Interview with Brenda Jackson on the release of SEIZED BY SEDUCTION

Interview

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I believe in romance and love stories with happy endings.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?  

From writing stories to entertain my classmates in junior high school.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was 13.  First got published 21 years ago.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

Romance and women fiction

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

My characters are Black Americans so I share Black love to other cultures.  

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Stories of true love

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Exploring the world of psychic investigators who assist law enforcement and accepting it is real in a lot cases.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 

Reuniting with characters I had written about in the past.  Namely the heroine’s parents’ story was written 15 years ago.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Nora Roberts and Linda Howard.  From them I got my love of writing connecting books about families.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?  To write. 

Most useful is my ability to type. I graduated from high school typing close to 80 wmp.  It helped when I made the transition from writing long-hand to typing my manuscript.  What I find least useful at times is spellcheck.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’m a full-time writer. Doesn’t affect my writing since writing relaxes me.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example. 

I worked in management for a major insurance company.  Didn’t impact my writing.  I found a lot of the skills I learned in the business world transferrable to my business of writing full-time. Such as time management and customer service.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Historical romances.

What projects are you working on at the present? 

Currently, I am working on a hero who belongs to the first family I’ve written about in four years

What do your plans for future projects include?

Making another movie from one of my books and moving forward to writing my 125th novel.

WOW!  125? You rock! 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? 

I dictate into recording app on phone while driving.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I take pride in naming my hero and heroine.  The name doesn’t have to be unique but I have to get the feel of it fitting the character.  I mostly use baby names books.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

She finally gets to Rest in Peace

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Reading people’s minds

If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

Super Woman.  A Super Woman outfit with her lasso.

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Title: Seized by Seduction

Author: Brenda Jackson

Genre: Contemporary romantic suspense

Series: Protectors, #2

Imprint: HQN

On-sale date: April 25, 2017

From the moment his eyes meet hers across the crime-scene tape, ex-con turned bodyguard Quasar Patterson knows he has to see the mysterious Dr. Randi Fuller again. She’s a renowned psychic investigator who can foresee danger for others, but not for herself. That makes Quasar doubly determined to watch over her—the closer, the better—as she’s drawn into a dangerous gang rivalry.

Both her psychic gift and their blinding chemistry tell Randi that she and Quasar are fated to be entwined. Even as they surrender to the heat between them, there’s no guarantee of a happily-ever-after now that an enemy has her in his sights. And claiming a future will take more than Quasar’s strength and skill. If he can’t risk the heart he’s always held in check, they’ll both lose for good…

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Brenda Jackson is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, including two that have been turned into films—One Special Moment and Truly Everlasting. Brenda is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread. Jackson is an advocate for diversity in romance and was the first African American author to make both the USA TODAY and New York Times bestseller lists in series/category romance genre.

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Interview with Maisey Yates on her new release, SLOW BURN COWBOY

Interview

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always made up stories in my head, and the minute I learned how to write them down, I started doing it. I began writing seriously for publication in 2007, and sold my first book in 2009.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I think my books are powered by dialogue. So I’d have to say the conversations between the people in the book. And also, a lot of talk of food and small mammals.

What projects are you working on at the present?

Right now I’m working on the last book about the Donnelly brothers, in the Copper Ridge series, Christmastime Cowboy.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

I think good books always inspire me to write. In the beginning it was Miranda Lee, Sharon Kendrick, Penny Jordan, Lynne Graham, those great Harlequin Presents authors who make me fall in love with the line, and made me want to write the books so badly. I think reading books by Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas always make me feel inspired. I’m in awe of what they do with language and character. Nicole Helm writes the most wonderful family dynamics, Megan Crane is a master of world building and Jackie Ashenden is the queen of the deep, internal conflict. Reading those books always inspires me to reach for more in my own writing.

What do you like to read in your free time?

The above mentioned authors! LOL. I’m a huge Historical Romance reader. Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt and Julie Anne Long are my favorites. In contemporary Nicole Helm, Jackie Ashenden and Megan Crane (who also writes dystopian romances I love!)

FUN STUFF

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

I have a lot of follow up questions. How many can I eat comfortably? How many can I eat without regard for my well being? Is this a competition? Because if it’s a competition…the most.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Taking a mouthful of water and turning upside down to swallow it. It works every time!

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Samoas. Which I guess are a very divisive cookie. It’s a love or hate thing. I am in the love camp.

This or That?

Winter or Summer? Winter. Summer and I have a limited tolerance for each other.

