A NUMBERS GAME by Tracy Solheim

April 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News

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Author Tracy Solheim has written her share of best sellers and note-worthy books. Unfortunately most of them line the shelves of dusty government offices around the world never to see the light of day. She hopes to change that with her series of contemporary romantic fiction novels published by Berkley Books.

“I guess you could say I’m a frustrated sports writer at heart, but I love writing-and reading-books centered around sports. I can thank my dad for that. He introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked. I am also a big fan of the happily ever after endings of romance novels, so it was only natural that I combined the two elements in my fiction debut.”

To find out more about Tracy Solheim, visit her at:
Website: http://www.tracysolheim.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracySolheimBooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TracyKSolheim
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6519003.Tracy_Solheim

9780698164451_p0_v2_s260x420About A NUMBERS GAME:
Love is worth more than the sum of its hearts…

CPA Merrit Callahan learned early not to let passion unravel her orderly life. Back in college she fell hard for a football player, only to be devastated when she discovered he’d been duping her all along-dared by his teammates to score with his bookish tutor. Now, after her back-stabbing fiancé breaks off their engagement, Merrit flees to Baltimore to escape the fallout.

After eight years in the pros, a series of concussions have forced Heath Gibson out of the NFL. The transition from player to coach for the Baltimore Blaze hasn’t been smooth, but finding himself face-to-face with Merrit Callahan makes the ride even rockier. He’s been filled with regret ever since a stupid team prank caused Merrit to run away from him a decade earlier.

Merrit’s stunned to reconnect with Heath. And despite the authenticity of his reignited feelings this time around, Merrit’s got her mind set on payback. She’ll give Heath a night he won’t forget and then walk away. But Heath’s hold on her heart-and the rest of her body-is difficult to break…

Includes a preview of the next Out of Bounds novel, Risky Game.

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Read An Excerpt:

 A feeling of light-headedness nearly brought Merrit to her knees.  Her eyes roamed over the well muscled arms and beautiful chest to his trim waist, honing in on the small green shamrock tattoo peeking out above the waistband of his shorts.  One that exactly matched the shamrock she’d had tattooed above her own hip bone.  She didn’t bother looking up at his face because she already knew it by heart.  Just as she knew the feel of his firm lips on her own, the taste of his skin, the brush of his unshaved face and his musky scent.  Worse, she knew firsthand the mockery that would be reflected in his coffee eyes.  Mockery she’d once mistaken for something else.

“This isn’t what it looks like,” he was saying, but his words sounded to Merrit as if they were echoing out of the end of a pipe.  “I picked up the wrong keys when I went out for my run and I left my cell phone inside on the charger.  Would you mind if I borrowed yours to make a quick—”

He stopped mid-sentence and mid-stride holding both hands up, palms out.  Merrit realized she was mirroring his pose, her hands at the ready to push him away.  The gasping sound she heard was coming from her own throat as her ribs continued to squeeze tightly around her lungs.  She saw the moment recognition dawned on his face; his lips beginning to form a word.  As if the angels sensed her panic, a surge of adrenalin washed away the cement–like feeling in Merrit’s limbs.  Heart racing, she jumped into her car, jammed the key in the ignition and drove off before things really got messy and she passed out.

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THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A NOVEL OF THE TITANIC by HAZEL GAYNOR

April 10, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News

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TheGirlWhoCamHome-PB-CTHE GIRL WHO CAME HOME
A Novel of the Titanic
By Hazel Gaynor

William Morrow Paperback

Original
Publication Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 9780062316868
Price: $14.99; 300 Pages
E-book ISBN: 9780062316875

Maggie Murphy’s voyage to America, 1912.

“Readers will enjoy this lovely, heartfelt story.”
— Romantic Times (4 Stars)

WILLIAM MORROW is thrilled to publish Hazel Gaynor’s debut novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A Novel of the Titanic

Her story is inspired by true events surrounding the Addergoole 14—members of a church parish in County Mayo, Ireland that set sail together on RMS Titanic, all hoping to find a brighter future in America. It is believed that the losses suffered by the parish in the Titanic disaster were the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality.

Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy feels bittersweet about her journey across the Atlantic
Ocean. While her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in the country with
Séamus, the sweetheart she is leaving behind. Maggie is one of the fortunate few passengers in steerage who survives on April 15th, 1912. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that night again.

Weaving in and out of Maggie’s voyage and Chicago, 1982, Gaynor introduces the reader to
twenty-one year old Grace Butler. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she
harbored for almost a lifetime about Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and
leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those thought to be lost long ago.
Gaynor’s poignant tale seamlessly blends fact and fiction, exploring the tragedy’s impact and
its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. With snippets of actual
Marconigrams—telegrams sent through the Marconi Company between Titanic and Carpathia and between Carpathia and the White Star Line office—THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years, and a real source of fascination for history buffs and Titanic enthusiasts.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is available now at Amazon | B&N iTunes IndieBound

Read an Excerpt:

It was a year after they’d first danced at the Brennans’ wedding that she’d finally found the courage to tell him the news she had been dreading.

“I’m goin’ to America, Séamus,” she’d said, as they sat by the fireside playing cards on a wet, dark January evening. “It’s all decided. I’m to go with Aunt Kathleen to Chicago. Peggy Madden, Katie Kenny, and the Brennans are to travel with us—and some others.” The crackle and spit from the fire had filled the silence which descended upon the young couple. Séamus hadn’t spoken. “We’re to go in the spring.”

The rain had lashed against the windows. There’d been no other sound. Even the fire had seemed to momentarily hush itself.

“We’re to sail on a new liner called Titanic. They say it’s the biggest, finest, safest ocean liner there’s ever been built,” she’d added, more to break the unbearable silence than anything. She’d felt silly then. Why had she told him this? Who cared about the ship or how big it was? That was the sort of stuff that her cousin, Pat Brogan, and Peggy Madden were interested in, not her. To Maggie, the ship they would sail on was an entirely insignificant fact amid the reality of what the departure meant for her and Séamus.

He’d maintained his silence, throwing another sod of turf onto the fire, which sent a wave of moist, earthy smoke billowing across the room.

“Would you think of coming too?” she’d added hesitantly, already knowing his answer.

He’d looked at her, this young man she adored with the uncomplicated certainty of youth, his cheeks rosy from the warmth of the flames. “Ah, Maggie, you know I can’t. Not with Da so sick an’ all. Anyway, we haven’t a shillin’ to our name. I could never be affording one of those boat tickets, never mind two, even if he was well enough.”

