June 2016 Dear Reader Letter

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Dear Reader,

Happy June! Man, do I love summer and everything that comes with it. Okay, not mosquitos, but the beach, sunscreen, cookouts, fresh fruit, long days and the opportunity to sit by the pool, ocean or other bodies of water and read for hours and hours. Love. It. This month we have some new releases that can be either your perfect beach read—or your perfect air-conditioned room read!

Lauren Dane debuts a brand-new sexy paranormal romance series with Diablo Lake: Moonstruck. In Diablo Lake, Tennessee, a town populated by werewolves, witches and more, magic woven deep into the earth protects the town’s secrets from outsiders. Katie Grady left Diablo Lake to get over a humiliating breakup. But her family needs her help, so she’s back…in a sublet right across the hall from the guy she’s lusted after for years. Jace Dooley is hotter than ever, and their friendship picks up along with massive doses of grown-up chemistry.

If you’ve been waiting for the second book in Amber Bardan’s captivating Bad for You duology, your wait is over. Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves, but on the run with their lives on the line, Haithem has a promise to keep—he’s promised to protect her—and he’ll stop at nothing to fulfill his promise. Didn’t You Promise is full of action, sex and emotions, and I loved every minute of it. Pick up Didn’t I Warn You if you haven’t already, and fall in love with sexy, mysterious Haithem like the rest of us have!

Professor Ian Larkin has two rules: no college kids and no playing without a safe word. College senior Kelly O’Connor is always in control—except when it comes to his sex life. When these two meet, the sparks are electric, but their relationship will need to survive meddling aunts, the university administration and Kelly’s own self-doubts in the male/male romance Against the Rules by A.R. Barley.

Sarah M. Anderson brings two beloved secondary characters from her Rodeo Dreams series, available from Harlequin’s Superromance imprint, to Carina Press in Crushing on the Cowboy, a male/male cowboy rodeo romance that’s sure to have us all telling the men in our lives, “You can leave your hat on.” And did I mention…cowboys and rodeo? Yeehaw!

Also in male/male contemporary romance, we welcome debut author Elizabeth Varlet and her book Fierce & Fabulous, the first in the Sassy Boyz series. Ansel Becke enjoys pushing the boundaries. He is fierce, he is fabulous and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him. Until one routine lap dance leads to a soul-shaking kiss and turns his glittery world upside down. Straight-arrow Fitch Donovan doesn’t understand his instant, blood-boiling attraction to the outrageous dancer—a man who wears makeup and heels as comfortably as he does a cocky smirk. But the pull can’t be denied and Fitch is willing to see where it leads, even if it goes against everything he’s ever known about himself.

Coming next month: So You Think You Can Write winning entry The Emperor’s Arrow, the follow-up romantic suspense to Nico Rosso’s fantastically reviewed Countdown to Zero Hour and a debut author brings the heat with a new erotic romance motorcycle club series.

As always, until next month, my fellow book lovers, here’s wishing you a wonderful month of books you love, remember and recommend.

Happy reading!

Angela James

Editorial Director, Carina Press

What the Carina Press Editors Want–Updated Spring 2016 Edition

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We previously published this post in March but since we added four new acquiring editors to our team in May, we decided to publish an updated version with their submission requests! These editors are reading submissions and ready to acquire and get books on the schedule!

We continue to acquire projects in all subgenres and heat levels of romance, as well as mystery. However, for publication in 2016 and 2017, Carina Press is particularly interested in:

