Samanthe Beck | Emergency Response

This might be a strange confession coming from a woman who just finished the third book in a series featuring emergency responders, but I am useless in an emergency, (unless you need someone to freak out, pass out, or possibly both—then I’m your girl). I’m even useless in fake emergencies. A while back some friends booked an escape room adventure called “Cold War Bunker” where we got locked in a room and had to solve a bunch of puzzles in order to stop the countdown clock on a nuclear bomb, and free ourselves. Oh, my God, you guys…I couldn’t even figure out how to turn on the stupid lights. Granted, I’d had four margaritas, but still. That countdown clock worked my nerves. By the halfway point, I was pounding on the door and begging to be sprung. (Fun fact that might have been good to know before I imbibed four margos—no potty in the Cold War Bunker).

I think this personal failing on my part accounts for why I love a hero who can keep his head together under pressure. The kind of guy that hears, “Houston, we have a problem,” and calmly replies, “Let’s work the problem.”

That’s Shane Maguire in a nutshell. The hero of my newest release, EMERGENCY ATTRACTION, knows his way around a crisis. A stint in the Marines honed this former troublemaker’s problem-solving skills, and polished him up for a private sector job as an emergency management expert. When he’s hired by his hometown to implement a comprehensive disaster response plan, he heads home for the first time in ten years expecting the usual bullshit—local politics, competing agendas, and maybe an old grudge or two. He’s not expecting to get the cold shoulder from Sinclair Smith. She’s the only girl he ever loved, and though technically he did the leaving, she’s the one that got away.

He’s determined not to let her get away again. She’s determined to keep her distance. But her plan is thwarted when she accidentally catches her dress in a car door, with the keys locked inside. She’s stuck in an empty parking lot, tethered to the spot, until guess-who comes along to save her. Let’s take a look at how Shane works the problem, shall we?

“Not a mark on the car.”

Shane turned and walked back to where Sinclair stood with her skirt caught in the door. “Or you?”

Her chin came up as he drew near. “That goes without saying.”

“Does it?” He lowered his gaze, and took a slow tour of some territory he’d once been intimately familiar with, starting at her bare shoulders and continuing to where satiny skin disappeared beneath blue silk. “I remember finding some extremely creative places to leave marks.” He ran his finger along the neckline of her dress. “So you wouldn’t get in trouble. You didn’t need to be as careful with me.”

“I”—she broke off and swallowed—“I don’t remember…”

Oh, yeah. She remembered. He took the gift bag out of her hand and set it on the roof of the Mercedes. “I’ll let you in on a little secret, Sinclair.”

“What?” The word barely qualified as a whisper.

“I’m still extremely creative.” With that, he dropped to his knee…

I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to tell you he frees her from the clutches of the car door, and creative doesn’t begin to describe his methods. He’s a natural born fixer in a way I’ll never manage, but I had so much fun throwing challenges at him, and watching him work the problems. I might have even picked up a tip or two in the process. I’m not saying I’m ready for another date with the Cold War Bunker, but now I know what to do if I lock my skirt in a car door.

EMERGENCY ATTRACTION by Samanthe Beck

Love Emergency #3

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Ten years ago when Shane Maguire chose the Marines as his escape from some trouble of his own making, he only regretted one thing—leaving Sinclair Smith behind. Despite his best intentions, she ended up as the one that got away. Now he’s back, determined to reclaim everything he gave up, including Sinclair.

Sinclair is immune to Shane’s charms. She’s immune to stolen kisses behind the gym. And she’s definitely immune to that maneuver he did in the back seat of his car… Okay, maybe her hormones are susceptible, but she has absolutely no desire to risk anything on the bad boy who broke all his promises.

When a little emergency lands her at his mercy, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse. And this time, she’ll show Shane what it means to be left wanting…

Romance Contemporary [Entangled Brazen, On Sale: April 17, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781544758893 / eISBN: 9781633759275]

About Samanthe Beck

Samanthe Beck

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-after, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

Wedding Dare | Compromise Me | Love Emergency

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Noelle Adams | Inspirations from Nature

Pets have always been a popular feature in romance and women’s fiction—dogs in particular—but it’s much less common to have wild animals be a part of these books. In BAY SONG, my heroine, Holly, is a recluse who lives completely alone on the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She has a big wooded property, and her only companions are the wild animals who live on her land, so the animals end up being a big part of the book.

A couple of years ago, I moved to a small town in the country. It’s in the mountains, surrounded by woods, so wild animals are really part of this town. Deer come by at night and eat the apples that fall off my tree. Rabbits, birds, squirrels, and chipmunks hang out on my patio. And I go by the pond a few time a week to feed the ducks and geese that live there. There are mallards, Canadian geese, and the occasional wood duck—plus the domesticated geese and ducks who call the pond home, including one adorably ugly Muscovy duck who begs for food just like a dog. I wrote BAY SONG shortly after I moved to this town, and it was definitely inspired by all the animals surrounding me here.

