Aspiring author, Nate Wilson wants some space from his overbearing family and a job he doesn’t like. A week on the Oregon coast sounds like paradise and just what he needs to get the creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, his plans are derailed when a storm moves in and a ghostly figure flashes in his headlights, sending him skidding off the road and into a tree. Lucky for him, he ends up in front of a Bed and Breakfast, and the beautiful owner may do more to spur his creativity than any beach could.
Hesitant witch and inn owner, Haylee Clark is cursed. Well, not her exactly—at least not yet—but all of the women in her family have suffered the same fate. They fell in love, only to have that passion turn sour and their husbands die tragically, leaving them brokenhearted. So far, Haylee has done well to avoid that destiny, but when the captivating Nate Wilson crashes into her life, he awakens something within her that she never thought to feel.
When the pair stumbles upon a hidden room where Haylee’s grandmother used to conduct her rituals, they unknowingly unleash a dark entity hell-bent on destruction, and discover that a family heirloom is the source of the Clark family curse. Despite the spell, they can’t deny their attraction, and give in to the magic between them. But the closer Haylee and Nate get, the more the curse tries to tear them apart. If they don’t find a way to defeat the evil, they may lose more than their hearts.
Black Hills Wolves # 36
She has a secret the wrong people know…
Hannah Fuentes has graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks. Beaten, pregnant and betrayed at seventeen, she has slowly built a life for herself and her daughter Jessie in the small town of Hennessey, South Dakota.
He faces a future he doesn’t want…
Caleb Burrows is leaving town. His parents long to return to Los Lobos and pack life, lured by the promise of change under the new Alpha, Drew Tao. The most vivid memories that Caleb and his twin siblings have of pack life are ones of betrayal, pain and horror. They do not remember a time when the pack was at peace.
A chance meeting…
Caleb has one final job to complete for the family construction business – the refurbishment of the local diner in Hennessey. He gets more than he bargained for, however. One look, one scent tells him that Hannah, the ‘pocket rocket’ waitress, is his mate. Caleb is determined that nothing will stop him from claiming her as his own.
The first touch…
An explosive encounter lays bare the secrets they have both fought so hard to keep hidden. Caleb must prove he can protect Hannah and her adorable little girl who steals his heart with one look. Can he persuade her to give up the safe life she has worked so hard for? Her burgeoning relationship with Caleb shows there are untold wonders to be explored in the hands of a man who understands her true worth.
The past will test them…
When Hannah’s past rears its ugly head, they must face it side by side. Only united can they save what is most precious to them. Together they will learn that family comes in many guises and there is nothing they won’t sacrifice when one of their own is threatened
In this tale we meet another family, that had been secreted away by Ryker. The Burrows family is preparing to relocate back to Los Lobos. They are planning to sell their construction business to two of their foremen but first they need to complete promised projects.The last thing Caleb expected when doing an appraisal on renovations to Will and Bridie’s Diner was to find his mate.
A Mate’s Healing Touch (Black Hills Wolves Book 36) (Kindle Locations 202-203).
Hannah doesn’t quite know what her feelings are other than she is nervous around this strange man. When circumstances have Caleb witnessing her using her unique power to help Bridie, the outcome is hotter than hell. This also causes a reaction of pain that has Caleb taking her pain and forcing him to change. OOPS! Shortly thereafter is my favorite scene when her daughter Jessie bursts into the kitchen.
“Momma, Momma! I missed you, what’s going on…oh! Look at the doggy; he’s beautiful. Can we keep him, Momma, can we?” Jessie whipped past Will and came to a sudden halt in front of the wolf. She was inches from his jaws, his head at the same height as hers although he sprawled across Hannah’s legs.
“Get back, Jessie!” Will made a grab for her, but her little arms circled the huge neck as she buried her face into his thick fur.
“I knew you would come,” she whispered. “I told Grampa my momma needed someone to protect her, and here you are.”
Jessie burrowed deeper against the wolf, who confounded Hannah by turning his head to rub against the little girl’s shoulder, tucking her close against his thick body.
Everything about the wolf’s body language was protective and although her maternal instincts screamed at her to pull her daughter away from the huge beast, enough rationality remained for her to sit still and observe the tender moment.
She raised her eyes to Will and quirked an eyebrow at him and he mouthed, “Grampa?” at her. She pointed back at him, assuming it meant him, but he shook his head in denial. Another mystery for them to unravel in a night of unsurpassed strangeness because there was no other man in Jessie’s life she could imagine her calling Grampa.
The weight on her legs grew uncomfortable and she tried to shift her legs a little. The wolf moved his head, swiping his big pink tongue up the side of the little girl’s face, making her giggle and squirm away from him. Raised up on his big broad paws, his shoulder stood above the child’s head once he gained his full height.
A Mate’s Healing Touch (Black Hills Wolves Book 36) (Kindle Locations 465-477).
This was only the beginning of a very interesting, sizzling hot relationship. There is also a bonding of family both wolf and human that hasn’t been seen with regard to the Los Lobos pack before. I loved the way things play out and the lessons that they all learn.
5 Contented Purrs for Merryn!
Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer. She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.
Rhonda Lee Carver
Avary Pine plays the cello like an angel.
