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25 Days of Holiday Fun~ Larion Wills

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Let’s kick off my 25 Days of Holiday Fun with author Larion Wills.

If you could ask Santa for one thing, what would it be and why?

Going to be serious here. I have a niece battling cancer. My wish would be for her to conquer it once and for all. She missed last Christmas in the hospital and so far it looks like she’ll spend this one there as well. We want her well.

What is your favorite holiday candy?

Need you ask? Smirking here. Chocolate, in just about any form but my all-time favorite is turtles. Can’t beat chocolate, pecans and caramel.

It’s the season of Egg Nog. Do you prefer it with rum, without alcohol or can’t stand the stuff?

Don’t usually drink it, but if I was going to, a little rum wouldn’t hurt.

What is one of your holiday traditions to do each year?

Christmas Eve is for the entire, extended family to gather. We start with a Mexican dinner, and I really can’t remember when or who started that. Then we exchange gifts. We live about 100 miles away from each other but are horrible about visiting. This is our time of the year to get together, catch up, see how much the kids have grown, and renew our love for one another. It’s very special and one of the reasons for my Santa answer.

If you could kiss any character under the mistletoe, who would it be?

Ohh, toughy. I usually fall in love with all of my characters. I think out of all of them it would be Dem from It’s Still Tomorrow. I mean how many men can take realizing they’ve fallen in love with a witch with barely batting an eye. Since you brought that up, that’s the book I’m going to feature.

Holiday cookies are my favorite to bake each year. Do you have a favorite holiday cookie that you enjoy each year?

Pecan pie cookies. They take a little time, but boy are they good.

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Fired from her job, apartment firebombed, money nearly gone, Sarah was desperate, the only reason she took the house, knowing the evil hatred it generated.

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It’s Still Tomorrow by Larion Wills

Paranormal Suspense

Buy at: Amazon

After the article in a cheap tabloid called her a black witch, blamed her for everything from one neighbor’s hangnail to another’s cancer, her apartment was firebombed, and her cat shot, Sarah fled. No home, no job, and very little money left her no choice but to accept the unfinished house she’d inherited. She soon found herself with a contractor, already paid to finish the house, long legged, blue eyed, and capable of waking every desire she’d never known she had. Dem was also the only one who didn’t think she was a crazy, imagining a nightly prowler, putting himself in harm’s way as her self appointed protector. When his life is threatened by escalating attacks, her enemy learns that not all written about Sarah was false.

Excerpt:

Sara and Dem in a restaurant. Sara asks:

“Aware of what?”

“Well, let’s see. There was the night you drove me over to my place to start. Your car has a standard transmission.”

“So?”

“Most people use a clutch to shift.”

Sara shrugged. “It’s all in the timing.”

“Yeah, that’s what I tried to tell myself. Then that night, you did that healing thing with your hands. I think you must have put a spell of some kind on me to make me think I just dreamed it,” he said, knowing she wasn’t going to think it sounded silly.

“There’s no…”

Dem held a finger up to silence her. “Then there was the way Eva greeted you, like a long-lost friend and none of the things she did surprised you. You never asked once what those little bags were, and Kroger, of course, and how you knew his name without anyone telling you, and how you knew that furniture came from my family and…”

“All coincidences and…”

“What are you afraid of?” Sara gave a short bitter laugh at that question. “It’s not anything to be ashamed of, Sara. You’re just unique.”

“And you’re a kind man.”

“I know a lot of people who wouldn’t agree with that, but never mind, and answer my question.”

Sara considered it for a few more seconds before she shrugged slightly. “If that’s what you already think, I guess there’s no sense denying it. It depends on how perceptive and open they are,” she said truthfully. “Things I pick up are usually out of my mouth before I know it, but most people, not wanting to believe otherwise, chalk it up to coincidence or previous knowledge.”

“Telepathic?”

“No, and not mind-reading either,” she answered, pointing out a difference. “It’s just impressions. The first time I saw you, I had a flash image, you with a Western hat, wearing riding boots with those big heels, a vest, leading a horse, and I thought lawman.”

“I don’t own a vest,” he stated, impressed just the same.

“Not in this life.”

Dem took that calmly, asking, “Once a cop, always a cop?”

“Not always. I was the queen of Egypt.”

