June 2015 Releases

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Enjoy our Carina Press new releases! With new titles available for download every week, visit this page to plan your shopping for the month. You’re sure to find a story you’ll love!

P.S. Shop our presale titles—buy upcoming titles now and download on the street date!

JUNE 1 | JUNE 8 | JUNE 15 | JUNE 22 | JUNE 29

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June 1

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NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY by Julie Moffett
(action/adventure, mystery)
ISBN: 9781426899782
Price: $4.99

CARINA_0615-9781426899782_NoWomanLeftBehindMy mother’s life goal has been to see me, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, happily married. So bringing my first boyfriend, Slash, home for dinner has me hyperventilating. Things get a lot worse when bullets start flying over our corn chowder.

Now the entire alphabet soup of government agencies want my help finding the man behind the attack—Johannes Broodryk, a cyber mercenary I foiled on my last case. He wants revenge and he’s taken something of mine to ensure I’ll play, so it’s game on. But the government has its own agenda, and Slash is not on board with the plan. Things are a bit bumpy in paradise.

Although I’m more comfortable with computer code than commandos, I’ve been assigned a team of navy SEALs to help bring Broodryk down. The question is, will they survive me long enough to solve his cryptic puzzles and save the day?

Don’t miss Lexi’s first adventure in No One Lives Twice!

81,400 words

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OLIVIA CHRISTAKOS AND HER SECOND FIRST TIME by Dani Irons
(new adult romance)
ISBN: 9781426899911
Price: $3.99

CARINA_0615_9781426899911_OliviaChristakosandherSecondFirstTimeMy perfect life…

True, I’m in the hospital waking up from a coma, but my loving parents and adorable boyfriend, Wyatt, are here by my side. It’s weird that I don’t remember them—thanks, amnesia! Wyatt’s an amazing person. He’s a Big Brother, volunteers at soup kitchens, delivers food to the hungry—your basic angel. Your basic filled-out-in-all-the-right-places, naughty-thoughts-inducing angel, that is.

Might be the perfect lie…

In fact, the more I get to know Wyatt the harder it is to believe he’s my boyfriend. The more I find out about my life before the accident, the more I don’t like who I used to be. I can’t understand what a guy like that—kind, considerate, generous—would see in a girl like me.

I don’t know what’s worse, living in the darkness of amnesia or discovering the despicable person I once was. But I’ve got to figure out if I have what it takes to be the person Wyatt truly deserves—before I lose my heart as well as my memories.

91,000 words

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June 8

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MIDNIGHT SECRETS by Lisa Marie Rice
(romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781426899928
Price: $4.99

9781426890697_MidnightSecretsFormer navy SEAL Joe Harris nearly died—twice—on a medevac helo after being blown up by an IED. He’s not moving too great these days, but if there was ever a woman designed to jump-start a man’s hormones, it would be his new neighbor.

Meeting Isabel—loving Isabel—brought Joe back to life.

Isabel Delvaux came from one of America’s foremost political dynasties, until the greatest terrorist attack since 9/11 killed her entire family. She barely survived the Washington Massacre, only to become prey for rabid reporters. Fleeing to Portland and changing her name was a way out, a way to start over. The only way.

She knows she’s safe with Joe Harris. Not just because he’s big and strong, not just because he’s part of a security team that obliterates threats on the regular, but because he’s been to the abyss and back.

But as they help each other heal—through talk, through touch, through spectacular sex—the past comes back to play. When Isabel’s memory starts to return and a mysterious stranger sends Joe emails indicating Isabel is in imminent danger, he’ll do anything to help her uncover the truth. Even if that truth is the most terrifying thing of all.

80,000 words

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June 15

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DEADLY STRAIN by Julie Rowe
(romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781426899805
Price: $3.99

Carina_0615_9781426899805_DeadlyStrainBook one of Biological Response Team

Major Grace Samuels, a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, spends her life helping her fellow soldiers overcome disease and combat injuries. But her own wounds are harder to heal. Wracked with guilt over the death of a fellow soldier, she finds comfort in her only friend and appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob “Sharp” Foster.

Sharp feels more for Grace than a soldier should, more than he wants to admit. When the team discovers a new, quick-to-kill strain of anthrax, he tries to focus on the mission to find its source. He knows he can help Grace defeat her demons, but first they must defeat the deadly outbreak.

