SPOILER ALERT! Christmas Box Inside!

The first batch of Christmas boxes are on there way. Everyone who pre-ordered received a bonus 5th book and, surprise, a second eBook! The second wave of Christmas boxes will ship out before December 15th, there are less than 40 left.

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Each Christmas box has 4-5 of these titles:
Merry Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown
A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay
Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles
Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason
Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle
Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March
Mistletoe Between Friends/The Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase
A Bravo for Christmas by Christine Rimmer

All Christmas boxes have both eBooks!
His Jingle Bell Princess by Barbara Dunlop
The Omen Days by J.T. Ellison

Special gifts from some amazing authors!
Paper Ornaments from Emily March
Keylights from Susan May Warren
Wooden Heart Ornaments from Nancy Naigle
Cowboy Cutouts from B.J. Daniels

Vixen wants to celebrate a mini-Christmas with you! She picked out each item with care. First is a Christmas Tree lollipop, under which everything goes. The second is a key so Santa and Vixen can find you. Third is a mini version of her to play with. And finally, a Christmas card, so you can share the joy!

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Jenna Bayley-Burke | Romance And Chocolate

All I need to be happy is a comfy spot to curl up with a warm blanket and a great romance novel. Where the only sound is the tapping of rain on the roof, a steaming mug of tea is within reach, next to a box of truffles that is always full – kind of like Mary Poppin’s bag. I have too many kids for this scenario to happen without magic, so I’m going for it.

It’s a crazy world out there, peeps. You’ve got to do whatever you can to hold onto the happy. Things that get me smiling always find a way into my stories. Sometimes more than one story. I have an absolute obsession with Moonstruck Chocolates. It’s a Portland thing, but in the damn-that’s-delicious way, not the uber-cool-lumbersexual-hipster way. Though there was that one time they put a bird on it…

The flavor of these chocolates is so on point, you want to share them with everyone and keep them to yourself because there is nothing like the blend of cocoa, ancho and chipotle chiles in the Ocumarian truffle. I got my first taste of it while writing Just One Spark, and just had to let my characters try it too.

When setting COMPROMISING POSITIONS in Portland, I knew Moonstruck would show up again, but not the big role it would play. David takes his chocolate so seriously he’s decided you can tell a lot about a person from their favorite chocolate. He’s all about the Italia Espresso, and she’s in love with the sweet heat of The Ocumarian. They bring each other chocolates, different types based on the occasion. Even now, years after writing their story, I still think of them whenever I walk past Moonstruck.

Who am I kidding? I walk in. I order something for me, and something for each of the characters I’m writing at the time. Editing my next release, SNOWED IN, had be stocking up on the Wild Huckleberry truffle and Sea Salt Cajeta Caramel. These are the sacrifices I make for my art.

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COMPROMISING POSITIONS by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Compromising Positions

He never broke a rule…until he met her.

​When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he’s put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend’s little sister-in-law, doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She’s everything David’s never wanted. So he can’t understand why he suddenly needs her so much.

Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she’s far from it. He’s also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.

Romance Contemporary [Entangled Select, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781633757943 / eISBN: 9781633757943]

Series Order

  • Compromising Positions (Invested in Love 1), David & Sophie Entangled Select 2016
  • At the Boss’s Expense (Invested in Love 2), Curtis & Robyn Entangled Indulgence 2017
  • The Price of Success (Invested in Love 3), Cameron & Lauren Entangled Indulgence 2017
  • Tempting Acquisitions (Invested in Love 4), Jake & Lily Entangled Indulgence 2017
  • Conflicting Interests (Invested in Love 5), Ryan & Kelly Entangled Select 2017

About Jenna Bayley-Burke

Jenna Bayley-Burke

Jenna Bayley-Burke is known for her fun, sexy romance novels, baking banana bread and over-volunteering. She thinks she has the best jobs in the world—mother, wife and author. When she’s not lost in her latest story, she can be found pursuing whatever hobby her characters are enamored with—photography, yoga, shoes, hard cider, Pinterest projects and cooking up a storm.

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Kerry Adrienne | Meet Derek Poole (from PURSUING THE BEAR)

Character Interview (Perspective):

Meet park ranger and woodworker, Derek Poole from PURSUING THE BEAR

“Sure!” Oh crap, that was too eager. Bria lowered her voice and tried again. “I mean, sure, if you’re already heading that way. Don’t go out of your way on my account, though. I have this.” She held up the compass.

“And you know how to use it?” Derek’s eyes shone.

  • It seems like you have a bit of a humorous streak. Do you like to tease?

Derek: I only tease people I like. And it’s gentle teasing. Nothing mean or bullying of course. With all the issues in Deep Creek National Park right now, I find having a sense of humor helps me cope. I also hope it puts people at ease.

  • So you don’t tease the lions?

