****-Me Pumps, A Behind the Scenes Look at Shoes and Toys in “The Dom Project”

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Hi, I’m Heloise Belleau! Today on the Carina blog, I’ll be talking . . . shoes! Coming from a background writing M/M, I was jumping at the chance to write a sexy and sexual heroine–especially her fashions! It was part satisfying to my Barbie-doll-dressing-up childhood self, and part to my attracted-to-well-dressed-women adult self. One thing I particularly enjoyed was picking out her shoes for every scene, whether we ultimately described them or not. Robin uses shoes as a source of sexual confidence, as a form of self-expression, and even to give her a boost in her professional life. Of course she has a varied collection, and as a penniless writer myself, I had a great time vicariously shopping for designer shoes.

Today, I’d like to share with you all a few links from my list of “visual references”, also known as “shoes I wish I could own”.

Let’s start with the basic day-to-day look. Robin’s short and self-conscious about it, so her shoe of choice for work is something classic, neutral . . . and with a hidden platform, like these Prada shoes.

When she heads to the BDSM club Miss Kitty’s, she tells her blog followers to look for “the petite sub in Louboutins.” Maybe these? They certainly do fit the bill for couture-meets-kink!

And for one of her sessions with John, a scene with a decidedly “red” feel from Robin’s lingerie right down to the toys they play with (those last two links NSFW!), there’s nothing sexier than this pair of shiny, mouth-wateringly candy apple red pumps. Don’t those metallic spike heels just add the right amount of edge? These definitely aren’t wholesome ruby slippers.

Dressed in vintage style for a sex party wearing a long string of vintage pearls, she opts for this pair of “understated” pink kate spade new york pumps. Yeah, “understated”, okay Robin. ;)

One of our goals writing The Dom Project was to write a heroine we’d like to read about–one we really respected and empathized with. So while Robin is a fashionista, and a submissive, she’s so much more, too: she’s a respected, driven professional. She’s type-A and brainy, but her best friend is a tech-geek slacker who’d rather watch old movies than spend a moment in a library. She loves clothes, but she edits her collections so she never needs a walk-in closet. She knows what she wants sexually, but she’s having a hell of a time finding it. She’s not an ideal heroine or an ideal submissive . . . but she does have the ideal shoe collection. Well, we’ve all got something.

What about you? Does a heroine’s fashion choices add to the fantasy and the wish-fulfillment . . . or is it just a silly, materialistic distraction from what matters? Any well dressed heroines or heroes you’ve enjoyed in romance or elsewhere? Got a pair of shoes you dream about but are way too expensive to ever own? Tell us all about it!

The Dom Project is a friends-to-lovers BDSM and is out December 23rd from Carina Press and all your favorite e-tailers. And be sure to check out its sequel, The Submission Gift by Solace Ames, coming out next year from Carina!

By day, Robin Lessing has a successful career as a university archivist. By night, she blogs about her less-than-successful search for Mr. Tall, Dark and Dominant. Living up to her handle “The Picky Submissive,” she’s on the verge of giving up and settling for vanilla with a side of fuzzy handcuffs when she discovers her best friend and colleague has a kinky side, too.

Sexy, tattooed techie John Sun is an experienced Dom who never lacks for playmates, male or female. If he can’t satisfy Robin’s cravings, maybe no one can—after all, he knows her better than anyone. So he offers to help her master the art of submission for one month.

Robin eagerly agrees to John’s terms, even the pesky little rule forbidding any friendship-ruining sex. But rules are made to be broken, and once they begin their stimulating sessions, it’s not long before she’s ready to beg him for more—much more…

For more erotic romance, visit Solace Ames and Heloise Belleau online!

A simple grey pearl necklace plays a large role in the story, and in Robin and John’s relationship. Enter our giveaway to win this baroque grey pearl set! The necklace length is 17″ while the bracelet measures 7.5″.  Both pieces close with a sterling silver lobster claw and eyelet.

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Get Your Geek On!

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Lexi Carmichael, geek girl extraordinaire, is back and this time she’s going to Rome! For those of you not familiar with the series, Lexi is a geek first-class—a gamer, hacker, book nerd and fangirl who double-majored in mathematics and computer science, and has zero social skills. Her day job for a hot new cyber-intelligence firm has landed her an exciting case on behalf of the sexiest überhacker in the universe, code-named Slash.

