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Archangel's Legion
by Nalini Singh | Interview

Editor's Note: In lieu of an interview, we have an excerpt and a note from author Nalini Singh on her characters and their developing relationship. Author's Note: I love romances, love the happy ever after, but quite often, I want to know more. Especially when there's a power imbalance between the couple--such as with my mortal hunter, Elena, and the immortal archangel, Raphael. For me, their coming together is only the start of the story. After all, Elena now has to adapt to a life different and far more lethal than anything she's ever before known. As for Raphael, he has to learn to deal with a lover who refuses to accept anything but an equal partnership--when as an archangel, he's used to power and to absolute control. No one challenges Raphael...except his consort, Elena. It's fascinating for me to watch them navigate that relationship, and I hope you feel the same way. For those of you who haven't yet started the series, please know that it is very much a romance, the focus on the exhilarating, sexy, and dangerous dance that is Elena and Raphael's relationship. But there's plenty of action too--how could it be otherwise when the heroine is a hunter and the hero an archangel? The following excerpt comes from chapter 2 of ARCHANGEL'S LEGION, when angels start falling inexplicably from the skies of Manhattan and into the Hudson River. If you'd like to read chapter 1 first, you can find it on my website: http://www.nalinisingh.com/legion.php Excerpt from Chapter 2 of Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh (Part of the Guild Hunter Series) "I have him!" she called out to Raphael as he came in, an angel in his arms. "He's not breathing, his back is broken, and his heart has stopped." Putting the lithely muscled angel on the clifftop, Raphael swept off, but his mind remained connected to her own. Tell Montgomery to take medical measures--the male is too young to survive otherwise. I will. Hauling one of the angel's thankfully unbroken arms over her shoulders--ignoring the conventional teachings about broken backs because this wasn't a mortal--she gritted her teeth and got to her feet. The victim's shattered body was soaked from his fall, his wings dead weight. It was as well that as a born hunter, she'd always been stronger than most humans. Her growing immortality had only cemented that strength. Still, she was glad to see Montgomery race out to take the angel's weight on the other side, neither one of them flinching as two birds hit their backs hard enough to bruise. "Medical measures," she managed to get out as they traversed the distance to the house as fast as possible; she hadn't known until now that there were any medical measures--at least of the ordinary kind--that could be applied to angels. More of the household staff, and a number of unaffected angels from other parts of the Enclave, ran or flew past them as they took the injured angel in through doors that led directly into the central core. The space that a couple of minutes earlier had been all shining wooden floors, an elegant statuette set against the wall, was now a temporary hospital. A young vampire Montgomery had taken on as his apprentice was throwing down large futons that must've come out of storage, and a slender angel--Sivya--who was normally in charge of the kitchens, was snapping open a large black leather bag that looked like an old-fashioned medical kit. As soon as they laid the angel on a futon, Sivya stabbed a large-bore needle directly into his heart and depressed the plunger. Elena had a thousand questions, but now wasn't the time to ask them, Montgomery beside her as they raced back out. When she saw wings of silver-blue rising into the air after dropping off a victim, she felt an intense sense of relief...mingled with horror as she realized exactly how many winged bodies floated in the murky waters of the Hudson. Another bird hit her as they ran, the beak carving a line down her face, but she shook it off and kept going. On their second trip inside, she heard a cough, saw the first angel they'd rescued retching on his side. His left wing and legs were mangled--but at least he was alive. Leaving their current charge in Sivya's hands, she ran back out with Montgomery at her side. It felt like an eternity, but she would later find out the actual hell of what came to be known as the Falling lasted five short minutes. Then the birds stopped dropping from the skies . . . and so did the angels. Copyright 2013 by Nalini Singh B:Thank you for sharing such a fascinating excerpt! Heads up!
That Pearly Drop
by Jianne Carlo | Interview

Q: THAT PEARLY DROP is the first book in the Murphy's Laws of Time Travel. The book sounds exciting from the blurb. Please tell us a little about this series. What's your inspiration?
My husband and I attended a wedding at Clearwell Castle in Wales, and on the plane ride over, I read Cristina Dodd's Only a Knight, a medieval romance set in Wales. The weather was perfect, the castle picturesque beyond description, and then one of the waiters told us the tale of The Mabinogh. Bingo!...
Drama Queens With Love Scenes
by Kevin Klehr | Interview

Q: Where did the inspiration for DRAMA QUEENS WITH LOVE SCENES come from?
Nearly ten years ago I was influenced by the rise in TV programs centred on the theme of death. Six Feet Under had begun, preceded by years of shows where a main character would die but stay around as a ghost to help other characters resolve their issues.

