LETTING GO by Molly McAdams

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

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LETTING GO by Molly McAdams
On-sale 11/4/2014
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?

Author Ella Grey

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


He was a good-looking guy, no doubt about it. A Sylph, which meant he was more element held together by will than a flesh and blood human. Light blue hair was brushed away from an angular face and piercing eyes that matched his hair. Elementals weren’t tied to any particular shape but the one he’d chosen had an interesting effect on something a lot lower than my heart. He’d managed to charm his way right into my bed and became my partner for my current plan.

It had bad idea written all over it.

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Author Bio:
Ella Grey likes to tell stories which feature very human characters, even if those characters sprout fur or can conjure fire with a click of their fingers. Ella has been writing for over a decade and is published with four houses.
She currently lives in the UK with her son, partner, and cat. She rarely sleeps and can often be found with a cup of coffee in one hand and her other hand on the keyboard.

Author Interview:

 How do you fit writing into your schedule? What does your workspace look like? My schedule is pretty simple, whenever I have spare time I can usually be found in front of my computer. My spare time is when my son is asleep and my partner is at work. Plus if I don’t need to do something else, like wash dishes or go for a bath.

Do you do a lot of research for your stories? What is the most interesting thing you have learned? I did a little bit of research for A Touch of Death, the series is closely tied to Norse mythology and Fiona casts a spell using Gaelic, Dun do chlab. Anois, Shut your mouth, Now. That was pretty interesting.

Are you a plotter or do you write as it comes? Do your characters start with names or do they have to have personalities before they can be named? In some cases I am a plotter, I have to have a clear idea in my head where the story is going. I don’t write it down, so I work with a loose frame. Characters start with names and their personalities usually shape the story.

What do you want readers to take away after reading one of your stories? What do you want them to feel? It depends on the genre. If they read one of my romances, I want them to fall in love with the characters, to find something that makes them invested in the relationship. For my hero to become their next book boyfriend. Urban Fantasy, which is how I class A Touch of Death, I want them to root for Fiona, the journey she’s on isn’t easy, she could use the support.

 What genre would you love to write but haven’t yet? Is there one you would shy away from? Epic Science Fiction, I’ve got a great idea but it’s on such a large scale and unlike anything I’ve written before maybe I’ll get to write it at some point. A genre I’ll probably never do, Horror. It just isn’t something I’m interested in.

Have you taken any classes to hone your skills? What classes/workshops would you recommend the most? I haven’t really taken any lessons. I read Stephen King’s On Writing, which I recommend to anyone who’s starting out. The book has pride of place on my bookshelf.

Do you have any hobbies that you do in your spare time? Is there something you would love to learn but haven’t had the chance yet? I like baking and last year I took up sewing but I’m not very good with a sewing machine, so I sew by hand. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the violin.

What kinds of advice would you give a new writer? Is there anything that you have learned that you can pass on to someone just starting out? To be a writer you need to write and read. That’s the only way you get better.

How did you meet your husband? What is the most romantic thing you have done for each other? Mark and I both worked at a bar, him in the kitchen and me behind the bar. There was a lot of flirty banter over the counter or when he went to get his coffee. We probably aren’t the most romantic people in the world, but it’s usually in the little things. He has a rough day, I buy him his favorite dessert. I have a rough day, he lets me have the quiet by taking our son out.

What kinds of books will we find on your bookshelf? I have a very small bookcase. You would think it meant I didn’t have many books but that isn’t the case. Some are on a shelf in a cupboard and I’ve read all of them. The ones on my bookcase are mostly ones I haven’t read yet. There are mostly young adult in different genres, Morganville Vampires, Etiquette and Espionage and Divergent for instance.

Do you prefer to jump up and embrace the day or have a lazy breakfast in bed? I have a four year old, so my lazy days in bed are few and far between. Mostly I drag myself out of bed with the grace of a zombie in search of brains or in my case coffee.

 What is your favorite TV shows? How about ones that you would stay away from? I don’t like reality shows or soaps. My favorite series at the moment is Almost Human, NCIS and Warehouse 13.

What is your favorite dessert? Do you make it yourself or order it out? Triple Chocolate Brownies and thanks to my Auntie I have the recipe and can make it myself.

What is your favorite childhood memory? Fishing with my dad. My dad used to take us separately, since there was three of us it made it easier for him to show us what to do. I wasn’t very good at it, my line always used to get caught up in the trees.


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The Fallen Siren Series, Prequel #0.5



GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance


Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.

Their mission is redemption.


Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.


Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.


When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied.



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The Fallen Siren Series, Book 1


Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned.

Together, they make one hell of a team.


Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.


Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.


Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.



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S. J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.


Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.


Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.



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Author Jan Burke

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










From the New York Times bestselling suspense author Jan Burke comes a brand-new e-short story with the added bonus of three short stories from the Eighteen anthology.

