Author Susan Mallery

July 26, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Praise for USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery

“Susan Mallery is one of my favorites.”

 —#1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber

 

“Both smile and tear inducing. Mallery is one of a kind.”

—RT Book Reviews

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UNTIL WE TOUCH

By Susan Mallery

NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author

 Harlequin MIRA, July 2014 384 pages; $8.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN. ISBN-13:978-0-373-77893-5

 

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length— a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California.  Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart

wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed—by her mother!

When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

 

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UNTIL WE TOUCH

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Jack hadn’t known how Larissa was going to react when he told her what her mom said, but he’d guessed it would be a show. She didn’t disappoint. Her face went from red to white and back to red. Her mouth opened and closed. With her jaw tightly clenched, she muttered something like, “I’m going to kill her,” but he couldn’t be sure.

Nancy Owens’ words had hit him like a linebacker. Larissa in love with him? Impossible. For one thing, she knew him better than anyone except Taryn and to know him was to understand he was all flash and no substance. For another, he needed her. Love meant a relationship and having a relationship meant she would eventually leave. No. There was no way Larissa could be in love with him.

But he’d been unable to shake the words and had realized he had to get the truth from the only person who actually knew.

Larissa drew in a breath. “I don’t love you. We’re friends. I like working for you and the charity work is terrific and I know you have my back, but I’m not in love with you.”

Relief eased the tension in Jack’s always aching right shoulder. He kept his expression neutral.

“You sure?” he asked.

“Yes. Positive.”

He shook his head. “I don’t know. I’m pretty hot. I could understand you having a thing for me. You’ve seen me naked. Now that I think about it, your reaction is inevitable.” He sighed. “You love me. Admit it.”

Larissa’s mouth twitched. “Jack, you’re not all that.”

“But I am. Remember that fan who had my face tattooed on her breast? And the one who begged me to father her child? And the woman in Pittsburgh who wanted me to lick her—”

Larissa rested her arms on the desk and dropped her head to her arms. “Stop. You have to stop.”

“Stronger women than you have been unable to resist my charms.”

“In your dreams.”

“No. Apparently in yours.”

She looked at him then, her blue eyes wide, her mouth smiling. “I give.”

“In the end, they all do.”

The smile faded. “I’m sorry about my mother. She shouldn’t have said that. I swear, I am not, nor will I ever be in love with you. I love my job and you’re a big part of that. But we’re friends, right? That’s better. Besides, you have terrible taste in your ‘let’s end this now’ gifts.”

“Which is why I let you buy them.” He hesitated a second. “We’re good?”

“The best.” Her smile returned.

The last of his worry faded. This was the Larissa he knew. All funny and earnest. Hair pulled back in a ponytail and not a speck of make-up on her face. She wore yoga pants and T-shirts and always had some cause to discuss with him. She believed the world was worth saving and he didn’t mind if she used his money to try. They made a good team. He didn’t want to have to do without her and having her love him… Well, that would have changed everything.

 Excerpted from the book UNTIL WE TOUCH by Susan Mallery.  Copyright © 2014 by Susan Macias Redmond.  Reprinted with permission of Harlequin.  All rights reserved.

 

Author Interview:

  • In what ways do you think every woman can relate to Larissa Owens?

 

Larissa is a sweetie. She’s not rich; she’s working as a personal assistant and personal masseuse for Jack. She gets to go to work in yoga pants and touch sexy guys all over. (Dream job!) UNTIL WE TOUCH is my nod to the boss/secretary story, one of my favorite kinds of romance.

Larissa has a pure heart, and when she sees someone hurting, she doesn’t just think about helping. She does help, with whatever resources are available to her. Fortunately for her, since she’s been working for Jack, he has allowed her to use his wealth and connections in service to her causes. In fact, he likes it. With Larissa using his money to try to save the world, he can feel like a part of something without actually putting himself out there. It’s a very comfortable arrangement for them both… until Larissa’s mom tells Jack that Larissa is in love with him, and everything changes.

 

  • What about Jack McGarry makes him like no leading man we’ve ever seen before in Fool’s Gold?

 

I think what makes people relatable—both in fiction and in life—are our imperfections and our vulnerabilities. From the outside, Jack’s life appears perfect. He’s rich, handsome, famous. He was a pro quarterback who retired on top and is now experiencing the same phenomenal success in the private sector with Score, the PR firm he co-owns.

But Jack has a secret pain that makes him protect himself from feeling too deeply, from caring too much. He lost someone dear to him when he was young, and he felt responsible. The lesson he took from that loss was that it’s safer on the surface.

Larissa works for him, so she knows he’s not a good bet when it comes to relationships. She has watched a string of temporary girlfriends come and go. She even bought the parting gifts. Despite that, despite her better judgment, she likes the man. He’s a good guy, a great friend, and he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met.

 

  • If UNTIL WE TOUCH were made into a movie, who would you envision playing Jack and Larissa?

 

I’m going to go with Chris Pine with black hair and Amy Adams as a blonde. (We must keep the Hollywood hairstylists employed!) Both could handle the funny scenes and the moments of honest emotion.

Of course, one of the funniest scenes in the book would probably have to be cut in order to keep the R rating. No spoilers, but I will say that Larissa is a massage therapist, and as their feelings for each other change, new situations—ahem—arise.

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  • Larissa keeps her romantic attraction to Jack a secret at first, before her mother spills the beans. Do you think you should ever keep that secret from a friend you’re falling for, or is it better to confess your love?

 

In the case of Larissa, she didn’t realize she was keeping a secret… she kept her feelings a secret even from herself. Until her mother’s assertion, Larissa didn’t think she was in love with Jack. Just by saying those words, Larissa’s mom changed everything. These two friends and colleagues are suddenly thinking of each other in a whole new way. Which is inconvenient, to say the least.

As for whether someone in real life should keep her feelings for a friend secret or confess all, I’d have to say it really depends on the situation. Friendship is the best foundation for lifelong love, but not all friends-to-lovers stories end happily. I think you’d need to examine your heart and ask yourself, honestly, what is the best action for you to take.

 

  • You have written well over 100 books. How do you keep developing such unique storylines and characters that keep your fans coming back for more?

 

It’s a challenge! The truth is, every love story is unique. We all know dozens of couples who met, fell in love, and married. The framework may be similar—first glance, first kiss, deepening feelings, declaration of love—but the nuances are different. Which means that as a writer, I need to start with the nuances and build from there. What makes these two individuals unique and uniquely suited for each other? What events in their past color their actions and emotions today? As I develop their characters, I look for aspects that put them in conflict with each other, but also for aspects that will make them a couple you can believe will make it for the long haul. The conflict has to last nearly the length of the book, but the things they have in common have to take them through the rest of their lives.

