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The Rebel of Copper Creek by R.C. Ryan

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About THE REBEL OF COPPER CREEK:

A love worth fighting for . . .

The last thing widow Juliet Grayson needs is a man in her life. Between caring for her two young sons and maintaining her husband’s ranch, her hands are more than full. Then she meets Griff Warren. With his quiet strength and his easy way with her boys, she’s tempted to trust him. But if there’s anything she’s learned, it’s that love only leads to heartbreak. Former Marine Griff Warren never thought he’d settle down. Rebellious and proud, he’s always been on his own . . . until the father he never knew he had died, leaving him with land that is his legacy and brothers to share the load. He doesn’t need more than that. But Juliet touches something deep inside him-and he wants nothing more than to protect her and her sons. Now if only he can convince her to take a second chance at true love.

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Read an Excerpt:

She opened a second door to reveal a bathroom fit for a queen, with a tub and shower big enough for an army, a lovely oval sink and mirror, and all of it done in shades of white marble.

She turned to him with a look of alarm. “Oh, Griff. I don’t belong here.”

He merely smiled. “Neither do I.   But I won’t tell if you don’t.” His smile grew. “I say we just kick back and enjoy all this until they discover we’re frauds.”

She tried to laugh, but it came out in a sigh.

Before she could say more he touched a finger to her lips. Just a touch, but they both looked stunned at his boldness.

He lowered his hand and took a step back. “I’d better say goodnight and get out of here.”

“Wait.” She caught his hand and held it tightly. “Just stay a minute more. I’m feeling overwhelmed.”

His smile was quick and charming. “I’m feeling overwhelmed myself. But it’s not the room, it’s the woman in it.”

“Don’t joke, Griff.”

His smile disappeared. “It’s no joke. And if I don’t leave you right now, I just might not make it out of here.”

He got as far as the door before turning to look at her. That was his downfall. In quick strides he crossed the room and grabbed her in a fierce embrace.

“I almost made it.” The words were whispered against her temple as he began brushing hot, wet kisses down the side of her face until she turned her head slightly and his lips found hers. “I know you told me you don’t like this.” His voice was a rough growl of desperation.

“That’s what I said. But right this minute I can’t tell you that, Griff.” She clung to him. “I need you hold me, just for a minute.”

“If I stay for a minute, it could turn into hours. I may not be able to leave at all. In fact, it’s already too late. I know what touching you does to me.”

And then he took the kiss deep, nearly devouring her.

Her body was crushed against him, her heartbeat wildly matching his. The feel of her ragged breath, her pounding pulse, added more fuel to the fire that raged through him.

“Wait, Griff. I need a minute…”

Her words barely penetrated the fog that seemed to have taken over his control.

Instead of doing as she asked, he backed her across the room until they were stopped by the press of the wall against her back. They barely noticed the bump of their bodies as they continued the kiss until they were nearly crawling inside each other’s skin.

He was so hot he could barely catch a breath. Lifting his head, he breathed deeply before lowering his face to hers. “I could stay the night. I could…”

She lifted a hand to his mouth. “Wait. Stop. I need to think.”

“I can’t think. My brain…” He sucked in air, hoping to clear his mind.

“We can’t do this.” She put a hand to his chest.

“I know. I know.” He caught her hand in his. “I’ll go.”

As he started to turn away she lifted herself on tip toe to brush his mouth with hers. “I don’t want you to, but I know I need to send you away.”

He half-turned back to her. “I don’t have to…”

“Yes. No.” She breathed deeply. “Yes. Go.”

His hands closed around her shoulders. “Was that no? Or go?”

She looked up at the same moment he looked down. They bumped noses, then both burst into laughter.

They laughed so hard they clung together, shaking and laughing.

He pressed his forehead to hers and managed another shaky breath. “Okay. At least I know we’re both crazy.” He held her a little away and stared deeply into her eyes before giving a groan. “I’m going now. Just…” He backed away. “…don’t touch me or I won’t make it.”

She stayed where she was, watching as he backed across the room. Straightening his shoulders he turned and opened the door. He stepped out and pulled it firmly shut behind him.

 

R.C. Ryan

About R.C. Ryan:

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 Journal and 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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Author Kathy Wheeler

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Martini Club 4 – The 1920s

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Amanda McCabe, Alicia Dean, Kathy L Wheeler and Krysta Scott have a unique friendship. Yes, they are all romance writers, and at different stages in their writing careers. But every Friday night, schedules permitting, they meet at the Martini Lounge in Edmond, Oklahoma where they chitchat, plan retreats to get away and for just a general get away. Over a period of time the idea to create a series of stories where the Martini Lounge would serve as a backdrop—well, as writers, that was inevitable. So here we are with our first go at it. Welcome to 1920s New York City where four young women run away from England excited to make their own way in a new world.

 

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Rebellious: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Amanda McCabe

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Blurb: Can an aristocratic lady melt the cold heart of a Russian gangster?  Lady Jessica Hatton fled her high-society London debutante life for one of investigative journalism in New York—only to be relegated to the fashion pages. Searching for a juicy story leads her to Club 501, the city’s most glamorous speakeasy—and its handsome, mysterious owner, Frank Markov. But his past of war and revolution puts their hearts—and their lives—in danger…

 

Excerpt: “Do you smell that, Meggie?” Jessica Hatton cried as she leaned into the cold, salt spray wind, her t-strap shoes perched on the lowest rung of the ship’s railing. She’d lost her hat, and the short strands of her hair blew into her eyes, but she didn’t care. England was far behind them. They had escaped.

“It smells like freedom!” she shouted, and threw up her arms. It felt like she could fly all the way to America.

