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Lucky Charm
by Marie Astor | Interview

Q: What is the inspiration for LUCKY CHARM?
Romance is such a big part of women's lives - we spend so much time dreaming and worrying about finding that special someone, but when things do not go exactly as planned, we rely on our friends to help us through the tough times. I knew that I wanted to write a fun contemporary romance about the magical...
Romancing the Countess
by Ashley March | Interview

Q: ROMANCING THE COUNTESS is a truly unique and fabulous story by the fact that your hero and heroine were both tragically betrayed in their first marriages and had to see if they could take another chance on love with each other. Where did the idea or the inspiration come from to write this story about such an unusual couple?
I'm so glad you enjoyed the storyline! I would love to give you a truly romantic answer about getting the idea for ROMANCING THE COUNTESS one day on a trip to Paris, but the truth is I've never been to Paris (yet!), and I actually had the idea for such a concept a few years ago when I was working a...
Contentment
by Margaret Ethridge | Interview

Q: We're so glad you can make it, because we'd love to talk about this unique concept. A series that look at After Happily Ever! What inspired this particular series of books?
After Happily Ever is a new line created by Turquoise Morning Press to feature stories that take place after a couple rides off into the sunset. In other words, they are not your typical romance novels. I was very excited that CONTENTMENT was chosen to be the debut title for the AHE line because I believe...
The Empire
by Elizabeth Lang | Interview

Q: What is the inspiration for THE EMPIRE, the first in a trilogy?
My inspiration was the characters. I had been writing some short stories with this cast and I was having so much fun that I decided to expand them into a proper story.

The storyline came from a desire to explore the issue of the ends justifying the means and looking at it from various angles. In...

Running in Fear: Dragon's Den
by Trinity Blacio | Interview

Q: RUNNING IN FEAR: DRAGON'S DEN is book five in the Running in Fear Series. How did you come up with the concept for the series?
At first I had three books in my mind, but after, the three other characters kept popping up in my head. My fans kept asking for more stories and a greater plot formed to connect the other stories that wanted to be brought to life. So, for right now, I have at least three more planned maybe more, and...
His Country Cinderella
by Karen Rose Smith | Interview

Q: What inspired the series Montana Mavericks: Here Come the Texans series? What is the unifying theme?
The Montana Mavericks is a continuity series that is added to year after year. Harlequin comes up with the basic thread that weaves throughout all the books, the type of hero and heroine for each plot and a short summary of the kind of plot they'd like to see. Each author in the series creates a plot...
Devil
by Jianne Carlo | Interview

Q: DEVIANT DEVIL is quite the action-packed romantic suspense. What kind of research goes into planning those complicated ops you had in the story?
A ton - but it was so much fun. I purchased the Navy SEALS BUD/s Class 234 DVD and watched that a bunch of times--incredible and fascinating to see what these warriors must do to earn that trident. I read the following books:

The Warrior Elite - The Forging of SEAL class 228

Team Secrets of The...

One Good Reason
by Sarah Mayberry | Interview

Q: We know that heroine Gabby is Tyler's ex-girlfriend (from the previous book, The Last Goodbye) and hero Jon is Tyler's brother, but what gave you the inspiration to put these two characters together?
When I was writing the first scene with Gabby in TLG, even though I hadn't planned it when I outlined the book, I decided she should be Tyler's ex-girlfriend. I thought it would help shed light on his intimacy issues as well as give him a confidante. The more I wrote, however, the more I liked Gabby....
Shinobi, Book One: Concealed in Shadows
by Sessha Batto | Interview

Q: From where did you draw the inspiration for the Shinobi series?
I've studied martial arts and swordsmanship for many years, and I've always been intrigued by the conflict inherent in the martial code of honor. To me, ninja are the epitome of this conflict, assassins and spies who are loyal to their clans to the death. Trained to set aside their emotions, yet carrying...
A Fateful Wind
by Suzette Stone | Interview

Q: Where did you draw inspiration for A FATEFUL WIND?
I grew up in a tiny village on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, UK. As a child we would play around a defunct tin mine - dangerous I know - and I was always intrigued by the stories I would hear of miners leaving behind their families to seek their fortunes in Australia, America and Mexico. The village I lived...
Strong Arms of the Law
by Cerise DeLand | Interview