So I was tempted to reverse this idea, where...

Three Days on Mimosa Lane
by Anna DeStefano | Interview

Q: What was your inspiration for your bestselling, award-winning Seasons of the Heart series? How do the books in the series tie in together?
Believe it or not, these are my "anti-Desperate Housewives" books ;o) Hence the "Mimosa Lane" rather than "Wisteria Lane". I wanted to show what it's really like to live in a suburb of a large city like Atlanta--the heart and soul of the communities I've grown up in and around, and the lives of some...
Outtakes
by Tibby Armstrong | Interview

Q: This book features an established couple, Jeremy and Kit from Acting Out, a previous book in the series. What is it about that dynamic that captures your attention enough to continue their story?
Well-drawn characters are dynamic. They change in response to circumstance. I knew when I finished writing Acting Out that the fame-train was going to barrel through both Kit and Jeremy's lives, for good and for bad. Like readers, I was curious about the aftermath and what these guys and their relationship...
The Sheik Retold
by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull | Interview

Q: Now, first up, what made you decide to re-tell this story by E.M. Hull? What inspired you?
The Sheik by E.M. Hull had been on my reading list for years, but it was only about six months ago, in discovering it free on Amazon, that I decided to finally read this highly controversial romance classic. When I finished the book, I had extremely mixed emotions. The main characters fascinated me,...
Over the Line
by Sierra Cartwright | Interview

Q: What was your inspiration for the Mastered series? Is there an overall series arc? Please tell us more about the series.
A strong, vibrant alpha male always makes my heart race. Of course, to me, part of what makes an alpha male so delicious is his manners. He's going to be relentless in who he is and going after what he wants (our heroine!), but he's always worthy of respect.

The Mastered series has six delicious...

Byzantine Gold
by Chris Karlsen | Interview

Q: BYZANTINE GOLD is the second book in the series. Where did you get the inspiration for this series?
I love history (certain eras and regions). I also love the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean area. I wanted to build stories that included both. My heroine, Charlotte gets to be a nautical archaeologist who works shipwrecks in the Aegean and Mediterranean. I can live my loves through her : )

Her Sister
by Karen Rose Smith | Interview

Q: How did you come up with the idea for HER SISTER?
Family relationships are usually a theme in my books. I thought about everything that can disrupt a family. Losing a child has to be the worst kind of trauma. Beyond that, the not knowing if a child is alive or dead has to be soul tearing. I wanted the book to be different from suspense so I played...
Selling Out
by Amber Lin | Interview

Q: Let me just get this out of the way: how does it feel to be an ole' pro as a writer? The last time you were here, you were talking about your first published work. Now your second full length novel is published.
I'm not sure I'm a pro yet, but truthfully it blows my mind to have my books published. Doing something that I love, getting to share my characters with my readers, creating something out of nothing--being an author is a trip, that's for sure : )

Destiny's Shadow
by Ann Gimpel | Interview

Q: Thank you! : ) How did you come up with the idea for DESTINY'S SHADOW?
I've spent a great deal of my life with a pack on my back traipsing through the Sierra backcountry in every season. Those hours have been mostly "alone" time since backcountry travelers usually have their own pace. Stories always ran around in my head during backcountry trips. A few years ago, I did...
Love Gone to the Dogs
by Margaret Daley | Interview

Q: What inspired you to write LOVE GONE TO THE DOGS?
I wanted to write a story where two dogs play matchmaker. I've used matchmakers before but never of the animal variety.