For a second he thought she was serious. Then he burst out laughing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Kelli A. Wilkins

KillerWolfsClothingcoverHi and welcome to my blog, Kelli Wilkins. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. 

To get us started, can you tell us a little about your most recent release?

Hi, it’s nice to be here! In the summer of 2012 I had two romances come out within two weeks of each other.

My romances span every genre (contemporary, fantasy, historical, gay, and paranormal) and every heat level from mild to scorching-hot. To date, I’ve had 14 erotic romances published with Amber Quill Press. The most recent was a contemporary gay paranormal titled Killer in Wolf’s Clothing. It’s an unusual look at the werewolf legend and blends comedy with the paranormal. (I have another Amber Quill Press novella (Ultimate Night’s Delights) scheduled for release later this summer.)

In addition to my Amber Quill Press romances, also wrote a full-length historical romance, The Viking’s Witch, published by Medallion Press. I’m pleased to say it just won a Gold Independent Publisher’s Award for Best Romance e-book. This full-length novel is set in Celtic Scotland. My next Medallion Press book is scheduled for release in April/May 2014.

Summaries and links for both books are below:

Killer in Wolf’s Clothing

 

A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club…What has Larry gotten himself into? 

When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.

Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.

Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late.

Buy link:  http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/KillerWolfsClothing.html

 

 

The Viking’s Witch

About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.

Buy link:  http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/KillerWolfsClothing.html http://medallionmediagroup.com/books/the-vikings-witch/
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I write all my books in longhand with pen and paper. After the rough draft is done, I revise the story as I type it, then go back and make more detailed edits.
If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

That depends on what genre they like to read. My romances include almost all genres, and the heat levels vary from mildly sensual to sizzling.

Historical readers would love The Viking’s Witch. It’s a spicy historical novel set in Celtic Scotland. Or, if they like Gothic-style novellas, they could spend time with The Dark Lord.

Readers of fantasy would like either A Most Unusual Princess (mild heat level) and/or A Midsummer Night’s Delights (super sizzling-hot). (Both books spawned sequels!)

Contemporary romance readers can fall in love with the heroes from The Sexy Stranger, A Perfect Match, or Trust with Hearts.

Paranormal lovers would like Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, or my paranormal/comedy, Beauty & the Bigfoot. (Yes, it’s a Bigfoot romance!)

And readers of M/M romances would like Four Days with Jack (contemporary) or Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (paranormal). I like to say I have romances for everyone!

Book summaries, excerpts, and reviews for all of my romances are on my site: http://www.KelliWilkins.com.

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Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released? 

Not really. As soon as the book is available, I start ramping up the promos like crazy! I’m posting blogs, social media updates, sending out press releases, interview and review requests, etc. When I completely finish a book and send it to the publisher, I relax and give myself a week off and not focus on writing. Or, sometimes I switch things up and write a horror story!

What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?

This isn’t too strange (at least not for me) but several of my books (or book ideas) came to me in dreams. One morning I woke up and the entire book A Perfect Match was in my head – the characters, dialog, and scenes – everything. I grabbed a pen and paper and started writing it all down before it went away. 

Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?
The easiest (or best) part of being a writer is having the freedom to invent whatever I want. I love the process of writing the story. Creating characters, worlds for the characters to live in, and telling the story of their adventures is a lot of fun.

However, once the “fun” part of writing is over, then the real “work” begins. Revising, editing, and proofreading the story is necessary, but it’s not terribly creative. You have to pull yourself out of the story and focus on wording, the plot, and other details that make the story “work” as a whole. This painstaking and not-so-favorite part of the process has its rewards in the end, though. I have a phrase I use when I’ve finished a story: “I love having written.” This means I love having it all finished, polished, and done!

Most of my books have been easy (and fun) to write. Beauty & the Bigfoot was a lot of fun to write – partially because it was a comedy with wacky characters, and partially because the plot was just…. strange!

I don’t think any of my books have been “hard” because I don’t sit down to write the story until I know I’m ready. Longer, full-length novels (A Perfect Match, The Pauper Prince, The Viking’s Witch) are harder to write in the sense that they’re longer and take more time to write, edit, revise, etc. I don’t control the length of the stories, though. I keep writing until I come to the end.

 

What can readers expect next from you?

