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Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

September 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Young Adult Fantasy

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Directorate’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

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About Chris Cannon

Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.

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Author Victoria Roberts and giveaway

September 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 7 Comments →

::Giveaway – Answer this question in the comments for a chance to win – What is your idea of the perfect date night? Sourcebooks will give away one paperback copy of My Highland Spy (US and Canada only, please.):::

“An exciting Highland tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love.”—Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of Highland Master

 “Roberts’ newest features a surprise-laden, quick-paced plot, replete with unconventional and fiercely independent characters. Her lyrical prose grabs readers’ attention, and the high level of emotional tension simply adds to the depth of the story. This book begs to be read and reread.”—RT Book Reviews

 

My Highland Spy

By Victoria Roberts

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Historical Romance

September 2, 2014

ISBN: 9781402292002

$6.99/£4.99

Mass-market Paperback

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This Highland Laird won’t bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

 But this lady spy might make him…

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

If she doesn’t betray him first

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? Thank you so much for having me today at Romance Junkies.

I’m currently working on a Scottish historical anthology with bestselling authors Willa Blair, Eliza Knight, Vonda Sinclair and Terry Spear. Kissing the Highlander will be available Valentine’s Day 2015.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?  That invaluable advice came from none other than Sabrina Jeffries. The first thing she told me to do was join Romance Writers of America®. That was the best advice ever!

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? In my spare time, which is becoming less and less, I enjoy playing the electric guitar. I have a custom Ace Frehley Les Paul. *grunting like Tim, The Tool Man, Taylor*

What has been your biggest adventure to date? I would have to say when my sister and I were cut loose for a week in Belgium. I tagged along with her on a business trip, and we had a blast touring the countryside. Not to mention, chocolate at every turn!

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? Scotland, hands down. The country is beautiful with its windswept moors and heather-draped landscape. I’d love to live in a castle there, or even a cottage, and write. Could you imagine the inspiration to be had? I wouldn’t come home!

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? A roaring fire, candlelit dinner, soft music, no TV, no phone, no computer, no kids, and I don’t have to plan a single thing. *sigh*

 How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?  I’m hard-working and fiercely loyal to my family and friends. They’d agree.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? My favorite season is fall. I love the crisp, cool air and the colorful leaves on the trees. Halloween is also my birthday so I’m a wee bit partial.

 

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Author Bio:

Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as “one of the most promising debut authors across the genres” and was also a 2013 RT Reviewers’ Choice award winner for X Marks the Scot.

Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America® and several local chapters, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine Celtic Guide.

Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty one years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish adventure, she’s dragging her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun. Visit her at www.victoriarobertsauthor.com.

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Author Lisa A. Adams

September 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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Marcus Zankoriewicz is a leader in the National Hockey League… and has just announced he’s gay.

 Facing a firing squad of reporters accusing him of adultery with another player’s wife, Marcus Zankoriewicz sees there’s only one way out. He must make the announcement he knew would come one day.

But, this is hockey. Well known for its rough and manly men, Marcus must prepare himself for an onslaught of changes that threaten his career and love life.

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Excerpt:

Marcus chuckled. “After all this time I ignored the questioning looks and there were still people who figured it out. I should have guessed.”

“Don’t get me wrong. You’re definitely not flaming. In fact I bet my ass you’re the hitter in the game.”

Marcus grinned. “Really? You bet your ass?”

Justin rolled to his knees and stood in front of him. “Of course, you’ll have to catch me first.”

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current project?

My new release “Fire on Ice” is a short story hockey romance with a twist. In a manly sport, my hero is gay. This alone leaves enough conflict for the rest of the story, but suddenly he has to go through so much more. It makes for an interesting tale.

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

There wasn’t really a particular moment. My writing was really a process. I grew up reading almost everything. Once I got my degree as a teacher, reading and writing became a part of my job. I taught writing, and then became the school’s representative for the Young Author’s Program. I co-captained Battle of the Books, and eventually sponsored a NaNoWriMo for students after school in November. In the midst of all that, my own voices started percolating, and suddenly I was writing.

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

My father told me just three weeks before his death that I needed to “Just do Lisa Things.” Out of context, I’m sure that sounds weird. But, I was at a loss for what was next for me. And he knew exactly what to say to get me going. Of course the conversation ended with me getting off the phone and trying to figure out just what was my thing. That night, I drank a little, fired up my computer, and wrote. This is my thing.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I would definitely have to say that joining the Navy at 19 was my largest adventure. It led me to doing some things I never thought I would, seeing things I never thought I’d see, and meeting some incredible people. To this day, I miss it. There was always something new. It was huge and extremely life changing.

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

Rome, Italy. No doubt about it. I’d spend weeks traveling the country and seeing the ancient building sites. Then I’d travel to Greece and see those places as well. I’m a huge fan of Ancient civilizations and these are my two favorite.

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?

I will definitely try just about anything once. I’ve eaten alligator, shark, snake, rabbit, squid, and several other things that people wouldn’t think of as normal. However, I will not try anything bug related. I just don’t have the stomach for it. That being said, my family is originally from Poland and some of our traditional dishes are staples in my household. Sauerkraut, potatoes, and Kielbasa is a bi-weekly thing.

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

I know that there are several I really could live without. But I could never live without my microwave. Defrosting meat three days in advance is a little too much mental work for me some days. Hell, I’m lucky if I even have decided what we’re having for dinner by four pm. That and with my kids busy schedules, sometimes the microwave is the only way we can eat and be out the door on time.

