Are you looking for a romantic read that will make your temperature soar? These sexy reads are guaranteed to spice up your e-reader and leave you craving more!
Didn’t You Promise by Amber Bardan
Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves. Forced to abandon her family, and even her own identity, Angelina depends on Haithem as never before. With no more secrets between them, Haithem has become the source of all her needs. Sexually. Emotionally.
But not even Haithem can hide forever.
While they’re sneaking across borders, avoiding persecution from everyone who would see Haithem dead and his prototype stolen, the media fascination surrounding Angelina’s disappearance continues to mount.
For Angelina, it’s a brutal reminder of what she’s left behind and the pain she’s caused to those who believe her dead or held against her will.
To Haithem, it’s a warning: he stands to lose the one person left in his life he loves beyond measure. The hunt won’t be called off until his enemies have destroyed him, his life’s work and everyone involved—including Angelina.
He has only one choice. He’s promised to protect her. And Haithem always keeps his promises.
Vengeful Love: Black Diamonds by Laura Carter
I loved him with all of me.
It wasn’t enough.
Gregory Ryans was everything I wanted, but he didn’t trust me with the truth.
When I walked away from him, I should have known Gregory would follow. For a man like him, walking away—no matter the odds—is never an option.
He’s come to offer me the deal of a lifetime: his heart. All his secrets. Him. Forever.
But at what cost?
The past refuses to stay buried. There are things about his family, dangerous things even Gregory didn’t know.
This time, we’ll have to fight together to save what we’ve built. To show our enemies that love like ours can’t be destroyed.
I believe that.
At the Brink by Anna del Mar
I should never have agreed to it.
A woman will do a lot to keep her husband happy. But when my husband sells me to the highest bidder—billionaire, former navy SEAL, pride of Boston’s business scene—I agree, not to keep him happy, but because it gives me the chance to finally escape. Escape my marriage, escape my debts, escape my life…
Josh Lane demands a steep price: my pride and my morals. But the truth is, I’ve never felt anything like what I feel for him. He brings color into my gray world. And his insistence that I submit to his commands—his depraved, filthy,amazing commands—only feeds my craving to be taken by him. Again. And again.
I should never have agreed to it, but I’m so glad I did.
I don’t need to pay to keep women in my bed. Though my preferences may be unorthodox, I never leave a woman unsatisfied—far from it. Lily Boswell, though… Her innocence draws me, her secrets intrigue me. Having her is worth dealing with her cowardly scum of a husband.
I want to release her passions and heal her wounds.
On my terms.
Because the blindfolds and restraints hide more than she could imagine. I must keep her safe from the people who would destroy me—and the demons that haunt my dreams
Lethal Pursuit by Kaylea Cross
Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she’s been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won’t be easy, but that just makes her more determined.
Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya’s interest, but her trust is another story. He’s sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she’s no damsel in distress. She’s never relied on any man, and she’s not about to start now.
When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord’s deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.
Happy June! Man, do I love summer and everything that comes with it. Okay, not mosquitos, but the beach, sunscreen, cookouts, fresh fruit, long days and the opportunity to sit by the pool, ocean or other bodies of water and read for hours and hours. Love. It. This month we have some new releases that can be either your perfect beach read—or your perfect air-conditioned room read!
Lauren Dane debuts a brand-new sexy paranormal romance series with Diablo Lake: Moonstruck. In Diablo Lake, Tennessee, a town populated by werewolves, witches and more, magic woven deep into the earth protects the town’s secrets from outsiders. Katie Grady left Diablo Lake to get over a humiliating breakup. But her family needs her help, so she’s back…in a sublet right across the hall from the guy she’s lusted after for years. Jace Dooley is hotter than ever, and their friendship picks up along with massive doses of grown-up chemistry.
If you’ve been waiting for the second book in Amber Bardan’s captivating Bad for You duology, your wait is over. Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves, but on the run with their lives on the line, Haithem has a promise to keep—he’s promised to protect her—and he’ll stop at nothing to fulfill his promise. Didn’t You Promise is full of action, sex and emotions, and I loved every minute of it. Pick up Didn’t I Warn You if you haven’t already, and fall in love with sexy, mysterious Haithem like the rest of us have!
Professor Ian Larkin has two rules: no college kids and no playing without a safe word. College senior Kelly O’Connor is always in control—except when it comes to his sex life. When these two meet, the sparks are electric, but their relationship will need to survive meddling aunts, the university administration and Kelly’s own self-doubts in the male/male romance Against the Rules by A.R. Barley.
Sarah M. Anderson brings two beloved secondary characters from her Rodeo Dreams series, available from Harlequin’s Superromance imprint, to Carina Press in Crushing on the Cowboy, a male/male cowboy rodeo romance that’s sure to have us all telling the men in our lives, “You can leave your hat on.” And did I mention…cowboys and rodeo? Yeehaw!