 

  • What do you think is the recipe for a perfect romance novel?

 

A perfect romance should carry you away from your everyday world and fill you with emotions as you read. When you put down the book before you’re finished, it should call to you. Chores can wait, dinner can wait. It should be a challenge for you to turn off the light to go to sleep, even when it’s way past your bedtime. You should want to read just one more chapter, and then just one more after that, and then just one more until you’re done because you can’t bear to put it down until you know the characters are happy and in love. And when you do finish this perfect romance, you should feel happy, with a renewed feeling of faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles.

 

  • What’s next for Fool’s Gold?

 

Next up, Kenny and Bailey will fall in love in YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS. Readers are in love with Kenny already, started asking for his story right away. He was introduced in WHEN WE MET, and readers could immediately sense that there are hidden depths beneath his happy-go-lucky façade. Kenny is one of Jack’s partners at Score PR. What he wants more than anything is a family, but he was burned badly by an ex. The one thing he won’t do, no matter what, is fall in love with a single mom. And then he meets Bailey…

YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS was originally slated to be an ebook exclusive novella. However, Harlequin has decided to release it simultaneously in print on October 28. It will be printed at the back of the mass market paperback reissue of CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET. Both YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (ebook) and CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET combined with YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (print and ebook) are available for pre-order now.

 

  • Any fun summer plans?

 

I’m going to soak in as much of this rare and precious Seattle sunshine as I can before the rainclouds descend again! Seattle in the summertime has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I swear, there are a million shades of green, and every single one of them is on display as we walk the dog around the city.

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SUSAN MALLERY is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives.  She has published more than 100 romance and women’s fiction novels beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college.  Susan has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to get a master’s in writing popular fiction and has extensively studied story structure in screenwriting courses.  Her goal, always, is to give readers a story that will move them, populated with characters who feel like real people. Born and raised in California, Susan now lives with her family in Seattle, where she survives the dreary days of winter with the help of a “happy lamp” and plenty of coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheating Justice by Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

July 25, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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   Cheating Justice

          The Justice Team (#2)

by     Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano

Release Date:  July 21, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Book Summary:

 ~ The second novel in the exciting and bestselling Justice Team romantic suspense series!! ~

 While investigating a government cover-up, former FBI agent Mitch Monroe is framed for murder. A wanted man, Mitch has no choice but to stay off the grid, and he needs Special Agent Caroline Foster—the FBI’s top sniper and a woman who wants nothing to do with him—to clear his name.

 After sharing a single night of simmering passion with Mitch a year ago, Caroline hasn’t been able to get him out of her head. Or her heart. He’s jeopardized her job once…helping him now could end her career. But a friend has been murdered, and no matter how Caroline feels about Mitch, he’s not the killer. She needs answers, and she needs Mitch Monroe out of her life once and for all.

 On the run and with no one to turn to, Mitch and Caroline can’t fight the reigniting passion between them. She’ll lose her career if she proves Mitch is innocent…he’ll lose his life if she doesn’t.

 

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Excerpt from Cheating Justice

“I always said you had the best ass in the FBI.”

Her body froze. Eleven months, five days and—she did the math—twelve hours had passed since she’d heard that voice. The one she’d thought about time and again after his last brief visit to her apartment, and she still managed to be equal parts pissed off, concerned and flat-out heartbroken. That voice could only belong to one person. Thus the remark about her ass and—wow—she always knew he had a set of stones, but this was too much even for Mitch Monroe. The man she’d spent all these months trying to forget. Months of burying herself in cases, months of begging her boss for every available opportunity to keep her mind occupied, months of a busy life that didn’t allow for downtime.

Or thoughts of Mitch.

Without turning, she picked up her weapon. “Well, look what the cat dragged in. A girl puts her career on the line for you and you don’t call, you don’t write, nothing. To say the least, your technique needs work.”

And then he laughed. She’d waited months to hit him with that line and he laughed. Classic Mitch. She closed her eyes and—forget that he was a federal fugitive now wanted for murder—she’d kill him herself and be done with the whole affair.

Mitch, a murderer? She couldn’t believe it. No matter what the White House was spinning about Kemp Rodgers’ death, Mitch wouldn’t kill his friend.

Then, again, she’d been Mitch’s friend once…

Finally, she turned, bracing herself for whatever disguise might greet her, but found none. Brave.

As usual.

She took in his long brown hair pulled back in a low ponytail, his dark eyes and ripped jeans, and shook her head. “You’re insane for coming here.”

He shrugged. “It’s a private range. Not like I walked into Quantico.”

It wasn’t enough that he’d almost destroyed her career when he’d first started working The Lion case, now he wanted to have a second go at it. He was a fugitive wanted for murder and she was an FBI agent. She should arrest him.

Yet, she stood waiting for him to say something that would make a damned difference. I’m sorry? I didn’t do it? Anything that would erase the idea that he could have murdered his friend.

She set her rifle on the table behind her, slid the bolt open. Not loaded. She knew it wasn’t, but she checked anyway. Always.

Mitch shuffled behind her.

Too bad. He could wait like she’d waited for him all these months.

Her canvas carry case sat on the bench seat. Like many people, she preferred canvas over hard plastic because the softer material didn’t make the rifle sweat. She dug through the case for her lens covers, popped them on, set the rifle into the case—bolt upward—and zipped it.

She’d clean the rifle later. For her, keeping a weapon in top working order meant cleaning it after every use. Even if only one shot had been fired, her weapons got cleaned. Every time.

She sensed Mitch moving closer, stirring the air around her, upsetting the energy, letting her know he was near. He had that way about him. Sometimes good, sometimes not.

“I need your help.”

Of course he did. Should have known. Radio silence for eleven months and now he wanted her help. “I should shoot you and dump your body in the Reflecting Pool.”

“Yeah, you should.”

She spun and—crack!—smacked him, sending his head sideways and making her hand sting. She’d never physically attacked anyone before and she couldn’t say it felt right or just, but unleashing it felt good. To let him know he’d hurt her. “We were friends. I helped you and you disregarded me.”

Disregarded you?” Mitch slid a hand over his cheek. “I’ve stayed away and I’m sorry. But what, Caroline? You want to do lunch or hit the shooting range with me? A guy wanted for assaulting your boss and now a federal fugitive?” Gently, he knocked on her head. “Think about it. I was protecting you.”

She didn’t need his protection. “I’m mad at you.”

“Atta girl.”

God, he was annoying. “You had a good reason to take a swing at Donaldson when he threatened you during The Lion case, but honest to God, Mitch, I think he should have swung back and ended it right there instead of trying to throw you in jail. But you should have manned up and never run from the charges, so whatever this is, I can’t help you.”

