Performance Review on My Second Job

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By Matt Sheehan, author of HELMUT GOES ABROAD

I found writing my second book in my Helmut series – and only my second written anything since college English 1B – mostly easier that writing the first book. Writing is my second job and I get most of my work done on the bus or at night after the kiddo goes to bed. (Can you really call it a job if it doesn’t actually generate income. But that’s beside the point.) I’ve found that where I used to labor over a few paragraphs some nights, I can now consistently crank out a page or two at one sitting. That’s probably why HELMUT GOES ABROAD a good 15k words longer than it’s predecessor.

The hard part was keeping the tone and characters the same. When I turned in my unedited copy of book two to my editor Jeff, I thought I had hit a home run. After all, my mom said it was even better than my first book. When you have an objective and unbiased opinion like that, what more do you need. Well Jeff didn’t agree. I’m pretty sure I had more red – yes they use red, just like in high school – on this manuscript than I did on my first.

The spelling and grammar errors didn’t surprise me. That’s why I got C’s in high school English. (That and because my Catholic School teachers didn’t have a sense of humor.  But once again I’m getting off topic.) What did surprise me were the places where Jeff felt Helmut wasn’t being Helmut. Of course he was right. He’s always right. I found that out during the last editing process. But how could the character that I patterned after my best friend not be Helmut enough?

Part of the problem is I’ve been friends with Helmut’s real life counterpart since we were eight year old kids playing pranks on the neighbors. (Doorbell-ditching is best with houses that have double-doors. For whatever reason those doors tend to have the closed-loop style handle on both doors. A thick stick for the doors and a bush to hide behind is all you need for great fun – until they come out their garage door that is.) I had to separate the source material from my new creation. Helmut was now his own person and had to be treated as such. I was still able sneak in old stories from my childhood – I just made them more consistent with where Helmut is in life. I hope you enjoy HELMUT GOES ABROAD.

HELMUT GOES ABROAD by Matt Sheehan

CARINA_1014_9781426899102_HelmutGoesAbroadLife is pretty good for me, Helmut Haase, dashing detective and ladies’ man extraordinaire. I’m the industrious and charming half of the Fog City Detective Agency. My partner, Shamus O’Sheagan, is the most gifted and lazy Druid this side of the pond, but even he’s settled down with an Amazonian police officer. Together we managed to save the world once already, but our next case is hitting closer to home.

It all started when an old friend came to our door with a wild story about angel bones and necromancers. The bones belong to Azazel, former hero of the dreaded Cretan Empire, and the necromancers want to bring him back to life. The last thing anyone wants is Azazel to return and start another angelic war.

When Shamus locates our quarry in the Mediterranean, it’s bye-bye Wudong, hello luxury voyage to Capri, with a girl in every port and downtime to work on my fighting skills. Too bad such pleasures won’t last. Not with a coven of necromancers ready to fight us to the death over those angel bones and the fate of the world…

Read about Helmut and Shamus’s previous adventure in Helmut Saves the Worldavailable now.

What We Want: Dark, Contemporary Romance

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At Carina Press, we’re always looking to acquire contemporary romance but this month we dare you to step over the line into darker territory…

We want searing stories and risky editorial; books with high emotional tension and lots of dramatic conflict. We want sexy or erotic manuscripts with troubled characters and mysterious backstories. More specifically, if you’re writing any of the following, we’d like to see it:

  • Dark, erotic and/or psychological thrillers
  • Stories of adultery and betrayal
  • Capture fantasies and encounters of questionable consent
  • Gritty, graphic and explicit stories about organized crime and hit men
  • Mercenaries on a mission
  • Conflicts involving non-traditional h/h pairings
  • Anti-heroes and anti-heroines. Real, unredeemable bad boys and bad girls
  • Heavily atmospheric, gothic-inspired sexy contemporary romance
  • Super sexy (but not necessarily erotic) contemporary romance with sexually charged dialogue, off-the-charts sexual tension and/or a dirty-talking hero/heroine

HEAs not required, but please appease us—and your readers—with a HFN (Happily for Now).

