Author Spotlight: Marie Force

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Have you been following the cases of Sam Holland? The Fatal series follows this police officer and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, as they navigate the risky world of politics and murders…and now it is available in print as well as eBook! Keep reading to find out more about this exciting series from fans and Marie Force herself.

From Fans of the Fatal Series

“I absolutely love this story. It is a perfectly balanced fare of crime, suspense and romance.” –Goodreads review, Fatal Justice

“FATAL AFFAIR engages the mind with rivetingly suspenseful mysteries while your heart is grabbed by the intense emotions.”—Amazon review, Fatal Affair

“Whoa Marie…talk about giving us more of what we want…awesome, just awesome!” –Goodreads review, Fatal Deception

“Marie Force has written one of the best page turner’s that I have read in a long time. Three cheers for her writing.” –Amazon review, Fatal Consequences

“If you thought Nick and Sam couldn’t possibly get any hotter, Marie Force moves the bar up another twenty or so notches!!! Marie Force at her best and a true example of why she is on my “Must Buy” list.”—Goodreads review, Fatal Flaw

Where Did They COME From? by Marie Force

People ask me all the time where Sam and Nick came from. I wish I could tell you. To be honest, after more than five years of writing their story, I don’t remember a time when they didn’t live in my mind as real, live people. I don’t remember “thinking them up” or creating the many quirks that make them so real to readers—and to me. What I do recall, early on, was realizing theirs was a story I wanted to tell for years. I wanted to be right there with them when they fell in love, got engaged and then married, when high-profile careers and family and other challenges confronted them, forcing them to work as a team to overcome them. I wanted to be with them through the highs, the lows and everything in between. Book 7, Fatal Jeopardy, completed the first full year covered by the series, and it’s a wonder Sam and Nick aren’t suffering from whiplash. However, I’ve got much more in store for them and the cast that surrounds them, so stay tuned for Fatal Scandal on Jan. 12, 2015 with more to come after that!

 

Now Available In Print

 

About Fatal Flaw:

fatalflawBack from their honeymoon, Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are ready for some normalcy after the whirlwind of their wedding, but someone has other plans for them. When Sam discovers wedding cards containing thinly veiled death threats, she’s not sure if she or Nick is the target.

Already on edge, Sam and her team start investigating a series of baffling murders. The victims are well-liked with no known enemies, and the murders are carried out in a clean and efficient manner. Unable to find a clear motive for the deaths, she feels like she’s chasing her tail.

With no obvious connection between the victims, Sam soon suspects that she may be the ultimate prize in the killer’s clever game. When the danger starts to hit a little too close to home, she has two goals: find the elusive murderer and manage to live long enough to enjoy her happily-ever-after.

Book 4 of the Fatal series.

 

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About Fatal Jeopardy:

fataljeopardyBook 7 of the Fatal series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Force

Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, have been looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with their son. But any thoughts of a restful holiday are dashed when Sam and Nick return home to a gruesome scene: Sam’s seventeen-year-old niece Brooke, barely conscious and covered in blood on their front stoop.

With lines between personal and professional blurring in this emotionally charged, deeply personal case, Sam is relying on Nick more than ever for support. But when suspicious images from the night in question appear on social media, Sam begins to wonder if her niece is telling her everything she knows about what really happened. And when Nick questions her tactics–and her ethics–as she races against the clock, Sam will need to decide how far she’s willing to go to prove Brooke is a victim, not a murderer.

See how it all began for Sam and Nick in Fatal Affair

 

For more from Marie Force, visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website

Carina Press titles—now available in print!

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We’re so excited to announce that nearly 20 Carina Press titles are now available in print from Amazon! There’s historical, contemporary, male/male, science fiction and much more! Whatever genre you like to read (or want to try!), we’ve got a print book for you!

Contemporary Romance

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON by Alison Packard
Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend.

PLANNING FOR LOVE by Christi Barth
Book 1 of Aisle Bound

Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes
and
anti-Cupid
 Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for
their disaster of a courtship

Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she’s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent–and heartbreaking–one-night stand.

A FINE ROMANCE by Christi Barth
Book 2 of Aisle Bound
They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish’s case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down.

