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Author Pamela Aares

April 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

“Sure to thrill fans of modern romantic fiction. If you love Bella Andre and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you’ll love the series Heart of the Game!” —EarthLoving Lens

“A new star in the romance world!”New York Times bestselling author E. Alexander

“My favorite reads are spin-off series by authors like Nora Roberts and I’m happy to find another author I love reading as much.” —Julie Martin Wallace

“An undercurrent of mystery and suspense interlaced with a wonderful romance story…a solid 5 smarty stars.” —Lady Literary


A kiss in a dark alcove triggers the greatest challenge of their lives…

Ace pitcher Scotty Donovan has been traded from his longtime team—and hates it. But to his surprise, he now finds himself in the sweetest game of his life: winning the heart of smart, sexy physics professor Chloe McNalley.

Chloe loves teaching, but she’s never fit into academia. When she falls for Scotty, she discovers his arms and heart are where she belongs. They share a passion for the game, a fascination for the mysteries of the universe and an increasing love for one another.

Then Chloe inherits Scotty’s new team. As player and team owner, they shouldn’t be dating. They try to hide their passion, until a blackmailer threatens them personally and professionally. Exposure could be the end of everything–Scotty’s career, Chloe’s team ownership, and their new love—unless they find a way to transcend the taboo standing between them.

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Author Interview


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


I’ve written for many years for film and radio, but about five years ago, after producing the Powers of the Universe, I knew I wanted to put the many story ideas and voices of characters into novel form. And I’d fallen in love with romance, so it was a natural progression!


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

 Write. Write. Write. Other activities are important, but writing is the one thing that has to happen!


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

 My perfect hero lives in his body, listens (eventually) to his heart and soul and has the courage to risk loving a strong woman. The All-Star athletes who are the heroes in my Heart of the Game series are to-swoon-over physical, alpha males, but they are each unique, wounded in their own way, and only love calls them to the hero’s journey.


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

 We have a small organic farm, my husband calls it a large garden, but most days it feels like a small farm. I love to be outside in the garden. I hike the beaches on the Sonoma Coast, love white-water rafting and dreaming up fun parties for people I love.


What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Wow. Tough question. Moving from the city to the country was a challenge and every day it’s an adventure. I could write a funny book, Green Acres style about the mistakes I’ve made and zillions of things I’ve learned– the hard way– like Don’t wear yoga pant to weed foxtails; If it requires a pickaxe, reconsider; Don’t try to re-stake trees before the first cup of tea in the morning (smashed fingers).

 But scuba diving the coral reefs in Fiji was probably the greatest adventure. Such life, teeming all around, the colors, the thousands of fish, it was another world under the water.


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

 Right now it’d be the Kona coast. I was relaxed there once, had a peaceful week. I could use that right about now!


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?

 Adventurous! I’ve learned so much from Brendan Brazier and his book Thrive. I love that he’s a seven time iron man winner and yet only eats plants. It changed how I approached food and it’s been fun.


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

 My blender. I don’t have time to sit around chewing all the greens my husband brings in from the garden. If I’m on a writing deadline, I throw them into the blender and can down a whole days worth of vegetables in about three minutes.


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

A walk at the national seashore and the popping in to one of the local pubs for music and dinner. And then… well, mustn’t say here but if you read my books…


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

I am a positive person, sometime to a fault in that I always expect people to be kind. I was raised in  a family where kindness was paramount.


What is your favorite comfort food?

Strawberry jam on toast! My homemade jam with berries from our garden. In the dark of winter it was like a burst of Spring! I ownce asked a writer freind of mine what it was about toast that it’s the go-to food when we’re under deadline (along with chocolate!).


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

I love the energy of Spring– all the blossoms saying some here. there’s life here, there’s promise.


What project are you working on next?

 I’m finishing the 5th book in  the Heart of the game and preparing for the launch of Love on the Line . It’s a challenging story– the hero is a sixteenth generation Samurai, raised on a peach farm in California’s Central Valley. He falls in love with Sabrina Tavonesi, the sister of Alex Tavonesi, the hero of Love Bats Last the first book in the Heart of the Game series.


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

 I’m doing an appearance at Copperfield’s books in Petaluma on May 3rd and then again at their Montgomery Village bookstore June 12th. And you can find me on April 24th at Romancing the Jock the monthly blog I write about athletes and romance! If you click through the archive there’s an article about why All-Star Athletes make great lovers :)

A NUMBERS GAME by Tracy Solheim

April 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 4 Comments →



TSolheimAuthor Bio:
Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.

“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing-and reading-books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”

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9780698164451_p0_v2_s260x420About A NUMBERS GAME:
Love is worth more than the sum of its hearts…

CPA Merrit Callahan learned early not to let passion unravel her orderly life. Back in college she fell hard for a football player, only to be devastated when she discovered he’d been duping her all along-dared by his teammates to score with his bookish tutor. Now, after her back-stabbing fiancé breaks off their engagement, Merrit flees to Baltimore to escape the fallout.

After eight years in the pros, a series of concussions have forced Heath Gibson out of the NFL. The transition from player to coach for the Baltimore Blaze hasn’t been smooth, but finding himself face-to-face with Merrit Callahan makes the ride even rockier. He’s been filled with regret ever since a stupid team prank caused Merrit to run away from him a decade earlier.

Merrit’s stunned to reconnect with Heath. And despite the authenticity of his reignited feelings this time around, Merrit’s got her mind set on payback. She’ll give Heath a night he won’t forget and then walk away. But Heath’s hold on her heart-and the rest of her body-is difficult to break…

Includes a preview of the next Out of Bounds novel, Risky Game.

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 A feeling of light-headedness nearly brought Merrit to her knees.  Her eyes roamed over the well muscled arms and beautiful chest to his trim waist, honing in on the small green shamrock tattoo peeking out above the waistband of his shorts.  One that exactly matched the shamrock she’d had tattooed above her own hip bone.  She didn’t bother looking up at his face because she already knew it by heart.  Just as she knew the feel of his firm lips on her own, the taste of his skin, the brush of his unshaved face and his musky scent.  Worse, she knew firsthand the mockery that would be reflected in his coffee eyes.  Mockery she’d once mistaken for something else.

“This isn’t what it looks like,” he was saying, but his words sounded to Merrit as if they were echoing out of the end of a pipe.  “I picked up the wrong keys when I went out for my run and I left my cell phone inside on the charger.  Would you mind if I borrowed yours to make a quick—”

He stopped mid-sentence and mid-stride holding both hands up, palms out.  Merrit realized she was mirroring his pose, her hands at the ready to push him away.  The gasping sound she heard was coming from her own throat as her ribs continued to squeeze tightly around her lungs.  She saw the moment recognition dawned on his face; his lips beginning to form a word.  As if the angels sensed her panic, a surge of adrenalin washed away the cement–like feeling in Merrit’s limbs.  Heart racing, she jumped into her car, jammed the key in the ignition and drove off before things really got messy and she passed out.