I just finished another historical/fantasy for Amber Quill Press. Ultimate Night’s Delights is the last book in a series that includes A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights. The first book starts out “straight” then readers are quickly drawn into a world of swapping, naughty games, and anything goes, including M/M and ménage. Although all the books are connected, they stand alone as individual reads. Ultimate Night’s Delights should be released sometime this summer. (I encourage readers to check out both of the previous books – excerpts, blurbs, and reviews are on my site.)

 

Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add?  

Readers can learn more about my writings and follow me on these sites: 

Website: www.KelliWilkins.com

Blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Amber Quill Press Author page: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/bio_Wilkins.html

Medallion Press Author Page: http://medallionmediagroup.com/author/kelli-wilkins/

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kelli.wilkins1 

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with everyone! I love hearing from readers and invite folks to contact me. Let me know your favorite book, character, or scene from any of my romances (or horror stories!). 

Happy Reading,

Kelli

 

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Welcome Lindsay Downs

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Hi and welcome to my blog, Lindsay Downs. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hot cabana girls, Lora and Laine.

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?

I have the first book in A Jessica Sales Novel series, Ice Queen, releasing this month, if it’s not already out from Secret Cravings Publishing.

Writing wise, in May I started a romantic fantasy series which is a vast departure from what I normally write. I’ll work on one or two of them for the next few months since the books set for release this year are already written. Yes, I hate deadlines.
How would you describe yourself using only five words?

Writaholic, driven, demanding, relaxed, happy.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

Even though my name is frequently thought of as a woman’s I’m a man.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Right now I live in a boarding house in Texas where I’m happy which is, to me, what counts. Here I have the solitude to write but if given a chance I’d like to live in southern France or England.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?

Sit at my computer, call up one of the several stories I’m working on and start. I’m always in the mood.
If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

It depends on what genre the person wants to read. For contemporary romantic suspense I’d suggest Ice Queen. Being the first in the series the reader will meet Jessica Sales along with her team.

If, on the other hand, the reader prefers regency then Spy Catcher, which releases in July from Secret Cravings Publishing. This as with all my upcoming regencies is a romantic suspense with several interesting twists and turns in it. 

What can readers expect next from you?

As far as releases are concerned I have, including Ice Queen, six A Jessica Sales Novels coming out over the next twelve months. Through Secret Cravings Publishing two regencies are scheduled for this year and two the next.

As for writing I’ll be forging ahead with the fantasy series, Chronicles of Islana.

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Military grade weaponry is disappearing from bases all over the world, only to end up in the hands of terrorists and dictators.

Governments are helpless as the threats of being overthrown mount. As a last resort the world leaders turn to The Consortium to bring the biggest arms dealer to justice. They set Special Operative Jessica Sale on the trail of Justin Grey.

Portraying herself as the go to person when a buyer is looking for quantity and quality Jessica easily instills herself into his organization.

Buried deep within the mountains of Wyoming she finds her target and something she didn’t expect-a traitor in the guise of her boyfriend.

With personal feelings aside she charges ahead with the mission. Flying to New York Jessica arranges for monies to be transferred and weapons shipped. Pleased with her work he invites Jessica back to Wyoming except he never makes it home.

Buy link-http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=626

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Talking with Samantha Holt/Contest

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Hi and welcome to my blog, Samantha. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out? 

I have just finished a fantasy romance and soon I’ll be moving onto book 3 of The Borderland Legacy. Book 2 – Borderland Beauty is coming out at the end of May.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? 

Does stealing my children’s chocolate count? Probably not as I never feel guilty. Hey, I’m doing them a favour and saving them from tooth decay!

How do you get yourself in the mood to write? 

Have a coffee. That’s it mostly. I try and look at it as a job so I make myself do it, even if I don’t feel like it. That doesn’t mean I don’t have days when I seem to live on Facebook though…! But I do try to focus and remind myself that this is a job and I need to work if I ever want to buy the castle I’m saving up for.

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories? 

Absolutely. I don’t actively look for songs to match but often I’m listening to an album and one song will stick out as the lyrics seem to echo what I’m writing. Then I will listen to it obsessively until everyone is sick to death of it!

Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest? 

