How to Have Fun During the Apocalypse

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By Anne Tibbets, author of THE LINE BOOK TWO: WALLED

When faced with the end of the world, remember, it’s not doom and gloom all of the time. When the police force is in chaos, and riots riddle the streets and scores of unsettled citizens attack one another, it’s the perfect opportunity to do some light “shopping.”

You’ll find scads of storefronts, shops, and food carts are either abandoned, or insufficiently guarded, and steals are ripe for the picking! Help yourself, by all means. The owners aren’t going to need the merchandise anymore, not where they’re going, so help yourself. You know what I always say: if it’s not nailed down, it’s mine.

Another fun-time Armageddon activity is touring the wonders of your post-apocalyptic world. Can you say “vacation?” Now’s the perfect time to see the other sectors of your heavily-guarded, militarized and oppressive hometown. Yes, breach those borders and do some sight-seeing! Nothing says “fun” like rushing the gates and mobbing the confused border patrol so you can see another run-down, dilapidated part of your dystopian society. Sounds like a party to me!

Lastly, for some great apocalyptic excitement I recommend spending time with your loved ones. Nothing says family togetherness like a pilgrimage to a new territory, especially when the old one is burning to the ground! Pack light, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a weapon to defend yourself against marauding crowds – but most importantly take the opportunity to share your feelings with your husband and kids, because truthfully, there may not be a tomorrow! Literally.

Please remember, the end of the world doesn’t have to be a total drag! You know that saying? “Yolo?” Well, now’s your chance to finish that Bucket List. You have 24 hours to make it happen!

I believe in you.

9781426899294-COVFreedom means making brutal choices.

Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.

When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.

Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.

ATibbetsauthorpic3Anne Tibbets lives in Los Angeles-ish with her family and homicidal pets. You can find more of her sarcasm on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

What We Want—Erotic Romance!

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Going Under Sharp Love Shattered Bonds Of Shadows and Ash

We’re always on the lookout for fresh new voices in erotic romance. Erotic romance is wonderfully varied; see the above examples for some of Carina’s stellar offerings. Here are some specific types of stories our editors are looking for:

Angela James, Editorial Director, is looking to acquire a dark erotic thriller that pushes the edges of exploring forced seduction, fantasy and eroticism.

Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, would like to see:

  • Fantasies of control, set outside of the BDSM club world
  • Erotic romances that revisit the same sequence of events from alternating h/h POVs. Think Showtime’s The Affair.
  • Dark, erotic romantic thrillers with an underlying sense of real danger and/or suspense.

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Hot historical romances, sexy dark gothic romances (historical or contemporary), and romances featuring first responders or military; people of color/multicultural & LGBT welcome!

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Erotic romance with couples who are in competition or have hidden agendas, and who work out trust issues while pursuing a physical relationship. 

  • Historical erotic romance, especially Victorian, Regency, Tudor, Georgian, Edwardian and Jazz Age.

  • Multicultural/interracial erotic romance, including historical, contemporary, NA or m/m. An erotic NA Bollywood romance would be right up my alley.

Submit your erotic romance to Carina Press now, right here!

Genre Spotlight: New Adult

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One of the great things about the New Adult genre is how well it blends with so many other categories. Science Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy… you name it, New Adult can fit into it. It’s all about discovering what it means to be an adult, something everyone can relate to, no matter what reality you live in!

The Evolution of New Adult by Anne Tibbets

Ask any Romance writer their definition of “Trope” and you get a pretty standardized answer: ‘Up-tight debutant meets rugged cowboy, loosens her corset and rides off into the sunset,’ or ‘College girl with damaging past meets Good Boy with a chip on his shoulder and moves past her skeletons to find true love.’ You name it; the trope has been explored.

The beauty of writing tropes is that readers who love them can locate them with the ease of a Google search or a GoodReads list. It’s not difficult.

Personally, my favorite aspect of tropes is taking them and putting them in supernatural or science fiction settings, and seeing how the environment affects those tropes.

What if the Cowboy is a wanted space smuggler? What if the heroine’s damaging past involves demons, or a poltergeist? The trope automatically takes on a life and death element, raising the stakes, adding danger and intrigue and WHAM! I’m hooked.