Giveaway details:
Tracy is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice) to one random commenter during the tour.

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Tour Schedule:
April 7- Smexy Books
April 8- SOS Aloha
(2nd Stop) What I’m Reading
April 9- Delighted Reader
April 10- Romance Junkies
April 11- The Romance Dish
April 14- Rookie Romance
April 15- Cocktails and Books
April 17- Romance Reader Girl
April 18- Harlequin Junkie-



April 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

We are giving away this fantastic New York Times poster to our grand prize winners and three copies of the book to lucky readers!

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A Novel of the Titanic
By Hazel Gaynor

William Morrow Paperback

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 9780062316868
Price: $14.99; 300 Pages
E-book ISBN: 9780062316875

Maggie Murphy’s voyage to America, 1912.

“Readers will enjoy this lovely, heartfelt story.”
— Romantic Times (4 Stars)

WILLIAM MORROW is thrilled to publish Hazel Gaynor’s debut novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A Novel of the Titanic

Her story is inspired by true events surrounding the Addergoole 14—members of a church parish in County Mayo, Ireland that set sail together on RMS Titanic, all hoping to find a brighter future in America. It is believed that the losses suffered by the parish in the Titanic disaster were the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality.

Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy feels bittersweet about her journey across the Atlantic
Ocean. While her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in the country with
Séamus, the sweetheart she is leaving behind. Maggie is one of the fortunate few passengers in steerage who survives on April 15th, 1912. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that night again.

Weaving in and out of Maggie’s voyage and Chicago, 1982, Gaynor introduces the reader to
twenty-one year old Grace Butler. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she
harbored for almost a lifetime about Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and
leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those thought to be lost long ago.
Gaynor’s poignant tale seamlessly blends fact and fiction, exploring the tragedy’s impact and
its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. With snippets of actual
Marconigrams—telegrams sent through the Marconi Company between Titanic and Carpathia and between Carpathia and the White Star Line office—THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years, and a real source of fascination for history buffs and Titanic enthusiasts.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is available now at Amazon | B&N iTunes IndieBound

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It was a year after they’d first danced at the Brennans’ wedding that she’d finally found the courage to tell him the news she had been dreading.

“I’m goin’ to America, Séamus,” she’d said, as they sat by the fireside playing cards on a wet, dark January evening. “It’s all decided. I’m to go with Aunt Kathleen to Chicago. Peggy Madden, Katie Kenny, and the Brennans are to travel with us—and some others.” The crackle and spit from the fire had filled the silence which descended upon the young couple. Séamus hadn’t spoken. “We’re to go in the spring.”

The rain had lashed against the windows. There’d been no other sound. Even the fire had seemed to momentarily hush itself.

“We’re to sail on a new liner called Titanic. They say it’s the biggest, finest, safest ocean liner there’s ever been built,” she’d added, more to break the unbearable silence than anything. She’d felt silly then. Why had she told him this? Who cared about the ship or how big it was? That was the sort of stuff that her cousin, Pat Brogan, and Peggy Madden were interested in, not her. To Maggie, the ship they would sail on was an entirely insignificant fact amid the reality of what the departure meant for her and Séamus.

He’d maintained his silence, throwing another sod of turf onto the fire, which sent a wave of moist, earthy smoke billowing across the room.

“Would you think of coming too?” she’d added hesitantly, already knowing his answer.

He’d looked at her, this young man she adored with the uncomplicated certainty of youth, his cheeks rosy from the warmth of the flames. “Ah, Maggie, you know I can’t. Not with Da so sick an’ all. Anyway, we haven’t a shillin’ to our name. I could never be affording one of those boat tickets, never mind two, even if he was well enough.”

They’d talked before about the prospect of emigrating, it being a common occurrence in the parish. Séamus had a brother in Philadelphia, who sent home as much money as he could afford, but with his mam dead and his da too ill to travel, Séamus knew that a trip to America would not be his for the making anytime soon. Maggie’s fate, however, lay entirely in the hands of Aunt Kathleen, who had first made the trip to America herself twenty years ago and was completely enamored with the place. She’d written often to her niece about the possibility of joining her in Chicago, about how America offered much better prospects for young women than Ireland ever could, but one thing or another had always prevented it from happening. However, this time was different. With nobody to care for Maggie in Ireland, Aunt Kathleen had made up her mind: her niece would go back to Chicago with her in the spring. And no matter how much this arrangement might break Maggie’s heart, there was no changing Kathleen Dolan’s mind once it was made up.

Author Interview:


I am so glad you could join us here at Romance Junkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?


 Firstly, thank you for inviting me to Romance Junkies (love the name!)

 I’m so excited about the release of my debut: THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic. The novel tells the story of a young Irish woman, Maggie Murphy, who reluctantly leaves her Irish home and her sweetheart, Séamus, to start a new life in America with her aunt. They travel on RMS Titanic. Seventy years later, Maggie confides in her great-granddaughter, Grace, sharing her experience of the traumatic events of April, 1912. Maggie’s revelations have far-reaching repercussions for them both.


 I’ve been fascinated with Titanic since I was a teenager. When I started my research for the novel, I came across the record of a survivor from a small parish in County Mayo, Ireland. From there, I discovered the history of a group of Irish emigrants – now known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen – who travelled together on Titanic. I knew immediately that I’d found the inspiration for my novel. I wanted to explore the experience of a third class passenger on Titanic, the aftermath of the disaster and how such an event can have far-reaching repercussions on a survivor’s life. Through Maggie, I hope to allow readers to immerse themselves in an aspect of the Titanic disaster they might not have considered.

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

 I’ve loved reading since I was a child and I’ve always dabbled in creative writing in some form or another. After university, I went straight into a corporate career in the finance and legal sectors. I left my job in 2009 to look after my children, and that was when I began to tap back into my creative side. Initially, I wrote a parenting blog in the few moments I snatched while I was at home with my two children. This led to writing freelance for the local and national press and my writing began to get noticed. Eventually, that long-held ambition to write a novel finally felt like something I could achieve. I consider myself very lucky to have found something I love working at.


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

 I interviewed Philippa Gregory in 2012. As a big fan of her novels (and a then unpublished writer) this was a real ‘wow’ moment for me. The whole conversation with her was hugely inspiring but one particular piece of advice stuck with me: ‘don’t look at something that seems to be successful and think ‘I can do that’. If you’ve been blessed with a talent to write, you should write the best novel you possibly can, so that whatever way a reader comes across it, they will want to turn the page and keep reading. That is what makes a good novel.’


