The Best of Opposites Attract Love Stories

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By j. leigh bailey, author of RECKLESS HOPE

There’s something incredibly exciting about an opposites attract love story. Whether it’s the build-up of sexual tension through witty banter, or the balance each partner brings to the other, I absolutely love watching two seemingly different people come together. Especially when they have to overcome themselves to reach their happy ever after ending.
To celebrate the release of my new opposites attract story RECKLESS HOPE (Letting Go, book 2), I’m sharing five of my all-time favorite opposites attract themed movies.

1. An uptight businessman meets good-hearted prostitute.

Pretty Woman

2. Naval officer meets free-spirited governess.

The Sound of Music

3. A spirited young lady meets proud aristocrat.

Pride and Prejudice

4. An ambitious TV personality meets stoned slacker.

Knocked Up

5. Poor girl meets rich (but sensitive) playboy.

Pretty in Pink

Now, I know there are A LOT of great opposites attract movies out there. I want to know—which are your favorites?

 

9781459290068-COVWhat’s life without a little risk?

Or a lot of risk, if you’re Sebastian Carlisle. He’ll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.

Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.

Micah’s got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can’t let them down. Or at least that’s what he tells himself.

A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah’s family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he’ll let him.


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j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

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Is it Wrong to Stick a Kitten in a Tree?

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By Shannon Stacey, author of HEAT EXCHANGE

It was a tough job, but I did a little (*cough*) research and found you all some rather attractive firefighters to brighten your day. Such a hardship. Really. (I love my job.) I discovered a couple of things along the way. One, the makers of Halloween costumes really, really want women to dress as scantily clad firefighters. And, two, is there a rule in California about their firefighters being shirtless on the Internet? Sorry, West Coasters.

Boston:

https://instagram.com/p/5AXXDFLWJ3/

Colorado:

Tired of the #cold?! We're heatin' it up w/ Miss #March 2015, Ashley! She makes everything #melt. #getlucky

A photo posted by Colorado Firefighter Calendar (@co_firefighter_calendar) on

Perth:

South Florida:

London:

https://instagram.com/p/31okAPnMEV

Needless to say, my heart belongs to Boston, but how would you vote? 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and driving her RZR in the mud. She can also be found blogging (almost) daily on her website, www.shannonstacey.com and is often spotted running amok on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Her current release, Heat Exchange, is available now from Carina Press.

 

9780373002788Lydia Kincaid’s shipping back to Boston, but she’s not happy about it. She left to get away from the firefighting community—her father was a firefighter, her brother’s a firefighter and, more importantly, her ex is a firefighter. But family is number one and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother’s handsome friend Aidan.

Aidan Hunt is a firefighter because of the Kincaid family. He’s had the hots for Lydia for years, but if ever a woman was off-limits to him it’s her. Aside from being his mentor’s daughter, she’s his best friend’s sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool until she leaves town again fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can’t un-cross.

As Aidan and Lydia’s flirtation turns into something more serious, Lydia knows she should be planning her escape. Being a firefighter’s wife was the hardest thing she’s ever done and she doesn’t know if she has the strength to do it again. Aidan can’t imagine walking away from Boston Fire—even for Lydia. The job and the brotherhood are his life; but if he wants Lydia in it, he’ll have to decide who’s first in his heart.

Book one of Boston Fire

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New Tagline, New Leaf

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By Jill Sorenson, author of RIDING DIRTY

Hello all! I’m so excited to be a Carina author now! I just celebrated my 39th birthday in June and I feel like I’m at a turning point in my life. At 29, I was a new mother and a new writer. That was a time of change and challenges and crossroads, too. I chose to stay at home with my kids and follow my dream of being a published author. Now, ten years later, I’m ready for a day job again.

There are some unique issues for me as a jobseeker. I’ve been out of the game for so long I don’t remember how to play it. Applying for positions online is remarkably like submitting your work to publishers without an agent. I’m back in the slush pile! But my main concern is that I’ve written all of my books under my real name. Anyone who does a cursory search for me will find my web site and this provocative tagline:

jill sorenson

I’m proud of my books and I love my web site design (by Amber Lin of Book Beautiful). I’m not shy about expressing my opinions on various topics, from politics to female sexuality to LGBT rights. I don’t want to tone down my personality or reduce the sexual content of my books, and I can always work or teach under a pseudonym. I can’t apply for jobs under any other name, however. I can’t hide my book covers or my web site.