Apprehended is a mini-anthology containing a brand new short story from Jan Burke: “The Unacknowledged,” which features the fan-favorite investigative reporter Irene Kelly, back in her journalism school days. Also included are three short stories from the previously published Eighteen: “Why Tonight,” “A Fine Set of Teeth,” and “A Man of My Stature.”

Praise for Eighteen:
“Astonishing…wry…these stories are sure to delight.” —New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver

“A delightful collection of page-turners. At turns chilling, funny, poignant—and always insightful. With these stories, Jan Burke’s at the top of her game.” —New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman






I made sure we were alone. That was actually the hardest part. After realizing that no restaurant in the city would be free of people who might know Donna, I ended up inviting her over for dinner on a night when I knew Lydia had an evening class. Until two months earlier, Lydia and I had shared the place with another roommate, but she had married over the summer. We had been putting off finding another renter, but tonight I was glad for the lack of a potential eavesdropper, enjoying the emptiness and quiet that usually had me thinking that I was going to have to move back home again.


Donna and I made small talk until after I cleared the dishes. She seemed a little down. All the same, she was an easy person to talk to. I was fighting some very cynical thinking about that as I pulled out some photocopies I had made.


I had thought of going all Perry Mason on her ass, cross-examining her until she wept and admitted her crimes. I couldn’t do it. The truth is, I liked her.


“I had a special assignment given to me this week,” I said. “Do you know who Jack Corrigan is?”


She shook her head. My tone must have hardened, or my look, or—somehow I tipped her off that the nature of our little dinner party was about to change.


“Well, I suppose that doesn’t matter. I have a feeling that you do know who Cassie Chadwick was.”


She, who blushed so easily, turned pale. She looked at me with such desperation that, for a full minute, I wasn’t sure if she was going to cry, run away, or punch me. But she just nodded yes and looked down at her hands.


“If she hadn’t harmed so many people,” I said, “I could almost admire her cunning, not to mention her nerve. After running a number of other scams, she marries a naive doctor from Cleveland, just happens to convince him that they should visit New York at the same time a man from home is there—a man who is a high-society gossip in Cleveland. She asks that man to give her a carriage ride, and has him wait for her outside the home of Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy, confirmed bachelor. She goes into the house, comes out thirty minutes later, and—this part really interested me—trips as she’s getting into the carriage. Drops a promissory note for two million dollars—a note that appears to be signed by Andrew Carnegie, whom she blushingly claims is her father.”


She stayed silent.


“Too bad promissory notes aren’t what they used to be. Planning to borrow millions based on phony documents, and cause a bank or two to fail?”




“I didn’t think so.” I let the silence stretch for a time, then said, “Who told you about Cassie Chadwick?”


“Aunt Lou, my great aunt. She grew up hearing stories about her. Aunt Lou claimed to ‘admire her brass’ as she put it. Aunt Lou doesn’t think women ever get a fair shake in this world.”


“Is Donna Vynes your real name?”


“My married name, yes.” She was tracing patterns on the tablecloth with one of her perfect fingers, still not making eye contact.


“So you’re really a war widow?”


The finger stopped moving. She looked up at me. “Oh yes. And my mother is dead. John, my husband, sent home all of his pay—a little over a hundred and fifty dollars a month at first. It was up to about four hundred when he was killed. Just about everything he saved for us got spent on my mother’s medical needs. But John also bought some life insurance through the service. So I had ten thousand from that.”


“That’s where the seven thousand comes from?”


“Yes.” She sighed. “There was this neighbor of Aunt Lou’s in Cleveland. Her daughter was about my age. Despite all my other faults, I’m not like Eldon, so I won’t name her, if you don’t mind. Anyway, at the end of last semester, she dropped out of school here. Looking back on it now, I think she was just really homesick.


“But what she told me was . . . well, once we got to know each other, she said the reason she left was because Eldon Naff slept with her and then told the world about it. She said she had been working as an assistant for Mr. Langworthy, or rather to someone on his staff. She said it was Mr. Langworthy who fired her, mostly based on Eldon’s gossip. I don’t know if that’s true, but I learned a lot about Mr. Langworthy from her. Including the fact that in early September, he was going on a Mediterranean cruise.


“And I couldn’t help thinking about Mr. Carnegie and Mrs. Chadwick. Especially because I never knew my dad. My mother always said my father died while she was pregnant with me, but I think she was lying. Aunt Lou all but confirmed that my parents weren’t married. So I am illegitimate, just not the child of a rich man.”


After a long silence, she said, “God, I don’t know how you did it, but I’m glad you figured it out. It’s a relief.”



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TRIED by Jan Burke



With a brand-new short story featuring Tyler Hawthorne from The Messenger, plus three stories from Eighteen, this is the third of six e-short story collections from New York Times bestselling suspense author Jan Burke.





At this hour, although two other attendants roamed another part of the cemetery, Tyler and Shade were alone in this section of the hilly grounds. Suddenly Shade stiffened. His ears pitched forward and his hackles rose. He gave a low, soft growl.