Q: STRONG ARMS OF THE LAW is a VERY hot read. There's no question about that, but it also has a great plot and interesting story. How did you come up with the idea for it?
Since moving to Texas, I have learned so much about this state and the people who live here. Because I grew up and lived always in large cities on the East Coast of the States as well as in Japan, I came to Texas very green about the West. But once here, I loved it. The people are innately funny. You...
Where There's Smoke
by Erosa Knowles | Interview

Q: What's this series all about? Please give us an overview. What is the central theme that binds all the books together?
The Men of 3X Construction series deals with life after prison, and how three men turned their lives around by taking classes in Michigan's Prison Build program. These men overcome great odds to own and operate a successful business, but someone is trying to ruin all their hard work. Each partner deals...
Absolution
by LJ DeLeon | Interview

Q: What is your Warriors for Light series all about? What is the common thing that binds all the books in this series?
The books in the series are about the eternal battle between good and evil, how most times life and the choices offered are shades of gray, and in each story how the brightest light, the one thing that heals wounds to the soul, is love. Without love, lust for power flourishes. With love, darkness is...
Be My Valentine Vol 1 Anthology
Be My Valentine A Love Africa Press Collection Volume One Genre: Contemporary Romance Life is beautiful especially when you're in love. Dive into these five hand-picked contemporary romance novellas and fall in love this Valentine's Day. Featured stories: Unexpected Love by Amaka Azie Bitter Sweet Symphony by Fiona Khan Golden Valentine by Nana Prah Boot Camp Seduction by Sable Rose Mr Hot Mocha Perfection by Empi Baryeh
His Inherited Princess by Empi Baryeh
India Saene, Princess of Bagumi, must enter a marriage alliance to save her kingdom from an economic crisis. Tragedy strikes when her husband of a few hours is killed in an accident on the way to their honeymoon. She recovers from a coma two weeks later to discover she has been inherited by her husband's younger brother! Sheikh Omar El Dansuri has never wanted to be king, nor does he desire a wife. However, when his older brother dies, he not only becomes the future king of Sudar, but he also inherits his brother's bride through an age-old tradition. Falling for the headstrong India is out of the question especially when evidence points to her as his brother's killer. Neither India nor Omar wanted this marriage, but the passion that burns between them cannot be denied. When India's secret is revealed, will either of them survive the consequences?
Four White Roses
NOW ONLY $1.99 for May! When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother's house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie's final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels. Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s. Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman's wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries surrounding them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other's arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?
Not You Again
Four blind dates in five days. What could go wrong? Becca Witherspoon suffers through one bad date after another, but it's the chance encounters with the one man who is NOT her dates that has her thinking about a new romance. Except she hasn't gotten past the old one yet. This sweet rom-com tells the story of a woman stuck in the past, and how meeting a series of Mr. Wrongs, plus one Mr. Right, sets her on a new path. One of healing, forgiveness, and new beginnings.
Under Starry Skies
NOW only $1.99 for May! Hired as the town's school teacher, Maria O'Donnell and her sister Abigail arrive in the Colorado Territory in 1875, only to find the uncle they were to stay with has been murdered. Rancher Tye Ashmore is content with life until he meets quiet and beautiful Maria. He falls in love at first sight, but her reluctance to jeopardize her teaching position by accepting his marriage proposal only makes him more determined to make her part of his life. When their lives are threatened by gunshots and a gunnysack of dangerous wildlife, Tye believes he is the target of an unknown enemy. Not until Maria receives written threats urging her to leave does she realize she is the target instead of the handsome rancher. With the help of Tye, Abigail, and a wily Indian called Two Bears, Maria works to uncover her uncle's killer and put aside her fears. But will she discover happiness and true love under Colorado's starry skies?
In His Keeping: Taken