Slash’s uncle in Rome has been accused of siphoning money from the Vatican Bank and it’s up to Lexi to hunt the hacker and clear his name. There’s only one problem: Someone doesn’t want Lexi messing up their grand plans, meaning she may be the next target. Suddenly she’s on the lam in Italy with the sexiest guy she’s ever met, and his interest in her seems more than friendly. How’s a geek girl to know for sure?

Now all she has to do is find the hacker while figuring out how to handle Slash, if that’s even possible. Between Slash’s hilarious grandmother, a strange cat, a handsome guy from the Pope’s private Swiss Guard, and a curvaceous Italian agent who has the hots for Slash, things get a bit crazy. When the trail leads Lexi to the secret Vatican archives, she realizes there is a lot more at stake than just money. She’ll be lucky to get out of Rome alive.

Here is a short excerpt from the book:

I’ve loved listening to music since I was a little girl. Not because I’m musically gifted, but because notes, themes, chords and tempo all have an intrinsic mathematical logic that speaks to me. After all, music is defined by its numeric divisions, such as a beat, a measure or a bar. Musical scales are actually harmonics based on the numerical ratios present in the Fibonacci series, which are a sequence of integers beginning at zero and one and continuing with each new number being the sum of the previous two.

I know all of this because I’m a geek first-class. My name is Lexi Carmichael and I’m a mild-mannered twenty-five-year old who, thankfully for music aficionados, is not employed in any part of the music industry. By day, I work as the Director of Information Security at a hot new cyber-intelligence firm just outside of Washington, D.C. By night, I’m a gamer, book nerd and fangirl (Bond, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings). I’ve got long brown hair, no discernible curves and zip in the social skills department. I double-majored in mathematics and computer science at Georgetown University with a specialty in cybersecurity. Ask me to talk about a rigorous axiomatic framework or computational complexity theory, and I’m all over it. Ask me to make small talk and I’ll imagine myself jumping off a bridge.

I love writing about Lexi, her friends and their adventures! Who knew geeks could be so much fun? If you’d like to read NO PLACE LIKE ROME you can download from Carina Press, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble, and wherever ebooks are sold! NO PLACE LIKE ROME is also an audio book. Click HERE to download or hear a sample.

Haven’t tried a Lexi Carmichael adventure yet? Well, you’re in luck! The first book in the series NO ONE LIVES TWICE, is now available everywhere ebooks are sold for ***FREE***. But hurry, this offer ends on November 30!

If you’d like to download NO ONE LIVES TWICE from Carina Press, click HERE.

Thanks to everyone for getting geeky with me! I appreciate you stopping by. Just for commenting on this blog, I’ll enter you in a random drawing to ****WIN*** any book of mine (paperback or ebook of your choice—check out my books on my website) and some geeky swag to go with it!

Feel free to drop me a line at my website, my Facebook page (and don’t forget to “like” me, please), or on Twitter. I really enjoy chatting with readers, writers, and random people!  :)

Julie Moffett is a bestselling and award-winning author who writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. Learn more about Julie and her books on Facebook, Twitter and her website. She has won numerous awards, including the EPIC 2011 Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel, PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel and Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002. She has also garnered several nominations for the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Holt Medallion and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.                                                                                                                                                                    



Let’s Talk It Over

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I once offered to babysit for a friend while she went out on a date with her husband, where they could sit and talk over good food and good wine.

Her response was: we’d have nothing to talk about. 

Yeah, it surprised me, too, particularly as I remembered this couple as being really good friends before they married. Now they barely speak to each other. I noticed that those of my friends and family who had recently separated or divorced had a similar cry – we didn’t/couldn’t talk or agree anymore.

This concept, this lack in effective communication, inspired For Her Eyes Only’. Vicky and Ryan are used to talking, to sharing – but not the important stuff, and that’s lead to a lot of assumptions, and consequently actions and reactions that have created pain and anger, resulting in a deep chasm between the two.

My hero and heroine, Ryan and Vicky, are old friends, and we’ve met them in previous novels in the McCormack Security Agency series. I love these guys – they’re sassy, they’re sexy – and they can be so very good for each other, and yet so very wrong. Here’s a blurb on the book:
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Ryan Brennan has worked plenty of jobs for the McCormack Security Agency, so going undercover at a couples resort to identify a pair of killers should be easy. Except his assigned partner—uh, “wife”—is Vicky Hastings. It takes all his willpower to keep their relationship professional, even when they’re not sharing a secluded cabin.

