Writing Crime Fiction…as a Wimp—by Shirley Wells

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I have to come clean right from the start and admit that I’m a complete wimp.

When I was five, for example, I begged my father to take me on the giant Ferris wheel at the funfair. “You won’t like it, Shirley,” he said, but I begged and pleaded and, eventually, he gave in. He always did. So we climbed aboard and the wheel began turning very slowly, pausing every few feet to let more thrill-seekers take their places. It then began to turn more quickly – and that’s when I panicked and decided I had to get off the thing. Yes, I was so terrified that leaping to certain death was far more appealing. Fortunately, my dad kept a tight grip on me and I lived the tell the tale.

Did I learn my lesson? Apparently not. My husband and I went to Bulgaria on holiday and had the opportunity to spend 20 minutes on a chair lift. He reminded me that I hate heights, but hey, although the mountain was pretty steep, we were never going to be too far above the ground. So we climbed on the rickety chair lift and my heart leapt into my mouth as it clanked alarmingly. I still have nightmares about that.

When I’m in the house alone at night, the noises I hear are always made by axe-murderers.

As for the sight of blood … well, let’s just say I’ll be the one lying on the floor.

What I love most about writing is being able to transfer all my terrors onto my characters. For instance, in my latest mystery DEAD END, private investigator Dylan Scott is receiving death threats. Me? I’d totally freak out.

What about you? What gives you nightmares?

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“Dylan Scott? It’s payback time. You’re going to die.”

Somebody is making threatening calls to private investigator Dylan Scott. This is one case with plenty of suspects—a lot of dangerous people would love to see Dylan with a bullet between the eyes. The twisted trail brings Dylan face-to-face with old foes and a few new ones—and they’re all keeping deadly secrets…

But as he chases leads across London, his adversary is hunting down victims and is drawing ever closer to his ultimate target: Dylan. Someone from Dylan’s past is on a killing spree, and if he doesn’t connect the dots in time, the dead end will be his.

 

Shirley was born in the Cotswolds and lived in places as diverse as Cyprus and the remote Orkney island of Hoy before settling in Lancashire where the Pennines provide the inspiration for many of her mysteries. When she isn’t writing or walking with her dogs, Shirley loves reading, photography, listening to music and drinking wine. She’s also a season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club. Find Shirley at www.shirleywells.com

Romantic Suspense – Give Us Your Drama!

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Publishing trends can be funny. What’s “dead” one year could very well be on a must-have list the next, and vice versa. Romantic Suspense is all the rage at the moment—it’s being asked for at conferences, highlighted on third-party retailers, and hailed as the next “big thing,” once again. That’s exciting to us, because the Carina editors have a special kind of love for heart-pounding stories of love mixed with danger, and Romantic Suspense has always been a genre we actively acquire.

We’ve seen incredible success with and reader investment in Marie Force’s New York Times bestselling FATAL series and others, and are eager to expand our already-robust offerings in 2015 and beyond.

Angela James, Editorial Director, has been asking for a great series featuring mercenaries. Anti-heroes and anti-heroines welcome. Strong female protagonists a must! She is looking for something both action-packed, with lots of things blowing up and getting shot (she’s bloodthirsty!), and also sexy. Heroes who are totally into their heroines will be adored. Heroines who can hold their own against alpha dudes and kick some ass will be moved up to the top of her reading queue.

Kerri Buckley, Editor, would like to see a romantic suspense series set in the wilds of Alaska. Think “Northern Exposure” with a strong suspense arc. She’s also looking for romantic suspense with Eastern European anti-heroes. Real Russian bad boys, please. And finally, suburban spies. Kerri would love to see a high-octane romantic suspense series centering on spies gone deep undercover in an American suburb.

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, is actively seeking a New Adult romantic suspense. Angsty, thrilling, with active characters and a real sense of danger. LGBTQ/PoC welcome—show her the diversity!

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would love to acquire a military romantic suspense series, featuring intense alpha heroes and men or women in uniform—SEALs, Rangers, SAS, marines, firefighters, pilots, smoke jumpers…

Melissa Johnson, Freelance Editor, would love to edit a romantic suspense standalone or series that has a new adult flare. She’s looking for well-crafted danger and intrigue, and high emotional drama between the main characters.

