November 2015 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. Get ready for your TBR list to expand; here is a handy guide to all of our November 2015 releases. Enjoy!

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Dear Reader,

Here in North America, we’re swinging back around to cozy days spent inside reading, while some of you (picture me waving at you, Australia) are headed into summer beach days. Whatever weather you’re enjoying—or not enjoying, as the case may be—a good book is always in order, and I have a few that may be just what you’re looking for.

This month, we’ve got a particular emphasis on the mystery and romantic suspense genres. We also have the first in several new series and are introducing four new-to-Carina authors!

Barreling onto the scene with a new series, new genre and a new pen name, Piper J. Drake offers explosive (at times literally) action and an endearing romance in the first book in her new romantic suspense Safeguard series, Hidden Impact. Meet military-veteran-turned-mercenary Gabriel Diaz. Betrayed, injured and building a new mercenary team, the last thing he expects to do is sweep Maylin Cheng off her feet—and out of the path of the car that tries to kill her. But now that he’s fallen for her, he’s all in to protect her at all costs, while helping find her kidnapped sister.

The always incredible Josh Lanyon joins Piper in the romantic suspense category, with a charming and loveable male/male romance, Jefferson Blythe, Esquire. With only an outdated copy of Esquire’s Europe in Style to guide him, Jefferson Blythe sets out to see the world and runs straight into death, danger…and the boy next door.

And making her debut, Mia Kay brings us her romantic suspense Soft Target. Wounded FBI agent Gray Harper will honor his dead partner by returning to work—as soon as the Bureau shrink clears him for duty. In the meantime, a long vacation in his best friend’s hometown sounds like the perfect distraction. But Nate Mathis has another plan. His twin sister, Maggie, has a stalker, and Gray’s the only one Nate trusts to catch the bastard.

In a contemporary romance that unexpectedly hooked the entire Carina Press acquisitions team from the first page, Lucy Parker brings everything we love about romance and our heroines to the page—and the stage—in her debut book, Act Like It. Enter our heroine stage right: she’s the darling of the London press. Enter the hero stage left: he’s public enemy number one. They barely tolerate each other—and they’re about to become the most mismatched couple on the West End stage.

Two new authors join Carina Press with new mystery series. Debut author Lisa Q. Mathews is first on the scene with The Ladies Smythe & Westin series. In Cardiac Arrest, Summer Smythe, a twentysomething party girl making a fresh start in a ritzy Florida retirement community, teams up with her neighbor, feisty senior Dorothy Westin, to clear her name in the murder of her popular—but heartless—cardiologist boss.

Jonathan Watkins debuts with Carina with his previously self-published and newly reedited and revised Bright & Fletcher Mysteries. As soon as criminal defense lawyer Issabella Bright’s long-lost father blows into the Motor City, kidnapping, ransom and murder follow him and threaten to tear asunder the work-and-romance partnership she’s built with the man who will go to any length to keep her safe. And that man, Darren Fletcher, soon learns that shielding Issabella from danger could swiftly end with his Dying in Detroit.

Weather (ha, get it?) you’re under a blanket keeping warm on your couch or enjoying the sun of your summer, these books will keep you company for a few hours and provide some take-you-away entertainment.

Coming in December: Hitting both physical and digital shelves just in time for Thanksgiving here in the States is book two of Shannon Stacey’s combustible Boston Fire series, Controlled Burn. Also in December: Caitlyn McFarland ties up her dragon-shifter romance trilogy, male/male author Annabeth Albert joins the Carina team and Kate Willoughby is back with a terrific new hockey romance.

Until next time, here’s wishing you a wonderful month of books you love, remember and recommend.

Happy reading!

Angela James
Editorial Director, Carina Press

Arden and Gabriel: An Off the Grid short story

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Arden and Gabriel: An Off the Grid short story by Alyssa Cole

Book three of Alyssa Cole’s Off the Grid trilogy releases on October 19. MIXED SIGNALS follows Maggie, the youngest Seong, as she ventures out into a still-recovering postapocalyptic world in search of her identity and comes face-to-face with a blast from the past.
To hold you over until Maggie’s release day, here’s a peek at life for Arden and Gabriel, the heroine and hero of RADIO SILENCE (Off the Grid, book one), three years after the Flare.


It was the smell of baking cinnamon and apple that finally lured me from our bed, the mixture of crisp autumn freshness and smoky caramelized sugar physically pulling me out of my dream like a vaudeville stage hook.