“Tommy Nusco.”

“You murdered him, too?”

Surprisingly, he blanched. “I didn’t kill anyone. I need to know what went down with Tommy.”

Oh, please. He really had lost his mind if he thought she’d touch that subject. That involved ATF and the State of New Mexico and she wasn’t about to step into that snake pit. “You better worry about what went down with Kemp Rodgers and why the White House is after you. Turn yourself in, Mitch.”

“Kemp told me the White House is buzzing about Executive Privilege being invoked on Tommy’s case. A few hours later, he’s dead. Put two and two together, Caroline. There’s a cover-up in the works and what happened to Tommy is at the heart of it.”

She faced him, still hating that he stood a good six inches taller and managed to make her feel small. She folded her arms and stepped forward, got right into his space. “No.”

“Whatever they’re concocting about Tommy is bullshit.”

“I don’t know that.”

“Yeah, you do. When we all worked together, we hung out. You knew him.”

“Not that well.”

He rolled his eyes in that typical I’m-Mitch-Monroe-and-I’m-bored way of his. “He was not dirty. Whatever he was doing, the government is letting a dead agent take the heat. Why not? He’s dead anyway. Doesn’t matter that he was a decorated officer. The government obviouslyneeds to clean up a mess and—” he inched closer, tilted his head and stared right into her eyes “—I know all about how the government cleans up a mess.”

Back away. She should, but that would play into what he wanted. He wanted to control this conversation. His looming presence used to be enough that she’d give him that control.

Not this time.

She tilted her head the opposite direction, eased out a half-smile. “Mitch?”

“Yes?”

“Screw you.”

She turned her back to him and scooped up her rifle case. Right now, she needed to walk away and not let him talk her into something that would wreck her career.

 

 About the Authors

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Misty Evans:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Connect with Misty: Website / NewsletterFacebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

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Adrienne Giordano:

 

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

 

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

 

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Facebook Party

Misty and Adrienne will be hosting a week-long Facebook Party on the Justice Team Series page which will include several giveaways each day! Details will be announced on page as they are available.

 

Link to Justice Team Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeTeamSeries?ref_type=bookmark.

 

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Author D. F. Krieger and giveaway

July 25, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

:::Is giving away one ebook copy of the first book in the Faxfire Series, Panthers and Precincts. How to enter? Leave a comment. Don’t forget to leave your email addy or check back to see if you won:::

Author Interview:

Projects you are currently working on?  I am currently finishing up Book 3 of the Faxfire Series, Butterflies and Bakeries.

What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes?  I’m a planstor. At least, I’ve dubbed myself as such. When I sit down to write a story, I always have my basic idea. Point A, main characters, and a basic idea of an ending. The problem is, I have this evil little muse who loves to go, “Boring!” and throws terrible things at my characters. Well, I’m blaming the muse, even if it’s not true.

What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?Something about being kicked out of the Young Authors program for being “too good” will put ideas in your head. Fortunately, even when I doubted my own ability to write, I had a husband who told me to do it anyway. He can be very…persuasive. *Evil grin* My dream as a child? I must admit I wanted to be a zoologist who wrote in my off time. I ended up a mother who writes when I get five seconds to breathe. Not terribly different.

Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from?I love to write fantasy. I have a soft spot for magic. And unicorns. Oooh, and Pegasus. Kelpies are awesome, albeit a little on the dangerous side. Wait, what was the rest of your question? I kinda drifted off into pretty pony land.

Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you? Well, sorta. I’ve yet to meet anyone who could accurately pronounce my first name without a verbal tutorial, so I figured I’d be nice to everyone and make it simple. D. F. Krieger. Rolls off the tongue much easier than Deadra Krieger. No, not Deirdra, or Deedra. De-A-dra. Sheesh people, this is exactly why I write under a pen name. Let’s not even get into how to properly pronounce Krieger (ps – It’s certainly not Kr-I-ger.) I have toyed with the idea of writing under a vastly different pen name in the future, should I ever write YA, though.

Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why?In Wolves and Warrants, the most challenging character to write was Veltis. He literally showed up out of no thin air. Like Zeara, I basically turned around and there he was, striding in like he owned the place. Neither Zeara nor I are quite certain how to feel about him yet, though his sarcastic wit has made him far more likable than a demon probably should be.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?Funny story that. I kinda cornered the manager of a local zoo and ran the poor man through a barrage of questions. “Does your medical department also include behavioral health? If the police were to find an exotic animal, would you be contacted as a place to hold the animal? Have the specialists on your staff ever been used for consultation by outside sources?”The most interesting thing I learned for Wolves and Warrants was through Google. Did you know Harpies were originally seen as gentle, divine creatures who helped usher men into death? Not the evil, nasty and grotesque creatures we know them as today?

What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you? James Patterson’s, Zoo. I like reading any kind of novels I can, especially horror, that include unnatural animal behavior. He had some good theories in there, but I will admit I’d love to sit down and have a debate with him on why he chose some of the animals and regions he did when others would have made better sense. Yep, animal geek.

What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?So ummm, yeah. TV? Not so much in this house. I’ve recently started using Hulu, and about the only commercial I honestly even like is those ones where the Vikings are having a blast and it has something to do with a credit card. Least favorite? They’ve come out with these really yucky cigarette commercials that I can’t watch without gagging. I don’t even smoke, never have a day in my life, but those commercials make me want to run to the bathroom and gargle mouthwash. Possibly even drink it.

Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot? For the record, I’m a bit of a loser. My very first crush was Conan the Barbarian from the late 80′s comics. My dad used to buy them for me, and I swooned like crazy. I still have some of the original comics, and one is even in its sleeve. Conan is still hot, but I’m not going to vouch for any of the movies.

What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you go without ever watching?It really comes and goes. I love Chobits, Boston Legal, Terra Nova (*Flips off the people who canceled it*), Big Bang Theory, and right now I’m on a huge America’s Next Top Model kick. I used to watch it years ago on cable TV, but as I quit watching TV, I lost track of the series. Imagine my joy when I found out they have seasons 1-12 and 20 on Hulu. Hell yeah!What I could go forever without watching? Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I am going to read the Game of Thrones books, but I don’t want anything to do with Walking Dead. Yeah, I know. Those are like the giants of entertainment right now, but I just can’t do it. I get severely emotionally attached to characters, so anything with character deaths on TV? No can do.

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I truly appreciate it. I also want to give a shout out to Jo, our blog tour coordinator, for doing all this legwork. I’d be a lot less social without ya, girl!

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Once you’ve discovered the Hidden World, you become part of it.

 It was frightening at first, being overcome by this strange, invisible entity, but it was also empowering. The power was greater than Zeara, yet completely at her disposal, and she knew just what to do with it.

