LASR Anniversary: Megan Slayer

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Fun Songs of the Summer

When I’m writing, I love to listen to music. I need to have noise. It’s silly, but if it’s quiet, then I’m not very productive. Now I’ve been on a writing binge this summer and I mentioned needing music. So what’s on my summer music list?

Glad you asked! Here are my top 5 songs:

Catch a Wave by the Beach Boys – it just puts me in a great mood and makes me want to write playful scenes. Plus, it’s a good segue into something a little hotter.

Short Shorts by The Royal Teens – this one is a little older than I am, but I love it. This tune makes me want to write beachy scenes with lots of hugging and kissing in the sand. It kind of makes me wonder about the sand in places, but that lends itself to fun in the shower, trying to get the sand off!

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin – Nice segue, eh? I thought so. Yep, this is the splashing in the tub song, but it’s more. I like the part about everyone joining him in the tub. Does it make me think of a ménage? You bet!

Wild Thing by the Troggs – First, I think of the movie Major League and what’s better than baseball players? The boys of summer!! But I also think of hot, steamy nights and needing to cool off…in inventive ways. That ménage, now with baseball players who may or may not have been on the beach in shorty shorts and sand in dangerous places, is really starting to take shape!

Finally… (this one will date me a bit)

Rush, Rush by Paula Abdul – This one sets the tone for hot times and snuggling. So after all of the theatrics of the day for those baseball players, now they can get comfortable.

What about you? Do you have special songs for the summer? Something a little newer than the ones on my list? Something to recommend? I’m all ears!!

MS_TogetherinCedarwood_coversmBobby Gagnon came back to town in the hopes of starting over. He’s got his kids and his accounting business, but he wants more. One look at the hot guy sharing the running trail with him is enough to stoke Bobby’s fire. He wants to hook up with the sexy runner, but he doesn’t even know the guy’s name. Will the man even want to be with a single father?

Remy Bard never considered himself a kid person or parent material. He’s happy with his job at the Cedarwood Tribune, but it’s not enough. Something’s always been missing in his life. He keeps seeing the same guy at the park—tall, dark, handsome and hot as hell in those running shorts. Although he’s shy, Remy isn’t about to let this guy get away without at least one night together.

These opposites certainly attract, but will their differences be enough to keep them apart or will they find a way to come together in Cedarwood?

About the Author: Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com and AllRomance Ebooks.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Megan and Wendi at: http://wendizwaduk.com/indexMegan.htm

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LASR Anniversary: Tess Bowery

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Garden marks in history

There is something compelling and intrinsically summer about the feel and smell of a kitchen garden. Our small plot of herbs, berries and veggies was the first thing to go in when we bought our first house, that feeling of ownership and belonging solidifying with every turned-over shovelful of that rich, dark earth. We’re urban gardeners, far from our families’ roots as farmers, but there’s still a magic to picking the first peas of the spring, and watching the strawberries and raspberries swell and redden in the sun.

I try an experiment in part of the garden every year, and last year’s ‘new thing’ was a packet of baby bok choi seeds, in the hopes of freshening up our stir fries and hot pot dinners. We were out of town when a heat wave hit, and the entire crop bolted, so I put the bok choi out of my mind and this year didn’t bother to reseed — on to asparagus and parsnips, for spring salads and winter stews. Except something wonderful and unexpected happened as soon as the weather turned warm. Little heart-shaped leaves began to push their way up where I had planned to put this year’s tomatoes, and within days —thank goodness I was lazy about weeding!—they developed into the delicate green leaves of more baby bok choi. We’ve enjoyed two meals out of the volunteers so far, with hope for more to come.

Sitting and weeding this morning, the dirt under my nails and the surprise bok choi flourishing in the space it reclaimed for itself, I flashed back to a study done in the 1970s, by a botanist named John Erskine. He travelled the province of Nova Scotia looking for evidence of colonial homesteads, houses and farms that had long since vanished. He wasn’t looking for foundation stones or rusted gates, though—he found his evidence of habitation in the plants surrounding the spaces where villages might once have been.

