The Apartment by Amanda Black

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

The Apartment by Amanda Black

“Amanda Black’s erotic debut is sure to melt your e-reader. Five scorching stars!” -Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan

 

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Lily has spent a lifetime putting everyone else’s needs before her own.

Ethan is struggling to find a place in the home he left behind.

When the two meet by chance in an empty apartment, everything changes. Drawn together by an inexplicable desire, Lily and Ethan discover a passion neither knew existed. And so, they make a pact: Nothing from their outside lives will enter the apartment—not even their names.

But what will happen when the apartment’s walls inevitably come down?

*This book is intended for mature audiences.*

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-apartment-amanda-black/1120348768?ean=9781633700086

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-apartment/id924093469?mt=11

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 Don’t Miss the second book in the series – The Blank Canvas

COMING 11/5/2014

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Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thank you for having me! My new novel The Apartment is the first in a series of erotic romance books. It focuses on Lily and Ethan, who meet by chance in an empty apartment they are both looking to rent. They begin an affair that only has one rule: total anonymity. As their lives become more entangled it’s only a matter of time before their one rule is broken.

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

When certain ideas just wouldn’t leave my head. I started out reading a lot of fanfiction for something fun to do. Before long I found myself wondering if the ideas in my head would work as their own stories. I began to slowly post chapters online and was amazed at the positive feedback I received.

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

I don’t think anybody is perfect. We all have our flaws, and that’s what makes us interesting as individuals. I would get bored reading about someone who has made zero mistakes in their life. How would they ever learn or grow? I think the perfect hero for me knows that they’re not perfect, yet keeps on trying to do the best they can with what they’re given.

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

I love watching movies and reading books. Once in a while I will sketch something. I’ve had a lot of fleeting interests in different things, but nothing I’ve committed to long enough to collect. The closest would probably be a lot of little squirrel figurines that my family has given me over the years because they know I think squirrels are adorable.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Publishing this book! It has been such a rollercoaster of emotions and I know that I’ve had it easier than a lot of authors out there.

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

I’d love to visit New Zealand! It’s a beautiful country and being whisked away would be much more pleasurable than a 24 hour flight! Although at the risk of sounding sappy, I’d wish for WHEN, not WHERE. I’d ask to go back about six months in time, before I lost my mother so that I could say goodbye properly.

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 about 50/50 with food. I used to be much pickier but have found that I like more than I ever have in the past. I will definitely try more than I used to, but if it looks or smells disgusting it can be hard to overcome.

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

Probably my cell phone, because we don’t even bother with a land line anymore. One time I left it behind at work and I went into a panic and needed to turn the car around. I don’t think there is much else that would cause that reaction with me.

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

Well, I love to travel, which I rarely get to do, and I love finding a nice restaurant in an unknown place and having a nice leisurely meal. The “ideal” part is eating and drinking whatever I want without worrying what the cocktails cost!

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

I consider myself a bit of an introvert. It can take a while for me to warm up to people and feel comfortable enough to just be myself around them. I think that anyone who knows me well enough would say that once that happens I’m a very loyal friend and quite a loudmouth.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Food is the one great love affair of my life other than my husband. Very hard to narrow it down, but it’s usually a toss-up between Italian and Mexican.

What project are you working on next?

The second part of my series will be out in November. It picks up right where The Apartment leaves off.

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

So far I’m only in Social Media Land. I can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and I’ve also started a Tumblr page to share pics that inspired me and quotes from the books. I check them often so stop by and say hi!

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AUTHOR BIO:

Amanda Black was born and raised in the Midwest, where she still lives with her husband and spoiled-rotten dogs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art before deciding that she actually needed to pay some bills, which is when she took a position as an ophthalmic technician.

Follow her on: Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr

 

Author Nina Guilbeau

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

 

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God Doesn’t Love Us All the Sameis the touching story about Janine Harris who never really thought about homeless people. She barely even notices them as she passes them by on her way to work in downtown Washington D.C. All Janine can focus on is the shambles of her own young life, afraid that she will never be able to get past the painful mistakes she has made. However, all of that changes on a snowy evening in December when Janine unexpectedly finds herself alone with Vera, an old, homeless woman who seems to need her help. Now Janie wants to know what could have possibly happened to Vera to leave her so broken and alone.  As Vera shares her life story with Janine, the two women form an unusual bond and begin a journey that changes both of their lives forever. Reluctantly, they each confront their own past and, in the process, discover the true meaning of sacrifice, family and love. Although to truly move forward in their lives, they must fast the most difficult challenge of all – forgiving themselves.

 

Paperback: 254Pages

Genre: Women’s Fiction Publisher: Juania Books LLC (May 5, 2014) ASIN: B00K5IMJOW Twitter hashtag: #GDLoveGuilbeau
God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon.

 

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Currently I am working on my third book in the Sisters Trilogy, while still organizing and participating in book promotions for God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same. I am also getting in front of the camera to do video book reviews for Juania Books and writing articles for the online magazine BellaOnline.

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

I love, love, love Zumba! It is so much fun that I forget I’m actually exercising. I go to 5-9 classes a week, so I practically live in exercise clothes!

 What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Going on a girls’ trip to Spain and Italy largely “unplugged.” No Facebook, just face time. Talking rather than texting! I was really out of my comfort zone – new country, new languages, new customs and no cyberspace contact. However, it was the best trip ever!

Now my biggest writing adventure was writing a romance/suspense novella, online (no rewrites after posting), with input from readers voting on the direction of the story. At the end of one chapter I had no idea what I would write in the next chapter until all the votes were in for the week. I was completely flying by the seat of my pants! It was a great writing exercise and reader were good sports, even though some didn’t like to be out voted.

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

I would love to go to a wonderful beach house located on a private stretch of a white sandy beach against the blue water. I’m not that picky about the actual location of the beach itself, just the set up when I get there. For me, when I’m at the beach near the water, I get those moments of peaceful reflection. I can think clearly, I can write and I can relax.

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?

Not adventurous at all in the food category. Sometimes I want to be, but I’m ok with sticking to what I know will satisfy me.

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

I describe myself as an introvert. Being alone suits me, which is probably why writing, a very solitary activity, suits me, too. I feel shy around new groups of people. However, my friends and family are probably laughing out loud reading this! Shy? Not Nina! They would probably describe me as being funny, outgoing and very happy to share my thoughts with anybody who’s willing to listen.

What is your favorite comfort food?

I love potatoes (chips, mashed, fries) and sweets!

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

Fall is my favorite season. It is exhilarating feeling the temperature cooling after a long, hot summer. Then there is the anticipation of the upcoming holidays and that always puts me in a good mood.

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

Bathroom!!

What project are you working on next?

After book 3 release in the Sisters Trilogy, my next writing project will be a standalone women’s fiction novel for which I already have an outline. However, I also have an outline for a new, popular fiction series called Darkest Faith. It will be a little different for me and writing a series can be a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to it.

