TWICE TEMPTED

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

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About TWICE TEMPTED:

Fiona Ferguson’s troubles began with a kiss . . . 

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne. But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive. Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

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Read An Excerpt:

He arched an eyebrow. “Lord Whitmore again? Please, Fiona. Don’t do that to me. When I hear Lord Whitmore, I think of my uncle, who had six fingers and thought bathing was a trick of the devil.”

She giggled. “I can understand your wanting to maintain the distinction.”

“Every time you call me Lord Whitmore, I will call you Eloise.”

She glared at him, the curtains clutched to her chest like bedclothes, as if she were a maiden in threat of seduction. “You wouldn’t.”

He shrugged. “It is your name. Lady Eloise Fiona Ferguson Hawes.”

“No one knows,” she hissed.

He leaned in very close. “I do.”

She reared back and almost tipping the ladder again. “That is patently unfair.”

He shrugged and reached up for the curtains. “All is fair in love and safety.”

She refused to budge. “I do not believe that is precisely the quote.”

Grinning, he put his foot on the second rung, just beneath her. “Close enough.”

And then he made the mistake of looking into her eyes. Her blue, blue eyes that were suddenly black with arousal. He heard the sharp intake of her breath and saw the erratic pulse beating at the base of her long white throat.

His own body reacted just as it had every time he’d gotten close to her. He focused in on her, his grip on her tightening. Still she didn’t move, caught in the circle of his free arm, her hip pressed against his chest, her mouth just above his. All he had to do was climb another rung, and he could satisfy a four-year-old craving.

His heart was galloping suddenly, and he could feel a bead of sweat roll down his back. He could see a glow on her forehead, her upper lip. Her eyes widened, as if she could read his thoughts, and he could scent something new. Arousal. Need. Hunger. His own body was shaking with it. He swore his cock had taken on a life of its own, and his brain simply shut down.

He leaned a bit closer, his foot still on the step beneath her and paused, giving her a chance to escape, to clout him in the head if necessary. She didn’t. She watched him the way prey might a raptor, unsure and wary.  He didn’t blame her. He wasn’t certain how much control he had over himself. It had been so long since he’d had a woman. So much longer since he’d really liked the one he had.

Slowly, so he didn’t startle her into tipping the ladder, he rose up and set his other foot on the rung. She was frozen in place, one hand fisted around the blood-deep velvet, the other clenched against the ladder, as if she was still uncertain whether to use it.

She didn’t. She inhaled, her mouth opening just a bit, as if there wasn’t enough air. As if she were struggling to stay afloat.

Sink, Alex wanted to say as he lifted himself face-to-face with her, mouth-to-mouth. Sink into me.

            “I knew it!” a voice screeched behind him, shattering the moment. “What did I tell you about lettin’ them jackanapes in here?”

Fiona reared back, as if he’d attacked her, again throwing the ladder off balance. Alex instinctively pulled back to stabilize them. He pulled back too far and the ladder tipped.

There was a lot of yelling and a couple of muffled thuds as Alex landed on his back, cushioning Fiona’s fall. He wasn’t so lucky.

“Are you all right?” Fiona asked immediately, leaning over him.

“Serves him right,” the housekeeper snapped from the doorway.

He had hit his head so hard he was seeing stars. But he was smelling cinnamon and Fiona, so he really couldn’t complain

“That is enough, Mrs. Quick,” he heard. “Alex? Your eyes are open. Can you hear me?”

Rather than admit that he was too distracted by the plump pressure of her breast against his chest to answer, he simply closed his eyes and groaned. The act would have been unworthy of him if his head weren’t pounding and his arse aching from hard contact with the floor

“Mrs. Quick,” she was saying, her hand on his cheek. “See if Mr. Clemson is outside. Send him for the doctor.”

He knew his injuries didn’t merit such concern. “No doctor.” He blinked a couple of times until the multiple Fionas resolved into one. “I’ll live. My head is a bit bruised is all.”

In retaliation, she took away both her hand and breast, which almost set Alex to groaning again. She actually smacked him on the arm. “Then don’t frighten me like that….again.

“Don’t know why you let him in here at all,” came the grumble from the doorway.

Untangling them both from the curtains, Fiona sat up. “Thank you, Mrs. Quick. I think we’re all right now.”

“Ya think that, do ya?”             Fiona gave her the kind of glare that betrayed her aristocratic heritage. The housekeeper, still grumbling, clasped her hands in a parody of good servile behavior and stalked off down the hall.

Fiona looked back down to where Alex lay, and he could see the cost of the last tumble on her face. He should have been outraged. He was lying in a nest of curtains with a fresh headache and the humiliation of his fall, and she was…laughing.

She tried so hard not to. She held her hand to her mouth. She shook her head. He could see her shoulders heave. He would have chastised her, except the minute he opened his mouth, he burst out laughing, too.