Sharp is Grace’s most loyal ally, but in close quarters, he starts to feel like more. She can’t watch someone else she cares about die—but she might not have a choice. The closer they get to finding the source of the strain, the closer it gets to finding them.

79,830 words
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IN THE DISTANCE by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin
(male/male romance, contemporary romance)
ISBN: 9781426899713
Price: $3.99

CARINA_0615_9781426899713_InTheDistanceTyler Mitchell has worked hard to rebuild his life after his family kicked him out. A culinary student and sous chef who spends his spare time volunteering with kids, he’s happy enough even though he has no time to consider a relationship.

Trevor Pratt is finally getting over losing the one person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, but it’s taken screwing every cute guy in Manhattan to get there. He’s vowed to repair the friendship he broke along the way, but that’s hard to do when his friend’s new employee catches his eye. Despite being warned to stay away from Tyler, Trevor turns on the charm.

Romance is a terrible idea. Trevor is ten years older and a relentless playboy. Tyler is still unsure of his place in the world. Neither of them is ready for life-changing love, but as things heat up, their chemistry in the bedroom might just take that decision out of their hands.

Don’t miss In the Raw and In the Fire, available now!
104,230 words

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June 22

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SONG OF MIDNIGHT EMBERS by Dana Marie Bell
(paranormal romance)
ISBN: 9781426899812
Price: $3.99

CARINA_0615_9781426899812_SongOfMidnightEmbersBook four of Maggie’s Grove

Fire elemental Mollie Ferguson is on the wrong side of a group of enraged shifter wolves. She’s been secretly investigating a plot that could destroy the small-town supernatural haven of Maggie’s Grove. But when a beloved pack member is killed, everyone thinks she’s the murderer. In desperation, she turns to the one person who will help her—the true mate she rejected. His presence rekindles an old, irresistible desire, and makes her wish she’d chosen differently.

Without Mollie as his lover, the dryad Greer Berkley is dying, the leaves of his birch turning to autumn shades. But he will not allow himself to fade until he has ensured Mollie’s safety. All know Greer as a healer, but few know the true depth of his power as a defender.

Greer and Mollie must complete her investigation and clear her name before the pack demands vengeance. And if they are to know each other’s touch at last, the only chance is now, before it’s too late for Greer.

83,000 words
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STEALING SECOND by Alison Packard
(contemporary romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899942
Price: $3.24

Carina_0615_9781426899942_StealingSecondBook five of Feeling the Heat

Katherine Whitton doesn’t purposely avoid men and relationships, but she doesn’t mind that side effect of immersing herself in her job with the San Francisco Blaze. Years ago she was betrayed by her one true love, and she’s never fully recovered, though she’s tried by building a new life in a city she loves.

It’s taken seventeen years for Tom Morgan to get over Katie—Katherine now. Sober now and faced with the incredible opportunity to manage the Blaze, he thinks he’ll finally be able to handle working with this beautiful woman without falling to pieces…as long as she doesn’t get too close.

A crisis with the team’s star pitcher forces Tom and Katherine to put in long hours together. Years of animosity melt away as the sexual tension between them ignites. But it’ll take more than scorching kisses to avoid the wreckage of the past. And neither Tom nor Katie are sure they’re ready to trust each other or risk their hearts for a second chance at happiness.

Read The Winning Season and Catching Heat for more stories about the San Francisco Blaze.

89,190 words

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June 29
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TURNING IT ON by Elizabeth Harmon
(contemporary romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781459290549
Price: $3.24

CARINA_0615_9781426899959_TurningItOnBook editor Hannah Levinson couldn’t be happier. This “Nice Jewish Girl” is ready to marry the man she’s longed after for half her life. When her fiancé suggests they audition for Last Fling, a steamy new reality show for engaged couples, she lets herself be swayed. Maybe she’ll learn a thing or two.

Vlad Shustov’s fall from a once-bright career as a competitive figure skater was swift. Now trapped by a shameful past and an uncertain future, “Vlad the Bad” strips for cash. Joining the cast of Last Fling could earn him a fortune—or at least enough to finally leave stripping. But to win the show’s prize, he must seduce an engaged woman, something he can’t even bear the thought of.

Hannah’s not like any woman Vlad’s met before. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and relegated to the ugly-duckling role she’d worked so hard to shed, can she trust there’s more to Vlad than meets the eye? With sleazy TV tactics shattering the last shreds of the contestants’ confidence, they’ll have to believe true happiness is not only possible…it may be looking right at them.