Tyler came to a halt. Shade protected him, but the dog seldom growled at living beings.


In the next moment, the air was filled with what he at first took to be bats, then saw were small birds, of a type Tyler had never seen so far inland. “Mother Carey’s chickens,” he said, using the sailors’ name for them. Storm petrels. “What are they doing here?”


The birds fluttered above him, then a half dozen dropped to the ground before Shade in a small cluster. The scent of the sea rose strongly all about him, as if someone had transported him to the deck of a ship.


Shade stared hard at them as they cheeped frantically, then the dog relaxed into a sitting position.


The other petrels flew away. No sooner had they gone than the six before him were transformed into the ghostly figures of men.


They were forlorn creatures, gray-faced and looking exactly as what they must be, drowned men. Their uniforms proclaimed two as officers, the other four as sailors, all but one of the British navy.


Shade’s demeanor told him that these ghosts—unlike some others—would be no threat to him.


“May I be of help to you?” Tyler asked.


“Captain Hawthorne?” the senior officer asked.


“I believe the rank belongs more rightly to you,” Tyler said. “I was a captain in the British army many years ago, but I sold out after Waterloo.”


“Yes, sir,” the captain said, “I understand. If I may introduce myself to you, I am Captain Redding, formerly of the Royal Navy. Lost at sea in about your—your original time, sir.”


They exchanged bows.


“You are a Messenger?” Captain Redding asked.




“We are all men who drowned at sea. Many of those in the flock you called ‘Mother Carey’s chickens’ are indeed just that. We come from many nations, taken by that sea witch Mother Carey, yet death has made us all birds of a feather. Little birds tell other little birds news of those such as yourself, and speak of Shade as well.”


The dog gave a slight wag of his tail in acknowledgment.


The captain went on. “The midshipman we bring to you is an American. Hails from here in Buffalo. We approach you on his behalf.” He turned to the man. “Step forward, Midshipman Bailey, and tell the captain your story, for we’ve not much time left.”


“Aye, sir.” The midshipman gave Tyler a small bow. “Thank you, sir. If you would be so kind to visit my sister, who lies dying not far from here. In the asylum, sir. The good one. We’ve all of us in her family done her a grave injustice.” He looked down at his feet. “Many injustices.”


“When were you lost at sea?” Tyler asked gently.


“Eight years ago, sir, in ’63. In the War Between the States. Would have done more for my country if Zeb Nador hadn’t pushed me overboard in a storm.”


“Do you ask me to seek justice for you?”


“Not necessary for me, Nador’s in the county jail here and will face trial for murdering someone else. He’ll hang as well for that one as for what he did to me.”


Tyler was about to try to say something to comfort him, unsure what that might be, when one of the other men whispered, “Hurry!”


Midshipman Bailey nodded, then said, “Will you go to her, sir? Her name is Susannah. She needs you tonight. And if you’d tell her Andrew sent you to her, and that she was always the best of his sisters, and that he sees things clearer now, and hopes to one day rest at her side—”


“Hurry!” the captain ordered.


“Well, sir, I’d take it as a great kindness.”


“I would be honored to do so, Midshipman Bailey.”


“Thank you!” he said, and had no sooner whispered these words than all six men again transformed into small birds and rose from the ground. They circled in the air above him, where they were joined again by the larger flock. He had thought they would begin their long journey back to the sea, but they surprised him by surrounding him and the dog.


Quite clearly, he heard hundreds of voices whisper to him at once, “Storm’s coming!”


And they were gone.


Shade immediately headed toward the nearest gate at a brisk trot. He glanced back at Tyler in impatience. Tyler hurried to catch up.


“There is more than one asylum, you know. The closest is still under construction, which leaves Providence Lunatic Asylum and the Erie County Almshouse—”


It wasn’t hard to read the next look he received.


“I apologize. Yes, Sister Rosaline Brown’s would be the ‘good one.’ And of course you will know the way and of course you will be admitted, although large black dogs, as a rule . . .”


Shade wagged his tail.


Providence Lunatic Asylum was operated by the Sisters of Charity, who had previously established a hospital in Buffalo. They had arrived in the city just in time to deal with the early cholera epidemics and were considered heroes by many. In 1860, horrified by conditions in the Erie County Almshouse and Insane Asylum, Sister Rosaline Brown started the asylum, which attempted a more humane treatment of the insane.


The dog paused at the small building closest to the cemetery’s main gate. Tyler understood what he was meant to do. Hailing the man who was keeping watch, Tyler said, “A severe storm is coming. Please call the other men in.”


“Storm?” the man said, bewildered.


“Yes, it’s calm now, but I just saw a flock of storm petrels. Sea birds. The only reason they’d be this far inland is if a hurricane had blown them here.”


He bid the man a quick good night and wondered if he would heed the warning.