My last one, Borderland Beauty, was tough. Mostly because I was writing a real alpha male and that’s a big change for me as all my heroes are pretty tortured souls. Now I can look back and say that I love the book but at times I was ready to chuck it all in. 

What can readers expect next from you? 

More sexy borderland men and hopefully a highland novel at some point. It’s on my to do list but my muse can be a little stubborn at times!

 

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Borderland Bride (The Borderland Legacy) by Samantha Holt

Historical Romance

Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press

Release Date: March 21, 2013

Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 50,000 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00C825F1W

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/borderland-bride-samantha-holt/1115054338

Jupiter Gardens Press: http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/borderlands-bride-the-borderland-legacy-book-1/

Book Trailer~http://youtu.be/ijcIPOa27gg

These are the borderlands, lass. We make our own rules here.

In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the borderlands.

Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Teaser Excerpt:

As soon as his name left her lips, Isabel could not fail to detect the darkening of his eyes. Her skin tingled as elation turned to lust and she glanced down at her bare body, the heat of the water doing little to stop the shudder that coursed through her.

“Say it again,” he murmured as a hand came up to cup at her cheek.

“What?” she breathed.

“Say my name.”

His thumb pushed across her damp face and her lips parted as her heart pounded faster.

“Jake.”

He groaned and pulled himself up so he could lean across her. His lips joined with hers in a rush of movement and her breath caught at the sudden heat of his mouth upon hers. Intuitively falling into a motion that was both so familiar yet so excitingly new, she kissed him with enthusiasm, enjoying the way his breathing stilted as their passion increased.

His tongue swept inside her mouth, searching for hers, and Isabel entwined her wet fingers around his neck, forcing him closer. His tunic dipped under the water and brushed across her breasts but he paid little heed, instead bringing his other hand up to support her head, his fingers digging under her damp braid.

As the kiss deepened, they both moaned and her hair loosened while his fingers delved through it, sending it tumbling over the edge of the tub. A splash resounded through the room as his hand left her cheek and dove under the water to grab at her body. Jake’s fingers curled around her ribs, drawing her closer to him and she let out a gasp.

Jake’s hand froze briefly but Isabel drew a hand from his neck and placed it over his, pinning his hand in place. He relaxed and dragged his lips across her cheek to her ear.

“What are you doing to me, lass?” he whispered.

She quivered as his breath grazed over her ear and his hand continued to massage at her bare skin under the water.

“No more than you are doing to me.”

About the Author:

Samantha resides in Warwickshire, England with her twin girls and occasionally her husband, who works abroad. She admits that his long absences often help get the creative juices flowing. She’s a romance addict and has been devouring all kinds of romance for as long as she can remember.

A huge history buff, Samantha likes to blend her love of the past with her love of romance and create thrilling and passionate tales set to medieval backdrops. She thinks there’s nothing sexier than a rugged warrior and a feisty maiden falling head over heels for each other. 

Connect with Samantha Holt

Website: http://www.samanthaholt.org.uk/

Blog: http://samanthaholtauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/romanticfiction

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Prize is 5 eBook sets (1 set each to 5 winners) of ‘The One Knight Collection’. Contest is tour-wide and ends May 17. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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Welcome Joyee Flynn today

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Hi and welcome to my blog, Joyee Flynn. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. 

If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?

I don’t have a muse… I know that’s odd for an author to say but again, I’m very literal and the idea of a muse creeps me out. Like an imaginary friend adults didn’t grow out of that should maybe see someone about that.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I’m pretty blunt and open so I’m not sure there’s much I haven’t shared. Okay, I’m not very a very girly-girl, but I do collect music boxes. I like very pretty, elegant music boxes of all types that family and friends have given me.

How do you get yourself in the mood to write?

I wake up! Seriously for me, it’s more how do I turn this noise in my head off!?!
If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

That’s like picking my favorite child or family member. If I have to pick, I’d say Trunk and a Skunk, which is the beginning of a four set of books that all the friends are in. It’s gotten a good response, some great twists and turns, and lots of fun, plus its newer so it’s not starting way at the beginning of my writing career.

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released? 

Write another one… Yeah, I’m lame. I used to get Starbucks and splurge on breakfast but then my doctor took away all my sugar. I hate that bastard.

Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?

I’m very eclectic so that’s a long, long list. I will say it ranges from the Sookie Stackhouse series to Inferno. I like anything that’s not every day or normal.

