Which Montgomery Brother Is Right For You? With Author Samantha Chase

April 26, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Which Montgomery Brother Is Right For You? With Author Samantha Chase

 With plenty of Montgomery Brother books on shelves now (and more coming your way soon) bestselling author Samantha Chase invites you to take this quiz to find out which Montgomery man is right for you.

 

What is your ideal hero’s idea of a perfect date?

 a)      Wandering the aisles of IKEA – if you don’t break down and start yelling at each other, then you know it is meant to be!

b)      Locking yourself in your office to work. Who has time for fancy dates?!?!

c)       A pizza picnic at the local arboretum. Ten points to the one who can guess the most species of plants and flowers!

d)      Bungee jumping followed by a long, hot soak in a hot tub. The both can provide an adrenaline rush!

 

Which flavor of ice cream do you associate with your guy?

 a)      Neapolitan because there are just so many different sides to this man.

b)      Coffee Mocha Fudge because he is strong and intense and can stay up…all night long.

c)       Rocky Road because loving him is a journey with ups and down, but definitely worth it!

d)      Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough because he is amazingly sweet and indulges your every whim.

 

Where would your perfect man take you on vacation?

 a)      An isolated ski chalet, including a snow storm that would keep you two alone for days.

b)      New York City – plenty to do there, both business and pleasure.

c)       A super-private beach resort where you can feel like you’re the only ones there, complete with candlelit dinners and dancing in the moonlight.

d)      A nature walk in the woods, a pampering day at the spa, whale watching … it really doesn’t matter to him, as long as you can be together.

 

Your man’s best quality is:

 a)      His nurturing nature. Once you get past his gruff exterior, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for you.  

b)      Rock solid work ethic.

c)       Independence. He knows who he is and doesn’t let anyone push him around.

d)      Deep down loyalty to everyone he cares about.

 

His best physical feature is:

 a)      His devastatingly strong shoulders – he’s got the body of an athlete.

b)      His smile – wicked or sweet, one smile can melt your heart. 

c)       His hands – he really knows how to use them!

d)      His kind, soulful eyes that see the real you.

 

A romantic gesture that he plans just for you is…

 a)      Having the band play only slow songs so he can continue to dance with you in his arms. 

b)      Buying you tickets to your very favorite sporting event.

c)       Planning a surprise engagement party!

d)      Sweeping you off your feet (literally!) to convince you that he loves you and wants you to stay – forever.

 

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If you chose mostly ‘A’s, then Lucas Montgomery from Wait for Me is your soul mate. To the world, Lucas seems like a loner, but deep down he’s not. He cares fiercely about the people in his life and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for them. He may come off as grouchy, but don’t let his growling get to you because this just hides his big heart. Lucas is not afraid to apologize and admit when he’s wrong and, in the end, he’ll do anything to prove how much he loves you. 

 

If you chose mostly ‘B’s, then you will not be able to take your eyes off of the delicious Jason Montgomery from Trust in Me. Confident, level-headed, and seemingly all about business, Jason is a man of action. He likes to take control of almost any situation and prefers things to go his way. But all this aside, he’s considerate of those around him and pays close attention to details – a person’s likes and dislikes – and incorporates them into the relationship. Whether it’s business or pleasure, Jason is a man who takes notes and remembers exactly what it is that will mean the most to you.

 

If you chose mostly ‘C’s, then James Montgomery from Return to You is the hero of your dreams. James is a very hands-on type of man. He enjoys working with his hands and his love language is primarily all about the touching. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does – he loves deeply and hurts just as much. His pride and his need for privacy may get in the way at times, but the lucky woman in his life will know that she is everything to him because he loves so completely.

 

If you chose mostly ‘D’s, Meant for You’s Ethan Reed will have you melting like butter. While he may not be a Montgomery, he has been in the family for years as a best friend and confidant. There is nothing boring about Ethan! The woman in his life had better enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle because Ethan offers it all – romance, adventure, passion. He knows his limitations and his sense of loyalty to the people that mean the most to him may have him hesitating in going after what it is that he truly wants, but in the end, he’ll make it worth the wait!

 

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Return To You

 James Montgomery has achieved everything he’d hoped for in life…except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she’s never coming back. But it’s becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can’t help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.

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Meant For You

 Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother’s best friend, Ethan. But with a long resume of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams…

 Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan’s had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true…

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Wait for Me

Former NFL superstar Lucas Montgomery is perfectly fine in his self-imposed solitude until sweet, sexy and completely off-limits Emma Taylor comes crashing into his world…

 

Trust in Me

With a make-or-break business expansion in the works, the last thing Jason Montgomery needs is a hands-on assistant who wants to get her hands on him…

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Author Biography

 New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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COLLIDE by Ashley C. Harris

April 23, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Young Adult author Ashley C. Harris takes readers back into her world of magic, mystery, and thrilling adventure in COLLIDE, the third book in the Shock Me series.

“Shock Me by Ashley Harris is a story with new, fresh premise and I believe that fans of paranormal young adult novels will be thrilled to read it. I was completely hooked after reading prologue. Ashley Harris managed to masterfully confuse you and leave you wanting more.”—Ja čitam, a ti?on SHOCK ME

“Memorable characters and plot momentum will keep the reader fully engaged right up to the pulse-pounding, dramatic conclusion with a stunning ending that I didn’t see coming! Shock Me is a gripping beginning to a new series. I, for one, look forward to the future adventures of these characters.” Lusty Penguin on SHOCK ME

5.0 out of 5 stars “Amazing and Strong Second Installment in this YA thrillerish super-human romantic suspense—Sophia Rose on SPARKS

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Title: Collide

Author: Ashley C. Harris

Author Location: FL, United States

Series: Shock Me #3

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Release Date: April 14, 2015

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: Digital eBook

ISBN: 9781310418075

Cover Designer: Amber G. Harris

 

Synopsis:

 All the rules are about to change…

Donna has managed to live hidden amongst the enemy, keeping her shocking abilities secret with the help of her friends. But now something has come into her town, it’s been lurking outside of her school, and has its eye on hurting everyone, both the good and the bad, and the first one who will be its target is Donna.

Ryan still has no idea who or what Donna really is. His ex-best friend and first crush has transformed into the girl who has been secretly working against him. He believes keeping their lives apart will keep her the most safe, but trouble is about to make every one of their biggest fears, stolen memories, and hidden desires collide.

Will everyone, both friends and foes, crumble together as nothing but mere humans? Or will finally the truth come and save them with a deadly price as new alliances are made and buried feelings are brought to the surface.

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Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops..

