More Than a Feeling by CJ Carmichael – Book Spotlight and Giveaway!

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A dangerous twenty-year-old secret is about to be uncovered in the quaint Vermont town of Carol Falls, where not everyone is who they seem to be.

At first meeting, Spencer Frost appears to be a simple farmer who enjoys reading and quoting poetry. In fact he’s a criminal law attorney from Boston on sabbatical at Frost Family Farm. When he meets Robin Redmond, the lovely new sales clerk at the local independent bookstore, he has no idea he’s about to step into a drama to rival even his toughest legal case.

Robin moved to Carol Falls in pursuit of the man who destroyed her sister’s life. Driven to face him—as well as her own guilt about her sister–falling in love with Spencer is not part of her plans. But as they partner up to unravel the twisted truth behind the crime, she discovers love is the strongest weapon of all.

This is the fourth book in a small-town romance/cozy mystery series that began with The Frost Family Christmas trilogy. These three titles are:

Book 1: What Child Is This by C.J. Carmichael

Book2: Home For Christmas by Roxy Boroughs

Book 3: The Holly & The Ivy by Brenda M. Collins.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

(From Chapter Two)

Robin turned on the radio. Loud.

She did not want to think about the magical evening she’d just had. The wagon ride, the stars, the nice Frost family, Spencer whispering poetry in her ear, then looking at her like he wanted to kiss her when they were finally alone.

Worst of all had been the seedling of hope that had awoken in her heart. That she could be happy. Maybe even, one day, loved. And, most of all—normal.

It was like an early April Fool’s joke. She’d been completely taken in. Despite the signs to the contrary—his upper crust accent, his unhardened hands—she’d thought Spencer was a poetry-loving farmer, a modern-day Robert Frost.

Only to find out he was an advocate for the sort of criminal who had stolen her family from her. He defended the bad guys, getting them off, twisting the evidence to try and make victims look guilty, fighting for shorter sentences and arguing mitigating circumstances.

He was the champion of men like the one she hated most in the world.

Intellectually Robin understood that the justice system required those charged with a crime to have an advocate and a fair hearing. But emotionally, she simply couldn’t deal with it.

Robin pulled over to the side of the road. She must have been driving in autopilot. Somehow she’d passed the heart of Carol Falls, traveled over the covered bridge, down Red Bridge Avenue to the Fix-It Shop.

It was a narrow, two-story wooden building on the south side of the highway, hemmed in on one side by a pawn shop and a vacant building on the other. Further down the strip was a glass repair shop, a garage and a car dealership.

Beyond the strip of shops was a residential area with small homes on small lots for people who couldn’t afford the more expensive homes in Carol Falls proper.

She’d already figured out that there was an apartment over the Fix-It Shop where the McGuires lived. At least one light was on up there now. She could imagine Alistair in an overstuffed chair, feet up on a stool, reading The Brothers Karamazov. Maybe he’d be sipping a cup of tea, or a brandy, with classical music playing softly in the background.

But what about his brother?

The other McGuire, she simply could not imagine. Since she’d arrived in Carol Falls, she hadn’t caught a glimpse of him. Did he ever leave the apartment? Surely his years spent in prison must have made him yearn for his freedom. But so far she’d seen no sign of him enjoying it.

No sign of him at all. The only reason she knew he was living here was because, as she was the sole surviving family member of his victim, the authorities had notified her of Allan McGuire’s release and intention to live and work in Carol Falls with his brother.

If Robin had been a normal person with a life of her own, she probably would have filed the information under “better off forgotten.” But she wasn’t “normal.” And she didn’t have much of a life, either. Since her mother’s death in September, she’d been barely hanging on to her job at the big chain bookstore in the mall near her home. She had zero social life. And no interests other than running and cycling—both solitary pursuits.

She wished she could have found the strength to leave Vermont. Strike out someplace totally new, with her only concern being making the most of the future before her.

Instead, the idea of Allan McGuire, free to start over when her own family had been destroyed, had festered in her brain. She thought of him constantly, wondering if he had regrets. Did he ever think of Faye? Of the rest of them?

Most importantly of all—was he going to hurt another innocent child?

National bestseller, CJ Carmichael, has published over 35 novels and has twice been nominated for a RITA award. She likes to write stories about romance, family and intrigue, usually in small town or rural settings. She’s currently working on the next book in “The Carrigans of the Circle C” trilogy for Tule Publishing, as well the next “Frost Family & Friends” cozy mystery/romance for a multi-author series set in Carol Falls, Vermont.