I haven’t really had the chance. Besides, they’re trying to take the bears’ land away, and the cave. With war brewing, I really don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how to entertain the lions. Especially the twins, Marco and Mason. Those lions are trouble waiting to happen.

  • But you tease Bria?

Yeah. I kind of like her. (chuckles) She’s so smart, though. I’m not sure what she could possibly see in a simple ranger and woodworker. She’s got more degrees than someone her age should have.

  • She’s driven?

Very. It’s difficult to be around her and wanting to help her but not being able to. I have to protect the bears first. Still, when I see the excitement in her eyes…

  • Sounds like you’re smitten.

(laughs) No comment.

  • Tell me about your woodworking. Isn’t that an old-school hobby? What is it that draws you to it?

I’ve always liked working with my hands and my parents encouraged it…to a point. Finally, I decided I’d do what I wanted instead of what everyone wants me to do. I love working in wood—discovering the life inside a branch. Carving a branch that once housed a bird’s nest, or a bee hive. Wood is so warm and alive, and one of the most magical things in our natural world.

  • Speaking of magic, who is Shoshannah? I’ve heard her name but no one can really explain what she is or how she helps.

That’s tough. Shoshannah is everywhere and nowhere in Deep Creek. Mostly, we can find her in the cave, but even that isn’t guaranteed. She’s an ancestral shifter spirit. She helps shifters transition, heal, and even face their demons.

  • What does she look like? I mean, is she a bear, or a wolf, or a lion?

Depends on what she wants to be. She seems to have the power to be any type of shifter. Right now, since the bears control the cave, she helps us—probably because we occupy the area. But I’ve heard of her helping other shifters, too. She’s a bit of an enigma. (leans back) I can tell you that when she does appear, her beauty is all encompassing. She’s like light—ethereal, bright, and magical.

  • She sounds amazing. I want to thank you for sitting down to talk with me. It’s great to meet you, Derek.

Any time. You know where to find me.

If you want to read more about Derek, Bria, and the ancestral spirit, Shoshannah, check out the links here on the interview page. Sounds like Bria has already sparked something in Derek. I hope they can find their way to each other.

PURSUING THE BEAR by Kerry Adrienne

Shifter Wars

Pursuing the Bear

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire–and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

Romance Paranormal [Carina Press, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781504749305 / eISBN: 9781460397497]

About Kerry Adrienne

Kerry Adrienne

Kerry Adrienne loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals, including a panther chameleon. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, and editor. Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures.

Wicked Tale | Shifter Wars

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SECRETS by Lindsay McKenna and an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT!

Hi Dear Readers!

Well, it’s that time again! My next Delos series book, SECRETS, is available, released on 11.21.16!

Novella, 2B2 is a sequel follow-up on UNBOUND PURSUIT, 2B1, which was released on 9.29.16). This is Mark Reuss and Mattie Lockwood’s story.

If you read UNBOUND PURSUIT, you met Mark Reuss, who was a dark, secretive secondary character. He’s a man with a violent past and moves in and out of the lives of the people who love him.

Darkness surrounded him. Could love rescue him…

EXCERPT:

December 23rd

Mark Reuss was in such deep shit he couldn’t see daylight any more. His broken lower left arm ached so badly, he wanted to yell like a banshee, but the blackness of the Texas night, the biting December cold seeping into his body, made him call on all his ex-recon Marine skills to escape up the hill.

He kept his night vision goggles over his eyes as he climbed, while below him ATF, DEA, Border Patrol and FBI agents swarmed around an 18-wheeler truck. Thanks to Mark, they’d made a surprise raid on Mexican drug lord Diego Cardona’s vehicles, and now American agents were rounding up what was left of the members of his drug and sex slave cartel.

Sixty kidnapped children from Mexico had been on their way across the border in the massive trucks, all part of Cardona’s sex trafficking operation that regularly stole children from all over South America across Texas soil and taking them on to the East Coast to be sold. Now, the cartel had expanded from sex trading to running a monthly gun-and-run operation, as well. Mark, who had been sent into the cartel as an undercover agent, had set up the sting. The U.S. authorities had caught the transport, and this fortunate group of children had been saved.

His heart turned toward Mattie Lockwood. The least he could do was apologize for his abrupt behavior of two days ago. How he ached to see her, to be near her. But to do that could put her and her entire family in danger from Cardonas. The drug lord had spies in every Texas town along the border.

Mattie was his touchstone, the one person in his life he could never be without. And yet, he was again about to disappear from her life without adequate explanation. She was a trained EMT. She could help him with his injury.

And how would she react to his banging on her house door in the middle of the night? Would she even let him in? Mark wasn’t sure after the debacle of him showing up at Mattie’s kindergarten school two days ago with her friend, Tal Culver, present. More than anything, he needed Mattie. She owned his heart and she didn’t even know it. He had to get her help.

