Archive for November, 2012

Checking it Twice by Jodie Redford Virtual Tour

November 30, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 5 Comments →

A big thanks to Romance Junkies for letting me hang out with you all today.

I thought I’d talk a bit about one of my favorite subjects. Sex. I make no bones over the fact that I enjoy writing it, and I think the key to writing love scenes effectively is being comfortable with the subject matter. But what plays an even bigger part for me is being able to really get into my character’s heads during those scenes. Writing from the hero’s point of view can be a challenge sometimes, but one I absolutely enjoy. When the hero is calling the shots, I know that sexy things are on the horizon, and the heroine better be ready to have her panties rocked off!

I think that as female readers, we tend to let the hero get away with a lot more sexually than the heroine, and that particularly holds true with dirty talk in the bedroom. I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of the dirty talk. Love to read it and love to write it. Almost all of my heroes have a tendency to use it during intimate times with their ladies. But I don’t just employ it for the raunch factor or to titillate. I view it as a dose of reality, since the majority of men don’t tend to speak in flowery terms. That’s a huge part of the draw for me when writing in the hero’s voice. After all, there’s something incredibly sexy about a man who will tell his lady love in precise, explicit terms exactly what he plans to do to her in bed. Or in the shower, on the kitchen counter, backseat of the car…Well, you get the picture. Regardless, writing heroes with wonderfully dirty minds is always a fun part of my job as an author.

In my newest release, Checking It Twice, I got to play around with two heroes who are hardwired to like sex with an edge—a voyeur and an exhibitionist. It was a combination that worked well for this book because together, Kevin and Nick were exactly what my heroine, Jana, needed to fully embrace her own exhibitionistic tendencies. In their own way, both heroes were complex characters to create. Kevin comes with a ton of baggage from a complicated past that ultimately burdens him with guilt over his voyeuristic desires. Nick, on the other hand, is extremely comfortable in his own skin as an exhibitionist. No pun intended. There are certainly some steamy, erotic and uninhibited scenes in this book, but there’s also a strong focus on the emotional aspects for Kevin, Jana, and Nick as they explore the dynamics of their unconventional relationship.

This book truly was a combination of my favorite things: Hot sex with a sweet, emotional edge.  Complex, imperfect characters on an emotional journey. And a pair of dirty talking heroes. Christmas is about to get sexy, y’all!

So how about you? Do you like your love scenes on the explicit and smexy side with frank language? Or do you prefer more flowery or even left behind closed doors?

 Giveaway Details: Jodi will be gifting a small Kindle Fire to one randomly drawn commenter from the entire tour.

Enter for a chance to win: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Stops:

Escape Publishing Blog Tour

November 30, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Author Interview with RJ, Guest Blogger, Latest News 3 Comments →

Earlier this week, in a fabulous water-front bar overlooking Sydney’s iconic harbour bridge, Harlequin Australia launched its digital-first imprint, Escape Publishing, and it was awesome.

Escape aims to take Australia to the world, focusing on Australian and New Zealand voices, with global releases on digital books, no DRM, and no geographic restrictions.

But let’s get to the good stuff, yeah? The books!

We launched with five launch titles on Wednesday of last week, and we will have six more titles releasing in December. The launch titles are currently on sale for a limited time at $0.99, and readers can download our erotic fantasy novella, Chains of Revenge for free. But get them quick, because our launch prices are for a very limited time only.

Want to know about the books? I can help you out!

Chains of Revenge by Keziah Hill is our free download. It’s erotic, it’s violent, it’s got an enslaved prince and a spoiled princess, a faked death, and a triumphant return. And a delicate gold harness, designed with one purpose only – to enslave the slaver. Buy your copy today!

Chaos Born by Rebekah Turner revitalised urban fantasy for me. It’s deep, it’s complex, it’s morally ambiguous, it’s frequently and surprisingly funny, it’s got a flawed heroine, it’s got community, it’s got a love triangle with no clear choices, it’s got a militant religious order, and it’s got a deep, dark, dangerous secret just waiting to be revealed. Buy your copy today!