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

I would describe myself as easy going, honest, loyal, and friendly. I think my friends would say the same about me and so would my family. But, my honesty can be a huge flaw and turn off to some people. I’m not cruel at all, but I’m not going to lie to make you feel better. I will tell you that when you meet me, you’ll either absolutely love me and can’t wait to speak with me again, or you aren’t getting a good vibe. I’ve definitely had enough people tell me that this is how it is, and I can see it now. Luckily, there’s only about five percent that aren’t feeling me. So I don’t think the ratio is too bad.

What is your favorite comfort food?

I am a very traditional Taurus. If you look up my sign, there’s bound to be something there that says we love food. I LOVE FOOD! Lucky for me, I’ve learned to eat in moderation. But, if I love the taste of something, I’ve literally made myself sick because I couldn’t stop eating it. Anything that is close is my comfort food. There’s only a few things I know of that I really don’t like. Black jelly-beans or liquorish, okra, and peas. There’s just something about the texture of peas that I can’t deal with. Odd I know.

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

Autumn is my favorite season. It really always has been. I live close enough to the Blue Ridge Mountains that I get to take a day trip there once a year to see the leaves change and it’s a sight like no other. But, beyond that, I love all the festivals and holidays in the fall. The harvest carnivals, apple picking, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin carving parties, and hay rides are just a few of my favorite things.

What project are you working on next?

I have my hand in about eight different projects right now. I have a self-published LGBT title that will release in a few weeks, and two anthology stories that are currently in edits. As far as writing, I’m also writing two twisted fairy-tale stories, a Viking story, and a Geeky Romance. I’m hoping to complete at least two more of these by the end of October. But, of course, that’s if some other call doesn’t come up that I just have to write.

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

Well, I’m wrapping up this tour, but I am always around. I don’t get a chance to do many “in person” events yet, but I’m working on it! In the meantime, Facebook and Twitter are my “go to” social media sites. So if anyone wants to talk or hook up with me to see what’s coming, I hope they find me! I love hearing from fellow authors and readers!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisaadams.writer

Twitter: @LisaAdamsWriter

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lisaadamswriter/

Blog: www.pen-the-dream.blogspot.com

Author Bio:

Lisa A. Adams writes from a little plot of country, tucked away in the North Carolina Sandhills. When she’s not writing, Lisa can be found in her sewing room, in a classroom, or at a local soccer field. When asked about her family, Lisa will be the first to tell you that they have been the backbone of not only her writing career, but anything she chooses to pursue as well. She has been married to her husband for over ten years, has five wonderful children, and two very spoiled cats.

A Memory of Violets Cover Reveal

September 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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Author Liliana Rhodes

September 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

Regrets

 

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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

September 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

NO LIMITS Lori Foster – Q&A

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

What is your process for choosing names like Cannon Colter?

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

 

What are Cannon and Yvette’s best physical traits?

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

 

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

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

 

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

What music did you listen to while writing NO LIMITS?

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

 

How is this series different from your previous works?

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

What’s your favorite part of the book?

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

What are you working on next?

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

 

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No Limits

August 26, 2014

Ultimate Series

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

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

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

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Read an Excerpt:

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

Too bad, because none of them would touch her.

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

The only question was how soon.

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

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

As Tipton had said, she was guarded.

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

Or his thighs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You’re pretty amazing.”

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

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

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

A turn-on…

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About the Author

Lori Foster

Biography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Lori has received many prestigious awards, including:

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

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

 Borders Group Inc.:

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

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

Back in Black – “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” romance title

 

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

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

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

 

Author Leslie Wells

September 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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

“Opposites attract” is an understatement.

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

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

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

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

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current project?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe the “perfect” hero.

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

What are some of your favorite pastimes?

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

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

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

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

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite comfort food?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What project are you working on next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

The Fall of Our Secrets by Tracy Gardner Beno

September 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

The Fall of Our Secrets by Tracy Gardner Beno

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

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

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

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

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

Author Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I will definitely try (almost) anything once.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Author

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

http://www.tracygardnerbeno.com/

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Tall, Dark & Paranormal Box Set

September 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News No Comments →

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for the TALL, DARK, AND PARANORMAL Box Set with 10 full-length Paranormal Romances by 10 bestselling authors! This box set is only $.99 for a limited time! Go grab your copy NOW!

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***Ten Thrilling Tales of Sexy Alpha Bad Boys – from some of the hottest names in paranormal romance, this $.99 limited-time boxed set has something for everyone, from werewolves to vampires, ghosts to demons, and witches to wizards. With over 825,000 words in these ten full-length novels, you’ll spend hours falling in love with each of these wickedly hot heroes.***

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

HUNTRESS FOR HIRE by USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear…

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

 

DEAD SEXY by USA Today Bestselling AuthorPaige Tyler…

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

 

ASMODEUS: DEMON OF LUST by Bestselling AuthorSara Humphreys…

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

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEST by Bestselling AuthorJudi Fennell…

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

They walked along the gravel drive in silence.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

About The Authors:

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Author PhotoLaura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Randi Alexander author picUSA Today bestselling author Randi Alexander writes smokin’ hot romance with heroes who’ll have you begging to ride off into the sunset with them. Her emotional love stories sweep you off your feet, so prepare yourself to be rode hard and put up satisfied on the sexier side of happily ever-after!

 

 

 

 

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Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan

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

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About Maid of Deception:

Love may be the most dangerous weapon of all.

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

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

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Also in the Maids of Honor series: MAID OF SECRETS by Jennifer McGowan!

 

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Excerpt: Are you just going to stand there?

 

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

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

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

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

So I waited.

And waited.

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

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

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

 

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About Jennifer McGowan:

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

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