 There is no rest for the weary as Zeara, Jake, and Magic are called upon by the very organization that threatened their lives. A murder investigation must take place in a local little town, but no one is quite sure who or what is dead, and why. It’s up to the team to place all the puzzle pieces when people start dying. The problem is, the local sheriff doesn’t want to cooperate and their most promising link to solving the case is in a psych ward. Can they solve it before another life is lost?

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Excerpt:

“Uh, well…” Zane shifted uncomfortably as he grimaced. “I’m not trained to do an autopsy. I can test for chemicals, but I don’t know a bit about knife wounds or how to measure how long something has been dead.”

“I feared you would say this.” Karma shook her head before waving her hand in the air. “Ah well, there is one thing I do know how to be dealin’ with, an’ that is death. I have methods for this.”

Jake stepped closer to Zeara and wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “You aren’t going to do magic like you did when Zeara was unconscious, are you?”

Ni. I won’t be using magic.” The woman smiled at them, and a cold chill swept through Zeara.

Moments ago she seemed almost normal despite the fact we were talking about shape-shifters. She didn’t seem so damn scary. But the expression on her face reminded me all over again that I have no idea what I’m dealing with or how dangerous things can be. Zeara snuggled deeper into the detective’s arms as she tried to calm the fear rising in her. Something was about to happen that would screw up what little sense she’d made of this Hidden World so far; she just knew it. The foreboding tone in Karma’s voice had been too intense not to catch the sadistic pleasure she seemed to be garnering from giving them a paranormal trial by fire.

“What methods will you be using, then?” Zane looked and sounded so excited that she wanted desperately to find the nearest tree branch and smack him with it. His exuberance for all this mumbo-jumbo junk was giving her a one-way ticket to a dire need for anger management classes.

Karma shielded her eyes with her hand as she tilted her head back and surveyed the skies. Above them the two turkey vultures idly continued to circle. “Celaeno! Aello!”

The loud yell startled Zeara so much, she actually jumped a little. Magic gazed up at her, his calm expression leveled on her as if to say, “Silly human, it’s only loud words.” Embarrassment burned her cheeks at her reaction, and she did the most mature thing she could think of and stuck her tongue out at her cat. He twitched an ear in response, then turned his attention back to Karma.

The sound of flapping wings had Zeara jerking her gaze upward. The two vultures were descending, and the closer they got, the bigger she realized they were. Their wingspans were easily eight feet wide, and as they landed near Karma, their shapes shimmered and changed.

Oh, shape-shifters who can turn into birds. Well, at least Zane will be happy now that he finally got to see one change.

To her surprise the birds didn’t shift. At least, they didn’t shift completely. The lower half of their bodies remained those of birds. Two stunningly beautiful faces turned to appraise her and the two men—feminine faces attached to gorgeous auburn curls that cascaded from their heads. Ample breasts hung from their chests, and their torsos were sleek and sculpted. Their tanned skin was healthy, sun-kissed, and created a perfect complement to the bronze-colored feathers. Instead of arms though, they each sported two glossy wings with fingers near the tip.

“What the fuck are those?” Jake asked. His tone mirrored the combination of fear and awe that Zeara was experiencing.

“These are Celaeno and Aello.” Karma smirked at them.

One of the creatures lifted a wing to cover her mouth and stifled a laugh. “We are harpies,” the other one said. The sound, almost musical, made her voice as beautiful as her face. She blinked as she spoke to them, and a third eyelid from the corner of her eye slid across the golden orb for a brief second.

The world dropped out from under Zeara, and she clung to Jake’s arm as she tried to regain her senses. “H-harpies?” she asked, her words barely above a whisper.

“Yes,” the first harpy said. Her voice was slightly higher pitched, sounding more like flutes instead of the chiming of bells. “I am Aello, and this is my sister, Celaeno.”

Zane’s silence was worrying Zeara, and she tore her gaze away from the harpies to look at him. He stood stock-still, his mouth gaping open and his arms rigid by his sides. The outright shock written on his features only increased her desire to hit him over the head with the nearest object.

Karma seemed to notice Zane at the moment too, and she issued a snort. “Come now. You discover a shifter and barely do you bat a lash, yet you find harpies so difficult?”

Her words appeared to snap him out of it. He shook his head, though his gaze remained fastened on the harpies. “It’s not that,” he said.

“Oh? Then what is wrong with ye?” Karma asked.

He mumbled something that Zeara couldn’t hear.

Karma’s lips pressed in a thin line as she frowned at him. “I donnae understand.”

“Boobies,” Zane said, his voice loud and clear this time.

 

Author Bio:

When D. F. Krieger was banned from writing contests at her school, she immediately set it in her head that she would become a professional writer. Since then, she has thrown away her plans of world domination through books, but she still enjoys writing. Her tastes run from classy urban witches to dragons, space pirates to shape shifters. By the time she pens her final book with a hand ravaged by age, she hopes to introduce her readers to many alternate worlds, lines of thinking, and captivating characters.

You can find D. F. on the East Coast, hiding away from the real world with a gleam in her eye and a plot in her head. She resides with her husband, kids, and pets; who all kindly put up with her random bouts of laughter (over things she can’t explain) and journal collecting fetish.

You can also visit her website: www.dfkrieger.com to learn about what she’s writing, what she already has out, and what crazy stuff she puts on her blog.

If you can’t get enough of the Faxfire Series, there is an official Facebook page where you can ask the characters questions, watch for cover reveals, and receive sneak peeks at upcoming books. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/FaxfireSeries?ref=hl

Jennifer Apodaca’s HER TEMPORARY HERO

July 24, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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GRAND PRIZE$25.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N

RUNNERS UP:  Three (3) runners-up will receive an eBook of THE BABY BARGAIN, book one in the Once A Marine series.

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HER TEMPORARY HERO

Once A Marine, #2

 

Author: Jennifer Apodaca

Print Length: 194 pages

Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (July 14, 2014)

ASIN: B00L73W2J6

 

Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex. With her dreams of love and marriage destroyed, she’ll do anything to protect her child…even agree to hide out in her boss’s cousin’s house while he’s away.

 

Wealthy, sexy, and emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife to get his land, per his dad’s rules. No wife, no inheritance. But when that wife lands on his doorstep and comes with a baby, his darkest memories are triggered. He tries to keep his distance, but his efforts are shattered when he starts to have real feelings for his fake wife and child.

 

Just as Logan begins to think he may have a future with Becky, his attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.

 

AVAILABLE JULY 14th:

 

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THE BABY BARGAIN

Once A Marine, #1

 

Author: Jennifer Apodaca

Print Length: 142 pages

Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (March 11, 2013)

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Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn’t know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together…

 

Adam returns to Raven’s Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son.