Mallory Braus, Freelance Editor, is looking for romantic suspense series that feature a ”Band of Brothers” feel. Especially stories that involve a group-a specialized FBI team, a crew of firemen, a police unit, etc. Where the job risks are high, and there’s a solid connection. Also, thanks to a sudden obsession with television shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD,” she’d love to read a series based around a fire rescue squad or an intelligence unit.

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor, would like to find a military romantic suspense series—m/m or m/f, historical or contemporary.

Have you been working on something that fits the bill for one of our editors? Submit your story HERE.

 

Free Read: The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire by Eleri Stone

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Enjoy a free Reapers short story by Eleri Stone with a new chapter each weekday from July 7 to July 23. Don’t miss Book One of the Reapers series, Reaper’s Touch (available now), and look for Book Two, Gun Shy, on sale September 1, 2014.

The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire: A Reapers Short Story

by Eleri Stone

Cassius Flynn is a smuggler. An outlaw. A scoundrel. Charming, devilishly handsome in a maverick sort of way and fiendishly clever to boot. He’s also the only man Molly McGuire has ever loved.

Molly’d left him a year ago. Stolen his airship, broken his heart, and made him look like a damn fool. Still, he’s rushed to her rescue, storming into Reaper territory to snatch her out from under the repulsive bounty hunter who brought her in.

High above the plains, up amongst the clouds in the most rarefied Scraper city of them all, a ruthless statesman has stolen everything Cassius considers important. And without Molly, without her quick hands, sharp mind, and pretty face, he doesn’t stand a chance of getting it back…

Begin reading The Adventures of Cassius Flynn and Molly McGuire

Chapter One

At first, Molly wasn’t sure if the noise was phantom or real—a faint rhythmic beat at the very edge of her hearing, the thup-thup-thup as soft as a moth drumming against glass. With a groan, she rolled to her side, every muscle in her body protesting the movement. She couldn’t entirely straighten her back, not even when she was lying flat, and her bruised shoulder throbbed where it was pressed to the mattress. Hell, even her eyeballs hurt.

Some of it was her doing. Last week, she’d stumbled on a ghost town given over to Reapers. Somebody had already hit the bank and mercantile store but there was still salvage to be found if you knew where to look. Wads of cash stuffed in mice-chewed mattresses. Jewelry tucked between moldy handkerchiefs in bureau drawers. She’d collected enough loot to make her saddlebags bulge before a pair of hungry Reapers scented her and she’d had to clear out.

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Natural Magic or Magic Tech—by Sonya Clark

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In paranormal fiction, magic is generally thought of as belonging in the realm of nature. Spells are cast with herbs. Wands are handcrafted of wood. Candlelight adds a romantic glow and ancient, dusty tomes contain vast arcane knowledge. All that’s awesome, and if there was a Dusty Arcane Knowledge Book of the Month Club, I would totally join. But it wasn’t what I wanted for the Magic Born series. Set in a dystopian future, this world combines magic with cyberpunk.

To build a foundation for that, I started with the basic magical elements. Instead of invoking fire, a witch in this world would call on neon or streetlights. Earth shifted to concrete and steel. Healing water became the music in the city’s nightclubs, the emotions carried along in crowds of people. And the intellect of air – that translated to electricity and cyberspace.

Trancehacking is when a witch uses astral projection to send their consciousness into cyberspace. For a witch who’s an outlaw and leader in the underground, that’s a kind of magic that proves to be incredibly useful. Search spells, hex viruses, and spells fused with code to create magic apps are also used. Old laser pointers and stylus pens are repurposed as wands.

But the old ways haven’t been completely left behind. Every year the fictional city of New Corinth experiences what local witches call Corinthhenge, when the rising sun aligns with the street grid and shines gold across the canyon of skyscrapers. (Manhattanhenge was the inspiration for this.) Natural magic and urban magic meet in one of my favorite scenes in Witchlight.

What would you feel more at home with-natural magic or urban/tech magic?

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In 2066, the Magic Born are segregated in urban reservations. The laws do not protect them, or their allies. 

Councilwoman Elizabeth Marsden is a powerful player in New Corinth politics, but a closely guarded secret could destroy her life—she’s a hidden Magic Born. Her family has gone to great lengths to erase all her magic-related records, until a trancehacking outlaw discovers the last remaining one…

Vadim Bazarov smuggles Magic Borns through the underground railroad and threatens to reveal Elizabeth’s secret unless she helps him access blank ID cards. Elizabeth wants to hate him for having a stranglehold on her life, but can’t help being attracted to someone so sure of who and what he is.

