February 28, 2015

Gentlemen Cowboys with a Touch of Bad @maryjdressel #RLFblog #WesternRomance

Heartbreak's Reward 
A Double Feature includes two covers, blurbs, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured books are Heartbreak's Reward and Cowboy Boss and his Destiny by Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

Heartbreak's Reward Bk 2

This book can be read alone.
Genre Contemporary Western Romance
Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Rancher Jase Carlson doesn't understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn't follow the court rules where his children are concerned, making him even more pissed off. Harboring a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn't a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a quick-tempered, sexy blonde. He can't allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after he's coerced into spending time alone with her. Fighting the torturous battle going on within his own mind and body, he can either deal with it—or succumb to the woman who appears to be everything he didn't know he needed.
In an attempt to save her rebellious teen sister from herself—as her guardian, Brenna Page leaves everything behind and moves to Canyon Junction, Arizona. When she unexpectedly meets a hot-headed cowboy with intense blue eyes and muscles to die for, the first thing she wants to do is get away. Since she can't seem to shake him, Brenna wonders if that same grudge-filled cowboy with an attitude is someone worth taking on. But still dealing with painful memories, and a sister who wants nothing to do with Arizona, the last thing she needs right now is a horse ranching cowboy interfering.
One wrong turn. Two broken families. Brought together by chance, and need.
Note: Look for Book #3, the fourth book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series spring 2015.

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Cowboy Boss and his Destiny Bk 1

Can be read alone, but Tristan's Destiny, Bonus Book 1.5 follows.
Genre Contemporary Western Romance
Cowboy Boss and His Destiny
Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Tristan Carlson does the best he can to raise his four-year-old daughter on his own. His mother remains on the Double Dutch to lend a hand—giving him the ability to maintain the ranch, tend to his horses, and keep up his small-time ranching magazine. His attractive, new assistant is everything he wants in a woman, including her ginger-red hair. But from his experience with women lately, he's learned that some don't want a ready-made family. This one seems different, and he's falling hard. But, there's his little blue-eyed girl, and he'll protect Destiny's heart with everything within him. Until he knows for sure…
Living the good life in a big city for many years, Nora Trinity ends up a statistic after the magazine she works for makes cutbacks. Despite a family betrayal from her past that still needs mending, she moves back home to the small town of Canyon Junction, Arizona, with forgiveness on her mind. When she is hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she finds herself profoundly attracted to him. The thing is, her sexy boss comes as a package deal, and his little girl is immediately drawn to her. It's not just about two hearts taking a chance now—or two people falling in love… Nora has to be sure of what she wants before she takes on the cowboy and his child.

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About the Author

Early days of reading romance novels and women's fiction laid the groundwork for Mary to take up the pen and write her own memorable love stories. She writes sensual contemporary western romance with strong family ties. She's the author of the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight, The Bull Rider Series, and a time-travel series now out of print.
Photography is another way she likes to be creative. Mary has had post-secondary classes in creative writing and photography. Before becoming a full-time writer, she had a career in education. Her home is in the Great Lake State of Michigan, U.S.A. She's a member of Romance Writers of America.

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February 27, 2015

Cover Love: Desert Heat by Lucy Felthouse @cw1985 #RLFblog #LGBT

Desert Heat 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Desert Heat by Lucy Felthouse.

Their love is forbidden by rules, religion and risk. Yet still they can't resist.
Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan. The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event-free. That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he'd almost forgotten about, and that won't be ignored.
Please note: this book was previously published as part of the Unconditional Surrender bundle.

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About the Author

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. Another string to her bow is editing. She has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She is a book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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February 26, 2015

Elite Metal Collection @sabrina_york #RLFblog #milromance

Elite Metal Collection 
For decades the US Marines funded a top-secret unit known as Elite Recon. A deadly group of men and women sent to infiltrate dozens of countries completely undetected. Mission objectives so extreme casualties were not only probable, but expected.
The current batch of operatives had returned from hundreds of assignments unscathed...until one mission went horribly wrong. Several men lost their lives and the group disbanded. The remaining leathernecks were scattered in the wind with new identities. They were told to blend in. Be normal. Or face being forever silenced just like their fallen brothers.
Now, two years later, each living member of the group is kidnapped and given a chance to make things right. But this time they're no longer under the thumb of Uncle Sam. A mysterious private backer who knows about their past has brought them back together. No longer are they forced to turn a blind eye to the lost and forsaken.
A new life. A new future...Elite Metal.
Anna Alexander and Jennifer Kacey, Heather Long, Sabrina York Rebecca Royce, Saranna DeWylde and Roxie Rivera

Sterling's Seduction
By Sabrina York
When Sterling spots a reporter masquerading as a waitress in a dingy bar in Deep Ellum, he suspects she's investigating the team. And that's something he just cannot allow to happen. Too many lives are at stake. He will do everything in his power to learn the truth—even seduce her. And to stop her story from coming out? He might even tie her to the bed.
Nothing is off the table when it comes to keeping his brothers safe. Nothing. It's a damn shame she's everything he's ever wanted. It's a damn shame her touch warms his cold, dead heart.