They’d talked before about the prospect of emigrating, it being a common occurrence in the parish. Séamus had a brother in Philadelphia, who sent home as much money as he could afford, but with his mam dead and his da too ill to travel, Séamus knew that a trip to America would not be his for the making anytime soon. Maggie’s fate, however, lay entirely in the hands of Aunt Kathleen, who had first made the trip to America herself twenty years ago and was completely enamored with the place. She’d written often to her niece about the possibility of joining her in Chicago, about how America offered much better prospects for young women than Ireland ever could, but one thing or another had always prevented it from happening. However, this time was different. With nobody to care for Maggie in Ireland, Aunt Kathleen had made up her mind: her niece would go back to Chicago with her in the spring. And no matter how much this arrangement might break Maggie’s heart, there was no changing Kathleen Dolan’s mind once it was made up.

Author Interview:

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I am so glad you could join us here at Romance Junkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?

 

 Firstly, thank you for inviting me to Romance Junkies (love the name!)

 I’m so excited about the release of my debut: THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic. The novel tells the story of a young Irish woman, Maggie Murphy, who reluctantly leaves her Irish home and her sweetheart, Séamus, to start a new life in America with her aunt. They travel on RMS Titanic. Seventy years later, Maggie confides in her great-granddaughter, Grace, sharing her experience of the traumatic events of April, 1912. Maggie’s revelations have far-reaching repercussions for them both.

 

 I’ve been fascinated with Titanic since I was a teenager. When I started my research for the novel, I came across the record of a survivor from a small parish in County Mayo, Ireland. From there, I discovered the history of a group of Irish emigrants – now known locally as the Addergoole Fourteen – who travelled together on Titanic. I knew immediately that I’d found the inspiration for my novel. I wanted to explore the experience of a third class passenger on Titanic, the aftermath of the disaster and how such an event can have far-reaching repercussions on a survivor’s life. Through Maggie, I hope to allow readers to immerse themselves in an aspect of the Titanic disaster they might not have considered.

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

 I’ve loved reading since I was a child and I’ve always dabbled in creative writing in some form or another. After university, I went straight into a corporate career in the finance and legal sectors. I left my job in 2009 to look after my children, and that was when I began to tap back into my creative side. Initially, I wrote a parenting blog in the few moments I snatched while I was at home with my two children. This led to writing freelance for the local and national press and my writing began to get noticed. Eventually, that long-held ambition to write a novel finally felt like something I could achieve. I consider myself very lucky to have found something I love working at.

 

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

 I interviewed Philippa Gregory in 2012. As a big fan of her novels (and a then unpublished writer) this was a real ‘wow’ moment for me. The whole conversation with her was hugely inspiring but one particular piece of advice stuck with me: ‘don’t look at something that seems to be successful and think ‘I can do that’. If you’ve been blessed with a talent to write, you should write the best novel you possibly can, so that whatever way a reader comes across it, they will want to turn the page and keep reading. That is what makes a good novel.’

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

 Having children. Without a doubt. They surprise me every single day.

 

 

What is your favorite comfort food?

 A good old-fashioned sticky toffee pudding with custard. It’s like a great bug hug in a bowl.

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

 Autumn. I love the colours, the nip in the air, the smell of smoke from the peat fires, Halloween – I love everything about autumn! Also, most of the major events in my life have happened in autumn – engagement, wedding and the birth of my two children, so it’s a busy and very special season for that reason too.

 

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

My laptop!

 

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

 On holiday somewhere beautiful and warm (perhaps a Tuscan farmhouse) sharing a chilled bottle of wine with my husband while we watch the stars. Other than that, any evening where everyone gets a good sleep and nobody needs me to fetch them a drink or find their teddy in the middle of the night is romantic enough for me!

 What project are you working on next?

 My second novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE FLOWERS, is about two sets of sisters and is set around a charity for orphaned flower sellers in Victorian London. The story spans several decades across the late 1800s and early 1900s. I love the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the streets of Victorian London were a wonderfully haunting place to explore in my imagination. I am very excited about the book’s publication early next year.

 

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

 THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME will be hopping around the internet during the April blog tour. I have been asked some great questions and have revealed all sorts of information about myself that I probably shouldn’t have! Full details of the blog tour, which includes lots of giveaways, are available on my website at www.hazelgaynor.com

 In person, I will be speaking on Book Club Girl on Air and also on Irish radio station KFM. I will post dates and times and podcasts of these interviews on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hazelgaynorbooks and on my website. I will be guest hosting at #LitChat on Twitter in May, where I will be talking about THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME and am also looking forward to speaking at the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual conference in the UK in July.

 Other events will be announced on my Facebook page and website over the coming weeks and months.

 Hazel-Gaynor-photoABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hazel Gaynor is an exciting new voice in historical fiction. Her writing has been featured in the Sunday Times Magazine and Irish Times, and she was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers. Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, and two young children. For more information, please visit her on the web at http://www.hazelgaynor.com/

Hazel can also be reached via social media: Facebook & twitter: @HazelGaynor

Liz Everly’s LIKE HONEY Blog Tour

April 08, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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3 RUNNERS UP: will each receive a copy of the ebook

 

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Saffron Nights, Book 3
Published by: e-Kensington

Expected Release April 3, 2014

Print Length: 203 pages

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 Wanted: A Hot Honey of a Man

Love brought Jennifer D’Amico to Scotland, but it’s honey that makes her stay. Her honey farm is all the beautiful widow has left of her brief marriage. All she needs is a master beekeeper to get the flailing business back on track. What she gets is Grayson McGhilly, a boldly sexy stranger who knows his honey–almost as well as he knows how to bring Jennifer to the brink of passion. . ..

From the moment Gray lays eyes on Jennifer, he’s hooked, mind and body. But his mission isn’t just to savor every succulent inch of her, but to keep her from harm. For Gray isn’t just a beekeeper, but an undercover agent investigating criminal activity at her farm. And now he’ll do just about anything to keep the sweet and oh-so-satisfying Jennifer safe in his arms. . ..

