Finding A Voice #MFRWauthor #mgtab #amwriting @RssosSisters @jacqbiggar


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Every truly great book I’ve ever read the author has developed their characters to the point that they become more than words on the page. They’re people. People with faults, feelings, frailties, and triumphs.

These characters become so real to us that we almost hate for their stories to end, yet we can’t quit turning the pages to find out how it ends.

That’s stellar writing.

How do they make us invest in their stories this way?

I believe it’s through developing a voice for each and every character. One that’s unique to them.

This is from Ed Gaffney, the wonderful Suzanne Brockmann’s equally amazing DH 🙂

As lovers of romance, we all know how important it is to create realistic characters. If readers don’t connect with the people in the story we’re telling, they’re going to put the book down. It’s as simple as that. And that’s because it’s virtually impossible to care what happens to someone if you don’t believe the person is realistic. Or if you don’t like or relate to the person. Of if you don’t know the person.

But this isn’t exactly news. Writers — especially romance writers – are painfully aware of the fact that if their characters don’t work, their book doesn’t work. And that’s why we spend so much time building our characters. Height, weight, age, gender, sexual orientation. Eye color, hair color, skin color. Place of birth, parents, children, siblings, marital status. Education, employment. Hopes, dreams, values, beliefs. Likes, dislikes. Strengths, weaknesses, fears.

But one of the most overlooked elements in character — at least from my point of view — is voice. What do your characters sound like? It’s something they reveal almost every time they show up on a page, and therefore it’s an incredibly powerful tool when populating the world you are building. And yet, it’s very often ignored.

Here’s an exercise you can use to help analyze whether you’re using the voices of your characters well. Take a scene from one of your stories, and make a list of what each character says. Then compare the lists. Are they truly distinct? If not, you are not only passing up a huge opportunity to help give your characters the kind of nuance and color we all hope to achieve as writers, but you also risk making your characters less realistic. Because people don’t all sound alike. So there’s no reason in the world why your characters should all sound alike.

Taken from one of the great posts put out by the Romance University

http://romanceuniversity.org/2015/04/10/part-1-what-is-voice-and-why-does-it-matter-by-ed-gaffney/comment-page-1/#comment-7308344334219514344

 

Examples of strong, individual voices:

CONVERSATION WITH NAVY SEALS MARK “JENK” JENKINS, DAN GILLMAN, JAY LOPEZ, AND IRVING “IZZY” ZANELLA

from Suzanne Brockmann’s Headed For Trouble:

IZZY: (uneasy) So how do you know if Suz is planning to toss you into one of those story arcs? I mean, shit. We were all major characters in Into the Storm.

GILLMAN: Obviously, Jenk’s safe. But damn, I could be in serious trouble. I’ve got a major crush on Sophia Ghaffari.

IZZY: (scoffing) Yeah,like you’re going to be the hero of her book. Two words. Dream on, fool.

GILLMAN: Two words—

JENK: Guys. Stop.

LOPEZ: I know I’m not the hero of the next book because Minnie’s cooking dinner for me right now.

IZZY: Minnie?

LOPEZ: Shhh. I shouldn’t have said her name. Bad karma.

GILLMAN: Someone light a match.

IZZY: (to Lopez) You’re actually dating a woman named Minnie?

JENK: (to Gillman) He didn’t fart, he just said her name.

GILLMAN: I thought it might help.

LOPEZ: Make fun of me all you want, Zanella. You just wish you were getting some of her manicotti tonight.

GILLMAN: (cracking up) I’ve heard it called a lot of things …

 

Brockmann, Suzanne (2013-04-30). Headed for Trouble (Troubleshooters) (pp. 118-119). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Each person has his own distinct way of talking and together they’re so much fun to read. You can actually feel the bond between these guys even though they constantly rib the hell out of each other 🙂

J.R. Ward’s Blood Kiss

This is between the brother, Vishous, and his best bud, Butch:

 

I need to go on a date, he thought. “Where are we going?” V asked in his ear.

Shit, he’d said that out loud. “Not you.”

“Hurt. Seriously hurt over here,” came the tinny reply.

“Marissa and I need. . . .”

“If it’s sex ed, I could have sworn you two figured that out. Unless all those sounds are just the pair of you thumb-wrestling.”

“Really.”

“You’re saying that shit is origami? Jesus Christ, the paper cuts . . . can’t fucking imagine, true?”

Ward, J.R. (2015-12-01). Blood Kiss: Black Dagger Legacy (p. 93). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

This is a perfect example of characterization by voice. Anyone who has read the BDB series (Black Dagger Brotherhood) knows of Vishous and his love of Butch (mostly platonic) and his propinquity for sarcasm. And “true” is his phrase.

You can easily tell who is speaking here and even something about their personalities. All in one paragraph. Brilliant.

 

Original image via Lucy Downey from Flickr Creative Commons

 

Always strive to bring your characters to life on the page. In both of the examples above, we connect with them because of  their humor and sarcasm. I think those two traits are as integral to strong characterization as insecurities and imperfections. We don’t fall in love with super heroes, (unless you’re Lois Lane) we fall for heroes and heroines who remind us of ourselves.

Your readers will thank you by holding a place for them in their hearts.

 

The Sale of Woodhouse Glass by K.J. Watters #Romance #MFRWauthor #mgtab @GoddessFish @karmajoywatters


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The Sale of Woodhouse Glass

by K.J. Watters

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance (sweet)

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“Touching and intelligent, The Sale of Woodhouse Glass isn’t your ordinary romance. Kali Woodhouse is a widowed mother-of-two who spends her days running her deceased husband’s business, Woodhouse Glass, and flirting with the town police officer, who is exactly right for her in every way. He’s certainly a better choice than the bad-boy, screw-up she’s known since childhood, and who just so happens to need a job and has the necessary skills for Woodhouse Glass.

 

“No, this isn’t the generic storyline you’ve seen before with flat characters who play their roles according to the formula. Watters eschews cliche and instead tells a touching story about love, loss, family, and finding happiness again after tragedy.”

-Author of “Someone Else’s Fairytale” E.M. Tippetts

 

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Excerpt:

 

“Hey, look at you in street clothes…You look tall. I mean good. You look good. Although not very detective-ish.” She’d blurted out her first thought to keep from staring, and she immediately regretted it. Hoping to come off as playful rather than unfiltered, she paired her words with a gentle tap to his shoulder with the back of her hand.

 

Parker chuckled, his broad smile and perfect teeth reinforcing the magazine-worthy image. “Well, thanks, but that was supposed to be my line. You look pretty good yourself. Beautiful, actually.” He paused long enough for her to blush. “Are you all ready?”

 

“Yep. I forgot how quickly I can get myself ready when it’s just me. You have no idea how much work it is to leave the house with kids. Getting everyone in shoes that match and fit seems like it should be easy, but I’m not kidding when I say that it takes half of our morning every single day.”

 

Please stop talking, she begged herself, turning to lock her door and trying to collect her thoughts—or at least shut her mouth.

 

“Huh. That’s probably why my sister-in-law keeps her kids’ shoes in the car. She and my brother have two kids about the same ages as yours. Two boys.” Parker led her to the silver SUV in the driveway and opened the passenger door. As he walked around to the driver’s side, Kali focused intently on buckling her seatbelt, an exercise in appearing to be a normal, stable, person.

 

“I was wondering if I was going to get to ride in a police cruiser tonight, but I guess I won’t get to cross that one off my bucket list.” Kali heard her voice again, nervously jabbering against her will.

 

Parker didn’t seem to mind following her rambling conversation. “I don’t drive it home. But I could probably arrange a ride if it means that much to you. A bucket list item is a big deal.”