“You are not very beneficial to my amour propre,” he wheezed up at her.

She couldn’t stop laughing, full-throated, full-bellied, as if too much suppressed laughter had simply spilled over. “I…I….didn’t…”

“Mean it,” he managed, making it up as far as sitting beside her. “Yes, I know.”

She frantically shook her head. “Think anything could be so…funny!” She was gasping, bent over her hands at her waist. “The look on your face!”

He had meant to get up, to reassert his mastery of the situation. He refused to sacrifice this perfect moment with her on the floor. Wrapping an arm around her shoulder, he wiped at the tears that coursed down her cheeks.

“It’s not that funny,” he groused.

She started laughing again. “Oh, yes it is. You can have no idea of how long it’s been since I had the chance to laugh. Since I last saw your sister, I think.”

He had to grin. “Well, yes. Pip would set anybody to laughing. She’s a ridiculous little thing.”

For that he got a resounding smack on his chest. “Do not dare speak ill of my best friend.” She hiccuped, her eyes widening a bit. “My only friend, actually. Except for Sarah and Lizzie. And now that Sarah is married to my brother, I have no idea at all how we will meet again.”

There was the faintest plaintive note in her voice that made Alex want to curl her completely into his arms and shield her from hurt. Dear God, how lonely she must have been.   “I promise,” he said instead. “I fully respect my sister’s loyalty. It’s her good sense I frequently question.”

Her breathing was evening out. She nodded. “Pip does have a knack for acting before thinking.”

“She’s like a whirlwind.”

“She needs to finally capture her Beau,” Fiona said with a definite nod. “That would settle her down.”

Alex snorted. “Poor Beau. He’d never have another moment’s peace.”

And for a long moment, they just sat there in a pool of sunlight and velvet, his arm around her and her head on his shoulder. It felt so good. So whole.

It couldn’t last. If he didn’t move, he’d damn well take her here on the floor. He opened his mouth to tell her, and then made the mistake of meeting her gaze again.

Her lips were still parted, but she wasn’t laughing anymore. He could see the pulse jumping at her throat, and her hands were clenched again, as if she were trying hard to keep them to herself.

He didn’t know why. Lifting his own hand, he cupped her cheek. Again he gave her the chance to pull away. Again she didn’t. His own heart started to skip around. He was rock hard. There was no longer a question. He had to kiss her.

 

About Eileen Dreyer:

New York Times best-selling author Eileen Dreyer has won five RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which secures her  fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world.  Eileen also writes as Kathleen Korbel and has over three million books in print worldwide. Born and raised in Missouri, she lives in St. Louis County with her husband Rick and her two children.

Eileen’s social media:

@EileenDreyer

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http://facebook.com/EileenDreyer

 

 

Author DD Symms

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

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A roadside explosion kills Dalton Blake’s lover in Afghanistan. Dalton wants to hide in himself forever. Can a base officer can break through?

Dalton Blake and his lover from college enlist to serve their country and seek adventure. A roadside explosion in Afghanistan that Dalton believes he could have prevented takes his lover’s life and Dalton returns stateside, withdrawing into his own world to escape the emotional toll. A base captain tries to break through and must find a way to connect before Dalton makes a tragic decision. In His Sights explores the impact of loss and the hope that new love offers.

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Read Excerpt:

Afghanistan fascinated him. He saw beauty in what many deemed a desolate landscape. A flower blooming among rocky crags was like an act of defiance interrupting the bleakness. He had gained confidence and felt like his leadership abilities were growing rapidly on the day a colonel, a senior engineer from the States, and a camera crew from a television network were among the audience members.

The last questions finished and he gathered his materials. He headed to the coffee shop on base to revel in his success but soldiers were scrambling amid confused shouts.

“Hey, what’s happening?” Dalton tried to get someone’s attention.

“An attack. There was an attack just down the road.”

The news screamed back to base. An IED had exploded in the field, ripped through a convoy, and killed several soldiers. Jerry was among them.

Dalton froze. A volley of commands were unleashed in his mind to run here or there, but he was helpless. He shook free from the initial shock and ran to his barracks, buried his face in his pillow, and fought to suppress his rage. He wanted to scream, grab a weapon, and head off on his own personal assault and find the son of a bitch responsible. A debriefing revealed a connection failure in the jamming device and the feeling of failure Dalton experienced was like water bursting through the walls of a reservoir and flooding everything in its path

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

In His Sights is my first attempt at a male-male romance story and I feel it’s my best work in terms of digging deep into someone’s tortured emotions with the prospect of healing coming from someone else who is empathetic and grounded.

A soldier returns home from Afghanistan with the emotional wound that he feels responsible for not having detonated a roadside bomb that took the life of his best friend and lover. The U.S. base captain notices the withdrawal and tries to break through before the survivor self-destructs.