Finally out from behind her desk, Vicky can’t wait to prove herself in the field. But with Ryan? Their office flirtation cooled when he turned her down after a scorching kiss at the office Christmas party. Working together while sharing close quarters certainly isn’t making it easy for her to stop thinking about him.

 After a series of escalating “accidents,” including Vicky’s near-fatal fall from a tampered bridge, the two have to work together to wrap up this case fast, before more than hearts get broken.

I like to really test my characters, so my first thought was – what kind of undercover situation would be absolute hell for Vicky and Ryan? It didn’t take long to come up with a couples counselling retreat, where every attendee is not only completely dysfunctional in their own relationship, but also a suspected killer.

Conversely, I also had a culprit couple, which was a first for me (and many thanks to Dr. John Barletta for insight into the twisted psyche of a killer couple). Unlike Vicky and Ryan, this couple are totally in sync. They know each other so well, they know how the other thinks, they can anticipate the other’s action, and they provide support for each other. The problem is, they can’t really interact nicely with society on account of all the killing they do together. You know that old chestnut, a couple who kills together, stays together…so how is it that this psychotic couple can triumph where my heroic couple flounder?

I talked to a few relationship counsellors for research for this book, and one resounding element for strengthening a relationship that came out of the research is not just the ability to ‘talk it over’ with your partner, but the ability to actively listen, and then empathise – and how a regular date night can be so very important for reviving a relationship.

I’m the first person to recommend ‘me’ time to my friends and readers, that time where you can do something for YOU, spoil yourself, pamper yourself, take the time out to focus on YOU. In this case, I’m recommending ‘US’ time. Time to focus on you AND your partner, to pamper, refresh and relax as a couple.

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What would be your favourite date night? What have you found works well with reconnecting with your partner? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment to enter the draw for a chance to win one of two copies of my new book, For Her Eyes Only, and a special, limited edition  ‘For Her Eyes Only’ Date Night Have-A-Chat conversation starter kit!

If you can’t wait for the announcement, you can get your own copy of ‘For Her Eyes Only’ here.

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Throwback Thursday–Hold Me

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where we highlight one Carina Press backlist title we think you should check out! Each week we’ll choose one book (published at least one year ago) to feature and give away!

This post was written by Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, Carina Press

I knew when I first read the submission that this was a book I had to work with. The heroine, Katie, is so funny and witty that she drew me in immediately, from the opening pages where she catches her fiancé cheating on her and kinda…snaps. She has quite the mouth on her and gets herself into trouble because of it. I laughed my way through the story.

I also swooned. Oh man, there’s such delicious sexual tension between Katie and Lucas. And he is so. Dang. Hot. Finding out about Luc and Katie’s history added a layer of depth that made me girl-sigh. He’s so protective of her, and I was rooting for them to work through everything for that happily ever after ending we love in romance. This story delivers the goods and left me with a satisfied smile when I finished it.


Katie McCabe’s life is going nowhere fast when FBI Special Agent Lucas Vasco jumps into her car at an intersection. Luc, his undercover guise blown, is on the run from the Mafia and expects to be killed at any moment. What he doesn’t plan on is finding himself attracted to the firecracker beside him. He feels compelled to protect her when her life is threatened, and insists she stay with him for her own safety.

After learning she has become the target of a psychotic hit man, Katie is whisked off to Luc’s house to hide. Once there, she’s shocked to discover that she and Luc have an unexpected connection–a connection Luc already knew existed, but withheld. Will their intense attraction reach flashpoint despite their misunderstandings and the pain of the past?


Comment below to win an epub copy of Hold Me!*

*small print: Contest closes 11:59 EST Thursday, September 26. North America only. Winner will be chosen at random.

Throwback Thursday–Dark Vow

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where we highlight one Carina Press backlist title we think you should check out! Each week we’ll choose one book (published at least one year ago) to feature and give away!