When it’s time to take a break from the computer, she heads to the Rocky Mountains near her home in Calgary where she lives with her partner Michael. If you’d like to learn more about her books, sign up for her newsletter on her website: http://cjcarmichael.com . (C.J. likes to reward her loyal readers on this list with regular draws for free, autographed books.)

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The Evie Hunter Interview and Giveaway: Evie Interviews Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley

The Evie Hunter Interview – Evie Hunter interviews Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley.
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Ladies, you’ve been hiding behind the naughty persona of Evie Hunter for two years now. How has it changed your lives?

Eileen: Well, for one thing, I have the perfect excuse when I’m caught doing anything wicked. “It’s research. Of course I’m not enjoying wearing a corset and hitting someone with a flogger. I’m suffering for my art.”

Caroline: I’m more conscious of how a real erotica writer should live thanks to you, Evie. So I’ve bought more lingerie. And shoes. Lots of shoes.

You’ve written four books and six novellas together since 2012. Apart from exhausted, how does it feel?

Caroline: Relieved that it’s done. We’ve proven to ourselves that we can write to order and meet crazy deadlines. I gave up TV, newspapers and cleaning (laughs). Now, I plan to battle the dust bunnies.

Eileen: Knackered. After I take a few deep breaths, I’m going to move house, talk to my family, read books and maybe do the odd bit of housework.

Two authors working together. That’s unusual, isn’t it? Do you argue a lot when you’re writing?

Eileen: We kill each other. We argue over everything from the location of a bath to the choreography of a car crash to how kinky we can go. You have no idea how much stuff Caroline makes me leave out of the books.

Caroline: We fight like cat and dog, usually while we’re plotting or working on character development for a story. People have moved tables in coffee shops to get away from us.

How do you write the naughty bits? Is it embarrassing to write the smexy stuff together?

Caroline: Eileen is the more adventurous of the two of us. (Laughs) As for writing the naughty bits, we both do our fair share. If one of us isn’t up to writing hot stable sex or a bondage scene, the other will pick up.

Eileen: I go somewhere crowded, get a glass of wine to lower my inhibitions a bit and tell myself that no one will read any of the filthy stuff I’m writing. And as soon as I’m finished, I fire it over to Caroline.

I know my name is on the cover, but tell the readers about your latest book, The Pleasures of Spring?

Caroline: Roz Spring is the kind of woman who always lands on her feet, but when she witnesses a murder she’s forced to go into hiding. And that’s how she meets Andy McTavish. He’s turned his back on a life of wealth and privilege to prove himself in the world of international security, but Andy needs a fake fiancée to get his parents off his back. They’re a match made in heaven (or hell). Andy is the ultimate seducer and Roz is a woman who can’t be tamed. When they get together, stand back and watch the sparks fly.

Eileen: I love Andy and Roz. They are both so used to getting their own way, and neither will give an inch. Roz is planning to pull of the biggest swindle possible and Andy is determined to stop her.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Caroline: A painting by Robert Ryan. I went to see it in the gallery every week. One form of art can often inspire another. Eventually, I bought it.

Eileen: As a joke, I wrote a short story in writing class about how Sarah Palin was really a space vampire. My teacher said, “That’s very good, make a book out of it.” I swallowed, nodded and did. Even then, my kinky tendencies showed. My space vampire mated three males to one female.

How realistic are the books? Are they based on people you know, or experiences in your own lives?

Eileen: Obviously, our heroes are a bit hotter than the average guy you’ll meet on a night out and our heroines have better figures than we do, but apart from that, the books are all based on real people and real experiences. We put our asses on the line to make sure they are accurate.

When you’re not writing erotica, what do you write?

Caroline: Romance/Paranormal/Sci-fi

Eileen: Historical and SF and romance.

Who is your favourite hero in the Pleasures Series?

Caroline: Mmmm it’s a toss up between Andy and Jack. Our readers loved Jack so much that we had to bring him back for The Pleasures of Spring.

Eileen: I sort of have a soft spot for Hall.

Will there be more Evie Hunter books?

Caroline: Yes. We have plans for another Evie Hunter novella later this year

Do you have any advice for other writers who want to embark on a career in erotic romance?

Caroline: Write every day. Finish it – you can’t edit nothing. Writing sex is hard (pardon the pun) and badly written sex scenes are truly awful. If you’re not comfortable, then don’t do it.

Eileen: Put yourself inside the skin of your character. A writer is not a video camera. Writing erotica is about feeling what your character feels, physically and emotionally. The funny and the dirty stuff as well as the pure emotions. And tell yourself that your mother will never read it.

