Monday, August 26, 2013

~ Sexy Sneak Peek: Cross Point ~

You wanted it? Well, here it is! This is the second excerpt from Cross Point, coming September 17th! 

Caution: this one is SPICY so you may need a cold shower after reading... Enjoy!


ADULT EXCERPT

“Fuck!” Jackson let out a laugh then groaned in pleasure. “We can’t do this here.”

“Why not?” Trinity asked, nipping at his lower lip. “There’s no one here. People can’t see us from the street. God, you’re big. So hot and hard. I want this inside of me.”

He took her lips in another scorching kiss as she used her legs to help shove his jeans down over his hips, the weight of his gun on his belt helping them to slide lower. “Katrina...”

“I want you, Jackson. Right here, right now.”

Breathing hard, Jackson tried to reengage his brain. He couldn’t fucking think with her small hand wrapped around his cock. “God, I want you, too, but I don’t have anything with me to protect you. I just had my mandatory checkup two weeks ago and I’m clean. I haven’t been with anyone since, but—”

Trinity’s hand had paused mid-stroke, but she began moving her hand up and down his thick cock again. “I’m on medical leave for an injury I sustained a month ago and I’m on the shot. I checked out clean and I haven’t had sex in months. I’m protected.”

Jackson’s breath hissed out as his cock jerked in her hand at what she was saying. He’d never fucked without a rubber before and he was tempted, truly tempted for the first time. It wasn’t smart. He’d just met this woman, but he wanted her with a vengeance that stole his breath and made his heart pound, not to mention his dick. Before he could really think about it, he found himself setting her down and ripping at the zipper of her jeans.

Wild elation filled Trinity as Jackson went to work on her jeans. His face was set in with such determination he looked like a warrior preparing for battle. If it was a battle he wanted, it was a battle he was going to get.

 It was so deliciously naughty. They were in an alley, only steps away from people who walked the street enjoying the night, but she didn’t give a damn. She yanked the gun out of the back of her jeans a second before he pulled them down past her hips. She slapped the gun on the top of the garbage bin next to her, still within reach, and started to turn around to face the wall, only to have Jackson stop her.

“No. I want to see you. If we’re going to do this, I want to watch you come when I’m inside you.”

His voice was a low rumble of sound that sent a shiver racing through her entire body. Trinity toed off one of her shoes and shoved her jeans down off that leg. With a small jump she was back in his arms, their mouths fused together, her legs wrapped around his waist again with her jeans hanging down the back of his legs. “Then do it. Come inside of me, Jackson. I wanna feel you.”

Jackson cursed low as she positioned herself over the bulbous head and pushed down, sliding the thick shaft into her hot, wet pussy. His cock was so hard it was like a spear. Her head fell back against the wall as she let out a low moan, relishing in the exquisite feeling of her muscles parting to let him inside her.

“God, you’re so fucking tight!”

He let out a low growl that brought a smile to her lips. She wanted to slam herself down on his massive cock and ride him until they were both screaming, but he was just too damn big.

Trinity felt his hands brace on her ass as he began pumping himself inside of her, in a little then out again, each time gaining more depth into her tight sheath. She lowered her mouth to his neck and licked at the skin above the collar of his shirt. She jerked as he shoved hard, spearing her completely on his thick cock until he was balls deep.

“You okay?” he panted out.

“Oh yeah, give it to me, Jackson.” She ran a hand over the sheared hair on his head and leaned back to stare into his eyes partially hidden by the darkness in the alley. Jackson’s hips pulled back then pushed forward again, never looking away from her. There was something about his eyes that made her feel like she was falling into him. Like he could see more of her than she normally allowed people to see. Pushing those troubling thoughts aside, she flexed the muscles of her pussy on his invading cock and was rewarded with a low groan from him.

“Give it to me, Jackson. Give me your big cock. Pound me into the wall.”

“Jesus Christ!”

Jackson’s hands dug into her ass in a bruising grip as he did exactly as she asked. He began pounding into her with a slow, punishing rhythm, his thick shaft rubbing against the sensitive walls of her pussy, his pelvis hitting her clit with every hard thrust.


“More, more...” she demanded as he continued to push inside her. She tightened her grip around his neck and began thrusting her hips to meet his, thrilling her with the sound of their flesh slapping against one another. They were two shadows, moving as one in the dark. Her eyes drifted closed as she gave into the pleasure, simply wanting to feel.

BOOK BLURB

Former IAD agent Katrina “Trinity” Cross is in desperate need of a vacation. When a friend asks for a personal favor, Trinity agrees to fly to the island of Sunset Point, only to find that things in paradise aren’t what they seem…

Jackson Stone is a man who likes regulation and order, but when Katrina Cross arrives on his island, life as he knows it'll never be the same.

Falling behind schedule is not allowed in Maxwell King’s orderly world. Missing money, cheap materials and a dead foreman top of the list of his problems, but nothing shakes him more than the sexy siren that sets his body on fire…

As the investigation heats up, Maxwell and Jackson both fall for Trinity, but she can’t choose between the uptight corporate mogul and the rough and ready police Lieutenant. Can she find a way to keep them both or will their love become a casualty at the Cross Point?