This is why I love New Adult titles that crossover into other genres. It adds layers!

Take your standard twenty-something girl, a girl who struggles with her place in society as a woman, on her own, building a life outside her childhood and the safety of her family (if her family is indeed safe), and twist that trope, meld it, heat it like molten glass and blow it into something beautiful and unexpected.

Now, this girl not only has to find her way to happiness, but the obstacles compound the issue and make it that much more difficult. Conflict! What’s not to love about that?

New Adult is the perfect playing ground for such trope manipulation. But since the category is still so new, and the readership is still growing, the difficulty is exposing readers to other types of New Adult that go beyond the college campus, and explore those same issues, and still get the attention of those tried and true tropes that readers love so much.

The good news is that publishers like Carina Press understand the need for New Adult variety. They seek to push the limits, and for this, I rejoice.

I hope the growth of New Adult continues to flourish. I pray NA readers find diversity and embrace it. Because without that, there are so many incredible trope manipulations possible – and only good things can come from that.

Three New Adult Books You Should Be Reading

The Line Book Two: Walled by Anne Tibbets

walledFreedom means making brutal choices.

Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever. 

When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this. 

Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.

A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren

agraveSelah Kilbrid may descend from the goddess Brigid, but her heart beats—and breaks—the same as any human. Yet enduring the scorn of London’s most noble lords and ladies is a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Selah would endure much more for love, and her betrothed, Lord Henry Fitzalan, is prepared to challenge anyone foolish enough to stand in their way—even another goddess born.

But when a captivating young gentleman draws Selah into a world shadowed by secrets, she is forced to confront her darkest fears. What if some differences are too great to overcome and a future with Henry is doomed from the start?

With these doubts threatening her impending marriage and the very last of Brigid’s fire draining from her soul, a violent attack on an innocent child pushes Selah to the very edge of her power. She must find a way to cross into the Otherworld and regain her strength—or forfeit the streets of London to death and disease.

Dreams of a Wild Heart by Danube Adele

wildheartI dance, rock climb, and have mastered MMA, because just being a twenty-six-year-old doctor isn’t enough. It doesn’t keep me from remembering the terrifying night my life changed, the night my true love died. I was nearly seventeen.

Life goes on, but the secret I keep is that I still talk to him in my dreams. That was getting me by until Tabron showed up—or, more specifically, until the six-foot-two brute of a Viking whisked me off to another planet because his leader is dying. And the joy didn’t end there. I’m being forced to choose a mate. The Brausa are facing extinction.

Tabron has no need for a mate, himself, and he’s told me as much. Multiple times. What he does have are hands and wicked lips that stir feelings I thought lost forever. Choosing him (just to play along until I can find a way home) seems to irk him and I find this surprisingly fun. But surviving a hidden conspiracy and the dangers of this alien place might be more difficult than I could ever imagine…

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Author Spotlight: Kelsey Browning

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Are you a writer trying to make your story even more compelling? Author Kelsey Browning is here to talk about how to create interesting characters and draw inspiration from almost anything. Plus, find all the latest details about her upcoming book, Designed for Love!

“I loved this book, and did not want to quit reading until I had reached the end.” –Goodreads review, Personal Assets

 

“What I’d love to do is rent a giant billboard to exclaim my love for this series!” –Goodreads review, Running the Red Light

All About That Character by Kelsey Browning

I’m all about that character. No plot. (Okay, I admit it. I’ve been listening to Meghan Trainor’s “I’m All about the Bass” too much lately.)

But when folks ask me how I come up with my story ideas, I’m certain I’ve never said, “I read this cool newspaper article about bank fraud and the price of chai and a missing puppy and BOOM, there was a book idea.” In fact, I’m pretty allergic to the news. About once a week, I ask my husband (aka Tech Guy), “So what’s happening in the world?” He keeps me from missing major events.

So when it comes to my stories, I’m more likely to hear a country song and think Whoa, what would happen if there was a woman who’s self-centered, complicated, and mercurial? But she wants to become something more than a shallow socialite?