KNOCK OUT by Michele Mannon
Logan Rettino never imagined she’d fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she’s gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she’s ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she’ll do whatever it takes to earn his trust.
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THE KENT BROTHERS TRILOGY by Jaci Burton

All She Wants for Christmas (The Kent Brothers Book One)
Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn’t come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy Awards to prove she doesn’t need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can’t help thinking of all she gave up by running away….

A Rare Gift (The Kent Brothers Book Two)
With a disastrous marriage behind him, Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman, let alone his ex-wife’s younger sister. But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center, Wyatt can’t help but notice her. But it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time.

The Best Thing (The Kent Brothers Book Three)
A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again—Brody’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. And he’ll have to get creative if he wants to convince Tori that he’s a changed man.

JAR OF DREAMS by Liz Flaherty
For as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar—her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames, and it’s safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her landlady, but then Gert’s nephew comes charging in to “rescue” his aunt.

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy

NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS by Lorenda Christensen
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
(Paranormal Romance, Fantasy)

GODDESS WITH A BLADE by Lauren Dane
Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line–or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.
(Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy)

BLADE TO THE KEEP by Lauren Dane
Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she’d escaped so many years before–The First’s Keep.
(Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy)

MONSTER IN MY CLOSET by R.L. Naquin
A Monster Haven Story, book one
I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?
(Paranormal, Urban Fantasy)

STEAM & SORCERY by Cindy Spencer Pape
The Gaslight Chronicles, book one
Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.

Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she’s ever met–and out of reach for a mere governess.

When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces, and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery…

MYSTERY

noonelivestwice_final_revised coverNO ONE LIVES TWICE by Julie Moffett
A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book 1
I’m Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I’ve never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella.

Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I’ve enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins–the reclusive architects of America’s most sensitive electronic networks—to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her.

Along the way, my path collides with a sexy government agent and a rich, handsome lawyer, both of whom seem to have the hots for me. Hacking, espionage, sexy spy-men—it’s a geek girl’s dream come true. If it weren’t for those gun-toting thugs…

Erotic Romance

BONDS OF TRUST: BOOK ONE OF WICKED PLAY by Lynda Aicher
After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members’ night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…

ALL IN THE WITH DUKE by Ava March
London, 1822
Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man’s true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.
(Male/Male, Historical Romance)

Romantic Suspense

DEADLY DESCENT by Kaylea Cross
Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

FAIR GAME by Josh Lanyon
A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him–but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus–and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…
(Male/Male)

Historical Romance

RuinedByRumor_finalRUINED BY RUMOR by Alyssa Everett
After waiting five years for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her, Roxana Langley has been jilted! She may have longed for excitement, but this was not what she had in mind…

Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she’s been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on. Comfort soon turns into a passionate kiss–and scandal when they are caught in an embrace.

Only one thing will save Roxana from certain ruination: marriage to the earl. The match may save her reputation, but responsible, tongue-tied Ayersley is a far cry from her dashing former fiancé. She’s convinced Ayersley is merely doing his duty…while he’s sure Roxana is still in love with another man. Are they trading one disaster for another?

New Adult

DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler
Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

WILD ONES by Kristine Wyllys
Bri Martin likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand. So when big, brooding underground boxer Luke Turner comes into the bar where she works and starts a fight before she brings his first drink, she can’t help being intrigued. Luke is everything she never wanted and everything she can’t resist.

Soon, Luke is showing up everywhere Bri is, and she can’t break free of his hold on her, nor does she want to. When her best friend turns on her, it’s Luke who is there. When Luke’s opponent comes after her to send Luke a message, it’s he who comes to her rescue.

Book Boyfriends—Sybil Bartel

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Okay, I have a dirty little secret. I love book boyfriends. No, really. I LOVE them (sorry hubby!). But. And it’s a pretty big but. I’m all about the wrong book boyfriends. You know the ones. Impossibly inaccessible. Desperately damaged. Walls of steel around their hearts. Yeahhh…those. They make me swoon. Every time.

So, why do I bring this up? Well, I’m kinda hoping I’m not the only one. Did you ever encounter that one guy you wish you could change? The guy who was so broken but so mouth watering you couldn’t walk away? He was unattainable and distant and everything that was bad for you but you still wanted him?

Meet Graham.