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

Yes! I am doing the WOW! Blog Tour, with various stops during the month of October. The exact schedule can be found on NinaGuilbeau.com and on WOW! Women on Writing websites. I will also be at the Meet the Author Book Fair in Melbourne Fl, November 22 -23.
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About the Author: Nina Guilbeau is the Siblings Editor for BellaOnline The Voice of Women and writes weekly family articles for online magazines. Her e-book, Birth Order and Parenting, is a popular pick with students studying the Alfred Adler birth order theory.

She is a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and the author of women’s fiction novels Too Many Sisters and Too Many Secrets. A winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for her God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same manuscript, Nina’s work has been published in the short story anthologies From Our Family to Yours and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters. An excerpt from upcoming novel Being Non-Famous was published in the Orlando Sentinel as a Father’s Day tribute.

Wyoming and settling in the Sonoran Desert. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and two children, Abig Twitter: https://twitter.com/NinaGuilbeau

Website: http://ninaguilbeau.com/

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nina-Guilbeau-Author/660196480720272

 

———-Blog Tour Dates Monday, October 20 @ The Muffin Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

Tuesday, October 21 @ Choices

“The Power of the Review(er)” is today’s hot topic as Nina Guilbeau visits Choices during her book blog tour for God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same.

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Wednesday, October 22 @ All Things Audry

Nina Guilbeau makes a stop at All Things Audry to discuss “Birth Order Theory” as well as her fabulous book God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same. Nina has also offered a copy of her book for a giveaway. This is a blog stop you can’t afford to miss!

http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

 

Thursday, October 23 @ Romance Junkies

Join Nina Guilbeau as she stops at Romance Junkies for an insightful interview about herself and her book God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same.

http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/

 

Friday, October 24 @ Franciscan Mom

Join author Nina Gibeault with an insightful guest post on the topic of ways to help those in need. Nina has also graciously offered a copy of her book God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same for a giveaway. This is a blog stop you can’t afford to miss!

http://franciscanmom.com/

 

Monday, October 27 @ Shelf Full of Books

Join Nina Guilbeau as she visits Shelf Full of Books with a guest post about Keeping Family Connections Strong and provides insight into her latest book God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same.

http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.ca/

 

Tuesday, October 28 @ The Lit Ladies

Nina Guilbeau, author of God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same visits the Lit Ladies with a guest post about Creating Book Clubs. Nina has also graciously provided an ebook copy of her book for one lucky winner of a giveaway. Good luck!

http://www.thelitladies.com/

 

Wednesday, October 29 @ CMash Reads

Popular author Nina Guilbeau shares her latest book God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same and also gives readers he thoughts on Cyber Book Clubs vs. Brick and Mortar.

http://cmashlovestoread.com/

 

Friday, October 31 @ Create Write Now

Join popular author Nina Guilbeau as as talks about “Working with the Homeless” to readers of Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now. Learn more about Nina and her latest book God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same. Nina has graciously offered a giveaway copy for one lucky reader as well! This is a blog stop no one should miss!

http://www.createwritenow.com/

 

Monday, November 3 @ Bring On Lemons

Crystal Otto reviews Nina Guilbeau’s God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same and offers readers an opportunity to win their own copy in a giveaway of this fabulous fiction story!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Tuesday, November 4 @ Words, Crazy Words

Join Nina Guilbeau as she speaks to readers of Words, Crazy Words about “Genre Confusion” and offers a copy of God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same for one lucky reader to win as part of a giveaway!

http://wordscrazywords.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, November 5 @ Sioux’s Page

Get in on the giveaway for Nina Guilbeau’s God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same and hear from Nina on the topic of “Character Inspirations” as she visits with Sioux’s Page readers!

http://siouxspage.blogspot.com/

 

Highlander Hunger by Eliza Knight

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

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Publication Date: September 18, 2014
Knight Media, LLC.
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 278

Genre: Historical Romance
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***ALL FIVE GAMES!!!***
An unclaimed land in the Scottish isles is ruled by the male and female victors in a series of war games every five years. Named Chief and Lady of the land, they rule the vast holding, and protect the people by divine right, until the next game begins.
After her brother’s death Ceana is named laird. The only way for her clan to survive the ravages of the Highlands is to join in the war games. Bastard son of a powerful earl, Macrath is placed in the games by his vengeful stepmother. He must survive for the ultimate retribution.
Ceana can’t afford to like the formidable, captivating, Highlander who seems to be following her, and yet she can’t seem to walk away. Macrath wants nothing more than to protect the enchanting warrior lass, but doing so may get in the way of his need for revenge. What starts out as a race to survive turns into passion to endure together.
May the gods be forever in their favor…

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About the Author

E. Knight is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America and several RWA affiliate writing chapters: Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Maryland Romance Writers and Washington Romance Writers. Growing up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, instilled in a love of history and royals at an early age. Feeding her love of history, she created the popular historical blog, History Undressed (www.historyundressed.com). Under the pseudonym Eliza Knight, she is a bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author of historical and erotic romance.
For more information please visit E. Knight’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Harlequin Presents author Dani Collins

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

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To: ClairDaniels@BrighterDaysChildrensFund.org 

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You will find $100,000 in your charity’s account today, provided I find you in my bed tonight.  

Aleksy Dmitriev is after the ultimate revenge. Yet his plan backfires when he discovers that his new mistress, Clair Daniels, is a virgin who could not have been her former employer’s lover.

Revenge may be out the window, but that won’t stop Aleksy from enjoying the perks of his purchase…. But Clair is destined to be more than just this Russian’s acquisition!

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EXCERPT:

He knew what he was doing to her. A smug gleam lit his narrowed eyes as his gaze dropped to her lips. He started to lower his head.

Jerking hers back, she gasped, “I haven’t agreed.” But did she really want to step onto the street at midnight with her meager possessions and become one of the homeless? Her few shallow friendships were all with people she worked with. They wouldn’t take her in for fear of losing their jobs. She didn’t have a cushion of savings, just a credit card she couldn’t pay off if she didn’t have an income.

The direness of her situation began to hit home. At least this afternoon she’d been sure she could find some kind of menial work, but not now. Any character reference out of the firm after today would be career-stoppingly negative. Flicking a look from his set jaw to his penetrating eyes, she whispered, “You’re a real piece of work, you know that?”

“I lost my redeeming qualities years ago,” he agreed, something dark flickering in his gaze. “Which means there’s no appealing to my better nature. Make this easy on both of us and give in, Clair.”

She was tempted to. She didn’t have anything to lose and no one to answer to while he was dangling—what? A night? A reprieve at any rate, one that advertised a fringe benefit of physical satiation she had never expected to want. The emptiness of a one-night stand was, well, empty enough to make her ache, but she wasn’t in the market for a real relationship, so…

“Why extend your takeover to include me?” she asked in a voice more husky than the disparagement she was aiming for. “Didn’t you get enough out of scooping up the firm from a dead man?”