 

“Well, maybe my list is too long. It also has ‘grow a prize-winning pumpkin,’ ‘fold a thousand paper cranes,’ and ‘catch a seagull.’” Luckily, Kali’s imagination kept pace with her mouth.

 

“I might need to rethink my list. I’m really not sure how I could have overlooked those.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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K.J. Watters is the author of The Sale of Woodhouse Glass, a solitary journalistic article, and a large number of unfinished manuscripts.

 

She has an underutilized degree in Communications, selected for its minimal math requirements. She married her math tutor who is now a CPA in southern Oregon.

 

Her hobbies currently include reading, writing, and watching beginner level gymnastics, ballet, and soccer practices. When she isn’t writing or being a mom, she also teaches high school conflict resolution classes part-time.

 

Links:

 

Website: Kjwatter.weebly.com

Twitter: karmajoywatters

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Kali is torn between the three men who each hold a part of her heart. Two of them have dumped her and one of them is dead; a bit of a disheartening group. But since the universe isn’t dealing out tragedies fairly, she might have the luck to end up with that once-in-a-lifetime love a second time.

 

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Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward #BookReview #PNR #MFRWauthor #mgtab @jacqbiggar @JRWard1


Blood Kiss

 

Blood Kiss

by J.R. Ward

 

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

 

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Buy Link: Amazon

Author Info:

J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

My review:

I was a little bit nervous going into this book because it had a lot to live up to- Hello, Black Dagger Brotherhood!- but I need not have worried.

The cast of characters in this spin-off are every bit as mesmerizing as the Brothers- And that’s saying something.

I totally bought into the concept of the trainee program and loved the fact that she kept many of her well-loved characters involved in the plot-line.

The cast of new recruits are from various backgrounds and create the basis for the story. The heroine, Paradise, was the best part for me. She’s a member of the aristocracy. The pampered princess of her father, the King’s First Advisor, yet she has a backbone of steel and more than proves her value among the trainees. But, when she meets Craeg, a commoner, she falls into a forbidden love.

Craeg knows the female he craves isn’t right for him, she’s an innocent, but he can’t control the inferno inside. So he decides to give in, just a little.

When danger erupts and Paradise lands in trouble Craeg must decide whether he can overcome his prejudices before he loses his one chance at happiness.

This book is impossible to put down!!

I give Blood Kiss 5 lovely kisses

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The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert #Contemporary #Romance #MFRWauthor #mgtab @Barclay_PR @katee_robert


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THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
by Katee Robert

When Teague O’ Malley and Callista Sheridan are ordered to marry they soon realize that there is much more at stake than money. Fans of Jackie Ashenden’s Make You and Kresley Cole’s The Master, Unexpected, will devour the super steamy and fast paced first book, The Marriage Contract in the O’ Malley series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Series: The O’Malley Series #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Paperback- December 22, 2015 Digital- June 2, 2015
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing- Forever

 

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Synopsis:
Teague O’Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family’s name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a “business” alliance, Teague’s ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and he decides he will do everything in his power to protect her.
Everyone knows the O’Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn’t aware of just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. The closer they get, though, the more trouble they’re in. Because Callie’s keeping a dark secret—and what Teague doesn’t know could get him killed.

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Excerpt:

“Any other untoward habits I should know about in my future wife?” Future wife. Fuck if he didn’t love the sound of that, especially when it meant that four short weeks from now, Callie would be his. It was a savage thought, but he couldn’t shake it. Or deny exactly how much he wanted it.
“I love old movies.” That brought his attention back around to her, a moth to her flame. She twisted a lock of her blond hair around her finger. “If it has Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, or Audrey Hepburn in it, then I own it and have watched it entirely too many times to admit in public.”
He could see that. There was something about Callie that brought to mind the glamour and grace of actresses from that time period. He took a drink of his whiskey, enjoying the ease of their conversation. It didn’t matter that he’d convinced her to come out tonight in order to stop a war he was beginning to get the feeling there was no way to stop. Hell, he liked her. “I’d like us to be clear on something.”
“Yes?”
“This”—he motioned between them—“is a date.”
She gave him a look like she wasn’t sure if he was joking or not. “Okay…”
“Which means that we’re going to eat, and after that, I’m going to walk you to your car.” He leaned forward, crowding her a little. “Then I’m going to kiss you.”
Her eyes went wide. “And if I don’t want you to?”
He didn’t so much as twitch, because she looked like she was torn between bolting and actually liking the idea. He wanted to point out that, reasons for initiating it aside, she’d sure as fuck enjoyed their kiss in the alley. Not to mention the fact that they were getting married in a month, but that wasn’t a threat he was willing to utter. Neither of them had chosen this pairing, no matter how well they seemed to get along right now, and he couldn’t go into this expecting a certain outcome. But he could hope—and he could stack the deck in his favor as much as possible. “Do you?”
“I…” Her mouth opened and then closed, as if reconsidering whatever her knee-jerk reaction had been. “Yes.”
His breath left him in a whoosh. He’d thought she was just as interested as he was, but there was always the risk of miscommunication. No longer. Now he knew exactly where Callie stood. She wanted him, whether she was comfortable with the feeling or not. He took her hand and lifted it to his lips, pressing a kiss to the back of her knuckles. “In that case, I hope you’re hungry, because here comes our food.”

 

About Katee Robert:

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google + | GoodReads | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

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The Dark Dozen: Stories for Scarborough #MFRWauthor #Horror #SciFi @BPICPromos


 

The Dark Dozen: Stories for Scarborough

by Travis Luedke, C.N. Lesley, Danielle DeVor, Maer Wilson, Steven Ramirez, Jody A. Kessler, Louann Carroll, Ross G. Homer, M. Joseph Murphy, Robert P. Wills, Karenne Griffin, and Allan B. Anderson
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 2, 2015

 

 

 

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This fund-raising anthology of Horror and Sci-Fi short stories was created to benefit Altoine Scarborough, a man in desperate need of a heart transplant. The stories, cover art, formatting, editing and compilation were all donated. Every penny of the royalties we receive will go to Al’s GOFUNDME project. (MW)

Vampires to ghosts to monsters—and futures we won’t want to see come true—fill this collection of dark stories that are sure to give you chills. This stellar, fan-favorite group, which includes award-winning and best-selling authors, brings a unique voice to some familiar and not-so-familiar creatures. Join Travis Luedke, C.N. Lesley, Danielle DeVor, Maer Wilson, Steven Ramirez, Jody A. Kessler, Louann Carroll, Ross G, Homer, M. Joseph Murphy, Robert P. Wills, Karenne Griffin, and Allan B. Anderson for a trip into the Darkness.

BROWN THE RECLUSE by Steven Ramirez – Ted Brown is a man slipping away from reality. Long estranged from his family and living in Seattle, he works at a job he no longer values and lately appears to be losing his memory. But when he discovers a spider in his apartment, that’s when things get really interesting.

THE RAID by Maer Wilson – Gamers are often loyal to their teammates. When Aelan and her friends tackle an evil dragon, that loyalty goes far beyond what anyone expects.

THE BONES by Danielle DeVor – Sometimes, things leave a residue, like the smell left behind when toast is burned. When a medical student brings a skeleton home to study, her child’s life will never be the same.

THE WHISPERING by Karenne Griffin – The small village of Gorland is horrified as their children kill themselves in what appear to be suicide pacts. But there is much more going on and only one child has the key.

THE DIARY OF A MADMAN by Robert P. Wills – Just because others don’t see the ghosts, doesn’t mean they aren’t real.