Six feet two inches of hardened muscles and more tattoos than you can count, his fingers glide across his bass like honey. His words bite and his stare will break you. He’s not cruel. He just doesn’t care. About anyone. Until one single moment in a hotel room changes everything…but more about that later.

I love Graham. I love everything about him. He’s imperfect and broken and writing his story was the easiest and hardest thing I’ve ever done. How do you capture a moving, evolving, breathing being in your mind and put it in writing? One word at a time. There’s no secret-magic formula (they so lied!). I wish I had some incredible journey to share with you but it was just that. A word. Because sometimes a single word has a whole life in it. A word you can smell and see and taste and touch. One word. Graham. That’s how my book boyfriend was born.

Now, don’t ask me if Graham is about someone I know. I won’t tell! But I will say this, he was inspired by my son. Not because my sweet boy is anything like Graham, but because I want all men to have a voice. In our minds, in our hearts and on our ereaders! So, Graham? His story is that story. Damaged and raw and desperate. It’s not clean or neat or even pretty. But oh wow, will he break your heart. In only that special way a book boyfriend can do. I really hope you’ll fall in love with Graham, or another so-bad-but-oh-so-right book boyfriend once in your life. Because? Well, swoon. And next time you meet that guy? You know the one, the one you should’ve walked away from? Do me a favor. Tell me what color his eyes are. Or if his smile broke your heart. Because I’m kinda hoping…I’m not the only one.

xxoo – Sybil

No Apologies 9781426898532About No Apologies

Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him. He should’ve known to walk away.

No Apologies is available now through Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Carina, Kobo and All Romance.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, or like her on Facebook.

X Marks the Spot—Jennifer Bray-Weber

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As a kid, I often pretended to be a superhero, Daisy Duke, and a horse baron. It should come as no surprise that I went through a pirate stage, too. I filled an old coffee can with gaudy, sparkling costume jewelry. Not the plastic beaded kind, mind you. The good costume jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets and rings much too large for a ten-year-old had shiny stones that would be the envy of any bajillionaire’s wife. I buried my magnificent treasure in the woods behind my parent’s house. And like any pirate worth his salt, I made a treasure map.  But not just any ol’ treasure map. No, mine had to be clever…with riddles. The map was good. The hiding spot, better. Better than my memory because it’s been over twenty-five years and I still haven’t found my loot.

Popular lore suggests pirates buried their treasure to keep it safe, always with the intent of returning with the use of a map. Fact is, this was not entirely true.  When pirates came upon any fortune, they spent the wealth as soon and as fast as they could, indulging in women and liquor. The only pirate known to have buried treasure was William Kidd, stashing his spoils on Gardiners Island, New York. But don’t get out your spade. Kidd’s loot was found and turned over as evidence in his hanging.

If you had a treasure map, what would you hope to find? Gold? Jewels? Johnny Depp’s number?

Mutiny of the Heart 9781426898525Mutiny of the Heart

Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard–especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board.

Captain Joelle Quint believes the slave claiming to be a cartographer can help her decipher the map her father left her when she was a child. She’s spent years trying to unlock its truths, hoping that it holds the answers to a dark family secret.

Sloan Ricker has no intention of remaining captive. When the fiery, red-headed captain offers him his freedom in exchange for solving her map, what begins as an opportunity to escape becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Joelle his mistress in more ways than one.

Amidst a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate’s jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. And as much as he’d like to deny it, Ricker’s desire for Joelle has overcome his initial disdain. To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other…or die trying.

Want more? Click here for your copy of Mutiny of the Heart.

 

Jennifer Bray-Weber hopes to one day live out her life as the island goddess she was meant to be somewhere in the Caribbean. Until then, she lives in her native state of Texas with her real life pillage-and-plunder husband and two spirited daughters. Catch up with her at www.jbrayweber.com or connect with her on Facebook.

Starting A New Series Is Like Cooking A Seven Course Meal Without A Recipe—Christi Barth

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This is release week of Up To Me, the start to my Shore Secrets series. I’m super excited about it. I’ve loved the idea for this series since it came to me in the middle of a massage while on vacation in the Finger Lakes. But (official secret author whine inserted here) it was soooo darn hard to write!

The model for the castle in UP TO ME.

The model for the castle in UP TO ME.