In BAY SONG, Holly walks around her property every morning and checks on the animals who live there or pass through. She loves the birds, the squirrels, the deer, and a fox who follows her around. After she meets Cade, the hero, it’s a big deal when she finally lets him join her on her morning walks with the animals.

Here’s a little snippet from that scene.

When they crossed the dunes, they got to the scraggly overgrowth. She paused to show him a bird’s nest with four tiny eggs in it. She’d seen it a couple of days ago and was careful not to get too close to it.

When they reached the edge of the woods, the fox made an appearance, but he darted back into the trees almost immediately.

“Did you see that fox?” Cade asked, peering into the brush, trying to see into the shadows.

“Yes. You scared him.”

“Why me? Maybe you scared him too.” He looked curious, not offended.

“No. He likes me. He always follows my walk, just behind.”

“Seriously?” Cade sounded genuinely interested and was still trying to see the fox as they got closer. “He just follows you?”

“Yes. He likes me.”

Cade chuckled and reached over to give her a one-armed hug. “So you’re like Cinderella or something?”

She frowned. She hadn’t seen any movies at all until she and her mother had moved to Maryland, and then she’d devoured them for hours—a whole new form of storytelling coming to life in front of her eyes. “No. The animals are just used to me, so I don’t scare them. I think the fox is mostly curious. He never lets me pet him or anything.”

“I bet it would,” Cade said, grinning at her warmly, “if you tried.”

“That would be stupid. You don’t pet foxes.”

He was still laughing as he followed her down the path through the trees. “Do the birds come up and sing on your fingers?”

I’ve always been an animal lover, and it was really fun to write the wild animals in BAY SONG. To win a $10 Amazon gift card, tell me what some of your favorite animals in books are?

BAY SONG by Noelle Adams

Bay Song

Her mother used to say you can feel the truth in your throat. Maybe when her story is finally told, she’ll be able to breathe again.

For six years, Holly has lived a reclusive life–with the Chesapeake Bay, the wild animals on her property, and dark memories as her only companions. Then she meets Cade. He’s smart and handsome and sensitive and sexy, and he simply will not go away. He wants to know all about her, and Holly starts to wonder if she can open up her heart again.

Cade comes back to his hometown for a break, barely holding on to the fraying edges of his true-crime writing career. He needs to write another book, and it needs to be a success. When he meets Holly, he knows there’s a great story hiding beneath her haunting beauty and her complete isolation. He’s going to be the one to tell that story.

Even if he breaks both of their hearts in the process.

Romance Contemporary [On Sale: April 19, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 2940153546285 / eISBN: 9781386768258]

About Noelle Adams

Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

The Protectors | Eden Manor | Heirs of Damon | Beaufort Brides | Rothman Royals

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Kelsey Norman | The Writing Journey

When I told people I wanted to be an author, it wasn’t as though I had told them I wanted to be the next big movie star and they’d say, “Good luck with that.” No, they’d smile and say, “I want a copy of your first book,” even if they’d never read anything I’d written.

That’s the thing about writing…people see it as an attainable goal, because you can do it anywhere. You don’t have to move to Hollywood or New York City, you can do it from the comfort of your own home no matter what city you live in. However, just like with any calling or dream, you have to work at it. When I got to the age where I could really dive into my writing, I didn’t know where to start. So the following are things to do if you’re just beginning your writing journey.

  1. Read
    I’ll admit that sometimes when I read books by my favorite authors, I feel pangs of jealousy because I think I’ll never be as good of a writer as they are. However, by reading their books, I get great ideas and it pushes me to become a better writer.
  2. Practice
    NBA players didn’t get to the big leagues overnight. They practiced any chance they got and continue to do so. The same goes for writers. You won’t get anywhere if you don’t practice. E-mails, journaling, blog posts, even text messages can be considered practice. Then you can work your way up to short stories and eventually you’ll write your first novel.
  3. Research
    After you’ve written your novel and you’ve had it critiqued and edited, research publishers or agents that represent books in your genre. Many publishers don’t take unsolicited manuscripts, so your best bet is an agent. A great site to use is agentquery.com. But make sure before you start sending off your manuscript that you have a fantastic query letter. That’s your resume, and just like with trying to get a job, if yours doesn’t stand out then it gets shoved to the bottom of the pile.
  4. Network
    Ever been offered a job based on connections you had with the company? Well, the writing world is full of connections as well. Sometimes just having one small connection to a writer or publisher gets your foot in the door. In order to find those connections, go to writer’s conferences, join local writing chapters in your town, and get involved in social media forums.
  5. Don’t Give Up
    It’s cliché to say, but it’s true. I can’t remember how many rejections I had. Many agents told me I had talent, but my project wasn’t what they were looking for. It just takes one person to show interest. However, if you do get your lucky break, don’t expect to become a New York Times Bestseller overnight. It still takes work, but I always said that if even one person was touched by my books then I did my job.

