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BOOK BLAST ~ Texas Twist by Cynthia D’Alba ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

 

Real bad boys can grow up to be real good men.

Hit hard by the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to see again sends it right back off the rails.

Cash Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame, fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he moves into his sister-in-law’s old ranch house in Whispering Springs—which he’s surprised to find already occupied.

As Cash rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown up to be a real good man?

Warning: Watch out for falling lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy…again. You can leave your hard hat on.

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 TEASER

“Here’s the deal, slick,” she said with a lift of an eyebrow. “I’m still attracted to you and, if I’m reading your kisses accurately, the feeling is mutual.” She sat back on her heels with a sigh. “I want to finish what we started seven years ago. Don’t freak out,” she added quickly when he opened his mouth to speak. “I’m not looking for long-term or asking for a commitment. Come fall, school’s going to be time consuming and tough. I won’t have the time or the energy for a relationship.” She shrugged. “So for as long as it lasts, I propose roommates with benefits. What do you say?”

 

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Buy Links

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Author Info

Award winning author Cynthia D’Alba was born and raised in Arkansas. After being gone for seventeen years, she’s thrilled to be back home living on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading, writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

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Author Links

Website: http://cynthiadalba.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.dalba
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/CynthiaDAlba
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5326924.Cynthia_D_Alba

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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT ~ Jennifer Lowery author of Maximum Risk ~ Giveaway

Hi Christine and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, Maximum Risk (Book #1, Wolff Securities), released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!! 

In honor of my release I am giving away an e-book copy of any one of my books (go to my WEBSITE to choose) to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL so I can contact you if you win!!

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Blurb:

It should have been a simple rescue mission…

Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.

But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple…

Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again.

Content Warning: Sexual content

Excerpt:

Gut-wrenching sobs choked her as she brought the truck to a skidding stop in front of Quinn’s house. She fumbled with the door handle and nearly fell on her face when it opened. Leaving the door wide open, she ran into the house and straight to her bedroom where she slammed the door. Quinn’s borrowed bloody shirt lay on the floor, tainted with Ryan’s blood. Her own blood.

Memories of what they’d done to her flooded in. The pain. Her screams. The times she couldn’t scream. The missile hitting the Land Cruiser. Scott taking a bullet.

Oh God.

Unable to process, Avery pummeled the fabric with her fists. Over and over she swung until the pain in her arms overshadowed the pain in her heart.

A pair of arms wrapped around her from behind, picked her up off the ground and swung her away from the bed. Still aching inside, she kicked and fought to be free. The arms held tight, body taut.

“Let me go.” Her heel landed a blow and sent a jolt of pain up her leg, which only frustrated her more.

“Avery, stop.”

Quinn’s gruff command penetrated the emotions pounding inside her. Avery deflated like a balloon and slumped in his arms, chest heaving. Quinn’s chin touched the top of her head, his chest rising and falling in sequence with hers. He still hadn’t put her down; her feet dangled off the ground. The way he held her, tucked against him, made her heart ache even more. Almost as if he couldn’t let her go.

For just a moment she allowed herself to lean on him, letting him hold her close until it felt like they were fused. She didn’t analyze why she did it, or why he let her. Simply let it happen.

Quinn tucked his head into her neck, voice gravelly, his breath hot on her skin. “Goddammit, Avery.”

Mouth dry, she nodded her head in understanding. She didn’t need the words. What was done was done. She couldn’t take it back.

Gently he set her feet on the floor and she winced. They stung like she stood on a bed of glass. Before she could guess his intention, Quinn swung her into his arms and carried her out of the room. She wrapped her arms around his neck, too worn out to fight. Her gaze followed his tanned neck to the strong line of his jaw. His profile was rigid, lines of fatigue bracketing his eyes. So much strength and so much pain. He wore his emotions inside like a warrior. She admired that after the spectacle she made of herself.

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Meet Jennifer:

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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For everyone who signs up for my NEWSLETTER you will receive an e-book copy of my short story, Taking Chances ($.99 value) for FREE!

Thank you for having me today, Christine!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! 
All my best, 
Jennifer

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Not Quite A Wife by Mary Jo Putney ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

 

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….
Not Quite A Wife

EXCERPT

Laurel’s remembering ended when Kirkland moved restlessly, his face shiny with perspiration. She frowned and poured another cup of the fever tea. He needed both the remedy and the fluids. She’d treated enough patients with fever to know how unpredictable the course could be, alternating between chills and fever and at its worst, delirium.

