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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Haven 

About the Book

Title: Haven
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Author Name: Celia Breslin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
San Francisco
nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death
of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes
a left turn when a witch attacks on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses
a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories
clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles
to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic,
undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she
thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel
her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting
killed in the process.

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About the Character

Name: Carina Tranquilli
Age: 25
Gender: female
Birthplace: Italy
Profession: club owner
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): human, vampire
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 5′ 7″, curvy and fit,
130 pounds, long legs, wavy and thick dark brown hair she prefers to wear straight,
brown eyes, pale skin, no freckles, ear and navel piercings
Who is the significant
other in your character’s life?
Alexander, a vampire musician.
How does your hero dress?
Carina prefers black clothing. Form-fitting pants or jeans, boots
(sexy or combat), small skirts w/cute shirts, sexy little black dresses, etc.
How educated is this character?
Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
College graduate.
Does she scrape by, live
comfortably, live extravagantly?
She’s a trust fund orphan and a business owner. She does well
for herself.
What is your character’s
viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Wealth is to be shared with family, friends, and those in need.
What is your character’s
family like?
Very protective.
Is she close to family?
Yes. But it’s a rocky road.
What is your hero’s biggest
personal flaw?
She’s stubborn and fiercely independent, sometimes to her detriment.
How emotionally expressive
is your character to others?
Very. She has no poker face. Her emotions are obvious to one
and all.

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

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
I wouldn’t leave her alone until she did!
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
I’d certainly like to take care of Team Evil so another battle
round with them would rock.
What other character from
your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Well, I’d say my mentor Jonas, but she already did that in Vampire
Code (released Oct. 2013). So, I’d vote for Stella, another vampire from Team Good.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Celia, thanks for letting us out to play in Haven!

Author Bio

Celia lives in California
with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal
romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing,
you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss
Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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Snapped 
Genre :Gay Romance
Publisher The GA Hauser Collection, LLC
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

About the Book

Thirty-nine year old, Bryce Hayes
thought when he left the military and joined the Seattle Police Department, there
would be nothing he couldn’t handle. He’d seen it all; the worst of what mankind
could do to each other.
But the Seven Deadly Sins had yet
to rear their ugly head. Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Pride, Wrath, Gluttony. And Bryce
was about to encounter them all embodied in one man.
What Bryce witnessed on his first
phase as a student with Field Training Officer Kohl Abbott, he found inconceivable
corruption. As a thirty-nine year old ‘rookie’ paired with the senior officer from
hell, Bryce had no idea when he was told to ‘stay put’ in the patrol car, that his
training instructor Abbott was breaking fingers and kneecaps for protection money
from the small local businesses.
While in the Special Forces, Bryce
was taught to shut up, to not reveal information. But this time? When the net came
down on the corruption he was caught in the snare. Bryce was tossed out of the department
with the garbage, but was not prosecuted. He never knew why not.
Twenty-eight year old Joel Vandergrift
lived up on Capitol Hill in Seattle,
worked as a photographer and taught literature classes at night. But, his real love
was writing. Having his first few novels hit the bestseller lists, Joel was gaining
recognition and finally thought earning a living as a writer was a possibility…
until his apartment is broken into, and his computer with all his work on it, is
stolen.
A day later, Joel sees his latest
bestseller being sold, but under someone else’s name.
The irony of just having met a bartender
named Bryce Hayes, whose behavior was suspicious to Joel, made Joel believe Bryce
had a hand in the treachery.
But Bryce knew the reality.
Kohl Abbott was writing under an assumed
name, his first best seller documenting his ‘life of crime’. Even though Abbott
had served time in the county lockup for his deeds, he had been released early.
Abbott knew dirt on many men, including cops and councilmen…including Bryce.
What at first had been an ultimatum
for Bryce from Abbott to find something nasty to discredit Joel as a top writer,
had changed. Secrets, lies, and disastrous decisions that were impossible to take
back, push Joel and Bryce together- as lovers, then as reluctant enemies. And it
isn’t until one man finally has had enough that fate takes over.
SNAPPED!
Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Pride, Wrath,
Gluttony- The ‘Infamous 7’ change one man from a cynic into a killer. And Bryce
sees first hand, how war is not only fought on the battlefield, it is also drawn
from the mighty pen.