What has been your biggest adventure to date?

 Having children. Without a doubt. They surprise me every single day.



What is your favorite comfort food?

 A good old-fashioned sticky toffee pudding with custard. It’s like a great bug hug in a bowl.

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

 Autumn. I love the colours, the nip in the air, the smell of smoke from the peat fires, Halloween – I love everything about autumn! Also, most of the major events in my life have happened in autumn – engagement, wedding and the birth of my two children, so it’s a busy and very special season for that reason too.


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

My laptop!


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

 On holiday somewhere beautiful and warm (perhaps a Tuscan farmhouse) sharing a chilled bottle of wine with my husband while we watch the stars. Other than that, any evening where everyone gets a good sleep and nobody needs me to fetch them a drink or find their teddy in the middle of the night is romantic enough for me!

 What project are you working on next?

 My second novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE FLOWERS, is about two sets of sisters and is set around a charity for orphaned flower sellers in Victorian London. The story spans several decades across the late 1800s and early 1900s. I love the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the streets of Victorian London were a wonderfully haunting place to explore in my imagination. I am very excited about the book’s publication early next year.


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

 THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME will be hopping around the internet during the April blog tour. I have been asked some great questions and have revealed all sorts of information about myself that I probably shouldn’t have! Full details of the blog tour, which includes lots of giveaways, are available on my website at

 In person, I will be speaking on Book Club Girl on Air and also on Irish radio station KFM. I will post dates and times and podcasts of these interviews on my Facebook page at and on my website. I will be guest hosting at #LitChat on Twitter in May, where I will be talking about THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and am also looking forward to speaking at the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual conference in the UK in July.

 Other events will be announced on my Facebook page and website over the coming weeks and months.

 Hazel-Gaynor-photoABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hazel Gaynor is an exciting new voice in historical fiction. Her writing has been featured in the Sunday Times Magazine and Irish Times, and she was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers. Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, and two young children. For more information, please visit her on the web at

Hazel can also be reached via social media: Facebook & twitter: @HazelGaynor

GIVEN & TAKE THIS MAN Blog Tour with Kelli and a giveaway! Maine

March 13, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →


One lucky reader will get the full GIVE & TAKE series by Kelli Maine. It includes a mix of e-book and print titles:


TAKEN (trade paperback)

NO TAKE BACKS (e-novella)

TAKEN BY STORM (trade paperback)

TAKE ME BACK (e-novella)

GIVEN (trade paperback)

TAKE THIS MAN (e-novella)

 How do you enter to win? Leave a comment and tell me if you are a Kelli Maine fan or is she an Author you are just finding out about? And what cover do you like the best out of the series? Shout out your answers in the comments and leave your email addy or check back at the end of the month to see if you won. Good luck!

About Kelli Maine

Kelli-MaineUSA Today bestselling author of TAKEN and its sequel, No Take Backs, Kelli Maine watches entirely too much reality TV, which led to her compulsion to write dramatic romance novels. Blessed with a unique ability to bond with difficult people, she’s convinced she could win Big Brother. Her deathly fear of heights would keep her from completing half of the detours on The Amazing Race, and she’s shocked nobody has ever penned The Survivor Diet PlanEat One Cup of Rice for Thirty-Nine Days and Lose Fifty Pounds! Kelli lives in northeast Ohio with her family and a crazy cat that broke into their attic and refused to leave.

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TAKE THIS MAN (Forever E-Novella; $1.99).

It’s finally here. After many twists and turns and shocking revelations, it’s time for Merrick and Rocha to declare their love for one another in front of their family and friends. And what better place than the historic island where their love first began?

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GIVEN (Forever Trade Paperback; $14.00).

For Merrick and Rachael, Turtle Tear Island has become their own private paradise with days of unimaginable bliss and sizzling nights in the bedroom—and beyond. But Rachael and Merrick’s happiness is shattered when his daughter, Nadia, suddenly becomes increasingly demanding of his time and devotion. It soon becomes clear that Merrick will have to make an agonizing choice: the woman whose love saved his tortured soul or the daughter he never knew existed…

 Rachel can’t stand the thought of losing Merrick after everything she’s sacrificed to be with him. She had thought she and Merrick were done with secrets, that the passion that burned so brightly between them had forged an unbreakable connection, but she begins to wonder if she ever really knew the man at all.  Now the love they’ve fought so desperately to protect may not be enough to save them…

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TAKE ME BACK (Forever E-Novella; $1.99)

Rachael DeSalvo is haunted by the past. She’s come home to her beloved Turtle Tear Island, where she looks forward to happy days and bliss-filled nights in the arms of Merrick Rocha. But when she finds a trunk full of old photo albums and handwritten notes, Rachael soon realizes that the island has not given up all its secrets… 

For long before Rachael and Merrick made Turtle Tear Resort their home, this historic island was a haven for sensual, forbidden affairs. As Rachael and Merrick work to restore the grand hotel to its former glory, they will be caught in the perfect maelstrom of conflict and desire.

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TAKEN BY STORM (Forever Trade Paperback; $14.00)

Maddie Simcoe knows the devastation that comes from keeping secrets. Now, she’s desperate to move on from the heartbreak that almost destroyed her— trading wild passion that once made her knees weak for a life of comfortable stability. But before Maddie can start over, she must return home to put the past behind her once and for all

 When Maddie blows back into MJ Rocha’s life, nothing will stop him from proving to her that walking away from him was the biggest mistake of her life — not even the engagement ring she wears. Her every look, every touch tells MJ that the fire that once raged between them still burns hot, and MJ won’t give up until Maddie gives in to the inferno.

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 NO TAKE BACKS (Forever E-Novella; $1.99)

The man Rachael DeSalvo loves more than anything is suffering in silence. The grand opening of Turtle Tear Resort should be a time of celebration for Merrick Rocha. But he’s suddenly intent on selling off the business he built from the ground up-and Rachael’s hell-bent on finding out why. Only one man can give her the answers she seeks, but meeting with him would be the ultimate betrayal to Merrick. Merrick once asked Rachael to trust him against all odds…can he do the same?

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TAKEN (Forever Trade Paperback; $13.99)

He steals her away to a deserted island, to the one place she’s dreamed of being-the one place she can’t go. He’s used to buying whatever he wants, but he can’t buy her. How can she resist the magnetism of his body, the longing ache deep inside her? She wants him to take her-on her terms. Every attempt he makes to love her only hurts her. How can they go on like this? This is the story of how she was . . .

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Although exhausted, I didn’t sleep. While Merrick napped, I got online and looked up as many apartments on Rue Lincoln that rented weekly as I could find. I called the phone numbers listed on the rentals, pretending to be Enzo’s daughter in-law, hoping to find Nadia, but wasn’t having any luck.