In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon’s Best Selling top ten list for sports romances. It has remained a top ten bestseller ever since.

When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family. Keep a close watch for Ashley’s newest young adult books releases!

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ALL THAT SPARKLES by Claire Boston

April 21, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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When Imogen was a teenager she had a short summer romance with the gardener’s son, Christian. It ended when she returned from a weekend in Paris to find the gardener had left without notice, taking his son with him. This scene shows them meeting again almost fifteen years later.

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Houston traffic was always hell at rush hour. Imogen rang Libby to tell her she was running late.

When finally she arrived, Imogen was ready to explode. She’d tried to take a different route but a car had broken down, making it twice as bad as the original route. She took a minute to calm her breathing, saw that Piper’s car was already in the drive along with another couple of cars and then got out and took the garment bag from the back seat. At least she had something to offer tonight.

Kate opened the door and ushered her inside. “We waited for you,” she said as she showed Imogen into the living area.

“Sorry I’m late,” she said as she gravitated toward Libby and Piper with the garment bag over her shoulder. She laid it over the back of one of the empty chairs before she turned to greet Adrian, George and the friend she hadn’t met yet.

He was facing away from her, dressed in jeans and a casual blue shirt.

Adrian smiled at Imogen and interrupted the conversation. “Chris, you haven’t met Imogen yet.”

Chris turned as Adrian said, “Chris Barker, this is Imogen Fontaine.”

Imogen stared at the face of the man who turned around. The blue eyes and the neat brown hair were the same as the childhood guy she’d known.

The guy who had disappeared after the most perfect few weeks of summer.

The guy she’d imagined meeting again in a million different ways.

Her heart stuttered and her breath caught.

After all this time.

It was Christian.

 

“Christian.” The name came out of Imogen’s mouth without her meaning to.

Adrian glanced between them and asked, “Do you two know each other?”

“We met as kids,” Imogen said, smiling at Chris. “But we haven’t seen each other in years.”

There wasn’t even a flicker of recognition on his face. He frowned for a moment as if trying to place her. This was nothing like the reunion she’d fantasized about. Her excitement faded as fast as the wrong dye in a synthetic fabric.

He didn’t remember her.

Her throat closed but she forced a smile back onto her face and to fill the awkward silence she added, “Christian’s father was the head gardener at our house for a few years.” Until they’d suddenly disappeared one weekend, never to be heard of again.

“The girl with the treehouse,” Christian said, snapping his fingers together.

“Yes,” Imogen said, nodding. Was that all those weeks had been to him? A novelty treehouse?

He turned to Adrian and George. “She had this two-story treehouse in her garden with a slide that wrapped around the trunk.”

“Sounds awesome,” Kate piped up.

“You’ll have to come over and check it out one day,” Imogen said, glad to move the conversation forward.

“You still live there?” Christian asked, surprised.

Imogen nodded. “At the guesthouse.” Her father had kicked up such a fuss when she suggested moving out the first time that she’d agreed to stay, but only if she could have her own place; the disused guesthouse was the perfect compromise.

He didn’t comment further but she could tell he was judging her.

It was hardly any of his business. She didn’t know why she even cared what he thought.

“Imogen, is my dress in there?” Kate asked, pointing to the garment bag.

“There’s a mock-up.”

“We’ll have a look after dinner,” Libby promised and called them all to the table.

Relieved by the change of topic, Imogen followed them into the dining room.

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She is a fashion designer for her family’s haute couture label, lives in a mansion, has a great circle of friends and is the apple of her father’s eye. Everything is perfect.

Until the day that Christian, the boy at the center of her childhood heartbreak, walks back into her life.

From there her life starts to unravel, as long-kept secrets are revealed. Imogen learns that her past was built on lies and betrayal, shattering the illusion of her perfect existence. She must seek out the truth if she has any hope of forging a new path for herself and discovering true freedom.

But can she convince Christian that there is a place for him in her new life?

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A DESPERATE FORTUNE by Susanna Kearsley

April 21, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

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For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has lain unread. Now, amateur code breaker Sara Thomas has been sent to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing—for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary’s gripping tale is revealed, Sara is faced with challenges that will require letting go of everything she thought she knew—about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women will be united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the coincidences of fate.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Firebird (a RITA winner) as well as, The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden (both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards). Other honors include National Readers’ Choice Awards, the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize, and finaling for the UK’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Her popular and critically acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audiobooks. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario.

Fringe Benefits by Sandy James

April 20, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Romance Junkies Q&A

 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 just finished a romantic suspense. The hero is an FBI agent who’s hunting a serial killer. Since my bachelor’s degree is in criminology, the story allowed me to explore a subject I love to learn about. It was such fun to write!

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

After I finished writing my first book, I was hooked. It was as if voices suddenly popped in my head as I worked on that first story, and they’ve never stopped since. There are times when I’m working on a story that it feels as though magic is flying through me. It’s hard not to enjoy that.

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

 My father-in-law, M.R. James. He’s a successful writer/editor, and when I finished my first books, I begged him to read it and give me some hints. He not only read it, he devoted weeks to helping critique the story. I learned more from that critique that I can ever express. When he handed me back the binder full of my writing, he gave me a great piece of advice that I know would benefit every writer. Grow skin as thick as a rhino. And he was right! A writer can’t let things like bad reviews or tough edits discourage her. Learn from the constructive criticism and move on.

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

My perfect hero always has some baggage. To me, a person’s character is formed by the hardships he endures. By having some bad experiences, a man has a chance to grow and become a true hero.

As far as the perfect hero for me, I’d have to say a guy with a great sense of humor who doesn’t let me boss him around. Which means the perfect hero for me is my husband Jeff. <g>

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

I love to listen to music, especially Broadway. I’m also a voracious reader. My husband and I usually own at least one Standardbred racehorse. Between writing, teaching, and the horses, I don’t have time for other hobbies!

I didn’t start out planning to acquire one, but I’ve got a nice collection of Willow Tree figurines. My sister gave me the first—two little girls playing patty cake. Since then, I’ve acquired more, usually as gifts.

 What has been your biggest adventure to date?

A couple of years ago, Jeff surprised me with a trip to New York for spring break. It was so spontaneous, and we had such a great time. He even let me drag him to see Mama Mia on Broadway!

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

Since Indiana has miserable winters and springs, I’d want to go to some white sand beach with warm water. As long as that beach wasn’t too crowded—and if I had a pina colada in my hand—I wouldn’t really care exactly where it was.