Katrina "Trinity" Cross is a member of the IAD Agency. If you want to meet her before CROSS POINT comes out, check out DEADLY TARGET to see her in action!



IAD agent Mikayla “Lynx” Lincoln is in desperate need of a vacation after taking a bullet during her last mission. On orders to relax and recover, she's sent to a cabin in the secluded woods of Colorado for some peace and quiet. But her plans for a restful recovery are shot to hell the moment she crosses paths with former movie star Gage Stark.

Gage Stark is a man with a troubled past. After a brutal betrayal ended his promising acting career, he returned home to heal and start a new life. The moment Gage meets Mikayla, their chemistry is too strong to deny. Passion explodes every time they're together, and their volatile relationship is anything but quiet.

When a shocking discovery is made and secrets are revealed, trust is put to the test. Will Gage be strong enough to stand beside Mikayla and fight, or will his need to protect her shatter the fragile bond between them?

BUY IT NOW AT: SIREN BOOKSTRAND

For more information about the other books of the Sunset Point series, check out the links below!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

~ Sneak Peek: Cross Point ~

The Sunset Point series is coming soon! Cross Point will be available on September 17th as part of a MFM contemporary 5 book series.
  
Below is the first excerpt from Cross Point for your reading pleasure. Tomorrow I will post the naughty excerpt, so keep a look out!



STORY EXCERPT

The Palace Resort and Spa sat on a large plot of land, which was cleverly used to host a variety of activities, including two pools, tennis courts, and a beautiful golf course located south of the building. The new expansion plans included building a sister site on the plot of land just north of the existing location, nestled into the bay on the western side of the island.

Surprisingly, the lot was almost empty of workers, giving Trinity the time and space needed to look around. She’d parked and got out, glad she had thought to change into hiking boots to go with her jeans and simple white shirt before she’d left her room. From a brief glance at the progress she had instantly known that the project was way off the mark. What should have been a solid foundation of the building’s structure was no more than a skeleton of concrete and wood. With a shake of her head she had worked her way carefully around the structure, wanting to get a better view of the entire site.

A man had called out to her, startling her enough to reach for the grip of the Sig Sauer hidden in the waistband of her jeans. She’d paused when she saw the security logo on his shirt and greeted him with a smile instead of a face full of Glock.

“Hi,” she’d greeted him.

The security guard frowned at her. “Ma’am. You’re trespassing. You need to leave.”

“Actually, I’m a friend of Julian King’s, one of the owners of this place. He said I could come by and check out the new project since I’m visiting the island.” Trinity had lied, not wanting anyone to know exactly what she was doing there just yet. She’d shot him what she hoped was a look of innocent concern. “It doesn’t look like much yet, though. I thought it would be further along by now.”

Trinity had noted the security guard fidgeted at that.

“There’ve been some slight delays. I’m sorry, but I’m still going to have to ask you to leave. It isn’t safe for you to go walking around here. I wouldn’t want you to get hurt.”

“No problem, Billy,” Trinity had said, flashing him another smile as she peeked at the badge attached to his pocket. She’d gotten back in her car with a friendly wave, planning to go back and see things closer after she got a better look at the records.

Hunger pains distracted her. Deciding to take the scenic route into town, she’d headed north up the western coast, knowing from her study of the island that the road would branch and take her straight into town before she hit the private villas on this side of the island.

It wasn’t more than ten minutes into her drive that she’d noticed a black jeep coming up behind her on the empty road. Fast. Too Fast. Instincts kicked in gear as she noted the mud-splattered window that obscured her view of the driver and also hid the license plate of the approaching vehicle. On the chance that she was just being paranoid she slowed her car, allowing him to pass her, and in doing so saved her life.

As she slowed, the jeep surged forward, slamming into the back of her car. Cursing at the hard jolt, Trinity used every bit of skill and experience she’d learned to keep control of the car. She pulsed her foot on the brake instead of slamming down on it, swerving slightly to slow down further. The jeep rammed her again, this time throwing her into a spin.

“Son of a bitch!”

Someone really was trying to fucking kill her!

Trinity jerked hard on the wheel, trying to counter the move. Her heart nearly stopped for a moment as the car slammed into the guardrail, the only thing protecting her from going over the cliff. Moving fast, she jumped out of the car and pulled her Sig, training it on the jeep as it quickly turned around and sped down the road. She didn’t hesitate and fired repeatedly at the rapidly departing vehicle.

Cursing again, the loud pounding of her heartbeat was joined by the low throb of a motorcycle engine coming from the same direction the jeep had fled. On guard, she turned and pointed her gun at the individual on the bike as he pulled over and parked a few feet away. Her breath hissed out for a very different reason as she got her first good look at the newcomer’s face.