You see, I’d wrapped up my four book Aisle Bound series. When you live in a world for that long, the writing gets easier and easier with every book, because it already exists. I knew how everyone talked, walked and dressed. I knew the layout of all the buildings. It was fun and the words came out fast.

But starting a series, well, that’s a different matter. You’ve got to decide on names and faces for not just the main characters, but a slew of secondary walk-ons, too. Every room’s got to be decorated, every floor plan sketched out. Instead of my fingers blissfully flying over the keyboard, every page contained a dozen tiny decisions to be made that slammed the brakes on the whole process. Seriously, it is like cooking a seven course meal without a recipe. Everything has to be dreamt up and done from scratch.

Here’s the other secret—it was sooooo much fun! Sure, all those details felt daunting from time to time, but overall it’s sort of like walking into a mall with an unlimited charge account. You can choose anything that tickles your fancy. Which includes browsing sites full of hot men to find models for the main characters, and scrolling through tons of fashion sites to dress up the women. Uh, yeah…I officially retract my whine. So tell me: what do you love to do that is hard work, but oh-so-worth it?

Up to Me 9781426898518Ella Mayhew’s always appreciated the beautiful view of Seneca Lake from the spa window of her family’s hotel. But the view improves dramatically when a hot stranger runs across the grounds—shirtless. He’s the first man to kickstart her hormones in the three years since she lost her parents, and she doesn’t even know his name.

Graydon Locke’s on his umpteenth undercover assignment. The routine’s always the same: assess a business, recommend it for closure, then roll out before anyone discovers his decisions impact hundreds of lives. He’s always believed nothing good comes out of small towns. Why would this one be different? Then he makes two classic rookie mistakes—falling for the sweet, sexy girl who owns the very business he’s on the verge of axing. And letting the town’s residents get involved in both his life, and his relationship with Ella.

Ella’s the best thing to ever happen to Gray, but he’s lied to her from the start. If he pulls the plug on Mayhew Manor, the entire town may crumble. Ella couldn’t save her parents, but it’s up to her to save their hotel. Even if that means turning her back on true love.

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Bio: Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance.  Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

 

Filling the Void by LB Gregg

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CARINA_0614_-9781426898501_MenOfSmithfieldThis week, Carina offers double dose of Smithfield fun. First, the Pride Month Contemporary M/M Box Set is available, which includes my very first novella, Mark and Tony at a bargain price! Second, we welcome a brand new, never before published Men of Smithfield story—Sam and Aaron.

A few years have slipped by since readers last visited Smithfield. In that time, both during the dark days of my sabbatical and afterward, as the veil of writers block lifted—I got hooked on the Food Network.

Really hooked.

Like filled the DVR so I could binge on Chopped episodes, make rash purchases, wear my reading glasses to the Stop and Shop so I could actually SEE  labels, sniffing the cheese and produce kind of hooked.

Never truly confident in the kitchen, I lost hours to Cupcake Wars and Barefoot Contessa, Worst Cooks In America (Because I wasn’t that bad!), and Next Great Food Network Star. Diners, Drive-In, and Dives. Iron Chef.  Bobby Flay. Those TV chefs inspired me. I read labels, bought local, and pushed up my sleeves. I’d pour a glass of wine, hone my knife skills, settle for nothing but EVOO, and by God, I’d grill something using a marinade I made myself.

It probably doesn’t sound particularly earth shattering, but stepping outside that comfort zone and filled the void where my stories once lived. I’d been emptied of the thing I loved—my writing— and learning to cook rekindled that creative spark.

What sustains you in the kitchen—a chef, a show, a recipe? Because cooking plays a part in Sam and Aaron and it’s a nod to the chefs, and shows, that inspired me.

About Sam and Aaron:

“With our family’s legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we’re determined to revive the place. We’ve started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who’s distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can’t quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for… something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we’ve had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can’t stop wondering why he’s searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He’s definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he’s after…”

LBGreggpictureWhen she’s not working from home in the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, L.B. Gregg can be spotted in coffee shops from Berlin to Singapore, Panama to Washington D.C.– sipping lattes and writing scorchingly hot, often funny stories about men who love men.

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The Worst Future You Could Think of (aka Home Renovation)—Anne Tibbets

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carrier 9781426898495Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she’s left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.

Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of the The Line’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

The Line Book One: Carrier is available from Carina Press!

