Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'Hoochie Games' by LaMia


Synopsis: 

Tajina Craig is a 23 year-old single mother of 3 who lives in the projects with her grandmother, Ms. Pearl. Tajina struggles to overcome the damage that resulted from her childhood of sexual abuse and prostitution. She tries to make the best of her life, but she is soon overcome with jealousy and envy and decides to take what she wants by playing a dangerous and slimy game. Romance and true love is what she wants and she will do anything to have it. Soon everyone she loves will find themselves caught up in a web of sex, lies, murder, and revenge.

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Author Bio:

LaMia is a creative individual who has always written short stories and novellas as a hobby. Due to increased request for copies of her novellas, she decided to share her stories with the world . LaMia writes stories which are relatable and that ring true to her friends, family, and readers. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pet beagle. She is a graduate of University of Phoenix and currently owns an event and music management company.

'Prim & Proper' by Barbara Cutrera


Synopsis:

Sean Proper, the youngest principal ever to head the renowned Kensington Academy, knows he’s smart and driven to succeed, but he has no idea he’s also living proof that miracles do happen. Unaware of the truth, he can’t foresee how radically his life will be altered by his introduction to Prim Aurora, a businesswoman whose past is shrouded in mystery. Each having extremely different and unusual upbringings, neither Sean nor Prim ever intend to become seriously involved in any romantic relationship. Prim’s inexplicable fears, Sean’s need to be in control, and the appearance of a dead body in the Aurora family home will test the passion and love between them. As their relationship is jeopardized by past events and a killer still on the loose, their determination and commitment to their dream of a life spent together is threatened. Only elusive revelations regarding the secrets in Prim’s past and the circumstances relating to the miracle surrounding Sean’s birth can provide Prim and Proper with the promise of a happy future.

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About the author:

Barbara Cutrera has been a writer since childhood but didn’t begin writing novels until 1999. She decided to pursue publication in 2012. Cutrera is an author who likes to write in various genres – fiction, mystery, contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and romantic suspense. 

A member of the Romance Writers of America, the Florida Writers’ Association, and the Tampa Area Romance Authors, Cutrera was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Florida with her family in 2004. She works with the visually-impaired and is visually-impaired herself. She believes that our minds are only limited by the restrictions we place upon them. Her literary credo? “Transcending reality by exploring it one story at a time….”

'Falling Between (Introduction to the Vaettir Serial)' by Sara C. Roethle


Blurb: 

Madeline would never risk another life by falling in love again, not with what happened last time...at least not until she found some answers. Unfortunately answers sometimes come in rather strange packages, and the knowledge of the Vaettir comes with a steep price. Now she must make a choice between the life she thought she wanted, and a life among others like her. The only catch is that the others like her, including the flirtatious yet dangerous Alaric, expect her to do their dirty work.

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A crackling sound caught my attention. I jumped, ready to fend off my attacker, then realized the sound had come from the simple stone fire-place in the far wall. My first thought was that perhaps fire could be used as a weapon, but I had nothing to wield it with. That was just like my attackers to not leave me a torch.
 “You're not supposed to be awake yet,” a voice said from behind me.
 I nearly stumbled as I tried to turn around too quickly. A man stood framed in the doorway. He wore black slacks and no shirt or shoes. It was an odd look that made it seem as if he simply hadn't finished dressing yet . . . or perhaps he just hadn't finished un-dressing.

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Bio:

Born and raised in AZ, now residing in New Mexico. Sara’s first novel, “Xoe”, was published in 2009. Since then two more books in the series have been released: “Accidental Ashes” and “Broken Beasts”. The Vaettir Romance Serial is her latest work, with new episodes released monthly.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Lauren Clark, author of 'Pie Girls'