In the next moment the wind came up, and trees began to rustle and sway. Shade leaped into the gig Tyler had left tied at the gate. Tyler glanced over his shoulder and saw the watchman gather a large lantern, and soon heard him calling out to the others.


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CONVICTED by Jan Burke



From New York Times bestselling suspense author Jan Burke comes the fourth of six e-short story collections. Convicted is a mini-anthology containing a brand-new short story, “The Anchorwoman” featuring a young Irene Kelly, plus three stories from the highly acclaimed Eighteen print anthology: “Revised Endings, “Devotion,” and “The Muse.” Jeffery Deaver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kill Room, praised Eighteen as “Astonishing…wry…these stories are sure to delight.” And New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman says, “A delightful collection of page-turners. At turns chilling, funny, poignant—and always insightful. With these stories, Jan Burke’s at the top of her game.”





“So at ten o’clock on Wednesday, five clowns—probably males—jumped out of a moving van parked in the alley behind your house and started singing ‘Oklahoma!’—do I have it right so far?”




“Did they seem to be looking up at you, singing it to you?”


She hesitated, then said, “I’m not sure. They glanced in my direction every now and then, but they didn’t stand still and serenade me. They moved around, danced, and did high kicks and cartwheels.”


“Then what happened?”






“They climbed back into the van and drove off.”


“Were they all in the cab, or were some riding in the back?”


“Two in the back.”


Illegal and dangerous.


“Did you see anything in the van itself? Furniture?”


“I didn’t get a good look at the back. The angle was wrong.”


I looked at my notes. What hadn’t I asked?


“What about the van itself—Bekins? Allied? North American?—what moving company?”


She was shaking her head before I finished. “Not a moving company. It was a rented van. Las Piernas Rentals.”


“Well—that’s a lucky break.”




“Local rental company with three locations, all within town. If it had been one of the nationals, the truck could have come from anywhere. License-plate number?”


“No, again, I couldn’t see it from that angle.”


“How big was the van?”


“Big. I don’t know.”


I tried to come up with vehicles to compare it with, which didn’t work with her, but when I got her to say how much of the Mickelsons’ house the van had blocked, I had a reasonable idea. Another idea struck me.


“Did you see a number on it? Most rental companies paint numbers on their trucks, to keep track of which ones they’re renting, I suppose.”


“I looked for one, but it had a big piece of paper taped over it—like butcher paper, maybe?”


I hesitated, telling myself that I needed to separate latenineteenth- century fiction from the present problem. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.


“Cokie, are there any banks or businesses on the other side of the alley?”


“There’s a row of homes, that’s all.”


“Anybody doing any kind of business out of a house that you know of?”




“I mean any kind of business. Any pot growers? Drug dealers?”


“No! We did have a problem when Auggie and Andrea Sands lived at the end of the cul-de-sac, but their mom kicked them out. That was about three years ago.”


“She kicked them out for selling drugs?” Lydia asked.


We had known the Sands twins in high school. Always in trouble.


“Kicked Auggie out for selling drugs, and Andrea for banging her boyfriend in the living room. Their mom came home early with a friend from work. Guess that was the last straw.”


“How did their mom find out that Auggie was dealing?”


“One of the neighbors told her.”




“No. I didn’t want to mess with those people.”


“Do Andrea and Auggie know you weren’t the one?”


She frowned. “They should. They have no reason to think I would tell on them.”


I exchanged a glance with Lydia and moved on.


“Anyone in the neighborhood angry with you?”


“You think singing clowns is a sign of aggression?”


“A possibility, anyway.”


She smiled. “I’m so glad you see it that way. My parents think it was something fun, as if I have a secret admirer. But it doesn’t feel that way to me. It seemed to me that someone wanted . . . well, to ridicule me.”


I bent my head over my notes and hoped my hair hid my blush. I certainly felt ashamed of my meaner thoughts about her.


“It seems crazy to think that,” she went on, “but . . . it didn’t make me happy, it made me feel as if I had been targeted, and someone went to a lot of trouble to do it. I’m a little scared by that. But I can’t think of anyone who would feel that mad at me. I get along with my neighbors. I’m one of the last young people still living on our street, and I try to help my older neighbors. I visit them. I run errands for them.”


A passage in “The Red-Headed League” came to mind:


“As a rule,” said Holmes, “the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious

it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are

really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to



Easy for him to say. But was there some commonplace crime hiding beneath all that clown makeup?


“Cokie, what would you normally be doing on a Wednesday morning at about that time?”


“Normally, I’d be playing canasta with the widows.”


“I hate to admit it, but I don’t understand.”


“You know, the card game.”


“Yes, I even know how to play it. Who are the widows?”


“Oh. Three of my neighbors. One day Mrs. Redmond—she’s across the street and one house down—mentioned to me how much she loved the canasta parties that used to be held on the

street. I talked to a couple of people about it, and long story short, we started playing canasta at her house on Wednesday mornings.”


“Who are the other players?”