 

Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it’s a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail…

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on a business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons.

 

While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of perusing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.

 

Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book DATING CAN BE MURDER. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.

 

Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.

 

Connect with Jennifer:

 

Website:  http://jenniferlyonbooks.com/jennifer-apodaca/

 

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Awakened by Virna Depaul, Never Been Kissed and Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe & Giveaway!

July 23, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

We are giving away  to one winner a copy of Awakened By Virna Depaul, to another winner Never Been by Molly O’Keefe and a third winner will get Between the Sheets by Molly O’Keefe

How do you enter to win? In the comments tell us if these are new to you authors or if you are all ready fans.  Don’t forget to leave your  email addy or check back to see if you won. Contest runs thru 7/28

 

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“Barrett and Nick’s electrifying chemistry, coupled with a clever and intricate plot, makes this one amazing read.”RT Book Reviews

“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero that’s to die for.”—Bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd

“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner

 

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul’s thrilling series of paranormal romances invites readers into a seductive and dangerous world where vampires secretly exist among the general population, while the FBI tries to keep the Rogues among them from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure.
 
Ex-soldier Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real—until Belladonna recruits her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals, those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect. She will be sold—unless Barrett can find her first. Forced to team up with her former lover, Nick Maltese, an undercover sniper, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her personal mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her.

Nick’s hunting a new breed of vampires and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. Soon a seething underworld of strange desires threatens to engulf them all. Can he save the girl and reclaim Barrett’s heart? Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to her as the hunt begins—and their love forces them to embrace the darkest places in their souls.

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About the Author

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction. Whether featuring vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops, or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center on complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love.

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Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s second novel in her exciting new series—The Boys of Bishop—features an irresistible romance and unforgettable characters in a page-turning story that delivers equal parts emotion and humor . . . with a little edge to boot.
 
As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.

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Praise for the novels of Molly O’Keefe

“Irresistible and satisfying . . . addictive and sexy romance at its best.”New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

“Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction.”New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen

 

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Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Between the Sheets is Molly O’Keefe’s final book in the Boys of Bishop trilogy, featuring a sizzling romance between a sexy motorcycle bad boy and the girl next door who can’t resist him.

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.

Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.

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About the Author

Molly O’Keefe published her first Harlequin romance at age twenty-five and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring each character’s road toward happily ever after. She’s won two Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and the RITA for Best Novella in 2010. Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, two kids, and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.

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Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined

July 22, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?  I’m so thrilled to be here—you guys have been a favorite blog of mine for years and it is great to be back!!! I’m currently working on a bunch of different things because I have the attention span of a gnat, lol.  My current release is Addicted, the follow-up to my very first New York Times bestselling book (yay!) Ruined, and it’s part of the Ethan Frost series which will be three books that follow Ethan and Chloe through their romantic journey.

I’m also working on the Extreme Risk series—Shredded and Shattered are already out and Slashed is coming this winter.  It’s a new adult snowboarding series that takes place in Park City, Utah and follows four friends as they compete on the professional snowboarding circuit and face the challenges life throws at them.

And I’m also super excited about my Shaken Dirty boys.  Shaken Dirty is a rock star series that follows a band of the same name.  The first too books, Crash into Me and Drive me Crazy are out and the third book, Fade into You, which will chronicle the recovery of the drug-addicted drummer, will be out this fall.

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? Honestly, I always say from the minute I understood that letters made words and words made sentences that told stories.  I remember clearly being in second grade and waiting in the car while my parents were getting a car loan in the bank (this is back in the day when you could leave your kids in the car without worry).  I finished reading my Judy Blume book and looked around for something to do and the only thing in the car with me was notebook and an aquamarine marker.  I picked it up and wrote my first short story—about fifteen pages long—about a princess, a rainbow, a leprechaun and, of course, a prince.  From that moment on, I’ve never wanted to be anything else.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?  Actually, a good friend of mine Shellee Roberts (who is one third of Ivy Adams, the pen name I use when I write with her and Emily McKay) has a school of writing that I love to subscribe to which is—what is the absolute worst thing that can happen at any given moment?  I try to do that with every book I write, because if you do that, then you have huge conflict and page-turning plot.

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Ooh, that’s a hard question.  I’m an English professor as well as a writer, and my first love has always been Gothic Villain Heroes. Batman, Anakin Skywalker, Heathcliff, Angel … I love them dark and brooding and just a little mysterious, which is how I usually write my heroes.  But at the same time, my fans are pretty crazy about Ethan Frost, and I have to admit that so am I.  He’s a hero who has it (almost) all together.  He’s brilliant, funny, down-to-earth, altruistic, and still hot as hell, so in my mind, he’s a pretty great hero.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I’m a total nerd (remember the English professor thing) and I collect different editions of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield is another great hero, in my mind).  And because I’m also a diva, I collect antique jewelry pieces.  Hobbies include cooking, swimming, hanging out with my friends (I’m one of those rare extrovert writers), playing video games with my three boys, reading and watching movies.  I love movies!

What has been your biggest adventure to date? A few years ago I went to Egypt and climbed the pyramids (before the revolution).  We spent three weeks there, much of it in a small seaside town in Bedouin territory and a Bedouin sheikh tried to buy me from my husband for goats, gold and camels.

If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? England. I love England.  Shopping and seeing plays in London. Hiking the cliffs of Dover.  Walking the Lake Country where my favorite Romantic poets walked.  And trifle   What’s not to love?

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’m a little bit of both. I like trying new things but I won’t try anything—I do draw the line at fried crickets.  But other than that, I’m pretty willing to try new recipes from different cultures (my favorite recipes are Indian, Thai, Japanese and Greek). But I also love American comfort food, too, so …

 What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? OMG, indoor plumbing. I love medieval novels but there is no way I’m okay with maids having to heat water and then lug it to my room so I can bathe.  I am also not okay with chamber pots.

An ideal romantic evening for me is one spent at some cozy, out of the way place—either a restaurant or a picnic or a carriage ride (because, why not?)—drinking good wine, sharing dessert and talking to my date about everything and anything that comes into our heads.  Followed, of course, by great sex 

 How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you? I’m an extrovert.  I’ve never met a person I didn’t want to talk to.  I swear, it’s true.  My friends will tell you the same thing—we’re heading to the National RWA conference today and they always joke about the fact that if we have plans to be somewhere, we have to leave the room an hour early so that I can talk to everyone we run into along the way.  I love people, love listening to their stories.