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?

YES! I’m a total music whore. Most times I like complete quiet or light music when I’m writing but yeah, it’s rare I’m doing anything else and music isn’t on. I have dozens of books that have musical references or something in the background that is crucial to the setting/mood/tone.

Please check out Joyee’s newest book, Virgil, out NOW at Siren Publishing

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The Marius Brothers: Virgil

Book Eight in series

Erotic Alternative Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/M, vampires, fae, HEA

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Virgil has been hiding something… But then again that isn’t anything new to him. He doesn’t fit in with the family that doesn’t even know who he really is. Learning long ago that he wasn’t normal, he strives to just fit in. Fate just doesn’t seem to have it in the cards for him.

Moreo and Foma have been searching for their other mate for centuries. Now that they think they’ve found him, Virgil’s running from them. Panicked that he’s only staying in Greece a few days and confused by his reaction, they decide to take desperate measures. After their plan backfires instead of opening up Virgil to being their mate, can they convince him they were only trying to help? Or will it be the last straw to push Virgil over the edge and leave everything behind to start over somewhere else, saying goodbye to the Mariuses forever?

Teaser Excerpt:

“Virgil, are you going to come meet Caleb’s people or stand there?” Stefan asked jokingly but I could hear the slight concern in his tone. “Dude, you okay?”

“Yeah,” I answered, clearing my throat. “Just weird seeing Caleb like this with all the grandeur.” I gestured around, lying through my teeth. “That and the flight.” I shrugged. “Sorry. Just kind of spaced out.”

“Then we should show you to your rooms for some rest,” Mareo said as he moved closer to me. “I didn’t catch your name.”

I swallowed loudly as I stared up at the massive man. Yes, I had to stare up at him. He was maybe an inch shorter than Foma but at least seven and a half feet tall. “Virgil Marius.”

“Nice to meet you, Virgil,” he said in a slightly husky voice. We shook hands and I noticed that Stefan and Patrick were talking to Liam and Lorcan again, everyone else distracted. They wanted to see their new baby before we settled in.

“Same,” I mumbled, trying to get back my hand and not breathe at the same time. If I took in his scent with how attracted I was to him, my fangs would come right back out and I’d be busted.

“Virgil did you say?” Foma asked, suddenly right next to his mate, both of them practically surrounding me but keeping a polite distance… Technically. To everyone else it might have looked as if we were just in a private conversation. “Lovely fangs you have.”

“Thanks, I’m, um, th–thirsty,” I lied. “Tired and thirsty.”

“Hmm.” Foma glanced at his mate and I had a feeling they didn’t believe me. “Then we should check on you during your nap.”

“Maybe keep an extra close eye on you,” Mareo agreed as he let go of my hand only for Foma to take it in his massive one. I stared into his light brown eyes and found myself twenty seconds from swooning. I swear he had gold flecks swirling around in them or something. It was hypnotic and alluring all at once. “Like as you’re lying naked and sated in our arms.”

I felt a thrill of desire go through me and my fangs, the fucking things, popped back out.  I shook my head and pulled my hand back as I got them to retract. “I’m sorry, no thank you. I appreciate the offer but I’m straight.”

Mareo leaned in until his shoulder- length black hair brushed against my ear. “The erection you’re sporting would suggest otherwise. Why do I get the feeling most everything you’ve said is bullshit, Virgil?”

Because you’re smart. But I couldn’t say that. “If you’ll excuse me, I want to meet my nephew.” I cleared my throat and went to step around them.

“Running won’t stop us from pursuing,” Foma warned.

 

 

Author links:

joyee_inter@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/joyeeflynnauthor

https://twitter.com/joyeeflynn

http://joyeeflynn.blogspot.com

 

 

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Welcome Eve Summers

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Hi and welcome to my blog, Eve Summers. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. 

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out? 

Thank you for hosting me, Raine.

I have a Cruise Ship series of romances published by Red Rose Publishing, and my current work-in-progress is the 3rd book in the series. The title is The Captain Of My Soul. I love my Cruise Liner Adventure series, because every time I write a new story, it’s like being back on the ship, sipping champagne and staring at the big blue ocean.

 

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released? 

