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Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Daughter He Wanted
by Kristina Knight 
Kristina Knight author of The Daughter He Wanted answers five
easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from
car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker,
she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about
everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the
way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for
romance novels. 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!
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
Chicken Fajitas! We eat a LOT of Mexican food and authentic fajitas
are the best…but even the fajitas made at chains like Max & Erma’s are amazing.
Mmmm…now I’m hungry.
Describe the perfect vacation.
It would include a warm-but-not-suffocating beach, RadioMan,
probably a strawberry daquiri. Plenty of family time with bebe, but also plenty
of Adults Only time, too. :D
Tell us about your favorite
toy as a child.
Gosh, there were so many…the one that always makes me smile,
though, is my first pair of ‘real’ roller skates – you know the kind that were actual
boots, not those plastic-y, stretchable skates that fit over my shows. Oh, I skated
everywhere that year.
What are your hobbies?
I love swimming, in fact I teach a class (aqua aerobics and deep
water run) at our local Y. And travel, although I don’t think I travel enough to
actually call that a hobby, lol.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Gonna Wanna Tonight by Chase Rice. Alex, my hero, is kind of
coming back to live in the book and this fits him. For a long time he hasn’t wanted
to do anything and now it’s all coming back and he wants everything…

About the Book

The Daughter He Wanted, Contemporary Romance, Kristina Knight,
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The Daddy Surprise
Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life.
But with one phone call, Alex discovers he’s the biological father of a four-year-old
girl…and everything changes.
As far as single mom Paige Kenner is concerned, it’s a nightmare.
She wanted a family without the man. Now suddenly there’s Alex, who desperately
wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father.
Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous-especially if his presence
stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget…

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Starving Artist
by Kate Hill
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started
writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire
tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred
short stories, novellas and novels.
Kate’s stories, The Chieftain’s Bride and Vampire Master, have
won The Romance Studio’s CAPA and in 2002 her vampire novel, The Immaculate, was
nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working
out and spending time with her family and pets.

Starving Artist by Kate Hill

After finding his family brutally murdered, Blair tries to end
his life, but is instead Changed by a vampire. Burdened by guilt and driven by rage,
he dedicates his new life to fighting evil. When he fails to save a family from
the fate his own had suffered, he retreats to endure self-imposed starvation while
he immerses himself in his art.
Alone and penniless, May is hired by a mysterious gentleman who
sends her to work at his friend’s country manor. Mr. Black is even stranger than
the man who hired her, but she is soon infatuated with the handsome, tormented artist
who has deeper secrets than she could ever imagine.

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Naughty Nights by Kate Hill

On the planet Shandra, a traditional marriage includes one woman
and two men. Three

Earth women find lust and love with their sexy alien mates.

When Radiance, a merchant from Earth, crashes on the planet Shandra,
she is taken into slavery and bought as a gift for Darkrock and Strongsea. Both
desire the exotic human slave, but Strongsea’s compassionate nature drives him to
protect her against Darkrock’s lust.
Security Chief Blackstare and his aide, Rocksurf, have been lovers
since their training days. Still, Rocksurf hasn’t been able to tempt the scarred,
brooding warrior into a traditional Shand marriage. Little did they imagine it would
take a willful Earth woman like Finesse to change their lives forever
On a diplomatic mission to the planet Shandra, ambassador Passion
is abducted by thieves. She is rescued by two rugged warriors, Timber and Red, who
claim that she owes them a sacred debt for saving her life. If she refuses to mate
with them, the Shand will consider it an insult to their people. In spite of her
anger about a forced marriage, Passion finds that sacrificing herself for her planet
might not be as bad as she thought.