For more Red Hot Russians, don’t miss Pairing Off—available now!

96,000 words

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THE ADVENTURES OF CASSIUS FLYNN AND MOLLY MCGUIRE by Eleri Stone
(steampunk romance)
ISBN: 9781459290532
Price: $FREE

CARINA_0615_9781459290532_Cassius_MollyA Reapers novella

Cassius Flynn is a smuggler. An outlaw. A scoundrel. Charming, devilishly handsome in a maverick sort of way and fiendishly clever to boot. He’s also the only man Molly McGuire has ever loved.

Molly’d left him a year ago. Stolen his airship, broken his heart and made him look like a damn fool. Still, he’s rushed to her rescue, storming into Reaper territory to snatch her out from under the repulsive bounty hunter who brought her in.

High above the plains, up among the clouds in the most rarefied Scraper city of them all, a ruthless statesman has stolen everything Cassius considers important. And without Molly, without her quick hands, sharp mind and pretty face, he doesn’t stand a chance of getting it back…

20,000 words

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When Geeky Met Nerdy: Unconventional Heroes

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By Alyssa Cole, author of SIGNAL BOOST

As I mentioned in my Harlequin blog post for Radio Silence (Bros Before Heroes) a few months back, when I began the Off the Grid Series, I was really enamored of the friendship between my heroine Arden and her best friend John. So when it came time to write book two, Signal Boost, I knew that I wanted someone really spectacular to partner John with. Now, John is a slim, self-deprecating tech geek who, while fully capable of protecting himself and those he loves, doesn’t exactly fit the mold for “romance hero.” First I thought I would pair John off with someone big, brawny and alpha—who doesn’t want someone like that to protect them during a journey into a post-apocalyptic world? Apparently, John, that’s who.

When John’s hero, Mykhail, came into being, he was the perfect fit for John, but the exact opposite of who I had originally imagined. Mykhail is a lean, lanky Ukrainian astrophysicist who really should have invested in LASIK surgery before the world went to hell. (All myopic people whose greatest apocalyptic fear is losing their glasses, please get in line after me.) But it turned out that John didn’t need a protector—he needed someone who could show him how his own geekiness and resourcefulness were as useful as big honkin’ muscles or a gun.

Writing two heroes who are intelligent in their own specific but complimentary ways was incredibly fun for me. I’m a real “competency porn” kind of woman—I love seeing people talk about their passions, whether they be gardening techniques or string theory, with such fervor that you can’t help but get swept up in their excitement. Having nerdy heroes allowed me to explore this trope in new and fun ways. I can’t be the only one who digs this: who else here has a thing for heroes with big…brains? Are there any particular nerd heroes who have rocked your world? Tell me more in the comments!

{881AA019-DAF1-4FCB-8A1A-47BAC88F7A44}Img100When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

Read Arden and Gabriel’s story in Radio Silence, available now!

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Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC life and island-paced life in the Caribbean. Her recent releases include the historical romance shorts Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight (Scottish medieval ) and Be Not Afraid (Revolutionary War). Visit her website at www.alyssacole.com, talk to her on twitter at @alyssacolelit, or send her a message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaColeLit.

From the Mind to the Page

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By Ricardo Sanchez, author of BIGFOOT BLUES

Bigfoot Blues was not supposed to be the sequel to Elvis Sightings. I had a totally different book in mind that leaned heavily on the work of Agatha Christie (I’m a huge fan.) I spent countless hours reading every manor house mystery story I could find doing research. I wrote out all the rules of the genre and then spent a good month plotting out the story, complete with red herrings, an heiress and false accusations. But I was noodling around one day and asked myself, “Who would be harder to find than Elvis?” The answer, Bigfoot, kind of slapped me in the face and ten minutes later I had an outline for Bigfoot Blues that is pretty close to where the book ended up.

I’ve been writing professionally for almost twenty years now, and when I talk to non-writers, the conversation almost always comes to the creative process, which, I’m sad to say, is still a bit of a mystery to me. As an example, a friend who read an early draft of Bigfoot Blues asked me how the hell I could come up with the idea that a woman would ever elope with Bigfoot. And that somebody else would want to hire a P.I. to find her. And that there might be a town full of women who have hooked up with Sasquatch. My very unsatisfying answer was “What other kind of case would Floyd get hired for?”