TexMex or Italian? Italian. Though I’d choose Mexican food over Italian food. Just not TexMex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

Fried or Scrambled? Scrambled. With ketchup and cheese.

About the Author

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Find out more about Maisey and her books, as. well as all of her social media links, at her website: http://www.maiseyyates.com.

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Title: Slow Burn Cowboy    Author: Maisey Yates

Genre: Western contemporary romance

Imprint: HQN          On-sale date: April 18, 2017

In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy’s best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…

If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn’t. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She’s in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…

He’s been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he’s all man. They’re right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane’s body, but he doesn’t want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she’s got a plan of her own…to show Finn there’s nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.

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Interview with Candace Havens on the release of ALL I WANT IS YOU

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Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My whole family reads, sometimes five or six books a week. My dad, probably more than that. I can’t remember not loving books. They’ve always been a big part of my life, as has storytelling. When I was little, they called them lies. Now I get paid to make stuff up. It’s awesome.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

This is a tough one for writers to see in themselves. My books always have a sense of humor. I feel like no matter what’s going on in life you have to laugh as much as possible.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

Letting go of my internal editor is the most useful tool in my arsenal. That internal editor is the voice in your head telling you it’s probably not very good. The truth is, during the first draft there is no room for editing. So I send that internal editor on vacation and just sit down and write.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’ve got another sexy romance I just turned into my editor and I’m also working on a YA. As soon as I finish the YA, I’m working on a new contemporary romance. It’s a wonderful busy time for me.

 

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Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

LOL I’ve had to teach myself to write anywhere. I do like to have snacks. Usually, these days, sunflower seeds or fruit. It used to be chocolate. I also have to have my headphones on when I’m writing. Even if there is no sound they block distractions. And if I’m home, I usually light a candle or have the aroma therapy thingy (professional term) going. Vanilla and Cinnamon make my brain work better.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

All of them. Doesn’t’ matter how many, which is why I’m trying to change all those old eating habits.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Holding my breath and drinking water upside down. BUT I’ve discovered that some of the breathing exercises from Kundalini Yoga are really helpful for hiccups.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

A stick figure. I can’t draw. But I’m trying to learn. Right now I’m taking a how to draw comic figures class on Craftsy.com.

How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?

I’m horrifically competitive. Even when I tell myself it’s just a game. It’s just a game. I always want to win.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

You were really hungry when you were writing these questions weren’t you? YES

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?

Never. Not with songs I really love. I have some albums that I always listen to when writing or editing, and I’ve listened to them hundreds of times.

 

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Dogs 100 percent. I’m allergic to cats.

Tea or Coffee? I’m addicted to BOTH.

Marvel or DC Comics? I love me some Thor and some Batman so I’m not picking.

Winter or Summer? Winter.

TexMex or Italian? These are really hard, probably Texmex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

Vintage or New? Vintage.

Bond or Bourne? Why would you make someone choose? That’s like picking a favorite child.

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel? Roller coaster. I live in the fast lane.

About the Author

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Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Her entertainment columns are syndicated by FYI Television, Inc. She is the Executive Editor, and Editorial Director for the Embrace and Indulgence lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

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Hawke Vance will do whatever it takes to protect the family business, even if it means protecting it from his own father, a man who’s just gotten hitched in Vegas to wife number nine.

Growing up seeing how much chaos wedded bliss creates, Hawke’s sworn never to fall into the matrimony trap. But to get the all-important controlling shares of the company, he does need a wife.

Being caught skinny dipping is not the way ballerina Amy Powell planned to start her vacation. When the hot biker who catches her turns out to be the owner of the house she’s staying in, she’s mortified. But embarrassment soon turns to confusion and a good dose of lust when Mr. Sex on a Stick offers her the money she needs to save her brother if she’ll agree to marry him and play pretend for two months.

Only this game of make-believe quickly starts feeling too real…

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Interview with Anna Bennett, on the release of…I DARED THE DUKE

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

When I was fourteen, I read Pride and Prejudice, and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading. Before that, I’d enjoyed reading Greek myths, Grimm’s fairy tales and fantasy novels like A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I always wished for something more.

Then I read Jane Austen for a literature class, and she delivered everything I craved in one book—romance, wit, and poignancy. My mother was (and still is) an avid reader and gave me a few historical romances to try. I was hooked!

