Welcome Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

 

My latest Rebel Ink Press release, Devlin’s Grace, deals with a Marine veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Devlin suffers from PTSD (post trauma stress disorder) and it’s a major part of the storyline.  I wanted to make the story as realistic as possible so I did thorough research.  And I drew not only on my own experiences as someone with a family member suffering from PTSD but from many resources as well. One of my grandfathers served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and saw some of the heaviest fighting in the Philippines.  Most of the time, he was a wonderful man and a loving grandfather but there were also times when the demons of the war haunted him  Devlin’s Grace is more than just another love story.  Although Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas play a role in the book, it’s not just a holiday themed romance.  It’s intended to be a realistic portrait of life between two people who learn to deal with troubled pasts and issues on a daily basis.  It celebrates the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.

First, here’s the blurb:

When he rides out of the fog on his motorcycle, Gracie Alloway almost mistook him for a demon rising from the smoke and steam of hell. Except she’s attracted to him from the first moment. Devlin’s everything she’s not – wild and a little wicked. But opposites attract because good girl, college student Gracie wants more of this bad boy.

Devlin dreamed up a fantasy woman back in Iraq a lot like Gracie and she evokes a side he hasn’t shown anyone in years. She also dares to enter his personal space and take liberties no other woman’s dared. Although he struggles with PTSD and other issues, Gracie won’t run and she refuses to abandon Devlin.

If she can just tame him and help him battle his demons. If he can teach her how to live a little bit more, they might just have a chance at a future together.

Here’s a brief excerpt dealing with Devlin’s PTSD issues:

“I don’t sleep much, anyway.”

            His hesitant manner hinted maybe he didn’t usually volunteer such personal information any more than she invited men up to drink coffee or rode motorcycles.   Her hand trembled the tiniest bit as Gracie put her cup up to her lips.  Dev made her nervous, but he evoked a growing sense of tenderness, too.  And his presence leached out a lot of her usual bashful reserve.  Deep weariness shadowed his eyes and haunted his face, she noted, so she asked, “Why don’t you?”

            This time, his mug shook between his hands.  After a heavy moment of silence, he sighed. “You can’t expect the devil to have sweet dreams, darlin’.  Thanks for the coffee.  I’ve got to go – morning comes early and I have to work.”

            When he held out the cup, Gracie noticed the scarring on the underside of his left arm.  Dead white skin mottled with angry red patches and rough ridges indicated he’d suffered serious burns.  She noticed similar scars on the side of his neck and wondered how much of his body had been affected.  Everything she’d learned screamed at her to say nothing, to ignore what she saw, but Gracie followed instinct.  After accepting the cup, she put it down on the end table and touched the old burn.  Her fingers brushed against the coarse skin and marveled to find it cool.  She expected heat, but it would’ve gone long ago.  Dev started to jerk away from her, but when she touched him, he stopped.  Like a bird poised for flight, he remained still as she stroked the damaged area.

            Before she could speak, he pulled his arm back and with a defiant glint in his eyes, he removed his t-shirt. “If you want to see the scars, you can see them all,” Dev said, voice harsh and hoarse. 

He revealed a torso dappled with terrible raised welts, both back and belly.  These scars were worse than the others.  Raised red ropes twined like vines over his flesh, fused and almost melted.  The agony Dev endured was beyond anything she could imagine and Gracie’s eyes brimmed with tears.  They spilled over, down her cheeks with silent hurt.  One glance at his face, set hard and as stoic as a statue intensified her empathy.  She laid her right hand on his back, his scarred flesh beneath her touch and with her left she touched the center of his chest.

              Beneath her hand his heartbeat thumped, rapid but steady.  His eyes locked with hers and in them Gracie glimpsed flickers of his personal hell.   Confusion showed up, too, along with regret and maybe shame.

            Whatever she did or said now would be pivotal, she sensed.  Based on her actions he’d either leave and be gone from her forever, something she didn’t want, or a new beginning would emerge, delicate and fragile.  If she took time to think, she’d be lost so Gracie mined deep into her woman’s soul.  When words came, she spoke them, her voice soft and yet as constant as the evening stars.  “Oh, Dev, it must’ve hurt so much.”

