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Tearing Down Walls
by Deanndra Hall | Interview

Q: TEARING DOWN WALLS is the second in the Love Under Construction series. Where did you get the inspiration for this series? What common thread connects the books?
I'm a Kentucky native, so Louisville was a great setting. I'd had Nikki in my head for at least twelve years and I knew her background but I'd never had a story for her. And I'd gotten tired of the "billionaire and shop girl" premise so common in romance. I wanted real guys, guys who worked hard and...
Rebel Love
by Scarlett Scott | Interview

Q: REBEL LOVE is the second in the Heart's Temptation series. What's your inspiration for this series? What common element holds the series together? What is this series about?
This series was inspired by a book I found years ago at a library sale. I read it and became hooked on the late 19th century--it was an age of tremendous change, fascinating people and beautiful fashion. I knew I had to write a series set in that time period, and that's how Heart's Temptation was born....
Dragon Maid
by Ann Gimpel | Interview

Q: DRAGON MAID is the second in the Dragon Lore series. When you started this series, did you already have a clear vision of the books and characters you wanted to write about? Or did that evolve over time?
I had a clear vision of the key plot lines for the series, of Kheladin waking in his cave and his bonded mage, Lachlan. I also envisioned Maggie, Lachlan's mate. (Read more about To Love a Highland Dragon, Dragon Lore #1). I knew the series would have three books and roughly what would be in each, but...
A Kiss of Lies
by Bronwen Evans | Interview

Q: A KISS OF LIES is the first in a new Regency series entitled Disgraced Lords. What's your inspiration for this series? What is this series about?
One night, I was catching up friends I went to university with for drinks, and I suddenly thought about the friendships forged through the education system. In the Regency era, I wondered if Lords sent away to school formed strong bonds. I'm sure they did, as it's only human. Six men sprang to mind--Christian,...
The Boys of Summer
by Sarah Madison | Interview

Q: What is your inspiration for this story?
First let me say how delighted I am to be here and what wonderful questions these are! You're really giving me a chance to tell you why I love this story so much and that's always fun for me!

It all started when I decided I wanted to write a story about two men of extremely different personalities...

Cast Off
by KC Burn | Interview

Q: CAST OFF is book 3 in the Toronto Tales series. What was the inspiration for this series? Please tell us more about it.
I usually envision scenes mid-book, and I have to figure out how to wrestle them into a story. For this series, I had two reference points. Although in the books neither ended up exactly as I envisioned, I saw a cop (Kurt) going to inform the family of another cop's death, and unexpectedly finding a...
From Ice Wagon to Club House: The Life of Jude Mooney
by Viola Russell | Interview

Q: What inspired you to write this book?
The Prohibition Era has always fascinated me. My father actually bootlegged in the 1930's. Like many people in New Orleans during that time, my father Sam and his family were dirt poor. His first wife died of tuberculosis during that time, and my dad decided his family wouldn't starve. He'd do what...
To Love a Highland Dragon
by Ann Gimpel | Interview

Q: TO LOVE A HIGHLAND DRAGON is the first in a new series entitled Dragon Lore. What's your inspiration for this series? What is this series about?
Where does anyone's inspiration come from? One summer day, I was sitting in my computer chair, staring at a blank screen, with a bunch of should running around in my head. I have a number of series books and all the series needed tending--and more books. What came to me was the first scene from TO LOVE...
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: 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...