Oh, yes. My husband and I married young, and we’re still together after two decades. Every time a new book of mine comes out, we share a bottle of bubbly. In warm weather, we’ll sit on the terrace overlooking native New Zealand bush, otherwise it’s the Jacuzzi. You see, I firmly believe that to write romance book, the author needs to lead a romantic life… or so I tell my husband when motivating the next exotic holiday plans, LOL.

 

What influenced you to get published? How long did it take for your first book to get published?

I always wanted to experience holding a book I wrote. You know, holding it in my own two hands, smelling the paper and the glue, paging through it, placing it lovingly on the shelf. And so I queried publisher after publisher until – four years later – one offered me a contract.

 

Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?

The first book is always the hardest to write. Not saying that the second or the twentieth is a breeze, but they get easier with experience.

 

Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?

As a teenager, I devoured the classics: Gone With The Wind, Rich Man Poor Man, The Robe. They made me respect books, but they never inspired me to follow in the author’s footsteps. It’s only when I started reading more modern novels that I realized I could, one day, write a book, too.

 

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?

Music with a strong beat and lots of energy (Another One Bites The Dust, Losing My Religion, I Was Made For Loving You Baby) energize me and make me want to type away at the keyboard. Well, it’s either that, or aerobics, and exercise is not my strongest passion….

 

If you could collaborate with one author who would it be?

Joshilyn Jackson – she writes books layered with emotional depth.

 

What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?

Holidays. Whenever I go to a new country, I just itch to set a book there. That’s why some of my romances have these exotic backdrops like Thailand, Fiji, Tahiti….

 

If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would they tell?

“She chews gum when she works. Ew, and her fingernails! Oh, look, she stopped writing again, bet she’s gonna check Facebook again and then make another cup of tea… see, what did I tell you?”

 

Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life? 

Reading. Scuba diving. Lounging around a hotel pool with a cocktail. Being with my family. Cooking gourmet meals (but not daily dinner). Wine tasting. I used to say “chocolate”, but, would you believe it, sugar makes me fall asleep lately, so I can’t have any!

 

What books are currently on your nightstand? 

I often read more than one book at a time, and I always plan ahead so I’m not caught without reading material, so currently on my nightstand, in a precarious pile, are:

  • A Nigella Lawson cookbook (Feasts)
  • Jane Porter’s Mrs Perfect (I read this one at least once a year to remind myself it’s ok not to be perfect)
  • Jane Porter’s Odd Mom Out (to remind myself it’s ok to be quirky)
  • Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome To Temptation
  • Keeping The House, a novel by Ellen Baker
  • Love Poems by Pablo Neruda
  • An empty space waiting for Joshilyn Jackson’s upcoming release

 

What can readers expect next from you?

Insert Name Here, a romance set off the African coast, will be coming out shortly. Watch Red Rose Publishing for details.

 

Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add?  

My blog: http://eve-summers.blogspot.com/

My author page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eve-Summers/55853654786

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Dance like Everyone’s Watching by Eve Summers

Red Rose Publishing

Holiday, Interracial/Multicultural, Romantic Suspense, erotic contemporary

http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=295&products_id=838

Cruise Liner Adventures Series, Book One

As a dancer on a luxury cruise liner, Taffy has a dream job: earning tax-free money for something she’s passionate about, while not spending a cent on bed & board. Taffy, however, has a secret and the money is not coming in fast enough for her liking, especially when her focus turns away from money towards the steady, sexy and dark Ashton, whose ex-girlfriend shares Taffy’s crew cabin. 

The pool boy, Ashton, is in reality the undercover heir to the shipping company’s fortune. When an emerald pendant is stolen, Ashton has to discover the culprit before the company’s reputation is compromised. As much as he hates to admit it, Taffy is the prime suspect….

Teaser Excerpt: 

Taffy was dancing, dancing, dancing. Throwing her head back, laughing, laughing. The music melded with her soul, and they moved as one, rocked by the gentle swaying of the cruise ship.

“Woo–hoo,” a male voice from the audience shouted. “You go, girl!”

She knew she couldn’t stop… because if she did, people wouldn’t know they were enjoying their deluxe cruise holiday. She knew she couldn’t stop, because she was paid heaps of tax–free money, money she needed urgently. And so she kept on dancing.

