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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Gambling on a Dream by Sara
Walter Elwood.

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Title Gambling On A Dream
(Colton Gamblers Book 3)
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Sara Walter Elwood
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):
With Everything At Stake…
It’s been years since Sheriff Dawn
Madison said goodbye to Texas Ranger Wyatt McPherson. She’s closed the door on
the heartache of her past. But when the sleepy town of Colton, Texas, is rocked
by a series of shocking murders, Dawn has no choice but to trust the man who
broke her heart if she wants to protect the ones she loves…
All Bets Are Off
Four years have passed. But Wyatt
hasn’t forgotten the bold, Native American beauty who stole his heart . . . and
broke it. Losing her and the life they had hoped to share left him an empty
shell of himself. But if he wants to stop the deranged killer terrorizing the
innocent kids of Colton, he’ll have to let Dawn back into his life. It’s a risk
he’s willing to take, even if heartache is all he takes home…

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About the Author

Although Sara Walter Ellwood has
long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her
experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to
write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart
for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat
named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a
cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a
multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology
set Cowboy Up. She also publishes paranormal romantic suspense
under the pen name Cera duBois.

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About the Author

EmKay Connor is an award-winning
romance author and freelance writer.
She is a member of Romance Writers
of America and numerous RWA chapters, including RWA-San Diego, Outreach
International RWA, Yellow Rose RWA and RWA Kiss of Death. A firm believer in
paying it forward (and backward and sideways), she has served as president,
vice president, secretary, newsletter editor, workshop presenter and committee
chair at the local and national level.
An exuberant and outgoing type who
doesn’t do well with just a desk and a computer for company, EmKay is a
participant of several critique groups. She is a founder and alumni of Pro-SAC
(PRO-Seeking Authors Commit), a page-producing work group headquartered at the
Mira Mesa Panera in San Diego, CA.
Her manuscripts have finaled and
won in numerous contests, including Spring Into Romance, The Unpublished Beacon
and RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart.
She lives and writes in
northeastern Florida.

Interview with EmKay Connor

Why did you write
this book?
I saw an invitation on Facebook to participate in a box set
featuring steamy beach reads. I’d been plotting a new series and this was the
perfect opportunity to launch the Hideaway Bay series. The first four novellas
feature the Delaney sisters-Joy, Hope, Grace and Faith. Each has a secret that
is ultimately revealed when they journey to Hideaway Bay, a tropical Caribbean
resort.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
In addition to writing romance, I work as an author
assistant to several romance authors. That means I read a lot of romantic
fiction, across all genres, in the course of my day job. When I’m on my own
time, I read Robert Crais, Stuart Woods and good post-apocalyptic fiction. I’ve
recently discovered the Purge of Babylon series by Sam Sisavath.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
While I love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (Robert Crais
characters), one of the most charming and engaging heroines I’ve ever
encountered is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m currently working on the remaining novellas in the
Hideaway Bay series, but I tend to have several projects in the works
simultaneously. The best way to stay in touch and see what’s next is to connect
with me on social media.

