Mika Jolie | Recipe Sharing – Linguine and Clam Sauce by Dean Conrad Morello

Every man should have a secret dish he can cook to knock a woman’s panties off. Imagine this. Tonight’s the BIG date at your place. Date #3. The money date. The date where you and your date either screw your brains out, or move on to someone new. A lot of pressure, a lot of performance anxiety. Any little mistake could spell disaster. All of your charms (and ab work) would have been for naught. That said, there’s a few hard and fast rules that need to be followed.

  1. Clean up your place. If you’re too lazy to do it, call in a cleaning service. Generally speaking, chicks hate to use a bathroom with piss stains on the toilet seat. Light some candles. If you’re a man, not living with Mom, there’s at least a 79.3% chance your place smells like beer, farts, and cigar smoke.
  2. Change the sheets. Ever see a chick’s bed? Twenty-five pillows, shams (whatever the fuck that is), and a comforter cover from Anthropologie. Case closed.
  3. Rub one out. You have to clean the pipes before the big night. Trust me on this one, you’ll actually have an interesting conversation without thinking about having sex every 15 to 30 seconds.
  4. You’ll have a couple options. I like Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain. It sets the mood without trying too hard. Remember, if she sees the trap, she’ll bolt, so play it smooth. Be that cool guy, cooking dinner and hanging out. Better yet, give her your phone and ask HER to put on some music. It’s a subliminal way to show her you have nothing to hide, also, that way she gets to see your eclectic taste. (Remember to download various genre) AND she might just tip her hand. If she puts on Kenny G, you know it’s going to be a difficult road. But, if she puts on Otis Reading!!!! Bow chicky bow bow. It’s on.
  5. Cook linguini and white clam sauce. Let me preface, it’s best to lay the groundwork for her future destruction on the first date. Mention cooking linguini and white clam sauce. If she says, “clams make my throat swell closed,” make something else. But usually they’ll say, “I love clam sauce.” That’s when you give your most flirtatious smile and reply, “perhaps someday I’ll cook for you.”

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  • 2 dozen little neck clams
  • 1 head of roasted garlic
  • 1 cup good quality dry white wine
  • 1/2 pound cold butter, cubed
  • chopped parsley
  • chopped parsley
  • Red pepper flakes

Before she arrives:

Cook pasta until slightly harder than al dente. Rinse with cold water and put aside.

Steam clams in white wine, separate out the liquid through a cheese cloth. (Don’t skip this step, nothing kills romance like sandy sauce). Set it aside.

Roast Garlic: cut the top off of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and salt. Wrap on aluminum foil and roast at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender. The cloves should pop out easily.

When she arrives:

Pour her a glass of wine. Casually mention you’re just finishing up dinner. Trust me, she’s watching you cook, and she’s getting wet.

Sauté the roasted garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes in a healthy dose of olive oil. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Toss in the butter, and pasta. Cook on high until the sauce thickens, and the pasta is cooked perfectly al dente. Add the clams, chopped parsley. Salt and pepper.

Feed her a little taste of the pasta, and a kiss on the lips, then say, “Let’s eat.”

THE BOY FRIEND by Mika Jolie

The Boy Friend

According to the law of attraction, women and men can’t be friends.

Contrary to this myth, my friendship with Coriander Phillips does not rest on unrequited love or un-actualized lust. We’ve been inseparable since the day I pulled one of her pigtails and she punched me in the gut.

She’s hilarious, fun to hang out with. Together, we’re like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, wings and beer. A match made in heaven.

She’s the bomb.

Did I mention she’s smokin’ hot? I’ve checked her out…maybe once or twice. Hey, I’m a guy.

Seriously, no awkwardness, no secret yearning for our relationship to escalate beyond the purely platonic. I’m the boy friend—the loyal shoulder she cries on, the dispenser of coffee, sympathy, hugs, advice, and affection with no expectations.

Until the invisible line between friends and lovers became blurry.

Now I want more. I want her.

All I have to do is convince her we can be more than friends.

Right?

If only it were that easy.

Romance Contemporary [On Sale: April 23, 2017, e-Book, Kindle only ]

About Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie

Mika Jolie lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.