            “I don’t want your pity,” he said, a snarl transforming his face into something wolfish, alien.  “Don’t feel sorry for me, babe.  I don’t need charity and I sure as hell don’t need you to tell me some dumb ass feel good bunch of shit.  So quit crying over me.  Maybe it makes you feel better, but it makes me mad.”

            “It isn’t pity,” Gracie told him. “I admire you.  It takes a lot of courage to overcome hurts like this.  I hurt for you, but I don’t feel sorry for you.  I hate you had to go through such pain, but I’m crying because I care.”

             His hard face softened a little. “Why?”

            In this raw moment, she could give him nothing but honesty. “I don’t know, but I do.”

            Then Gracie leaned forward and bent just enough to touch her lips to one of the ugliest lesions, the worst of the scars.  He shuddered as she kissed his chest and when she lifted her tear streaked face, Devlin grasped her arms.  He held her in place and kissed her back, full on the mouth, without remorse or mercy.   Gracie gasped with surprise.  His lips burned hers as if she kissed a devil fresh from the pit, but she liked it.  Her body answered his call and her arms moved to circle his neck as she gave him back the kiss.

Available beginning November 17th at All Romance Ebooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookstrand.

 

About the Author: 

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy writes romance about everyday people often caught up in extraordinary circumstances.  Her titles range from contemporary to historical to time travel and sometimes stray into the paranormal.  She is a native of the historic city of St. Joseph, Missouri, a jumping off spot for countless wagon trains in the days of the old west and where outlaw Jesse James met his death.  She now lives in a small Ozark town in what passes for the suburbs.  As a member of Romance Writers of America, Missouri Writers Guild, and the Ozark Writers League, Lee Ann pens a weekly column for the local newspaper.  She has served on the local library board and arts council.  As a member of the Rebel Elite team, her upcoming releases will shift to exclusive Rebel in 2013.   She’s married with three children and one spoiled Jack Russell terrier.

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Welcome Cassandre Dayne today

Hi and welcome to my blog, Cassandre Dayne. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

 

Q: What genre do you write and for what publisher(s)? I write in several genres but am currently published in highly erotic contemporary romance with Rebel Ink Press and Naughty Nights Press.

 

Q: Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it? I have two – Spankdown (from Naughty Nights Press) was a little sexy inspiration born from a spanking site I belong to – I belong to several kink sites to learn and garner ideas. There is a wicked card game involved spanking and the number of strikes that you receive depends on the cards you select. A wicked idea was born that included a hot cougar piece. Taming Paradise – Rebel Ink Press I decided to kick up the old – soothing a broken heart by having my heroine go to an exotic island, be challenged to a naughty game by her best friend and then proceed to enjoy two hot men and one uninhibited sex club to get over her cheating fiancé. As you can image there’s more than one twist and it was inspired by a conversation with a girlfriend. Male Order – also from Rebel Ink Press – is a very gritty m/m piece that deals with the after effects of sexual slavery.

 

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from your books? The hardest to write? The easiest? I have so many. I think one of my favorites is a Bahamian man that adores an American girl that works with him and knows she’s hiding a terrible secret and pulls out all the stops to find a way to get her to trust him. It’s from the upcoming Truth, Dare or Dangerous Intent.  The hardest was taking my heroine’s part in the book – something in her past was horrible enough that I worry today about how delicately I handled it.

 

Q: What do you do when the muse decides to take a holiday or become really difficult? How do you try to coax them/she/it/he back to the drawing board?  I am very lucky that my muse works over time and in the two plus years I’ve been writing – she never lets me sleep without giving me at least one idea.

 

Q: Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but plan to in the future? At this point no – I write paranormal, campy murder mystery, erotic, a touch of horror so I’m content at this point.

 

Q: If the world was to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list? My golden retrievers, my hubbie and my computer!