What was the inspiration for this book?
I visited a place in Greensboro, Alabama called the Pie Lab, a restaurant written up many times in Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and many newspapers around the Southeast. The pie shop is a special place—small town atmosphere—great food, and personal attention, but the thing that makes it really unique is that it is a place where high school dropouts or people in need of skills and training can go and learn valuable skills—how to bake, run a register, make change, and give good customer service. I kind of fell in love with the idea of such a place in Fairhope, Alabama, a lovely waterfront community near where I live. I decided to create a shop named Pie Girls there, and thus, Searcy’s story was born.
Which character spoke to you the most?
I would have to say that I love Searcy in so many ways. I was fascinated with the idea of a spoiled Southern belle suddenly losing everything and having to go “back home” with her tail between her legs…after swearing she’d never return. It’s really a double-whammy because she comes back to Fairhope, Ala. expecting to recoup and ends up running the family business and handling lots of trouble instead!
What is one of your favorite scenes?
I’d have to say that there are two scenes that I equally love. The first is when Searcy’s mother in law, CC, pays her an unexpected visit in their Buckhead, Ga. apartment. C.C. is so self-absorbed and pretentious; she’s easily the character you love to hate. She totes along her new puppy, Precious, and tortures Searcy by making her talk to the dog as if they are sisters. Precious then proceeds to tear up the entire apartment without C.C. batting an eye.
The other scene finds Searcy looking for her husband, Alton, in his skyscraper office in Atlanta. She’s gone shopping and is wearing nothing but seductive undergarments, along with a garter belt, stockings, and a trench coat. She allows the saleswoman to talk her into putting on glittery lotion, and has an allergic reaction about thirty minutes later—in front of Alton’s two bosses. Needless to say, she has to get the lotion off quick…and ends up ripping off the trench coat and dousing herself in a fifth of hard liquor before it’s all done!
Will we ever see these characters again?
I’d love to do a follow-up story with Searcy. She’s such a fun character, and I feel she has excellent potential to make Pie Girls a regional—or maybe national—success! When the novel finishes, she’s won over many of the townspeople, so the love and backing is definitely there.

What is a favorite recipe you are willing to share?
This is one of the 4 delicious recipes in Pie Girls. It has a slight caramel flavor and my boys adore it. Use the no-fail (and SO EASY) pie crust recipe in Pie Girls, or make your own. 
SEARCY’S CHESS PIE 
1⁄2 pound of butter

2 cups of white sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla

8 egg yolks, beaten

1⁄2 cup of heavy cream or half and half
2 tablespoons of corn meal

1⁄2 recipe of Best Ever Pie Crust

Cream butter and sugar with a mixer; add yolks, vanilla, and heavy cream. Fold in cornmeal. Pour into 9-inch pie plate with Best Ever Pie Crust. Bake at 350 until medium brown on top, 45-55 minutes. Pie should be almost set before removing from the oven. Cool before cutting. Serves 8.
Did you indulge in any of these while writing?
I sure did! I planned a PIE WEEKEND, prepared my two boys, my friends, and my boyfriend. Using all of my grandmother’s recipes, I made 9 pies in all, and taste-tested everyone! I selected three (plus the pie crust recipe) to go in the Pie Girls book.
What is the recipe for a successful romance?
I definitely think there has to be chemistry and that you have to keep things fresh and exciting. Every once in a while, dress up and go out to dinner, spend a candlelit evening at home, and make time to have fun with each other. I also believe it’s just as important to like the other person as it is to love them.
How does your career in media influence your writing?
I’m so grateful for the six years I spent as TV news anchor and reporter. I learned to write quickly, think on my feet, and met tons of fascinating people. I sincerely believe that everyone has a story—your mailman, the lady at the flower shop, and definitely your hairdresser! It’s amazing the things people will share with you when you are truly interested in hearing what they have to say. I’ve heard some amazing love stories—ways people have met, and funny situations people get themselves into and out of! (Yes, I need that t-shirt that says “Careful what you say, it might end up in my book!) And don’t worry, the names are always changed to protect the innocent!
What is some of the best writing advice you ever received?
Write every day—or almost every day. Finish the manuscript you’ve started, even if you think it’s the most terrible novel in the world. Read a lot—it fuels my imagination. And talk to people—everyone has a story!
How does writing fulfill you?
I’ve always loved books and stories—from the time that I was a little girl. Great writing wows me. I’m in awe of prolific writers. For me, I love writing a story from start to finish, seeing a character change and grow. Along the way, I like to make readers laugh and maybe cry (a little). In the end, I’m definitely a fan of happy endings. I want to give readers a satisfying conclusion, and that’s what I strive for with my own novels.
What is something we may be surprised to learn about you?
I’m in graduate school right now. I’m enrolled in a master of science in interactive technology program at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). I’m learning to use programs like Camtasia, Canvas, and Audacity, as well explore topics like the impact of social media on society and how mobile devices have and will continue to change the face of education. I have exactly a year left to go, and am enjoying every minute of it!
Thank you so much for your time!


And now about PIE GIRLS...


Pie Girls
by Lauren Clark

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BLURB:

Princess, Southern belle, and spoiled-rotten social climber Searcy Roberts swore on a stack of Bibles she’d never return home to Fairhope, Alabama. After marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Atlanta, Searcy embraces big-city life—Carrie Bradshaw style.

