Show Off Your Genius!

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By Julie Rowe, author of LETHAL GAME 

The heroine of Lethal Game is a 24-year-old double-specialty doctor. A genuine genius who looks at life a little sideways. I’ve always wondered though, what real genius is? Is it your IQ, or is there more to it? What about people who come up with simple ideas to solve frustrating everyday problems? Wouldn’t that be a kind of genius too? I think so!

I love life-hacks and get really excited when I discover new ones. Here are some of my favorites:

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Share your favorite life-hacks in the comments!

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes contemporary and historical medical romance, fun romantic suspense and military romance. Her most recent titles are DEADLY STRAIN and LETHAL GAME, books #1 and #2 of the Biological Response Team series. Book #3, VIRAL JUSTICE is set to release in Feb, 2016. You can find her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

lgcover.9781459290198Lethal Game ~ Book two of Biological Response Team

As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.

Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.

With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.

October 2015 Dear Reader Letter

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Every Carina Press ebook includes a letter from Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James to you! She gives you a peek inside all of the amazing books published by Carina Press that month. So if you haven’t picked up a Carina Press book this month, or are looking to add to that ever-growing TBR pile, here is a handy guide to all of our October 2015 releases. Enjoy!

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Dear Reader,

If you’re in North America, you’re heading in to that time of year when you grab a cup of hot apple cider, bundle up with a warm, fuzzy blanket and grab your phone or e-reader to snuggle down with a good book on your couch. This October, we have a few books that will make you want to do this every day. Go ahead and tell your day-job boss that you have a note from the editor excusing your absence.

Those who read HelenKay Dimon’s Chain of Command (and if you didn’t, why not?) have been clamoring for this story. We fell in love with Jason and Molly as secondary characters and you’re going to adore following along with their love story in Line of Fire. Former special ops marine Jason McAdams spent most of his adult life running from trouble and fighting his attraction to his best friend’s baby sister, Molly Cain, but when she makes it clear she’s tired of games and ready to move on, he has to decide if he can break the curse that has left his personal life in shambles and free them both from the secrets that have kept them apart.

There have been more than a few emails in our inbox telling us to hurry up and release Skip Trace, after readers consumed Chaos Station and Lonely Shore by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke. Now Zander is finally healthy and ready to track down his super soldier teammates, and he’s counting on his lover Felix to be at his side. But Felix, overwhelmed by the events that led them to this point, isn’t sure what he wants—or if he even deserves a chance at happiness with Zed. Pick up this male/male romance today!

Alyssa Cole’s characters are getting Mixed Signals in her newest stand-alone postapocalyptic romance. Maggie Seong survived the apocalypse, but going off to college—and being torn between her lost love and the man she’s spent years pining for—might just be harder.

Craving a great romantic suspense to get your heart pounding and nerves racing during these cool fall nights? A dying woman, desperate to live, and a solider, desperate to die, join forces to stop a madman before he can unleash a devastating biological weapon in Julie Rowe’s Lethal Game, book two in her Biological Response Team series. And once you’ve devoured this one, go back and pick up Deadly Strain.

We welcome Jonathan Watkins to the Carina Press publishing team with his fantastic, previously self-published mystery series. Kicking things off in Motor City Shakedown, unexpected danger and unlikely romance converge on rookie criminal lawyer Issabella Bright when she partners with the reckless and charming Darren Fletcher to unravel an insidious Detroit conspiracy of drugs, lies and murder in book one of the Bright & Fletcher mysteries. Look for the next book, Dying in Detroit, coming next month, with books three and four to release in January and February 2016.

Coming in November: Three debut authors bring us their fantastic new novels, Jefferson Blythe, Esquire, Josh Lanyon’s new adult male/male romance is finally available and Piper J. Drake busts out her new pen name and her new romantic suspense series with Hidden Impact. If you love Maya Banks, you’ll want to pick up this series for sure!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the fantastic lineup of books this month and that your boss doesn’t give you too hard of a time for missing work. No one should get in trouble for reading when they should be working!