He found his long-deported Acadians in imported European plants, still seeding and replanting themselves in the reclaimed forests and old trails. Hawthorne hedges mark off pastures and boundaries from 350 years ago, collections of tansy, sorrel and hops flourish in spaces that may once have been kitchen gardens or herbals.

Flower seeds brought to Nova Scotia by trading ships clung to wagons and to horses, dropping along the stretches of wagon roads as farmers headed home from market, and found favourable soil. The roads not turned into modern highways have vanished along with the homesteads they connected to, but Erskine could trace their history in the unexpected patches of yellows and pinks that remained to colour the ground.

I couldn’t ask for a better reminder that the actions we take today will have ripple effects running down through time. What traces will my humble garden leave behind for future generations?

We are all autobiographers, in a way, leaving pieces of our own histories etched into the face of the planet. The next time I go walking in the woods and spot something out of place —a stand of horseradish, or patch of garden cress—my mind will be going to Erskine’s study, and the memories of a people who once made this land bloom. Will someone, hundreds of years from now, stumble upon some trace of my tiny asparagus bed and my perennial herbs and trace the memory of my summer days, recall the dirt under my nails for future generations?

It’s not a bad legacy, all told.

~~Erskine, John S. The French Period in Nova Scotia, A.D. 1500-1758, and Present Remains : A Historical, Archeological and Botanical Survey. Wolfville, N.S.: 1975.

SheWhomILove1400_webres Love would be simpler if it came with a script.

Marguerite Ceniza dies on the London stage each night, but her own life has barely begun. The ingénue is on the prowl for a lover, but while she burns with desire for Sophie, a confession could ruin their decade-long friendship. In the meantime there are always men vying to be her patron, and square-jawed, broad-shouldered James Glover can’t help but catch her eye.

Sophie Armand has been a lady’s maid for too long, and she’s sick of keeping secrets. Her hidden scripts and the story of her birth are only the beginning. Her nights are haunted by desperate thoughts of the beguiling Marguerite, and of James, the handsome tradesman who whispers promises of forever into her ear.

James has the kind of problem a lot of men would kill for—two women, both beautiful, both sensual, and both willing. Sophie wants marriage, while Marguerite’s only in it for fun, and choosing between them isn’t easy.

What’s the worst that could happen if he secretly courts them both?

Their romantic triangle is complicated in the most delicious way, until a shadowy figure from Marguerite’s past threatens to destroy the budding relationship—and their lives.

Warning: Contains a lady’s maid with secret desires, a corset-maker who knows his way around a woman’s body, and an actress who never has to fake it. Rated for adult audiences only.

**ARE Bestseller, and Finalist in 2016 Bisexual Book Awards for both Best Romance and Best Erotic Romance categories.**

About the Author: Tess Bowery lives near the ocean, which sounds lovely, except when it snows. An historian by training and a theater person by passion, she’s parleyed her Masters degree in English history into something that would give her former professors something of a surprise.

Her love for the Regency era began as they always do, with Jane Austen, and took a sharp left turn into LBGT biographies and microhistory. Now she indulges in both of her passions, telling the stories of her community in the time periods that fire the human imagination. Her first foray into contemporary M/M fiction, High Contrast, releases in 2016.

Along with writing, Tess splits her time between teaching, backstage work, LBGT activism and her family. She spends far too much money on comic books, loves superheroes and ghost stories, and still can’t figure out how to use Twitter properly.

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LASR Anniversary: Wendi Zwaduk

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Summer Fun in the Sunshine with Wendi Zwaduk

It’s summer again! Hot days, sometimes hotter nights and lots of fun. As I write this post, I’m looking at cloudy conditions, but it’s been steamy around here until now.

I’ve been thinking about things to do outside for the summer. Quite a few came to mind.

One of my favorites is watching racing. I can’t get enough of the cars or trucks slinging around the track. I prefer dirt racing over racing on asphalt tracks. Why? There’s something fun about watching the dirt fly, smelling the acrid scent of the fuel and rubber of the tires as well as watching the blur of cars or trucks as they go by.