Books in the Set

Bound By Steele
Anna Alexander and Jennifer Kacey
To save his Marine brothers and sister he must accept the past isn't dead and buried.
Reuniting survivors means he is forced to first forgive...the enemy.
Chrome's Salvation
Jennifer Kacey
A former leader of Elite Recon, reduced to nothing more than an apathetic existence.
Until his girl's life hangs in the balance...now nothing will stand in the way of him coming back to life.
Adamantium's Roar
Anna Alexander
Adamantium left Beth to what he thought was a better life, only to find she had been living in hell. Now he'll do anything, break any vow, to claim her as his for all time.
Pure Copper
Heather Long
Copper will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it means seducing and betraying the one man who really sees her.
Platinum's Choice
Rebecca Royce
Platinum left the life he had with Rose in New York to rejoin his team and silence the nightmares from Operation Phoenix.  But when Rose is forced to go on the run with Platinum's hidden son, he will have no choice but to return to his old life and reclaim what he has ached for every day since. Red Wolf's sniper wants to nudge Plat's underbelly and they're going to find out quickly how deadly he can be.
Mercury's Poison
Saranna DeWylde
Sabrina York
A scarred, mad genius more monster than man must protect the beauty he's become obsessed with from a beast more terrible than himself.
Forged in Silver
Roxie Rivera
Rebel. Nomad. Troublemaker.
After surviving the double-cross during Operation Phoenix, Former Elite Recon Marine Silver embraces the underworld and builds a new life as one of the world's most renowned thieves. Jewels, paintings, corporate espionage--there's no job he won't take for the right price.

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About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet and sexy to scorching erotic romance.

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February 25, 2015

Cover Love: Trailing Kaiwulf by Kayelle Allen @kayelleallen #RLFblog #scifirom

Trailing Kaiwulf 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Trailing Kaiwulf by Kayelle Allen.

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Title Trailing Kaiwulf
Genre science fiction romance
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military goons at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done. Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. After this, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover. Until now. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? The archaeologist in charge can't afford this fee, and neither can the military. So the real question is who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?

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Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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February 24, 2015

One Night in Edinburgh Charlotte Howard @Shy_Tiger #RLFblog

One Night in Edinburgh 
Today's featured book is One Night in Edinburgh.

Chloe Shard has travelled to Edinburgh to meet up with a potential client, and has just twenty-four hours to convince them to sign her contract. But when she meets the delicious Ethan, he proves to be so much more than an enticing distraction. It's not long before Chloe has some life changing decisions to make, and less than a day to make them.

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Author Bio

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.

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February 23, 2015

Marilyn Baron Author of The Widows' Gallery @MarilynBaron #RLFblog #mystery

The Widows' Gallery 
Today's authbor interview is with Marilyn Baron.

Why did you write this book?
I love using art and art theft as themes in my books. I studied art history in Florence, Italy, in college where I fell in love with my favorite painting—The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli—which hangs in the Uffizi Gallery. So I decided to make that painting the centerpiece of my story. The cover art is also reminiscent of that painting. Last year, my husband and I took an anniversary cruise to the Mediterranean. All these things gelled and I decided to set part of my book in Florence, Italy, and on a cruise ship, before the main characters arrived in Lobster Cove, Maine, where the Lobster Cove series for The Wild Rose Press is set.
What are your favorite genres to read?
Literary fiction, women's fiction and thrillers
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
On March 20, Killer Cruise, the third book in my Psychic Crystal Mystery Series, will be released from The Wild Rose Press. It also takes place on a cruise ship and one of the themes is art theft. It's murder, mystery, and mayhem combined with high jinks on the high seas. The novel even features a vampire.
TWB Press just released my fifth dark and humorous supernatural short story, The Files Death Forgot http://www.twbpress.com/thefilesdeathforgot.html The Grim Reaper with a failing memory, a craving for chocolate chip cookies and a penchant for old movies: Could this agent of death inadvertently save the world from mass annihilation??M
My current work in progress is called Landlocked, where an inexperienced South Florida realtor with weather issues, tries to sell her widowed grandmother's rural property on an isolated Western North Carolina mountaintop only to discover the tract is landlocked, and therefore, unsalable. The book features a missing artist, two romances and a serial killer.