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Title Finding Joy featured in Hot Beach Romance: Sand,
Sunshine and Sizzle Box Set
Genre Contemporary Romance
Authors Tawdra Kandle, Jami Davenport, Lisa Marie Rice,
Chris Almeida, Cecilia Aubrey, Emkay Connor, Jenna Dales, Sylvie Fox, Amber
Lin, Alannah Lynne, Éirinn Brennan, Layla Wilcox, Suzanne Rock, Nancy Warren,
Margaret Taylor, Scarlett Metal
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Lisa Marie Rice author of Midnight Secrets answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Author Bio
Lisa Marie Rice is eternally 30 years old and will never age. She is tall and willowy and beautiful. Men drop at her feet like ripe pears. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. Did I mention her Nobel Prize? Of course, Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman and exists only at the keyboard when writing erotic romance. She disappears when the monitor winks off.
Describe the perfect vacation.
The perfect vacation is relaxing, not frantic. I have travelled a lot both for pleasure and for business. I’ve been to most places I want to see, twice. I’ve lived abroad most of my adult life and I’ve lived in Paris, in Brussels, in Madrid, in Milan, in Heidelberg, in Florence…
So, one of those ‘see ten cities in ten days’ vacations do not attract me at all. I’d rather go somewhere and learn its rhythms. Sit in a café and watch the people walk by. Go to hidden little restaurants that the locals go to. Visit the more out-of-the-way museums. My ideal vacation is at least a month somewhere, with access to a kitchen so I can do some local food shopping and cook local recipes. So I can go to the theater or to a concert. Maybe even make a friend or two. Places are like people, you should get to know them slowly, in sunshine and in rain.
If there is also a beach, I am a happy camper.
What are your hobbies?
I guess my favorite hobby is reading. When I read, it is a form of meditation. It’s the way I get outside my own head. I have a lot of New Age friends who meditate and they say they need to meditate every day otherwise they feel awful. Well, if I am so busy I can’t read, I feel awful. My head buzzes and feels fuzzy, not clear. Reading clears my head.
If I am in the middle of a compelling read and I am interrupted, I am not responsible for my reaction!
I have some non-reader friends who admire me, admire how much I read. But they don’t understand. It’s not something I have to force myself to do; it is as necessary to me as breathing. I will probably die with a book (or Kindle) in my hand.
Another big hobby of mine is walking. I’ve been a walker all my life. Lately I have been having issues with stiff knees so I walk more slowly, but I still walk. There’s something about a long walk, where you lose yourself, that is amazingly peaceful. I don’t drive and don’t like cars, so if I can walk it, that is the option I choose.
Another hobby is cooking. That, too, I find helps combat stress (are we seeing a pattern here?). Luckily, I live in a country with fabulous ingredients and that prizes—fetishizes—good food, Italy. Everyone’s a cook in Italy, everyone has favorite recipes they love to swap, and everyone enjoys talking about food. It is one of life’s great pleasures.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Lately I have been reading a lot of thrillers and science fiction, particularly apocalypse stories, whether zombies or not. I love revenge thrillers, where the villain messes with the wrong guy and is very, very sorry at the end. The reason I like apocalypse stories is that they make you think. We lead such incredibly comfortable lives and we take our comforts for granted. When I have finished an apocalypse book –any of the books in the Perseid Collapse series, for example—I am intensely grateful for running water, for grocery stores filled with food, for modern dentistry. I’d be hopeless in an apocalypse and I don’t think I’d survive for very long. If people band together right away to rebuild civilization about the only thing I’d know how to do is cook. And I have no recipes at all for cooking rat brains over a trash can fire.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
I read a lot of background research books, because I enjoy giving a touch of verisimilitude to my romantic thrillers. For my Navy SEAL books, the Men of Midnight, I’ve read extensively about SEALs. Luckily, Special Forces soldiers are fascinating. I’ve read military memoirs, particularly about the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Memoirs give fascinating details and give an insight into the mindset of the soldiers. I like to read books about the financial collapse of 2008 because the bankers make such excellent bad guys. Anything by Michael Lewis is guaranteed to give you several plot lines. Right now I am reading about big data and privacy and how to guarantee it. Hint: it’s not easy. I read books on survivalism and prepping. I belong to a group of experts from law enforcement officers to forensic scientists who offer help when a writer has questions. I also subscribe to SOFREP, a fabulous Special Forces newsletter. It’s all grist to the mill and it is all fascinating, if you like knowing about how the world—the real one, behind the newspaper headlines, works.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