My characters begin mucking around in my mind way before the actual bones of the story do. If you’re wondering if starting with no real idea of the book’s plot makes it hard to actually write the thing, the answer is kinda. I’m learning—book by book—to plot. I often know how the character should feel at a certain place in the story, but I have to work hard to figure out what events make that happen. Regardless, I never plot at the expense of the characters themselves.

To me, a compelling story isn’t really about the events that occur, but about the people who make them happen and how they change because of them.

About Designed for Love

22888232Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

Christmas, in and out of Season

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By Susanna Fraser, author of A CHRISTMAS REUNION

Usually I’m the first person to complain about Christmas decorations or advertisements out of their proper season. One holiday at a time, people! Why must stores try to sell me Christmas ornaments before I’ve even selected my Halloween candy?

In our household Christmas music is never played until Thanksgiving is over, the tree doesn’t go up until the first Sunday in Advent, and it absolutely must come down by Epiphany on January 6. Those are the rules. To me, if the Christmas season extends much beyond a month, it becomes too ordinary.

But sometimes I cheat. I’ve sung in choirs off and on for much of my life, and I always enjoy the Wednesday night in October when the director passes out that year’s Christmas music.

And then there was one scorching July day in my native Alabama when I was home for the summer from college. I was flipping from one radio station to another as I drove around running errands when suddenly I stumbled upon a full-on, festive, wintry arrangement of a traditional carol. I think it was Joy to the World. I listened in pure shock at the incongruity of it, especially when it was immediately followed by a more contemporary but equally Christmassy song.

Then the DJ came on to explain that the AC in the studio had broken. It was so hot, sweaty and miserable he had to do something to cool down—so he broke out the Christmas carols. So for the rest of the afternoon, that station played one holiday favorite after another. Laughing listeners called in requests, and a big chunk of Birmingham got to enjoy a preview of Christmas in midsummer.

I got to cheat the holiday rules again when working on my latest Carina release, A Christmas Reunion. I drafted it in January and February, very much in the “Thou shalt not Christmas” zone, but it’s sort of impossible to write a holiday romance without thinking about the holidays. Gabe and Cat, my hero and heroine, both love music, and a small but significant part of their bond is their enthusiasm for the singing the old wassail songs together at their village’s Christmas Eve festivities.

I kept myself in the right mood to write by putting together a Christmas playlist to listen to when I was alone in my car. Since the story is set in 1810, before most of our current holiday standbys were written, I mostly stuck to the old and traditional yet obscure—The Holly and the Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, and the like. While I dutifully put the playlist aside once I typed “The End,” I can hardly wait to pull it out again as soon as Thanksgiving is over.

What are your boundaries for holiday celebration? Do you ever listen to Christmas music in the middle of the summer?

CARINA_1114_9781426899249_AChristmasReunionA Christmas Reunion

Gabriel Shepherd has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her—even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.

Lady Catherine Trevilian has spent five years poring over the British Army’s casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe’s name. She’s never forgotten him, and she’s never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.

When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat’s wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven’t been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she’d rather have him than the richest lord in all of England…

A Christmas Reunion is available at Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play and iBooks. You can read an excerpt here.

About Susanna

Susanna Fraser has been writing since the age of 9. Her youthful efforts featured talking horses, but she now writes Regency-set historicals with a focus on the soldiers who fought the Napoleonic Wars.

A native of Alabama, she never lost her love for barbecue or stopped saying “y’all” as life took her to Philadelphia, England and Seattle, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

For more information on Susanna and her books, visit susannafraser.com, sign up for her newsletter, read her blog, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Nothing Says Love Like…SPAM?

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By Kelsey Browning, author of DESIGNED FOR LOVE

I’ve chatted about food here on the Carina Press blog before because I’m incapable of writing a book without food popping up again and again. Can you tell I’m from the South?. And since the Texas Nights series is—sadly—coming to a close Designed for Love, this is the perfect time to recap what I consider the most important food in each of the four books and leave you with a recipe for one of my dad’s all-time favorite meals (bless his heart).