“I only smell old fish,” Meggie said. “Now come down from there, Jess. If you tumble into the drink, it will all be over before it even starts.”

Jessica laughed and shook her head, but she did climb down. She spun around to see Meggie stretched out on one of the deck chairs, the glossy mink collar of her coat drawn close around her.

The sky was grey and dismal-looking, the water not as glassy-smooth as when they slid past Ireland yesterday and headed out to open sea. Several of the passengers had retreated to their cabins, but Jessica couldn’t stand staying inside. Not when there was so much to be seen.

“It smells like fish and freedom,” Jessica insisted. “But we can go in now. Maybe Charlotte and Eliza will want to play some cards or mah-jong.”

“Finally,” Meggie grumbled as she swung her feet down to the damp deck. But her smile was broad. Jessica knew Meggie was loving it all just as much as she was.

Bio: Amanda McCabe wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOK Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

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Ruined: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Alicia Dean

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Blurb: She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans…  After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped.  Former boxer, Vince “The Fist” Taggart dreams of marrying, having a family, and living a quiet, peaceful life. But when a girl he’s known since childhood disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza is the key to finding his missing friend.

 

Excerpt: Eliza lifted her gaze, then looked away when she met his eyes. They were just too…striking, too blue. “I’m afraid you’ll have to speak to Oscar. He handles all my transactions.” She could never have a normal outing with a man. A lump of regret rose in her throat. She turned and started up the stairs.

Vince caught up to her in a few steps and grabbed her arm, taking the bag from her at the same time. “That was a lousy thing to say.”

She opened her mouth to accuse him of going around Oscar so he didn’t have to pay. But that was ridiculous. He hadn’t taken what he’d paid for the first time. She lifted a hand and rubbed her forehead. His attention confused her. What was his angle? He didn’t want sex. Did he think she was hiding something about Cynthia and if he spent time with her he could draw it out? “What do you want from me?”

“A picnic.”

 

Bio: Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.
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Reckless: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Kathy L Wheeler

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Blurb: Lady Margaret turned Lady Bootlegger…  Singer Margaret (Meggie) Montley needs money…fast. Her friend is in a dire situation with nowhere to turn. While Meggie is on the brink of stardom, it’s not soon enough to save her friend.  Harry Dempsey is out to avenge the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a ruthless gangster. But trouble spirals out of control when Meggie Montley shows up the night he meets his nemesis to settle the score. Saving the impetuous woman from a crime lord might be easier than saving her from her own reckless behavior.

 

Excerpt: Meggie launched herself from her hiding place and threw her arms about Harry’s neck. Locked in his muscular embrace, she rested her chin on his shoulder. His arms tightened around her. “Oh, Harry. I came as fast as I could. Just as we’d planned.” The words, she’d intended to carry, came out breathless.

“Fast, huh?” The whisper was against her ear where no one else could hear, raised goose prickles over her entire body. “Guess I’ll have to do something about that.” He lifted his head. “What are you doing with my girl, Joe?”

Joey’s hands flew into the air, indicating his surrender. “Sorry, Dempsey. Had no idea she was anyone’s quiff—”

Meggie’s cheeks burned, and she stiffened at the insult. Harry’s one arm gripped her closer. The other shot up, jerking her body like a rag doll. She couldn’t see Harry’s face with her own now buried in his neck, but she felt the corded muscles contract.

 

Bio: Kathy L Wheeler (also known as Kae Elle Wheeler) writes both Contemporary and Historical Romance. Shewas born in Presque Isle, Maine.  How she ended up in Texas, then Oklahoma is as much a mystery to her as anyone. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Management Information Systems and a minor in Vocal Music.

She is published through The Wild Rose Press. She loves to travel.  Ports of call include a three week stint in Europe covering Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, Koln, Amsterdam and London.  Other exciting places she’s visited are Grand Cayman, Puerta Vallerta, Mexico, Vancouver, Canada, and roaming from one romance writing conference to another nationwide.  You may have met her in Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, New York or Atlanta.  She is a member of the Oklahoma RWA Chapter, Dara, and The Beau Monde. Kathy lives with her musically talented husband in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have one grown daughter and one bossy cat, Carly!

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Runaway: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Krysta Scott

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Blurb: Can she prove her innocence before more than her dreams are destroyed?  After escaping an arranged marriage, Lady Charlotte Leighton lands on a new shore, determined to realize her dream of opening her own bakery. But her plans are shattered when her former fiancé follows her to New York. Now, she finds herself in a fight for her freedom.  Haunted by a string of failures, Detective Felix Noble is determined to solve his latest case. But his efforts to find a murderer are jeopardized by a forbidden attraction to his number one suspect. While he’s certain Charlotte Leighton is keeping secrets, instinct tells him she’s not the murderess he first believed.

 

Excerpt: Long thin fingers curled around a glass and lifted it from the tray. Charli followed the direction of the drink. Derrick Chaunce, or as the local duffs referred to him, “Slick”, grinned, exposing yellowed teeth.

“You … You…” Her throat closed. The rest of her diatribe wouldn’t budge.

He winked. His thin hair slicked back in the latest fashion exaggerated the gaunt cheekbones and sunken eyes, tinging him with an unhealthy, dilapidated look. He gulped the whiskey. A bit of the amber liquid escaped through the gap in his teeth and down his chin. Her stomach lurched.

“Thank you, sweet cakes. Put it on my tab.” He skulked off.

Charli whirled around. How did the bounder get past Tiny? Ira fumed about customers who ran up a high tab without reconciling at the end of the night. Now she would have to explain yet another charge added to Slick’s mounting debt. She sighed and rolled her eyes to the heavens. The customer was always right. Even when they were wrong.