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Title The Widows' Gallery
Genre Women's Fiction/Romance
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Childless heiress Abigail Adams Longley and three other widows on a Mediterranean cruise bond over a Renaissance masterpiece in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint venture to open an art gallery at the Longley mansion in Lobster Cove, Maine.
Since the death of her husband, Abigail has been lonely and drifting in a house that's too big and a town that's too small. When she literally runs into sexy widower and whale-watching excursion captain Tack Garrity on the dock, she's entranced by his adorable five-year-old daughter.
But will Tack, who has harbored a secret crush on Abigail for almost two decades, be able to capture her heart? A secret pact her husband made with Tack could either tear them apart or bring them closer together and change their lives forever.

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About the Author

Marilyn Baron
Marilyn Baron is a corporate public relations consultant in Atlanta. She's a member of Marketing For Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award and winner or finalist in writing awards in single title, suspense romance, novel with strong romantic elements and paranormal romance.
Marilyn writes in a variety of genres, including: Humorous coming-of-middle-age women's fiction (The Widows' Gallery, Stones, and Significant Others); a psychic suspense series (Sixth Sense, Homecoming Homicides and the soon to be released Killer Cruise); and historical romantic thrillers (Under the Moon Gate and the prequel, Destiny: A Bermuda Love Story) for The Wild Rose Press; and dark and humorous supernatural short stories for TWB Press (A Choir of Angels, Follow an Angel, The Stand-In Bridegroom, Dead Mix and The Files Death Forgot).
Marilyn is a member of the Roswell Reads Steering Committee and belongs to two book clubs. A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband and they have two daughters. She graduated from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism [Public Relations sequence] and a minor in Creative Writing.
When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, going to movies, eating Italian food and traveling. She often sets her stories in places she's visited, including Bermuda, Australia and Italy, where she spent six months studying in Florence during her senior year in college.

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February 22, 2015

Naughty Hearts 12 Valentine Stories @NaughtyLiterati #RLFblog #anthology

Naughty Hearts 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Naughty Hearts: Twelve Naughty Valentine's Stories.

Genre Holiday romance
Author Name The Naughty Literati
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

About the Book

Get Naughty this Valentine's Day! Twelve Naughty Valentine's Stories including Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Menage, M/M, M/M/F, New Adult, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Steampunk, & Time Travel erotic romance from the Naughty Literati, a group of Amazon bestselling authors.
Naughty Hearts Table of Contents
Naughty Balls by Suz deMello
Love Potion #69 by Alexa Silver
My Valentine Lovers by Nicole Austin
Valentime by Belle Scarlett
Delia's Heartthrob by Regina Kammer
Two Into One Goes Great by Lynne Connolly
Under The Hood by Lainey-Jo Charles
Buy Me A Rose by Francesca Hawley
Chocolate-Coated Reunion by Berengaria Brown
Cupid's Curious Case by Marianne Stephens
Fifty Shades of Valentine's Day by Katherine Kingston
The Reaper's Valentine by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

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February 21, 2015

Rebel’s Redemption, romance by @jacqbigar #RLFblog #SEALromance

Rebel's Redemption 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is The Rebel’s Redemption by Jacquie Biggar.

Is it ever too late to atone for past mistakes?
Annie Campbell has made a good life for her and her young son in the mountain town of Tidal Falls. She’s dating the sheriff, owns a successful business, and has the support of the community.
So why isn’t it quite enough?
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and now, after eight years in the military, he returns a bitter, disillusioned man.
Then he finds out he’s a father.
When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?

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February 20, 2015

5 Easy Questions: Ines Johnson Pleasure Hound @ineswrites #RLFblog #erotic

The Pleasure Hound 
Ines Johnson author of The Pleasure Hound (Part One) answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!
Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations. Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.

What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Fish and chips. It's really hard to mess up.

Who is your "book boyfriend" (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
I have the biggest book boner on Kristin Cashore's Po from "Graceling." He's a gentle warrior. I love the interplay of those polar opposites.

What's your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I loved my Jem and The Hologram's pink Roll's Royce. I'm beyond psyched that the live action film is coming to theaters soon.