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Like-Honey-Saffron-Nights-Everly-ebook/dp/B00FY54N68/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391791765&sr=8-1&keywords=like+honey+by+liz+everly

 

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/like-honey-liz-everly/1117238132?ean=9781601830128 

 Author Interview


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? LIKE HONEY, the third in my SAFFRON NIGHTS series is just out. It’s set in beautiful Scotland with a sexy spy-turned-beekeeper and a young lonely widow. Gray is sent to there to infiltrate her honey business because of illegal goings-on. They are very attracted to one another—but he’s her employee (at least that what she thinks) and she may be a criminal, so Gray can’t act on his impulses. The way they get to know one another better makes up a part of the story. The other part is the suspense element, which includes an international drug ring, along with local rivalries.

I also do a little publishing on Amazon right now. I’m publishing a series of linked short stories, EIGHT LAYS AROUND THE WORLD. The first one is set in Egypt, the next one will be set in Hong-Kong.  These stories are more erotic than romance. Grin.

In addition, I’ve just signed a contract with Harper Impulse to do and anthology with my group blog, Lady Smut. LADY SMUT’S BOOK OF DARK DESIRES.


When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’ve just always been one. I’m not sure I could pinpoint one moment.


Every writer dreams of getting “the call”. What were you doing when yours came? It seems to me I was at the kitchen table.

 

 Who got to hear the good news first? My husband.


Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? I had a journalism professor that really helped me develop a sense of urgency and a respect for deadlines. Even though he was a journalist, I find that helps with fiction writing, too. He often said to just “Sit your butt down and write.”


Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? The perfect hero is smart, funny, and knows what he wants and likes. He’s not afraid to go after it. He’s lusty, earthy. But he’s also the kind of guy who will get up and change diapers at 3 a.m. and doesn’t mind sitting through yet another dreadful dance recital to see his daughter prance across the stage.


What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I scrapbook and love to read. I have inherited several different collections of glass, which I love and I started my own collection years ago. I love Blenko glass. But since I live in a small house, I’ve had to curtail my collections. I try to keep it as useful things, like Pyrex glassware form the 60s and 70s that I actually can use in the kitchen. Ohmigoodness I LOVE that. I’d love to start a 1970s collection. I’m all about the 70s these days.


What has been your biggest adventure to date? Having children. ;-)


If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? After the kind of winter we’ve had, I’d just like to go some place WARM. In CRAVINGS, I wrote about a chocolate-themed resort in St. Lucia. I love that idea. The beach. A lovely spa. And plenty of chocolate. But I have LONGINGS to go to Scotland. It’s actually higher on my bucket list.  


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 adventurous to a point. I’m a vegetarian and will eat most things that do not include meat. I love to try new recipes.

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

What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? A night without the kids! And, of course, a lovely meal that I’m not cooking. Before children, my husband and I would haunt the bookstores and attend concert together. Why are bookstores and libraries so sexy? Hmm?


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

what is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate, of course.

 

What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? The love the spring. I love the renewal of life aspect of it. Seeing everything bud, pop, and bloom.

 About Liz Everly

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Liz Everly writes, plays, and cooks in a tiny house with a big garden. She writes under a pen name to escape expectations and to embrace all possibilities.

 

Contact Links:

Website: http://www.lizeverly.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LizEverlyAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LizEverly1

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6858733.Liz_Everly

 

COWBOY HEAT Blog Tour

April 08, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Guest  Post by Layla Chase

The aspect of cowboys that draws me in every time is the quality of being decisive. In the course of a day, they may have to make decisions that affect the welfare of hundreds of animals and a handful of other men. Back in the 1800s, men made these decisions without weather reports or sure knowledge of what lay ahead. The location of a river ford to take the cattle across could become treacherous. When to move the cattle to higher ground could be affected by a freak storm. Driving them to market always had its own set of hazards—lack of water, insufficient grazing, attacks from Indians or rustlers. And always there was the danger of injury or illness that would hamper their progress.

The situation of man against the elements is one associated with cowboys and has captured the imagination of writers and artists for more than 150 years, and is still going strong.

Layla Chase is the CAPA award-winning author of 18 short stories and novellas and is both indie-pubbed and published by Amber Quill, Decadent Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ravenous Publishing, and The Wilder Rose Press.

www.laylachase.com

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Those who leave a comment have a chance to win one of two prizes: print copy of erotic historical, Wild Wild Women of the West I, or a sparkly gold hand-crocheted scarf.

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Edited by Delilah Devlin
Publisher:  Cleis Press

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

ISBN-10: 1627780335
ISBN-13: 978-1627780339
Format: Trade Paperback

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Broad Shoulders, Well-Worn Jeans and a Lean-Hipped Swagger

He may ride off into the sunset, but the cowboy in our heart never goes out of style. Even when coated with dust from riding alongside a herd of cattle or up to his knees in mud taming a wild stallion, this stud still generates plenty of Cowboy Heat.

USA Today bestselling author Delilah Devlin takes you back to the ranch with stories of rugged romantics, rough riders, and rope wranglers sure to satisfy your desire for a real man. In “Shall We Dance?,” by Myla Jackson, a waltz teacher learns about rhythm from her rancher student at the Flying M. The rodeo champion in Megan Mitcham’s “Coming Home” discovers that true love might be waiting at the end of the trail. A high school reunion at the honky tonk finds a city girl back in the strong arms of her cowboy crush in Cat Johnson’s “Unfinished Business.” Saddle up!

“A wild ride!” —Beth Williamson, author of Hell for Leather

“Devlin Devlin is the go-to for cowboy romance that will make you hot under the collar.” —USA Today

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

“Mrs. Morgan and the Marshal” by Emma Jay
A dalliance with the sexy town marshal makes a woman rancher question which she wants most, her independence or him

Emma Jay has been writing longer than she’d care to admit, using her endless string of celebrity crushes as inspiration for her heroes. Married twenty-six years, Emma  believes writing romance is like falling in love, over and over again. Creating characters and love stories is an addiction she has no intention of breaking.

“Remember” by Mia Hopkins
A jilted bride saddles up with the blazing-hot cowboy stripper hired for her cancelled bachelorette party

Mia Hopkins is a Los Angeles–based writer of romance and erotic fiction. Her work has appeared in Clean Sheets and will be featured in the forthcoming Circlet Press anthology Under Cover of Darkness. She was born in the year of the horse, which may explain her special fondness for cowboys.

“Cowboy Downtime” by Cheyenne Blue
Passion ignites at a polocrosse game in the Australian outback—she plays attack, he plays defense, and their sexy wager decides the winner.

