If you’re in the market for action that’s high on risk, an adventure that’s light on lawful, and surprises that score big, then your heart is hankering for a caper.
And why not, they’re amongst the most entertaining stories around. Full of unfeasibly complex situations with seemingly insurmountable odds, clever stunts, MacGyver-like tricks, delicious banter, and added practical jokes for light relief.
Capers walk a highwire between good and bad. They give a great suspension of belief, plus the promise of the satisfaction of getting away with it.
And it all unfolds right in front of you, because you’re part of the sting and in on the secret.
In a caper, the protagonist always gets their valuable snatched object and avoids getting caught. They outwit, out-manoeuvre, outplay and outright confound the natural order of things. They stick it to the establishment and take one off the team.
In the film, think the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, Sneakers, A Fish Called Wanda, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Three Kings, Gone in 60 Seconds, and the Great Muppet—er—Caper. In TV, think Fargo. Every season.
And did I mention the romance?
If you’ve not seen The Thomas Crown Affair or the evergreen Romancing The Stone, two classic capers, you’re really not living.
In the best capers, the protagonist steals the contents of the bank vault and the heart of the mysterious cat burglar. They get the priceless antiquities and the sexy, cardigan wearing museum attendant, the one of a kind diamond and the Vegas hustler pretending to be a hand model.
That last one is my caper, Hoodwinked Hearts. It’s about a big diamond, an improbable score, designer shoes, two long lost lovers, the Japanese mafia and a dirty double-cross.
If you’re in need of a story to wrap you in the thrill of an out of the ordinary escapade, choose a caper.
How do you take your capers?
Make mine a double
Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclothes to read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a hack, a suit and a creative, impersonating business leaders, rebel rousers and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile celebs, and the occasional misguided royal.
When I started to write my novella, STRANGE TANGO, I had one specific goal in mind … to give my main characters, Adam and Jessica, the witty banter and intense sexual chemistry I’ve loved in other fictional couples who ended up falling in love while on the job or mid-adventure. Here are some of my favorites:
Tell me – who am I missing? Who are your favorites? Which other fictional couples have fantastic chemistry?
There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel – as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage. You can find her online at www.michelledayton.com and on Twitter.
We can’t believe we’re seven years old! When Carina Press launched in 2010, we published 40 titles in one month. ONE MONTH! And it’s been a wild, romantic, out-of-this-world ride ever since.
The best part of our journey has been our amazing readers and incredible authors. So, thank you so much for joining us!
Take a trip down memory lane with us and discover the 40 titles that started it all. Enjoy!
For your reading pleasure – extended excerpts of all the launch books!
Please see below for the first chapter (or prologue + first chapter) of all of our launch books.
June 7th, Week One
Coin Operated by Ginny Glass, Contemporary Erotic – Download excerpt
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, Contemporary Romance – Download excerpt
Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty, Historical Romance – Download excerpt
Exit Light by Megan Hart, Paranormal Fiction – Download excerpt
Motor City Fae by Cindy Spencer Pape, Paranormal Romance – Download excerpt
Amethyst Bound by L. Shannon, Paranormal Romance – Download excerpt
Criminal Instinct by Kelly Lynn Para, Romantic Suspense – Download excerpt
Jungle Heat by Bonnie Dee, M/M Historical Romance – Download excerpt
In Plain View by J. Wachowski, Mystery – Download excerpt
In Enemy Hands by KS Augustin, Science Fiction Romance – Download excerpt
June 14th, Week Two
Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson, Romantic Suspense – Download excerpt
Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator by Janni Nell, Paranormal Mystery – Download excerpt
Tempting the Enemy by Dee Tenorio, Paranormal Romance – Download excerpt
Parker’s Price by Ann Bruce, Contemporary Romance – Download excerpt
Miss Foster’s Folly by Alice Gaines, Historical Romance – Download excerpt
The Bloodgate Guardian by Joely Sue Burkhart, Paranormal Thriller – Download excerpt
Alien Revealed by Lilly Cain, Science Fiction Erotic Romance – Download excerpt
Liberty Starr by Rebecca E. Grant, Contemporary Romance – Download excerpt
The Price of Freedom by Jenny Schwartz, Paranormal Romance – Download excerpt
June 21st, Week Three
Love and Scandal by Donna Lea Simpson, Historical Romance – Download excerpt
The Last Days of a Rake by Donna Lea Simpson, Historical Romance (free title) – No excerpt needed! You can download the full book for free!
Savage Sanctuary by Jacqueline Barbary, M/M Paranormal Romance – Download excerpt
Hunters by Michelle Marquis and Lindsey Bayer, Science Fiction Erotic Romance – Download excerpt
Overnight by E.C. Sheedy, Romantic Suspense – Download excerpt
Her Heart’s Divide by Kathleen Dienne, Contemporary Erotic Romance – Download excerpt
Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley, Fantasy Romance – Download excerpt
Rivals for Love by Eve Vaughn, Contemporary Erotic Romance – Download excerpt
On Her Trail by Marcelle Dube, Paranormal Suspense Romance – Download excerpt
Lovely by Kris Starr, Historical Erotica – Download excerpt
Fatal Affair by Marie Force, Romantic Suspense – Download excerpt
June 28th, Week Four
The Panther’s Lair by Esmerelda Bishop, Paranormal Romance – Download excerpt
Captive Spirit by Liz Fichera, Historical Fiction – Download excerpt
Scene Stealer by Elise Warner, Mystery – Download excerpt
Dark and Disorderly by Bernita Harris, Paranormal Suspense – Download excerpt
Consent to the Cowboy by Abby Wood, Contemporary Erotic Romance – Download excerpt
Life After Joe by Harper Fox, M/M Contemporary Romance – Download excerpt
Texas Tangle Leah Braemel, Contemporary Erotic Romance – Download excerpt
There’s nothing like heated dancing with a partner to rev up your senses! If the bass is right, the tunes inspire, and the moves bring you closer…talk about an aphrodisiac. I gave Maya Clery, the protagonist of the Lessons In Control series, a solid dose of dancing lust. When she first meets Dean Sova in The Assignment (book 1), she says, “If I’d seen this guy on a dance floor, I’d be hunting for an in.”
Fortunately for us, their relationship gets deeper, hotter, and heavier throughout the series—and by the time we see them again in the final book, The Reward, their intense dynamic flares not just in the bedroom but on the dance floor in a late night scene.
Today, I thought I’d share the seven sexy tracks that played in my head while I wrote Maya and Dean’s steamy dance floor number!
There you have it—seven sultry Maya and Dean tracks!
What are the sexiest songs that make you want to grind with someone you’re into?
Jade A. Waters is an erotica author and poetess in California. Her short fiction is featured in anthologies from Cleis Press and Stupid Fish Productions, and her Lessons In Control series launched in December 2016. Visit her at http://jadeawaters.com.
to hit me:
But one of my favorite places to spin up ideas is Pinterest. Why you ask?
Well, let me demonstrate…
The hero from CLAIM & PROTECT is a modern day cowboy. The real deal who grew up on a working ranch, but has moved on to make his own dreams of flying for a living a reality.
So off to Pinterest I went and typed in Sexy Cowboy. Behold my top ten exhibits:
And the top exhibit for why Pinterest rocks for romance reader/writers…