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Elizabeth Coldwell | Letting Your Guard Down

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘bodyguard’? One of those huge, silent, black-clad men keeping a discreet distance as celebrities walk the red carpet at a film premiere? The secret service types with their concealed weapons who are there to make sure no harm comes to a head of state or captain of industry? Or maybe that tense but tender moment when Kevin Costner carries Whitney Houston to safety through a crowd of screaming fans in the imaginatively titled The Bodyguard? While most of us appreciate the work a bodyguard performs, none of those are situation we’ll ever have to consider happening in real life – however much we may fantasise about being in the arms of a hunky paid protector. We don’t have the money, level of fame or security concerns that would make hiring someone to look after our wellbeing necessary.

For most of those people who do need to employ bodyguards, the role is seen as just another of their employees, like the nanny, the accountant or the personal assistant – a necessary evil and payroll expense that comes with being someone with power or influence. In romance fiction, however, the bodyguard is a potent fantasy figure. Forced to commit violent acts as part of his job, the character is often a conflicted hero, and don’t we all love one of those? He has often come to this from a background in law enforcement or the military, which enables him to have some kind of unresolved trauma in his past – perhaps he’s still suffering PTSD from something that happened on his final tour of duty, or he’s tormented by his inability to save the life of someone who needed his help. Whatever the back story, it’s something he still carries with him, and will doubtless come to the fore in the course of looking after one of his clients. Add to this that the role of a bodyguard is to protect and care for someone for long periods of time, and there’s plenty of opportunity for what begins as a professional relationship to develop into something much more intimate. (Which, given a number of high-profile cases where celebrities are alleged to have had affairs with their bodyguard, might not be all that far from the truth.)

In KEEPING HIM SAFE, bodyguard Xander Craig is haunted by an unusual occurrence that isn’t directly related to his current job (or his former one as a police detective). He’s experiencing an erotic and violent recurring dream that he tells himself is simply his mind’s way of processing the death of his husband, Gary, in a road accident. Throwing himself into his work is one way of dealing with his grief, but things take a turn for the strange when the man who appears in that nightly dream turns out not to be a figment of Xander’s imagination. He’s actually Jon, a software tycoon, who’s hired Xander to guard him from the attentions of an obsessed ex-boyfriend. Xander doesn’t have time to worry about why he’s been dreaming of a man he’s never previously met, as he’s charged with taking Jon to a safe house while the police carry out a search for his ex. And that’s when the boundaries between bodyguard and client begin to blur…

About Elizabeth Coldwell

Elizabeth Coldwell

Elizabeth Coldwell is the author of numerous short stories, novella and full-length novels, including the Lionhearts MM paranormal series for Pride Publishing. Her stories have appeared in the best-selling ‘Best Women’s Erotica’ series and Black Lace’s popular ‘Wicked Words’ collections. Formerly the editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine, she also contributed a spicy monthly column, ‘The Cougar Chronicles’, to its pages. When she is not busy writing, she is an avid supporter of Rotherham United Football Club and can be regularly found on the terraces at weekends, cheering her boys to victory (hopefully!).

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KEEPING HIM SAFE by Elizabeth Coldwell

Keeping Him Safe

Jon is the man of his dreams, but can he prevent those dreams from becoming a nightmare?

Every night, Xander Craig has the same dream. He’s in the shower with a gorgeous stranger, who is shot by a mystery assassin and dies in Xander’s arms. Xander believes this dream is tied to his guilt over failing to prevent the death of his husband, Gary, but his latest assignment as a top-level bodyguard causes him to reassess that belief. He’s charged with looking after wealthy and successful entrepreneur, Jon Kovacs, who’s being stalked by an obsessive, dangerous ex-boyfriend. As soon as Xander sees Jon’s photo, he knows this is the man in his dream.

Xander escorts Jon to a remote safe house on the cliffs, as a police manhunt for Jon’s ex, Cody, takes place. He and Jon start to fall for each other. Xander knows he’s crossing a line, but he can’t help acting on that attraction. While he and Jon are sharing intimate moments, is Xander’s dream about to become violent reality?