“He was still alive when I started proceedings and no, I didn’t get anything near what I wanted. Don’t make out like you’re some kind of prey just because you’re used to being the predator. You get to keep the money,” he taunted softly.

“No matter what?” The jerky toss of her head was supposed to convey brash confidence. The question was real, though. She couldn’t help being seduced by the prospect of running the foundation her way, without needing approval on every detail. Without having to reveal that each of those details touched her personally and that was why she was fighting so hard for them. “I’m not into anything kinky,” she warned. “If you’re looking for someone to spank you, move along to the next girl in the secretarial pool.”

“I’m not the submissive in any relationship,” he assured her dryly. “I like straight sex and lots of it. I don’t hurt women, ever, if that’s what you’re dancing around asking. I might play with dominating one, controlling her…” He flexed his hands on her elbows, making her breasts press into his chest.

Excitement returned with a spear of pleasure straight into her loins. She gasped.

“If she likes it,” he murmured.

She struggled, but he held fast and to her chagrin the short tussle only caused her heated desire to kindle into a shivery anticipation. His vital strength was incredibly sexy and she must have had a kinky strand after all if she responded to having pleasure forced upon her. No guilt, she supposed.

“Too bad the money hasn’t cleared,” she said with breathless regret. “Go back to your own suite. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.” After she’d had time to talk herself out of the rash agreement she was considering.

He slowly let his hands release her, his fingertips oh so slightly brushing the sides of her breasts, making need pierce her belly and leaving her shuddering with longing.

“So you can disappear with my money? I don’t think so. Van Eych might have been teased into giving without return, but I don’t tolerate cheats or thieves. Fetch your passport and we’ll take whatever you’ve left in that case. I have properties around the world. Lady’s choice where we go, but by the time we land, you’ll have your money and then—” He skimmed a proprietorial glance over her. “I’ll have you.”

Author Interview:

The Russian’s Acquisition – by Dani Collins

 I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies.

Thank you for having me!

To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

I just submitted a Harlequin Presents that will be the fourth in what my editor called my Makricosta ‘Dynasty.’ I’m loving that phrase so much I’m going to marry it.

I’m writing my third novella for Montana Born. My first two just came out (Hometown Hero, Sep 29th & Blame The Mistletoe, Oct 13th.) They’re all linked and set in Montana Born’s fictional town of Marietta.

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

I don’t recall when I decided I wanted to write romance. I just remember finishing a romance while I was still in high school and looking for the publisher info, thinking I would write to them someday and ask how to become one of their authors. When I was twenty, I realized that the way to start writing was to start writing. I rented a typewriter and gave it a shot.

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

Kay Gregory gave a workshop once and repeated advice from Naomi Horton that worked for her: The middle of the book is for developing the romance. When I flounder, I often go back to that.

I also have a friend who is a school teacher. When her students have trouble writing, she tells them to look at the place where the pencil meets the page. I modify this when I find my hands in my lap and my mind wandering. I set my fingers on the keys and look at the screen.

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

Oddly, I think the perfect ones have flaws, don’t you? Our experiences shape us and some of the hardest experiences come from the worst decisions. That’s how we learn not to do something. So the perfect hero has come through that and knows what he wants and how to get it right this time. (Or he learns on the page, when it comes to love!)

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

I’d like to quote Maisey Yates here: “Writing is my work. If I had a hobby, it would be writing.” Writing was my hobby for a long time. Now it’s my job and sometimes I take a break and clean the house. (not often!)

 What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Oh, good question. Publishing, I think. There’s so much to learn and it’s very demanding. By that, I mean the marketing and social media and reaching out to readers. It’s not something I had spent a lot of time learning about before I sold and things change constantly so it’s quite a challenge.

Or I guess I could say child-rearing. That was also something I knew nothing about and I managed to get one out of the nest (We did. I should give my husband equal credit.) Our son is closing in on finishing high school and I think the next challenge will be figuring out how to live as a couple again.

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

I’m very much dreaming of Hawaii for Christmas, but I don’t think it will happen. It’s really a fairy godmother wish, but a nice one! My husband wants to go to the big island and see the volcano. I want to be warm when there’s snow on the ground. Doing it for Christmas with the kids sounds nice.

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

I’ll try most ethnic foods, but I don’t care for weird animal parts or bugs. So spicy chicken, yes. Escargot, not so much.

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

My website claims I’m Sexy, Witty and Vibrant. When I was working on branding, I asked my daughter about that phrase and she said, “Witty, yes, but can you maintain the rest?” I am funny and self-deprecating. I walk a lot and work out at the gym, so I’m in decent shape. I’m very ambitious and tend to take on a lot of commitments, so I’m always on the go. Friends would say I’m nice and friendly, I talk a lot, I’m funny and busy!

What is your favorite comfort food?

I’m trying to limit my comfort foods so writing about them makes me crave them! Wine, chocolate, potato chips. The usual.

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

I like the summer. I love the heat. Having said that, this year I was in Australia for July/August. I was visiting my sister in Brisbane, where it was winter, but the days were very pleasant by Canadian standards. I felt a bit cheated that I was missing the blistering heat that we usually have for three or four weeks mid-summer, but we had a ton of forest fires across the province. The air was smoky for the entire time and the temperatures were over forty Celsius (One-ten Fahrenheit). My family did not enjoy that and assured me I was better off in Australia.

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

Lately I really can’t live without my coffee!

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

Romantic evening: We’ve been so busy for weeks I would love to just have a nice dinner and watch a movie on the couch!

What project are you working on next?

I have a new Harlequin Presents that I’m anxious to write. It’ll be a revenge plot.

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

I don’t have any appearances planned until March of next year, when I’ll be in Vancouver. Please check my website for details. I’ll post them there when I have them. I will have a Facebook party Nov 18th. Please drop by! I have lots of author friends joining me for this pre-Christmas giveaway.

Thanks again for blogging with us!

Thanks so much for having me. I’d love to give away a signed copy of The Russian’s Acquisition to one lucky commenter. Why don’t you inspire me and tell me your idea of an ideal romantic evening?

Also, if you like giveaways, please visit my website Oct 25-Nov 3 to enter to win a special prize package celebrating Blame The Mistletoe.

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BIO

Award winning author Dani Collins writes Harlequin Presents, romantic comedy, medieval fantasy, erotic romance, and lately, even small-town rancher novellas. Whatever the genre, Dani always delivers sexy alpha heroes, witty, spirited heroines, complex emotions and loads of passion.

Stay current with Dani’s new releases by joining her newsletter or visiting her here:

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Strollers and Stilleto by Nana Malone

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

STROLLERS & STILETTOS by Nana Malone

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About the Book

 

Title:                            Strollers & Stilettos

Series:                         In Stilettos, #4

Author:                       Nana Malone

Release Date:             October 20, 2014

Genre:                         Contemporary Romance

Buy Links:                    TBD (will send them to you when they are live)

 

Book Summary:

 What happens when real life gets in the way of Happily Ever After?