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About Kelsey Norman

Kelsey Norman

Kelsey Norman is a Kansas native living in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When Kelsey isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time outdoors and reading. Kelsey’s been writing stories since she was a little girl, and wrote her first full-length novel when she was sixteen. She’s been pursuing her dream ever since.

Mystic Hope

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LOVE’S SACRIFICE by Kelsey Norman

Mystic Hope #2

Love's Sacrifice

Nina and Liam are finally together, but at what cost to their future?

Nina Anderson is free of the man who hurt her for so many years. Now she can throw her whole heart into a relationship with her unearthly protector, Liam. She’s thankful for the time she’s been given with him but hates the restrictions. Nina is determined to find a way to make Liam human, even if it means putting her own life in jeopardy.

Liam would give anything to be with Nina permanently, so when he’s offered an assignment to investigate strange occurrences around Despair, he jumps at the chance. It appears to be an outbreak of crime, until he discovers that evil forces, called Rogues, are taking over human souls and forcing them to commit unspeakable crimes. Liam must race against time to save the woman he loves as well as the town he’s come to call his own.

Will Liam and Nina’s relationship withstand the incoming turmoil? Or will they be forced to make choices that will keep them apart forever?

Inspirational Romance | Paranormal [Mountain Brook Ink, On Sale: April 1, 2017, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781943959242 / ]

UNBROKEN SPIRIT by Kelsey Norman

Mystic Hope #1

Unbroken Spirit

Nina Anderson is lucky to be alive….

After years of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, she’s finally free. Determined to get back on her feet, she’s left her past in New York City behind for a fresh start on her grandparents’ farm in Despair, Kansas. Even though, Jeremy, the man Nina thought she loved is in prison fifteen hundred miles away, she’s still haunted by nightmares.

Liam, a mysterious man called a Martyr, appears without warning or explanation. He’s been sent to serve as Nina’s protector and to help her with an event that is to occur in the near future. The catch is, Liam doesn’t know what it is or when it will take place—or that his future and hers will be challenged and changed as a result.

Nina’s annoyed at first that Liam is by her side nearly every minute of the day, but over time her attraction grows for the unearthly man who treats her with the respect she’s always wanted. The scars of her past have made her feel unworthy of love. Does Liam have the power to show Nina she’s deserving, and can God restore the faith she once knew that Jeremy nearly destroyed?

Inspirational Romance | Paranormal [Mountain Brook Ink, On Sale: August 1, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781943959099 / ]

What’s the importance of pacing?

We are passing on this AutoCrit excellent blog, with permission from Jocelyn, for your perusal.

Thunderbolt

Ever watched a movie that was so packed full of non-stop action it left you feeling breathless? Exhilarated, maybe… but disconnected from the characters – unable to learn much about them amidst the constant stream of explosions, car chases and death-defying peril?

Or have you ever read a story where the author droned on for so long about their characters’ thoughts, feelings, family history, and childhood until you thought please… please just let something – anything – happen?

If so, you’ve more than likely encountered a problem with pacing.

Read the rest…

Jack Fisher | It’s all about Sex!

Sex! Now that I have your attention, I’d like to talk about my aspirations and inspirations in the world of romance. Please bear with me. I promise my lurid tactic isn’t entirely deceptive. In talking about my experience in the world of romantic lore, sexuality is a big part of it. With that in mind, I hope I still have your attention.

My name is Jack Fisher. I’m an aspiring writer with a passion for intimate romance. I hope to turn that passion into a tangible product with my first book for Totally Bound, “Passion Relapse.” Before I go about celebrating those passions though, I’d like to provide some context.

I’ve been an avid writer for over half my life now. I basically started writing as a hobby when I was 15-years-old and I’ve been writing every day, in some form or another. In fact, I often build my schedule around the times I work on my writing. Considering my early life, that’s actually a pretty dramatic shift.

Growing up in the Washington DC area, I wasn’t initially fond of writing or reading, for that matter. In school, I dreaded any homework assignment that involved a lot of reading and dreaded the essay questions on tests even more. For the most part, I preferred assignments that involved watching TV and playing video games. Granted, few assignments required such activities, but it ended up laying the groundwork for my passion.

It started, fittingly enough, with another passion involving comic books. Thanks to the cartoons I watched as a kid, primarily X-men, Spider-Man, and Batman, I developed a love affair with comic books and superheroes. Eventually, they became the only reading material I actively enjoyed. It also became the catalyst for my tastes in romance.

Contrary to the old fanboy stereotypes that played out in every ‘80s teen movie, comic books don’t just tell stories about Superman punching killer aliens and telling kids to eat their vegetables. They also contain vast, elaborate romance stories that rival anything in a typical English assignment. They involve life, death, loss, heartbreak, and even some intensely passionate moments that’ll get any young man’s blood flowing in all the right directions.