What is your favorite comfort food? Homemade chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve always loved them, but Emily McKay gave me an amazing recipe that has resulted in me eating way more cookies than I need to.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Oh, that’s a hard one.  Winter and Summer, probably.  I’m a surfer, so I love Summer when the waves are perfect and I can spend all my time on the beach (when I’m at home in California, lol.  Austin, where I live now, doesn’t have many waves ;) I also love Winter because I love bundling up for the cold and sitting under a blanket near the window with a cup of tea and a great book.

What project are you working on next? I’m actually working on three projects right now.  The first one is Powerless, which will be my next young adult novel.  I’m writing it with the amazing Tera Lynn Childs and it’s the first in a superhero trilogy that kind of turns the whole superhero/villain paradigm on its head.  It’s so much fun and I love the book so much!!!

I’m also working on Play Me, an erotic serial that I’m writing for Random House.  It will be out in December of this year and it follows the son of a casino owner who has turned his back on Vegas when the mob killed his best friend during college and the daughter of a Vegas mobster who walked away from her family and the mob after a terrifying experience that nearly killed her.  All I can say is Sebastian and Zoe are striking major sparks off each other right now!

And I’m also beginning work on the next Ethan Frost book, which I am super excited about!

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’ll be at Authors After Dark, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month and at at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in October, so if anyone’s attending, come say hi!

I’ll also be stopping by some pretty awesome book blogs over the next few weeks to celebrate my latest release, ADDICTED, so if you can’t make it to the events above, you can still catch me online. Find the tour schedule here.

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Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.

Praise for RUINED:

Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you’re looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner

Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff’s Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

Want to get to know Tracy better? Check out this exclusive interview!

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About ADDICTED:

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

 

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

 

But that’s not why I’m with him.

 

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

 

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

 

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Also in the Ethan Frost series: RUINED by Tracy Wolff!

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About Tracy Wolff:

Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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Author Leona Bushman

July 22, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Nolan Littlebull is the alpha of the Wahpawhat pack of Werewolves and the lead detective on a series of murders of pregnant women from his pack. Torn between human justice and were justice, he travels deep onto the Yakama Reservation tracking the ones responsible. He is attacked by one of the rival pack, only to be defended by another from the rival pack.
Alexandria George is the healer for the Lupins. She defends the mysterious wolf in their territory from her pack’s bully and escapes with the stranger.

Nolan and Alex face the complications of being mated and together they must find and identify the killer while facing an uncertain future.

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects? *Takes a deep breath* As always, I have more than one War of the Weres book in various stages, I’m working on finding the next story in one of my zombie stories, looking for time for my sequel to Slow Burn (a romance horror (zombies) book, editing another book for Passion in Print to submit, plus other stories when these ones stump me :D For me, writer’s block means writing on a different story LOL Now, if I can only find the time to be writing more!!

When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’ve been writing since I was a kid. One day, I just decided I wanted to publish things. *shudders as thinks of things she did on that learning curve*

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Linda Lael Miller. Write everyday (something I’ve been reminded of recently. *Gives self slap on back of head*).

Describe the “perfect” hero. The perfect hero isn’t perfect. What about the “perfect” hero for you? Perfect hero for me? Um, doesn’t mind I can’t clean house well, and can in fact clean like a whirlwind and does, and well, as a writer, I have no special preference. LOL The characters tell me who they are and some are louder than others, so they get written first…I don’t think I have a real type yet.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Reading, painting, gardening, hiking, camping, swimming… stuff. :D Do you have any hobbies or collections? Well, Um, *hopes she doesn’t break the internet* Painting, crocheting, scrapbooking, cross stitching, quilting, and I play around with other things like beading.

What has been your biggest adventure to date? Being married with children.

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’ve been craving to visit Scotland, Ireland, and England all of my life. I was adopted. Recently, I mentioned on Facebook how certain places felt like home just by seeing them in a picture. That place is mostly Scotland, with some other odd places around Europe thrown in, almost as if I’d lived there in a past life. Someone said I should do my ancestry. So I did. I’ve started and only money holds me back (wait until I hit the NYT best seller list! Then we’ll really go!). So far, on my mom and dad’s side, I’ve traced back to Scotland in multiple lines (I’m related to King David through three three of his children. Too bad I can’t go back and claim that!!) I have English heritage the I’ve found and can feel the rightness of. I seem to have an instinct for when something isn’t right. Once I learned how to use Ancestry better, I tried to fix the things others had that were wrong, but I still have a bit of ways to go. Also, I have Swedish and German Ancestry I can’t find as I don’t know the languages, but it is Scotland where my heart lies.

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? LOL I’ll try anything. As for recipes…my best cooking comes when I modify them—sometimes greatly!

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Running water. Well, I could, I used to be on Search and Rescue and I could figure it all out, but there’s nothing quite like a shower! What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? oooh…depends on my mood! Sometimes, candlelight, good food, small talk and sometimes a good, hard rousing game of volleyball or hiking or camping… I’m hoping to get it together so my husband and I can go out on the town July 30th in our finery, me in Celtic medieval clothing, him in a kilt. (He wore one for our wedding :D and he’s agreed to do it!! Taking donations now :D)

How do you describe yourself? Resilient, tough, determined, hopeful.

How would your family and friends describe you? Well… the ones who’ve run into I won’t do things their way because they’ve insisted it’s the only way? Stubborn, er, curse words, “misguided,” and so on. Most people would say stubborn, talented, loving, giving, and good mom. ALL whether they love me or not would say terrible housekeeper. The only difference would be the words and tone they would use to say it :D

What is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate. Pepsi. Fruit. Steaks. Potatoes. Salad. And chips/popcorn. In that order. Give me a little Chocolate and Fruit, with a Pepsi to drink while cooking me dinner, then watch a movie and eat something salty. Yes. Comfort.

What is your favorite season? Whatever season I’m in LOL. What do you love about it? In the Spring, I’m so happy to see new shoots and things that come back from previous years, and the flowers and the smell of dirt. Summer, I love the fresh fruits and veggies, and to swim, and camp, and all the outside time. Fall, I love the warm days full of colour and harvest and the turning into winter. Winter, I love sledding, the glistening snow, Christmas, hot chocolate and warm fires. Sigh. I really do love to live. I especially love capturing those moments and feelings with my camera for later translation into paint.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? Any time, you can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeonaBushman or Twitter @L_Bushman and I do talk back to people so come say hi! Also, I will announce where things will be happening on those places.

