Infographic: Happy 5th Anniversary, Carina Press!

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Next week we celebrate 5 years since the very first Carina Press books went on sale. We’re thrilled to celebrate our anniversary with our favorite people: Carina readers and authors! So here’s a “countdown” look at how it all started and what we have to celebrate in 2015:

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Spotlight on Action Heroes

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Do you like characters who are brave in the face of danger and have no problem standing up for themselves and the ones they love? These brave heroes and heroines will definitely catch your eye. Look below and discover the action hero of your dreams!

Deadly Strain by Julie Rowe

{A35A5F21-5B9D-4E2E-B372-EF77C1E67CD8}Img100Major 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.

Midnight Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

81M7ZdjiUQL._SL1500_ (1)When a gorgeous, bleeding woman on the run falls into the arms of Sean “Metal” O’Brien, the former SEAL medic knows just what he can do. Heal her. Tend to her. Keep her safe.

What he can’t seem to do is keep his guard up. Something about the haunted, hunted beauty knocks down all his defenses.

Felicity Ward is no stranger to secrets. Raised in the Witness Protection Program, her whole childhood was a lie. But she couldn’t have known that her family’s secrets–secrets she didn’t even know she was keeping–could spark a nuclear war.

And nothing could have prepared her for the tough, sexy warrior who first saves her life and then vows to protect it, no matter what.

No Women Left Behind by Julie Moffett

{FA5A30D4-3F1F-4272-AEFB-1624E1B2A4B8}Img100My 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?

Do you have a favorite action hero? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Spotlight on Dani Irons

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Looking for a New Adult romance to add to your summer reading list? Be sure to check out Olivia Christakos and Her Second First Time by Dani Irons–your eyes will be glued to the page! Read on for a note from the author herself and to find out more about this exciting new read!

Finding Your Genre by Dani Irons

It took me a long time to figure out what genre fit me as a writer. I started to write in YA when I was reading Sarah Dessen and had first discovered TWILIGHT. I heard about a Stephenie Meyer who, like me, who had three small boys and was able to get writing done during the day. So I decided I could too. It took me three years to get the book done, and it still wasn’t any good. The premise was interesting, I think–and unique, for sure–but the writing itself wasn’t there and some elements were just too weird to most people.

I tried stories that were a little less weird–a magical realism YA, an MG set in Kazakhstan, even a chapter book–but nothing came out the way I wanted it to. I kept trying to put in mature, adult elements in some of the younger stuff I wrote, but I didn’t think writing adult fiction suited my writing style. So when New Adult came to my attention, I thought, “Well, maybe…”

So I tried it and it fit like a glove. I love the flexibility NA has. It can be straight contemporary with a little romance or fantasy with a lot. I think it still has a long way to go, too, to develop into the genre it will end up being in a few years.

Currently, my books tend to lean toward contemporary with mild to moderate romance. But I feel I can stretch my writing muscles in the maturity department as far as I want to go. I like to be able to cuss and talk about things that are borderline taboo because I know my audience can handle it.

Sometimes it’s easier for writers to choose their genre than it was for me. I don’t remember where I heard this, but someone said if you want to know what to write, look at your nightstand. Meaning, write what you like to read. But I read everything. Chapter books, picture books, MG, fantasy, crime, thrillers, YA and memoir. So it wasn’t as easy for me to pick what I should write. Actually, it’s taken six years. But in that time, I’ve learned a lot. Sometimes I wish that I would have figured my genre out sooner, but I met a lot of different kinds of writers, learned what I did and didn’t want to do, learned some tough lessons, and felt the loss of more than half a dozen shelved books.

I try not to look back over those six years, only forward, and hope that someday that’ll get me to where I want to be as a writer.

About Olivia Christakos and Her Second First Time:

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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.

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Welcome Pitch Session with Libby Murphy!

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Dear Authors,

I’m Libby Murphy, and I’m a new freelance editor for Carina Press. This is a pretty exciting time for me because I’m on the hunt for books! I’m just starting out at Carina, so right now I don’t have any books on my list. I’m super excited to start acquiring and about getting to work with talented authors.

With that hunger for submissions in mind, I’m here on the blog today from 9 am Eastern to 9 pm Eastern to offer a personal feedback opportunity. Pitch me your book in the comments below; I’ll be requesting manuscripts and offering personalized, expedited feedback on ten of them!