What I’d like to do, job or no job, is rewrite the tagline on my site. I’ve been thinking about changing it for several months. Some readers feel that “dirty” has a negative connotation, and not all of my books are “dirty.” My Aftershock series is merely sexy. I have a New Adult romance coming out next year that isn’t as explicit as my MC series.

I’d love your help with new ideas! I write romantic suspense with a California twist. I might continue to branch out into other subgenres. Most of my stories are set in San Diego. Many are multicultural, with Latino/a heroes and heroines. I write characters from both sides of the border and both sides of the law. Police officers, park rangers, gang members, criminals, outlaws, etc. A lot of my books have a rescue/natural disaster/outdoor theme as well. I like flawed characters, strong women and protective heroes. I like gritty realism.

Here are a few ideas for a new “cleaner” tagline. Please take a minute to vote for the one (or two) you like best, or drop me a note in the comments with your thoughts.

 

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Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole “Shank” Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband’s killers—members of Cole’s rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it’s already too late…

Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell the club out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she’s evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body…until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they’ll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that’s dangerously real.

Book one of the Dirty Eleven MC series

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Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels, including the Aftershock series by HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, twitter and reality TV.

Riding Dirty is her first erotic suspense novel.

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These Are Five of My Favorite Things (About Ballet)

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By Katherine Locke, author of FINDING CENTER

Before I wrote the District Ballet Company series, I didn’t know much about ballet—I loved watching it, and I had seen Center Stage a million times, but I had to do a ton of research to write these books. Along the way, I’ve discovered some amazing things about ballet: costumes, and dancers, and amazing backstage access!

1. Tutus

I’m a jeans and a t-shirt girl most of the time…but holy kittens, the long romantic tutus are my absolute favorite. Serenade is one of my favorite ballets, and I love the cool lighting, and the flow of these tutus.

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2. Pointe Shoe Prep

I knew nothing about pointe shoes when I started other than they looked really painful. Spoiler alert: that was not a myth. But what I did learn is that prepping pointe shoes takes time. Cutting, sewing, smacking them against the ground, tucking in pads to protect feet, shellac… pointe shoes are a process.

The Art of Pointe Shoe Prep. #bostonballet

A photo posted by Boston Ballet (@bostonballet) on

3. Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

Want to meet a real life Aly and Zed? Now you can! Like my heroine and hero, Peck and Fairchild met in ballet school as kids and dated off and on, eventually coming back together. They’re now dancing together as principals at the New York City Ballet and on Broadway! Warning: cute explosion ahead.

4. Roberto Bolle

He’s one of the best dancers in the world, and he’s easy on the eyes. Very easy. Incredibly easy. His instagram is thankfully shameless and features a number of shirtless photos as he warms up, rehearses, dances, lounges around his apartment…you get the idea. You’re welcome.

5. World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day is fairly new. It started in 2014 and was very successful, so it looks to be an annual event! During World Ballet Day, five major companies including the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet (Canada), San Francisco Ballet, and the Australian Ballet live webcast their classes and rehearsals, interview dancers, and provide a backstage pass to a ballet company’s day to day. Since Carina and Harlequin are Canadian, here’s the National Ballet of Canada’s World Ballet Day video!

 

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It took all of Aly’s strength to get them back after a tragic accident ripped them from her six years ago. A long road to recovery led to her return, dancing full-time for the District Ballet Company and carrying Zed’s child. But Aly is slipping. Each day becomes a fight to keep her career from crumbling under the weight of younger talent, the scrutiny of the public eye and the limitations of her ever-changing body. A fight she fears she’s losing.

I’m scared Aly is broken to her core

Zed recognizes the signs, but he doesn’t know how to fix her. The accident left him with his own demons, and while he wants nothing more than to take care of the woman he loves, it’s getting harder the farther downward she spirals. When Aly’s life is threatened and Zed’s injuries prevent him from saving her, he’s never felt so useless, so afraid he’s not capable of being the man Aly and their child needs.

With new life comes new hope. And with their fractured lives already hanging by a thread, Aly and Zed must discover if they have what it takes—both together and apart—to rebuild and carry on.

Book Two of the District Ballet Company

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Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her day jobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety at a mushroom farm. She secretly believes most stories are fairy tales in disguise.