She propped him up on the pillows and slowly coaxed him into drinking more tea. His dark hair was matted with perspiration and needed a cut. He always wore it a little longer than fashion decreed. Though she could see fine lines of strain around his eyes, she was struck by how little his appearance had changed.

He was, what thirty-two now? A man in the prime of life. When they’d met, he’d been twenty-one. Young. He was only recently down from Oxford, and had been in possession of his full inheritance for less than a year.

To her, he’d seemed like a mature man of the world, but looking back, she realized that they were barely more than children. If only they’d had sense to wait! But with passion blazing through their veins, waiting was intolerable, and there were no barriers to prevent them from marrying.

“Damn you, you’ll not get away with that!” Kirkland cried out, his voice harsh. He swung his arm, striking Laurel across her cheek and almost knocking her to the floor.

He began thrashing as if in a fight for his life. Fearing he’d fall from the examination table, she caught his shoulder. “James, stop struggling!” she said briskly. “You’re safe now. I’m with you and you’re safe.”

He stopped trashing and raised his head to stare at her with mad, unfocused eyes. “Laurel? Is that really you?”

She stroked his damp hair back and said soothingly. “Indeed it is, James. You’re having one of your fever attacks, but you’re safe here. You’ll be all right.”

“Oh, God, Laurel!” He caught her around the waist and puller her onto the table beside him in a crushing embrace. “I had the most ghastly dreams that I’d lost you. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find you.” His grip tightened as he said in a hoarse whisper, “You were gone and I was so afraid. So afraid…”

She gasped, shocked by being held full length against his barely clothed body. She knew she should break free, but the sheer physical rightness of being in his arms paralyzed her.

Even more shocking was the raw emotion and need in his voice. When she’d left him, he’d seemed cool and uncaring, as if relieved that she’d no longer require time and attention. He’d shown no signs of pain.

Trying to control her trembling, she said, “I’m not lost, I’m right here. You need to rest and drink more Jesuit’s bark tea. By morning you should be fine.”

“Now that I’ve found you again” – he rolled over so that he was braced above her – “I’ll never let you go.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/not-quite-wife-by-mary-jo-putney-lost.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18048060-not-quite-a-wife?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Quite-Wife-Lost-Lords/dp/1420127160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406678719&sr=8-1&keywords=9781420127164

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Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/not-quite-a-wife

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/not-quite-a-wife/id836627729?mt=11#

 

Author Info

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.maryjoputney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryJoPutneyAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MJPutneyNews

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33876.Mary_Jo_Putney

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Destined by CJ Fallowfield ~ GIVEAWAY

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Blurb

 

Gabe Austin is tormented by demons from his past. Blaming himself for his part in a tragic accident and abandoned by his father when he needed him most, he uses his charm, good looks and ripped physique to find temporary solace in an abundance of one night stands. Dominating, distant, unwilling to commit, sex becomes his outlet for his pain. Until he sees her. One glance was all it took to turn his world upside down, to make him want to possess her completely. Gabe just knew that she was the girl to heal his shattered heart, she was his destiny.

Destined is a short novella written from Gabe’s point of view. It details key moments in his life, leading to the events that unfold in ‘New Leaves, No Strings’, book one of The Austin Series, which combines erotica, romance and humour.

The Austin Series is six books in total, written from the perspective of Mia Page, and is designed to be read in the following sequence.

New Leaves, No Strings
Baggage & Buttons
Forever & an Engine
The Honeymoon Period
Love & Loss
Infinite Love

Excerpt

I stared at the brunette beauty in front of my eyes and gently clasped her face, her blue eyes met mine and it felt like she could see all the way into my soul. She saw the shame, anger and guilt buried deep inside me, yet she didn’t turn away. Instead she clutched my shoulders, drawing me closer, as her full lush lips parted and softly brushed over mine. I groaned into her mouth as we gently kissed, all the while my stomach was doing somersaults that I’d never experienced until I clapped eyes on her.

My whole body ached with desire. I’d fucked hundreds of women before her, blondes, red heads, tall, short, skinny, plump, the odd brunette, yet I hadn’t felt this level of magnetism with a single one, until now. We were opposite poles destined to be attracted to each other, the odds of finding her had to be one in a … billion, yet here she was in my arms, willing me to taste her, caress her, possess her.

I took her over with deep plunges of my tongue into her warm mouth, as I slid one hand to the nape of her neck, holding her to keep her from escaping. My other gently clutched her throat, my thumb caressing her jaw as she melted in my arms. Damn it, I was feeling things from kissing her that I hadn’t even felt from sex with other women. What was she doing to me? I heard her softly moan my name, which made me groan again, I felt it to my very core. I reluctantly pulled away and tore my t-shirt over my head. I felt a surge of pride when she gasped as her eyes roved hungrily over my solid pecs and bulging oblique’s. Her body looked exquisite too, she had curves in all the right places and the way those jeans clung to that rounded backside made me quiver in anticipation of being able to caress it. I needed her naked, right now.