THE CALL: AN ANGEL FALLS NOVELLA by Jody A. Kessler – Professional shaman and cranky, anti-social ghost hunter, Chris Abeyta, finds spirits and helps them cross over to the afterlife. In his latest case, he and Juliana Crowson find the ghost of a girl trapped by time and a heart-wrenching tale of a camping trip gone terribly wrong.

THE FOUNDLINGS: JENNY’S TALE by Louann Carroll – Technology meets morality when Jenny loses her only friend. Terrified and alone she must choose between reentering the world or living the rest of her life in the dark.

MUMANS by Ross G. Homer – He found love in the most unlikely place. But could he keep the love he found?

A TALE OF TWO QUEENS AND A FROZEN HEART by Allan B. Anderson – Reily, an experienced troubleshooter, is hired to find two teams who have gone missing in a frozen wasteland. But even his skills may not be enough to survive what he discovers.

THE VAMPIRE AND THE VALIANT WARRIOR by M. Joseph Murphy – A noble thief in search of ancient treasure stumbles upon the den of a sadistic vampire.

HELL IS NEVER FULL by C.N. Lesley – When the seed of hate is sown it puts forth shoots of malice that bear flowers of evil. Time has no meaning for revenge.

DREAMS OF NIGHTLIFE LAS VEGAS by Travis Luedke – An author has an unexpected encounter with one of his most dangerous – and sexy – creations.

For more information about Al’s situation or to donate directly to his GoFundMe project, please check out these links below:

Any support to help save Al’s life will be deeply appreciated.

Al’s GOFUNDME Page – https://www.gofundme.com/l1911s

Al’s Facebook Page – WE HEART AL – https://www.facebook.com/We-Heart-Al-611995988938764/

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To read more about Al’s story and how this anthology came about, visit Maer Wilson’s website.

 

 

 

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The SEAL’s Special Mission by Rogenna Brewer #RomSus #Harlequin #MFRWauthor #mgtab @Rogenna


The SEAL’s Special Mission

by Rogenna Brewer

(Harlequin Superromance)

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

The SEAL's Special Mission

 

“You and the boy are coming with me.” 

Navy SEAL Kenneth Nash has one objective—protect the son he’s never known. If that means dragging along his former sister-in-law Mallory Ward, then so be it. But while hiding out in a rustic cabin in the Rockies, Nash faces an unexpected problem.

Suddenly he’s feeling things for Mallory that he has no right to feel. Regardless of how this turns out, he could never be the family man that his son and Mallory deserve. Yet as danger approaches, Nash and Mallory’s attraction persists—and it could jeopardize the entire mission.

 

Buy Link: Amazon

 

About the Author:

Rogenna Brewer

 

Celebrating more than half a million books in print!

In my life I’ve been a rebel, a sailor, a petty officer and an author. Served in the United States Navy in such exotic locals as Midway Island and The Pentagon. Married a Nuke. Kaboom! And have three sons as a result.

I write happily ever afters about men and women in uniform.