 

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

I must have been in kindergarten and my mom was writing for the local newspaper. We were in a deli across from the volunteer fire department and the siren triggered. Fire trucks pulled out and we went to cover a brush fire on the outskirts of town. Hey, it doesn’t get any more exciting than that!

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

In university, a professor in my fiction class quoted Ernest Hemingway that “the best writing comes from re-writing.”

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I was one of several people doing a relay across the U.S. in my mid-20s to raise money for an organization focused on humanitarian projects.

 

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

First, the late afternoon sky has to be cool and overcast. We’re walking hand-in-hand along the beach or in the So Cal mountains, and then we go to a small, cadlelit café and have a small steak, a salad, fresh bread and a glass of wine. Soft jazz plays in the background. I am married so I guess the other one should be my wife.

 

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 will try most anything. One of the attractions about living in Southern California is there is an affordable variety of food from El Salvadoran pupusas to Vietnamese noodles. My mother made all kinds of dishes, sauces, and salads including Cesar salad with an abundance of anchovies. She influenced me in my adventurous eating and my writing.

One think I do not like and I never have: plain white milk. Yuck!

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

A favorite season in Southern California is late winter-early spring. Let’s just call it February. Lol! That’s our best chance for snow in the mountains and rain. The days get lighter and there’s a newness to the atmosphere.

Blurb

Dalton Blake and his lover from college enlist to serve their country and seek adventure. A roadside explosion in Afghanistan that Dalton believes he could have prevented takes his lover’s life and Dalton returns stateside withdrawing into his own world to escape the emotional toll. A base captain tries to break through and must find a way to connect before Dalton makes a tragic decision. In His Sights explores the impact of loss and the hope that new love offers.

Buy Links

Amazon     Breathless Press

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Author Bio

DD Symms like to explore chance encounters and intense emotions in his stories.

He lives in southern California and hikes in the mountains with his wife, wishes his dog would stop sleeping on his side of the bed, and would like to take more walks along the beaches north of Malibu.

Website: DDsymms.wordpress.com

Twitter: @DD_Symms

Facebook.com/DDSymms

Pinterest.com/ddsymms

 

 

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Favorite Daughter, Part One

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

 Favorite Daughter, Part One

by Paula Margulies

ISBN 13: 978-0-9913545-2-8

ISBN 10: 0991354524

One People Press: July 21, 2014

$15.99

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San Diego Publicist Paula Margulies

Provides New Spin on Pocahontas Story

in Favorite Daughter, Part One

 

San Diego, CA – Book publicist Paula Margulies announces the release of her historical novel, Favorite Daughter, Part One (ISBN 978-0-9913545-2-8), a first-person retelling of the life story of the famous Native American legend, Pocahontas. Prior to publication, Favorite Daughter, Part One received an Editor’s Choice Award at the 24th Annual San Diego State University Writers’ Conference.

            Set in the time of the Jamestown settlement and the English explorer John Smith, Favorite Daughter, Part One recounts the story of Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas, as she prepares to take her place as one of our nation’s earliest leading women. Pocahontas invites readers to experience her native world when strangers appear on the shores near her village. From forging a relationship with the charismatic Smith, to experiencing love for the first time and creating a role for herself in her father’s plans for peace, this young princess takes us on a poignant and harrowing journey through the turbulent events of her life. Eventually betrayed by all of the men she loves, Pocahontas matures into a heroine of tremendous nobility, courage, and heart.

Told in first person, in a voice brimming with compassion and wisdom, Favorite Daughter, Part One provides a compelling and personal look at the early days of one of the most remarkable legends in American history.

“I wrote this novel because I’ve always been fascinated by the Pocahontas story and have often wondered what it was like for her to witness the arrival of the strangers in her tribal village. When the colonists arrived she was a young girl, who experienced first love, marriage, childbirth, and many other life events that most women face, yet her voice seems to have been lost in history.” said Margulies. “After doing some research, I learned that many Native Americans believe her story was much different than what was reported by John Smith and the other colonists. I decided it would be intriguing to tell the tale from her perspective, in her own voice, so that we could experience the story from a new point of view.”

The novel has received early praise from the historical fiction community, including historical fiction author, Mary Volmer, and former HarperCollins editor and historical fiction author, Kelly McNees,  who writes, “The lyrical prose and complex characters of Favorite Daughter, Part One breathe vivid life into the remote place and time of Pocahontas’s story. In Margulies’s hands, this fabled girl becomes a flesh-and-blood woman, who seeks not just to be a dutiful daughter but to explore, fearlessly, the world beyond her village. I loved every page.”