This is what got me started. This is what laid the foundation for my passion for romance. It started, fittingly enough, with my dissatisfaction that my favorite comics and cartoons didn’t contain enough romantic sub-plots. Given that these products were marketed to kids to sell toys, that wasn’t too surprising. For me, however, it presented a challenge that I knew would never be met by someone else. If I wanted more romance in my favorite cartoons and comics, I would have to do it myself.

That’s exactly what I did. Having always had an over-active imagination, I began crafting out these elaborate stories in my head. Then, once my computer skills were sufficiently refined, I began writing them out as fan fiction. I freely admit that none of these stories were very good. It’s hard to expect much quality from a 15-year-old boy, whose teenage years were mired in acne and social awkwardness, in terms of romance. That didn’t stop me from pursuing it.

Over time, I didn’t just write bigger and better stories. I gained a greater understanding of what romance was and how to make it work. In crafting my characters, I learned the nuts and bolts of romance. Naturally, a part of this process involved sex. Being a healthy young man with functioning body parts, it was only a matter of time before love and lust converged.

As time went on, I came to favor love stories that had strong sexual elements. I crafted stories that often blurred the line between love and lust. The romances I conjured had a knack for mixing the two. The challenge was making that mixture balanced. It’s a challenge I still work on today and will continue to work on for as long as I have stories to write.

By taking on this challenge and exploring the passions within, my understanding of romance evolved. Whether I’m watching a movie or reading a comic, I find myself scrutinizing the romantic elements more than most. I break down the core components of each character, assess their personalities, and surmise what makes the romance function or falter.

That understanding has helped influenced my understanding of modern romance as well. I see the love, lust, and passion in the world as an ever-evolving mixture in which few agree on the ingredients. I often take issue with those who prefer an unbalanced mixture. There are romances that are excessively sexual, relying entirely on lust and desire. There are romances that are excessively loving, relying too much on the consistency of erratic emotions. One is deemed dirty and shallow. The other is deemed pure and ideal. Personally, I say both are flawed. I prefer a more potent mixture when it comes to romance.

That means that I celebrate romances that explore both passion and kink, embracing the physical and the emotional. The characters don’t have to restrain themselves, but they don’t have to lose control either. They can work together. They can complement each other. They can create a passion together that they cannot create with anyone else. It’s as beautiful as it is sexy.

As a writer, I seek to explore these components and all their lurid undertones. I’ve written many novels, both original and fan fiction, that tweak this mixture. If I still have your attention, then I hope I can make it worthwhile. I want hearts to race and loins to ignite. With “Passion Relapse,” I want to take another step in this sexy, passionate journey of mine.

PASSION RELAPSE by Jack Fisher

Passion Relapse

Two recovering sex addicts. Two broken souls. One shared passion.

Mary Ann Scott was once an aspiring fitness model and all-around party girl. Now, she’s a sex addict whose recovery is making her miserable. Despite spending nearly a year in a treatment program, she struggles to escape the scars left by her addiction. Then, one night, she crosses paths with Peter Robert Rogers, a childhood friend turned handsome firefighter who just happens to be a recovering sex addict as well.

He comes into Mary’s life broken, distraught and vulnerable. Having experienced that feeling, too, she reaches out to him. Together, they try to help each other heal. But in doing so, Mary doesn’t just open old wounds. She evokes a wealth of pent-up desire…a desire that quickly consumes them both.

Now, she and Peter are nearing the brink of relapsing. They’re on the verge of giving in to their addiction. Will it break them once more? Or will it bring them together and finally heal their wounded souls?

Erotica | Romance Erotica Sensual [Totally Bound Publishing, On Sale: April 18, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781786862020 / eISBN: 9781786862020]

About Jack Fisher

Jack Fisher was born in Washington DC into a large, loving family that nourishes creativity at every turn. He grew up on a steady diet of comic books, movies, and Saturday morning cartoons. That diet gave him an active imagination, one he channelled into writing. He began writing at age 16 and hasn’t really stopped since. He quickly developed a soft spot for romance, often writing fan fiction of his favourite fictional couples. Eventually, he graduated to writing stories about couples of his own creation, with a heavy focus on heated passion and powerful intimacy. He is currently single and lives just outside of DC. He is still a self-professed comic book lover and all around sci-fi geek while striving to refine his craft in any way he can.

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Expanding Comfort Zones

My husband and I are currently planning the biggest trip of our lives – China! And I have to admit, I’m a basket case. What if I forget something vital? What if I get lost in the Hong Kong airport? What if I accidentally order fish-head soup and we run out of Immodium?

The heroine of my latest book, THE CHOCOLATE COMEBACK, the spoiled fashion model DeeDee Cash, gets her comfort zone expanded dramatically when she takes a job caring for Mark, a young man with Down syndrome. DeeDee rises to the challenge famously – but not without butting heads with Mark’s handsome and overprotective brother, Isaac, of course.