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“From Navy Vet to Romance Novelist. Not just a job, thirteen years of Navy SEAL research.”

~~~Rogenna

 

My Review:

This book caught my interest right from the first line:

“Freeze!” Her voice shook almost as badly as the Sig Sauer in her hand.

Mallory Ward is a rookie FBI agent facing her worst nightmare, her sister’s murder.

I loved the premise for this story.

Navy SEAL, Kenneth Nash is accused of killing his own wife and sentenced to a lifetime in prison after getting caught seemingly redhanded by his sister-in-law, Mal. But did he do it?

Rogenna leads us through a maze of suspicion, danger, and forbidden passion that kept this reader turning the pages long after midnight.

She has a talent for action scenes that’s guaranteed to get your pulse pounding.

Favorite lines:

Resting her head against his shoulder, she allowed herself that moment only to feel what it would be like to be loved by Nash.

“We’re cool. I’m letting you hug me with maggots taped to your gut, aren’t I?”

She reveled in his deep chuckle.

The sound of it. The feel of it.

The heartbreak of it.

 

Powerful.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes plenty of hair-raising action with their romance, and of course, a happy ever after against seemingly impossible odds.

I give The SEAL’s Special Mission 5 lovely kisses

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Can’t Hold Back by Serena Bell #Contemporary #MFRWauthor #Romance @BPICPromos @SerenaBellBooks


 

Can’t Hold Back

by Serena Bell

Series: Returning Home, #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 15, 2015

 

 

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In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight—perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery—a war-shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.

No girl can resist a man in uniform—especially if that man is Nate Riordan. But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home. Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts a friend’s invitation to a new veterans’ retreat. Expecting a little R&R, Nate is shocked when the sight of his physical therapist opens up another old wound: heartbreak.

Years ago, Alia Drake fell hard for Nate, but never made her move. Instead, she set up her sister with the sexy, confident military man, a foolish decision that continues to haunt all three of them. Now, with Nate as her patient, she can make things right—even if it means getting too close for comfort. A healing touch and a little honesty work wonders, fueling a physical intimacy that crosses professional boundaries. This time, with desire in the air once more, Alia won’t hold anything back.

 

 

You didn’t have to be a pain-management guru to see it. It wasn’t the tapping that had hurt him. It was talking about what had happened. It was remembering.
The tender points on his body told her that his brain was overreacting to pain signals. He was feeling more pain than there was, like a mic and speakers in a terrible feedback loop. It was pretty common with trauma, particularly trauma that had both a physiological and a psychological component.
The first step was breaking the loop.
She put her hands on his shoulders.
His skin, even through his T-shirt, was much warmer than she was expecting, and the sensation surged through her fingers with a shock that she’d failed to brace herself for. That sheer, electric human connection.
If a physical therapist has natural feelings of attraction toward a patient, he/she must sublimate those feelings in order to avoid sexual exploitation of the patient.
Words to that effect had been all over her ethics textbook.
She pulled her hands away for a moment. Recalibrated her mind. Put her hands back on his skin. The sensation was less intense this time, but still there. Like the heat in his body threw a switch beneath her surface.
Sublimate.
She knew what it meant, but she really wasn’t sure how the hell one accomplished it. She’d never thought to ask.
Maybe this was a bad idea. She’d thought of it as making reparations, but it was starting to look more like making the same mistake twice.
It wasn’t like she had a lot of choices here. She had a man in pain on her table. He’d been treating his pain with an addictive painkiller. She was currently the only physical therapist on staff. A litany of facts that didn’t give a shit about her feelings, natural or unnatural.
Surely treating him—despite any stray “natural feelings of attraction”—was a lesser evil than kicking him out of her office and probably sending him back to the pill bottle. Especially since she’d already screwed up his life once because she couldn’t control her attraction to him.
A physical therapist stands in a relationship of trust to each patient and has an ethical obligation to act in the patient’s best interest and to avoid any exploitation or abuse of the patient.
Noticing that her body reacted chemically to the nearness of his wasn’t exploitation or abuse. And it was pretty clear that it was in Nate’s best interest right now to break the pain loop.
Tentatively, she sent heat into her own fingers, warmed the area over his collarbone. So much tension vibrating in him. Maybe that was all she was feeling, the live-wire coiled energy of a man who’d been wound too tight. She was used to all kinds of electricity pouring off people, the accumulated impulses that a human body stored and shed. What she’d felt a moment ago was just that, another form of strange energy. Nothing to make herself crazy over.
She felt more confident now. Right. Nate was in pain. She could help.
She pressed his shoulders gently down, trying to give his neck a little more room. She kneaded with her thumbs, urging the thick knot of muscle to let go. A firm, businesslike touch. Professional strokes.
God, his skin is smooth.
She watched as his lips, which had been pressed together, softened. Loosened, relaxed. Felt something uncoil in her own body. In her chest.
Lower.
Damn it.

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Susan Young Photography

USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes richly emotional stories about big-hearted characters with real troubles and the people who are strong and generous enough to love them.

Serena loves to embrace new hobbies, and has at various times enjoyed birdwatching, backpacking, violin, Ultimate Frisbee, skiing, tennis, ice-skating, dance, needlepoint, kayaking, paddleboarding, meditating, and swimming laps—to name just a few.

Her supportive husband lovingly accepts each new hobby and all the equipment it requires, and her two school-aged children provide opportunities to explore new activities like coaching basketball and remembering just how much math she’s forgotten.

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Relentless by Vanessa Dare #RomSus #mgtab #RSsos @GoddessFish @iamvanessavale


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Relentless

by Vanessa Dare

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

 

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A fun weekend at a friend’s wedding in Denver takes a bizarre twist for Anna Scott when her rental car is pulled over due to an “anonymous tip.” In her trunk…a dead man linked to warring crime families in Denver and New York. It should be easy for an innocent woman to be cleared for an simple mix-up. But was it a mistake? The police aren’t so sure, and neither is the crime boss who wants vengeance for his son-in-law’s death. Suddenly appearing on the radar means that now Anna Scott is in real trouble. Two years ago, Anna Scott didn’t exist. The police think she knows way too much about criminal procedures and they’re determined to find out her secret. Their attention forces Anna to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with both the mafia and the police. This twist of fate could not only expose her, but place her, and anyone close to her in jeopardy.

Jake Griffin is playing a deadly game. He’s spent the last few months undercover in the Moretti crime family. The mysterious and beautiful Anna Scott is a big problem. Moretti assigns him to find out who she is and what she’s after, and to kill her if she becomes a problem. Jake needs to focus on taking down Moretti, not risking his life and career protecting a sexy woman who is a complete mystery. Unfortunately, he can’t stop wondering about her. He knows she’s lying, but his gut instincts, and the bone deep desire he feels every time he sees her, won’t allow him to walk away. He discovers that he’s willing to go to war with the whole world for one alluring, yet vulnerable woman. He can’t seem to stop taking desperate gambles where she’s concerned. The most dangerous of all might be trusting her with the truth.

 

 

 

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I still couldn’t tell Anna I was a cop. She’d be pissed—understatement of the year—and probably run off and take on that new identity. At the moment, it was critical I made connections with the likes of Frank Carmichael and I couldn’t do that if I was a cop. He wouldn’t take a meeting from me then if I held up the last corned beef sandwich on the planet.

 

“You dragged me over here on a Sunday morning to talk about my dates?” Carrie wanted to know.

 

“You have more than one?”

 

I wanted her to line them all up so I could check them out. Carrie might be thirty-two years old, but it didn’t mean I wouldn’t shoot any asshole who treated her poorly.

 

“Save your alpha personality for Anna,” Carrie grumbled, letting her head fall back against the couch cushion.

 

Anna just arched a brow and her gaze flicked down my  body. Just a look like that had me getting hard, which wasn’t good in front of my sister. Alpha with Anna was definitely working—for both of us.

 

To hide my eagerness for Anna, I walked to the kitchen to get a drink. My dick was running the show now and I needed that to stop. It wasn’t going to see any action until I saved Anna, so I needed to get my brain in gear and focus on the dangerous shit. “I need you to set up a meeting for me with Uncle Frank,” I called out.

 

Carrie sat up. I couldn’t see her, but I knew this because her feet hit the floor. “Why would you want me to do that?”

 

“Because he’s going to help me kill Anna.”

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Vanessa Dare does it all: Urban contemporary to time traveling to Scotland and everything in between. Her bestselling alter ego, Vanessa Vale, sticks with steamy Wild West romps.

 

 