Please note that submissions featuring the following will not be considered:

  • Rape for titillation
  • Bestiality
  • Incest
  • Characters under the age of 18 engaging in sex or illegal activity

 

 

Where Will You Find Danger?

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By Sheryl Nantus, author of IN THE VOID

Out on the edge justice is hard to come by. And if you look too hard you might just find yourself adrift in an escape pod, hoping someone rescues you before you run out of air…

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Here Catherine Rogers discovers she’s been rescued by the last people she ever wanted to meet…

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“What sort of ship is this?” She couldn’t help sighing as he spread the white ointment over the burned areas. “Touring? An acting troupe?” She could see him on the stage doing a soliloquy, maybe Shakespeare. The crew had, in the few moments she’d seen them, seemed to fit the image.

He looked up at her, his blue eyes twinkling. “A Mercy ship.”

Her breath caught in her throat. “A what?”

“My name is Sean, Sean Harrison. And this is, as we said before, the Bonnie Belle. A Mercy ship. We caught your emergency call and responded since there was no one else around.”

“A—” She couldn’t bring herself to say the words.

“A brothel. Whorehouse. Ship of ill repute.” He applied a thick dollop on her leg, concentrating below her knee. “It’s nothing we haven’t heard before. And a lot worse.”

“A Mercy ship.” She spat the words back at him. “Of all the—”

She couldn’t finish the sentence. Fate had it in for her, that much was certain.

A damned Mercy ship.

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Catherine Rodgers doesn’t like Mercy spaceships, or the courtesans who work on them–not after her husband left her for a Mercy woman. But after her luxurious transport ship gets blown up to prevent her from cracking the lid off a corporate scam that’s left hundreds dead and a few people very rich, the only vessel around to save her is the Bonnie Belle.

Sean Harrison has worked as one of the Belle’s courtesans for years, bringing happiness to countless women along the space lanes. When he’s asked to look after Catherine while the Belle brings her to safety, it should be just another job. Somehow it’s anything but.

Sean is captivated by Catherine’s sense of justice and responsibility. And Catherine finds a softer, more emotionally intelligent man in Sean than she expected. Drawn together in darkness under the threat of death, they find the beginning of something lasting. But with pirates after the Belle and a price on Catherine’s head, that beginning might be all they get.

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Name me your favorite television show based in the future! Is it Battlestar Galactica or Firefly or Star Trek… which future do you like the best?

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Sheryl Nantus grew up in Toronto, Canada. In 2013 she won a Third-Place Prism Award from the FF&P chapter of RWA for her book, Blood of the Pride.

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On the Run

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By Rosie Claverton, author of Code Runner

I have an overactive imagination when it comes to potential disasters. I view most of my daily activities in terms of survivability and, once you reckon that walking down the street and skydiving are equally anxiety-provoking, life gets a lot calmer. I like to make elaborate plans in case I end up in a hostage situation, lost in the woods at night, or framed for murder.

I think about my exit strategy if I get into hot water. I plan what I would pack, what disguise I would use, and what route I would take out of the city. Writing a hacker has also taught me that I need to dump all my electronics—not even a pocket calculator would make it onto my grab-and-go list. I consider how I would cryptically communicate with my loved ones (latest football scores on a postcard) and where I could stay for only a few pounds and fewer questions.

Would I try to go it alone? Is it easier to get lost in the hubbub of a city or find a remote caravan park and hole up for the foreseeable future? Would I gravitate to somewhere I know well, like my hometown or my beloved Cardiff, or would the bad guys think to follow me there? Would I try to skip the country, catch a ferry into Ireland or France?

Most of all, I think about who I could trust. Who would protect me? Would the police think to search that person’s house? Where would they hide me? Would they give me away?

In Code Runner, my loveable ex-con Jason doesn’t have the luxury of planning. First, he’s framed for murder. Then, he’s busted out of his prison transport by someone trying to kill him, leaving more bodies in his wake. Wounded and alone, he is thrust out into the Welsh countryside, with nothing but an old suit and the ever-present rain.