Author Q & A

Q & A with Paula Margulies

1) Where and when do you write? In my home office mostly, although I try to sneak away to artist residencies whenever my teaching and client work schedule will allow. I usually write on Sundays, but that all depends on how much life intrudes (and it does that often, believe me!).

2) Why did you write your book?  I’ve always been fascinated with the story of Pocahontas, and since so much of her history has been told to us by English explorers like John Smith, I decided that retelling her story, from her perspective, might make for an interesting read.

 

3) There have been many books written about Pocahontas. How is this book different? There are a number of differing versions of the history of that time, and much of what we know about Pocahontas comes from the writing of John Smith and the other colonists, who reported on what they found in the new land when they returned to England. Favorite Daughter, Part One is based on my research on works about her by Native Americans, many of whom tell a darker tale than the English history. Also, there aren’t many fictional works about that time from a Native American perspective, and the majority of those that do exist are written for young adults. Favorite Daughter, Part One is written for adults and focuses on Pocahontas’s coming of age into womanhood and becoming a wife and mother, in addition to her work as a representative of her tribe and, eventually, as a celebrity in England (that part of her story will be covered in Part Two).

 

4) Are you of Native American heritage? No, both of my parents are of Italian descent. But my father, Douglas Roccaforte, loved Native American history and was a collector of American Indian artifacts, so I grew up with a deep appreciation of Native American culture and history.

5) Whose work inspires you? So many authors inspire me that it’s hard to choose! I’ve always been a huge fan of the Southern gothic – William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor are my all-time favorite writers. As a graduate student in English Literature, I studied Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Bellow, Doctorow, Didion, Heller, and Pynchon. Recent authors whose stories have haunted me, stunned me, or made me weep: Sherman Alexie, Ha Jin, Vikram Seth, David Mitchell, Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Erdrich, Jane Smiley, Jane Hamilton, Sena Jeter Naslund, Anna Quindlen, and Elizabeth Berg.

6) What do you like to do in your spare time? When I’m not working on my publicity business or teaching classes, I enjoy meditation, reading, writing, and experimenting with artisan bread recipes. In the summer, I try to go to as many local Native American pow wows as I can (there are quite a few here in the San Diego area), and I’ve been known to enjoy an Indian taco (or two) on occasion.

7) What are the words you live by? Less is more (except when we’re talking about Indian tacos). ☺

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Author Bio:

Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received numerous awards for her essays and works of fiction, including her historical novel, Favorite Daughter, Part One, her first novel, Coyote Heart, and her short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories. She has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. Margulies resides in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.paulamargulies.com.

For more information on the author or Favorite Daughter, Part One, please visit www.paulamargulies.com or www.amazon.com

Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl

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

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Bulletproof by Melis
sa Pearl

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November 20, 2014

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Morgan Pritchett doesn’t need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she’s the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she’s bulletproof. But she has one weakness – men. She can’t seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she’ll write off men for the rest of the year…but then she meets Sean Jaxon.

Sean Jaxon has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he’d reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he’s found his ultimate weakness – her. Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face-to-face with her long-buried demons and Sean decides just how much he’s willing to risk for love, these two songbirds discover something…they’re not as bulletproof as they thought.

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~*~ABOUT MELISSA PEA
RL~*~

Melissa

Melissa Pearl was bo
rn in Auckland, New Zealand, but
has spent much of her life abroad, living in countr
ies such as Jordan, Cyprus and
Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip a
round North America with her
husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in Chin
a with her husband and two sons.
She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is
her passion. Since becoming a full
time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue t
his dream and her debut novel
hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she h
as continued to produce a steady
stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia
Press and her first Evatopia
book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, T
he Masks Series #1. She is very
excited to be trying out new things this year while
continuing to publish under her
own name as well. She has six books releasing in 20
14 and is excited about writing
each and every one of them.

“I am passionate abo
ut writing. It stirs a fire in my
soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best
writer I can possibly be and
transport my readers into another world where they
can laugh, cry and fall in
love.”

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Designed For Love by Kelsey Browning

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

DESIGNED FOR LOVE by Kelsey Browning

Author of Texas Nights Series

Co-author of The Granny Series

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About the Book

Title:                Designed For Love (Texas Nights, #4)

Release:          November 24, 2014

Genre:                         Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Format:           e-book

Book Links:     Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple / Goodreads

 

Book Summary:

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

Praise for Texas Nights Series:

 Designed For Love: “Had me laughing from page one!  Browning takes all those awkward little details in life that we like to hide, turns them into hilarious gems, and crafts brilliance with them.  I loved the characters, the town, the dog–and the hammock!  What a hoot!” ~ Sharla Lovelace, Award Winning Author of Don’t Let Go “Hilarious antics, sassy banter, and sizzling chemistry add up to one fantastic story as Mac and Ashton stumble their way toward happily ever after!” ~ Tracy Brogan, International Bestselling Author

 

Personal Assets:

“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!”  ~ Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster

 

Problems in Paradise:

“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” ~ Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author

 

Read and Excerpt:

Excerpt Five – Romance Junkies

“Don’t,” she called. “He’ll just-” shit, “-try to get away.”