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5 Ways Ramen Noodle Soup is Better than Having a Crush

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By Ava March, author of VISCOUNT’S WAGER (Gambling on Love #3)

We’ve all been there, done that—had ‘a crush’. Where we thought the other person was the most magnificent, wonderful, perfect person in all the world, and the sun would always shine and the birds would always sing if that person liked you back.

But there are things in life that are actually better than the floaty feeling of having a crush on a guy/girl. Things like Ramen Noodle Soup.

  • Your friends won’t have to listen to you going on about how Ramen Noodle Soup has the most beautiful eyes.
  • No worries about “Does Ramen like me or not?” Ramen likes everyone equally.
  • Ramen is in the Food Pyramid. Is Crush-Guy/Girl in the Food Pyramid? No.

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USDA Food Pyramid“. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Ramen is like Twinkies. A package can outlast the apocalypse and won’t turn into a zombie. Two things that might not prove true with Crush-Guy/Girl.
  • Ramen Noodles are Versatile*

*exact quote from a package of Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup, Beef Flavor.

18780071You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?

Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn’t above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.

Gabriel is as gorgeous and reserved as he was when he broke Anthony’s heart seven years ago. But they were only adolescents then…surely Anthony won’t hold the incident against him. And especially not when the attraction between them is stronger than ever.

Gabriel came to London in search of distraction, and a teasing Anthony is impossible to resist. As Anthony introduces Gabriel to the pleasures that can be found in the city—and in his bedchamber—their bond deepens into something more. Yet both men are hiding secrets that could pull them apart forever…

What would you think is better having a crush?

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Ava March is a bestselling author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers. Visit her website at www.AvaMarch.com to find out more about her books or to sign-up for her newsletter.

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Inspiration — Where Does it Come From?

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By Lynda Aicher, author of PENALTY PLAY

 

I get posed this question a lot when it comes to story ideas and the honest answer is everywhere and nowhere. Ideas appear and change so quickly that sometimes it’s almost impossible to pinpoint where one started. The inspiration to write a hockey series came solely from my desire to write about a sport I love. But I have no idea what inspired the idea for each story.

Inspiration can come from so many different places and take a wide variety of forms. It impacts everyone no matter what we do. What inspired you to be where you are right now? What gets you up in the morning or drives you to reach for something more?

Although I can’t pinpoint the exact idea that sparked most of my books, I can identify the songs that helped me write them. Penalty Play had a single song that became the basis of the love story and thus plays a role in the book. Music is a vital part of my writing process and every book has at least one theme song.

Sad Song by We The Kings is the theme song for Penalty Play. Check it out and let me know if you understand why.

 

 

{98B4DF63-FA43-4E42-9B3C-0EBDE897097D}Img100Penalty Play, book three of Power Play

Minnesota Glaciers’ starting defenseman Henrik Grenick is good at two things: hockey and sex. He’s got it all—the career, the biceps, the babes. But the steady parade of women through his bedroom just leaves him wanting more, hunting for the next distraction. Until he meets Jacqui, who awakens a hunger he never knew he craved.

Fiercely independent Jacqui Polson has no time for the seductive hockey player demanding her attention. More band geek than bimbo, she’s in an entirely different league, and growing up with four hockey-crazed brothers left her with no interest in that world. But damn, Henrik’s hot. And when it comes to sex, Jacqui knows exactly what she wants.

As their relationship moves beyond games, Henrik needs more—not just of Jacqui’s touch, but of her. Jacqui discovers there’s more to Henrik than just the gruff facade. But after a lifetime of fighting their own battles, neither has ever let anyone get so close. As they soon find out, needing someone isn’t a weakness, it’s the only thing that matters…

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Lynda-8310-LR-ColorAbout Lynda Aicher
Lynda Aicher is a 2015 RWA® RITA® award finalist who loves to write emotionally charged erotic romance. After years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.

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Writing it or Living it?

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By Sharon Calvin, author of JAYHAWK DOWN

How the life of a writer compares to Lt. Caitlyn Stone, US Coast Guard Helicopter pilot in Jayhawk Down.