About the Author: Evie Hunter is actually two authors, Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley, who met at a creative writing workshop in Dublin in 2010. Eileen adores Regency romance while Caroline loves to write sexy sci-fi and paranormal stories.

On discovering that they shared a secret passion for erotic fiction and had scarily similar taste in books, they became the best of friends. Caroline’s fondness for compulsive cleaning and serious addiction to chocolate is countered by Eileen’s hatred of all sweet things and her ability to write almost anywhere there is room for her laptop.

Together, they got a chance to co-write a series of erotic novellas for an American publisher. When they completed the second one without killing each other, they decided to take on something bigger.
In 2012, they abandoned their families and locked themselves into a haunted house for the summer to write THE PLEASURES OF WINTER. Eventually, they emerged into daylight, saying ‘Never again’.

Thankfully, it didn’t last for long. THE PLEASURES OF SUMMER and THE PLEASURES OF AUTUMN followed in 2013. Their latest book, THE PLEASURES OF SPRING is available in April 2014.

4_24 Pleasures of SpringHe picked up her hand where it grasped the water glass, felt her pulse and looked into her eyes. ‘You don’t want a man with manners. You want someone who will let you walk on the wild side, who knows what you’re really like …’

Roz Spring is an actress and a chameleon, the kind of woman who always lands on her feet. But even Roz can’t talk her way out of witnessing a murder, and she must go into hiding before the murderer comes for her.

Andy McTavish has turned his back on a life of privilege to prove himself in the world of international security. Tall, dark and dangerous, Andy is the ultimate seducer who has never met a woman who can tame him.

Roz needs his protection and, to get his family off his back, Andy needs a fake fiancée. The solution is obvious: pretend to be a couple. Getting up close and personal won’t be hard, as the chemistry between them is electrifying.

As two practiced charmers drive each other beyond the limits of sensual endurance, they find their usual defences are no good. When the barriers come crashing down, a raw passion emerges that neither wants to admit.

They know that when the murderer shows his hand, they will face a fight for life and freedom. And if they survive, what will happen when the need to pretend is over?

The Pleasures of Spring is the latest sizzling standalone novel from Evie Hunter whose trademark combination is an addictive erotic story and a page-turning plot. If you’re an Evie fan, you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re new to Evie, well, you’re in for quite the delicious treat…

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Q&A and Giveaway with Julianna Stone

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What inspired you to start writing?

My love of books and discovering Christine Feehan. I picked one of her Carpathian novels and was hooked and then I thought that I would like to try one myself! Luckily for me, it worked out.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first paranormal in the spring of 2008, we sold it that fall. His Darkest Hunger was published in March of 2010!

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

Finish. The. Book. Hands down the most important because if you never finish, what’s the point?

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I don’t suffer from writer’s block, but I did have writer’s fatigue last fall. I’d written a ridiculous amount of books and my brain just needed to rest. So I listened and I took 3 months off and it was the best thing I could have done.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I think this question is personal because what works for one doesn’t always work for someone else. I like a book that will make me laugh, cry and you know, give a tingle now and again!

What comes first, the plot or characters?

I can’t think about a book until I have a character in my head and then I can’t move forward until I have the perfect name.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

I’ve just finished my 2nd YA novel, the first, BOYS LIKE YOU releases in May 6! In addition to that I’ve got JACK coming this summer, book 2 in my Family Simon series and we’re just now chatting about more Crystal Lake books!

What are you reading now?

I just finished reading a re-read of Gone Girl for book club. A crazy roller coaster book with an ending that I hated, but oh how I loved the book.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

It depends. For the Bad Boys books, the original titles were all based on Bon Jovi songs. The Day He Kissed Her was originally Lay Your Hands On Me. But, titles most always get changed and that’s usually a decision the publisher makes.

Describe your writing space.

I have an office on the main level of my house, but I write on a laptop so I tend to move around depending on mood.

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

When to change out of my pajamas.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

When I’m on deadline, I write 2-3 thousand words a day and I stick to it.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I need absolute silence. Like if someone walks down the hall I yell.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I hang with my family and friends. I love baseball and golf, both of which I play in the summer.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I love hearing from readers! Usually they email to ask when a book is coming out, or to tell me how much they enjoy the books. Sometimes they’ll email to say they love the books but wonder why there is sex and swearing in them!

What is your favorite food? Least favorite? Why? I love Mexican food and I hate peas with a passion.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?