Before we move on to the rules, I bet you’re wondering what kinds of books I’m looking for. In no particular order, here are some things I’d love to see:

  • Sexy contemporary romance with humor, heated banter, and adventurous plots (adventure is a loose term, btw–it can be an actual adventure, like through the jungle, or an emotional adventure).
  • Romantic suspense of all kinds, although I do prefer a storyline that’s a bit heavier on the romance, and even some humor here and there. I’d love to see anything from a small town caper to an Indiana Jones-like adventure.
  • Cozy mysteries that feature a smart, sassy heroine who can grow not only over the course of one book, but throughout a series.
  • Paranormal romance and urban fantasy that’s full of wicked awesome world building. I’m not a huge fan of psychics and vampires, but I adore dragons and shapeshifters.
  • Science fiction romances that feature dystopian worlds, worlds falling apart, space adventures, futuristic worlds, and more.

 

In all of the above categories, I am happy to consider adult romance, new adult romance, LGBT, and all heat levels (although I do tend to gravitate toward sexier stories).

 

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE:

 

  • You must have a complete, ready-to-send, manuscript that falls within the commercial fiction genres that we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here.)
  • You must pitch your manuscript in the form of a comment on this blog post between 9 am EST and 9 pm EST.
  • You must be prepared to send your manuscript by June 15, 2015. Any manuscripts sent to my attention after June 15, 2015 will still be fairly reviewed by me but won’t be eligible for the feedback opportunity.
  • The manuscript you’re pitching must be new material, not previously published material, whether self-published or released via a publisher. Only new material will be considered during this event.
  • The manuscript cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from Carina Press.
  • You may pitch more than one project. All submissions will be considered, but only ten will receive personal feedback.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • If your book meets the guidelines above, pitch it to me in the comments below.
  • Watch for a response in the comments! If I respond to your pitch asking you to submit, please send it to us via Submittable, following the submission guidelines Make sure to address your query letter to me and to note that your manuscript was requested in the blog pitch session.

 

I will be selecting ten pitches for feedback, but I welcome all submissions! If your pitch isn’t selected for feedback, you are still welcome to submit it to Carina, as we’re always open to submissions. All submissions will be considered, but only ten will receive personal feedback as a part of this opportunity.

And one last note. If you don’t have something ready to go, no worries! I’m always open for submissions, and would be happy to consider your project at a later date through the regular submissions process.

I’m looking forward to seeing your pitches!

Best wishes,

Libby

Badass Babes and Where to Find Them

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By Edie Harris, author of RIPPED

 

I’ve got this thing about women who kick ass and take names. Women who are simultaneously strong and vulnerable, brilliant but fallible, multifaceted and all too human. Women who are completely capable of handling their business without assistance–and probably yours, too–but who make mistakes, because it is our mistakes that make us.

The heroine of RIPPED, Chandler McCallister, has made a lot of mistakes in her 29 years. She traded her military uniform for undercover work in the Russian mob and, as the saying goes, “fell in with a bad crowd.” Her journey toward redemption is chock-full of pitfalls and missteps, but throughout it all, she never loses the core of who she is: an incredibly loyal, fiercely protective, bonafide badass babe.

Chandler’s toughness and capability in handling whatever problems life throws at her is a huge part of why hero Tobias Faraday surrenders his heart into her keeping. He knows she’ll fight to the death to keep that heart in one piece; just as Chandler knows that if she falters in the heat of battle, Tobias will have her back. In fact, he makes exactly that promise to her in RIPPED.

There are several badass babes in entertainment right now whose characterization I find exceptionally inspiring, but my top three at the moment are Elizabeth Keen (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Catherine Chandler (CW’s “Beauty & the Beast”), and Sarah Manning (BBC America’s “Orphan Black”). I love Sarah–and all the clones, really–for how organically she reacts to and takes action against the negative forces trying to control her life. Catherine is amazing because she’s a hand-to-hand combat rockstar who’s never afraid to take a few hits. And Elizabeth…oh, Lizzie. From start to finish, her fight scenes feel real, and while she’s been the victim of some pretty shady circumstances, she always comes out swinging–and spitting; the girl’s got a mean mouth on her when cornered and frustrated. Plus there’s the whole husband-is-a-sociopathic-spy-who-is-madly-in-love-with-her subplot, which makes me happy.