Happy reading!

Angela James
Editorial Director, Carina Press

Five of Motor City’s Best Spots

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By Jonathan Watkins, author of MOTOR CITY SHAKEDOWN


In Motor City Shakedown, Issabella Bright and Darren Fletcher are too busy unraveling a murder conspiracy to really pause and enjoy some of the great things Detroit has to offer. But when they do get a breather, I think these are a few of the spots they’d hang out.

  1. Eastern Market: Six blocks of locally grown fruits and vegetables, great meats, and fine cheeses. What’s not to love?

  1. Detroit River Walk: In the shadow of the Renaissance Center, it’s a lovely stretch with a great view of the Detroit River and, beyond that, Windsor’s skyline.

  1. Greektown: Right downtown, this neighborhood is packed with restaurants, bars, boutique shops, and sports the massively popular Greektown Hotel and Casino.

Greektown Vibes [Explored]

  1. Mexicantown: This little enclave of restaurants and bars offers traditional Mexican cuisine and one unique feature: a tortilla factory located next door, so be assured the bread is always as fresh can be.

#Murals #Mexicantown #Detroit

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  1. Belle Isle Park: Located on the Detroit River, this island is part of the city and boasts an aquarium, conservatory, nature zoo, and gold course.

#PlayDetroit #ChallengeDetroit

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Of course, there’s plenty more fascinating locales throughout the Motor City, many of which can be found inside the Bright & Fletcher Mysteries as Issabella and Darren continue to face danger, romance, and thrills in the streets of Detroit.

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Darren Fletcher, once the rising star of Detroit’s criminal justice system, has fallen far. All the way to an office in a smoky dive bar on the wrong side of the city. But a single phone call could be the key to climbing out of his downward spiral: a police brutality victim needs his help, and the family’s willing to pay. Big-time.

Issabella Bright’s daily panic attacks aren’t entirely due to her decision to forgo a flashy firm and go out on her own, but that’s a large part of it. She never thought she’d resort to ambulance chasing, until the story about a SWAT raid gone wrong proves too intriguing to ignore—it’s the perfect chance to prove she made the right decision.

But Issabella’s not the only one after the job.

Darren’s connections are enough to get past the cops stonewalling them both at the hospital, but only a judge’s order makes Issabella even consider teaming up with the disheveled attorney and his weird—and weirdly effective—methods. But as the case deepens and it becomes clear the Detroit PD is concealing a much bigger conspiracy, Darren and his methods may be all that keep her alive.

Book one of the Bright & Fletcher Mysteries

75,000 words

Jonathan Watkins is the author of the Bright & Fletcher Mysteries series of novels. A life-long Michigander, he lives in Ann Arbor and practices as a defense attorney when not busy writing. He adores his wife, is proud of his sons, and suffers a profound suspicion that he is far luckier than he has any right to be.

Chaos Crew Trivia

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By Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen, authors of SKIP TRACE

While building the world of Chaos Station, Jenn and I drew up character sheets for Zander and Felix and it constantly surprises me how well we’ve stuck to the facts. But after three books, things sneak into the story that weren’t exactly planned, such as Felix’s love of strawberries. Some of these facts are attributes we’ve had to pick along the way and others just…happened as our characters came to life.