 

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man/woman, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do? Play a naughty game online and hope that it leads to something under the stars.

 

Q: What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters? Generally the story – just pops into my head.

 

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as your main characters? I write campy murder mystery as Dakotah Black and a new series called Pinked is coming out in December. It’s about the horrors of living in gated community associations – Sandra Bullock would have to be my community manager and all around bold woman.

 

 

Q: What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us? I have a book coming out approx. every three weeks over a year. On tap in August is Truth, Dare or Dangerous Intent is about a girl that runs away to the islands to leave behind her horrible past and learn to find a new life. However, her past refuses to let her go. It takes the love of four men to help save her both emotionally and physically. Next is Power Struggle – another gritty m/m piece that’s the second in a series – Tales from Lucifer’s Lair.

 

Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say? Warning – this girl speaks her mind no matter when or where so if you don’t want to know, don’t ask.

 

Q: What else would you like readers to know about you or your work? I work diligently at my craft always learning and I LOVE what I do. BUT – my favorite part is nurturing and helping other writers achieve success and relish every minute of their joy.

 

Q: Where can we find you on the web? http://www.cassandredayne.com – I have a blog that you can get to from there as well.

 


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TRUTH, DARE OR DANGEROUS INTENT – Releasing August 17th from Rebel Ink Press

Nightmares kept Leesa Douglas looking over her shoulder every day and night, running from place to place. A monster from her past had ripped apart her life and gave her reason to fear. Pretending. That had become Leesa’s way of life.  Living in a new country under a new name, after two years, Leesa finally allowed herself to feel peace. Leesa loved her island paradise in the Bahamas. Playing and working with her best friends couldn’t be better, especially since they were four of the most gorgeous men she’d ever laid eyes on. The only problem was, she was keeping a damaging secret from everyone.

Renowned island chef Kaydyn Foster knew something was wrong with his lovely co-worker, the one he longed to share his bed and his life. Sadly, he had no idea how to break Leesa out of her shell until a wicked storm washed out the road from the restaurant where they worked and kept the friends together one night. Playing out a fantasy, Kaydyn suggests a saucy game of Truth or Dare. Throwing inhibition to the wind, the five friends engage in a wanton night of passion. But in the light of day, terrified her secrets would destroy them all, Leesa decides to run. Knowing only he can stop her, Kaydyn wonders if he can find her before the past fractures them forever?

MALE ORDER – Rebel Ink Press

Razer Willis was used to being exploited. Forced to work as a model after losing a high paying marketing job, he was close to being broke and homeless but no matter how desperate his situation he refused to succumb to being yet another boy toy. After rejecting sex with a man that could make or break him, Razer buried himself into his paintings for release. His lover and best friend knew about the damning secret in his past and became determined to drag him out of his personal hell at the expense of their relationship. Blake’s gift? Membership into an elite club that brought men together for business and pleasure and the contract was for life. Male Order was discrete, on the up and up and screened applicants carefully.

 

Trenton Masters held ugly secrets of his own. In the same position as Razer, a comforting but loveless relationship, his man gave Trenton the same gift. Selected by the owner of Male Order, they quickly embarked into a passionate relationship exploring domination and submission only to have their damaging pasts haunt both verging on the point of insanity. Horrors forced Razer and Trenton into facing reality. Finally uncovering the truths, both felt a heightened level of betrayal yet there was something else pulsing just under the surface — real love for the first time since their private monsters had kept them captive. As their respective pasts slammed into their comfortable lives, could two men forgive the demons that had dragged them into hell or lose the only means of salvation?

 

WHERE TO FIND ME

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Email:  cassandre@cassandredayne.com

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Meet Debut Author~Katie Alexander/CONTEST

CONTEST INFORMATION IS AT END OF INTERVIEW

Hi and welcome to my blog, Katie Alexander. Please make yourself at home and grab a drink from my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake.  So tell us a little about yourself.

Q: What genre do you write and for what publisher(s)?

I am currently writing contemporary romance for Rebel Ink Press.

Q: Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it?