Personal Assets – There are tons of food mentions in the first book since the hero’s mom is a fabulous baker. But what causes the most brouhaha is when Cameron accuses the heroine, Allie, of conspiring with his mother to bake cookies in the shape of a guy’s goods. :-)

Running the Red Light – The heroine, Roxanne, is a major fan of pie. She’s pretty much an equal opportunity pie consumer, but the Butterfinger™ pie that Jamie brings her one night? Oh, that’s a foodgasm on a fork!

Problems in Paradise – Since the heroine, Eden Durant, owns a café, it’s not surprising food plays a major role in this book. Although Eden cooks healthy organic dishes, Beck prefers to stuff his face with junk food. In order to convince Eden to go out with him, she insists that he give up his SlimJim habit. And that, my friends, is a real sacrifice for this guy.

Designed for Love – Although beer weenies and chocolate-covered cherries do appear in this story, SPAM is the real culinary star. I don’t want to ruin the story by giving you all the details, but that canned ham could be the thing that kills the relationship between Ashton and Mac.

And so to celebrate Designed for Love’s release this week, I give you…

Eddy’s Weeknight Canned Gourmet

  • 1 can of SPAM
  • 1 hunk of rat cheese (not familiar with rat cheese? It’s basically a hunk of sharp cheddar)
  • 1 can of green beans

Open green beans, dump in a pan and heat on the stove or nuke.

Slice SPAM into quarter-inch slices. Slap one or two slices of rat cheese on top of each SPAM “steak” and arrange them on a shallow baking sheet. Crank up your oven’s broiler and shove the pan in. Broil the hell out of it the cheese bubbles and the SPAM is browned around the edges.

Remove from oven and serve with a side of limp green beans.

Enjoy!

Want more delicious ways to enjoy SPAM? Join Mac, Ashton and Napoleon in Designed for Love!

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Nothing says love like SPAM, right? What are some other romantic foods you eat with your significant other?

CARINA_1114_9781426899256_DesignedForLove1DESIGNED FOR LOVE by Kelsey Browning

Ashton Davenport: Hot blonde. Old Money. Off-limits.

That’s how Mac McLaughlin sees her, anyway. And now that he’s enduring a temporary self-imposed exile in tiny Shelbyville, Texas, he’s seeing her way too often. Mac only wants to succeed as the contractor for the Lily Lake development in order to rebuild his reputation and return to Dallas, pronto. A sexy distraction like Ashton was not in the plans.

Mac McLaughlin: Hot builder. Cash poor. Hands-on.

Ashton kissed her trust fund goodbye and left her life as a society princess to prove she could make it on her own. Developing Lily Lake is her big chance, but it’s hard to stay focused working side-by-side with bossy, rough-around-the-edges Mac. Especially when he pulls off his shirt.

When the discovery of an endangered species derails the project, Mac can’t afford to stick around for a stalled job. His and Ashton’s explosive chemistry aside, he’s outta there…unless she can convince him that they just might be able to build something together.

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotKelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, and Bad Dog. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series.

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

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By Jean Harrington, author of THE DESIGN IS MURDER

When you decide you want to write something that’s happy and light-hearted and fun, your mind doesn’t necessarily turn to murder . . . or does it?  Call me wacky, but in my case, that is what happened.  Well, let me qualify that.  In my Murders by Design Mystery Series, a murder occurs—sometimes more than one—in each of the five books.  But heroine Deva Dunne takes these deaths seriously and works her tail off to solve every single one.  In her world—which happens to be subtropical Naples, Florida, justice prevails and good trumps evil.

Are we having fun yet?  No.  The fun comes in as Deva, with her quick wit and no-nonsense approach to life, tackles the bad guys (who are sometimes gals).

Number 5 in the series is The Design Is Murder.

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In this story, Deva has some help from Charlotte, a five pound Maltese puppy.  (BTW, the operating principle here is: Small car, big key; small dog, big name.)  A little spirited ball of energy, Charlotte is the pampered darling of one of Deva’s prime clients.  She’s the proud owner of a collection of couture leashes, has a favorite veterinarian and a chiropractor and adores, absolutely adores, her daily cocktail dog walks.  Best of all, she plays a major role in nailing the killer, and how many five pound dogs can say that?