  • Paranormals (and urban fantasy): We know other publishers are saying no to paranormals but we are interested in acquiring and publishing them! 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 twist on old paranormal tropes and elements, band of brother/alpha heroes, paranormal with suspense elements, and stories that delve into clan politics.
  • 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 scifi/fantasy series. Additionally, if you’re writing male/male that fits any of our other specific interests below, we want to see it.
  • Sexy sci fi 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!
  • We’re always looking to build erotic romance on our list and we’re looking for someone who can write a series or trilogy that’s extremely erotic (maybe even filthy ;) ). We’d love to see ménage or more, BDSM that’s not set in a club, darker erotic romance and there’s that word taboo again, so see more about that at the bottom of this post.
  • Something we don’t see nearly enough of, ever, and are eager to acquire is capers, heists, jewel thieves, etc. Books, characters and setups that are sexy and possibly cross-genre. You could have an anti-hero (or heroine), or maybe hero/heroine are on opposite sides, or maybe they’re both thieves, thrown together or moving from friends to lovers. Maybe your caper or heist has a fun vibe, or it could be humorous. Give us fast-paced adventure and a fun duo facing off or teaming up!
  • We also want your cowboys and contemporary westerns. 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.

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.

Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau
Rivals for Love by Eve Vaughn
The Devils Garden by Jane Kindred
One Real Thing by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox
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.

Angela James, Editorial Director, and Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, generated the above imprint-wide list, and welcome all queries related to the projects above.

Angela is also looking for someone to write a fun, Cannonball Run/Rat Race-type fun adventure romance. Additionally, she continues to look for “contemporary crack” and would also love to see a few projects from the above list with characters who are in their late 30s/40s, dealing with different life issues than those in their 20s do. Not women’s fiction, “love stories” or “death” fiction where the characters die instead of get an HEA, she’s still looking for fast-paced and compelling, just with older characters.

In addition to the above imprint specific list, Kerri is also looking for romantic suspense (sexy) or mysteries (not necessarily sexy) with elements of psychological or emotional manipulation, contemporary romances where the HEA results in big, messy, blended families, stories told entirely in the male POV (all genres), and a cozy or amateur sleuth series set outside the U.S.

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

Alissa Davis:

  • Erotic romance with strong dialogue and scorching sexual tension—bonus points for heroes and heroines who rock at talking dirty. I like very alpha heroes who might push boundaries and heroines who will stand up to them.
  • M/m in any subgenre and heat level, with conflict not necessarily centered around one character being closeted and the other being out. I’d also love to see m/m forced proximity romances, such as two lawyers who are both up for partner at the same firm, or two college students who keep getting paired up in their art class even though they can’t stand each other.
  • Sexy, edgy contemporary romance. I’d love to see friends-to-lovers romance featuring roommates, servicemen, coworkers, or teammates.
  • Military romance, m/m or m/f. The hero or heroine can be active military or retired.
  • Romantic suspense with a political twist. I’d love to see heroes and heroines who either have dubious morals or work for people who do, with political tension and high stakes along the lines of House of Cards.

Deborah Nemeth:

I’m looking for manuscripts with high stakes and larger-than-life characters. Here are some specific stories I’d love to see:

  • Romantic comedy that sparkles with snappy banter, especially enemies to lovers, secret agenda, fake engagement, and arranged marriage stories
  • Mysteries with clever sleuths and cleverer twists, especially cozies and PIs
  • Historical romances, including witty Regency romps, erotic Victorians, dark Tudor intrigue and Viking warriors
  • Romantic suspense with a high action quotient and lethally competent heroines
  • Edgy urban-set contemporary romances with alpha heroes who fall hard
  • Con artist protagonists who execute deviously elaborate scams
  • A Bollywood-themed romance or mystery

Libby Murphy:

  • I’d love to see a hot, steamy series in the vein of Grey’s and House, and I’m especially interested in high drama settings like an emergency room, or in the field, like in Doctors Without Borders. But I’d also like to see quirky and comedic settings like in Scrubs!
  • Forced proximity romances, where the h/H can’t escape each other, but can’t resist each other, either! Can be a marriage of convenience (or other types of fake relationships), guy/girl next door, roommates, workplace, etc.
  • Alpha first responder/military/black-ops heroes. Dark, gritty stories are great, as well as stories with a high sense of adventure. I’d really love to see an Olicity-type relationship, too!
  • M/M marriage of convenience romantic comedy—can be sexy, but a sweeter romance is great, too!