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Interview with GA Hauser

Why did you write this
book?
This book was inspired by the corruption in all aspects of life,
and the fact that there can always be good lifted up from the ashes.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
It used to be gay erotic romance, but I no longer have time to
pleasure read.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I don’t have a favorite character from fiction.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I do enjoy some TV, and don’t go to see many movies. But I don’t
have any ‘favorites’ at the moment.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
Action Series Book 15 Saying Goodbye

Author Bio

Award-winning author G.A. Hauser was born in Fair Lawn,
New Jersey,
USA and attended university in
New York
City. She moved to Seattle, Washington
where she worked as a patrol officer with the Seattle Police Department. In early
2000 G.A. moved to Hertfordshire,
England
where she began her writing in earnest and published her first book, In the Shadow
of Alexander. Now a full-time writer, G.A. has written over ninety novels, including
several best-sellers of gay fiction. GA is also the Executive Producer for her first
feature film, Capital Games.
G.A. has won awards from All Romance eBooks for Best Author 2010,
2009, Best Novel 2008, Mile High, and Best Author 2008, Best Novel 2007, Secrets
and Misdemeanors, Best Author 2007.

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Once Upon A Montana Christmas 

Title Once Upon A Montana Christmas

Genre Historical
Romance
Author Name Alanna
Lucas
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
Miss Eva Kenward does
not want to spend another Christmas alone. Leaving Queen Victoria’s
England, she journeys to America in search of an uncle but finds herself
on the rugged frontier of Montana.
And with no money and no acquaintances, the rudest man she has ever met is the
one she must engage. Especially considering the precious bundle in her arms.
“Hunt”
Strauss has been fooled before by beauty. So when the ravishing young woman
arrives on his doorstep, he suspects her of ulterior motives. But perhaps the
baby she holds truly is his kin…and when Miss Kenward finds herself stranded
after a hotel fire, he reluctantly agrees to help. Bringing her to his
sprawling ranch, Hunt tries to keep his distance. But the enticing woman and
her enthusiasm for the season soon prove that fairy tale love stories—and
holiday wishes—really can come true.

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Interview with Eva Kenward

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Eva Kenward. I am
originally from England
where I was a companion to my stepmother’s aunt. It was a comfortable, albeit
boring life. My only relations are a half-brother, and a distant uncle. I love
to read and have always been fascinated with tales of the Wild West.
What is it that you want, but cannot have?
Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want to be part of my family, but my
stepmother and half-brother have other ideas for my future. I have a distant
uncle in California.
Although he has not responded to my letters, I hope to be reunited with him in
the near future.
What inner doubt causes you the most
difficulty?
I constantly worry that when I finally
succeed in reaching California
and find my uncle that he will have even less interest in me than my dead
father.
What’s your external complication? In the
story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
My greatest fear is to never find my uncle
and be part of a real family. My life gets considerably complicated when I lose
all my funds, clothing…everything! I am forced to find work while my dream of
reaching California
slips further away.
Tell us about your significant other, that
person who makes living worthwhile.
What would that person say about you?
What is your family like?
My mother died when I was a little girl and
my father soon remarried. At first I was excited to have a stepmother, but that
excitement gave way to loneliness. She never had time for me, always too
concerned with the latest soiree or fashionable pursuit. My half-brother was
far worse. He was the heir and controlled my entire existence.
Are you happy with the way your story ended?
Why or why not?
More than happy. All my hopes and dreams
came true in the wild west I love so much.

About the Writer

You
have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s
see what you can do.
I’m a panster learning to plot. I love to
research, but I have to set time limits.
Was
there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How willing Eva was to leave a comfortable
life behind in England
and venture into the unknown by herself.
When
you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy?
The simple joy she found in experiencing
Hunt’s family traditions.
Why
do you write?
I write because I love to write.
What
do you want to write next?
A Regency romance. The central theme is
family, but my hero loses sight of what is most important when he becomes
obsessed with vengeance.
Is
there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I
enjoyed writing it.

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California.
From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those
experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel
destination, Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or
going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of
America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance
Writers.