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  • Zed might have had the nickname Zee if he was written by an American.
  • Elias hates snakes.
  • Nessa served as a civilian doctor during the early part of the war.
  • Qek has a significant video collection…for educational purposes. No, really!
  • Felix’s favorite sport is basketball.
  • Zed’s decision to get involved with a married man during his first posting almost ended his career.
  • Nessa makes the best cookies in the galaxy.
  • Elias is a closet anarchist.
  • Felix’s birthday is February fifteenth. He hasn’t celebrated it in four years and doesn’t think Elias knows the date.
  • Qek practices her idiom use while the rest of the crew is sleeping. She probably makes use of her video collection then too.
  • Zed has a not so secret preference for expensive grooming products.
  • Humans and ashushk cannot eat one another’s food. They can drink one another’s booze, though!
  • Qek is ninety-two years old, Standard. That’s human time. Ashushk days and years are longer than ours, though, so she’s younger in Ashushk years, say about forty, which is considered a young adult.
  • Elias knows the date of Felix’s birthday, he just hasn’t figured out how to throw him a party without signing his own death warrant.
  • Zed’s “equipment” points slightly to the left.
  • Felix’s “equipment” is longer than Zed’s, thus proving the theory skinny little guys are always well hung.
  • Qek is only four feet, ten inches tall.
  • Felix is the second shortest member of the crew, by an eighth of an inch. As such, he prefers to leave his boots on at all times.
  • Nessa has considered buying boots with thicker soles just to taunt Felix.
  • Zed is the tallest, but not by much. He’s only got an inch or so on Elias.
  • Elias is completely and utterly unconcerned by comparisons of height, weight and build.
  • The Chaos is named for the primeval void from Greek mythology. The space from where the world came into being. Felix picked the name as a way of connecting with Zed, even though he never expected to see him again.
  • Felix loves strawberries.
What would you like to know about the Chaos crew?

lgcover.9781459290136SKIP TRACE by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Book three of Chaos Station

Zander Anatolius has been revived from the fatal effects of the super-soldier program, but now he has to face his estranged family and tell a story few would believe. With his lover and the crew of the Chaos at his side, Zander returns home to a media frenzy, threats from the military and pressure to join the family business.

Felix Ingesson still struggles with the horror of believing Zander dead. And no matter how strong their emotional connection is, Felix feels out of place in the glittery world of Zander’s rich family. His lover would be better off without a broken, low-class ship’s engineer holding him back.

When the crew receives word that another of Zander’s former teammates needs rescue, Felix travels with theChaos…setting Zander free. But when Zander is arrested for treason, the men realize they need each other as much as ever—not only to survive, but to make their lives worth living.

Don’t miss the start of the series—Chaos Station and Lonely Shore are available now!


Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.

The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.

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Rambling into my Local Diner

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By Brenda Buchanan, author of COVER STORY

If you were to visit Portland, Maine and ask for directions to the Riverside Rambler—where Joe Gale gets most of his nutritional and emotional needs met—you’d get blank looks. Both the town of Riverside and its breakfast and lunch joint are make-believe, though diners like the Rambler still exist across New England, serving up home-cooked meals seasoned with plenty of local flavor.

The Rambler plays a central role in every Joe Gale mystery because its owner—Christie Pappas—is Joe’s confidante and (so far) unrequited love. In Cover Story, Joe travels Downeast to cover a high-profile murder trial, but he calls Christie at her diner every morning to stay on top of the local gossip.

In my imagination, Riverside’s morning hub is one of the classics made by the Worcester Lunch Car and Carriage Manufacturing Company. Marble counter. Wooden booths. Stainless steel surfaces. Countertop jukeboxes stocked with classic tunes.

The Miss Portland is the Worcester Car diner nearest my Maine home, and it has all of that, not to mention corned beef hash to die for. But I found my inspiration for the owner of the Riverside Rambler at the Blue Moon in Gardner, Massachusetts, near where my mother lives.

I first visited the Blue Moon when I was conceiving the characters who populate my series. It was a snowy Saturday. I sat at the diner’s counter, ruminating in particular about how to bring Christie to life, when the answer appeared before me in the person of Jamie.

The Blue Moon’s charming and energetic owner has an impressive cooking-while-bantering-with-customers-and-singing-along-with-the-jukebox technique. Watching her moves, I realized my diner-owning character Christie Pappas would have the same sassy competence, and that she’d use the Rambler’s open kitchen as a stage for her warm, entertaining personality.

The real-life Jamie does all of that. Thanks to her example, so does Christie.