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Author Bio:

Leona Bushman goes by many names but the most well-known one is superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back, even when her muse tries to muck things up.
She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:
Twitter: @L_Bushman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeonaBushman

Passion in Print:
Murder by Succubus

Breathless Press:
The Ulfric’s Mate*
Ravaged, Vol 1 ~ Barely There*
Rick Sexed Up the Doc ~ Naughty Nursery Rhyme
The Captain’s Christmas ~ Cyber
Crimson, Vol 1 ~ Daryn’s Slayer **my story is an historical vamp/wolf story
Serviced, Vol 1 ~ Over A Dead Body
The Midwife’s Moon*
Down on the Farm, Vol 1 ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Faeries
Slow Burn ~Dead Man Walking special
Ravaged, Vol 2
The Shot**
*Denotes War of the Weres
**Denotes Traincoach of Death Steampunk series
Just Ink Press:
Mayhem in Mexico ~Urban Sci-fi~ please note, this is not a romance.

 

Author Sara Wolf

July 21, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

The aliens crash-landed on Earth eleven years ago. And now, sixteen-year-old Victoria Hale feeds them. With her emotions.

Victoria is an EVE – an Emotion Vesicle Engraft – and one of few humans who are genetically capable of producing emotions for the Gutters to feed on. She’s doing it for the money – her sister Alisa needs a good doctor, and fast. But what she didn’t count on was being sent to the world’s first desegregated high school for Gutters and humans. She didn’t count on the paparazzi, the protestors, or the insane Gutter politics and government secrets. She didn’t count on the crimson-eyed Gutter prince with an intriguing heart of cold iron, either.

She especially didn’t count on murder.

But it’s counting on her.

 

Sara Wolf is the author of ARRANGED, a college-aged romance series centered on an arranged marriage. She’s currently working on her next New Adult romance series. She’s addicted to the Vampire Diaries, loves chocolate and romantic angst, and can’t get enough of damaged heroes.

Website: http://sarawolfbooks.blogspot.com/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6862831.Sara_Wolf

 

Life meets death. The end meets the beginning. 

Eighteen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved has dropped off the face of the planet after his girlfriend’s death, leaving a Jack-shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.

But how long can that smile last with all of her friends gone?

How long can it last with the guilt of Sophia’s death crushing her?

And how long can it really last when Will Cavanaugh attends the same school, taunting her?

Isis is good at pretending everything is okay. But not that good. The cracks begin to show.

Isis Blake is good at putting herself back together.

But Jack Hunter is better.
**This book contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers. 



**This is the third and final book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.


Author Julianna Douglas

July 21, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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His Heart’s Desire

Two best friends find a fairy-tale love in this emotional and sweetly sensual contemporary romance.

Rebecca Anderson always dreamed of happily-ever-afters, but those dreams were shaken when she had to leave vet school to nurse her dying mother. They were completely shattered when her boyfriend betrayed her in the cruelest possible way. Crushed and lonely, Becca seeks out the one person she knows she can trust–her best friend, Ethan.
Successful CEO Ethan Montgomery has loved Becca since the day he met her while volunteering at a local animal shelter. Seeing her emotionally broken on his doorstep stirs his protective instincts. He tenderly cares for her, but knows that Becca will need time and space to heal her battered heart.

When Becca realizes that the white knight of her fantasies has been right in front of her this whole time, she begins to dream again of her future–one that includes Ethan. But their undeclared love is put to the test when Ethan’s wealth and power, as well as a woman from his past, threaten to tear them apart. Will a surprise invitation from Ethan finally fulfill all of Becca’s romantic fantasies and prove that only she is… His Heart’s Desire?

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Author Bio:
I’m a hopeless romantic and believer in fairy tales. Even as a little girl, my fondest dream was to find a Prince Charming who would sweep me off my feet. I’m happy to report I’ve been married to him for twenty years. Although I’ve been an avid reader since I was two years old, I never envisioned myself as a writer until five years ago. Now I feel like I’ve finally found my life’s passion. The muses keep the ideas flowing faster than I can put them on the page. I hope that my readers will love my characters and stories every bit as much as I’ve loved creating them.

I currently live in hot, sunny Phoenix, Arizona with my husband, our two teenage children (one boy, one girl), a Husky/Great Pyrenees mix dog, and three cats. In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, hanging out on GoodReads, surfing the web, watching TV or movies, book shopping, and feeding my insatiable thirst for knowledge.

I love to hear from my readers. You can contact me at my website or via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or GoodReads where my username is AuthorJuliannaD.

I strongly believe in giving back to the community, and that’s why a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each of my books will be donated to charity. For more information on which charities I’m supporting, please visit the charities page of my website.

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Website & Blog: http://www.juliannadouglas.com/
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Interview Questions:
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
For me this happened later in life. I wasn’t one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since I was a child, although I did frequently make up stories in my own head to entertain myself when I was young. I’ve always been an avid reader, and occasionally people who knew about my love of books would ask if I thought I would ever become a writer. My answer was always an unequivocal ‘No.’ Perhaps it was because I didn’t care much for writing in school, but I never really pictured myself as a writer.

Coming to the realization that I wanted to be a writer was a journey for me that began six years ago when I started my own book review website. After spending about a year analyzing other authors’ writing, I felt like I understood the basics of writing a novel. Then a friend on GoodReads invited me to join a writing group she was starting. She gave us three writing prompts, and I finished the first two relatively quickly. The last involved writing a romantic story involving certain elements. My initial reaction was that I couldn’t possibly do that, but then to my utter amazement, the story began to take shape in my mind. It still took months to convince myself to give it a try and then years to actually finish the story, but long before that the muses were already giving me new story ideas. Needless to say, once I wrote that final page of my first novel, I knew I wanted to do it all over again.

Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
I’ve received lots of great writing advice, so narrowing it down to only one is hard. I’d have to say that the best piece of advice, and the one that I would unhesitatingly pass on to every writer I know, was first given to me by literary agent Cherry Weiner. I’m paraphrasing, but essentially what she said was to write what you know and love, because if you try to write something you don’t love, it will show through in your story even if you didn’t intend for it to. This advice was then echoed in a class I took just last week with author and UCLA writing instructor Victoria Zackheim and the legendary Anne Perry in which they said, “Always be true to your own heart and voice.”

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
The type of hero I most like to read about and the perfect hero for me are pretty much one and the same. I like a man who can command my respect and the respect of others. I may not always agree with him, but I almost always understand where’s he coming from. He has to be intelligent, kind to others and not overly quick to judge, funny (I love a man who can make me laugh), thoughtful, loyal, and protective of those he loves. Most of all, I like a man who is romantic, a true gentleman, and knows how to treat a lady right.

What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
My favorite pastime is reading and shopping for books. I also love to watch movies and TV, study psychology (as a layperson, not formally) particularly in the area of personality typing, and simply feed my insatiable thirst for knowledge. I’m like a sponge that absorbs information about the world around me. I have huge collections of books and DVDs, and I have a collection of unique roses (eg. pewter, wood, glass, leather, etc.)

