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Monthly Archives: February 2016

This quick interview includes info about the author, and
introduces the story.

About the Author

Award winning Australian author, Alison Stuart
learned her passion from history from her father. She has been writing stories
since her teenage years but it was not until 2007 that her first full length
novel was published. A past president of the Romance Writers of Australia,
Alison has now published seven full length historical romances and a collection
of her short stories.  Many of her
stories have been shortlisted for international awards and BY THE SWORD won the
2008 EPIC Award for Best Historical Romance. 
Her inclination for writing about soldier heroes
may come from her varied career as a lawyer in the military and fire services.
These days when she is not writing she is travelling and routinely drags her
long suffering husband around battlefields and castles.

Interview with Alison Stuart

Why did you write
this book?
This book has been a long time in the writing. It is the
third in a series called Guardians of the Crown series, set in the English
Civil War and following the lives of three young men following the final defeat
of the royalist cause at the Battle of Worcester in September 1651. I wrote
Books 1 and 2 (By the Sword and The King’s Man) quite some time ago and they
had a couple of early incarnations before being picked up and re-released by
Escape Publishing as the Guardians of the Crown series.
My publisher felt that while both the previous books had a
‘Happy for Now’ resolution the series arc required a ‘Happy Ever After”
culminating in the Restoration of the King in 1660.
As I had left Book 2 with the fate of the hero’s brother,
Daniel, hanging in the air, he seemed the natural hero for Book 3 so Book 3 is
Daniel’s story and brings to a ‘happy ever after conclusion’ the stories of
Jonathan and Kit.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Mysteries… particularly historical mysteries.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
I have so many favourites, but I’ll go right back to my
first love, Jane Eyre. I was 11 when I read this book and I just fell in love
with the gutsy, put upon, Jane. My much battered copy has literally followed me
around the world.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
As I mentioned, I am playing with a historical mystery
series set in Singapore in 1910 (the Harriet Gordon Mysteries). Book 1 (Blood
Red) is almost done and, all going according to plan, will be out by the end of
the year.
Beyond that I have a number of other projects burbling on
the back burners – a time travel series, more stories linking some of my other
books… so many ideas, so little time!
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Exile’s Return (Book 3 in the Guardians of the Crown series)
The breath-taking conclusion to Alison
Stuart’s English Civil War trilogy introduces a heroine with nothing left to
lose and a hero with everything to gain…
England, 1659: Following the death of Cromwell, a new king is poised to
ascend the throne of England. One by one, those once loyal to the crown begin
to return …
Imprisoned, exiled and tortured, fugitive Daniel Lovell returns to
England, determined to kill the man who murdered his father. But his plans for
revenge must wait, as the King has one last mission for him. 
Agnes Fletcher’s lover is dead, and when his two orphaned children are
torn from her care by their scheming guardian, she finds herself alone and
devastated by the loss. Unwilling to give up, Agnes desperately seeks anyone
willing to accompany her on a perilous journey to save the children and return
them to her care. She didn’t plan on meeting the infamous Daniel Lovell. She
didn’t plan on falling in love.
Thrown together with separate quests – and competing obligations –
Daniel and Agnes make their way from London to the English countryside, danger
at every turn. When they are finally given the opportunity to seize everything
they ever hoped for, will they find the peace they crave, or will their
fledgling love be a final casualty of war?

About the Book

Title  Exile’s Return
Genre Historical Romance
Author Alison Stuart
Book heat level: R

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contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Surrendering to the Beast by Tina
Donahue.

About the Book

Title Surrendering to the Beast
Genre Erotic Paranormal-Romantic Comedy
Author Tina Donahue
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When she’s good, she’s very good. But when he’s bad, she’s better.
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As a good fairy, Heather is empathetic and chaste to a fault.
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About the Author

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her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in
the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place
in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short
Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood
production company in Story Direction.

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Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and
a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better,
by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles
stress.

Author Bio

Anna Durand is an award-winning writer, a freelance
librarian, and an audiobook addict. She specializes in steamy romances
featuring spunky heroines and hunky heroes. As a member of Romance Writers of
America, she volunteers for its chapters to give back to the romance community.
In her previous life as a librarian, she haunted the stacks of public libraries
but never met any hot vampires hunting for magical books.

About the Book

Title Tempted by a Kiss
Genre Erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Mel Thompson just dumped her cheating ex after two years
together. Now she’s determined to understand the allure of casual sex by having
a steamy fling of her own at a notoriously raunchy underground club. When her
best friend, Adam Caras, catches on to her plan, he makes a surprising offer to
derail her. If she wants a hot fling, he’ll give it to her.
Who better than Adam, renowned lady-killer, to demonstrate
the erotic pleasures of a one night stand? Sex could ruin their friendship, but
after a soul-searing kiss, Mel fears one night may never be enough.