Yes.

What is the most embarrassing thing your mother ever did to you?

Well, she let my grandmother cut my bangs when I was about 6. That was pretty awful.

How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I don’t do anything in particular. I think that we all have different voices and that’s what makes us different. I do think my contemporary romances tend to lean toward the heavy side and that might be a bit different right now.

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’m short.

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?

Cell phone, laptop, kindle, fridge, ipad so that I can play candy crush.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

I do. Juliana is my name, but Stone is my mother’s maiden name. The publisher thought it was much easier to remember than my married name.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Nope. Absolute silence is needed.

What are your favorite TV shows?

The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Blacklist and Criminal Minds.

What is your favorite meal?

Anything Mexican.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

I hung out with them all. I was that kid. The floater.

What would we find under your bed?

All the cat toys in the world.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Australia. Hands down. Always wanted to go there.

Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?

Right now I’m writing contemporary romance, contemporary YA, sci fi middle grade and paranormal romance. It gets confusing, LOL.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

I’d love to make myself invisible.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

I want a unicorn!

Bittersweet Rescue by Coleen Kwan – Excerpt and Giveaway

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4_24 Cover_ Bittersweet RescueShe rescued him, and saved herself.

When Ellie Sherwood rescues her boss from drowning, she never anticipates the consequences. For three years she’s existed in an emotional limbo after a catastrophic family tragedy, but now she’s awake and ready to seize life with both hands. And that includes the sexy boss she’s been secretly infatuated with for some time.

Drake Crawford is about to achieve his lifelong goal when a car accident plays havoc with his life. Not only is his plan for revenge delayed, but his once demure personal assistant is now shockingly, irresistibly forward. Drake is against office affairs, and Ellie is vital to his success, but he can’t get her out of his mind, and besides, he does owe her…

His solution—a two-week break with Ellie at his wilderness hideout. They’ll indulge in a scorching, private affair, and when it’s over they’ll return to their normal lives. But as Drake discovers more about Ellie, he realises her quiet exterior hides a backbone of steel. When she asks him to walk away from his ultimate goal, he knows it’s time to let her go.

Read an excerpt:

“You can’t fool me, Ellie. Ever since you agreed to my plan you’ve had moments of sheer terror. In the helicopter you looked like you wanted to barf, and a minute ago your eyes went round with horror at the thought of sharing a bath tub with me. Don’t tell me you’re not having second thoughts.”

Damn. No way on earth would she tell him why the bath tub scared her.

She copied his stance, setting her arms akimbo. “If you ask me, it’s you who wants to chicken out, and you’re just trying to scare me off.”

“You know me, Ellie. Do I ever chicken out of anything?”

Trouble was, she didn’t know him. Not this side of Drake. The elementary, stripped down man behind the expensive suits and high-rolling business. The man who retreated to this windswept wilderness.

“No.” She breathed out. “I don’t think you’re afraid of anything. And yes, if you want to know the truth I’m nervous as hell about what we’re doing—what we’re about to do.” She fidgeted with her hair.

He uttered a small sigh. “Ellie,” he said, his tone soft yet firm. “Let’s get one thing straight. I’ve never forced a woman to do anything against her will. You’ll never be in any danger from me.”

“I know that,” she quickly replied. “It’s just—I’ve never gone about s-sex in such a calculated way. I don’t know what to expect.”

“Expect to have a good time.”

About the Author: 4_24 AuthorPicColeen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.

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The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire by Cora Seton – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Bella Chatham will lose everything – her veterinary practice, her animal shelter, and even her home – if she can’t find another source of income, fast. So when her best friend signs her up for the hot new reality television show, Can You Beat a Billionaire, Bella accepts the challenge and hopes against hope she can win the ten million dollar prize. If she doesn’t, it’s bye-bye pet clinic and shelter, bye-bye Chance Creek, Montana, and hello to marriage to the billionaire for a year!

Evan Mortimer, billionaire, can’t believe he’s reduced to competing in a television contest to win a wife. Unfortunately, it’s the only foolproof way to secure his position as head of Mortimer Innovations. At least he’ll be able to dump his “spouse” at the end of the year; he’s much too busy to be tied down to a country bumpkin cowgirl.

Bella doesn’t expect her adversary to be handsome – or funny, or compassionate – but Evan’s all three, and he’s proving a tough competitor, too. When they end up sharing a tent – and a sleeping-bag – her body betrays her with a longing so deep it cuts her to the core. Still, this cowgirl must stay strong. If Evan uncovers her secret fears, he’ll use them to win the contest – and then he’ll own her for a year. She’ll be out of luck, out of cash, and stuck being Mrs. Mortimer until he kicks her to the curb. Too bad she can’t decide which is worse – winning the show and losing Evan forever, or losing the show and only being his temporary wife.