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 definitely a “repeater.” I like to eat the same stuff over and over to the point it’s almost OCD. <g> Jeff and I like to watch the food shows on the Travel Channel, and most of the time we tell each other how we’d never eat some of the stuff the hosts eat. I have a really good friend who’s been cooking for us once a week as Jeff goes through chemo. She finally stopped asking what we’d like and just brings us chicken-and-dumplings because we like it so much. (Thanks for being a good friend, Tia Catalina! Love you!)

What is your favorite comfort food?

 Cheesecake! With raspberries. With blueberries. Or just plain. Cheesecake rocks.

What project are you working on next?

My next project is the fourth book in my bestselling Safe Havens series. I also have some proposals on submission, so at any time, I could be writing a western historical, a romantic suspense, or a contemporary romance!

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

In person is rough right now. Jeff is fighting colon cancer, and I’m at his side until we win this battle. However, I’m always hanging around online! I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as “sandyjamesbooks.” I’m also very happy to answer any emails. Write me at sandy @ sandyjames dot com.

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FRINGE BENEFITS by Sandy James

(April 21, 2015; Forever Yours E-Book; The Ladies Who Lunch Book #4)

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Danielle Bradshaw deserves a happily ever after, and the Ladies Who Lunch are determined to deliver Mr. Right.

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As the new head of the English department, Dani doesn’t have much time for anything but lesson planning and literature. Romance–or even sex? Forget about it. But then the principal introduces her to last-minute hire Nate Ryan. Finding time to mentor a new teacher won’t be easy, especially when his incredible body and equally disarming charisma are enough to make her heart skip a beat . . .

Nate may be fresh out of school, but he’s confident in his teaching skills–and in his feelings for Dani. But while she’s everything he’s ever wanted, he knows his place on her staff–and his age–may be problematic for his sexy boss. How can he convince her to ignore the gossip mill currently in full swing in the teacher’s lounge and surrender to what’s meant to be?

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This will be a great story to tell the kids one day.

Why that ridiculous thought kept tumbling through Nate’s head was beyond him. But it did.

Your mom and I got locked in a supply closet together. That’s when we decided to start dating.

There was a stack of papers they’d used to play what seemed like a million games of tic-tac-toe, which had been followed by hangman. Over an hour had passed, and there was no sign of the custodian.

Funny, but he no longer minded losing all that time to get things ready for the first day of school. Instead, he found himself drawn to his pretty, witty boss.

He recognized her perfume. Angel. Once, he’d gone to the trouble of picking a perfume he thought was the perfect scent and bought his fiancée what the salesman called a “recruitment set.” The bundle of Angel products had everything from the perfume in a star-shaped bottle to body lotion.

Kat had hated it.

Obviously Dani liked it as much as he did. Everything about her appealed to him and—Jesus have mercy. She was his boss. So why did he keep forgetting that?

“My legs are getting stiff.” She struggled to stand, groping for one of the shelves. A hiss fell from her lips. “Shit.”

The pain on her face hit Nate hard, and he grabbed her arm to help steady her. “What’s wrong?”

“Cramp. Leg cramp.” She leaned heavily on him as she got to her feet and immediately stuck out her right leg, pointing and flexing her foot. “Damn, that smarts.”

“Where?” He didn’t want to start pawing her leg, but he wanted to help.

“Calf.” Dani’s face tightened into a grimace again.

Nate eased down on one knee and started rubbing her leg.

“Nice knot you’ve got there.”

“I think I’m dehydrated.” As he kept working on the knot, she flexed and extended her foot. “Left my water in my room.”

“Yeah, well, neither of us expected to be here so long.” The muscle relaxed under his kneading fingers. “Getting better?”

“Much.”

So why couldn’t he stop touching her? When it dawned on him that he wanted to trail his fingers up her leg, to her slender thigh and beyond, he slowly stood. Her eyes were locked with his, and tension rose between them as he gently put his hands on her waist, easing her forward.

Her head cocked just enough to show that she would allow him to kiss her. With a smile, he lowered his face to hers. With a loud rattle of the lock, the door suddenly swung open, and the sixty-something custodian stared at them wide-eyed.

“What in the hell are you two doing?”

Sandy James

About the author:

Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband. She’s a high school social studies teacher who especially loves psychology and United States history. Since she and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses, they often spend time together at the two Indiana racetracks.

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THE BOTTOM LINE by Sandy James (May 6, 2014; Forever Yours E-Book; The Ladies Who Lunch Book #1)

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. Surviving a failed marriage and an illness that almost takes her life, high school teacher Mallory Hamilton needs the Ladies Who Lunch more than ever . . .  After a year of upheaval, Mallory has had her fill of change-with one exception. Her house is a disaster, and she wants it fixed. Hiring a contractor to finish the projects her ex-husband started will help her banish the past so she can return to the life she had before everything went awry. But her contractor is sexy, sweet, and single, which threatens the peaceful, solitary life Mallory has planned for herself.

Ben Carpenter has had a hard time raising his daughter without his ex-wife’s help. His new client’s projects will give him the extra income he needs, not to mention afternoons alone with a gorgeous woman. Though their attraction is  undeniable, Ben sees the fear and pain hiding in Mallory’s beautiful eyes. But how can he help her if she won’t let him in? Ben can fix just about anything-but can he fix Mallory’s broken heart?

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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED by Sandy James (July 1, 2014; Forever Yours E-Book; The Ladies Who Lunch Book #2)

When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more than she wished for. Juliana has spent thirteen years in the same teaching job. She’s ready to dive into a new career with both feet . . . when a run-in with the hottest man she’s ever seen knocks her head over heels. But with her failed marriage to a fellow teacher fresh on her mind, Jules can’t afford to lose herself in a relationship-no matter how perfect it may seem.

Connor Wilson has hit rock bottom when he loses his career as a top-notch Realtor because of a large gambling debt. Now, in a small town he finds a fresh start-and a gorgeous redhead who sparks new life into him. Together they start a successful real estate company, but when pleasure sneaks into the business, they’ll have to decide what they can let go . . . and what they can’t live without.

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SEALING THE DEAL by Sandy James (November 4, 2014; Forever Yours E-Book; The Ladies Who Lunch Book #3)

After losing her sister, Bethany Rogers needs a shoulder to lean on more than ever-though she never expects that shoulder to belong to her new boss . . . 

Bethany has been in love with Robert Ashford since they were teachers at the same high school. After Robert leaves to start his own construction company, Beth puts her feelings aside to focus on her goals. When she finally lands a gig as a part-time designer, she is shocked to find her new boss is none other than Robert . . . and he’s hotter than ever. But Bethany’s happiness is short-lived when she receives word that her sister has been killed in combat.