I don’t know if it is true for all writers, but in the back of my head, the worlds of my stories exist in a sort of parallel universe. And in the one inhabited by the Elvis Sightings books, it’s only natural that there are collectors of cryptotaxidermy, brides of Bigfoot and reporters convinced that everything is a conspiracy.

The process of writing, for me, is a lot like the process of reading. When I’m doing it, I’m completely lost to the real world. I have no sense of time. And I’m dying to find out what happens next. Even though I the plot, I don’t actually know how I’m going to write it or what my characters are going to say. And I don’t know what changes to the plot I’m going to make thanks to the magic of serendipity. But that’s what makes writing fun.

The same friend who asked me about the plot to Bigfoot Blues said he could never come up with a whole world populated with characters who felt like real people. But I challenged him on that. It’s true not everybody can be a great writer (and I’m not necessarily claiming I’m one) but I firmly believe there is a writer in everyone, whether it’s just telling a good joke or coming up with a bedtime story for your kid. If you enjoy the world of the Elvis Sightings Mysteries, steal it. Tell a story with Goliath, or your own Lifestyle Elvis. Or just come up with a bizarre mystery for Floyd to solve. I’d love to read what you come up with.

Ricardo is a writer, toy buff, and lifelong comic book fan. In addition to writing Elvis Sightings and its sequel, Bigfoot Blues, for Carina Press, Ricardo has written for DC Comics, including Batman, Teen Titans Go!, Resident Evil and Line of Defense. His Kickstarter, A Hero’s Death, is coming out later this year, as is his illustrated book of zombie poetry. When he’s not writing, Ricardo drives old muscle cars and collects Halloween decorations for his home in California.

CARINA_0515_9781426899850_BigfootBluesShe eloped with Bigfoot. Or maybe Bigfoot kidnapped her. Either way, I’ve been hired to uncover the truth behind Cindy Funk’s disappearance. Me? I’m Floyd, and I’m a PI living my life as Elvis would have wanted. Not just in sequined jumpsuits. With character.

Cindy’s trail leads me to River City, Oregon—aka the Mythical Creature Capital of the World—where I catch Case #2. This one from an eccentric billionaire who’s lost a priceless piece of “art.” Enter one dead body and I end up deputized to solve Case #3, tracking down a man-eating mountain lion. Or maybe it’s a chupacabra. Or just an ordinary murderer. Hard to say.

I’ve handled my fair share of crazy, but River City’s secrets have me spooked. With an influx of tourists arriving for the town’s annual Elvis tribute contest—what are the chances?—I’ve got to save the girl, solve the rich guy’s problem and leash that chupacabra before a second body is discovered. It might just be mine.

Read more about Floyd’s adventures in Elvis Sightings, available now!

81,000 words

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From the Editor’s Desk: Query Letters

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Here at Carina, we’re always looking for new authors to sign, publish and build. But we recognize that putting your manuscript out on submission can be an intimidating process. How do you make your manuscript stand out, from the query letter to the last page? We’re here to demystify the submissions process by giving you some insight into what a Carina Press editor looks for when she opens up a submission for review.

Today’s post comes from Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor. Stephanie is the first pair of eyes on many queries submitted to Carina Press, so she’s here today to talk about how you can make your query letter shine.

Sending your manuscript out on submission is a big deal. You’re putting yourself out there, asking us to fall in love with your manuscript and make you an offer. We want that too! At Carina we are looking for books to acquire, not books to reject. A good query letter can be an extremely effective way to rocket your book to the top of our TBR pile.

There are two things you’re showcasing in a query letter:

1) Your book

2) You (the author)

We want to learn about both, but it’s vitally important that your book come first. Think of a query like the marketing blurb you see on a retailer site; if you were selling your book to a reader, what would make them pick it up? The first paragraph(s) of your query letter should convey tone and character, and hook us on the key story elements so that we want to dive in right away.

And don’t forget to include the basics: word count, genre, and whether there are any future books planned in the series. These details are vital information for your potential editor to have.

After you’ve hooked us on the story, it’s time to tell us a little more about yourself. What kind of information should you include? While basic bio information can be helpful, at this stage we’re more interested in knowing what kind of support plans you have for spreading the word about your writing. Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you have a website set up? Our digital commerce and marketing teams work closely with our authors to promote their books across your platforms as well as ours (and those of third-party retailers), and having an online presence is the first step to building marketing momentum for your book.