But now, Searcy has a teeny, tiny problem. Her husband’s had a mid-life crisis. He’s quit his job, cancelled her credit cards, and left her for another man.

Searcy returns to Fairhope, ready to lick her wounds. But when her mother falls ill, she’s is thrust into managing the family business—only to discover the beloved bakery is in danger of closing its doors forever.

Enlisting the help of the adorable bike store owner next door, an array of well-heeled customers, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Searcy hatches the plan of the century to save Pie Girls.

Read an excerpt:
Chapter 9

"Are you sure that the baby's mine?"

I feel faint and the room starts to tilt and swim. "Whatever are you talking about?" I demand, doing my best to sound indignant. "Of course it's ours."

Alton turns his body to face mine. "I'm asking, because it's impossible," he explains.

My lips part. I try to form words. What is he trying to tell me?

"Searcy," Alton leans closer. " I had a vasectomy. Six months ago.”

“What?” I squeak. “How? When?”

“You were in California with Phillipa."

My hands begin to quiver. I brace myself on the sofa.

Vasectomy?

Six. Months. Ago.

I feel sick. I want to throw up. Or launch myself out the window.

My husband's gaze doesn't waver. He's serious.

"You see," Alton continues gently. "The baby can't be mine."

I can't speak or take a breath. All at once, I am furious. How dare he do this to me? Of all of the underhanded, rotten, selfish things to do to a wife. How could he take this away from me? From us?

Usually, I’m a calm, rational person. But without another thought, my right hand clenches into a fist. My fingers curl tight and the tips press into my palm. My arm bends at the elbow and I draw my body back, gathering momentum.

I take aim.

As my first jets through the air, cutting a path straight for my husband's gorgeous face, everything screams to a slow-motion finish.

His face registers a mix of doubt, surprise, and then...in the last second...out-right terror.

I punch Alton square in the mouth.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lauren Clark writes contemporary Southern novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.

She is the author of four award-winning novels, Dancing Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer, and Pie Girls, as well as a short story, A Very Dixie Christmas, published in the Merry & Bright holiday collection. Lauren is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the Mobile Writers Guild. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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'Forsaken' by Sarah Ballance



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Her past is back to haunt her—and this time, it’s got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her.

Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise to stay out of her life and confronts her, his rage backed up with a revolver. Yet when she steps through the door, all thoughts of revenge burn to ashes.

A year after Riley unwillingly walked away from Gage, she enters her home to find him sitting in the dark, gun pointed at her head. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes reminds her how wrong she was to let him go. But now there’s more standing between them than their heated past.

A twist of fate—and a hail of sniper bullets—puts them in the cross hairs of a killer, leaving Riley with just two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer, or face a murderer alone.

This book has been previously published.

Warning: Prepare to get caught in a crossfire of profanity, danger, and desire. Intense violence may trigger the desire to wear body armor…and take it off. Very, very slowly.

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The evidence had been right in front of him. He didn’t want to believe it, but he couldn’t deny it either. Not until he saw her reaction for himself, and he wasn’t going to do that unarmed. He reached for her, feeling the charge of their connection long before his fingers grazed her skin. A hint of blue peering from beneath her thick lashes caught his attention. She was watching him.

Frozen by her beauty—by all she meant to him and everything he tried to tell himself she didn’t—his thoughts left him. He fell closer, his hand dipping to her jaw line. Tracing the familiar contours of her face with a fingertip came as naturally as breathing.

“Riley…” The tangle of emotions in his chest loosened. The evidence was unmistakable, but she couldn’t have done it. Not the Riley he knew.

Contentment drifted behind those thick lashes. For a single moment the last twelve months of hell wasted away, and she was his again. His name spilled from her lips, soft and sweet, like no time had passed. God help him, he wanted it to be true. He’d give anything to go back to the day he lost her and change it all.

She reached for him, and when she drew him in he didn’t—couldn’t—resist. Her arms circled his neck, her fingers tangling in the hair she always said was too long, and every bit of the fight fled his traitorous heart. He forgot the cold, hard floor. He forgot why he had waited in her living room, untouched whiskey taunting him, tempering his rage.

He forgot murder.


Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids.) When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or in search of that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Arizona Grey on her Rugby Heat Series

The Rugby Heat Series - Where does the Heat come from? 

My New Adult erotica romance series is called Rugby Heat. Each book is a stand-alone story that features a different international rugby player on contract somewhere in the rugby playing world. What's rugby?? some of you may ask. There's two different kinds.

Rugby union, or simply rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. Unlike football, rugby players wear no pads, helmets or protection of any kind. Which means they have to be very big...and strong...and tough...and hard. In all the right places.

