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Category Archives: Contemporary

Romance set in modern times during present day.

Meet Dr. Aaron Kendall from Not Through Loving You @pat_preston #RLFblog #genreWelcome Aaron from Not Through Loving You, a new single title contemporary romance.

In the Southern town of Lafayette Falls, a new life brings together a woman with everything to lose and a doctor with everything to prove.

When a sickly infant is surrendered at the Lafayette Falls Medical Center, and orphaned soon after, pediatrician Aaron Kendall arranges to adopt him. After a painful divorce, the busy baby doc is about to realize his own dream of becoming a father when the baby’s beautiful estranged aunt turns up. She doesn’t exactly approve of the Kendall bachelor pad complete with Aaron’s cranky dad and wacky brother, forcing Aaron to form a risky alliance with her.

Country singer-songwriter Lia Montgomery barely knew her half-sister, but she’s determined her tiny nephew goes to a good home. If only she fit the bill herself, but her stressful life on the road is no place for a baby. Yet despite her misgivings, as she gets to know Aaron, she realizes the smart and sexy doctor is everything a child could want in a dad and more unsettling, everything she’s ever hoped for in a man. After all she’s put him through, is it too late to form a family and maybe put a song in the good doctor’s heart?

Genre contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Kensington Books
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Introducing Dr. Aaron Kendall

Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Tennessee
Profession: pediatrician/neonataology

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m tall. Six three and I have athletic build. I inherited my mother’s black hair and blue that were passed down from her Irish ancestors.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Lafayette Falls, Tennessee where I practice medicine. I’m a partner at the Lafayette Falls Childrens’ Clinic. I completed a fellowship in neonatology and I’m the medical director of the newborn nursery at the medical center. I love sports and I played college baseball. I live in a large log-and-stone house on a wooded lot in the country. I bought with the intention of raising a family there. After my divorce, I kept the house and now my cranky widowed father lives with me and my youngest brother, a frat boy/con artist, comes and goes.

Who is the significant other in your life?

After my painful divorce, I decided to take a break from love and serious relationships. That was before my life got upended by Lia Montgomery.

How do you dress?

I wear scrubs at work. Tee shirts and jeans at home. I like pin-striped dress shirts and slacks when I go out.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

I live comfortably and I don’t really want for anything in the way of material items. My heart longs for what money can’t buy: true love.

What is your family like?

My mother, a nurse, has passed away. My dad, Frank, is a retired cop and he is very outspoken at times. I have three brothers. I’m the oldest. Two of my brothers live out-of-state and my youngest brother, Stevie, is still in college. He’s been in college several years now. Stevie is something of a con artist and I never know if he’s telling me the truth, but he’s fun to be with and I love him.

Do you have children?

No, but I am in the process of adopting an unwanted baby. I have always wanted children and I had hoped my wife and I would have a large family, but that wasn’t to be.

Now I have a second chance at having a son and I’m thrilled.

What past event causes you the most fear?

The day I came home and found a note from my wife. She had left. She loved another man whom she had been seeing and who was the father of the child she was expecting. I had no idea and I was shattered to lose her as well as the baby I thought was mine. I never want that to happen to me again.

Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?

Lia. She’s Baby John’s aunt and when she arrives, everything in my world changes. All my plans for adopting John are in jeopardy because, well, she showed up during a bachelor party my dad was having for a friend. Needless to say, she got the wrong impression of me because I’d had a few drinks, the house was mess and we had several blow up dolls and porn on TV. She was horrified with me and the fact that I was single makes me totally unacceptable. Unfortunately, I am attracted to her, like love-at-first-sight, so I may be in trouble. You can read Chapter 1 to see what I mean.

Patricia Preston Social Media

Award-winning author Patricia Preston writes mainstream romance, historical romance and comic short stories. She is represented by the Seymour Agency. She is the author of a mainstream contemporary romances, Love Heals All, for Kensington Books/Lyrical Press imprint. Her other romance titles include a historical, To Save a Lady, a romantic adventure set in the French Quarter during the Battle of New Orleans. She also has a short story anthology, Dixie Darlings, available in print. Besides writing she loves music, photography, graphic design, and visiting her favorite historical locales including the French Quarter and the Natchez Trace.

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Gun for Hire by JJ Montgomery @j_j_montgomery #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseIn JJ Montgomery’s Gun for Hire, nothing is as easy as it seems.

The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

JJ Montgomery Social Media

JJ Montgomery writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in JJ’s Maui Heat Series.

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:



Undeniable Love by Susan V Vaughn @susanvaughn1124 #RLFblog #contemporary #romanceToday’s featured book is Undeniable Love, a contemporary romance by Susan V Vaughn.

Shane Reed won’t be swayed by love. He’s a city boy with a passion for tattoos and melting women’s hearts. Until he finds his bachelor status threatened by a beautiful news reporter he just can’t seem to forget.