Because it’s not enough to be a good cook. To run a successful New England diner—the kind of place townspeople build into their daily routine—one must excel at simultaneously flipping pancakes, poaching eggs, recapping the previous night’s Red Sox game and singing along with Nancy Sinatra to These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.

The real-life Jamie does all of that. Thanks to her example, so does Christie.

Here’s a video of that kicky song, which we enjoy on every visit to The Blue Moon. In my mind it’s also a featured number on the Rambler’s jukebox, where Christie (of course) slays it.

Is there a diner or similar place in your town where the morning gossip is as hot as the coffee? Does it feature a jukebox other soundtrack to get you grooving into your day?

COVER STORY by Brenda Buchanan

Maine newspaper reporter Joe Gale is at his best when covering the crime beat for the Portland Daily Chronicle. In the dead of winter he heads Downeast to cover the murder trial of fisherman Danny Boothby, charged with burying a filleting knife in the chest of politically well-connected social worker Frank O’Rourke.

O’Rourke held a thankless job in a hard place. Many locals found him arrogant, but say he didn’t deserve to die. Others whisper that O’Rourke got himself killed through his own rogue behavior.

After Joe’s hard-nosed reporting provokes someone to run him off an isolated road, he realizes his life depends on figuring out not only who committed the murder, but who’s stalking him—O’Rourke’s prominent brother, friends or enemies of the dead social worker or members of Boothby’s family. As he digs deeper, Joe uncovers enough secrets and lies to fill a cemetery. He’ll have to solve this one fast…or his next headline may be his own obituary.


Brenda Buchanan is the author of the Joe Gale Mystery Series. The just-released second book in the series, Cover Story, features a contemporary newspaper reporter who finds himself the focus of a campaign of intimidation while covering a high-profile murder trial in a Downeast fishing community. A former newspaper reporter herself, Brenda lives and practices law in Southern Maine.

Bad Boys of Romantic Suspense

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By Jill Sorenson, author of SHOOTING DIRTY


I remember it like it was yesterday: my first romantic suspense. I started reading category romance as a teenager and I couldn’t get enough. My favorite lines were Silhouette Intimate Moments and Harlequin Temptation. One day I discovered that there were longer, fatter, even more explicit books. Oh yes! Come to mama!

Sandra Brown’s Slow Heat in Heaven was my dazzling introduction to single-title RS. This steamy potboiler set in Heaven, Louisiana grabbed me by the ladybits and wouldn’t let go. The heroine gets attacked by a pit bull in the beginning of the story and takes revenge on the neglectful owner by shooting up his dog pen. Not exactly a likeable move for a heroine, but I was enthralled by her daring. I was also enthralled by Cash, the hero. In one scene he tugs down the heroine’s panties for “a delicious tongue-f*ck.”

What can I say? I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the mixture of sex, romance and danger. Always have, always will.

Another favorite of mine from the “old days” was One Summer by Karen Robards. This gem features a schoolteacher heroine and her former student, bad boy Johnny. He got convicted of murder and sent to prison for ten years. When he gets out, he’s kind of a mess, riding motorcycles and drinking to excess. I absolutely adored the portrayal of a struggling ex-con with a hard-knocks past. And there’s cunnilingus. I’m sensing a theme here…

It’s no surprise that I continued to seek out RS with strong heroines and steamy sex. I like noble, upstanding law enforcement heroes (I’ve written several), but I also have a weakness for darker, more subversive types. I’m drawn to redemption stories about criminals, professional hitmen and cold-blooded assassins. From Linda Howard’s Cry No More to Anne Stuart’s Ice series to Carolyn Crane’s wicked-cool Associates, I’m all in.

My hard limit for killer/criminal heroes relates to his actions toward the heroine and women in general. I’m more sensitive to abusive situations and sexist attitudes as I get older. I steer clear of dubious consent, non-consent, and disrespectful or harmful treatment of women. I gravitate toward smart, independent heroines, outdoor settings, a balanced power dynamic…and cunnilingus. Always cunnilingus. ;)

What do you think about bad boys in romantic suspense? Do you prefer an alpha-in-charge, a straitlaced sheriff, or a ruthless motorcycle club member?