Out of work and on the verge of being homeless, Sylvie Jenkins is desperate. Her desperation leads her to take a job with a reclusive writer living in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She's never heard of Connor Hudson, but the man is offering her room, board, and an extremely generous salary. How bad could he be? Sylvie is shocked to learn that she might not know who Connor Hudson is, but millions of readers do, scarfing up the books he writes under various pseudonyms. And Connor's not just a bestselling author. He's a billionaire entrepreneur whose publishing and media empires span the globe. Her new employer is a drop-dead gorgeous hunk, but he's also surly, dominating, and demanding. He's accustomed to being obeyed and kowtowed to, but he soon discovers that his feisty new assistant refuses to do either. Sylvie thinks he's an arrogant, condescending jackass! Connor is shocked that this little imp isn't cowed by his wealth, power, and position. That fascinates him. The alpha male in him is determined to have her…and her obedience and submission as well. Naive and nerdy, Sylvie mistakes sex for love. But Connor can't love her. He's keeping secrets: dark and dangerous secrets. The cops think he's a serial killer. The women in his past keep turning up dead. As the body count begins to rise, you can't help wonder…is he capable of murder?
Breaking All The Rules
Exciting news! Breaking All The Rules is going to be made into an interactive game! You get to choose what decisions Kate makes.... Until then, why not read the book? Available in paperback or ebook. Kate is getting married in a month. Richard, her fiancé, is a lawyer: rich, successful, and very good-looking. She's definitely in love with him. No doubt about that. So when Sam, a good friend and her high school crush, returns after eight years of traveling, she doesn't care. After all, he never actually asked her out, and then he went traveling without her, contrary to their plans. She only agrees to go to dinner with him in order to hear all his news, so why doesn't she tell him she's getting married? And is he still bothered by the tragedy eight years ago? Sometimes life just gets too complicated, and Kate finds she keeps having Very Bad Ideas, which lead to even more complications. Just three days before her wedding, she finds herself in a situation that demands the biggest decision of her life.
A Reluctant Attraction, Handymen 3
Contractor and Handymen host Nick Zorn needs a change. He's been feeling listless, and when his ex-girlfriend embarrasses him in a viral post by sharing private details of their sex life, he's downright ready to escape. When an opportunity to reinvent his career arises, Nick takes it, even though it might mean the end of Handymen. However, the team has one more project to tackle together first—a struggling cat sanctuary in dire need of renovation. When Nick arrives at the shelter and meets its owner, a lovely widow named Claire, his life is once more thrown into disarray. Neither of them is looking for a relationship, but the attraction is fierce. As he helps Claire fix her workplace, he realizes he wants to help her in other ways too. Their flirtation sizzles, flaring into a friends-with-benefits arrangement. But the more time they spend together, the more reluctant these ‘friends' become to fight their deepening connection, even though they know their inevitable break will devastate them…
Sleeping Dragon Stirs - $0.99!
Rogue Dragon Rising, part one in this epic fantasy serial trilogy romance, currently is FREE! As the day of her awakening nears, Amari Hawke struggles to control the beast inside her. Basking in the energy of the approaching Trinity moon, her animal's strength has increased to the point it can control Amari's mind and body. Fearing she is about to slip into madness, Amari is forced into a tough choice. In a desperate attempt to save Amari and her beast, Jaxon Blackthorn encourages his cadre, the men in his trusted circle, to establish mental links with her, but when his plans fail and Amari's animal exerts control, he must fight for the beautiful woman who is lost to her beast. Together, can Amari and Jaxon's developing bond for each other overcome the urges driving Amari's animal as they also thwart an unseen enemy vying to keep them apart?
How to Steal a Lyon's Fortune is NOW Available!!
Visitors to the Lyon's Den, run by the mysterious Mrs. Dove-Lyon, usually wish to find a spouse, but Audrey has quite another goal in mind. She needs help to secure an invitation to Lyon's masquerade, the annual event hosted by her once-stepfather, Vincent Lyon, so that she may retrieve the statue he stole from her late mother. Mrs. Dove-Lyon knows just the person to take Audrey to the ball, and shrewd matchmaker that she is, also sees an opportunity to help Lord Peter Dermott, who has been recommended to her as being in urgent need of a wife. When Peter meets Audrey, the attraction is instant, but she presents him with a huge dilemma. Her plan to take the statue is daring, and if it fails, his reputation will be ruined. However, if he walks away, he will most likely lose her, and the chance to make her his…
Hollywood Heartbreaker - Now Free on All Platforms
The 5 books in my contemporary romance series, HOLLYWOOD NAME GAME, are now available wide--and Book 1, HOLLYWOOD HEARTBREAKER, is perma-free! Being late to an interview lands her the biggest job opportunity of her life. He may be rich and successful—but he's just this side of miserable. Can a wannabe be The One for the biggest star in Hollywood? Cassie Carroll came to Hollywood with big dreams that never materialized. Acting isn't even on the back burner anymore—it's completely off the stove. Working for a third-rate agent, Cassie hopes to land a new job that will give her credibility, as well as help pay the rent. Late to her interview, she swerves to avoid hitting a dog—and totals the car of Hollywood's leading action superstar. Surprisingly, she walks away from their encounter with a job—as the sexiest man