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

You know the line from John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars, “My third best friend was an author who didn’t know I existed”? That’s how I feel about Lisa Kleypas! I adore her books for their characters, emotion, passion, and humor. And she once gave an amazing, incredibly inspiring speech at a Romance Writers of America conference that I listened to a half a dozen times–before my first book was ever published. Her stories perfectly capture that glorious, heady feeling of falling in love.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m working on the next Wayward Wallflower book, The Rogue is Back in Town. It’s the story of the youngest Lacey sister, Julie, who’s trying to protect her eccentric uncle from the rogue who tries to evict them from their house. It has lots of the tropes I love: a wallflower, a bad boy, enemies-to-lovers, and a love triangle. It’s been fun to write!

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Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I track my daily word count on a paper calendar, and I swear it’s good luck when the number is a palindrome.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

One, but I could eat three in the course of a day—I like to pace myself. There’s this new donut shop near me that makes the donuts to order and serves them warm. Sugar and cinnamon with vanilla icing please!

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Why fight them? Let them run their course. 🙂

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Trefoils

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention. What do you think cats dream about?

World domination

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Cats

Tea or Coffee? Iced tea, hot coffee

Winter or Summer? Summer and flip flops

TexMex or Italian? Love both, but will say Italian for mom’s eggplant parm

Vintage or New? Vintage

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I Dared the Duke

April 4, 2017

Wayward Wallflowers Series, Book 2

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Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true?

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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Character Interview with Alyssa Kaplan from Kendra C. Highley’s SWINGING AT LOVE

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Q: How would you describe yourself?

AK: That’s a bit…personal, don’t you think?

Q: It’s an interview. Inquiring minds and all.

AK:  Um, okay. I’m middle height, athletic build, with crazy curly hair that will not stay in a ballerina bun no matter how hard I try, and green eyes. Nothing special.

Q: I hear a certain someone thinks you’re pretty darn special.

AK: I’d like to think so. Tristan’ pretty special, too.

Q: Moving on…what music do you have on your phone?

AK: Some classical from ballets I’ve danced in. A little Ed Sheeran, some Rhianna, Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors, and Sia. I really like Unbreakable.

Q: What’s your idea of a perfect date?

AK:  That’s almost too easy—great seats to a Rangers game with a guy who enjoys baseball as much as I do. If it’s a really good date, there will be churros. Kissing a guy who tastes like cinnamon sugar is awesome.

Q: Cinnamon sugar…interesting. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? And by anywhere, I mean anytime in the past, present, or future, too.

AK:  I’d go back to see the 1927 Yankee’s play. Or to the mid-40s to see Galina Ulanova dance with the Russian Bolshoi Ballet.

Q: Favorite food?

AK:  My mom’s spaghetti with homemade sauce. I’m watching my weight for a ballet tryout coming up, so I can’t eat a lot, but I love it.

Q: Speaking of ballet, what made you give up softball for dancing?

AK:  I love the grace of dancing, the way it makes me feel. Plus, I was starting to get tired of traveling to tournaments and coming home bruised after sliding. You get bruises doing ballet, too, but you’re less likely to be concussed.

Q: Do you have a favorite ballet?

AK: Most people would say The Nutcracker, but I love the music in Sleeping Beauty more. I’d love to dance in a production of it someday.

Q: What advice would you give to little girls starting out in sports or dance?

AK: Don’t quit. Be prepared to show up and work hard. Give it your whole heart.

Q: Okay, rapid fire time: M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces?

AK: M&Ms

Q: Coffee or Tea

AK: Coffee, black

Q: Sun or rain?

AK: Sun

Q: Pizza or Enchiladas

AK: That’s almost cruel…enchiladas. I live in Texas.

Q: Boxers or briefs?

AK: Depends on the guy?

Q: That’s fair. Last one: Cats or dogs

AK: I like both, but dogs. My dog is my best buddy.

Q: Great—thanks for speaking with us today!

AK: You’re totally welcome.

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Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

 

 

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An Interview with Private David Summers, protagonist of J.D.R. Hawkins’ The Renegade Series

An Interview with Private David Summers, protagonist of J.D.R. Hawkins’ The Renegade Series, including A Rebel Among Us. We are travelling back in time to September 1863. The country is in turmoil. Bloody carnage has swept across the nation. Everyone knows someone who has been lost to the terrible war.

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David, tell us about yourself.