What can he do? Where can he run? Who can he turn to?

Enter Amy Lane. She may be a demanding employer, but she goes above and beyond the role of “understanding boss”. Jason knows Amy will help him, knows she’s the only one who can prove his innocence, and he makes a beeline for her. (It helps that she planted a tracking device on him. She’s a little overprotective like that.) Trouble is, there’s only so much help she can give him, confined to her flat by her agoraphobia. And all the tech in the world is no help if the phone signal is dodgy out in those woods…

Who would you trust with your life? Where would you run to? What’s in your essential grab-and-go bag? Except books, of course!

Code Runner is Book Two in The Amy Lane Mysteries, sequel to Rosie’s debut novel Binary Witness.

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 Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn’t been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can’t crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can’t resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped. 

Amy is distraught when Jason’s pursuit gets him framed for murder. He’s thrown back in prison where he’s vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast.

But Amy hasn’t been honest with him—her panic attacks aren’t getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind of online crime. Can she clear Jason’s name before danger closes in?

 

 

 


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About Rosie

Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study medicine and adopted Wales as her home. Her short film “Dragon Chasers” aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. Currently exiled to London, she lives with her journalist husband and their pet hedgehog. You can find Rosie at Swords and Lattes and @rosieclaverton on Twitter.

Carina Press Paranormal Romance sale!

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October is full of tricks, treats and spookiness, so we’ve got 10 spine-chilling, creeptastic paranormal titles for just 99¢ each until October 27! Whether you’re into ghosts, zombies, graveyards, or monsters, we’ve got a great read for you that’s less than a buck away. How long will you need to read them all?


 

TWISTED MIRACLES by A.J. Larrieu

(paranormal romance, urban fantasy)

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DANCING WITH DRAGONS by Lorenda Christensen

(dragons, paranormal romance)

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ALL FOR YOU by Dana Marie Bell

(angels & demons, paranormal romance)

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QUICKSILVER DREAMS by Danube Adele

(new adult, paranormal romance)

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REAPER’S TOUCH by Eleri Stone

(dystopian, fantasy, paranormal romance)

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HEAVY METAL HEART by Nico Rosso

(angels & demons, erotic romance, paranormal romance)

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A REASON TO BELIEVE by Diana Copland

(male/male, mystery, paranormal romance)

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MONSTER IN MY CLOSET by R.L. Naquin

(paranormal romance, urban fantasy)

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BITE ME by PJ Schnyder

(paranormal romance, shifters)

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NOBODY’S ANGEL by Stacy Gail

(angels & demons, paranormal romance)

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You Have to Pry My Fingers Loose

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By Julie Anne Lindsey, author of MURDER IN REAL TIME

Everyone I’ve ever let go has claw marks on them. Know anyone like that? If you didn’t before, you do now. I’m a hold on for dear life and love them to death kind of girl. I have been since the day I bawled my eyes out at preschool graduation. Even before then, probably. Hey, I was young, but I knew I’d never see most of those kids again and I loved them. I hate to think of how I’ll respond when my children begin leaving for college. It’s hard enough seeing them climb onto the bus every morning. I admit it. I’m a mess. If we’re in line too long together at an amusement park, I’ll probably ask for your email before I get on the ride. It’s tough for me to let you go.

Like most personality traits, I’ve learned to take the good with the bad. I’ve stayed in some relationships longer than I should have, but I’ve also stuck it out long enough to see others thrive. Discernment is hard, especially when every fiber of my soul screams, “Keep them! Love them! Feed them!” (I will love you with food, but that’s another post all together).

Today, I’m blogging for therapy and dealing with my most bittersweet book moment yet. My September release happens to be the series conclusion and I’m a little frantic. I’m letting go of characters I love. Of my friends. I’ve spent as much time talking with this cast of characters as I have with tangible people in my life this year. Strange? Maybe, but true anyway. Saying goodbye to them has left me sad and hungry. I’m thrilled they get to meet new people, but I hate to think I’ll never accidentally blow up another car, office or boat house with them again. No more sundaes from the Tasty Cream or Mai Tais with friends on a deck overlooking the harbor. It kills me inside.