Additionally, we give authors the option to submit to a specific Carina Press editor when sending in manuscripts. Although this is an option, not a requirement, I would recommend taking advantage of it. Research us online, find out who loves what type of story, and target your submission if you think it’s perfect for one of our editors.

One last note: professionalism is important in querying; by sending a query you are proposing a business partnership. Editors are friendly people, but too casual a tone can be off-putting before we’ve met officially. Don’t be afraid to showcase your personality, but keep professionalism in mind! (No need to send pictures of your cats, for example. :) )

Remember:

  • Start with story–personal details can come later!
  • Put any story hooks front and center
  • List your website and social media information
  • Be professional

Writing query letters can be stressful, but we really do appreciate all the effort you put in. And remember, in the end, your book is the most important thing. We look forward to reading it!

Thank you for reading—we hope these tips have you excited to submit your manuscript to Carina Press! Here are some quick references to help you through the submissions process:

  • We’re always open to submissions!
  • We respond to all submissions within 12 weeks.
  • Have a question and can’t find the answer on our guidelines page? Email us at Submissions@CarinaPress.com and we’re happy to help.
  • Looking to target your submission to a specific editor? Find out more about editor submission calls here.
We are currently acquiring We do not publish/no longer accept submissions in
All subgenres and heat levels of romance (excluding inspirational romance) Non-fiction of any form, including memoirs, biographies, poetry
New Adult Women’s Fiction
Historical romance Horror
Mystery and Crime (all sub genres) Thrillers
Action Adventure Literary Fiction
Science Fiction (and sub genres) Faith-based/inspirational fiction or romance
Fantasy (and sub genres) General historical fiction (any historical fiction that does not contain mystery, fantasy, alternate history or romance as primary focus)
Interactive Adventures Young Adult

 

Looking for more information on our submissions process? We’ll have more posts coming in this series, and in the meantime, you can read about our acquisitions process here, and find out more about what an editor does here.

Ready to submit? Click here to start your publishing journey with Carina Press!

 

Genre Spotlight: Post Apocalyptic

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The world as you know it may have ended, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great stories to be told. Post Apocalyptic fiction is all about life after the civilization we know is brought to an end, leading to action, adventure and romance!

Three Post Apocalyptic Reads You’ll Love:

 

Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole

{881AA019-DAF1-4FCB-8A1A-47BAC88F7A44}Img100When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

 

Salvation: A Defiance Novel by Stephanie Tyler

{5C94A94C-7CE1-4824-97B7-91539841BFD1}Img100Luna is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of–the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club–without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.

Keller’s mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of depraved excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she’s his. It’s the one thing that will keep her safe.

Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop’s lead. And that’s where the lines begin to blur, because what’s been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller’s protecting is something he’ll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bishop may be facing their final goodbye.

Click here to discover the rest of the Defiance series

Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone

{C860E668-76B5-473D-97E0-E8F6AC801C63}Img100Abby is a Ranger, part of an elite group who defend the border against Reapers-humans infected with a parasite that turns them into mindless cannibals. Rangers are immune to Reaper infection, and as one of the only female Rangers, Abby is expected to settle down and breed more Rangers-a fate she’s keen to avoid. When she’s ambushed on the plains, she’s ready to go out with guns blazing-until a mysterious, handsome cowboy rides to her rescue.

Jake has his own motives for helping Abby, beyond aiding a damsel in distress. He’s a Reaper, and while he’s learned to wrest control of his mind from the parasite, the effects won’t last without a permanent cure. And he needs Abby to get it.

Abby and Jake are natural enemies and unlikely partners. But when their search reveals a conspiracy between Reapers and the rich industrialists who own the mountain cities, they must work together to find the cure-or lose the border, and each other, forever.

Why Our Readers Love Post Apocalyptic Books:

“I fell in love with this book from the moment I started reading it and couldn’t put it down.” –Goodreads review, Redemption: A Defiance Novel

“If I had one complaint about Desert Blade, it would only be that I wanted more.” –Goodreads review, Desert Blade

“Stephanie Tyler did such an amazing job taking our minds and submersing them into this futuristic yet archaic world.”–Goodreads review, Defiance

 

Want to discover what Post Apocalyptic life is like for yourself? Click here for more great reads!

Author Spotlight: Edie Harris

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Bursting with suspense and action, Edie Harris’s Blood Money series is not to be missed. The latest book in the series, Ripped, follows Tobais Faraday a man out for revenge who is forced to pair with spy Chandler McCallister. Keep reading for a special note from Edie Harris, as well as more about Ripped and the Blood Money series!