 

Bio: Krysta Scott is a family law attorney in her false life. After years of writing and winning contests, she is now taking the plunge into publishing. A fan of sci-fi and dark stories surrounding people in crisis, she also enjoys way too much TV including Vampire Diaries, Breaking Bad, and Sherlock. Runaway is her breakout story.

 

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One Month of Elle Kennedy

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A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English

from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream

when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep

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When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and

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makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

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Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive

nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t

resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

 

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark

corners of an MMA cage. But Skyler’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.

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Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize

a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market

again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too

powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

 

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying

Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best

friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—

and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she

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The moment AJ Walsh sees the sexy, tattooed pixie walk up to his bar, it’s lust at first sight. He’s always been labeled

the “nice” guy―opening doors, buying flowers, and never, ever having one-night stands. But with this wicked little

angel with red lips and unfathomably dark eyes? Oh, yeah. Tonight, “nice” has nothing to do with it…

Brett Conlon is trying to convince her family that she’s put away her reckless wild girl side for good. Nothing―and

no one―could be better for her reputation than golden boy AJ Walsh. So they make a deal: if he plays The Good

Boyfriend for her family, he can be a very, very bad boy with her. Now their one naughty night is about to turn into a

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Author Raven ShadowHawk

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Dan loves submissive women and longs to build a harem of willing females to fill what he lovingly calls his ‘Slave Library.’ He shares his plans for sexual bliss with Karen, the first of his submissives in both his mind and his heart. But when an unexpected visit from his mother leads to uncomfortable questions about his ex, Dan realizes that past mistakes are catching up to him, faster than he can run.

The first D/s relationship to blend comfortably with her vanilla life is the one Karen shares with Dan. She treasures the freedom in the act of submission and wants nothing more than to share it with her Master for as long as possible. Why then, does he insist on bringing other women into their beds? And why can’t he say he loves her?

As Dan battles his inner demons, Karen hopes a sexy mini break at the exclusive fetish club, Sugar Dust will allow them time to relax and reconnect. There she meets Beth, personification of Dan’s past storming in to demolish her present. Can she show Dan that their relationship is strong enough to break the chains of his past, before Beth drives an immoveable wedge between them with her tales of what once was?

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“I was trying to figure out what to do for you and last night I figured it out. I’ve booked us a holiday. Just you and me.”

The twist made Karen pause. She hesitated, wavering between pleasure and frustration as he missed the point completely. Again.

“What? When? What about work? I’ve got research to do.” She clutched the sides of the sofa. “Why didn’t you check first? I’m at uni next week, I can’t just run off.” Dan’s chuckling only fanned her temper. “Do you know how much this PhD is costing me? I can’t vanish for a week and screw it up.”

“Who said anything about a week?”

“You said—”

“I said ‘holiday’. You assumed how long.”

Shuffling in her seat, Karen twisted her fingers in her lap. “Fine. How long? And where are we going?”

“Sugar Dust.”

She sat bolt upright. “What?”

“You heard.”

“Say it again. I need to hear it again.”

“Sugar Dust, licensed fetish club and themed hotel for adults of an adventurous nature.” Dan’s smile widened. He puffed out his chest and flicked imaginary fluff off his shoulders. “I booked it this morning. Two nights, from tonight.”

“For real?”

“Yep.”

Karen squealed. All thoughts of the conversation carefully planned on the drive over, disappeared. She leapt to her feet. Whirled in a tight circle. “Sugar Dust! We’re going to Sugar Dust!”

A leap took her across the room to land in Dan’s lap. Grabbing his face with both hands she rained kisses on him. “How? I thought they were booked for months. This is incredible.”

“I’m glad you’re happy, Kaz.”

She grinned, staring deep into the large brown pools of his eyes. She bit her lip. “Sugar Dust, I’ve always wanted to go, but I have to tell you something first.”

Dan leaned forward and nipped her bottom lip. “How grateful you are? How pleased? How horny?”

“Yes, but—”

“Why don’t you show me?” He ran his hands down her shoulders, cupping her breasts briefly before running his hands over her ribs and down to her hips. Grip tight and just shy of painful, he held her in place while tilting his hips into hers. Still grinning, he nibbled her bottom lip again then slid his lips down the side of her throat.

The hot press of his mouth and the flick of his tongue made her groan. She wanted to wait, to push him away and keep talking, but already the details were hazy. He licked a wet path down the side of her throat, teasing the site of last night’s bite.

“I’ve already packed,” he whispered against her throat.

“Really?” A pleasurable jolt shivered over her skin, gathering in her stomach where a tingling sensation billowed out and sank downward. “What did you pack?” Though she made her voice as neutral as possible, she couldn’t quite keep the smile off her lips. A smile that grew wider when Dan next spoke.

“Sugar Dust is a special place. You need special clothes.

 

Author interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Well, I have a four part series on the go, namely Slippers & Chains which follows the BDSM relationship of Daniel Scotney and Karen Owusu. I also have a vampire trilogy in the works with tangles contemporary Leicester with Ancient Egypt.

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

Pretty much when I opened The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike and realised that someone had written this amazing book (and the five that followed). If they could do that, then the senseless scribblings I was doing rather than ‘playing with the other kids’ at school, could also, one day, be wrapped up on a bookshelf with my name on the spine. That was quite a moment, let me tell you.

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

This is quite recent actually, since prior to 2013 I did a lot of my writing in a bubble. Though I’m sure she’s not the first to say it, Kristen Lamb wrote in one of her blog posts something to the tune of ‘Writers write. Don’t aspire. Once you write you’re a writer.’