I was so focused on my search, I didn’t hear Merrick come up behind me. “You’ll never find them,” he whispered in my ear, making me jump and grasp the arms of the chair.

“God, you scared me.”

He swept my hair to the side and kissed my neck. “If Enzo doesn’t want to be found, he won’t be.”

I closed my laptop. “Then why are we here?”

He traced my earlobe with the tip of his nose. “Nadia will contact me. She’ll tell us where to find her.”

I wanted to believe that. I heard the desperation in his voice. He didn’t want to believe his daughter would betray him and be loyal to Enzo. I hoped for his sake—for all of their sakes—Nadia would get in touch.

Merrick took my hands and pulled me up out of my chair, wrapping his arms around me and holding me against him. “Let’s get out of here and go look around.”

He kissed me. I remembered our first kiss and how I’d been so hesitant, so nervous, but my raw lust for Merrick took over and I couldn’t hold myself back. Now my lust and desire pooled with comfort and love. His kisses made me feel cherished and treasured as well as physically wanted.

It was so clear to me, even though neither one of us had actually spoken the word marriage, that he was my husband. He would be—it was meant to be. I felt the white, hot truth of it in every cell of my body. We were one soul, torn in half and put on earth to find each other.
And there he was, right in front of me. He’d made it happen. He must’ve somehow known deep inside that I belonged with him.

“Why are you staring at me like that?” he asked, a cocky grin forming on his lips.

I rose up on my toes to kiss him again. “Like what?”

“Like you have some dangerous secret.” He pinned my hands behind my back and pressed me into the wall. “Are you keeping something from me, Ms. DeSalvo?”

“Nothing you don’t already know,” I said, smiling.

“And what’s that?” He nuzzled my neck. It tickled and I leaned my head against his, laughing.

“You’ll figure it out sooner or later,” I said, nipping his earlobe. “I’m just giving you time.”

Merrick chuckled and rested his forehead against mine. “Is that so? How much time do you think I need?”

I shrugged playfully, wondering if he knew what I was referring to.

“Maybe you’re the one who needs time.” He winked.

Caught off guard, my pulse quickened. Were we talking about the same thing? Marriage?

Why was he giving me time? I was waiting on him. “Maybe I don’t.”

He stepped back and turned me toward the big suitcase, still packed and sitting beside the bed. “Maybe you should change out of that robe and get dressed so we can get out of here.” He smacked me on the bottom to get me moving.

Padding across the plush carpet, I felt my heart sink a little at his dismissal of the conversation we’d been circling so closely. His giving me time sounded like a poor excuse.

I knelt on the floor and began to dig through the clothes I’d brought.

I was so certain we were on the same page, just not verbalizing it yet. But… maybe we weren’t on the same page?

Marie Force’s ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Blog Tour ***All New Selfie Contest!***

March 12, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →

***All New Selfie Contest!***

 9780425266762_large_All_YouThe publisher of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE soooo loved the selfie contest, they asked us to do it again! Fun fun FUN! We have all new FABULOUS prizes up for grabs! Here’s how it’s going to work and please make sure you read ALL the way to the end so you can see the many ways to WIN!

 Starting TODAY, get back out there and find ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE in your local bookstore (Barnes & Noble, Target, WalMart, Books-A-Million, grocery stores, drug stores, etc,) or order your copy from an online retailer such as Amazon and take a picture of yourself holding the book. We want to see you WITH the print copy of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (sorry, no ebook copies for this contest). When you’re out and about, consider getting a copy of the book for a friend who loves to read and hasn’t yet discovered Marie’s books. And remember, books make great gifts for birthdays and other important events! Better yet, once your friends have the book in hand, they can enter the selfie contest too! While you’re out taking selfies, consider getting a copy of ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE to donate to your local library, nursing home, hospital or other organization where people might enjoy Will and Cameron’s story! AND, if you’d like to have your book SIGNED, we can do that too with a signed book plate right from Marie! Send your request for an ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE bookplate and postal address to

 For each of the next THREE weeks, we will award a $100 gift card to one selfie photographer. You can enter as many times as you’d like to increase your chances to win. Entries carry over to the next week’s drawings, but we need ALL NEW selfies. The earlier ones will not count for this NEW contest. We will award the gift cards on Friday, February 28, March 7 and March 14. But wait, there’s MORE! On Friday, March 21, we will award YET ANOTHER grand prize trip to the Green Mountain Series Launch Party on June 28 at the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont! This package includes:


    Two nights lodging for up to two guests in Weston, Vermont.

    $750 toward airfare for two from anywhere in the United States. We suggest flying into Manchester, NH (2.5 hours away), Burlington, VT (2.25 hours away), Hartford, CT (2.5 hours), Albany, NY (1.75 hours) or Boston, MA (3 hours).

    Reimbursement of up to approximately $300 for car rental and fuel to be used for transportation from the airport to Weston, VT.

    A special breakfast with Marie for you and a guest.

    $100 gift card to the Vermont Country Store

    $100 gift card to Bryant House Restaurant at the Vermont Country Store

    Your very own stuffed “Fred the Moose”

    Signed copies of All You Need Is Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand

Everyone who enters a selfie in the next three weeks will be entered into this grand-prize drawing. In order to WIN the prize, however, you must be able to answer three new questions about the short story TO KNOW HER IS TO LOVE HER, which is found ONLY in the back of the print book. (It will be released to e-readers on Marie’s website in May.) ALSO, everyone who enters this new Selfie contest will get our ALL NEW Green Mountain Romance sticker! UK, Australia, New Zealand readers: You are looking for YOUR LOVE IS ALL I NEED and your selfies count!

WAIT, there’s one more chance to win! If you SHARE this post, you will be entered into a drawing to win yet another super fun prize pack that includes signed copies of Marie’s books, Fred the Moose and other fabulous swag. Everyone who clicks the SHARE button on this post will be entered into the SHARE drawing!

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All You Need is Love is the quintessential romance and, boy, does it deliver!” 4 Stars from RT Book Reviews

About the Book: The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Read an excerpt and meet a very special Green Moutain Series character, FRED the moose!

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With more than 2.5 million books sold, Marie Force iMarie-Force-Author-Photo-(2s the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases—the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

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Enter the strange world of Stolen Desire…and WIN one of THIRTEEN EROTIC ROMANCES!! CONTEST!!

March 11, 2014 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 7 Comments →



A Realm of Fire and Ice

To Escape and Survive She Has to Trust a Man She’s Never Met

Welcome to Outlawed Realm! My erotic paranormal/sci-fi series for Samhain. Today marks the release of Stolen Desirebook four in the series.