Sure enough, Napoleon took off across the tenderloin, hopped over the chicken cordon bleu. He’d never been a huge poultry fan. But oh crud, up ahead were the strings of chorizo. Napoleon clamped one sausage in his jaws and took a flying leap out of the meat counter, the sausages following him like train cars derailing. Miguel tried to catch him, but he just sailed through the butcher’s arms and hit the ground at a dead run, a pair of maxi-pad wings fluttering on his back. As he scooted past her, she’d swear he was grinning around that damned sausage.

Napoleon didn’t make it ten feet before he was scooped up in a big hand. Held airborne, with the sausages trailing down and swinging like a pendulum. His growl at Mac was low, but halfhearted.

“Drop it,” Mac told him.

God, wasn’t this how this had all started?

“I said.” Mac’s voice was surprisingly even, but still it made Ashton’s midsection tighten. “Drop. It.”

Apparently, she wasn’t the only one who felt a little loose in the tummy because a rivulet of liquid sluiced down Mac’s forearm, dripped off his elbow.

“Shit,” Ashton whispered. Napoleon’s head whipped around and he whined, reminding her of a time she’d used that word as an expletive and he’d taken it as a command and proceeded to produce. “No, sweetie, that’s not what I meant. It’s fine. You’re fine.”

More whining from Napoleon and a disgusted snort from Mac.

Ashton approached them, one careful step at a time. Small tail wag. Good, good sign. When she got close enough, she held out her hands, and Mac passed her Napoleon. And oh, he was wet and stunk of pork and garlic. His fur sported little coffee bean snarls and maxi-pad feathers.

Napoleon…” she started, but as much as she wanted to chastise him, it might lead to more bad behavior. As if she could afford any more of that. As if she could afford the damage he’d already done.

From behind her came a throat clearing. “Ms. Davenport, you can pay up front.”
The manager’s unspoken message was and then get the hell out of my store.

 

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About the Author

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and co-authors Southern cozy mysteries. She’s also a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a (fingers crossed) future therapy dog.

 

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

Facebook Party

Kelsey is hosting a Thankful for Romance Facebook Party from Friday, November 21 – Monday, November 24 and will be featuring the following authors each day.

 

Friday, November 21 – Celebrating Romance Series Awesome Authors include: Angi MorganAdrienne Giordano Author Page,Tamara MorganShauna AllenAlison PackardTerri Osburn, & Tracey Devlyn Saturday, November 22 – Celebrating Sexy Romance  Awesome Authors include: Avery FlynnRobin CovingtonKimberly KincaidKelsey Browning – Author, and a special Amazon gift card giveaway from Liliana Hart. Sunday, November 23 – Celebrating Southern Sass Romance  Awesome authors include: Christine Glover AuthorJodi LintonSharla LovelaceNancy Naigle & Cynthia D’Alba. Monday, November 24 – Celebrating Contemporary Romance & the release of Kelsey Browning‘s Designed for Love. Awesome authors include: Jamie FarrellDianna Love, Kat LathamKim LawCaro CarsonWendy S. Marcus, & Sonali Dev

 

Link to Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/832158273473413

 


 

Blog Tour Stops

 

November 16 – Excerpt One

Brain Candy

http://www.kelseybrowning.com/brain-candy/

 

November 17 – Excerpt Two

Just Contemporary Romance

http://www.justcontemporaryromance.com

 

November 18 – Excerpt Three

Brooke Blogs

http://brookeblogs.com

 

November 19 – Excerpt Four

Ramblings From This Chick

http://www.ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

 

November 20 – Excerpt Five

Romance Junkies

http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com

 

November 21 – Excerpt Six

Herding Cats and Burning Soup

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November 22 – Excerpt Seven

TBQ’s Book Palace

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November 23 – Excerpt Eight

Doing Some Reading

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November 24 – Excerpt Nine

Gonna Need More Books

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If she could just spend time in Mac’s arms, everything else would be just fine. DESIGNED FOR LOVE by @KelseyBrowning http://amzn.to/1nEnCcg

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When she tilted her head and opened for him, the last barrier Mac had shored up around his heart splintered. She trusted him, wanted him, believed in him. And whether he deserved it or not, he wanted it. DESIGNED FOR LOVE by @KelseyBrowning http://amzn.to/1nEnCcg

Anytime she was near him, her body reacted as if he’d rubbed her skin with fine-grade sandpaper. Sensitive and a little tingly. DESIGNED FOR LOVE by @KelseyBrowning http://amzn.to/1nEnCcg

And oh Lord, if she thought the man’s smile was a panty-dropper, his laughter-coming from deep in his diaphragm-had her wanting to strip off every piece of clothing on her body. DESIGNED FOR LOVE by @KelseyBrowning http://amzn.to/1nEnCcg

Author AJ Llewellyn

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

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Lio Paikai, reincarnated warrior of the lost Hawaiian kingdom, finds trouble in paradise. The old island gods demand Pālehua from his family: blood sacrifice.