Christmas Wishes by Rhian Cahill is a steamy and sweet holiday story about best friends realising that all they really want for Christmas is each other! It’s hot, it’s friends-to-lovers, it’s Christmas-y, it’s gorgeous! Buy your copy today!

Grease Monkey Jive by Ainslie Paton is a lovely, meaty, get-your-teeth-in, contemporary romance. It’s got a ballroom dance teacher, it’s got a mechanic, it’s got a dance competition, $50 000, friendships, family, and the power of a little sizzle. Buy your copy today!

In Safe Hands by Lee Christine is a Sydney-set, sophisticated romantic suspense novel. It’s got a highly successful lawyer, it’s got a youthful indiscretion, it’s got privacy breaches, and financial obligations, and it’s got a gorgeous ex-SAS Commander who steps in to help.


You can find out more about everything Escape on our website, We’re also across various social media, including facebook, twitter, and youtube. So do get in contact, let us know what you think, let us know what you want to read, and what we can do for you.



Author Jennifer Chambers

November 30, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 2 Comments →

Romance is, to me, at heart a beautiful dream. It can be contemporary, like a Diana Macomber; it can be futuristic, like a J.D. Robb; it can be Christian, or erotic… the list, as you can imagine, goes on ad infintum. We read them because we want the adventure, risk-free, with all the lust/love/flirtation and none of the consequence. Like many people, I sure as heck identify with the old hack advertisement, “Calgon, take me away.”

A lot of writers know exactly what they “want to be when they grow up” as a writer. I came to romance the long way. I cut my teeth writing horror short stories because they paid me to, to be frank. It wasn’t what I loved, but it was worth it. For a while. I have not been the type, unfortunately, to know exactly what genre I wanted and how to get good at writing it. However, I read a lot- to find out.

After I’d stated submitting horror stories, I was offered a chance to buy into a small publishing company as an owner/editor. That work has helped me hone what I liked as well; it’s the characters that draw me, whether I write it or I read it. It’s the emotion. It’s the feelings that interest me, not the story, though story is of course vital. Meanwhile, I read category romance, mainstream romance, paranormal romance, mystery, historical, you name it. If I could have learned it through osmosis I would gladly have done so.

I kept trying genres. The stories I worked on were good, and getting better, but there was something missing. I kept reading. Kept writing.

My first novel, Learning Life Again, a story about two women who help each other recover from brain injury, is literary fiction. When that manuscript got me accepted into the Iowa Writer’s Program, I was ecstatic. The intense learning process there taught me so much, but most importantly, it was validation that I’d been on the right track. The book was published and there was even interest in it for a movie on the Hallmark Channel, a pretty heady move for a naiive author who barely had her feet wet.

The book was not exactly the genre I wanted, though. I’ve been feeling like it has finally clicked for me. My soon-to-be-released Young Adult novel with Books To Go Now, The Curious Bookshop, is a young adult historical, with a romance that will grow through the three-book series. My work-in-progress, Brambleberry Farms, is a contemporary romance with recipes.

I’ve finally come to get it- maybe by slamming my head metaphorically on the keyboard a few times. There have been successes and hiccups in my writing past, but romance- the proverbial beautiful dream- is the underlying thread that I want to write about. Tell me how they feel, and I’m a happy girl.

About the book:”Imagine yourself a twelve-year-old girl… then take that girl and make her solve a mystery while in the body of Queen Elizabeth the first.”

Buy a copy of the book today!

Author Bio:

Jennifer Chambers is an award-winning author who writes from a kitchen table in a full house in the Northwest. She has written horror, poetry, adult fiction, women’s fiction, and young adult novels. Chambers writes a weekly newspaper column and writes and edits for Groundwaters Magazine. Her work has been in national newspapers and magazines. She has been seen on television and radio.  Recently, her passion is organic cooking, and she is currently researching her latest project combining sustainable agriculture with the food-to-table movement prevalent in the Northwest.