Another favorite is the annual 4th of July fireworks display. I’m either lucky or cursed—depending on how you look at it—to live in the country. In addition to the local city and township sponsored fireworks displays, quite a few of our neighbors have their own festivities. Now, my black lab and beagle/basset cannot stand fireworks. Not a bit. So when I have displays in front of the house, behind the house and a few going off to the north of the house, it’s bedlam. I’d really like it if the fireworks didn’t freak them out, but I kind of like having so many displays seemingly done just for me. It’s fun. Chaotic, but fun.

I’m also a sucker for the annual football draft—although it’s back in April—and the subsequent early practices. I’m a football girl through and through. Maybe it’s the muscle-bound bodies covered in sweat or the violence of the sport, but I love my football. I’ll watch practices just because that means we’re one week closer to preseason, which means one week closer to the season opener! Did I mention I liked football? Grin.

I do love the boys of summer, aka the baseball teams, but mine isn’t doing so hot right now. No matter. Hot bodies in mostly tight uniforms…that’s a winning combination.

Summertime also means I’m out with the dogs walking, too. The tot practices for cross country and I take the dog for a couple mile jaunt to keep us in shape. It’s nice to be in nature and exercising. Plus, that quiet time means I’ve got a chance to think through my next story idea or wherever I’m stuck in the book I’m currently working on.

So now I pose the question to you. What’s your favorite summer activity? Does it have to be done in the daytime? Let me know. I might like to try it.

herman_800The love of her life isn’t the man she expects but he just might be the man she never saw coming.

Cass Jensen writes hot books and likes her life as an author. She’s got the material things she desires, good friends and a side career singing with the band. What more could she ask for? A sexy man to warm her bed during the chilly Ohio nights—that’s what she wants. Someone to make her blood sizzle and her heart race. She heads to California to help cast the movie being made from one of her books. She’s not interested in dating another actor, but what if the man she needs is on the other side of the audition table?

Logan Malone is known as one of the biggest playboys in all of Hollywood. He’s rumoured to be dating half the single ladies in town and romancing the other half. There’s only one problem—Logan doesn’t want to be the player any longer. He wants a strong career and an even stronger woman in his life. When he meets Cass, he knows she’s the one he’s been looking for. But Cass comes with her own complications. Can he handle being her man or will the glare of the media be too much for them to handle as a couple?

He’s about to find out just how hard he’ll have to work in order to be her man, but he’s up for the job…

About the Author: Wendi Zwaduk is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to BDSM and LGBTQ themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com and AllRomance Ebooks. She also writes under the name of Megan Slayer.

When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice. Find out more about Wendi at: http://www.wendizwaduk.com/

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LASR Anniversary: Charlotte Howard

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A Very British Summer

Living in Britain means that we get to experience all four seasons in the space of one day – and summer is no different. Just this weekend, I decided to take my family to the local air show. One minute we were wearing T-shirts and sunglasses, slapping on the sun cream and forcing baseball caps onto the children, the next we were pulling on waterproof coats and sheltering under an umbrella behind a large lorry, desperately trying to escape the gale-force wind and rain!

As a writer, I work from home, and when it’s glorious sunshine, the garden becomes my office. I get to sit outside and listen to the birds tweeting and the bees buzzing (and the traffic), while tapping away on my laptop. I am surrounded by the scents of mown grass and growing mint. When it comes to taking a break – it is important to step away from the computer for at least ten minutes every two hours – I can dig in the dirt and weed my herb garden, or play with the dog, or sunbathe and read a book. I love being a writer during the summer.

And then it rains.

rainy dayThis is the view from my kitchen window on a typical summer day. See that river? Yeah, that’s actually a road.

On days like this, I am stuck inside. It’s still warm, but it’s wet and grey and miserable. In the winter it’s not too bad, because the heating is on and I can snuggle under my slanket / snuggie, with a hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, while I let inspiration run through me. But in the summer it’s humid, it’s sticky, and the pressure is intense as we all wait for the rain to pass. Unfortunately, the rain in this particular village can last weeks rather than hours.