Romance Gay | Gay / Lesbian [Totally Entwined Publishing, On Sale: April 25, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781786515582 / eISBN: 9781786515582]

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THE PROMISE GIRLS by Marie Bostwick

The Promise Girls

In an emotionally rich and captivating new novel, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick reunites three sisters whose deep bond is rooted in an unconventional past.

Every child prodigy grows up eventually. For the Promise sisters, escaping their mother’s narcissism and the notoriety that came with her bestselling book hasn’t been easy. Minerva Promise claimed that her three “test tube” daughters—gifted pianist Joanie, artistic Meg, and storyteller Avery—were engineered and molded to be geniuses. In adulthood, their modest lives fall far short of her grand ambitions. But now, twenty years after the book’s release, she hopes to redeem herself by taking part in a new documentary.

Meg, who hasn’t picked up a paintbrush in years, adamantly refuses to participate, until a car accident leaves her with crushing medical bills. While she recuperates in Seattle, the three sisters reluctantly meet with filmmaker Hal Seeger, another former prodigy. Like them, he’s familiar with the weight of failed potential. But as he digs deeper, he uncovers secrets they’ve hidden from each other—and a revelation that will challenge their beliefs, even as it spurs them to forge their own extraordinary lives at last.

Women’s Fiction [Kensington, On Sale: March 28, 2017, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781496709219 / eISBN: 9781496709226]

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth…Sometimes…

We haven’t met yet so I need to ask you to read the following sentence and withhold judgement until the end of the post, okay? Ready? Here goes:

My goal in life is to find my authentic self and live my truth.

I know, I know, that’s about the most stereotypical LA thing that has ever been said. It could only be more clichéd if I’d mentioned traffic on the freeway making me late for my yoga class in the Whole Foods cleanse aisle. But it’s true. I want to live every day being honest with myself. This is exactly why I write young adult paranormal romance. The characters I create are strong, brave, sexy, and always have a witty retort ready to shoot back at anyone who gets in their way. Basically, THEY’RE ALL THE THINGS I’M NOT and that’s why I love writing them!

YA paranormal romance allows me to live vicariously through confident, no nonsense girls who wouldn’t let a bully (human or otherwise) come between them and their goal. A horrifying creature chases you through the woods? No problem—find a clearing and stand your ground. Obnoxious demons trying to get the better of you? Don’t sweat it, you can talk your way out of it. A gorgeous but emotionally closed-off guypushes all your buttons while simultaneously pulling at your heart? Relax girl, you got this.

My characters are who I want to be but know I’m not. Sure, I have my flashes of biting comebacks and my slivers of confidence but I’m not like, Lo, the protagonist in my novel <THE THINGS THEY’VE TAKEN. Lo goes after what she wants and doesn’t hold back. Her quest to find her mother takes her into the supernatural world. She isn’t ready for it, but she adapts. The same is true for Lo’srelationship with Shaw, the tracker she hires to help her navigate through the journey. She wants him but not at the cost of settling for his standoffish attitude. Would I be able to resist a guy described as “a rugged cut of stubble and flannel” knowing he’s no good for me? I’d love to say yes, but I’m trying to be my authentic self here remember?

So while I may not be all the things that make my characters bosses, I know there must be a bit of them inside me if I can conjure them onto the page. Though it may not always manifest when I’d like it to, I know something of their spirit is there. And that’s a truth I can live with.

THE THINGS THEY’VE TAKEN by Katie McElhenney

The Things They've Taken

All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager—to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the what else that’s out there…

Until one day, the what else chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker—and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure, he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother—and get her home alive.

Young Adult | Young Adult Fantasy [Entangled Teen, On Sale: May 1, 2017, Audio Cassette / e-Book, ISBN: 9781545287347 / ]

About Katie McElhenney

Katie McElhenney

Katie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreamer, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens).

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Have You Ever Milked A Snake?

No, that’s not a euphemism. It’s an actual job and my heroine, Clover Lee, in THE NEGOTIATOR has held the position along with a ton of other weird temp jobs.

