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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Todays double feature includes historical romance from Alanna Lucas. 

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.
Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.

About Mistletoe Waltz

Title     Mistletoe Waltz
Genre Historical Romance- Regency
Author Alanna Lucas
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG13
Trust, patience, and mistletoe must overcome a forced marriage, dark secrets, and a looming shadow that threatens all chance of Faith finding love with the Marquess of Hawthorne.

Holiday Wish
Marcus, the Marquess of Hawthorne, vowed never to fall in love. He should have vowed never to marry. Caught in a compromising situation, he’s been forced to wed the young woman he was trying to rescue. Beautiful? Yes. But his new bride’s apprehensions seem worse than his own, and as family and friends arrive at Deer Park to celebrate Christmastide, all he wants is for Faith to play the part of a happy wife and hostess. 

She will not, however—or cannot. And when she commits yet another desperate act, this time with disastrous results, Marcus must save Faith once again. Now he must discover what drives her, what dark secrets keep her unable to trust or love, and what she truly desires. Only then will they, with the magic of mistletoe, overcome the pasts and taste the delights of the season.

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About Face to Face

Title     Face to Face
Genre Historical Romance- Regency
Author Alanna Lucas
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
A masquerade, a chance meeting, and a kidnapping: Little did Miss Penelope Ashurst realize that breaking the rules would result in the adventure—and love—of a lifetime.
Unseen
One night. That’s all Miss Penelope Ashurst wants away from the strict decorum of Regency society. Donning a mask and attending a forbidden masquerade, she meets the man of her dreams. Then, before she discovers his identity, she is kidnapped.
Untasted
From their first encounter, his goddess in a golden mask stirs a deep and different longing within Ranulph, the Earl of Monfort. When she disappears, he vows he will find her no matter the cost.
Unstoppable
Soon it’s a race against time, and the kidnappers are just the start. Penelope and Ranulph’s very lives are in jeopardy. Before the end, everything will be stripped away, and Penelope and Ranulph will be more than just face-to-face. But this is true love, and nothing will stop it.

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Today’s featured book is The Sheriff’s Son by Barbara White Daille.


About the Book

Title  The Sheriff’s Son
Genre  Contemporary romance
Author  Barbara White Daille
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG-13
Why is Tanner Jones back in town? 
Seven-year-old Kevin has been a handful for single mom Sarah Lindstrom. And when the new sheriff shows up holding Kevin by the scruff of his neck for egging his car, she knows she’s lost control. 
Sheriff Tanner Jones has no idea Kevin is his son. He lost the right to that information when he abandoned Sarah soon after graduation. Just because he’s back in town doesn’t mean he can waltz into her life—and Kevin’s. But Sarah can’t deny the feelings she still has for Tanner, or how her son is benefiting from his attention. 
When Tanner finds out the truth, what will he do?


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Publisher: Harlequin http://bit.ly/TSS-LP-HB (Larger Print and new e-book reissue)  
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About the Author

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise, and the latest book is The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal (released in December 2015). Cowboy in Crisis will debut in July 2016, with other books in the series to follow.
Barbara’s first book, The Sheriff’s Son, has just been reissued in both larger print and a new e-book version, available exclusively from Harlequin. The original version is also still available at most major e-tailers, including Amazon.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Saint Michael Defend Us by Tess Delacour.
About the Book
Title Saint Michael Defend Us
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Tess Delacour
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Anchored to the past, can two damaged souls solve a string of murders and heal themselves in the process?
After a cheating fiancé sours her on relationships, investigative journalist Laura McDuffy goes on a man-cation. But her plans for a romance-free life get derailed when work brings her face to face with hunky childhood crush Detective Nate Miller.
While investigating the deaths of several former Catholic grade school classmates, they become closer, but each of them harbors painful childhood memories that threaten to interfere with their burgeoning relationship.
As they piece together the clues to solve the case, will Laura and Nate figure out how to open up and let love in or will a secret destroy any hope of happiness?
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About the Author
Contemporary romance author Tess Delacour writes fiction that will ignite your mind as well as your body. She fell in love with the genre as a young girl after reading Pride and Prejudice. Hooked by the ‘happily ever after’, romance fiction has been a lifelong obsession. She calls her writing ‘sexy modern romance with a dose of fun and humor’. Tess attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergrad and law school, and currently resides in rural Virginia with her family and dog. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Surrender Her Inhibitions from Dominant Persuasions by Nicole Morgan.