Stressing The Heroine

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and
a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better,
by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles
stress.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a
party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Mel Thompson has been dragged to a party at the cramped
apartment of her best friend, Adam Caras. The place is filled to capacity with
family and friends, including Adam’s rowdy firefighter buddies.
How does the heroine
feel about being at this particular party, and what body language is she
displaying that gives it away?
Mel lingers behind the bar, arms wrapped around herself,
gaze scanning the room for Adam. She used to love parties, but now they make
her nervous. Though she’s still confident at work, in her personal life she’s
lost her self-assurance.
Is she more likely to
mingle or remain aloof?
She’ll stick close to Adam, even avoiding his brothers and
father, whom she’s known her whole life.
If she drinks, what is
her drink of choice at this party?
Beer. She grew up next door to the Caras boys, and though
beer isn’t her first choice, at a Caras party she’s not averse to tossing back
a lager.
How much drink is her
usual?
She drinks in moderation, never getting drunk. Well, maybe
not never…
The heroine figures out
where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid
someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Mel longs to escape the party — especially when Adam’s
buddies start referring to him as the Arsonist, a renowned ladykiller.
Is she likely to latch
onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend
that others latch onto?
She wants nothing more than to cling to Adam, or hide behind
him, but he keeps dragging her into conversations with everybody else.
If someone picked a fight
at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Anyone who attacks Adam, or harasses a woman, will meet Mel
the Terminator.
Is the heroine the one
most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Don’t mess with Mel. She may be nervous at a party, but
she’ll boot out the troublemakers.
Will she know when to
leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
She’ll try to sneak out early, but Adam will convince her to
stay until everyone else is gone. He’s got an ulterior motive, but she’s
oblivious to it.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle
it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was
blameless in a situation?
She’ll give them a tongue lashing, for sure.
How does the heroine react
to hearing a scream?
Mel flinches, but then rushes to see if someone’s in
trouble.
If she sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
A man attacking another man: Too dangerous, run away.
A man attacking a woman: Won’t let another woman become a
victim.
If she sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
A man attacking another man: Call the cops.
A man attacking a woman: Jump in with her stun gun to stop
the assault.
This heroine attempts
to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against
her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does
she do?
Call Adam on her cell phone.
The heroine runs into
the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the
situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
When Mel runs into her cheating ex, Devon McCallister, she puts
up a tough front to hide her fear while searching for a way out, one that won’t
alert Devon to how scared she is.
Someone younger than
the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly,
perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
Mel started her own business from the ground up, so she
excels at finding a diplomatic way to step in when someone else is screwing up.
The heroine is in
physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself
in order to get through the situation?
She remembers how resilient her late father was and takes
strength from those memories.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
She remembers her dad’s corny advice, like “Crying
doesn’t make you weak, Melly. Even a tough cookie can have a soft center.”
What lesson from her
past gets her through a stressful situation?
Getting through her father’s death proved to her she can
handle even the worst moments.

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Today’s featured book is The Antonello Brothers, a boxed set by Kayelle Allen.

In At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, professional thief Senth Antonello
must retrieve a device stolen by the Imperial Armada, but his brother is kidnapped
to force Senth to surrender it. His new partner, NarrAy Jorlan, is a genetically
enhanced woman who could enhance the mission, or crumble it into dust with a single
siren kiss. He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy! In For
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It could destroy her people and prevent her from leading them. She should shun
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About the Book

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Author Kayelle Allen
Genre scifi, science fiction romance, scifi romance, sweet
romance, scifi military
Date Published February 12, 2016
Word count 158,446
Page count 337

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Hard Days Knight by Livia Quinn.
She’s the one!
When Officer Del Burke arrests Luc in his “Special Forces” costume at a
burglary, he falls hard.
And though Delilah is not one to be influenced by a pretty
face, a rock hard body and stellar set of biceps, her insides are fist pumping
and shouting, “It’s him. Don’t you let
him get away.”
Do you believe in love at first sight? I do.
On our first date after knowing my husband for only a month,
we went dancing in the middle of the afternoon.
With the jukebox playing, “May I have this dance for the rest of my
life” the eventual Mr. Quinn stopped dancing, looked down into my eyes and said
(incredulously) “Woman, I just about love you.” Of course being a man, and a
first date and a moment he wasn’t prepared for, he took it back, for a month or
so. But he told me later that the very first day he spotted me in the diner, he
was thunderstruck and actually said to those sitting with him, “Where did she
come from?” (Well, he actually said,
Where did that thing come from? Lol)
Still almost forty years later…we’re still a couple and he
says he’s just as in love as ever.
Vicinity, luck, match makers can all play a part in getting
a couple together but I’ve experienced magic and when it happens, it’s quick,
recognizable, and it can last.
 Do you know a true love
at first sight
story? Please share it.