Time Travel Romace
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Missing Innocence
Born with a disfigured right arm, Sally York longs to spread her wings and fly from her over-protective father and grandfather. Because of her antagonistic, teasing older sister, Sally stutters when nervous, making a job in the public eye impossible. Moving away from her family's horse ranch to start a flower-growing business takes everything she has – emotionally and physically. When her life becomes endangered with the arrival of unusual packages to her greenhouse, can the mysterious Nathan Moon help her, or is he the one she needs to run from? Undercover FBI agent, Nathan Moon, is sent to discover how and where drugs are arriving in Chandler County. With no plans for romance, meeting Sally sets him on his heels. His investigation takes him in a direction he wishes he didn't want to go. Is the shy, reserved, lovely Sally part of the drug ring? Can Sally and Nathan overcome their distrust of each other and find the real culprits?
Life Sucks After You Die
What do you get when you mix an incubus bite with a vampire bite? A shitastrophe. All I wanted to do was go to a bar and drown my sorrows in some alcohol, but I had to get attacked by an incubus. Now I'm being guarded by a hunky but oh so irritating vampire (who bit me too) while the incubus stalks me. Being guarded by the sexy vampire probably wouldn't be that bad if not for the fact my perfect boss has finally noticed me. Try dating while a vampire guards you way too closely and an incubus tracks your every move, waiting to pounce. Then there's some creepy hunter guy who also wants to kill me. The sun wants to kill me. Human food wants to kill me. Don't even get me started on my family. Life sucks after you die.
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For five years, Sean Vandenbrook has struggled to recover from the shocking truth about his psychic gifts and his late grandfather, a rogue scientist who tried to rip the powers from Sean's mind. When a bombing leaves his closest friend in a coma, Sean will do anything to uncover the truth. Desperate for answers, he resorts to the only solution he can think of — he kidnaps the beautiful, telekinetic woman who claims to have unwittingly set off the bomb. For years, Kira Magnusson has lived in fear of anyone discovering her abilities after her powers drove her parents to abandon her and her ten-year-old brother. Kira's worst fears come true when a shadowy terrorist organization takes her brother hostage, forcing her to do their bidding or watch her brother die. When a hot and slightly unhinged man abducts her, Kira soon realizes Sean won't hurt her. He may be the one person on earth who can help her. As the shocking truth about both their pasts is unearthed, they must overcome their demons to unravel a vast conspiracy — and somehow live to expose it.
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THE CABIN Flynn & Beau - Close Proximity 2 "You can," Beau said, voice low and rough. "You can, Flynn. You can have this. You can have me." #mm #gayromance #interracial #shortstory #contemporary Flynn is having a terrible day—his fiancée jilted him at the altar and now he's alone on his honeymoon. Going to a wilderness resort by himself was probably not his best idea, but then artist Beau Green arrives to make everything even more complicated. A reservation mistake and stormy weather means the charismatic black man is out of options for the night, but Flynn can't let someone sleep on a cold floor when there's a perfectly good sofa in his cabin. When the power dies, Flynn ends up on the sofa, too, because there's only one fireplace, and freezing is not part of his plan for the day. Also not planned? Having sex with a dude, but Beau is everything his ex is not—kind, strong, and intelligent. Unfortunately, Flynn is straight, and falling for a man might be one disaster too many for him to handle.
School secretary, Miranda Wilkins is thrilled when Paul Green walks into her life. The handsome gym coach is everything she wants in a man'except for one problem. He's stopped trusting in a loving God. As she attempts to persuade Paul to trust, her own faith is tested. Her mother is gradually becoming mentally and physically incapacitated by a mysterious illness, and her father and sister are suffering from a strain that threatens to tear the family apart. Will Miranda have the strength to be a witness to Paul, or will her tribulations and his anger at God cause him to drift from her?
Blind Passion
Attraction for Adam was not a handsome face, a striking smile, or beautiful eyes, but a scent that would drive him to distraction or a voice that could make his heart beat faster. When the combination of the two walked into his life in Luke, Adam couldn't help but want him. But how was he supposed to know if Luke felt the same attraction? He had no prior experience, no past encounters, nothing to help him. Not even his sight. One look at Adam and Luke wanted him. Sensual, gorgeous, kind, with a strength that Luke was drawn to, Adam was everything Luke desired. Being in Adam's arms, showing him the pleasure of a man's body, being touched, held, and desired in return, had Luke wanting more, had him wanting what he knew he couldn't have. It didn't matter to him that Adam was blind, but Adam deserved more than someone like him. Luke was a man with a broken past and falling in love with Adam was a foolish thing to do, especially because Adam would never love him back if he found out what Luke was hiding. This is a stand-alone M/M romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers.
