some benefits.

And then she spotted him.

The obnoxious jerk with too much money, and even more ego. Given a bit of care she could avoid him the whole night. After all, there had to be two hundred people at the party. Surely she could avoid one lone billionaire playboy.

 

About To Tame the Wind

July 22, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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About To Tame the Wind

Publication Date: May 9, 2015 CreateSpace eBook; 294p

Series: Agents of the Crown (Prequel) Genre: Historical Romance

Paris 1782…AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN

All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell’s schooner, the English privateer decided to take the one thing his enemy held most dear… her.

A BATTLE IS JOINED

The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire’s father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.

Buy your copy today!

Praise for To Tame the Wind

“A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!” -NY Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee

“Another exciting historical romance from Regan Walker” –NY Times Bestselling Author Virginia Henley

“I was hooked from the first page! Political intrigue, a bit of mystery and a beautifully developed romance that swept me from Paris to London and to the waters of the English Channel! Very, very, very well done!” –The Reading Cafe

About the Author

Bestselling author Regan Walker loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors encouraged her to pursue the profession of law, which she did. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for “special assignments.” And in each of her novels, there is always real history and real historic figures. Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, whom she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

For more information please visit Regan Walker’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Remy’s Painter by A.C.Katt

July 22, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Remy’s Painter
(Werewolves of Manhattan Series, Book 2)
by
A.C.Katt
~Synopsis~
Ian Sullivan is in trouble. His father and brother died
under questionable circumstances. When he died, his brother owed a mobster
quite a sum of money. Now the mobster wanted to collect from Ian and if he
doesn’t, he’ll take Ian as his boy toy instead.
Ian’s only hope is having his estimate on painting a large
house accepted by the homeowner. Little does Ian know that the house belongs to
a Rémy Clavier, a loup garou, who when he meets Ian realizes he’s found his
mate.
Now all Rémy has to do is take care of the mobster and
convince Ian, a human, to accept both him and his wolf.
~Excerpt~

As a wolf, he was young to be the Alpha of a region. Rémy was only seventy, but he was well trained for this job by the Chief Alpha himself. It was a tribute to Rémy’s acumen that he was asked to serve on the council as Alpha not only for his pack but also for the Northeastern Canadian and American packs at such young an age. He would have been content to stay as Alpha of the Catskill wolf pack and within his own territory, but destiny and the gods had other ideas. There was no one else to sit on the council and be in charge of the packs. Rémy was it.

Rémy sat in the kitchen. He heard Roland go to the front door only to find the painter had gone to the rear. The painter is here. He seems too young to be able to do such a large job. He’s at the kitchen door. He parked in the alley. Roland told him through the Alpha link.

I’ll answer the door and let him into the kitchen. Young or not, the company comes highly recommended.

Rémy opened the back door and stood by the stairs. Ian Sullivan stuck out his hand to shake Rémy’s. Rémy smelled green apples and cinnamon. They’re fingertips touched and Rémy’s inner wolf said, Mate—Mine.

~Video~
Thank you to the talented Becca Manuel at Bibliophile Productions for this amazing video.
~Buy Links~
Werewolves of Manhatten Series
His Omega (Book 1)
~Meet A.C. Katt~

 

AC Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich
Village. €She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park
listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged
her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and
became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. €At one time she owned over two
thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New
Mexico for their health and its great beauty.
Blog Link:  A.C. Katt’s Blog
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