With the success of building homes for one happy family after another, Robert is finally ready to settle down. When Beth is left to care for her nine-month-old niece, Robert can’t help but step in. And before long, the trio are inseparable. Yet convincing the cautious, bereaved Beth of letting him in proves difficult-but Robert will give everything he’s got for the chance at his own happily ever after.

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FULL CONTACT by Sarah Castille

April 20, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Author: Sarah Castille

Series: Redemption Series

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Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn’t want to let me go.

 Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.

 When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…

Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness—and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Castille writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and traveled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Readers can find her at sarahcastille.com.

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Today we are pleased to sit down with Ray “The Predator” Black and Sia O’Donnell, the protagonists from Sarah Castille’s Full Contact (April 2015). From March 30th through April 20th the couple will be on tour answering questions about their relationship.

If you two ever have kids, what is one trait you want them to get from your partner?

 Ray: Sia’s ability to put up with me.

Sia: Ray’s passion that he thinks no one sees.

 

An Excerpt

 Ray grabs my wrists and pins them to the mat over my head, his body angled over me. My breath catches in my throat, and I steel myself for the memories, the black rush, the heart-pounding fear, but it doesn’t come. Instead, a red haze settles over my vision, and I press my lips together and buck my hips, throwing him slightly forward.

Bad plan. Now his groin is only inches away from my face. He’s still wearing his jeans, which means that bulge isn’t a cup.

“Ray…”
His face softens. “I hurt you.”
“Yes, you hurt me. Keeping secrets hurts me. It makes me feel like you don’t respect me. And it makes me feel like I can’t trust you. So maybe you could return to your proper seat now. Tray table up.”

He shifts down, settling his weight over my hips, but he doesn’t release my hands. “I hurt you. Means you care.”

I swallow hard and meet his gaze. “You hurting me means I was being stupid. Things were going where I didn’t want them to go. Now I’ve had a wake-up call. You have secrets you can’t share. You need to protect your secrets. I need to be with someone I can trust, and I need to stand on my own two feet. It’s just not going to work between us.”

His gaze darkens, searing me to the core. “You want to be done? Or are you scared and trying to push me away?”

The air shifts between us, electrifying, tightening my nipples and heating my blood. I am hyperaware of his thighs tucked against my hips, carrying most of his weight as he sits astride me in a dominant MMA position. My wrists, hot under his palms, press against the cool mat, restrained in a way I could never have imagined allowing them to be restrained. My chest rises and falls twice for every one of Ray’s breaths, and my core tightens. The innuendo isn’t lost on me. God, yes. I want to be done in the carnal sense of the word. But only by Ray. And I don’t really want to let him go.

“I don’t want to lose you.”

Ray’s hands tighten on my wrists, and he leans down and brushes a kiss over my lips. “I don’t want to lose you either, but I live in a dangerous world. I’ve got stuff in my life that would make your head spin. I need to protect you from that, and I’ll do what it takes to keep you safe, even if it means you hate me for it, because for the first time in my life, I want something more than doing my duty. I want a life and I want you in it. I’ve got one bad guy to catch and then I’m free. And after I’m done and after what went down this evening, you’ll never have to worry about being safe again.”

Finally, he releases my hands but I don’t move. Heat sweeps through my belly. I feel both vulnerable and curiously safe lying beneath him. My gaze shifts from his intense gaze to his sensual lips, and my breasts swell, remembering the touch of his hands, the gentle press of his lips. He wants me. Not just today, but tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.

“You make it sound like I don’t have a choice about being with you.”

“You don’t.” He leans down and kisses me with a savage fierceness that takes my breath away.

Critical Hit-On by Deanna Dee

April 19, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Book Title: Critical Hit-On (The Games of Love #1)

Blurb

Roll for attraction. Molly Moreau used to be a geek with the best of them—role playing games, multi-user dungeons, trading cards—the works. Then she found her long-time boyfriend in a dark corner with a girl dressed as Lara “boobs and guns” Croft. That was it for the relationship and for her geekiness. After moving back home, she got a job at a normal bar and grill with normal people to live a normal life. That is until Craig shows up with his RPG character sheet. Craig Lawrence has been rolling 1s on the relationship front ever since his last girlfriend broke up with him because he apparently spent too much time playing guardian to his rebellious little sister. When he meets Molly, he wants more than anything to win her heart, and this time he’ll do anything to keep his family problems from interfering. When fate (Molly’s best friend) brings Craig and Molly together (sets them up on a date), will this relationship roll yet another 1? Or will it score a critical hit?

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Deanna Dee is strictly human and does not, to her knowledge, own a hyena. She lives by the sea, which she takes full advantage of in the summer time. Nerd culture and pop culture make up the shameless downtime of her life. The rest of it is writing, and she’s okay with that.

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 Questions 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?

First of all, thank you so much for having me today! Writers never pass up an opportunity to talk (write?) about themselves, and I’m no exception. My current project is “geek romance.” Wording it that way sounds like I’m talking about just my current book. However, this is bigger than just one book. I’ve read my fair share of romances, and though the HEAs are wonderful, they’ve always left me feeling a little down. I’m a geek with the best of them, and in romances, often the geeky girls are the sidekicks or the “weird” friends. They’re rarely the main character. So with the Games of Love series, I wanted to turn that around. I wanted the main characters (girls and guys alike) to be geeks of some kind. My goal was to provide a book where the “weird sidekick” gets her HEA without having to give up her weirdness. Here’s hoping I succeeded.

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

I did my undergrad work in psychology. And one day during my senior year, I was going along, minding my business, and suddenly, it hit me. I wanted to be a writer. So I finished college, got my degree in psych, and then threw myself into learning the writing craft. The rest, as they say, is anthropology.

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

Jessica Freeley—one of my grad school mentors and an awesome writer. She told me to let my stories break free of the binds that hold them, and I’ve been a better writer for it.

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

Hmm, someone who is kind, patient, funny, fun, isn’t afraid to laugh, knows his way around a semicolon, and enjoys doing stuff outside during the day. The perfect hero for me? All of the above, minus the semicolon and plus long hair. (Co-Cap—my boyfriend—will be happy to know I’m not holding him to semicolon usage.)

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

I love singing and can often be found wandering around my house doing so. In the summer, I’m at the beach as often as possible. I collect medieval decorations—figurines, swords, etc. And of course, I love reading.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Well, there was the time my friends and I were looking for a restaurant that was supposed to be five minutes from school. We ended up almost an hour from school, and the GPS gave us a blue screen of death. Then we found a different branch of the same restaurant, so it all worked out. Then there was the time a different group of friends and I were looking for a Subway and kept asking for directions, and no matter how far we walked, it was always two blocks away. (We did eventually find it.) These really aren’t big adventures, but they are the ridiculous, funny situations that my groups of friends often end up in. So to us, they’re big.