Cheyenne Blue’s erotica has appeared in over seventy anthologies, including: Best Women’s Erotica,Cowboy LustBest Lesbian RomanceLesbian Lust and Frenzy: 60 Stories of Sudden Sex. She lives and writes by the beach in Queensland, Australia.

“Coming Home” by Megan Mitcham
A busted-up rodeo champion finds the squirt he tormented in youth transformed into a fiery woman challenging him to become the man she deserves

Megan Mitcham was a true Southern bell until she discovered the delicious world of erotic romance. Now she pens racy romances to please a reader’s heart, mind and body.

“Her Captured Cowboy” by Layla Chase
A lonely woman, ostracized by Colorado townspeople after years in Indian captivity, takes what she needs from a wandering cowboy

Layla Chase, on a dare from a close friend, challenged herself to explore the steamier side of romance and discovered all sorts of characters whose stories needed sharing. She writes contemporary and historical stories from her mountain home in California that she shares with her longtime husband and two dogs.

“Back Stage Pass” by Cynthia D’Alba
A sexy night with a hired escort, who looks exactly like a woman’s favorite country singer, leaves her with a back stage pass and a lot of burning questions

Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun. Her first book, Texas Two Step, was released in 2012 and became a publisher best seller.

“Unfinished Business” by Cat Johnson
A class reunion gives one woman a second chance with a sultry cowboy from her past

Cat Johnson is a self-proclaimed promo ho known for her creative marketing and research. She’s sponsored bull-riding rodeo cowboys, owns a collection of cowboy boots and camouflage shoes for book signings and a number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living.

“At the Mercy of the Cowboy” by Amber Lin
A new farmhand finds rough living and an even rougher cowboy to soothe away her pain

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion. RT Book Reviews called her debut novel “truly extraordinary.” Her latest book, a small-town romance, released in late 2013.

“Cowboy Adonis” by Michael Bracken
When a naked cowboy rises from a stock pond, a nature photographer’s assignment gets personal

Michael Bracken, writer of fiction, nonfiction and advertising copy, is the author of almost nine hundred short stories, several of which have appeared in Cleis Press anthologies.

“Denim and Lace” by Robie Madison
One woman in a pair of rhinestone heels plus two sexy cowboys equals a highly combustible combination

Robie Madison pursues her own adventures traveling around the world. When she’s at home, she writes about men and women who aren’t afraid to take risks for love. When she’s not traveling or writing, she can often be found teaching writing courses online.

“One Track Cowboy” by Delilah Devlin
After tracking two lost hikers, a park ranger and a local rancher lose themselves to a wild passion

Delilah Devlin is a USA Today bestselling author of erotica and erotic romance. She has published over a hundred thirty erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths, and is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, HarperCollins: Mischief, Kensington, Montlake, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing. In May 2014, she adds Grand Central to her list of publishers when Her Only Desire releases!

“Skin Deep” by Randi Alexander
A pretty city girl and a scarred country cowboy discover love waits when you’re ready to look beneath the surface

Randi Alexander is a USA Today Bestselling Author and an adventurous spirit with a naughty imagination. Prepare yourself to be rode hard and put up satisfied on the sexier side of happily ever-after!

“Drop Two Tears in a Bucket” by Shoshanna Evers
Alone on her Montana cattle ranch after her husband divorces her, a woman finds satisfaction in the arms of the one cowboy she can’t resist

Shoshanna Evers is a critically acclaimed, best-selling romance author. She is published with Simon & Schuster/Gallery, Ellora’s Cave, and Penguin/Berkley Heat (Agony/Ecstasy), and her work is in several Cleis Press anthologies (including Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013). She lives in Los Angeles with her family and two big dogs.

“A Cowboy for Delilah” by Sabrina York
The last thing this independent, high-powered lawyer wants is a cowboy in her life, but one steamy kiss from a sexy rancher burns her resolve to a crisp

Sabrina York, Her Royal Hotness, writes naked erotic fiction for fans who like it hot, hard and balls-to-the-wall, and erotic romance and fantasy for readers who prefer a slow burn to passion. Sabrina loves writing hot, humorous stories in multiple genres for smart and sexy readers.

“Shall We Dance?” by Myla Jackson
When a lonely woman gives private dance lessons to a shy, sexy cowboy, she stumbles on passion worth fighting for

Myla Jackson spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Myla happily writes full time, penning adventures that keep her readers begging for more. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling, snow-skiing, boating or riding her ATV, while concocting new stories.

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3/31 Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess (Guest Post #1 by Cheyenne Blue )

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3/31 Angels With Attitude Book Reviews (Spotlight)

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3/31 C&F (Spotlight)

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3/31 Monlatable Reviews (Spotlight)

http://www.monlatablereviews.com/

 

4/1 Night Owl Reviews (Guest Post #1 by Cat Johnson) 

http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Giveaway-Cowboy-Heat-by-Edited-by-Delilah-Devlin

 

4/2 Books and Fandom (Spotlight)

http://booksandfandom.com

 

4/2 Snarky Mom Reads… (Spotlight)

http://www.snarkymomreads.com

4/3 Book Monster Reviews (Guest Post #1 by Delilah Devlin) 

http://bookmonsterreviews.com

 

4/4 Perusing Princesses (Spotlight)  (Guest Post #1 by Cynthia D’Alba) 

http://www.PerusingPrincesses.com

 

4/4 Two Sassy Chicks (Guest Post #1 by Megan Mitcham)

www.twosassychicks.wordpress.com

 

4/5 Mythical Books  (Guest Post #2 by Sabrina York) 

http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

 

4/6 KT Book Reviews (Guest Post #2 by Randi Alexander) 

http://ktbookreviews.blogspot.com/

 

4/7 In The Pages of a Good Book (Guest Post #2 by Mia Hopkins)

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4/8 babbling about books and, more (Guest Post #1 by Emma Jay) 

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4/8 RomanceJunkies.com (Guest Post #1 by Layla Chase)  http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/

 

4/9 Tome Tender (Guest Post #1 by Megan Mitcham) 

http://tometender.blogspot.com/

 

4/10 Read More Romance (Guest Post #1 by Mia Hopkins) 

http://ReadMoreRomance.blogspot.com

 

4/10 – deal sharing aunt (Guest Post #1 by Myla Jackson) 

http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

 

4/11 – For Whom The Books Toll (Guest Post #1 by Randi Alexander)  http://forwhomthebookstoll.blogspot.com

 

4/11 – Dirty Girl Romance (Spotlight)        

http://dirtygirlromance.blogspot.com

 

4/13 Inner Goddess (Guest Post #1 by Sabrina York) 

http://www.InnerGoddessForum.com

 

4/13 The Lusty Literate (Guest Post #2 by Emma Jay) 

http://thelustyliterate.com/

 

4/13 The Snarkology (Guest Post #2 by Cat Johnson) 

www.melissasnark.blogspot.com

 

4/13 We Love Kink (Guest Post #2 by Cheyenne Blue )

http://welovekink.com

 

 

 

THE GREAT SCOTS Blog Tour

April 07, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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About THE SEDUCTION OF MISS  AMELIA BELL

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.


Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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Sarah reached her hand out to Lucan’s door for the fourth time in the space of ten breaths. Each time she retreated, not knowing what to say when she stepped inside. She had stayed away for days. What excuse could she give him? She certainly couldn’t tell him the truth, that Amelia was correct about her. She was a coward. She’d always lived her life with careless abandon, never giving her heart to one man, but sharing it with many. Because she was afraid to. She was young, pretty, and unbound by the shackles of nobility. She could do as she pleased. And she did. She’d never cared what anyone at Queensberry thought of her, save Amelia.

 The men who partook of her never cared what became of her afterward. She liked it that way. No attachments. No expectations. No heartache.

 Malcolm Grant was the perfect man to give herself to. But she hadn’t. And the reason was lying in a bed behind that damned door. Her heart banged loudly in her ears as she reached for it again and this time the sound of Amelia crying out halted Sarah’s movement.

 She turned, agape, and stared at the door to Edmund’s room across the hall. Then she smiled. “Well, good fer ye, Amelia dearest. I’d love to see yer mother’s face after she heard that.”

About Paula Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.

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Welfonder_ToLoveAHighlanderAbout TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER
As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer .


Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

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With slow deliberation, he shut the door and leaned back against its solid, unyielding wood.  He crossed his ankles and folded his arms, letting his stance show her that he was prepared to remain there until he had the answers he desired.  He was a stubborn man.

     Nor did he tire easily.

     “So-o-o,” – he gave her a slow smile, careful not to let it reach his eyes – “I’d hear why you came to me with such a fool request.”

     “Seeing you now, sir,” she returned, her own voice as chilly, “I almost regret my folly.”

     “You should.”  He studied her face, feeling a scowl darken his own.  If anything, she was even more fetching than he remembered.  Her silky red-gold hair gleamed in the light of the wall sconce and her sparkling eyes were still the widest, loveliest he’d ever seen.  Her small, upturned nose gave her an irksome air of innocence, while her mouth, so full and lush….

     The pestiferous twitch at his loins returned. 

     He willed the stirrings away before she noticed and took advantage.

     Praise the gods she wore a cloak that only hinted at the ripeness of her womanly curves.

     She was no longer a girl.

     And for sure, he wasn’t a cocky, full of himself lad.

     “You haven’t answered me.”  He put just enough arrogance into his tone to prove it.

     Her chin came up again, showing her own mettle.  “I say I did.  I am troubled by a matter of some delicacy and require a man’s aid in-”

     “Creating a scandal that will soil you,” Sorley finished for her.

About Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she’s quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida. 

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Author H.K. Sterling

April 07, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Eyes-Only-600x900In the shadowy world of covert operations it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Is there even room for romance? Sometimes romance fits in only too well. Read along with the twists and turns of “Eyes Only” where trust is a rare commodity and you’ll never know which side to root for until the very end.

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Excerpt

 ”I dunno, maybe I had a wild hair that night or maybe I was going a little bit stir crazy. In any case, I think Charlie sensed it and that’s why he made the suggestion. So this one time, I decided I’d go to the restricted bar. What harm could it do? I’d have a few drinks with Charlie, hear some old Marine stories, and call it a night.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Isla Aldon was her name. My eyes found her as soon as we stepped in the bar. A crowded bar too. And she was a short thing.”

Author Interview

First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on? I just published a Romance Mystery with Breathless Press called “A Taste For Killing”. That book is the first in a series called “Chasing the Taste.” Each book has something that the characters, both heroes and villains want, need or are obsessed with. The sequel has already been accepted by BP and is currently in edits. The sequel is called “A Taste For Danger”. All the books have two returning characters who are detectives and there is a lot of banter between them (one male and one female) so they are fun, quick reads that twist and turn. Then of course I have this new one out, “Eyes Only” which is a short-short but packed full of action, romance and twists.

 Under my other pen name, K.D. Rose, I write for a younger audience. There I am working on the sequel to Erasing: Shadows, called Erasing: Shattered.

 1.)        What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes?

I am both a plotter and a pantser. : )  I first plot in general in my head if it’s a one off, or in a gigantic book I keep things in that I may forget if it’s going to be series. In series especially, you have to keep a logical stream going all the way through. However, within those parameters I am a total pantser and often the characters and story take me to places I didn’t even know I was going. In the end it all works out.

 2.)        What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

 I always wanted to be a writer from about age 5 on. I started writing seriously around age 13. Then I took decades before I decided to enter the author publishing field. My husband is definitely my biggest support system. He is very supportive of my writing and also helps when I am “in the zone” by making sure I eat, etc LOL

 3.)        Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from?

I didn’t know it until I started writing them, but I love writing cloak and dagger stories with mystery, suspense, romance and lots of action. I especially love writing twists and turns and surprise endings. The genre that I have yet to get to (but will!) is science fiction. My heroes growing up were science fiction writers.  Stay away from- well I have the greatest respect for historical romance writers but it’s not something that is in my wheelhouse. My favorite thing to write is short stories.

 4.)        Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?

 I actually publish under two different names. I chose to do this because I write books with adult words and themes under one of them and I wanted to separate that from books for younger readers so there would not be any confusion. H.K. Sterling was a random choice, except that because I plan to write science fiction, I kept the first name as initials. There is still bias out there so I preferred to keep gender out of it. My other pen name uses the last name of my family name going back generations. I chose that as a tribute to that and as a way to keep that name going.

 5.)        Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why?

 I haven’t had any change personalities, but I have had secrets suddenly pop up with characters! My most challenging character to create, hmm, they are probably all the secondary characters. It is a challenge to create them and then give them personalities and deepness and growth too when you are really concentrating on the main characters.

 6.)        What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?