SECRETS by Lindsay McKenna

Delos Series: 2B2

Secrets

Darkness surrounded him. Could love rescue him?

Mark Reuss’ childhood was a living hell. The only bright spot in his life during those dark days was his best friend, Mattie Lockwood. Her beauty and spirit called out to him, but he didn’t want to drag her down into the gloom his life had become. So when he graduated high school, he joined the Marine Corps and left his past—and Mattie—behind.

Or so he thought. Mark never forgot Mattie, or stopped wanting her. Now he’s back in town, ready to face his demons and make a life with her. But before he can set his plans in motion, Mark must suddenly disappear once again, but it means keeping secrets from Mattie. Will he once again have to let go of the woman he loves?

Romance Contemporary | Novella / Short Story [Blue Turtle Publishing, On Sale: November 21, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 2940157065782 / eISBN: 9781929977437]

About Lindsay McKenna

Lindsay McKenna

The “Top Gun of Women’s Military Fiction,” Linsday McKenna has had 145 books published under the McKenna name since 1981, most dealing with military or mercenary subjects, for several publishers: Simon and Schuster, Warner, Avon and Berkley, Harlequin/Silhouette. She is the originator of the Military Romance genre, with “Captive of Fate,” Silhouette Special Edition, 1983. She has sold 23 million books worldwide and in 33 foreign languages. She proudly served in the US Navy and was a meteorologist.

Perfect, Wyoming | McKenna’s Wyoming | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Shadow Warriors | Delos | Kincaid Trilogy | Wind River – McKenna | Delos Series: 2B2

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Explore the Royal-Kagan Shifter World

Their bond is heaven on earth…but it could tear their pack apart.

Ethan Jager is forced to hide behind a false identity as his pack mates suffer under Michael Tanner’s rule. It’s not his choice; he was born broken, without the primitive urge to breed driving him to pick a mate.

While his wolf sleeps, his heart has chosen for him: Noah, widower and fellow pack dominant.

Everything changes the day Hannah Kagan smiles at him. Lust awakens his wolf–a first. Hannah is beautiful, loyal, kind, everything an alpha male should want. And mating her will allow him to reclaim his pack. It will also leave his soul with a giant hole when he’s forced to rip Noah out of his life.

Hard choices are required of alpha males, but choosing which lover to let go is one Ethan refuses to make. The alternative will not only change the pack, but transform their world…if he can keep his mates alive long enough to claim them both.

Warning: Contains an alpha male whose wolf doesn’t like to share his toys, a dominant female who’s nobody’s plaything, and a beta male who doesn’t roll over for anyone. Also: speed dating, werewolf style. Band-Aids required.

“This is ménage romance done right. Loved every minute of it!” – USAToday bestselling author Kele Moon, on Shared for Love

Excerpt

“Are you done imagining what I would look like naked, or do you want me to stand here longer?” His rough voice zinged through her, setting her on edge. Not in a bad way. Awareness settled low. She ignored the instant arousal and yanked her gaze to his face. Green eyes framed by dark lashes snared her attention.

She inhaled sharply. Never before had she seen a shifter with green eyes. The rare gene offered power, just as the combination of her black hair and blue eyes gifted her with strength.

She let her gaze map his face as she had his body. Dark blond hair set off the deep emerald color of his eyes and framed a harsh face, but his shaggy locks softened his features. She doubted he’d styled it on purpose for the effect. The uneven ends gave the impression he’d hacked it off with scissors and didn’t give a shit if it looked nice or not.

The shadow of his beard added to the image of indifference. The uneven growth covered his cheeks, chin, and neck. Her fingertips itched to touch his jaw and see if the stubble had reached the point of softness or if it would tickle her skin and make her squirm. She curled her fingers and fought to contain her runaway thoughts. They weren’t appropriate, especially after being in Ethan’s arms. She swore she could still smell him on her skin.

The Tanner wolf chuckled, breaking the trance he’d cast over her. She tore her attention from the cleft in his chin to his eyes.

“Hello, little Hannah Kagan. What brings you to this shithole town?”

She took a step forward, anger replacing the lust. “Don’t ever call me little.”

The growl to her voice shocked her. It took the Tanner wolf by surprise too. His smirk faded instantly, and his cocky stance eased. He tilted his head and studied her as if seeing her for the first time. Something flashed in his green eyes. Respect, maybe? She didn’t know. Didn’t care. She took another step.

“And why I’m here is none of your fucking business.”

SHARED FOR LOVE by Nancy Corrigan

Royal-Kagan Shifter World #6

Shared for Love

Their bond is heaven on earth…but it could tear their pack apart.

Ethan Jager is forced to hide behind a false identity as his pack mates suffer under Michael Tanner’s rule. It’s not his choice; he was born broken, without the primitive urge to breed driving him to pick a mate.