Evan can’t believe he’s falling for the one woman who doesn’t want him. This cowgirl’s not impressed by his money, his name, or his inability to sleep in a tent with her for an entire night, but every look and touch she gives him sends his desire through the roof. With a director determined to use his claustrophobia to make him look like a fool, and an adversary so sexy he can hardly see straight, he’ll need all his savvy to come out on top. Too bad he’s going to lose no matter how this show turns out. If he beats Bella, he’ll destroy the first woman he’s ever loved. If he doesn’t beat her, it’s bye-bye Mortimer Innovations.

Will either of them remember in time that it’s not who wins or who loses – it’s how they play the game that really counts?
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Now enjoy an excerpt:

“You’re kidding, right? You know those shows are all fake. I bet no one actually wins anything.” She shook her head. Hannah was so gullible., Why didn’t Morgan say anything? Morgan was in her thirties; old enough to know better.

She glanced at Rob, whose smile grew even wider. “Some of them win,” he said.

“Actually, they do,” Morgan said. “I’m sure some scripting goes on and the producers stick people in situations guaranteed to show their rough spots, but the contests are real and several people have walked away with the five million dollars.”

“Remember that guy last year who used the money to refurbish a whole block in his inner city neighborhood?” Hannah chimed in. “I read a follow-up article about him. He turned around the lives of a bunch of people. They have testimonials from the families on the website.”

Bella did vaguely remember that. She never watched the show—she didn’t have time—but Hannah watched it religiously and filled her in on the latest gossip every week. Her receptionist cried with relief each time the poor contestant won and got the money, as had happened once already this season, if memory served her. And if the rich contestant won, she’d stomp around angry for a week.

“Okay, so maybe it’s not all fake. So what? I’m just a country vet who’s going broke. I bet they get thousands of interesting applicants—what makes you think they’d pick me?” Satisfied with the height of the blinds she turned around in time to catch the look Hannah and Morgan exchanged. Hannah began to blush, and since she was blonder than Bella—her hair a corn-silk tassel compared to Bella’s honey locks—the red stain was all too obvious on her pale cheeks. Rob leaned forward, as if eager to see how this next bit played out.

Uh oh. Warning bells went off in Bella’s head. “What did you do?” she demanded.

“Submitted your application,” Hannah said in a small voice. “Three months ago.”

Bella’s mouth dropped open. “Take it back! Make them delete it—I don’t want to be on some stupid reality TV show!”

“It’s too late.” Hannah cringed as if she thought Bella would jump the divider and tackle her. “They already picked you.”

 

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

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Kiss the Enemy by Dianna Love – Spotlight and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Dianna will be awarding EITHER the ebook box set of the first 3 Slye Temp OR a signed copy of ONE of the first 4 Slye Temp books. (Print Books are Continental US Only – Amazon/iTunes/Nook ebook equivalent for international) to one randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour, and a GRAND PRIZE of Signed copies of all 4 Slye Temp books – LAST CHANCE TO RUN, NOWHERE SAFE, HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR – plus a MONOGRAMMED SLING BACKPACK, and swag pack of surprise goodies. (Continental US only for print books – Amazon/iTunes/Nook 3 ebook box set for international) will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

4_23 Cover_Kiss the EnemyHer only hope is in the hands of her enemy.

Slye Temp operative Margaux Duke is chasing an international terrorist who murdered the last of her family. But her plans go up in smoke when her agency is in the crosshairs of the dangerous killer, forcing her to turn rogue to protect the only family she has left – her team. This is no time to get involved, especially with an enemy who steps between her and the terrorist she has to stop.

Logan Baklanov has been known by many names in the underbelly of international terrorism and will do whatever it takes to shield those he loves from the treacherous world he lives in. When his brother’s life is in jeopardy, Logan takes on a role that places him at the top of the most-wanted lists of government security agencies in every country. He accepts the no-win situation, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice until a long legged beauty draws the attention of his deadly target and screws Logan’s carefully planned mission.

Margaux and Logan must join forces in a dangerous game to save a major city from a powerful psychopath, but their ruse escalates out of control when the heat smoldering between them threatens to explode.

Enjoy this excerpt:

Margaux gazed around the elegant room, taking in the mundane, wealthy men shopping for an expensive party girl for the night. All of the clients here were middle aged and ordinary.