Today’s post was written by Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, Carina Press

“A western with a magical bent, Dark Vow‘s aim is true.” –RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

Within the first few pages of picking up this western fantasy submission, I knew I was going to acquire it. I love the tone, the richly rendered setting, the heroine, Jaines, who’s on a quest for vengeance against the sinister man who murdered her husband. This story knocked me off my feet. To be only 65,000 words, it has the feel of a longer novel because of how intricate and well-developed the author’s world is. And yet, when I reached the end, I wanted more.

Obsidian, the hero, is flawed, sexy and so interesting. I love the way these two damaged characters begin to open up to each other, to fall in love—the romantic arc’s pace is perfect. Their quest evolves and becomes bigger than their own personal grievances. Simply put, this story has everything I love in romance—a strong narrative, fascinating characters and a romance that hooks me.


Jaines Cord plans to kill the man who murdered her husband, even though killing a Bounty Hunter is said to be impossible. One bullet took away her livelihood, her home and her love. One bullet made by her. Fired from the gun she completed for the Arcane Bounty Hunter.

Obsidian wears the scars of disobeying the powerful Arcane Union. He barely escaped with his life and now lives quietly, in a town the lawmen forgot. When Jaines arrives asking too many questions, he’s faced with a decision. Help her or run…again. Obsidian knows that if he flees he’ll always be looking over his shoulder. His name is one of the first on the Bounty Hunter’s death list.

Yet when Obsidian is offered an opportunity to stop the stone taking over his body in exchange for retrieving the gun, he asks Jaines for her help. Now Jaines must choose: a dead man’s vengeance or a living man’s hope?


Comment below to win an epub copy of Dark Vow!*

*small print: Contest closes 11:59 EST Thursday, September 19. North America only. Winner will be chosen at random. Full rules here.

Why I Have a Crush On All Pararescuemen

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It’s finally here! The third book of the Bagram Special Ops series is out, and Maya and Jackson’s story is absolutely the most intense of the trilogy. And what’s not to love about the hero of the book? He’s a Pararescueman (PJ), so considering that, enough said.

Staff Sergeant Jackson Thatcher serves with an elite Special Tactics Squadron under Air Force Special Operations Command at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He’s a Texas boy at heart and has all the Southern manners to show for it. I could love him for that alone, but what really makes him and all PJs special is their selflessness when it comes to saving others.

The Pararescue motto is That Others May Live, and it’s not just something they’re taught; it’s what separates them from everyone else in the military. Right now there are fewer than 400 active duty PJs in the world, so earning that coveted maroon beret is a feat each PJ is rightly proud of.
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They routinely go into harm’s way to perform covert recovery or search and rescue missions behind enemy lines. They also help out civilians during natural disasters and come to the aid of those who are unfortunate to be caught in the crossfire during combat. They’ll go into harm’s way and do whatever is necessary in order to protect their patient and keep them alive during transport back to base–including giving their own lives if need be. That kind of selfless sacrifice to save someone else is unbelievably heroic to me, and it’s why I have a crush on all PJs.I hope you admire them as much as I do!

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I’m giving away three digital copies of the books in my Bagram Special Ops series here today (Deadly Descent, Tactical Strike and Lethal Pursuit). To enter, tell me what you love best about military heroes.

 photo Lethal_Pursuit_final_zpscfdccf05.jpgBlurb: Security Forces Lieutenant Maya Lopez is right at home in a war zone: she’s been fighting all her life. A hard-won commission in the air force has brought her to Afghanistan, and if she plays her cards right, she could end up with an FBI job. It won’t be easy, but that just makes her more determined.

Jackson Thatcher is a protector in all senses of the word. A pararescue jumper with Southern-boy charm, he easily captures Maya’s interest, but her trust is another story. He’s sexy, strong and caring, but she makes it clear she’s no damsel in distress. She’s never relied on any man, and she’s not about to start now.

When Maya and Jackson become pawns in a radical warlord’s deadly game, they find themselves on the run and must depend on each other if they want to make it out alive.

Available now for only $2.99 at:
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Happy reading,

Kaylea Cross
Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her family. You can find Kaylea through her website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her blog.

Throwback Thursday–Dangerous Race

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where we highlight one Carina Press backlist title we think you should check out! Each week we’ll choose one book (published at least one year ago) to feature and give away!