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If You Only Knew 
Genre: chicklit / contemporary romance
Author: Zanna Mackenzie
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Interview with Zanna Mackenzie

Why did you write this
book?
The characters popped into my head and wouldn’t shut up! I had
lots of ideas and scenes in my head for If You Only Knew and I knew I just had to
tell the story.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I would say it is mostly chicklit / contemporary romance though
I have read some thrillers.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I loved Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series
and also Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. In some ways I think they’re
similar – they both have a mischievous side which endears me to them.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
Yes, I love films and TV and have quite varied tastes. My favourite
film is probably The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, it’s a fantasy,
thriller, romance and I think the chemistry between the two main characters really
fizzes. With TV programmes I like all sorts, from period dramas to science and nature
programmes. I’m very keen on series like Hart of Dixie, Nashville, Parenthood, Gilmore Girls and Once
Upon A Time.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
My next book (my third novel) is launched on February 7th
and is called If You Only Knew. I have another two books planned and partly written
so I’m loving working on those again. They’re both in the chicklit/contemporary
romance genre. One looks at the downsides of dating someone famous and the other
has a mystery feel to it when the main female character finds herself having to
investigate her family history to find answers to questions about her future.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Would you have the courage to feel the fear and fall in love
anyway…?
Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca
of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as
she has been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to
find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.
Then Zane and Matt arrive on the scene as the new owners of the
Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre.
Dating Zane, she soon discovers he’s not the Mr Perfect she thought
he was; and why is he so reluctant to talk about his past?
As for Matt – well, to Faith he isn’t Matt at all because he
was a completely different person when he broke her heart all those years ago.
With her new boyfriend and her first love running Carrdale as
business partners – Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets – Faith struggles
to keep the peace between them whilst trying to figure out how she feels about the
two men in her life…

Excerpt

This couldn’t be happening.
Zane had said his business partner
was called Matt. She was sure of it. Yes, he’d definitely just introduced him as
Matt. But the man standing before her wasn’t Matt.
It was Aaron.
Faith wiped her hands on a tea–towel.
She wanted to speak, but couldn’t get her brain into gear enough to make her mouth
form the words.
She’d thought Aaron was gone from
her life.
It looked as though she was wrong.
She took a step back, wrapping her
arms around herself. Suddenly she felt cold and shaky. Aaron was back? This was
impossible.
Yet here he was, standing in her kitchen.
She felt dizzy and light-headed.
How should she react? Should she admit
they knew each other? Why had Aaron changed his name to Matt anyway? Would he prefer
it if the fact they knew each other was kept quiet?
But she knew she couldn’t keep something
like that from Zane.
As she debated what to say and do
next, the room remained awkwardly silent. Zane was looking at her questioningly.
What should she say?
Come on, think, woman. Think.
Too late. Aaron spoke first.
“Faith, it’s amazing to see you
again after all these years.”
OK. So he didn’t want to keep it a
secret that they already knew each other.
“Aaron,” she managed to
say. “This is a bit of a shock.”
“That’s an understatement,”
Matt said, stepping forward to pull her into a hug.
“Hang on a second,” Zane
said, pushing into the room. “Aaron? That’s your proper name isn’t it?”
He raised enquiring eyebrows at Matt. “What’s going on? You two already know
each other?”

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Author Bio

Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border
with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and
an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read. Being a freelance writer
and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity,
she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working
on.
She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds
of their own and start deviating from the original plot!
If You Only Knew is Zanna’s third novel; her previous books,
The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.

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A Game of Chance 
Gambler Jed Stone journeys to California to track down Simon Morgan, the man
responsible for his best friend’s death. Arrested for robbery and murder upon arrival,
Jed is shocked to see his face on a wanted poster. He escapes before his hanging,
unaware that the man guilty of those crimes is the twin brother he never knew existed.
In a case of mistaken identity, Jed acquires the most famous whorehouse in San Francisco in a rigged
card game his twin is meant to win.
Lily Frontiere takes over running Lucky Lil’s from her dying
mother, the house madam who shielded her by sending her away to boarding school.
Lily’s intelligence and astonishing resemblance to her mother help in her charade,
but she’s entered a world she knows little about. She clashes with the handsome
stranger who turns up with the deed to Lucky Lil’s in hand, yet she is attracted
to the charming risk taker.
But Simon Morgan seeks both Lily’s hand and ownership of Lucky
Lil’s—and he will go to any means to possess both. Will Jed foil his nemesis while
bringing his outlaw brother to justice and win Lily’s love?