Well, I’m from Morgan County, Alabama, which ain’t too far from Huntsville. I grew up on my kinfolk’s farm with my ma, pa, and two younger sisters. My pa died at the Battle of Fredericksburg last December. So I decided to jine up last spring with General J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry. My best friend, Jake, jined up with me, but he got killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville. My regiment was chosen to come up here to Pennsylvania. We fought at Gettysburg, and I lost a few friends. Reckon I’m mighty tired of war now, but I still want to see the South win so’s I can go back home.

How old are you?

Eighteen.

What happened after the Battle of Gettysburg?

Somethin’ right strange. I was on picket duty when I came across a Yankee sentry. We shot at each other. I won. But he got a bead on me. My horse, Renegade, bolted and ran for miles. I couldn’t hold him because a rein was severed and I’d lost my footing out of the stirrup. He finally came across a farm and went inside the barn. By then, I was gettin’ dizzy and I fell out of the saddle. It wasn’t long before I heard voices comin’ from the farmhouse.

Then what happened?

I recall some girls comin’ to my aid. They carried me into the house. I’d been shot in the shoulder and stabbed in the leg, so they stitched me up. Before I blacked out, I heard them talkin’ ‘bout whether or not they should turn me in or let me die and feed me to the hogs.

How terrible! I’m glad to see that didn’t happen!

Me, too.

So, now you’ve been here for a couple of months. How is it working out?

Not so well. There’s a neighbor who’s a Yankee officer, and even though I ain’t met him yet, I ‘spect I will sooner or later. And then there are the sisters.

The sisters?

The three sisters who saved my life. The oldest one, Anna, well, she’s mighty sweet and purty, but her sister, Maggie, don’t take a cotton to me at all. And then there’s Abigail, the youngest. She and I git along like two peas in a pod.

But you are still a soldier. Do you plan to rejoin the Confederate cavalry?

I dunno. I mean, I have to wait and see. If the Southern army comes back up here, I might be inclined, but as it is now, I can’t travel south without riskin’ my capture. Besides that, Renegade was injured, too, so I’m waitin’ for him to heal.

And then there’s Anna.

Huh?

It sounds like you’ve taken a liking to her. Do you want to stay on her account?

I wouldn’t mind it if Miss Anna took a likin’ to me. But I know her aunt and sisters won’t approve, and we keep debatin’ on who’s right and who’s wrong: the north or the south. Way I see it, the first chance I git, I’m fixin’ to head south.

It sounds like you’re facing quite a conflict. Anna and her family are committing treason by harboring you. At any moment, you could be captured, and you still have a desire to fight for the Southern cause, if I’m not mistaken. It seems you’ve gotten yourself into quite a dilemma.

Yeah. Reckon I have.

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David Summers never expected any of this… not in a million years. He thought for sure he was a goner.

After leaving Alabama and enlisting with the cavalry, his delusion of chivalry was suddenly quashed when he saw for himself the horrors of battle. Now, after being shot and ending up at a strange farmhouse, he’s found himself being nursed back to health by four beautiful girls, and has learned that his Confederate brethren have deserted him in Pennsylvania after fighting at Gettysburg. It’s more than he can fathom. On top of that, he’s been presented with an even bigger dilemma. He knows he’s falling in love with the older sister, Anna, and she has enticed him with an interesting proposition. However, her scheme goes against his principles, and the reasons why he enlisted in the first place – to avenge his father’s death and defend his sacred homeland.

To David’s dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, deceiving everyone around him by pretending to be a Yankee? If discovered, he would be considered a traitor to the cause, and she could be in jeopardy of treason. Or should he leave the farm, say goodbye to her, and risk certain capture? Either way, his perilous situation doesn’t seem to offer an encouraging outcome. If that isn’t bad enough, Anna’s neighbor, a Union officer, is in love with her, too, and he would stop at nothing to have David arrested … or worse.

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J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective.

Her Renegade Series includes A Beautiful Glittering Lie,  A Beckoning Hellfire, and A Rebel Among Us. All three novels are award winners, and tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter. Ms. Hawkins is currently working on a nonfiction book about the War Between the States, as well as another sequel to her series.

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Interview with Nikki Ashton

Author Nikki Ashton shares a little about herself and her writing

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Nikki lives in Cheshire with her husband, two dogs and lovely mother-in-law who supplies her with endless cups of tea. She writes romance with a touch of humour and lots of love, and hopes that she puts a smile on her reader’s faces.

Her ambitions of becoming a writer started at the age of 10 when she started writing poetry at school, and was given the honour of reading one of her poems to the rest of her year group (a truly embarrassing experience that she will never forget).