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

Ireland. I’ve always wanted to go, and I am going before I die. I think I even have travel buddies lined up. Should probably check with them. 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 prefer to stick to stuff I’m familiar/comfortable with. Though, Co-Cap is trying to break me of that habit.

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

I’m a simple person who enjoys the little things in life like spring days and sunshine. My friends and family would probably say I’m a pest. Then they would say that they actually like me and that I’m a fun person to be around and talk to. They might also mention my slight obsession with alliteration.

What is your favorite comfort food? Pizza?

After that, mom’s tomato sauce. There is nothing like mom’s cooking even though she claims she isn’t a good cook. What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? Spring. It’s springy! K, seriously, it’s not too hot but not too cold. It’s got sun. There are birds. I have my window open as I type this, and there’s a gorgeous breeze. It’s a season that’s between any discomfort of winter or summer. Apparently I’m Goldilocks when it comes to weather.

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

Uh, running water. I could definitely live without my iPhone. I’d have a tough time without the computer, being a writer and all, but I’m sure I’d manage. But running water. Yeah, I really don’t want to be without that.

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

For Valentine’s Day, Co-Cap and I watched Spaceballs (the Mel Brooks movie). That should say it all.

What project are you working on next?

Games of Love book 2 is almost done and coming out in either May or June. After that, there’s the next 3 books in the series, and after that, I have a scifi romance brewing.

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

I recently had a guest post featured at Boom Baby Reviews on the topic of my characters’ names. http://www.realmsofthenorth.com/?p=1061 And on May 15, I am being interviewed by To Read or Not To Read. www.toreadornottoread.net

When a Rake Falls by Sally Orr

April 19, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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Welcome!

I’m Sally Orr, the author of the new historical Regency-era romance, WHEN A RAKE FALLS. This is book 2 in The Rake’s Handbook series. Thank you so much to Romance Junkies for hosting me today. I’m excited to introduce you to WHEN A RAKE FALLS.

In order to for you to get to know my hero and heroine, Miss Eve Mountfloy and Lord Boyce Parker, a little better, I’ve conducted a mini interview to give you a little taste of WHEN A RAKE FALLS.

Enjoy!

Best wishes,

Sally Orr

 

Your house is on fire. You have saved your family, pets, and the family photos. You have time to save one more item. What will you save?

Boyce:  Eve’s book of results from science experiments started by her father.

Eve:  My father’s book of results from his scientific experiments.

 

Which of these do you have the most of: sense of humor, sense of time, sense of adventure, common sense?

Boyce:  Sense of adventure, I plan to invest in ballooning, so that one day, you may reach for your balloon in the morning the way you reach for your spurs now.

Eve:  Common sense. I don’t like to waste time on silly projects.

 

Complete this sentence: It must be true that opposites attract because my partner and I are total opposites when it comes to ___________.

Boyce:  Sartorial excellence.

Eve:  The ability to sing.

 9781492602149

When a Rake Falls

By Sally Orr

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The Rake’s Handbook, Book 2

Historical Regency Romance

April 7, 2015

ISBN: 9781492602149

$7.99 Mass Market Paperback

 

About the Book

He’s racing to win back his reputation

Having hired a balloon to get him to Paris in a daring race, Lord Boyce Parker is simultaneously exhilarated and unnerved by the wonders and dangers of flight, and most of all by the beautiful, stubborn, intelligent lady operating the balloon.

She’s curious about the science of love

Eve Mountfloy is in the process of conducting weather experiments when she finds herself spirited away to France by a notorious rake. She’s only slightly dismayed—the rake seems to respect her work—but she is frequently distracted by his windblown physical magnificence and buoyant spirits.

What happens when they descend from the clouds?

As risky as aeronautics may be, once their feet touch the ground, Eve and Boyce learn the real danger of a very different type of falling…

 

Praise for The Rake’s Handbook:

“Orr debuts with a charming romp. The witty repartee and naughty innuendos set the perfect pitch for the entertaining romance. Though there are serious themes and carefully researched historical details, it’s the banter and sensuality that are sure to enchant readers.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

 

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About the Author

Sally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.

 Connect with Sally Orr

Website – http://www.sallyorr.com/

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Excerpt from WHEN A RAKE FALLS

 London, 1825

Lord Boyce Parker felt a sudden urge to sing. The brisk morning air, the glorious sunshine, and the presence of a hundred or so excited gentlemen milling around him could only mean a remarkable day ahead. Boyce knew he’d be mocked if he broke out in song, but sometimes happiness just bubbled up from somewhere down in your toes and overwhelmed a fellow. “My candle burns bright—-”

“Goes without saying you learned to sing by reading a book,” said George Drexel, one of Boyce’s oldest friends. “Right now I could be in bed with the lovely Widow Donhurst. Instead, I’m standing here amongst the rabble of London, far too early for any sane man, following another one of your bacon–brained schemes.”

Boyce ignored him and kept his gaze fixed on the balcony of Stainthorpe House. Yesterday, the Earl of Stainthorpe had placed an advertisement in all of the newspapers inviting London’s finest bachelors to gather in Royston Square. Although the details in the advertisement were few, it hinted fame and five thousand pounds might be gained by winning one of several “challenges.” As the son of a wealthy marquess, Boyce had no need for the money, but he longed for a chance to impress his father. “It’s not my bacon–brained scheme; it’s the earl’s. Cheer up. You will be the friend of the victorious Lord Boyce Parker.”

Drexel turned to glare at the pressing horde of eager young gentlemen behind them. “You don’t even know what the old man’s challenges are. They could all be a hum, like a scavenger hunt to find his great–uncle’s tricorne hat or his aunt’s lost poodle.” Drexel dressed in somber colors without fancy cravats or fobs, so his words had the gravity of a humorless man no one would willfully cross. This morning, his rumpled clothes, dark whiskers, and obvious lack of sleep—-no doubt due to a long night of amorous adventure—-made him appear grumpier than normal. “I hardly think the earl’s tomfool challenges will make you famous.”

“You don’t sound cheerful.” Boyce grinned at his old school friend. “I’m confident the earl’s challenges will be significant and my assured victory will pave the way to restoring my father’s esteem.”

Drexel spat on the ground. “Chasing your brother’s fame? Richard is a glorious war hero. I’m sure winning some silly challenge won’t compete with his elevated consequence.”