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Lies That Bind 
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Kathy L Wheeler
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A modern day woman shouldn’t have to marry for convenience to
protect the identity of her daughter. So how exactly does Kelly Mancer find herself
exactly in that situation? She doesn’t want a man. Any man. Danger has a way of
changing a woman’s mind.
Alex Gentry needs Kelly, but convincing her to help him pluck
his younger sister from a dangerous enemy would not be easy. Soon the tables turn
and Kelly becomes the prey. Alex may save his sister, but at what cost?

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About the Character

Name: Kelly Mancer
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Dallas,
Texas
Profession: Bookstore clerk
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: slight build, olive complexion,
tiger-like eyes, long, black, thick, straight hair.
Who is the significant
other in your character’s life?
Alex Gentry
Does she scrape by, live
comfortably, live extravagantly?
Kelly lives frugally. She scrapes by due to circumstances beyond
her control. She doesn’t ask for much, and she certainly doesn’t expect much.
Does she have children?
Kelly has been blessed with a most precocious five year old daughter,
who is much too old for her age. The child tends to spout out the most inappropriate
words believing no one hears them, until Alex Gentry finally enlightens her. Her
response? “Are you gonna tell on me?”
What past event causes
your character the most fear?
The corporation Kelly originally worked for was the target of
a major takeover by Gentry Acquisitions. When Alex Gentry (lead takeover) had to
leave town for a meeting on a Friday afternoon just before the end of the merger,
it left Kelly in a vulnerable situation that not only caught her by surprise but
changed her life dramatically.
What is your character’s
biggest need at the beginning of the story?
To provide for her daughter, Taylor; keep her safe.
What is your hero’s biggest
hopes and dreams?
She doesn’t want much. Perhaps a small house with a big enough
bathroom to accommodate a bathtub with large clawed feet.
When (if) he lies or is
upset, what gives him away?
What a most apropos question. This whole story is based on the
lies connected between all the players. Why does Alex insist Kelly and he marry?
In current times, marriage is not a criteria to have children. In their case, however,
the crux is much more crucial.

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

Was there anything your
writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Not so much about me, specifically, as Taylor. Taylor
must have given her fits on more than one occasion. She set Alex on his heels too.
It was a most entertaining journey.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
I believe she truly loves to write. In some cases the words have
flowed from her fingers to the keyboard in a most impressive fashion. Just ask Lorianne
of Maybe It’s You, the previous Bloomington Series story. She wrote it in four months.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
Well, I wish she complete book four, Little Kenny’s story. He
has a fascinating history. I know she has a really strong start.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Thank you so much for bringing Alex and me back together. I couldn’t
have chosen a more perfect father for Taylor.
Now, if only his mother would respect our boundaries regarding a dog.

Author Bio

Kathy L Wheeler, born in Presque Isle,
Maine, actually grew up in the Dallas, Texas
area. She migrated to Boulder and Longmont, Colorado
for high school. So how she ended up in Oklahoma
is as much a mystery to her as anyone. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma
with a BA focus on Management Information Systems and vocal music minor.
Kathy is an active member of the Oklahoma Romance Writers. She
has served as Pres-Elect, President and recently completed a four year stint as
the Vice President of Communication. She has nine published books and remains active
in her publishing pursuits. Her critique partners vary from an internationally published
author of Harlequin, Grand Central and NAL to a current editor of The Wild Rose
Press. Kathy loves the NFL, holds NBA Thunder season basketball tickets, adores
musical theater, reading and writing—and just to round things out—karaoke.
Besides belonging to her local RWA Chapter, OKRWA, Kathy belongs
to other chapters of the national organization as well: The Beau Monde and DARA.
Kathy lives in Edmond,
Oklahoma with her musically-talented,
attorney husband, Al. They have one grown daughter and one bossy cat, Carly, who
acts as if she was the rescuer rather
than the rescue-ee

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Summer Job, Summer Love
Title Summer Job, Summer Love
Genre MMF ménage, contemporary
Author Berengaria Brown
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Bronwyn needs a summer job and thinks being a life guard would
be fun. In class she’s surprised to find there are twelve men and only three women.
She’s even more surprised when Ross and Jake monopolize her attention and want to
date her. But this is only a summer romance. It can’t possibly last longer than
the ten life guard lessons. Can it?

