What Kind of Boyfriend Material Are You Looking For?

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By K.A. Mitchell, author of BOYFRIEND MATERIAL

Before GETTING HIM BACK, Wyatt had spent a year wondering what it would be like to have a boyfriend like Ethan. Now that Ethan is in Wyatt’s life—and spectacularly in his bed when they can find the privacy—Wyatt isn’t sure he’s cut out for being a boyfriend, at least not the kind Ethan wants. That got me thinking about the different kinds of boyfriends many of us have had. Some of the types have clear warning signals to back off, and some of them are keepers. This quiz pairs different choices with different types of boyfriends. What are you looking for? Wyatt might tell you to be careful what you wish for. Landing a boyfriend is only the first part of the story.

Take the quiz to see what kind of boyfriend material you’re looking for!

 

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Ethan & Wyatt, book two

Physically, it’s easy for Ethan and Wyatt to be together—well, if “easy” means stolen moments when Ethan’s roommate is away, or sneaking away to a hidden nook in the library. Privacy is hard to come by in a dorm, but finding ways to connect is half the fun.

Emotionally, though, that’s a different story. Wyatt isn’t sure if a relationship is something he can make last—years of having to hide his emotions have left him with a shaky sense of self-confidence. And when it’s time to head home for the holidays, their steamy on-campus connection may not translate so well to the real world…

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Five Things I Love About Bear Shifters

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By Kerry Adrienne, author of WAKING THE BEAR

Bear shifters are becoming more common and that makes me happy. I love bear shifters—to me, they are sexy and a bit mysterious. And very, very alpha male. For a while, most shifter stories were about wolves—which is fine to me because I love wolf shifters, too. But in the last year or two, more shifter types have been in the spotlight. Lions (both mountain lions and African lions), ravens, dragons, and even unicorns have been written as shifters! I do love reading them all, but bears are my favorite.

Here’s why:

1)  Bears are both big and alpha and also cuddly and sweet (at least in books). When a bear or his family is threatened—you better watch out because he will defend his family. Same with the female bear—the saying “mama bear” came about for a reason. Get between a mama bear and her cubs? She will tear you apart. I love that kind of loyalty toward family.

2) There are lots of kinds of bears to choose from! Grizzlies, Polar Bears, brown bears, black bears… So many options when matching personalities to types of bear. I grew up in the mountains of NC where the bears are small and cute. Except if you mess with a bear and its family (see #1.

3) Bear hugs are the best! Who doesn’t like to have a strong and loving hug from their mate? The best hugs are bear hugs!

4) Bears are strong. When I think of bears, I think of all the power they can wield with one swipe of a paw. To me, this strength conveys well into an alpha hero. Bears can fight when they need to.

5). Some bears semi-hibernate. I think it’s adorable that they sleep a lot in the winter. But though they can go a hundred days without food and water, they often wake in the winter for brief periods of time. They are easily roused from their sleep and if you are hiking in winter, be aware, you can wake a sleeping bear—and he/she isn’t going to be happy about it! I find this physiological process so interesting. Plus, I’d love to be able to sleep and have fat just melt away.

My bear shifters sleep a lot in the winter, but they are also up and about a good bit so they can keep the Deep Creek National Park safe. Other bear shifter stories take a different path but I love that there are so many ways to write bears!

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Shifter Wars, book one

Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one’s mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beast within him.

Griff’s dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff’s entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Book one of the Shifter Wars series

Previously published, newly revised by author

This book is approximately 75,000 words

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Wicked Play Sweepstakes

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We all have a wicked streak. Whether it’s taking the last piece of birthday cake, telling your kids you’re going grocery shopping (so they don’t want to go) and then getting ice cream, doing your date-night makeup with the testers at the department store or having dessert for breakfast.

In Lynda Aicher’s Wicked Play series, you’re invited behind the doors of the Twin Cities’ most exclusive BDSM club, The Den, where pleasure reigns supreme. There, every secret fantasy will be fulfilled, every forbidden desire granted—but only if you’re brave enough to ask…

Start reading the series for FREE HERE.

 

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Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card to spend in all kinds of wicked ways!

How to enter:

In the Sweepstakes widget below, complete the tasks for up to six sweepstakes entries!

Sweepstakes ends August 31, 2016, at 11:59 pm ET. Open to US/Canada only, excluding Quebec. Full rules HERE.

