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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Saint’s Devilish Deal 
Title The Saint’s Devilish Deal
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Kristina Knight
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since
her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to
home has always been Aunt Constance’s villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of dead-end
hotellier jobs, she’s coming home to run the villa.
Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can
remember. In between surfing events, Constance
has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance decides to retire
– and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.
Esme isn’t thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the
youngest Cruz brother – especially when she learns Santiago’s brother has been after the villa for
years. But Santiago
has grown up while she’s been away at school and soon she finds herself falling
for the rich surfer down the hall — all over again.

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Interview with Esmerelda

What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Santiago,
in a single word. Oh, I love him — always have — but he’s…complicated. And he’s
burned me before. So when I returned to Puerto
Vallarta and found him — literally — sleeping in my bed,
it was…freaky!
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Santiago,
again! I already mentioned that he’s complicated but at the heart of him is the
most wonderful belief in the people he cares about. He didn’t have the best childhood
and his family is, well, dysfunctional. But he has created a family in the people
at the villa and me.
What would that person
say about you?
He would say I’m wound a little too tight, but that this sundress
I’m wearing will help cool me off. Ha!
What is your family like?
My parents died in a car crash when I was young, so there was
only me and my aunt, Constance. She is everything to me, and now we’ve added Santiago to our family unit
and I couldn’t be happier.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes, I got the guy, didn’t I? And together we saved Casa Constance.
Things aren’t perfect, but we’re working on that.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to
write about this character?
I couldn’t not write Esmerelda’s story. She and Saint deserved
to get things right. They were both wounded by their childhoods and it was so much
fun to help them set things right.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How unbusinesslike Esme really is. She puts up a good front,
but at the core, she’s fun and silly and adventurous.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Seeing her come alive again, try new things again made me the
happiest, and even though her childhood still makes me sad, seeing her come to terms
with it and learn from what happened also made me extremely happy.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I really want to tell Tobias’ story next. He’s Santiago’s brother and he’s
very tightly wound, but in a different way than Saint is. I need to figure him out!
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
As a matter of fact, yes! I’m just now digging into Tobias’ story
and I’m hoping to have it out to readers in the early spring.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
I love and appreciate you all so much! Thank you for coming along
on this crazy, writer ride!

Author Bio

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from
car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker,
she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing
about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along
the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love
for romance novels. Kristina writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass,
sex and (of course) drama, and she loves hearing from readers. And just like the
characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

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Bad Vibes 
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Darla came on deck clad in black body armor, her copper top hidden
under a black Sheriff’s Department cap with the bill turned backwards. She had her
M-14 slung over her shoulder and a pack of extra magazines.
Damn! She looks so hot!
Like Badass Barbie…
5 star Review~ “J.D. creates two characters in Mike and
Darla that you’ll be rooting for while simultaneously ratcheting up the suspense
to the breaking point. The Texas
Coast will *never* be the
same by the time these two get done…”
When government agent Mike “The Iceman” Burke invades
her South Padre Island turf, Deputy Darla Calhoun
is assigned as liaison officer to his team. Her skills as a sniper come in handy
when a gang of human traffickers strikes close to home, kidnapping local women including
her best friend.
Darla is recovering from her husband’s suicide and trying to
be a good parent to her twin sons. The ICE assignment takes her out of her misery
and plunges her into a dangerous mission and a steamy affair.
Mike and Darla tear up and down the Intracoastal
Waterway in search of the kidnappers and the captive women while Rafael
and Javier conduct their own investigation. Will they rescue the captive women or
will the kidnappers slaughter them as they have done in the past? Two teams race
to find the answers before it’s too late.