“Sinnerman” by Nina Simone
About the Book
Title Midnight Secrets
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Lisa Marie Rice
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Former Navy SEAL Joe Harris nearly died—twice—on a medevac helo after being blown up by an IED. He’s not moving too great these days, but if there was ever a woman designed to jump-start a man’s hormones, it would be his new neighbor.
Meeting Isabel—loving Isabel—brought Joe back to life.
Isabel Delvaux came from one of America’s foremost political dynasties, until the greatest terrorist attack since 9/11 killed her entire family. She barely survived the Washington Massacre, only to become prey for rabid reporters. Fleeing to Portland and changing her name was a way out, a way to start over. The only way.
She knows she’s safe with Joe Harris. Not just because he’s big and strong, not just because he’s part of a security team that obliterates threats on the regular, but because he’s been to the abyss and back.
But as they help each other heal—through talk, through touch, through spectacular sex—the past comes back to play. When Isabel’s memory starts to return and a mysterious stranger sends Joe emails indicating Isabel is in imminent danger, he’ll do anything to help her uncover the truth. Even if that truth is the most terrifying thing of all…
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Stacy McKitrick author of Blind Temptation answers five easy
questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Stacy McKitrick fell in love with paranormal romance,
decided to write her own and found her passion in life. She used to work in
accounting, now she spends her time with vampires, ghosts, and aliens. Born in
California, she currently resides in Ohio with her husband. They have two grown
children.
Who is your “book
boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Gosh, I’ve had so many “book boyfriends” it’s kind of hard
to pick (it’s also hard to remember them all—bad me!). I guess the one that
stands out the most, though, would be John Matthew from the Black Dagger
Brotherhood series. I’ve liked him from the first moment I read about him and
loved, loved, LOVED his book (Lover Mine). Of course, now that I think about
it, I drooled a lot over Edward Cullen, too (the Twilight series introduced me
to paranormal romance and I was HOOKED!).
Describe the perfect vacation.
The perfect vacation is one where I don’t have to cook or
clean. Haha! I love going on cruises because I can visit multiple places and
only unpack once (the hubby and I already have three booked within the next 17
months). But I would love to stay at a place on the beach so I can sit on the
porch (or open the windows) and listen to the waves at night. Provided it’s
warm, that is!
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
For my tenth birthday I got a Polaroid Swinger camera (see
this ad for it on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7k2uwJmwxo).
I LOVED that thing. Instant pictures!! Yeah, now it’s a joke, but back in 1967
it was a miracle! I think I used up a whole roll on my birthday just taking
pictures of my friends. It was the best birthday present, ever. Well… until my
fifteenth. That’s when I got my telescope (I loved that thing, too and still
have it).
What are your hobbies?
Lately, all I do is write and read (because it’s fun, what
can I say?). But I have been known to crochet a lot in the past. I’ve made so
many afghans, I ran out of people to give them to. Same with pot holders and
doilies. I crocheted a tablecloth for my friend that took me a couple of years
to complete. Thought I was going to go blind (or get arthritis). I pretty much
quit after that project (except for crocheting the occasional scarf). But I’m
sure if one of my kids ever decides to get married and have kids, I’ll be
crocheting a blanket for the little one!
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
I like reading different stuff: paranormal romance, romantic
suspense, thriller, horror. Normally, my favorites are in third person with
multiple points of view. I say normally, because I do have some favorite series
that are in first person (urban fantasy or YA paranormal). I like some danger
in my books; they just make for a fun read. And the romances I read must end in
a happy ever after (no cliffhangers, please!!).