Rhonda Stapleton:

  • Laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, LGBTQ romantic comedy
  • Mysteries, especially cozy (series please! romance not required, but a romantic subplot is great)
  • An historical erotic romance novel featuring PoC
  • Military erotic romances (series are great!)
  • A dark, atmospheric, sexy gothic romance–contemporary or historical

Lauren Plude:

  • Scottish Historicals: ALL HIGHLANDERS WELCOME. To say I’m craving an epic, passionate HEA for a fierce highlander is the understatement of the 14th century.
  • Bring on the erotic romance taboos – specifically older woman and younger man, step/foster siblings, ménage (M/F/M). BDSM. Historical erotica is also very welcome. Two thumbs up for heroines unafraid to ask for what they want in the bedroom.
  • I want my electrical bill to skyrocket because I’m sleeping with the lights on. I’m looking for dark psychological romantic thrillers (Think Criminal Minds). I’ve got a weakness for FBI agents and complex plotting.
  • Billionaires, bad boys (Bikers, rockers, etc.), romantic comedy (Think a modern Beatrice and Benedict story), Cinderella stories (and other fairytale retellings), multicultural romances, and I’d love to see some jet-setting/exotic destination settings.Special Call for LAW ENFORCEMENT/MILITARY HEROES: Police, FBI, US Marshalls, DEA, Firefighters, Search & Rescue, and Navy SEALS.

Mackenzie Walton:

  • LGBTQ historical, especially m/m! Dukes, duchesses, and ballrooms are fantastic, but I’d also be interested in seeing more unusual settings and scenarios.
  • Contemporaries, especially featuring those daydream/fantasy boyfriends—movie stars, musicians, athletes, and the like.
  • Fantasy elements in contemporaries/historicals—think less Lord of the Rings, more Practical Magic. More along the lines of magical realism.
  • Moody, thoughtful paranormals. I love characters who really contemplate what it means to be a paranormal creature in the mundane world.
  • Virgin heroes, across the board. Can’t get enough of them.

Anne Scott:

  • I adore great sexual tension in any genre. My other catnip is competence in heroes and heroines—be it excelling at their jobs, outmaneuvering the bad guys, or creating a magical solution during that black moment. That said, I enjoy quieter couple-focused stories as well.
  • Bourne- or Nikita-type romantic suspense, especially if set in unusual locales with diverse characters. Bonus points for laidback or deceptively laidback heroes who are highly competent when the going gets rough, and do not get in the way of the heroine if she’s the one saving the day!
  • Mysteries, where I’d welcome a very slow burn between two sleuths over a series of books.
  • Cowboys and horses. I love it when the reality of the hard work of being a cowboy is brought to the story.

Penny Barber:

  • I’m excited about all genres of romance, and am especially happy when they include surprising elements. The deeper the pov, the better, because characters readers can imagine being and worlds they can explore with the characters are at the top of my compelling reads list.
  • Manuscripts with diverse casts that reflect the world we live in. No big deals made about skin color or orientation, just natural integration. That isn’t to say that conflict can’t come from their differences, but the general attitude should be people are people.
  • People who’ve explored, followed their dreams, and built solo lives before their One sashays in and turns their ordered existence on its side.
  • Geeks, especially. A hacker turned law enforcement whiz like Penelope from Criminal Minds, whose after-hours life is as intriguing and colorful as the world she deals with at work.
  • Women with strong maternal ties, who benefit from wisdom passed through generations, laced with something like magic mythology or Native American tradition and folklore.
  • Erotic romance featuring couples who don’t lose their voices when they lose their laundry. People unapologetic about their needs and sexuality.
  • Tropes turned upside down, such as a successful and powerful woman who “rescues” a struggling man. A successful and powerful man at the mercy of a confident, dominant woman. A woman racecar driver with hordes of scantily clad men throwing themselves at her.
  • Bad guys who are as fleshed out and motivated as the main characters.
  • A m/m detective duo, with complimentary skill sets, like Holmes and Watson, and romantic tension to shake things up.
  • A contemporary or fantasy series featuring a rebellious band, like a motorcycle gang, but with a twist, like maybe they ride spacecraft and act like Robin Hood.