One evening she is attacked outside of the theater after a performance and is left without the use of her hand.
Fast forward two years. After grueling physical therapy and living and breathing the cello, Avary is determined to become the musician she once was. Her music coach encourages her to start playing in the public again, but the mind doesn’t heal as fast as the body. Each time Avary closes her eyes she is filled with memories of the attack.
Living with her sister, out of money and in a career rut, Avary accepts an offer to play at a dinner party at the illustrious Knight Estate. Baby steps back into the musical world didn’t include a luxurious weekend at a vineyard, but does she have a choice?
Reserved, intimidating, rich Victor Knight reluctantly invites unworldly, mousy Avary to his estate–but he’s in for a shock. Nothing about her is mousy. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a sweet, free-spirited cellist, but why can’t he resist? She cramps his bachelor lifestyle, and he’s never been happier. But he can’t lose someone again…
Can they leave the baggage at the door and learn to trust? Or will their past poison their future?
This new series starts out really strong. Hitting upon two issues very high on the list for women from the first page. Cancer and assault. Both require strength and courage to deal with during treatment and after. A gift of a glass Panda becomes a key.
Invited to play at a dinner party, Avary Pine has accepted in an attempt to re-launch her performing career. If she can do this she can once again play in public.
Victor Knight is not a public man, not anymore. He does the minimum to get by and prefers to stay behind the scenes, caring for his sister. He has a friend with benefits to see to his other needs and otherwise concentrates on his business.
When he greets Avery that first evening, the day before her performance he finds she is nothing like he expected. There are plenty of innuendos in this book but this one is almost an accident and a favorite passage.
“So,” she was in a hurry to get the conversation back on track. “I received the letter, and then I spoke to your secretary. You’re wishing me to play privately?”
“For a small dinner party tomorrow night. A small gathering.”
“Gathering?” Her palms turned clammy. Relax, Avery.
“Is that a problem?” He lifted one brow.
“No, of course not.” She gave her head a dramatic shake. “I’ll play only at dinner?”
“Unless the need arises before then.”
She slid her hands down her thighs. “Okay. I’m here for you, so I can play as often as you wish.” What? My words totally came off as sexual.
He blinked and his jaw turned solid again. “Let’s get one thing straight, you’re not here for me,” he said point blank and fumbled with a pen, sticking it back into a metal holder.
“No, Miss Pine.”
“But-but you were the one who wrote to me asking for my services.” The room suddenly grew warmer.
He cocked his head to the side, regarding her with his brooding gaze. “I arranged for you to come here, but I’m afraid that’s where my interest ends.”
Although his voice was soft, the meaning of his words were harsh. It was as if the water faucet had been turned to cold. “I’m sorry, but I’m confused.”
“Don’t be. It’s rather simple.”
In spite of a near run-in with a friend with benefits this romance blossoms, whether Victor wants it to or not. Lots of the very hot sex Rhonda is known for, but also tears and pain. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster. A definite page turner.
5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!
Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.
She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.
When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.
Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“
The Landcaster Brothers – Book 1
After a less than perfect childhood, voluptuous Hailey Timmons is finally able to start leading a normal life when she starts living out on her own. Her peaceful existence is soon shattered though when her father shows back up in her life with a serious problem…and in need of her help. While taking a second job to help out her father, she finds herself falling into something more emotionally shattering.
Mark Landcaster is content to just be the mechanic everyone knows him to be, but he turns out to be so much more. When he encounters Hailey, he finds himself wanting to remove the carefully placed mask he wears to keep hidden from the outside world—the mask that currently is keeping his heart intact.
As the trouble in her father’s life comes to call on Hailey personally, leaving her no one to turn to, how will she pull out of this alive? Can Hailey keep her heart safe against the man who wants to help and keep her close? Or does the price of the protection cost her heart, body, and soul?
I don’t know what I was expecting when I pick up this book to try a new author, but this went above and beyond. This is a story of the deepest betrayal a person can experience, that of a father. I kind of understand why Hailey endeavored to help him but I know for a fact I wouldn’t have. She exhibited a strength of a thousand women in dealing with the hell thrust upon her.
As a result of her father’s debt Hailey takes on a second job as a receptionist at a garage. When her car breaks down, Mark (the owner) fixes it ignoring all her protests. Now she has to figure out how to thank him. She decides to let her feisty side out to play and corners him in the break room. This is one of my favorite scenes.
Walking silently on my almost tiptoes, I leave the lobby and make quick work of the short trip to the break room and peek inside. Perfect. His back is to the door and he is very alone. I kick the door wedge and step toward him. His attention moves from the counter in front of him to the door when the woosh and click of the door closing fills the room.
“Hailey?” his confusion to why I’m here only makes this better.
“I wanted to thank you for fixing my baby.”
“You’re welcome. Now, go back to your office.”
Oh no, his bossy attitude isn’t going to stop me. Grabbing his shirt in both hands, I pull him down at the same time I lift up on my tiptoes. Our mouths slam together and I moan at my first taste of him. Sweet like chocolate but with a spicy kick like cayenne pepper. So fuckin’ good. So lost in the taste of his mouth it takes me a few seconds to realize he’s not kissing me back. His hands grip my upper arms, I now realize not by passion but to keep me balanced. I pull away from his mouth, let go of his shirt, and step back.