I didn’t mind. I’d overslept and it’d been one of those dreams, the fucked-up ones fueled by anxiety and fear that had started after the Flare and would seemingly never leave me. The world was starting to rebuild—I was even contributing in my small way with my administrative work for the Communications Department at Burnell. The dark cloak that had draped itself over the world three years ago was slipping behind us, but the memories of it were still sharp, pressing into you if you made one wrong move. Intermittent electricity couldn’t burn away images of death or the scent memory of your attacker. The ever-growing phone connectivity only reminded you of those who’d never be on the other end of the line.

I inhaled sharply and then released a long, slow breath between my lips.

You’re safe now. Everything is okay.

I knew that was true, mostly, but I still glanced warily around the bedroom of the little faculty house Gabriel and I shared with John and Mykhail at Burnell. The house was an oasis of safety and warmth on a campus bustling with governmental activity. It was the one demand John had made when offered a job by the Department of Infrastructure Repair; he was always thinking a step ahead.

Which reminded me…

I grabbed my cell phone from the bedside table and flipped it open. It still felt strange, even though pre-Flare I’d be scrolling through social media before I wiped the sleep from my eyes. Internet service hadn’t been restored enough to support social media. I was searching for a something much simpler: a text from my sister-in-law, Maggie.

It was her first day of school since the Flare, and we weren’t there to harass and bully her until she was glad to be leaving the house. Unlike John, Maggie was dead set on pretending things didn’t have to change. I couldn’t blame her. She’d just turned eighteen, but she’d missed out on all the social milestones that were supposed to lead up to that. I’d been scared to leave for Burnell; I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go to high school.

My phone screen lit up. There was no message. Continue reading »

Spotlight on New Adult

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Looking for a fresh start this summer? Check out a New Adult read for books that are all about new beginnings! Keep reading for three recommendations we know you’ll love and click here for more from this genre.

Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead

{7D299B75-1F47-47D8-B963-070B09AEA803}Img100Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she’s ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.

Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he’s been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.

When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one–a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she’s also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it’s not just her past on the line anymore. It’s her heart.

Impossible Choice by Sybil Bartel

25584499After her parents were murdered, Layna Blair spent three years on the run—until Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson stepped in and saved her. With him, Layna knew safety for the first time…but two weeks after shipping out for another tour in Afghanistan, Blaze comes home early.

When Layna sees the jagged wounds covering his body, every truth she thought she knew is destroyed. Blaze is distant and angry and though her heart is shattered, Layna desperately tries to keep their relationship together in the face of another tragedy. When the tenuous bonds holding them together are ripped apart by a revenge-hungry maniac, Layna must trust her survival instinct and bury her past for good.

But the enemy is two steps ahead, and before she can take action, Layna’s hand is forced by his deadly demands—save herself or save the man who risked his life for her freedom. Blaze saved her once. This time it’s her turn to protect him.

Finding Center by Katherine Locke

{57B5EDCA-1C48-4019-97E1-4EE8D16260AC}Img100 (1)It took all of Aly’s strength to get them back after a tragic accident ripped them from her six years ago. A long road to recovery led to her return, dancing full-time for the District Ballet Company and carrying Zed’s child. But Aly is slipping. Each day becomes a fight to keep her career from crumbling under the weight of younger talent, the scrutiny of the public eye and the limitations of her ever-changing body. A fight she fears she’s losing.

I’m scared Aly is broken to her core

Zed recognizes the signs, but he doesn’t know how to fix her. The accident left him with his own demons, and while he wants nothing more than to take care of the woman he loves, it’s getting harder the farther downward she spirals. When Aly’s life is threatened and Zed’s injuries prevent him from saving her, he’s never felt so useless, so afraid he’s not capable of being the man Aly and their child needs.

With new life comes new hope. And with their fractured lives already hanging by a thread, Aly and Zed must discover if they have what it takes–both together and apart–to rebuild and carry on.

May 2015 releases

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Enjoy our Carina Press new releases! With new titles available for download every week, visit this page to plan your shopping for the month. You’re sure to find a story you’ll love!

P.S. Shop our presale titles—buy upcoming titles now and download on the street date!

May 4 | May 11 | May 18 | May 25


May 4


BIGFOOT BLUES by Ricardo Sanchez
ISBN: 9781426899850
Price: $4.99

CARINA_0515_9781426899850_BigfootBluesShe eloped with Bigfoot. Or maybe Bigfoot kidnapped her. Either way, I’ve been hired to uncover the truth behind Cindy Funk’s disappearance. Me? I’m Floyd, and I’m a PI living my life as Elvis would have wanted. Not just in sequined jumpsuits. With character.