Here’s a handy, quick-view chart that gives you a look at which editors are acquiring in specific genres: 

Genre Editors actively acquiring in genre Not acquiring in genre
Erotic romance Angela, Kerri, Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Lauren, Mackenzie, Penny Anne
LGBTQ Angela, Kerri,Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren
Contemporary romance Angela, Kerri, Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren
Paranormal romance Angela, Kerri, Rhonda, Stephanie, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Penny, Anne, Lauren, Mackenzie, Lauren
Urban fantasy Angela, Stephanie, Deb, Libby, Penny, Mackenzie, Anne, Lauren Kerri, Rhonda, Alissa
Fantasy romance Angela, Alissa, Deb, Penny, Anne, Lauren Kerri, Rhonda, Libby, Mackenzie, Stephanie
Science fiction romance Angela, Rhonda, Deb, Libby, Penny, Anne Kerri, Alissa, Mackenzie, Stephanie, Lauren
Romantic suspense Angela, Kerri, Stephanie, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Penny, Anne, Lauren Mackenzie
Historical romance Kerri, Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren Angela, Stephanie
Mystery Kerri, Rhonda, Deb, Libby, Mackenzie, Penny, Anne, Lauren Angela, Alissa, Stephanie


For further information on our request for taboo, think along the lines of…

  • Dark, erotic thrillers and psychological thrillers
  • Stories of adultery and betrayal
  • Characters with unusual sexual kinks
  • Conflicts involving socially unacceptable pairings.

Examples include: Older woman/younger man & vice versa; step-sibling romance; prison guard and prisoner; student/teacher; mental health professional/patient.

  • Anti-heroes and anti-heroines. Real, unredeemable bad boys and bad girls
  • Tales of forced seduction and capture fantasies
  • Stories taking place in unlikely locations (such as prisons and mental health hospitals).

You’re probably wondering what types of things we’ve liked in the past, so here are some examples of books and even a movie example to get your brain firing.

  • The Dark Duet by CJ Roberts
  • Twist Me and Keep Me by Anna Zaires
  • Last Hit by Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare
  • Prisoner by Annika Martin and Sky Warren
  • The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
  • Landslide by NJ Cole
  • Marly’s Choice by Lora Leigh
  • In other media: the work of adult video directors Zalman King (Red Shoe Diaries and 9 ½ Weeks) and Jackie St. James (The Submission of Emma Marx) are good examples on the erotic, dark & edgy side.

Other movies:

  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Basic Instinct & Sliver
  • Memento

My Five Favorite Musical Sequences

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By A.M. Arthur, author of COME WHAT MAY

Fellow fans of movie musicals may recognize the title of my newest release, Come What May, as a song from Baz Luhrmann’s frenetic film Moulin Rouge!, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. The heroes of my novel bond over their love of musicals, and when Tate introduces Jonas to this particular film, “Come What May” resonates with both of them. So here are five other musical sequences that have stuck with me over the years and are personal favorites.

    1. “Zydrate Anatomy” from Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Turn the bass up for this one (and yes, that’s Paris Hilton).


    1. “La Vie Boheme” from RENT.

I really disliked this movie the first time I watched it. Then I watched it again. And again. And now I adore it and the Broadway show.


    1. “El Tango Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge!

This one just has all the feels. Plus rocking music and some beautiful storytelling.


    1. “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago.

I don’t think I have to explain why this one is so epic.


    1. “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt.

Animated musicals count, and this song gives me chills every. Single. Time.

What are some of your favorite movie musical moments?

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All Saints, book one

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.


No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child, and scribbling them down nearly as long.  She credits an early fascination with male interpersonal relationships (and “The Young Riders”) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories.  When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself with her cuisine experiments.

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), on Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur) on Twitter (@AM_Arthur), and on Facebook (http://facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A).


Carina Press Submission Call for FIVE 2016 Romance Anthologies

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Carina Press is pleased to announce calls for five new anthologies publishing March-June 2017 both individually as novellas and as an anthology. Please see below for descriptions of each individual anthology call, closing dates and submission guidelines. The novellas should be from 25,000 to 40,000 words each and will be digitally published both individually and as collections. We’re accepting submissions of new material only; nothing that has been previously published (including self-published) for this particular call, please! 