About the Character

Name: Michael Thomas Burke (Mike/Big Mike)
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Maine
Profession: Federal agent on loan to ICE (Immigration & Customs
Enforcement)
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): White male human
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 6’5″ muscular frame;
Tanned from the sun; Mikes most startling feature are his silvery-blue eyes and
his ability to appear emotionless, earning him the title> The Iceman
Who is the significant
other in your character’s life?
Mike has been a complete loner, until his ICE assignment on the
lower Texas coast
throws him into close proximity with a petite, red-headed local deputy assigned
to his team as liaison officer. Darla raises his blood pressure and his libido from
the moment they meet. She rousts him in his undercover disguise as a waterfront
bum, disarms him and takes him into custody, which first alerts local law enforcement
that there is a federal investigation into human trafficking using the Intra-coastal
Waterway.
How does your hero dress?
Mike is known for his love of Hawaiian shirts, the louder the
better. A pair of cargo shorts and flip-flops complete his outfit.
If you could only hear
this character’s voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
Mike has a deep, raspy voice. He doesn’t waste words, sometimes
barking out clipped orders. He’s a man’s man and not a ladies man, so he isn’t skilled
at “girlfriend-speak”. Fortunately, his lady love is the only girl among
seven brothers, so she can decipher his sometimes brusque verbage, and is also able
to give him a smack upside his head when he needs it.
What special skills does
your character rely on?
Mike is a former SEAL and is skilled in diving and underwater
demolition. He is very intelligent and able to think on his feet.
What does he have a knack
for doing?
Mike is a great guy, but he has a knack of pissing people off.
Before long, he has Darla’s brother and one of her fellow deputies ready to throw
down with him.
What is your character’s
family like?
Mike’s mother abandoned him at an early age to be brought up
by his grandfather, who was a carpenter. He likes to work with his hands when not
blowing up drug lords in Central America. He has
no living family and immerses himself into his current assignment, whatever that
might be. The ICE assignment, where he has to work with the local deputy, Darla
Calhoun, shakes up his usual mode of operation. He tries to protect her, which just
irks the daylights out of her, since she sees herself as a completely competent
member of the team.
Does this character see
morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Mike has a very definite sense of right and wrong. He sees himself
as the defender of the weak and the one to apprehend the bad guys. There is no try.
There is do or die.
How do others perceive
your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption?
Darla’s brother, Calvin, a large, powerful man himself, describes
Mike as “Big Mutha’.” Darla is very attracted to him, but also doesn’t
want to get hurt when he moves on to his next assignment.
What past event causes
your character the most fear?
Mike most definitely has abandonment issues, which he has dealt
with in the past by not becoming too attached and by being the one to move on. However,
for the first time, he sees himself settling down in this Texas coastal town and taking on a family, Darla
and her twin sons.
What is your hero’s biggest
hopes and dreams?
At the outset, his goal is to rescue the kidnapped women and
destroy the human trafficking gang. As he works with Darla, he begins to dream about
nesting with her and providing for her and her sons.
What is your hero’s biggest
personal flaw?
Mike has absolutely horrible communication skills when it comes
to romance.
How does your character
handle challenges?
Head on! Fix it! Kill it! Move forward! Accomplish the objective!
How emotionally expressive
is your character to others?
Have I mentioned how totally inept he is
at expressing his emotions?

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
Hell if I know? I’m a man of action. I don’t have time to sit
around writing pretty little stories.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
She had no right to go prying into my life, especially when I
found the love of my life while on assignment. I’m a very private guy.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
I know her books about the Texas coastal area are evolving, and there are
plenty of characters to write about. But, seriously. . . just write them as they
happen. Chloe and Rafael have hired me to update an old Victorian house that comes
with its own set of mysteries, like the skeletons I dredge up in the murky fish
pond. Write about that.
What other character from
your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
She’s written about my buds, Rafael, Javier and Zach, but our
stories are unfolding, so I guess she should just keep telling our tales as they
occur.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Thanks for pairing me up with such a feisty and adorable love
interest.

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The Edge of Texas
Series:
• Book 1-Bad Medicine
• Book 2-Bad Karma
• Book 3-Bad Vibes
• Book 4-Bad Dreams
• Book 5-A Sandcastle Christmas

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About the Author

J.D. Faver lives near Houston,
Texas. She writes steamy contemporary
romance and romantic thrillers/mystery/suspense. She loves to kill people…on virtual
paper, that is. Although she writes daily, she still finds time to enjoy family
and friends. She is a foodie and an adventurous cook. Determined to preserve generations
of family recipes, she is publishing a series of cookbooks entitled A Texan in the
Kitchen.
Gardening is another passion (and linked to the food thing) since
she has an orchard of fruit trees and berry bushes/vines in her back yard. Tomatoes
and other veggies round out her kitchen garden.
All other interests (painting, drawing, sewing, quilting, crocheting,
weaving, stained glass and pottery) have taken a back seat since they require hands-on
participation which is difficult if your fingers are always on the keyboard.
An active member of several Houston
writer’s organizations, she belongs to National RWA and is a member of Houston chapters.
She is owned by two cats and a small, yappy rescue dog. As a
former educator and healthcare professional, she is an advocate for children, animals
and elderly/disabled individuals.
She would rather be sailing or on a beach somewhere, but if not,
you can probably find her with her fingers on a keyboard, pouring word images onto
the virtual films playing in her head.

