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The Hostage
by Carolyn Wren | Interview

Q: THE HOSTAGE is book 4 of The Protectors series. What's the inspiration behind this series? What is the common thread among all the books?
I've always loved spy stories. I particularly love the UK TV series Spooks, and the original Canadian TV version of La Femme Nikita. When I thought about spies, or covert operatives, I wondered what it would be like to live a life where everything is a secret. I took the next step and wondered how such...
Nuworld: Claiming Tara
by Laurie Fitzgerald | Interview

Q: CLAIMING TARA is your first book in the Nuworld series. What's your inspiration for this series?
I actually wrote the NUWORLD Series (six books) over twenty years ago before I was published. At the time I was reading every romance book I could get my hands on. I kept looking for something more in the books. I wanted my hero and heroine to be more daring, more aggressive with each other. I had a...
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...
Secrets: Bluegrass Homecoming
On sale for 99 cents at ebook retailers! Kelly's kept her secret all these years. But sometimes the only way to build a future is to face the past. Get the FREE Prequel too! Would marrying Howard be the trap Grace fears? Finish up with book 3 -- Nom de Plume When the dream of happily-ever-after is shattered, sometimes another door opens.
New Release: The Weight Of Madness
New TODAY! Sophia Grace is no stranger to loving someone who doesn't recognize her most days. Her Grandma Eve has Alzheimer's, and showing up day after day to let the sunshine in is all she can do about it. Lance Rivers has his own complications, and surely Sophia can't cure him either, despite her best efforts. No amount of reason can convince him he's capable of loving a girl like her – though perhaps logic has little to do with it. Maybe pure, uncomplicated love isn't made of rational thought. Perhaps real love is only made of madness.
Intrigues And Heartbreaks
Four traditional Regencies from British best-selling authors. His Auction Prize - Elizabeth Bailey A Lord in Disguise - Fenella J Miller Divided Loyalties - Wendy Soliman A Bride for the Bladesmith - Melinda Hammond
Club Fantasy
Do you have dark, secret desires? Wants and needs that the average guy just can't fulfil for you? Do you want to be swept off your feet by an alpha male with a firm hand and a dominant aura? A man you know you can trust but who is otherwise a mystery? Do you want to fly? Then visit Club Fantasy, where an unusual card game can lead to all kinds of satisfaction… Publisher's Note: This delicious anthology from USA Today bestselling author Desiree Holt contains five toe-curling tales which take place in an adults-only club. It contains explicit scenes and elements of power exchange.
New Medieval Novella
Rise of de Wolfe is part of Kathryn Le Veque's World of de Wolfe Pack and a prequel to Alexa Aston's best-selling medieval romance series The Knights of Honor. After years of serving as lady-in-waiting to the queen, Lady Elia de Wolfe yearns to return to her family, only to learn her father plans to keep her far from the border wars with Scotland. Convincing Lord Ferand de Montfort to escort her home, they leave London for Northumberland. Elia soon finds herself torn between wishing to remain with her family and her growing attraction to Ferand, who seeks a new bride after his young wife and son died in childbirth. Should Elia choose family—or risk everything for love?
99 Cent Medieval Romance Boxed Set
Start Alexa Aston's best-selling Knights of Honor series with this limited edition boxed set. Included are Books 1-3 in the series: Word of Honor, Marked by Honor, and Code of Honor.
Colorado Golden Sunrise
Can single mom Kelly find romance in the small Colorado Mountain town of Peakview, Colorado with the handsome EMT, Jake, or will her ex stand in her way? Come home to Peakview where everyone has the chance at love.
Battle Lines (two Spirit Ranch 1)
[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Cowboy Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA] On his return home after fifteen years serving in the military, Joe unearths a whole world of surprising revelations. His new neighbour, the sizzlingly sexy Aaron arrives, sending his libido into overdrive. A young runaway, David, has escaped from a vicious cult who kidnaps young teens for profit…then shows Joe there is another reason for the cult's interest—he's a feline shape shifter. Unconcerned about the startling introduction to this strange new world, Joe is more interested in stopping the cult in its tracks—and ensuring it doesn't rise again. Bringing in his former squad of highly-trained soldiers, battle lines are drawn, strategy decided—and the fight is on. Then, as they come a-calling, Joe accidentally unleashes his more…furry side and discovers that the delectable Aaron is his life-mate…ready for the claiming—a challenge he has no problem rising to! (Author's note: This is the first in a three series saga. Two Spirit Ranch, then Spirit of Sage, then Warriors of Sage are all linked. Best to read Two Spirit Ranch series first, to get the back story.