What are your hobbies?
If I'm not reading, I'm hiking. Reading transports my mind to another place. Hiking transports my body to another place.

About the Book

Title: The Pleasure Hound (Part One)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Author: Ines Johnson
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A young monk is given the chance to redeem himself from scandal when he is called upon to train a young woman and her two bonded mates in the orgasmic arts. But what starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when the monk’s heart begins to yearn for the woman, and hers for his.

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Publisher: Heartspell Media, LLC

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February 19, 2015

Corkscrewed a gay romance @MjOsheaSeattle #RLFblog #LGBT

by MJ O'Shea 
Today's featured book is Corkscrewed.

Genre LGBT, gay romance
Author M.J. O'Shea
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cary Talbot has found the perfect mark. Marigold Shelley is filthy rich, and her newly found grandson, Isaac Shelley, is poised to inherit her huge estate, complete with a priceless wine collection. Cary concocts a plan to con both of them into selling the crown jewel of that collection to him at a bargain price. Since Isaac is young, single, and gay, part of Cary's scheme to get close to the Shelleys includes seduction.
But Isaac isn't the sheep he appears to be. He isn't even the grandson he appears to be. Isaac is, in fact, running quite the con of his own.
These two masters of the confidence game are pitted against each other, and both are after the ultimate prize—a chunk of the huge Shelley fortune. It's only when a third cunning player comes in and is ready to outwit them both that they must band together and beat their opponent or see all they've worked for slip from their grasp one ruby-red drop at a time.

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February 18, 2015

Dai's Dark Valentine @pendarielraye #RLFblog #PNR

Dai's Dark Valentine
by Dariel Raye 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story. Join the author's Facebook party on Feb 21st for fun and giveaways.

What happens when a sheltered cat-shifter and a dark fey come together?
Three-hundred years is a long time, but left to its own devices, what began as the vendetta of one man can grow to encompass even more formidable hatred.
Daitre Salons is a beautiful but naïve heiress whose true heritage has been kept secret even from her. Now, her abilities are emerging and her father's enemies want her dead, but what bothers her most is that her new husband "in name only" insists on treating her like a child.
Joban Beaucoup, professional guard to the Salons family, and dark fey (alternate spelling from Vodouin origin), has chosen to leave the quaint yet suffocating French town of his orphan-childhood and venture to the Americas, but he needs one thing he cannot concoct, despite his magical abilities: a wife.
When Joban agrees to marry Daitre and take her to the Americas with him, he carries her three-thousand miles away, then whisks her three-hundred years into the future to assure her safety, but while Daitre struggles to adjust to this strange new world, manage her newfound powers, and make peace with her feelings for Joban, Joban learns that even here, their enemies have followed them, now more deadly than ever.

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Colleen Everly – Cover reveal - Feb. 14th
Stacy Eaton at Coffee Time Romance – Interview, feature – Feb. 15th
Jacklynn Sizemore – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 16th
Helen at Midnight Book Heaven – Cover reveal – Feb. 17th?
April Wood (will review later) – Cover reveal – Feb. 17th
Kayelle Allen at Romance Lives Forever – Feb. 18th
Angela Kay Austin – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 19th
Beth Trissel – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 20th
Facebook Party – Feb. 21st
Amie Gaudet – Feature w/review - Feb. 22nd
Chantel Rhondeau – Feb. 22nd
Naomi Shaw – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 23rd
Angel Graham – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 24th
Muffy Wilson – Interview/feature – Feb. 25th
Sky Purington – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 26th
LaVerne Thompson – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 26th
Diantha Jones – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 27th
Danita Minnis – Feature w/excerpt – Feb. 28th

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February 17, 2015

About Writing - Nonfiction by Suz deMello @suzdemello #RLFblog #writertips

Genre: nonfiction, creative writing craft
Author Name Suz deMello
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Both of Suz deMello’s acclaimed writing manuals, now in one handy volume. Useful for any writer from aspiring to advanced...plotting, characterization and conflict, point of view, scene and sequel and more! Now available in large print.