What has been your biggest adventure to date?
I’ve never been a thrill-seeking adventurer, so I’d have to say that my biggest adventure to date has been writing and publishing my own book. I’ve met so many amazing people and learned so much already about myself, about writing, about publishing… and yet, I feel like my journey has barely begun. I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for me around the next bend in the road and what story idea the muses bring to me next.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
That’s a tough one, but I think I’ll have to go with Scotland. Ever since reading Outlander for the first time twenty years ago, I’ve been madly in love with the history and culture of that area of Great Britain. Not to mention, both I and my husband have Scottish blood in our ancestry. That said though, New Zealand comes in a very close second. The Lord of the Rings movies made me fall in love with that country too.

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 most definitely do not have an adventurous palate, so I pretty much stick only to foods I know I like and rarely ever try new things.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
That’s another tough question, because I can think of many modern conveniences I wouldn’t want to do without. At the top of my list, though, would be computers and the Internet. I’m pretty sure I never would have become a writer without them.

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
The romantic evening of my dreams would involve being pampered by my man. I would want to start with a candlelight dinner. We would most likely go out to a restaurant and sit at a quiet corner table, but I might be game for making a meal at home if he was doing the cooking or we did it together. Then I’d like to snuggle on the couch and watch a romantic movie. After that we’d share a relaxing candlelit bubble bath, maybe a massage, and see where things lead from there…

How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I think the first thing my family and friends would say about me is that I’m shy and quiet, which is admittedly true. I’m an introvert, and I have a hard time making conversation with people, especially people I don’t know well. I’m the type of person who likes to connect with others on a deeper level than just small-talk. I’m a thoughtful person, and always try my best to choose my words carefully. I’m not a fast on my feet thinker though, so in person, my words may come out either jumbled or a bit more bluntly than I’d intended, which is why I prefer writing.

I’m a kind, caring person who naturally likes to help out wherever I see a need, which means I have to be careful to rein myself in and not do too much. I may not be the most talkative person, but in the right situations, I can be very warm and friendly. I do actually like people, and I’m a keen observer of human behavior, which is probably the result of doing a lot of listening. I’m also an extremely passionate person who feels very deeply. I cry easily at touching moments. (Yeah, I’m one of those people who can cry at a Hallmark commercial.:-)) On the positive side, I’m idealistic, complex, intuitive, loyal, and empathetic, but on the negative side, I can sometimes be aloof and detached even though I don’t mean to be. In general, I think my family and friends would agree with my assessment of myself. (And yes, I asked my husband just to be sure.:-))

What is your favorite comfort food?
That would have to be Kraft Mac ‘N’ Cheese. It was a childhood favorite and still tastes exactly like it did back then. Even though I’m really the only one who eats it at my house, I still make it on occasion just to have that blast from the past.

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
My favorite season is Spring, because it’s the time of year when everything comes to life. I love the vibrant colors of flowers blooming and the grass and trees turning green after the dead brown of winter. It’s also my last opportunity to enjoy comfortable temperatures before the stifling heat of the Phoenix summer.

What project are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the second book of my Loving Hearts series, titled Heart of the Season. It’s a Christmas-themed story that will probably be novella or short-novel length. This book is about a Marine who was badly wounded in Afghanistan. All he wants is to rescue the stray dog that saved his life, but he can’t seem to find anyone who can help him get her out of the country. Lucky for him, there’s a pretty animal rescue worker who is already in Kabul. The pair begin to fall for one another while communicating via Skype. But can she locate and return the dog to him in time for Christmas?

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
Well, you just missed my very first in-person book signing at the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas last weekend. At this point, I don’t have any plans to appear in person again until next February at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire in Glendale, AZ, but who know? That could change. As for online appearances, I have another author interview/promo with Wanton Reads which is supposed to go live on 7/20/14. Also the Happily Ever After group on GoodReads is doing a buddy read of His Heart’s Desire, now through 7/31/14. I’m still in the early stages of promoting the book, so I may be doing a blog tour, as well as other interviews, giveaways and more over the coming weeks. You can always visit my website to stay updated on my upcoming appearances.

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

July 20, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

 

The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick



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One
October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different
person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities
he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his
neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more
unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees,
helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere
he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the
former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott
from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive
in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall
behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is
shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed
by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and
improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes
Bryan’s obsession.


Excerpt:

 


“Hey,
you guys!” Marley plunked her ass down on the chair across the table from me.
As usual, Kathy followed closely behind and hovered by her shoulder when Marley
sat down. “I’ve got big news!”


 


We
all turned to her at once. Josh even put down his
walnut-grape-granola-goat-cheese-chicken-salad sandwich on focaccia to give her
his full attention. “What’s up?” he asked between enthusiastic chews.


 


“I
just heard some teachers talking in the hall. And they said that Friday is Miss
Libby’s thirtieth birthday.”

 

 
Kathy
pursed her green lips. “We can’t let it pass without doing something for her.
She’s the coolest teacher at Appleton.”
 
“You
know what would be so funny?” It was Josh again. “It would be such a riot if we
set up a flash mob for her.”
 
We
all laughed, just imagining it in our heads.
 
“No,
seriously,” Josh said. “We should set up a flash mob for her. Doesn’t she have
lunch duty on most Fridays?”
 
Is
this the Josh I know?
 
But,
then, what did I have to lose? “I’m in.” It was the least I could do for Miss
Libby, who’d given me a chance to redeem myself with Scotty.
 
“You’d
do that?” Scott appeared absolutely scandalized. “What about those guys?” He
again nodded toward the Superjocks. “They’ll never let you live it down.”
“Ask
me if I care?”
 
Scott
just sat there, his full spoon frozen just beneath his lips.
When
Scott didn’t voice the question, David did. “D-do y-you c-care?”
I
looked squarely at David. “Not even slightly. Plus, you should see me dance. It
is something to behold.”
 
Josh
rolled his eyes, because he’d seen it a time or two, but everyone else seated
at the Social Justice League Table nodded and grinned.
 
“I’ll
get together as many kids as I can and I’ll find some music. We can practice at
the community center right after school on Thursday. I’ll reserve it.” Marley
was always on top of those kinds of things.
 
That
posed a problem for me, though: basketball practice. But I had new priorities.
I would work it out. “I’ll be there. How about all of you?”
 
Everybody
nodded again. Scott had turned an enticing shade of pink.
 

 

I
looked right at him and said, “Then Thursday after school is a date.”
 

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four
exceptional children—all named after saints—and five non-pedigreed cats—all
named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband
of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t
ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
 
Mia focuses her stories on the
emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that
sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a
love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of
tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of
1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She
is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to
stash her stories.
 
Mia is proud of her involvement
with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in
the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing
or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered
pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
 
My
themes I always write about:


Sweetness.
Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes – only love can save them.



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