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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Wooing the Librarian 
Author: Jane Leopold Quinn
Book: Wooing the Librarian
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Wooing the Librarian (previously published as Hot Under the Collar)
After a spectacularly failed romance left her devastated, all
Isis Garrett wants is to start her library in this California town. The last thing
she wants is another man, not even the handsome preacher who offers his church for
her books.
Pres MacKay is starting a new life as a preacher. He can’t hide
his attraction to the sweetly rounde
d new librarian even as she pushes him away.
Can he discover the way into her closed heart and prove to her he’s one of the good
guys?
Pres isn’t about to give up on Isis, though. The question is
can she forget the pain of the past and see a future with him?

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About the Author

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend
said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook,
a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a
dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion
and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters,
designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories.
My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary
— none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write
romance full time — the best job in the universe! And I’m fortunate enough to have
found my own happily ever after husband.

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Breakfast at sea 

 Early on in my writing career I needed
complete quiet or certain music in a familiar place to write. But that left behind
my love of travel. And my love of cruising, in particular.

The past two years I’ve been able
to merge these two loves into one. I now take writing “vacations” often,
going to places I’m going to write about, but many times just to meet colorful characters
I can use in my books. And to have a bit of fun. Here’s a little excerpt from a
blog I did in December. Here’s what I mean about fun:
Traveling has also been good for business.
Between last December, when we took our Italy to Rio cruise, and now, I went from
having 1100 Facebook Author followers to over 11,000, as people followed my travels.
(You can do the same by scrolling down from the above link). Christmas and Thanksgiving
will never be the same for me again, since I got to see how local people celebrate
it in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands, Morocco, the Virgin Islands,
Rio and Sao Paolo. I remember one Christmas Eve when we were serenaded by a group
of school children in the VI. Such a magical night seeing their bright little faces
on the night when Santa would descend upon them and their households. Afterwards
we walked on the beach in the warm balmy night.
A Port of Call
When I visited Morocco, the black
cobras that snake charmers display in the public square in Marrakesh intrigued me.
These snakes wound up in my book, Cruisin’ For A SEAL, where a group of terrorists
take over a cruise ship. They were unsuccessful because 9 Navy SEALs and their wives
were also vacationing on the same boat. I found a suitable lifeboat where a love
scene could be played out, wrote it while sitting on the bench, as the sea rocked
and rolled beside and underneath me.
The multiple languages wash like water
over me. On these trips, I am very rarely around English-speaking people, which
is like background noise. This happy chatter excites me, as I pretend I know what
they’re talking about, or make up a story, undistracted from the reality of what
they’re really saying.
Colors and locations are important.
I finished my Guardian Angel book, Underworld Queen, in the angel room, a room set
up for playing cards on the cruise ship.
My husband got in a little trouble
noodling around on the balcony when our cabin boy surprised us. By that time, the
bottle of champagne had gotten to be properly, and I didn’t care he saw us necked.
And then we fantasized about the animal shapes he was making ever after that on
our bed with the towels.
Romance is everywhere. In Italy, the
town of Savona became the backdrop for the beginning of my Cruisin’ story, where
a SEAL meets a lovely young Italian lady in a piazza, sipping cappuccino with her
mother. She turns out to be the dance instructor on the cruise. I also walked down
the cobblestoned village streets in Genoa, finding the little chapel where my vampire
book started, when my heroine says a prayer as her heart is breaking. Of course,
her fated mate, a 300-year-old vampire named Marcus Monteleone, overhears this prayer
and is mesmerized. I would have not had that scene if I hadn’t physically been there,
in that chapel, with the chimes and the flutter of pigeons and unfamiliar sirens
going off in the background.
The view at sea
In Antigua I found the cottage I will
rent some day this year, sit on the beach and write. I have a story brewing now.
Internet was wonderful. The rum punch fantastic, and the gentle water lapping up
on shore almost made me cry. I thought about the people who had sat on that very
beach over the centuries, especially Admiral Nelson, as he commanded the Caribbean
fleet there in English Bay. I felt the presence of some of those people who were
buried there. One soldier, buried with an infant on his chest, no doubt from a love
affair with an island girl.
So traveling has turned my world upside
down and inside out. Now I look forward to go exploring. Letting my mind wander
wherever my muse will take me. After all, we write from our experience. Whether
it’s real or imagined, traveling just broadens my palette, and makes my soul sing.
And that’s when the magic comes.

About the Author

Sharon Hamilton
NYT and USA/Today and Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author Sharon
Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1
in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters
follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden
Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.
A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and
her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories
take place.

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Today’s featured book is Bare Threads, book four of the
Saving Liam Series by DP Denman.
Genre Gay Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Liam is not a family man. He’s learned to avoid the entanglement
and its mire of expectations. Expectations he is destined to crush. Unfortunately,
Justin is pushing him into the arms of a new family and he’s fighting every step…until
a person he never expected to see again reappears. The confrontation brings a new
perspective and the inspiration to make a few concessions for the sake of the only
man he is willing to call family.

About the Author

Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary
romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense, but resolve in endings
that make people want to read the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest
and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist,
fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the
royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

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Lord Devere’s Ward
by Sue Swift 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Lord Devere’s Ward.
Genre Regency romance
Author Name Sue Swift
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Orphaned Kate Scoville is trapped in a tower prison by her scheming uncle, who
plans to wed her to his loathsome son in order to gain control of her fortune. Plucky
and resourceful, Lady Kate escapes to London to ask for help from her guardian.
She’s sure the elderly Earl of Devere will help her in her plight. She’s astounded
to find that the Earl has died, and his son has become her guardian.
Quinn, the present Earl, remembers Kate from his childhood as an awkward child
he loved to taunt and tease. But now his ward has grown into a beautiful young woman.
Though honor prevents Quinn from making Kate his, their attraction is irresistible.
Will Kate tempt Quinn into abandoning honor? Will the wicked uncle trap Kate,
compromise her and steal her fortune?