Social Media Links: Website:

Blog: /Facebook:

Amazon Author Page:

Barnes & Noble:



November 29, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 12 Comments →

:::Jax is giving away  a copy to one lucky winner. How do you enter to win? Just join in and add  a comment below. Jax will be picking a winner on December 9th from the comments. Make sure to leave your email addy or to check back to see if you won::::

Have you ever seen someone from a distance that you felt an instant attraction—connection—whether it’s just a glance or smile, yet you let them pass you by? Have you ever met someone and had a lengthy conversation with but then parted ways without exchanging names or numbers, all because you didn’t have the confidence to believe it could ever work out?

 I’ve always thought about questions like those, and in my head I turned the ‘what ifs’ into story ideas. I’m certain most of us have experienced something like this…even I have encountered that moment where I made eye contact with someone and let the opportunity pass by. We intuitively know when the connection is there but as a rational person, we don’t think beyond the fact that it was a simple blip in our day…but as a writer, we think, dwell, fantasize and regret. Why? Because it’s natural for us to want to continue the story and develop it into something complete. We want to know what will happen when these characters take that chance and we want to help them get their happy ending.

While I was in Paris years ago, I was on the metro with a friend on a sightseeing day trip. My eyes locked on a very handsome man sitting across the aisle from me. I could honestly say he was gorgeous! My ideal type: Tall, jet black hair, beautiful baby blue eyes, very stylishly dressed—and that voice made me hot all over. Sounds like something out of a novel, right? Well it was totally real! We smiled and sneaked glances. He overheard my conversation and gave me directions when he discovered we were on the wrong route. It turned out that he was from Texas and had only been in Paris a few months. He was a runway and print model who was signed to a French talent agency. He didn’t have very many friends and couldn’t speak French well so he asked if I’d want to meet up sometime for coffee or drinks with him. I didn’t get any creepy vibes but I did get the sense that he wanted to connect with another American living in Paris. We hit it off and when it was finally my stop, the friend I was with dragged me out without giving me a chance to say goodbye. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to exchange information either. I could only stand there and watched the metro doors close, separating us. It was a total scene from a romantic comedy.

Years later, I thought about that moment. I remembered it so clearly that it made me want to write a story about opportunities, and how we shouldn’t miss them. When the holidays approached I figured it was the perfect time to write a story about two people who were thrown together by fate. I wanted to make sure that they would seize the moment and share one exciting, adventurous day together. The setting had to be dreamy and the romance would capture the beauty of their connection. I hope my readers will be able to experience the exhilaration of first dates through the eyes of the characters.

SEOULFUL KISS is set in the Seoul, Korea and almost all the places I wrote about are real. It’s a city that is so rich in culture, tradition, breathtaking scenery, and mouthwatering cuisine. Basically, I wanted to share my obsession with Seoul and introduce this setting to those wanting to discover the charm of international destinations in romance. This won’t be the last time you’ll see me writing about this city! Hopefully I’ll also be able to put a smile in my reader’s heart with this sweet story.

Jax Cassidy followed her dreams to Paris, then Hollywood to pursue a film career but managed to fall in love with penning sexy romances and happy endings. She writes contemporary & paranormal romances and is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. Jax is also known as one-half of the retired writing team of Cassidy Kent. She is represented by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.

You can learn more about Jax at:


Christmas Park is stuck in Seoul for the holidays when she should be flying home to Florida. Her parents break tradition and book a Carribean cruise, leaving her to seek a new holiday tradition. It’s Christmas Eve and “Rissa” finds herself in the spotlight—literally! Her plans to enjoy an uneventful, low-key night at the afterhours soju bar turns into a scheme for her co-workers to win the grand prize in a single’s kissing contest.

Nothing goes according to plan when Rissa is whisked away by the city’s notorious bad boy, Min Yoo, on an adventurous night around town. What they hadn’t expected was falling for the magic of the holidays—and each other—which all started with just a single kiss.

Available December 9th


Author Tammara Webber’s Easy Blog Tour

November 28, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 2 Comments →

Friendship Q&A

a) Friendship is a prominent theme in the novel. Can you tell us why you decided to put such emphasis on the value of friendship? Friendship is a form of love, and I believe love is necessary for happiness in life. Easy was dedicated to my best friend of over twenty years for so many reasons. I love her so much, and can’t imagine what a mess I’d be without her.