It’s the best piece of advice and one I tell those around me who tell me they are ‘aspiring’ writers/novellists/poets. Don’t aspire. Just be. In the early days of motherhood nobody told me I was an ‘aspiring mother’ and I certainly never described myself that way. You’re not an aspiring accountant or aspiring supermarket clerk. You just are. So why should writing be any different?

Describe the “perfect” hero.

Not a dick. That’s an oversimplification, but I get a bit bored of books where the hero is a horrible person, superficial or greedy or fake and then sees the error of his ways while trying to win his woman. It’s been done again and again and while it’s important to show character growth and change, there has to be a new way to do this.

So… not a dick, but also real. I like the idea that my hero could be the guy sitting next to me on the bus, or working behind the till in Aldi (or Waitrose I suppose, if we’re going to be upmarket about this).

What about the “perfect” hero for you?

Darn. My perfect hero (at least in a superficial sense) ended up being the bad guy in my vampire books! :p In a totally superficial sense, the perfect hero should be taller than me (six feet at least, please) with long hair (sorry, I have a thing), preferably dark with green eyes. If I can’t get that, then nice, neat dreadlocks please. Ooooh boy, but that look makes me swoon.

And I want him to have real wants and desires. Yes, wanting to cure cancer or cancel third world debt are great, but who really talks about on a first/second/third date? What about the guy who really wants to rebuild an old car or visit the mountains in China? What about the guy who just wants to build his DVD collection to consume his entire house? It sounds mundane, but sometimes real stuff is far more easy to connect with than uber-perfect billionaires who just want ‘a normal relationship with a girl who loves them and not their money.’

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

I used to collect stamps… We don’t talk about that any more.

Now I do lots of geeky stuff like RPGs and LARPs as well as more physical things like roller derby and Zumba. Roller derby is mad but I love it; dashing about on skates and knocking people over with my huge backside. ^_^ What could be better!

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Motherhood. Without a doubt. Learning I was pregnant back in 2011 was scary enough. Learning I was to have twins nearly knocked me the hell out. Now my boys are pushing towards three years old and every day with them is a new adventure. Hell, even taking them out in the pram so they can nap is an adventure (we call it a ‘quiet adventure’). I love being a mum, waaaaay more than I anticipated I would and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Best thing yet, becoming a mum has allowed me to give more time to writing, something I would never have been able to juggle with a full time job, the way I do now.

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

Jamaica. Nice and easy. I want to see where my parents were born. I want to see the streets they grew up in and the fields they played in. Yes, there are interesting places I could visit in the UK, but not from that early time in their lives.

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?

Ha, are you kidding? I make shit up all the time. It’s great! I don’t get too adventurous when out and about, but when doing my own cooking it’s all about trial and (lots of) error. I made a soup the other day which was pretty much a combination of everything I could find at the bottom of the fridge (except the carrots, they’d gone gross). Let me tell you, that was some amazing soup! We still have some left. That’s dinner tonight. Mmm.

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

My laptop. Man, that machine has saved me soooo many times. Writing on the go. Entertaining the children when I need ten minutes to wash up or cook. Playing music when the radio packs in. Storing the thousands of pictures I have of my family… it’s a wonderful little machine.

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

Dinner at Nandos (sans kids). A movie (sans kids). Rampant bunny sex (sans kids. Obviously).

Ha, I’m not all that hard to please. I guess my standards have dipped somewhat since having children. :p

 How do you describe yourself?

Hard working, zany, compulsive eater.

 How would your family and friends describe you?

Friendly, kind, too hard on myself. That last one I heard just last night, from the other half. He seems to think I work too hard. Bless him.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Salt and vinegar crisps. Any brand other than KP. Why? Do you have some? Do ya, do ya, do ya?!

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

Autumn. Got to be. Not too warm, not too cold, beautiful colours everywhere and cubby little squirrels running all over the place gathering nuts for the coming months. I love those fuzzy fuckers. ^_^

What project are you working on next?

Next up is the follow up to the first Slippers & Chains story. This one is called Second Base and follows Dan and Karen as they settling into their new living arrangement, sharing a house much to the chagrin of their parents.

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

Oh, I live in the UK so unless you’re out here then you’re unlikely to see me in person (unless you want to fork out for a plane ticket? Then I’m all yours!) Otherwise I have a website  where you can find me or the Facebook  and Twitter  accounts I share with my other half. I’m also in the middle of a blog tour, the details of which you can find here .

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Author Bio:

Thirty-*mumbles* year old Raven ShadowHawk lives in Leicester (UK) with her twin sons (Sprog1 andSprog2), her partner (The Funk Master) and a stubbornly barren dwarf lemon tree.

She turned to writing erotica when she realized that many of the stories told by her friends were just too good not to share (and after realizing, after seven years, that working in finance was far too boring and far too comfortable a career to maintain forever).

Raven’s unique humor, sauciness, well-observed realism, and unforgiving sass, gives her a brand of erotica she calls Smut With Brains.

Under the series title Meeting Each Other, Raven has released a mini series of six short stories through her imprint Little Vamp Press. Future projects include fantasy and/or horror based collaborative efforts with her “other half” Ileandra Young.

Find details of Raven’s other works on her website (http://ravenshadowhawk.wordpress.com) and for monthly updates and regular freebies, join her mailing list (http://eepurl.com/0yKNj). If you fancy a chat, find her lurking on Facebook, (http://www.facebook.com/illyandraven) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/ileandraXraven) sharing—or arguing—with her other half.

IMPULSE CONTROL by Amanda Usen

January 23, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 1 Comment →

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an Entangled Indulgence novel by Amanda Usen!