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Love and Other Games
Authors: Ana Blaze, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller, Melinda Dozier
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
In the Winter Olympic Village, a powerful torch mysteriously
appears — every four years. No one knows the torch’s history or where it comes
from, but there are plenty of rumors. The one thing everyone agrees on: It’s good
luck to be in possession of it while you compete, but it’s terrible luck to have
it for more than a day.
For four athletes chasing gold, this superstition is something
they can’t afford to ignore.

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Interview with Aria Kane

Why did you write this
book?
Honestly? I was watching the Olympic Games and thinking about
all the gorgeous, tight-bodied people in such a small space… and as a romance writer,
took that to its natural conclusion! ;-)
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I really enjoy almost all genre fiction, but I do enjoy a great
urban fantasy.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gosh, this is a hard question to answer! Characters keep popping
in and out of my head. I’m going to have to go with a classic and say Sherlock Holmes.
He’s only been reimagined so many times because he’s such an interesting character!
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I do! Though I wish I had more time to watch them. Some of my
all-time favorites include: Stargate, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Sliders.
My current favorites include: Almost Human (Michael Ealy was the inspiration for
Brandon in LaOG!),
Once Upon a Time, and Doctor Who.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am actually working on two more collaborations with the other
authors of Love and Other Games, along with a few special guests! Look out for those
in March and later this summer.
Please tell us about your
latest book. (blurb up to 300 words here, plus an excerpt of up to 800 words)
In the Winter Olympic Village, a powerful
torch mysteriously appears — every four years. No one knows the torch’s history
or where it comes from, but there are plenty of rumors. The one thing everyone agrees
on: It’s good luck to be in possession of it while you compete, but it’s terrible
luck to have it for more than a day.
For four athletes chasing gold, this
superstition is something they can’t afford to ignore.

Author Bio

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer.
As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt
who thinks he’s a chihuahua.

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Summertime Dream 
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Name Babette James
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks
have just begun.
An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher
Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from
his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore
his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer
Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing
from his hectic life— love.
A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams
and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective
family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel
his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence.
But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her
small town dreams work with his big city life?

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Interview with Christopher Gordon

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
A life with contentment. A life involving more than constant
work and running. Contentment eluded me. I took pride and pleasure in my work and
my business successes, but couldn’t say the last time I’d been content outside of
those two weeks a year at Mohave. Even there, moments of contentment were hard-won
in the effort to downshift from work mode to vacation mode and then, all too soon,
leave and swing into full-speed work again.
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I came to Falk’s bend to unload a house I didn’t need and didn’t
want. I was curious about my unknown relatives, but I only had a week to spare from
my schedule. The first complication was Margie. I took one look at her and I didn’t
know what hit me. Then there was the house! What a mess. Margie’s brother was an
arrogant pain in the ass, too. My schedule was sent into shambles, I found myself
falling for this woman and this town and the people. I told myself getting attached
to any of it was a big mistake. What did I know?
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Meeting Margie turned my tidy, well-planned hectic life on end.
If someone had told me I’d meet the love of my life in a place like Falk’s Bend
I would have said they were nuts. I used to think I wanted a cosmopolitan woman
in tune with my face-paced business world. I thought I could settle for like. I
was wrong. I learned I needed a woman who’d be my home and ground my life. I needed
love. Margie’s beautiful, sweet, optimistic, energetic, brave and smart. She writes
these great cozy mysteries and makes an awesome apple pie. She’s definitely made
my life worth living.
What is your family like?
It’s just my mom and I these days since Dad passed. She and I
are close and talk often, and I visit her as often as I can. Dad was career Army
and we traveled often, and while it made slipping into a rootless life too easy,
it bonded us as a family. I miss him, but I’m thankful for the values he instilled
in me and the freedom he gave me to make my own path in life. He understood when
I chose against following in his footsteps and family tradition into the military.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
I’m very happy with the way my story ended. I have Margie, I
have love, I have contentment, and I’m learning to make room in my life for things
other than work. Some of the facts I learned about my family were disturbing and
a shock, but it’s better knowing the truth.