Which makes them absolutely perfect for a romance lead! In my book ADVANTAGE, Justice Corban is a rugby player from New Zealand, on contract with the USA team. NZ has the best rugby team in the world and Justice is kickass enough to be the Captain of Team USA. Justice is twenty-eight years old. He was born in Tonga and grew up in NZ. He sports several tattoos from his Pacific Island heritage. He's a natural born leader and the others on the team look up to him both on and off the field. He's combining rugby with university study in Washington D.C where the team is based, and doing his graduate degree in Business, when he meets Adeline Winters...and the sparks fly!

Anyone of these pro rugby players could be inspiration for a little bit of Justice Corban.

John Williams, Australian rugby player

Stuart Reardon, UK rugby player

Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand - Samoan rugby player

Blurb:

Warning: This book is not suitable for readers under 18+ years. It contains numerous encounters of a sensual nature, rampant desire, voyeurism, a mild threesome (or is that a foursome?), vanilla BDSM, and a shocking lack of any actual rugby games.

Adeline Winters vowed never to trust anyone again. Not with her body, and definitely, not with her heart. Then Justice Corban, captain of the USA national team, kicked a rugby ball at her, and literally brought her to knees. He has a way with his fists, with words, tropical flowers and chocolate pie - and a delicious determination to bring a woman to ecstasy in a multitude of ways - without sex. (The traditional penetrative kind, that is...) Does he have what it takes to break through Addie's defences and earn the tactical advantage? And can Addie bare more than her body to all Justice has to offer? Is her heart ready to love again?


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Perma-Free! 'Her Heart For the Asking (Texas Hearts #1)' by Lisa Mondello


Blurb:

Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. But now her uncle’s heart is failing and she has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare...the one man she’d never stopped loving.

Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle. This led him to make the hardest decision of his life and he can still see the bitterness and hurt on Mandy’s face. All these years it has killed him to think Mandy had forgotten him and moved as far away as possible from him. But now they’re back in Texas, and he’s going to do all he can to win back her love.

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"What are you doing here?" Mandy Morgan asked, dropping her too-heavy overnight case on the sun-roasted tarmac. After a grueling forty-eight hour work stint and a five-hour flight from Philadelphia, she stood wilting under the brutal Texas sun, facing her biggest nightmare. 
Beau Gentry. 
She groaned inwardly, drinking Beau in with her eyes as if she hadn't had a drop of water in months. Eight years was more like it. If she were eight years smarter, she would be moving her aching feet as fast as she could in the opposite direction. But all she could do was stare at eyes so bright they rivaled the blazing sun. At lips so kissable she'd spent the better part of her adult life trying to wipe the memory clean from her mind.

She had expected Beau would have aged some. When she allowed herself to think about him at all, she reminded herself. The faint lines etched in the corners of his sleepy gray-blue eyes gave a hint of maturity, but most probably caused by long days in the cruel sun.

She fought the urge to take a closer look at his ruggedly handsome features, but failed. How could he have gotten better looking after being abused by every bronc-busting horse on the rodeo circuit? His angular jaw, strong and determined, was shaded with beard growth that was probably a day old, maybe more. Mandy suspected if Beau grew a full beard, it would grow in thick and be the smooth texture of his almost black head of hair. She forced aside past memories that gave her such knowledge with renewed irritation.

The man didn't even have the decency to have a crooked nose. What should have been bent and awkward from being broken a few too many times was instead long and straight, shaped perfectly between high cheek bones most women would swoon over, or kill to have themselves. But on Beau Gentry, it was just one thousand percent robust cowboy.

Damn him. 
"I'm your ride out to the Double T," Beau said, gripping the edge of his white straw cowboy hat and tipping it in a cordial gesture. 
She ground the heels of her low pumps into the soft tar to contain her growing irritation. Did he think she was an idiot? "No way." 
"'Fraid so," he said, his expression slightly askew. 
"Hank didn't mention anything about you coming to get me when I spoke to him on the phone."

"I suspect he thought you would have found some excuse not to come if you knew I was picking you up." 
"He would have been right. Why didn't one of the hands come get me?"

Settling his hand at the base of his neck, Beau replied, "You're looking at him. As of three weeks ago I am one of the ranch hands at the Double T."

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Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Lisa Mondello, is an award winning author and has published over 20 romance novels. Her bestselling series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS and Fate with a Helping Hand. She’s held many jobs in her life including managing a Boston rock band, selling catering tools and working in special education. But writing novels in the last job she’ll ever have because she’s not retiring! For more information and to get news about upcoming books, visit her at http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com