Spotlight on Alexa Riley

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Looking for a new contemporary romance read? You’ll definitely want to add Alexa Riley to your TBR list! Her hero, Oz, is so hot your thermometer will definitely go up several notches.

New from Alexa Riley

Everything for Her

lgcover-9781488022661USA TODAY bestselling author Alexa Riley’s first full-length novel shows just what happens when a strong, possessive man finds the woman of his dreams 

I’ll never forget the way she looked, so confident and sure of herself. I watched her from a distance. She wasn’t ready for me yet. I didn’t approach her and I didn’t disturb her, but I never once took my eyes off her.

Mallory Sullivan is ready to start her new life. After graduating at the top of her class, she’s landed one of the most coveted internships in the United States. Hard work and determination have gotten her to this moment of living the life she only dreamed of growing up in foster care.

From the start, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her. A path to me.  

She never expected Oz to be the greatest culmination of those dreams. But sometimes fate determines who you fall in love with. Who makes you lose control. Who owns your soul.

And then you realize it wasn’t fate at all…

I’ve wanted to care for and protect her since the first moment I saw her. I’ve constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her, could give her the life she deserves. 

The time has come. 

 

Coming Soon…

His Alone

lgcover-9781488022678Ryan Justice may be her boss, but nothing will stop him from making her his. USA TODAY and #1 ebook bestselling author Alexa Riley entices with a brand-new, full-length novel. 

She thinks I’m perfect. A good boss, a good man. She thinks that I play by the rules. 

She has no idea who I truly am. Why I’m really here. 

Paige Turner is trying to outrun her past, but there it is, tossed back in her face anytime she manages to get two steps ahead.

She has no idea what a man like me will do to get what he wants. 

Her need for Ryan got in the way of revenge, took her off course. Redirected her focus. Before she knew it, he’d made his way into her life. Into her heart.

I’m dirtier than she knows. She thinks I’m good to the core, but she doesn’t know the things I’ve done. The things I would do for her. 

True love doesn’t let secrets as big as these stay buried. And when the truth about Paige’s father is finally exposed, Ryan will do anything to fix everything. Paige has always been his—and his alone.

Spotlight on Fantasy

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Kick off 2017 with an out of this world adventure! The fantasy genre is sure to keep you in good spirits during the cold winter months…and who knows, maybe a sexy supernatural hero will even heat things up…

Three Magical Reads You Just Can’t Miss!

To Catch a Stolen Soul by R.L. Naquin

lgcover-9781488022609Fans of the Monster Haven series by R.L. Naquin will love this beguiling spin-off, featuring a trapped djinn caught in a hot mess of lost souls, fast food and otherwordly murder. 

Kam is a soul chaser for the Hidden Government, a much harder job now that the Hidden look like everyone else. Broke, out of magic and sick of playing waitress in a pirate-themed dive bar, Kam jumps at a chance for an out-of-town mission.

A reaper—and his loaded soul stone—have gone missing. The stone contains souls that might get permanently stuck if Kam doesn’t find it, like, yesterday. She tracks the reaper down to a food truck outside Kansas City, only to find a dead reaper and no soul stone in sight. Which means that someone who should be dead killed the reaper and is running around with a powerful magic item. Not good.

And apparently the killer is targeting food-truck owners that also happen to be Hidden. So the only thing to do is open her own truck and go undercover—goodbye Kam the Djinn, hello Mobile Food Entrepreneur—and hope that she and her new runaway friend won’t be the next targets…

Enveloping Shadows by Lauren D.M. Smith

lgcover-9781488020148A fierce and beautiful warrior. 

A man of secrets and shadows. 

Only together can they stop the awakening horror. 

Rumors of monsters and dark magic are circulating through the court, but Terrwyn is little concerned. Her superb sword skills are all she needs to protect the princess Aricia—and as chief bodyguard, the princess’s safety is Terrwyn’s only mission.

Too late, she realizes her mistake: a stranger cloaked in darkness snatches the princess before Terrwyn can react.

When a handsome stranger emerges from the shadows to save her life, Terrwyn has little choice but to allow him to accompany her. Zelek, shrouded in secrecy and on a mission of his own, has special skills that Terrwyn needs.

Together the warrior and the shadow-whisperer forge a plan to rescue the princess, and find themselves plummeting not only headlong into evil, but into the depths of passion and love.

Paranormal Chaos by Joshua Roots

lgcover-9781459290303-1Whoever said “violence is a last resort” never had a Minotaur for a best friend.

Warlock Marcus Shifter has been sent on the most dangerous mission of his career: travel to the remote Minotaur nation and convince them not to abandon the tenuous peace agreement between the humans and the paranormals. But securing that peace requires his best friend, Steve the Minotaur, to help him find a way in to the isolated homeland. A homeland Steve left behind long ago, intending to bury his complicated past.