About Writing: Your Essential Writing Guide by Suz deMello Both of Suz deMello’s famed writing manuals, now in one handy paperback. A perfect gift for any writer! Also available in large print, Here’s what folks said about one of the included books, Plotting And Planning: Sue has written a concise manual that is valuable for both beginning and seasoned writers. Going to write a book? Read this first! --Bestselling suspense author Kylie Brant Suz deMello's Plotting And Planning is a concise, informative, and entertaining look at writing a novel. --Paranormal author Silver James Regarding the other book that's in About Writing: Not only did Write This Not That! reach #2 on Amazon’s writing reference list, but it also garnered many five star reviews: Five stars...good advice and fun to read. --Jo Frye Five stars... Kudos to the author for a well-written manual! --Book CraZ Five stars from me... This short guide covers the essentials and is useful for both new and experienced writers. --Author Catherine Cavendish

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February 16, 2015

Cowboy's Little Surprise @BarbaraWDaille #RLFblog #Contemporary

The Cowboy's Little Surprise 
Today's featured book is The Cowboy's Little Surprise by Barbara White Daille.

About the Book

Title The Cowboy's Little Surprise
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Barbara White Daille
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
The Long Way Home
A guy like Cole Slater is hard to forget. Tina Sanchez should know—for years since high school she's tried to bury the pain of Cole's cruel betrayal. But it's impossible to ignore the man she sees reflected in her young son's eyes now that Cole is back in her life—and about to meet the child he never knew he had.
Returning home to New Mexico, Cole is determined to put his playboy reputation to rest. Especially now that he knows there's a little boy looking up to him. And seeing Tina again reignites all the feelings Cole ran from as a teen. Despite his fear that he can't be the man Tina deserves, he's determined to try. For his son's sake—and his own.

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About the Author

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest, where they don't mind the lizards in their front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom.
A writer from the age of nine and a novelist since eighth grade, Barbara is now an award-winning author with a number of novels to her credit.
The first book in The Hitching Post Hotel series, The Cowboy's Little Surprise, debuts in April 2015, with other books in the series to follow in July and December.

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February 15, 2015

Character Interview: Dawn - Reborn to Burn @TheAnnaDurand #RLFblog #PNR

Reborn to Burn
by Anna Durand 
The character interview allows a hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Today's interview is with Dawn from Reborn to Burn.

Interview with Dawn

Tell us about yourself, please.
Until yesterday, I was a mummy who died 3,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt. Scientists regenerated my body, though nobody knows how or why I woke up. Since I have no memories of my previous life, I let my hero Jake name me. He chose Dawn, because the Egyptians believed the dawn was a time of rebirth.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
I need to remember my first life, understand why I was reborn, and escape from the scientists who are hunting me.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I feel I shouldn't be alive; I'm an abomination, a freak with DNA from frogs and microscopic creatures. Am I truly human again, or something more sinister? The question haunts me.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
I worry I'll turn into a zombie or some other unnatural monster. Jake says that's ridiculous, but who knows? Hey, I'm a resurrected mummy girl, so anything seems possible.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Thaat would be Jake Maxwell, the man who helped me break out of Redeo Biotech. He claims he's just a grad student, but I suspect he's a secret agent or maybe a superhero in hiding, given his talent for outsmarting the bad guys. He doesn't see a monster when he looks at me, just a woman — and he awakens desires in me I never imagined existed.
What would that person say about you?
Jake says I'm a woman, not a thing. He calls me beautiful, sexy, and wonderful — and more importantly, he makes me feel that way.

About the Writer

I'm an award-winning writer, a reader, a freelance librarian, and an audiobook addict. I specialize in sexy, suspenseful paranormal romances.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Reborn to Burn, and whole Reborn series, is all about Dawn's journey. Jake undergoes a transformation, too, but the stories revolve around Dawn's literal rebirth and the questions swirling around her origins and nature. She is a mystery — a woman with no memory, no name (until Jake christens her Dawn), and no explanation for her awakening.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
I uncovered a shocking secret about Dawn and what rebirth has done to her, but I wouldn't want to spoil the big surprise! I also learned she's willing to sacrifice herself to save Jake, which surprised Dawn, too.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes. Reborn to Burn is the second book in the Reborn series, with Reborn to Die as the first one. The third installment, Reborn to Avenge, will be published later this year.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I'd love to try historical romance and urban fantasy. I read voraciously, and those are two of my favorite genres — after paranormal romance, of course!

About the Book

Title Reborn to Burn
Genre Paranormal romance
Author Anna Durand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After three thousand years as a mummy, Dawn awakened to a dangerous new reality where science and the supernatural collide. Her only ally is Jake Maxwell, a mysterious grad student with an unusual talent for evading bad guys. Dawn's resurrection spells trouble and power for the scientists responsible, and they have no intention of letting her go without a fight. But as she flees with Jake, a shocking revelation about her newfound life rocks them both. While their enemies close in, they discover a fiery passion — and a bond deeper and stronger than time itself. But can they outrun the past before their future is shattered?