I think I made the comment to my editor when I was writing “A Taste For Killing” that now I understood why writers say their internet histories could get them in trouble LOL.  I can’t say what I was researching as that would be a spoiler, but it would look weird if someone saw the history. I use the internet for most research although I have a library of books that I sometimes turn to as well. The most interesting things I’ve learned really came from drawing on my past experience and trying to remember it all correctly. It wasn’t research per se, I already knew the information, but I had to recall it and sometimes had to go back to old papers and books to remember it all accurately.

 7.)        What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you?

 I read the 10th anniversary edition of “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman. Loved it.

 Fun Questions

 1.)        What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?

We are both so busy that we DVR everything so we skip the commercials!

 2.)        Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?

When I was a young teenager I liked the teen crushes of the day but I don’t want to date myself. Let’s just say they’ve *all* gotten older.

 3.)        What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching?

We don’t watch much TV but when we do DVR it’s stuff like The Big Bang Theory (because we are both kind of geeky still) and recently we have really gotten into the documentaries about historic battles and blunders. In fact I keep some of that in my head for my writing that will be used later.

BIOGRAPHY

 H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. H.K. likes to focus her writing on suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her writing may even go dark. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. H.K. currently has a Mystery/Thriller out: A Taste For Killing; and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology: My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger has just been accepted for publication and H.K will also soon publish a short-short titled Eyes Only. H.K.’s books are suitable for 18+. You can contact H.K. on the following social media:

Catch up with H.K. Sterling on the following media:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/hksterling

Twitter: @HKSterling

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HK-Sterling/426989014069244?ref=hl

Email: HK.Sterling@aol.com

HK Sterling “Undercover Blog”: http://hksterling1.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HKSterling

 

 

THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU by Eleanor Moran

April 06, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

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When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from college has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally really had turned her back, why is her little girl named after Olivia?

As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel their tangled history. But as Sally’s secrets start to spill out, Olivia’s left asking herself if the past is best kept buried.

 

Drawing literary inspiration from Melissa Bank’s warm-hearted insights into contemporary life in The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, and from Daphne Du Maurier’s passionate, classic melodrama Rebecca, Moran’s The Last Time I Saw You offers a gripping plot, deepened by a heartfelt, relatable examination of friendship and love.

          Praise for Eleanor Moran

 

“Gripping, emotional – looks at how losing a friend can be worse than losing a lover.” –Daisy Goodwin, author of My Last Duchess

 

“Eleanor Moran is a stunningly good writer. Her prose is a joy to read, it wraps you up and draws you in and you daren’t take your eyes off the page for fear of being wretched out of her gripping narrative.” –Santa Montefiore, author of The House by the Sea

           

“Such a funny writer … more like that American snappy fast humor of Bridesmaids, of Tina Fey … really great dialogue.” – Alex Heminsley, BBC Radio 2

 

 ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: QUERCUS PUBLISHING, INC. publishes under the imprints Quercus, MacLehose Press, Quercus Children’s Books, Jo Fletcher Books, and Heron Books. We publish a range of high quality commercial, literary, and translated fiction; as well as nonfiction, illustrated, science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and juvenile titles. Quercus North America is distributed by Random House.

 

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THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU

by ELEANOR MORAN

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April 1, 2014

$15.99, 400 pages

ISBN 978-1623651336

 

A Conversation with Eleanor Moran

  

Q. What was your inspiration for THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU? How did you first get the idea for the story?

 

A. The Last Time I Saw You came out of two experiences – a hypnotic, seductive friendship I had at university which exploded in my mid twenties. It took me a long time to process the viciousness of the ‘break up’ and I wanted to write about the ambiguity and treachery of female friendship gone wrong. I also wanted to write about the ‘haunting’ that can take place in relationships we have in our thirties and forties. Livvy’s sister tells her “men move on, they can’t stand the silence” and I think it’s true. I wanted to write about that.

 

Q. Do you have a favorite character from the book? One who was a pleasure to right? Difficult?

 

A. I love all my characters! I fell in love with William, despite him being such a stuffed shirt. I sort of have to when I write a love interest. I loved the complexity of Sally, and I loved her, despite her selfishness and how bad she was for Livvy. She is mercurial and a trickster, and in drama those characters are vital. She can do unexpected, wild things. Livvy has a lot of me in her, as all my heroines do.

 

Q. If you could give just one piece of advice to fellow writers what would it be?

 

A. Gosh, I wouldn’t presume to advise other writers at my stage, but to newbies I would say… Do you know, I don’t know! Understand the market, but don’t be handcuffed by it, as you need to find your own voice.

 

Q. Who are your favorite authors? Who has inspired your writing?

 

A. I adore Rebecca. Daphne Du Maurier found something universal, and then wrote a deeply specific story. Beautiful Ruins. Loved that. The Fault In Our Stars. The Help. Heartburn. The Time Traveler’s Wife. For me it’s the books about rounded, flawed characters doing their very best in believable ways.  If you look at my website – eleanormoran.co.uk – I wrote about my 10 favorite love stories. And romantic films.

 

Q. What’s next? Are you working on your next book?

 

A. I am hard at work on book 5. It’s about a young female psychotherapist who is forced to confront her past.

 

Visit Eleanor Moran’s Website: http://www.eleanormoran.co.uk/

Follow Eleanor Moran on Twitter: @EleanorKMoran

 

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Author Torie James

April 06, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

 

timelessdesire_200x300Trust hides the truth and spans eternity when one secret—born of treachery and upheld by honor—stands between a broken heart and shattered soul.

  If you could live forever, what would you choose to live for? I chose honor…

Awakening to a new world, Gawain has high hopes that the last 500 years have cooled the fires of hatred burning in the heart of his wife, Nimue. Cruelly betrayed by the one person she put all her faith and trust in, Nimue hasn’t forgotten the lone cowardly act of one of King Arthur’s greatest knights. Together again and yet forever apart, can they heal the past when a new enemy rises to threaten the foundation of all they hold dear?

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Author Interview:

First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on?

 1.)        What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes? Lately, my writing schedule is taking over everything else but I am beyond good with it! I try to work on one thing or another at least 5-6 hours each day. Funnily enough, I used to be big on outlining and plotting. Now? Not so much, I am def winging it!

 2.)        What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to write. It’s always been there, deep in my soul. However, procrastination and lack of motivation, coupled with zero ambition dogged me until recently. Hands down, my family and my friends are my biggest support systems. I have massive moments of self doubt which they all talk me through in their own ways.