Lio Paikai is adjusting to both his new, extremely passionate relationship with his lover, Kord Ashley, and his status as ‘Ailani, the reincarnated, loyal warrior who fought for the last king of the Hawaiian islands Oahu and Maui. Having severed his ties with his mother, Kalani, Lio grows closer to his father and his new family, but Kalani won’t leave them alone.

Violating a restraining order of protection, she is arrested. Hours later, when Lio accompanies his stepmother to a birthing class, a strange woman falls from the sky landing on the hood of his SUV. Old wounds, old curses, and the demand for retribution threaten to destroy his entire family. Lio must uncover the identity of the fallen woman and soon learns her heartbreaking connection to his mother and the damage it has caused Kalani her entire life. Lio must right an ancient wrong and appease the old island gods that demand an immediate Pālehua: blood sacrifice.

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Author Interview:

please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

Thanks so much for having me here again, Romance Junkies! Last time I talked about ‘Ailani, the first book in my Last Warrior series. Today, I’m here to talk about book 2 in the trilogy, Palehua.

 

Lio is adjusting to life as a Hawaiian superman, called upon by ancient powers to right wrongs at the most awkward moments, such as when he’s in bed with his lover, Kord, or when he’s scaling tall buildings in day job as a steeplejack.

Palehua has got mystery, magic, and a woman dropping from the sky right on top of Lio’s vehicle! I was in Honolulu writing this story when I was invited to visit an ancient heiau, or temple, on the North Short of the island. It was an amazing experience and I learned how complex people’s offerings to the gods can be. I love the research part of my work, and I have always felt a deep respect and reverence for Hawaii’s history.

I’ve just completed edits on Makahiki, the third and final instalment. It was so sad! I love the characters in this series and it’s so hard to say good-bye.

 

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

I guess when I made myself cry writing my first book. I was eight and it was an emotional book. I like to make my readers cry and laugh – to this day! Though I know that book was awful, it was so much fun to write. It made me want to connect with people via the written word. It’s been my lifelong passion.

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

I love normal men thrust into extraordinary situations. Even my vampires have ordinary traits, but they are confronted with unusual catastrophes and must cope. How people handle the unexpected is always interesting to me.

Lio, my lead character in The Last Warrior series is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Finding out you’re the reincarnation of a great Hawaiian warrior required to rectify other people’s karma, and their problems, prevent murders, defend the innocent, can’t be easy. I wanted Lio to be vulnerable and yet, strong. I wanted him to be relatable and yet inspirational. That’s a hero to me.

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

Right now, it would have to be the Big Island of Hawaii. I would love to be in Pahoa, the town being invaded by volcanic eruptions. Yes, I am a volcano chaser. I was there when Kilauea erupted last time. I wrote two books, Island Bois and On King Kamehameha Day (both published by Amber Allure) within an hour of flying into Hilo, which is close to Pahoa. I was staying with friends in Pahoa, who grow bromeliads commercially. In fact their farm produces most of the bromeliads exported from the islands to the mainland. When I arrived my eyes really burned from the vog (volcanic fog). I had no idea I actually had little particles of lava in my eyelids. I used that tidbit in On King Kamehameha Day. My friends’ entire crop of bromeliads was destroyed by the same little particles of lava. Their farm, their vehicles, everything, was covered in these microscopic black dots that cannot be removed. Everything was destroyed.

I used a lot of my experiences in those three weeks for those books, and for part of my Tiki Vampire series with D.J. Manly (published by Totally Bound).

 

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

Somebody told me recently that I am inclined to be exacting. I didn’t think it was a compliment but she explained that she thinks I expect the best of myself and expect to work as hard as possible and to her, I don’t take short cuts. It’s true. There are some writers who write the same story over and over…just change the names. I have over 150 published books and I strive to make each one different. My work is my life. So I am the same in my life. I try hard to be a good friend, good partner to my writing partners. So, yeah. I guess I’ll go with exacting!

 

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

My French Press. Not very original, but I love that thing! It makes the best coffee ever.

What project are you working on next?

I am working on many projects. About six WiPs going – including a couple with my wonderful partner, D.J. Manly. We’re working on some seriously wicked stuff. Please check out my website for what’s coming soon. I’m posting some links below.

Thanks again for having me here again Romance Junkies. I love you!!