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Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Dare/e/B016YKNBYG

 

 

 

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His To Take by Katee Robert #mfrwauthor #Contemporary #Romance @Barclay_PR @Katee_Robert


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HIS TO TAKE

 by Katee Robert

Series: Out of Uniform #3.5

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 7, 2015

Publisher: Entangled Brazen

 

 

A game of truth or dare gets WAY out of hand in the sexiest way possible, in Katee Robert’s His to Take.

Fans of Samanthe Beck’s Private Practice or No Strings Attached by Nicolette Day, will devour the final installment of the Out of Uniform series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

 

 

 

His to Take

 

Synopsis:

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

 

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent—something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

 

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

 

 

 1-Truth or Dare

Excerpt:

 

“You haven’t even heard what I’m proposing.”

“I don’t have to. I know you. And as great as an hour of hot sweaty sex would be, I’m not in the mood.”

That, more than anything else, confirmed there was something wrong. He tamped down the urge to ask what it was. They weren’t that kind of friends. Not yet. They were two people who’d hooked up a handful of times in the last six years. That was it.

That was what he was trying to change.

So he nudged her shoulder, hating that the winter made so many layers necessary. It was only his imagination making him think he could feel the heat of her body through her coat from that tiny touch. “Truth or dare, Freckles?”

Her jaw dropped. “You’re joking.”

“We haven’t done it in years.” Not since the night they met.

“Right. Because we’re grown-ass adults, and truth or dare is for kids.”

He watched the memories reflected in her hazel eyes. Truth or dare was how they’d gotten started in the first place. They’d been with a group of friends down at Mill Creek and someone had suggested the game. It had been a wild night of the kind of trouble only teenagers could get into, and it had culminated out in the middle of the creek where another of their friends dared Erin to kiss Warren.

And, holy fuck, had she kissed him.

 

See where it all began with book 1 of the Out of Uniform series, In Bed with Mr. Wrong.

 

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google + | GoodReads | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

 

Katee agreed to answer a few questions about her writing process and share them with us today. Take it away, Katee 🙂

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?

I’m a “Let’s rush through this and worry about the rest later” type of writer. The first draft is the hardest part for me (and the most exciting), so if there’s a plot point or something that I’m not sure about, I leave myself a note in brackets and return to it during editing. And there is A LOT of editing the second pass through.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

I went into an Air Force recruiting station to ask some questions about their progress they were singularly horrified/fascinated by the fact that I was a romance author. Also, not particularly helpful haha

E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?

I like e-books for the books that I’m trying out by new authors, and also for books that I’m unlikely to re-read (like thrillers or mysteries). Otherwise, I’m all about the print!

Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

I love most of social media. Food pictures? I am ALL about it. Chatting on Twitter with like-minded folk? It’s amazing! I love being able to reach across the distance of the entire world and connect with people I never would have met otherwise. My least favorite part is the ability to spread negativity at the click of a button. That’s rough. I’d rather look at puppy pictures and gush about whatever book is knocking your socks off currently.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

Oh man, I read a little bit of everything. I bounce from nonfiction to YA horror to fantasy to contemporary and everything in between. My only limit is that I can’t read what I’m currently writing or it gets a little weird in my headspace and either I end up stalling out on my work in progress or I start unintentionally mimicking the voice of the book I’m reading.

What event would you call your breakthrough as an author?

There have been a couple. My breakthrough into publishing was my science fiction book, Queen of Swords. My breakthrough into getting to the point where I am today, though, was writing Wrong Bed, Right Guy. That book was originally written as a gift to my editor because she wanted a “wrong bed” book that didn’t involve infidelity. It was fun and saucy and just plain good times and it turned out that a lot of readers really dug it, too.

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What’s your favorite Disney film?

Mulan, all the way. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and she’s willing to challenge whatever is standing in her way in her fight to get it. I respect that like whoa. Also, Shang. *dreamy sigh*

 

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Kim Kash

 

 

Kim Kash is the author of two novels in the Jamie August series: Ocean City Cover-up (2015) and Ocean City Lowdown (2013). She also wrote the bestselling Ocean City: A Guide to Maryland’s Seaside Resort (2009), and is currently working on the next installment in the Jamie August series. Kim divides her time between Maryland and the Middle East, which can be weird.

 

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

As a freelance writer back in 2008, I wrote a travel guide to Ocean City, Maryland for the Tourist Town series (Ocean City: A Guide to Maryland’s Seaside Resort). While I was researching that book, I wanted to read some good mysteries set in the region—and I found that there aren’t very many. Ocean City is a gold mine of funny characters and kitschy, fun scenery, and it holds plenty of memories from my own life. I was surprised that the OC-inspired fiction choices were so thin, so I decided to chime in with my own series.

Have you ever disliked something you wrote?

I dislike everything I write, the first time around! I have done a lot of work as a professional editor, and it’s very difficult for me to just shut up and write, you know? My first drafts are always a mess, and I hate them. But I’m finally getting into the rhythm of it and learning to get out of my own way and just get the draft done. Then I edit, edit, and edit again. In terms of disliking any finished pieces? I’m pretty happy with my creative writing. I try not to get my ego too caught up in any of it, though. I write campy genre fiction, with glee! I love it that readers enjoy my stuff, but when I get a cranky Amazon review, it doesn’t cause much existential angst.

How has your writing career changed in the past year?

My writing career just changed in the last month, because I have taken a full-time job. I’m coordinating logistics for the expatriate school in my community, which definitely scratches my organizational itch. I’m really happy about this change. And yet…. I haven’t had to report to work wearing real clothes and makeup in almost ten years. No more days of working in my pajamas on the couch with only my cat Eddie for company. I am still adjusting to the time crunch, trying to figure out put in a full day’s work and still eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep–plus finish the third novel. Good Lord! Other people do this, I keep telling myself. And it is getting better: I’m getting more efficient, and I have every intention of finishing the next book in my series.

What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile?

Next up is Bad Citizen Corporation, the debut crime novel of fellow UCSB grad S.W. Lauden. It came out last month with some wildly enthusiastic reviews, so I’m pretty excited to read it—and not just because we cut our teeth at the same college newspaper. Lauden is a big supporter of indie fiction, interviewing fellow authors and organizing readings and events in Southern California. We need somebody like Lauden on the East Coast—or maybe we have one, but I haven’t been invited to the party yet. Living in Saudi Arabia but writing about Ocean City, Maryland does leave me rather disconnected with what’s going on with my community of authors.

What are you working on now?

I’m well into Ocean City Getaway, the third in the Jamie August series. In this installment, Jamie faces such daunting challenges as infiltrating a ring of con artists working the eastern seaboard; fighting against her vegetarian boyfriend’s campaign to make her stop eating crabcakes (this may involve a breakup); and smiling through her best friend’s beach wedding while wearing an off-the-shoulder lavender bridesmaid’s dress.

 

Ocean City Lowdown: A Jamie August Novel (Book 1)

Ocean City Lowdown introduces Eastern Shore Maryland reporter Jamie August, who has a talent for unearthing more than her editor wants and a weakness for Ravens jerseys and sparkly underwear. She is assigned to cover the grand opening of a big new housing development in Ocean City, Maryland. But instead of writing about wrap-around porches and rattan furnishings, she uncovers kickbacks and payoffs, blackmail and murder. Jamie’s tenacity, smarts, and sheer recklessness—plus some smokin’ striptease dance moves—can get her out of some tight spots, but are they enough to save her from a psychopathic arsonist and two generations of corrupt real estate tycoons?

 

Ocean City Cover-up: A Jamie August Novel (Book 2)

Euro-trash collides with American gangsta in Maryland’s gleefully cheesy beach resort. Reporter Jamie August befriends a spoiled heiress who is being pursued by Russian mobsters—and a chart-topping rap star. Meanwhile, a raging crime spree is keeping Jamie busy—and so is a hot new boyfriend and a strict jogging and frozen custard fitness plan. Action careens from OC to Dubai, from the wild shores of Assateague to a wild-west campground. Will Jamie survive to debut her fringed leopard-print bikini?

 

 

 

 

 

Love One Another #mfrwauthor #RSsos #Holidays


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My post today was going to be something light and holiday themed, but in light of recent events I felt the need to write about something much more serious in nature.

 

Our lack of respect for each other as humans astonishes and saddens me.

 

