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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Forsaken by Connie Ann Michael @connieamichael #RLFblog #YA #PNRWelcome Connie Ann Michael author of Forsaken, a new Young Adult paranormal.

Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because I see environmental issues that governments around the world are ignoring, that are going to have great ramifications on our world. This book is what I think could happen.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love anything Young Adult.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I love my character of Raven in my series 1000 Moments.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on the sequel to Forsaken as well as another college age story.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Hopefully the final book in the Forsaken series, along with a prequel to the story.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Eighteen-year-old Oli cannot remember life outside the barrier, a life before the oil spill that poisoned human kind, killing half the population and infecting the other half until they deteriorated from the inside out, forced to walk the earth as Screamers. It’s a dangerous new world in which barely anyone makes it past the age of twenty, and Oli’s time is running out.

Genre YA Dystopian

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Publisher Anaiah Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Forsaken-Screamers-Book-Connie-Michael-ebook/dp/B072LNKWGS/

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forsaken-connie-ann-michael/1126419537?ean=2940154376621

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/forsaken-61

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/724991

Connie Ann Michael Social Media

Connie was born and raised in Seattle Washington but recently moved to Montana. She lives with her husband and her two dogs and enjoys any activity which will get her outdoors. Connie has two sons who have successfully graduated from college.

Blog http://connie-avidreader.blogspot.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/connieamichael

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/connieannmichael/

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/connieamichale/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Connie-Ann-Michael/e/B00H4LEH5C/

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Love Song by KG Fletcher @kgfletcher3 #RLFblog #romance #suspenseHer heart searched for a melody. Will the love song she finally hears be loud enough to drown out the screaming memories of her past?

Back-up singer Casey lived the old anthem, “work hard, play harder.” When she meets handsome sub-drummer, Sam Wildner on a gig, their attraction is immediate. The two musicians forge ahead in a dizzy rhythm of passion and music, both impressed by each other’s harmonious abilities. When Sam learns of Casey’s family trauma involving her sister’s abusive ex-boyfriend, he commits to being there for her and her young niece who is caught in the middle.

The melody of their love song rings loudly in Casey’s ears as she and Sam navigate the precarious fast lane of jealousy, murder and rock ‘n roll.

Genre Romance Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Inkspell Publishing
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFVWQR2
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-song-25

KG Fletcher Social Media

KG Fletcher is the author of the romantic suspense novel, Love Song released in April, 2017 and Unexpected released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute.” (www.almosteltonjohn.com )

KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels. Her third novel, The Nearness of You, will be released in October, 2017.

Website: http://kgfletcherauthor.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kgfletcher3
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kgfletcherauthor
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kellyf9393/
Amazon: http://Amazon.com/author/kgfletcher
Cabaret Act: http://kgfletcherauthor.com/cabaret.html

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The Duchess and the Highwayman by Beverley Oakley @BeverleyOakley #RLFblog #historical #romanceToday’s featured book is The Duchess and the Highwayman, a historical romance by Beverley Oakley.

A duchess disguised as a lady’s maid; a gentleman parading as a highwayman.

She’s on the run from a murderer, he’s in pursuit of one…

In a remote Norfolk manor, Phoebe, Lady Cavanaugh is wrongfully accused by her servants of her brutal husband’s murder.

There’s little sympathy in the district for the duchess who’s taken a lover and made clear she despised her husband. The local magistrate has also vowed revenge since Lady Cavanaugh rebuffed his advances.

When Phoebe is discovered in the forest wearing only a chemise stained with the blood of her murdered husband, she persuades the noble ‘highwayman’ who rescues her that she is Lady Cavanaugh’s maidservant.

Hugh Redding has his own reasons for hunting down the man who would have Phoebe tried and hanged for murder. He plans to turn ‘the maidservant with aspirations above her station’ into the ‘lady’ who might testify against the very villain who would see Phoebe dead.

But despite the fierce attraction between Phoebe and the ‘highwayman’, Phoebe is not in a position to admit she’s the ‘murderous duchess’ hunted across the land.

Seizing an opportunity to strike at the social and financial standing of the man who has profited by her distress, Phoebe is drawn into a dangerous intrigue.

But when disaster strikes, she fears Hugh will lack the sympathy or understanding of her unusual predicament to even want to save her a second time.

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):Mature Audience
Amazon http://amzn.to/2tccnQu
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-duchess-and-the-highwayman-beverley-oakley/1126090420?ean=2940154264928
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Beverley Oakley Social Media

Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.

Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances starring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.