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Love and Wishes
by Anne Kane 
Anne Kane author of Love and Wishes answers five easy questions
to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Anne Kane lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with a bouncy
Jack Russell terrier, a cantankerous Himalayan cat, a bossy little calico and too
many fish to count. She spent many years trying to fit in and act normal, but finally
gave up the effort. She started writing romance, and her fate was sealed when she
won a publishing contract with Red Sage Publishing and just a month later Changeling
Press accepted her first submission. Since then she had published more than thirty
stories in a variety of sub-genres, all with a happily ever after.
Her hobbies, when she’s not playing with the characters in her
head, include kayaking, hiking, motorcycles, swimming, skating, karate, playing
guitar, singing and of course, reading.
What’s your favorite down-home
family style meal?
You know I live on the west coast of Canada, and up here wild
Salmon is fairly common. You can catch a nice one by standing on the bridge in the
middle of town and dropping your line into the river. These aren’t little fish!
A side of one can feed at least six people. My favorite way to cook them is to slather
maple syrup on a side of salmon and barbeque wrapped up in tinfoil with some lemon
slices. A nice fresh garden salad, picked that day supplies the veggie component
and some baked potatoes with sour cream, bacon bits and green onions finish the
meal off. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
Describe the perfect vacation.
The perfect vacation is a jaunt somewhere exotic with my sister.
We live far apart and rarely get to see each other so one year we decided that each
spring we would meet somewhere in the world and have a vacation together. We’ve
been doing this for the past five years, and absolutely love it! It’s wonderful
to have a travel companion that you get along with, and we’ve been to lots on amazing
places. Come to think of it, it’s time to start planning our trip for this year.
What are your hobbies?
I have way too many hobbies. I sing in two choirs, play guitar
and piano, hike the mountain trails with my dog, kayak in the river (yup, same one
the salmon came out of) putter in the garden, and read lots and lots of books. I
also swim, skate and practice karate.
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
I think I’ve read darn near anything at one point or another!
Romance, murder mysteries,.fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and autobiographies
of famous people. It depends on what mood I’m in, or what caught my attention when
I was in the book store or browsing in the online bookstores.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Definitely the James Bond Theme song!

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Title Love and Wishes
Genre Fantasy romance
Author Anne Kane
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jenna has a secret — her alien blood makes her completely lose
control during sex. It takes a strong man to be able to stand up to her demands,
and so far she hasn’t found one strong enough to want to come back for more. On
the eve of the biggest Sci-Fi convention in the known universe, she makes a wish.
Now it’s up to Doug, the sexy troubleshooter from the Wishes Gone Wrong department
of Wishlabz Inc. to make sure it comes out right. Because a wish gone wrong can
be a very dangerous thing…

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Title Human Perfect

Author Kayelle Allen
Genre Science Fiction and Fantasy, Space Opera

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Human Perfect
In the android business, the best of the best are Human
Perfect.
In this science fiction short story, for as long as she can
remember, Christa has hated androids. The texture of plastiflesh skin and the
non-smell of the animate machines jars her senses. Don’t even get her started
on robots, or worse — the andys that look human. Her job as a corporate spy
for the android maker Innersoul puts her in touch with the creatures every day,
but also lets her judge them. When she runs into Humancopy Progress Rep Tom
Karellys, she can’t believe her luck. Using a cover identity, Christa shares
dinner with him, and the two discuss andys. It soon becomes apparent Tom is not
what he seems, and Christa must decide whether he’s a trustworthy human, or
merely… Human Perfect.
Includes a bonus sci fi short story “Upgrade
This!” set in the same universe.
Human Perfect is dedicated to members of The Edge of Peril, a small group of readers who follow Kayelle’s books. (Warning: inside information and spoilers)