One of the good things about the rain though, like today (it is tipping it down as I write this!), is that I cannot be distracted by the sunshine, and so I do get some writing done. In fact, it was during a wet and miserable week that I wrote my latest erotic romance novella, One Night in Aberdeen. So while I pray for sunshine, perhaps rain would be better for my career as an author.

OneNightinAberdeenbyCharlotteHoward-1800HRRoss McKinley and his personal assistant, Lee Bradshaw, have been invited to Aberdeen by Ross’s ex-wife, Anna, to participate in a charity ‘slave auction.’ He finds the whole thing embarrassing, and not wanting to be ‘won’ on the auction block, he asks Lee to bid on him, and win whatever the cost. After a bidding war between Lee and Anna, Lee wins. Being the spoilsport, Anna begins subtly threatening Lee.

Ross finally takes Lee away from the event . . . and back to his hotel room where things quickly change from the boss-employee role to lovers. The following day when Ross is showing Lee around the city, it becomes obvious she’s not enjoying the adventure. She tells him about Anna’s threatening texts—she’s to quit her job and never see Ross again, or Anna will ruin his business.

When Lee refuses to let Anna manipulate her into quitting, will she be strong enough to fight beside Ross for his company? Or will Anna get the upper hand?

About the Author: British author, Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.

Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.

During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.

Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers Group.

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LASR Anniversary: Jan Graham

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What says summer to me? A refreshing Hippie Juice, of course


Summer is always so much fun. My favorite part is the monthly party that friends of mine throw at their farm. The parties are a bit of an extravaganza, held each month during the summer season. It’s a great time to catch up with friends and meet new ones. One of the things that my friends and I do is to test out a new cocktail at each party.

Today I’m sharing my favorite cocktail with you, it’s Hippie juice and really was a smash at the party with everyone loving it. Although, I have to include a warning. This drink is so light and refreshing, you can almost forget there’s alcohol in it. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friend and I did.

Hippie Juice

1 seedless watermelon.
1 cup Vodka
1/3 cup Malibu (coconut rum)
1/3 cup triple sec
Bottle of Lemonade
Ice cubes

Blitz up the seedless watermelon flesh in a blender (to make about four cups worth) and add to large container, mason jar or bowl. Mix in the alcohol, lemonade and ice cubes to form a fluid mixture.

Because we make the cocktails for large numbers of people I’ve estimated the alcohol and other quantities so just adjust to your taste by adding more lemonade or watermelon to cut the intensity of the alcohol.

You can add strawberries or other berries if you like. Some recipes also include the addition of mint leaves. It’s totally up to whatever your inner hippie desires.

Resisting Love_200Kenzie Stuart is an artist who’s finally started to achieve her dream. She doesn’t need anything to interfere with that, especially a relationship. Her number one rule when it comes to men is, love them and leave them, without getting emotionally involved. This worked perfectly until she met Justin. When Kenzie realized she cared for him, her only option was to leave, but she didn’t merely walk away from the man she loved. Kenzie ran like the wind, determined to never look back.

Justin Davies waited until he thought Kenzie was ready to accept his affection. He believed he did everything required in order to win her heart, but Kenzie still walked out, leaving him to nurse his wounded heart. Despite everything, he wants her back and this time Justin has thrown the rule book out the window. He’ll recapture Kenzie anyway he can. By fair means or foul, he’s determined to break down her resistance to love.

About the Author:Jan Graham is an author of Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense, all her writing is erotic and some includes BDSM elements. She has numerous published titles to her credit, with more to come once she overcomes her current bout of procrastination. Jan lives in Newcastle, Australia where she writes, reads, feeds her Netflix addiction and drinks coffee with friends.

For those who enjoy labels and tags, as well as being an author, Jan is a blogger, a submissive, an aunt, dyslexic, a lover of all things erotic, naughty, a participant in the BDSM community, a widow, an orphan, and a member of The Australian Sex Party (no it’s nothing kinky, they are a legit political group).