This post was written by Melissa Johnson, Freelance Editor, Carina Press

“Taking high octane romance and suspense to a whole other level, Adams goes green flag with a prologue that left me shaken and a story that both thrilled and chilled. Adams hit so many high notes that I was completely and thoroughly entertained by the read. I can’t wait for the next in her Adrenaline Highs series and can only wish it would be out sooner than 2012. Like now. Now would be good.” –One Good Book Deserves Another


I loved Dangerous Race, the action-packed and heart wrenching romantic suspense book that starts the Adrenaline Highs series–four awesome books featuring race-car drivers, stuntwomen, rock stars and Hollywood actors.

In this first book, the heroine is Tracey Bradshaw, a young race-car driving prodigy making a comeback after a severe injury. When a saboteur strikes at the leader of her team, former-driver-now-wealthy-businessman, Mac Reynolds, takes over.  Mac and Tracey have electric chemistry, but Mac’s protectiveness is colored by his own fiery accident, and Tracey’s crash left her with scars inside and out.

Dangerous Race has wild and continuous action.  Yet, it also made me cry.  When Tracey gives a speech at an awards ceremony for athletes who’ve made a comeback. She also pays tribute to athletes who know when to walk away from their passion and start new lives.  This had me bawling. I recommend Dangerous Race and the Adrenaline Highs series to anyone looking for edge-of-your-seat excitement and passionate romance.


Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she’s making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of “accidents”.

When the team leader dies under mysterious circumstances, former driver Mac Reynolds takes charge. The pair clash as Trace resents his high-handed attempts to control her, while Mac fears Trace’s recklessness will get her killed. Neither can throttle back the desire that spins out of control whenever they touch. Trace lets herself be seduced when Mac convinces her he finds her beautiful despite her scars, and she begins to hope for more. But Mac knows he’s not nearly good enough for Trace…


Comment below to win an epub copy of Dangerous Race!*

*small print: Contest closes 11:59 EST Thursday, September 12. North America only. Winner will be chosen at random. Full rules here.

Throwback Thursday–Double Shot

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where we highlight one Carina Press backlist title we think you should check out! Each week we’ll choose one book (published at least one year ago) to feature and give away!

This post was written by Stephanie Doig, Editorial Assistant for Carina Press and Harlequin Digital Series First


Christine d’Abo’s Long Shots series was published shortly after I started working on the Carina Press acquisitions team (that’s code for “when I was an erotic romance newbie”), and I remember the team discussing one of the novellas in a meeting and being very enthusiastic. So that Friday, I downloaded Double Shot, the first novella, thinking I should get to know some of our books better since I wanted to learn everything I could about the imprint.

For those of you who aren’t aware, I’m about to make you very jealous. Since Carina Press is a Harlequin imprint, staff members have access to an ebook database where we can download Harlequin and Carina books for personal use. This is a huge bonus for employees and we love it. So I got to read Double Shot for free. The reason I’m telling you this is because when I got home and finished Double Shot, desperate to read the next book in the series, the database was down. And it was a Saturday–there was no chance it was going to be fixed before Monday.

Well, there was no way I was waiting until Monday. I paid for all of the other books in this series even though I could have waited two days and gotten them for free, and I have no regrets. In fact, I would do it again. :) I hope you all feel the same!


Coffee shop owner Sadie Long has been lusting after her good friend Paul Williams for years. So she’s more than a little intrigued when he invites her to a business meeting at Mavericks, the sex club where he works. While catering an event at the club is not quite the proposition she was hoping for, her business could use the boost. And she can’t resist the chance to work closely with Paul in such a sexually charged atmosphere. Enter the club’s hot owner, Josh, and suddenly Sadie’s fantasizing about being part of a threesome.

Paul has always wanted Sadie, but never thought she’d see him as anything more than a friend. On the night of the party, he and Josh tempt Sadie to reveal her deepest desire–a desire both men are eager to help fulfill.

Giving in to her sensual side, Sadie enjoys a night of mind-blowing sex. But in the light of day, will she lose Paul as a friend, or gain him as a lover?


Comment below to win an epub copy of Double Shot!*

*small print: Contest closes 11:59 EST Thursday, August 29. North America only. Winner will be chosen at random. Full rules here.


Throwback Thursday

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday, where we highlight one Carina Press backlist title we think you should check out! Each week we’ll choose one book (published at least one year ago) to feature and give away!

Today’s post was written by Jenny Bullough, Manager, Digital Content

I was standing there naked when a dead man sauntered into my bathroom.