Sonata
by Blair McDowell | Interview

Q: First of all, SONATA depicts the romance between Sayuri and Michael, but there's also a mystery involved. What made you write a mystery? What is it about the genre that interests you?
Mysteries are among my favourite books to read. I love Donna Leon's series featuring Venetian detective, Guido Brunetti, and Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano books. But I love a good romance as well. I'm a great fan of Nora Roberts who often combines mystery and romance. I like there to be both internal...
Her Ruined Reputation
Just 99 cents! Free with Kindle Unlimited. "How will I lie beside him at night and act like I'm falling in love with him? Last night it came easy, but now that I know what he's capable of, I fear for my life." A Princess, a maiden, and a madam. Princess Isabella: I desire to be queen. Marrying the handsome prince seemed a grand idea, Until I caught sight of him murdering his father. Now I must protect myself, my lady, and my reputation. Lady Hannah: I've made a deal with the devil, A duke no less. Worse I've fallen in love with him. There's no turning back. Madam Helene: A royal guard, a dangerous fire, and my drunken husband: A recipe for disaster. The royal guard cannot learn the truth, That I am the madam for a brothel…
The Discipline For A Lasting Marriage Series: Spend Time With Charlie And Lydia, A Charming Wwii-era Dd Couple, As They Face Challenges In Their "spanking Marriage"
Charlie and Lydia Walters start out as a young, struggling couple in NYC in 1948, living in Hell's Kitchen and trying to make it as actors. In the first book in the series, "A Spanking for Lydia," they end up negotiating a "spanking marriage," after Lydia breaks a promise and walks home alone late at night one time too many through Hell's Kitchen. Over the course of the series -- "The Discipline for a Lasting Marriage Series" -- the two face numerous challenges together, as each of them grow and mature as people, and as their "spanking marriage" matures and evolves. Read along as they face the challenges of any young, struggling couple, then as Charlie's acting career blossoms and they become parents.
New Release Contemporary Western Romance
Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series #2 A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off FINDING KIMBER She's wary of her future. He's burdened by his past. Zachary (Zach) Bryson arrives in Arizona with hopes of leaving the ghosts from his past behind. Hired by a stranger to run a ranch, he meets the owner—a secretive woman with no ranching experience. He's seen her before, but she wasn't a redhead with green eyes. In their first encounter, she swept him off his feet without their exchanging a word. Why did she change her appearance? What secrets lay behind those heart-stopping eyes? Seeing this job as a challenge, he sticks around to tackle this hottie head-on. Kimber Sinclair is forced to flee her lush Oregon county for a small town in Arizona with sand, saguaros, and dusty cowboys. She settles in to live a lie—to discover the person behind her new identity while she mourns the death of Tressa Garnett—her given name at birth. However, keeping a distance from her ruggedly handsome, broad-shouldered, wise-cracking ranch foreman, isn't easy. She struggles daily to hide her secret from Zach who demands answers. By telling him the truth, his life could also be in danger. If trouble finds her, will she choose fight or flight? Can Zach set aside his own issues, or will his nightmares prevent him from doing what he was unknowingly hired to do?
A Gentleman's Bidding
What can a desperate lady of society do to save her family from financial ruin? Auction her virginity in London's most elite and notorious brothel.
Free For A Limited Time: The Power Of Peppermint
❆FREE until Midnight PST Saturday❆ The most wonderful time of the year? When Jamison Pritchett is roped into replacing the mall photographer at Santa's Village a week before Christmas, he's certain he'll be spending the holidays recovering from a nervous breakdown. A throng of sugar-frenzied kids might be enough to send this uptight photographer back into the darkroom permanently. Inappropriate thoughts about his far-too-attractive—and far-too-young—assistant aren't helping fight that urge to hide, either. For Noah Hawkins, adulting is a snap. Too bad relationships aren't. With his business temporarily closed for repairs, he's happy to help his sister out of a jam, even if the costume he's given to wear borders on obscene. Constantly being mistaken for a teenager is no treat either, especially when he discovers his temporary new co-worker is sexy as hell and 15 years his senior. Can Noah convince Jamison that age is just a number? Or will Jamison resist the gift Santa seems to be handing him on a platter?
Still Waters Run Deep In Wongan Creek...
When spray drift ruins his crop and throws his ability to hold on to the family farm into question, Harley Baker wants to confront his neighbour and shout his rage and worry to the sky. But arguments are tricky when the woman whose herbicides killed his crop is also the woman he's loved his whole life. Tameka Chalmers knows that her father's farming methods are outdated, inefficient, and even dangerous, so when Harley charges her with the loss of his livelihood, she can only accept the blame. There's so much she would like to do differently, but her father's rule is absolute and if she wants to keep working the farm she loves, she must do as she's told. But the simple action of speaking with Harley, the man she wants but can never have, starts an unexpected chain reaction of events that throw everything she's ever known into question: her past, her family, her life. Dark secrets come to light and when Tameka is injured in a house fire, she and Harley have one small chance to seize a lifetime of happiness, if only they are able to rise from the ashes and claim it.