Website http://www.beverleyoakley.com/
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Mission to Mahjundar by Veronica Scott @vscotttheauthor #RLFblog #SciFi #scifiromToday’s featured book is Mission to Mahjundar by Veronica Scott. Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

An attempted assassination left Princess Shalira blind as a child and, now that she’s of marriageable age, her prospects are not good because of her disability. She’s resigned herself to an arranged marriage rather than face life under the thumb of her cold stepmother. But then she meets Mike Varone, a Sectors Special Forces officer sent to Mahjundar by the intergalactic government to retrieve a ship lost in her planet’s mountains. After Mike saves Shalira from another assassination attempt, she arranges for him to escort her across the planet to her future husband. She’s already falling hard for the deadly offworlder and knows she should deny herself the temptation he represents, but taking Mike along to protect her is the only way she’ll live long enough to escape her ruthless stepmother.

Mike, for his part, resists his growing attraction to the princess; he has a mission on this planet and rescuing the vulnerable but brave princess isn’t it. No matter how much he wishes it could be.

But what should have been an easy trek through Mahjundar’s peaceful lands swiftly turns into an ambush with danger around every turn. Shalira’s marriage begins to seem less like an arranged union and more like yet another planned assassination. The more they work together to survive, the harder it becomes to stop themselves from falling in love. Caught in a race against time, can they escape the hostile forces hunting them and make it off the planet?

What species/races of people are in your book?

Humans descended from Terran colonists and the local population of the planet, who are humanoid.

Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?

The legendary ‘cherindor’, which are sacred to the royal family of the planet. They are represented as huge winged felines with barbed tails and three eyes.

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?

My characters primarily speak the interstellar common language Basic, but people around them speak Mahjundan and other local languages. My military Special Forces hero from the Sectors has been hypnotrained in the primary language before the mission began. He has a guide assigned to assist him with the more regional dialects.

What special laws are important to your story world?

Since the planet isn’t as technologically advanced as many in the Sectors, the hero isn’t supposed to be using ‘modern’ weapons, but he’s brought some on the job anyway. Never be without your trusty blaster in a scifi romance! The heroine, Princess Shalira, has been promised in marriage by her father the emperor, to a feudal warlord as part of a treaty. Part of the plot hinges on the necessity for her to undergo certain rituals and recover tribal clan insignia from her late mother’s tomb. Mike, the hero, gets drawn into this journey and becomes quite enmeshed in the mysticism and magic of the planet while trying to protect her and accomplish his own mission.

What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?

Shalira was left blind as a result of the assassination attempt on her as a child, so she deals with that every day. She is less respected by her people, because she isn’t a ‘perfect’ imperial princess. Ironically one of the fierce indigenous peoples they encounter on the journey view her blindness as making her a perfect messenger to and from their gods. The high priests in the mountain city fight over her, while planning to kill Mike as a sacrifice to their cruel gods.

Story Setting

What makes this world unique?

The old gods are fading away on Mahjundar as people turn to worshipping newer deities, but the primitive pantheon still wields power. Shalira is one of the people able to draw on that power, which makes her vulnerable to a number of scheming factions.

Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc

.In the Sectors, one of my world building tenets is that many worlds have been found to have similar species, and human or humanlike races. I leave open to speculation the root cause as to why that should be. Ancient visitors? Or? Mahjundar is the same, with its own unique flora and fauna as well.

What food or drink is available to your characters?

While on the planet Mike eats the same diet as the locals, and has had injects against any toxins that might affect a Terran-descent human. I’d say the main thing everyone has to watch out for is the local black wine, which is highly intoxicating!

In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available)

I don’t typically do a map or a sketch for my books. I hold the information in my head. My only exception to date has been when I write stories set on large spaceships, where I have drawn a rough model and identified which decks hold what.

What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?

Make it interesting, be consistent in your details and let your imagination soar. That’s the best part about science fiction – you can establish literally any setting for your story.

You’ve posed a number of detailed questions on language, culture, world building, research, etc., which I’ve chosen not to address today because my primary emphasis in any of my novels is the characters, the romance, the action and the adventure. Long ago I established my overarching framework for the Sectors, which is my interstellar civilization. I do of course develop details for whatever planet the particular story is taking place on, but not to the depth your excellent questions were attempting to measure. As I write each novel I may do research on isolated facets of the particular story – for Mahjundar I spent a lot of time reading up on various causes of blindness, for example, but I also drew heavily on my personal experience with a close friend from college who was blind. I had previously done much research on the Aztecs and the Mayans, aspects of which I applied to some of the indigenous societies my characters encountered. The character Tlazomiccuhtli, the ancient and blood thirsty god worshipped by one tribe on this planet, is based in part on my own encounter with a truly horrific Aztec deity (in statue form luckily) in a Mexico City museum years ago.