Book Blurb: A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
About the Author:

Reading was one of my first and earliest loves, and writing soon followed. My first book was about a lost bear, but my lack of ability as an illustrator convinced me to abandon that effort and concentrate on passing 3rd grade.

I wrote sad romantic poetry in high school and penned my first half-novel when I was 19, for which I did lots of research on Vikings (the marauders, not the football team), and which was *accidentally* destroyed when I stuffed it into the shredder at work.

I’m a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life.

Visit my blog for updates:

Find me on facebook:

Follow the blog tour! Next stop  – OH PAPER PAGES

Welcome to the Falling Kingdoms Quest blog tour!

November 27, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 1 Comment →

Welcome to the Falling Kingdoms Quest blog tour! Hidden in each tour stop is the answer to a Falling Kingdoms trivia question. Email the answer to with Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour in the subject line for the chance to win one of FIVE hardcover copies of Falling Kingdoms! The more questions you answer, the better chance you have to win!

 QUESTion: Where are most villages in Paelsia found?

 Excerpt: “Beyond the stalls, off to the right, Cleo saw the small farmhouses and cottages in the near distance. Though far less prosperous-looking than the farms she’s seen in the Auranian countryside, she noted with surprise that the small clay structures with their thatched roofs and small windows seemed neat and well kept, at odds with the impression she had of Paelsia.” – Chapter One, FALLING KINGDOMS

Pre-order your copy of the book today!

From Morgan: Paelsia is the middle kingdom, sandwiched between icy Limeros in the north, and beautiful Auranos in the south. In the east of Paelsia, after you cross the barren wastelands, you will come to the Forbidden Mountains. They’re called that for a reason—when people venture too close, they rarely return.

There’s a legend that the Sanctuary can be found in the mountains, the hidden, crystal kingdom of a beautiful, immortal race known to mortals as Watchers.

The citizens of Paelsia worship no god, but they do have a leader—Chief Basilius, a man who proclaims himself to be a sorcerer. In a land thirsty for any proof of a magic that could save them from total destruction, Basilius has become their living god.

Most of the villages in Paelsia are found in the west, close to the edge of the Silver Sea, made up of small stone cottages and local markets. This is also where many vineyards can be found. Paelsia’s main export and source of income is their infamously delicious wine (hangover free!), made from grapes that only flourish in Paelsia’s seemingly magical soil. But this soil is slowly but surely eroding away, leaving very little life left, and a bleak future ahead…

Tomorrow, head over to Cuddlebuggery Book Blog to find the answer to your next QUESTion, then email the answer to for a chance to win a copy of Falling Kingdoms!

11.28 QUESTion, found somewhere in the Cuddlebuggery Book Blog tour stop: What is the name of the Goddess Limerians worship?

Falling Kingdoms QUEST blog tour schedule:

Mon, 11/26 Good Choice Reading

Tues, 11/27 Romance Junkie Reviews

Wed, 11/28 Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

Thurs, 11/29 The Story Siren

Fri, 11/30 The Book Smugglers

Mon, 12/3 Night Owl Reviews

Tues, 12/4 Chapter by Chapter

Wed, 12/5 The Compulsive Reader

Thurs, 12/6 Mundie Moms

Fri, 12/7 Ticket to Anywhere

Mon, 12/10 The Perpetual Page Turner

Tues, 12/11 Bookalicious

Wed, 12/12 The Children’s Book Review

Thurs, 12/13 Literary Rambles

Fri, 12/14 Alice Marvels



The Second Installment in the Chattan Curse Trilogy New York Times Best-selling Author Cathy Maxwell

November 27, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 13 Comments →

::: We have two copies to giveaway. How do you enter to win? Go to the Author’s website – and come back and in the comment area tell us something of interest you found on her page. Make sure to leave your email addy or to check back to see if you won. winners will be picked the end of this week:::

“A curse, a daring charade, a delightful plot and [Cathy] Maxwell s gift for storytelling combine in this enchanting love story.:- Romantic Times


Avon Books/ Publication date October 30th 2012/ $7.99/ISBN 9780062070234

Buy your copy today!