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Why did you choose to
write about this character?
I fell for Christopher when he and Margie were just secondary
characters in my first novel, Clear As Day. He was the quiet friend of Nate and
Kay and so sweetly besotted with Margie. Originally I had no plans to write a story
for them because they were already married and happily in love. I was pondering
some backstory information for the new River novel when several ideas collided and
Christopher and Margie’s story took off like a firecracker. I had a blast learning
more about Christopher. He’s solid and kind, and has a good sense of humor. He’s
tough and dogged when he must be, and gentle enough to be the man Margie needs in
her life. He appreciates a smart woman and the quiet everyday pleasures in life.
He believes in love, and yearned for it in his own life.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Discovering his grandmother’s mysterious past was a fascinating
surprise and I enjoyed writing that story thread along with the main romance thread.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I have a short story idea tickling me for Margie’s brother and
sister-in-law and their road back to healing their marriage. I really felt for them
and I’d enjoy writing their happy ever after.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
Summertime Dream is the prequel to Clear As Day, the first novel
released in my River series and I’m nearly finished with my next novel in this series,
Love Burns, so fingers crossed for that one to be submitted soon. That story takes
off right from where Clear As Day ends. I love this couple’s chemistry, and while
it’s been a challenge to complete, I’ve enjoyed seeing their story come to life
as they work through their personal trials and find their own happily ever after
together. I have four other stories started for couples from the circle of friends
in my River series.

Author Bio

Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and
loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming
up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints.
As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their
growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born
in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love
of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband
and extremely spoiled cats.

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On The Outside 
On The Outside by Diana Green
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
In a not-so-distant future, the privileged live within protective
walls, and the rest fend for themselves…on the outside.
From a life of relative comfort and safety, Orla is plunged into
a struggle for survival. Her newly emerged phasing powers force her to become a
fugitive, hunted by government agents, and driven to the edges of society.
In desperation Orla joins a band of smugglers. Their caravan
could offer the perfect hiding place, or it could be her undoing. Much of that depends
on Charlie, top gunslinger and ‘teeth’ of the operation. Will he prove to be a valuable
ally or just another kind of trouble?

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Interview with Diana Green

Why did you write this
book?
I was driving along in my car, when a song came on. It was The Ghost of Tom Joad by a Celtic group,
Solas. Something about the lyrics, really gripped me. They painted a picture of
a life living under railroad bridges and struggling to find enough food.
I started writing what I thought would be a short story about
a young homeless woman, but the character and setting just kept evolving, until
it grew to over a hundred pages. In the process the heroine, Orla, ended up with
teleporting powers, and the setting became a dystopian future.
When I wrote about the smugglers’ caravan, the story really took
off. This setting provided such interesting characters. I had loads of fun with
it.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, and combinations
of those genres.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Oh dear. That is impossible to answer with only one. I’ll have
to list a few of my favorites.
Tyrion Lannister from The Game of Thrones, Tehanu from the Earthsea
Series, Temmeraire and Captain Laurence from His Majesty’s Dragon, Bilbo Baggins
from the Hobbit, and Katniss from The Hunger Games.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don’t watch much television, but I love movies. The Lord of
the Rings trilogy was excellent. I also appreciate intelligent sci-fiction films
like Moon. Good historic films like The King’s Speech are another favorite of mine.
I have a special place in my heart for uncommon westerns, such as The Gray Fox,
A Thousand Pieces of Gold, Appaloosa, The Ballad of Little Jo, and Two Mules for
Sister Sara.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently writing the second book in my Dragon Clan trilogy,
for The Wild Rose Press. The first book, Dragon Wife, should be released sometime
in the first half of 2014. The series is fantasy romance and follows a clan of dragon
shifters.
Tell us about your latest
book.
On the Outside is set in a dystopian future where the privileged
live within walled cities, and the rest of the population struggles to survive with
limited resources and technology. Some people have inherited special abilities like
teleporting or telepathy. These individuals are hunted by the government, in order
to be used for research.
The main character, Orla, is on the run because of her teleporting
ability. She ends up finding shelter with a traveling caravan, but things are far
from simple. Adjusting to life with the caravan and learning how to control her
powers provide ample challenge.
To complicate matters, the caravan’s top gunslinger, Charlie,
takes an interest in her. He seems like a dangerous individual, and Orla is not
at all certain how to handle his attention. To find out what happens, you’ll need
to read the book.