If any of you have ever remodeled your house, and lived in it while it was under construction, then you may understand my frame of mind when I wrote The Line Book One: Carrier. My husband and I had purchased a house that had been vacant, and somehow a three-month project to make it inhabitable, had turned into a nine month hell (ever see the movie The Money Pit – yeah, THAT!), and the first day the crew was gone and I could actually sit down and write, I thought to myself: “What is the worst future you can think of?” And the world of Auberge was born.

Imagine being trapped in a city filled with pollution and garbage, and you could not leave. Imagine that over the span of a hundred or so years, you watched as every building, every house, every car, street, sidewalk and neighborhood, just slowly deteriorated into ruin. If you didn’t work for Auberge, you didn’t work at all. And if you didn’t work at all, you were either sold into slavery, or you starved.

This is where you find Naya, the main character of The Line Book One: Carrier. The conditions of her sale, the story of how she came to be a sex slave on The Line, and all the atrocities that happened to her while she was there – all of it was the product of my warped and twisted frame of mind, thanks to construction dust, no privacy, and a house that was financially and spiritually bleeding me dry.

Fast forward years later, and my house is (almost!) finished, but Naya remains in Auberge. In truth, hundreds of thousands of girls, women, and entire families around the world are in their version of Auberge, being sold, traded, enslaved, abused, and forgotten. For however bad I felt for making Naya’s world as bleak as possible, I also felt a great much worse when I researched current human trafficking situations and found that my worst imagination was real, and happening…Right now.

I tried to capture that truth, if only a little, with Naya. Her adventure, though set on the backdrop of a dystopian, futuristic society, isn’t far from reality, and I hope you, as readers, will find it just as compelling and soul-changing as I do.

I hope you have a good read.

If you were trapped inside The Line, what is one item you would want to have with you?

My choice? A noose.

IMG_6128Anne Tibbets writes Science Fiction and Horror and is terrified of zombies. She lives with her family in Los Angeles and her killer pets.

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Story Research—Lynda Aicher

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Every story I write requires research. It doesn’t matter what genre I’m writing or if the subject is something I’m supposed to know, I still spend hours digging through everything that is even remotely related to the plot and characters.

As I’m weeding through articles, papers, videos, blogs, books and anything else that pops up on my Google searches, I often wonder what authors did before the internet. I seriously believe you can find the answer to anything on the internet. I’ve typed in more than my share of strange questions only to get a list of sites with answers when I expected none.

The one bit of research I never expected to do, and then had no idea how I was going to get the information, happened while I was writing Bonds of Courage. I typed this question into Google just to see what I’d get: What does it feel like to wear a male chastity device? I never should’ve doubted. Go on, type it in. I dare you.

Needless to say, I now know more about what it actually feels like to wear a cock cage then I ever want or thought I’d need to know. After all, I don’t have the appropriate body parts to even consider trying one out personally. However, since my pro hockey player, Holden Hauke, would be wearing one for a period of time in the story, I had to figure it out as best as I could.

Now there was the obvious possibility of getting my husband to wear one because there is nothing like real data from a live test subject, but he vetoed the idea before I finished my proposal to him. Apparently, there’s only so far he’s willing to go in the name of story research.

So what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever typed into Google? I dare you to share.

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“The Wicked Play series always offers a quality story centered on hot sex, burgeoning romance and BDSM. This one is no exception.” 4 stars, RT Book Reviews

 

Bonds of Courage ~ Book Six of Wicked Play

bondsofcouragePro hockey player Holden Hauke has kept his sexual needs buried for years. After a near miss over a picture of him bound to a spanking bench resulted in a mid-season trade, he’s kept his image clean. But with the season over, he’s ready to surrender control. And he’s found just the woman to help him–if only he can convince her to give him a chance.

Bending men to her will is nothing new for Vanessa Delcour, aka Mistress V–she’s a full-time rep for pro athletes, a part-time owner of exclusive sex club The Den, and an experienced Domme. But when Holden Hauke comes looking for a discreet partner, Vanessa’s concerned about his motives. Touching his training-toned body during a scene wouldn’t exactly be a hardship, but taking him on crosses barriers between work and play that she’s had in place for years.