Edie Harris On Writing About Family

I have a very small family, consisting of my parents and younger brother. Oh, and the dog. Can’t forget the dog. I have only a handful of cousins, limited aunts and uncles, and my only living grandparents are on my mother’s side of the family tree. We don’t do much in the way of reunions or get-togethers, and holidays always involve limited visiting time due to crazy schedules and whatnot.

But I cherish my small family, texting my brother, regularly calling my mom…and, you know, not allowing my dad anywhere near my books (he never needs to read Chapter 13 in Blamed, is what I’m saying). As a homebody, however, I am compelled to create family for myself, wherever I go. Now that I live in Chicago, I’m far away from my blood, so I’ve grabbed onto the new friends here in this exciting city and made them my people. My network of loved ones grows stronger every day.

Perhaps it’s because of my small family, but I love writing about the dynamics of larger sibling groups–such as the Faradays in my Blood Money series–and then the networks of loved ones (much like mine) they build for themselves as time passes. I wouldn’t change my own situation for anything in the world, but when my imagination takes hold, it runs away with dreams of sprawling family units.

The deeper I get into Blood Money, the closer I grow to my fictional family. Beth and Vick, Tobias and Chandler, and Casey, Gillian, and Adam, who will soon find new family of their own and bring those individuals into the Faraday fold. I encourage you to add my Faradays to your own family; they would love to be loved by you.

About Ripped: A Blood Money Novel

23208552Attorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.

The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.

Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.

As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

Want to start from the beginning? Don’t miss Blamed, the first book in the Blood Money series.

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Step Into My Chamber

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By Brenda Buchanan, author of QUICK PIVOT

Brenda's writing spaceI kill people in this room.

There’s no blood on the floor, but then, I’m kind of a neatnik. You won’t find traditional weapons of any sort, but pens can be lethal. Not to mention laptops.

George Desmond died here in 1968. Riverside, Maine was rocked by the crime and riveted by Joe Gale’s coverage in the Portland Daily Chronicle when poor George’s body was finally found 46 years later. You can read all about it in Quick Pivot, which was released earlier this week.

Above my desk is an aerial photo of the islands of Casco Bay, Maine. I lived year-round on one of them—Peaks Island—for a dozen years.  Helena Desmond, George’s younger sister, lives there in my novel. It’s a lovely place to visit, especially in the summer, when Quick Pivot takes place.I read therefore I am button

I keep a pen and a legal pad handy to jot the occasional note, but I do most of my dirty work directly on the keyboard, with only the sketchiest of outlines. I was a newspaper reporter myself once upon a time and find my characters really come alive (well, most of them) when there’s nothing between my imagination and my laptop.

That red date book on the right side of my desk is where I’m keeping track of the libraries and book groups I’ll be visiting soon to talk about Quick Pivot.  Details are on my website— http://www.brendabuchananwrites.com  If you’re a member of a book group and would enjoy talking with me about my murderous ways, just say the word. If you’re too far afield for an in-person visit I’ll be happy to drop in by Skype.

On the floor is the retro library tote bag I received last December as a birthday gift.  Like most of the readers of this blog, I have been an avid reader my entire life, and I’m a big supporter both of local libraries and literacy programs. That explains the button, another gift from someone who knows me well.

I’m guessing the same is true for you.

Now that I’ve shown you where I write, I hope you’ll let me know where you read. Couch? Bed? Easy Chair? And what do you keep near at hand when you’re reading a suspenseful book? A flashlight? A stiff drink? A dog who barks at the first sign of trouble?  I’ll interview the person with the most entertaining answers on my website, http://www.brendabuchananwrites.com/

9781426899751-COV1968

A cunning thief skimmed a half a million dollars from the textile mill that was the beating heart of Riverside, Maine. Sharp-eyed accountant George Desmond discovered the discrepancy, but was killed before he could report it. After stashing the body, the thief-turned-killer manipulated evidence to make it appear Desmond skipped town with the stolen money, ruining his good name forever.

Present Day

Veteran journalist Joe Gale is covering a story for the Portland Daily Chronicle when a skeleton falls at his feet: Desmond’s bones have been found in a basement crawl space at the long-shuttered mill. For Joe, digging into the past means retracing the steps his mentor Paulie Finnegan had taken years ago, when the case was still open. But the same people who bird-dogged Paulie four decades ago are watching Joe now. As he closes in on the truth, his every move is tracked…and the murderer proves more than willing to kill again.