On the other hand, Dragan’s bodyguard was anything but uninteresting.

He stood off to her right, with Secret-Service-looking eyewear and a coal-black designer suit that had to be custom-tailored to fit shoulders as wide as his.

That was one big man.

Just her flavor, if she had any interest in a taste.

Surprisingly, he still managed to blend into the shadows, motionless as a tiger waiting for his dinner to stroll by. Power rolled off him in silent waves. She couldn’t tell much about his face with that thick, but neat, black beard and his eyes hidden.

Handsome was too simple a word to describe him, too civilized. Like admiring a wolf for its lush coat or a shark for its grace in the water, a woman would find this man attractive in a deadly way.

A woman who enjoyed playing with fire or dancing with lightning.

A woman who was a fool.

Nothing about that man invited sexual banter, which she found even more appealing. No, he was not one to play with and that presented a problem.

Because right now she had to get to Dragan and that bodyguard was her only route.

About the Author: 4_23 AuthorPicNew York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane romantic suspense, thrillers and urban fantasy. Her new Slye Temp romantic suspense series launched its first four books in 2013 to rave reviews and more will follow in 2014. Her books are available in print and ebook. On the rare days she’s not in her writing cave, Dianna enjoys touring the country on her BMW motorcycle. She lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her motorcycle-instructor husband and a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. Read excerpts of her books at www.authordiannalove.com or join her Dianna Love Street Team on Facebook and get in on the fun!

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Making Up for Lost Time: The Vacation Bucket List by Lynn Cahoon – guest blog and giveaway

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Making up for lost time-The vacation bucket list
by
Lynn Cahoon
When I was a child, my family didn’t go on a summer vacation. If we went on a trip, usually it was to see family. My parents moved to Idaho from a small town in South Dakota, Winner. My grandparents lived on a farm complete with tiny house and huge barn.

As a child when I visited, the cousins would take me to the creek to swim, tell ghost stories in the hotter than Hades attic where we slept, and promised to write after I left so we’d at least be pen pals.

One year, we broke our no-vacation rule, and spent a week at Yellowstone. Seeing the bubbling mud pots, the clear but boiling hot springs, buffalo herds, and, of course, Old Faithful, sticks with a kid.

When my little sister was born, we headed west for a trip and stopped at the ocean. Walking through the waves on the still cold Oregon Coast, I was in charge of my teacup poodle and the kid. We got too far out and a wave came up on us. I had to make a choice. I picked up my dog.

My sister has never forgiven me.

When I married, my husband wasn’t a traveler. We camped and fished, but he liked being at home with me next to him.

After the divorce, I started traveling. I haven’t been out of the country, yet. I have a map of the United States posted on my work cube, with all the states I’ve visited numbered. I still have a few to go. I love finding the out of the way little towns, with a claim to fame. Like the Merrimac Caverns in Missouri or visiting Mark Twain’s Hannibal. Caves scare me, but I’d never tell my current husband that. I just love going.

It was during one of these impromptu trips where the Tourist Trap Mystery series was born. South Cove isn’t any particular town, but a hybrid of the town where I’d love to live.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Maybe I’ll visit someday.

4_23 Guidebook to Murder2 (eBook)Guidebook to Murder –A Tourist Trap Mystery

In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?

When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies.
Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .

 

About the Author: 4_23 CahoonLynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

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The Cowboy Wins a Bride by Cora Seton – Book Spotlight and Giveaway

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All Jamie Lassiter wants is to marry his best friend’s sister and settle down for the rest of his life in Chance Creek. He’s saved his money, bought into the Cruz Guest Ranch and he’s ready for that wedding, but Claire Cruz is nowhere to be found.

Claire’s too busy leaving Montana behind to care about cowboys or their wedding plans. She’s got plans of her own – a trip around the world. She’ll go as soon as she buys her tickets and she doesn’t care if she ever sees Chance Creek again.

Desperate to change Claire’s mind, Jamie proposes a bet: give him six weeks to convince her to marry him. If he can’t, he’ll pay for her round-the-world tickets himself.

Claire can wait six weeks if it means free tickets and a chance to get a little revenge on a man who once broke her heart. She’s got only one stipulation: Jamie can’t touch or flirt with her – or any other woman – while the bet is on.

Now Jamie’s on the run from a bevy of cowboy-groupie ranch guests, and Claire’s learning she cares about the ranch – and Jamie – more than she dreamed possible.