Stolen Desire by Tina Donahue

When I first conceived of my Outlawed Realm series, I had the idea of Earth having more than the dimension we know. In fact, I gave it five dimensions or worlds. Somewhat like this graphic:


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These dimensions are layered one on top of the other. E1, Earth as we know it, is closest to the sun, followed by E2, E3, etc. beneath it (which deviates a bit from the graphic). Because of the time differentials, the inhabitants of each realm don’t know the others exist. That is, unless they cross over through the connecting portals.

As the series begins, my hero crosses over and sets into motion a cascade of events that cause inhabitants from one dimension to go into the others. All with exciting and very romantic results.

In Unending Desire, book one of the series, the hero comes from E2, a place where everything is controlled, emotion isn’t allowed, all the men look the same. All the women are identical in appearance. He comes to Seattle (E1) to rescue the heroine from certain death. Imagine his shock in seeing our messy, vibrant world after being so restricted in his own. In book two, Illicit Desire, I wrote about E4, a world of twilight and jungles. E2’s rulers have built a palace there where they enjoy pleasure slaves. These slaves aren’t born, they’re grown in artificial wombs to begin a lifetime of servitude to their masters. Shameless Desire, book three, again takes place in Seattle. One of the shifters from E4’s jungle has crossed over. Like the hero in Unending Desire, he needs to warn the heroine of danger.

Stolen Desire, book four, takes place on E5, a dimension of ice and fire. Paige, my heroine, awakes to find herself in a world she can’t comprehend, faced with a man she doesn’t know but has to trust. Her life and freedom, their future depends upon it.

While I was writing Stolen Desire, I kept think of Avatar, the sense of wonder I had as the story unfolded. That’s what I strove for in my tale. To create a world so unique, thrilling, dangerous, and in many ways beautiful, that a reader couldn’t help but be enthralled.

There’s also a moving love story, and yes—lots of hot sex. :)

Here’s a blurb and an excerpt from Stolen Desire


Her freedom depends on one man. A criminal to his realm…

Outlawed Realm, Book 4

One minute, Paige Ross is outside a Seattle bar, grieving a failed engagement. The next, she jerks awake in a weird, candlelit room with velvet walls, black silk sheets, and a man who motions for silence.

Paige has little choice but to trust the powerful stranger who promises a way out of what looks like Satan’s brothel. And pray his promise to keep her safe is as real as the heat burning in his eyes.

Banished from E2’s ruling elite for supposed crimes against the realm, Zekin risks everything to rescue those brought to E5 for the guards’ carnal pleasure. Paige will be leaving this inhospitable realm of fire and ice—if he can somehow forget the way her trembling body melts in his arms.

Safe—temporarily—in an underwater world populated by strange creatures, Paige’s sexual awakening explodes into an unquenchable need that consumes them both. But the guards will be looking for her. And Zekin’s plan to send her home is a dangerous journey she cannot—will not—take without him.

Warning: Scorching-hot sex and loads of aching tenderness between a drool-worthy hunk who’s determined to do the right thing and a woman who’s not about to give him up.



“Hurry,” he said, pulling her forward.

Obediently, she followed him, having no other option. Although she wasn’t wearing special footgear, her feet didn’t sink up to her knees in the thick layers of snow. Nor did she slip on the ice. The suit seemed to grip it, somehow keeping the gale from blowing her away. All around them, the sounds of shattering ice competed with the shrieking wind. When it died down momentarily, there was a soft whoosh, the sound snow makes when it falls from a rooftop.

She searched for the source of the noise, maybe another building Zekin would bring her to, but didn’t see any.

Thick gray clouds rolled above them, heavy with more snow. A sliver of bluish-white light poured through a gap in the cloud cover, as though the moon were trying to bleed through. Its rays swept across the land, which shimmered in the frail glow, sparkling like thousands of diamonds. The effect lasted only a moment, and then the light receded, with shadows once again taking over the hostile terrain.

As though that worried him, Zekin increased his already fast pace, pausing only once to shove her clothing into a snowdrift, burying it.


Paige wasn’t able to ask. She struggled to keep up, gulping air. It should have been icy, hurting her throat, but wasn’t. The transparent mask no doubt heated it. How was that possible? Desperate for answers, she cried out, “Where are we going?”

Zekin looked over. “A colony where you’ll be safe.”

Paige dug her fingers into his hand. “Where are we? What is this place?”


What in the hell was that? A government installation where scientists conducted classified studies and had pleasure slaves on the side? That made absolutely no—

Wait a sec. Suddenly, Paige recalled Zekin mentioning E1 when he’d first come into her room.

“I’ll do all I can to bring you back to E1,” he’d promised her then.

Instinctively, she held back. Just as quickly, Zekin yanked her forward.

“Don’t fight me,” he warned, “or you’ll end up like the others you saw outside the guards’ outpost.”

Paige shivered so badly, her voice shook. “Did those bastards throw the bodies out there after they murdered those people?”

“Only some. The others they pushed out there to die.”


“They weren’t useful any longer.” Again, he glanced over. “When one of the guards found you and brought you here, they got rid of the other woman. That’s what they do when they tire of females from your realm, or the pleasure slaves they haven’t already killed.”

Paige was about to pepper him with more questions. Instead, her mind snagged on one word—realm.

“You mean country?” Maybe she’d been wrong about his nationality. It wasn’t Greek or Middle-Eastern but Russian. Could be this was Siberia. In a weird sort of way, that made sense. “Is that what you meant—my country? The USA? America?”

He regarded the landscape past her. “We have to hurry before the other guards return and see us.”

Paige couldn’t imagine how that was possible. The material covering them was the same tint as their surroundings, making them virtually invisible…unless the guards had some kind of special eyewear, like night-vision goggles, that allowed them to see what the naked eye couldn’t. “How far is the colony?”

“Past that body of water.” He gestured toward what appeared to be an enormous frozen lake ringed by drifts.

As Paige scanned the area beyond it, searching for some sort of building, a flock of birds flew over the lake. At least she thought they were birds. Their thick feathers were an ashy white, their wingspans enormous, like nothing she’d ever seen.

They flew in an odd formation, not the usual V pattern, but in a perfect circle. Paige couldn’t help but stare at the phenomenon. How in the world did they do—

A thunderous crackling sound interrupted her thoughts, and the again screeching wind.

She flinched. Zekin released her hand and moved in front, his body pushing hers back, shielding Paige as something shattered the ice from beneath the center of the lake. Within seconds, a creature pushed through, hurling its milky body upward. The waves that followed it froze instantly in the raw air, the ends of the water curled over like a fine crystal sculpture. As massive as a blue whale, the creature surged from the lake, a horn protruding from its snout, no doubt what pierced the ice. With blinding speed, it penetrated the circle made by the birdlike creatures.