Tiny Dancer, Dance Of Love, Book Two
Winner of Luminosity Publishing Readers Choice Award for Best Book 2016, Tiny Dancer is an erotic romance filled with emotional punch. At twenty-four, Samantha O'Brien scores her dream job as a dancer at the famous Moulin Rouge, only to arrive in Paris to find her well-laid plans in disarray. Fortuitously, Sam is rescued by the eccentric, tarot-card reading proprietress of Hotel Hollandaise, who cautions that Paris is for lovers, but not always love. As Sam launches into her new career, the show's super sexy, Sicilian stage director, Tony Di Falco reveals he is more than just a creative genius and hard taskmaster, leaving Sam to wonder whether secrets, specifically her own, are indeed best shared. Meeting Philippe Lacroix, a struggling, young artist in Montmartre saves Sam from imploding under the pressure. He introduces her to the city of love, captivating her with his angelic good looks and sensuous touch. Yet the mounting attraction intensifies between Samantha and her passionate nemesis Tony, and a tense, sexually-charged relationship threatens to overwhelm them both. But the show must go on. Filled with backstage bitchiness, tough rehearsals, a sprinkling of cocaine and the French addiction to cigarettes, Samantha grapples with her new life. Then without warning, Sam's destiny changes literally before her eyes and she finally discovers that even in the most romantic city of the world, you don't find love, love finds you.
Pieces Of Us
Pieces of Us …where light and dark come together in a beautiful mosaic. Like the pieces of a puzzle, both smooth and jagged, fitting together to create a beautiful picture, or a thousand snowflakes falling together against the blackest of nights, so, too, do The Nu Romantics come together to bring you a one-of-a-kind collection of art, poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. Written from the heart--or heartbreak-- of its creators, The Nu Romantics redefine romance. Delve into the minds and emotions of these romantics as word by word, piece by piece, they tear apart preconceived notions of the romantic and put them back together into a beautiful work of art they define as nu romanticism, where the romantic is found in life, love, pain, death, the unexplained, and everything in between. Pieces of Us is a collection of short stories, poetry, and flash fiction, encompassing nu romanticism across multiple themes: Hope and New Beginnings; Supernatural, Unexplained, and Horror; Erotic; Romantic; and Nostalgia, Longing, and Heartbreak. The Nu Romantics: Redefining Romance.
Mating Season
Available at Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes, and other booksellers. It's mating season on the arctic planet of Jensen, time for eligible men to winter with a potential spouse. In the past, Koll's enormous size and gruff disposition have scared off available women. When Shila literally falls into his arms, he hopes maybe this year will be different. Shila belongs to a race of shifters who are able to transform into enormous frost bears. She loves Koll's big body and sexy growl, and she understands the benefit of having a strong protector. With two male shifters stalking her, she needs Koll to keep her safe. But can he defeat the competition?
Spend New Year's On The Run!
Take-charge bodyguard Colin Munro's trial assignment is protecting a woman who has no intention of blindly following orders.
Shining Through/red Hot Russians 5
Dirty Dancing meets Olympic figure skating in this sweet and sexy sports romance The Biggest Season of her Career… America's sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can the Golden Girl let off a little steam without melting the ice? The Last Chance of His… Russia's bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more. Two Hearts on Thin Ice… Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice? At the Grenoble Winter Games, the torch isn't the only thing burning...
Thanksgiving Kindle Countdown Sale!
Autumn Reflections and October Winds will be .99 until November 27! Autumn Reflections: Dr. Autumn Hanson, a prestigious orthopedic surgeon, uses her busy professional life as a way to distract herself from the loneliness building inside her. When she became a single mother to Grayson, her seven-year-old son who wears superheroes on his leg braces, she vowed to give up those things to protect him, no matter how much she longed to share her life with someone. Kade Franco, a respected journalist in Cloquet, Minnesota, and the city's most eligible bachelor, has had his share of love's regrets. He could have any woman he wants, but he's waiting for his Lois Lane. Where he doesn't expect to find her is in the beautiful hazel eyes of the newest doctor in town. Autumn spent seven years building a wall around her heart, but she quickly discovers Kade's sexy chocolate eyes to be her kryptonite. She may be tough, but she's no match for her man of steel. Together, Kade and Gray will show her love never fails. October Winds: October Halloran left her past behind and found happiness in a tiny northern Minnesota town working at a local truck stop. At least she was happy, until Sheriff Jett Raven started asking questions she didn't want to answer. Jett didn't buy the story ‘Sarah Banks' sold the rest of the community. Smitten since the moment he first laid eyes on her, he knew she wasn't who she claimed to be. It wasn't until she stumbled across a dead body that he had a reason to dig into her past, and bring her into his home. Murdered truckers and attempted kidnappings lead October and Jett to the startling truth. With dozens of girls' lives on the line, it's up to October to discover who's after her and why. It's up to Jett to keep her alive.