While his wolf sleeps, his heart has chosen for him: Noah, widower and fellow pack dominant.

Everything changes the day Hannah Kagan smiles at him. Lust awakens his wolf—a first. Hannah is beautiful, loyal, kind, everything an alpha male should want. And mating her will allow him to reclaim his pack. It will also leave his soul with a giant hole when he’s forced to rip Noah out of his life.

Hard choices are required of alpha males, but choosing which lover to let go is one Ethan refuses to make. The alternative will not only change the pack, but transform their world…if he can keep his mates alive long enough to claim them both.

Warning: Contains an alpha male whose wolf doesn’t like to share his toys, a dominant female who’s nobody’s plaything, and a beta male who doesn’t roll over for anyone. Also: speed dating, werewolf style. Band-Aids required.

Romance Paranormal [Samhain, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781619236332 / eISBN: 9781619236332]

About Nancy Corrigan

Nancy Corrigan

Nancy Corrigan believes in unending love and epic tales with a paranormal flare. She enjoys transcending the boundaries of reality to take her readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey.

She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When she’s not weaving sizzling fantasies, she works as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.

She’s always been an avid reader and encourages everyone, including her children, to escape and unwind for a few minutes a day in a favorite book. Her passions beyond reading and family include music, classic cars, tattoos and animals.

Sander’s Valley | Wild Hunt | Kagan Wolves | Royal-Kagan Shifter

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Other books in the series released this week

BRIDGED BY LOVE by Nancy Corrigan

Royal-Kagan Shifter World #5

Bridged by Love

Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his heart…he breaks his pack.

From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan’s future was sealed. He’ll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father’s role as pack alpha. There’s just one problem.

Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack’s human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half—his wolf—won’t give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.

No one—human or shifter—has left a mark on Riley’s soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn’t always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.

With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can’t simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.

Warning: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves—biology. And a woman who isn’t giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.

Romance Paranormal [Samhain, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781619236318 / eISBN: 9781619236318]

CHANCE ON LOVE by Nancy Corrigan

Royal-Kagan Shifter World #4

Chance on Love

Sometimes the only choice is to take a chance…and enjoy the consequences.

Sean Reynolds is content wielding his dominant personality as the public face of Kagan Industries. Pack leadership–and all the responsibilities that go with it–don’t interest him. But when alpha-in-waiting Nic Kagan skips town, there’s no one to take on his aging father’s spirit wolf. No one but Sean.

Sean wants none of it, but with his wolf growling in eagerness to fill that void, he heads for the bar in an attempt to drink the beast into submission.

He’d like to ignore the sultry blonde shifter burning up the dance floor with moves that make him painfully aware of the full moon. But when she abruptly disappears, his wolf sends him in hot pursuit. Following the scent of a female he can see in his bed not for a single night, but for a lifetime…

Note: This is a short novella (11K) that introduces the Kagan Pack, the Alexander Pride’s single shifter neighbors. This is not a full length book, but it may be read as a standalone.

Romance Paranormal [Samhain, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781619236356 / eISBN: 9781619236356]

 

Carole Mortimer | Celebration of a Brave New World!

I can’t believe it’s two years ago this month that I clicked to ‘publish’ the pre-order for my very first Indie book. And today is publication day of CAPTURING CALEB (Knight Security 3) my 21st Indie book, and also my 220th book.
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It’s been a wild roller-coaster 2 years—and I have enjoyed every minute of it. If anything I love Indie publishing more now than I did when I first decided to take that leap into the unknown. It’s been an amazing learning experience, but also one that it very personally rewarding. It has also allowed me to connect on a more personal level with my readers. Keep those emails coming, I love to hear from you!

So, what have I learned in the past two years? Well, I now know how to put the whole book together, rather than just sending the book content to my publisher. Because I am now the publisher as well as the author. I choose the publication date, and the cover picture, how that cover is going to look, and all of the content, front, back, and sideways. I also decide what series I am going to write, and how many books will be in that series. I’ve also become adept on social media—something I never thought I would be. I’ve learned how to market my books, with blogs and interviews, and special ad campaigns for promo on book deals, and Free books. Talking of which, the first book in my Regency Unlaced series, THE DUKE’S MISTRESS, is now FREE.
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I obviously have a great team to help me with all of this. My son Josh is my PR guy—couldn’t manage without him. My son Matt is my formatter—ditto. My US editor, Linda, and US copyeditor, Kim, are just wonderful. And then there’s the amazingly talented, Jo, also in the US, who designs my covers, memes, and website.

Which means, I may have the final say in all those things, but this past 2 years I’ve also learned how to delegate!

I look forward to sharing many more of my Indie books with you in the coming months and years.