New York Times best-selling author Cathy Maxwell returns with the second romantic and enthralling installment in the Chattan Curse trilogy.

Strong, resourceful Portia Maclean lives in Glenfinnan, Scotland with her mother and legendarily beautiful sister Minerva. Twenty-seven and dowry-less, Portia feels doomed to spend the rest of her life as a spinster. On a fated night beneath a silver moon a bold ruse changes Portia s and Harry Chattan’s lives-forever.
For two hundred years, a curse has ruined the lives of generations of Chattan men. Harry Chattan has come to Scotland in pursuit of the crafty witch Fenella, the only one who can break the curse s spell. The deadly curse is honing in on Harry s newlywed brother Lyon, and soon he ll be out of time. The spell will threaten Harry also, should he ever fall in love, but Harry isn t terribly worried about himself; he loves his women, but isn t the romantic type. Not until he meets Portia-the woman who changes everything.

Armed with a book of spells and determined to fight for their love, Portia and Harry, aided by Harry s feisty sister Margaret, won t give up until they track down the wicked Fenella in time to save Lyon, spare Harry s own life from doom, and thwart the deadly Chattan curse once and for all.

“In THE SCOTTISH WITCH, Maxwell skillfully brings her signature humor to lighten the mood and demonstrate the power of love.”– Romantic Times

Cathy Maxwell is the New York Times best-selling author of nearly twenty-five Avon romances. She is a former US Navy officer. She lives outside Richmond, Virginia with her children, two dogs, a cat and two horses.

O. M. Grey Guest Post and Giveaway

November 26, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Guest Blogger 26 Comments →

It took me years, really. I just wasn’t going to do it. No way, no how.

I had edited before when I made documentaries, and no one could convince me to spend hours upon hours editing sound. What a nightmare.

Or so I thought.

I didn’t podcast for years because I was already so busy between writing and marketing, there just wasn’t time to do yet another thing, especially if it meant hours of sound editing and special effects.

But after speaking with podcast guru Tee Morris and listening to several podcasts, I realized that it didn’t have to be a full-blown production. In fact, it could be bare-bones and simple and people would listen. It was part of my new marketing philosophy KISS – Keep It Simple, Seriously. So I dove in, starting with the Polyamory Podcast in the summer of 2011 on my blog Caught in the Cogs, which was an immediate hit. I saw an upswing in hit almost immediately. From there, I started podcasting fiction earlier this year. Now, I publish more podcasts than I do written posts, and my listening (and reading) audience just keeps growing.

Multimedia. That’s what it’s about.

So, for your listening pleasure, here is Chapter 1 of the bare-bones serialized podcast of my steamy Steampunk Paranormal Romance novel Avalon Revisited. My agent refers to this book as 50 Shades of Grey in Steampunk London. Once through Chapter 1, you can listen to the rest of the book for free from my blog, feedburner, or via iTunes. And after that, continue on with my short fiction and my second novel, The Zombies of Mesmer. All for free. Tell your friends.

Listen to Chapter 1 of AVALON REVISITED Now!

Can’t wait? Prefer to read your books rather than listen? (by the by, authors can’t survive on free podcasts alone) Pplease feel free to buy one of my titles from Amazon or directly from the publisher, author-signed. Most titles are also available wherever books are sold.

Be sure to enter to win an author-signed copy Avalon Revisited just by leaving a comment and a question for me to answer below. I’ll be stopping by all week long to talk with readers and answer questions. This contest runs until Friday, November 30th. I’ll announce the winner on my blog on Saturday as well as in the comments here.

About Avalon Revisited:

Arthur Tudor has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur’s shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance. Contains Adult Content.


Nestled in the mountains of Northern California, Olivia M. Grey lives in the cobwebbed corners of her mind writing paranormal romance with a Steampunk twist. She dreams of the dark streets of London and the decadent deeds that occur after sunset. As an author of Steamy Steampunk, as well as a poet, blogger, podcaster, and speaker, Olivia focuses both her poetry and prose on alternative relationship lifestyles and deliciously dark matters of the heart and soul. Her work has been published in various anthologies and magazines like Stories in the Ether, Steampunk Adventures, SNM Horror Magazine and How The West Was Wicked.