From their first intense encounter in Mistress V’s playroom, Hauke knows he can’t let this chance slip away; he’s found the woman he’s always needed. Submissive or not, he’s willing to push her every limit to prove how good they can be together.

Buy the ebook here.

New to the series? Go back to the beginning with Bonds of Trust.

 

Lynda-8310-LR-ColorAbout Lynda Aicher

After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, Lynda ended 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.

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Author Spotlight: Samantha Ann King

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samanthaannkingIf you believe that three is better than two, you’ll definitely want to check out the latest steamy ménage story by Samantha Ann King, Tempting Meredith. Want to know more? We have all the details below, as well as a note from Samantha herself.

Do You Remember Your First Romance? by Samantha Ann King

Do you remember your first romance? The one that got you hooked on the genre? For me, it was Sue Barton, Student Nurse by Helen Dore Boylston. It was the first in a series of young adult books that followed a young woman through nursing school, falling in love (with a doctor, of course), marrying, having a family, and returning to work when her husband became ill. I wasn’t even alive when they were written in the 1930s and 1940s, and they were tame by today’s standards, but back then they made my heart go pitter patter.

Next came romances by Emily Loring, Grace Livingston Hill, Victoria Holt, Barbara Cartland, Daphne DuMarier, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Rosemary Rogers. If you recognize those names, you probably also see a trend from sweet romances to something…uh…a lot spicier. That trend has continued with Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, Megan Hart, Lauren Dane, Jeffe Kennedy, Lorelei James, Maya Banks, and Sylvia Day. Forget pitter patter. Be still my pounding heart.

What was your first romance? Do you remember?

About Tempting Meredith

temptingmeredithAstrophysicist Meredith Burke’s professional life is perfect. Her personal life is another story. Years ago, a ménage with the man she loved and his roommate left her with a broken heart and a secret. She hasn’t trusted anyone since, but when she meets rugged hunting guide Charlie Connor she figures she doesn’t need to. He’s got “one-night stand” written all over him.

After one night with Meredith, Charlie needs more. She’s intoxicating, and shockingly willing to give him total control of her body. When she agrees to spend an entire week with him at the lodge where he works, it’s more than he’d hoped for. But Blaine Bridges, Charlie’s best friend and boss, has his own secrets.

Blaine hasn’t seen Meredith since that disastrous encounter eight years ago, but he still has feelings for her. Now she’s dating his best friend, the man he wants for himself. When Meredith invites him to join in their naughty play, his pleasure is all-consuming. But will the secrets they all hold close destroy a beautiful beginning or bring these three lovers closer than they ever imagined?

 

More from Samantha Ann King

 

About Waiting for Ty:

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Tyler Coil doesn’t do men. But it’s harder to remember that each time he visits his best friend, gorgeous Landon Burke. As a political reporter, Ty is good at reading people, and he can tell the lust is mutual. But giving in to it could mean alienating his ultra-conservative family.

Landon never desired a man badly enough to explore that side of his sexuality–until he met Ty. He’s waited four long years for a sign that Ty wants him too, and he can’t deny his needs much longer. So when a career opportunity arises out-of-state, Landon wonders if maybe it’s time to move on.

Then Ty crashes at Landon’s while working on a story–and a searing kiss ignites a night of mind-blowing sex that’s better than their most erotic fantasies. Forced to face his feelings, Ty must decide if love is worth the risk after all–before he loses Landon forever.

About Sharing Hailey: 

sharingHailey Anderson’s deep, dark secret? She’s been madly in lust with her overprotective brother’s two best friends for years. Gorgeous woodworking artist Mark Allen and sexy doctor Tony Adamo have no idea they star in her fantasies every night.

After a nasty breakup with her abusive boyfriend, Hailey’s looking for a little distance. Headed for a two-week Hawaiian vacation with her brother and his hot friends, Hailey can’t wait to feast her eyes on Mark’s and Tony’s rock-hard, ocean-slick bodies. Even if she can’t touch.