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Ace Clemmons has wanted Janelle from the moment he first saw her. Taking her captive while he carried out his last hit as a member of Dirty Eleven nearly broke him. Now that he’s gone straight, he’s back in her life, looking to stake his claim. He can’t erase the past but he’ll do anything to make it up to her.

Janelle Parker needs a new start, far away from the trailer park and the strip club. A down and dirty affair with a tattooed criminal is a step in the wrong direction, but she can’t resist Ace’s deliciously commanding touch, which has haunted her dreams for months. Soon they’re both in too deep, falling hard and fast—until an old feud with a rival motorcycle club explodes into an all-out war. Dirty Eleven’s enemies won’t hesitate to hurt Janelle to get to Ace. She has to fight to survive…and for the fiercest love she’s ever known.

Book two of the Dirty Eleven MC series


SHOOTING DIRTY is available now from and your favorite ebook retailer:
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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.

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The Five Things I Love About Alpha Males

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By Lisa Marie Rice, author of MIDNIGHT FIRE


Alpha Males are my favorite type of book boyfriend. It’s not just the rippling muscles or the ability to survive even the most dire circumstances. When I create my heroes, I always think of five things they MUST have…

  • STRENGTH – Who doesn’t love a man who’ll do anything to protect you…?

  • DETERMINATION – They never give up…and that is very, very good.

  • THE STARE – Once you’re in his range, you know he’ll make you weak at the knees.

  • CONFIDENCE – He’s no wallflower and he knows exactly when to turn on the charm.

  • SENSE OF HUMOR – He doesn’t take himself too seriously and he knows how to make you laugh. Very sexy, indeed.

What do you look for in an alpha hero?

CARINA_9781459290167_MidnightFire_FinalJack Delvaux is alive

Summer Redding thought the blindingly handsome jock who’d loved and left her years ago had died in the Washington Massacre. She grieved for her lost golden boy as the rest of the country mourned their dead—until she comes home to find a very alive Jack Delvaux waiting for her with a devastating secret that turns her life upside down.

No longer the carefree man he was in his youth, this Jack is dark, hard and dangerous; a fifteen-year veteran of the CIA hungry for answers…and hungry for her. The rich, good-looking charmer who broke her heart once before would have been easy to resist, but this man, this powerful man? Summer needs him, and he knows it.

When Jack’s mission uncovers evidence of government involvement in the Massacre—and plans for another attack—he’s primed for revenge. But he has more than vengeance to live for now, and when Summer’s life is threatened, it’s nearly Jack’s undoing. Someone taking shots at his woman? That’s a dead man walking.


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5 Songs to Listen to While Writing about Dragons

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By Caitlyn McFarland, author of SHADOW OF FLAME


Hi guys! I’m back! On Monday I celebrated the release of my second book, Shadow of Flame. I loved being able to spend more time with these characters! If you’re curious about my dragons, check out my blog post from July to find out eight things Kai (my female main character) learns about dragons. If you’d like to meet some of the guys from my books (I know I would) here’s a blog post I wrote for Harlequin introducing the men of Dragonsworn.

I love this world and these characters, but I also have three small kids, which means frequent interruptions. Getting and staying in the zone can be difficult. Fortunately, I’ve found that music helps. Here are five the songs from my “write about dragons” playlist.

1. Imagine Dragons, Warriors

I mean, the band is called Imagine Dragons. How could I not listen to these guys?


2. Lindsey Stirling, Beyond the Veil

I love her and everything she does.


3. 2Cellos, Hysteria

The original version is good, but I like this better.


4. Ed Sheeran, I See Fire

Again, how could I not?


5. Eve Goodman, Dacw ‘Nghariad

This one is a Welsh folksong. Not only is this girl’s voice sheer magic, I like to listen to the language the dragons are supposed to speak.