“Sorry, I just wanted to thank you,” I apologize. The anger in his eyes feels like a knife to my heart. He’s so confusing, I thought he wanted this.
“Why do you keep putting yourself into these positions? For fuck’s sake.” He gives me a little shake but still not letting my arms go. “Anyone could have walked in.”
“What? So you want me when no one is looking?” I stutter out. Figured. God I was so stupid! What was I thinking? A man that looked like him didn’t openly pursue a bigger girl like me. Set myself up for that one. Another shake from him has me bring my eyes back up his.
“Wherever you just went in your head get away from it. It wasn’t a good place. Now, I already told you I’m on the edge as it is, and you come in here and press that sweet body all up on me and give me the mouth I’ve been dyin’ for and expect what exactly? Everyone who works here thinking your free game? I’m trying to keep you respectable here, bunny, but you’re killin’ me.”
Keeping Her Close: BBW/New Adult Romance (The Landcaster Brothers Book 1) (pp. 35-36). JK Publishing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Mark on the other hand wants Hailey, but he is too closed off from his feelings to accept her any other way but his own. He becomes her salvation but only on his terms. Terms that make her feel more of a sex object than his lover.
This is a dark story, with enough light and hope to have you keeping the faith that they will come together the right way. The sex is smoldering and the story is intense. I laughed, cried and bit my nails.
5 Contented Purrs for Rayne!
Rayne is a fun loving BBW who loves to write about curvy girls getting the hot man (men) of their dreams. She is the mother of three awesome (but exhausting) children. She has been married for 10 years to a wonderful supportive husband. Her mother was the one who got her started with writing and she will ever be thankful to her for that push. She loves sharing her brain babies with you and hopes you enjoy them as much she did writing them!
Hotel Rendezvous – Book 1
Welcome to the Menger Hotel. Where a Hotel Rendezvous isn’t always as it seems.
High School reunions are supposed to be about seeing how your classmates fared in the real world. For Jenn Bailey, it’s nothing more than good business for her beauty parlor.
Until it means her first love is coming back to town.
Eric Somers is a man on a mission. His biggest regret is not manning up after an embarrassing first time in the sack. Heading back to San Antonio for his ten-year reunion is the perfect opportunity to apologize…and maybe show Jenn Bailey he’d learned a thing or two between the sheets
This was a delightful tale of a reunion of a couple who had a not so great sexual encounter in high school. The initial meet up in the bar was a bit uncomfortable, both remembering the aftermath of their last meeting. Dinner is apologies filled with laughter and sexual innuendos. This is a favorite scene during dinner.Jenn fiddled with her wine glass, debating if she dared tell him what she was thinking. Screw it. That was the beauty of his living in another state. He’d be gone almost as quickly as she could embarrass herself. “I loved the way you kissed. If I’m being honest, you still hold the top spot in that department.”
The only thing that kept Eric from leaping across the table to prove he still deserved that honor was the arrival of the waiter with their tortilla soup appetizer. He took a couple of bites of soup and still had to clear his throat before speaking. “I think you’re still the best kisser for me, too.” making a statement.”She laughed again and damned if hearing that sound wasn’t becoming a need, too. He’d always enjoyed being with her, and that hadn’t changed. It wasn’t long before they both relaxed and got caught up on their daily lives with the easy flow of being old friends.
Makin’ It Right: Hotel Rendezvous Book 1 (Kindle Locations 178-187). Dalton Diaz. Kindle Edition.I giggled with them as they reminisced. Making up for the past can definitely lead to a sizzling night. A definite must read.5 Contented Purrs for Dalton!
Hmm. I have no idea why people want to know what makes me… me, but here it goes: My favorite hobby is reading, and I am a complete romance snob.
If a story doesn’t have romance, it isn’t worth it. If there’s hot sex, all the better.
Let’s face it, fantasy is usually a lot more fun than reality. Not always, but usually. As a writer, one can be anything, do anything, say anything that comes to mind. There are a thousand and one ways to make things happen, each one more exciting than the last.
Since I have a very active imagination, this is the best job in the world.
Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan
The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.
Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of a the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to not only survive their enemies, but the burn of their own temptations.
In Stolen, we meet the canines.
I love the Alpha Holden, he is trying so hard to do the right thing for his pack, one of those things has been not to mate. He is careful about who he beds, since none of the females in his pack are his mate.
When he comes across what he at first thinks is a body dump, his wolf cries mate. Ariel has been left for dead by the SAU, and Holden is given no choice by his wolf. There is only one way he can save her, and that way will but everyone at risk. Change her into a wolf.
One of my favorite passages is when Ariel wakes up already healing and Holden is trying to explain what happened:
“I’ll explain everything once you’re clean and have food in you.” He nudged her chin with his knuckle and she met his gaze. “You’re my mate, Ariel. You don’t have to believe that right now, but you’ll feel the connection.” He frowned. “At least I hope you will. We’ll deal with what that means at another time, but first, let’s get you cleaned up.”
She blinked. “You changed me. Is that what you’re saying? Because if that’s true, you didn’t give me a choice.” She ran a hand over her chest. “I… I don’t know how I feel about that.”