As always, the stories in my Regency Unlaced, Knight Security, and Alpha series are all romances with a dash of suspense and/or danger. They are also more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!

About Carole Mortimer

Carole Mortimer

Carole Mortimer has written 220 books in the contemporary and Regency romance genres. She is 2015 Recipient of the prestigious Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award. A USA Today Bestselling Author. Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author—ever. 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance. In 2012 Carole was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her ‘outstanding service to literature’.

She is very happily married to Peter, they have 6 sons, and live on the beautiful Isle of Man.

Dangerous Dukes | Alpha and Omega | ALPHA by Carole Mortimer | Brides of Belles Montagnes | Knight Security | Regency Unlaced

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CAPTURING CALEB by Carole Mortimer

Knight Security #3

Capturing Caleb

Caleb Knight’s nephew wasn’t alone when he was kidnapped three months ago, his young Spanish nanny was with him. They have Daniel back now, but Magdalena Roig is still missing. Caleb is ex-army, and he knows what it’s like to be held prisoner and tortured, and he still lives his life by the code “no one gets left behind”. Whatever it takes, however long it takes, he will find Magdalena and bring her home.

Lena has no idea how she’s going to escape from the island where she’s being held captive. The one thing she refuses to do is become a victim. She’s a fighter, and she’s determined to get away from the man who says she now belongs to him. No matter what she has to do, however long it takes, she will escape.

When the powerful Russian, Dimitri Volkov, arrives as a guest on the island, Lena finds herself drawn to this scarred and dangerous man in a way she’s never been attracted before.

Dare she trust Dimitri, when he claims not to be who she thinks he is? Or is this just a trap to ensure her compliance when her ‘owner’ orders her to share the Russian’s bed for the duration of his stay on the island?

Romance Suspense | Romance Contemporary [Author Self-Published, On Sale: November 30, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 2940153736815 / eISBN: 9781910597392]

THE DUKE’S MISTRESS by Carole Mortimer

Regency Unlaced #1

The Duke's Mistress

The young widow Lady Dorothea Fitzroy is bored with her life. Most especially so with her role as mistress of her brother’s household, and the endless round of society engagements this forces her to endure.

What Thea so badly needs is a secret and passionate lover, to become mistress of another kind entirely, and so add excitement and spice into her humdrum life. But where is she to find this handsome and inexhaustible gentleman?

Julian Remington, the arrogant and haughty 17th Duke of Blackmoor has no interest in finding a mistress for his bedroom or his home. He’s jaded, cynical, and distrustful when it comes to women. One woman, a woman from his past, has caused too much grief in his life for him to ever trust another.

Thea and Julian are about to be caught up in a passion for each other that blazes so fiercely, and so out of control, it is beyond the power of either of them to resist. The Duke’s Mistress is the story of an arrogant duke and an adventurous young widow, caught up in their insatiable desire for each other, the vengeful woman who would like nothing better than to see Blackmoor suffer as she has suffered, and believes Thea Fitzroy to be the means by which she will achieve it.

Author’s Note: The stories in the Regency Unlaced series are steaming hot and the language sometimes explicit.

Romance Historical [Author Self-Published, On Sale: November 1, 2015, e-Book, ISBN: 2940152350319 / eISBN: 9781910597132]

 

Joanne Dannon | Every Heroine is Different

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.” William Cowper.

Recently I read a post about readers liking their heroines to be strong and decisive and this got me thinking about the heroines I write.

I spend a lot of time in creating my characters and ensure they are unique and special in their own right. They all look different, have particular personalities but they’re not all strong or wilful. Why? Because then they’d all be the same, it would be boring.

When reading a romance, you want to be swept away in the journey between the hero and heroine. They help each other to develop and grow (the character arc) so that they are different at the end of the book to how they were at the beginning of the book.

My most popular heroine is Daisy in WANTING MR RIGHT and I believe it’s because she’s sassy, upfront about her sexual desires and her ability to talk straight from the mouth. She’s strong and wilful and definitely not your average woman. I suspect women would like to be her but in reality, not all of us can be blessed with slim bodies, six foot height and have the beauty to be a super model. She may look like she’s got it all but in reality, she doesn’t. Daisy is beautiful but can’t find a man who’ll like her for her, rather than her looks.

In TOGETHER AT LAST, Amielle, has lost her confidence after a hit and run accident. She’s lucky to be alive but has lost her job working for a superstar, is recovering from a broken leg and wrist, and is now living back with her parents. She may be sooky but wouldn’t you after your dream job was snatched away?

Unlike Daisy who’s happy to have a friend “with benefits”, Amielle, is not like that. For her, sex is special and she only wants to make love with some one she trusts and values.