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Interview with Berengaria Brown

Why did you write this book?
I was at my local swimming pool one day, and saw a group of lifeguards
doing their training. I looked at them with their luscious bare chests and manly
muscles and thought to myself, what if…
What is your favorite genre to read?
Anything. Everything from sweet to kinky.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
James Bond.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love action movies with a lot of special effects, car chases,
explosions, and drama.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I’d like to write another book in “The Wolf Masters”
series. That world grabs me.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Bronwyn needs a summer job and thinks being a life guard would
be fun. In class she’s surprised to find there are twelve men and only three women.
She’s even more surprised when Ross and Jake monopolize her attention and want to
date her. But this is only a summer romance. It can’t possibly last longer than
the ten life guard lessons. Can it?

Author Bio

Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary,
paranormal (magic, ghosts, vampires, fairies, dragons, and werewolves), futuristic,
medieval, and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance
so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman;
three men, two women/one man, three men/one woman…. Whatever the characters need
for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria makes sure they get it.

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Ghost Lover 
Author Liza O’Connor
Genre Contemporary Romance with a touch of paranormal
Two sexy English brothers. One irresistible ghost. Who would
you choose as your lover?
Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna Smith
is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous roommate
from London, suggests she go to England, marry him, and manage his fortune. With
few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll never, ever, have
sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll break her heart.
As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way Brendon’s
older brother, Garrison Durran, is going to let him marry a self-professed American
gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and English society for Brendon’s
sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman for him–beautiful and intelligent,
kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already engaged to his brother…
The ancestral ghost of Durran Castle
has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t leave
them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes to love.
As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon, and lover to Senna, a ghost’s work
is never done.
Allergy warning: Ghost cat in book.

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Training Season 
Title: Training Season
Genre: Erotic M/M Romance
Author: Leta Blake
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything
for his Olympic dream. Despite his unquestionable talent, Matty’s lack of discipline
cost him Olympic gold once before. Now the pressure’s on to do whatever it takes
to make the team again. Still recovering from an injury that nearly ended his career,
he needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don’t come cheap. Without
the backing of his federation, Matty can’t afford to stay in the game no matter
how badly he wants to win.
When a wealthy fan’s whim brings him to rural Montana for a lucrative house-sitting
gig over the winter, Matty does his best to maintain an elite-level training regimen.
Despite fears that his flamboyant style might not be well-received in these rugged
surroundings, the residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant and welcoming.
Even more surprising, Rob Lovely, the handsome young rancher next door, proves to
be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform
his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control
in the bedroom. Taking his new-found courage back into the rink, Matty drives himself
harder to find the inner fire he needs to go for gold.
But a powerful new love and the best sex Matty has ever had aren’t
going to win him a medal. Competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic
dream, he’ll have to join his new coach in New York City,
leaving Rob and his life in Montana
behind. As he faces the ultimate test of his spirit, has Matty truly learned how
to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?

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Interview with Matty Marcus

Tell us about yourself,
please.
I’m the most fabulous figure skater on the ice today and I’m
determined to prove to everyone, but especially myself, that I have what it takes
to get Olympic gold.
What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want to be an Olympic champion at any cost. I owe it to myself
and to everyone who has supported me over the years. I want it more than I want
almost anything…maybe more than I want love.
What’s your internal limitation?
Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need
to do during this story?
I’m flamboyant and uncompromising in who I am. I’m a control
freak and I can’t accept that there are some things in life that I just can’t control,
even though that’s what I most need to find a way to embrace.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
What if I can’t do it? What if I make the wrong choice?
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
What if the judges who control whether or not I can achieve my
goal will never give it to me, no matter what I do? What if I choose one thing and
lose another?
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Rob is lovely, warm, giving, loving…and knows how to take control
in bed. He accepts me just the way I am and I need someone like that in my life,
because I can’t seem to accept myself that way at all.
What would that person
say about you?
He’d say I’m a pain in his ass, I’m sure, but then he’d say that
I’m amazing and he’d smile bright as sunshine.
What is your family like?
They’re pretty great, though sometimes I wonder why they let
me be so driven at such a young age. Sometimes I wonder why they allowed me to go
this far down the Olympic path knowing what it cost me.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Being fabulous, of course! And a great media smile.
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
The hockey players who used to bully me in the locker room at
the rink. I’d rather not see those assholes ever again.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
I’m happy, yes, because I’ve figured out what’s most important
in life and, believe it or not, it’s not a gold medal.