So Charlotte is fun, and so is Deva’s attitude.  Widowed a few years earlier, in the first book in the series, she flees to Naples to rebuild her life and start her own interior design business.  Doing so was very difficult, but her basic optimism prevailed, and over the series, the sunshine and flowers and sea breezes—plus studly Detective Victor Rossi–helped her laugh and love again.

With Rossi, Deva lives a life of crime—busting–though he keeps telling her to stay out of his cases, let the police do their work.  But Deva can’t ignore telling details.  They keep cropping up, in her design projects and in the crimes she’s forever stumbling across, including those in her latest caper,  The Design Is Murder.

Jean Harrington is the author of the tongue-in-cheek, Naples-set Murders by Design Mystery Series.  The books feature an interior designer as amateur sleuth with a studly, tough-talking detective as her soft-at-heart love interest.  A former English professor at Becker College in Worcester, Mass, Jean now lives in Florida and writes for the exploding field of electronic publishing.  She’s awed by its impact on readers and writers alike.  Excerpts of this witty series are posted at www.jeanharrington.com.

In The Design Is Murder, Deva employs a graphologist, or handwriting analyst, to narrow the suspect list.  Do you believe graphology is a valid tool to use in helping to reveal a murderer?

Interior designer Deva Dunne should be focusing her attention on buying a new home with Lt. Victor Rossi. But in typical Deva-style, she’s got her mind on everyone else’s abodes. Keeping her busy are her two newest clients, who have a lot in common. They both live on Whiskey Lane, and both were involved with the same woman. Coincidence or competition?

James Stahlman believes Stew Hawkins moved into the house across the street to terrorize him after he became engaged to Kay, Stew’s ex-wife. But Stew is over it. He’s remarried–and to someone much younger. When both women are found “accidentally” dead weeks apart, Deva thinks there’s something afoot on Whiskey Lane. Coincidence or murder?

Deva can’t stay away…as much as her protective fiancé would like her to. And it’s becoming clear that someone thinks Deva’s seen too much. With the list of suspects growing, and Deva and Rossi that much closer to becoming homeless–really, where are they going to live?–she’ll have to sift through the clues herself, or there’ll be no happily ever after.

Romantic Suspense Sale!

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The exciting genre of Romantic Suspense is all about combining some mystery with the romance genre we all know and love. From November 20–26, fill your eReader with eight romantic suspense titles for just 99¢ each!


MIDNIGHT VENGEANCE by Lisa Marie Rice

Lauren Dare is in deadly danger. But anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through Jacko Morton, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.

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BETRAYED BY TRUST by Ana Barrons

She trusted him with her secrets and he betrayed her. Can she trust him with her life?

 

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DEADLY DESCENT by Kaylea Cross

They never expected to find love in a war zone. Now Cam will risk everything to protect the woman he loves, never realizing that a trap is set for him….

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DEADLY BONDS by Anne Marie Becker

A dedicated profiler. An unrequited love. A terrifying killer.

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MAN LAW by Adrienne Giordano

Some women are worth breaking the man laws for…

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CLOAKED IN DANGER by Jeannie Ruesch

Aria Whitney will go to any lengths to find her missing father, even if it costs her life.  The Earl of Merewood will go to any lengths to keep his family secrets, even if it costs his freedom.

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FIRST TO BURN by Anna Richland

 An immortal soldier must save the army doctor who knows his secrets.

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40 SOULS TO KEEP by Libby Drew

40 Souls to Keep

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Excerpt: Blade on the Hunt

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By Lauren Dane, author of BLADE ON THE HUNT

The third book of Lauren Dane’s Goddess series is available now! Today she shares an exclusive look at her latest release.

CARINA_1114_9781426898983_BladeOnTheHunt“When you awaken, you will have to find her yourself. Or she will find you.”

These were the words given to Rowan Summerwaite by the Goddess as Rowan lay clinging to life. Broken–but not defeated–by the ancient Vampire Enyo.

After weeks of mandatory down time, a recharged and vengeance-fueled Rowan heads out from her father’s Keep, leading a team of some of the most terrifying beings on earth with one goal in mind–track and eliminate the Vampire who attacked her.