Seven Rogues For Christmas
99 cents for a limited time!! Seven Rogues find the love of their lives in this historical holiday collection.
New Release
These heroines seek adventure and excitement, but they'll soon discover that risking their hearts is the greatest gamble of all. Six all new stories from some of today's hottest USA Today and bestselling authors of Regency romance!
Chasing Christmas
He certainly didn't ask Santa for a bride. . . Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world on a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin's nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married. Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that's exactly where she's at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she'd let him. A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only? Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.
Divine Gamble
As a girl, Maisy Macoubrie witnessed the murder of her beloved father. She's been running from the killer for fourteen years. If only she could provide a safe home for her and her son… but she'll never get rich dealing faro in saloons, with a cold-blooded killer on her trail. The Preacher never meant to become a gunman. Sometimes life deals a man a hard hand. Always alone, always hunted, he dreams of all he's been denied—peace, family, love. The moment Maisy and The Preacher meet, their lives change once more. United in battle against a powerful enemy, they fight side by side, but can they beat the odds they face? Is love worth the biggest gamble man has ever known?
Blade Of Darkness
Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians. Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception... and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan's arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings. Immortal Guardian Aidan O'Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don't trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan's brethren turning against him, so he can't help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together? "Another electrifying page-turner"—Heroes & Heartbreakers "I'm hooked!"—Reading Between the Wines Book Club "Amazing"—From the TBR Pile "Unbelievably funny"—I Smell Sheep "So much awesomeness"—The jeep Diva "Great action and romance"
Small Changes
Melanie Daniels is back home, reconnecting with friends and taking over the family business. She's content even if there isn't that one special person in her life. Then she sees the man of her dreams stalking toward her. Jonah Sanders and his daughter have been on the run for nearly two years. It's time to regroup and rest. He doesn't know what has drawn him to this small town but he's learned to live by his instincts. So why does the woman next door override his instincts and cause him to think of a life he can't chance?
High Test
Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the "no relation" part to himself when he meets dashing, older Neal Kirchner, a successful architect from an old-money family. Hayden doesn't exactly lie, but he figures it can't hurt for Neal to believe he's a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn't want Neal thinking he's a gold digger. The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it's all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.
The Knight Before Christmas
He lived to serve her….. As Sir Luke prepared to spend another Yuletide holiday at the side of Lady Evelina—the woman that he as a knight has pledged and vowed to protect—he approaches the festivity with a bittersweet feeling. It seems he has fallen deeply in love with his lady, a strong and brilliant woman now pledged to marry another man. Yet when her foolish fiancée breaks their engagement on the eve of Christmas, Luke seeks to comfort the defiant Evelina with the ultimate gift; the gift of his love, his respect, his heart…and, on that very night, his body….
Out Now
Tragedy brought them together. Love will forge them like steel. The last thing Benny expected was to find himself in the middle of an active shooter event on campus. Canyondale University isn't the type of place he imagined becoming the center of such brutality. After getting shot in the thigh, he would've been dead if not for the SWAT member who rushed to his aid at the moment one of the gunmen was bent on finishing the job. An explosion of violence is a typical day for Wyatt. It's his job to charge headfirst into the worst situations. This time is different. Downed by several bullets and left for dead, he might not have made it out alive if not for an unlikely hero—a young college student named Benny. Now, Wyatt can't stay away from Benny. The man's dry wit and courageous heart has him mesmerized. Unfortunately, Wyatt's near-death experience has his ex seeing the light and wanting him back. Relationships built under such stressful circumstances aren't known to last, especially when meddling exes are involved. Thankfully for Wyatt, Benny isn't easily budged, and he's not giving up his knight without a fight.
Rejoice And Resist: Timely Tales Of The Final Draft Tavern
Follow the cat through time and space... Enjoy a drink in the Final Draft Tavern. Will you emerge in your own time? Or another? The Marchand family and their cat, Whiskey, guide rebels and dissenters, heroes and villains, artists and lovers backward and forward through time. Seven short stories of drama, women's fiction, historical fiction, time travel, paranormal, and romance unite our characters in resistance to tyranny and celebration of the right to speak truth to power.
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