In short, she is generally a bit of an eccentric who lives her life slightly left of center. You can find out more about Jan and her work by stalking her on the various social media sites where she occasionally hangs out.

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LASR Anniversary: Ravenna Tate

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My Favorite Summer Memories
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When I was younger, we used to spend every moment possible at my maternal grandparents’ house, especially in the summers. They lived on a large lot in the city, on a corner, and they had two driveways. Such a novelty for us!

Both had been born in Palermo, Sicily, to poor parents who did all their own farming and sewing. They brought those skills with them when they came to the United States at the tender age of twenty-one.

In their large yard were fruit trees, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden featuring corn, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and even grapes. Yes, Grandpa made homemade wine, and of course we were allowed to taste it.

Aside from the incredible food available at Grandma and Grandpa’s house all the time, our summers included picking fresh fruit from the trees, admiring her beautiful flower garden, and watching Grandpa work next door in his shoe shop. There were advantages to having a shoemaker as a grandparent.

Not only was my grandmother an amazing cook, but she didn’t use recipes. A fact I wish I’d thought to take into account all those years ago. So many of the incredible things she made are lost to me because I’ve forgotten how to make them, and no one ever wrote them down. But I remember the tastes.

Among my favorites were homemade spaghetti sauce and pasta, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, every kind of imaginable cookie and baked good, homemade pizza, and roasted peppers and Italian sausage. I’ve tried many times to duplicate the tastes I remember, but I can’t even come close.

A few times, I spent a couple of weeks during the summer with them, just so I could have my own room to sleep in at night, and so I could watch her cook and listen to her amazing stories. She spoke in a thick, half-English, half-Italian accent, and was a gifted story teller. She also was an intelligent woman who could read people in a second. And she always right.

I learned a great deal from my grandparents besides gardening and cooking. I learned integrity, strength of character, and the value of hard work. But most of all I remember the summers at their home and in their yard. They’re among the best memories of my entire childhood.

Unyielding-evernightpublishing-JayAheer2016-finalcoverGraphic designer Lynda Shelton has agreed to marry Mergers and Acquisitions legend Merrick Dalton for one reason only. To save her family’s company. She’s warned this is a marriage in name only. Merrick will never love her. That’s fine with Lynda because she has sworn off men.

Merrick Dalton has wanted Shelton Energy for a long time, so when he’s asked to save the company, he jumps at the chance. He has vowed never to love another woman, but Merrick can give Lynda what he’s been assured she wants. Material comfort and social standing.

The one place where Merrick and Lynda connect is in bed. She has a penchant for his kinky tastes, and he stirs desire in her like she’s never known. But when their secrets surface, the reason they married turns into a dangerous game of illusions and lies.

About the Author:Ravenna Tate lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money.

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LASR Anniversary: Sarah Marsh

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Lemon Pudding Cakes

Hi there! So for my summer themed post I thought I might share one of my favorite recipes with you. Before I started writing, I used to work as a pastry chef in Vancouver. I still love to bake and create new recipes when I have the time, and in the summer when all the local fruits and veggies come around it’s hard to resist!
This recipe is super versatile and my family is all about the lemon flavored anything, so I get a ton of mileage out of using this one and combining it with all sorts of stuff like cheesecake and trifle.

Lemon Pudding Cakes
Yield: 8, 4-6oz ramekins

This recipe is a gem. It’s a must make for lemon lovers, especially in the summer because it’s so light and tart. Its versatile enough to use as a layer in a cake, mixed into fresh ice cream, I’ve used it all over the place!

Lemon Curd:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp lemon zest
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
½ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
4 Tbsp (1/4 cup or ½ stick) of butter

Combine sugar and zest in a metal bowl; rub together with your hands to infuse oil into the sugar, whisk in eggs and yolks. Mix well.
Whisk in lemon and lime juice until combined and smooth. Whisk over bain-marie (double boiler) until thick.
Take off heat and add butter, fold in until combined, let cool for 30 min or so, then use a piece of plastic wrap and lightly press to the surface of the curd so a skin doesn’t form and refrigerate.