 

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Lynda Aicher is an RWA® RITA® Award finalist who loves to write emotionally charged romances. Prior to becoming an author, she spent years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing software into global companies until she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now her imagination is the only limitation on where she can go, and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator. Find her at http://lyndaaicher.com/.

Spotlight on Romantic Suspense

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Do you want a read that will make your heart beat faster? Nothing combines thrills and chills with steamy romance better than romantic suspense! Check out our recommendations below!

Suspenseful Reads You Just Can’t Miss!

The Stranger by Anna del Mar

lgcover.9781459294301When a mysterious stranger is your only hope…

The scars of the past have left their mark, both physical and emotional, on former military pilot Seth Erickson. Off-grid in the far reaches of the bitter Alaskan wilderness, he wants only to be left alone with his ghosts. But he can’t ignore a woman in need—beautiful, stranded and nearly frozen with fear.

Summer Silva never imagined that the search for her missing sister would leave her abandoned on a wintry back road, barely escaping with her life from a cold-blooded killer for hire. Now, hiding out in the isolated cabin of the secretive wounded warrior who saved her, Summer knows she must do what she fears most. Putting her trust in a stranger is all she has left.

All defenses are down

After a fiery first night together, Seth and Summer are bound by a need as powerful as a Bering Sea superstorm—and vulnerable to enemies just as fierce. For Seth, reawakened by desire, there is no sacrifice too great, no memory too dark, to keep Summer safe. But murder and treason lurk everywhere and Summer may not survive Alaska’s ruthless winter.

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One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso

lgcover.9781459290488He was her safety.

She was his backup.

Former navy SEAL Ben Jackson knows that sexy “Mary Long” is nothing but a cover; that beneath the stylish clothes and flirty smile is a stone cold super-soldier no one ever gets close to. Until her kiss hits him like one of her sniper rounds. But Morris Flats is no place for a hookup—menace hums through the town, and the more the two operators keep pushing for answers, the more deadly the current seems to run.

For former Special Forces sniper Mary Kuri, flirting with her muscular teammate feels like playing with fire. It’s hard to tell where the cover ends and the real feelings begin. What she does know is they can’t afford to lose focus. Their mission is to gather evidence, and with the gunrunners watching their every move, a single mistake could prove fatal.

It’s two against the world, and Ben and Mary are about to discover that not only do the lives of innocent people hang in the balance, but they’re also fighting to save the rare connection they’ve found with each other.

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Why readers love Romantic Suspense…

“…an action-packed, intelligent, and sexy story with a strong and confident heroine that I absolutely loved and rooted for.” –Goodreads review, Deadly Testimony

“Dark, Deep and Dangerous though also Delightful – this novel would not let me go.” –Goodreads review, Hard Silence

“I can’t stop thinking about this book….” –Goodreads review, Two Cuts Darker

Spotlight on Scott Hildreth

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If you love forbidden romance, you will not want to miss this. The Gun Runner is the first book in Scott Hildreth’s sexy new series, Mafia Made. Keep reading to find out more about the author and this steamy new read!

A Q&A with Scott Hildreth

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of writing advice, what would it be?

My current self would kindly explain to my former self the importance of perfecting a MS prior to releasing it.

Have any real-life events inspired your books?

Real life events inspire all of my books. Although the characters – and the content – are always fiction, the story and the characters are derived from real-life events and experiences. This allows me to write a novel that contains elements of the truth, making it (in my opinion) more believable.

Do you have a writing routine?

I begin at 6:00 am, daily. Other than the month of June (my vacation month), I write 7 days a week. Monday through Saturday I write 12-16 hours a day, and then 6 hours on Sunday. I always wear a hoodie when writing, and I must have music in the background. Without both of those essential elements, my writing would suffer greatly.

The type of music I listen to varies greatly. The tone of the book determines the type of music, but whatever artists, songs, and albums I start with, I keep listening to them repeatedly until I am finished.

During revisions, I go back to the same music.

I believe it allows me to stay in the same mindset.

About The Gun Runner

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I’m in the business of bad.

I’ve sold guns to people others might not approve of.

I’ve eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who’ve tread on my turf.

And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.

I didn’t just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.

I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.

She’s mine now. And no one threatens what’s mine.

 

Terra 

I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of it.

Until I met him.

I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.

I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.

Now I love him.

If he finds out who I am, we’re done and I’ll be nothing.

I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.

Only Michael Tripp can save me.

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