Josie Brooks won’t let anything get in her way. She’s in Chicago to make her weather correspondent dreams come true. But when a dashing stranger comes crashing into her life, can she really ignore her heart’s desire to save her career?

When two paths entangle…resolves can be broken, hearts can be stolen, and a love can become undeniable.

Undeniable Love’s Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Inkspell Publishing

Susan V Vaughn Social Media

Romance Author Susan V Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.

It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.

Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.

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Proud Mary by Liza O'Connor @Liza0Connor #RLFblog #Contemporary SuspenseToday’s featured book is Proud Mary, a Contemporary Suspense by Liza O’Connor.

Mary Mason may have lost her job and reputation, but she has too much pride to allow vengeful women and their manipulative husbands to destroy her life and steal her new born babies. Unfortunately, pride alone isn’t going to save her.

When Captain Chad Danton answers a call about a prostitute soliciting at the local library, he discovers a determined woman in desperate need of medical care. Upon hearing Mary’s story, he resolves to help her, not realizing her enemies will join those who wish to destroy his career.

Genre Contemporary Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Publisher New Authors Online

Liza O’Connor Social Media

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

Novels by Liza
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Stealing Blue by DP Denman @dpdenman #RLFblog #GayRomanceToday’s featured book is Stealing Blue, a Gay Romance by DP Denman.

All is fair in love and war. Let the battle begin!

From award-winning author, D.P. Denman comes the continuing story of Brady and Blue! A hot new rock star shows up in Vancouver, and Blue Atkins’ career turns out to be more explosive than anyone imagined. His first shot at producing traps him between the kid determined to have him and the boyfriend determined to blame him.

The young singer’s desperate antics crank up Brady’s jealousy and drive Blue out of both their lives into new opportunities and the arms of another man. Read this exciting new installment in the Blue Series and find out if Brady can bring him home before he loses Blue to a sparkling new life in Los Angeles.

Genre Contemporary Gay Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher North Shore Press
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DP Denman Social Media

Award-winning author DP Denman writes addictive, character-driven contemporary gay romance from a soggy neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest. Her stories are real and intense, guaranteed to pull you in and hold you hostage to the last word.

In her spare time, she is an LGBTQIA rights activist and 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

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More Beginnings by Iris Blobel @_iris_ b #RLFblog #RomanceWelcome Iris Blobel author of More Beginnings, a new Contemporary Romance.

Why did you write this book?

More Beginnings is the second book in the Beginnings series. A few years ago, I travelled to Hobart in Tasmania and instantly fell in love with the city. Despite Hobart being a capital, it is small compared to other major cities in Australia, so I thought about characters moving from Sydney. It snow balled from there: the first book New Beginnings tells the story about Sophie and Mia Levesque’s move and their new start. I loved the characters, so Sophie’s neighbour, Zach, was given his own story as well.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like a good mystery or crime story. After all these years, I still love the Jack Reacher stories by Lee Child.

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

I’d say Jack Reacher. But there’s also Jax and Sawyer from Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. And I looooove Ivan from “If You Could See Me Now” by Cecelia Ahern

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently polishing the last Beginnings book “Fresh Beginnings” for re-release. At the same time I’m adding the final touch of a book which is mainly set in New Zealand – something different for me, and I cannot wait for it to be released.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I have to be really patient and take it one step after the other. As mentioned before, I’m hoping to re-release “Fresh Beginnings”, release my NZ story, and finish my “Fermosa Bay” trilogy. Exciting times ahead!

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?

Publisher Iris Blobel
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Iris Blobel Social Media

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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All in for Love: A Boxed Set by Six Award Winning Authors @sbuchbinder #RLFblog #contemporaryToday’s featured book is All in for Love: A Boxed Set of Contemporary Romance by Six Award Winning Authors

Read All in for Love and you’ll find six award-winning authors who bring you six *sweet to sensual* romances filled with suspense, thrills and maybe even a ghost or two—for less than the price of a cup of coffee—99 cents.

Welcome to La Bonne Chance Resort and Casino!

With thousands of people passing through the casino’s doors on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that a variety of lives and loves are on the line there. It’s said that you’re more likely to lose your heart at La Bonne Chance than a hand of poker. Whether you are the Director of Casino Operations or the guy who created its software, a jilted bride or a black jack dealer, a past guest’s ghost or a sous chef–when it comes to love, the stakes are high.

Thank goodness what happens at La Bonne Chance, doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance….

Ready to roll the dice?

An Inn Decent Proposal, Sharon Buchbinder
Can an hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grand dame in a neglected old inn?

Perfect Odds, Lashanta Charles
When a jilted bride meets the man of her dreams, will she embrace the new plan, or cling stubbornly to the old one?

A Ghost To Die For, Keta Diablo
She didn’t believe in ghosts…until one showed up in her room.