Nikki is grateful for the wide variety of strange and wonderful people in her life, otherwise she’d never know what to write about! She is currently talking to family and friends, finding out their innermost secrets in readiness for her next book.

Although all Nikki’s books are stand alone stories characters do make ‘guest appearances’. So, the best order to read them is:

Guess Who I Pulled Last Night
No Bra Required
Get Your Kit Off
Rock Stars Don’t Like Big Knickers
Rock Stars Don’t Like Ugly Bras

Rock Stars Do Like Christmas
Cheese Tarts & Fluffy Socks

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ROMAN’S HAVING SEX AGAIN

by Nikki Ashton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summer James has suffered a devastating change to her life, one that could shape her future. To make matters worse, she now has a new boss. Not such a major problem, you might think, but not when that boss is Roman Hepburn: rude, grouchy and impatient, with a damn fine ass!

Summer’s feelings for the dark, brooding Roman soon change and it becomes evident that some highly-charged sexual tension has been bubbling under the surface when Roman makes it clear that he intends to make Summer his.

Will Roman succeed in getting his girl, and, if he does, will he succeed in keeping her? Or will circumstances, and Roman’s hilariously strange, but loveable, family, send Summer tottering for the hills on her six-inch heels?

This is a sexy, fun romance filled with laugh out loud moments. Full of broody men, feisty women, quirky characters and gorgeous shoes—you won’t be disappointed.

This book contains some sex scenes and bad language.

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Guest Post by Merrie Destefano – author of LOST GIRLS

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How Writing is Like Combing Your Hair, Sort Of

There are many stages in the writing process. There’s the glittery, I’ve just fallen in love and all of this is SO wonderful stage. This is where words fly off your fingertips, ideas come when you’re trying to fall asleep, and most of your friends get a glazed look on their faces when you ramble on about random plot elements. This is the part of writing that can get you addicted. It’s wild, it’s like caffeine and adrenaline mixed into a yummy cocktail and can I have another one of those, please?

Fortunately, this stage doesn’t last very long. You’d think it would be perfect, if only you could capture this feeling and keep it in a bottle, like lightning bugs. The thing is, not everything that comes out on your computer screen during this stage really makes sense. Some of it is a little bit disjointed and crazy.

It will have to go through another stage first before it sparkles. This next stage is a little bit painful. It’s where you need to look at your work like a reader, instead of a head-over-heels-in-love-with-my-own-creation writer.

For a long time, I’ve thought of this second stage almost like combing your hair. If you’ve ever had long hair, you know that mornings aren’t fun. You wake up with a snarled, tangled mess of hair. It can hurt to straighten out that hot mess. The comb acts like it hates you, snagging on knots that you can’t even see. If you go too fast, there’s a big OUCH waiting for you.

So, at this point, I try to look at my work from a different angle. If I’ve been working on a computer, I print out the pages. I even lay out the document in a graphics program (QuarkXPress), so it will look more like a book. Another trick you can try is to email your story in a Word document to your Kindle. Every time you read your book in different format, it will force you to see it in a new way.

Things I look for include: sentences that sound too much alike, bad rhythm, too much information, not enough information, scenes that seem to have more than one central focus, places where I get bored, characters that aren’t responding correctly, dialogue that feels off, and long scenes where there’s no dialogue.

This is a process that I repeat throughout the writing of my book. I mark the snags and tangles, go back and do my best to fix them, print out the corrected pages and read through them again. Every time, it feels like I’m combing my hair. With each pass, the comb goes through a little bit easier, my hair starts to look a tiny bit better, and I think, hey, this is working!

Because I do this throughout the process of writing, by the time I’m completely done with my ‘first’ draft, it usually doesn’t take a lot of editing. I can almost always finish my final round of edits within a couple of weeks.

Of course, then there is the next round of edits that I get from my agent and my editor. Those usually require a jackhammer, a couple gallons of Coke Zero, and a series of frantic emails and phone calls to my writer pals where I ask them why I ever thought I could write. It can even turn into an existential crisis at that point. But I try to take a few deep breaths and let some time pass. Because I know that if I can make it through this last stage, there will be this thing called A Real Book.

The Real Book stage? That’s the absolute best part. It’s the reason I got started in this business in the first place. It’s pure magic, it’s starlight and fairy wings and feet that can’t touch the ground.

In fact, it’s so amazing, it makes you want to start all over again and write another book.

 

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Born in the Midwest, magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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The only rule is: there are no rules.