Too Taboo: A Forbidden Erotic Romance Anthology

We’re seeking dark, erotic thrillers and psychological thrillers; stories of adultery and betrayal; characters with unusual sexual kinks; conflicts involving socially unacceptable pairings (teacher/student, prisoner/parole officer, step-siblings); real unredeemable bad boys and bad girls; tales of forced seduction/capture fantasies; stories taking place in unlikely locations (like prisons or mental health hospitals). Think along the lines of the movie Memento, Marly’s Choice by Lora Leigh and Prisoner by Annika Martin and Skye Warren.

Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59127 

Closing date: August 1st, 2016

Decision made by: August 19th, 2016


Sexy Shifters: A Male/Male Romance Anthology

We love paranormal romance but we especially love those shifters. Dragons, cats, werewolves, bears (yes, please!) birds of prey, did we say dragons? And more! We want two heroes, at least one of whom should be a shifter, with enough sexual tension, attitude, conflict and toughness to bring us into their shifter worlds. 

Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59128

Closing date: September 20th, 2016

Decision made by: October 6th, 2016


Sexy Shifters: A Het Romance Anthology

Like above, bring on your paranormal romances featuring shifters of all kinds (but maybe not octopuses or hamsters, please!) and a hero and heroine who captivate us—and each other—from the first page. Wars between clans, shifter politics, human v. shifter interrelations…bring the conflict and the sexiness to the page! What’s that you say? Writing a shifter menage (or more) story? Bring it on! 

Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59129

Closing date: September 20th, 2016

Decision made by: October 6th, 2016


Alien Love: A Romance Anthology

We’re looking for romances featuring at least one main character from another world. Maybe your hero is a hot alien from a brutal warrior society, or your heroine is a badass alien adventurer. Tone of the stories should be sexy, but can range from darker to campier, sensual to trashy. Set on Earth, set in space or taking us to another dimension, we want to see new races, new cultures and lots of sexual tension. Authors we love who do this well include Laurann Dohner and Penelope Fletcher.

Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59131

Closing date: September 6th, 2016

Decision made by: September 16th, 2016


A Jewel Thief, Capers and Heists Anthology

We’d like to read about heroes and heroines who are either in it together or facing off on opposite sides of the law. Tone-wise, anything goes, from dark, supersexy stories in the vein of the television show Banshee to the fun, quirky, somewhat absurdist feel of Spotless by Camilla Monk or the classic Samantha Jellicoe series by Suzanne Enoch. Extra points for diamond or jewel theft storylines.

Submission link: http://carinapress.submittable.com/submit/59133

Closing date: October 4th, 2016

Decision made by: October 19th, 2016

Carina Press accepts submissions of full, completed manuscripts. If you have previously published with Carina or another digital/traditional publisher, or if you have independently published multiple books with a solid positive rating history, you are invited to submit a proposal. However, the editorial team reserves the right to request a full manuscript prior to making a final decision, and all full manuscripts for accepted novellas would be due to editor 6 weeks after the close of anthology call.


Are same sex pairings permitted in the calls that don’t specify? Yes, we’ll absolutely consider same sex pairings or multiples in the taboo, alien, shifters, and heist/caper calls. 

What’s the word count for these calls? The word count is in the first paragraph! 25k-40k words. 

What if I write more than 40k words or less than 25k? We’ll consider novellas that are within a few thousand words on either side (I know, we’re so strict) but if you write a lot longer, never fear, we’re acquiring longer books in these same genres outside the anthology calls! If you write shorter, we hope you can add more plot, story, characterization to bring it up to 25k! 

If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted? Approximately 6 weeks after the anthology close date for each individual anthology. 

Do I need to have a synopsis? 

A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! In the event that we acquire your novella, we will ask for one at that point.

If I’m a returning author, should I submit to you or to my editor? Submit via the individual Submittable link for the call you’re submitting to, please! 