Can You Hack It?
Coming February 8! Pre-order Hacking IT by Kimberly Dean Independent software developer Kylie Grant is on top of her game in the world of IT. She has loyal clients, a good reputation, and a prestigious membership in technology giant Afire Industries' small business accelerator. Things are going well until she stumbles across an innocuous issue with the lighting in the building where she rents space. When she digs into the problem, she discovers something unexpected—a hack. The incursion doesn't affect her, but Kylie leaves enough clues to fix the problem. That earns her a visit from Luke McAllister, Afire's chief security officer. Luke is handsome and rugged and everything that Kylie likes in a man, but she soon finds that he is blaming her for the security breach. Before long, the two are on a collision course, but also secretly looking at more than each other's digital footprints. When a fluke accident sends Kylie to the emergency room, Luke fears that the beautiful developer is in danger beyond the online world. Little does he know that she is also hiding a secret that threatens to jeopardize their now sizzling relationship. Can Kylie fix Afire's problems without falling victim to the hacker? And can Luke learn to trust her and keep her safe before their enemy strikes again?
New Release! Devil Take Me (a Demon Huntress Novel)
The fourth book of the exciting urban fantasy Demon Huntress series is available now! A demon attack… Reeling from a personal tragedy and abandoned by all she loves, the world's newest demon huntress, Gin Crawford, sinks into a deep despair. She's forced back to reality by news of a large number of people committing suicide, all on the same night. Suspecting demon involvement, Gin must work with her sexy but estranged mentor Aidan Smythe to track who, or what, is behind the deaths. Leads to a new discovery… As they come closer to finding the culprit, they realize their employer, the Agency, is hiding its own secret, one which threatens Gin's very existence. New discoveries reveal that even those dedicated to eradicating evil can be bought. Can Gin and Smythe forgive each other and work together or will they fall under the demon's thrall?
Coming March 6 Tempting Jane, The Rochester Sisterhood #1
A Southern Contemporary Series from Monica Burns Is It Combustible Heat Or Something More? When the perfect staffing storm hits Jane Rochester's temp agency, she winds up being Lincoln Chandler's assistant for a week. Jane doesn't do office romance, and her last relationship was one-sided. But one hot kiss from Lincoln changes everything. Now she has to decide if it's love at first sight or just a fiery physical attraction. Lincoln Chandler's been focused on building his real estate development firm into a Fortune 500 company. He wasn't looking for a relationship—particularly when his last girlfriend married Lincoln's biggest competitor and took proprietary information with her in the bargain. But Jane Rochester is an undeniable force of nature, and the heat between them might be more than just a few hot nights in the bedroom. READ FIRST THREE CHAPTERS — monicaburns.com/tempting-jane-excerpt ———————๑✿๑——————— PRAISE FOR TEMPTING JANE ———————๑✿๑——————— "...turns this office romance into something interesting and adds a terrific twist." — Night Owls Reviews ———————๑✿๑——————— PRAISE FOR MONICA BURNS ———————๑✿๑——————— "Delectably sensual…intensely emotional." — Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author "…The sex scenes are scorching, but the love between her hero and heroine is better." — RTBOOKReviews "Ms. Burns is masterful at escalating the sexual tension..." — Coffetime Romance "One of Monica's gifts with her writing is being able to provide the reader with the images without being bombarded with details nor causing you to want to skim sections." — Viviana Enchantress Of Books
Ward Off The Cold With A Cozy Mystery/sizzling Romance!
Can you spot the killer in this steamy whodunnit? When Veronica Campbell agrees to take her sister's place at a murder mystery weekend getaway, she has no idea what's in store. The events at the mountaintop lodge get off to a good start, especially when she meets Adam, the handsome man staying in the room next door. By the end of the first night, however, the role-playing games take a dark turn when one of the participants is killed for real. Violent storms and sabotaged cars trap the guests at the lodge with no escape. Frightened and surrounded by strangers, she not only has to stay on guard against the danger that lurks in every corner, but fight her attraction to her sexy neighbor. One by one, the murderer picks off each guest as the storm rages around them. The number of suspects grows smaller, and soon, the moment of truth arrives. Can she trust Adam, or has she wound up in the arms of a killer?
