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#FreeBookFriday Grab a sweet book deal with free downloadables #RLFblog #ContemporaryIt’s #FreeBookFriday on RLFblog! Join us for a sweet book deal with free downloads and great books to read. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is Endure by Kayelle Allen. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

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Endure, Illustrated Quotes of Pietas by Kayelle Allen

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What does the most dangerous man in the galaxy have to say about enduring?
Known to other immortals as the Bringer of Chaos, Pietas is the most powerful of all the Ultras. This 7′ tall warrior has platinum hair and eyes the color of raw turquoise. His beauty is legendary. So is his prowess at war. A scientist, brilliant strategist, and passionate lover, this immortal understands the need to accept what life throws his way, to embrace change, and take destiny into his own hands.
Thirty beautifully illustrated quotes.
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#FreeBookFriday Grab a sweet book deal with free downloadables #RLFblog #ContemporarySecret Daddy by Edna Curry

After secretly donating sperm so his sterile identical twin brother, Don, can pretend to father a child, Dave Langer finds himself in a legal quandary. Don and his wife Jenny have died, and Jenny asked her sister to adopt the baby boy, Cory. Dave has no proof Cory is his.
Cathy Kassig, illustrator, loves the baby but has money problems that Dave could solve if only she’d let him. Dave convinces her to come live near him and allow him to help her. Thus, he gets a second chance to at least be near and get to know his son. Only his son’s new mother is wildly attractive—and falling in love was not on his agenda.
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#FreeBookFriday Grab a sweet book deal with free downloadables #RLFblog #ContemporaryThe Life and Times of Sherlock-Holmes (#2) by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

Return, once again, to 1895…
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle references many everyday Victorian activities and elements of daily life that are lost on the twenty-first century reader. These short essays provide further understanding of nineteenth-century England and insight into the tales of Sherlock Holmes. With greater appreciation of such details as the significance of the blue ribbon, the role of doss houses for the poor, or how one contracted brain fever, Holmes’s cases take on a deeper meaning.
Explore such topics as the Victorian pastimes of horse racing, boxing, and train travel; how the role of women changed with the introduction of the bicycle and typewriter; and common pleasures such as visiting pubs or drinking tea. The reader steps back to the London of 1895 and the realm of the world’s most famous consulting detective.
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#FreeBookFriday Grab a sweet book deal with free downloadables #RLFblog #ContemporaryRacing Hearts by Marcia James

Relish the romantic journey as two close friends slide into love!
Stock car legend, Tom “Torque” Tyler, faces a bleak future following an horrific off-track car wreck. Thanks to a traumatic head injury, he’s developed epileptic seizures and can never race again—a powerful blow to this adrenaline junkie. To avoid tabloid reporters and well-meaning friends, Tom holes up in a cottage protected by high walls…and broods.
Service dog trainer and old friend, Meg Klein, shows up on Tom’s doorstep with a seizure response dog. Bob, a tiny but talented canine, makes it almost impossible for Tom to cling to his black mood. And Meg is determined to drag her high-school crush out of his self-imposed solitude. But will the paparazzi shatter her best-laid plans?
“Marcia James writes characters that draw you in and have you rooting for them from the start. James is definitely going on my must read list!” — Joyfully Reviewed
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Spring Into Love 
Marcia James author of “Love Unleashed,” one of eleven
novellas in the Spring Into Love eBook boxed set answers five easy questions to
help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Marcia James writes hot, humorous romances featuring heroines
you can root for, heroes to die for, and funny dogs. She finaled in 11 Romance Writers
of America contests before selling her first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command.
In her eclectic career, she has directed submarine training videos, organized celebrity-filled
nonprofit events, and had her wedding covered by People Magazine. After years of
dealing with such sexy topics as how to safely install traffic lights, she is enjoying
“researching” and plotting her novels’ steamy love scenes with her husband
and hero of many years.
What’s your favorite down-home
family style meal?
From childhood, my favorite comfort food has been meatloaf with
mashed potatoes, followed closely by chicken and dumplings.
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
I prefer to eat several appetizers (usually interesting things
like steamed edamame or pork belly tacos) vs. getting a full entree. The exception
is when I’m at an Italian restaurant and want to take part of a pasta dish home
for yummy leftovers. I also enjoy Mexican and Asian dishes.
Describe the perfect vacation.
I love any relaxing vacation that offers wine tastings, gourmet
restaurants, and an opportunity to play video poker at a casino. That’s why we’ve
visited Napa Valley, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Scottsdale, AZ numerous times. I’m not
a beach person. I’d prefer visiting the mountains, like Breckenridge, CO, to a Florida
beach vacation.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
For research, I read articles and books, but I also talk with
people who are in the professions my hero and heroine have chosen or who have knowledge
of some aspect of my work-in-progress. For example, I’ve spoken to crime lab techs
for my comic romantic suspense, At Her Command. And I’ve interviewed several sex
therapists for Sex and the Single Therapist, the first in my “Dr. Ally Skye”
funny romantic mystery series. My next novella, “Racing Hearts,” is the
first in a series about a therapy dog training facility, and I’m arranging to watch
the classes at a local facility that trains dogs for people with emotional, health,
and disability challenges.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The hero in “Love Unleashed” is a radio DJ with the
on-air nickname of “Rabid Ron” Hart. So I imagine he’d enjoy a ringtone
of the wolf-howling chorus from Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”