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Title Blind Temptation
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Stacy McKitrick
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dreading the prospect of losing her
position on the Vampire Committee, Victoria is forced to integrate with the
mortal population. She hasn’t stepped outside since her husband died over 40
years ago and the thought of being treated like the 17-year-old she resembles
frustrates her. But when she discovers that Ben, her hot & sexy driver’s ed
teacher, is blind, she gives into temptation and flirts. She never expects to
fall in love.
Ben knows he shouldn’t get involved
with Victoria—she’s his student. But something compels him toward her. She
makes him feel young, alive, and more importantly, whole.
Victoria would love nothing better
than to have Ben as a mate, but fears he wouldn’t want to be blind forever. As
she struggles to keep her identity hidden from him, an old acquaintance of
Victoria’s turns up and is willing to do anything to win her love, including
disposing of her boyfriend.

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author. Today’s featured book is For Men Like Us by Brita Addams.
About
the Book
Title
For Men Like Us
Genre
LGBT
Author
Brita Addams
After Preston Meacham’s lover dies trying to
lend him aid at Salamanca, hopelessness becomes his only way of life. Despite
his best efforts at starting again, he has no pride left, which leads him to
sell himself for a pittance at a molly house. The mindless sex affords him his
only respite from the horrors he witnessed. 
The Napoleonic War left Benedict Wilmot
haunted by the acts he was forced to commit and the torture he endured at the
hands of a superior, a man who used the threat of a gruesome death to force Ben
to do his bidding. Even sleep gives Ben no reprieve, for he can’t escape the
destruction he caused. 
When their paths cross, Ben feels an
overwhelming need to protect Preston from his dangerous profession. As he
explains, “The streets are dangerous for men like us.” 
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the Author
Born
in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the
sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her
home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All
their children are grown.
A
bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the
famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her
husband’s middle name, with an additional d and s.
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introduces the story.

About the Author

Bestselling,
award-winning author, Collette Cameron, has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal
Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series, Highland
Heather Romancing a Scot Series
, and Conundrums
of the Misses Culpepper Series
, Collette writes Regency and Scottish
historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and
five mini-dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate
chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia,
and all things shabby chic or cobalt blue. You’ll always find dogs, birds,
quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.
Her
motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, too many
flowers, or too many books. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

Interview with Collette Cameron

Why did you write
this book?
Virtue and Valor is the second book
in my six-book Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series. The hero and heroine,
Yancy, the Earl of Ramsbury and Isobel Ferguson, were first introduced in my
Castle Brides series. I adored them as secondary characters and knew they both
needed their own stories. Actually, the demanded I write their stories. My
characters can be rather bossy.
It wasn’t until I was writing the
first book in the series, Triumph and Treasure, that I suddenly realized the
two of them were meant for each other. Naturally, I had to throw in a bunch of
conflict, danger and intrigue. I wouldn’t want to make it too easy for them to
have their happily-ever-after.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I love historical romances of just about any kind, but
especially those set in Europe.  Romance
and history; how could I go wrong reading that?
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Just one? 
I have three male crushes right
now. Jamie Fraiser (it’s the kilt!), the musketeer Aramis (the man’s just
yummy) and The Count of Monte Crist (dark, brooding, vengeful). 
What are you working on at the
moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m just finishing up Heartache and
Honor, the third book in the Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series.
I have three novella’s  to complete for projects with other authors,
and one of those stories is Bradford Kingsley’s.  He was introduced in A Kiss for Miss Kingsley
and was so widely popular with my readers, I decided to give him his own story.
When I’ve finished the
novella’s,  I’ll jump right into the
second book in my Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series, Schemes Gone
Amiss. Readers have been dying to read Blythe and Leventhorpe’s story.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Bartholomew Yancy never expected to
inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of
Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as
England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds
the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland
to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her. 
Disillusioned
with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual
intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the
Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors,
he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore,
his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his
attentions.
When
Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to
rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father
insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s
fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into
marriage. 
Can love unite a reluctant earl and
a disenchanted beauty?

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Title  Virtue and
Valor (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, Book 2)
Genre Scottish Regency-Historical Romance
Author  Collette
Cameron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):  R

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media
contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Hello, Goodbye by Tess
Delacour.
About the Book
Title Hello, Goodbye
Genre Contemporary
Romance
Author Tess Delacour
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
Mr. Push Pull is
about to meet Ms. Irresistible Force. 
The result?  Explosive!
Ryan Murphy is a
wounded man. He’s retreated behind a façade of indifference and refuses to
commit to anyone or anything besides his work. No woman has been able to break
through his hard shell since he was jilted at the altar, an experience that
left him anti-woman and anti-commitment.
Enter Jennifer
Kowalski, a no-nonsense tomboy who lives life to the fullest and gives herself
over to everything she does. She is a woman who can fire up in a heartbeat and
has the red hair to match. A tempest in a chamomile teacup, she is a breath of
fresh air in Ryan’s sour life.
Ryan and Jenn are
attorneys in the District Attorney’s Office. When their boss throws them
together to head up a new team, old wounds and long-buried desires flash to the
surface. Ryan pushes everyone away, can Jenn pull him in before he says
goodbye?
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Contemporary romance author Tess Delacour
writes fiction that will ignite your mind as well as your body. She fell in
love with the genre as a young girl after reading Pride and Prejudice. Hooked
by the ‘happily ever after’, romance fiction has been a lifelong obsession. She
calls her writing ‘sexy modern romance with a dose of fun and humor’. She attended
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergrad and law school, and currently
resides in rural Virginia with her family and dog.
She is a member or Romance Writers of America
and Virginia Romance Writers.
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Interview with Val Ruska