My office looks like this (well, usually it’s not this nice and tidy):

Sharon Calvin's office

This is what Caitlyn’s “office” looks like:



What I do for a living:

https://instagram.com/p/5__bBMwUA-/

What Caitlyn does for a living:

HH60 and Motor Lifeboat

My trip to the Florida Keys looks like this:

https://instagram.com/p/59ghGmwHGS/

Caitlyn’s turned out like this:
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This video of water egress training shows you what Caitlyn goes through every year to get recertified—but that’s a far cry from the real thing she experiences in JAYHAWK DOWN!

So, do you like reading action adventure stories, or do you want to live one?

0815_9781426899966_JAYHAWK_DOWN_WebWhat appears to be a normal rescue mission goes horribly wrong…

Caitlyn Stone has always wanted to be a helicopter pilot. Hard work and determination got her there, and now she’s living the adrenaline-rushing good life, piloting Jayhawk helicopters for the US Coast Guard. Helping people is her life’s work, and the risk is not only worth it, it’s thrilling. But she never expected this kind of danger.

When ER doctor and Army Reserve Black Hawk pilot Stillman Gray sees Caitlyn expertly land a Jayhawk during a raging storm, he has nothing but respect for the beautiful Coastie. But he’s not the only one who’s noticed her. A terrorist is looking to hijack a helicopter, and he’s decided Caitlyn is the perfect target.

Caitlin’s past has taught her that the only thing a man in uniform can guarantee is disappointment. But when what appears to be a normal rescue mission goes horribly wrong, she’ll need to push aside memories of heartbreak and trust her military man enough to let him save her.

For more Gulf Coast Rescue, don’t miss A Dangerous Leap, available now!

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Sharon Calvin is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist living on an island in Florida with her husband and a Maine Coon cat with attitude.

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Ten Kisses in Washington, DC

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By Caitlin Sinead, author of RED BLOODED

Politics. Romance. These words aren’t often thrown together. But, I assure you, Washington, DC, has a lot more love than you might think. I set RED BLOODED in DC and on the campaign trail because I wanted to show that politics and love can mix. In fact, DC is the backdrop to some pretty great real-life kisses.

1. Smooching at the Jefferson Memorial.



2. Nighttime at the Lincoln Memorial.



3. Stealing a moment at the National Gallery of Art.



4. I want this dress.



5. Getting hitched at the DC War Memorial.



6. Some cherry blossoms, some branches, and some kissing.



7. Okay, they’re not kissing, but this is gorgeous.



8. Another great shot at the Lincoln Memorial.



9. Don’t fall into the Potomac!



10. And, of course, kissing at the White House.



 

{7D299B75-1F47-47D8-B963-070B09AEA803}Img100Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she’s ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.

Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he’s been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.

When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she’s also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it’s not just her past on the line anymore. It’s her heart.

 

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Caitlin Sinead’s writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Alarmist, The Binnacle, Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. She earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two cats.

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How Well Should Two People Know Each Other Before They Marry…?

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By Alyssa Everett, author of THE MARRIAGE ACT

Better than these unhappy couples…
When I was in college, one of my favorite instructors was a grad student who had met, proposed to, and eloped with the woman he married, all in the space of three weeks. They were blissfully happy together, and I hope that hasn’t changed, because the theme of his story was the sheer madness of having married on such short acquaintance.

Anne of Cleves

Henry VIII agreed to marry Anne after seeing this portrait by Hans Holbein.
Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Take the case of King Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Henry had never met the Lutheran princess, but his chief minister, the staunchly protestant Thomas Cromwell, urged the match. Henry agreed to marry Anne after viewing her portrait, but when the pair came face to face for the first time, Henry was less than impressed. He went through with the ceremony, but never consummated the marriage, saying after their wedding night, “I liked her not well before, but now I like her much worse.” Anne wisely chose not to contest an annulment, and Thomas Cromwell went on to lose both the king’s favor and his head.

Even when couples think they know each other, first impressions can be misleading. In 1777, Mary Bowes, the widowed Countess of Strathmore, met an army officer named Andrew Robinson Stoney. When insulting articles about the countess appeared in London’s Morning Post, Stoney leaped to her defense, not only responding in print, but even challenging the editor to a duel. Mary had no idea that Stoney had written the insults as well as the responses, and that the duel was only a ruse. Pretending to be mortally wounded, Stoney persuaded Mary to marry him. He took his vows from a stretcher, but the two were no sooner wed than Stoney recovered as if by magic. He made Mary’s life miserable—forcing her to sign over protected assets, abusing her, holding her prisoner. He consorted with prostitutes and even raped the servants. It took the help of loyal servants for Mary to escape. When she filed for divorce, Stoney abducted her. He was eventually arrested, but that didn’t stop him from publishing scandalous details of Mary’s past affairs. The resulting divorce proceedings blackened Mary’s name and dragged on until her death. Stoney was so unprincipled that, decades later, William Makepeace Thackeray used him as the model for the fortune-hunting cad in The Luck of Barry Lyndon.