Also in male/male contemporary romance, we welcome debut author Elizabeth Varlet and her book Fierce & Fabulous, the first in the Sassy Boyz series. Ansel Becke enjoys pushing the boundaries. He is fierce, he is fabulous and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him. Until one routine lap dance leads to a soul-shaking kiss and turns his glittery world upside down. Straight-arrow Fitch Donovan doesn’t understand his instant, blood-boiling attraction to the outrageous dancer—a man who wears makeup and heels as comfortably as he does a cocky smirk. But the pull can’t be denied and Fitch is willing to see where it leads, even if it goes against everything he’s ever known about himself.
Coming next month: So You Think You Can Write winning entry The Emperor’s Arrow, the follow-up romantic suspense to Nico Rosso’s fantastically reviewed Countdown to Zero Hour and a debut author brings the heat with a new erotic romance motorcycle club series.
As always, until next month, my fellow book lovers, here’s wishing you a wonderful month of books you love, remember and recommend.
Editorial Director, Carina Press
We previously published this post in March but since we added four new acquiring editors to our team in May, we decided to publish an updated version with their submission requests! These editors are reading submissions and ready to acquire and get books on the schedule!
We continue to acquire projects in all subgenres and heat levels of romance, as well as mystery. However, for publication in 2016 and 2017, Carina Press is particularly interested in:
This is not a “current” call, but a reminder: we are always open to diverse protagonists, and have been since we opened years ago. That’s not changed, we’re still open to diversity across race, walks of life, physical challenges, ethnicity, and more. Diversity is wide ranging and we’ve always welcomed that in our submissions and our publications. Here are only a few examples of what we’ve published over the years.
See here for more thoughts from Angela on diversity from this post.
Angela James, Editorial Director, and Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, generated the above imprint-wide list, and welcome all queries related to the projects above.
Angela is also looking for someone to write a fun, Cannonball Run/Rat Race-type fun adventure romance. Additionally, she continues to look for “contemporary crack” and would also love to see a few projects from the above list with characters who are in their late 30s/40s, dealing with different life issues than those in their 20s do. Not women’s fiction, “love stories” or “death” fiction where the characters die instead of get an HEA, she’s still looking for fast-paced and compelling, just with older characters.
In addition to the above imprint specific list, Kerri is also looking for romantic suspense (sexy) or mysteries (not necessarily sexy) with elements of psychological or emotional manipulation, contemporary romances where the HEA results in big, messy, blended families, stories told entirely in the male POV (all genres), and a cozy or amateur sleuth series set outside the U.S.
Our freelance editors are looking for the following, in addition to what’s listed in the imprint-wide selection above:
I’m looking for manuscripts with high stakes and larger-than-life characters. Here are some specific stories I’d love to see:
Here’s a handy, quick-view chart that gives you a look at which editors are acquiring in specific genres:
|Genre||Editors actively acquiring in genre||Not acquiring in genre|
|Erotic romance||Angela, Kerri, Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Lauren, Mackenzie, Penny||Anne|
|LGBTQ||Angela, Kerri,Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren||—|
|Contemporary romance||Angela, Kerri, Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren||—|
|Paranormal romance||Angela, Kerri, Rhonda, Stephanie, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Penny, Anne, Lauren, Mackenzie, Lauren||—|
|Urban fantasy||Angela, Stephanie, Deb, Libby, Penny, Mackenzie, Anne, Lauren||Kerri, Rhonda, Alissa|
|Fantasy romance||Angela, Alissa, Deb, Penny, Anne, Lauren||Kerri, Rhonda, Libby, Mackenzie, Stephanie|
|Science fiction romance||Angela, Rhonda, Deb, Libby, Penny, Anne||Kerri, Alissa, Mackenzie, Stephanie, Lauren|
|Romantic suspense||Angela, Kerri, Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Penny, Anne, Lauren||Mackenzie|
|Historical romance||Kerri, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren||Angela, Stephanie|
|Mystery||Kerri, Rhonda, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren||Angela, Alissa, Stephanie|
For further information on our request for taboo, think along the lines of…
Examples include: Older woman/younger man & vice versa; step-sibling romance; prison guard and prisoner; student/teacher; mental health professional/patient.
You’re probably wondering what types of things we’ve liked in the past, so here are some examples of books and even a movie example to get your brain firing.
Fellow fans of movie musicals may recognize the title of my newest release, Come What May, as a song from Baz Luhrmann’s frenetic film Moulin Rouge!, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. The heroes of my novel bond over their love of musicals, and when Tate introduces Jonas to this particular film, “Come What May” resonates with both of them. So here are five other musical sequences that have stuck with me over the years and are personal favorites.
Turn the bass up for this one (and yes, that’s Paris Hilton).
I really disliked this movie the first time I watched it. Then I watched it again. And again. And now I adore it and the Broadway show.
This one just has all the feels. Plus rocking music and some beautiful storytelling.
I don’t think I have to explain why this one is so epic.