He winced but didn’t defend himself. “Shower, Ariel. Now.”
“Don’t order me around.”
“I’m the Alpha, siren. You’ll have to get used to listening to my orders.”
“Siren?” she asked, her head spinning.
“It was either that or mermaid.” He shrugged then picked her up, holding her close to his chest. She let out a yelp and wrapped her arms around his neck so she wouldn’t fall.
“I can walk,” she snapped.
“Can you?” he asked in that annoyingly arrogant tone.
Keeping Arial safe is top on the list of the Holden’s priorities. Yet as the Alpha’s mate she must also find her place in the pack. This will not be easy as so many things are thrown at both her and the pack simultaneously.
Jealousy, new love, sizzling sex and the SAU causing more than enough grief for everyone.
5 Contented Purrs for Alexandra!
Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands that duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.
Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot.
In forgiven we meet the felines as they are forced to move in with the canines. Not an ideal situation for either of them. However, there is one feline and one canine whose interest in each other is more than just surviving together.
Soren had left Cora, the feline Princess, to do what was right for his pack and mated another wolf. A fact he regretted, and even two years after Leah’s death he still feels guilty.
In spite of Cora wanting them to stay away from each other Soren and his wolf have decided not to let that happen, especially with a male cat sniffing around her. Having come up with an idea for games that would challenge and help tone down aggression he enlists Cora’s help.
As the games progress, even Cora has to admit the idea was brilliant. This is a scene as Soren leads her to his place after gifting her with her favorite chocolates.
She nearly stumbled as she felt the damp urgency between her legs. Oh, lord, it’d been so long. Too long.
“You shouldn’t waste your money on me,” she forced herself to mutter.
His fingers moved up her back, threading in her hair that she’d left down this morning. “I would give my last penny to see you smile,” he assured her.
She licked her lips that suddenly felt dry. “Soren.”
They reached his front porch, and he halted directly in front of his door, gazing down at her with a tenderness that nearly broke her heart. “I would give my soul to earn your forgiveness, princess.”
She wavered. It would be so easy to submit. To give in to the aching need of her cat. But there was still a part of her that couldn’t let go. Perhaps it was a need to punish Soren. Or to protect her vulnerable heart. Or perhaps it is simply a very female desire to continue with this delicious game, she wryly conceded. There was, after all, a heady power in having this gorgeous male chase after her.
Whatever the reason, she found herself giving a slow shake of her head. “I’m not ready.”
“I know. I’m sorry.” His hand lifted to cup her cheek, his thumb trailing along the line of her jaw. “I can be a pushy bastard. Honestly, I’m happy we can at least be friends.” His light touch sent sparks of pleasure shooting through her body.
Swaying forward, she placed her hands on his chest, relishing the feel of his sharp shudder. “Friends,” she said, the word sounding oddly empty.
His thumb found the pulse that was hammering just below the line of her jaw. “We are friends, aren’t we?” he asked.
“I thought…” She deliberately allowed her words to trail away.
“Maybe we could be friends with benefits,” she suggested.
Never stupid, Soren was swift to follow her implication. His muscles tensed, his heart pounding beneath her palm. “Would those benefits include having you in my arms?” he demanded, his eyes fully wolf as he gazed down at her flushed face.
“If you want-” Her words broke off in a startled shriek as he abruptly grabbed her by the waist and tossed her over his shoulder. “What are you doing?”
Wrapping his arms around her legs, he shoved open the door and headed into his cabin. “Not giving you the chance to change your mind.”
Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Packs Book 1) (Kindle Locations 2266-2289). Kindle Edition.
Then the smoldering sex begins, as they both start to realize there is much more there.
It’s not going to be that easy though. The SAU knows Alpha’s can turn humans now and it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
Love this story and can’t wait for more of the Branded Packs!
5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!
Coming in July
Buried and Shadowed – Book 3
I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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With years of dedication to the Navy, SEAL Jon Rudnick and his teammates have confirmed one thing – they are not afraid to risk life and limb for their country. But when navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy, this band of combat-hardened veterans is divided. While some remain actively serving, others take their drive, skills, and expertise to the private sector, where they form GAPS (Guardian Angel Protection Services). In these roles, will the SEALs fight for the women they love with the same vigor they use to seek out enemy threats? Which battlefield will you have them face next?
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She graciously answered some questions for me about her writing.
What attracted you to writing about SEALs?
My last series was about a Special Forces team that retired from the Army and began a security firm. It may seem like an overdone theme, but there are so many readers that love this genre. My husband had been in Army Intelligence and I wanted to create a team of brothers that continued their service after retiring.
What’s a typical day of writing for you? Are you a planner or do you wing it?
I am a complete planner! I have to have everything plotted out. I start out with an idea, develop it, begin making notes about it. Create an outline, storyboards and then begin writing. The story may go in different directions after I begin writing and the characters talk to me, but I have to have a plan to begin.
How do you decide where your book will take place?
All of my books take place in Virginia (I’m a 30 year resident of VA and love it!) I create fictional cities, but many people familiar with Virginia will recognize the locations.
What is your favorite part of writing? What is your least favorite part?