Shrieking wildly, they scattered, but it did no good. The whale-like thing swung its monstrous head back and forth, gulping several of the creatures before gravity pulled it back down to the water. A thin sheet of ice formed instantly, hiding its exit. Harsh winds toppled the frozen waves as easily as if they’d been a house of cards, then pushed them against the snowdrifts, returning the scene to the relative calm of a few minutes before as though none of the carnage had occurred.

Paige continued to hyperventilate. What kind of fucking nightmare had she stumbled into? Was it possible she’d been drugged and was hallucinating? If not… Aw crap, she didn’t want to think about that.

“There’s nothing to fear,” Zekin assured. “The thing has had its fill for the moment. It won’t harm—”

Her embrace stopped him. She clung to Zekin, her face pressed against his back, praying he wouldn’t push her away. “Don’t leave me, please,” she begged.

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About Tina:

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.






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Tina will choose one commenter as her winner. Winner gets her choice of one of Tina’s award-winning, bestselling ebooks from this list:

1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT

2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit

3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award

4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT

5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT

6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller

7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books

8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR

9. SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR

10. Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book

11.  Claiming Magique – Top Pick – NOR

12. Illicit Desire – Four Stars Romantic Times

13. Come Fill Me – Five Stars – Guilty Pleasures

IT’S ALWAYS BEEN YOU by Jessica Scott blog tour

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9781455553785_p0_v5_s260x420IT’S ALWAYS BEEN YOU by Jessica Scott (March 4, 2014; Forever E-Book; $2.99)

She plays by the rules . . . 
Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn’t have much tolerance for BS, which is why he’s mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can’t possibly be true. He’s even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there’s something simmering beneath her icy reserve-and Ben just can’t resist turning up the heat . . .

 . . . and he’s determined to break them
The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it . . . and Olivia can’t resist locking horns-and lips-with Ben. He’s got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she’s ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia’s past, she will have to choose between following orders-or her heart . . .

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“You don’t like being in command, do you, Ben?” she whispered. The air was thick between them, heavy with unsaid things.

He shook his head. “It’s too much responsibility for other people’s problems. I’m not qualified to judge someone else’s screw ups,” he said.

He shifted so he could face her, his body angled toward hers. A shadow partially concealed his face, casting it in hard lines and a dozen shades of grey.

“You’re not supposed to be perfect to be a leader,” she whispered. Her voice cracked, hung on the tension in her neck from sitting a little too close.

Silence filled the space between them. Heavy and warm and crackling with latent energy.

He licked his bottom lip, his gaze locked with hers. “I don’t want to be either,” he said. His voice was a husky whisper filled with need.

Her breath caught in her throat. A hesitant movement. A breath closer. This was monumentally stupid. Infinitely so.

And yet she parted her lips, her entire body trembling in anticipation of the faintest touch of his. He was there, just there. A breath separated them. Nothing more.

It was a hesitant kiss. A light, teasing brush of his top lip against hers. Her breath mingled with his, threading between them and urging her closer. She met his eyes, waiting. Wanting. Needing more of this deeply sensual man who made her feel so many writhing, hungry things.

It was forever before either of them moved. Her breath was locked in her throat. Then she felt it. His palm slid over her cheek, his fingers rough on her skin. Warmth penetrated her, wound its way over the surface to slide beneath her skin and stroke something long dormant to life.

Need. It was need that made her lean toward him. Need that made her part her lips and trace his mouth with her tongue. Need that made her nip his bottom lip and thread her fingers in the short hair on the back of his neck.

Need that made her gasp in pleasure as his tongue slid against hers, twining in that sensuous dance that brought her blood to life. Heat pounded between her thighs, an aching, pulsing want that scorched her like nothing she’d ever felt.

She gave herself over to the sensation, to the pleasure of his touch. Knowing it was a mistake and far past caring as her breath finally released, mixing with the heated strokes of his tongue.

She eased back after a moment, before she did something monumentally stupid, like crawling into his lap in broad daylight.

“We really should talk about those legal packets,” she said against his mouth.

His smile was unexpected. “Wow, you are hell on a man’s ego,” he said.

The laugh caught her off guard and she rested her forehead against his as she struggled to regain her composure. Something opened against her heart, something unexpected and warm.

Something complicated.

For a brief moment, it was tempting to throw caution to the curb, to nuzzle his mouth with hers, to absorb his taste andwarmth.

And then reality kicked in.

“We really should head back. We’ve got that meeting in two hours,” she said.

He smiled. “Always responsible and focused.”

He brushed his thumb over her lip as he said it. This was something nice.


It was going to be an interesting legal briefing, that was for damn sure.

About Jessica Scott:

Jessica-ScottUSA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer; mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs; wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well-adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View: Regarding War Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.

She’s pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one ofEsquire Magazine‘s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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Make Me: Twelve Tales of Dark Desire

March 08, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News No Comments →


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Q&A with Kate Meader

What scene did you have the most fun writing?

HOT AND BOTHERED is a friends to lovers story that gets its kick start when my heroine, Jules decides she’s ready to take her love life off the back burner. And that gets my hero, Tad, all riled up! One of my favorite scenes takes place after Tad has just heard that Jules is making a Fling pile and a Ring pile from her online dating prospects: a hot hookup versus finding The One. So Tad marches over to her apartment to set her straight—out of concern that she might be in danger of attracting sleazy guys who just want to use her.  (Yeah, right!) When she tells him she’s all in favor of someone getting used, he offers her a “safe” option: a fling with him where the rules are set beforehand. And now the fun begins…


In the book Jules struggles with insecurities about her dyslexia and being a good mom to her son Evan—what do you hope readers can learn from her story?

In HOT AND BOTHERED, Jules has mostly come to terms with her dyslexia but it still affects her self-esteem and makes her question if she’s good enough to follow her dreams. She worries about all the things you’d expect of a young, single mom: is she feeding Evan the right foods? Is she spending too much time thinking about her hopes and dreams at the expense of being a good mother? And is she looking for a guy for the right reasons? I hope readers can learn that it’s okay to want it all—the job of your dreams, the man of your heart, and a great family life. It’s not greedy to need that kind of completion.


Tad is quite the wine connoisseur—did you have to do any research on wine for the book? What’s your favorite kind of wine?

I’ve been researching for this book my entire adult life! Just kidding, but yes, I did take a wine tasting class, which was pretty awesome. The teacher was called The Wine Goddess, and she truly deserves the title. I like the hearty Italian reds, especially Montepulciano or Barerra.


HOT AND BOTHERED is a best friends to lovers story—why do you think a great friendship makes a strong foundation for love?

Knowing a person so well that you can finish each other’s sentences, accept your friend’s flaws, and tell them anything (except that you’re hopelessly, desperately in love with them!) makes a great start to a romance.