About the Book

Title: Surrender Her Inhibitions (Dominant Persuasions)
Genre: Erotic BDSM
Author: Nicole Morgan
Book heat level: R
Three years ago Sophia Hunt was on the tail end of a bad break up and in a vulnerable and confused state of mind when she crossed paths with the sexy and seductive J.T. Mastrantonio. 
Stuck in a rut and no longer satisfied with his successful life, J.T. finds an unfamiliar ache when the scared girl who ran out on him years earlier walks back into his life. 
Though time is not their side, Sophia is faced with the realization that her biggest fears and greatest temptations are one in the same. And only J.T. will be the one who can get Sophia to surrender to her inhibitions.

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Nicole Morgan is a multi-published author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. While she’s written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more often than not be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
Nicole currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region where she continues to gain support and inspiration from life’s everyday blessings.

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Website http://www.authornicmorgan.com (under construction)
This feature includes a book cover, blurb, buy links, short questionnaire, and social media contacts for the author.

About the Book

Title Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4)
Genre LGBT erotic romance
Author Name M.Q. Barber
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Blurb (up to 300 words)
From rescue to romance…
Teach a wounded submissive the value of his service. The task ought to be an easy one for an experienced dominant like Henry Webb.
But novice Jay Kress challenges his teacher like no other. Still bearing the bruises of an encounter outside the bounds of safe consensual play, Jay is desperate to submit to the man who saved him—and shamed by his desires.
Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship. He’ll teach Jay how to stay safe, that’s all. He won’t take advantage of the younger man’s trust. He won’t share his fantasies about his dark-haired, athletic student. He’ll never claim this submissive for his own…
Becoming His Master is a Neighborly Affection series prequel that tells the origin of Henry and Jay’s relationship in their pre-Alice days.

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Interview with Henry Webb

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
What I most desire is an impossibility—to have met Jay, my sweet-natured submissive, before an odious predator led him down a path toward harm. Failing that, I want to see him whole and happy. As a submissive and as a man, he’s a delight. He’s quick to learn and eager to please. He has a ready smile, a fit body, and an incomparably beautiful soul. But he needs a mentor, not a lover. I’m pledged to help him find himself. I cannot do that if I self-servingly bend his desires toward me.
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 told, by well-meaning friends, that my self-denial at times borders on masochism. I suspect there’s a bit more to it than that, but it’s true that I hold myself to an ethical standard that many others do not. Flawed I may be, but I would rather take care in imposing my will on others rather than later discover I’ve caused an unforgiveable result.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I am not, and cannot be, a mind reader. Most dominants I know — the good ones, at any rate — want to provide the best experience for their submissive partners, whether for a single night or a lifetime. Alongside the granting of authority and power comes the expectation of omniscience. I strive to know my submissives, to gauge their moods and their desires, to recognize when they long for more and when they have had enough but fear saying so would disappoint me. But I am not a god. Like any man, I make mistakes. The consequences of an error can be harsh, both emotionally and physically.
What’s your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I fear that Jay, in his vulnerability, will return to the man who hurt him. The urge to belong is a powerful one — and a dangerous one. I am attempting to encourage his independence, but he is beautifully submissive. He yearns to be owned. If I cannot teach him to prioritize his own safety, he will return to a poisonous relationship rather than remain alone.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am delighted. Jay has surpassed all of my expectations. I could not have imagined this joy in my life. But having found it, I am loathe to allow even a minute to slip away.

About You: Questions for the writer.

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can do.
From a flurry of ideas channeled through a ballpoint pen, sweetly erotic literature emerges.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
Henry spoke to me. When a character is so insistent about telling his story, it’s impossible to push him aside. He’s a bit unusual for a fictional dominant, and I found his style intriguing.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Becoming His Master was my first chance to write a novel-length piece from Henry’s perspective. “Surprise” might not be the right word, but he astonished me with how deep his caretaking streak runs and how thoughtful he is about the plans he makes for his submissives. Being a good dominant is a lot of work!
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Henry makes me happiest when he’s happiest, which is almost always when he’s guiding someone else toward a better place in their life. He’s very good at seeing problems and working out the necessary steps to surmount them — for others. He’s not as good at turning that perception on himself, and I think he makes me saddest when he denies himself the things he wants.
What do you want to write next?
It’s always such a tough decision! I jot down ideas when they come to me, so by the time I finish one book, I tend to have a pile of ideas for other books waiting. Recently, I’ve been debating whether to follow the same characters for a little bit longer, start following some friends of theirs, or move to a different set of people entirely — ones who’ve been waiting a while for their turn in the spotlight.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Oh, there are half a dozen other characters whose stories I’d like to tell. But the ones most likely to get their own books someday are Henry’s best friend Will and his friends Victor and Emma, the couple who mentored him in dominance and submission. They all have lives I’d like to explore further.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
In a way, all of the Neighborly Affection series books are sequels to Becoming His Master. It’s the first novel chronologically, because it shows us Henry and Jay as their love story began.
Meet Picayune from Beloved Unmasked by Brita Addams.