He can’t resist a challenge. She can’t resist a dare…

 To celebrate IMPULSE CONTROL, there will be daily #giveaways on each day of the blitz! Each day THREE winners will receive a signed print copy of one of Amanda’s backlist titles (international winners will receive a digital copy). Daily drawings will be held at 4:00pm EST and winners will be announced on Amanda’s Facebook page and on Twitter.

And wait, there’s MORE! The grand prize winner, chosen at the end of the blitz, will #win a digital copy of each new release in the Men of the Zodiac Series, as they release each month, for a total of 12 books over the year! Winner will be announced on Amanda’s Facebook and Twitter at the end of the blitz.

Winners will need to contact Amanda with their preferred digital book, email address and shipping address, at amanda AT amandausen DOT com.

 

Synopsis:

Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there’s no way she’ll be able to hack it…

Susannah is tougher than she looks. She’s had to fight her way through life, and there’s no way she’ll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she’s run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules…

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Aries (March 21-April 19): Your inability to resist a challenge could put you in hot water today. Leash your inner daredevil lest your impulsive streak get the best of you in ways you’ve never imagined. Look before you leap—or even get out of bed, Aries, or your life will never be the same. I’m not kidding. I really mean it this time. PAY ATTENTION! Still not listening? All right, you foolhardy, competitive daredevil. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I guess you’ll learn the hard way—as usual.

Welcome to the IMPULSE CONTROL release blitz! I’m thrilled to introduce Book One of the Men Of The Zodiac Series for Entangled Indulgence. Russ Donovan is an Aries, and he embodies all the best—and worst—traits of the sign. He’s a survivalist, a former Green Beret, twice-voted the toughest man alive, and he’s never met a challenge he didn’t like. When an old friend calls in a favor and strong-arms him into collaborating on a new show with, of all things, a homemaking expert, Russ is fit to be tied. Dainty Susannah Stone reminds him of a pink marshmallow, but Russ soon learns she’s made of tough stuff. The minute she throws down the gauntlet, he can’t resist picking it up and running—and snowshoeing and climbing—with it.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the book that sets up their sexy conflict:

Bergman shrugged, attention back on the tablet in front of him, and Russ felt sorry for her. She didn’t seem to know she was fighting a losing battle. Bergman’s mind was clearly made up, and he was very good at tightening screws. “Frankly, Susannah, the worse it goes, the better it will play on TV. Some of the most famous on-screen couples couldn’t stand each other. You don’t have to be friends to have great chemistry.”

She looked appalled. “We don’t have chemistry.”

Russ draped an arm along the back of her chair. “Aw, gimme a chance, sweetheart.” Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad for his image. He looked twice as wild standing in her froufrou kitchen, and keeping her alive in the forest or wherever they wanted to film would make him look even tougher. Hello, ratings. Good-bye, leukemia. Double win.

She scooted to the edge of her seat, away from his arm. “Impossible. I have a family, and I can’t take off into the woods at a moment’s notice. That’s why my show is so popular. I stay at home.

Bergman finally looked up from his tablet. Russ tensed at the steel in his eyes. Here it comes. “Ms. Stone, you have the top-rated show on this network, but you didn’t get there without help—my help. I suggest you get with the program. If you absolutely cannot work out a solution for your family so that you can go on a short camping trip next weekend, then I can’t guarantee your star will continue to rise at Media Life Networks. I need to back a winner. Are you my winner or not?”

Susannah’s gaze dropped and then flashed over to meet his. He had no idea what was going through her mind, but her shattered expression knocked the wind out of him. Bergman was taking this to the mat, but had chosen different techniques to pin them. He was dangling a carrot in front of Russ, and threatening Susannah with a stick. It wasn’t like Bergman to be such a dick, so there must be more at stake than he was letting on. Was the network in trouble?

Russ took her hand and squeezed it. If Bergman truly needed help, Russ couldn’t let her say no. “No worries, Rich. We’ve got our Wild Woman right here. Just leave her to me.” He tightened his fingers in warning. She squeezed back, harder, before her hand slid out of his. He was glad for his sturdy shoes when her spike heel ground into his instep.

She had her game face back on when she gave Bergman a tight smile. “When you put it that way, I’m feeling wilder by the minute. I assume turnabout’s fair play? Mr. Donovan looks wonderful in my kitchen. I’d love the chance to teach him some useful domestic skills, and my mind is spinning with ways to smooth his rough edges. I’m thinking we’ll start with a revitalizing cucumber-and-oatmeal facial for all that sun damage. His hair could use some TLC, too.”

He barely stifled a shudder.

Her smile filled with malice. “Perhaps we’ll prepare an elegant black-tie dinner for some celebrity guests to show off your new look. Oh, and my viewers are a sucker for a man who isn’t afraid to change a diaper. You’re not afraid, are you?”

Absolutely terrified, but he’d swim through Arctic water before he’d admit it. She wanted to play dirty? Fine with him. “Bring it on, Susie.” There was no way anything she threw at him could be rougher than what he could plan for her.

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About Amanda:

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing sexy contemporary romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

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Author Dawn Brower

January 22, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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Lilliana needs one thing—freedom. Randall’s willing to assist her, for a fee. One kiss and he’ll help her attain her deepest desire.

What Lilliana Marsden wants—she gets. The thing she believes she desires most is to live in Charleston on a plantation. Her problem? Parents who refuse to listen to her. Lily decides to make her wishes come true, and who better than a handsome American ship captain to help her.

Randall Collins finds Lilliana bewitching and quickly falls under her spell. When she asks if he can take her with him on his next voyage he finds himself agreeing—for a tiny fee. A kiss as payment and he’ll take her anywhere she wants.