Cindy’s trail leads me to River City, Oregon—aka the Mythical Creature Capital of the World—where I catch Case #2. This one from an eccentric billionaire who’s lost a priceless piece of “art.” Enter one dead body and I end up deputized to solve Case #3, tracking down a man-eating mountain lion. Or maybe it’s a chupacabra. Or just an ordinary murderer. Hard to say.

I’ve handled my fair share of crazy, but River City’s secrets have me spooked. With an influx of tourists arriving for the town’s annual Elvis tribute contest—what are the chances?—I’ve got to save the girl, solve the rich guy’s problem and leash that chupacabra before a second body is discovered. It might just be mine.

Read more about Floyd’s adventures in Elvis Sightings, available now!

81,000 words

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SIGNAL BOOST by Alyssa Cole
(new adult, post-apocalyptic romance)
ISBN: 9781426899881
Price: $3.99

CARINA_0515_9781426899881_SignalBoostWhen technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.

In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

Read Arden and Gabriel’s story in Radio Silence, available now!

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May 11


(contemporary romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899836
Price: $3.99

9781426899836-COVBook four of the London Legends

When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend’s California camp wasn’t on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can’t say no to his first and only love.

Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it’s hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it’s even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.

Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?

95,000 words

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BACK IN PLAY by Lynda Aicher
(erotic romance, sports)
ISBN: 9781426899416
Price: $4.99

9781426899416-COVFor Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he’s eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He’s worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.

High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she’s intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott’s house indicate he’s struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man’s game.

When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.

Book two of Power Play

99,000 words

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May 18


(romantic suspense)
ISBN: 9781426899386
Price: $3.99

9781426899386-COVAttorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.

The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.

Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.

As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

Book two of the Blood Money series

88,500 words

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ONE CUT DEEPER by Joely Sue Burkhart
(erotic thriller)
ISBN: 9781426899898
Price: $3.99

0515_9781426899898Her needs are dark. His are dangerous.

Charlie MacNiall has been bringing his beautiful king shepherd to the vet clinic where Ranay Killian works for the better part of a year. She doesn’t realize he’s been slowly wooing her. She certainly has no idea that he picked her deliberately—that she is to become his. A broken heart and a desperate desire to be dominated make her the perfect victim.

His perfect victim.

Charlie fixes Ranay, testing her emotional limits while pushing her sexual boundaries past anything she’d imagined possible. Pain is their shared pleasure…until Charlie disappears and Ranay is all but destroyed.

The FBI says the man she loves is a serial killer. Ranay can’t deny there’s a darkness in Charlie, a monstrous hunger that drives him to the brink. She even believes he could kill. But Charlie’s hunger is what bonds them—it’s the foundation of their love. Would he actually kill her?

91,000 words

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May 25


LONELY SHORE by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
(male/male romance, space opera)
ISBN: 9781426899829
Price: $3.99

9781426899829-COVBook two of Chaos Station

All they can do is live day to day…

Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos‘s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.

When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.

As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.

Don’t miss the start of the series—Chaos Station is available now!

67,000 words

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Kindle Daily Deals! December 29, 2014

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Is the eReader you got for Christmas begging to have great romances added, without breaking the bank? Here are 10 Kindle daily deals, ranging from historical to suspense, sports to new adult, contemporary to male/male—all 99¢–$1.99 each!

Click on the image or title below to read more.

Prices valid December 29, 2014 ONLY. 

Fatal AffairMidnight VengeanceAll In with the DukeUp To MeNo Such ThingWild OnesNo Accounting for CowboysHate to Love YouOn The SurfaceThe Kent Brothers Trilogy

Salvation Release Week—Stephanie Tyler

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Thanks for joining me during release week for Salvation–this is the 3rd book in the Defiance series, and it’s Bishop and Luna’s book.

Whenever I write a book, I start with a soundtrack—I love music and I find that it helps to ground me in the books. There are certain songs I associate with certain characters, certain situation and I always like to give my readers a sampling of the types of music that accompany my books.  Sometimes, the songs surprise me—sometimes it’s all about the lyrics, or a memory or the type of music itself that makes it work for my soundtrack.  But as I go through my giant music library, it’s really very easy to pick out songs, since my characters always come through the strongest for me, before anything else.