Thanks for reading! If this is the first you’re hearing about the Dragonsworn trilogy, feel free to check out the first book, Soul of Smoke.


What do you do to get and stay in the creative “zone”?

25679123It’s been two months since Kai Monahan’s life changed forever. Retrieved from a suddenly unsafe Colorado by Rhys and taken to Eryri, the dragons’ home in the South Pacific, she lives a secret existence. Rhys—for all his awe-inspiring power—is afraid to reveal to his people that he’s heartsworn to a human. One he’s quite possibly in love with.

Kai hasn’t forgotten the terror or pain of the moment Rhys first took control of her mind and her magic, but neither has she forgotten the fire of his kiss. When she’s discovered, dragon politics—not to mention spies and ex-lovers—threaten her growing feelings. Rhys has more enemies than he can guess, and someone close to him is playing right into their hands.

The war Rhys never wanted is coming. For either of them to survive, Kai must open her mind to him as never before. This time, there will be no turning back.


SHADOW OF FLAME is available now at and your favorite ebook retailer:

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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.

Trading House

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By A.M. Arthur, author of TAKING A CHANCE

Interior design is something I’ve been interested in forever, long before I began a decade-plus job at a retail home goods store. A lot of that interest came from television shows on what were, at the time, lesser known cable channels like Discovery and HGTV. I know, right? Remember when these channels were new? The obsession with design first came about during the heyday of “Trading Spaces.”

You know “Trading Spaces.” The show were neighbors redesigned a room in each other’s house, with the help of a designer and carpenter. This is the show that gave us Ty Pennington, people! I loved it for its quirky designers, and yes, even for the occasional meltdown when a homeowner hated the new room.

This show, along with Shrek, was the pop culture of my college experience.

Then came “Clean House,” the pre-“Hoarders” hoarding show with a bubbly host and humorously embarrassed homeowners who emptied their crap, had a yard sale, and got a nice little redesign. I lived for the before-and-after shots.

So when it came time to learn more about Augustus Rhinehart, the man Elliott Quinn falls for in “Taking A Chance” (Restoration #3), I didn’t want another bartender or cook. So I did a one-eighty and went for a design show host/carpenter. Augustus has had a long, successful career as a carpenter collaborating with interior designers—first his wife, and then when finally steps out of the closet, with his current partner Steve. And that partnership is what lands Augustus on Elliott’s doorstep and puts him on a collision course with the very last person on earth that he should fall in love with.

What are some of your favorite home renovation shows? Anyone else watch “Property Brothers” simply for the eye candy?


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 with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (, on Tumblr ( on Twitter (@AM_Arthur), and on Facebook (




{57235B2E-7447-44BF-84E5-D12896E70578}Img100The last time Elliott fell in love, his fiancé cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott’s confidence lags behind his libido…not that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen—from a distance. He won’t risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.


As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house’s tenant, a man he never thought he’d meet—his ex’s other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he’s tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.


Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men can’t help but give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection,–and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible.. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he’s ever really loved.


TAKING A CHANCE is available now at and your favorite ebook retailer:
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An Excerpt from TAMING HER WOLF

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A couple’s first kiss is always a breathtaking moment. Will it be wonderful? Will it suck? Will it be light and playful or deep and intense? When Brick and Kim kiss for the first time, her reaction isn’t what he’s expecting. Take a look…

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25771284For disgraced physician Kim Sharpe, Fire Creek was supposed to be a sanctuary, a place to hide from media scrutiny and the public eye. But when a group of wolf shifters break into her clinic and demand she save the life of a packmate, her serene world unravels. And when the wolf dies despite Kim’s efforts, she’s dragged into a hunt she can’t control, led by a man she desperately wants to understand.

All shifters live with their beasts, but Chris “Brick” Preston’s is dangerously close to the surface. And it wants Kim. Sex keeps the beast sated for now, but unless Kim can help him find a more permanent solution, Brick risks becoming a feral, banished–or put down–by his pack.