 

Palehua: The Last Warrior Book 2, now available for pre-order here:   http://tinyurl.com/o7dsmp3

 Author Bio:

A.J. Llewellyn is an author whose obsession with myth, magic, love, and romance might have led to serious stalking charges had it not been for the ability to write. Thanks to the existence of some very patient publishers, A.J.’s days are spent writing, reading, and dreaming up new worlds. AJ has definitely stopped Google searching former boyfriends and given up all ambition to taste-test every cupcake in the universe to produce over 150 published gay erotic romance novels.

A.J. wants you to read them all.

You can find this author lurking on Facebook and Twitter—part-time class clown being another occupation. When not writing or reading, A.J.’s other passions include juggling, kite-boarding, and spending a fortune buying upgrade apps for Diner Dash.

 

A.J.’s links:

www.ajllewellyn.com

www.twitter.com/ajllewellyn.com

www.facebook.com

 

 

Author Mia Epsilon

November 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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What do you get when you have two best friends who happen to be roommates stewing in sexual tension? A night they will never forget.

 Anna and Robin are college roommates and best friends. Even though the chemistry sizzles between them, they have remained platonic for over three years. One night will change everything.

Robin has struggled to repress his feelings for Anna. He seeks out brief and meaningless relationships with the women on campus, who flock to his charm, flashing blue eyes, and bad-boy appearance. But Robin can’t get Anna off his mind or out of his heart.

Anna has watched Robin move from one woman to the next, never settling for any. She keeps up the pretense of friends-only while secretly longing to be the woman to tame him. The combination of college demands, a failed date, and simmering sexual frustration explodes into a night of passionate need. But when it’s over…what happens then?

 

Buy Link

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Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

 That Night is a short sexy Flirt based on an event in my first novel Wedding Belle Blues. Anna and Robin make a decision based on ‘that night’ which literally affects the rest of their lives.

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

 The moment I was born.

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

 My editor Jen Bradlee told me, “Don’t be afraid to push beyond the limits. There are no limits when telling your story.”

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

 I love, love, love to read. I collect books and have dozens and dozens of them. Nothing beats a great book, a cup of tea and a soft reading spot.

 What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I spent almost two weeks in Australia exploring and loving every minute of it. On the flight back, we had a problem with the engine and made an emergency landing in Hawaii. It was quite the fun, thrilling, terrifying and unforgettable time.

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

 A wonderful secluded cabin in the mountains complete with wi fi and electric so I could just write all day.

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

 I’m a bit of an adventurer. My husband has food allergies and I have a special diet, so I’ve been creative in the way I fix food and in ‘converting’ old favourites so they are healthier. But for my great great Gram’s cakes and breads, those no one dares touch. They’re perfect just as they are.

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

Indoor plumbing and hot water.

 What is your favorite comfort food?

 Chocolate, any kind and form of chocolate. Also tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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

 Spring and Fall, for the colors and the moderate temperatures. I also love snow, though the cold of Winter is not a nice thing.

 What project are you working on next?

 I’m participating in NaNo and writing the sixth book in the Weddings by C & C series. And these characters are driving me half mad!

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Mia Epsilon lives with her ever patient and tolerant soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance, with too many favourite authors to name. Mia is a huge Doctor Who fan, and isn’t so certain about the writing in the new series but absolutely adores the new Doctor and his Scottish accent. She also happily suffers a chocolate addiction which causes her to visit her favourite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.

Mia can most often be found at her computer spinning new tales or in a quiet padded nook (a nook, she swears, not a padded room) with her e reader happily engrossed in a new story. She’s currently hard at work on her series ‘Weddings by C & C’ and trying to build its reputation from ‘just another wedding story’ to ‘OMG you have GOT to read this book!’ She appreciates all reader input and comments on her Face Book, Twitter, Amazon and Good Reads pages. Her released titles include: ‘Wedding Belle Blues’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’, ‘When You Believe’, and ‘That Night’ along with a short story in The Wonderland Tales ‘Leave Your Hat On’.

CONNECT WITH MIA & BUY LINKS:

Blog: Authors, Books & Chocolate: The True ABC’s of Life  miaepsilon.blogspot.com

Face Book: MiaEwrites (Mia Epsilon Author)

Twitter: Mia Epsilon @MiaEpsilon

Breathless Press home page: www.breathlesspress.com: Mia Epsilon

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Amazon: Amazon.com/author/miaepsilon: http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Epsilon/e/B00DQ61FRM

Good Reads: Mia Epsilon https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14292463-mia-epsilon

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THIS CHRISTMAS by Katlyn Duncan

November 19, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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In this light hearted and festive sequel to THIS SUMMER, Hadley and Will rekindle their relationship against the sparkling winter backdrop of upstate New York. This is a must read for fans of HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover.

