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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...
Edge of Oblivion
by J.T. Geissinger | Interview

Q: What inspired your series Night Prowler? What is it about?
I've always loved cats, and one day a pure black stray cat wandered into my life who had this amazing ability to appear and disappear at will, as if she was vanishing into vapor. The world of the Ikati (a Zulu word for cat warrior) was inspired by this mysterious cat who looks uncannily like a miniature...
Treasuring Theresa
by Susana Ellis | Interview

Q: What's the inspiration for TREASURING THERESA?
I'm a city girl who was born and bred on a farm, so I can identify with both worlds. But I have many relatives who have never ventured far from rural life who think city influences are corrupting, and many city friends who think people who live in the country are ignorant hicks on a first-name basis...
Christmas on Mimosa Lane
by Anna DeStefano | Interview

Q: What was your inspiration in writing this book specifically, and a holiday romance in general?
The heroine, Mallory, grabbed my heart first--a woman who grew up homeless, only no on in her picturesque community knows about the background she's still running from.

Then came the little girl that reminds Mallory too much of herself when she was little--Polly is longing for the mother she's lost,...

Seductive Suspect - Can You Figure Out Whodunnit?
Cozy mysteries aren't just for the cooler weather! 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?
Just Desserts
Kaylee knew being a Coletti Warlord's mate wasn't going to be easy. Not only was Talree downright scary, he had a bossy streak a mile long and collected enemies like most men collected lovers. But while Kaylee's life might not be perfect, Talree truly loved her. Flash forward nine months to a very pregnant, insanely hormonal and cranky as hell Kaylee. If the pregnancy wasn't enough to drive her crazy, Talree's enemies were tap dancing on her last nerve. The Shani Queen Mother, a psychotic alien with a bone to grind against Talree, decided she wanted the planet Tartum - a barren piece of crap loaded with Ditrum crystals, and part of the Coletti Empire. Her master plan? Kidnap Kaylee and hold her for ransom. If the Overlord refused to give the Queen Mother Tartum, she would feed Kaylee and her son to the Tai-Kok. She thinks Kaylee will beg for mercy. Boy, is the alien bitch in for a surprise. She's about to meet a woman suffering from hormone overload and a serious lack of chocolate. The only one begging for mercy will be the Queen Mother.
Catching Dragos
Everyone calls Mariah Smith the Judge. No, she doesn't wear a black robe or sit on a bench. She provides a unique service to those who have been wronged. She's an expert in paybacks both psychic and magical. Mariah's next target is the famous supermodel Fabian. Smoking hot body, the face of an Italian sinner and dumb as a rock. His crime? Sticky fingers. The man whore makes millions of dollars a year, but can't resist seducing elderly women out of their jewelry? How does she resist all that tanned, male perfection and unmask Fabian as the gigolo he truly is? Mariah discovers Mister Sticky fingers isn't quite as dim-witted as he acts. He's actually the Dragos clan's top demon hunter who is stealing back magical artifacts that open gateways to hell. Now that she's attracted Fabian's attention, he's determined to possess her and her magical abilities. Winner of TRR Reader's Choice Award - Summer of 2016
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Max's Desire
How can a man love a succubus without literally losing his heart? Alpha Protector Max almost died during his last mission to Lust's hellish lair, but the worst torture was his failure to save Eva, a young woman who begged for his help. When he meets her again in Spain, he discovers two things. One, she is his mate. Two, she is also a succubus. Though Eva has not come into her full power, her love could still be fatal. For how long will he be able to defy her allure? Pleasure is Eva's business. Love isn't. Although unaware of her true nature, as a luxury escort, she is used to men falling at her feet. Yet, Max doesn't. Though his attraction mirrors hers, the soldier does things differently and she can't help falling for him. And Eva is terrified by her recurring nightmares. When someone from her past shows up, and the dreams become reality, there is only one thing that can save Max's heart.
A Groom for Christmas
SALE!!! ONLY 99 CENTS!! A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS is a new twist on the classic Hallmark Christmas movie full of family, humor, love, and a little bit of redemption. Family pressure just might make her do something crazy... When a young woman hires her hometown's former bad boy to be her pretend fiancé for the holidays, she finds she can't wrap up her feelings as easily as a Christmas gift. New York jewelry designer Graceann Palmer has two days to find a fiancé to bring home to Pennsylvania for the holidays so her matchmaking mama will quit fixing her up with jerks. The Falcon, a motorcycle-riding, leather-clad former high school crush, helped her out once before. Maybe he'll do it again. Jake Falco, man of many mysteries, is back in town on a mission—one the people of Spirit Lake most likely won't appreciate. When Graceann presents him with her crazy scheme, it gives him something he's always wanted—a chance to get to know Graceann. It also gives him the perfect opportunity to add fuel to his project of revenge. But as Jake and Graceann grow closer, their engagement-of-convenience begins to feel like the real deal—until Jake's secrets are revealed. Can a relationship that began with lies and secrets bloom like a rare Christmas rose into happily-ever-after? 2013 Snow Globes Award Contest Finalist Winner! 2014 New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award 2014 Readers' Choice Nominee, Best Couple, Love Romances Cafe 2014 RomCon Awards Finalist
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.
Flip the Beat - Hot Erotic Romance!
"A perfect combination of chick-lit and red-hot romance!" Fresh Fiction gave Flip the Beat a glowing Fresh (5-STAR) Review. Read it here: Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation. WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle. Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn't given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.
Forget-Me-Not
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?
$0.99 preorder -- steamy paranormal romance
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.
Double Dare (The Dare Menage Series, Bk 1)
What could be better than waking up next to a hot guy? Waking up sandwiched between two of them.

 Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated? 

Logan Reed, a successful business owner, can't believe that he's attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she's more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot too impaired to drive. He rescues her and takes her home. His home. 

The next morning Quinn's conservative life turns on its ear when Logan introduces her to pleasures she never even considered before. And to make things more complicated, Logan already has a lover.

 Tyson White, ex-pro football player, is completely in love with Logan. He has mixed emotions when Logan brings home Quinn. But the dares keep coming... 

Note: This book in the series can be read as stand-alone. It includes an HEA ending. It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.
**New Release**
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.
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.
Spicy, Haunting Romance, Only 99¢
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just released yummy MM romance
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?
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