THE CHOCOLATE COMEBACK, released April 6, is part of the Love at the Chocolate Shop multi-author series by Tule Publishing and readers are eating it up! 😊

Here’s a teaser for you:

DeeDee wasn’t what Isaac was looking for. Well, Isaac Litton wasn’t what she was looking for, either. She wanted something that would pay off her credit card bills and keep her occupied when she wasn’t working her other job. She did not want to deal with a sternly rumpled big brother in faded jeans that rode his hips like a lover and made her want to yank the hem of his shirt from his waistband to see how warm his skin was.
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“You’re so pretty.” Mark propped his face in his hands and gazed at her.
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“You have peanut butter in your hair.” She really did not want a sticky teddy-bear of a groupie who needed clean clothes, lessons in food safety and possibly deworming.
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“What’s going on up here?” Isaac entered the kitchen. He’d left the tortoiseshell glasses in his office. Why were some men so sexy in glasses, while others just looked like dorks?
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“Decontamination,” she answered. “Might want to have the knife talk with your brother.”
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She waved the sharp implement and tilted her head at Mark.
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Isaac’s face blanched. “Mark. You know you’re only allowed to use the knives in the drawer.”
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Mark’s face crumpled into a pout. “They’re all dirty.”
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“I’m sensing a theme,” said DeeDee. “I have two words for you, Isaac: hazard pay.”

DeeDee and Isaac both change and grow through the course of their story. And I will change and grow during our upcoming adventure. After all, if we forget anything, it’s China. They make everything, right?

About Roxanne Snopek

Roxanne Snopek

USA TODAY bestselling author Roxanne Snopek writes contemporary romance both sexy and sweet, in small towns, big cities and secluded islands, with families and communities that will warm your heart. Her fictional heroes (like her own real-life hero) are swoon-worthy, uber-responsible, secretly vulnerable and occasionally dough-headed, but animals love them, which makes everything okay. Roxanne writes from British Columbia, Canada, where she is surrounded by flowers, wildlife and two adoring dogs. She does yoga to stay sane. It works, mostly.

Three Rivers Ranch | This Old House | Secrets of Cherry Lake | Love at the Chocolate Shop

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THE CHOCOLATE COMEBACK by Roxanne Snopek

Love at the Chocolate Shop #7

The Chocolate Comeback

Fame, fortune and fashion: that’s aspiring model Deirdre Cash’s ideal life. But when her splashy New York career dries up, she swallows her pride and returns to Marietta, Montana, desperate for any work she can find.

Isaac Litton doesn’t want the intrusion of a home care aide for his brother, Mark. But when the young man takes a shine to DeeDee, Isaac decides to give her a chance. He can’t help but be impressed when DeeDee changes his brother’s life around, by rewarding healthy habits and exercising with treats from the Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop. Gorgeous and opinionated, DeeDee stirs everything up in the Litton household, including an attraction that Isaac can’t deny.

As DeeDee and Isaac start to fall for each other, an unexpected opportunity arises that could launch DeeDee back into the modeling scene. It’s her chance to achieve everything she’s ever wanted. But taking it would mean letting down her friends at the chocolate shop, her family who believes in her, a boy who adores her, and a man who thinks she’s already perfect, just the way she is.

Romance Contemporary [Tule Publishing, On Sale: April 6, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781945879968 / eISBN: 9781945879968]

Science Fiction Romance and Real Life Inspiration

“Write what you know.” The sentiment is probably as old as writing itself. Yet how does it translate into a futuristic romance filled with aliens?

Sometimes I find myself writing about things I know little about. Take the fifth book in my Clans of Kalquor series, ALIEN SLAVE. The initial inspiration for that book had absolutely nothing to do with any personal knowledge of mine. Alien sex slave auctions have no bearing whatsoever with my real life. No, really. Never been near one. At any rate, the auction scene did not make it into ALIEN SLAVE. But it did lead to the setting of a brothel, along with a sex worker named Dani Watson. Again, a situation I have no direct experience with. I promise. My closest encounter with a brothel was watching the old movie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Yet I always base a part of my heroines on some piece of myself. Sometimes it’s a not-so-good part of me, a little nugget o’ Tracy I’m not terribly proud of. Dani’s impulsiveness was based on my own, an impulsiveness that led her to the terrible decision to sign on as a brothel worker on an alien planet.

This led to Inspiration #2: the poor little rich girl whose reckless behavior constantly lands her in trouble. Okay, so I know as much about being rich as I know about being a paid sex worker. But I do know how to be a difficult, irritating mess. Just ask my husband.

Like me, Dani is complicated. Sometimes she’s difficult to have sympathy for. While I wrote this book, I often found myself wanting to shake her, just as so many have wanted to shake me. She can be downright unlikeable at times. But she also possesses a wounded quality and gritty determination that made me want to give her a hug and tell her things aren’t as bad as they appear…that she can find people out there to love and trust with all her heart, without fear they’ll abandon her.