I shouldn’t be surprised. Authors kill me all the time. Does that happen to you? The fact I’m doing this to myself is new territory, but the feeling’s the same. If I could literally die from the loss of fictional characters, I’d be dusty bones by now. I still mourn the loss of characters I haven’t read since grade school. More recently, I’ve plotted letters, in the shower, for authors who ended series I wasn’t ready to let go. I need them.

Is it just me? Are other people so attached to book friends? Is it insane that I want one more of my favorites? Is there a series or character you’ve never let go?

I’d love to hear!

Murder in Real Time

CARINA_0914_9781426899065_MurderInRealTimeWith the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her little island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage?

When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience’s FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn’t want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can’t help herself.

Patience promises to let Sebastian handle the investigation—he is FBI, after all—but after a drive-by shooting, her wicked curiosity gets the best of her. And with the TV show forging ahead with filming, the list of suspects (and the line of food trucks) only grows. But has the shooter already flown the coop? And how do you find a killer when you don’t know who the target is?

Grab a copy from Carina Press!

About Julie:

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

Murder in Real Time is the conclusion to The Patience Price Mysteries series, from Carina Press.

Learn About Julie at:

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Notes from the Queen’s Closet

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By Holly West, author of Mistress of Lies

Have you ever wondered how a 17th century housewife might’ve cured a cough or kept the plague at bay? What recipe she used to make biscuits or what concoctions she used to keep her skin clear? If so, Hannah Woolley, author of The Queen-Like Closet(originally published in1670), has you covered!

Hannah Woolley (about 1622 – 1675) was the Martha Stewart of the 17th century. She wrote books about household management that included recipe and menu plans, deportment instruction, remedies for common illnesses, beauty tips, and even product recommendations. I like to think that Isabel Wilde, the heroine in my Mistress of Fortune series, might’ve had copies of Woolley’s tomes on her own bookshelf.

Though surprisingly little is known about Woolley, she was nevertheless remarkable for her time. She learned remedies and recipes, as well as medical skills, while working as a servant for an “unnamed woman” in her youth. Later, she served as the mistress of Newport Grammar School in Essex, where she put these skills to good use. After her husband died in 1661, she turned to writing. By this time, she’d earned a good reputation as a physician and used her books as a way to market herself.

To the modern reader, her remedies might seem ill advised. Take, for example, her instructions for clearing the skin of freckles (I’ve “translated” the text for readability):

For two weeks, take the blood of a chicken or other beast and wipe your face all over with it when you go to bed. Wash it off the next day with white wine and white sugar candy. Sometimes, hold your face over the smoke of brimstone and shut your eyes. If you add lemon juice to the wine, it will be better.

Her chicken pie recipe is a bit more palatable:

Make your dough with cold cream, flour, butter and egg yolk. Roll it very thin, and lay it in your baking-pan, then lay butter in the bottom. Lay in your chickens, cut in quarters, with some whole mace, sliced nutmeg, some marrow, hard lettuce, eryngo root, citron pill, and a few pitted, sliced dates. Cover it with butter then close up your pie and bake it. Cut it open, and put in some wine, butter, and sugar with the yolks of two or three eggs well beaten together over the fire, till it be thick, so serve it to the table, and garnish your dish with some pretty decorations made with dough.

And her directions for “stench under the arm” is reasonable, if impractical:

Pluck away the hairs of the armhole and wash them well with white wine and rosewater that you’ve boiled with cassia lignum.

White wine, you’ll note, is a common ingredient in Woolley’s remedies. That chicken pie recipe doesn’t sound half bad—I’m tempted to try it. What about you?

Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in late 17th London and featuring amateur sleuth Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller.

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CARINA_0914_-9781426899058_MistressOfLiesAbout Mistress of Lies:

Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London’s elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king’s offer to move into the palace.

Isabel’s plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother’s death, twelve years after it happened.

Isabel’s investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother’s dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried—especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.