About the Book

Title: “Love Unleashed” in the Spring Into Love boxed
Spring Into Love: 11 Hot Contemporary Romances for 99 cents!
From sensual to spicy, this boxed set of eleven contemporary
romances includes best selling, award-winning, and USA TODAY multi-published authors.
If you like variety in your romance books these eleven authors
provide your heart’s desire from sweet and funny to deadly and sexy…
  • Happy Endings – Chantel Rhondeau
  • Tasting Los Angeles- Kimmie Easley
  • Taming Romeo – Rachelle Ayala
  • Consolation Prize – Abbie St. Claire
  • Sweet Ride! – Bonnie Edwards
  • Liveon ~ No Evil – Stacy Eaton
  • Everybody’s After Love – Lyssa Layne
  • Betrayed – Jade Kerrion
  • Finding Forever- Michele Shriver
  • Love Unleashed – Marcia James
  • Kiss Me, Dancer – Alicia and Roy Street

Genre: Contemporary romance

Author: Marcia James
Book heat level: R
His best laid plans…Ron Hart has a scheme to win back the woman
he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy dog named Charlie, and an
offer she can’t refuse.
Her hidden desires…Cara Wilson has secret fantasies, and her
ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn’t keep his bad-boy
urges so tightly leashed.
Tonight they’ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.

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Three Cheers for Four-Legged Matchmakers…
or Why My Books Feature Canine Cupids
by Marcia James
February is all about romance, thanks to Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Responsible Pet Owner’s Month. So what better time to discuss Canine Cupids? Don’t you just love it when an animal character brings together the hero and heroine in a romance novel? I’m not talking about werewolves or other shape-shifters. Just every-day, garden-variety matchmaking cats and dogs. Of course, Smokey, my Chinese crested hairless dog mascot, would object to being called a garden-variety anything. He’s very proud of the fact that, in my books, he and his cousins continue to work their magic when it comes to introducing or reuniting soul mates.
Every novel or novella I write includes a Chinese crested hairless dog (or “crestie”), along with other pets. I especially love pairing a big Alpha hero with a tiny crestie sidekick. Sex & the Single Therapist (S&ST), the first in my “Dr. Ally Skye, Sex Therapist” comic romantic mystery series, features a crestie, two mellow cats, and a mixed-breed canine shedding machine named Marty, who plays an important role in the mystery plot.
Fictional heroes and heroines show their softer sides around their pets — a humanizing characterization device Hollywood scriptwriters call “petting the dog.” A fine example of this is the movie, As Good As It Gets, in which the curmudgeon (Jack Nicholson) falls for the little dog. In S&ST, the hero (Detective Zack Crawford) is gruff and all-business until we see him open his heart and his home to Marty. Like Marty, all of my fictional animal characters are homeless — rescued from the streets or adopted from shelters — and their owners spay or neuter them, as responsible pet owners should.
Animal adoption is such an important cause, especially when so many animals are homeless due to the economy and house foreclosures. In 2009, I contributed an animal-themed story, “Rescue Me,” to author Lori Foster’s benefit anthology, Tails of Love. So far, this book has raised over $10,000 for Animal Adoption Foundation (AAF), a no-kill animal shelter in Ohio. This popular anthology, which Berkley reissued in December 2011, offers ten romantic tales featuring four-legged matchmakers. The author advances and royalties for Lori’s as-yet-untitled, June 2012 benefit anthology will also support AAF.
In my Tails of Love story (and the majority of the others), the matchmaking four-legged characters don’t have their own POV (point-of-view). Readers don’t get to see what the animals are thinking; the POVs are saved for the two-legged characters. However, several of the stories do feature animals whose “internal dialogue” is on the page, bringing the reader into the animal’s POV. We can see why the dog or cat is doing what it’s doing.
From the anthology’s reviews and reader feedback, I learned that people either love or really dislike animal characters who have their own POVs. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. It’s an interesting phenomenon. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed mysteries and romances with thinking and sometimes talking animals. For example, quite a few cozy mysteries feature feline amateur sleuths, such as the “Midnight Louie” series by Carole Nelson Douglas. And I love Spencer Quinn’s “Chet & Bernie” mysteries, which are told 100% from the point-of-view of Chet, a very amusing canine detective.
Speaking of talking animals, one of my favorite funny YouTube videos features a chatty dog being teased by his owner. Here’s the link, if you’d like to check it out:
So, do you enjoy books, movies, or television shows with animal POVs? Do you like hearing Fido’s and Kitty’s thoughts? If you do, what books, etc do you recommend featuring animals’ internal dialogue?
I’ll pick several people randomly from the comments on today’s guest blog to receive a free e-book of my first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command — featuring none other than Smokey himself!
Happy Reading!
— Marcia James
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