“Merrie Destefano weaves magic.” —Rachel A. Marks, author of Darkness Brutal

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: She’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad: sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves. The rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

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Interview with Shea McMaster: part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I love romance. Sometimes I mix it up with suspense or a little Sci-Fi, but it’s always about love first. Happy Endings rule!

How long have you been writing?

I started in late October 2004. My husband I were separated by job circumstances. He was starting our transition back to Alaska and I stayed in Colorado so our son could finish Jr. High at the fabulous school he was in. I also had a great paying FT job with even better health care. It was a very tough year and writing got me through a whole lot of major challenges.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

If I’m writing a story set in Alaska, I see it as a chance to set the record straight about what it’s really like to live in the Last Frontier. I really get annoyed with authors who have never been here who write impossible things. I once read a book where the author has the hero traveling from Fairbanks (2nd largest city) to Cantwell (small village 2+ hours south of Fairbanks) for medical care. So not ever going to happen! Never mind the other impossible situations she set up for the characters.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I really try to inject humor when I can. I’m not as funny as J. Morgan, or Boone Brux, both dear writing buddies, but I like to keep things light. I’d rather laugh than cry.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

Right now, getting the quiet time I need to sink into the story. Recently moved into my 87 yo mother’s house to take care of her. Some days I just can’t find ten minutes of quiet, much less the 3-4 hours I really need. Love being here for her, so it’s more a situation of frustration when it comes to writing. Sometimes I can set her up with an audio book, but then I want to listen too!

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Such a long list! Starting back many years ago Julie Garwood and Jude Deveraux were my go-to reads. Then I added Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Greene, Jennifer Crusie, Rebecca York, and a whole host of others.

In the last twelve years, my favorites come from my AKRWA chapter. We have a whole lot of talent up here! Jackie Ivie, Lizbeth Selvig, Jennifer Bernard, Maxine Mansfield, Boone Brux, Lynn Lovegreen, Tielle St. Clare, and Tam Lindsey to name a few. Sorry if I missed anyone. We all help each other refine the craft and cheer everyone on. Looking forward to some of our newer members catching up.

I also love discovering new to me authors through free ebooks. I often end up buying the whole series and impatiently waiting for more.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’ve moved from full-time to part-time. So many demands on my time these days. As a result, I find it harder to dig in and write. I’m lucky to get on the computer 2-3 days a week. Often for only a half day, and even that is broken up by interruptions. Sort of like living with a toddler again.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

I did school/Scout/Mary Kay newsletters for a lot of years while working part-time. That really refined my editing skills. While in Colorado, I had a full-time job doing tech-editing and document control. The best training I had for that job was my then twelve-year-old son. I chased scientists around and made sure they did their reporting on time. I had PhDs running and hiding from me!

What do you like to read in your free time?

I’m finding myself reading, and listening to, a lot of cozy mysteries these days. The listening I do with Mom to keep her occupied while we work on getting her eyesight fixed. At night, upstairs with my husband, I find the time to read whatever I want on my tablet while knitting. Some of those are erotic in nature, but mostly I find myself looking for really good stories that are less about sex and more about building the relationship and having adventures.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have a Science Fiction series sitting in a folder on my computer that I really, really want to finish. Those stories are a bit stalled because of the weak middles and comments from my critiquers I’m still mulling over. But, soon, I hope those are headed toward contracts and editors.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Don’t knock the shower!  I’ve had some of my best ideas in the shower! The problem is when the characters start talking to each other as I’m trying to fall asleep. I’ll make notes on my tablet then try to pick up the scene in the morning.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Jennifer Greene directly inspired “Her Foreign Affair” with her book “Blame it on Paris.” I wanted the story from the mother’s angle. Then The Robinsons Series was born

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I really try to stay away from cities and regions I’ve never visited. And if I must touch down in one, I find an author who lives there, or did live there, and pester them to death with questions. This goes back to my disgust with people who have never lived in Alaska and write about it. If you want to write about Alaska, come spend a year here. It’s that different. So, I try to respect the denizens of other regions by not making up my own stories about their homes.

Unless it’s Science Fiction. Then nearly all bets are off!

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to clean house and cook dinner with the twitch of my nose. Oh, and fold laundry with a thought. I dislike routine, endless tasks. Takes time away from writing and quilting.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Ireland and Scotland. Both “old countries” for me. And Sweden. I’m one-fourth Swedish, but I don’t like kippers, so I’ll have to think about that.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

I’d want to be a seal. Swim, eat, sleep in the sun. Toss a ball around from time to time. Guess I’d have to get over my dislike of smelly fish for that!