Animated musicals count, and this song gives me chills every. Single. Time.
Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.
But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child, and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male interpersonal relationships (and “The Young Riders”) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself with her cuisine experiments.
Contact her at email@example.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), on Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur) on Twitter (@AM_Arthur), and on Facebook (http://facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A).
Carina Press Submission Call for FIVE 2016 Romance Anthologies https://t.co/UWqdPQiAMk
— Angela James (@angelajames) May 18, 2016
Carina Press is pleased to announce calls for five new anthologies publishing March-June 2017 both individually as novellas and as an anthology. Please see below for descriptions of each individual anthology call, closing dates and submission guidelines. The novellas should be from 25,000 to 40,000 words each and will be digitally published both individually and as collections. We’re accepting submissions of new material only; nothing that has been previously published (including self-published) for this particular call, please!
Too Taboo: A Forbidden Erotic Romance Anthology
We’re seeking dark, erotic thrillers and psychological thrillers; stories of adultery and betrayal; characters with unusual sexual kinks; conflicts involving socially unacceptable pairings (teacher/student, prisoner/parole officer, step-siblings); real unredeemable bad boys and bad girls; tales of forced seduction/capture fantasies; stories taking place in unlikely locations (like prisons or mental health hospitals). Think along the lines of the movie Memento, Marly’s Choice by Lora Leigh and Prisoner by Annika Martin and Skye Warren.
Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59127
Closing date: August 1st, 2016
Decision made by: August 19th, 2016
Sexy Shifters: A Male/Male Romance Anthology
We love paranormal romance but we especially love those shifters. Dragons, cats, werewolves, bears (yes, please!) birds of prey, did we say dragons? And more! We want two heroes, at least one of whom should be a shifter, with enough sexual tension, attitude, conflict and toughness to bring us into their shifter worlds.
Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59128
Closing date: September 20th, 2016
Decision made by: October 6th, 2016
Sexy Shifters: A Het Romance Anthology
Like above, bring on your paranormal romances featuring shifters of all kinds (but maybe not octopuses or hamsters, please!) and a hero and heroine who captivate us—and each other—from the first page. Wars between clans, shifter politics, human v. shifter interrelations…bring the conflict and the sexiness to the page! What’s that you say? Writing a shifter menage (or more) story? Bring it on!
Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59129
Closing date: September 20th, 2016
Decision made by: October 6th, 2016
Alien Love: A Romance Anthology
We’re looking for romances featuring at least one main character from another world. Maybe your hero is a hot alien from a brutal warrior society, or your heroine is a badass alien adventurer. Tone of the stories should be sexy, but can range from darker to campier, sensual to trashy. Set on Earth, set in space or taking us to another dimension, we want to see new races, new cultures and lots of sexual tension. Authors we love who do this well include Laurann Dohner and Penelope Fletcher.
Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59131
Closing date: September 6th, 2016
Decision made by: September 16th, 2016
A Jewel Thief, Capers and Heists Anthology
We’d like to read about heroes and heroines who are either in it together or facing off on opposite sides of the law. Tone-wise, anything goes, from dark, supersexy stories in the vein of the television show Banshee to the fun, quirky, somewhat absurdist feel of Spotless by Camilla Monk or the classic Samantha Jellicoe series by Suzanne Enoch. Extra points for diamond or jewel theft storylines.
Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59133
Closing date: October 4th, 2016
Decision made by: October 19th, 2016
Carina Press accepts submissions of full, completed manuscripts. If you have previously published with Carina or another digital/traditional publisher, or if you have independently published multiple books with a solid positive rating history, you are invited to submit a proposal. However, the editorial team reserves the right to request a full manuscript prior to making a final decision, and all full manuscripts for accepted novellas would be due to editor 6 weeks after the close of anthology call.
Are same sex pairings permitted in the calls that don’t specify? Yes, we’ll absolutely consider same sex pairings or multiples in the taboo, alien, shifters, and heist/caper calls.
What’s the word count for these calls? The word count is in the first paragraph! 25k-40k words.
What if I write more than 40k words or less than 25k? We’ll consider novellas that are within a few thousand words on either side (I know, we’re so strict) but if you write a lot longer, never fear, we’re acquiring longer books in these same genres outside the anthology calls! If you write shorter, we hope you can add more plot, story, characterization to bring it up to 25k!
If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted? Approximately 6 weeks after the anthology close date for each individual anthology.
Do I need to have a synopsis?
A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! In the event that we acquire your novella, we will ask for one at that point.
If I’m a returning author, should I submit to you or to my editor? Submit via the individual Submittable link for the call you’re submitting to, please!
How do royalties work? These will publish individually as novellas, in which case you’ll get the full, individual royalties for your novella sales. They also publish as anthologies, for which you split the same royalty structure with the other authors–for the sale of the full anthology eBook only.
For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Carina Press, and to read the submission guidelines, please visit bit.ly/write4cp
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— Angela James (@angelajames) May 18, 2016