Pudding cakes:
1 recipe lemon curd from above
2 Tbsp AP flour
½ cup whole milk
3 large egg whites
5 Tbsp granulated sugar

Once curd is cool, sift in flour and stir in milk until combined.
Whip egg whites until soft peaks stage, add granulated sugar and continue whipping egg whites until stiff peaks.
Fold whites into lemon curd mixture carefully until combined.

Butter ramekins and sugar sides liberally, pour batter into ramekins.
Bake at 325 degrees F in an uncovered water bath until firm and lightly brown.

Serve either immediately or refrigerate, can serve in ramekin or turn out onto plate.
But heat before serving and serve with strawberry compote.

VARIATIONS:
You can process fruit, sugar and lemon juice into a puree, and then swirl through cakes before you bake them for a flavour variation.

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Now I hope you enjoy those! And if you are looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ equally as delicious to read while you’re enjoying those desserts, why not swing by and check out my website?

This summer I will have several new releases with Evernight Publishing. One sci fi romance called Precious Cargo, and the second book in the Beyond the Veil para romance series, called Deciding her Faete.

I’ve also got a contemporary romance with Limitless Publishing releasing the end of August called Dark Redemption.

I’m currently working on book number five in my Coalition Mates series with Siren Publishing, so hopefully it will be ready to go by the end of the summer!

Surrender FB sizeSally Owens was content to spend her life hiding in plain sight, that is…as long as no one got too close or tried to wrestle the reigns away from her.

When she goes out for a night on the town, getting kidnapped and shipped out into space was NOT what she had in mind. But above all else Sally is a survivor and she soon comes up with a plan to thrive in this new world.

Arkenon Quinn is informed that one of the human refugees wants to join the Courtesan Guild and of course he is curious. However, when he meets the audacious and beautiful Sally he finds himself signing up to mentor her against his better judgement. What he couldn’t have anticipated is how quickly this fascinating creature would steal his heart, forcing him to do something he’s never had to do before—chase a female.

Will Sally’s painful past keep her from finding a future with the man who’s like no other she’s ever met? Or will she have the strength to place her body and soul in Arkenon’s extremely capable hands?

About the Author: Sarah Marsh was born in British Columbia where she still lives, she has only recently began her writing career finding it the perfect outlet for taking the edge off a nine to five office job. She’s been a science fiction and romance junkie for years and when her imagination started to take the characters she’d read about even further in their adventures she decided to try writing something of her own.

Sarah’s also a former pastry chef and spends a lot of time cooking and baking for friends and family as well as painting and knitting. Her biggest weaknesses are animals of any kind…she even loves the ones that wake you up at four in the morning because they can almost see the bottom of their food dish.

When it comes to life in general she’s a big believer that laughter is the best medicine and that there’s no such thing as too much love, which is why she’s such a sucker for a happy ending.

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LASR Anniversary: N.J. Young

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Nothing says summer like sangria and some erotic suspense!

I have a lot of favorite things about summer—barbecues, lounging in a deck chair with a new erotic suspense book, and testing out sangria recipes!

In my new book, Fierce Temper, things are really heating up. Not only does Tessa have to fake a new identity to hide from a killer, but she can’t keep her feelings in check for Milo and Archer. Even though this trio is trying to stop a drug cartel and navigate their feelings for each other, Tessa still manages to have a little down time with her friends. And what do they do in their down time? Drink wine, of course!

And what’s better than good wine? Great sangria!! I had peach sangria at a restaurant a few years back, and I loved it so much that I made it my mission to duplicate it. Not only did I succeed, but I think my recipe is WAY better! Even though I tout this as a summer drink, I can honestly drink this anytime of year (in buckets), but it’s even better in the dog days of summer.

This peachy sangria is delish!! Just be careful because it goes down very smooth. It doesn’t taste like it has as much alcohol in it at all. I found this out the hard way… which is to say I drank half a pitcher, and then tried to get up and walk across the room.