Whilst most readers have loved TOGETHER AT LAST, a couple of readers have commented that Amielle is naïve and immature for a twenty-six year old and perhaps she is. But then, we’re not all alike. Our unique and differing, childhoods and life experiences define us into who we are.

AN UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY features two reads that are clean romances with a splash of faith, and perfect to enjoy during the holidays. Although each novella is half the size of my regular novels, I still spent the same time in creating my heroines, Kiara and Lisa.

They’ve each had life-changing experiences and find love whilst on vacation, when they least expect it. I loved writing these books and I hope you will enjoy reading them.

About Joanne Dannon

Joanne Dannon

Joanne Dannon, an Australian author, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family.

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AN UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY by Joanne Dannon

An Unforgettable Holiday

Heart warming holiday reads with a splash of faith. Give yourself the gift of love with these romances that will fill your heart with the magic of the holiday spirit.

When falling in love isn’t as easy as falling in love.

A Magical Christmas In Jerusalem

Australian project manager Kiara Lonsdale is career focussed and determined to provide and care for the grandmother who raised her. Taking time off work to vacation has never been high on her agenda, but this year she’s made an exception. She’s helping her gran fulfil a life-long dream by accompanying her on a Christmas to the Holy Land tour.

Jacques Lenoir and his extended family run tours in Israel and he’s committed to their business. Jacques feels responsible for his grandparents’ welfare since they risked their lives, and others’, as operatives in the French Resistance, during the War.

But over romantic dinners in the desert, camel rides, and mud baths at the Dead Sea, sparks fly between Kiara and Jacques. Will this only be a holiday romance or will a touch of Christmas magic make it last a lifetime?

A Magical Chanukah in New York

Lisa Sassoon has shunned the scandal of her loser-ex cheating on her by escaping to New York. Instead of sightseeing, she’s become a recluse focusing on helping the less fortunate at a homeless shelter.

Gabe Olivari, entrepreneur and savvy business New Yorker, can’t let go of the pain of losing his best friend. So caught up in his own grief and believing he doesn’t deserve to be happy, he compensates by pushing everyone close to him away.

But when Lisa and Gabe meet, there is an instant connection that forces them to question not only their behaviours but their aspirations.

Can a dash of Chanukah magic help Lisa and Gabe realise that sparkling dates and dreamy kisses can lead to more? Perhaps even a lifetime of happiness?

Holiday | Romance Contemporary | Novella / Short Story [On Sale: November 25, 2016, e-Book, / ]

A Note from Amelia Grey

Dear Readers,

It may be summer warm in Florida, but it feels like Christmas to me! I’m hearing jingle bells and ho, ho, ho. There’s a hint of cedar, pine, and wood smoke drifting through the air. Houses are decorated with the welcoming warmth of colorful Christmas lights, and it’s the perfect time to announce the publication of my second Christmas novella Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis.

When most people hear the word Christmas they think of kids, snow, and gifts. Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis has all three and a whole lot more wrapped up in an emotional love story between a serious-minded gentleman and a fun-loving heroine.

Here’s a short summary of the novella Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis.

The Marquis of Wythebury is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven-year-old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have even been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching she is, he can’t pursue her…for she is the sister of his best friend.

Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two boys visiting Hurst can’t play outside until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and handsome Marquis how to play.

MISTLETOE, MISCHIEF, AND THE MARQUIS by Amelia Grey

Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis

The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.

Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.

Romance Historical | Holiday | Novella / Short Story [Swerve, On Sale: November 29, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781250141170 / eISBN: 9781250141170]

Excerpt from:

Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis.

After the Marquis turned away, Lillian didn’t have time to consider whether her thought was a good idea. She just knew she had to do it.

Quickly.

Shivering as much from her plan as the cold, she bent down and scooped a double hand full of snow, pressed it quickly into a ball and hurled it at the Marquis. She hit him right between the shoulder blades.

He stopped and turned around so slowly that for an instant she regretted her rash impulse. Expecting his expression to be furious, relief blasted through her as she was met with an amused look of disbelief. Her courage returned.

Lord Wythebury started walking toward her. The closer he came, the wider his shoulders appeared to be. He didn’t stop until he was toe-to-toe with her.

His head bent close to her face, sending chills of anticipation rippling through her.

Quietly, calmly, he said, “Did you just hit me with a ball of snow?”

Intensely aware of everything about him, her first thought was to deny it but that wouldn’t get her very far. There was no one else around. Now that she’d dealt herself this hand, she had no choice but to play it. Her action was daring, maybe even foolish, but she couldn’t win if she was afraid to make the first move.

“I’m issuing a challenge to you, my lord.”

“That was an odd way to get my attention when you could have simply spoken my name, but I’m listening.”

“A snow ball fight.”

Breathlessly, she waited while his gaze intimately explored her face. “That’s a rather fearless challenge from a young lady.”