“She’d done time as a snake milker—don’t ask; smiled for pictures as a paid bridesmaid—bridezillas, she’d known a few; bellied up to the table as a dog food taster—think stale crackers with a funky aftertaste; learned the true benefit of good arch support as a professional line stander—always in the rain or the cold or the blazing heat; and distilled the mysteries of the universe as a fortune cookie writer. Clover had done it all to pay the bills, have some excellent adventures, and stay as far away from the small town of Sparksville as possible.”

So, of course, when she sees this job ad, there’s no way she’s not answering it—out of pure curiosity if nothing else. I mean, come on. What in the world kind of job is persona buffer?

WANTED: PERSONAL BUFFER

Often snarly, workaholic, demanding executive seeks short-term “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

The idea for THE NEGOTIATOR to start off with a weird job ad was one that really got the whole plot ball rolling for this book. It was just so odd that it made me giggle—and when that happens I’ know I’m up to something good. The next step then was to find out some weird jobs that people actually had. Think of that Dirty Jobs show, but these were all just bizarre not necessarily gross. Here are some of them presented in no particular order:

  1. Professional Cuddler
  2. Undercover Bridesmaid
  3. Professional Mourner
  4. Iceberg Mover
  5. Dog Surfing Instructors
  6. Face Feelers
  7. Ash Portrait Artists
  8. Dog Food Tasters
  9. Chicken Gender Determiners
  10. Professional Line Standers
  11. Fortune Cookie Writers
  12. And, yes, snake milkers

It all kind of makes my job history seem pretty tame. So, I”m dying to know. What are the widest jobs you’ve ever heard of? Tell me in the comments and don’t forget to check out THE NEGOTIATOR!

THE NEGOTIATOR by Avery Flynn

HARBOR CITY ROMANCE, book 1

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Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a buffer from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with candidates to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This free-spirit might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for date nights (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiatable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match.

Romance Contemporary [Entangled Select, On Sale: April 24, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781545124628 / eISBN: 9781633759589]

About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Killer Style | Sweet Salvation Brewery | B-Squad | MacKenzie Family | Tempt Me

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Ghost Wolf – history/inspiration

In WOLF BITE, released in July 2014, Mason Clayborne heard the sound of a familiar woman being mugged—pursuing the sound he raced into an alleyway in Dallas, Texas, in time to see Alexis Huston breaking the nose of her would-be assailant. Coming face to face with his past dropped a pebble into the still waters, and those ripples would become a tidal wave.

The wave would gather force as the ripples spread out to include wolves like A.J., abandoned by his previous alpha and left to stew in a prison, and Owen, the senior Hunter whose love for a journeyman healer drove him to follow her to another pack when Hudson River needed her help.

Mason’s relationships with other alphas like Brett and Serafina opened the door to new challenges and changes for more than only Willow Bend. With each subsequent novel, we journeyed to the five different packs and even met an alpha from Italy.

Each arc from Rise of the Alpha (books 1-3), Dawn of Three Rivers (book 4-6), Wolves of Change (Books 7-9) to Guardians of the Wolves (Books 10-12), has played a role in the evolution of a world which brings us to GHOST WOLF.

I can say any number of factors, events, and people inspired this novel. It covers a range of time from World War II to the present day. Each decade has a different flavor, a lingo, and rhythm to it which affected the point of in the tale blossoming. More, many of the events occurred during my lifetime, and it was fun to look back at moments like needing a phone book to look up someone’s address.

Hello, no Internet!

More, at the heart of the story were two people who share a convoluted journey and a long history—it was a romance, which fired my imagination. I admit to loving all the books I’ve written, but GHOST WOLF is special…because it weaved so many threads together.

Do you have a favorite decade you like to see explored in romance?

About Heather Long

Heather Long

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

Wolves of Willow Bend

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GHOST WOLF by Heather Long

Wolves of Willow Bend #12

Ghost Wolf

It’s the book you’ve been waiting for! Don’t miss the st stunning conclusion to the Guardians of the Wolves!

Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back…

Packs attacked. Humans forced to turn. Enforcers murdered.

Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

Romance Paranormal [Author Self-Published, On Sale: April 25, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 2940157467586 / eISBN: 9780998656403]

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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…