1 750-ml bottle Pinot Grigio
1 ½ cups Peachtree Schnapps
1 ½ cups of your favorite fruit juice (I love the white grape peach. Mango peach is also a really good one.)
3 cups Sprite (2 cans)
1/3 cup Triple Sec (if desired)
1 bag frozen peaches

Stir all ingredients together in a big pitcher and serve. If you are having more than a couple of friends over, you will definitely want to double this. If I’m having a get-together, I usually triple it, and it goes fast! I would also suggest buying two or three bags of frozen peaches. They work as ice cubes to help keep your sangria cold.

So grab a glass and a copy of my new book, Fierce Temper. The ménage erotic suspense story of Tessa, Milo, and Archer is the perfect read for the beach, the lake, the back yard, or your favorite deck chair.

Above all else, enjoy your summer!!

Fierce-Temper-evernightpublishing-2016-smallpreviewTessa Lawson has a secret… actually, she has a few. Not only did she used to be known as adult film star Temper Jazz, but she is also on the run after witnessing a murder and stealing $250K from a drug lord. She moved to Magic to hide, but will she be able to hide her heart?

Milo Livingston has his own demons. His guilt over a horrible accident that injured a friend has left him thinking he doesn’t deserve happiness. He surely doesn’t think that Tessa could ever love him.

When Milo’s friend, DEA Agent Archer Collins comes to town searching for Tessa, the trio’s world is thrown into upheaval. Archer is intent on bringing down the drug cartel responsible for his sister’s death. He never expected to fall in love with the key witness he’s been searching for.

After an attempt is made on Tessa’s life, Milo and Archer join forces to protect the woman they care about. Will both men be able to overcome their own demons and trust Tessa with their hearts? And will their love be enough to protect her from the dangerous people who want her dead?

About the Author:I’m a Midwestern girl and a lover of coffee, live music, and horror movies, not necessarily in that order.

I’ve been writing all my life, and I honestly can’t remember a time when I wanted to do anything but write. After many years spent suffering the trials of corporate America and writing about everything from financial risk management to software user manuals to website copy about radiators (sadly, I’m not kidding), I decided take the plunge and start writing books.

I love a good love story with super hot alpha males, strong heroines, a little humor, and a lot of suspense. Sprinkle in some sexual fantasies and a few BDSM aspects, and Boom! These are only a few of the themes you’ll find in my books.

When I’m not writing, I’m probably at Starbucks, or fighting evil with the help of my husband, two children, and our houseful of animals.

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LASR Anniversary: Delilah Night

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This post is part of Long and Short Review’s 9th Anniversary Celebration. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance to win a $100 gift card or other prizes.

An Expatriate Fourth of July
Delilah Night
We spent July 4, 2009 in Washington DC. We watched a recitation of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, then sat down and watched the parade. We pushed my daughter E’s stroller through multiple Smithsonian Museums. E spent her first Fourth of July on the grass of the National Mall, enchanted by a light up ball we’d bought in a gift shop, rather than the gorgeous fireworks display by the Washington Monument.

At the time, we had no idea that would be the last Fourth of July we’d spend in the United States. My husband was laid off from his job in late 2009. We’d always considered living abroad, so it seemed like a good time to do so. In April 2010, we moved to Singapore, a tiny city-state in Southeast Asia.

I spent the first few months in Singapore too busy to be homesick. I had to find an apartment, figure out the public transit system, wait for our container of belongings to arrive from the United States, find the nearest grocery store, and so forth. After the whirlwind of those first few months, though, the homesickness hit me hard, triggered by a number of things, but among them the impending Fourth of July.

A fellow expat told me that the American Association of Singapore sponsored a Fourth of July event every year. We looked up the details and took a taxi to the small event. American BBQ food was being served, a military band played rock-n-roll, and we met up with a number of online friends. The ambassador spoke, followed by the girl scouts troop singing Majulah Singapura (the Singapore National Anthem) followed by The Star Spangled Banner. The fireworks were nothing impressive when held up against Boston’s (or Singapore’s National Day fireworks a month later) but they were balm for my soul.