 Chronic list-making, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux Westhorpe, envisioned a fairytale ending once she married hotel magnate, Alec Westhorpe—complete with a steamy, extended honeymoon and an eventual family.  What she didn’t expect was a baby on their doorstep and a family-phobic husband.

 When reformed playboy, Alec Danthers Westhorpe, married the woman of his dreams, he thought he’d finally found peace. But a long-hidden secret threatens to jeopardize what he holds most dear.

 Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

 

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana is the author of twenty novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Connect with Nana: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter

 

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Book Summary for Sexy in Stilettos:

What’s worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex fiancé? How about when that fiancé fires you from the family business? Hyper-organized, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It’s a strategy that’s served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiancé, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it’s time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell. The only thing that can tie carefree, playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass-talking woman would make him think about putting down roots. Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love? Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

 

Blog Tour Stops

October 20, 2014

 Musings From an Addicted Reader: http://musingsfromanaddictedreader.wordpress.com

So Many Reads:                                  http://www.somanyreads.com

 

October 21, 2014

 Romance Junkies:                               http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com

Reading By The Book:                        http://www.readingbythebook.com/

Read Your Writes:                              http://www.readyourwrites.blogspot.com

Book Talk with Eileen:                       http://eileendandashi.wordpress.com/

 

October 22, 2014

 Cricket’s Chirps:                                 http://www.cricketschirps.com/

Snarky Mom Reads:                           http://www.snarkymomreads.com/

Storeybook Reviews:                          http://storeybookreviews.com

 

October 23, 2014

 Joyfully Reviewed:                              http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/

The Book Review:                               http://www.cluereview.blogspot.com

Love Romance Passion:                     http://www.loveromancepassion.com/

The Season For Romance:                 http://theseasonforromance.com

So, I Read This Book Today:              http://soireadthisbooktoday.com

SOS Aloha:                                          http://sosaloha.blogspot.com

 

October 24, 2014

 Becky on Books…and Quilts:                         http://www.beckymmoe.com

A Closet Full of Books:                       http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/

Em & M Books:                                   http://www.emandmbooks.com

Sinful Rewards 4: A Billionaires and Bikers Novella by Cynthia Sax

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

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Sinful Rewards 4: A Billionaires and Bikers Novella by Cynthia Sax

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Synopsis:

Four years ago, Bee Carter left her tiny hometown, escaping her tormenters. She concealed her tarnished reputation under a good-girl persona, hiding her history from Nicolas, her strong and silent billionaire; Hawke, her tattooed bad-boy biker; and Cyndi, her man-crazy best friend.

Today, she’s returning home … and she’s not alone. Some of her deepest, darkest secrets will be revealed. Trust will be tested. Clothing and inhibitions will be discarded. Bee and her hometown will never be the same.

When her past and her present collide, will any of Bee’s relationships survive?

Amazon Linkhttp://amzn.to/1w1QCdx

 

About the author:

Cynthia Sax lives in a world where demons aren’t all bad, angels aren’t all good, and magic happens every single day. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they love. They live passionately. They fight fiercely. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago. Twitter: @CynthiaSax  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.sax

Website: http://cynthiasax.com

Excerpt:

Silence stretches. I look upward. A tic of emotion pulses high on Hawke’s cheek, his eyes stormy and his body hard. He wants me to accept his lie, but I can’t believe in a man who has no reason to stay.
“Every time we part, you’ll think I’ve left you, won’t you?” he asks, his voice sinfully deep.
My fingers curl. “Why would you stay?” I counter. Why would anyone stay who had a choice?
Hawke grits his teeth. There’s another long pause. I brace myself for the pain that I know is coming. He’ll tell me I’m too much hassle for a one-night stand. Then he’ll ride out of the city and never return. I shouldn’t care. He’ll leave me eventually, and the timing shouldn’t make a difference. I cross my arms in front of my stomach, hugging my body, trying to protect my foolish heart.
“You’re gloriously stubborn, love.” Hawke sucks air through his teeth, holds the breath for four heart-pounding moments, and exhales. “Come here.” He slides his right hand into the front pocket of his faded blue jeans.
I step closer to him, curious.
“I want you to keep these for me.” Hawke holds out his fist. A silver ball chain is wrapped around his scarred fingers.
I extend my palm. His massive hand hovers above mine.
I wait and wait and wait. Hawke doesn’t release the chain. I survey his savage countenance. His lips are flat. His jaw juts. He doesn’t want to do this.
“This isn’t necessary,” I tell him.
“It is. You need this.” He opens his fist, dropping the ball chain and two dog tags into the palm of my hand, the metal warmed by his skin. Information—a Social Security number, the words “no preference,” USMC, and other letters—is embossed on the oval forms. I don’t recognize the first or last name.
“Are these yours?” I ask. He shared that Hawke wasn’t his first name. Is Masters, the last name he gave me, not real either?
“No, they’re not mine.” Hawke rubs the barbed wire tattoo encircling his right bicep, the vigorous motion reddening his arm.
I tilt my head, studying him. Why would he give me someone else’s dog tags? Our gazes meet and lock and I inhale sharply, reading the answer in his pain-ravaged eyes. “They belonged to Rock, didn’t they?”
“Yeah.”

 

The Love List Blog Tour (Love Uncorked by Jennifer Conner, Love Found Me by Sharon Kleve, Blind Tasting by Angela Ford, and Building Up To Love by Joanne Jaytanie)

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

 

Thank
you for Joining The Love List Blog Tour Oct 15th-30th

 

 

The Love List Series Books
1- 4

 

 

 

Single, successful and lonely in a
small town. Would you let your girlfriends choose your man?

 

Tegan, Chloe, Becca and Laura do in
The Love List.

 

 

 

When you’re part of The Love List
you never know who you will end up with.

 

 

 

Love Uncorked (The Love List
Book 1)

 

Tegan Taylor is the owner of the Que
Syrah Syrah wine shop in Vine grove, the heart of wine country. After her plan
of starting a book club to meet single, local men falls flat, her new found
friends come up with The Love List. Each dropped a name of a nice guy their
friends may like but just not a guy they’d date. Or think of romantically.

Tegan chooses Richard. After one disastrous meeting with him, Tegan wonders if
The Love List isn’t a terrible idea.Richard’s a jerk. But, when handsome Australian cowboy, August, shows up,
things may take a turn.

Read book one in the Love List Series as Tegan, Chloe, Laura and Becca try to
find love in a small town.

 

 

 

You can find Jennifer Conner here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love Found Me (The Love List
Book 2)

 

When it’s Chloe Miles turn to pick a
name out of The Love List she didn’t expect to find true love. She just wanted
to go on a date with a nice, available guy. Not one who drank too much, or was
unemployed and wanted to stay that way. Or especially one who didn’t know what
monogamy means.
Mitch Brodin didn’t know his heart was in the hands of The Love List. His Fate
was set the moment he set foot into Roy’s Pet Rescues looking for advice on how
to care for new born kittens.

