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Welcome Emery (Granger) MacTaggart from Scandalous in a Kilt, a new erotic contemporary romance.

Emery (Granger) MacTaggart

Age: 34
Gender: female
Birthplace: Idaho, USA
Profession: unemployed computer programmer
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description.
Emery is blonde and curvy, with blue eyes.
Please tell us a little about your character.
She’s a free spirit, unconventional in many ways but influenced by her traditionalist family. Emery loves to wear skimpy outfits, adores being silly as often as possible, and geeks out on superhero movies. Getting laid off from her job freed her from the daily grind but has left her broke and rudderless.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
His name is Rory MacTaggart, and he’s the second-oldest sibling in the MacTaggart clan. He’s also the only brother who hasn’t found a new wife, and the only one with three failed marriages in his past. He marries Emery to stop his family from pestering him to get a wife.
How does your heroine dress?
Emery likes to say she enjoys being as naked as possible at all times — without getting arrested, of course! She loves short-shorts and short skirts, but she also goes for jeans and a T-shirt when she wants to be super comfy.
How educated is this character?
Emery has a bachelor’s degree in computer programming, but her knowledge of all things ComicCon is entirely self-taught.
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Since getting laid off from her job, she’s running out of money. For years, she focused on paying off her student loans — at the cost of not having much fun. She lives in a tiny, one-room apartment, at least until she accepts Rory’s scandalous offer for a marriage of convenience.
What is your character’s family like?
Emery comes from a loving family with two parents who are still married, and a younger sister who’s married with two twin daughters. She knows her family will do anything for her, and she feels the same about them.
Is she close to family?
In terms of their relationships with each other, yes. In terms of geography, no. Her parents live in Australia, and her sister lives in Germany.
If someone from your character’s past showed up, who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
Emery hopes never to see her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian. The guy has serious issues and caused her a lot of grief.
Can your heroine keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
She can, but she hates secrets. They cause more trouble than they’re worth. This is why Emery insists she and Rory be totally honest with each other.
How emotionally expressive is your character to others?
Oh my, this girl has no qualms about showing her feelings! Emery hugs pretty much anybody who’s nice to her and tends to fling herself at her new husband whenever he does something sweet for her.
Who in her life has the power to hurt this character the most? Why?
That would be Rory, her new husband. Though she senses he has traumas in his past, he won’t talk about it. And his determination not to love her…Well, she worries that might drive him to break her heart even while his reluctant tenderness touches her deeply.

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

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
She knows how much fun I am, and that Rory needs a weirdo for a wife. Who else could make him loosen up?
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
That thing with Sebastian… Ick. Did the world need to know about that?
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Because we characters are awesome! Seriously, why else would anybody put up with our craziness? We make real people smile, laugh, cry, and sometimes want to smack us. But always, we’re loads of fun.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
Ooooh, that’s a hard one! Of course, I want more Hot Scots books. But I also love those paranormal stories. I am a ComicCon geek, after all, and can’t get enough of hunky guys with superpowers.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Does Anna want me to spill the beans? Hmm…Not sure, but here goes! My new sister-in-law Jamie and her onetime boyfriend, the American Gavin Douglas, need a little bit of help with their broken romance. I told Anna I needed to meddle, just this once, and she’s letting me go crazy with it! Their story is Gift-Wrapped in a Kilt: A Hot Scots Christmas Tale, coming later this year.

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Anna Durand is an award-winning author of sizzling romances, including the bestseller Dangerous in a Kilt, recipient of a 2016 National Readers’ Choice Award and an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. The Hot Scots series emerged out of a love for all things Scottish she inherited from her late father. While she researching a planned Scottish historical romance, she realized she really needed to write a hot Highlander romance ASAP. A new series was born!
Anna loves writing about spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Making use of her master’s in library science, she owns a cataloging services company that caters to indie authors and publishers. In her free time, you’ll find her binge-listening to audiobooks, playing with puppies, or crafting jewelry.
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Meet David Quinn from Sun Storm by Marlow Kelly @want2write #RLFblog #RomanticsuspenseWelcome David Quinn from Sun Storm, a new Romantic suspense by Marlow Kelly.