Personally, I aspire to be a badass babe, but my right hook needs some work. Maybe Chandler can train me, once she’s done taking names.

Who are your favorite badass babes in television, movies, books?

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.

Book two of the Blood Money series

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Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago.

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Author Spotlight: Joely Sue Burkhart

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Summer is on the way, which means it’s time to make the temperature rise! What better way to do that than with an Erotic Thriller by Joely Sue Burkhart? One Cut Deeper will get your pulse racing!

A Christmas Story Gone Wrong by Joely Sue Burkhart

You’re going to laugh, but I started One Cut Deeper as a Christmas romance novella. (Disclaimer:  Although the characters do celebrate Christmas at the beginning, it’s *not* a holiday novel!)

I finished what went on to be one of three parts of the novel, stepped back to look at it, and shook my head. It wasn’t right. Everything had gone wrong.

I’d wanted this to be a sexy, emotionally charged holiday novella. I had a sweet, caring hero with a dark secret in the bedroom, and a damaged heroine who’d learned how to survive despite her family’s misguided love. They get together at Christmas and live happily ever after, right?

Wrong. That’s how I’d written it… but it wasn’t right.

There was something wrong with Charlie. Something he’d been lying about, even to me. Part of me didn’t want to look deeper. I didn’t want to ruin this incredibly tender and loving Master who was determined to heal Ranay. He lifted her up, bolstered her confidence, and gave her exactly what she needed.

But it wasn’t what he needed. At all. He’d been lying to her too.

My holiday romance unraveled. The more I read and tried to fix it, the more Charlie’s secret leaked out, spreading like a thick shadow through everything it touched.

No! I stomped my foot and made Ranay wrap presents and spend Christmas day with her family. She was going to be happy. He was the perfect Master. She deserved that Christmas with him.

But she woke up the next day alone.

I had to pull off that mask and look at what he’d been hiding. I think I was even more scared than Ranay. But I had to keep pushing. For her. For him. And for myself most of all.

About One Cut Deeper:

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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?

Click here to discover more from Joely Sue Burkhart, and don’t forget to visit her website! Also, be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Genre Spotlight: Military Romance

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These heroes are brave, strong, and not afraid to stick up for the ones they love! Our readers share why they love Military Romance below, PLUS you won’t want to miss our recommendations!

A Dangerous Leap by Sharon Calvin

“An excellent read, with lots of information about the work of coast guards which I found very interesting and added to the tale.” –Goodreads review

{395657B4-7502-420A-A08F-A5CED6B86786}Img100Raised by navy parents, Kelly Bishop learned how to pack light and say goodbye at an early age. She’s earned her Coast Guard rescue swimmer stripes in some of the toughest waters out there, outperforming men along the way. Now she’s ready for a new start in Florida, eager to prove herself as the best of the best.

What she isn’t ready for is the spark between her and fellow Coastie Ian Razzamenti.

Ian knows what he wants and he knows how to get it. And what he’s always wanted is a stay-at-home wife–someone who can take care of their children while he’s out on missions. The attraction he feels for Kelly is intense, but is it worth giving up his big-family dreams?

Life-or-death situations leave little time for distraction–or doubt. When a tropical storm becomes a hurricane and a dangerous enemy reveals himself, their air station springs into action, and Kelly and Ian may not have the chance to decide whether they want to take the leap…

High and Tight by Vanessa North

“What a fantastic, unexpected surprise!” –Amazon review

{3CE8C6B8-0D67-40A7-A783-53850A404911}Img100Pilot Adam Walker has had one great love in his life: Harris Kingston. But twelve years ago, when he accepted a scholarship and joined the Navy, he chose duty to his country over love. Their on-again off-again relationship was never more than private joy, a frustrating fact of military life.

Harris never wanted to be anyone’s dirty little secret. When Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed two years ago, Adam broke his heart one last time. He’s picked up the pieces and moved on, building a great career and dating guys who aren’t afraid to be seen in public with him. But when Adam strolls into his salon asking for a haircut, his newfound happiness goes to hell in a handbasket.

Adam’s been at war with himself for over a decade. Now on the verge of leaving the military, he’s desperate to court Harris the right way and be forgiven. With two weeks’ leave and a Navy man’s conviction, he’s ready to start over…if he can convince Harris he’s ready to come out and commit.