Chloe is vivacious, unpredictable, and tons of fun, while he is methodical,
predictable, and well… cynical. He surely hadn’t planned on falling in love.
But that’s what you get when you’re not looking for love.

 

 

 

You
can find Sharon Kleve here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blind Tasting (The Love List Book 3)

 

 

 

Dr. Rebecca Miller is devastated over
her fiancé’s affair…with her best friend. Country charm is the best medicine.
Along with a good friend and a bottle of wine.

In the heart of wine country, four friends spice up their book club and create
The Love List. Love is the last thing on Becca’s mind until she’s matched with
Chase Tanner.Chase discovers the love list and believes to be fooled. Can Becca convince him
she really does love him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You
can find Angela Ford here:

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter
@AngelaFord67

 

 

 

 

 

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Building up to Love (The Love List Book 4)

 

 

 

Story 4 in the best-selling series, The Love List from some of
your favorite sweet romance authors.
A small town can be a friendly place to call home and an impossible place to
find a date. A shop owner starts a singles-mingle but only has three
attendees—not a single man in sight. The women continue to meet, and change
their name to The Love List. Each write names of single men and drop them into
a basket. The Love List seems a success as each of the women finds their true
love, except Laura. She is certain the basket is cursed.

Travis Jerome is new to town. He jumps at the chance to work on Laura’s B&B
remodel, to once again have the feel of a hammer in his hand. For something to
last a lifetime it must start with a strong foundation and build up from there.

 

 

 

 

 

You can find Joanne Jaytanie here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Each
author will give away a $25.00 gift card at the end of the tour.

 

 

 

Direct
Link to tool:

 

 

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Blog
Tour Stops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book
Pimpers
 Oct 15th

 

 

Girl
With Pen
 Oct 16th

 

 

M.S.
Spenser
 Oct 17th

 

 

 

Free
To Be Me
 Oct 17th

 

 

 

 

Triple
A
 Oct 20th

 

 

 

 

Ella
Medler
 Oct 22nd

 

 

 

 

Write
Stuff
 Oct 24th

 

 

Book
Flirts
 Oct 25th

 

Jackie
Marilla
 Oct 26th

 

 

 

My
Book Fairy
 Oct 28th

 

 

 

Traveling
Cats
 Oct 30th

Author Kathleen Pooler

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

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Ever Faithful To His Lead : My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse is a memoir, a true life tears to triumph story of self-defeating detours and dreams lost and found.

A young woman who loses sight of the faith she has been brought up with attempts to find her way in the world, rejecting her stable roots in lieu of finding adventure and romance. Despite periods of spiritual renewal in which she receives a prophecy, she slides back, taking several self-defeating detours that take her through a series of heartbreaking events.

When Kathy’s second husband, Dan’s verbal abuse escalates, Kathy finally realizes she must move on before she and her children become a statistic.

How does a young woman who came from a stable, loving family make so many wise choices when it came to career, but so many wrong choices when it came to love, so that she ended up sacrificing career and having to flee in broad daylight with her children from an abusive marriage? What is getting in her way and why does she keep taking so many self-defeating detours?

The story opens up the day Kathy feels physically threatened for the first time in her three-year marriage to her second husband. This sends her on a journey to make sense of her life and discern what part she has played in the vulnerable circumstance she finds herself in.

She must make a decision–face her self-defeating patterns that have led to this situation and move on or repeat her mistakes. Her life and the lives of her two children are dependent upon the choices she makes and the chances she takes from this point forward.

Paperback: 242Pages

Genre: Memoir Publisher: Open Books Press (July 22, 2014) ASIN: B00M17OXYO Twitter hashtag: #EFaithPooler
Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

 Currently I am in the book launch/initial marketing phase of my first memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse which was published on July 28, 2014 by Open Books Press.. I am 15,000 words into a second memoir, a sequel. The working title is Hope Matters: A Memoir of Faith. It will be about how my faith gave me hope during the simultaneous battle of a diagnosis of Stage Four NonHodgson’s Lymphoma and my young adult son’s downward spiral into substance abuse. I continue to blog weekly about memoir writing, publishing and social media and do guest posts on other blogs. I feature other authors and their work on my blog as well.

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

 I don’t recall one specific moment but I do recall an unrelenting desire to write—whether it be in my diary or writing plays for my maternal grandmother and her friends as a ten year old; journaling my way through relationship conflicts or penning the annual Christmas Letter. Writing has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I finally answered the call to take my writing to the next level in 1999 when I took my first writing course Getting Started in Writing through Writer’s Digest. However, I did not call myself a writer until 2009 when I was told during a Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive Weekend that I was a writer because I wrote.

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

 I met a literary agent at my first national writing conference in 2010 in Boston who in response to my pitch, said: “Fascinating story. It will all be in the telling.” In that moment, I realized that I needed to commit to learning the art and craft of writing if I was to get my story out there in a meaningful way. I think of that encounter often.

  What are some of your favorite pastimes?

Reading, writing, playing the piano, exercise classes, especially Zumba.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

 In September, 2-13, my husband, Wayne and I traveled to Italy for eleven days- Rome, Pompeii, The Amalfi Coast, Florence ad Venice. While in The Amalfi Coast, I hired a translator and driver to pick us up one day and drive us to the home of my paternal grandfather in Dugenta, a tiny mountain village near Naples. We spent six hours meeting relatives, reminiscing and eating. It was a trip of a lifetime. The amazing part of this trip was the immediate connection I felt with the family. They were the nieces and nephews of my grandfather, now in their 8os. Their mother was my grandfather’s sister. Although they had never met my grandfather, they knew him well through their mother.

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

 I left my heart in Italy and would love to go back someday.

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 like to be adventuresome, although I do like to eat healthy. Variety is important. Probably my favorite foods are fresh from the garden. I also love “peasant food”—soups and stews. Of course, I also love a good, rich dessert, especially if it has chocolate and nuts in it.

 How do you describe yourself?

Sociable, friendly, sensitive to others, perfectionist, hard worker

How would your family and friends describe you?

 Kind, compassionate, overly-sensitive, creative, earthy, industrious.

What is your favorite comfort food?

 Spaghetti and meatballs, mostly because it reminds me of my maternal grandmother, Nan. Eating it takes me right back to that 1950’s kitchen where Nan stood at the white stove stirring the sauce. She’d always spoon some out for me to taste.

What is your favorite season?

 Autumn for it’s new beginnings, brilliant colors and family-related activities—apple picking, carving pumpkins, cool, sunny days.

  What do you love about it?

 I get the sense of a return to order, starting with a clean slate, switching gears from the hectic days of summer. Fall is hectic but in a different, more focused way.

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

 As much as I hate to admit it, I am tethered to my cell phone. I know that because I feel a sense of panic when I can’t find it. Of course, garage door openers, TV remotes, microwaves, computers all take a close second.

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

 I’m not a romance writer but my idea of an ideal romantic evening is sharing time and space with someone who makes you feel valued, whether it be over dinner by candlelight or lounging on the coach watching a movie together. It’s not the activity, it’s the person you are with that makes it romantic.