alive's personal assistant. Rhett Corrigan is bored with the movies he makes and the drop-dead gorgeous model he's dating. He's afraid that Hollywood has typecast him—and that he'll never be able to break out of his action mold and try new acting challenges. When Cassie Carroll literally slams into his life, she brings a breath of fresh air and common sense to his world. She pushes him to be a better actor and a better man. Can these friends become lovers—and can their love survive—in a tabloid-happy town that thrives on rumors and backstabbing? Hollywood Heartbreaker is the first book in the Hollywood Name Game series. Each book in the series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series order: Book 1 – Hollywood Heartbreaker Book 2 – Hollywood Flirt Book 3 – Hollywood Player Book 4 – Hollywood Double Book 5 – Hollywood Enigma
He will submit to no one but her
Ever since police Captain Marco DeWinter discovered Dr. Jasmine Jovanovich's secret life as a dominatrix, he has wanted to be on the receiving end of a set of handcuffs and feel the bite of her stiletto in his back as she makes him worship at her feet. Jasmine agrees to be his guide into the darker pleasures and is delighted when he dives in with the same enthusiasm as he does his police work. That is until he makes her question her "only at The Cavern" policy, and wants to blur the lines between her professional and personal life. When Jasmine is caught in the fallout of one of his cases, Marco must convince her that not only can she trust him to keep her body safe, but her heart as well.
Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye
Have you ever loved someone and didn't even know it? That's the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he's ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding. He who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully. Ebony can't believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he'd proposed but is now the adoring husband she's always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she's been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is.
Healing His Medic by Nana Prah
Doctor Comfort Djan is looking for salvation after a tragic accident, which takes her to deprived regions where her skills heal the helpless. Until Fate thrusts her as a medic on board a West African military coastal protection ship. Proving herself to the male-only crew is nothing compared to being near one intense naval officer who has her feeling something other than her survivor's guilt. Commander Akin Solarin wants nothing more than to do his job, especially when his medic's temporary replacement turns out to be a disconcerting woman who pushes all his buttons. He runs a tight ship, and doesn't need captivating and efficient yet aloof Comfort around to keep his heart-rate in semi-permanent overdrive. Neither can deny the attraction between them, but navigating uncharted personal waters may be the least of their problems when confronted with bold pirate attacks and other vicious unknown dangers onboard the frigate. And when Comfort's life gets on the line, Akin knows he will do anything to save his medic and heal her battered heart in the process.
His Defiant Princess by Nana Prah
Princess Amira Saene has always done the right thing when it came to her beloved Kingdom of Bagumi. Yet her unorthodox online relationship with a man across the sea has derailed her from cultural norms. After a year of communicating, the man she's developed feelings for comes to visit. Jake Pettersen never thought he'd meet the woman of his dreams, much less online. Flying thousands of miles to West Africa to meet her verifies that the feelings he's developed are real. Too bad her family doesn't think he's worthy of her. When Jake learns that Amira has been betrothed, he must decide whether to fight for her or accept the loss for the sake of her homeland. Is their happiness worth the devastation of her country?
Rogue Dragon Rising - FREE
"From the first page, I knew this was going to be a breathtaking fantasy romance." NN Light's Book Heaven Twenty-three year old, Amari Hawke, is thrust into the world of two-soul shifters when she is injured and kidnapped by trackers outside the veil, beyond the safety of her homeland. Unable to remember her past, she trusts no one and relies on instinct to survive. As her awakening approaches, the first time she will transition into her animal, she must evade rogue shifters trying to capture her. Now free from the King's Army, powerful dragon lord, Jaxon Blackthorn, seeks a peaceful life. Intent on building his lands into a viable plantation, away from war and bloodshed, he is reluctantly pulled back into the fight when he defends the mysterious shifter with no past against an unseen enemy. As evil threatens to destroy the entire realm, can the battle-hardened warrior and coming-of-age noblewoman accept their differences to forge an alliance that will ultimately unite the shifter nations?
Making Scandal by Kiru Taye