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Brenda Buchanan is the author of the Joe Gale Mystery Series. The recently-released first book in the series, Quick Pivot, features a contemporary newspaper reporter who uncovers the truth behind a 1968 crime that devastated a once-thriving mill town. A former newspaper reporter herself, Brenda lives in beautiful Southern Maine.

May 2015 releases

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Enjoy our Carina Press new releases! With new titles available for download every week, visit this page to plan your shopping for the month. You’re sure to find a story you’ll love!

P.S. Shop our presale titles—buy upcoming titles now and download on the street date!

May 4 | May 11 | May 18 | May 25

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May 4

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BIGFOOT BLUES by Ricardo Sanchez
(mystery)
ISBN: 9781426899850
Price: $4.99

CARINA_0515_9781426899850_BigfootBluesShe eloped with Bigfoot. Or maybe Bigfoot kidnapped her. Either way, I’ve been hired to uncover the truth behind Cindy Funk’s disappearance. Me? I’m Floyd, and I’m a PI living my life as Elvis would have wanted. Not just in sequined jumpsuits. With character.

Cindy’s trail leads me to River City, Oregon—aka the Mythical Creature Capital of the World—where I catch Case #2. This one from an eccentric billionaire who’s lost a priceless piece of “art.” Enter one dead body and I end up deputized to solve Case #3, tracking down a man-eating mountain lion. Or maybe it’s a chupacabra. Or just an ordinary murderer. Hard to say.

I’ve handled my fair share of crazy, but River City’s secrets have me spooked. With an influx of tourists arriving for the town’s annual Elvis tribute contest—what are the chances?—I’ve got to save the girl, solve the rich guy’s problem and leash that chupacabra before a second body is discovered. It might just be mine.

Read more about Floyd’s adventures in Elvis Sightings, available now!

81,000 words

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SIGNAL BOOST by Alyssa Cole
(new adult, post-apocalyptic romance)
ISBN: 9781426899881
Price: $3.99

CARINA_0515_9781426899881_SignalBoostWhen technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

Read Arden and Gabriel’s story in Radio Silence, available now!

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May 11

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TAMING THE LEGEND by Kat Latham
(contemporary romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899836
Price: $3.99

9781426899836-COVBook four of the London Legends

When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend’s California camp wasn’t on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can’t say no to his first and only love.

Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it’s hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it’s even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.

Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?

95,000 words

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BACK IN PLAY by Lynda Aicher
(erotic romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899416
Price: $4.99

9781426899416-COVFor Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he’s eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He’s worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.

High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she’s intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott’s house indicate he’s struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man’s game.

When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.

Book two of Power Play

99,000 words

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May 18

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RIPPED: A BLOOD MONEY NOVEL by Edie Harris
(romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781426899386
Price: $3.99

9781426899386-COVAttorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.

The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.

Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.

As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

Book two of the Blood Money series

88,500 words

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ONE CUT DEEPER by Joely Sue Burkhart
(erotic thriller)
ISBN: 9781426899898
Price: $3.99

0515_9781426899898Her needs are dark. His are dangerous.

Charlie MacNiall has been bringing his beautiful king shepherd to the vet clinic where Ranay Killian works for the better part of a year. She doesn’t realize he’s been slowly wooing her. She certainly has no idea that he picked her deliberately—that she is to become his. A broken heart and a desperate desire to be dominated make her the perfect victim.

His perfect victim.

Charlie fixes Ranay, testing her emotional limits while pushing her sexual boundaries past anything she’d imagined possible. Pain is their shared pleasure…until Charlie disappears and Ranay is all but destroyed.

The FBI says the man she loves is a serial killer. Ranay can’t deny there’s a darkness in Charlie, a monstrous hunger that drives him to the brink. She even believes he could kill. But Charlie’s hunger is what bonds them—it’s the foundation of their love. Would he actually kill her?

91,000 words

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May 25

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LONELY SHORE by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
(male/male romance, space opera)
ISBN: 9781426899829
Price: $3.99

9781426899829-COVBook two of Chaos Station

All they can do is live day to day…

Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos‘s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.

When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.

As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.

Don’t miss the start of the series—Chaos Station is available now!