“Show the passengers a good time,” her manager had said just a few hours earlier. “They will want to take lots of colorful snapshots to put in their photo albums. Make sure all their friends envy them, will you.” It was an order, not a request.

“I’ll do my best,” she had promised. She always wanted to do her best.

Now she found it hard to keep her promise. This was Taffy’s first night on the cruise and already a trickle of disappointment seeped into the back of her mind. The blue–green–red disco lights by the swimming pool were tedious. The welcome–aboard party a waste of time.

What am I doing here? Taffy tossed her hair from side to side and smiled at the front row of people with too much jewelry. Yes, she did it for the money of course, but…. Where was the magic?

The ship, so majestic in photos and 360–degree views when she browsed the Internet, up close revealed its age. Used by two thousand passengers last week, at present used by two thousand more, only to tart up its grimy surfaces for the two thousand who’d come in seven days’ time….

Hello, who was that? Taffy’s heart dropped a beat mid–dance as her gaze fell on a dark–skinned man… boy… no, his body was that of a man, strong and angular, yet his eyes said they’d never seen sin. The white military shirt identified him as one of the crew. Taffy felt an inexplicable pull. She was certain she’d never met the man before, yet the urge to reach out and touch his cheek was overwhelming.

His mouth… oh, dear gods, she got lost in his grin. Romance books called it captivating, and they got it right. It was an intimate grin, a grin meant only for her, as though she were the only woman in the world. Its warmth percolated into her body, eliciting a smile in return. He grinned as though the world was his lover, and Taffy was next. The thought sent a prickling awareness straight into her inner core.

I want you to look at me like that again. The dance forced Taffy into a slow pirouette.

When she could look toward the audience again, the man–boy was gone. Her stomach clenched with regret. The one magical thing on this enormous ship was gone…

… and Taffy had no choice but to keep on dancing.

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Welcome Jane Beckenham

HE'S THE ONE SAMHAIN

Hi and welcome to my blog, Jane Beckenham. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. 

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out? 

Hi Raine, thanks for having me here.  Right now I’m deep in revision mode of a contemporary.  In November my Entangled Publishing novel – THE BACHELOR PRINCE  is being released, plus I’m awaiting release dates of 3 of my books that have been contracted to a Manga company in Japan. So exciting times ahead.
How would you describe yourself using only five words?

Loyal, dedicated, loving, a painful perfectionist (sometimes) and exhausted.

 
Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Chocolate, but I try not to indulge.  I’ve actually also started to enjoy shopping!!!

 

If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?

Obsessive, dedicated, insecure, hardworking, oh yes, and exhausted!

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I’ve just died my hair carrot red and I love it!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Here in New Zealand, where life is good and green, or in Israel where it’s full of wonderful history.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?

I don’t have time to say I don’t want to do it.  I just sit down, head down and get on with it.
If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

He’s the One is my best seller.  A writer friend – Sophia James – who read it phoned me one night and said she was ½ way through and loved it, then the next a.m. she phoned again and said that she had stayed up till the wee hours until she’d finished it.  She loved it and it was in her top five fave books – I burst into tears. 

Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released? 

Sigh with relief!  And get down to write again.  And keep checking the sales rankings – sad puppy that I am. 

Could you tell us a couple of favorite books that inspired you to write?

As a child I adored Island of the Blue Dolphin, loved the story of King Arthur when a teacher read it to us at school.  I would lose myself in these stories – even though they’re completely different.

If you could collaborate with one author who would it be?

I’d love to write with Sophia James, with Sandra Hill.     Both write historical, and Sandra writes contemporary as well, and they’re very different voices.  But I love all their works.

 

What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?

About 10 years ago I was in hospital on bed rest for a month after surgery.  I saw this cloud go past and it inspired a book called To Kiss an Angel.  I imagined my angel falling from her cloud and wondering what happened.

If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would they tell?

Oh goodness, probably that she should whip my … (you know what) so worked harder, longer, faster!

Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught?

I think there is the ability, but each needs the right person to bring out that love ever-lasting. 

Do you have a book that was easiest to write or one that was the hardest?

Actually they all have an easy factory, I see the stories as a video in my head (yes call out the men in white coats!), the hardest – all of them too, at one point in time.

What can readers expect next from you?