 3.)        Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from? I love Paranormal Romance without question! Running a close second would be Fantasy and Sci-fi. I think I’d be open to taking on any genre really. I have a huge desire to pen a historical someday!

 4.)        Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you? Torie James is my pen name. My real name is Teri. *laughs* When I was a teenager, I was doodling one day with names. James was the middle name of a guy I liked and “Torie” sounded close enough to “Teri” that if someone yelled it out, I’d probably respond. I just thought it sounded glamorous at the time but it stuck and stayed with me.

 5.)        Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why? They ALWAYS take a turn on me and kick me out of the driver’s seat *shakes head* I had gruesome plans for one of the baddies in my first book but damned if he didn’t show me a side to himself that seemed “redeemable” and thus, he lives! My most challenging character to write, to date, has been Nimue, the lead female in Timeless Desire. She carries a lot of guilt and shadows, pain and anger, inside her. I am highly uncomfortable with those emotions because, well, I have them, too. Or had. Nimue and I reached an accord one day and she opened up. In helping her do that, she ended up helping me heal.

 6.)        What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned? I am a huge ol’ nerd and love my research! Long as I have my Dr. Pepper, music and some chocolate at hand, I am ready to rumble! Google has proved to be my new best friend as well as Wikipedia. *grins* Most interesting thing I’ve learned? Hmm. A lot of recorded “data” about the Knights of the Round Table hinted at Gawain being far weaker in the daylight than at night. Which led to a brief speculation he may have been…a vampire. *cheeky smile*

 7.)        What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you? Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It made me feel very vulnerable and reinforced the fact that until we walk a mile in another’s shoes, we just don’t know their trials.

 Fun Questions

 1.)        What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite? Fave? State Farm. The one with Jake. You know? Jake from State Farm. (She sounds hideous! Well, she’s a guy so…) Least fave? The one with Jillian Michaels from Curves. She scares me.

 2.)        Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot? Shaun Cassidy and let’s just say he’s aged well.

 3.)        What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching? The Following, Sleepy Hollow, Dracula, Game of the Thrones, Doctor Who and True Blood are my top faves. The only shows I think I can do without are reality shows. There is nothing remotely “real” about any of them.

   Thank you so much for having me today! I love making new friends so come visit me at:

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Author Bio:

Torie James has loved reading since she was old enough to hold a book in her lap. While her friends were out playing, she was generally curled up nearby falling down rabbit holes, catching second stars to the right, and stepping through wardrobes into mysterious lands and countless adventures. When those stories ended, she made up her own and kept going. This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped her keep her feet on the ground while her head stayed firmly in the clouds. Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, her dreams finally became a reality with her debut novel, Timeless Night, in 2013 by Breathless Press. Creator of the New Camelot series, as well as The Cloie Chronicles, Ms. James has plans to continue spinning many new worlds.

Torie lives in Southern California with her family and a houseful of pets who rule the roost.

 

ONE LUCKY NIGHT Cover Reveal Info

April 05, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

I’m so happy today to share the cover and official blurb of One Lucky Night with you!

One night can change everything…

The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.

Lucky Break by Aria Kane

Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.

Lucky Star by Grace Teague

When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she’s in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.

A New Tune by Ana Blaze

When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Not even gorgeous ones. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?

Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips

As a bartender, Sean Whalen meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.

Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier

A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.
One Lucky Night will be available in print and at all major ebook retailers on May 7th. For now, you can add it to Goodreads!
About the Authors

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua.

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Grace Teague lives in Pittsburgh with her spouse, children and a cat named Mr. Sushi.

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Ana Blaze lives near Washington DC with her charming husband and three cats who firmly believe they are royalty. Ana is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two
ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect
fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her
daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff.

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Melinda Dozier teaches English to middle schoolers by day and writes at night. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her college sweetheart and three sons.

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Author Tea Cooper

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Tree Change by Téa Cooper

Tree Change

by Téa Cooper

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The Protea Boys by Téa Cooper

 

The Protea Boys

 

by Téa Cooper

 

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Georgie can run but she can’t hide from the man who stalks her dreams and throws her ordered life into a tailspin.

 Emotional entanglement is not on Georgie Martin’s to do list. She has turned her back on her sophisticated Sydney lifestyle, determined to renovate her parents old flower farm and her shattered ego. However, the challenges prove more than she bargained for until a madcap scheme comes to fruition and the Protea Boys are born. The team of efficient, well-tapered six-packs solve her farming problems, but their leader presents a different kind of challenge—their first spark of attraction ignites a passion she cannot ignore.

 Tom Morgan likes his women “pretty and entertaining,” not “efficient and driven,” but the threat of being co-opted as a wine waiter or worse, chef in his brother’s restaurant encourages him to take up what he sees as the highly amusing challenge of managing the Protea Boys. It is the perfect distraction while he waits for a new assignment—or so he thinks until he realizes he has found the one woman he cannot run away from.

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Excerpt of the Protea Boys

A silhouette leaning nonchalantly against the side of the black four-wheel drive came into view. Tall and lean, with an Akubra pulled down shadowing his eyes and arms folded across his chest. As she slammed to a halt, he pushed his hat back and winked at her.

“What are you doing here?” she snapped.

Shit, not a very polite way to greet someone.

It was a trick. Hillary had played a huge trick on her.

She better be good at high jump.

“Good morning, Georgina.” His laconic drawl made the hairs on her arms prickle, and his gaze ran up and down the length of her body; she stopped herself from rubbing her arms just in time. At least six feet four inches of pure muscle and screaming masculinity. The mere sight of him made her hackles rise. This was not one of her ridiculous dreams. She groped around, trying to find something to say, but he didnt help, just kept looking her up and down, waiting patiently.

“I didnt know it was you,” she finally managed to splutter.

“You didnt know what was me?” he said, green eyes sparkling at her. She wanted to slap the ridiculous, audacious grin off his face. He was enjoying every moment of her discomfort.

“Hillary didnt say it was you.” She ground the words out between her gritted teeth.

“Hillary didnt exactly say it was you either—but I guessed.”

The whole conversation, if you could call it that, was getting more idiotic by the moment.

Take control. I have to take control.

Blood pounded somewhere inside her head. “So youre here to work, not just making a social call?” She narrowed her eyes, finding it virtually impossible to be civil.