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Out now , Love on Show Dishy Justin Harper plays gay bad boy, Brandon in a TV show that's fast becoming a cult classic, but Justin hides the fact he's gay in real life. When a new actor is cast to play his TV show love interest, Justin can't deny the raging attraction he feels for gorgeous Caer Rossi. Caer Rossi makes it clear he thinks Justin is smoking hot. He can't wait for the kissing scenes, and they sizzle, but underneath the performance for the TV show, a deep, loving passion builds between the two men. Something has to give, but what and who will it be when a journalist threatens to ruin Justin's perfectly crafted public persona?
Ryker (Roosters series)
Ryker: After 20 years in the military, I find myself doing my dad's dirty work. But as the "prince" of the Hades Abyss MC, it's expected of me. Doing a little recon in a small Alabama town should have been boring as shit, until the hot little minx I met at a bar turned my life upside down. Women always fall at my feet, but this one was different. If I'd known she was a virgin, I might have backed away, but now that I've had a taste I just want to keep coming back for more. Little did I realize that I'd just fucked the sister of a Dixie Reaper, and my life was about to become all kinds of complicated. I had to wonder… had she fucked me because she wanted me? Or was it all some kind of setup? Laken: My big brother Flicker is always ruining my fun, keeping the guys away from me, so when I finally get a chance for a hot guy to get rid of my V-card, I'm all for it. Ryker's hot and has that alpha vibe, and the fact he's ex-military just made me wetter. It never occurred to me that he was a biker, or that I might have just screwed up a big deal for the Dixie Reapers. It seems my sexy Ryker isn't just some hot military guy. No, he's the son of the President of the Hades Abyss MC. So I hide like big brother asks me to. Just one problem… Ryker doesn't leave, and now I'm late. How am I supposed to tell Ryker that I'm carrying his child? When life fucks me over, it does it royally.
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Being psychic isn't as fun as it sounds… Billionaire businessman Logan Mitchell is an empath. While his talent of reading people's emotions has come in handy in the business world, it's about to drive him insane. His ability triggers unbearable OCD attacks that leave him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion. If his psychic power doesn't make him crazy, the ghost that's haunting him soon will. Psychic medium Allison Gray is drawn to Logan the minute she meets him. She shares his empathic abilities, and she can help him control the constant barrage of emotions. But a harrowing incident from her past has left her terrified of spirits, and the ghost in Logan's mansion is doing everything in its power to keep her away. Logan has given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. But the ghost doesn't want to share him. Even if she can overcome her fears, loving him will mean risking her life.
Changing Seasons by BJ Phillips
Just out! Changing Seasons is Book 3 in the Seasons series. In Book 3 of the Seasons Series, there's trouble in paradise. Kelly Bradley and Andi Wainwright live together in Florida but haven't yet said those three little words to each other. Andi's aunt, Elise Wainwright, and Kelly's friend, Lauren Prescott, both in their mid-sixties, are now a couple in many ways except one. Elise is afraid they're too old for more than good night kisses and cuddling. Romance novelist Shawn Richards and her wife Carrie Alexander are now a solid married couple and want to see their friends as happy as they are. Unlike the endings in Shawn's novels, though, maybe there can't be a ‘happy ever after' for everyone, after all.
Assignment: Trouble by Stevie MacFarlane
Preorder while it's on sale! When Joy accidently comes across the man of her dreams, she snaps him up pretty quickly. He's exactly like the heroes in the steamy novels she adores: loving, forceful and mature. The situation she's gotten herself into turns deadly and J.R. Everly is just the sort of man a woman needs at such times. Although Joy is a forensic accountant, she convinces herself she can be happy on Jay's Ranch, but soon the lure of adventure rears its head. After all, they already survived one dangerous assignment. Why shouldn't they take on another, this time as a team? Jay is completely against Joy's further involvement in the agency. She's young, inquisitive and has no idea what she's getting into. He puts his foot down hard - or, rather, his hand – but it's too late. The damage has been done thanks to his underhanded and manipulative boss. Now they're in trouble up to their necks. Her man wanted to retire. Does he have another rescue in him and if so, what's it going to cost her? Publisher's Note: This is a revised and greatly expanded version of the short story The Arms I Run To. This contemporary, steamy romance includes elements of romance, mystery, suspense, action, and adventure, as well as power exchange and a dark event that could potentially trigger some readers. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
In Other Words...New!
Holmes & Moriarity are back! Mystery author Christopher Holmes has a new relationship, a new book deal--and a body in his backyard!
BASTARDS OF LONDON ~ Bestselling Series!
Welcome to the most notorious address in London… Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London's most scandalous gambling hall. The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother. And The Underworld attracts London's darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime. But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max's life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible. Enter a world of lust, lawlessness and obsession with The Den of Iniquity, the first in Anabelle Bryant's Bastards of London series.
