I’ll have a caper, please

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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.

She still does that. She also writes for love, and so she can buy shoes and the good cat food. You can find her online at www.ainsliepaton.com.au and on Twitter.

Five Fictional Couples With Chemistry

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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:

 

  1. Maddie Hayes and David Addison in Moonlighting. It’s the quintessential example for a reason!  Only on TV for four seasons (1985-1989), it was one of the first shows that successfully merged drama and comedy.  I was a much too young to realize it as a groundbreaking TV show, but even as a little girl, I could appreciate Cybill Shepherd’s saucy blond curls and Bruce Willis’s quirked eyebrow … if you’ve never seen the show, start praying for Netflix to get streaming rights.

 

  1. Temperance Brennan and Special Agent Seeley Booth in Bones. The best portrayal I’ve ever seen of ‘opposites attract.’   They’ll argue over crime fighting techniques, religion, and psychology all day long.  And then she’ll cock her head and look up at him from under her lashes and he’ll give her those David Boreanaz puppy dog eyes … it gets me every time.

 

  1. Thomas Crown and Catherine Banning in The Thomas Crown Affair. Like my story, these characters begin on opposing sides before falling for one another. I love the way their physical attraction must war with mistrust of one another.  (Also, I love Rene Russo’s wardrobe in the movie.)

 

  1. Claire and Jamie in Outlander – My all-time favorite book series and couple. Someday I hope to meet Diana Gabaldon so I can thank her for all the cathartic tears I’ve shed for Claire and Jamie.  I was so afraid when I heard Starz was adapting Outlander for TV; it couldn’t possibly be as good as the books.  Luckily, my fears were unfounded – the TV adaptation is astounding!

 

  1. Jack Colton and Joan Wilder in Romancing The Stone. Hmmm … a romance novelist getting rescued/teased/seduced by a young Michael Douglas?  Yes please.

 

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.

#TBT We’re celebrating Seven years!

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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!

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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.

Happy Reading!

Eleanor

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

 

Get Your Grind On

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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!

  • “Before I Ever Met You” – Banks
    • Okay, technically, this song is about a breakup. But with the delicious, gritty, grindy beat backing Banks’s beautifully sultry voice, it’s by far the sexiest song on the list and the tune that inspired much of the scene.
  • “Needed Me” – Rihanna
    • Rihanna has long been known for her hot songs. This slow, deep number has something rich and sexy working in it!
  • “Waiting Game” – Banks
    • Every quality deejay knows to slow down the beat here and there—and yes, this is another Banks song because I’m a major fan—but to this, I pictured Maya coming back from the bar to catch Dean’s eye…before melting right back into him all over again. (Hint: listen until the beat kicks in.)
  • “Closer” – Kings of Leon
    • This song has reminded me of Maya and Dean since the beginning of the series. It’s served as a backdrop for a few of their more scandalous encounters!
  • “Able to See Me” – Hippie Sabotage
    • I know little about this group save for the fact that this song fits Maya to a T. It’s more electronic than the others, with a sweet beat—and the lyrics are what gets me for her and Dean, every time.
  • “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums” – Perfect Circle
    • So, this one is a bit different than the others. Still, it feels strip-worthy and seductive, like the track Maya and Dean would tease each other to as they danced.
  • “Feels” – Kiiara
    • Kiiara’s songs give me goose bumps, and this one felt like the perfect closing number with its good, slow, light grind that could carry them right back to their bedroom…

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.

Rhenna’s Top 10 Reasons Why Pinterest is Romance Reader/Writer Goodness

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to hit me:

  • (Always with the right mood music cranked up.)
  • Freeform writing. (As in zero goal other than thinking out loud with my fingers.)
  • The shower. (Makes for hell on the hot water heater, but who cares?)
  • Grocery shopping. (Hey, they don’t call it Target for nothing.)
  • (Because everyone has a story to tell when they’re drinking.)

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:

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And the top exhibit for why Pinterest rocks for romance reader/writers…

 

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