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

 My website, Memoir Writer’s Journey: http://krpooler.com has a section on Events where my book-related activities are listed.

I blog weekly on this site and also do guest posts on other sites.

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About the Author: Kathleen Pooler is an author and a retired Family Nurse Practitioner whose memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse, published on July 28.2014 and work-in-progress sequel, Hope Matters: A Memoir are about how the power of hope through her faith in God helped her to transform, heal and transcend life’s obstacles and disappointments:  domestic abuse, divorce, single parenting, loving and letting go of an alcoholic son, cancer and heart failure to live a life of joy and contentment. She believes that hope matters and that we are all strengthened and enlightened when we share our stories.

She lives with her husband Wayne in eastern New York.

She blogs weekly at her Memoir Writer’s Journey blog:http://krpooler.com

She still loves Twitter @kathypooler

https://twitter.com/KathyPooler

LinkedIn: Kathleen Pooler: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kathleen-pooler/16/a95/20a

Google+:Kathleen Pooler: https://plus.google.com/109860737182349547026/posts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4812560-kathleen-pooler

Facebook:

Personal page,

Kathy Pooler : https://www.facebook.com/kathleen.pooler

Author page:

Kathleen Pooler/Memoir Writer’s Journey: https://www.facebook.com/memoirwritersjourney

Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/krpooler/)

One of her stories “The Stone on the Shore” is published in the anthology: “The Woman I’ve Become: 37 Women Share Their Journeys From Toxic Relationships to Self-Empowerment” by Pat LaPointe, 2012.

Another story: “Choices and Chances” is published in the “My Gutsy Story Anthology” by Sonia Marsh, September, 2013.

———-Blog Tour Dates Monday, October 6 @ The Muffin Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

 

Tuesday, October 7 @ Choices

Find out what fellow memoir writer Madeline Sharples thinks after reading Kathleen Pooler’s memoir, Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir. This is a blog stop you won’t want to miss!

http://madeline40.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, October 8 @ All Things Audry

Join Kathleen Pooler as she explores “How a Nurse Learns to Care for Herself” as she visits All Things Audry with her memoir Ever Faithful to His Lead. Kathleen is generously offering an ebook copy of Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir to one lucky winner of a giveaway. Thank you to both Kathleen and Audry!

http://allthingsaudry.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 10 @ Sherrey Meyer

Join Kathleen Pooler as she writes a guest post titled “Writing as a Pathway to Healing” and shares her thoughts with author and friend, Sherrey Meyer. Find out more about Kathleen and her insightful memoir Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir.

 

http://sherreymeyer.com/author/sherreya/

 

Monday, October 13 @ Women’s Writing Circle

Kathleen Pooler sits down with Susan Weidener for a friendly conversation about how Kathleen crowdfunded her memoir, Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir.

http://www.susanweidener.com/

 

Tuesday, October 14 @ Lauren Scharhag

Don’t miss Kathleen Pooler’s interview with Lauren Scharhag as these ladies discuss the hot topic of memoir. Find out more about Kathleen and her own Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir

http://laurenscharhag.blogspot.com/

 

Tuesday, October 14 @ Vera’s Version

Join Kathleen Pooler as she guest blogs about “How Writing Memoir Helped Me Find Self-Forgiveness” at Vera’s Version and shares insight into her memoir Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir.

http://verasversion.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, October 15 @ About Amish

Kathleen Pooler and her memoir Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir makes a stop to visit Saloma Furlong at About Amish where you can read Saloma’s review and get in a giveaway for an opportunity to read Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir for yourself!

http://salomafurlong.com/aboutamish/

 

Thursday, October 16 @ Lisa Haselton

Join Lisa Haselton as she interviews Kathleen Pooler and we all learn more about Kathleen’s memoir Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

 

Friday, October 17 @ Jerry Waxler

Author, Friend, and Fellow Memoir Writer Jerry Waxler reviews Kathleen Pooler’s Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir. This is a blog stop you won’t want to miss!

http://www.jerrywaxler.com/

 

Monday, October 20 @ Romance Junkies

Join Kathleen Pooler as she stops at Romance Junkies for an insightful interview about herself and her memoir, Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir.

http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/

 

Tuesday, October 21 @ Mary Gottschalk

Kathleen Pooler shares her latest project: Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir as she visits with friend and fellow author Mary Gottschalk and fittingly writes about “Girlfriends Matter”. This is a blog stop you won’t want to miss!

http://marycgottschalk.com/home/

 

Wednesday, October 22 @ CMash Reads

Join memoir writer Kathleen Pooler as she guest posts at CMash Reads. Kathleen will share her story of “Writing Through the Pain” and tell more about her popular memoir Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir.

http://cmashlovestoread.com/

 

Thursday, October 23 @ Bring on Lemons

Hear what Crystal Otto has to say as she reviews Kathleen Pooler’s Ever Faithful To His Lead: My Journey to Memoir. Don’t miss this blog stop as Kathleen Pooler has graciously provided a copy of her memoir for one lucky reader to win via a giveaway!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Author Matthew J. Metzger

October 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Jesse has never had a real boyfriend before. He’s a firefighter, and that’s all that anyone’s seen before—a quick and thrilling screw, and a story for the future. So when he lands Ezra Pryce, the most beautiful man in the whole of Brighton, Jesse can’t quite understand why Ezra is still here eight months down the line.

Not that he’s going to complain. Ezra’s sexy, sarcastic, and doesn’t treat Jesse like he’s stupid, but Jesse can do the math. Ezra is nothing short of perfection; and Jesse falls a very long way short of it. Jesse isn’t going to be enough for someone like Ezra in the long run, and he is living—and loving—on borrowed time. When a disastrous weekend in Norwich introduces Jesse to the staunch disapproval of Ezra’s family and the six-pack of his ex-boyfriend in one fell swoop, Jesse’s fate is sealed. He cannot hope to live up to an ex who has every intention of getting Ezra back, and all the looks and charm to do it too. Jesse is not enough for Ezra and he’s never going to be.

Until the accident forces Jesse to re-evaluate, and shows him exactly what he looks like through Ezra’s eyes.

Read a free chapter sample here, the ebook here, and the long-awaited print book here.

Buy Link

http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=22&products_id=633

 

Read An Excerpt:

Jackie’swas a loud cross between a bar and a club, with a sticky dance floor populated by both straight and gay couples, and a tiny LGBTQ flag above the bar with a sign declaring it to be a “safe space.” Jesse had no idea what that meant, but he grasped that it was okay to be gay in here, and slid an arm around Ezra’s waist at the bar.

“You’re clingy,” Ezra said lightly, but tucked his head briefly against Jesse’s neck in a kind of half-hug pose. “You okay?”

“Yeah,” Jesse said, and slapped Ezra’s hand down. “I’ll get this round. I want you to get tipsy, and you’ll never do that if you stick to your bloody lager.”