Below is the sampling for Salvation, which was released this week.   Feel free to browse them, as each title links to iTunes so you can listen to a sample.

Salvation soundtrack

I always include extras on my website for all my books, so tell me, do you like author extras?  What’s your favorite kind of author extra?  Leave your comment to be entered for a chance to win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.


CARINA_0514_9781426897740_SalvationSalvation:  A Defiance Novel

(Book three of The Defiance Series)

Luna is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of—the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club—without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.

Keller’s mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of depraved excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she’s his. It’s the one thing that will keep her safe.

Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop’s lead. And that’s where the lines begin to blur, because what’s been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller’s protecting is something he’ll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bishop may be facing their final goodbye.

Get your copy of Salvation from: Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble



New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Tyler was a Secondary Ed teacher for grades ranging from middle school to college while she pursued a PhD in English Literature, all while trying to convince herself that she would get back to her dream of writing as a career eventually. When her daughter was born with serious medical problems, Stephanie found inspiration in the fighter her child proved to be—and found her own way back to writing. She’s published in a variety of genres, including romantic suspense, new adult and paranormal, and she also co-writes erotic paranormal romance under the name Sydney Croft.  She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus, and they’re all cool with the fact that she’s permanently on deadline.  Stephanie loves to hear from readers—you can reach Stephanie through her website at, or on Facebook or Twitter (@StephanieTyler).

Author Spotlight: Stephanie Tyler

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Have you been following The Defiance Series? It combines New Adult with a post-apocalyptic setting to create thrilling stories filled with feisty heroines and motorcycle clubs. Find out more about the latest in the series below, as well as some valuable writing advice from Stephanie Tyler.

“Finish the Book”: Writing Advice from Stephanie Tyler


I always get asked, ‘what was the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?’  Hands down, it was, ‘finish the book.’  I don’t remember where I read it, but it makes so much sense.  Partials are easy.  But getting through an entire book (whether it be a novella or a category length book or a single title length work) is a whole different thing.  Until you actually finish a book, one with a beginning, middle and end (or a reasonable facsimile of all three) you have no idea if you can.   It’s such a simple thing, but it truly resonated with me.

About Salvation:

salvationBook three of The Defiance Series

Luna is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of—the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club—without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.

Keller’s mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of depraved excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she’s his. It’s the one thing that will keep her safe.

Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop’s lead. And that’s where the lines begin to blur, because what’s been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller’s protecting is something he’ll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bishop may be facing their final goodbye.


Want to find out more about The Defiance Series? Check out Defiance and Redemption! and remember to visit Stephanie Tyler’s website for news and fun extras!

Author Spotlight: Allison Parr

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New Adult is a unique genre, located somewhere between YA and the more grown up genres we’re all familiar with. It’s about your first real job, your first serious relationship, and figuring how just how this whole adult thing works. Allison Parr is an expert on the New Adult heroine. Combined with the Sports genre, her New York Leopards series has sexy football players who could be the real relationship these new adults are looking for.

Inspiration in the Small Things by Allison Parr

Allison-Parr-headshot-RT-757x1024I’m a thief.

For my latest book, I’ve stolen three different restaurant, two apartments, and one rooftop party. I’ve snagged four outfits, one eavesdropped conversation, and several awful winter storms.

When I’m looking for inspiration on settings, conversations, or even events, I go straight to my largest bank of information: my own experiences. I generally know the bulk of the plot – say girl meets boy next door, confesses love, things get awkward – but when I need a location or a celebration, I find basing them on things I’ve seen can provide a wealth of detail and authenticity.

This is both really fun and really useful; if I’m ever stumped, I just look around or think back to something interesting, and throw it in the mix. If it’s freezing out today, it’s freezing in the scene I’m writing. And if the girl at the café table across from me has a super cute dress, well, that’s showing up on my heroine.

However, fair warning: if you chose this route, don’t be surprised if your friends start texting you madly when they realize you just described your old apartment. Or when they recognize the brief appearance of their ex-boyfriend.

Happy reading!

About Imaginary Lines

CARINA_0414_9781426897757_ImaginaryLinesTamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She’d always considered it destiny that they’d end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she’d ever felt before, and it’s nothing she’ll ever forget.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York’s premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she’s felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar’s decided to move on, Abe’s realized she’s the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who’s been holding her back all these years.

Read more about the New York Leopards in Rush Me and Running Back, available now!


What readers are saying about Allison Parr:

Not only does Rachael constantly make intresting insights into what it means to be a woman in the twentieth century but she does it with snark! The entertaining dialogue had many laugh out loud moments.