It was. And she had no idea where she’d gotten the nerve to issue it. However, to him she promptly said, “Perhaps, but nevertheless, I’m confident I can win.”

A faint flicker of admiration flashed across his eyes. “Are you now? I don’t believe I’ve ever had a lady issue a challenge to me that would test her physical abilities against mine. For all your bravado and confidence, you do realize that I can throw much harder and faster than you.”

“You’re probably more accurate, too,” she admitted.

“I’m glad you realize that. Now, do you want to change your mind about the challenge, or are you prepared to lose?”

“Neither,” she said backing away from him. “I aim to win.”

“All right,” he said. “I accept.”

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Julie Anne Long | Finding the Perfect Songs for WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK

Julie Anne Long’s latest novel WILD AT WHISKEY CREEK releases today. To make the characters feel real, Long spent time curating the perfect playlist to inspire
her writing. She stopped by Fresh Fiction to share her secrets.

Long, Long Time — Linda Ronstadt

We first meet Glory at an open Mic night in HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, and this is the song she riveted the audience with…and walked out in the middle of…when she saw Eli standing in the doorway. We learn in Wild at Whiskey Creek that this is the first time they’d seen each other in nearly a year. She knows this beautiful song of unrequited love is one of Glenn Harwood’s favorites, and she loves to make crusty Glenn cry.

Hey Hey What Can I Do — Led Zeppelin

Pivotal to the story, this Led Zeppelin song is a bit of a paradox—enormously
popular on FM radio, it was the flipside of The Immigrant Song but never
appeared on any album, so it’s nearly impossible to buy it or own it. It’s the
White Whale for many Led Zeppelin fans. Glory catches Eli singing this off key
at the top of his lungs in his car when they were teenagers, and she teases him;
she stealthily learned it so she could play it at his seventeenth birthday
party, a pivotal moment in both of their lives, the moment when everything
clicks into place—and complicates everything. Metaphorically, the 45 of the song
is rare and elusive as their love for each other.

Son of a Preacher Man — Dusty Springfield

Glory opens Open Mic night (hereinafter known as the Night of the Riot) with the
smoky-voiced Dusty Springfield classic; it’s perfect for Glory’s voice, too, and
she funks it up just a little bit more to get the audience’s toes tapping right
away.

Me and Bobby McGee — Janis Joplin

One of little Annelise Harwood’s favorites (“I like songs about boys” ), a wry,
wistful Janis classic of lost love, which is when Glory begins to realize her
open mic set has kind of a theme.

Ode to Billy Joe — Bobbie Gentry

The haunted, mesmerizing, sort of southern gothic Bobbie Gentry classic is also
perfect for Glory’s voice—and it’s a song full of secrets about a woman
absorbing a devastating, secret heartbreak in the context of the everyday and
mundane. The parallels to her own life are hardly lost on Glory.

Songbird — Fleetwood Mac

At open mic night, she decides her goal is to make her audience cry, and this
achingly beautiful love song can reduce cynics to puddles. She sang this the
night they took Eli’s father’s ashes down to the river, many years ago.

Your Time is Gonna Come — Led Zeppelin

Meaningful in more than one way, Glory’s launches her shot at fame at at The
Baby Owls show with this Led Zeppelin classic—it’s risky, but she knows if she
nails it, especially that intro, she’ll have the audience in the palm of her
hand. The song is all about lying and cheating and hurting and retribution.

She of course nails it. :)

Mercedes Benz — Janis Joplin

Glory dedicates this song to actor Franco Francone (in town to film on-location
scenes for television show The Rush), a witty barb aimed straight at
Eli—specifically because of the line about her friends driving Porsches. Franco
drives a Porsche, and Eli ticketed him for speeding. There’s no love lost
between the two men, particularly when Franco makes it clear he’s interested in
Glory.

Holly Holy — Neil Diamond

The slow-building anthem escalates into revival-meeting type fervor. It’s
perfect for her huge, expressive voice, and she both pulls the crowd in and
brings down the house.

South Central Rain — R.E.M.

She knows The Baby Owls. crowd will know this chiming classic with it’s soaring,
one-word lament of a refrain, and a line about the city on a river/lives a girl
without a dream.

Sweet Child of Mine — Guns n’ Roses

Beautiful, noisy, wistful, powerful, she pulls this wildcard out and delights
and surprises the crowd with an acoustic version.

Eli’s Comin’ — Three Dog Night

Written by Laura Nyro, Three Dog Night turned this into a huge hit, and it’s
basically all about a guy named Eli who’s hellbent on breaking your heart. It’s
emotional, a little wild, and a showcase for any singer who can send their voice
into the rafters and make a note scream or cry. Glory whips it out on impulse
when she sees Eli and Bethany together.

Go Your Own Way — Fleetwood Mac

Another not-so-coded message for Eli, this one is the ultimate breakup song,
full of pain, frustration, longing and rebellion.