“Just two, Mrs. Harding and Mrs. Lumfort.”


“Who knows that you do this?”


“Everyone on our street.”


“So because of the clowns, you arrived late?”


“No, we didn’t have a game that day. Mrs. Harding was . . . out of town. Mrs. Lumfort had a doctor’s appointment. Mrs. Redmond’s beautician had asked her to move her hair appointment to that morning, so because it was just going to be the two of us, she asked me if I’d mind just canceling. I told her it wasn’t a problem.”


“You hesitated about Mrs. Harding. What was going on with her?”


“Nothing. She went to a lawyer’s appointment with one of her granddaughters. Kayla just moved in with her.”


That name was vaguely familiar. Why did I know it?


“Kayla Harding?” Lydia asked. “My brother Gio used to date her.”


Gio was five years older than Lydia, and the list of girls he dated in high school was only slightly shorter than the list of female students in his graduating class. The fact that he hadn’t been burned in effigy years ago spoke to his abundant charm. Lydia claimed he genuinely cared about all of them, which seemed unlikely.


“Kayla ended up in prison, didn’t she?” Lydia went on. “Stole a car.”


“Yes,” Cokie said, “but she’s been out for a couple of weeks now.”


“Friend of yours?” I asked.


“No. I know her sister better than I know her.”


“Mindy,” Lydia said. “She’s our age.”


“Yes. I’m not close friends with Mindy, either. I just see her when she visits her grandmother.”


“Kind of a Goody-Two-Shoes, isn’t she?” I said.


“That can happen when you’re trying to show the world you aren’t like your troublemaking sister, right?” Lydia said.


Cokie and I shrugged.


“Think of your sister, Barbara,” Lydia said to me.


“I’d rather not,” I said.


“Mindy is Kayla’s half sister,” the ever-informative Cokie said. “Their father is on his third marriage. Widowed once, divorced once, and the third seems to be the charm. So Mindy

just claims that she’s ‘only’ a half sister when she gets annoyed at Kayla.”


“Told you she was a bitch,” I said.


“Not exactly,” Lydia said.


“Yeah, well . . .” I glanced at my watch. “We’ve got a couple of hours to try to find the Las Piernas Rentals location that rented out the van.”


I used the Yellow Pages in the phone book to get the three addresses and phone numbers of the rental places, then opened the Thomas Guide, a book of detailed maps of Los Angeles County that only a fool would try to live without. A lost fool.


Cokie readily agreed to come along with me, but Lydia, thinking of the discomfort associated with being the third person in a Karmann Ghia, opted out.


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Life in a Rut, Love Not Included by J.D. Hollyfield

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

Life in a Rut, Love Not Included by J.D. Hollyfield

Contemporary Romance

Having it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When Sarah Sullivan’s perfect life blows up in front of her, she finds herself crawling back to the one place she never saw herself returning: Home.

At thirty-one, Sarah had it all. Perfect job, perfect boyfriend, perfect life. When all that is taken away from her, she is left heartbroken and angry and desperate enough to let her life swallow her whole…for a while.

Fending off love and the pursuit of happiness completely, Sarah vows to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. She creates a list of goals for herself—starting with a much needed shower—and constructs a plan to dig herself out of her rut. What she doesn’t plan for is meeting the arrogant new employee her parents have hired to work on an addition to their home. Enter Jack Calloway, the handsome, charming, lickable foreman with an insatiable effect on Sarah’s girly parts.

Jack accepts the job, but gets more than he bargained for. Unable to ignore his racing hormones—and calm his temper—over the obnoxious woman who clouds his judgment, Jack pulls her in and steals her heart until she finally surrenders. But is he up for the challenge of picking up the pieces of Sarah’s broken heart? Can he carry her out of her rut?

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Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time supehero…

J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.

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Author Julia Crane

July 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

Freak of Nature

Book 1 – IFICS series

Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

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Julia crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.

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PROBLEMS IN PARADISE by Kelsey Browning & a giveaway!

July 16, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News

:::Giveaway Details- Kelsey will be giving away one digital copy of Personal Assets, the first book in the Texas Nights series to one commenter at each blog stop. how do you enter to win? Just add a comment below. Don’t forget to add your email addy or to check back to see if you won:::


Author of Texas Nights Series

Co-author of The Granny Series

Praise for Texas Nights Series:

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


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


“Sinfully hot, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious—everything a southern romance should be!” -Macy Beckett, author of the Sultry Springs series


    Problems In Paradise (Texas Nights, #3)

Release:  July 14, 2014

Genre:   Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Format: e-book




Book Summary:

Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.

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please tell us a little bit about your current projects? Thanks so much for having me today! I’m delighted that Problems in Paradise, the third book in the Texas Nights series, released this week. For those who’ve read the first two books, Problems in Paradise is Eden and Beck’s story. I’m hearing very positive reviews from early readers!

Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? The perfect hero has little to do with the way he looks and everything to do with the way he behaves. He’s protective without being overbearing (okay, maybe a little overbearing J). He’s a hard worker. He does what he says he’ll do. Basically, he’s a stand-up guy who you can count on when things get tough.

What has been your biggest adventure to date? With all the traveling I’ve done, I’ve had a few. But probably one of the craziest was the time we took a ferry from Singapore to Bintan Island. Then we handed over our passports to people we didn’t know, got in cars with people we didn’t know, and got on a boat with a guy we didn’t know. Then we proceeded to cross to a tiny Indonesian island in the pitch dark.

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? Absolutely adventurous. I do love my Texas comfort foods like beef barbecue and Tex-Mex, but I’m willing to try anything once.

What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? Hands down, the internet. For research. For communication. For connection. When you work in solitude like a writer does, connectivity can make the difference between (relative) sanity and insanity.

 What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? Hmm…my idea of a great romantic evening starts with a glass of wine outdoors—on a deck, rooftop, beach, or anywhere with fresh air. Oh, and if there’s a fire, all the better! Then dinner that someone besides me cooked. Great conversation. A decadent dessert that I don’t feel guilty about eating because, after all, I’m sharing. Then a great big bubble bath for two.

 Maybe a little cliché, but hey, it’s cliché for a reason!

What project are you working on next?First, I recently finished editing the fourth and final book in the Texas Nights series, Designed For Love! I’m also working on the next book in The Granny Series (cozy mystery) with my co-author, Nancy Naigle. And I’m writing the second book in a new Texas-set contemporary romance series. Look for more deets on this later this year.

Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?You can always find me on my own blog, Brain Candy. And I’m all over the blogosphere during release week! In addition, I share a street team—the Dangerous Darlings—with four other writers. It’s where all the cool people hang out ;-). And if you want to be eligible for my monthly sweepstakes and hear when I have new releases and other new, subscribe to my Sass Kickin’ News.



About the Author

Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. 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, and Bad Dog. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series.


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July 14, 2014

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The Reading Café

Amy Manemann

Bookin It Reviews

Night Owl Reviews

So Many Reads


July 15, 2014

Carina Press Blog

Love Romance Passion

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July 16, 2014

Coffee Time Romance

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So I Read This Book Today

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July 17, 2014

Forget the Housework, I’m Reading

Renee Entress

Doing Some Reading

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July 18, 2014

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The Book Review

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Author Cheryl Brooks

July 15, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News



Having made a fortune selling his services in the Zetithian Palace brothel for the past ten years, Onca has finally decided to retire. A refugee of the destruction of the planet Zetith, he has no family, no surname, and no woman has ever touched his heart—until he rescues a homeless young Zetithian woman from a Herpatronian kidnapper.

Kimcasha Shrovenach has lived on the streets of Damenk since the age of ten when Nedwuts wiped out her entire family. She has had to steal in order to survive, which makes her reluctant to notify the police when three of her friends vanish. Her plan to use herself as bait to discover her friends’ fate goes awry when Onca intervenes.

Kim’s initial distrust evaporates when Onca offers her food and shelter as well as his help in locating her missing friends. The attraction between Kim and Onca is immediate and intense, but Onca considers himself to be too jaded and used for such an innocent young woman. Kim has never met a man she can love and soon realizes that Onca is the one she’s been waiting for.

Together with a gang comprised of cooks, prostitutes, and street urchins, Onca and Kim attempt to bring down the conspiracy behind a string of brothels filled with homeless orphans kidnapped from the streets of Damenk for use as sex slaves. Kim fully intends to spend the rest of her life loving Onca. But first, she must find her missing friends—and rescue him.


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Cheryl Brooks is a former critical care nurse and native of Louisville, Kentucky, who resides in rural Indiana with her husband, two sons, two horses, four cats, and one dog. Rebel is the tenth book in her Cat Star Chronicles series, which includes Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast, Fugitive, Hero, Virgin, Stud, and Wildcat. She has self-published one ebook, Sex, Love, and a Purple Bikini, and one erotic short story, Midnight in Reno. Her self-published erotic contemporary romance series, Unlikely Lovers, includes Unbridled, Uninhibited, Undeniable, and Unrivaled. She has also published If You Could Read My Mind writing as Samantha R. Michaels. As a member of The Sextet, she has written several erotic novellas published by Siren/Bookstrand. Her other interests include cooking, gardening, singing, and guitar playing. Cheryl is a member of RWA and IRWA. You can visit her online at www.cherylbrooksonline.com or email her at cheryl.brooks52@yahoo.com.

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Interview Q & A


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

Thanks so much for having me here! The Cat Star Chronicles: Rebel is my newest release, the tenth (and probably last) book in that series, and one of my personal favorites. The hero, Onca, has appeared in two of the previous books (Virgin and Wildcat), but following his role in Wildcat, I knew he had to have his own book. This is a story that I simply had to write whether anyone wanted to publish it or not. I adore Onca, and I think his story is one of my best efforts to date.