Google and Wikipedia are an author’s friends when doing research, as places to start at any rate, and identify other sources to dive more deeply into as needed. (I do have a huge personal library of scholarly tomes to consult for the research that goes into my ancient Egyptian paranormal romances.)

But to a large extent, the conditions encountered on any planet in my scifi universe derive from my own imagination and will only be as detailed and pervasive as the story I’m trying to tell demands. So some of the books may have a lot of planet-specific worldbuilding development – Escape from Zulaire for example – and others quite a bit less.

Specific science fiction genre: Romance, action adventure
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13+
Publisher Self
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Mahjundar-Veronica-Scott-ebook/dp/B00MRLXPQ6
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mission-to-mahjundar-veronica-scott/1120154499?ean=2940150562431
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Veronica Scott Social Media

Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
Blog: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vscotttheauthor
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/
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Disobedience By Design by Regina Kammer @Kammerotica #RLFblog #historicalromanceToday’s featured book is Disobedience By Design by Regina Kammer.

In 1860, the railways of Victorian England transport American stevedore Joseph Phillips to the lush countryside of Lincolnshire…and into the arms of Lady Sophia Harwell. But Sophia is betrothed to a violent villain who wants only two things: her virginity and her dowry. Can Joseph save his beloved without scandalizing upper-class British society?

The Lady…

Lady Sophia Harwell has just been presented to Society—and its eligible bachelors—and is quite unimpressed. Her parents are encouraging the suit of the Duke of Royston, a man older than her father! Yet free-spirited Sophia is smitten with Joseph, her brother’s handsome American business partner, a man who introduces her to sensual delights beyond the bounds of propriety and the dictates of her social standing.

…And The Laborer

Joseph Phillips is out of his depth amongst the British aristocracy trying to secure investors for his American railroad enterprise. To make matters worse, he can’t keep his hands off his business partner’s sister. Sophia is far out of his league and expected to marry a duke. But when the duke reveals his villainy, Joseph decides some risks are worth taking, and, to protect Sophia, he embarks upon a partnership of an entirely unexpected nature.

The Harwell Heirs

Victorian aristocracy has very strict rules concerning marital connections and familial obligations. But the Harwell heirs—Helena, Sophia, and Arthur—discover love doesn’t always follow the rules. Scandalous affairs force these scions of society to choose between duty and desire, deference and destiny.

Book 1: The Pleasure Device
Book 2: Disobedience By Design
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays
Genre Historical erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Disobedience-Design-Harwell-Heirs-Book-ebook/dp/B01BMMYST8/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/disobedience-by-design-regina-kammer/1120029698?ean=2940157828202
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Regina Kammer Author Social Media

Regina is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

Website http://kammerotica.com/
Blog http://kammerotica.com/blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/Kammerotica
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444724.Regina_Kammer
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Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0054EIEMI/

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Is It True: Crimson Dreams by Margaret L Carter #RLFblog #vampire #PNR

Play Is It True with today’s guest Margaret L Carter, author of Crimson Dreams, a Vampire Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

The summer when Heather was eighteen, her dream beast’s nightly visits warded off loneliness and swept her away in flights of ecstasy. Now, returning to the mountains to sell her dead parents’ vacation cabin, she finds her “beast” again. But he turns out to be more than a dream. She meets Devin in the flesh, apparently not a day older. His first human lover, centuries in the past, died horribly because of her devotion to him. Does he dare to expose another mortal woman to that risk?

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Genre: Vampire Romance

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No.
this book is part of a series?
Yes, my “Vanishing Breed” vampire universe. Almost all the novels and stores can be read on their own.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. I lose sleep about some things, but not writing.
you did research for this book?
Yes, some fact-checking about the setting, based on a location in the Shenandoah National Park we visit every summer.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes, a Golden Retriever, and of course the vampire hero. My vampires are members of another species, not supernatural undead.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes, if you count fantasy and romance as two genres; no, if you consider paranormal romance a genre in its own right.
you speak more than one language?
Yes, sort of. I studied Latin for five years in high school, but it’s a case more of reading it than speaking it. I’ve also taken a little French and German.
you grew up where you live now?
No.
you love to read?
Yes, ever since I was four years old.
you are never late?
No, but hardly ever.
you love pizza?
Yes—at least, I like it.
you love sushi?
Yes!
you have a pet?
Yes, three pets, a St. Bernard and two cats.
Where can we find your book online?
Publisher: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Crimson-Dreams.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071P7LCQH

Margaret L Carter Social Media

Reading Dracula at the age of twelve ignited Margaret L Carter’s interest in a wide range of speculative fiction. Vampires, however, have always remained close to her heart. Her work on vampirism in literature includes Dracula: the Vampire and the Critics, The Vampire in Literature: a Critical Bibliography, and Different Blood: the Vampire as Alien. In fiction, she has written horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance. Recent publications include Crimson Dreams (vampire romance) and Legacy of Magic (sword and sorcery, in collaboration with her husband, Leslie Roy Carter). “A Walk In The Mountains,” co-written with her husband, appeared in the 2016 anthology Realms of Darkover. A sequel, “Believing,” was included in Masques of Darkover (2017).