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February 12, 2015

Hitting Black Ice @velvetpanic #RLFblog #Mmromance

Hitting Black Ice
by Heloise West 
Today's featured book is Hitting Black Ice.

Genre Gay Romance
Author: Heloise West
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):
Publisher: Loose Id

ER physician's assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn't stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can't help himself when it comes to Shawn.
Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.
Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.
FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, but when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Shawn returns, even though it means sacrificing himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder.

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Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.

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Doves - New from @erincmcrae @racheline_m #RLFblog #MMromance

Doves by
Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese  
The hardest job in Hollywood is happy ever after.
The ties that bind...
Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul's pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.
...can tear you apart
As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth's enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex's excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.
With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn't watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.

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Title Doves
Genre Gay Romance
Author Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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February 11, 2015

Ley Lines: Ruled by the Moon @TheGoddessNaomi #RLFblog #PNR

Ruled by the Moon
by Naomi Bellina 
By Naomi Bellina
I'm minutes away from hopping on a plane leaving St. Louis Missouri. I've been visiting my mom and sister and I'm waaaaaay past ready to go home. For one thing, I'm freezing my butt off! Time to get back to Florida. I grew up in St. Louis and I knew without a doubt, it was not the place I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Now before you St. Louis dwellers start blasting me for picking on your city, let me say, there are many wonderful features of this area. Fans love and support their sport teams, for sure. St. Louis offers a wide variety of good food and entertainment, a fantastic highway system, nearby wineries to make you drool and the most beautiful autumns you'll ever see.
But not for me. I longed for something more in whatever place I lived. I can't describe what that something was, but knew I'd recognize it when I felt it. In Ruled by the Moon, magical people such as witches and werewolves are drawn to Nocturne because of powerful ley lines that run through the area. I've always been fascinated with ley lines so I did some research and found they could very well be running through my fictitious Midwestern United States town. Check out this Google page for some great maps of ley lines. They're everywhere! According to Wikipedia, ley lines are "...supposed alignments of numerous places of geographical and historical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops and water-fords." I believe they're spots that contain certain kinds of power.
On this visit to St. Louis, I checked in to see if I could feel energy from that strong line running through Missouri. Nope. At least not anything I could pick up. Or maybe, the energy that flowed was exactly what I found unpleasant. Maybe it affected me on some level I wasn't even aware of. I live in Florida now and though there are many qualities I love about this state (it's soooooo much better to be here in February), it's still not quite my perfect home. I've always been drawn to mountains and after a recent visit to Taos, New Mexico, would love to explore that area. Maybe one day.
How about you? Do you have a place that resonates with your soul? Thank you so much for visiting today.

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Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A psychic vet, a secretive werewolf, a menace stalking the shifters. Welcome to Nocturne.
Dylan is a werewolf with a problem. He shifts at the new moon as well as at the full moon. He was born a werewolf, not made like most shape-changers and due to these unique traits he's avoided joining a pack and has given up hope of having a normal life. Morgan is a veterinarian, ready to be on her own for a good long time after leaving a cheating, spineless husband. She has a plan for her life that doesn't include a bossy, furry man.
Both are drawn to Nocturne, a town filled with magic due to a strong convergence of ley lines in the area. Morgan and Dylan recognize a connection when they meet, but neither one is looking for romance. After a harrowing encounter with a panther shape-shifter, they must combine forces and work together to uncover a menace that threatens the town. If they can learn to trust each other and let their guard down, they have a chance to solve the mystery and open the door to love.

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Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love. So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible. Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

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February 10, 2015

Call Me Valentino @jordankrose @authorjamie @oliviagaines #RLFblog

Call Me Valentino 
The Call Me Valentino anthology brings five authors together with the same assignment: Write a story about Valentino, who is in his early 30s, dark hair, blue/gray eyes and his primary objective (or so he thinks) is to find his baby brother.
Well, off we each went to write our Valentino's story with no idea of anyone else's vision of him. We're thrilled to unveil Valentino set in 5 different worlds. We're certain there's at least one Valentino for everyone!

The Matron by Kirsten Osbourne

Tino Hayes is a man with a mission. He is so dead-set on finding his brother that he almost loses the love of his life. It's a long journey for him and not just the road he's traveling with a bus full of fifteen orphans. He grows in a lot of ways throughout the story and finally is able to settle down with his dream woman.