My newest regency, The Marriage Act, is about a marriage that gets off to a similarly disastrous start.

The Marriage Act

London, 1821

When John, Viscount Welford, proposed to Caroline Fleetwood, the only daughter of the Bishop of Essex, he thought he knew exactly what he was getting—a lovely, innocent bride.

Five years later, he knows better. The woman who ran to another man on their wedding night—after they’d consummated the marriage—is hardly innocent. Years spent apart while John served as a diplomatic attaché have allowed them to save face in society, but all good pretenses must come to an end. When Caroline receives word that her father is dying, she begs John to accompany her on one last journey to see him.

But there’s an added problem—Caroline never told her father that her marriage to John was a farce. As they play-act for others, Caroline is delighted to find she never really knew her husband at all. But can she be the kind of wife he needs—and does she want to be?

 

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What’s your best (or worst) whirlwind courtship story? Do you know any couples who rushed into marriage? How did it turn out?

Alyssa Everett

The Marriage Act is Alyssa Everett’s fifth regency romance. She hopes you’ll visit her website and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, where she promises not to spam you relentlessly.

 

Eight Things Kai Learns about Dragons

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By Caitlyn McFarland, author of SOUL OF SMOKE

 

In my novel, Soul of Smoke, more-or-less normal college student Kai Monahan discovers dragon shapeshifters hiding in the Rocky Mountains. When they abduct her, she’s got plenty of time to learn a few things.

1. They’re really into shiny things.



2. When human, they are uncomfortably attractive.

Dear sweet mother of holy hotness. Her stomach clenched and she had a moment of panic. She didn’t remember him being hot. She didn’t know how to deal with guys who looked like that. She would rather face Ashem. “Um, sorry. I was looking for…uh…the bathroom.” Kill me.

Something that might have been a smile twitched the corner of his mouth. “It’s off the main cavern. Before the kitchen.”

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3. If you mess with them, prepare to pay a price.
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4. They have awesome tattoos… but made of scales.




 

5. There are many definitions of the word “hoard.”

The room, as large as the cavern above, was filled with…everything. A tall, ancient stone covered in cuneiform stood next to a desk-sized record player with what looked suspiciously like a Faberge egg sitting on top. A large pile of yellow-black rocks dominated the right front corner of the room. Filing cabinets and shelves lined the walls, the only order in the chaos. “You said this was storage. It’s a freaking museum.” “Don’t you know anything about dragons?” He flung his arm wide, encompassing the immense cave and all it held. “This is the hoard.” “I thought a dragon’s hoard was treasure.” She gestured at his bracelets, armbands, and pendants. “I thought you were wearing the hoard.” “Ah, brânwen, history is treasure.” He jerked his head toward the pile of rocks in the corner. “But over there you’ll find gold ore and uncut gems.” His grin went wicked. “And I bet Deryn would loan you a crown if you asked.”

6. They’re fighting a hidden war.



Rhys shifted his right arm, blanched, then ran his left hand through his hair, mussing it before smoothing it down, making the scaled design twisting over the right side of his chest glimmer crimson in the firelight. When he spoke, his voice was weary. “We’re at war.”

“Oh.” She digested that for a moment. Dragons flying around and trying to kill each other a few hours outside of Denver. It didn’t compute. “War over what?”

He raised an eyebrow. “Power.”

7. Magic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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8. No matter what happens next, there is no back to normal.



SOUL OF SMOKE by Caitlyn McFarland

25273071On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons–actual freaking dragons–battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.

As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human–especially such a compelling one–is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.

Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys’s life–a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.

Book One of the Dragonsworn trilogy
91,000 words


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Originally from the Midwest, Caitlyn McFarland currently lives in Utah with her husband and three young daughters. She has a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she’s not writing about dragons or running around after her daughters, she can be found hunched over a sewing machine making elaborate princess costumes.


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