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A Bit of Heaven on Earth
by Lauren Linwood 
The character interview allows a hero or heroine to tell readers
about himself or herself. Today’s interview is with Gavin of Ashgrove.
Tell us about yourself,
please.
I am Lord Gavin of Ashgrove—or I was. I went to fight with the
Black Prince in England’s war against France and was captured in a battle where
we were far outnumbered. The French sent a ransom demand to my father. He refused
to pay it. I spent two years in a squalid prison until a sympathetic priest helped
me escape. I returned and confronted my father, wondering at his cruelty. He told
me my mother was dead, that I was a bastard, and I no longer could lay claim to
my good name or lands.
In the story world your
author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
I fear that I have no place in this world. My entire identity
has been ripped from me. With my mother dead, I cannot ask her who my true sire
was. I have lost my name, my lands, my fortune—and now I have lost my heart to a
woman I can never marry. I do not know if this life is worth living if I cannot
have her by my side.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Elizabeth of Kentwood has claimed my heart. When my father banned
me from Ashgrove, I turned to Lord Aldred, whom I fostered with as a boy and who
has been England’s greatest warrior. I sought his sage advice. I came to Kentwood
to find Aldred now an old man, close to death, and his estate run by his much younger
wife, a famed and opinionated beauty. At first, Elizabeth and I butted heads like
rams. Then I came to know her, and it led to love. But with no children, Kentwood
will revert to King Edward, and he shall name a new husband for Elizabeth soon after
Aldred’s death. I know that Edward would never hear my suit, for I’ve become a penniless
knight and have no home to offer Elizabeth.
What would that person
say about you?
Ah, my sweet Elizabeth would say I was headstrong, honorable,
and yet tender of heart.
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
‘Tis already happened, and I cannot believe I feel such hatred
in my heart. My closest friend Robert was captured in battle with me, and he returned
to England once his family paid his ransom. His estate borders Kentwood, and I fear
the king will decide to join Robert and Elizabeth in marriage and combine the two
estates for defense purposes. To see my Elizabeth joined in marriage to Robert would
be my worst nightmare.
Why are you happy (or
not happy) with the way your story ended?
Suffice it to say that Mistress Linwood wove her magic and gave
Elizabeth and me a happy ending beyond our dreams. She made the impossible possible,
and we owe her a debt of gratitude that reaches from now till the end of time.

About the Author

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain
her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her romances use history as a backdrop
to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire
and yearning for one another grow into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family.
An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga
with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest
and House Hunters addicts.
Why did you choose this
character for the interview today?
I decided to reveal a bit about the story from Gavin’s point
of view because most romance writers immediately think of how the woman feels. I
wanted readers to see that Gavin is every bit as romantic and heartbroken over the
possibility of losing his love as a woman would be. He might be a stoic warrior,
but he is as passionate in his love for Elizabeth as she is for him!
What genre(s) would you
like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Actually, I’ve started on a new journey. I’ve released five historical
romances and have a sixth coming out in March. Although I love writing historicals,
I wanted to challenge myself a bit and push my creative limits. The result? Leave
Yesterday Behind, a romantic suspense, is coming out in June of 2015, and my editor
just bought a second romantic suspense entitled Illusions of Death. My goal is to
start alternating and publishing historicals and romantic suspense books each year.
What would your readers
be surprised to learn about you?
Believe it or not, as a reader, romance is not my favorite genre!
Don’t get me wrong—I read a ton of romances and love them—but my favorite book to
pick up is a thriller. I enjoy books by authors such as Steve Berry, David Baldacci,
and Jeff Abbott.
Why should readers who
haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I’ve had readers tell me that this is their favorite book of
all the ones they’ve read of mine. They’ve said there’s just something about this
couple and storyline that touched them. It’s also the favorite of my critique partner.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
I appreciate every book of mine that you purchase and every email
when you share how much you enjoyed my characters and their love story. It’s a thrill
each time to hear these words, and it makes me want to keep telling my stories for
many years to come.

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Title: A Bit of Heaven on Earth
Genre: medieval historical romance
Author: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Gavin of Ashgrove and his closest friend are captured in
a fierce battle during the Hundred Years’ War, their captors demand a hefty ransom
from their fathers for their return. Robert is quickly set free, but Gavin’s father
refuses to pay for his son’s release, leaving him to rot in a squalid French prison.
Aided by a sympathetic priest, he escapes and returns home to England, only to find
he has been proclaimed a bastard and disinherited.
With nowhere to turn Gavin journeys to Kentwood, where he fostered
as a boy, hoping Lord Aldred will take him on as a knight in his guard. The old
warrior is close to death, but he soon realizes Gavin is his son. Aldred plots to
have Gavin inherit Kentwood and marry his much younger wife, Elizabeth, a famed
and opinionated beauty who remains a virgin after a decade of marriage.
Will the king recognize Lord Aldred’s first request of a marriage
between Elizabeth and Robert, uniting Robert’s estate with Kentwood—or will the
temperamental Edward reward Aldred’s years of service and honor a dying man’s final
request?