Vadim initially sees her as a political ice queen, but is intrigued by her suppressed magical abilities. He trains Elizabeth to use her magic, and before long finds himself falling for her. But their newfound love may be shortlived; an anti-magic ordinance forces one of them to make a choice that will change both their lives for good.

Sonya Clark grew up a military brat and now lives in Tennessee with her husband and daughter. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with a heavy helping of magic and lots of music for inspiration.

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Writing in a Shared Universe—By G.B. Lindsey, Diana Copland and Libby Drew

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Creating imaginary worlds with each other is often something we leave behind in childhood. As adults, we still adore a good story. We immerse ourselves in books, movies and other media, but the opportunity to alter the course of those stories—add characters, change the setting, expand the plot—isn’t usually an option.

Secrets of Neverwood was the first published collaboration for each of us, and though we jumped in with both feet, we weren’t entirely sure if the project would sink or swim. How would we find common ground? Would our writing styles blend? What the heck were we going to write about?

As it turned out, we were closer to a shared concept than we could’ve imagined. Several years as friends and writing critique partners meant our lines of communication were already open, and one frank discussion about expectations and project parameters was all we needed to give birth to Neverwood. Three very different love stories sprang from those initial brainstorming sessions, as did a haunted mansion, a meddlesome ghost, an enemy bent on destroying the family, and a long-lost treasure.

Time went on. We wrote and shared snippets and scenes. Was our collaboration working? We had no idea, but by God, we were having fun. Little by little, the story became less hers and more ours, as though each chapter was an extension of one writer, not three. This is the treasure the three of us found inside Neverwood: two lifelong fans of our work. Fan fiction of our universe, basically. Books created with our setting and our characters, and all of it realized with our blessing.

What did we create? Something quite special, we hope. Neverwood is more than a mansion. More than the people and the ghosts who live there. It’s a central character. It’s home—not just to Cal, Danny, and Devon, but to all the boys who have lived under its roof. Neverwood is the embodiment of safety, love and acceptance, as well as a nexus of mystery. Once Diana, G.B. and I realized that, the question became not, “What the heck are we going to write about?” but “What the heck aren’t we going to write about?” The world is full of lost boys. It’s teeming with people seeking adventure and transcendent love. Neverwood delivers those treasures and others.

What others exactly? We encourage you to read and find out!

Would you move into a house you believe to be haunted? Share your answer or leave a comment to this post for a chance to win the Secrets of Neverwood anthology. Drawing will take place on July 9th.

 

 

neverSecrets of Neverwood Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother—that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.

But going home is never easy.

Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion.

On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger—one that could cost the men far more than just the house.

 

 

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G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl— and a writer” or “a paleontologist— and a writer.” Aside from her salacious and ongoing affair with the horror genre, she loves to write sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. Other hobbies include playing the piano, reading voraciously, the occasional period drama movie night, and devouring scary film after scary film. She recently moved back home from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and now lives in Sacramento.

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Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.

Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington near her two wonderful adult children.

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CARINA_0614_-9781426898587_TheLostYearSecrets of Neverwood #3—The Lost Year

Libby Drew glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.

An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.

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Artistic Inspirations—by Dana Marie Bell

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51ddyqypdJLThe Fire Within
The Nephilim Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Category: Angels/Demons
ISBN: 978-1-42689-854-9
Carina Press

Detective Dante Zucco has been tasked with bringing a Shemyaza to justice. As a seris Nephilim, his inner fire comes in handy in battle, but not in love. He’s been burned before, but maybe this time he’ll find a blaze that matches his own.

One of the families of the human victims has hired Elizabeth Rand, PI, to investigate the murders. It’s all Dante can do to keep his hands off the alluring, stubborn woman. A single glance from her gray eyes, and Dante goes up in flames.

Beth suspects Dante is one of the Nephilim, angelic warriors bound to hunt down the evil Shemyaza who haunt the night and feed off the innocent. If the murderer she’s tracking is a Shem, then keeping a Nephilim close would be only logical. She agrees to work with the hunky detective, unaware of his growing feelings for her.