Valentino "Vin" Jackson from Underdcovers by Jamie Lee Scott

Vin has been on one mission from the time he was first put into the foster system, find his little brother. As a kid, he couldn't get any information, but now he's an adult, and trying to make up for lost time. He thought the best way to do this was to get an education and become a member of one of the country's most connected crime fighting groups, the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Even though much of his time is spent doing the job he was paid to do, he spends considerable time outside the job using the FBI's resources, looking for ways to track him down. In his single-minded endeavor, he's forsaken any permanent relationships. On his nights of prowling, he often finds himself depressed, and going home with a woman whose name he doesn't even remember the next day.
As Vin ages, now in his third decade, he's tired of going it alone, but hasn't found a woman he'd care to settle down with. Or a woman he'd even share his story with. Until he's teamed up with Ellis Boyd. She just may be his undoing, but in the long run, she also has resources of her own, and a mind that could help him track his brother down. He needs to know, did little Teto have a good life? Is he okay? If not, he'll never forgive himself for letting the adults separate them.

The Brute and The Blogger by Olivia Gaines

Tino Boehner is a self-made man who has worked hard to get everything he has but he is the type of guy who wants a woman to challenge him. He has that in Ebony Miller. I wanted to write an interracial story about a man who has lost something that he is trying to reclaim – an identity. In the process he has a five year symbiotic relationship with Ebony through her blog that fuels and lights a fire under him, although they have never officially met in person. When they do meet, there are more than just sparks in her words on a screen; the ones that come out of her mouth are equally as powerful. He gives as good as he gets and the banter between the two is fiery, and clever.
The story is sexy as the two dance about each other as she finds out that there is a whole lot more to Tino Boehner.
Tino, through manipulating the circumstance, finds a way to spend more time with Ebony on a day to day basis and realizes her words have more power over him than he imagined.
I know readers will relate to them both as Ebony finds her true voice and Tino finds a deeper meaning in what family truly means to him. The Brute and the Blogger is the intro to a much larger story about the Boehner's which is completed in the follow up story A Menu for Loving.

Highlander, The Archer by Hildie McQueen

Two ideas at once came to mind when penning Highlander, Valent. First he was to be rather broken and secondly, why not an archer since this is a Valentines Day anthology and the whole cupid thing.
Valent is a breathtakingly stunning man with more hang-ups than a walk-in closet. After being abandoned as a child and then continuously mistreated while growing up by the clan, he has a rather hard time of it. When the laird's daughter Ariana falls head over heels in love with him and seduces him, it's surprising to see how different he is when in the privacy of the bedroom. The natural born leader takes charge. I hope readers will relate with this resilient hero and he earns a piece of their hearts.
Valent's story will continue in two additional parts, which will be published separately. Highlander - The Archer is the beginning of a new series.

The Vampire's Penance by Jordan K. Rose

When deciding who my Valentino was I knew right away he was a member of The Vampire Guard, a group driven to protect the residents of Central City in the aftermath of the Panthera Laboratories fire. I also knew Rafe Valentino was holding onto something so painful, so horrible that he had shut himself away from having relationships with anyone other than his brother.
In an effort to stop his brother from ending up dead Rafe finds himself in the weakest position he's ever experienced, which forces him to let down his guard and allow someone else to care for him. In spite of his circumstance he tries to protect those around him, sheltering them from his savageness, this time by forcing Maddie Van Kool to see the truth of what he's done.
The Vampire's Penance is Novella 5 in the Romance In Central City Series.

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Title Call Me Valentino
Genre Romance, Anthology
Author Kirsten Obourne, Jamie Lee Scott, Olivia Gaine, Hildie McQueen and Jordan K. Rose
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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February 9, 2015

Character Sketch: Julia, One More Second Chance @JanaRichards_ #RLFblog

One More Second Chance
by Jana Richards 
Message from author Jana Richards:
Today I'm here at Romance Lives Forever with Julia Stewart from my new contemporary romance release. Before we talk to Julia, here's the blurb from One More Second Chance, which is part of the Lobster Cove series from The Wild Rose Press.

Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda--finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove's high school principal, swears she'll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother's illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don't stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he's offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she'll send him away forever?