She looked up at me through her long lashes as her lips parted and her chest heaved, while I slowly unbuttoned her blouse and pushed it off her shoulders. She was bare chested and my cock surged at the sight of her perfectly formed pert breasts, with peaked soft pink nipples. I wanted to touch them, lick them, kiss them and suck them, then rip off her jeans, lay her down on the bed and touch every inch of her flawless porcelain skin. I’d make her come over and over with my fingers and tongue. I’d part her swollen pink folds and lash her clit with my tongue, teasing, pressing softly then hard, circling with occasional plunges into her warmth so she wouldn’t know what was coming next. I’d sink my fingers into her tight pussy and seek out her g-spot, stroking it again and again, as I gently sucked on her clit. I’d make her so wet that she’d be primed to accept my solid thick cock without complaint. Once she was crying with pleasure and begging to me to take her, I’d sink into her and make love to her until she pleaded with me to fill her with my hot salty come.

Make love to her? Something didn’t sound right with that. I didn’t make love, I fucked. Roughly.

I groaned as I opened my eyes and realised I was in bed, alone, dreaming. That damn girl wouldn’t even leave me in peace when I was asleep. Since the second I’d spotted her I could think of nothing else, I wanted nothing else. Now it was time I did something about it. I was actually meeting her in less than four hours, and the only thing I knew for certain was that I’d stop at nothing until I made her mine.

 

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Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/destined-by-cj-fallowfield-austin.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22363935-destined?from_search=true

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KMDD6TC

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KMDD6TC

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/442230

 

Author Info

I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include chocolate, Ben & Jerrys and copious amounts of coffee.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.cjfallowfield.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cjfallowfield

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cjfallowfield

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7807992.C_J_Fallowfield

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Lauren Layne ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Lena Diaz whose guest post went up earlier this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lauren Layne. She’s sharing her feelings about series romance and how opinions can easily change. Then keep reading to check out the blurb for her latest book BROKEN.

AND, don’t forget to check out Lauren’s giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lauren…

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The Unintended Series

For a long time, I couldn’t stand reading romance series. Back when I first started reading romance, series were so not the thing. Sure, there might be overlapping characters here and there, but there was none of this “book 1, book 2 of ___ series” stuff that is so prevalent today.

I’m not sure what changed. Nora Roberts, maybe? Seems to me like she was writing trilogies in which the trilogy had an actual name before everyone else. And while I love Nora’s trilogies (I love anything that woman writes!), for a long time I tried to avoid books that were part of a series.

I wanted to pick up a book, be completely absorbed in that world, and then bid that world adieu and enter a new one.

When I wrote my first book, I very deliberately wrote it as a stand alone. My agent told me she loved it, right before she broke the news: we’ll have a better time selling this if it’s part of a series.

Series have taken over.

I thought about resisting, by this time, I’d started to come around on the good side of series. You got to revisit characters that felt like old friends. You got to revisit towns that felt like home. And sometimes, by the time you got to the last book in a series there’d been some pretty delicious build up.

Plus, my favorite authors were all writing series by this point. Contemporary authors (Julie James, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis) write primarily in series. So do my favorite historical authors (Sarah Maclean, Tessa Dare).

And then I discovered something wonderful: not only are series easier to sell, they’re easier to write! Your research/notes for book 1 overlaps with later books, which means books 2 and 3 come together so much more quickly than if you were starting from scratch each time.

But despite my change of heart on series, I never gave up on the idea of a stand-alone. So I wrote one:

Isn’t She Lovely.

It came out in October 2013, with no cliffhanger, no hint at a follow-up story, no set-up for another romance.

It stood alone.

Except

There was this girl named Olivia. She was my hero’s ex who totally ripped his heart out. I fully intended to write her as a villain, but she wouldn’t cooperate. At the end of the day, Olivia Middleton was a good person who made a bad choice.

And Olivia wanted her own story.

A series was born after all.

It should be noted that Isn’t She Lovely is a prequel to my Redemption series; it’s a bit different in tone and theme, but at the end of the day, this is a series about three former best friend’s whose lives implode in their last years of college and they have to learn to grow up without each other.

Because sometimes a series isn’t about what’s easy to write. It’s not about what sells.

It’s about telling the story that needs to be told.