67,000 words

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Writing What You Know—and Don’t…

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By Katherine Locke, author of SECOND POSITION

People are always shocked that I don’t dance when Second Position, my debut novel, is all about ballet dancers. ‘Aren’t you supposed to write what you know?’ I’m frequently asked.

Well, yes. You should definitely write what you know. And prior to writing Second Position, I didn’t know Odette from Odile (spoiler alert for the White Swan/Black Swan Princesses in Swan Lake). But I did know a little bit about the shape of grief, falling in love with best friends, and recovering from mental illness. And all of those pieces came together in the book.

But the best part of writing a dance book when I myself am not a dancer? The research. I gained so much respect for dancers as both athletes and artists. They push their bodies to the max, every single day, and they retain an immeasurable curiosity for the way our bodies and music can say things words cannot. Also, the research was visually appealing, no matter which way you swing. Dancers are gorgeous. I’ve never had so much fun on Pinterest!

Beyond just looking at pictures of gorgeous dancers, I watched documentaries like First Position, Ballerina, and the wonderful AOL Originals series on youtube city.ballet about the New York City Ballet. I also interviewed former and current ballet dancers at all levels, watched classes, and lurked in the ballet communities online, including Tumblr and Facebook.

All the while, I wanted to make sure that Second Position was accessible to the non-dancer. While I hope dancers enjoy the book, I also hope that even if you’ve never seen a ballet, you like and enjoy the book. Dance is about telling a story and all dancers will tell you that the audience is not just witnessing the story, they are also a part of it.

And so is the reader when they read the book. The book itself without a reader is just a bunch of data floating around. With a reader, a book takes on a life and with each reader, its life and its telling is slightly different.

Some readers might relate to different plot points than others, for instance. In the book, Zed is no longer dancing and he needed to find something else he loved as much as he loved ballet and Aly. What new hobbies, sports, or adventures have you started ‘later in life’?

Happy reading!

Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. Her dayjobs always vary, but in the past she’s worked in nuclear weapons abolition activism, lead poisoning prevention and education, and food safety programs at a mushroom farm. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading, she’s tweeting about reading and writing. She secretly believes most books are fairytales in disguise. Her debut novel, SECOND POSITION, arrives in April 2015 from Carina Press.

You can find her online at @bibliogato on Twitter and KatherineLockeBooks.com

9781426899706Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight.

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in Washington, D.C. and regularly attends AA meetings to keep the pain at bay. Aly has returned to D.C. to live with her mother while trying to recover from the mental and physical breakdown that forced her to take a leave of absence from the ballet world, and her adoring fans.

When Zed and Aly run into each other in a coffee shop, it’s as if no time has passed at all. But without the buffer and escape of dance—and with so much lust, anger and heartbreak hanging between them—their renewed connection will either allow them to build the together they never had…or destroy the fragile recoveries they’ve only started to make.

Book One of the District Ballet Company

71,000 words
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Genre Spotlight: Regency Romance

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Looking for a new Historical Romance to swoon over? Why not try something from the Regency era. We have a new release from author Caroline Kimberly below as well as feedback from Carina Press readers on why they love Regency Romance!

Why our readers love Regency Romance!

“A sweet and enjoyable read, Romancing the Runaway was a lovely historical romance.” –Amazon review, Romancing the Runaway

“Lovely prose, two likable leads, a gentle, slowly-building romance and a captivating whodunit.” –Goodreads review, An Heir of Uncertainty

“The romance was sweet, the thrills kept me on the edge of my seat, and the story was enjoyable. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.” –Barnes & Noble review, Cloaked in Danger

Don’t miss this new Regency Romance!

About An Inconvenient Mistress:

23565760Jamaica, 1820

Isabelle North needs a hero, and if an arrogant mercenary is all she can find… he’ll just have to do. She must get back to England before her past catches up with her, even if that means booking passage on a vessel captained by a man she cannot abide.

Phillip Ashford, notorious smuggler and captain of the privateer Intrepid, knows Miss North is trouble. She’s stubborn, for starters, and it’s painfully clear she’s conning him—she looks more like a schoolmarm than the rich man’s mistress she claims to be. But beneath her prim exterior is a sharp wit and courageous spirit that draws him in despite himself.

They both know they should keep their distance. But passion flares as they defend themselves on the high seas—until Phillip begins asking questions Isabelle would rather not answer. After all, how much can she really share with a man she’ll never trust?

Meet Phillip’s brothers in An Inconvenient Kiss and An Inconvenient Wife!

 

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