“You’re wrong. When my name is printed in the newspapers, my father will have to speak of me with the same admiration he gives Richard.”

“I don’t think winning a challenge will change the marquess’s opinion of you—-”

“Look.” Boyce pointed upward.

The Earl of Stainthorpe stepped to the edge of his balcony overlooking Royston Square. “My friends, I understand there are no great men left in England.” Silver wisps of hair escaped the earl’s old–fashioned queue and blew over his forehead, but he ignored them as he squarely confronted the men below.

The audience surged forward and yelled retorts to the earl’s audacious remark.

Boyce had arrived an hour early so he would be close enough to hear his lordship’s every word. But if this hubbub continued, he might not catch what the earl had to say. He turned to the man yelling behind him. “I’ll give you a pound, my good fellow, if you can shout louder.”

The man smiled and shouted.

“Definitely not louder, unfortunate loss indeed,” Boyce said. “Now I suggest you hush and let his lordship speak.”

Standing two steps behind his master, the earl’s butler vigorously rang a handbell to gain the attention of the boisterous crowd.

“The earldom of Stainthorpe owns numerous and diverse holdings,” the earl bellowed. “Therefore, upon my death, my daughter will be the richest woman in England.”

The crowd cheered.

The earl waited for them to settle down. “What I’m trying to say is, Lady Sarah Stainthorpe needs a husband. But so far, none of the Eligibles paraded before her will do. She refuses to marry and claims all the gentlemen in London are rogues, dandies, or worse. The point is, she’s a bluestocking and might fall in love with some bloody…a poet. I tell you, my friends, that Byron fellow has a lot to answer for.”

As the youngest son of a marquess, Boyce was considered an Eligible. Only, Lady Sarah had rejected him, and all the other Eligibles, seconds after they had presented themselves at Royston House—-an unfortunate circumstance, since he believed Lady Sarah would make an excellent wife and a very pretty one too. After a moment of reflection, he realized every lady of his acquaintance would make a pretty wife. One or two may have a feature some might call “unfortunate.” Nevertheless, he always found something pretty in every female countenance.

“Are all the gentlemen I see before me rogues or dandies?” the earl shouted. “Of course not. One or two maybe, and several of you are shockingly loose in the haft.” His lordship pointed to a young man wearing a violet greatcoat, hanging by one arm on a streetlight. “Especially you, sir.”

With his free hand, the man doffed his top hat.

“Yes, I mean you,” the earl said. “My condolences to your poor father.”

All of the Parker men possessed a fine figure, so he knew even a poorly tailored coat hung well upon his shoulders. The many compliments he received had gained him a reputation as an expert in masculine fashion. Therefore, Boyce felt his lordship should show more sympathy to a man wearing a lamentable violet greatcoat, since the earl wore an old square coat and baggy breeches.

“Where was I?” The earl paused to scan the crowd. “Besides an obvious bone–breaker or two, you gentlemen are the embodiment of the character traits that make Englishmen the greatest people on earth. So I am challenging you—-the finest Englishmen alive—-to a race. A race to Paris!”

The crowd cheered.

“This is not a race where the winner arrives first,” the earl said. “No, it is a test to discover the gentlemen who possess England’s greatest traits.”

“Gin drinking, gov?” someone shouted.

The crowd laughed and called out a few additional “traits.”

The earl ignored their comments. “And I mean English character traits—-not British. That country was some tomfoolery created by meddlesome politicians. This is a race for Englishmen only. Now, my race will have five challenges and five winners. Each winner will win a prize of a gold cup and five thousand pounds.”

The mob erupted in huzzahs; top hats flew into the air.

Under his sky–blue waistcoat, Boyce’s heartbeat escalated. This race presented him with his best opportunity to distinguish himself. He would win at least two of the earl’s challenges and earn a reputation as a prime example of English manhood. “Huzzah!” He too threw his beaver hat in the air.

The butler rang the handbell for a full minute before the crowd settled down.

The earl held up his hands. “Here are the details of the five—-count them—-five challenges. You have one month to reach Stainthorpe House in Paris. Each gentleman will write about his journey and provide the name of a witness. The man whose travels provide the best example of an English trait wins a challenge. Once the winners promise to spend the remainder of the summer in our company, they will be rewarded with a gold cup and five thousand pounds. With such excellent examples of true English manhood escorting Lady Sarah around Paris, she must certainly fall in love with one of you unlicked cubs.”

The assembled men danced in circles. Each one of them was probably dreaming about how he would spend his winnings.

Eager to hear the details, Boyce frowned at the clamorous riffraff behind him. The earl was right; they all appeared to be a lot of rag–mannered coves, so he gained complete confidence that he could best any of their English traits—-whatever those traits may be. Once he reached Paris, Lady Sarah would discover he was the finest of fellows and they would fall in love. Women seemed naturally to favor him over other gentlemen—-wonderful creatures, women.

The earl’s voice boomed across the square. “What are the character traits that make Englishmen so great, you ask?”

The young men below the balcony tendered several improper suggestions.

“No.” The earl waved his hand. “Not physical features. Traits like courage and intelligence. So the challenges are thus: The first gold cup will be given to the gentleman who represents English courage. We are the country of Nelson, so bravery and courage course through every one of our veins.”

Someone shouted the nature of what was coursing through his veins.

The earl continued without hesitation. “The second gold cup will be given to the gentleman whose journey represents classic English sportsmanship. Any Englishman alive can out hunt, out fish, and out ride all other races of men. So to win the second cup, some outstanding feat of sportsmanship will rule the day. Extra consideration will be given to the best example of a journey completed under difficult circumstances.”

Boyce huffed. “Well, his lordship is wrong. The true nature of English sportsmanship is not victory over adversity, but our support for the dark horse and sense of fair play. We are, by nature, a generous people.”

Drexel slapped him on the back. “For once I agree with you. But considering your history in the field, I suggest you don’t try for the sportsmanship cup.”

“Sportsmanship can be demonstrated by means other than fishing or shooting every magnificent creature—-for example, by boxing or gaming. I practice my pugilistic skills at Jackson’s twice a week now. You cannot tell me his place is not full of sportsmen. Or how about when a fellow loses a fortune gaming at White’s and faces his loss with the grace and good humor of a gentleman? That’s sportsmanship under pressure, if you ask me.”

“Yes, but the earl believes boxing is for professionals and only women play cards.”

Boyce widened his eyes. “In my opinion, his lordship’s definition of sportsmanship is rather limited.”

The handbell sounded again before the earl continued his speech. “The third gold cup will be given to the gentleman whose journey best exhibits loyalty to the king or service to a lady.”