David Quinn

Age: 33 years old
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Profession: A beekeeper after spending 15 years with the US Army Special Forces
Please provide a physical description of your character.
He is 5’11 tall with sandy, shoulder-length hair, and a scruffy beard. Lean and fit. Light green eyes that can scare people with a look. His friends call that look his death stare. He was grazed by a bullet in Afghanistan which left him with a long scar across one side of his face. It parts his beard with a jagged white line.
Please tell us a little about your character.
He is tired of killing, death and danger. He feels like he’s been fighting his whole life. First when he killed his stepfather for abusing his twin sister. After that they ran away from home and lived rough on the streets of Granite City, Montana. He needed some peace in his life. That’s why he didn’t want to get involved with Marie, but she was in trouble. He took one look at her soft brown eyes and knew he had to save her.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Dr. Marie Wilson is very pretty although she doesn’t seem to realize it. She’s also a genius with two PhD’s one in Mechanical engineering, and the other in organic chemistry. She’s been sheltered by her rich father, but has never been loved. She has invented a small solar panel that can fit into a backpack and generates enough electricity to power an office building. She’s very naive and doesn’t seem to realize the consequences of her actions. She thought everyone would welcome her invention, but she was wrong. There are powerful people who will kill to stop her prototype being commercially developed.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
David received his GED while housed at a Granite City charity, Marshall House. He got his degree in business through the GoArmyEd program, which allows soldiers to earn their degree while serving.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
He’s not rich, but has enough money to survive. He’s a man with very few needs. He doesn’t care about clothes or luxuries. He owns a ten acre parcel of land near Missoula, Montana. There’s a small camper on the land and a stream nearby to bathe in. He owns five beehives, which is a great start to his beekeeping business.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Surviving. He’s the ultimate survivor. He survived the hardships of living on the streets and he also survived getting shot in the face when he was with the Special Forces.
What is your character’s family like?
David’s father died when he was eight. His mom remarried when he was twelve, and died a year later. When he was fourteen he caught his stepfather trying to rape his twin sister, Sinclair. The Twins ran away, and made it to Granite City before they ran out of money. When they were living on the street they met Michael and Tim. The four of them stuck together, looking after each other. Later they joined the army where they met Finn Callaghan. The five of them have been family ever since.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption?
He believes his facial scars reveal the monster he has become. He has a very threatening demeanor, which he developed as a teen when he was living on the streets. Most people are scared of him, which suits him just fine. He’s puzzled as to why Marie can see through his facade.
Does your character care about those assumptions?
No, he doesn’t care what anyone thinks, except Marie. He cares about her. In spite of himself he wants her to like him. He can’t help it. Without trying she has gotten under his skin.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
He’s scared that his ability to survive translates into an ability to kill. He refuses to carry a weapon because he doesn’t want to kill anymore. He’s so tired of death.

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

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Because she’s nuts. She could have written about a classically handsome man who was charming and had his act together, but she wrote about a burned out ex-soldier who’s struggling to come to terms with his actions in combat.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Once again, I think she’s nuts. She loves writing and at the same time she hates it. It’s a weird compulsion. One she wishes she could ignore. But the characters make up stories in her head, especially at night when she’s trying to sleep.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
She plans to write stories about all the members of my adopted family. We’re all street kids who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We all have stories to tell about how we ended up on the street and how we’re going to find happiness. Tim’s story, Fire Storm, is next, and then she’s going to explore Michael and Sinclair’s romance in Wind Storm. The last book, Storm Surge, will be Finn and Kennedy’s story. She’s already written about how Finn and Kennedy met in the novella, The Wedding Deception.

Sun Storm by Marlow Kelly

Dr. Marie Wilson is a scientist on the verge of a breakthrough. She has come to Montana on the eve of a blizzard to prove her small, portable solar panel can generate electricity even in the harshest environment. But when four men invade her remote cabin with plans to kill her, she knows she’s in trouble.
Ex-Special Forces soldier, David Quinn, has had enough of danger and death. All he wants is to be left alone on his Montana acreage to pursue his dream of being a beekeeper. But when his old mentor convinces him to help retrieve a stolen solar panel, he thinks it will be a simple job. But the moment he sets eyes on Marie, he knows their assignment is all kinds of wrong.
Together, they escape. Chased by a businessman with unlimited resources, a gunman and a corrupt police force, they are thrust into the frozen Montana landscape. Can a cynical soldier and a naive scientist learn about love and trust in order to survive?

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After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories.
Marlow is an award-winning author, and a member of the Romance Writers of America.
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Meet Senth from Bro by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SciFi #FreeBookLet’s meet Senth Antonello from Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers, by Kayelle Allen. This science fiction romance prequel is free to download and read book relates how the Antonello brothers, Senth and Khyff, met. Their full Sci Fi Romance stories are found in At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only.