His Road Home by Anna Richland

“What an incredibly moving, beautiful story with an incredibly creative set-up.” –Amazon review

{87E6010E-8E72-4300-9A4E-7993835C4125}Img100Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he’ll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she’s engaged. When she’s offered a plane ticket to visit her “fiancé,” she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey’s funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship–a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving–a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey’s new life once he’s ready to be on his own again?

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Starting Over

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By Lynda Aicher, author of BACK IN PLAY

 

How often in our lives do we get the chance to start over? It’s a common plot element in many books, but I had to really think about how frequently we choose to make this happen compared to when it is forced upon us.

Change isn’t something a lot of people are comfortable with. It’s hard and challenging. It requires learning new things and adapting when we might not want to. Often, change is forced upon us instead of taken on by choice. A new technology, a job layoff or move, a tragedy of some kind—these are all catalysts that force us to change that can be seen as opportunities to restart, even if we don’t want to start over.

I never gave much thought to what professional athletes did after their careers are over. In a lot of cases, that happens before they hit thirty. Then what? Do they have a college degree to fall back on? Do they find jobs within their sport? Do they do something completely different like become a florist or accountant? Are they really that different than anyone else who is laid-off with no idea what they’re going to do next? Back in Play digs into that question while exploring a deeper problem that is often hushed among professional athletes.

What would you do if the only job you’ve ever done and loved is suddenly at an end? How do you start over? Where do you go to do that? Would you see this as an opportunity, a setback or simply a fate to overcome?

This also brings to question if starting over is an event or more of a mindset. What do you think?

 

“Aicher’s memorable second Power Play sports contemporary…is both sensual and moving….”
Publishers Weekly

 

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For 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.

 
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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. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.

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Boston Fire by Shannon Stacey

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New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey introduces her addictive new series

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Meet these tough and dedicated firefighters and the women who will turn their lives upside down.


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9780373002788HEAT EXCHANGE, Boston Fire, book one

Lydia Kincaid left Boston to get away from the firefighting community—but family is number one, and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother’s handsome friend Aidan.

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

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

Now you can stare at HEAT EXCHANGE hero Aidan Hunt all day on your cell phone and your computer! We have iPhone and high-quality desktop wallpapers. These are available for free download! Open the links above and right-click to save!

 

Available in ebook and print August 25, 2015

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97803733002900CONTROLLED BURN, Boston Fire, book two

Rick Gullotti lives the good life, fighting fires and dating beautiful women—though none for very long. And thanks to helping his elderly landlords, his rent is low. But when his concerns about their health lead to a long-legged girl appearing on his doorstep, life as he knows it starts getting away from him.

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego for the rougher side of Boston, but she’s been dispatched to deal with grandparents she’s never met. She’s wholly unprepared for the scruffy-but-hot danger-junkie firefighter who lives upstairs.

At first, Jessica is determined to get out of Boston Fire country as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house. But nobody’s taking advantage of Rick’s friends on his watch, even if that makes Jessica his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry—and it’s quickly becoming too strong to resist.

Available in print and ebook November 24, 2015

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FULLY IGNITED, Boston Fire, book three

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When Jamie Rutherford takes a temporary assignment as lieutenant of Boston Fire’s Engine 59, she doesn’t anticipate any problems. She’s been in the fire service for a long time and, even though she’s fairly new to Boston, she knows how to make any firehouse her home. What she’s not prepared for is her reaction to firefighter Scott Kincaid.

Scott is looking for a wife. It’s been a fun ride as a single guy, but he’s tired of being the third wheel, and nearly losing his brother-in-law finally made him realize just how much he wants a family of his own. When the new guy at the firehouse turns out to be a capable, confident and very attractive woman, his plan is completely derailed.

Hooking up with a fellow firefighter has never been part of Jamie’s plan, but she’s tempted by Scott—even though getting involved with him could tarnish the reputation she’s worked so hard for. And Scott can’t stop thinking about Jamie, despite the fact that she’s his superior and not sticking around. Chemistry can crush the best-laid plans, though, and while Jamie and Scott might not be each other’s future…there’s no resisting the right now.

Available in print and ebook February 23, 2016.

Preorder links coming soon!

 

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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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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