That was the first frightening thing. I knew he was dead. I’d seen him buried beneath the cold clay of the old cemetery. His gravestone was due to be delivered within the week.

He sauntered. He didn’t shamble.

That was the second frightening thing, because I always thought such creatures did. Stumble and stagger, that is.

“Nathan!” I gasped. I shouldn’t have. His name stopped the slow, blind swing of the sleek blond head and gave the viscous brown eyes focus. On me.

He curled back his sulky lips and leered.

That was the third frightening thing. I knew what he was and I knew that look.

So I heaved my entire container of lily-scented sea salt at him. The spew of crystals caught him full in the face and halted him in midstep.

He smoked and dissolved, all lacy and pockmarked, with a sizzling, eating sound of dissolution, like ice dumped in a sink and hot water poured over it. Even his clothes, the funereal black suit, writhed and curled like burning paper until the figure collapsed in a drift of dark dust on the bathroom tiles. A pall of charcoal smoke hung in his shape for another long moment and then abruptly vanished, leaving behind a stink—sharp as teeth—that overpowered the floral essence rising from the running water.

I threw up in the tub.

It seemed I’d managed to kill my husband a second time.

Have you ever read a book that hooked you from page one to the point where you couldn’t put it down? That is Dark and Disorderly. I dare you to read the opening section above and not get hooked into this fantastic paranormal mystery. Who reanimated her husband? And why? These questions will keep you reading as Harris draws you into a compelling world where the dead can be reanimated to walk the earth, and only a select few –like the heroine – have the ability to both solve murders and lay their spirits to rest again.


Comment below to win an epub copy of Dark & Disorderly!*

*small print: Contest closes 11:59 EST Thursday, August 22. North America only. Winner will be chosen at random.


Standing at the Crossroads

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Our lives take strange turns. Who knew I’d be juggling a home life far busier than the corporate one I left behind? Or that I’d be worried about book research and review blogs instead of balance sheets and sales figures? The tiniest leap of faith can put us on paths we never imagined, which is what I’ve always felt true romance is all about. Putting trust in that special someone. Being willing to risk everything for them.

That’s why I like to read and write romance. To remind myself, and others, I suppose, that the uncertainty of a new relationship can lead to great things, even if we don’t welcome such a change at first.

I remember that night twenty years ago when I first saw the man who is now my husband and life partner. He was gorgeous and funny and a little broken (I’m a sucker for that), but he didn’t really fit in my “plan.” He offered to buy me a cup of coffee at this up-and-coming joint in town called Starbucks. I have no idea where I’d be today if I’d walked away instead of accepting.

One tiny decision. One small concession. A leap of faith that changed everything. That cup of coffee—one cream, no sugar—was the first step to a happy, fulfilling future. It’s scary to think I almost left it behind.

In Bending the Iron, my character Michael has a similar decision to make. It’s the decision every hero or heroine must make: the new and unknown or the safe and familiar? Is now truly the right time to change direction and take a different path? Lucky for Michael, the man of his dreams is a good negotiator, both in and out of the bedroom. (I’m also a sucker for happy endings, in case you were wondering.)

In a life full of crossroads, how do we know whether to follow that special someone? We don’t. Twenty years ago, I took a chance. That’s what romance is all about.


Share a thought about this post or Bending the Iron. I will choose one commenter from today to receive a free copy and will announce the winner here on Thursday morning. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the book!


Bending the Iron

Michael feels trapped. In his conservative, poor hometown where he has to keep his sexuality hidden. In his dead-end job. In caring for his alcoholic grandfather. Everything changes when he meets Eric, the new curator for the railroad museum. His curiosity about the passionate man quickly gives way to an intense attraction—one that Eric happily returns.

Carefree and refreshingly confident, Eric guides Michael to places he’s forgotten, reminding him that it may not be too late to follow his dreams for something more in life. But the truth is, Eric knows exactly how it feels to be stuck in a bad situation. A failed relationship has left him with personal demons that may hurt his connection with Michael.

To give their future a chance, they both must fight being trapped in the past.

Available from Carina Press HERE.


Libby glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.

Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She happens to know from experience.

Libby’s first novel, State of Mind, was nominated for 2011 M/M Book of the Year by Authors After Dark.

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