Favorite part is the creative juices that bring fictional characters to life. Readers tell me that my characters appear to be people they would like to know. I do a lot of editing to make the writing as good as it can be and that can seem vary tedious. I get so nervous when I first send it to beta readers until I hear back that they like it!
What genres do you enjoy reading? Do you have any favorite authors?
My favorite genre is the one I like to write in – Romantic Suspense. Although, I began reading historical romances way back in the 1970’s and they hold a special place in my heart.
My all time favorite author would be the amazing Kristen Ashley. She writes with abandon…not following anyone’s rules of writing. I find it fresh, exciting, and completely captivating.
Amy Harmon’s Making Faces was an amazing contemporary romance and moved me to tears, which is hard to do!
Do you think that social media is important for an author to be involved in?
Extremely important, especially for indie authors. I need to connect with readers and have gained many new readers just by interacting with them on social media. I have readers who have read my books and write to tell me how they meant something to them, or a shared experience. I love this!
If you could be a character in a book, which one would it be, and what part would you play? (Romantic lead, sidekick, etc)
When I was a child and read (voraciously), I always put myself into the book during my playtime (or even daydreams). My Barbies became Nancy Drew (and her friends, George and Bess).
As an adult, I would love to be the romantic lead (never the sidekick). If I were to choose one of my books, it would have to be the first one I wrote, Emma’s Home. I could easily see myself as Emma, search for a place to put down roots…and meeting Jake would be the bonus!!
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A private investigation business, pulling together men from the CIA, FBI, ATF, DEA, Border Patrol, SEALs, and police, devoted to the missions that no one else wanted or could solve.
Jude Stedson was a SEAL…at least until an injury while on a mission left him with an honorable medical discharge and no direction. He even relegated his girlfriend to friend only status until he could decide what he wanted to do with a life that had been dedicated to the SEALS.
Sabrina Taggart loved the man…not the career title. But until she could prove that their love would continue, she took the role of friend…just to stay close.
When a con artist set his sights on her family, Jude steps in, willing to work with her cousin, a member of the Saints P&I. Keeping Sabrina safe gave him a new mission. Discovering that mission gave him purpose. When her life was threatened, Jude knew that nothing would stop him from saving her…or admitting his love for her.
Can he prove that he has what it takes to be a Saint?
I love books with strong women and Sabrina takes strong to a whole new level. Having been in a committed relationship with Jude before his injury she hasn’t wavered in her feelings for him at all. Even when he repeatedly pushed her away and was cruel she stood by him. Finally accepting the position of friend in order to stay close even though her love was stronger than ever.
Forced out of the SEALs by his injury, Jude is sailing a desk at Norfolk. Unhappy in his career and doubting his self-worth he is trying to find something that will make him worthy of Sabrina, the woman he loves beyond all reason.
Sabrina’s grandmother Amelia throws a party and Jude meets some interesting characters. Bart, Sabrina’s cousin who works for Saints Protection and Investigations introduces him to Jack his boss. They give him interesting alternatives to the boring job he is doing now. Former team members from all different branches working together as a cohesive unit to solve problems on and off the grid.
A con-artist using the premise of being able to contact their late husbands for investment advice, targets Amelia and some of her elderly friends. After consulting with Bart, Jude decides to do a bit of investigating of this Nastelli guy and see what the angle is. Better to bring him down before he ruins these lovely ladies. Sabrina, however, almost beats him to it. He spots her just before she does something incredibly dumb. This is a favorite scene that takes place the morning after he catches her.
“I just thought since you want to consider doing investigations as a possible job, then maybe you should get Bart or his boss, Jack, involved in how we should proceed with this mess.”
“We? Babe, there is no we in this.”
“You know what Jack said. If Nastelli gets a hint you’re checking him out then he’ll leave town. I thought you all wanted to stop him from doing this to other vulnerable women.”
“I know, but maybe I can convince him that I want to use his services.” Shaking her head, she said, “Look, Jude. I’ve been thinking about this. Nonnie has already talked to Mr. Nastelli about me and my trust. Maybe I could meet with him, convince him that I’m interested and see what that gets us.”
“Hell, no!” he shouted, sitting up in the bed. “I don’t want you near this guy!”
Arguing for several more minutes, Sabrina flopped back down on the bed in frustration. “Fine. Then talk to Jack. See what he thinks.”
Reluctantly agreeing, he called Bart later that morning, after she went to work, and within a few minutes had Jack on the line. Much to his chagrin, Jack agreed with Sabrina.
“Look, Jude. Do your research first when planning a mission. No con artist that is as good as this guy is, will ever talk to you. He’s smart and his self-preservation is at an all-time high. Tell you what, we’ll do a phone conference with you and my group when you get a little more information to see what the next course of action should be.”
Jude agreed, then called Sabrina back. “I’m going to work with Jack’s group on this and if, and only if, they think we have no other choice, then you can help.”
After getting her agreement to not act independently, he disconnected the call and leaned back on the sofa, running his hands through his hair once more. Jesus, Bart makes this sound so easy. Hell, so do Zane and Rick. If this is going to be my new career and keep Sabrina in my life… I’ve got to figure out how to make this work.
Hot SEALs: Revealing Love (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Saints Protections & Investigations Book 3) (Kindle Locations 753-772). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.