With each incredibly intense encounter, Brick and Kim grow closer. But time is not on their side. When Kim is faced with betraying the pack in order to save Brick’s life, the consequences may be more than they can survive.


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Both the wolf and the beast were quiet at the touch of Brick’s mouth on Kim’s. His heart roared with approval, while his mind splintered into a million pieces. She was responsive, opening beneath his assault, allowing his tongue to sweep across hers.

A low sound, a moan of encouragement, reached his ears, and any hesitancy he felt toward the physician melted away. He’d been sure she’d rebuke his advance and had almost been waiting for her to push him away.

But instead, she gave him sweet entrance, and it took everything within him not to coerce for more.

She was achingly soft. Delicate and feminine, and he celebrated it. The scent of her healer’s magic wrapped around him, and it sent images of beautiful things swimming through Brick. This was nature’s call coming from a human and he couldn’t explain it and it didn’t matter and it was the best taste of heaven and torturous purgatory twisted together until he was lost. Utterly, completely and madly lost by an intimate touch with the woman he didn’t know.

“Wow,” she whispered, lips brushing his.

Brick’s heart punched his ribs, blood rushing so hard through his ears that he should have been deaf to the one-word reaction. But his gaze remained locked on her moist lips and he read the word more than heard it. He knew the word too because it echoed from his soul. Wow.

The wolf grinned at him, tongue lolling out of its open mouth. Its eyes flashing with mischief. Encouraging, if ever he saw it.

He lowered his face toward hers again, capturing anything else she might have said. The magic rushed back in, inciting his passion and hunger. His teeth gently nipped at the plump fullness of her lips, a moan her reply. Kim twisted toward him, putting her hand against his head and bringing them closer.

He tasted the night and the moon and her magic. Like nothing before he’d ever experienced.

“God.” A gasp for air.

He dove in again, addicted. Soon he’d have to touch her too. Despite every promise to himself to be a gentleman, to take things slow with his shy doctor, she kindled a fire within him. The wolf felt it too, the dangerous headiness of it.

He had to have her.

The kiss left the comfort of her lush mouth, finding the delicate skin of her chin and neck. She made a soft sound as he tasted the flesh there, tested her responses. The urge to move over every inch of her body, no matter how long it took, to find the areas that made her moan with pleasure or sigh with delight, burned bright within him.

If he didn’t draw back now, he’d roll them onto the grass and slip his hand beneath her clothing to touch her. The pink bra—God, that wonderfully feminine pink bra—would be exposed to his viewing pleasure.

If he didn’t stop now.

Kim’s eyes were wide. “Where on earth did you learn to kiss like that, mister?” She brought a trembling hand to her flushed cheek. “That was…”

Amazing. Incredible. Hot.


Brick frowned at her word choice. “That wasn’t what I thought you were going to say.” He forced himself to press both shoulder blades to the tire. Otherwise he might go for a third round of taking her.

“Oh, no. I mean that in a very good way.” She seemed to hasten to add, “There’s definitely some chemistry there. It’s never been that intense with someone I just met is all.”

Brick wanted to howl his approval. “There’s something there,” he said instead. “I guess you’re in the habit of kissing men you’ve just met?”

“Every chance I get. As soon as he makes another appearance, I’m locking lips with Knox next.”

Chuckling, Brick shot her a daring look.

Kim again touched her fingers to her lips, as if taking a few seconds to relive the memory of their kiss. He studied her motion, the half-lidded daze, and wanted to sink her finger into his mouth. But if he did that, he wouldn’t stop there, taking the time to taste her palm, her wrist, the delicate skin in the crook of her arm.

God only knew why the compulsion surged so strongly with him with a woman he didn’t know at all, but he ached for her. His cock had thickened every time he touched her, the response not surprising. The scent of her hair, the soft texture of her shirt, the fullness of her lips all conspired against him. Images and thoughts of being inside her bombarded him while they’d kissed, and already he had a good idea of what she’d sound like while being thoroughly pleasured. Every low moan of hers a wicked and tempting foreplay.

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