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Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing: http://www.SoulMatePublishing.com

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Meet author Vicky Burkholder, writing for Liquid Silver Books.
Title The Ruby Key
Genre contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Who or what inspired you
to write?
My dad. When I was very young, I was considered a “slow
reader”. Back then, we didn’t have enrichment classes so my dad took it upon
himself to show me the wonders of the written word. Though not highly educated himself,
he was an avid reader. He would take me on his lap and read to and with me. He’d
do word games with me – for instance, if we were in the car and waiting somewhere,
he’d find a billboard and point to a word in it and tell me to find as many words
with those letters as I could. Or he’d do crossword puzzles with me. He found things
I was interested in and books that would go along with those interests – like horses
(what little girl doesn’t love horses?). He bought books about horses, both fiction
and non-fiction. In short, through my love of him and my interests, he taught me
to love the written word. And in a year, I moved up from the “slow” section
to the top of the class.
What are your five “desert
island” books?
Probably a Boy Scout handbook (come on, I’m nothing, if not practical!),
a science fiction book (like Anne McCaffrey’s Crystal series), a good mystery (like
Laura Bradford’s Amish mystery series), a good romance (like Nora Roberts, especially
her paranormal romances), and a good fantasy (like David Eddings). You will note
that these are all paperback books. I’d choose differently if I could take my electronic
reading device, but on a desert island, I’m not sure that would work well, though
I suppose I could use the handbook to figure out how to create electricity to power
up my devices!
What advice would you
give a new author?
Grow a thick skin. This is not a business for the weak of ego.
You are going to get bad reviews. You’re going to get rejected – a lot. You’re not
going to get rich quick (except in very very rare cases). You need to be able to
bounce back. Yes, give yourself a day or two to rail at the fates on the bad stuff,
then get right back in there. You can’t let the negativity that is part and parcel
of this career get you down. If one bad review or rejection makes you quit, then
you need to rethink being a writer. Because unless you’re just doing it for yourself,
you’re going to get hurt. BUT, if you keep at it… if you keep trying… if you keep
learning and improving, someday you may get that acceptance or that great review
and the sales will start coming in, and it will all be worth it. Perseverance is
the key.

The Ruby Key

The following blurb and excerpt are from my latest book, The
Ruby Key, a paranormal romance available from Liquid Silver Books. It is the second
in the Crystal Keys series.
Blurb: (from The Ruby Key)
For centuries, four women have held the keys to Lemuria, a land
where magic is real. They and their Protectors are all that stand against The Brotherhood,
a group of exiles who want to return to Lemuria and take control of the gateway
between realms.
Phoebe, Keeper of the ruby key, lost her lover and Protector,
Ryan, to murder. The Powers That Be saddled her with a dorky salesman. That is,
until Zack arrives on the scene. With his Scandinavian good looks, he is the essence
of what a Protector should be, but he is a loner and wants nothing to do with magic.
Magic is what got his brother killed. Phoebe wants nothing to do with him as a protector,
but he draws her in ways Ryan never did.
Edward is the epitome of a British gentleman and shows Phoebe
the genteel side of life, but Edward has a past, and an agenda. He is the leader
of the Brotherhood and if he controls Phoebe, he will control everything—and destroy
it all.
The past, present, and future all come crashing down to one moment.
Only Phoebe can make the choice—and her choice will determine the fate of several
worlds.
They lost the battle once before. This time, will love really
conquer all?

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Coming Soon

The Turn of the Card – a short futuristic romance from Liquid
Silver Books
Other books available from Liquid Silver Books
Who’s Your Alpha 
The Emerald Key – first book in the Crystal Key series
Who’s Your Alpha – short, contemporary shape shifter romance
Finder’s Keepers – short, contemporary paranormal romance

About the Author

Vicky Burkholder lives in a three-generation home and is lucky
enough to have two other writers in residence. At various times in her life, she
has been a journalist, writer, editor, teacher, short-order cook, computer specialist,
DJ, and librarian. Her writing spans the fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and
romance lines from YA to adult. No matter the age or genre, all of her books have
a touch of romance in them and have to have a happily ever after ending.

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