My first ever release will be out on June 1st and it is called Another Chance.  I wrote it with my writing partner, Kelli Lee Mosley. Another Chance is about a woman named Megan who has been through the ultimate betrayal by her husband and has come home to heal.  What she finds is a man that can love her like no other man can.  What a man he is too!  lol

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters from your books? The hardest to write? The easiest?

My favorite character in Another Chance would have to be Dylan.  He is Megan’s older brother.  He is a hot head and jumps to the wrong conclusion all of the time.  He was fun to write for not just me but for Kelli as well.  Most of what came out of his mouth was from Kelli. The hardest was Grayson.  I had him pictured in my mind but he would come across either too wimpy or too arrogant. He even became stalkish (not sure if that is a word but it should be) there for a while.  Poor guy had a complex by the time we were done with him.

Q: What do you do when the muse decides to take a holiday or become really difficult? How do you try to coax them/she/it/he back to the drawing board?

My muse did take a year off and stopped talking to me until I kicked her, hard.  Whenever my muse stops talking to me I will go to Kelli and we can work it out together.  That is one of the things I enjoy about having a writing partner.  Kelli can straighten out my muse like no one else.  An angry Kelli is a scary Kelli.

Q: Is there a genre you haven’t tried yet but plan to in the future?

I have something that I have been working on for as long as I can remember.  It is in the paranormal genre and I hope to finish it someday.  Trust me, you want to meet Torna because he is one sexy and pissed off vamp.

Q: If the world was to end tomorrow, what three things would be on your bucket list?

First was to write a book so that one can be crossed off.  I always wanted to Ireland and Scotland so that would also be in the list.  Last would be to meet Gerald Butler and have my wicked way with him.  Hey, it could happen! No you are not a stalker until you are caught.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do?

Is this a trick question? Lol If I had a computer that happened to have electricity than it would more than likely have internet, right?  I wouldn’t leave the island since I had the “mysterious” man so I would order food and wine.  I usually look better after a bottle or two.

Q: What comes first for you: Setting? Storyline? Characters?

I think it starts with the storyline and then the characters for me.  That was how Another Chance started.  I saw Megan looking out a window after her marriage ended but I didn’t know why yet until I got to know her better. Was it a divorce or was she a widow? Once I had that set the rest fell into place.

Q: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrity would you like to star as your main characters?

I have been asked this question before and I have such a hard time answering it for some reason.  I have a certain idea what each of them looks like and I know that what I see is different than what Kelli sees.  For one, she likes blond men and I don’t.  I think the closest for Megan would be Reese Witherspoon.  She may seem petite but she has one hell of a bite.  Grayson would look like the man on the cover of, A Wicked Encounter by SammyJo Hunt.  No, I don’t know who he is but I sure would love to. *wink*

Q: What do you have coming next? Anything you want to tell us?

Right now Kelli and I are supposed to be editing Another Chance but we hope to be starting on the book that follows.  We want to work on Dylan’s book but the beginning is already surprising Kelli and I because it has a jaw drop moment. I can’t tell you what but it will be a good one.

Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Have you been talking to my mom?  The first thing that comes to mind would be, “She can be bribed.” I love chocolate and when used, she will follow.

Q: What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I am a pretty boring person.  Just ask Kelli and she will tell you.  I don’t have a shoe fetish because she has tried to convert me but it won’t stick. I do however like power tools since I have learned how to use them last year.  I have a Starbucks addiction and will read anything with a sexy werewolf alpha male. There is something about a man that can get fury and growls. *fanning self*

Q: Where can we find you on the web?

To find out more about Katie or Another Chance please visit her blog at http://katiealexander1.blogspot.com/or her web site at http://members.cox.net/katie_alexander/Index.shtml

You can also email her at katiealexander1@yahoo.com

 Contest Information:

Answer this trivia question to win this gorgeous bracelet. Contest runs till Saturday May 14th @ Noon est with winner announced here on my blog Saturday evening.

Trivia question: How long did it take to finish Another Chance?  You can find the answer on my web site.