But as the team moves across Europe and is hit with wave after wave of attacks, the tensions between Clive Stewart–the haughty, stylish Scion of North America whom Rowan grew even closer to during her recovery–and a rival Vampire ramp up. Befuddled, confused, flattered and annoyed, Rowan’s the woman in the middle. She’s not used to being claimed in a way that’s not about how strong her sword arm is or who raised her. Clive Stewart is everything she shouldn’t want in a man–he’s bossy, he’s a Vampire, and he considers her his–but she’s past denying how it makes her feel that he fights for her the way he does. She’s past denying she’s in love.

In contrast to the uneven footing falling in love has given her, Rowan is utterly certain she will locate her quarry. She’s stronger and more powerful than she’s ever been after the tests and bloody lessons of the last years. Her connection with the Goddess is seamless and the light of her mission burns from within. And she’ll need all the help she can get because it’s not very long before Rowan and her team realize the threat is far greater than one crazy old Vampire. There’s a war brewing and Rowan will fight it to the death. It’s what she was born to do.

BLADE ON THE HUNT IS available from Carina Press and online retailers!

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Rowan had suggested the Vampires fly ahead and she and David would follow by private plane.

Clive had just looked at her, appalled by how easily she put herself out front to attract trouble every time.

Recht had only given her a face, shaking his head.

“I think it would be a wise use of time if we worked.” Clive simply walked onto the waiting plane instead of arguing with her. He wasn’t going to Prague any other way but with her on this plane and she needed to understand that.

He saw the lines around her eyes. Not wrinkles, but worry and upset. She’d taken tea with her father and he knew a lot of that worry had to do with The First. But he wanted to fix it and knew she wouldn’t allow it if she caught him at it.

Which was fine. Because she might be great with a sword, but he’d been alive far longer and knew a few things about manipulation. He’d do all he could and that was that.

David put an accordion file in front of her, along with a cup of coffee and backed off, sitting nearby but giving her space.

Clive didn’t care about that. Space would allow her to keep a wall up. He didn’t mind her walling the world out as long as he wasn’t included. So he sat next to her and when she moved just enough to touch her thigh to his, he was glad he had.

They took off quickly and would be in Prague in less than two hours, but of course Rowan began to look over the map again.

The Five had come up with three possible Enyo sightings but they’d triangulated and they all had a strong feeling it was Prague.

Clive would come back with her to Prague after all this was handled. He loved the cobblestone streets, the bridges. Few cities loved art as much as Prague. They could stroll the city at night, just the two of them in a city teeming with magic.

He had places to show her. Restaurants he knew she’d enjoy. He’d coax her into art galleries under the pretext that he was looking for something and buy a present for her instead.

Smiling, he sat back and readied himself for landing.

Once deplaned, she heaved a sigh when she caught sight of the sleek limos waiting for them on the tarmac.

“Subtle. You really think with such long lives you guys would understand subtle.”

“There’s no need to ride in a jalopy. We’re far from the only ones who will be picked up by private car at an airfield.” Clive indicated she get in. First because he was a gentleman, second because he got a great look at her arse, and third because David had already slid inside, which meant she’d be effectively trapped between them and unable to escape easily in a fit of pique.

Clive sort of liked her fits of pique. Especially when they weren’t aimed at him. But he wanted to get settled at this house the Nation had arranged and then she could be grumpy and he could tempt her away from a bad mood with sex.

They glided down narrow streets, through a series of gates, climbing until they reached a final set of wrought iron gates with the Nation’s crest worked into the design where they met. The two limousines paused, waiting to be admitted.

Rowan’s sigh was so fantastically laden with unspoken complaint and criticism he was truly impressed.

“I’m surprised there aren’t any neon bits or inlaid gems. You guys are classy that way,” she muttered.

David handed her a little wrapped square. “Caramel chocolate. Your favorite.”

She unwrapped it and popped it into her mouth. “Is this your way of keeping me in a non-killing mood, David?”

Clive didn’t say a word as her assistant blushed but wisely also said nothing.

“I sure hope there’s enough room for us all,” Rowan said—though less viciously—as they were cleared and the gates slid open.

“Your apartment is at least six thousand square feet. Hypocrite.” Clive winked at her.

“So? You can’t even compare this. Moreover, I do it better. And when Vampires come to call, I need the room for their giant egos.”