“Mr. Dawkins, are you trying to get me drunk?”

“Yes,” Jesse said, handing over a twenty to the bored bartender. In the pause as the guy wrestled with the till, he twisted to kiss Ezra soundly, transmitting his exact intentions with his tongue and his hand possessively low on Ezra’s hip.

“Mm,” Ezra hummed as he pulled back, and his eyes were just a little darker. “Maybe I’ll get a little bit drunk.”

“You do that,” Jesse said, and pressed the glass into his hand.

Jackie’slivened up a little as the bar slowly filled and the money kept changing hands. Jesse kept Ezra on the vodka, relishing the chance to be able to get him drunk. Ezra didn’t like to get drunk if Jesse couldn’t, and Jesse often couldn’t drink because of the risk of being called to an emergency at work, so it was nice to get to let go a little, to drink a bit more than the two-pint maximum, to feel the first fuzzy edges of poor coordination and disjointed thinking take over his brain. The music was kind of shitty – late nineties stuff he hadn’t heard in years – and the bartender was stingy with the doubles, but it was fairly cheap and it was nasty enough to work, and when that wide, beautiful smile bloomed across Ezra’s face when a tiny little lesbian and her girlfriend dragged him to dance with them, insisting they knew him as insistently as he said that they didn’t, Jesse felt happy. Despite Mrs. Pryce, despite Audrey Hepburn being a lesbian, despite the crucifix on the gatepost, he felt happy.

He drained his glass and went to the bathroom, relieving himself clumsily in a definitely nasty bathroom with the telltale streaks of sticky white powder on the counter that said that at least one part of the sex, drugs and rock and roll was going down in here on your average evening. Rinsing his hands off, he wondered if another round was called for, or another bar. Obviously they’d keep going a bit longer. He could still think, for one. And thinking was counterproductive for later, when he’d get Ezra’s long legs wrapped around his waist and try and suck all the alcohol back out through his mouth. Or his neck. Or other places.

Then he left the bathroom, and saw him.

Ezra had escaped the tiny lesbians, and was leaning very precariously against the bar, a fresh drink in hand, and smiling—beaming—at a man who was just offensively good-looking. He looked like one of those underwear models or something. Tall in a too-tight-T-shirt, with spiky dark hair in a style that could have been achieved with an electric razor but he’d probably paid fifty quid for at a salon aimed at women. A waxed chest, judging by the naked v of skin that was visible below his neck. He was flashing a chiseled, perfect, cologne-ad smile at Ezra. People could model cologne and underwear, right? Because this guy definitely did.

Jesse hesitated at the bathroom door, and felt a shaky warmth bubbling up in his stomach as the underwear model reached into his back pocket and passed Ezra a thin bit of card. His number, maybe? Why the hell was some underwear-cologne model giving Ezra his number?

Why the hell was Ezra putting it in his pocket?

Ezra turned from the bar, eyes scanning the room, and that placid, drink-smudged smile widened when he locked eyes with Jesse. He leaned back against the sticky wood, weight on his elbows, and beckoned with one long finger, and it was like an invisible rope reeling Jesse in. The underwear model glanced Jesse’s way and melted back into the crowd on the dance floor and Jesse’s anger went with him. He planted his hands on either side of Ezra’s waist, bracing himself against the bar, and crowded Ezra against it to kiss him and taste the drunken want on his tongue.

“You ran away,” Ezra accused, tugging on Jesse’s hair lightly.

“You started talking to other guys,” Jesse murmured, and yet with Ezra’s hand playing with his ear and the wide, blissfully peaceful expression he wore when he was drunk, it somehow didn’t matter.

“Only because you ran away,” Ezra teased, and bumped his nose against Jesse’s clumsily.

“Can we go?” Jesse whispered, dropping a hand to slide it around Ezra’s hip and down to the top of his leg, rubbing against the denim of his jeans lightly. “Back to the hotel? I have designs.”

“On what?”

“On you and the bed and being bendy.”

Ezra grinned, and downed the rest of his glass in one expert motion, his back and neck flexing like liquid in suspension. “I knew you got me drunk,” he accused, and Jesse laughed, putting a hand into Ezra’s back pocket to hook him in and guide him out. The night air was cold after the heat of the bar, and the underwear model had vanished like an ugly, sexy mirage.

“You shouldn’t talk to underwear models,” he blurted out, and Ezra laughed too loudly in the street.

“I only talk to your underwear,” he retorted, and then all the sense of it was slipping away, and Jesse simply forgot in favor of other things.

For the moment.

Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thank you for hosting me!

I’m currently on a blog tour for Enough, my first adult romance novel. Enough came out as an ebook in May and was an instant hit, so within two weeks the publishing team wanted to bring it out in print as well. And as that day finally arrived, here I am! I’m a huge fan of print over ebook, so it always makes my year if one of mine is going to be available in both forms.

Enough is a story about jealousy, self-esteem and the way someone sees themselves. It was a blast to write, sweet and sexy all in one go, and I absolutely loved the characters from start to finish. There’s a free chapter sample here, the ebook here, and the long-awaited print book here.

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

Besides writing? Er…

I kid. Sort of. I’m not a collector of anything, but I’m crazy for travelling. I get serious itchy feet. I have plans to go to Iceland and Germany next year, and hopefully the year after I’ll have the funds to go to one of the Canadian or American conventions. My big dream is the Galapagos, but I seriously don’t have the cash for that!

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I went to Thailand in 2012. Never been anywhere like it before (or, sadly, since!) and it. Was. Incredible. Beautiful islands, amazing seas, fascinating marine life. I loved the hell out of that trip and I’m itching to go back and explore some other parts of the country. When I came back to England I was stopped at customs and questioned at length. Halfway through the interview I realised they’d stopped me because I’d tanned so much I didn’t match my passport photo anymore!

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

For all I just talked about travelling…right now, I would be whisked back to Sheffield. I had a friend visit me from there last weekend, and I knew I missed him, but hadn’t realised quite how badly until we were eating fish and chips in my living room and nattering like old times. I miss him even worse now he’s gone home, and Christmas is too long away to visit. So yep – my ideal location right this second is a freezing Yorkshire house with serious draught issues, in a cold and rainy city settled by some genius amongst sadistically steep hills.

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

I made the mistake of asking my best friend. Her reply was (and this is an exact quote):

‘How would I describe Matt? Apparently I’m not allowed to swear too much so he’s a right arsehole and he’s damn good at what he does. I love slash hate him. He’s stubborn, ornery, and snarkastic as hell, but he’s awesome when he’s not being all of those things. Loyal as hell too. but goddamn he can drive me up the wall!’

We’re British, so about 95% of that is an expression of deep and unwavering love, would you believe!

She has it pretty dead on. My family would agree with her, certainly, and hell, I agree with most of it! (Especially the right arsehole part.) But apparently a few people who met me at the UK LGBT Fiction Meet this year thought the opposite – I distinctly remember the words ‘charming’ and ‘sweet’ being thrown around. I presume there was another Matthew Metzger in attendance!