When Beth gets too close to finding out the truth behind the Shem kills, her life is put in danger, forcing Dante to protect her the only way he can: with fire.

Warning: This title contains explicit sex and graphic language.

There’s a picture in my office of a dark angel, one with charcoal skin and pure white wings, holding a scythe. It’s a lovely image done by the artist Ruth Thompson called Ascension , and it’s one of my favorite pieces by an artist whose work I absolutely adore.

It was also the inspiration for my angel series The Nephilim.

Artwork plays a huge role in how I come up with my ideas, especially fantasy art. Artists like Nene Thomas, Ruth Thompson, Philip Straub and Steve Argyle can pull a story out of me faster than anything else. Why does the dark angel look so sad? I want to tell his tale, to bring a happy ending to his loneliness. Or how about the story of the fiery little fairy sitting on a tree, staring out of her painting with a knowing smirk. Who is she daring? What is it she wants? Or is it who, rather than what? Those stories build in my head, just from looking at these incredible works of art. The huntress with her owl and wolf companions, or the pure angel on her knees, purple runes circling her head, make me wonder why? Why are they doing what it is they’re doing? What led them to this point? Is this their beginning, their middle, or their end?

For Dante, it was an image of a man, wings on fire, who stared at the screen like he owned it, and the whole world. His inner fire was just as bright as his wings, and I wanted to tell his tale. I wanted to see who could tame his inner fire, and so The Fire Within was born.

I doubt I’m the only author who finds inspiration in art of one kind or another. When you browse images on the web, or stroll through an art gallery, what inspires you? Is it the sculptures of Rodin, the paintings done by Picasso? Is it cubist art, or futuristic landscapes? Is it photography, or just walking through nature and seeing the beauty all around you? Whatever it is, embrace it. Feed that inner fire and tell your tale, even if it’s only in your own mind.

DSC_0193-250x352Dana Marie Bell wrote her first short story when she was thirteen years old. She’s now a USA Today bestselling author with Samhain Publishing and Carina Press. She lives with her soul mate and husband Dusty, their two maniacal children, two evil ice cream-stealing cats and a bull terrier that thinks it’s a Pekingese. She’s been heard to describe herself as “vertically challenged” and “a lapsed brunette.” Dana also suffers from ankylosing spondylitis (a progressive inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine), and can be seen walking with a cane or tooling around in her mobility scooter. Her condition was
the inspiration for Belle’s hip injury in Steel Beauty.

You can learn more about Dana on her website, blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Genre Spotlight: Fantasy

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For those of you who prefer otherworldly tales, this spotlight is for you! Fantasy has so much to offer in terms of characters, creatures, and settings… and we’ve got three great recommendations below, as well as a note from author Steve Vera on what makes Fantasy such a fun genre!

 

Why is Fantasy so…Fantastic? by Steve Vera

Harry Potter—bam! Lord of the Rings—sup? Game of Thrones…just whoa.

Fantasy is rocking the world right now and if Twitter trends and the blogosphere and just straight-up sales are any indication…the whole world loves it. Fantasy is here to stay. The question is why? What is it about this genre that taps into so many different people across so many cultures and mindsets? Lots of reasons I suspect. If I may?

The very phrase, “Once upon a time…” conjures all sorts of images and feelings for many of us–dragons and knights, wizards and trolls–the first stories most of us ever heard were fairy tales. The genesis of fantasy. The fact of the matter is that people read novels to be swept away, to be transported to different worlds with different rules and characters we wanna be or hate. Yes, all good writing does this to a point but that said…world transportation and the suspension of belief in reality just so happens to be fantasy’s specialty. Think about it. How crazy cool would it be to visit Hogwarts? To try out Legolas’s bow or punch Joffrey right in his stupid face? Sign me up for all three. As if that wasn’t enough, these days fantasy is even more fun because there are so many different offshoots and derivatives to choose from: high fantasy, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, light fantasy, poodle fantasy—just checking ;). Carina Press just so happens to have a treasure trove of stupendous authors who write passionately, quite literally, in the genre of fantasy. Prepare to have your hair blown back.