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Why did you choose to
write about this character?
Matty obsessed me from the beginning. He was mouthy and bratty
and so lovable that I have had a hard time letting him go.
What do you want to write
next?
I’m wrapping up a four book series, a gay coming of age romance
that is set in the South. I will publish all four of them within the next year and
a half. I’m excited to finally bring those characters to the world because I’ve
been working on these books off and on for about ten years. I can’t wait for everyone
to meet Adam, Peter, Daniel, Minty, and Renee.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Angus and Bill from Training Season have been screaming at me
to explore their relationship for awhile. I love their relationship and I hope to
get around to exploring them.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
Yes, the aforementioned Angus/Bill book, but also a future book
with Matty and Rob. I’d love to see where they go after the end of Training Season.

Author Bio

While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports
her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling
cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different. For as
long as Leta can recall, stories have hijacked her mind, abducting her to other
lands, and forcing her to bend to the will of imaginary people. This absence from
reality results in piles of laundry and forgotten appointments. In between abductions,
Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.

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Rowena’s Key 
Rowena’s Key, Book I, The Golden Key Chronicles
Genre Fantasy Romance
Author Name AJ Nuest
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom,
but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart…
Antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom, finds herself the owner
of an ancestral armoire containing a hidden key and a magic mirror leading to another
realm. But the handsome warrior prince waiting on the other side is truly the final
straw. This must be an elaborate joke, right?
As she struggles to discover the truth, Rowena learns Prince
Caedmon Austiere needs the key to save his kingdom. In the end, she cannot deny
him anything. Including her heart.

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Interview with AJ Nuest

Why did you write this
book?
Well, I’ve always been in love with the fantasy romance genre,
and knew I would eventually take the plunge into trying to craft my very own fantasy
romance. So, one day, I just sat down and started writing. I guess you could say
I’d finally reached the place in my career where I just knew I was ready. A month
later, the first novella was completed and I had officially caught the fantasy bug.
A year after that, I’d turned the first installment into a four book series, and
now a spin-off is rumored to be in the works. ;-)
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Definitely fantasy with strong romantic elements. I just have
a thing for princes, I guess…or any swashbuckling hero that charges in to save
the day. I love the world building of fantasy romance, the complex plots and that
persistent element of “Oh no! How’re they going to get out of this fix?”
Fantasy authors always keep me guessing and I love that. There’s also a lot of external
conflict in fantasy romance (i.e. the characters are kept apart by circumstances
beyond their control) and I love that angsty-goodness.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Jacqueline Carey wrote a two book series called The Sundering
– Godslayer is Book One and Banewreaker is Book Two. The stories feature a hero
by the name of General Tanaros. He is not a good man. He is extremely conflicted
throughout the series, is deeply tortured, and lives with the bitter realization
that he’s made terrible mistakes in his life – even though he has good reason behind
these mistakes and continues on the same destructive path during the stories. There
is just something about his character that I completely fell in love with. To me,
he represents a intrinsic part of human nature. How maybe we would all go back in
time and do things differently if we had the chance. He represents our regrets…how
we wish things or circumstances would be different all while knowing we are powerless
to change them. It’s a brilliant, brilliant series I would highly recommend to everyone.
Read it. You will never be the same.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love both films and television shows, but I don’t really watch
much TV. I just don’t have the time. If I’m going to sit and watch, I usually rent
a movie or catch up on the programs I’ve recorded on the DVR. That being said, I’m
a huge Marvel fan and race to the theatre the minute any of those movies come out.
Bring on anything sci-fi as well…Transformers, Star Trek, etc. For television
I love Sleepy Hollow and Once Upon a Time in Neverland. Oh and I’m a HUGE Big Bang
Theory fan.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I just finished the final installment of my fantasy romance series
for HarperImpulse entitled The Golden Key Chronicles. Rowena’s Key is the first
of four continuing novellas under this title. Right now, I’m working on a free read
that will be offered with the collection release on April 3rd. I also have two other
fantasy series clamoring for attention in my head. One is a three book fantasy under
the working title Branches of the Willow Tree, which was just contracted by Harper
this past week, and the other is a spin-off of The Golden Key Chronicles. I really
hadn’t planned on writing more in that series but, after receiving so many requests
from readers to continue, I folded. LOL
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Rowena’s Key is a time travel fantasy romance set in both modern
day Chicago and a 14th century realm based loosely
on Kent.
Rowena is an antiques restorer who finds herself drawn to purchase an ancestral
armoire in order to retain a connection to her past, only to find her decision an
epic failure. The first evening the armoire is delivered to her condo, she discovers
a key inside a hidden compartment, and from there things go from strange to outright
bizarre. Not only are her initials stamped on the side of the key, later that night
the door opens and she finds herself face to face with a man who claims to be a
prince from another realm. While she’s very suspicious of Prince Caedmon—and, in
fact, believes the whole thing to be a set up conceived by her best friend, Oliver—as
Rowena learns more about Caedmon and his life, she finds she holds more than just
the secret to saving his kingdom. She is the answer behind a prophecy, and the key
to unlocking his heart.