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

See my grandchildren. Of course, my son needs to meet a nice woman before that can happen. But I don’t nag him, often. I just make gentle suggestions on how to meet someone.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I loved reading from the beginning. I crave the escape. I used to tell myself stories will making mud pies, working on puzzles, sewing… When I can mostly disconnect my mind from my actions.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I hope fun can be found in most of my stories. I’m not funny enough for the big belly laughs of true comedy writing, but I want my readers to laugh and fall in love with my characters. Someone once said my characters feel like people who live down the street, people you’d want to hang out with. That was a huge compliment.

What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

Just sit and write. Let it flow from your head to your fingers and get the story on paper (or in a document file). Save the tweaking and editing until the final draft is complete. Getting critiques on an unfinished document can send me into a tail spin that brings everything to a halt.

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Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Don’t know how strange it is, but I can stare at the screen for hours and play endless games of Solitaire.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

Unknown as I rarely buy donuts, and when I do I only buy one. Helps that the best donut place is more than an hour away. But put a bowl of chips or a bag of chocolate on my desk… That’s a whole ‘nother story. I try to keep only a glass of water handy.

How violently do you have to fight the urge to scream when you hear the ice cream truck coming?

Since I tend to be one who will spend whole days in my pjs, I’m pretty good at resisting the ice cream truck.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

About five minutes. I have little will power.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Guzzling a big glass of water.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Shortbread kills me every time. And Boy Scout popcorn. I love the cheesy stuff.

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Winter or Summer? Summer

TexMex or Italian? Both

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Vintage or New? New

Fried or Scrambled? Scrambled

Bond or Bourne? Bond

Fun Facts about Shea McMaster:

I played violin from fourth grade through my first year of college. Had some great times when I was in the Anchorage Youth Symphony. Also, once got to play a Stradivarius that belonged to one of my father’s co-workers. I was too young to fully appreciate the experience.

I’ve sewed for many years. First it was clothes, then I did pillow shams for a craft fair circuit to help a friend fill her booth. These days I’m learning to quilt. I don’t do fancy stuff. I stick to rectangles and squares (same with knitting and crocheting) for the most part, but just learned how to do HSTs (Half Square Triangles). Doubt I’ll ever make anything to put on show. I give away most of what I make. Baby quilts are easy and fast. I’m all about easy and fast. I’m also planning for those future grandchildren I hope my son will someday give me.

I’m very, very ticklish. (Mom threw that one in)

With the exception of five and half years in Colorado, I’ve lived in Alaska since March 1977. My parents moved up as the pipeline was transitioning from construction to production. It was an exciting time and the state has seen so many changes in the last forty years. I also married a man who was born in Fairbanks three months before statehood.

I’m the youngest of five children, and was born in New Orleans. We moved to California when I was two months old, so I never developed the accent.

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Shea McMaster is the sweeter side of Morgan Q O’Reilly. Her books tend more toward the traditional romance model and are sensual rather than erotic in nature.

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LOVE ONBOARD! CUPID’S CARIBBEAN CRUISE has set sail! Join the cruise guests and watch Cupid hit his targets!

Love Onboard: Cupid’s Caribbean Cruise. . . . Waves of New Contemporary Romance stories are coming from some of your favorite romance authors, all set aboard a Valentine’s singles cruise.

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Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

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Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

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Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

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Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

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Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

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This blog tour was organized by Karan Eleni & KEPR Tours.

Interview with Michele Shriver: part of the LOVE ONBOARD! Blog Tour

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I call it real-life fiction with happy endings. I am drawn to writing less-traditional romance characters (like my 50-plus heroine and my plus-sized heroine), and I enjoy tackling some grittier subjects, such as addiction, eating disorders, abuse, etc., but in the end I love my happy endings and want to make sure my characters find theirs.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I am currently writing a new adult romance called Fade into Love that is going into a boxed set of stories centered around a big win- such as a lottery or sweepstakes. In my story, the heroine wins a sweepstakes to visit a movie set and have a walk-on role… and it changes her life forever.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have three more books planned in my Men of the Ice hockey series, and will be writing books in two mutli0author series- the Happy Endings Resort Series and the Hearts of Braden. And I want to expand Healing Hearts, my novella in the Love Onboard set, into a full-length novel.

FUN STUFF

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

Probably only a couple, if they’re full-sized donuts. Don’t me about the mini ones, though!

