Spotlight on Paranormal Romance

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October may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dive right in to a steamy reads featuring shifters, werewolves and vampires! Keep reading to uncover the mysterious world of paranormal romance.

New paranormal romance:

Pursuing the Bear by Kerry Andrienne

lgcover-9781460397497The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets 

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire—and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

Why our readers love paranormal romance

” I have to say, I love those witches, talk about fiery and fierce when someone messes with their own!” –Goodreads review, Diablo Lake: Moonstruck

“It’s official. I am a true werewolf convert now.” –Goodreads review, Sworn to the Wolf

“If you are a vampire fan or just love steamy sex scenes, you will love it. Enjoyable read!” –Goodreads review, Hunger Untamed

Songs For Dark And Wicked Reading

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By Amber Bardan, author of DON’T LIE TO ME

DON’T LIE TO ME, the final book in the Bad For You series is full of hot sex, secrets, danger, lies and devastating truths. Avner and Emma are two characters with dark and heartbreaking pasts they must overcome in order to embrace the love that can free them both.

There were several songs I listened to while writing DON’T LIE TO ME, which evoked emotion that reflected the struggles of the characters.

Creep by Postmodern Jukebox

I listened to Creep by Postmodern Jukebox on repeat while writing several scenes. Emma is a confident, smart, capable heroine, but she’s also jaded and emotionally scarred. This song really resonates with her inner struggle.

Close Nick Jonas

I loved this song while writing and editing DON’T LIE TO ME. The lyrics “I know, I know you know you’re scared. Your heart, your mind, your soul, your body. They won’t, they won’t, they won’t be careful” pretty much sum up Avner and Emma’s entire relationship.

For more songs that inspired me, and to get you in the mood for some sexy and thrilling readings, here is my sample Don’t Lie To Me Playlist.

1016_9781460396889_dontlietomeDON’T LIE TO ME by Amber Bardan

Bad for You, book three

“This isn’t a romance for the lighthearted. It’s gritty and wild and passionate…will have readers falling hard and fast.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books on Didn’t I Warn You

Amber Bardan returns with a heart-stopping third installment in her high-octane, highly addictive Bad For You series

A fling with her best friend’s reclusive business partner should’ve been harmless.

When Emma meets him, the only way she’s looking to be tied down is in the literal sense. But Avner—shady hacker, off-the-books investigator, occasional spy—takes her breath away. He’s the first man who doesn’t turn to mush under her sexual spell: a fact that makes what’s between them very different, and very real.

Beautiful and uninhibited, Emma is everything Avner thought she would be and more. Yet his deadly past and dark duties can never be forgotten…not even as he succumbs to their seductive intimacy. But for the first time he’s after something of his own, as well.

And now that he’s found Emma, he’ll protect her, no matter what. Because anything worth loving is worth fighting for.

But nothing about Avner is remotely harmless.

Soon, Avner has infiltrated Emma’s personal life, stalled her career and nearly destroyed everything she’s worked for—all in the name of protection. Desperate and heartbroken, drawn into a secret criminal underworld in her quest for understanding, Emma discovers the truth: Avner’s secrets are far more devastating than his lies.

Book Three of the Bad For You series

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

After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fuelled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award-winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

November 2016 Dear Reader Letter

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Every Carina Press ebook includes a letter from Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James to you! She gives you a peek inside all of the amazing books published by Carina Press that month. For November 2016, we get to hear from Assistant Editor Stephanie Doig. Get ready for your TBR list to grow; here is a handy guide to all of our November 2016 releases. Enjoy!

Dear Reader,

Angela is taking some much-deserved summer vacation time this month, so I am taking over the Dear Reader letter. Hello! It is August as I write this, and I’m looking out over the lake in the heat of summer. November is hard to imagine, but I know that sooner than I expect, it’ll be time to cozy up with a cup of tea and one of our November releases. We have something for everyone this month; enjoy!

Shannon Stacey’s novellas have become something of a tradition here at Carina Press, and we’re excited to say this year is no different. When a woman returns to her hometown for Christmas, she doesn’t expect to share her troubles with the former friend who owns the only bar in town, or for their rekindled friendship to flare into something more. Kick off the holiday season with Holiday with a Twist!

Fans of male/male contemporary romance should be sure not to miss Dark & Dazzling, the second installment in Elizabeth Varlet’s Sassy Boyz series. NYPD detective Connelly Reid has been curious about Z, his waiter, for months, but it’s not until he sees him in his makeup and heels that the curiosity becomes a fierce attraction. Z just might be the man he’s been waiting for—but no amount of mind-blowing sex can make Z comfortable becoming dependent on his lover.