The final inspiration for this particular book is one that I’ve lived vicariously, sometimes in binges. My husband is addicted to survival shows, so I’m often bombarded with images of people eating bugs, drinking their own urine, and starting fires by rubbing two sticks together. Having been exposed to so much of this enthralling entertainment, I decided I had to get something good out of it. So I put Dani and her Kalquorian beaus Gelan, Krijero and Wynhod into a primitive survival situation. Having them eat gross things and fight a treacherous environment while chased by mortal enemies was the final ‘what I sort of know about’ ingredient to be added to ALIEN SLAVE.

All these elements blended together in a way that I’m delighted with. Stubborn, selfish Dani meets her match in three men who refuse to coddle her demons; men who won’t give her all she wants but will give her what she needs. They’ll do it while fighting desperately to stay alive on a primal planet in the future. It will feel familiar to the reader despite the futuristic landscape, because even in an alien universe filled with danger, there’s always room for real-life inspiration.

General Release Date: 18th April 2017

Available on early download from Totally Bound Publishing now!

ALIEN SLAVE by Tracy St. John

Clans of Kalquor #5

Alien Slave

Dani Watson is a brothel worker on the planet Dantovon. Having escaped post-Armageddon Earth, she’s resigned to spending several years in service to pay off her contract. Her one consolation is that she avoided being captured by the Kalquorians.

When a Kalquorian clan buys her contract, Dani attempts escape. Crashing on a remote moon puts her life in jeopardy, leaving her and the clan of Gelan, Wynhod, and Krijero fighting for survival in a hostile environment. Worse still, they’re being hunted by a group of brutal Tragooms who are determined to capture Dani and subject her to a fate worse than death.

Erotica | Science Fiction Romance [Totally Bound Publishing, On Sale: April 15, 2017, e-Book, / ]

About Tracy St. John

Tracy St. John

Tracy St. John lives in coastal Georgia with her husband and son. You’ll often find her haunting train museums with her locomotive-loving son. Besides writing, she has also worked in video production both in front of and behind the camera. She’s usually cast as the gun-toting bad gal, getting handcuffed in the end. She has no complaints.

Clans of Kalquor

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Interview with Ryan Taggert from MY KIND OF YOU

Today we’ll be chatting with Ryan Taggert, the handsome hero from MY KIND OF YOU, the first book in my new Trillium Bay series. Ryan has traveled to Trillium Bay to help his father finish up a work project that should have been finished weeks ago. Something has been slowing his progress, and that something turns out to be a woman. Ryan’s goal is to get his dad re-focused on the job so they can get it finished and return to Sacramento. However, Ryan encounters a woman of his own…

Q: What kind of job do you have?

A: My two brothers and I all work at our father’s company, Taggert Property Management. We consult for high-end hotels who want an overview of their business practices. We help with everything from remodeling the physical structures, integrating the latest technologies in reservation systems, rebranding, and even investigating locations to see if the area can support a hotel. Most of our clients are pretty high rollers, which is why I’m so confused about my Dad wanting to work with this tiny motel on Wenniway Island. This project will not make us any money but he just won’t turn it down. I think he’s keeping a secret about something.

Q: What do you like best about your job?

A: I like the autonomy and the variety. Although I work closing with my dad and brothers, we each have our own responsibilities. I tend to do the most traveling because I don’t have anyone waiting for me at home in Sacramento.

Q: No special someone? No significant other?

A: Not at the moment. I travel too much and most women aren’t willing to put up with that. I don’t blame them, but no one so far has made me want to change my lifestyle. Well, no one had before. Things are a little different now because of Emily.

Q: Where did you first meet Emily Chambers?

A: We met at this Podunk airport in Northern Michigan. Wishbone… or Walloon… or Wawatam. Yeah, that’s it. Wawatam airport. I sure didn’t expect to find a woman like her in place like that. She had on a white business suit and high heels. She looked pretty out of place in that dump, but I’m not complaining. She was the best thing about that day.

Q: Was she traveling alone?

A: No, she had her twelve-year-old daughter Chloe with her. Cute kid. Kind of sassy but in a funny, sardonic way. She and Emily are very close. It’s been just the two of them for a very long time. I never thought much about kids before but Chloe and I have gotten to be pretty good friends. She taught me all kinds of stuff I can do on my iPhone. How do kids know this stuff?

Q: Were Emily and her daughter just visiting the island?

A: Sort of. They were visiting for the summer because Emily grew up in Trillium Bay, but she was also there to renovate an old cottage for her grandmother. Not willingly, from what I can tell. I think her gin-swilling granny has some schemes up her polyester sleeves. There’s definitely more to why Emily is on the island for the summer and I want to figure out what that is.

Q: What happens when Emily is finished renovating her grandmother’s cottage, and you finished your Taggert Property Management assignment?