Tell us about
yourself, please.
Although
I am a musician by trade, I’ve recently become enamored with working with my
hands.  I enjoy sculpting three dimensional designs using metal. It is
exciting to watch it heat up, burn brightly, and then slowly cool off into a
unique, one of a kind creation I molded.  You can see my work displayed in
exhibits in Helsinki, London, and more recently in Paris.
I
put my music career on hold to focus on my sculptures and paintings. While
music will always be in my veins, I’m not sure if I want to continue on the
path of constant, non-stop touring.  Being on the road for over 14 years
wears out your body, mind, and soul.  I’ve seen it all – and traveled the
world, but I never really settled down, even though I’ve always considered
Helsinki my home. I took time off to focus on something that could anchor me
while still allowing my creative side to flow.
What
can I say about myself?  I’m a romantic at heart. I love the rush of being
in love. I fall fast and I fall hard. I’ve been hurt so many times in the past,
but I can only blame myself – I let my career get in the way of the ones I
loved. Instead of putting them first, music was always my priority – performing
was all that I knew how to do. A workaholic by nature, I’m often trapped in my
own head – which is something not many women understand.  I wasn’t sure I
ever wanted to be in a relationship again, until I saw Eve walk into the café
that day.  
She
was breathtakingly beautiful.  She walked into the café with a confidence
I hardly saw, and when her eyes met mine as she passed my table, I knew that I
had to have her. I had to make her mine.
What can you not do (but
need to do) during this story?
Somehow, I need to make Eve feel secure in the relationship,
safe in our play dynamic and have her gain an understanding of who I truly am –
without giving away too much.  I fear that if she learns how deep into the
lifestyle I am, she will run away.  I can’t let her know my past secrets,
all of my desires or why I struggle with power and control.
What inner doubt
causes you the most difficulty?
I
sometimes doubt my ability to keep Eve happy.  Eve is a multi-millionaire,
and I struggle knowing that she is the breadwinner of our family.  Sure, I
have more money than the average guy, but I just can’t compete with her
income.  I should be able to give her everything she’s ever wanted – and
that’s why she got the $250,000 engagement ring she was eyeing for weeks. 
Yes, it was more than a half of year’s salary for me, but she deserves
it.  But what if I can’t provide the lifestyle she is used to in the
future?
Emotionally,
I struggle with the balance of control between play time and real life.  I
fell in love with how independent and confident Eve was, but I sometimes long
to seize the reins and play for an extended period of time.  I fell in
love with her for who she was, but will she ever come to accept who I truly am?
In the story world
your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
While I never actually say it in the story, I fear losing
her. The biggest test occurs while I am recording my next album in LA and Jude
(Eve’s ex) tries to romance her back into his arms.  It was bad enough
that Eve sold him a 51% stake in her company when she sold off the business,
but now Jude is in NY learning the ropes and by her side.  I don’t trust
him.  He’s a sleazy Hollywood entertainment agent that will try anything,
and I mean anything – from lying about me and manipulating the situation
– to win her back.  I can’t let that happen.  I won’t let it
happen.  But will she?
What is your family
like?
My
mom and dad own their own custom lingerie and costume shop in the heart of
Helsinki. My mother designs her very own creations by hand and my dad runs the
day to day business end of it.  I guess I got my creative streak from her.
I
have two younger siblings: Jenni and Eero.  Jenni works as a newspaper
reporter and moonlights as a dominatrix.  She is like a twin to me, even
though she is the youngest of the three of us. Eero is the classic middle child
– and we fight most of the time.
My
parents are very accepting of the lifestyle I lead and have always been my
biggest supporters.  They have known I have been involved in the BDSM
scene since I was 18.  Why are they so accepting? Well, mom designs most
of the costumes for the underground club The Society (which I am on the board
of directors for, more about that in the next book).  My guess is that
they may have their fun too… like father like son, perhaps?
Eventually,
I long for Eve and me to have a family to call our own.  Maybe we can
finally settle down and be a normal couple, with a few kids, two cats in the
yard and a white picket fence.  Eh, who am I kidding? I’ll never be
“normal”.
What special skills
do you rely on?
Does my tongue count?  I can use it in more ways than
one…
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want
it to be, and why?
Any
of my ex girlfriends, but mainly the last one, Kat. Kat has the potential to
destroy my relationship with Eve if she told her about our past, including that
we lived in TPE (a total power exchange, which is something I told Eve I did
not want for us, and which I don’t want). 
But
more than that, the last time I saw Kat, she attempted to murder me.  In a
drunken rage, she attacked me in the middle of the night while I was sleeping
with a baseball bat to my skull.  She ranted that if I couldn’t hear, I
couldn’t sing.  The only thing that remains of that night is a loss of
hearing in my ear, panic attacks and insomnia.   I’m afraid though,
that she may be coming back for a visit soon. 
Why are you happy (or
not happy) with the way your story ended?
Now, I can’t give away the ending, that’s not fair to the
readers!  You’ll have to go and buy the book to see if Eve and I lived
happily ever after. I hope the novel will satisfy your desires and leave you
longing for more – because we aren’t finished with our tale.