What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on two new series: one is about a trio of Texan tycoons who have all been unlucky in love; the other will center on a Chicago Irish family of firefighting foster siblings. The first books in both series should be out in late 2014.

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Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought ofhis Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.

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“Tip your chin up—yeah, just like that.” Click. “Now lean forward, lemme see those puppies.”

“Lili,” came the slightly embarrassed reply. Jules.

“Come on, don’t be shy. You have an amazing figure and—oh, perfect. Hold that.” Click.

Tad’s heart thudded insanely fast. He crept a few inches forward until he had cleared the pillar with his gaze. Lili had her back to him, shielding her subject, but he got a very healthy view of shapely legs inadequately covered by something red and soft-looking.

“You know, if you ever felt comfortable enough to go bare, I’d love to photograph you.”

Jules snorted. “I can see Jack’s face now.”

His cousin laughed. “We could insist he put it up in the dining room at Sarriette. He’d be so torn between wanting to encourage my art and being totally skeeved out.”

Girly giggles ensued.

My wild days are behind me,” Jules said on the downside of a laugh. “You wouldn’t believe some of the shenanigans I got up to back in London.” He heard her breathy sigh of reminiscence and strained to hear what salacious details might follow. This London version of Jules sounded like a woman he’d like to know.

“Oh, yeah? Spill, girl.”

“Well, there was one time I jumped in a fountain and stripped down to my—”

“Hey, cuz,” Lili said to him, a sly smile quirking one corner of her mouth. “How long have you been there?”

He patted the pillar he had just been leaning against/hiding behind like they were great pals. “Just got here.”

Lili’s smile turned slyer. “Didn’t expect you.”

“Do I need an excuse to come see my favorite cousin?” It came out a touch testy.

“Not at all. I just thought you’d be busy stroking your Cabs and Pinots.”

“Only do that on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Should I leave?”

“No, we’re just finishing up.” Lili sat at her iMac and hooked up the camera with a cable.

“All right?” Jules asked, almost shyly, as though they barely knew each other and in a way it felt like he was looking at her anew. The dress she wore was one he hadn’t seen before, a cherry-red, draped affair. One of those wrap-around deals that separated her breasts and flared over her waist. Not especially sexy but…

In that dress, she looked like she should be running the PTA, then going down on her husband in the Subaru in the school parking lot. Thankfully, that was years off because Evan was just an ankle biter… unless she hooked up with some lonely widower who already had school-age kids. Damn, that was a real possibility. He bet those websites were crawling with lonely widower fathers.

He was having problems catching his breath, a hitch that extended to his cock, which suddenly needed breathing room. To be perfectly honest, if Lili wasn’t there, he would be seriously considering unwrapping that dress and exploring the finely curved gift underneath. Jules stared back, probably wondering why he was ogling her like a just-released convict who hadn’t seen a woman during his fifteen and a third in the clink.

“Hey,” he said, finally responding to her greeting of about ten minutes back. He diverted his eyes away from her breasts to a good twelve inches north. Women 101. They preferred when you looked at their faces.

“Getting your photo taken?” he mumbled in a clear case of graduating summa cum laude from the School of the Freaking Obvious. His IQ had just dipped a hundred points.

“Uh huh. For my profile.” She blushed, and that’s when he noticed that she was wearing a lot of eye make-up. The smoky, sexy eyes that you saw on magazine models. She had done something different with her hair, too. It was tousled, fuck-me hair.

“My glamour shot, as Lili calls it,” she said with an eye roll. Can you believe what they’re trying to make me do?

His body clenched and he willed it to relax. Her glamour shot. She may as well have painted a sign: Come All Takers, Get Your Hot Mama Here. Lord knew he was trying to stop staring at her but he couldn’t tear his eyes away from all those damn curves.

“Is something wrong?” she asked.

“No,” he snapped, and then softer, “It’s all good.”

“I’ll just get changed,” she muttered, swaying away to the cover of an ornamental screen in the corner.

He blinked to get his brain in the groove and made inane chitchat with Lili about the plans for Tony and Frankie’s wedding anniversary party. If his parents had still been here it would have also been their anniversary. The couples had married in a double wedding extravaganza thirty-five years ago. He shoved that to the back of his mind with the rest of the shit he had succeeded in burying.

He was an absolute expert at it by now.

Jules walked out from behind the screen, pulling up the zip of her sweatshirt, but not so fast that he missed the sweet swell of her breasts in something thin and stretchy. Come on!

“Could I see how it came out?” she asked Lili as she set a suit bag over a chair.

“Sure.” His cousin clickity-clicked her screen.

Tad stole another glance at Jules. He couldn’t not look at her. A pearly pink glow had washed her cheeks and she looked so damn fine, he wanted to lick every inch of her. He turned back to the screen and what he saw wasn’t much better.

She looked fucking gorgeous.

Well, she always looked gorgeous, whether she was in baggy sweats or a frayed tee that had seen better days. Even when she looked like she was falling asleep on her feet, she never failed to look amazing to him.

Now she looked amazing to the world.

KateMeader-authorAbout Kate Meader

Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, sexy heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she now makes her home in Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @kittymeader.


March 06, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 1 Comment →

Dixie-FINAL-COVER_edited-1-To live, sometimes ya gotta die! Daisy Grant is in a heap of trouble. She stumbles into a mob turf war and now somebody wants her dead. Daisy may be small-town to the bone, not at all the kind of woman to deal with the Southern Mafia, but she knows how to get creative fast! 

Enters the way-too-attractive Mark Jensen… He didn’t mean to rescue anybody, and he certainly didn’t mean to go on the run because of a stubborn, sassy woman. Soon they are up to their ears in so many wacky characters they don’t know who’s on their side. Daisy and Mark decide that to live, sometimes ya gotta die. And sometimes to die right takes . . . practice. 