Author Bio

Born in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All their children are grown.
Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.
Tarnished Gold, the first in her gay romance Tarnished series for Dreamspinner Press, was a winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, Historical Romance category. The book also received nominations for Best Historical and Best Book of 2013 from the readers of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
 A bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her husband’s middle name, with an additional d and s.

About the Book

Title Beloved Unmasked   
Genre Gay Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings R):

Introducing Picayune/David Reid

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Picayune, later David Reid
Age: at the time of this interview, I’m 24.
Gender: male           
Birthplace: Storyville, New Orleans
Profession: Survivor.
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I’m tall, tanned, and slim, with a full head of dark hair that needs pomade.
Who is the significant other in your life?
You’ll have to read Beloved Unmasked to find out. I’m not being coy, here, but it’s best you read about it.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
As a boy, I spent as much time as I could out my mother’s way. She hated me. She named me Picayune, for crying out loud. What kind of mother does that? Said I didn’t deserve a last name. With a great deal of help, I’ve overcome a lot, but something tells me I’ll never stray too far from Picayune. To forget him would do him, and me, a great injustice. I plan a better future, but I’ll always wonder if I deserve it.
How do you dress?
As a kid, I worked for the ragman, as well as Mr. Anderson, the mayor of Storyville. More often than not, I wore baggy overalls, with one broken buckle, but, what’s that, right? My yellowed shirt itched and was at least two sizes too big. My shoes were something. Nester, the man who took care of all us kids at the Gem, he tied my soles on with rope.
Nowadays, I like my suits and two-tone Oxfords. Emile says I spend too much on clothes, but I tell him that is born of deprivation.
I’m told I’ve got a Cajun accent. I used to talk like everyone else in Storyville—dese, dem, doze, but people don’t take you seriously when you sound uneducated. I’ve spent many hours trying to speak like the people I went to school with. Now I sound like them, except when I get excited, and I still have an accent.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
All of the above. I read a lot and I was a good student. I raised myself on streets where you learn quickly, mostly things you shouldn’t learn. Nester and Miss Effie, they kept me straight. I never got into trouble, though Sapphire, my mother, saw fit to discipline me, mostly for no good reason other than she was angry at something.
On what special skills do you rely?
I draw and play the piano. I have a fair-to-middling singing voice, too. When I draw or play, nothing else matters.
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
Miss Effie always said we shouldn’t be prideful, but I’m a fast learner. King Oliver himself taught me to play piano and he didn’t mess around. He’d play a few notes, then tell me to play them. I’m proud I learned all I know about music from the king himself, and from hanging out at the Funky Butt Dance Hall. They had a kid over there, Louis Armstrong. Man, could that boy play that cornet of his.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
Don’t we all care about what others think of us? I have more secrets than most people I know, but to defend myself, I’d have to reveal them. Spence calls that a double-edged sword.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
All my life, I’ve thought about who my father might be, but there’s no way of tellin’. The why in that question is obvious. I’ve read stories about families, but they don’t have anything to do with me.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Sure, because I have so many of my own.
What is your biggest need?
I want someone to love and who’ll love me. *Bows head*
How do you handle challenges?
Straight on. That’s how Nester taught me.
What is your breaking point?
In the book, Beloved Unmasked, Ms. Addams wrote about it. A man has to make a decision and stick to it. That’s what I did. Let’s just say it has something to do with a broken broomstick.
How emotionally expressive are you to others?
I have my moments. I’ve spent a long time finding my heart.
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
The person who loves me. He has my life in his hands.
What would you like to tell your writer?
Thank you, Ms. Addams, for being patient with me. Some of the stuff you pulled out of me wasn’t easy—for either of us.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
We are all responsible for our happiness, and we have to be a person someone wants to care for.

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