 

New from Fantasy

 

Blood Sworn by Steve Vera

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Only scattered groups of exhausted heroes remain…

Veteran police chief Skip Walkins has really done it this time. After crossing realities to fight the onslaught of the Drynn, the spawn of the Underworld, he’s one of only a few motley survivors of an epic massacre. By his blood, he’s sworn to unite with Shardyn Knight Gavin Blackburn against the armies of Asmodeous the Pale, Lord of the Underworld and ruler of the Drynn. The two must seek resistance fighters wherever they can—even in Vambrace, among those who killed Gavin’s father.

Reformed sociopath Donovan Smith has traveled to Vambrace for his own reasons—the new voice in his head claims that there he will learn how he came to be the Antimage, impervious to the deadliest magical attacks.

Donovan’s secrets may hold the key to defeating the Drynn, but they may upset the delicate alliance of the Blood Sworn in the process. And if Skip and Gavin can’t fight together as one, the Drynn will attain total victory over Earth and its magical twin, Theia.

See how the forces of the Underworld were unleashed in Drynn and Through the Black Veil.

 

Summoned Chaos by Joshua Roots

CARINA_0714_9781426898747_SummonedChaosIf there’s one thing Warlock Marcus Shifter hates it’s the Delwinn Council, the governing body of the magical community. Between the grudges many on the Council harbor because he walked away from magic, and his suspicions that someone is working to undermine a twenty-year peace with the non-magical Normals, they really don’t get along.

Marcus has spent months hunting the traitor, infiltrating the Council and helping with “menial tasks” like repairing unstable rifts in the fabric of reality. But when he accidentally thwarts an assassination attempt at Delwinn HQ, the Council does the unthinkable: they appoint him the poster child for the peace movement.

Now Marcus has to not only figure out how to control his resurging powers but also navigate the potentially fatal waters of fame. Between the growing number of protestors, news-hungry paparazzi, and nightmarish beasts hounding his every move, he’ll need more than a camera-ready smile to uncover the traitor and keep the peace.

 

The Sheltered City by John Tristan

CARINA_0714_9781426898662_ShelteredCityAmon Vraja, last of the halfdead, tries to stay out of sight. His kind, twisted by the gift that grants them superhuman strength, are loathed and shunned. Under the enchanted leaves of the Last City, ruled by imperious elves whose love of beauty leaves little room for his ugliness, he’s not much more than the ghost of a dragon-haunted past.

When the young, headstrong elf-lord Caedian takes an interest in Amon, however, Amon’s days in the shadows may be over. Caedian needs Amon to find Caedian’s missing twin, and a halfdead brothel guard can’t just refuse an elf’s desires. Throughout the search, Caedian and Amon rely on each other’s strength and generosity, and Amon is struck by an impossible yearning for his elvish patron.

As they peel away layers of deceit and spiral closer to one another, they also near the horrifying truth of the elves’ protection. And when they discover it, they’ll face a choice: step outside the shelter of the world’s last city, or die where they stand.

 

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Author Spotlight: Marie Force

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Have you been following the cases of Sam Holland? The Fatal series follows this police officer and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, as they navigate the risky world of politics and murders…and now it is available in print as well as eBook! Keep reading to find out more about this exciting series from fans and Marie Force herself.

From Fans of the Fatal Series

“I absolutely love this story. It is a perfectly balanced fare of crime, suspense and romance.” –Goodreads review, Fatal Justice

“FATAL AFFAIR engages the mind with rivetingly suspenseful mysteries while your heart is grabbed by the intense emotions.”—Amazon review, Fatal Affair

“Whoa Marie…talk about giving us more of what we want…awesome, just awesome!” –Goodreads review, Fatal Deception

“Marie Force has written one of the best page turner’s that I have read in a long time. Three cheers for her writing.” –Amazon review, Fatal Consequences

“If you thought Nick and Sam couldn’t possibly get any hotter, Marie Force moves the bar up another twenty or so notches!!! Marie Force at her best and a true example of why she is on my “Must Buy” list.”—Goodreads review, Fatal Flaw

Where Did They COME From? by Marie Force

People ask me all the time where Sam and Nick came from. I wish I could tell you. To be honest, after more than five years of writing their story, I don’t remember a time when they didn’t live in my mind as real, live people. I don’t remember “thinking them up” or creating the many quirks that make them so real to readers—and to me. What I do recall, early on, was realizing theirs was a story I wanted to tell for years. I wanted to be right there with them when they fell in love, got engaged and then married, when high-profile careers and family and other challenges confronted them, forcing them to work as a team to overcome them. I wanted to be with them through the highs, the lows and everything in between. Book 7, Fatal Jeopardy, completed the first full year covered by the series, and it’s a wonder Sam and Nick aren’t suffering from whiplash. However, I’ve got much more in store for them and the cast that surrounds them, so stay tuned for Fatal Scandal on Jan. 12, 2015 with more to come after that!