First Impressions By Jay Hogan (new Release)
A NZ M/M romance/suspense. Michael: Two years ago I made a mistake, a big one and then I threw in a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life big time but I made it through. I was lucky. Then I was given the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in Auckland, NZ, 'The City of Sails'. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to get my life back together. I grabbed it and packed my new set of golden rules with me. I don't do relationships. I don't do commitment. I don't do white picket fences. And I especially don't do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world. Josh: The only thing I know for certain about Dr. Michael Oliver is the guy is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I'd barely survived the last one of those in my life. Once was more than enough. The man might be gorgeous but my eleven-year-old daughter takes number one priority and I won't risk her being hurt, again. I'm a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain in the ass, bigoted parents. I don't have time for games. I don't have time for taking chances. I don't have time for more complications in my life. And I sure as hell don't have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is.
A Contemporary Fairytale Retelling
Can a poor American woman capture the heart of a selfish English lord in this fairy tale retelling?
$.99 Sale - Butterfly Serenade
She lives in an emotional prison, bound by a dark and painful past. He uses his gift for music to draw her into the light, giving her hope for a normal future and healing her with his unconditional love.
If You Only Knew (lovestruck #3)
World-renowned artist and successful New York City gallery art owner Stella Jennings has everything she could ever want, but she feels like life is passing her by. She's bored and stuck in a rut with no way out. But then one cold February night, she meets tattoo artist Kristi, who's more than willing to show her a good time without any promises.
Mystic Realms - 99¢ Preorder - 20 Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romances
From NYT, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. Come, step inside our realm. Allow the mysticism of romance in many shapes and forms fall over you like a veil of sweet, soothing, spine-tingling comfort.
Star Brides: Procured
Wrenched from her world by warship commander Dachar, can Anis learn to love him while learning how to live in his world? Regina, Coffee Time Romance: Star Brides: Procured by Ms. Manning is a well written alien abduction love story that I enjoyed reading very much. The world building is interesting and imaginative. The love scenes are highly sensual and erotic and I absolutely loved the "lidans" and no I will not tell you what that reference means, you will have to read the story to find out what they are! Available at Siren BookStrand Amazon and Barnes&Noble barnesandnoble.com/w/star-brides-pia-manning/1127259708?ean=9781640105911.
He's Worth Bending The Rules Just Once...
Jenna's made it a point to never go there with the many celebrities that cross her path at her work on a reality dance show. But when hottie Kadir shows up from Turkey with eyes that could melt snow, she second guesses her bottom line.
New 99c Release: Between The Pipes!
Only 99cents for Book 1 in a new Hockey Romance series! Sarah Jain is a family doctor in a hockey-crazy town. She hates hockey. She hasn't gone anywhere near a rink in years, until her friend, the team doctor, calls in a favour. Mike Wallace is the starting goalie for the Clarington Quakes, the local professional hockey team. He's not about to let an injury slow him down or a rookie doctor call the shots. Sarah and Mike don't respect each other's jobs. When they have to work together, sparks fly and ice melts. Can they play a game they both can win? Love on the ice doesn't always go smoothly. Between the Pipes (In the Game Hockey Romance, Book 1)
Legacy Of Lost Souls
[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA] Thomas Tyler Mattison was a Chicago detective, shot in the line of duty. Now an amputee, he heads to Two Spirit Ranch after an invitation from his ex-partner, Pace. He finds his old childhood friend, Cody Horton, all grown up, sexy as sin, and retired from life as an Army Ranger. Thomas has loved Cody since they were children, never imagining anything would ever come of it since he always thought Cody was into the fairer sex – how wrong he was! Their passion ignites in a hurry, as they deal with the aftermath of a cult's last vicious act – the destruction of the nearby town of Sage, Wyoming. Acting as construction foreman, Cody has the tough task of rebuilding a town destroyed by evil, rebuilding it on hope and the legacy of lost souls. Cody learns all about the art of man-love, with a man he'll love forever. (Author's note: This is the sequel to the Two Spirit Ranch series. Best to read Two Spirit first, then Spirit of Sage series).
Ten Years Too Late
It's been ten years since Zach Carter hit it big with his band and left Ellie in the dust. But now he's back to make her see that there's never been anyone but her.
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