“Im under the impression Im starting work today. Hillary said you were expecting me, and I should turn up at seven oclock this morning.” He stared pointedly at his watch, accentuating his deliciously muscled forearm and said, “Its five to, by my reckoning.”

“I didnt know it was you.” Georgies brain had stuck, like an old, scratched CD; the phrase stuttered in her head, and she couldnt stop it falling out of her mouth. “I didnt know it was you. Hillary said your name was Morgan.”

“It is. Morgan, Tom Morgan.” He enunciated the words slowly as though she had a limited command of English.

In an attempt to restrain the recurring urge to hit him, Georgie clenched her fists.

“Remember? I introduced myself after our little adventure with the wombat last week.”

Remember.

How could she forget? She involuntarily moved her finger to her lips, unsure for a moment if her memory of his kiss was real or not, but the glimmer in his eye assured her it was, and she pulled her hand from her face and stuffed it into her pocket.

“Then we spoke on the phone.”

“Yes. I remember. It’s just I didn’t know it was you Hillary had interviewed.”

You’re burbling, talking nonsense.

Hillary had said his name was Morgan, and she hadn’t put two and two together. She dreamed—not dreamed, no, he didn’t need to know about her dreams—of him as Tom.

Tom of the predatory green eyes with tawny flecks.

Mr. Leopard Eyes who was watching her with a deal more than a glint of amusement. She sucked in a deep breath and exhaled, enjoying the exasperated puffing sound escaping her lips. Her flesh shivered despite the warmth in her face.

“I can go if you like. Its not a problem. I was looking forward to the job. Thought it would be a challenge working for two lovely ladies.”

Thats it. Thats done it. The patronizing sexist.

She clenched her teeth to prevent the words escaping. Sometime in the not-too-distant future she was going to explain to this man that she was running the business and she employed him—not the other way around. Shed played that game before, and she had no intention of falling into the trap again.

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Tree_Change-Tea-Cooper-Tree Change by Téa Cooper

Long blurb…

Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like an addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother’s wife, but it seems they have a child.

Truth is, Jake’s living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. But one glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?

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Author Interview

First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on?

 I’m juggling at the moment! I’m doing the first edits/rewrite of an Australian 1920s story called THE WAGES OF SIN, it’s the sequel to JAZZ BABY which will be released in October and I’m playing with an Ancient Greek novella to keep A WINNING STREAK company.

 1.)             What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have to plot or do you write as it comes?

I ‘write as it comes’ for the first three chapters or so and then I do a very rough plot – one line chapter headings and write the rest of the story with the exception of the very end. By then I have a pretty good idea where I’m going and I plot the ending and fiddle with the rest.

2.)             What inspired you to be a writer? Who is your biggest support system? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I think I’ve always been a writer – it started with crayons on the bedroom wall! And I wanted to be a writer. I worked for a while as a journalist and taught then woke up one morning and decided I didn’t want to be a teacher anymore and wrote my first book TREE CHANGE, which I’m thrilled to say is now available in print!

3.)             Which genre is your favorite to write? Is there a genre that you would love to write but haven’t yet? Are there any that you would stay away from?

I write contemporary and historical romance, some of which borders on fantasy. I’d like to combine them and write a time travel romance.

4.)             Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?

I do use a pen name, however it’s also my name! Téa is my middle name and Cooper my maiden name.

5.)             Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities? What was your most challenging character to create and why?

Absolutely yes which is why I’m writing THE WAGES OF SIN. Two of the secondary characters in JAZZ BABY kept stealing the limelight so they had to have their own book. I’m finding the hero quite a challenge, he refuses to behave and it is having huge implications for the first book which is about to go to final edits.

6.)             What kind of research do you do for your books? Where is your favorite place to find what you need to know? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?

My first and most favourite place for research is my local museum. I live in a small village outside Sydney that hasn’t changed much since the early 19th century and the original shop owner moonlighted as a reporter for the local newspaper. There’s a wealth of information right on my doorstep! My contemporary romances are set in and around the area I live too. TREE CHANGE begins on my favourite beach and THE PROTEA BOYS owes an awful lot to a wildflower farm I owned a few years ago! I didn’t need to do an awful lot of research for either of those.

7.)             What is the last book that you read that left a big impression on you?

I’ve just finished reading Girl of Shadows by Deborah Challinor. It’s the second in a series of four Australian historical fiction books. She’s captured Sydney in the 19th century perfectly and I adore her voice.

 

 

Fun Questions

 

1.)             What is your favorite TV commercial? How about your least favorite?

I loathe TV commercials with an absolute passion!

2.)             Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?

Mick Jagger! Some people might think he is still hot … I think I’d rather rely on my memories and imagination!

3.)             What are your favorite TV shows? Which shows could you do without ever watching?

An Australian show called Rake is my favourite. Richard Roxburgh plays Rake, the archetypal bad boy lawyer. I can’t go past a bad boy. And of course I love Downton Abbey. I have to admit to getting sucked in by reality TV. I really don’t need to watch another episode of My Kitchen Rules or The Block (a renovation show). Now The Voice …that gets me in every time.

 

Blurb: TREE CHANGE

Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia leaves her heart behind and opts for fame and fortune.

Despite her success as a sculptor in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly when she discovers he’s taken up with his brother’s wife and it seems they have a child.

Truth is, Jake’s living a lie sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. One glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?

 

 

Blurb: THE PROTEA BOYS

Georgie can run but she can’t hide from the man who stalks her dreams and throws her life into a tailspin.

 

Emotional entanglement is not on Georgie Martin’s to do list. She has turned her back on her sophisticated Sydney lifestyle, determined to renovate her parents old flower farm and her shattered ego. However, the challenges prove more than she bargained for until a madcap scheme comes to fruition and The Protea Boys are born. The team of efficient, well-tapered hunks who solve her farming problems, however the challenge their leader presents is different — their first spark of attraction ignites a passion Georgie cannot ignore.

 

Tom Morgan likes his women “pretty and entertaining,” not “efficient and driven,” but the threat of being co-opted as a wine waiter or worse, chef in his brother’s restaurant encourages him to take up what he sees as the highly amusing challenge of managing The Protea Boys. It is the perfect distraction while he waits for a new assignment—or so he thinks until he realizes he has found the one woman he cannot run away from.

 

 

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There is a Giveaway currently running on Goodreads for a print copy of both TREE CHANGE and THE PROTEA BOYS

 

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