 

Now Available In Print

 

About Fatal Flaw:

fatalflawBack from their honeymoon, Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are ready for some normalcy after the whirlwind of their wedding, but someone has other plans for them. When Sam discovers wedding cards containing thinly veiled death threats, she’s not sure if she or Nick is the target.

Already on edge, Sam and her team start investigating a series of baffling murders. The victims are well-liked with no known enemies, and the murders are carried out in a clean and efficient manner. Unable to find a clear motive for the deaths, she feels like she’s chasing her tail.

With no obvious connection between the victims, Sam soon suspects that she may be the ultimate prize in the killer’s clever game. When the danger starts to hit a little too close to home, she has two goals: find the elusive murderer and manage to live long enough to enjoy her happily-ever-after.

Book 4 of the Fatal series.

 

More From the Fatal Series

 

About Fatal Jeopardy:

fataljeopardyBook 7 of the Fatal series from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Force

Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, have been looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with their son. But any thoughts of a restful holiday are dashed when Sam and Nick return home to a gruesome scene: Sam’s seventeen-year-old niece Brooke, barely conscious and covered in blood on their front stoop.

With lines between personal and professional blurring in this emotionally charged, deeply personal case, Sam is relying on Nick more than ever for support. But when suspicious images from the night in question appear on social media, Sam begins to wonder if her niece is telling her everything she knows about what really happened. And when Nick questions her tactics–and her ethics–as she races against the clock, Sam will need to decide how far she’s willing to go to prove Brooke is a victim, not a murderer.

See how it all began for Sam and Nick in Fatal Affair

 

For more from Marie Force, visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website

Carina Press titles—now available in print!

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We’re so excited to announce that nearly 20 Carina Press titles are now available in print from Amazon! There’s historical, contemporary, male/male, science fiction and much more! Whatever genre you like to read (or want to try!), we’ve got a print book for you!

Contemporary Romance

LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON by Alison Packard
Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend.

PLANNING FOR LOVE by Christi Barth
Book 1 of Aisle Bound

Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes
and
anti-Cupid
 Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for
their disaster of a courtship

Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she’s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent–and heartbreaking–one-night stand.

A FINE ROMANCE by Christi Barth
Book 2 of Aisle Bound
They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish’s case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down.

KNOCK OUT by Michele Mannon
Logan Rettino never imagined she’d fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she’s gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she’s ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she’ll do whatever it takes to earn his trust.
An RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

THE KENT BROTHERS TRILOGY by Jaci Burton

All She Wants for Christmas (The Kent Brothers Book One)
Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn’t come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy Awards to prove she doesn’t need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can’t help thinking of all she gave up by running away….

A Rare Gift (The Kent Brothers Book Two)
With a disastrous marriage behind him, Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman, let alone his ex-wife’s younger sister. But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center, Wyatt can’t help but notice her. But it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time.

The Best Thing (The Kent Brothers Book Three)
A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again—Brody’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. And he’ll have to get creative if he wants to convince Tori that he’s a changed man.

JAR OF DREAMS by Liz Flaherty
For as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar—her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames, and it’s safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her landlady, but then Gert’s nephew comes charging in to “rescue” his aunt.

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy

NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS by Lorenda Christensen
Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.
(Paranormal Romance, Fantasy)

GODDESS WITH A BLADE by Lauren Dane
Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line–or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.
(Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy)

BLADE TO THE KEEP by Lauren Dane
Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she’d escaped so many years before–The First’s Keep.
(Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy)

MONSTER IN MY CLOSET by R.L. Naquin
A Monster Haven Story, book one
I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?
(Paranormal, Urban Fantasy)

STEAM & SORCERY by Cindy Spencer Pape
The Gaslight Chronicles, book one
Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.

Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she’s ever met–and out of reach for a mere governess.