Author Bio

Diana Green

Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana
has been a storyteller, both with words and paintings. For years she enjoyed teaching
art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed
chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led to
her becoming a professional author.
Diana’s favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, historical,
and romance. She lives in beautiful Washington
State, where she writes for
Champagne Books and The Wild Rose Press.

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Public Affairs 
Cassandra Carr, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Nate O’Halloran from the book, Public Affairs.
Genre: Spicy contemporary romance
Publisher: C-Squared Publishing (indie)
Cover artist: Carey Abbott
Length: 53,000 words
Heat rating (based on movie ratings): R
Two worlds collide, focusing on one objective – to save a hospital.
Nate O’Halloran is a PR superstar, an expert in crisis management
for his image-conscious celebrity clients. When his college roommate, now a hospital
director in Buffalo, calls to beg for his help– a cancer researcher on staff has
disappeared with millions of dollars’ worth of government research funds– Nate
agrees to help right away, though this situation is pretty small potatoes for him.
Val Chase, the hospital’s PR director, is none too thrilled when
Nate shows up; does it mean her boss doesn’t trust her to handle this mess herself?
Against her better judgment, Val decides she and Nate have to work together to save
the hospital’s reputation, though the explosive attraction they feel is making any
actual “work” difficult…
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Nate O’Halloran; late
30’s; PR guru to the stars
Val Chase; early 30’s,
PR director for Cancer
Care Center

Interview with Nate O’Halloran

Tell us about yourself.
Going All In

Well, prior to meeting
Val, I was one of those guys who celebrities turned to when there was something
they needed to spin or to go away. Stuff like sex tapes, allegations of cheating…*wry
smile* Yeah, I know it wasn’t exactly high-brow stuff, but I was good at it.

Tell us about Val.
Val is absolutely amazing. When I first got to Buffalo to help my old college
roommate and CEO of Cancer Care Center Doug out of a terrible situation when one
of his docs made off with millions, I thought she might be a nice diversion while
I was away from my “real life”. But through her I realized how empty that
supposed “real life” was.
What would Val say is your strongest point?
*smiling* No doubt my good looks and charm. Kidding. Probably
how hard I work. I’m like a dog with a bone when I’ve got a problem to solve.
What would Val say is your biggest weakness?
Her. Very definitely her. I can’t deny that woman anything. I
even let her drive my ’63 Porsche. That’s love. *laughing*
What do you wish was different about your life?
I wish I hadn’t spent so much of my life doing something that
ultimately was so frivolous, in comparison to the work Val and Doug do. I wish I
had been there for more of the fight, instead of wasting my life and my talent helping
self-centered celebrities escape from their stupid mistakes.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
A year ago I might’ve
said something different, but now- to cure cancer. Val and Doug both work so hard,
day after day, alongside thousands of other employees all focused on one goal, to
eradicate the world of a truly terrible disease. With people like the ones who work
at Cancer Care Center,
cancer can’t win.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
Not as a child, but I’d
love to tell you about Doug, who I met in college. I was going through a…rough time,
and Doug was there for me when I needed a friend, even asking his parents to open
their home to me. I’ll never forget that he was the one who never, ever turned his
back on me. So when he called me for help, it was a no-brainer. Of course I would
do everything I could.

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About the Author

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When
not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books
have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top
was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes
about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing
bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she’d particularly
like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.