Website: http://www.margaretlcarter.com
Blog: http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Margaret-L-Carter-212888768731562/
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The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseToday’s featured book is The Perfect Pitch, book 1 of The Seaside Boulevard Series, romantic suspense by Karen Cino.

Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control.

The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring. Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?

Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
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Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

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Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
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The Dead Man's Treasure by @Kris_Bock #RLFblog #romance #suspenseToday’s featured book is a romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, by Kris Bock.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website: http://www.krisbock.com/the_dead_man_s_treasure__125081.htm for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.

The first book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.

Amazon http://bookShow.me/B00SJXNBUG
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-mans-treasure-kris-bock/1121120000

Kris Bock Social Media

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com
Website http://www.krisbock.com/
Blog http://swarmchairtraveler.blogspot.com/
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Storm Lake Boxed Set by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #paranormalToday’s featured book is the Storm Lake boxed set, a paranormal by Livia Quinn.

Welcome to Destiny, or should I say, Middle Earth?

I took the Sheriff position in Destiny thinking it a quaint, safe, normal small town – like Mayberry, but that ship sailed after I met Tempest Pomeroy – trouble magnet, storm witch, daughter of a Djinn and Tempestaerie, friend to dragons, fae, witches, and vampires.

Holy… to say my life had gone FUBAR was like saying Wolverine’s fingernails were long enough for a manicure. For a man who prided himself on being in control, never confronting a situation I couldn’t handle, suddenly I was face to face with my own delusions.

I may have thought that was the last straw. But there was always another haystack.

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Stressing Miss Elizabeth Atwell from Only a Hero Will Do @alannalucas27 #RLFblog #genreA feisty heiress and a dashing ex-army captain working together to defeat dark forces threatening Britain’s monarchy. Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas

Defender of the realm…and his wary heart…

Stressing Miss Elizabeth Atwell

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.
Age: 26
Birthplace: England
Profession: spy (shh! don’t tell)
Ethnicity: British
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Being the daughter of a viscount, Elizabeth is no stranger to the elegant ballrooms of the ton, however even she finds Lady Caper’s soirées far too tedious and overcrowded. Despite the opulence of the environment, lovely music, and the company of her dear friend, Elizabeth is too focused on her mission to enjoy the evening.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Elizabeth does not want to be there, but is quite proficient at putting on a good show for the sake of propriety. None would suspect she’s only at the party to keep an eye on the man suspected of acts against the crown.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle, but always on the look for possible danger.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
She doesn’t drink.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
None of those ;-) It would be to receive a secret missive that needs to be decoded.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She is the friend that others latch onto.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Depends on who is involved. She doesn’t want to giveaway her secret ;-)
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Of course not! She may be a spy, but she’s still a lady.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
If anything, Elizabeth leaves early.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
Elizabeth is not some simpering miss. She will defend herself and her actions.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Run and investigate.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
That Typhon- the elusive antagonist in Only a Hero Will Do- or one of his lackey’s has infiltrated the ton.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
Pulls out her pocket pistol from her thigh holster and goes after the assailant.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
Never give up, that’s for certain! Perhaps restrategize a little and then rise to the occasion.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
Miss Elizabeth Atwell is the daughter of a viscount and knows how to put on a good show for the sake of propriety.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
Take control, of course.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
“This is your chance to prove that you do belong. You are a spy.”
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
I wouldn’t have asked you to be part of the Legion if I didn’t believe you were capable.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
Being told she would never have a place in a man’s world. She was going to prove every naysayer wrong.

Only a Hero Will Do

Captain Grant Alexander is an enigma in London society. Dashing and handsome, he coldly eschews marriage. But the ton knows nothing of his role in the Legion: to bring Typhon, the traitor who seeks to destroy the British monarchy, to justice.

When Grant is thrown together with fellow Legion member Elizabeth Atwell, he’s instantly beguiled yet exasperated by this beautiful viscount’s daughter. She has little interest in combing the marriage mart for a well-bred, well-heeled husband, but is adept at code-breaking and handling a bow and arrow. She also refuses to do as she is told, insisting she accompany Grant on his mission.

As Typhon continues to evade capture and dark forces are at work, Grant realizes he must act, not only to protect the realm but Elizabeth too…not to mention his heart, which is in danger of thawing every time she comes close…

Genre Historical romance- Regency
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Self-pub
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Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, and spending time with family.

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