About the Writer

What was your biggest
challenge in writing this book?
The biggest challenge was trying to describe Helsinki
without ever visiting it.  I traveled to Finland a few months after
writing the first draft so details about the location were added in during
editing.  It was much easier for me to capture the spirit of the city
after I was there a few times.
Why did you choose
this character for the interview today?
I received some feedback from readers wanting to know more
about Val and what makes him tick.  I heard that he was a mystery and they
wanted to hear his point of view.  I hope this will give readers a little
bit of insight into his personality.  
Are any sequels
planned for this book?
Yes! The second book, The Society is already written and is
in the process of being edited.  I hope it will be released later this
year.  A third book in the series is currently in progress and is tentatively
titled, The Secret.
What genre(s) would
you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I have an idea for a Young Adult love story, but I am still
toying with it.  Perhaps one day, I’ll write it.
What would your
readers be surprised to learn about you?
I have my Master’s degree in Criminal Justice but never
really put it to use – I opened my own wedding business in 2003 and I have seen
it all:  from rustic backyard BBQ weddings, to lavish affairs.  I’ve
been involved with over 80,000 weddings and events – although I’m not a wedding
planner like Eve, I only supply items and decor for weddings. 
Why should readers
who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
If you loved 50 Shades of Grey, The Story of O and/or The
Sleeping Beauty Series, give my series Eros’ Edge a try.  I’ve received
lots of positive feedback that it was an excellent, quick read – even though
its 122,000 words in length. 
I describe the story as The Wedding Planner meets Carrie
Bradshaw (Sex and the City) combined with The Story of O set to a rock n roll
soundtrack. Plus it’s set in an exotic locale. It has sex, love and rock n
roll, baby – what’s not to love?
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your readers?
If you have any questions about the book or its characters
or want to talk about the novel, feel free to connect with me on one of my
social media accounts.  I love to talk to readers and would love to hear
from you.