The first year in Singapore was difficult. I spent the second year feeling more at home in Singapore, but mostly bedridden with a difficult pregnancy. After my younger daughter R was born, though, I burst out of my shell. I made many friends, both expat and local. Singapore became our second home.

Today, E is seven and is in second grade at a Singapore Public School. She code switches between a Singaporean accent at school and a more Americanized one at home. She is fluent in Mandarin, as her school requires she study a second language. R is four, in pre-school, and following in E’s footsteps.

On July 2, 2016, ten thousand miles away from Boston, at the Singapore American School, we will celebrate America’s birthday. Our daughters will sing Majulah Singapura flawlessly in Malay, and then switch to English for The Star Spangled Banner. We sit on a blanket and watch the fireworks. And I’ll tell the story of how baby E ignored her first fireworks in favor of a silly light-up ball from a gift shop.

capturing the moment coverYou never forget your first love…

Meg and RJ were passionately in love. But that was six years and a broken engagement ago.

Meg has only one day in Siem Reap, Cambodia, before she must leave for her sister’s wedding in Bali. She fulfills her dream of taking a photograph of the sun rising behind Angkor Wat, one of the oldest temples in the world. But her joy is short-lived when she turns around to see RJ standing behind her.

RJ threw himself into work after Meg ended their relationship. He’s built a successful business, but it’s a hollow victory. He’s come to Siem Reap to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving. But first he has to convince her to spend the day with him.

Meg is as physically attracted to RJ as she ever was. Maybe the secret to finally getting over him is a one day only, no strings attached fling.

Can RJ win Meg back, or will she love him and leave him?

About the Author: After thirty years of snowy New England winters, Delilah Night moved to steamy southeast Asia. While she doesn’t miss shovelling snow, she does miss shopping for bargains at Target.

In 2014, Delilah visited Cambodia for the first time and fell in love with Siem Reap. Many of her misadventures from that vacation (including the one with the monkey) made their way into this story.

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Set in Canada by Sean Michael – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Sean Michael who is here to celebrate the upcoming release of The Luckiest Master on August 22.

Set in Canada
By Sean Michael

The Iron Eagle Gym, and therefore all the stories in the series, is located in Toronto, Canada. I really love setting stories in the Great White North for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s where I live and I love my country!

It’s also a place that I know fairly well. I’ve been to a number of cities and towns in several provinces and I know how to find the information I’m looking for if I’m setting it in a place I’m not as familiar with. This means a lot less research is needed for my settings. That goes double if I set the book in Ottawa and I can add a lot of little details that make the book richer, knowing that they are accurate.

One of the things I love about living in Canada, especially my corner of it, is that there are four distinct seasons. Much as I grumble about the heat in the summer, it is a part of living here, a part that I appreciate. I do love being able to include snowstorms and thunderstorms, warm rain in the summer and cold nasty rain in the late fall. Freezing temperatures to go with the blizzards and the ice storms in the winter.

Some of my characters deal with these things easily, others find it hard to deal with the extremes – it’s another dimension to who they are and gives me another avenue for exploring their characters. Day and Saw have to deal with getting snowed in. While it doesn’t happen very often, there are always several times a year where you’re advised to stay home if you can rather than brave the worst of the weather and I totally loved being able to give Day and Saw a chance to explore their budding relationship without having to worry about going back to work for a couple of days.

Another reason why I love setting my stories in Canada is that gay marriage is legal and has been for many years now. So if that’s where my characters want to go, they can. And when writing romance, that’s often where they do go.

If we can go back to the snow… I love snow and I love being able to include it in my books, whether my characters love the white stuff as much as I do is always up for grabs. Some do, some don’t.

To readers of the Iron Eagle Gym books – Welcome to Canada!

8_12 sean michael LuckiestMaster[The]FSWhen Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

About the Author: Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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