Want to get to know Katlyn better? Check out herDear Reader post on Barclay Publicity’s Book Scoop Blog!

 

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Prize: Grand Prize $25 Gift Card Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) and a Runner Up Prize copy of Katlyn’s Life After series bundle.

This-Christmas

About This Christmas:

This year, if Hadley wrote her dream Christmas list, it would go something like this:

1. Spend every waking – and sleeping – moment with her incredibly gorgeous boyfriend, Will.

2. Figure out what’s been bugging him lately. Yes, going away to college has been tough…but it’s time they reconnected.

3. Enjoy a sparkling Christmas in New York City, gazing at the Rockefeller tree, going ice skating, and drinking steaming mugs of cocoa in Central Park.

So, driving off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin in the woods wasn’t exactly the plan. But when it comes to her irresistible, and at times, impossible boyfriend, nothing’s ever that simple. And as fantasies of an icy Times Square are replaced by a clumsily decorated tree, making snowmen and the warmth of a log fire, Hadley feels herself falling in love all over again.

Except does Will have something to tell her that could change Hadley’s happily-ever-after Christmas dreams into a not-so-winter wonderland after all?

Don’t miss this festive sequel novella to This Summer.

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Also in the This Summer series: THIS SUMMER by Katlyn Duncan!

 

Read An Excerpt:

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Excerpt

 

The Shower

All my life I was the background character in what seemed like the bigger picture. Throughout our school years, Lily usually stole the show but that was okay with me. I put my head down and studied my butt off to make sure I could leave Spring Falls as soon as possible.

But here, in this cabin with the boy-next-door, I feel center stage. No one is around for miles, it’s just us. A tingling sensation takes residence in my stomach as I peel off my t-shirt and walk backwards towards the shower.

Will’s brushing stops for a second as his eyes travel over me from the mirror. He rinses his mouth and tosses his toothbrush onto the counter. A secret thrill bursts inside of me as I reach past the curtain for the faucet.

Our eyes lock as he finishes up, barely taking the time to wipe his face of toothpaste before sprinting over to me. He scoops me up in his arms, pressing his bare chest to his still-clothed one. He kisses me deeply. Our freshly minted breaths mingle, eliciting a pleasurable chill down my spine.

He places me down on my feet but doesn’t let go. The only time our lips stop touching is the fraction of a second when he pulls his shirt over his head. I rake my hands through his hair that he allowed to grow out over the semester. It’s wild and free just like I am.

I toy with the hem of his boxers and before I know it they’re gone. He cups my breast with his warm hand and I sink into him, moving my hands over his strong shoulders and along his waist. I never get tired of touching him.

I’m still in my jeans and he pops the top button, and pulls so the zipper slides down. He pushes the jeans down and they fall to the ground at our feet. I step out of them and break our kissing for a second to make sure I don’t trip.

Will chuckles, a rumbling against my hand on his chest.

I roll my eyes and bring his lips to me again.

He pulls the curtain aside and steps into the shower, tugging me along with him. The warm spray of water soaks us within seconds. My skin ignites with pleasure at Will’s heated touch over every part of my body. We’re under the spray, touching, kissing, exploring every inch of each other’s bodies as if it’s the first time.

Will kisses my neck and I drop my head back, giving him access to what we both want. Heat pools between my legs and I wrap my hand around him. His breath hitches but he continues to kiss me.

The pressure from the shower lessens for a second before the water turns lukewarm and then, all of a sudden, freezing cold.

“Oh my God!”

 

Katlyn-Duncan

About Katlyn Duncan:

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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WILD by Sophie Jordan

November 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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WILD by Sophie Jordan

On-sale 11/18/2014 | ISBN: 9780062279910

 

A good girl goes bad in the third and final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series—where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

 

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of adventure at the secret campus kink club?

 

In the shadowy den of the club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to the opposite sex. Now he’s telling her to go home-”good girls” don’t belong here!

 Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget-one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

 

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

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Sophie Jordan is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books include historical romances and the Firelight series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-television shows. She lives in Houston.

http://sophiejordan.net/

LETTING GO by Molly McAdams

November 18, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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LETTING GO by Molly McAdams

On-sale 11/4/2014 | ISBN: 9780062358400

 

When Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen, they believed they’d be together forever. They never dreamed that three days before their wedding, twenty-year-old Ben would suddenly die from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. Grey would have spent the next two years simply going through the motions if it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger. He’s the only one who understands her pain … the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered.

 

While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, Jagger is the only one who sees her strength, and vows to always be there for her-even if it’s only as her best friend. As much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. But when Grey finds out that Jagger has loved her since before he even knew what love was, it might prove to be too much for her to handle.

 

Grey soon realizes their chemistry is undeniable, and they learn that admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

 

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.

http://www.mollysmcadams.com/

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