–Amazon review


This was a cute story that made me cry and laugh and wish for a happy ending. It’s broadens your horizons and gives you a new perspective on meeting people that seem like they are completely the exact opposite of you. –Amazon review


Sometimes, when I’m about a quarter of the way through a book, I feel like I don’t want it to end because it is so entertaining and because the characters are the kind that I want to spend a lot of time with. Running Back was one of those books for me. –Goodread review

To find out more about Allison Parr, be sure to follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, and visit her website.

Stalking For Ideas

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When I first decided to delve into the world of New Adult stories, I was hit with the usual fear that strikes most writers: What the heck am I going to write about? But then I remembered something I once read. When we think of stalkers, the names of celebrities such as Jodi Foster, David Letterman, Selena Gomez, and Steven Spielberg come to mind. But they aren’t the only ones at risk; we all are, and even more at risk are college-aged students.

Perfect, I thought. I can write about stalking. Except in Tell Me When, I decided to focus on what happens after the stalker is caught. Even if he is caught and locked away for life, you’re still left with the memories of what happened, which can often be traumatic.

Another reason I decided to write about stalking was because it happened to me, in university, like the statistics claim.

I met the guy at a nightclub while my friends were dancing. He seemed nice enough and we started talking, but I really wasn’t into him. He was just someone to entertain me while my friends were busy. At the end of the evening, he asked for my phone number and I made my first mistake. No, I didn’t give it to him. I gave him a fake number. I figured he would get the hint that I wasn’t interested if he tried it. Recently I learned that if you give a stalker any number—fake or not—it makes him think you’re interested.

Mistake #2 was telling him where I worked. You’re probably groaning now, wondering why I did that if I wasn’t interested; I’ve often wondered the same. Apparently my mouth and my brain weren’t communicating very well that day. I don’t even remember telling him where I worked, but he showed up one day. Not only that, he applied for a job there just so he could be near me. Is there anyone here who doesn’t think that’s creepy?

While researching the topic of stalking for Tell Me When (and freaking myself out), I talked to several of my writer friends. Turns out I wasn’t the only individual with a story about how they’d been stalked in high school or college. Fortunately for most, the stalker moved on, but this isn’t always the case. For some victims, the stalking can become deadly for the victim or her loved ones. This is why prevention is the key to avoiding the situation to begin with.

Have you or someone you know ever been stalked? Do you know what to do to avoid becoming a target?

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. For more information, check out the Stalking Awareness Website.



Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her—and Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.


First chapter can be found on website.

Stina 1 Born in England, Stina Lindenblatt loves to travel and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife.

She currently lives in Calgary, Canada, and can be found on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


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The weird magic of New Adult.

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God, your late teens/early twenties. How weird were those years? The weirdest, right? You’re trying to figure it out. Who you are, what you’re doing, where you’re going. There’s new expectations placed on you, new responsibilities, and you’re balancing all that with work and/or school, and your social and love lives.

But, at the same time, you’re free. Probably freer than you’ve ever been up until that point. Maybe freer than you’ll ever be again. You don’t have your parents down the hall, and you’re largely in charge of yourself, your future, who you are and who you’ll be. And you can buy a drink legally, which was probably my favorite thing back then. Might still be my favorite thing, come to think of it.

There’s a certain magic in those wild, hazy, sometimes overwhelming years and I love that we have a shelf now full of books dedicated to it. I love that I get to add to that shelf, and my Lane gets to become a place there you can go to buy a drink from a scrappy, pretty waitress who may or may not get into a brawl before the night is over. And maybe on your way out of the bar, you’ll be approached by a shady looking guy who mumbles an invite to an underground fight later. Just be careful if you accept. Accidents have been known to happen down dark alleys. Bring a friend. Preferably someone who’s not afraid to walk the line of legal.


Image and video hosting by TinyPicBri 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.

Before Bri knows it, she’s caught in the midst of a rivalry between her boyfriend and her boss, both of whom are not content to settle their scores inside the ring. She swore she’d never live this life, so like the one she once ran from. But only by confronting her past can she decide where her future lies…and whether Luke can be a part of it.


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Kristine Wyllys is a hopeless romantic with crazy hair, big lips, and bigger sunglasses. She lives in a town too tiny to be called one where she plays pretend and dances around a dusty kitchen with a baby on each hip. You can find her everywhere on the web, because she’s a shameless social media junkie.

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