One man yelled, “I’d be delighted to service all the ladies on my way to Paris.”

Others in the crowd shouted similar generous offers.

“If you do so, sir,” the earl replied, “you will be shown the door. Loyalty means old–fashioned manners, being polite, and keeping your distance from your betters. Of all the challenges, I believe service to the Crown is the greatest honor any man could desire. And considering the manners I’ve witnessed here today, I’d say the challenge of this cup will remain unmet.”

Jeers filled the air.

Boyce wondered how a fellow could show loyalty to the king in a race. He supposed a gentleman might salute the king’s profile on a sovereign with every step of his journey, but dismissed it as an absurd notion. No, he’d be better off trying to provide a service to some lady.

His lordship nodded, and the handbell rang again. “Now quiet down. The fourth cup will be given to the man whose journey provides the best example of our English intelligence. We are the land of Newton and Davy, so the greatest brains of civilization are English. Except for that da Vinci fellow and one or two Greeks, but we can afford to be generous and let the rest of the world have a little luck now and then.”

Boyce elbowed his friend. “Yes, yes, that’s the cup for me. Bet I’ll win too. What do you say, fifty?”

“Agreed,” Drexel said. “I will also wager by the end of this whole flummery, Lady Sarah will reject all the winners out of spite. I would, if I were her.”

Boyce refused to believe Lady Sarah would object to any of the winners, once she knew them well. The lady wanted to be married, didn’t she? “No, no, young women are full of tender affection. I have never met one who did not want to fall in love and make her family happy.”

Drexel rolled his eyes. “I suspect that is because there are so many unmarried ladies dangling after you, you cannot imagine one refusing. And from the stories I heard yesterday, I’ll wager that if I throw a pebble into the crowd at the next assembly, it will hit a widow who has, or wants to be, in your bed. And believe me, those ladies are not expecting marriage.”

“You’re being vulgar in public,” Boyce said. “All of the widows I have ever…met were delightful. Deep in their hearts, they want to be married again, I’m sure.”

“So why haven’t you married one of these delightful ladies?”

“Never understood how fellows choose one to fall in love with.”

“If I know the marquess, the best way to impress him is to give him grandchildren. My father becomes unhinged with even the thought of grandchildren.”

“Grandchildren? Grandchildren are far in the future. A great public achievement is my best and only chance to regain my father’s respect. You’ll see. When I am crowned the victor of more than one challenge, my achievements will be the toast of London. Then all of England will think of me differently. I will no longer be just one of the seven anonymous brothers of the war hero Richard. Worse yet, if people do recognize me, they remember I’m the Parker son who published a scandalous book and then received the cut direct from his father—-his own father. After my victory in the challenges, everyone will have to refer to me as the intelligent, courageous Lord Boyce. Don’t you understand?”

Drexel winked at his friend. “Tell me, which of the great English traits do you represent best? Sounds like only Service to a Lady, and believe me, your service is the wrong type as far as the earl is concerned.”

“Ah, that’s my secret. But you will be a witness to my victory, won’t you?”

After pulling off his hat, Drexel took a full minute to smooth the beaver nap on the brim. “I’ll consider it.” A wide smirk broke across his dark, handsome face. “You’ve persuaded me to join the race too.”

“No!”

The handbell clanged, and everyone faced the balcony again. “Gentlemen, there is one last challenge, the fifth cup. Since this was my daughter’s idea, perhaps in jest, you never know with females, let us call it the Lady’s Favorite.”

Shouts and laughter rose from the rabble.

The earl leaned forward over the mob. “Perhaps there are no gentlemen in England, and my daughter is right?” His lordship waited until the crowd quieted. “Lady Sarah has a funny notion that the greatest achievements of the English race are their sense of humor, wit, and eccentricities. I mean, now really, she is fond of Sheridan’s plays.” The earl held up his right hand to quiet the laughing crowd. “For this cup, Lady Sarah will be the final judge.”

The mob tendered several humorous jests of questionable wit.

The earl coughed several times but remained unmoving. “So there you have it. The five greatest English traits are courage, sportsmanship, intelligence, wit, and service to a lady. Now to business. I expect all who plan to take up the challenges to gather in our vestibule below. There, we will compile a list of the participants. You do not have to choose which cup you aspire to, and you may switch to another challenge at the end of your journey. Finally, you may win more than one challenge. Oh, and you must provide an acceptable witness. Anyone who observes your achievement and can testify on your behalf may be an official witness. The only exclusions are people who cannot be trusted, like paid companions or dear old mums.”

Several groans were heard, and one person clapped.

The earl nodded in the direction of the man who clapped. “Good man. The race will officially start after I stop speaking and will end a month from now on the second of July. On that day, you will present your written story describing your journey to Stainthorpe House at Rue de la Chaussée-d’Antin. There, I will choose the five best stories for each challenge, and those finalists will be asked to recite their adventures aloud. Indeed, everyone here today will be invited to attend this party and hear my pick of the winners. Lastly, the five thousand pounds and gold cups will be presented at the end of the evening. It goes without saying that the victors will be appropriately recognized in all of the newspapers.”

Boyce elbowed Drexel. “Yes, yes, my father reads every paper.”

The crowd’s cheers erupted again after the mention of the winnings.

The earl held his arms out. “I tell you, my friends, I’m excited about this race. To help defray the cost of your journey, any man who takes up our challenges will receive a hundred pounds after reaching Paris.”

Shouts and applause echoed around the square.

“Gentlemen, gentlemen, Lady Sarah and I look forward to hearing the adventures of England’s finest men. I am positive that once my daughter is acquainted with you fine fellows, she will fall in love. With such excellent examples of the greatness inherent in the English, how could she not? We also anticipate the pleasure of your company during our summer in Paris. The only other thing I can say is…” The earl lifted his quizzing glass to his eye and scanned the crowd. “Ready, steady, go!”

Courtly Love Quiz With Author Elizabeth Moss

April 18, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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COURTLY LOVE QUIZ by Elizabeth Moss

 Follow this quiz to discover what kind of courtly hero you might prefer to curl up with!

 

Question #1- What word best describes you?