What project are you working on next?

My current work in progress is a young adult novel called Baci. The story follows the events that unfold when the new kid at Luca’s swimming club finds out Luca is gay and objects – to put it mildly – to having a gay kid in the same water or changing rooms as him. It’s quite a fun write as the new kid, Jack, is a belligerent little so-and-so, but Luca is half-Italian and has a right temper of his own, so the two clash several times and the physical altercations are definitely not one-way. There are sneak peeks here and here – I’m about 20,000 words in, but with NaNoWriMo looming in November, I’m not sure Baci will be done in time for that.

About Matthew

Matthew J. Metzger is the front for a British author working a difficult day job and from the inside of a closet. When he’s not writing or working, he’s asleep. That, really, is how six books in two years is possible. Matthew writes LGBT fiction about contemporary issues, from ‘gay issues’ such as coming out through to wider issues such as domestic violence, racism and terminal illness. Matthew is open to some low-level stalking once in a while, and can be stalked on Twitter, Facebook, and at his website.

 

 

Cover Him With Darkness by Janine Ashbless

October 17, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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If You Loved an Angel… How Far Would You Fall with Him?

What happens when the daughter of the village priest falls in love with an archangel banished from heaven? Milja’s heart is struck when she catches a glimpse of the preternaturally beautiful prisoner her father keeps captive beneath his church’s altar. Torn between tradition, loyalty and her growing obsession with the fallen angel, will Milja risk losing her family, and her eternal soul, for the love of this divine being? Janine Ashbless will transport you to a world where good and evil battle for true love.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Cover-Him-With-Darkness-Watchers/dp/1940550017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413516506&sr=8-1&keywords=cover+him+with+darkness

Read An Excerpt:

“What did he do?” became a question I repeated many times as I grew up, along with, “Who is he?” My father didn’t lie, but neither could he answer my question truthfully. He was an educated man, though he had taken up the vocation of priest of an isolated village in one of the most barren, mountainous corners of our rugged country. He had studied engineering at university in Belgrade, but he admitted that the answers to my queries were unclear to him. “The gods have condemned him,” he would say, with a sigh. That sounded so strange coming from an Orthodox priest that I didn’t know what to think.
Every Sunday, after going down into the village to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with the congregation in the church there-nobody ever climbed up the two hundred steps to our dingy little chapel carved into the sheerrock-he would descend into the prisoner’s cave. He would take the manwater and bread, and wash his face. My father was not without compassion,even for a prisoner, and he felt the responsibility of his position.
“Is he…Prometheus?” I asked when I was ten, and had been reading the Greek myths in one of the dog-eared books Father had brought from the capital. “The gods chained up Prometheus forever. Is it him?”
“It may be.”
“But…Prometheus was good, Papa. He taught us how to be civilized. He stole fire from the gods to bring it to men. He was on our side!”
“What did man do with fire, Milja?”
“Cook?”
“He smelted iron, little chick, and with iron he made swords. He made all the weapons of war, and men have slaughtered men in countless millions ever since. Are you sure Prometheus had our best interests at heart? Would we not have been happier if we’d stayed in the innocence of the Stone Age?”
I was too young to answer that. Father sighed and fetched a black-bound book, laying it on the table by the window where the light could fall upon it. He opened the pages to somewhere near the beginning.
“My grandfather told me that it is Azazel we hold in our keeping. Have you heard of him?”
“No,” said I in a small voice.
“Neither man nor pagan titan, little chick, but a fallen angel. A leader of the Watchers: those Sons of God who lusted after mortal women. The Israelites dedicated their scapegoat sin-offering to Azazel every year when they drove it out into the wilderness. And just like the Greeks’ Prometheus, he is credited with teaching men metalworking and war-craft-and women the arts of seduction and sorcery. Here in the Book of Enoch, see; the angel Raphael is commanded by God: ‘bind Azazel hand and foot and cast him into the darkness. And lay upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there forever.’”
“Which is right, then?” I asked. “Is he a demon or is he Prometheus?”
“Maybe he is both, and it’s the same story. Or maybe he is something else altogether. All I know is that he’s been here since the beginning, and that it is our duty to keep him bound. It’s what our family forefathers dedicated their lives to. And you must carry on when I am gone, Milja. You must marry and teach your husband and your sons, so that it is never forgotten. And you must never tell anyone else, all your life. It must not go beyond the family. Promise me!”
“Why not?”
“What if someone, someone who did not understand, felt sorry for him and set him free? What if he is one of the great demons, Milja? What would happen to this world?”

I was eleven when I started to visit him in secret. I took him food, because I couldn’t bear any longer to lie awake in bed thinking of how hungry he must be. I knew he could get water-when it rained it would run down the rocks onto his face-but at eleven I was always ravenous myself, and starvation seemed the worst of tortures. And the image of him lying bound there haunted my dreams more and more, evoking feelings I had no words for-not then-until it seemed impossible for me to stay away.
Still, I went at midday, when the light was strongest and the cavern least frightening. I brought him bread crusts and cheese. I picked berries from the mountain bushes and fed them between his cracked lips.
I remember the first time I did it, the first time I went alone. I climbed up on that big rock slab and knelt over his dirt-streaked body, and he opened his eyes and looked up into mine. His irises were so dark that they couldn’t be distinguished from the pupils, and in this half-light they looked like holes.
“What’s your name?” I whispered.
I don’t know if he heard me. He certainly didn’t reply. He just looked at me, from the depths of his private torment.
“I brought you some milk.” I tipped the teat of the little skin of goats’ milk to his lips and let it trickle into the side of his mouth, carefully: I was scared of choking him. His throat worked and his lips twitched, bleeding. He drank it all and I sat back. That was when, with obvious and painful effort, the lines of his face pulled into a brief smile-a smile so fragile a butterfly might have trampled it underfoot.
That was when I was lost.

I was fourteen when I first heard him speak.
“Milja,” he murmured, greeting me. His voice was hoarse from disuse, but its depths made the hair stir on my neck. I nearly fled.
“What’s your name?” I asked once again, but he didn’t answer, withdrawing instead, it seemed, into his anguish once more. He only twisted from one hip to the other to ease the strain on his back, and hissed with pain. The power of his corded body, terrible even under constraint, made me tremble.
He spoke only rarely in the years that followed, and what he said made little sense to me-often it wasn’t even in any language I knew, and when I could make out the words they seemed to be nothing but fragments. “Leaves on the brown-bright water…” he might mutter to himself. I think he was remembering things he had seen before he was imprisoned. As I grew to realize how the uncountable years had stolen even his mind, I felt dizzy with horror.

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Bio:

 

Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure – and that’s “fantasy” in the sense of swords ‘n’ sandals, contemporary paranormal, fairytale, and stories based on mythology and folklore.  She likes to write about magic and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, and her novels and single-author collections now run into double figures. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love.

Her work has been described as: “hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.”   (Portia Da Costa)

 

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