Her premiere Steampunk BDSM erotica novel, Avalon Revisited, is an Gothic Romance bestseller. She also currently has two other titles available:  The Zombies of Mesmer, a YA Steampunk Romance, Caught in the Cogs: An Eclectic Collection of short stories, love poetry, and relationship essays.

Christmas Comfort by Author Vanessa Jaye

November 24, 2012 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 4 Comments →

Christmas Comfort

Now that the US Thanksgiving is over (Canadians celebrated ours in October), the countdown is officially on for Christmas.  To be fair, some stores were already tricked out in Christmas decorations before the Halloween candy had been put away—a little too quick on the draw there for my liking.

But it’s all hands on deck come the last week of November.  I love Christmas—the carols, the food, the decorations, and the general sense good-will to all men. You just have that extra urge to play-it-forward, yanno? No matter how cold it gets or how many inches of snow that gets dumps on us, just the thought of Xmas brings a warm feeling to my chest. And there’s nothing quite a magical as a newly fallen, untouched, sheet of snow blanketing the ground; or pattern quite as intricate as the hoarfrost on your window-panes or coating the tree branches.

And there’s nothing quite as comforting as snuggling up on the sofa with a good Christmas romance. I pretty much devour Christmas romances at this time of year. Usually regency romances, but I’m not overly picky, any era will do. This weekend I plan to dig through my tbr pile for xmas books I’ve been hoarding, but ofcourse, I’m always open to any new suggestion any one would like to throw my way. *hinthint*

If you’re like me and you love Xmas reads and you have 15 mins to spare, I have a free read up at Smashwords—The Wolf who Stole Christmas— you might enjoy.

So what’s your favourite thing about Christmas? And do you have any good reads to recommend?

About the author:

Vanessa Jaye resides in Toronto, Ontario with her handsome son and a well-endowed mortgage. Her days are spent in the exciting cardiac-arresting world of credit reviews, and her evenings spinning tales in a bid to regain her sanity.

An avid reader across all genres, Vanessa writes humorous (sexy) contemporary (sexy) romances, and dark (sexy) paranormal/fantasy (sexy) romances.

She loves to hear from her readers:
Or you can visit her web-site for excerpts and upcoming news:
At Twitter as @vanessajaye
And on her Facebook page at

Vaness’a lastest Release – Hunter of the Heart

His darkest secret could be her only hope.
Moon, Magic, Madness Book 1
Tessa Archer is sick of sitting on the sidelines of life, but the man she’s just met on her first Caribbean cruise is way out of her comfort zone. He’s dazzlingly handsome, compelling…and she swears she can hear his voice in her head before he speaks.
When Nathan Barcza touches Tessa’s hand, the jolt of recognition is unmistakable—and impossible. Werewolves mate only once—for life—and his mate was murdered by the creature he hunts, a Pithcus that hides somewhere aboard this ship. This is his final chance for vengeance.
The last thing he can afford is any distraction, but the siren call of Tessa’s open heart is irresistible. It also makes her a target of the creature who’s had a taste of her and wants more. To save her, Nate will have to unleash his last secret in a confrontation with no hope of survival.
For if the Pithcus doesn’t kill him, Nate’s partner is under orders to finish the job…

 Get your copy today!

Cate Lord Guest Post and Giveaway

November 23, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 10 Comments →

My husband and I have the same movie on our “must see” lists:  Skyfall, the latest James Bond flick.  He loves films full of car chases, gigantic explosions, and edge-of-your-seat suspense—and James Bond movies definitely meet those requirements.  I like action-adventure too, as well as romantic, character-driven plots.  If the movie has a sprinkling of all of these elements plus it stars hottie Daniel Craig…  Well, it’s a movie I have to see.

A few years ago, my family and I set ourselves a project: to watch all of the James Bond movies in chronological order.  While I can’t remember all of the plots now, the films were entertaining, and it was fun to recognize the different actors who played the suave British spy.  Of course, every movie featured a beautiful, sexy, sophisticated woman—the “Bond girl.”