Almost every other night on the news we hear of mass shootings and suicide bombers.

We’re so blessed to live on this planet we call earth, yet we continue as a race to destroy both it and ourselves. Why?

I listened to a report the other day where President Obama said that if we don’t do something soon there would be tens of millions of climate refugees.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It’s been a great pleasure to meet with several of the leaders of island nations who are vital to the work that we’re doing here in Paris.

Their populations are among the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change.  If sea levels rise at currently projected levels, or the pace that is currently projected, some of their people will be forced to flee their homes.  Some of their nations could disappear entirely.  And as weather patterns change, we might deal with tens of millions of climate refugees from the Asia-Pacific region.

 

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Global warming will create flooding, drought, fires, and will force thousands out of their homes.

 

What can we do to change all these dire warnings?

 

I think it’s more important than ever to reach out in some way to show that you care about this world we share.

We can do this in a number of ways:

  1. Find the nearest shelter and offer your time.
  2. Bake some holiday cookies, package them up in little bags and leave them in an area where the homeless might find them.
  3. Support you local Santa’s Anonymous and donate a toy.
  4. Donate food and time to the food bank.
  5. Avoid using plastic.
  6. Walk more instead of driving.
  7. Look at your fellow man, really look. You might be surprised by what you see. We all have families we love, no matter our race or religion.
  8. Don’t judge many by the one.
  9. Smile more: it’s contagious 🙂
  10. Don’t take what you have for granted. Life is precious.

 

Happy Holidays all and love one another,

Jacquie Biggar

 

Missing In the Glades by Lena Diaz #BookReview #MFRWauthor #mgtab @LenaDiaz


Missing In the Glades

 

Missing In the Glades

by Lena Diaz

 

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Buy Link: Amazon

 

 

He was looking for a missing person. What he found was a beautiful stranger. 

Looking for a fresh start, detective Jake Young headed south on a case that could help launch his PI business. He knew no amount of work would make him forget his tortured past, but maybe Faye Star could help. Caught up in Jake’s missing persons case, the distracting Faye was hiding a secret he was begging to find out. Expertly guiding him through the swamps, Jake’s job grew more complicated when someone started taking shots at the free-spirited beauty. As much as she protested she could take care of herself, Jake stepped in, refusing to admit how desperately he needed someone to save. Especially since he’d never be able to save himself…

 

Lena Diaz

 

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense (twice!), has won the Bookseller’s Best Award, and has been a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards (twice). She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at www.LenaDiaz.com or sign up for her newsletter by pasting this URL into your browser: http://lenadiaz.com/contact.html#newsletter.

 

My Review:

This novel had so many great elements to it. I loved the characters! Lena does a twist by making the heroine quirky, yet strong and sexy too. And did I mention quirky? 🙂

Faye Star reminded me of a gypsy with her hip-long hair, flyaway skirts, and magic potions. Not to mention her equally great aptitude with a rifle or a knife!

Meanwhile Jake Young is by contrast reserved and almost staid in comparison. Yet he can’t deny his attraction for the crazy woman he’s teamed up with to lead him through the swamps in search of a missing person.

This book is in turn funny and dangerous and exciting. I loved it!!

Favorite lines:

“I’m going to release you,” he said. “But be warned. If you go for your knife it won’t end well.” She glanced longingly at the thick, six-inch blade lying on the ground a few feet away. Where she’d hidden the thing he didn’t even want to know.

Diaz, Lena (2015-12-01). Missing in the Glades (Marshland Justice) (Kindle Locations 204-206). Harlequin. Kindle Edition.

He ran his hands over her silky hair and slid his fingers in it. Or at least, he tried to. Her hair felt silky, soft, but he couldn’t distinguish the individual strands like last night. And her hair was… warm? Hot breath panted against his face. A sandpapery tongue licked his neck. Jake’s eyes flew open. He stared into a pair of deep green eyes. But they weren’t Faye’s. They belonged to a black panther.

Diaz, Lena (2015-12-01). Missing in the Glades (Marshland Justice) (Kindle Locations 1300-1304). Harlequin. Kindle Edition.

I recommend Missing In the Glades to anyone who enjoys a little laughter with their suspense.

I give this book 5 lovely Kisses

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Unwrapping Treasure by Jody A. Kessler #mfrwauthor #mgtab #Contemporary #romance @BPICPromos @JodyAKessler


 

Unwrapping Treasure
by Jody A. Kessler
Series: A Granite Lake Romance Novella
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2015

 

 

Paramedics Treasure and Bodie never imagined their Christmas Eve nightshift could turn into a dangerous and sexy holiday escapade that changes their lives forever.

Paramedics Treasure and Bodie arrive on scene at a routine emergency call and find an outrageous holiday party, a Christmas tree on fire, and an innocent life to save that nearly cost them their lives.

After escaping the chaos of work, they decide to spend their Christmas vacation together at a secluded lakeside cabin deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With the snow falling soft, a warm fire in the hearth, and fresh cookies baking in the oven, an innocent holiday getaway quickly turns into a night of spontaneous passion with no strings attached.

Will Treasure and Bodie’s hasty decision to spend the night tumbling between the sheets – and on the table, and the floor – prove disastrous or will their relationship develop into something neither of them saw coming?

 

 

“Slow down,” he said next to her ear.
Treasure didn’t want to slow down. She wanted to peel his shirt off and unbutton his jeans and have her way with him. She’d never given much thought to what Bodie would be like to sleep with and now that they’d kissed she knew he could drive her straight to fifth gear with ease. Hell no, she didn’t want to slow down.
She stilled her breath as she considered how to approach this unwanted request. With her hand captured beneath his, she clenched her fingers lightly but firmly on him.
“I don’t think you can handle me,” she said, tossing his own words from earlier back at him. Still straddled over his lap, she pressed down and scooted her hips forward a couple of inches, grinding her pelvis against his. “Either do me, or don’t, but I won’t beg for it. What do you say to that?”
“I say, you’re not going to get away with whatever it is you’re used to getting. Not from me. We’re doing this together or not at all, Treasure. I don’t sleep around and I won’t use you for a quickie.”
“Damn it.” She slumped back slightly and thought she better get off him. “I guess I made a mistake. I thought you were feeling this as strongly as I am.” She made a move to the side but Bodie grabbed her hips and held her in place.
“You want me to sleep with you and then pretend nothing happened?” he asked.
She didn’t know what to say. In a weird way, that was exactly what she had in mind, but when he put it like that, it sounded impersonal and meaningless. She felt confused for a second and suddenly didn’t know what she wanted.
He raised his hand and she thought he was letting her slide over onto the couch, but instead he placed the pads of his fingers to her jaw and turned her head so he could look into her eyes. She was more than reluctant to face him now. Emotional confusion battled against her baser needs and she didn’t know what to say.
“You’re not wrong,” he said and shifted beneath her so she could clearly feel how hard he still was. “There’s plenty of compatibility here.” He raised his fingers, brushing her cheek with a feather light touch and tucking her hair behind her ear. He moved in to kiss the side of her neck. “Why rush it? We have all night.” He teased her back with nimble fingers. “If you’re going to be my downfall tonight, then it’s going to be memorable. You want to remember why feeling alive is worth it. This is the only way I know how to accommodate us both.”
“You’re pretty chatty for a drunk guy,” Treasure said as she tipped her head back to allow him better access to the front of her body.
“I’m only setting the boundaries before one of us accidentally crosses a line we didn’t know existed. And I’m not drunk. If you are, then we should probably wait until you’re sober.”
“I’m not. Buzzed maybe, but in full control of myself.”

 

 

 

 

Jody A. Kessler’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, won the Readers’ Crown Award for Best Paranormal Romance and was a runner up for Best First Book. She also writes historical time travel fiction and contemporary romance.

When she isn’t navigating the terrain of her imagination and writing it down, she can be found exploring the wilderness of Colorado with her family, or in the kitchen baking cookies & brownies – and trying not to eat them all. She’s passionate about continuing to learn and reads anything and everything that catches her interest. Jody is a full time mom, a Reiki Master, and has taught Hatha yoga for over a decade.

Jody invites you to stop by her website and see what’s new at: www.JodyAKessler.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine by Cait Jarrod #mfrwauthor #mgtab #RSsos #Romance @CaitJarrod


DIVINE, Montana Dreams Book 1
November 23, 2015

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Divine’s Blurb:
Matt Carson and Trina Lovett befriend each other during turbulent times at a young age. Over the years, their friendship strengthens building a strong, unbreakable bond. At least that is what they believe. Life choices put an ocean between them, and the depth of their bond is tested.
Under the stress of being apart, heart-wrenching events leave them plagued with doubt. Danger forces them to make irrefutable decisions about what they want from life.

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“You’re a sight.” Matt’s face brightened, his grin infectious.