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Title Hard Days Knight
Genre Military Romance
Author Livia Quinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Is he a real hero, or just a pretender?
The tall, dark and deadly looking mercenary Delilah Burke
confronts at the robbery scene is sexy as sin, and apparently “saved the day”,
but is anything about him real?
Ex-Navy officer Luc Larue knows how it looks when the sexy
cop and her partner respond to a silent alarm at the grocery where he stopped
for a six-pack after work. Luc’s job with KPI requires certain…attire,
and equipment.
Once she finds out what he does for a living, and that he’s
not a real hero, she probably won’t agree to see him again, much less hear his
proposition.
Each day reveals more to Del of the enigma that is Luc
Larue. The guy is golden, perhaps too good to be true. Then, trouble arrives
from out of his past and Del is faced with a choice – does she believe the
evidence against Luc, or trust her heart?

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Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
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About the Author

I’m Livia Quinn, a DC native and transplant to Louisiana
where the people and environment  inspired my Storm Lake series. On Storm Lake
West you’ll find the Destiny Paramortals, a cozy paranormal series with a cast
of quirky characters. And on the East end, contemporary military romance and
romantic suspense – ex-military guys and sexy cover models who are committed to
their community.

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Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Author Bio

Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.

Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.
An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.
A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.

About the Book

Title Stealing Hope
Genre erotic paranormal romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The apocalypse has come and gone. 
Those who survived learned to adapt. 
Dragons awaken to once again reign over the skies. 
Upon eruption of a volcano, Ari awakens to a changed world, and a knowing that his dragon’s mate is near. He saves her twice—once as a dragon, and again as a man—and wins her confidence. 
Hope cried out, moaning, “just change me with pleasure?” 
Hope is restless and unfulfilled until she meets Ari, the man of her fantasies. The sensual tension between them heightens with every touch. When their passion explodes, Hope gets pulled into the dragon’s mating ritual…and into a world of erotic sensation she never dreamed existed but now cannot live without. The dragon binds his mate to him with a ritual that shows Hope her true nature in this humorous erotic romance. 

Stressing The Hero

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a
past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by
focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a
party. Considering his story, describe the party.
This would definitely be a hunting party. Survival is the
main goal.
How does the hero
feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying
that gives it away?
Ari is a bit impatient having to hunt as a human. If he was
to go as his dragon, he’d be done and back in a quarter of the time. He checks
over the weapons he is using, perhaps a bit more diligently than the men around
him.
Is he more likely to mingle
or remain aloof?
Ari would remain aloof, if he can manage it he’ll change to
make hunting easier as long as he wouldn’t be found out. He has no desire to
become hunted.
If he drinks, what is
his drink of choice at this party?
Water is his drink of choice at the hunting party.
How much drink is his
usual?
Ari will have a drink with his meal. Dragons don’t really
indulge in anything that could expose them to humans.
The hero figures out where
the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or
to go drag a friend back to the party?
Ari will go there to indulge his curiosity to see if
anything is hidden there, and to scope out the territory.
Is he likely to latch
onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that
others latch onto?
Ari draws others to him.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero
going to handle it?
Ari would step in to stop it.
Is the hero the one most
likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Ari would be the one doing the tossing.
Will he know when to leave,
or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Ari will stay until the goal of the party is done.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle
it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was
blameless in a situation?
Ari would grit his teeth and listen then try to explain.
How does the hero react
to hearing a scream?
Ari runs toward it.
If he sees someone being
assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
That he has to stop it.
If he sees someone
being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Ari steps in to stop it.
This hero attempts to
rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him
and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he
do?
Ari does what he thinks is right, even if he gets his butt
kicked.
The hero runs into
the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the
situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does he do?
Ari keeps the contact to a minimum to accomplish what must
be done.
Someone younger than
the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps
bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?
Ari will try to assist him or her, doing his best to correct
it. He will step in to correct it if he has no choice and only if someone will
be hurt.
The hero is in
physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell
himself in order to get through the situation?
He’s a dragon, he can do anything.
What mentor’s words
come to mind in a bad situation?
Give it time, it will pass.
What lesson from his
past gets him through a stressful situation?
The knowledge that no matter what, he has his family to
stand behind him.

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