“I figured you liked the giant other things,” he said in her ear as he walked past her as they entered the home.

Servants quietly moved through the space, which was spotless and clearly ready for guests.

“I’m going to have to take a closer look at your friends, Scion. They’re obviously a bad influence on you.” One corner of Rowan’s mouth tipped up.

He approved of her turn of emotion.

Until she rounded on a Vampire who’d been stalking David. She shoved him, hard and he stumbled away. “You, back off or I’ll rip your head off and shove it up your ass.”

“I’d like to see you try,” this obviously stupid Vampire tossed back at her.

Before Warren could complete three words of warning to his underling, Rowan had already punched him so hard—and unexpectedly for that Vampire—he wiped blood from his lip, blinking his confusion.

But the punch hadn’t made him any wiser. The Vampire growled at Rowan, starting in her direction. “You think you’re tough?”

“I think you’re stupid.” Rowan squared her shoulders and adjusted her stance. “I know I’m tough.” She grinned and he came at her, as she’d planned.

Two quick moves and the Vampire ended up on his back, cupping his balls, blood freely running from a nose she’d broken.

The Rowan Summerwaite break-the-nose-knee-the-balls one-two.

“Golly, I’m feeling tough right now.”

Lauren Dane is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres. She lives in the Northwest with her patient husband and three wild children.

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Coe’s Story

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By Stacy Gail, author of WHERE THERE’S A WILL

Coe is so pushy. Hmph.

From the moment I created Coe Rodas in Starting From Scratch, he wanted his story told. He told me who he was—a mechanical genius who was motivated to prove he was as good as anyone in town. While I was trying to get SFS to my editor under the deadline, Coe was yapping on about the hell he’d lived through as he grew up on the crap-end of town. I knew him inside and out.

But I couldn’t really “see” the heroine.

Don’t get me wrong—I knew what she had to be in order for the story to work. I even knew the look of her, because Coe’s got a thing for blondes. She also had to be from a wealthy background, with exquisite manners that could be used as ice-cold weaponry. Basically she had to be everything Coe wasn’t. But I didn’t want her to be unrelatable. Then I ran across a graphic online that I personally could relate to very well:

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And there it was, the last piece to my heroine puzzle. This phrase is totally Miranda Brookhaven when she first reunites with Coe. Once I had that last piece, it was her turn to let her guard down and talk to me. I realized just how deeply shattered this character was. She was totally alone, and so exhausted from trying to keep her defenses up that there were times when she made me cry. The cracks in her armor weren’t flaws—they were wounds.

Wounds that Coe had dealt her long ago.

From the beginning of SFS, Coe proved himself to be a natural-born protector. Now that quality gets to shine while he does his best to heal his broken lady love with bottles of milk, dinosaur bedding and the legendary twenty-second hug.

Since Coe has long since proven himself to be so freaking pushy, I suspect Miranda won’t be alone—or broken—for long. ;)

Favorite line: “My only point here is that you’re not doing yourself any favors by holding onto all the anger I can see boiling away in you. So please, for your own sake, lighten the hell up and stop letting the assholes of the world get you down.” ~ Coe, Where There’s A Will

 

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Miranda Brookhaven returned to Bitterthorn, Texas to fix the past. Years ago, her father used her teenage romance with Coe Rodas to steal the prototype for a groundbreaking new automotive invention. Now her father’s dead, and thanks to the convoluted will he left behind, she’s stuck in town until she rights the wrong that lost her the man she loved.

Coe learned early on that life never goes according to plan. His dreams of hitting it big vanished when Miranda all but invited her father to take the only thing of value he ever had. But now the once-pampered princess is holed up in a condemned trailer on the edge of town…and everything he thought he knew about her—and about what happened between them back then—seems completely wrong.

Miranda’s determined to give back to Coe all that he lost. If she can do that, maybe she can move on from the past. But Coe seems to be more interested in their rekindled passion than claiming what she thinks he deserves. She’s got sixty days to convince him to cough up evidence that he’s the original inventor—after that, the only way to transfer the patent rights over to him would be to make him part of the family, and she’s not sure her heart can take another hit.

 

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A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

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