Interview with Senth Antonello

Tell us about yourself, please.
Where to start? Okay, I’m the Deshai (student) of Luc Saint-Cyr, who was the Grand Master of the Thieves’ Guild. I’m also his adopted son, but more about that later. The other thing you should know is I’m a level 19 in the guild, which is called Advanced Interior Security. It means I can break into complex systems such as a Vassindorf. That probably doesn’t mean much to you, but not to brag, in our world it means I’m one of the best. And I guess you’d want to know I’m what’s called a HalfKin. It means one parent was human and the other was Kin. They’re a feline race. I look human except for fangs in the front of my mouth and I have slit-pupils like a cat. I can also be very quiet and I can — to a limited degree — smell emotions. I just got the coolest cloak — the cloth can be “activated” and render me invisible. How cool is that?
Authors call what you want but cannot have “the conflict” of the story. What is your conflict?
That’s a tough one. In this story, it’s finding out whether the guy who says he’s my long lost half brother is what he says he is. I mean, it’s not such a big deal if he’s related to me. I’d like to have a brother. But my dad? People try to claim relationships to him all the time. Supposedly, he heads one of the largest crime syndicates in the Tarthian Empire. I’ve never seen evidence of that, but then he doesn’t live with me. I don’t know what he does when I’m not around. One thing I do know for sure. He isn’t called the most powerful man in the empire for nothing. People don’t even say his name out loud. They refer to him as the Man. It frosts his socks that I tease him by calling him “Daddy.” Heh. He hates nicknames and refuses to call me Senth. He goes by the full version, Senthys. I mean what kind of name is that for a thief? So I call him Dad or Daddy, depending on how much I want to needle him.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
I need to find out the truth about my so-called half-brother. But does “Daddy” want me to do that? Nooooo.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Yeah, see I avoid that kind of thinking because if you think you’re weak at something then you are. But to be honest, I worry about whether my dad’s proud of me. His shadow is a cold place to walk. He’s accomplished so much and I’m the youngest of six adopted boys. We didn’t grow up together. The other five were already gone by the time he picked me up, but all of us have this fear of disappointing him.
What is your family like?
Oh you don’t even want to know that. Let’s put it this way. Richest dad in the empire. Teenager who lives at home with a staff of people who — I’m convinced — are there just to keep tabs on him and tell him when the kid screws up. Not an easy situation. And don’t think ’cause he’s rich I have this sweet life. I don’t. My earnings as a thief go straight into my upkeep. I get an allowance paid out of what I earn. I earn nothing, I get nothing. If I want more play money, I gotta steal it.
What special skills do you rely on?
I’m a right clinkers pickpocket. Uh, which means “awesome” in your parlance. You want to know more? Gotta read the story. Thieves’ Guild members can’t tell non-members much about anything. Sorry. Way it is. But Kayelle– she blabbed more than she ought to in this book.

About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home. She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories. From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things. No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
I had written the books At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only several years before, so re-entering their universe was a challenge. To prepare for it, I re-read both books. Fell in love with the brothers all over again. Each is unique, and rediscovering them was a treat. I wanted this book to capture them as they were right before they met, so getting the feel for that took me some time.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Senth is a fun-loving guy. He’s always “on” and laughing. Getting himself into scrapes. Trouble seems to follow him but he always gives it the slip. He has incredible luck. And his relationship with his adoptive father is complex, angst-filled, and filled with humor. When he meets his half-brother for the first time, it changes Senth’s entire life.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
How worried he was about disappointing Luc (his father). He comes across in other books as nonchalant and unimpressed by his uber-powerful parent. In reality, there’s much more love and respect than I had ever guessed.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
There are two already written and I have a third in the works.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
This is a great intro book. It’s free on my website and once you download it, you get a nice taste of my writing. You also get three other freebies at the same time.
Please tell us about the book.
Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers
When you can make yourself invisible, invisible truths are revealed.
Senth and Khyff, the Antonello Brothers from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only, did not grow up together. They were separated at Senth’s birth. Bro shows how and why, and what event reunited them.
Dramatic, funny, touching, Bro takes you inside the Tarthian Empire and introduces you to three of its major denizens: brothers Senth and Khyff Antonello, and Luc Saint-Cyr. You’ll find them in many stories in the Empire. Come and meet them in Bro.
Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
Genre science fiction romance prequel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Available free, exclusively on the author’s website

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