Previous Books

For a list of Cassandra’s books, check out the list on her website,
http://booksbycassandracarr.com/books.html

Books Coming Soon

Released 1/6/14: Bring On the Heat
Released 1/18/14: Turnaround
Releasing 2/11/14: Hiding in Plain Sight
Releasing 2/25/14: Caught

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Cloak and Dagger 
Genre M/M Erotic Vampire Romance
Author Saloni Quinby
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When police detective Bryce Tarunson arrests a man who’s identical
to his lover from two thousand years ago, he’s pulled closer to the vampiric master
he hates.
Vampire hunter Shane will do anything — including tempt a vampire
— to rescue his brother who has fallen into enemy hands. He doesn’t believe he’s
capable of falling for the object of his seduction, until he meets Bryce.
The bond between Bryce and Shane forces them into a battle that
might end in the destruction of the Weapons of Redemption.

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Interview with Bryce Tarunson

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
My life and my lover, Ronan, back. Or at least that’s what I’ve
wanted for two thousand years. Shane has changed my outlook, though. I guess most
of all I want revenge on Tarun, the monster who made me.
What’s your internal limitation?
Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need
to do during this story?
It’s complicated, but what isn’t, right? Maybe the Ronan part
isn’t so complicated. He’s been dead for about two thousand years. My friends and
I have been trying for revenge against Tarun, but he’s elusive. In the meantime,
we dedicate ourselves to helping those who are victims, like we used to be.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
That I’ll lose to Tarun again, that somehow no matter how hard
I’ve fought he’ll still overpower me.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Shane allowed me to love again after two thousand years. Ronan
was my lover in my mortal life and when Shane and I first met, he was so much like
Ronan it was both painful and wonderful. I don’t know for sure if he’s Ronan’s reincarnation
and it doesn’t matter. He’s the man I love and we’ve been through a lot together
in a short time.
What would that person
say about you?
I’d like to think he’d say that I proved to him not all vampires
are evil. He’d say he loves me. I know he does.
What is your family like?
Brayden, Ansley, Rule and Guy are my family. They’re my brothers.
We weren’t born to the same mortal family, but we were changed by Tarun. We’ve depended
on each other, fought with each other and cared about each other. We’ve shared good
times and endured rough times together. We’re vampires, but I guess you could say
that in a lot of ways we’re a pretty average family.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Gut instinct. Mind control is a powerful thing and I learned
a lot about it from Tarun, but in the end I believe you have to go with your instincts.
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Wow. Tarun. He’s also the person I want to show up. Go figure.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
I’m happy to be with Shane, but we’re still in danger. Shane’s
brother is still in Tarun’s clutches. Even worse, I lost a brother–or it seemed
that way. He might be out there. If he is, we need to find him, so I won’t be completely
satisfied until we find out exactly what happened to Ansley.

About You: Questions for the writer.

You have the length of
a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can
do.
I write characters I love, because if I don’t like them, I can’t
expect anyone else to.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
It made me happy to give Bryce some peace and happiness with
Shane, but it made me sad that he had to lose Ronan. Even I’m not entirely sure
if Shane is Ronan reincarnated, but I do know that Bryce was finally able to find
love again and I enjoyed exploring everything that brought him to it.
Why do you write?
I can’t imagine not writing. Writing is so many things to me–an
outlet, a lifestyle, and an intimate form of expression.
What do you want to write
next?
Right now I’m working on two science fiction romances.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I truly wanted to write about Tarun and Adrian. It was so much
fun to give them their own story in Fangs and Floggers. I love villains and antiheroes,
so I really wanted to let Tarun tell his side of the story. From his vampiric sons’
point of view, he’s a monster, but like them he has a dark past and his own reasons
for his actions.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoy the stories!