A: That’s a good question, and I don’t have an answer. I’m supposed to go home to Sacramento, and Emily and her daughter have a house in San Antonio. I have to admit, Emily has made me re-examine a lot of things about my life, but I’m pretty strategic. I have my family’s company to think of, and with my father apparently having some kind of mid-life crisis and taking up with a much younger woman, well, I’m just not sure what happens next.

Q: Could you ever see yourself settling down with Emily Chambers?

A: That’s sort of like asking a woman what she weighs, isn’t it? Kind of a taboo question?

Q: I’ll ask the questions around here. Your job is to answer.

A: You’re not the boss of me.

Q: Technically, I am.

A: Fine. Fine. Could I see myself settling down with Emily Chambers? That’s a big, serious question. What I can tell you is that from the first moment I saw her strawberry blonde hair, and heard her laugh, she’s been stuck in my mind like a song that won’t go away. I think about her all the time. My brother says it’s from brain chemicals that trick you into thinking you’re in love. I’m not in love, of course. But if I wanted to be… I’d choose Emily.

About Tracy Brogan

Tracy Brogan

Tracy Brogan is an award-winning, bestselling novelist who writes fun and funny stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love, and also lush historical romance full of royal intrigue, damsels causing distress, and the occasional man in a kilt. She has been nominated by Romance Writers of America for a prestigious RITA® Award for her debut novel, Crazy Little Thing, and was nominated by RWA for two Golden Heart Awards. She’s a Booksellers Best Award recipient, along with two Golden Quill Awards in both contemporary and historical romance. Unapologetically devoted to romance, Tracy lives in Michigan with her often-bemused husband, their gloriously above-average children, and their two intellectually challenged dogs. Tracy loves to hear from readers, so please visit her website at tracybrogan.com.

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MY KIND OF YOU by Tracy Brogan

Trillium Bay

My Kind of You

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan is back with a sweet, hilarious series about family, forgiveness, and what it means to go back home.

Emily Callaghan never expected to spend another summer on Wenniway Island. Yet here she is, back in her quaint northern Michigan hometown of Trillium Bay, divorced, flat broke, and dragging along her precocious twelve-year-old. It’s a simple arrangement: Emily, a house flipper, will renovate one of her grandmother’s rental properties in exchange for a much-needed loan. Once a wild child, the reformed Emily also hopes to remodel her reputation and show her family she’s all grown up.

But coming home is never simple. Emily’s dad is more distant than ever. Her younger sister is dating a much older man, and Emily’s worried it’s a mistake. The cottage remodel grows increasingly daunting. And then there’s handsome out-of-towner Ryan Taggert…

Ryan has his own family drama. A smart, ambitious land developer, he’s come to Wenniway to rescue his father from the grips of a new girlfriend and protect their family business. But he’s quickly distracted by gorgeous, witty Emily Callaghan.

There’s no denying the attraction between Emily and Ryan. But will their conflicting interests destroy any chance at love? Or will Emily finally get the chance to rebuild her life—and repair her heart?

Romance Contemporary [Montlake Romance, On Sale: April 18, 2017, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781503943247 / ]

You can always go home again

Laurie LeClair | Love, Laughter and Ever After

I love to write—and read—about characters who steal into my heart and linger long after the last page is turned. Cody McCall and Hannah Prescott, the hero and heroine, in THE COWBOY’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE do just that.

Sexy, cowboy Cody is the life of the party wherever he goes. People are drawn to his fun-loving nature, undying loyalty to his family and their ranch, and his fierce pride in his small hometown of Honor, Texas.

Hannah’s a feisty, strong, independent stock contractor in a man’s world. She’s tough and tender and all woman. Cody brings out her playful, daring side and they’re a hit on every honkytonk dance floor in the state of Texas and beyond. Most important of all, Cody believes in her and has her back.

There’s no man better than her best friend Cody in Hannah’s mind. Maybe that’s why she’s always relied on him being there for her; he’s never let her down.

Years ago, they made a pact—best friends for life. Only now that they’re grown, their close friendship is under inspection. Together they are the couple all their friends want to be. Family wish they were a pair.

After stealing kisses from Hannah’s sweet lips, Cody’s inclined to agree that there’s only one special cowgirl who could ever be his rebellious bride.

Now, if any characters can change a writer Cody and Hannah definitely did for me. They officially solidified the fact that I love to write about love, laughter, and happily ever after.

I hope you love reading about Cody and Hannah as much as I loved writing their story.

THE COWBOY’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE by Laurie LeClair

McCall Brothers #1

The Cowboy's Rebellious Bride

Best friends for life. That was their pact.

Feisty, spitfire Hannah Prescott yearns to get the bulls she raises to the top rodeo circuit finals. Being a woman in a male-dominated career means she fights harder for what she wants, and romance plays no part in her goals. But when everything’s on the line and her best friend asks her to play pretend, what’s a girl to do?