If paranormal shifter romance is your jam, be sure to check out Pursuing the Bear by Kerry Adrienne. With war looming, bear shifter Derek Poole is busy preparing to defend his clan. Until smart and sexy professor Bria Lane shows up, intent on exposing the shifters of Deep Creek. Problem is, she’s his mate…

To learn about kink, Clara Luz had to learn the ropes—but she never expected to need rescuing. Especially not by Noah Blake, the former navy SEAL who almost destroyed her. But a stranger is watching them from the shadows. And where he’s taking them now is so dark, and so dangerous, that it could be inescapable. To the Edge is a riveting erotic romance from Anna del Mar. If you like this one, don’t miss At the Brink, also available from Anna.

Last this month is Assassin’s Awakening from N.J. Walters. Logan is an Alpha, a genetic- and computer-enhanced assassin on the path of revenge. Revenge that might rob him of his one chance at finding love with Mercy, a woman who has not only healed his body, but touched his heart.

And that’s it from me for now! Coming soon, a dark, gripping male/male erotic thriller from Lola Hale and the next Diablo Lake book from Lauren Dane. Angela will be back to tell you all about these books and more next month. Happy reading!

Stephanie Doig

Assistant Editor, Carina Press

Rock’s Top 10 Favorite Work Out Songs

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RELEASE is a dark, erotic motorcycle romance and the second book in the Jericho Brotherhood series available October 17, everywhere digital books are sold. When Rock gets a second chance with Avery, he is all in, but as the danger in the MC increases, he doesn’t know if he can keep her safe or if Avery will gamble everything on the Brotherhood.

In RELEASE, Miguel “Rock” Juarez likes to pump iron. Avery, his woman, likes his cut biceps and wide chest most of all, but he loves the pain of the workout. Below is Rock’s favorite thirty minutes of workout music.


Ain’t Nobody Going to Tell Me How to Live, Monster Truck


Love Me Till It Hurts, Papa Roach


Duality, Slipnot


Jekyll & Hyde, Five Finger Death Punch


Bodies, Drowning Pool


Hail to the King, Avenged Sevenfold


Down with the Sickness, Disturbed


Enjoy the playlist!

1016_9781460397480_release_webRELEASE: A DARK, EROTIC MOTORCYCLE CLUB ROMANCE by Jade Chandler

Jericho Brotherhood, book two

Pain is my addiction and tattoos are my art.

In the Jericho Brotherhood MC, I’m the man to get the job done. That’s why they call me Rock.

From the first dance, I knew Avery Winston wasn’t a fast f*ck. One taste will never be enough when it comes to her. I crave her sweet skin and sassy mouth.

I screwed up and she sent me packing. With my second chance, I’ll do anything to keep her by my side.

But that ain’t easy. She doesn’t trust my MC, and they are my life. And there’s too much happening right now to show her what being an old lady means. Brothers fighting and escalating violence has me on the edge.

Then Avery’s family situation turns crazy. When chaos breaks out from all sides, I don’t know if I can protect the one I love.

Book two of The Jericho Brotherhood

This book is approximately 94,000 words

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

Jade Chandler lives in Kansas City with her children and animals in less than organized chaos. From an early age, bad boys piqued her interest as much as the strong women who could meet them dare for dare. A romance addict, she turned to writing when her own stories refused to stay in her head. Visit her at, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Post-Apocalyptic World

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By N.J. Walters, author of EMBRACING SILENCE

We see it in books and movies all the time. The world and its inhabitants have been ravaged by disease, global warming, nuclear explosions, war, or aliens—take your pick—and a handful of people remain to pick up the pieces. What makes these types of books and films popular?

Personally, I think we are drawn to such books and movies because we see humanity stripped bare. We peel back the layers of civilization and reveal who we truly are deep down inside. We see the best and the worst of people in a crisis. Some will rise to the occasion and become more than they ever dreamed they could be—heroes, leaders, freedom fighters. While others will profit from the misery of others, stealing, destroying and hording all the goods and services people need to survive. That’s human nature.

The darkness of this kind of world drew me in, but it was hope that kept my fingers tapping away at the keyboard.

Here are a few of my favorite post-apocalyptic movies.

The Book of Eli


Terminator Salvation


Resident Evil

What’s your favorite post-apocalyptic movie?




Project Alpha, book one

In the erotic first installment of the Project Alpha trilogy, a violent wasteland becomes the backdrop for two assassins who arouse in each other much more than fear and suspicion

Earth 2133

The hunter becomes the hunted

Tienan is Alpha One, created by the privileged few who live shielded from a lawless land. He’s been honed into the perfect involuntary weapon—vengeful, adaptable and ruthless. Finally free of the evil organization that created him, he’s on the run with one option to survive outside the Gate: avoid recapture, even if that means killing again. But the sexy little stalker following him is too delicious to take out.

The captive becomes the captor

Silence is a tracker with the Resistance, a rebel force amassed to end the reign of terror. For Silence to trust Tienan is a risk, but to resist his brutal prowess is impossible.

Enemies become lovers

As raw sexual need takes over, alliances will shift and treachery could become as potent—and as lethal—as desire.


Previously published, newly revised by author

This book is approximately 44,000 words



N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.