As they set sail sparks fly between them. Will Lily find something more desirable than owning a plantation and can Rand convince her he’s the better choice?

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He wondered how far he could push her. The decision to give into her and take her on his ship had already been made. Lilliana just didn’t know he already decided to let her come back to America with him, but only because it worked in his own plans.

“What do I get for my trouble?” he asked. “I’d be risking quite a lot to assist you with your scheme.”

“What do you want? Money? I certainly can afford to pay for my passage.”

Rand’s lips rose into a cocky smile. He desired a lot from her, but at this point only one thing would do as payment. Would the lovely lady be willing to give it to him? He had nothing to lose and only one way to find out.

“How about a kiss?”

Lilliana looked stunned as she stared unblinkingly at him, and then just as suddenly she stopped dancing right in the middle of the dance floor. Her face flushed a pretty shade of pink as she began to move to the music again with him in the lead.

“How forward of you. I’m not sure I like your idea of compensation.”

“It’s a small thing, one little kiss. To be given to me at a time of my choosing.” He leaned in close to her and whispered in her ear. “Are you afraid?”

Lilliana’s breath sucked deep into her chest, and he could feel her slowly exhale it in little pants. Her pulse raced on her wrist beneath the palm of his hand and thrummed a small beat as he held it firmly in his grasp. A blush formed on her cheeks turning them a nice shade of pink, and her lips parted in anticipation. Her body’s reactions suggested she had an interest in kissing him also. Would she take the bait and give him what he desired? He needed her to accept the proposal. Once she did he’d have her sailing with him in a few short days.

“All right, you have a deal,” she agreed.

 

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

The moment my sister called me up and demanded I write because she thought I could do a better job than some of the stuff she’d been reading. I don’t know if I do (write better, lol) but I find I enjoy it.

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

My perfect hero would just be there. Consistently day in and day out. I have a lot of respect for the men that are there for the women in their lives. It’s hard being a single mom and I envy those that have someone that can share that task with. In books I love reading about the bad boys, but in reality those are not the men that we can generally count on. Which is why we love to read about them, they are the fantasy man, unrealistic but oh so yummy.

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

Wanna see my bookshelf? Lol. That is what I collect and had to dwindle it down a lot. I keep only the books that mean the most to me in hard copy. Everything else is on my ereader. I have a lot of signed books that I take pretty good care of.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I didn’t used to go off and do things on my own. There was a time I was terrified of eating at a restaurant alone. Who does that? It’s so lonely. I would be grateful to my kids because at least I wasn’t by myself. They couldn’t carry on an adult conversation, but they gave me the appearance of not being a loser. I’ve grown up since then and do a lot of things myself. My kids are teenagers now. When they were toddlers I had a lot of insecurities. I don’t let anything faze me or at least I try not to. Every now and then something will blindside me. So I guess my biggest adventure is putting my big girl panties on and just finding out what the world has to offer me all on my own.

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

Can I have my own private island away from polite society? I would so be a loner if I could. Well, I suppose I’d have to insist on some good solid wifi and internet capabilities. I do like to play online a lot. Other than that I think I’d be good without a bunch of people around me. (No wonder I’ve taken to writing so well lol)

What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate cake and a glass of milk. In fact, I think I need some now. Too bad I don’t have any.

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

Spring because I love to see everything growing again all fresh and new. Plus it is the added bonus of winter finally being over. *Hates Snow*

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

My iPhone. It’s pretty attached to my hip. I try my best to not let the battery die. I do so much on it.

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

Well, I haven’t had a romantic evening in so long I’m not sure I would know one if it fell in my lap. I’d be happy to just have some quality alone time with someone of the opposite sex that I’m not related too. Doesn’t take much to make me happy lol.

What project are you working on next?

I am currently writing the third cowgirl book, Cowgirl Retribution. I’m making fairly good progress and have roughly six chapters written.

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Author Bio:

Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet. If you want to contact Dawn you can visit her webpage at www.authordawnbrower.com, her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower, on her blog http://dawnbrower.wordpress.com or her twitter page at www.twitter.com/dawnab33.

Romance Cover Model John Quinlan

January 21, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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I just competed on stage November 1st as a physique model at the 2014 NPC New England Championships in my home town of Boston, Massachusetts. There is nothing like show day, being on stage in front of a sold out arena feels so great. Also this November I was selected for the 2nd time as a featured model in Duemila Magazine of Italy. I would like to personally thank Simone Soldera for believing in me as a model to represent the United States in such a prestigious publication. Being named the official spokesmodel for Sandra Shrewsbury’s Addiction Series that campaigns nation wide for awareness against drug addiction is something I am very proud of as well. My latest interview with author Cynthia Sax was released Monday, November 17th and I am in line for several more. I am the 2014 most tattooed romance cover model in the world. It is nice to have that title. Eventually when another model comes along with more body art than me and takes the title I am proud to say I was the very first guy who broke the tattoo stereotype in the romance world. I paved the way for these guys to showcse their talent to the world where as before they might not have been able to. Looking forward a little bit into the future, 2015 will be a busy year for John Quinlan. I have a few projects lined up and we will see how they all play out. There is a fitness model reality TV show in the works which I really excited about along with a huge Boston based project set to begin in the spring which I am sworn to secrecy about from agents & lawyers due to copyrights and things of that nature at this time. I have already been signed on as a featured cover model man of romance at the 2015 Romantic Times Convention in Dallas, TX as well as being invited to appear at several book signings. I have been signed by producer Jillian Bullock to play the character role of Sgt. Jason Garrett, a mixed martial arts instructor, in her 2015 film, ‘A Sense of Purpose: Fighting for Our Lives’ which is set to begin filming in Philadelphia this summer.