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Title:
The Sanctuary (Eros’ Edge Book 1)
Genre:
Erotic Romance
Author:
Arika Stone
Book
heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Eve Lauren has it all — an elite New
York City wedding and event planning business and a fabulous jet-setting life.
When she discovers her fiancé, Jude Wright, cheated, she loses the joie de
vivre for everything wedding related and gives up on ever finding romance. She
escapes to Helsinki for vacation — a place she describes as “moody and dark.”
It’s exactly how she feels after being burned by Jude.
Val Ruska isn’t looking for love. Infamous for being one of the most elusive
rock stars to bed, the musician turned brooding artist can have any woman he
wants, but doesn’t. Not any woman will do. But he’s intrigued by Eve, a single
American woman dining alone, and invites her to dinner.
Val rocks Eve’s world as hard and fast
as the music he plays. Eve explores her deepest erotic fantasies with him and
finds a side of herself that she didn’t know existed. Their relationship causes
Eve to question everything she believes about sex, love, and starting a family.
Val can give her everything she’s ever dreamed of, if she’s willing to submit
to his desires. But is she ready to give up her life in exchange for his?
Reality sinks in when she returns to New York City and Jude seizes the
opportunity to win her back—but Val isn’t so eager to let her go.

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Author Bio

Arika Stone is an erotic
romance author born and raised in New York City, but she currently resides in
New Jersey. An expert in the wedding industry with over twelve years of
experience, Arika has seen it all: from glamorous balls to rustic, intimate
affairs. Several years ago, she caught the travel bug and visited Europe but
fell in love with Finland–and fell in love there too. Filled with wanderlust,
she’s always dreaming of her next trip and her next story. Join her on her next
adventure and get lost between reality and fiction.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is When Promise Meets Passion by Nicole Morgan.

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Title: When Promise Meets Passion
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Author: Nicole Morgan
Book heat level: R
When Cole Bottego met Leah Allbright she was just a girl, the younger sister of his Marine buddy, Dex. Both of their lives were changed forever in 2007 when an IED killed Dex. In his friend’s final moments, Cole promised to always look out for Leah.
Years pass and Cole keeps his promise. Now grown, Leah is a rookie police officer under the watchful eye of her police chief, Cole. The dynamics of their new roles prove to be more than either of them were prepared for. After years of being best friends they find their feelings changing and complicating their once-easy camaraderie.
Will temptation prove to be too strong for either of them to resist as they’re given a chance to have something neither of them knew they wanted? Or will Cole push his desires aside because of a promise he made years earlier to a dying friend?

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About the Author

Nicole Morgan is a multi-published author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. While she’s written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more often than not be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
Nicole currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region where she continues to gain support and inspiration from life’s everyday blessings.

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Meet Paul “Flipper” O’Riley from Shore to Please

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Title: Shore to Please
Genre: Romantic suspense
Author: Annette Mardis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Tara Langley thought she’d found the
love of her life, but he betrayed her with another woman. So she buried herself
in her mission: convincing Gulf Shore Aquarium that dolphins and whales belong
in the wild, not in artificial pools.
If Tara had her way, Paul “Flipper”
O’Riley would lose the job he loves. Flipper is the head dolphin trainer, and
the aquarium’s dolphins are his babies. While he’s open to having a real family
one day, the last person he would choose to be his wife and the mother of his
children would be Tara.
These two should be sworn enemies,
after all. He certainly swears at the sight of her. And his surfer-dude looks
and lover-boy reputation aren’t exactly what Ms. Prim and Tidy had in mind when
she pictured her ideal man.
But in the age-old way of opposites
attracting, Tara and Flipper find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other.
There’s no possible way a relationship between them could work, right?
As the two try to find common ground
amid all the quicksand, Flipper and his coworkers become the targets of an
increasingly more menacing campaign to force the aquarium to release the
dolphins under its care. Will Gulf Shore Police Detective Joanna Tompkins catch
the culprit before it’s too late?