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Blurb

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Redemption-Novel-Lauren-Layne-ebook/dp/B00IWTSKBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406675026&sr=1-1&keywords=Broken+%28A+Redemption+Novel%29

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/broken/id837549570?mt=11#

 

 

Author Info

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

Connect with Lauren: Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Lena Diaz ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Laura Layne whose guest post will go up later this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lena Diaz. She’s telling us her call story about becoming published. No matter how many call stories I hear from various authors I always love them. I hope you enjoy her post and the blurb for her latest book TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP.

AND, don’t forget to check out Avon Romance and Lena’s wonderful giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lena…

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A Call Story, or Two

Thank you for hosting me today. It gives me the opportunity to answer a frequent question that readers and aspiring writers often ask me–how did you get published?

I began writing with the goal of becoming published in mid-2005. I joined RWA–Romance Writers of America–and began a long journey of workshops, conferences, and networking to learn my craft and learn the business of how to become a romance novelist.

Five years later, in 2010, I was fortunate enough to become a Golden Heart Finalist®. In the world of romance novel writing, that’s like the Academy Awards for unpublished authors, an annual contest sponsored by RWA. It was like living a dream, and I hoped it would be the springboard that I needed to finally get the attention of that elusive key to getting published with most traditional New York publishing houses–a literary agent.

It was.

Putting Golden Heart Finalist on my query letters was magic. I signed with a literary agent and it wasn’t long after that when I was sitting with some writer friends and received, not a call, but an email, from my agent. So I guess this is an email story instead of a call story. :)

The email told me that an editor at Avon Impulse, a digital-first line within HarperCollins, was interested in my manuscript, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, but only if I agreed to make some revisions. My response? Even though the story was a contemporary romantic suspense I would put aliens from Mars in it if that’s what the editor wanted me to do. In other words, YES!

Not long after that, I really did get “the call”. My agent had a second manuscript of mine on submission for months to Harlequin for their Intrigue line of romantic suspense. I’d pretty much given up on it selling since we hadn’t heard anything. So when my agent called me to chat, as she often did to strategize about my career, I didn’t expect to hear any news. She started the call in a kind of snarky, irritated voice saying, “Let me tell you what I think about Allison Lyons at Harlequin.” My heart sank a little bit and I sighed. I knew this was going to be a rejection. I sat down and said, in a resigned voice, “Okay, what do you think about Allison Lyons?” My agent then practically screamed in my ear, “I think she’s going to be your next editor!!

SQUEE! Can I just say, getting that kind of news on the phone in a real call is so much more fun than an email? I was crying and running around the house and so happy. It’s just a wonderful feeling, like you’ve been working for something so hard and for so long and you’re certain it will never happen, and then it does. It’s just amazing.

I’m very blessed to be writing for two publishers now, although it’s definitely a challenge making deadlines for both of them. But no matter what happens in my career going forward, I’ll always have the memories of my “email” and my “call” when I sold to both of them. It’s something I’ll cherish forever.

So, now you know my call stories. Is there a special moment in your life that you’d like to share? A call story or something totally unrelated to writing? I’d love to hear it!

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Blurb

Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Take-Key-Lock-Her-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00G97TB0S/ref=la_B005FAKNPC_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401829646&sr=1-12

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Author Info

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

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Author Links

http://www.lenadiaz.com/

https://twitter.com/LenaDiaz

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5026871.Lena_Diaz?from_search=true

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Longing by Jamie K Schmidt ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

 

Desire never goes out of style, as Jamie K. Schmidt proves in the sizzling continuation of her Club Inferno series—perfect for readers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You.

Reeling from a disastrous love affair, model and budding fashion designer Anya Litton needs a temporary refuge, a place to lick her wounds and plan her next career move. At Club Inferno, where seductively chic men and women indulge their most intimate fantasies, she can mix business with unimaginable pleasure. Anya quickly connects with club Dom Clint Reyes, who unleashes Anya’s deepest longings over nights of burning passion.

Clint is a master at taking submissives to the heights of pleasure in Club Inferno’s opulent private dungeons. But it’s Anya who has Clint begging for more when the woman of his dreams becomes his eager partner in exploring the limits of desire. As their relationship ignites into an erotic contest of wills—and a jealous rival plots against them both—Clint prepares to fight for a future with Anya. In this complicated dance, the wrong move could end it all . . . and taking control means total surrender.

Longing is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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Author Info

Jamie K. Schmidt has published more than thirty short stories in small-press journals and e-zines. She’s an active member in the Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at Connecticut’s historic Dudley Farm during the summer.

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.jkschmidt.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamie.k.schmidt.1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jamiekswriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3519024.Jamie_K_Schmidt

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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