Maybe it’s time to lose that bet.

As long as Jamie loses it first.

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Ethan tugged her closer. “Stop it – you’ll hurt someone with that fake smile. Why didn’t you just say yes to Jamie? You could be as happy as I am. Wait a minute – are you wearing his ring? Did you say yes?”

Claire gaped at him, her eyes stinging once more. She couldn’t believe Ethan was in on this joke and would carry it to such an extreme – on his wedding day. She and her brother had their spats over the years, but he’d never been cruel. She opened her mouth to tell him so, but he pulled Jamie into a man-hug, pounding him on the shoulder.

“Congratulations! When’s the happy day?“

He was in on the joke, wasn’t he? But he was doing an incredible job acting like it was real. She couldn’t remember ever seeing Ethan this happy – especially not since their parents’ deaths.

“Labor Day,” Jamie said emphatically and grinned at her, daring her to deny it.

She looked from one to the other, at a total loss for what to do.

“You’re getting married?” Autumn shrieked, grabbing her hand and pulling it close to see her ring. “Oh my gosh, Claire – it’s beautiful. I’m so happy for you!” She threw her arms around Claire and gave her a stifling hug.

This can’t be happening, Claire thought, waiting for Jamie to tell them it was all a joke – waiting for Ethan at least to let Autumn in on it. Her stomach twisted when she realized both of them were going to play it straight. Ethan was beaming, and Jamie…he looked like the cat who’d swallowed the canary.

Damn it, she wasn’t a helpless bird.

But as she turned to set Autumn straight, her new sister-in-law cupped her hands to her mouth and called out, “Everybody! Everyone – can I have your attention? Yoo-hoo!“

The crowd immediately quieted, all eyes turned to the bride.

“I just have to share the happy news – I’m so excited!” Autumn’s face was flushed and her eyes shining. She pointed to Claire.

“Wait…” Claire began, but Autumn rushed on.

“Claire and Jamie have just gotten engaged – they’re getting married on Labor Day, so everybody better save the date! We’ll all be right back here in a couple of months to do this all over again.“

As the crowd cheered and clapped, Claire turned to Jamie, begging him silently for help. He just threaded an arm around her waist and kissed the top of her head. As people surged in to offer their congratulations, she once more pasted a happy expression on her face.

She would be a laughing-stock when September rolled around and no wedding took place.

If she survived this day she would never speak to any of them again.

 

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

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A Secret Worth Keeping by LaKisha Johnson – spotlight and giveaway

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MEDIA KIT ASWK CoverShelby is a career woman turned housewife who enjoys the friendships that have been built with her 5 best friends; Camille, Lynesha, Raylin, Kerri and Chloe. They are all career women with different businesses, husbands and even children but something is missing and they can’t seem to find it at home, in a store or even in a book. So, they search for this missing piece in the beds, arms, cars and even offices of other men who don’t mind paying for what Dem Dam Divas can offer. They enjoy the thrill of sneaking, creeping and even vacationing on someone else’s dime but they soon find out that all good things come to an end. What happens when it becomes too much? From secretly wanting someone who doesn’t want you, loving only to not be loved back and being caught up in a dream that you’re about to be awaken from; will it be worth it in the end? Will they regret their actions or stand by them? Will they finally question whether this secret is really worth keeping?

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“That was an amazing dinner guys. Anyone care to join me in the Jacuzzi?” I asked.

“No, I am beat and I’m going to turn in so that I can enjoy sightseeing and shopping on tomorrow,” Shelby said.

“I’m with Shelby;” said Ray and Lyn.

“I’ll pass too,” said Cam.

“Me three,” said Kerri.

“Ok, I won’t be long. I’ll be up soon,” I said. I changed into my swimming suit, grabbed a glass of wine and my IPod. “This water feels great,” I said whispering to myself. Why I was whispering beats me, maybe it’s the wine. Ah hell, may as well get another glass. I got up to refill my glass when I heard a knock on the door that scared me. “Shit, who could that be?” I said walking to the door.

“Chef Todd?” I said surprisingly.

“I’m sorry to drop by unannounced but I forgot to give you ladies the desert I prepared. I uh, I” he said.

I realized I didn’t have my robe on when I followed his eyes to my barely covered breast.

“Come in, I was just enjoying the peace and quiet since my girls left me up. I’m Chloe by the way, would you like a glass of wine?”

“No thank you. I really didn’t mean to disturb you; I thought you ladies would still be up.” He said.