Secrets and intrigue aren’t the only trouble Marcus uncovers with the notoriously blunt Minotaurs. Between political upheaval and their own civil unrest, rebellion is brewing. A Minotaur revolt wouldn’t just mean the end of the Reformation Treaty, but a shattering of the peace it represents. Cut off from allies and low on ammunition, Marcus must find a way to prevent the coming storm before the human and paranormal worlds are plunged into a horrific, bloody war…

 

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What the Carina Press Editors Want–Updated Winter 2017 Edition

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We continue to acquire projects in all subgenres and heat levels of romance, as well as mystery. However, for publication in 2017 and 2018, Carina Press is particularly interested in:

  • Paranormals (and urban fantasy): We continue to be passionate about acquiring paranormal romance. While we’ll consider manuscripts across the genre, here are some things that currently appeal to us in particular: Great sexual tension, super sexy paranormals, male/male protaganists, series featuring shifters (wolves, cats, dragons…we draw the line at hamsters), ongoing series or trilogies, unique twists on old paranormal tropes and elements, band of brother/alpha heroes, paranormal with suspense elements, and stories that delve into clan politics.
  • Cowboys and contemporary Westerns: This is a specific carryover from our previous in-search-of lists, and one that we haven’t seen enough submissions for. We’re looking for cowboys to add to our list! There are so many possibilities here—give it a unique twist, make it a foreign locale. Or it can be high tension, high stakes American-set contemporary cowboy romance.
  • Male/male romance: Though we acquire across LGBTQ, we have the most success with male/male and are most interested in acquiring within that subgenre. Right now we’re especially interested in paranormal, sexy contemporary/erotic, stepbrother romance, romances that tackle unlikely pairings or more “taboo” subjects, suspense/mystery, and science fiction/fantasy series. Additionally, if you’re writing male/male that fits any of our other specific interests below, we want to see it.
  • Sexy alpha-alien science fiction romance: We’re looking for the fun, the unusual, the sexy, the silly, and even the over-the-top. Maybe the hero or heroine is an alien—a true alien—maybe it’s set on different worlds, has a Firefly-esque space opera feel, is a caper or heist set in space, or features space pirates or space cowboys. Bring it on!
  • Erotic romance is evergreen on our list and we’re looking for someone who can write a series or trilogy that’s extremely erotic (maybe even filthy—okay, definitely something filthy ;) ). We’d love to see ménage or more, BDSM that’s not set in a club, or erotic romance that experiments with boundaries.
  • Novellas: We’ll be on the hunt for a lot more short content in 2017. There will be special projects and anthology calls, but we’re looking for authors writing novella-length content (20k-45k) across the romance genres we acquire in. Bring on your shorter length work!

As always, this is not a “current” call, but a reminder: we are always open to diverse protagonists, and have been since we opened years ago. That’s not changed; we’re still open to diversity across race, walks of life, physical challenges, ethnicity and more. Diversity is wide-ranging and we’ve always welcomed that in our submissions and our publications. Here are only a few examples of what we’ve published over the years.

Hot in the City by Jules Court
Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau
Devil’s Slave by Lola Hale
The Devil’s Garden by Jane Kindred
Enforcer’s Price by Sarah Hawthorne
The Companion Contract by Solace Ames
At the Brink by Anna del Mar
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole
Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin
Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake
Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley

See here for more thoughts from Angela on diversity from this post.

Also in 2017: We will be doing new anthology, proposal and submission calls. We also have a few special projects coming. Please watch our blog and social media for updates!

Angela James, Editorial Director, and Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, generated the above imprint-wide list, and welcome all queries related to the projects above. Please note that Kerri is out on maternity leave until March 1st, so please do not direct queries to her during this time.
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In addition to the above imprint-specific list, Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, is also looking for the following:

  • Smart, witty contemporary romance—sharp dialogue, high on romantic tension but low on angst.
  • Urban fantasy romance with well-built and intricate magical worlds and alpha heroes/heroines butting heads.
  • Paranormal romance featuring fated mates.
  • Scottish historical romances starring swoon-worthy kilted heroes.
  • Contemporary romance featuring STEM heroines—suspense elements welcome but not required.
  • Fantasy with a strong heroine and a slow-burn romance—think Maria Snyder or Amanda Bouchet.
  • Novel-length holiday romances—think The Family Stone!

Our freelance editors are looking for the following, in addition to what’s listed in the imprint-wide selection above:

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10 Reasons to Ask for What You Want in Bed

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By Jade A. Waters, author of THE ASSIGNMENT

We’ve heard it time and again—Ask for what you want. In work. At home. In life. Yet, many still hesitate to voice their wants in the one place where doing so can yield some super sexy results…

Bed!

In The Assignment, Maya and Dean explore a D/s dynamic that’s fairly new to both of them. While they work out the kinks (heh) in their budding relationship, one thing holds true—neither of them has an issue speaking their desires. I wanted this concept prominent because I believe it’s an empowering quality, for everyone, in real life. I’m no sexpert, but here are my ten reasons why.

The Top Ten Reasons for Speaking Your Mind in Bed

  1. Let’s start with the obvious—pleasure.

Yaassss!