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What is a cover that you are on that you are most proud of?

I am proud of them all equally as the author selected me to represent their product and I am honored every time that happens.

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Is it hard work to stay in such great shape?

It takes some degree of discipline and sacrifice. I have been doing it for a while now and it is like brushing me teeth at times, I just am a creature of habit with it.

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Do you have any hobbies?

O love speding time with my children and I am huge New England Patriots fan. I love watching MMA fights when I have the time.

What is your idea of the perfect date?

The perfect date is made with someone who is totally into you in every way, shape and form and they are exactly the same way with you. Where you go, what you eat and what happens after is all a bonus because of the connection.

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Witness Protection by Carolyn LaRoche

January 21, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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Someone wants Angelina dead…again. Will following her heart put her in danger or in the arms of the man she’s meant to be with?

As far as the world knows, NYPD detective Angelina Ferrara died in a violent firefight on Chelsea Piers over a year ago. Living in the witness protection program as history teacher Lucy Taylor was supposed to save her life, but being alive and living were two very different things. Until she meets detective Logan James when he goes undercover in the same private school where she works. Something about the handsome man with the gorgeous blue eyes piques her interest. There’s no doubt he has secrets… but then so does she. When the Ricci crime family discovers she’s still alive, she finds herself on the run with Logan. Her heart led her astray before. Can she trust it to let Logan help her survive?

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Her little car had an engine about as powerful as a hamster wheel. There was no way she was going to outrun the truck that was accelerating with lightning speed. On one side of her was a deep ravine, the other the steep slope of a mountain towered high and tree covered. The steering wheel shook violently as she pushed her little car to its limits, sheer adrenaline keeping her focused on the winding road. As she rounded a sharp curve, the back tires spun and fishtailed out from behind her. The tiny car shook violently as Lucy struggled to maintain control. The SUV caught up with her then, ramming into her rear bumper. The car groaned but held on. Lucy spun the wheel to make the next sharp curve, all the while her eyes searched for a way off the dangerous mountain highway. Another crash from behind jolted her car forward with such force Lucy lost her grip on the steering wheel. The car veered right but she managed to straighten it out before hitting the tree line.

“What the hell do you want with me?” she screamed at the truck in her rearview mirror.

The driver responded by slamming into the back of her car again. Metal ground against metal, gravel flew everywhere, and the car careened toward a thick bank of trees to her left. Straightening the car once more, Lucy crushed the gas pedal to the floor and watched as the speedometer climbed quickly. Lucy felt the little rush of excitement she always got in a good pursuit despite the fact that she was the one being pursued.

She whipped around yet another curve, and the SUV caught up with her. Just as she managed to get her little car under control again, the SUV crashed into her back end again with such force Lucy thought her car might shatter there in the middle of the road. The little car veered to the right, aiming straight for the side of the road and the ravine beyond. Lucy tried to regain control but the effort was in vain. She braced herself as the car plowed through thick vegetation, hit something, and started to slide down the steep embankment.

She heard the growl of the SUV’s engine roaring away over the revving of her own engine as the tiny car crashed through the underbrush. The car flew over a log and landed on the slick vegetation covering the incline. The car lost its hold on the ground and rolled its way down the slope, finally landing up against the trunk of a large pine tree where the engine died. Lucy’s head smacked against the steering wheel knocking her near to senseless. Everything fell deathly silent as she fought to remain conscious.

A loud crack broke the silence. As she watched through the broken windshield, the tree in front of her began to wobble. Blood trailed from her forehead into her left eye blurring her already shaky vision. Rubbing at it with the back of her arm, she used her other hand to desperately claw at the seat belt release.

If she didn’t get out of the car, the tree was going to fall right on top of her.

The giant pine swayed once and then began its descent toward Lucy and her crumpled car. Yanking hard at the jammed seat belt, her head swimming and her stomach churning, Lucy finally freed herself. Just as the tree crushed the roof of her car, like it were nothing more than a tin can, Lucy pulled her body through the opening that used to be the driver’s side window.

Cracking wood and crunching metal stirred up a cacophony of birds and small animals protesting the intrusion in their habitat. Lucy lay on the damp moss and rotting leaves, her heart banging against her chest wall. The sound of her pulse racing in her ears muted the sound of the creaks and groans as the tree settled against what was left of her car. Every inch of her body hurt, but her head ached most of all.

 

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thank you so much for having me here today. It’s a real thrill to have my book Witness Protection released in print on January 20th! The second book in the series, Homeland Security is in edits now and will be available in a few months. A third book Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos and the first in my new Secret Lives of Police Wives series, is set to be released in March.

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

I have wanted to write for as long as I can remember. As a child I kept intricate, detailed diaries. In high school I was a journalist for our school paper and radio show and when I became a research scientist I took classes in technical writing so I could write standard operating procedures and technical manuals.

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

Write what you know. I have no idea who told me that- I may have read it somewhere- but it changed my writing world.

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

I am married to a hard-working man in uniform and I have long considered him my hero. He is strong, moral and empathetic. My main characters tend to follow his lead, right down to looking sexy in a uniform!

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

Writing is usually what I do when I have free time. I do enjoy crocheting when writing is not possible like at one of my kids’ baseball games or while watching a television show.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Motherhood! I was completely unprepared for what it would be like to raise two boys into good men. Every day brings something new and unexpected.

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

Italy. I am terrified of flying over the ocean but it has always been my dream to visit the country of my ancestors. If a fairy godmother waved her wand, I could skip the plane to get there!

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 pretty willing to try anything except raw meats/seafood. I have several tried and true favorites but I am always open to new experiences.