How violently do you have to fight the urge to scream when you hear the ice cream truck coming?

Scream? I really just want to cover my ears.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

Depends how hungry I am or how bored I am. I can have pretty good will power, unless I have nothing else to do.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

I usually just drink something.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Thin Mints. Duh.

THIS OR THAT?

Winter or Summer? Summer- just not too hot.

TexMex or Italian? Tex Mex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Fried or Scrambled? Scrambled

Bond or Bourne? Bourne

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Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

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LOVE ONBOARD! CUPID’S CARIBBEAN CRUISE has set sail! Join the cruise guests and watch Cupid hit his targets!

Love Onboard: Cupid’s Caribbean Cruise. . . . Waves of New Contemporary Romance stories are coming from some of your favorite romance authors, all set aboard a Valentine’s singles cruise.

Order on Amazon || Add to your TBR Shelf on Goodreads || Watch the trailer on YouTube

>>>>>>>Enter the Giveaway<<<<<<<<

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Too Fast for Love by Lilly Christine – Race Car Driver Luke Devlin’s anger issues bring him to a screeching stop, but Love Expert Lacey Lipinski has the keys to help him recalibrate. Can a cruise ship fling survive life in the fast lane?

When not hunched over her laptop dreaming up strong female leads in sassy dialogue with dashing male counterparts, Lilly Christine can be found hiking and down-dogging with her two dogs and one cat. In addition to reading, she enjoys several outdoor activities including riding horses, gardening, and biking.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads


Just One Look by Deb Julienne – On a secret mission for her father, Diana Clay aka ‘Diana Tolliver’ finds herself alone on a singles cruise. She befriends a passenger and they play a game…date for a cruise. Each must pick out the others date for the duration of the cruise. Between her research on the ship and her new “boyfriend” she has her hands full.

USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Deb Julienne has penned multiple romantic comedy and western novels and anthologies. While some say truth is stranger than fiction, her experiences run more along the lines of a slapstick comedy. She makes her own Limoncello…enough said.

After the day job, she loves to play in the kitchen concocting award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course). Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in her own little bit of heaven in the Sierra Tahoe National Forest Basin, with her husband of 35 years, their three sons and one daughter, and five very precious grandchildren with number six on the way.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


Pirated Pixie by Shea McMaster – Irene Lundquist has no plans for romance while on the cruise with her jilted best friend and his groomsmen. She’s surprised when Dutch Marshal’s good looks and charm do nothing to help her relax, and everything to steal her heart. For Dutch, things get complicated when the best man in charge of the group plans is a gorgeous pixie-sized redhead woman who lights his fire. Can either of them make it through the singles cruise and remain single, or will they get the happily ever after neither of them was looking for?

Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance. Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California to get her English degree from Mills College. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son grown and on his own, Shea is fortunate to spend her days playing with the furry child, and engaged in daydreaming, turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She also writes under the steamy romances under the name Morgan O’Reilly.

Website || Facebook || Amazon || Goodreads


Healing Hearts by Michele Shriver – After a bitter divorce and custody battle, Taryn Bradfield’s best friend books her on a singles cruise, where she meets Makai Grant, an airline pilot burnt out on love. Sailing the Caribbean, Taryn and Makai find healing and passion in each other’s arms, but too soon, the ship returns to port. Was it a vacation fling, or the start of something more?

Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


Cinderella at Sea by Ellen Wilder – When girl next door Manda Reilly discovers hero country singer Hunter Cross is onboard her singles cruise, Manda finds herself indulging in the exotic. Hunter’s heroism goes more than skin-deep. Can the man she’s known forever really be her one true love?

Ellen Wilder was born and raised in Indiana. She is happily married to her husband of five years and enjoys raising their two girls and one boy in the house where she grew up. They have a border collie/corgi mix named Loki.

Her parents started reading to Ellen and her siblings at a very young age. They quickly tired of books for younger children and turned to chapter books like Tarzan, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings forging Ellen’s love for reading.

Ellen started writing in Junior High with an assignment from her computer writing teacher. Her first attempt at a modern day Old Yeller crossover with NYPD Blue was “awful”, but that didn’t stop the inspiration from flowing. Ellen now writes contemporary romance novels with a realistic twist to them. If you’re looking for fairy tales, you won’t find them here as her characters deal with real life issues. She loves helping people with their writing, paying forward the help that she has received allowing her to be where she is today.

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon || Goodreads || Newsletter Signup


This blog tour was organized by Karan Eleni & KEPR Tours.