 

A             Ambitious

B             Romantic

C             Feisty

D             Secretive

 

Question #2 – Complete this sentence: My preferred courtly hero is most likely to…

 

A             Set me up in a large palace with servants

B             Serenade me with a lute

C             Ride off with me on his horse

D             Keep my head safe from the block

 

Question #3 – I prefer my hero’s kisses to be:

 

A             Forbidden

B             Long and lingering

C             Fierce

D             Intriguing

 

Question #4 – My hottest historical hero wears…

 

A             A crown and ermine-trimmed robes

B             Top designer doublet and hose

C             Shining armor

D             Black, for lurking in the shadows

 

Question #5 – On his day off from courting me, my hero usually…

 

A             Goes hunting

B             Plays bowls

C             Polishes his lance

D             Reads Machiavelli

 

Question #6 – I like a hero whose bragging rights include:

 

A             Absolute wealth and power

B             Fluency in five European languages

C             Ancestors who led the charge at Agincourt

D             A string of political assassinations

 

Question #7 – For my birthday, my ideal courtly hero would get me:

 

A             Diamonds, of course

B             A love sonnet tied with a red ribbon

C             A romantic, tumbledown castle

D             A chess set

 

Question #8 – My hero’s worst feature is probably his:

 

A             Lack of long-term commitment

B             Poor work/life balance

C             Obsession with his horse

D             Tendency to listen at keyholes

 

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 If you chose mostly ‘A’s, then you won’t settle for anyone else but the King himself. The King is the man with power over everyone, including his Queen. Regal and dynamic, he dominates his world with natural authority. But like many powerful men, he lives his private life in public. Only an ambitious woman, destined for the top and comfortable with celebrity, can keep pace with this dangerous Alpha male. You’ll need to keep him happy in the bedroom, and never stray yourself, as the King is not known for fidelity or a forgiving nature. Serial divorcer and beheader, Henry VIII got through six wives – and may have been contemplating a seventh marriage when he died!

If you chose mostly ‘B’s, then a charming Courtier is on the top of your list to love. The Courtier is a man skilled in the art of courtly love as well as international diplomacy. He was educated at Oxford or Cambridge, can sing and play the lute, and knows when to compliment the Queen’s eyes and when to hide in the closet. A lady who loves expensive gowns and state dinners would do well with the Courtier, as long as she is not too possessive and does not mind him disappearing off to another European court every few months. Many Tudor courtiers were of noble French descent, like Hugh Beaufort in Wolf Bride, and possessed substantial lands as well as looks and charm.

If you chose mostly ‘C’s, then the strong and brave Knight is just right. The Knight is a courtier with other strings to his bow. He has the charm, wit and courtly manners to seduce the ladies, yet stands ready to charge into battle for his King at a moment’s notice. Less of a smoothie than the Courtier, he’s also better equipped to protect his lady from danger. If you hanker after a Knight, you’re probably earthy and ultra-feminine, and enjoy being in the arms of a big strong man. Although Lord Wolf is noble, he’s also a Knight at heart, a fierce lover and courageous soldier whose loyalty to his lady and his country is beyond question.

If you chose mostly ‘D’s, then you are meant for life at court directing the action behind the scenes with your powerful Political Advisor. The Political Advisor is often a commoner who has risen to power at court through his own skills. A cool and calculating strategist, his innate power and influence can be very seductive. Those who find this courtier intriguing are likely to be intelligent women with low boredom thresholds who enjoy mental stimulation (and maybe some power games in the bedroom). Your main challenge will be to sidestep the scandals that often surround the Political Advisor. Sir Thomas Cromwell was Henry VIII’s right hand man for years, becoming almost as powerful as the King himself during the period in Wolf Bride.

 

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Title: Wolf Bride

Author: Elizabeth Moss

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Historical Erotic Romance

Series: Lust in the Tutor Court Book #1

 

Summary

Bound to him against her will…

Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII’s court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives…

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Author Biography

Born into a literary family, Elizabeth Moss lives with her husband and five children in South-West England, and is a keen countryside walker. She writes fun and sexy historical romances. She also writes award-winning fiction as Victoria Lamb. For more information, please visit her website: www.elizabethmossfiction.com.

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Falling Deep Spotlight by Diana Gardin

April 16, 2015 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

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About FALLING DEEP

Reed Hopewell is a lot of things to a lot of people . . . To his parents, he’s the son who needs to get serious. To his friends, he’s the player they all want to be. And to his fans, he’s the hottest rocker in Charleston. But never has Reed been anyone’s hero-until the night he finds Hope.

Hope Dawson can count the number of men she trusts on one hand. Definitely not the guys she goes out with or the stepfather who treats her like property. She’d be out of his house tomorrow if not for the need to protect her little sister. But when things at home go from bad to worse, Hope has to act fast-and Reed is the only person she can turn to . . .

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“I’ll have a number six,” he informed the waitress without breaking his connection with Hope’s hands or her eyes.

Hope couldn’t look away from him in order to see the waitress’s face, but she would have bet money that it was lower than sea level. She bit her lip against the smile threatening to spread across her mouth.

As the waitress scuttled away, Reed fought against a smile of his own. “That was fun.”

“You are evil,” Hope said accusingly. “You knew that girl was practically drooling over you.”

“I’m just sorry she was the only one,” Reed said cheerfully.

“Who said she was?” Hope shot back, shocking herself into silence.

Reed gave her hands another squeeze before he let go and leaned back against his seat. “So, are we going to talk about the other night?”

“No,” Hope answered, shaking her head. “Not necessary. I already told you I’m not available. It was a nice kiss, but–”

“I’m sorry,” interrupted Reed, his voice low. He leaned forward, a sexy smile on his lips. “Are you saying that kiss was ‘nice’? That’s the word you’re using to describe it?”

“I meant, it was…I didn’t mean…” Hope fumbled for a better word to use, but failed epically. Instead, she stared at Reed across the table, cringing at the blazing fire burning in his eyes.

“Okay,” he said evenly. “Then I get a repeat. No wonder you don’t want it to happen again. You only thought it was nice. So I guess I’m going to have to rectify that.”

“No! I didn’t mean–”

He held up a hand to silence her, and her words fell short. “Doesn’t matter. I’ve already made up my mind. I’m kissing you again. Sometime today. You won’t know it’s coming until it comes. And there’s no goddamned way you’re going to call this one ‘nice.”

She felt the now-familiar blush creeping across her cheeks. She tossed her hair over her shoulders to camouflage it, and nodded. “I accept this challenge. But if this kiss doesn’t get me to change my adjective, are you going to forget about trying to make something happen between us?”

He gazed stonily at her. “I agree to nothing.”

She groaned. “You’re one stubborn man.”

“I know.” He grinned wildly, and her traitorous heart flipped upside down in her chest.

 

 

About Diana Gardin

Diana Gardin is a wife of one and a mom of two. Writing is her second full time job to that, and she loves it! Diana writes contemporary romance in the Young Adult and New Adult categories. She’s also a former Elementary school teacher. She loves steak, sugar cookies, and Coke and hates working out.

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