Trina wanted to rush into his arms but refrained, afraid any moment Cal would show.

“Man, you’re beautiful,” he said, his tone left no room to doubt his sincerity.

Her mouth watered and her head whirred. Matt was hot. He’d always been, but he’d filled out even more. His youthful features hardened into a man, a warrior, one that could protect and could do so at any moment. She drooled.

He sent her the kind of appreciative glance a guy gave a woman he held in admiration, not necessarily by her beauty but for what he felt. Tingles raced over her body and forced her feet to move. He engulfed her into a bear hug. A hug so tight she didn’t think he’d let go. “I’ve missed you,” he said, his whispered voice tight.

Ohmygod! Her pebbled nipples relished against his hardened chest. He didn’t just have a body that would do any poster justice. No, it was Matt, her Matt. She slid her hands around him further, squeezed tighter. “I’ve missed you so much!”

His chuckle vibrated her breasts, her hands. The smart move would be to step back before they became any more of a spectacle. She brushed a kiss to his jaw, ready to accept it may have to be enough, when his lips captured hers. His taste and scent filled her senses. She leaned into the kiss, her body ready to shatter. His tongue slid into her mouth. Like the night by the river, the time she didn’t act on what her body craved. Her panties moistened.

“Are you wearing anything?” he whispered next to her ear and his hands sliding down over her backside.

The last time she saw him, he’d asked her not to wear any next time. That had been four years ago. “If I’d known I would see you, I wouldn’t have.” What am I doing? She pulled her lips inward, tried to keep the panic from registering on her face, and eased away.

Matt tugged her chair out, and she returned to her seat. She cradled her phone in her left hand, hiding the band of the engagement ring.

The server placed Trina’s drink on the table and turned to Matt. Alarm etched in Tiffany’s face, and she shot her a judgmental squint before asking, “May I get you something?

“I’m good. Thanks. I don’t expect we’ll be staying long,” he said to her, and the server stepped away.

What to say? He needed to leave five minutes ago. “Um, I’m not sure what Bradley said, but I have—”

“He mentioned an appointment. Can you cancel? I don’t have much leave.”

“I can’t.”

He lifted her right hand from the table and placed it in his. With feather-like strokes, he brushed his fingers across her skin. “I want to get naked with you.”

She squeaked out a noise, sounding like a whimpering puppy. “I want the same, but I have to—”

“What’s this?” a deep voice boomed.

She covered her mouth to stop the rising bile from escaping.

“Why do you have your hands on my fiancé?” Cal, wearing dress pants and a designer shirt, glared at Matt.

Her stomach lurched. The contents from her belly splattered on Cal’s handcrafted, Italian dress shoes.

Reviews:
“Divine by Cait Jarrod, is one of the best heartwarming books I have read this year. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through, it was never boring. The characters were so well written, you felt like you knew them.”
~Rhonda Ziglar, Goodreads reviewer

“I was astounded at how easy it was to connect with the characters. Cait’s insightful writing made me feel their emotions and believe their reactions the whole time.”
~Lea Bronsen, award-winning author

More reviews can be found on Goodreads.

The Montana Dreams Series:

Divine, #1: November 23, 2015
Destiny, #2: December 14, 2015
Desire, #3: January 18, 2016

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Seduction Game by Pamela Clare #RomSus #RSsos #mgtab @Pamela_Clare


Seduction Game

 

SEDUCTION GAME

by Pamela Clare

 

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

CIA officer Nick Andris wants revenge. His last mission failed after a Georgian arms smuggler killed his lover. He’s been tailing a woman for three weeks hoping she will lead him to his target. But there’s a problem with the intel. Holly Elise Bradshaw is nothing more than an entertainment writer with a love for sex and designer clothes. Clearly someone at Langley made a mistake . . .

When Holly finds herself in trouble, the only weapons at her disposal are her brains and her body. But they won’t be enough to handle the man who’s following her. He’s going to turn her world upside-down.

Praise for the novels of Pamela Clare
 
“Packed with action and raw, sexual tension…Striking Distance brings readers the edgy suspense, meaty subject matter, and intense emotions fans have come to expect from this talented author.”—Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author

“Clare is a dazzling talent.”—Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

“Everything feels flawlessly researched, and she blends enough detail in to make her writing authentic, without bogging it down. This book is sharp-edged and smart.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“One of the few authors I find reliable in the romantic suspense department these days . . . [A] cracking good read with believable and diverse characters, deeply romantic and emotional.”—Dear Author

 

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Author:

 

Pamela Clare

 

USA Today best-selling author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of Colorado’s beautiful Rocky Mountains.

http://www.pamelaclare.com/

 

My Review:

When this book began I wasn’t prepared to like Holly Bradshaw. She came across as cold and heartless, using her body as a means to do the jobs she’s asked to perform for her government.

Then as the story develops we learn of her deep loyalty to her friends and their love for her as they try to help her  out of an impossible situation. Holly has layers and layers of personality that Pamela Clare shows us in brilliant detail.

Nick Andris is a heartthrob. Handsome, sexy, and deadly. Him, I loved!!

He carries a hatred for Holly’s latest conquest, Sasha Dudaev, and will do anything to take the man down, even if his girlfriend becomes collateral damage.

But then he finds out Holly is not what she seems and the stakes get much higher.

This book is perfect for anyone who loves the suspense genre and plenty of hot chemistry between the main characters.

I give Seduction Game 5 lovely kisses

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A Vacancy At The Inn by Alice Orr #mfrwauthor #mgtab #RomSus


A VACANCY AT THE INN

Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series Christmas Novella

Luke & Bethany’s Story by Alice Orr

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On a cold December day Bethany Miller and her son Michael arrive in Riverton.

 

She grew up on Riverton Hill in remote upstate New York where her complicated family still lives. She moved away to escape all of that and more. Now she’s back because of complications in her present life with what is best for her son. She hopes the Miller family will be a Christmas blessing for Michael. She’s less hopeful about what this homecoming will be for her.

 

The last thing Bethany wants is further complication. That means the last person she needs to see is Luke Kalli staring down at her from the roof of Miller’s Inn. They shared a glorious connection before she fled from here. The power of that encounter and the deep feelings she experienced came at a tumultuous moment in her life. They were yet another strong reason to leave Riverton Hill on Riverton Road and never return – until today. She has no idea this place will put her son in peril.

 

 

A Vacancy at the Inn is the first Novella of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series featuring the Kalli family and now the Miller family too in stories of Romance and Danger.

Buy A Vacancy at the Inn at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017RZFGWC.

 

Alice Orr – Bio

www.aliceorrbooks.com

 

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An Amazon reviewer says, “Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a Number One best seller hidden in her pocket. I look forward to more of her work.” I say “Thanks!” I love to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. I’ve been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now I live my dream of writing full-time. I’ve published thirteen novels and four novellas – both traditionally and independently – plus a memoir so far. I wrote my nonfiction book, No More Rejections, as a gift to the writers’ community I cherish. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, “This book has it all.” About my romantic suspense, Amazon says, “Alice Orr turns up the heat.” Most of all, I like to hear from readers. Visit my website at www.aliceorrbooks.com. I have two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and I live with my husband Jonathan in New York City.

 

I’m honored to have the opportunity to interview Alice Orr and share it with you today.

What is my favorite thing to write?

As I say on my website at http://www.aliceorrbooks.com – I love to write suspense because there is such a strong element of “What will happen next?” and “How will all of this turn out?” I like to make a reader think that one thing is going to happen just before I deliver something entirely different. One of my favorite compliments came when a reader said to me, “It seems as if everybody is guilty.” That’s what I want the reader to think until the real culprit is revealed at the very end of the story. Meantime I mix in a good deal of love and romance which adds to the suspense in a different respect. A strong element of the romance is “Will they get together or not?” The truth is I don’t know the answers myself until I’ve written them. Because I enjoy keeping myself in suspense most of all.

 

Do I like surprises?

I like happy surprises and those mostly have to do with loved ones.

For example my most recent happy surprise happened about an hour ago when my granddaughter called to talk about Thanksgiving dinner. She’s using my recipe to bake pumpkin pies the night before and had a question about the spices I use. The instant I saw her name on the caller identification screen of my phone I dropped everything. We talked and talked – about pumpkin pies and where everybody will sleep over the holiday weekend when we’ll all be crammed together at her house in Boston and what we’ll do the day after and the day after that. I hadn’t expected her to call. I’d been having a good workday before she did. The lovely surprise of her voice made my day even better and I’ve been smiling ever since.

 