A fast paced read, with lots of tense situations and plenty of hot sex. Plus the sexy men from two of my favorite agencies. A definite must read.
5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!
She writes about danger for a living and now she find herself in it. Only a Navy SEAL can save her.
When someone breaks into romance author Peyton Matthews’ Virginia Beach home to steal her newest manuscript, her publisher hires Noah Chase, a former Navy SEAL and the newest member of GAPS to be her bodyguard.
Peyton thinks the idea of needing a bodyguard is ridiculous, but she can’t help appreciating how gorgeous Noah is. And while she thought that having a stranger hanging around 24/7 would mess with her creativity, the Navy SEAL definitely comes in handy when she’s choreographing fight scenes.
All that hand-to-hand action and rolling around on the floor with him gets her pulse racing, but while Noah is falling for Peyton too, he doesn’t act on it. He needs to keep his head in the game and focus on the job or he could end up getting her killed. She might not think she’s in danger, but his gut tells him differently.
The threat to Peyton is closer to home than she realizes however, and it will take all of Noah’s SEAL training to save her life.
After sustaining injuries in the line of duty, Trever Alexander was forced to leave his SEAL team and all he worked for. In the midst of considering a job offer with GAPS, he was thrown into an assignment, one that brought him face to face with the woman he’d left behind.
One day Allyson Mason is living a normal, quiet life, and the next she is on the run. She doesn’t know who or what she’s running from. All she knows is that if she wants to stay alive she has to keep moving. She calls the only person she knows that might be able to help.
Chased by both physical and mental horrors, Trever and Allyson must put their emotions aside and work together.
Medically discharged after a mission gone bad, Navy SEAL Gabriel ‘Hawk’ Barrett regains his sight, and when hired by GAPS and the Knight Agency, most of his self-worth. Assigned to go undercover as a gun for hire, he’s determined to do whatever it takes to complete the mission, but his restraint is tested when his buddy’s hot sister becomes mistakenly involved.
When her brother disappears, coffee shop owner Gina Daye seeks help from his former teams members, only to have the almighty Hawk turn her down. But before she realizes he’s in the middle of an assignment, she’s embroiled in the mission.
Sequestered together to avoid an international incident, the pair face down the enemy, a multitude of bullets, and even more dangerous—their long denied attraction.
A Hot SEALs/Stone Hard SEALs Crossover Novella
It’s insane to want him, this beautiful, strong, sexy man. Not just because her hot bodyguard is tasked with herding her safely through the exotic night markets of Hong Kong. And not just because she’s his boss. But because they are worlds apart. What they have can only be a fling. It can’t last forever.
But Garrett has other ideas.
Scorching military romance adventure featuring a woman who thinks she’s too old for him and a hot alpha bodyguard who won’t take no for an answer
Julie Lytle is working hard to turn her life around. Being kidnapped by sex traffickers changed her drastically, but having grown up the spoiled daughter of a senator, Julie wishes she could’ve changed just a little sooner. Shamed by her behavior toward the woman rescued alongside her, and further embarrassed and guilt-racked over the way she treated the SEALs who risked their lives on her behalf, Julie is desperate to make amends.
With help from Missy Greenwood, a D.C. acquaintance who’d endured her own harrowing experience, Julie connects with Patrick Hurt, Commander of the SEALs who’d saved her life. If she can prove she’s not the same person who mistreated his team, he’ll grant her request to meet them—but not before the protective, sexy man makes a surprising request of his own.
**Protecting Julie is a Kindle World crossover novella with the SEAL of Protection Series and Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs Series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but we recommended reading the other books in the SEAL of Protection Series in order to get maximum enjoyment.
Three years ago, Stacie Vandercoy was stuck undercover in Iraq for six months with Jeff “Rock Star” Lennon, the arrogant SEAL who thought he was God’s gift to women. But he couldn’t have her. Fraternization is against the rules. And still is as they infiltrate home-grown terrorism in Norfolk, Virginia. Can she continue to resist him? Does she have to?
Jeff Lennon had been forced to do things he didn’t like as a Navy SEAL, and now as an agent for the terrorist division of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol. For years, his only real regret has been what he couldn’t to do to Stacie back in Iraq. He’s been given another chance to claim her heart, body and soul. In the meantime, they have to stop a terrorist attack somewhere in the Norfolk area, during Fleet Week.
Even the agency’s psychologist isn’t sure Stacie can pull off pretending to be Jeff’s wife. What lengths will Stacie and Jeff go to assure the mission’s success? And what will they both lose in the process?
Retired Marine Master Sergeant Sadie Hawkins is ready for a quiet life with her mother in northern Arizona. No more recon, no more shots fired. Hell, she might even give romance a try if she finds the right guy. Like the one asleep on her shoulder on the train.
Cyrus “Darwin” Finch retired from the Navy SEALs and now runs Ultimate Recon, a security, surveillance, and rescue company employing retired members of the four branches of the U.S. military. He’s on “forced” vacation and is supposed to relaxing, dammit. Until he meets Sadie.
When they discover a foreign enemy setting up a domestic retreat in Sadie’s backyard, romance and vacations take a backseat. There are no calm seas or clear skies with bullets flying, and no time for a Happy Ever After. But SEALs never give up and Marines never surrender.