 

Genre Spotlight: Urban Fantasy

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The paranormal and the every day intertwine in the genre of Urban Fantasy. Strange creatures and magic are just part of the every day life of the main character in any Urban Fantasy book. To help introduce you to this exciting genre, here’s a sneak peak and two upcoming reads, PLUS a look at why Carina Press fans love Urban Fantasy!

Helmut Goes Abroad by Matt Sheehan

helmutLife is pretty good for me, Helmut Haase, dashing detective and ladies’ man extraordinaire. I’m the industrious and charming half of the Fog City Detective Agency. My partner, Shamus O’Sheagan, is the most gifted and lazy Druid this side of the pond, but even he’s settled down with an Amazonian police officer. Together we managed to save the world once already, but our next case is hitting closer to home.

It all started when an old friend came to our door with a wild story about angel bones and necromancers. The bones belong to Azazel, former hero of the dreaded Cretan Empire, and the necromancers want to bring him back to life. The last thing anyone wants is Azazel to return and start another angelic war.

When Shamus locates our quarry in the Mediterranean, it’s bye-bye Wudong, hello luxury voyage to Capri, with a girl in every port and downtime to work on my fighting skills. Too bad such pleasures won’t last. Not with a coven of necromancers ready to fight us to the death over those angel bones and the fate of the world…

Read about Helmut and Shamus’s previous adventure in Helmut Saves the World, available now.

 

Demons in My Driveway by R.L. Naquin

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Zoey Donovan—Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural—is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she’s being dropkicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.

The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.

On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around—one with very different ideas on how to run things—is proving difficult. For their own safety, they’re stuck inside Zoey’s home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world—again—would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.

Why Readers Love Urban Fantasy

dangerouscallingThe characters are witty, gritty, and awesome.” –Goodreads review, Dangerous Calling by A.J. Larrieu

deathsdaughterI loved this book, everything about it and UF is definitely my category of choice when reading a book.” –Amazon review, Death’s Daughter by Kathleen Collins

These books can’t come out fast enough as far as I’m concerned.” –Goodreads review, Death’s Daughter by Kathleen Collins

witchlightThis steady to fast paced plot keeps readers intrigued with suspense, drama, magic, and romance.” –Amazon review, Witchlight by Sonya Clark

This paranormal urban fantasy mixes magic with technology for a riveting futuristic read.” –Goodreads review, Witchlight by Sonya Clark

 

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Author Spotlight: Sheryl Nantus

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If you’re looking for writing advice, author Sheryl Nantus has you covered. Her latest, In the Void, combines everything you love about science fiction and romance, and here she writes about the most important thing an aspiring author can do.

Get your butt in the chair and your fingers on the keyboard: writing advice from Sheryl Nantus

Every year thousand of writers go temporarily crazy for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo – it’s a group exercise of insanity where the writer must produce a 50,000 word novel within 30 days. It’s a great exercise and helps teach the best habit a writer needs to have—getting that Butt In Chair and concentrating on writing.

And it’s hard—whether you’ve got a minute or an hour free it’s easy to slide off onto checking your email, Twitter or Facebook and suddenly you’ve run out of time and made no real progress on your novel.

Two of my first novels were NaNoWriMo projects—one, “Blood of the Pride”, ended up being bought by Carina Press and led to a four book series! I didn’t send off the manuscript on December 1st – it took months of editing and hard work to whip it into shape for submission. But I did it and the book sold and YOUR book can as well if you learn the best habit of all for an author—getting your butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard. It’s hard at times and it’s always a concentrated effort to stay focused but the reward of writing a faboo book and getting it out there to the readers is well worth it!