“We usually are but they were tired from the driving and we have a long day planned tomorrow; are you sure I can’t interest you in anything to drink?” I asked while grabbing the wine and walking back out to the Jacuzzi. I knew he was watching my ass but I really didn’t mind because my husband rarely did.

“No but I must say you are wearing the hell out of that swimming suit.” He said.

“This old thing!” I said laughing.

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Kisha1LaKisha Johnson is a girl after God’s own heart; doing what she believes to be her purpose..writing. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 15 years, mother of 2 and native of Memphis, TN. She comes from a huge family and has always been the go to girl whenever someone needed a poem written or read, an acknowledgement that would convey just what they were thinking or even an occasion written for that special day. She’s an all-around talented lady that makes everything she touch turn to gold. She has 2 degrees from Southwest TN Community College both in Information Technology and has worked in the corporate field for over 15 years. She is also a dedicated blogger, delivering a devotional blog 5 days per week entitled ”Kisha’s Daily Devotionals.”

LaKisha wants readers of her books to step outside the box and read with imagination. She wants them reeled in from the front cover to the last word, enjoying every second in between, asking for more. She doesn’t proclaim to be the best writer or even author in the world..she just proclaims to be blessed because her motto is ”God’s purpose is bigger than any problem!”

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In Their Shoes: Would YOU be a Sugar Baby? by Mickey Corrigan – guest blog and giveaway

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In Their Shoes: Would YOU be a Sugar Baby?
Recently, I was asked the following question: Would you have considered being a sugar baby as a college student? Why or why not?

This is such an uncomfortable topic for a guest blog! But an intriguing question.

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was a feminist. No bra, no desire to wed, no kowtowing to men. But I was also inexperienced sexually and a bit of a prude. So the answer is no, I would not have considered funding my education with sex. But at the time, I didn’t have the sexual confidence to take on the persona of a sex kitten who charges older men for party favors. My self-image would have influenced my decision back then. That, and my Catholic upbringing!

When I got out of college, I owed $2500 in student loans. I instantly secured a job in my field, one that did not depend on my looks or feminine wiles. I paid off the loan within a year, while living on my own in a big city. I had lots of sex, but nobody paid me for it.

But that was then. What about now?

If I graduated last year, I would probably have ten times the debt. The average student owes $25,000 when they leave university. And most new graduates cannot find a job in their field of study. Many are underpaid and underemployed. Meanwhile, unpaid debt mounts until it becomes overwhelming.

Would I consider being a sugar baby under those circumstance? Yes, I might. Desperation can realign one’s social and moral values. Plus, the era is very different now. Sex is expected on dates, but the male is not expected to pay. College students often split expenses for dinner or entertainment. If a girl is going to “give it away for free” on a date, she might be able to justify getting paid for those same acts if she’s swimming in debt. And drowning in bills. And barely able to stay afloat.

So I do understand why today’s coeds are opting for the lucrative ease of professional girlfriend jobs. You work for yourself, you set your own schedule, the hours are minimal. It can seem like an exciting life, hanging out with rich older men who take you to expensive restaurants and clubs, maybe pay for you to travel with them. You get to dress up, go to places you could never afford on your own. Plus, the money is good. Very good.

Still, soft prostitution is not a healthy choice for a young woman. The smell of trading sex for money lingers. And the sugar world can be dangerous.

So I don’t think I’d actually do it. I don’t think I would ever make the choice to be a sugar baby, no matter how heavy my debt load. I’d find other ways to fund my lifestyle. But maybe that’s easy for me to say since I am not in their shoes.

You can read Sugar Babies to find out what I discovered about this booming economic subculture.

MEDIA KIT Sugar_Babies_500x750A sugar daddy can make your money woes disappear. But for sugar babies, life is like a chocolate-covered time bomb: sweet on the outside, deadly on the inside.

Young, beautiful, and hungry, Esme, Maire, and Niki want what every woman wants: love, work, safe shelter, the bills paid off, a diamond-studded Rolex and a two-bedroom condo with an ocean view. Working as sugar babies seems to be the only way to make this happen. But the sugar life is more dangerous than they thought.

 

 

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Mickey_J._CorriganAuthor Mickey J. Corrigan lives and works and gets into trouble in the lurid tropics of South Florida, where sugarbabies are as common as gators, skeeters and snowbirds. Other titles include the novellas Geekus Interruptus, Dream Job, Professional Grievers, and Me Go Mango. Sugar Babies is her first novel. Visit her at: www.mickeyjcorrigan.com or on Goodreads. Buy the book at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, or Champagne Books.