Recently retired Navy SEAL Luke Paulson feels strangely comfortable in a war zone—it’s adjusting to the real world and all its challenges where he falls short. When his sister becomes ill and his mother’s Alzheimer’s care lands solely on his shoulders, Luke needs cash. Protecting an international law student who is as intelligent as she is beautiful seems the perfect fit.
In Washington, D.C., Chief Justice Thornhill is being threatened by a domestic terrorist group, and his granddaughter Charlotte is their target. Initially she seems none-too-pleased with her new bodyguard shadowing her every move, but a night on the town with a few too many cocktails quickly changes the way she views the sexy SEAL.
But when Luke deceives her to get the upper hand, he realizes too late he’s risked losing it all, including the girl who has turned his life upside down by stealing his heart. His toughest mission yet may be convincing her to trust him again.
A top 10 New York Times and 7 time USA Today bestseller, Cat Johnson is known for her creative marketing. She has sponsored bull riding cowboys, promoted romance using bologna and owns a collection of cowboy boots and camouflage for book signings. A fair number of her research consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living.
Since 2006, Cat has put approximately one million digital and print stories in readers’ hands. Never miss a new release, sign up for alerts at catjohnson.net/news.
Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty, independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.
She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.
When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)
I have always been an avid reader. I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old bodice ripper romance books. Last year I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.
I work as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 32 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She’s a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.
Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.
Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He’s her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night.
Her writing buddy Cameron (a cocker spaniel) is always around to listen to her bounce ideas off him. He might not be able to answer, but he’s helpful in their own ways.
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It’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me before I could read and opened up that magical world where I still reside today. Then came television and movies. Now I had three avenues that fed my imagination…and boy could I eat! As you no doubt figured out, this lead to my writing career. I’m a NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling Award winning author. Phew, that was a mouthful! Multi-published in e-book and print with several publishers, I certainly have a ton of voices in my head.
I’m happily married to a military man for 28 years. We have four children and several rescued cats. Michael’s been in the Army National Guard since before he graduated. The Guard has been a part of our lives right from the start. It was only natural for the military to spill into my writing. God bless the military and their families. Thank you all for your sacrifices.
You already know my mom inspired my love of reading, but it was my dad who got me hooked on movies. Even now, if I had the time, I could happily go from one movie to another all day long. They are the reason I love mixed genre and why I can’t just stick to just one in my writing, although, as you can tell, I have a soft spot for cowboys and the military.
Well, that’s about it. Thanks for getting to know me a little better. Remember, keep reading to your children. The journey you’re igniting is precious. And the next time you’re at the movies, turn around. I just might be the person sitting behind you. No, not the one throwing popcorn (it’s too expensive to waste). I’m the one already imagining the sequel. Have a great day and thanks for reading!
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. With over 25 titles her books range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance. Visit her webpage to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Represented by Lane Heymont with the Seymour Agency.
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.
Born and raised in a small town in New York close to the Pennsylvania line, we water skied in the summer months on the lake and snow skied all winter. One a cold January night while clomping through the lodge I literally ran smack into the man I’d eventually marry. His high school was ninety-six miles from mine but we made the long-distance relationship work.
While I was at Penn State, he went to the United States Naval Academy and chose the Marines upon graduation. I followed him throughout his military career living on Army, Air Force and Marine Corps bases, making sixteen moves and meeting some of the most wonderful people in the world.
Working in Public Relations all over the country and in Japan, I’ve written for international, regional and local corporations, non-profits and was a ghost writer. I won national awards for travel and tourism books and ghost written several self-help books but I hadn’t written fiction since college.
When we moved to East Tennessee for the second time, we built our house-and I mean we, my husband, our son and I-built this house from the studs in. As I hung insulation, painted, tiled and planted, I plugged into audio books and discovered I really enjoyed romantic suspense. In the evenings I read romance novels. By the time the house was ready for occupancy, I’d read over 300 books, mostly in the romance genre and suspense.
One night while my husband was working out of the country, I sat at the computer and started writing a book. I entered it in several writing contests and learned a lot from the critiques. I met romance writer Deborah Grace Staley who helped me tremendously. She told me my 125,000-word tome wasn’t one book but three and none were the first in what has become The Black Swan series.
I attended many conferences and craft workshops over the next year while pitching every chance I got. The Black Swan series garnered interest and notice enough to convince Emily Kim, owner of Prospect Agency, to become my agent. When I’d finished Explosive Combination, it had gained a life of its own in the Romantic Suspense genre. Emily and I separated it from the Black Swan series, which is in the Contemporary Romance category, and I sold Explosive Combination to Liquid Silver Books in November 2013. The first of the Black Swan Series should come out in 2016.
In December 2014, Christmas In Cancun was published by Liquid Silver, the first of a new series of Romantic Suspense books based in Cancun, Mexico. In April 2015 I self-published Conquered in Cancun followed by Captivated in Cancun in January 2016. I was honored to be invited to write in Cat Johnson’s Hot SEAL Kindle World and wrote Claimed by a SEAL – Cancun Crossover novella 2.5 released January 2016.
I have been married to the same man for over thirty-seven years. Our two children are grown but our son lives with us. Our daughter and her husband blessed us with a granddaughter a few years ago.