But instead of treating her like their little sister, Mark and Tony have a surprising proposition: a monogamous ménage à trois. The three of them–and no one else. Both men want Hailey and have agreed to share her. The red-hot reality is even better than the forbidden fantasy. Until Hailey’s ex threatens their newfound happiness…

 

What Readers Are Saying About Samantha Ann King

“This was a searing hot book of friends-to-lovers that I greatly enjoyed.” –Goodreads review, Waiting for Ty

“I love this story. Not your usual love story, but one that allows you to realize that love comes in many ways. It is okay to love differently and be together.” — Amazon review, Sharing Hailey

For more from Samantha Ann King, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

Interview with a Foot Reader—Samantha Ann King

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“So, Meredith, has Charlie read your feet yet?”
“Excuse me?”
Emma glanced at Charlie and smirked. “Your feet. Has he read them?”
“Uh, no.” Forget surreal. She’d just entered The Twilight Zone.

From Tempting Meredith by Samantha Ann King

About three years ago, I learned my brother is a foot reader. As I listened to his stories of close encounters of the foot-reading kind, I knew that someday his gift would find its way into one of my books. Tempting Meredith is that book. A foot reader seemed the perfect foil for Meredith’s scientific mind.  Want to know more about the art of foot reading? Read on!

Samantha Ann King/SAK: Are there any other foot readers in your family?

Steven, Samantha’s brother and Foot Reader Extraordinaire/FRE: My family has a lot of interesting skills, but none are foot readers. My grandpa could cure warts if you gave him a dime. I’ve never had a wart, so that’s unconfirmed on my part, but my siblings swear it’s true.

SAK: When did you know that you were different from other people—that not everyone could read feet?

FRE: I’d never heard of foot reading before dating a fortune teller named Vadoma. As a joke, I decided to read her feet. Her expression became perplexed as I told her about parts of her life she’d never revealed to me. She offered to help me hone my skill.

SAK: It must be difficult living with this unique gift. How do you cope?

FRE: As long as the soles of their feet aren’t exposed, I can’t see into people’s souls.

SAK: What’s the difference between a foot reader and a mind reader or palm reader?

FRE: The joys, trials, and tribulations are formed from the weight of the events of people’s lives then are passed down to the lines of the feet.  You can tell a little about what’s to come, but only six months to a year in the future.

SAK: How do your subjects prepare?

FRE: I have them plop down in front of me and show me their feet—preferably freshly washed.  This last has no bearing on the reading, just my personal preference.

SAK: Have you considered your own reality TV show?

FRE: I’m usually asked this after a reading.  If the right opportunity came along, I’d certainly consider it.  I’d never do it for profit.  There’re too many charlatans out there making money off people’s misery.  I’ve never charged for a reading and never will.

SAK: Do you have any other special skills?

FRE: I’m a pretty good bartender and a so-so skydiver. I managed to cram four years of college into seven, and I was told at an early age I could talk fish out of the water. I’m not so sure that’s a skill…or a compliment either come to think of it.

SAK: Now it’s your turn. Do you have any questions for my brother the foot reader?

 

temptingmeredith

Astrophysicist Meredith Burke’s professional life is perfect. Her personal life is another story. Years ago, a ménage with the man she loved and his roommate left her with a broken heart and a secret. She hasn’t trusted anyone since, but when she meets rugged hunting guide Charlie Connor she figures she doesn’t need to. He’s got “one-night stand” written all over him.

After one night with Meredith, Charlie needs more. She’s intoxicating, and shockingly willing to give him total control of her body. When she agrees to spend an entire week with him at the lodge where he works, it’s more than he’d hoped for. But Blaine Bridges, Charlie’s best friend and boss, has his own secrets.

Blaine hasn’t seen Meredith since that disastrous encounter eight years ago, but he still has feelings for her. Now she’s dating his best friend, the man he wants for himself. When Meredith invites him to join in their naughty play, his pleasure is all-consuming. But will the secrets they all hold close destroy a beautiful beginning or bring these three lovers closer than they ever imagined?

 

Get your copy of Tempting Meredith from: Carina Press | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | GooglePlay

To celebrate the release of Tempting Meredith, Samantha Ann King is giving away an Amazon/Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice, open internationally) gift card worth $25! 

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About Samantha

samanthaannkingIn 2010 Samantha wrote her first erotic romance and entered it in Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight Contest. That contest win led to the ultimate writing goal—a publishing contract—in 2011. Her first novel was nominated for RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Award. Samantha enjoys helping her characters find their happily ever after, even when they resist. She loves to hear from readers. Contact her through her website, Facebook or Twitter (@SamanthaAnnKing).