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

I am completely reliant upon and addicted to the internet. I have no idea how I ever did anything without it.

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

With two little kids, I am happy for dinner without french fries and a movie that isn’t animated!

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

I had no idea how my family and friends would describe so I asked them. Over achiever, nurturing, moral and strong were some of the adjectives that came up. I can live with all of that.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Anything I can wrap in a burrito shell. I love Mexican food much to the chagrin of my Italian genetics!

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

I’m a beach girl. I love summer and everything about it. Sundresses, blue skies, sand on my toes, ocean waves…the beach is my happy place. Ten years ago we left New England for a warmer way of life and I would never, ever go back!

What project are you working on next?

I have just started working the second Secret Lives of Police Wives book. It is in such infancy I haven’t even given it a title yet.

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Author Bio:

Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys, two finicky cats, and one old dog. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers. She is co-author of the book The Crazy Lives of Police Wives and hangs out online at both Carolyn La Roche – Author and The Crazy Lives of Police Wives.

She also writes a blog titled Boys, Badges and Writers Block about the joys and challenges of raising boys and living the law enforcement wife life found at http://boysbadgeswritersblock.blogspot.com/

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Model Undercover: New York by Carina Axelsson

January 20, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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By Carina Axelsson

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Axelle Anderson is an ace at two things: solving mysteries and modeling. So when the world’s most famous black diamond is stolen from a cover shoot in New York City, it’s no surprise that Axelle is called in to work her skills as an undercover model. But with a witness who won’t talk, a blackmailing thief, and an agent intent on filling Axelle’s schedule with interviews and photo shoots, will she be able to crack the case?

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Carina Axelsson is a writer, illustrator, and former model. She grew up in California with her Swedish father and Mexican mother. After high school, Carina moved to New York City to model, then on to Paris where she published her first book. She currently lives in in the forests of Germany with four dogs and a very large aquarium full of fish.

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An AFFAIR DOWNSTAIRS by Sherri Browning

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Title: An Affair Downstairs

Author: Sherri Browning

Series: Thornbrook Park

ISBN: 978-1-4022-8682-7

Pubdate: 1/6/2015

 

The attraction of the forbidden cannot be suppressed…

 

Lady Alice Emerson is entirely unsatisfied with the endless stream of boring suitors her family finds appropriate. She wants something more. Something daring. Something real. Each tiresome new suitor only serves to further inflame Lady Alice’s combustible attraction to Thornbrook Park’s rugged, manly estate manager, Logan Winthrop. Despite Logan’s stubborn attempts to avoid her, Lady Alice is irresistible, and so is the forbidden desire exploding between them…

 

If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, don’t miss the fascinating Edwardian world of Thornbrook Park.

 

Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in western Massachusetts and Greater Detroit Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Find her online at www.sherribrowningerwin.com.

 

An Excerpt:

 

“The countess enjoys a bit of matchmaking. Before you came along, she tried to pair me with her maid.”

“Mrs. Jenks?” Alice wrinkled her nose at the idea. Jenks was a mousy slip of a woman, no match for a robust, vigorous man like Winthrop.

“No, the one before her. Mrs. Bowles.”

“Dear, no.” Worse than Jenks, Bowles was a snip-nosed shrew and certainly far too old for Mr. Winthrop. “I’m sorry. Sophia clearly has no talent for making matches.”

“Perhaps not. You were wise to run away instead of sitting through another conversation about yet another bachelor. I don’t blame you a bit.”

“You—you don’t?” Ah, a man of sense. She knew she could rely on his sound judgment, at least. And she appreciated it, though it would make seducing him more of a challenge.

“Any pretty girl in her right mind dreams of a dashing suitor to sweep her away, doesn’t she? Alas, Lady Averford’s only suitable choice for you so far had eyes for another.”

“Captain Thorne.” Alice rolled her eyes. “He’s better off with Eve Kendal. They’re perfectly suited. I didn’t care for him much myself, if you must know.”

“I mustn’t.” He shrugged. “It’s none of my affair.”

Alice bit the inside of her cheek. How she wanted it to be his affair. “There isn’t a suitable choice. I’ll never marry.”

“Don’t despair, Lady Alice. There’s someone out there for you. Your sister simply hasn’t found him yet.”

“It’s not despair.” Defensive, she crossed her arms. “I’ve no interest in marriage. None.”

His eyes narrowed as if he tried to peer inside her soul. “I shouldn’t have said anything. You might like Lord Brumley. I must go.”

“No.” She reached out, eager to stop him, and ended up with her hand on his sleeve, over the thick muscles of his upper arm that she had seen in full daylight, bared to the sun, when he’d removed his coat, undid his collar, and rolled up his sleeves while out raking the early autumn leaves. “Please, tell me about Brumley. You know him?”

His gaze went to her hand and trailed back to her face. “We were at Harrow together. I believe he made Lord Averford’s acquaintance later, at Oxford. He might have changed considerably in so many years.”

“Fourteen years?” She did the math. “If you’re the same age as the earl, then it has been fourteen years since you were at Harrow.”

“In fourteen years, a man can go through remarkable changes in his life.” His full lips drew to a grim line. “In our youth, Brumley was a bit of an oaf. To be fair, I’ve no idea what kind of man he has become.”

“I suppose we’re about to find out. Sophia is probably already making out the invitation. But just in case, our mission should be to see the lemon trees replanted and thriving as soon as possible to send him on his way.” Our mission. She liked the idea of them sharing in something. It was a start.

“Agreed, Lady Alice, on that point. I’m not looking forward to seeing the man any more than you are, I suspect. Perhaps much less.”

 

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