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Name: Paul “Flipper” O’Riley
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama
Profession: Head dolphin trainer, Gulf Shore Aquarium
Welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you
better. Please tell us about yourself.
I decided as a kid that I wanted to be either a dolphin
trainer or a professional baseball player. I went to college on an athletic
scholarship, but I knew I wasn’t good enough to make it to the Major Leagues. I
got my degree in interdisciplinary studies with an animal behavior
concentration, worked with beluga whales during an internship, and was lucky
enough to land a job in Gulf Shore in a highly competitive field. For some
reason, though, there’s this idea that I’m some kind of beach bum and a real
player with women. I guess that’s partly my fault because dolphin trainers are
like rock stars in the Florida beach town I live in, and I get plenty of
attention from ladies who say they like the way I fill out my wet suit. But I
got my heart broken a while back and don’t go out on as many dates as people
think. Right now, I’ve got my eye on a woman who’s wrong for me in so many
ways. Still, I can’t stop thinking about her and wishing we could find a way to
make it work.
What are two places
you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’d like to go to one of those remote lodges along the
Hudson Bay coast in Canada to see polar bears and beluga whales in the wild. And
maybe the Northern Lights, too. Seeing marine animals in their natural habitats
is always an awe-inspiring experience for me. I’d also love to go on a Danube
River cruise in Europe. There’s one trip that includes tulips field and
windmills in Holland, castles in Germany and vineyards in Austria. I think that
would be very romantic and something Tara would love. Can you believe I’m
fantasizing about seeing those sights with her?
Where is a place you
would never like to return, and why?
I’d have to say St. Augustine, Florida, the first six months
after my family moved there. I was 12 years old, and it was really tough being
the new kid. I hadn’t grown into my body yet and was very gangly and awkward.
Plus, my classmates made fun of the way I talked, so I forced myself to speak
without an accent until it became second nature. My parents were hurt at first
because they assumed I was ashamed of my roots. I think they finally understood
after my sister stopped using certain expressions she thought made her sound
too redneck.
Who is someone you
would like to meet, and why?
My paternal grandfather, who died when I was a baby. I wish
I’d gotten to know him. He was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded
during World War II. My parents said he doted on all his grandchildren and that
he was a big baseball fan. It would’ve been fun to sit and watch games with
him.
Who is someone you
would like to avoid, and why?
Steven Christianson, Tara’s ex-boyfriend. I’d be compelled
to punch him in the face for treating her so badly. But I guess if he hadn’t
cheated on her, they might still be together, so maybe I should thank him for
being such a tool.
If you could time
travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d go back to the 1920s to New York to watch Babe Ruth
play. Seeing him knock one out at the original Yankee Stadium would be a
baseball fan’s dream come true. 
What is your birth
order?
I’m the youngest of two.
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
My parents bought me one of those wiffle ball/plastic bat
combos, and my dad spent hours pitching to me. Those are some of my fondest
memories from childhood.
Describe your
favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I love filet mignon cooked medium well on the grill and
topped with mushrooms sautéed in melted butter with a touch of garlic, plus sea
salt and cracked black pepper. Pair that with a baked potato with butter, sour
cream, cheese and crumbled bacon. Man, my stomach is rumbling just thinking
about it.
Tell us about your
best friend.
Evan Sanders is the chief photographer/videographer at Gulf
Shore Aquarium. We’ve spent a lot of time together playing darts, drinking beer
and eating wings at Bikini Barb’s Bar & Grill, and we’re also on the same
softball team. He’s just a good guy who’s easy to be around. I narrated a
documentary he did on Trident, a baby dolphin the aquarium rescued, and Evan’s insanely
talented. He’s engaged now to Dani Davidson, and I couldn’t be happier that
he’s found the love of his life. I’ll be honored to be the best man at his
wedding.

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Author Bio

As a girl, Annette dreamed of
being an astronaut, but she stank at science and math and became motion
sick riding the bus home from school. So she went with her second
choice—newspaper journalist—and stuck with it for more than three decades.
After years of ignoring well-meaning people who said, “You should write a book,”
she finally did. And then she wrote a few more. When she’s not working,
Annette usually has her nose in someone else’s novel or her gaze
glued to sports on TV. She has three totally spoiled pets, enjoys being
the designated sightseer on her husband’s Harley, and volunteers at Clearwater
Marine Aquarium, home of diva dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale films.

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