When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces, and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery…

MYSTERY

noonelivestwice_final_revised coverNO ONE LIVES TWICE by Julie Moffett
A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book 1
I’m Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I’ve never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella.

Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I’ve enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins–the reclusive architects of America’s most sensitive electronic networks—to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her.

Along the way, my path collides with a sexy government agent and a rich, handsome lawyer, both of whom seem to have the hots for me. Hacking, espionage, sexy spy-men—it’s a geek girl’s dream come true. If it weren’t for those gun-toting thugs…

Erotic Romance

BONDS OF TRUST: BOOK ONE OF WICKED PLAY by Lynda Aicher
After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members’ night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…

ALL IN THE WITH DUKE by Ava March
London, 1822
Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man’s true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.
(Male/Male, Historical Romance)

Romantic Suspense

DEADLY DESCENT by Kaylea Cross
Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

FAIR GAME by Josh Lanyon
A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him–but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus–and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…
(Male/Male)

Historical Romance

RuinedByRumor_finalRUINED BY RUMOR by Alyssa Everett
After waiting five years for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her, Roxana Langley has been jilted! She may have longed for excitement, but this was not what she had in mind…

Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she’s been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on. Comfort soon turns into a passionate kiss–and scandal when they are caught in an embrace.

Only one thing will save Roxana from certain ruination: marriage to the earl. The match may save her reputation, but responsible, tongue-tied Ayersley is a far cry from her dashing former fiancé. She’s convinced Ayersley is merely doing his duty…while he’s sure Roxana is still in love with another man. Are they trading one disaster for another?

New Adult

DEFIANCE by Stephanie Tyler
Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

WILD ONES by Kristine Wyllys
Bri Martin likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand. So when big, brooding underground boxer Luke Turner comes into the bar where she works and starts a fight before she brings his first drink, she can’t help being intrigued. Luke is everything she never wanted and everything she can’t resist.

Soon, Luke is showing up everywhere Bri is, and she can’t break free of his hold on her, nor does she want to. When her best friend turns on her, it’s Luke who is there. When Luke’s opponent comes after her to send Luke a message, it’s he who comes to her rescue.

Book Boyfriends—Sybil Bartel

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Okay, I have a dirty little secret. I love book boyfriends. No, really. I LOVE them (sorry hubby!). But. And it’s a pretty big but. I’m all about the wrong book boyfriends. You know the ones. Impossibly inaccessible. Desperately damaged. Walls of steel around their hearts. Yeahhh…those. They make me swoon. Every time.

So, why do I bring this up? Well, I’m kinda hoping I’m not the only one. Did you ever encounter that one guy you wish you could change? The guy who was so broken but so mouth watering you couldn’t walk away? He was unattainable and distant and everything that was bad for you but you still wanted him?

Meet Graham.

Six feet two inches of hardened muscles and more tattoos than you can count, his fingers glide across his bass like honey. His words bite and his stare will break you. He’s not cruel. He just doesn’t care. About anyone. Until one single moment in a hotel room changes everything…but more about that later.

I love Graham. I love everything about him. He’s imperfect and broken and writing his story was the easiest and hardest thing I’ve ever done. How do you capture a moving, evolving, breathing being in your mind and put it in writing? One word at a time. There’s no secret-magic formula (they so lied!). I wish I had some incredible journey to share with you but it was just that. A word. Because sometimes a single word has a whole life in it. A word you can smell and see and taste and touch. One word. Graham. That’s how my book boyfriend was born.

Now, don’t ask me if Graham is about someone I know. I won’t tell! But I will say this, he was inspired by my son. Not because my sweet boy is anything like Graham, but because I want all men to have a voice. In our minds, in our hearts and on our ereaders! So, Graham? His story is that story. Damaged and raw and desperate. It’s not clean or neat or even pretty. But oh wow, will he break your heart. In only that special way a book boyfriend can do. I really hope you’ll fall in love with Graham, or another so-bad-but-oh-so-right book boyfriend once in your life. Because? Well, swoon. And next time you meet that guy? You know the one, the one you should’ve walked away from? Do me a favor. Tell me what color his eyes are. Or if his smile broke your heart. Because I’m kinda hoping…I’m not the only one.

xxoo – Sybil

No Apologies 9781426898532About No Apologies

Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him. He should’ve known to walk away.

No Apologies is available now through Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Carina, Kobo and All Romance.

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