About Julie Anne
Long

Julie Anne Long

San Francisco Bay Area native Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. She began her academic career as a Journalism major, until she realized Creative Writing was a better fit for her freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy. And when playing guitar in dank, sticky clubs
finally lost its “charm,” Julie realized she could incorporate all the best
things about being in a band-namely drama, passion and men with unruly hair-into novels, while also indulging her love of history and research.

Since then, her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Rita, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the Holt Medallion, Bookseller’s Best, and The Quills, and reviewers have been known to use words like “dazzling,” “brilliant,” and “impossible to put down” when describing them.

Pennyroyal Green | Hot in Hellcat Canyon

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Donna Michaels | Cowboy vs Military Hero

Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card

Hello, I’m thrilled to be here on Fresh Fiction and to talk to you about two of my favorite subjects: Cowboy Heroes, and Military Heroes. I write hot, humorous, heartwarming, contemporary romances, and nine times out of ten my hero is either a cowboy or military hero…or both.

When I’m asked which is my favorite to write I always answer with both. It’s way too hard to choose one over the other. I even made a long list of their attributes to help. Here are the top 4 of each:

Cowboys:

  1. Respectful. The cowboy heroes I write about are contemporary, but modeled after the John Wayne, Audie Murphy, Roy Roger cowboys of the big screen. They are righteous and live by a code of honor. Even when they go all alpha and my heroines knock them down a peg, they remain respectful.
  2. Loyal. Cowboys put family first, their women, their friends, sacrificing their needs to help those they care about.
  3. Swoon-worthy drawl. It doesn’t take much imagination on my part at all to hear the handsome cowboy in my head whisper, “Darlin’”, in a deep sexy tone to my heroine. It’s goose-bump city for me.
  4. Hard body. Muscles and ridges and V’s…oh my. Yes, my cowboys have ripped bodies from the all the physical work they do around the ranch, not a gym. My heroines happily reap the rewards.

Military Heroes:

  1. Respectful. The military heroes I write about are based on my husband (he’s fulltime National Guard) and other soldiers in his unit I’ve observed over the past *cough* three decades. They are polite, and have manners, and live by a code of honor. Even when they go all alpha and my heroines knock them down a peg, they remain respectful. (Sound familiar?)
  2. Loyal. Military heroes never leave a man behind. Always have your six (your back). It’s ingrained in them. They form tight brotherhoods with comrades, and it spills into their personal life with their families, friends…their women.
  3. Tattoos. Sure, there are cowboys that have them, but tattoos and service men kind of go hand-in-hand. The ones my military heroes sport always have a deeper meaning, and I enjoy peeling back the layers in his backstory to find out just what kind of tattoo I need to give him and why.
  4. Hard body. Muscles and ridges and V’s…oh my. These men are ripped. They have to be in order to carry out their orders, and even though most of my heroes are former military, they still have the hard bodies and muscle definition that turns my heroines stupid. In a good way. J

This list could keep going on and on, but I think you get the idea, and notice a lot of similarities. That’s why I can’t choose one over the other. They are very similar. And man, when I get to combine them? Doesn’t get any better than that to me.

In my new release, IN A RANGER’S ARMS, the first book in The Men of At-Ease Ranch series, my hero is a cowboy and former Army Ranger who owns a ranch with his brother and two former ranger buddies to help returning veterans transition back into society. It was a hoot to write, and I had a bit of fun throwing in a cow who has a crush on the hero and is less than friendly toward the heroine.

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Thanks for reading,

~Donna

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IN A RANGER’S ARMS by Donna Michaels

The Men of at Ease Ranch

In a Ranger's Arms

Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for sex. Since starting a company with his brother and two buddies, he’s had more important things on his mind. Like transitioning veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms—literally—his libido snaps to attention.

Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. Her challenge? Sell gluten-free, vegan food—in the middle of cattle country, Texas. It’s a tough task, but not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Before she knows it, Jovy’s tangling sheets with the hot cowboy, stalked by a jealous cow, and strategizing ways to help Stone’s ranch. But by the time her lease runs out and the test is over, she’s faced with a new challenge…competing against Stone’s sense of duty to win his heart.

Romance Western | Romance Contemporary [Entangled Lovestruck, On Sale: November 28, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781633757653 / eISBN: 9781633757653]

About Donna Michaels

Donna Michaels

It’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me when I was little and sparked my imagination. Now, my mind is the limit, and believe me, there’s no limit to my mind. Hello, I’m Donna Michaels, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Award winning author of Romaginative fiction. I write romance through the H’s—Hot, Humorous, Heartwarming reads with strong alpha cowboys and military men who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military fulltime, and a household of nine, and several rescued cats, I never run out of material. From short to epic, my books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation.

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