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Stately Pleasures 
Although I don’t remember where the actual idea for Stately Pleasures
came from, as it’s was in my head for so long before I wrote it, I can definitely
tell you where my inspirations came from. Inspirations for setting and characters,
that is.
The setting, Davenport Manor, is a totally fictional place made
up of various real places I’ve been to and ones I imagined. It’s like a patchwork
quilt, or something. A facade from here, a maze from there, a schoolroom from X,
servants’ quarters from Y, a library from Z… you get the idea. It all pieced together
nicely in my mind to make up a very rich and exciting place for my characters to
play. I loved writing about the setting just as much as what was actually happening
there!
As for character inspirations, well, that’s easy. Imagine Jeremy
Renner with a posh British accent and you have Jeremy Davenport. Imagine Jared Padalecki,
also with a posh British accent, and you have Ethan Hayes. Told you it was easy
;)
Alice Brown is much more difficult. She’s a curvy chick, and
I looked around and couldn’t find a Rubenesque celebrity I wanted to base her on.
Sadly, there are also far too few Rubenesque celebrities around! So Alice is a total figment of
my imagination, but if I got asked to select someone for casting in a film, I’d
choose Melissa McCarthy.
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Alice Brown has just landed her dream job. Property manager at
Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It’s only a nine-month contract to cover
maternity leave, but it’s the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, things don’t get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy
Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what’s happened,
Jeremy turns things around on Alice
and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and
head of security, Ethan Hayes, then throw an ultimatum at her, she’s so stunned
and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal.
When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, though,
she realises that perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. There are worse things she
could be doing to advance her career, after all.
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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic
romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over eighty publications
to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best
Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another
string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies,
and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All http://eroticaforall.co.uk/ and is book editor
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Love Entwined 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Danita Minnis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Amelie’s goal is the top of the jewelry
designing world. Her orderly life comes undone when jewelry tycoon Roman steals
her away on assignment to a remote English estate. He wants Amelie all to himself
but St. Clair Manor’s ghost has waited for her much longer than he has.
An unseen gunman takes a shot at Roman
and he blames a business rival. But Amelie and Roman are to blame, for falling in
love 200 years before in a time neither of them remember.
From the heartbreak of pre-Revolutionary
France
to modern day corporate wars, Amelie and Roman uncover a history of blood jewels,
lust and demons.
When Amelie discovers her inner witch
she learns the real reason she was summoned to St. Clair Manor. Il Dragone will
kill to get her back. Amelie will kill if they do.

Interview with Roman Cardiff

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I call it Amelie. She wants me, I know she does, but her inner
demons won’t let go. I’m taking her to Yorkshire
where there won’t be an office full of people for her to hide behind. Just me, her
and about fifty bedrooms. Of course, I’m not a sadist; I’ll give her a running start
and wait until she’s more comfortable with her conscience.
What’s your internal limitation?
Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need
to do during this story?
All things point to Amelie being in league with my business rivals,
the Garamonde family. I sued them last year for patent infringement and now it seems
they’ve enlisted Amelie to take more of my jewelry designs. Am I mad for wanting
this thief? I might be, but then you haven’t seen Amelie. I start out to ruin her
rising jewelry designing career and then … well, you’ll have to see how it goes.
I’m just a man after all and her curves are hotter than Hades.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
I must say I have always been a warrior of sorts. I’m a practical
man and never would have thought I was a Roman warrior when I first met Amelie.
We were sworn enemies back then, not much has changed in that regard. Add il Dragone
demons to the mix and I’m struggling to remember what they are, what they want with
my family. It’s frustrating, how does a flesh and blood man fight demons? If only
I could remember.
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I didn’t have a fear until I met Amelie. Now that I know what
we meant to each other in the past, I know why we’ve met again. I am beginning to
realize a new fear: the Cardiff
legacy of lust, murder and blood jewels and what will happen if I can’t stop the
cycle in this lifetime.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Amelie thinks she is all business on the way to the top of the
designing world. I have to laugh at that. Oh, she’s an excellent designer, number
two, after me, but that’s not all there is to life. When I get her out of that suit
and, say, into the secluded hills of Yorkshire,
she comes alive. Not only is her temper French but so is her inner witch. I don’t
think I will let her go home to the states.
What would that person
say about you?
Amelie would call me a playboy and rightfully so, but at least
I know how to have fun. As a matter of fact, I remember a particularly fun swim
session we had one late night. She tried to hit me with a beach ball. She paid for
that. Let’s just say it got me a bit closer to my goal, breaking down that barrier
she holds up against men.
What is your family like?
There is a tragic story. My mother died giving birth to my still
born sister. After that, my father lost himself in the business of running Cardiff
Jewels. When he died, I took over and everyone thought it would be a disaster. I
am here to tell you that a playboy can run a business and run it well. Just look
at my numbers. I have no competition. And, would someone please tell me why I’m
expected to get married just because I’m thirty-four years old and the head of Cardiff
Jewels? I know, all you mothers out there are saying; it the money, you need some
heirs. In good time. For now, what is wrong with loving women, and loving them well?
Ah, this question is for the men out there. I already know what the mothers think,
thank you.
What special skills do
you rely on?
I am a wicked businessman, born with the talent to design jewelry
that woman will give their all for (and have). I am not boasting, I don’t boast.
I deliver. Did I mention my silver tongue?
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
There is a question. I wouldn’t want it to be the High Priestess,
that snake charmer who I seduced one night in the Roman camps. The one who wants
my soul, the one who summons the preternatural enemy of the Cardiff family, the oldest demon who all il Dragone
serves. There is just one problem with keeping the High Priestess away; Amelie is
the High Priestess reincarnated.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
Is it over? Read it and let me know what you think.