  1. Saying what you want is a turn-on for all involved.

In The Assignment, Dean says, “I want to know every thought, every feeling…” A good partner not only wants you satisfied, but is turned on by your satisfaction, too. So, asking for what you want? Bingo!

  1. It gets easier the more you do it, and in time, that builds confidence.

And we all know that…

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  1. Comfort and intimacy.

Let’s face it, sex can be awkward in the early days. But opening up leads to more comfort, and that comfort naturally creates a bond that you (presumably) don’t get to form many other places.

  1. Honesty is the best policy.

If it feels good, but this one little added thing would make it feel better? Saying so leads to pleasure (see #1), but that expression of truth also brings nothing but openness.

  1. Words are sexy.

I’m a writer, and an erotica writer, no less, so I’m a little biased on this one. But you have to admit, some words—uttered in just the right tone and volume—can be hot, hot, hot.

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  1. It’s a great opportunity to show your desires.

As in, not all asking has to be verbal. Get creative… :)

  1. Exploration!

A major theme in The Assignment is exploration, and, whether they’re your partner’s spoken wants or yours, you’re bound to end up trying something new. Talk about a sexy adventure!

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  1. Getting what you want in bed is bound to brighten your mood.

Who doesn’t love a dose of serotonin?!

  1. Finally… sex is supposed to be fun!

I’m pretty sure that’s why many of us have sex, right? Communicating what you want is a great way to add more fun things to your repertoire. Win!

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What’s your favorite reason to speak your mind in bed? If you were shy or nervous at first, what inspired you to give it a whirl?

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THE ASSIGNMENT by Jade A. Waters

Lessons in Control, book one

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies? 

Seductive.
Charming.
Dominant.

Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.

Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies? 

The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.

Book one of Lessons in Control 

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise! Find out more at CarinaPress.com/RomancePromise.

Jade A. Waters is an erotica author and poetess in California. Her short fiction is featured in anthologies from Cleis Press and Stupid Fish Productions, and she’s currently hard at work on the next two books in the Lessons in Control series—The Discipline (March ’16) and The Reward (June ’16). Visit her at http://jadeawaters.com.

 

The Eight Oaths of Knighthood

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By Lauren D.M. Smith, author of ENVELOPING SHADOWS

As Terrwyn, the main character in Enveloping Shadows, is a knight, I found myself doing a lot of research and thinking about knighthood in general. Her knighthood and oaths are a very important part of her life and identity, so they were something I really needed to flesh out. In the process, I created the eight oaths all knights in her country have to swear to in order to receive their knighthood from my research.

  1. Keep your word and your honour

-This one almost goes without saying, but untarnished honour is considered the greatest treasure a knight can have. This is probably Terrwyn’s favourite oath

 

  1. Defend those who cannot defend themselves

-A knight’s job is to always protect others, especially those weaker than themselves. Terrwyn probably works hardest at this oath

 

  1. Treat all women with the respect and care you would show the queen

-Terrwyn always takes this oath as treating everyone as you would the queen. She also thinks, privately, that they should have reworded this oath when they started allowing female knights

 

  1. Give mercy when asked

-This includes when you don’t want to. Terrwyn has struggled with this oath more than with any other, especially when it comes to anyone who has hurt Aricia.

 

  1. Put the needs of others before personal gain

-This is another that Terrwyn feels goes without saying as it can be a slippery slope towards evil if you’re too concerned with yourself.

 

  1. Serve the king and kingdom loyally and true

-Knights are first and foremost servants of the kingdom and king. He is their master above all others and they owe him and their people their undivided loyalty. Terrwyn holds this true both with the king and with Aricia

 

 

  1. Shun unfairness, cruelty and deceit

-Knights are to keep away from behaviour that could taint them or their knighthood. Terrwyn finds this oath especially lacking in some of her fellow knights

 

  1. Live in a way that upholds the knightly traits of bravery, kindness, generosity, chivalry, forgiveness, and honour.

-Though she may struggle with some of them at times, Terrwyn does her best to live up to each trait

Which oath would you find the hardest to live up to?

 

ENVELOPING SHADOWS by Lauren D.M. Smithcarina_1216_9781488020148_-envelopingshadows_web

A fierce and beautiful warrior. 
A man of secrets and shadows. 
Only together can they stop the awakening horror. 

Rumors of monsters and dark magic are circulating through the court, but Terrwyn is little concerned. Her superb sword skills are all she needs to protect the princess Aricia—and as chief bodyguard, the princess’s safety is Terrwyn’s only mission.

Too late, she realizes her mistake: a stranger cloaked in darkness snatches the princess before Terrwyn can react.

When a handsome stranger emerges from the shadows to save her life, Terrwyn has little choice but to allow him to accompany her. Zelek, shrouded in secrecy and on a mission of his own, has special skills that Terrwyn needs.

Together the warrior and the shadow-whisperer forge a plan to rescue the princess, and find themselves plummeting not only headlong into evil, but into the depths of passion and love.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise! Find out more at CarinaPress.com/RomancePromise

 

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