I still read over 100 books a year, mostly audio books, and write every day.
Siobhan Muir lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he’s never shifted when she can see him. When not writing, she can be found looking down a microscope at fossil fox teeth, pursuing her other love, paleontology. An avid reader of science fiction/fantasy, her husband gave her a paranormal romance for Christmas one year, and she was hooked for good.
In previous lives, Siobhan has been an actor at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a field geologist in the Aleutian Islands, and restored inter-planetary imagery at the USGS. She’s hiked to the top of Mount St. Helens and to the bottom of Meteor Crater.
Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you will find in her paranormal romance stories.
Siobhan’s latest release, Darwin’s Evolution, is book 1 in the Ultimate Recon series. Bronco’s Rough Ride, The Navy’s Ghost, Rimshot’s Hard Target, and Bam-Bam’s Inked Hart belong to the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series. She has published A Hell Hound’s Fire (a free read), The Beltane Witch, and Cloudburst Ice Magic in the Cloudburst Colorado series, Second Chance Succubus and Order of the Dragon as stand-alones, and Take the Reins and A Centaur’s Solstice Wish in the Rifts series. Siobhan has also published Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin and Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack through Siren Publishing, and Her Devoted Vampire through Evernight Publishing. Siobhan has published through Evernight Publishing, Siren Publishing and Three Lakes Books.
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A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. A shamelessly proud basketball mom, Normandie lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.
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Men in Blue Book 6
Ben has lived through hell. He only survived captivity and torture by the brutes who’d been attempting to develop Sex Offender, a potent aphrodisiac used as a date rape drug, because of the guy he met—and fell in lust with—in the drug lord’s dungeons.
Ryan became Ben’s roommate after they escaped. His nearness is constantly tempting Ben to force Ryan to submit to his dark desires. Disgusted by how similar that makes him to their captors, he’s managed to hold off so far. How long can he keep his cravings for Ryan’s sexy body at bay?
On top of that, they both seem to be falling for the same woman. If Ben has reservations about unleashing his sexual appetites on Ryan then that goes double for Shari, who is entirely too sweet and inexperienced for either of them. Or so Ben thinks.
When Shari teams up with Ryan to change Ben’s mind, it seems like Ben might consider turning their three-way fling into something serious. Until a threat to Ben’s niece reminds them that it’s not always possible to keep those you love safe. After losing his sister in the Sex Offender scandal, Ben might never be ready to take that risk again.
None of them could have realized they were bound for something greater than a traditional partner in life, but Shari and Ryan are sure the three of them will benefit from the love of not one, but two, strong, giving soul mates who can help them leave the darkness of their past behind.
Will they be able to convince Ben that living fully is better than living cautiously?
This book was a gift from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When people go through any type of trauma, physical or mental doesn’t matter, there is a healing that needs to happen. For Ben this process has stalled and he is hurting everyone around him, but especially Ryan. Ryan finally pushes and realizes that he has to leave, and the beautiful Shari is his salvation.
Everything comes to a head at Julie’s birthday party when Ben finally gives in, albeit in anger, forcing a kiss on Ryan, that was more than just a kiss. Averting the almost tragedy of Shari leaving, the three of them discuss their issues. Part of this was a description of Ryan and Shari’s night together. This was a favorite scene.
Shari sort of regretted her hastiness as her gaze ping-ponged between the two still-clothed men, though she supposed she’d bared her body while they bared their souls. Certainly a harder task.
“Besides, I kind of liked the vanilla topping Shari gave me last night.” Ryan winked at her.
“You already went for food in bed?” Ben grunted. “I know you’re a chef but—”
“He’s not talking about Cool Whip,” she interrupted before he could put more mouthwatering ideas in her mind. Too late, now she wanted to try that too. Later.
“Although now that I’m horny and thinking about that, it sounds kind of kinky, huh?” Ryan tapped his index finger on his chin. “Possibilities.”
Shari laughed at how alike their thought processes were.
“Tell me what you mean.” The directness of Ben’s request didn’t allow her to consider objecting, not that she would have anyway. Still, he was much better at this domineering thing than she had been.
So good that Ryan answered immediately, beating her to it. “She totally mind-fucked me. Subtly yet really effectively, by getting me to share a fantasy, while sort of acting it out.”
“Was that kind of thing enough of a power exchange to get you off?” Ben asked as he continued where he’d left off, deliberately walking his T-shirt up his torso. As distractions went, it was pretty phenomenal. Shari forgot to be nervous about Ryan’s response, too busy staring at the impressive display of well-muscled man Ben revealed bit by bit.
Bound For You: Men in Blue, Book 6 (Kindle Locations 2041-2053)
When someone snatches up Ben’s daughter Julie, all hell breaks loose and all their friends (Men In Blue) come running to assist.
I laughed and cried and the sex was beyond spectacular.
5 Contented Purrs for Jayne!
Jayne Rylon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She received the 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Indie Erotic Romance.
Her stories used to begin as daydreams in seemingly endless business meetings, but now she is a full time author, who employs the skills she learned from her straight-laced corporate existence in the business of writing.
She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband, the infamous Mr. Rylon. When she can escape her purple office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky, and–of course–read.
Jayne is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) and Passionate Ink.
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