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Zone of Fire
by Lindsay McKenna
Zone Of Fire, Taking Fire , On Fire: a new innovative way to
tell a story by Lindsay McKenna, HQN, Harlequin
1. Zone Of Fire, Ebook only, Shadow Warriors Series, epilogue
to Never Surrender, HQN, July, 2014.
On all major ebook platforms
2. Taking Fire, HQN, 2.25.2015. Shadow
Warriors series pocket book and ebook.
3. On Fire, HQN, Ebook only, Shadow Warriors Series, Director’s
Cut to Taking Fire
Pub. date: 3.1.2015
I am working with Harlequin to do
something rather innovative for my many loyal readers. I got a lot of emails begging
me to right a novella epilogue for Never Surrender (Bay and Gabe, the main characters).
I did that, but I also wanted to take a secondary from that book, Mike Tarik, and
add him to this 11,000 word novella. I married the two of them into it so that the
novella was not only an epilogue regarding “what happened next to Bay and Gabe,”
but also became a bridge to Mike’s book, Taking Fire.
There are actually THREE books, with
Zone Of Fire, 2.1.2015 coming out first to set up Mike’s book. Then, on 2.25.2015,
Taking Fire comes out and is Mike and Khatereh’s story. It is followed on 3.1.2015
by On Fire, Ebook only. It is what I term a “director’s cut” to their
story. Unfortunately, in paperbacks, a 100,000 words is the max amount one can write
about a story. I over ran that mark by roughly 40,000 words! And I did not want
to delete it and forget it. My editor, Tara Gavin, agreed and so did Harlequin.
This is how these three books are
like boxcars in a row on a train, kind of thing. It’s a creative and new way to
present characters and their stories. And I hope you enjoy them. Do let me know?
Taking Fire is a story of US Navy
SEAL, Mike Tarik, who is an American citizen, but 1/2 Saudi and 1/2 American, through
his mother, Annie. His father is a world renown cardiac surgeon. Dr. Bedir Tarik
met his wife, Annie, over in Saudi Arabia where she was an American school teacher.
Bedir, who is Sufi, believes firmly that love is the only way to peace and harmony
in the world. He falls in love with Annie, and they marry in Riyadh. Later, she
gets pregnant with Mike and he is born in San Diego, California.
Bedir takes his young son over to
Saudi Arabia for three weeks every year. He has a charity in Riyadh, and he and
Mike take a pickup and distribute clothes, food and money to the poor at the fringes
of that city, as well as to many others areas. He teaches his son generosity, giving
back and being grateful for what he has.
Mike grows up wanting to become a
Navy SEAL. Bedir has already shown him his family’s lineage and tells his warrior
son that he has the genes of his warrior great-grandfather. Mike’s view on it is
that he wants to help the poor and oppressed, to rid them of tyrants who kill or
make their lives miserable. When he deploys to Afghanistan with Seal Team 3, he
works with NGO charities to bring food, clothing, and shoes to the desperately poor
Afghan villages near where his team is located.
He carries on his father’s belief
in always helping those who have less. But on one mission, he finds himself in need.
He and his four-man SEAL team are out on a mission. And it is a black ops US Marine
Corps sniper who saves his team and him from a deadly ambush. And she’s a woman!
Mike’s entire life changes in the moment he is injured and saved by this mysterious
operator who cares for him deep in the cave systems of the Hindu Kush Mountains
near the Pakistan border.
Sergeant Khatera Shinwari is wary
of this SEAL, must maintain her deep black ops cover and although she’s powerfully
drawn to Mike, there is no way she can act upon it. Mike, before he’s picked up
by a Night Stalker helicopter once he’s ready to leave her care for FOB Bravo, promises
her, he will see her again.
Khat doesn’t believe him, as much
as she wished she could. Her life is not her own. Her loyalty is to her Afghan people,
not to a single man like Mike. But life has a funny way of changing up, and Mike
isn’t about to just let this enigmatic, beautiful woman disappear out of his life.
No way…..
I had great fun creating this story
and it’s unlike anything my readers have read. I’m very excited about it, about
the sympathetic characters that you are sure to cheer on! And toward that end? I’ve
created a “Director’s Cut” of a much longer ending to Taking Fire. Don’t
worry, the book you’ve bought is complete with an HEA ending. But if you want to
know more of “what else” happened,” then On Fire, HQN, 5.1.2015,
digital only, 40,000 words long and $2.99, will be available to you to continue
their twisting and dangerous destiny with one another! And an HEA ending, of course!

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Cowboy 12 Pack 
This post is a redirect from a previous post (Pets for
Vets). That book is no longer available.

When Crystal Wilson gets roped into a wild, girls-only weekend
at a rowdy “stud” ranch, the last thing she wants to do is tangle with a bunch of
half-naked men pretending to be cowboys. But when she meets Ford McCoy, she can’t
help but be attracted to his dark, dominant, gruff appeal.

What she doesn’t know is that Ford isn’t a stripper. He’s her
friend’s overprotective brother, there to make sure his little sister doesn’t get
into any trouble. She’s surprised at the passion that flares between them. In fact,
what she has with Ford might just be what she’s been looking for all along.
It’s a pity the sexy rancher isn’t in the market for a city girl.
This book is part of the Cowboy 12 Pack. If you love sexy cowboy
romance books, get ready for a 12-pack of ’em from New York Times and USA Today
bestselling authors. Cowboy 12 Pack is available for preorder (releases January
20th) Featuring twelve other authors.

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About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA
Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her
titles range from sweet and sexy to scorching erotic romance.

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