Excerpt

This scene is taken from when Rowena and Caedmon first meet,
each of them standing on opposites of what she believes to be a computer monitor…
What was with this guy, with his sable,
shoulder-length hair and closely trimmed beard? His white shirt was best described
as puffy, with ballooning sleeves and wide, ruffled cuffs. The front hung open,
exposing the muscled contours of his beveled chest, the roughly stitched tails skimming
the thighs of his fitted, leather…breeches?
Oh, God. She chuckled and shook her
head. He had to be one of Ollie’s theater friends. Bravo for his stunning portrayal
of a swashbuckling swashbuckler. Too bad that also meant he was gay.
He lifted the sword in both hands
and turned a broad shoulder toward the mirror, the taut planes of his stomach easing
in and out with each controlled breath. A trail of dark hair arrowed down inside
the waistband of his pants, where his perfectly cupped manhood bulged for her inspection.
Oh yes, too bad indeed.
“If you scheme to divert me with
your alluring attire and guileless stare, I’ll have you know an abundance of courtesans
await my nightly dalliance. I am not so easily swayed.”
Rowena inched a slow perusal of the
delectable landscape back up to his face. His dark eyes glittered in the candlelight,
and she mirrored his arched eyebrow. “Oh, really?”
Perhaps she’d pegged him wrong. Wouldn’t
that be a treat?
She glanced down at her gauzy nightgown,
the flickering fire doing little to cover her rosy nipples, pert in the chilly air.
But he invaded her space with this theatrical exploit of his. What else did he expect
her to be wearing, showing up like this in the middle of the night?
“You’d better be careful.”
She wagged a finger at him. “Or I’m apt to get busy with some serious despoiling
all up in here.”
“Enough, Sorceress!” He
lunged forward, the blade of his sword slicing the air when he aimed the silver
pommel straight at the screen. “Let us be done with this trickery. Name your
demands before I smash the glass and ensnare your bewitching guise for an eternity.”
A low laugh tickled the back of her
throat. Talk about living a role. Sheesh, take the drama down a notch. She stepped
close and ran a hand around the edge of the frame. The signal had to be streaming
live, what with his ability to interact with her, but there wasn’t a wire or a microphone,
heck, not even a screw in sight.
She stood back and crossed her arms,
shifting her weight onto one hip. Okay, she would bite, as long as Ollie promised
this whole escapade wouldn’t end up on YouTube.
“Fine. You’re extremely gorgeous
and very talented. Seriously, you’ve got the whole English accent down perfect.
And while I appreciate all the work that went into this little program, it’s about
two in morning and I have to get up early for work. Tell Ollie I said good show,
props to the production crew and I’m nominating the wardrobe guy for an Oscar.”
There. That should call the evening
a wrap. She grabbed the edge of the door and swung it closed.
“You wear Rowena’s Key.”
She froze…and then tentatively eased
the door back open.

Author Bio

I am a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the
middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. My loving husband, two beautiful children and
a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per
day and laundry service, tolerate my lunacy. While I spend most days happily ensconced
in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating.
The dogs just informed me the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.

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