My next project is an erotic contemporary series for Sourcebooks called Cowboy Heaven that will be released next year. I’ve already finished writing one novel (Cowboy Heaven) and a related novella (Crazy From the Heat), and I’m about halfway through the second novel, Must Love Cowboys. My cowboys may not be aliens, but they’re hot! Here are some short blurbs about each of them. These are the current titles, which may change between now and the release dates, which may also change!

Crazy From the Heat (January 2015)

Stranded on a Texas highway while traveling to meet her fiancé’s parents, a beautiful pharmaceutical sales rep accepts a ride from a handsome widower. When stormy weather forces them to spend the night at his ranch, sexual attraction ignites, and she becomes convinced she is engaged to the wrong man.

Cowboy Heaven (March 2015)

A lonely widow hires a handsome young cowboy to help out on her Wyoming ranch. When she takes him to her bed, the series of accidents that began with the death of her husband escalates, nearly costing the life of the man who has secretly loved her for many years. 

Must Love Cowboys (Fall 2015)

An extremely shy computer specialist on a road trip to scatter her grandfather’s ashes in the Tetons ends up as the cook on a Wyoming ranch. Just as her shyness begins to abate, a mystery surfaces, forcing her to work closely with the one cowboy who rattles her the most.

Once I finish up with the cowboys, I’ll go back to work on the paranormal romantic suspense series I started before I sold the cowboys. After that, there’s a spinoff series of the Cat Star Chronicles that’s calling my name. J

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

If I had to pick a particular moment, it would be when my husband and I were watching Under the Tuscan Sun. If you’ve never seen that movie, it’s about a writer whose friends send her on a tour of Italy to cheer her up after her husband dumps her. While there, she becomes smitten with a rundown villa and buys it. The rest of the movie is about fixing up the house, finding new friends, and eventually a new love. The story is great, but the scenery is absolutely stunning. At one point, I turned to my husband and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be a rich writer and live in Tuscany?” To which he said, “Write!” So I wrote—and wrote and wrote until I finally found a publisher. Still writing, still not living in Italy. L

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

Interestingly, I only heard this recently from a writer who spoke to my local RWA chapter. He was quoting someone else whose name I can’t recall, but the gist of it was that books are like dreams, and you don’t want to poke your reader and wake them up. By that, he meant don’t add things that make the reader more aware that they are reading, and that the story isn’t really true. I’d never looked at it that way, but I have critique partners who say things like, “This stopped me.” or “This took me out of the story.” Fortunately, I always tweak those parts!

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

My perfect hero doesn’t necessarily fit the standard mold. I’ve never cared for the alpha male type—in romance novels or in real life—with the result that my heroes are more “beta” than “alpha.” They do have some alpha traits—they protect their women, they’re good fighters, and quick thinkers—but they aren’t unbearably arrogant or belligerent. They’re very likable, with the result that the conflict between them and their heroines isn’t that they can’t stand each other. I mostly use external conflicts to keep them apart. And those conflicts have to be strong because my heroes, particularly those in the Cat Star series, have amazing sexual abilities. They’re irresistible!

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

LOL! At one time, writing was my hobby, and now it’s my job! I’ve always loved to cook, and I enjoy gardening when the weather and the marauding critters cooperate with me. Breeding and training horses has been a major interest in the past, but that dream faded considerably when my broodmare died. I’m now down to two big “pasture pets” who keep me pretty busy even though I don’t ride anymore. I like to sing, and I’ve played guitar off and on since I was about ten.

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

Being published has been quite an adventure. I’ve been to conferences in cities I’d never visited before, met a lot of wonderful writers and readers, and learned to do some things with a computer I never knew were possible. I’ve even designed tote bags for my street team!

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

Since the scenery in Tuscany is what prompted me to start writing, that’s the place I’d choose. From what I’ve seen, it’s absolutely beautiful! *sigh* Maybe someday…

ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff

July 15, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


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



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

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

But that’s not why I’m with him.

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

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

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There is no way to fix this, Ethan!” I bring my hands up and shove at his chest, hard.This time, he stumbles back, though I know it’s more from the emotional impact of the blow than it is from the blow itself. “There is no way to rewrite the past.

“I told you when we met that I was broken. I told you that you weren’t going to be able to fix me.”

“You’re not broken, baby.You’re not.” There are tears in his eyes, tears in his too-thick voice, and it hurts. Oh God, it hurts so badly to see him like this. To know that I’ve caused it, that I’ve reduced this strong, beautiful man to this when all he’s ever been is kind to me. It’s a blade deep inside me, an open, aching wound that can’t close because the knife keeps twisting, twisting, twisting.

“I am.”

“You’re not. Maybe you were, but you aren’t anymore.I wish you could see yourself the way that I see you.You’re strong, baby, so strong that some days it’s all I can do to believe that you’re mine. That I’m the one who gets to touch and kiss and hold you.”