Raising Kane, Kat Henry Doran
Funny how a night in jail will change a woman’s outlook on life.

For Money Or Love, Margo Hoornstra
She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.

Take A Chance On Me, M.J. Schiller
Who do you count on when the chips are down?

All in for Love, Contemporary Romance

Book heat level PG-13
Publisher Indie

Sharon Buchbinder Social Media

Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.

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Today’s featured book is Counterfeits, a Romantic Suspense by Kris Bock.

Painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums?

Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, would be happy to run the camp with Jenny. Dare he even dream of that, when his past holds dark secrets that he can never share? When Jenny’s father reappears after a decade-long absence, only Rob knows where he’s been and what danger he’s brought with him.

Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried. In the end, they must decide whether their dreams will bring them together or force them apart.

“Counterfeits is the kind of romantic suspense novel I have enjoyed since I first read Mary Stewart’s Moonspinners, and Kris Bock used all the things I love about this genre. Appealing lead characters, careful development of the mysterious danger facing one or both of those characters, a great location that is virtually a character on its own, interesting secondary characters who might or might not be involved or threatened, and many surprises building up to the climax.” 5 Stars – Roberta at Sensuous Reviews blog

“Counterfeits is a good mystery and will keep people guessing for most of the story. In fact, I was flipping fast through pages because I wanted to know how the story ended. There were lots of secrets and lots of surprises, so that moved the pace of the plot along nicely and kept me engaged in the story. Kris Bock is a mystery mastermind and did a nice job with that aspect of the story. I also liked the complex relationships in the story. Jenny never had it easy, and it was nice to see a heroine struggle to make it work with her friends and family (like it can be in real life).” Readers Favorite Reviews

Genre: romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher: Pig River Press

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.

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Welcome Kristina Knight author of Famous in a Small Town, a
new Contemporary Romance.
Why did you write
this book?
Famous in a Small Town is the first book in my new small
town series, set in the fictional town of Slippery Rock, Missouri. I wanted to
write about the kind of place where I grew up. I had this idea about what might
happen to a few hometown football heroes, who were now back in their small town
and figuring out what was next for them. And that’s where the characters
basically took over. I’m so excited for this series, not just because of the
location (a small lake town in Missouri) but because the characters are so real
to me. I hope readers fall in love with them, like I did.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I don’t know that I have a favorite, although I probably
read contemporary romances more than any other. But I love cozy mysteries,
historicals, and I’ve found a renewed interest in memoirs the past few months.
So, I guess my favorite genre is whatever I happen to be reading at this moment
(and right now I’m reading a memoir and a contemporary at the same time!).
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
There are so many! I adore Mr. Darcy, and I have serious
feelings for Inigo from The Princess
, and I can’t leave out Justin from Diana Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series. . .I think my
favorite, though, is Jo from Little
I always thought I was a little like her – a little too bookish, a
little tomboyish, a little sarcastic. Although she does speak her mind much
more often than I ever have. Hmm, maybe I need to be more like Jo!
What are you working
on at the moment?
I’m finishing up book 4 in the Slippery Rock series, Levi
and Camden’s book, and I’ll start on a novella for the series in another couple
of weeks – yay, more Slippery Rock books!
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
You’re going to see all the Slippery Rock books! Famous is
the first, and stars Collin Tyler and Savannah Walters. Then in July book two
releases, Rebel in a Small Town, featuring Slippery Rock’s acting sheriff,
James Calhoun and Mara Tyler (Collin’s sister). Then, in September, book 3
releases, Breakup in a Small Town. Book 3 features married-but-on-the-rocks
Adam and Jenny. And then, in December, you’ll get book 4, featuring Levi
Walters (Savannah’s older brother) and Camden Harris, a new arrival to town.
And, I don’t have a release date or a title yet, but Aiden, Adam’s twin, will
get his own novella some time in the fall. He’ll be paired up with Savannah’s
wedding planner. Julia Colson.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Famous in a Small Town is a contemporary romance with a
friends-to-lovers theme. Savannah is Collin’s best friend’s sister, and is
running from a bit of a scandal. Collin has never run from anything in his
life, so he doesn’t understand A) why Savannah’s back in town or B) why he can’t
stop thinking about a woman he knows won’t be staying around for long. He is
rooted very deeply in Slippery Rock, but he can’t stay away from Savannah….
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters
has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing
career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town
she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.
His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing
with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with
someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction
between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be
surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.

Kristina Knight Social Media

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. And just like the characters from
her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books
have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so
drop her a line!
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Beyond Fate
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend’s older
brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart
was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now
destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy.
He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a
family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he
picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling
a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true
happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has
avoided for so long.
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Inkspell

Susan Vaughn Social Media

Romance Author Susan Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm
before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly
trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next
soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day
dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn
her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan
lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying
sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the
unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life
knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art
of sarcasm and wit.

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