THE BACHELOR PRINCE  is being released next, but I’ve already written one of the sister’s story, plus a Regency is in the works and another contemporary.  So lots in the works, just not enough hours in the day.

Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add? 

If you want to get my newsletter/blog, go and sign up, it comes out weekly with news/interviews/general chit chat about the world.  And free books from time to time.

HE'S THE ONE SAMHAIN A little about He’s The One by Jane Beckenham

Virginity is overrated.

Taylor Sullivan doesn’t trust Cupid, but she plays one for a living. As a successful wedding consultant, she creates a couple’s ultimate fantasy—even though she’s never managed to create her own. And when her clients start asking her for wedding night advice, she’s sensible enough to know when to enlist help.

Cade Harper knows two things about women. They either abandon him, or use him as a walking bank. He doesn’t do commitment, and marriage is a dirty word—witness the string of broken hearts he’s left in his wake. Yet Taylor’s business proposition intrigues him. In exchange for one night of no-strings passion, she’ll develop a promotional plan for his business. Who could say no?

Never one to buy anything sight unseen, Taylor tests the waters with a kiss. In an instant she has the only answer she’s ever wanted—that Cade is the one she wants.

As business starts tumbling into pleasure, Cade finds himself falling hard and fast.

It’s a fantasy come true—if they can turn heartache into forever…

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Contains explicit, straight-to-the-heart sex between a hopeless romantic heroine and an abandon-all-hope hero. No need to dress up for this party—just curl up with a glass of bubbly and a box of tissues!

Teaser Excerpt:

The moment Cade turned, everything changed.

Cade Harper. Bad boy. One sexy guy.

Taylor’s voice stalled in her throat, and she knew, when his smiling eyes captured hers, she was in way over her head.

Cade wiped his hands on a cloth and again Taylor’s gaze followed. Long, lean fingers. Fingers that would touch… Oh, boy!

He smiled. “You wanted to see me?”

She nodded and felt herself drowning in that smile. His dark eyes twinkled, a swirl of gold and chocolate brown. Just like Hershey Kisses.

Kisses!

Yep. She was definitely going under.

“Lady, I don’t mean to be rude, but I’ve got a bar to run,” he said, grabbing a knife and cutting a lemon into wafer-thin slices.

Taylor shook herself. Okay. Come on. Just say it. “I’ve got a favor to ask.”

“Ask away then,” he said, not looking up.

Taylor burned and eyed the milling crowd. “Actually, it’s a proposition.”

He definitely looked then, and his gaze focused on her. He placed the razor-sharp knife on the cutting board. His mouth quirked at one corner, smiling, gaze assessing. “Sounds intriguing.”

Sounds stupid.

He leant forward and rested both hands on the bar, the flex and tension in his forearms a powerful tease. Taylor swallowed hard.

“Is there anywhere we can talk—privately?”

“Out back in the den.” He flicked a hand toward a door behind the bar.

“More like going into the lion’s den,” she muttered.

“You say something?”

“Ah…no.” She dropped her gaze. Damn. Why hadn’t she chosen a different career? One where her clients didn’t ask about sex?

Holding herself stiff and feeling as if all eyes followed her movements, she walked behind the bar. As she brushed past him, the musky scent of his cologne teased her senses. Taylor willed the butterflies dancing a tango in her stomach to abate. They didn’t listen.

No more than a storeroom with boxes piled high along three of its four walls and a desk barely visible beneath a pile of papers and computer sheets, this room wore many different hats.
Every word Taylor had practiced dissolved from her memory as Cade closed the door behind him. The soft click of the latch echoed a thousand-fold. She spun around. He leant against the door, arms folded across his formidable chest, his gaze candid. He looked dangerous—but very delicious.

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About the Author:

In books, author Jane Beckenham discovered dreams and hope, stories that inspired in her a love of romance and happy ever after. Years later, after a blind date, Jane found her own true love and married him eleven months later.

Life has been a series of “dreams” for Jane. Dreaming of learning to walk again after spending years in hospital. Dreaming of raising a family and subsequently flying to Russia to bring home her two adopted daughters. And of course, dreaming of writing.

Writing has become Jane’s addiction—and it sure beats housework.

You can contact Jane via her web site www.janebeckenham.com or email her atneiljane@ihug.co.nz.

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