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A captivating tale, DOWN AND DEAD IN DIXIE, the first novel in author Vicki Hinze’s DOWN AND DEAD, INC. series, is a suspense-filled, enthralling romantic suspense. This story explores our role in humanity and how we can become someone else’s bridge to hope and redemption. It also shows that with faith and God, we are never truly lost or forgotten. An excellent story, packed with danger, suspense, plenty of action, romance and love, this is one you will not soon forget. It will grab your attention from the very beginning and keep you riveted to the pages right up to the end. Ms. Hinze’s imaginative prose and well-drawn characters puts you right into the middle of the story, bringing it to vivid life right before your eyes. With little profanity and sensuality, this book is appropriate for just about any age, which is not the norm for most books today. Additionally, you may also want to check out Ms. Hinze’s short story in this series, DOWN AND DEAD IN EVEN, for further enjoyment. But whatever you do, be sure to pick up a copy of DOWN AND DEAD IN DIXIE and check it out for yourself. Highly recommended! – Dottie Romance Junkies Reviewer

Author bio:

Vicki Hinze has penned over thirty novels, multiple nonfiction books and hundreds of articles published in as many as 63 countries.  She’s a USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning author recognized by Who’s Who in the World as an author and an educator, and is a featured columnist for the Social-In Global Network.  Vicki was the first Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year and she’s a National Service Award recipient.  She’s helped found multiple organizations to help writers, sponsors and supports wounded warriors and victims of domestic violence.  FMI, visit



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Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

 Thank you for your warm welcome.  I’m glad to be here.  Currently, I’m focusing on the Down and Dead, Inc. series.  It started with Down and Dead in Dixie, which has just been released.  I did a second project, a short story, Down and Dead in Even.  I had to break from the project to get Her Perfect Life ready for release.  I wrote that a few years ago and am rewriting it now before it becomes available again.  Then it’s back to Down and Dead in Fern, the third project.  So it’s been really busy around here, but then it’s always busy around here–and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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

I started writing young.  Political essays–it was a game my dad and I played when I was little.  From there, I moved into poetry and enjoyed it but so much in it is dark, and I wanted to lift people up.  So I moved into short stories.  That was better, but I wanted more room to sprawl out, so I tried books.  I’ve been lost to them ever since.

 I can’t tag the exact moment, to be honest.  It seems I’ve been being prepared my whole life.  You know how when you’re a kid, you’re asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Well, my problem was I wanted to be everything!  I was heartbroken when my dad informed me that only men and monkeys could go to space.  I was devastated when he said that I absolutely could NOT be a fairy godmother. (I still have a sign in my office that reads:  When I grow up I want to be a Fairy Godmother.”  I wanted to teach, to be an ambassador, a lawyer, doctor–you name it.  And obviously one can’t do everything–but in writing, one can.  In books I can do or be whatever I choose–even a fairy godmother–and that made writing a natural magnet for me.  

 I’ve always loved it–got that from my mother and dad who both loved books–but the day I most realized how much it meant to me was the day I placed the first copy of my first published novel into my mother’s hands and she read the dedication to her and burst into tears.  She was beyond thrilled.  All the books she’d read and to see her name in a book . . . I’ll never forget that day.  Never.  It meant the world to her and that meant the world to me.  I knew then I had been prepared and I had to write, and even when it was very difficult, I had to keep writing.

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

There’s been a lot of people who have given me great advice, but the best I ever heard, I actually overheard.  My mother and a friend were having coffee at the kitchen table.  The other woman, Ginny, was talking about becoming a hairdresser.  She asked my mother what she thought of the idea.  My mom told her if the idea of not being a hairdresser made her want to weep, then she should become one–not just one, but the best one she could be.  Ginny said, “Well, I don’t know if I want it bad enough to cry at the thought of not doing it.”  My mom said, “Then don’t.  Do what matters most to you.”

 I’ve thought about that snippet of conversation so many times.  The day that writing doesn’t mean most to me is the day I’ll quit writing.  There are easier ways to earn a living with fewer demands.  If it’s not really important, then when you look back, you’ll regret you didn’t do something that was important to you.  Writing is important to me.  

 It’s kind of a measuring stick on what I do, what books I write, how I spend my time.  I want to use it wisely, and all these years later, I think my mother gave her friend very wise advice.  Don’t settle.  Make it matter.   I loved the message then, and I love it now.

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

He’s gorgeous in my eyes inside and out.  Not necessarily the kind of man you see and he stops you in your tracks but one there’s just something about him that attracts you.  You know it at gut-level.  He’s comfortable in his skin.  Old enough to have lived a little and to know who he is.  Strong enough to be gentle, wise enough to know his mind and values and have a strong sense of himself and a strong faith in others.  He sees his own flaws, and the flaws in others, but he loves them as they are.  he’s not perfect, but loves perfectly.

 For me, all of the above and he has to believe in life-purpose and in something bigger than himself.  Compassionate and caring, but protective–alpha with a kick but smart enough to not try to tell others what they think, what to do, or to influence them in things that are their calls to make.  Even when he can’t support the woman’s plan, he must support the woman.  Respect and ethics are huge for me. 

 And if kids or dogs don’t like him, it’s not going to work.  They have fantastic internal radar on people and can size up people in a heartbeat. :)  

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

I love reading.  I love baseball games and during the season go to as many as possible.  My hobby these days is designing book covers.  I’m still a rookie, but the art and design is relaxing and I enjoy it immensely.  I collect angels.  I’ve always loved them and I have a lot of them. :)

  What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Life.  I’m not being cute, it is the BIGGEST adventure ever!  

 That aside, we made our first week-long trip with two of the kids, their wives, their parents and four of the angels (my grands).  THAT was an adventure!  We had a wonderful trip and tons of fun.  But that’s a lot of people with a lot of interests to coordinate.

 I got to watch a surgery from the observation deck, and while that probably doesn’t sound adventuresome to many, it was fascinating to me–and a lot more fun than water-skiing with gators and swimming in shark infested waters.  Never again on that bit of business.  Either of them.  Had I known then, it wouldn’t have happened the first time.  Not my idea of a good time.

 Mmm, I guess I’m more an armchair adventurer. :)

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

Scotland.  I’d like to meet Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.  There are a lot of historical figures I’d like to meet!  And, oh, I would love to be zapped to the location of Alexander the Great’s tomb.  That would be amazing.  George Washington, too.  Amazing man.  Ben Franklin, too.  All those inventions!  I could spend a week on this one question, RJ.!  Aristotle, Jesus . . .  I guess I can’t pick just one. :)

 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’ll try many things.  No chocolate covered ants or poisonous fish.  But within reason, sure, I’ll try different dishes.

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

Indoor plumbing.

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

 Lovely dinner and dancing, though I think popcorn and a movie can be just as romantic.  It’s the company more than the activity.

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

 Wife, mom, gran to angels, friend and confidant, writer.  Blessed to love with her whole heart and been well loved by those who knew her every flaw and yet somehow loved her anyway.

 In six words:  She fails her way to success daily.

 I’m not sure how my family and friends would describe me.  Truly.  Hopefully they’d do it while wearing rose-colored glasses and the armor of compassion! 

 What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate.  Hands down.  

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

Summer.  I love the water, the beach, the ballgames.  It’s lighter clothing, no freezing and thawing out, and everything is blooming a profusion of color.  I love that.

 What project are you working on next?

 Her Perfect Life and then back to Down and Dead, Inc. with Down and Dead in Fern.  (You meet Christina, the main character in Even.)

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

 I’m just recovered from serious surgery so I’m grounded at the moment.  But I’m on the Net all the time.  Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and I very much enjoy chatting.  I’m easy to find.

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