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You have the length of
a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can
do.
Paranormal romancer living in the wrong era. I’m more comfortable
around witches, soothsayers and ancient demons to conquer.
Why did you choose to
write about this character?
Roman Cardiff literally came to me in a dream and would not go
away. After three weeks of what I can only describe as my muse trying to get my
attention in a very busy, real world, I succumbed.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I always knew Roman Cardiff was a powerful man. What I didn’t
realize was his family’s connection to an ancient demon. As the story unfolded,
it was clear Roman is not just an ordinary man, he is a Warrior of Light.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Excited about Roman Cardiff’s jewelry empire and how it came
about from a dream his ancestor had two hundred years before. As that ancestor is
an important part of the story, it was that much more exciting to see Roman at the
top of the game.
It was sad for me to write Roman and Amelie’s tragic past life
love story. It hurt as the truth does. I love these two and thought they’d been
through enough over several lifetimes, but that’s life.
Why do you write?
Writing is my passion. I enjoy creating worlds. I can’t stop
writing.
What do you want to write
next?
I have a family who is bugging me. They have a ghost who lives
with them and keeps interfering in their lives. They love the ghost, he loves one
of their daughters and will leave only if she comes with him. That’s what they need
my help with so far. More to come!

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Author Bio

Danita Minnis grew up singing and once thought she would do that
all her life. She soon found writing just as fulfilling and writes paranormal romance.
She loves mystery, mysticism, the fantastic and the fey. She has published The Cardiff
Novels, a series about one family’s trials with vengeful demons, a legacy of ghosts
and mysterious blood jewels. She is currently working on the third novel in the
Cardiff series,
which introduces the Cardiffs’ connection to ancient vampires.
Danita is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is a lover
of chocolate, a good, scary movie, kittens and pups – especially Siberian Huskies.
When she is not writing, she exercises her lungs at her son’s soccer matches and
their favorite theme park, because everyone knows it’s easier on the stomach to
scream your way down a roller coaster.

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Dancer’s Heart 
Book: Dancer’s Heart
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Author: DP Denman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with DP Denman

Why did you write this
book?
The idea for this story came out of research I was doing for
grad school about domestic violence in the gay community. It’s a widespread problem
people don’t hear much about because like a lot of things in the LGBT Nation, it’s
kept in the shadows.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Paranormal
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I’d have to say Deacon Chalk from James R. Tuck’s Occult Bounty
Hunter series. He’s a tragically flawed good guy. I love those!
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I’m a big fan of TV…which probably sounds a bit odd since I don’t
own one. Netflix and I are the best of friends. My favs include My Name is Earl,
1950s movies, Simpsons, and American Dad.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I’m working on a new series called Saving Liam. The first book
is due out in April 2014.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Simon Leander has a secret. His life is a lie he hides from
his partner in a relationship he’s determined to tolerate…jealousy, rants and
all. Michael was supposed to be the love of his life and he’s not ready to let
go of that dream even though the romantic has turned tyrant.
Then Drew appears and a little at a time Simon’s
determination starts to waver. Drew is everything Michael used to be but isn’t
anymore. When the truth about Simon’s double life bursts from the shadows, it
sparks a violent attack leaving him battered and broken. He must decide whether
he can trust Drew and if love deserves a second chance.

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DP Denman is an M/M (gay) contemporary romance author from the
soggy splendor of the Pacific Northwest. She is
an eclectic reader, obsessed writer, and determined LGBT rights activist who lives
with her fur babies and a pair of hyper-caffeinated muses.

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