He shakes his head, the look on his face saying that even now he can’t believe his luck.I know the look, because I wore the same one every day we were together when I thought about the fact that this as-gorgeous-on-the-inside-as-he-is-on-the-outside man was really mine.

“How you could have gone through everything you have and come out the other side this beautiful, brilliant woman . . .” He shakes his head. “It overwhelms me. You’re so smart and so talented and so sure of what you want, sure of how you’re going to get it. Don’t you see, sweetheart? That’s about as unbroken as you can get.”

“I’m not—”

“Yes! You are. I wish you could see yourself the way that I see you.Wish that you could understand. I’m in awe of you, Chloe.You’ve been to hell and back and you’re still here, still fighting to make a life for yourself. Still fighting to make the world a better place. None of that has anything to do with me. That’s all you, baby. It’s you, not me. You’ve healed yourself. Don’t let my bastard of a brother change that. Don’t let him ruin what you’ve built. Don’t let him ruin us.”

Now I’m the one crying. Again.I swipe at my cheeks, trying in vain to stem the flood of tears.

“Fuck.” Ethan breathes the word out and this time when he pulls me into his arms, I don’t fight him. I can’t, not when I crave his touch like a junkie craves a fix.I’m addicted to him, to his strength and his kindness, to the way he holds me and the way he makes my body burn with just a touch.


Also in the Ethan Frost series: RUINED by Tracy Wolff, currently on sale at just $1.99 across online retailers!

Praise for RUINED:

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

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




About Tracy Wolff:

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


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Author Iyana Jenna

July 15, 2014 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News


Author Interview:

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

I’m now on the editing stage for a story with Breathless Press, Not Mistaken Identity. Besides that, I’m working on a WIP titled The Recording Room, a horror/supernatural m/m short story.

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

I don’t really have a writing schedule but I usually write on my way to the office or back home when I am in a public transport. I still find it difficult to write directly to the computer. I use my cell phone or I write on my notebooks first. I do have a plot but not a strict outline. I let the story lead me where it wants to go.

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 JRR Tolkien with his The Lord of the Rings inspired me a lot though I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I once represented my school for a writing competition. I didn’t win anything but I was quite happy already.

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 fell for M/M romance so I’ve written in that genre for more than 10 years now. I would love to be able to write any subgenres in M/M romance. I tried to write M/F but I haven’t been able so far.

Do you use a pen name? Why or why not?

If you do does the name have a special meaning to you?Yes, I use a pen name. I’m not ready to come out as an M/M romance writer in my RL world. The name is special to me now. When I started using it, it was just a name I got after spending some time searching for an acceptable combination. Heheh.

Have your characters ever taken a turn on you and changed personalities?

What was your most challenging character to create and why?I find myself still struggling writing all of my characters so they are all challenging to me.

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’m a teacher so it was really interesting to me when I needed to find out how to teach dyslexic kids. I did that research when I wrote a short story about one of those kids.

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

This is a non-fiction book I got on my birthday. The title is The 7 Laws of Happiness, written by a local writer. I learned a lot from the book.

What is your favorite TV commercial?

How about your least favorite?I remember in the past there was a TV commercial showing a mother elephant and her boy with the song He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Unfortunately I forget what commercial it was. Guh.

Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?

I think it was Ricky Schroder. I adored him in The Champ. Yes, I think he’s still hot right now. :D

What are your favorite TV shows?

Which shows could you do without ever watching?I liked Supernatural but not its last seasons. To be honest I don’t watch any shows diligently lately. I’m still obsessed with a particular storyline in a soap opera which I keep watching over and over. ;)





Separated by more than 600 miles, Zach and Drew were forced to keep in touch through phone, email, and Skype. However, as Drew showered for one of their “dates”, he wasn’t alone. Then he found out that Zach’s car crashed, leaving him in a coma. Who then came to Drew when he showered? Would he have a chance to be with Zach again?




The man went on his way and Drew went to the shower. He’d planned his night alone with Zach on Skype. He couldn’t think of anything better than that when his boyfriend was away. Sometimes cam sex could be better than the real thing. Well, by ten percent or less. And Drew loved to make sure he’d cleaned up when he was meeting Zach. Even in cyberspace.

Drew stripped and turned on the water, checking the temperature. Perfect. He stepped in and let the water run down his hair and his eyes. He rubbed himself down, and had another jet of water wash his body. Drew thought of the times Zach joined him in the shower.

And suddenly he felt it. Zach patted Drew’s backside and draped both arms around his damp, naked midriff. Drew sucked in a breath. What’s going on? He froze, but promptly dismissed what weird thoughts coming to his mind. He missed Zach so much, that was all. Drew moaned and pressed back.

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Iyana lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

Another thing Iyana loves is kitties. Right now she has five of them. Their names are Larva, Nyil, Cil, Betsy, and Horus. When she doesn’t write, she plays with them, or they would play with her when she writes.


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