How old was I when I started writing?

I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I was eight years old when I was first published. My grandmother submitted a poem I’d written to the Farm and Garden section of The Watertown Daily Times and they published it. I don’t imagine it was a very good poem but Grandma apparently saw something in it. I wish there was a copy of that poem still in existence but there isn’t and I don’t remember what it was about. I do remember Grandma believed in me and was proud of my poem and that makes all the difference.

 

Do I love writing or hate it and why?

I love writing because it transports me to another place. I may be sitting on the couch in my office or in a chair by the window but that’s the location of my body only. The rest of me – my heart and my imagination and my energetic spirit – are off on the wind and into the universe of my story. It is a heady and breathless experience I can’t seem to get enough of no matter how often it happens. A day when I can’t take that voyage for some reason is a day I miss out on something crucial to a full sense of satisfaction.

 

What would be my dream job?

I have my dream job – or my combination of dream jobs. I share a partnership with my husband in life as Alice and Jonathan and in business as Orr and Orr Contracting. I am a hands-on and heart-all-in grandma which is another dream profession for me. And finally I’m a writer – the dream job where I make my fantasies into stories and invite readers to dream along.

 

What was my favorite childhood story?

I had many favorite stories but there was always a special place in my heart for Nancy Drew. Much later on I was able to fulfill a childhood ambition when I wrote a Nancy Drew Files story as Carolyn Keene. It was Nancy Drew Files #33 – Danger in Disguise. It went to number two on the juvenile bestseller list but I’d have loved the chance to write that story no matter what. I was thrilled when I recently discovered it’s still available on amazon.

 

Where in the world am I home?

I am a New York City girl even though I was actually born and raised in a remote North Country town much like the setting of my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series. Though – as you may have guessed already – home has a lot to do with family for me. When our grandchildren and their parents moved to the Pacific Northwest – Jonathan and I moved there too. When Jonathan’s company transferred him back east – the rest of the family moved back too. “Home is where the heart is,” may sound like a cliché to some people but for me it’s a way of life.

 

What is my favorite book and my favorite movie?

I absolutely cannot name a favorite book. There are way too many of them. At any given time I have two favorite books – the one I’m reading right then and the one I’m writing right then. But I can tell you that my favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. I watch it at the beginning of every holiday season and then again at the end. I sometimes watch it in between holiday seasons as well. Or maybe I just think about it. Something about that story simply makes me feel good and I do believe that every time a bell rings an angel gets her wings.

 

What are my greatest pleasures in life?

All of the things I’ve mentioned above – my marriage, my family, my home, my work and one thing I haven’t yet mentioned – my faith.

 

What is my favorite food?

I just asked my husband the answer to this one and without much hesitation he said, “Cake.” I try to save my arguments with Jonathan for important subjects but I have to add – quietly enough that he won’t hear – I’m pretty partial to pie too.

 

I love your honest answers to my nosey questions. Thank you, Alice, and happy holidays!

 

 

Ready To Rock by Cara Connelly #mfrwauthor #mgtab #RSsos #Romance @Cara_Connelly @Barclay_PR


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READY TO ROCK

 by Cara Connelly

Available 12/01/15

 

Readers of Cara Connelly’s Save the Date series met Jack and Lil McCabe in The Wedding Favor.  Go back in time and experience Jack and Lil’s original love story, with a hefty dose of romance and suspense.  Ready to Rock, is Connelly’s first indie title. Ready to Rock won RWA’s Golden Heart award (under the title The Sinners), and the Valley Forge Romance Writer’s Sheila Award (also under The Sinners).

 

Synopsis:

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His name’s on everyone’s lips–sexy rocker Jack McCabe. His gritty New York City band is red hot, almost as hot as his fiery affair with photography student Lil Marchone, the girl from his past, now the woman he loves. The problem is, Lil’s controlling ex wants her back. Rich, powerful, and ruthless, he’ll stop at nothing–including murder–to get Jack out of her life. But Jack’s a badass himself, always up for a fight. And with the stakes this high, he’ll risk everything for Lil, even his band. Even his life.

 

Excerpt:

“Honey, you have to get help.” Mama’s tone was calm but urgent.

“Me? How?” I was frozen in place. I needed her to tell me what to do.

“Just open the door,” she said quietly, “and climb up to the road. Wave at the first car you see and tell them to call an ambulance.”

It sounded simple, but I was trapped in one of those dreams where you desperately want to run but your legs won’t move.

Then flames licked out from under the hood. Mama quit feigning calm. “Get out of the car!”

Galvanized, I yanked on the door handle. But the frame had bent. The door wouldn’t budge. “Mama, help me!”

“I can’t!” she shouted. And that’s when I noticed the dashboard sitting in her lap. Her legs were crushed, she was pinned to her seat. It was up to me to help her.

Unlocking my seatbelt, I leaned across to the other door. The car was tilted that way, so the door swung open when I touched the handle. But before I could bring my legs around, fire belched up from underneath. I leapt back, singed. Flames curled into the car. Mama was yelling. “Get out the back! Go! Go!” I yanked down the seat. The trunk was jammed with suitcases. I clawed at them. But Daddy had loaded the largest first, wedging it tight against the seat, braced by the smaller bags.

“I can’t,” I wailed. “I can’t move them!” And it was too late anyway. The flames were all around the car, the air inside so hot it seared my lungs. Reaching forward, I wrapped my arms around Mama’s neck; she clawed at my shoulders, trying to pull me between the seats, into her lap, to shield me with her body.

And then my door flew open, and a man thrust his shoulders right into that furnace. Mama saw him, and with all the strength she’d been using to pull me forward, she pushed me back toward him. “Take her! Take my daughter!” His arms locked around my waist and he hauled me backwards. Insanely, I clung to Mama, trying to bring her with me. She batted at my grasping hands. “Go with him!” And though I struggled at first, I had no choice. He was big and strong. He threw me over his shoulder and ran.

At the roadside, he set me down in the grass. The car was a fireball, the cottonwood jutting above it, burning like a torch against the dusky sky. “Mama!” I screamed, trying to get up.

The man pushed me down. Holding my face between his hands, he forced me to look into his eyes. “I’ll get them out, but you have to wait here. Promise me.” He seemed so steady and sure. I didn’t know what else to do, so I nodded. And without another word, he stood up and ran straight toward the car.

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Cara Connelly

Cara Connelly is the author of the Save the Date series of contemporary romances published by Avon Romance. The latest book in the series, The Wedding Gift, was released in May 2015. Cara’s smart and sexy stories have won several awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. A former attorney and law professor, she lives with her husband Billy in the woods of upstate New York.

Connect with Cara at: Website | Facebook | Twitter| GoodReads |

 

I begged and pleaded and Cara kindly agreed to share some writing advice with us today. 🙂

 

My advice for up and coming authors in today’s market

 

 

The publishing industry is changing moment to moment, so any advice I (or anyone else) offer on current trends or strategies is already obsolete. Today’s secret to success will be outdated by tomorrow.

 

With the industry whirling around us, the soundest advice I can offer is to stand your ground—meaning write what moves you, without worrying about trends—and concentrate most of your time and energy on the fundamentals.

 

First and foremost, master your craft. There’s no substitute for a great story, beautifully told. Study your favorite books and figure out what you love about them. Take workshops. Read craft books. Join writers’ organizations and learn from your colleagues.

 

Persevere. Friends and family might try to discourage you, maybe because they’re jealous that you’re following your dream, maybe because they’re afraid you’ll get your heart broken. Either way, don’t be deterred. Ditto when you get the inevitable agent/editor rejections. Very few authors succeeded on their first try, or even their first hundred tries. Read their personal stories and you’ll see that even the most successful authors had plenty of incentive to give up along the way. Only because they preserved do you know their names today.

 

Don’t chase trends: write what moves you, and the trends will circle around to it again before you know it. My current release READY TO ROCK is the perfect example. It won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award in 2011, and I got my agent on the strength of the manuscript. But we couldn’t sell it. We came close a few times, but editors kept telling us that…get this…people don’t want to read about rock stars.

 

I was disappointed (more rejection!), but I put it on the back burner and went ahead with my Save the Date series, which we sold to Avon. And then a few years later, lo and behold, indie authors started publishing rock star romances, and readers loved them! They ate them up and wanted more. So I polished up READY TO ROCK (formerly titled The Sinners), and so far the reviews have been fantastic. I couldn’t be happier!

 

So in a nutshell, my advice is to master your craft and write the best book you can, and don’t be discouraged if the rest of the world isn’t applauding your efforts. Just keep learning and keep writing, and when the time is right, you’ll be ready to rock!

 

Great advice!! Thank you for being my guest today, Cara.

 

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