Sexy, life of the party cowboy Cody McCall is determined to save the legacy of his family’s ranch and give his beloved, widowed grandfather something to live for again. Options are limited until he hits on the perfect plan–pretending to marry the girl who’s been his confidante and friend all these years. After stealing sweet kisses with Hannah, Cody starts to dream of something more permanent…if he can only convince Hannah to agree that the move from friendship to marriage is worth the fight. He wants a forever bride, but there’s only one cowgirl he desires.

Romance Western [Tule Publishing, On Sale: April 17, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 2940157502157 / eISBN: 9781946772176]

About Laurie LeClair

Laurie LeClair

Bestselling author Laurie LeClair writes contemporary romance, romantic comedies, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Laurie has a not-so-secret love for characters who make her laugh, cry, and who linger in her mind long after the story ends. Laurie’s habit of daydreaming has gotten her into a few scrapes and launched her to take up her dream of writing. Finally, she can put all those stories in her head to rest as she brings them to life on the page.

Laurie loves to write, read, bake, travel and discover new adventures. She considers herself a New Texan (New England born and raised and now living in Texas). She lives in Central Texas with her husband, Jim.

Once Upon A Romance | The Sweet Spot Series

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Linda Reilly | A funny thing happened on the way to the publisher . . .

There are so many components that go into writing a mystery. Fun characters, sneaky red herrings, a plethora of guilty-looking suspects . . . all of these have to be dumped together, shaken up, and poured out into a cohesive story.

When I was writing the initial draft of A FRYING SHAME, I needed to come up with a street name. The street itself wasn’t important—simply a quick reference by the police detective as to why she was late for her meeting with Talia Marby, my main character.

Normally I’d stare out the window to dream up a name, or I’d think of a street name from my childhood. I still can’t recall how I came up with “Oriole Road” that day, but it found its way into the story.

A few months after I turned in the manuscript to my publisher, my husband broke his hip. During the early stages of his post-surgery rehab, we decided the time was right for us to move to a place where he’d no longer have to climb stairs. I found a promising apartment complex nearby, and decided to check it out. A newly renovated unit had just become available, with full bath and master bedroom on the ground level. It was perfect! Even more delightful was that the upstairs bedroom would make the ideal writing lair for me.

We took the apartment. As soon as my husband was well enough to go home after weeks of physical therapy, we moved in. The address of our wonderful new apartment? Oriole Court. But the street name didn’t even ring a bell — not until the publisher sent me the edits for A FRYING SHAME. I was stunned to realize I’d named a random street Oriole Road months before we’d even thought about moving! (insert Twilight Zone music here)

I’ll bet you’re thinking I’d driven past that street before, and that somehow the name got stuck in my sub-conscious. Nope. Oriole Court is an internal street within the apartment community. I couldn’t have seen it from the main drag unless I’d driven into the complex. And I hadn’t.

I’ve decided that the universe was whispering in my ear the day I made up that street name. The hubby and I are very happy in our Oriole Court apartment, just as Talia Marby, the fry cook in the Deep Fried mysteries, is loving her new digs in Wrensdale, Massachusetts. Living in her nana’s bungalow, she’s been having a blast transforming the old fish and chips shop into a deep-fried eatery.

But it’s not without its challenges. Wherever Talia goes, murder seems to pop into the picture. If you’re in the Berkshires, stop by Fry Me a Sliver and enjoy a deep-fried treat. The ambiance is cozy, the AC is pumping out chilled air, and the deep fryer is sizzling. And be sure to eavesdrop on the local gossip . . . you can bet it’ll be all about murder.

A FRYING SHAME by Linda Reilly

Deep Fried Mystery

A Frying Shame

A cooking contest becomes a fry to the finish in the new Deep Fried Mystery from the author of Out of the Dying Pan.

Fry another day.

The town of Wrensdale is abuzz with excitement when Steeltop Foods sponsors a cooking contest to promote its new product, the Flavor Dial. With a $25,000 prize at stake, all the contestants are on edge, including Talia Marby, owner of Fry Me A Sliver. She hopes her mini deep-fried apple pies will win her the money to pay off the renovations on her restaurant. But when Norma Ferguson wins with her flaky-top chicken stew, the tensions dial up even more.

After Norma is found dead at her cooking station, the police suspect a losing contestant got a little too hot under the collar. Now it’s crunch time as Talia works to catch the killer and clear her name before another cook gets burned.

Includes delicious recipes!

Mystery Culinary [Berkley Prime Crime, On Sale: April 4, 2017, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780425274156 / eISBN: 9780698154896]

About Linda Reilly

Linda Reilly

Linda Reilly, author of the Deep Fried Mysteries, including Fillet of Murder, lives with her husband in southern New Hampshire. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and its subchapter, the Guppies. When she’s not prowling the shelves of a bookstore or library in search of a cozy read, she can be found tapping away at the keyboard creating her own cozy adventure.

Deep-Fried Mystery

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