When I wrote my contemporary romantic comedy Lucky Girl, I couldn’t resist a literary nod to those films.  I gave my British hero Nick Mondinello the nickname Spy Man.  He looks like a younger version of Pierce Brosnan, who played Agent 007 for four movies.  Nick’s also intelligent, charming, lusted after by women everywhere, and resourceful (even in the kitchen).

The story’s heroine, Jessica Devlin, is twenty-nine, single, and a beauty editor for the Orlando-based magazine O Tart.  The book is written entirely in her point of view.  From her musings, it’s clear she’s everything a Bond Girl is not.  Her blah brown hair is rarely right (not like that of the perfectly coiffed Bond heroines).  She dreads wearing sexy high heels because she’s likely to trip and fall on her face.  Her figure is far from bikini perfect—thanks to her fiancé who betrayed her months before their wedding and caused her to drown her sorrows in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  Due to that heartbreak, her self-confidence is practically non-existent.  So is her love life.

Overdue for a vacation, Jess flies to England to be maid-of-honor in her cousin’s wedding.  Jess is anxious about the trip, and not just because her cousin’s getting the fairy tale happily-ever-after Jess wanted.  There’s also the embarrassing incident that took place two years ago after Jess’s grandfather’s funeral; it involved an English pub, too many drinks, an overflowing of grief for her grandfather, and a handsome stranger who comforted her while she bawled.  That man was Nick.

Jess figures there’s no chance of running into Nick again.  She sets herself a vacation mission: to have a great time.  Then, she steps into the English church on the wedding day and recognizes the best man: Nick.

Jess resolves to avoid him.  However, she can’t ignore that he’s one gorgeous, intriguing Brit.  Moreover, fate keeps throwing them together in ways that challenge her perceptions not only of Nick, but of herself.

Writing Lucky Girl was a fun, exciting adventure for me as a writer.  I lived every crazy moment with Jess.  I giggled with her, held my breath when she flirted with Nick, and got a little teary-eyed when the plot knocked her on her butt.

It was an adventure for Jess, too—and I don’t mean adventure in the gun-firing, boat-exploding, secret-agent espionage kind of way.  I mean as a journey of personal growth, because Jess isn’t the same woman at the end of the book as she was in the beginning.  I wanted her to become a Bond girl.  By the end of the novel, she deserved to be confident, beautiful, happy, and desired—and she is.

Thanks to Nick, who is a far more complex and noble character than she ever imagined, she finds true love.  In the end, she’s not just a Bond girl.  She’s one lucky girl!

About the Author:

Cate Lord is the contemporary pen name of multi-award-winning historical romance author Catherine Kean. Writing stories as soon as she could wield a pencil, Cate penned her first novella at age twelve and her first full-length manuscript at sixteen.

After completing a B.A., double major (first class), in English and History from the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, she was accepted into the post-graduate Works of Art Course run by Sotheby’s auctioneers in London, England, where she studied centuries of history, antiques, and fine art. During her year abroad, she also met the charming Brit who later became her husband. She worked in Canada for several years as an antique and fine art appraiser.

Her previous novels have garnered numerous accolades, including two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her books also finaled in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2008 National Readers’ Choice Awards.

Grateful for her wildly active imagination and plenty of story ideas, Cate is busy working on her next book. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, baking, antiquing, shopping with her daughter, and gardening. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, daughter, and a very spoiled cat. Visit her website at

About Lucky Girl:

Jessica Devlin isn’t looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful ex-fiancé, she’s determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she’ll be maid-of-honor at her cousin’s wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.

But when she steps into the church on her cousin’s wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan—James-Bond-gorgeous Nick Mondinello. She’s never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather’s funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess.

Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Events Calendar

    February  2016
    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
    8 9 10 11 12 13 14
    15 16 17 18 19 20 21
    22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  • Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Twitter

    • The RSS feed for this twitter account is not loadable for the moment.

    Follow @RJBookReviews on twitter.

  • Archives

  • Polls

    • Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.