A THORNED ROSE IN THE SAND - an Erotic Multicultural Romance
When life in a big U.S. city becomes too much, Stevie Jones decides to live her wildest dream--compete against the tough guys in a motorcycle rally across Morocco. But the real excitement is found away from the race track, in the shifting sands of the desert. After his studies in London, Ragab has returned to the nomadic lifestyle of his Bedouin family and the majestic silence of the Sahara. He dreams of the perfect wife, until a beautiful but feisty biker stuck in a sand dune turns his quiet world upside down.
Appetite for Blood
A revolution is roaring into the 1920s! Vampires, who previously killed to feed, now *thrill *to feed. The revolution is led by four-hundred-year-old vampire, Rick Hiatt, and his newly turned ward, Matt Brenner. This is not the first time Rick has encountered the brutal treachery of the Moreau family of vampires, but he and Matt seek to make it the last. Los Angelinos mortal and immortal are under attack by the entitled, remorseless Moreaus. Dragon-shifter Adam Lachlan and seductresses Venus and Luna, team up with Rick and Matt to put an end to the siege. Brute strength won't take these hellions down, but they might be hoodwinked into exposing themselves. Read about the origins of the fast friendship between Matt, Rick, and Adam, and see how their BDSM empire grew from humble beginnings to an international conglomerate.
Consequences of the Big Mistakes
A dangerous foe, multiple super-sexy temptations, and a president with an agenda are a few of the consequences caused by the big mistake. A madman planning an Extinction Event wants geneticist, Alexandra Van Zant, to help him usher in a new era in earth's history, where humans are the endangered species. And he will kill every single person she cares about to gain her cooperation. With the body count climbing, Alexandra's betrothed Patrick "Gabe" Gowan asks his Irish pub's co-owners to be her bodyguards, only slightly awkward since the four's sex tape is still trending on social media. Faced with three hot men guarding her body day and night, this sexual novice is completely unaware two are skilled dominants hoping to tame her, and one is a submissive hoping she can learn to dominate him. How long does Gabe really think he can keep her in the dark, when his two best mates are intent on bringing all his kinky secrets out into the light of day? When Alexandra is attacked with a biological toxin and believes she's dying. The decisions she makes during that ninety minutes will change the game for everyone.
The Redemption of the Shrew
Nothing is more painful than rejection—particularly when completely naked. Gloriana Warren doesn't want to wait for marriage. Beneath her shrewish exterior is a kindhearted woman who uses her fortune for good. It doesn't matter that the man she's set her sights on claims impoverishment. She's in love and determined to marry him. But her attempt at a moonlight seduction ends in disaster. French marquis Philippe de Bellechasse has had it up to his gorgeous dark eyes with being pursued by lusty ladies. His escape to England from the violence of the French Revolution took a toll on his finances as well. Gloriana may be gloriously naked, but he's just not ready to submit to her seduction. But when a precious family artifact is stolen, Philippe must convince Gloriana he's not the guilty party. He'll steal it back for her, but on his terms. Gloriana, believing he despises her, has plans of her own. Working at odds is dangerous, but working together can be more so. Is Philippe willing to risk his heart again for a deliciously tempting shrew?
Her Billionaire Stepbrother's Baby
Lily Duvall has lusted after her stepbrother from the first moment she met him. Tied to him in ways he can never know, if she can't be with him, she is destined to be alone. But after a drunk at the pub tries to drag her into an alley and Camdan is forced to save her, he's faced with the truth of their relationship. Once Cam knows she's his, he'll stop at nothing to possess her.
Laura's Legacy
A GIFT BOUND BY LOVE While Laura was attending the annual omega celebration, a ruthless ogre attack destroyed her village and wiped out her family. Heartbroken, lonely, and adrift, she was forced to rely on the kindness of the Black Ridge wolf pack alpha for a home. And so were many others, including members of the small Newton pack, and their handsome, strong alpha, Dedric. One brief interlude was all it took for Laura to know she would choose him as her mate. Alpha Dedric Newton couldn't believe his good fortune. Beautiful and powerful, Laura was the omega of his dreams. Worried he had so little to offer, he insists she spend time with his small pack as they rebuild their village and homes. Laura and Dedric's time in Newton strengthens their bond while evil works to undo all of Laura's gifts, especially her legacy. After finding the greatest love an alpha could dream of, Dedric will do anything and everything to keep Laura safe from harm.
Fresh Beginnings
Travelling along #Route66 little could've prepared Jared when crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker ... Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he's excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could've prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.
In Other Words...New!
Holmes & Moriarity are back! Mystery author Christopher Holmes has a new relationship, a new book deal--and a body in his backyard!
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