What readers are saying about Sheryl Nantus…

“I’m really enjoying this series. It has a good mix of mystery, action, paranormal politics, and romantic angst.” –Goodreads review, Claws Bared

“Well-written urban fantasy with a strong, appealing heroine.” –Goodreads review, Blood of the Pride

“I had a hard time putting this one down for even a second.” –Amazon review, Family Pride

“The first book in this new sci-fi futuristic romance series is a riveting read that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.” –Goodreads review, In the Black

About In The Void

inthevoidCatherine Rodgers doesn’t like Mercy ships, or the courtesans who work on them—not after her husband left her for a Mercy woman. But after her yacht gets blown up to prevent her from cracking the lid off a corporate scam that’s left hundreds dead and a few people very rich, the only ship around to save her is the Bonnie Belle.

Sean Harrison has worked as one of the Belle’s courtesans for years, bringing happiness to countless women along the space lanes. When he’s asked to care for Catherine while the Belle brings her to safety, it should be just another job.

Somehow it’s anything but. Sean is captivated by Catherine’s sense of justice and responsibility. And Catherine finds a softer, more emotionally intelligent man in Sean than she expected. Drawn together in darkness under the threat of death, they find the beginning of something lasting. But with pirates after the Belle and a price on Catherine’s head, that beginning might be all they get.

 

Find out more about Sheryl by visiting her website, and following her on Facebook and Twitter!

How to Spot Hookers or What I Learned Researching LOVE ON THE BOARDWALK

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By Christi Barth, author of LOVE ON THE BOARDWALK

This book is a sequel (although it also stands alone – everyone can buy it, I promise!) to Love at High Tide, which is set in Ocean City, MD where I vacation every year. Half the reason I wrote the book was because I wanted a diary of the awesomeness of our beach life. Pretty much the only thing I researched was the name of the flag alphabet the lifeguards use (semaphores – see, I still remember!).  And how long it takes to buy a gun in both Maryland and Delaware (ooh, now you’re intrigued, huh?). Love on the Boardwalk, while full of the same zany characters, moves up the coast to take place in Atlantic City, NJ. While I’d been there once for a wild and crazy New Year’s Eve, it wasn’t exactly familiar. So I took a research trip to the boardwalk.

I learned that this rolling wicker chair—the ultimate in laziness for two people—pushed by another human being while you loll about beneath an umbrella (yes, I’d feel pretty darn guilty if I was in it) is called…um…a rolling chair. They are iconic to the AC boardwalk.  Down on the Ocean City boardwalk, we have a motorized tram. Just sayin’.

I learned all about how credit card scams work, and how many different scams there truly are. Writers often joke that the FBI must have secret spycams on our computers, given the odd things we research. In a week I was all over the web looking up white collar crime, how easy it is to buy a gun under the table, and the NJ mob. Pretty suspicious, I’ll admit. Let’s see, time for a disclaimer: no crimes were committed while plotting this novel.

But the funniest thing for me was the time I spent getting the down-low from a pit boss at the biggest casino in AC. He and four croupiers stood around an empty craps table—right beneath a security camera—spilling the dirt on what really happens at casinos. They started by teaching me how to spot hookers. Trust me, I did not *ask* for this information, and I’m not sure what about me gave them the impression I wanted to know. But it did make me giggle…and it did make its way into the book. I could not find a way to work in the description of the out and out sex they’ve watched people have at the slot machines (ewwww – I went to a different casino to play slots later that night).

So that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever learned – how to spot hookers. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever learned?

CARINA_0914_9781426898945_LoveOnTheBoardwalkAtlantic City is the perfect place for detective Bradley Hudson to nurse his broken heart. A week of beer and strippers is sure to erase his former fiancée from his memory for good. What he didn’t count on was running into a sassy redhead from his past. Maybe a rebound romp is an even better plan…

Trina Trimble, private eye in training, is thrilled to be reunited with the hottie she almost hooked up with last summer. She’s undercover on her first solo case, but there’s always time to lock lips with a sexy cop. Besides, a fun fling with Brad doesn’t have to last beyond his week in town.

Brad and Trina are supposed to be just flirting, not forging a new forever. Brad’s still healing, and although Trina changes careers the way other women change shoes, she has finally found her calling in her new life of disguises and stakeouts. But when an irresistible job offer threatens to lure her away, Brad will need to decide to let her go or bet it all on love and risk his heart again.
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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.