How do royalties work? These will publish individually as novellas, in which case you’ll get the full, individual royalties for your novella sales. They also publish as anthologies, for which you split the same royalty structure with the other authors–for the sale of the full anthology eBook only.

For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at submissions@carinapress.com

For more information about Carina Press, and to read the submission guidelines, please visit bit.ly/write4cp

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Ten Songs To Get You In The Mood For Dark And Sinfully Sexy Romance

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By Laura Carter, author of VENGEFUL LOVE: BLACK DIAMONDS

My debut series, Vengeful Love, is full of corruption, angst and hot romance. That’s a lot of fun to write but it can be a tricky combination of emotions to switch between. It’s difficult to be my sassy heroine, Scarlett Heath, one minute and my devastatingly attractive billionaire, Gregory Ryans, the next. When I need to be in a certain frame of mind for my characters I find it helpful to listen to music. And sometimes, if the song I’m listening to is just perfect for the scene, I’ll also write it into the book.

Here are a few snippets from my dark and sinfully sexy playlist for the Vengeful Love series.

Five songs referenced in the books:

  1. Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.

This is the song playing the first time Scarlett and Gregory dance together at a black tie dinner (Vengeful Love).


  1. Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”.

Now this is a sex song! (Vengeful Love).


  1. Thirty Seconds to Mars’s “Kings and Queens”.

This song is playing in the car when Gregory whisks Scarlett away to the English countryside for the weekend (Vengeful Love: Deception).


  1. Shakepeare’s Sister’s “Stay”.

This track accompanies my favourite intimate scene of the entire series. There’s a four post bed, a kimono belt tie and a feather tickler. I listened to this song on loop for around five hours whilst I wrote the scene (Vengeful Love: Deception).


  1. The Killers’s “Mr. Brightside”.

Scarlett’s university party piece and, seemingly, what she chooses to dance to after a rum punch too many (Vengeful Love: Black Diamonds).


Five songs I used to get into the mindset of my characters:


  1. James Bay’s “Incomplete”.

For those difficult times in Scarlett and Gregory’s turbulent relationship.


  1. Norah Jones’s “The Long Day is Over”.

I listened to this a lot when writing the first part of Vengeful Love: Deception. It’s exactly how Scarlett feels when her actions have led to catastrophic consequences for her and Gregory.


  1. Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea”.

Okay, I can’t share this fully because I don’t want to include a spoiler. But…there’s a scene in Vengeful Love: Black Diamonds, on a beach in the Caribbean. I think you’ll know it when you get there :-)


  1. Vanessa Carlton’s “Pretty Baby”.

Scarlett is falling hard and fast for Gregory with this one.


  1. Yiruma’s “May Be”.

I listened to this track a LOT when writing the end of Vengeful Love: Black Diamonds. It makes me cry just thinking about the closing chapters and listening to this music.


0516_9781459290457_VengefulLoveBlackDiamonds_WebVENGEFUL LOVE: BLACK DIAMONDS by Laura Carter

Vengeful Love, book three

The final, heart-pounding installment of the darkly suspenseful, sinfully sexy Vengeful Love series

I loved him with all of me.

It wasn’t enough.

Gregory Ryans was everything I wanted, but he didn’t trust me with the truth.

When I walked away from him, I should have known Gregory would follow. For a man like him, walking away—no matter the odds—is never an option.

He’s come to offer me the deal of a lifetime: his heart. All his secrets. Him. Forever.

But at what cost?

The past refuses to stay buried. There are things about his family, dangerous things even Gregory didn’t know.

This time, we’ll have to fight together to save what we’ve built. To show our enemies that love like ours can’t be destroyed.

I believe that.

Does he?

Editor’s Note: The Vengeful Love trilogy is best read in order: Vengeful Love, Vengeful Love: Deception, Vengeful Love: Black Diamonds.


Laura is a lawyer by day. By night she writes dark and sinfully sexy romance novels. Her debut trilogy, Vengeful Love, combines her love of devastatingly attractive billionaires, sassy alpha females, dry martinis and everything high and fast.

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