Sassy, successful Faith Brown has earned her place in the boardroom through hard work and sheer ambition. Making family is not on her agenda when there are businesses to develop and competitors to outdo. So when a casual affair with smooth and irresistible tycoon Mark Essien leads to an unplanned pregnancy, she's determined not to make the mistakes her mother made by living with a man just for the sake of her child. For Mark, personal matters have no place in the boardroom. Spotting the perfect opportunity, he ruthlessly launches a takeover bid for Faith's Investment Brokerage firm. Finding out he'll soon be a father, he knows he can't let the indomitable and sexy Faith go through with her plans of single parenthood. All gloves are off. He'll seduce her by any tactic necessary if it means his child doesn't suffer the same stigma he did as a child. With the media dogging their affairs in the boardroom and the bedroom, they find that making family is harder than making scandal.
Riding Rebel by Kiru Taye
Seen as the rebel Essien, Tony has always felt like an outsider. With a daredevil lifestyle, he's more at home in leathers than in a suit, and more likely to be seen gracing the red carpets at a movie premiere with a starlet draped on his arms than in a boardroom. Still, he's determined to prove himself to his family and build a successful movie business. Spotting Rita Dike at an event, he sees the potential star of his new movie and his next pleasure conquest. Rita is a journalist looking for her big break. When she inherits the journal of her late best friend who claims Tony is not an Essien, she spots the perfect scoop. Her acting classes come in handy when she has to pose as an actress to get closer to Tony. Succumbing to the charms of dark and brooding Tony might just be the only way to get through the close ranks of the Essien family. But as she gets closer to the truth, Rita risks losing the riding rebel who's raided her heart. Can love heal hearts or will deceit break them?
Gorgeous Scars, Aspen Gold: The Series Book 14
Pre-Order at only $1.99 until release on May 27th! ~ The rodeo never prepared this cowboy for bodyguard duty ~ Supermodel Harper Inez has it all—until a bullet to the brain steals her old life. Worse, the NYPD's top suspect is her fiancé, and she doesn't dare to trust a soul. Hiding from the world, she flees to an exclusive mountain resort located near an equine-assisted therapy facility. When an engaging cowboy invites her to lunch, she surprises herself by accepting. Professional tie-down roper Landon Macek's horse is injured, and his dream of a world championship is put on hold. While his mount recuperates, he takes a temp job training therapy horses. As a longtime Harper Inez fan, he's followed her shooting in the news and is stunned to recognize their mysterious VIP patient traveling under heavy security. Enchanted by the surprisingly kind and vulnerable woman, he can't help but fall in love, patiently waiting until she catches up to the idea. However, it becomes clear that her celebrity lifestyle collides with his modest rodeo roots. Landon would give his life for Harper, but does he love her enough to live in her world?
When Destiny Calls
Order now for June 1st release. From one crazy period in history to another. Whisked by some unseen force from the Covid-19 ridden world of 2020 in Australia, to an equally horrific time in the past, carer Chloe Simpson finds herself in North London during the Blitz of 1940. Could be that Chloe became too immersed in the stories related to her by Minnie, a woman in the Australian nursing home where she cares for elderly people? Stories about the dreadful days and nights endured during the Blitz. Engrossed in the stories surrounding photographs in 98-year-old Minnie Clacton's cherished album, back in time Chloe meets up with the young Minnie plus her own Great Great Grandmother Aggie. In the midst of an air raid, Chloe is discovered, wet and confused, by a man and his dog. A man and his canine companion who coincidentally appeared prominently in the photo album alongside the young Minnie and Aggie. Did Chloe simply answer the call of Destiny? "Tricia writes an intensely intriguing time travel that has you reading page after page to unravel the mystery of how Chloe, who lives in Australia in 2020, ends up in war torn London in the 1940's. It's a history; a love story; a family saga with past and present so carefully entwined you can't predict the ending."
Riding for Love
Eve Dayton, owner of a riding ranch, rose above her childhood past and overcame the emotional damage her boyfriend caused when he married another woman. When someone starts sabotaging her ranch, Eve is desperate to find the culprit before she loses everything. Is it a coincidence or is the return of Denton Johansen tied into the mystery? Divorced Denton Johanson returns to his hometown to help convict the embezzling controller of the family business. When he runs into Eve, he realizes his feelings for her are still strong to try and win her back. His fear of horses won't get in the way of his goal and decides the only way to be near Eve is to take riding lessons from her. Can he convince her that his love is real and he is not behind the mystery surrounding the ranch?
Reunited with her Daredevil Doc
An old flame… …a new beginning? Dana Warren almost doesn't recognize the man Dr. Travis Russell has become. He's far from the carefree guy she once spent an unforgettable summer with years ago as they trained to save lives and fight wildfires. Now an experienced smoke jumper, Dana must take the guarded doc through stunning but dangerous wilderness to reach a vulnerable patient—and take care not to lose her own scarred heart along the way…
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