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
I'm from a small town in Maine called Lobster Cove. The Cove is located on Mount Desert Island, just down the road from Bar Harbor. I love this town. I love the people here, I love the ocean, and I love my family. Lobster Cove is a beautiful place to call home and I never want to leave.
But you did leave at one point, right?
Yes. My ex-husband and I spent a few years teaching in Thailand. Russ loved it there, but I was homesick a lot of the time. When I got pregnant, I wanted to come home and give birth to my daughter in the States. Russ was never happy back in Lobster Cove, especially when I got the job as principal of the high school, and essentially became his boss. When Ava was about three he demanded that we go back to Thailand.
Why didn't you go?
I was going to. I was afraid if I didn't our marriage would be over. But in the end it didn't matter. Russ went on ahead to find us a place to live. A few days later I got a call from him. He told me he didn't want me to come. He didn't love me anymore.
That must have been very painful for you.
It was, but with help from my parents and my friends, I got through it. And Ava helped me, too. I had to be strong for her. She's the joy of my life, and I intend on raising her here in Lobster Cove.
How old is Ava?
(smiling) She just turned six the other day. We had seven six-year-old girls at her birthday party. My ears are still ringing from all the excitement.
(smiling) I remember those days. So you're a teacher?
Yes. I'm presently the principal of Lobster Cove High School.
Do you like being a principal?
I do. I love the kids, and I love teaching, though these days I'm more of an administrator than a teacher. Sometimes I miss being in the classroom. But as principal, I have the opportunity to really make a difference in my students' lives. But affecting change can be difficult. As much as I love Lobster Cove, people can be pretty set in their ways here.
Let's get to the juicy bits. Tell me about your relationship with Alex Campbell.
(shifts uncomfortably in her chair) There's nothing to tell. I don't have a relationship with him. Not really.
I don't believe that and I don't think you do either. Tell me about your first meeting.
I thought he was an arrogant jerk when I first met him. Alex is a doctor, and when I took Ava to the ER with a broken arm, he accused my mother of abusing her!
And then?
(Sighs) Then we discovered what was really going on with my parents. Alex has been very supportive.
Not to mention easy on the eyes.
(sits up straighter) It doesn't matter how handsome he is, or how beautiful his eyes are, or even how compassionate he is. When his contract with the Island Health Board is up, he'll be leaving Lobster Cove. End of story.
It doesn't have to be the end. You could go with him.
(shakes her head) No, I couldn't. Even if our relationship was at that stage, which it's not, I'm never leaving Lobster Cove again. My life is here, and so are my responsibilities.
But what if he stayed?
He's not going to do that. There's nothing in a small town like Lobster Cove to entice a big city doctor like Alex.
Nothing but you. Maybe you could ask him to stay.
(turns away) If he stayed because I asked him to, he'd only grow to resent me. It's better this way.
Better for who? Not for Ava. She adores Alex and she needs a father. And not for you. If you don't tell him how much you care for him, he's going to walk away. Is that what you want?
(gets to her feet) This interview is over.
Don't let your chance for love slip away, Julia.
(Julia hurries away.)
(calls after her) Don't lose him because you're scared. Ask him to stay!

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Title: One More Second Chance
Author: Jana Richards
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, the Lobster Cove Series
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
They drank their tea in silence, but the silence didn't feel awkward. Julia felt soothed, the stress slowly leaving her body. Perhaps her grandmother had been onto something. The tea seemed to be working.
She finished the last of it and set down the cup. "I should be going. I left Ava with Tracy, and she's probably hungry by now."
Julia got to her feet and headed to the front door, with Alex following her. "Thanks for the tea, and for listening. I guess I needed both today."
"Anytime. Seriously, Julia, anytime you need to talk, about anything, give me a call."
She wondered if he was speaking as a doctor, as a friend, or as a man. Which one did she want him to be?
"Thank you."
"I'll try to keep an eye out for your folks, see if there's anything I can do for them."
She was touched by his offer. "I really appreciate that, but I know how busy you are."
He waved away her concern. "It's no big deal. I appreciate my grandmother's neighbors checking in on her, and I'd be happy to do the same."
He really did understand how she felt. "In that case, thank you."
She opened the front door and stepped outside. Turning to Alex, she smiled. His thick hair had begun to dry, and the dark strands gleamed in the spring sunshine. Her breath caught in her throat at his beauty.
"Bye, Alex."
"Bye. Take care."
Julia hurried down the steps and across the lawn to her car. An appreciation for his looks was as far she could take any relationship with him. Her life was too complicated, too full already. And she would never get involved with a man who planned to leave Lobster Cove in only a few more months.

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When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she'd found what she was meant to do. Since then she's never met a romance genre she didn't like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense "Seeing Things" was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

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