Around six three and built like a golden god, the man was wickedly good looking. Built like a prized fighter, he was packing some serious muscle and had a fierce aura about him that all but screamed cop! He had an almost shaved head that only showed a hint of dark hair that matched the five o’clock shadow covering his chiseled jaw. Intense green eyes seared into hers as the man pulled his own weapon, approaching her slowly.

“SPPD, put your weapon down.”

Damn, she was good. She’d called it right. Trinity cocked her head to the side, intrigued by the easy command in his deep voice. Never one to pass up an opportunity to poke at authority, she couldn’t help it. “Badge me.”

He froze. “What?”

Trinity grinned. “Badge me, baby, ‘cause I ain’t putting this down ‘til I see your brass.”


BOOK BLURB

Former IAD agent Katrina “Trinity” Cross is in desperate need of a vacation. When a friend asks for a personal favor, Trinity agrees to fly to the island of Sunset Point, only to find that things in paradise aren’t what they seem…

Jackson Stone is a man who likes regulation and order, but when Katrina Cross arrives on his island, life as he knows it'll never be the same.

Falling behind schedule is not allowed in Maxwell King’s orderly world. Missing money, cheap materials and a dead foreman top of the list of his problems, but nothing shakes him more than the sexy siren that sets his body on fire…

As the investigation heats up, Maxwell and Jackson both fall for Trinity, but she can’t choose between the uptight corporate mogul and the rough and ready police Lieutenant. Can she find a way to keep them both or will their love become a casualty at the Cross Point?


Katrina "Trinity" Cross is a member of the IAD Agency. If you want to meet her before CROSS POINT comes out, check out DEADLY TARGET to see her in action!




IAD agent Mikayla “Lynx” Lincoln is in desperate need of a vacation after taking a bullet during her last mission. On orders to relax and recover, she's sent to a cabin in the secluded woods of Colorado for some peace and quiet. But her plans for a restful recovery are shot to hell the moment she crosses paths with former movie star Gage Stark.

Gage Stark is a man with a troubled past. After a brutal betrayal ended his promising acting career, he returned home to heal and start a new life. The moment Gage meets Mikayla, their chemistry is too strong to deny. Passion explodes every time they're together, and their volatile relationship is anything but quiet.

When a shocking discovery is made and secrets are revealed, trust is put to the test. Will Gage be strong enough to stand beside Mikayla and fight, or will his need to protect her shatter the fragile bond between them?

BUY IT NOW AT: SIREN BOOKSTRAND

For more information about the other books of the Sunset Point series, check out the links below!



Saturday, August 17, 2013

~ New Cover Reveal: Cross Point! ~

The Sunset Point series is coming soon! Cross Point will be available on September 17th as part of a MFM contemporary 5 book series.

Off the coast of Florida, surrounded by sand and sea, there lies a secluded island that has a very interesting history and an even more intriguing present…

Sunset Point Island is a tropical Mecca, consisting of a quaint town, a lavish resort area and a top-grade security force that keeps its wealthy inhabitants safe. But there is more to Sunset Point that first meets the eye. Founded by those seeking a haven for their unusual lifestyles, this island is a place where ménage relationships are cherished and protected. Closed off from the outside world, Sunset Point is a place of fantasies…won’t you come join us? 


Former IAD agent Katrina “Trinity” Cross is in desperate need of a vacation. When a friend asks for a personal favor, Trinity agrees to fly to the island of Sunset Point, only to find that things in paradise aren’t what they seem…

Jackson Stone is a man who likes regulation and order, but when Katrina Cross arrives on his island, life as he knows it'll never be the same.

Falling behind schedule is not allowed in Maxwell King’s orderly world. Missing money, cheap materials and a dead foreman top of the list of his problems, but nothing shakes him more than the sexy siren that sets his body on fire…

As the investigation heats up, Maxwell and Jackson both fall for Trinity, but she can’t choose between the uptight corporate mogul and the rough and ready police Lieutenant. Can she find a way to keep them both or will their love become a casualty at the Cross Point?

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Friday, August 16, 2013

~ Insider Exclusive: Interview with Mikayla Lincoln and Gage Stark from Deadly Target ~

Welcome to my exclusive interview with the hot, new "it" couple, former action movie star, Gage Stark, and his beautiful fiancée Mikayla Lincoln!

Since Mr. Stark retired from acting after a horrible accident that ended his career, he has refused to give interviews...until now! That is right, dear readers…this interviewer got them to sit down to answer a few questions about their unique courtship and upcoming nuptials.

Interviewer: Mr. Stark, Ms. Lincoln, thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with me for this interview today!

Gage Stark: No problem. And please call us Gage and Mikayla.

Interviewer: Thank you. Mikayla, your fiancé has been one of America’s most eligible bachelors as well as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. I’m sure our readers want to know…was it love at first sight for you?

Mikayla Lincoln: *laughs* Hell no! I actually couldn’t stand Gage when I first met him.

Gage Stark: Thanks, baby.

Mikayla Lincoln: What? You know that you were an arrogant ass when we first met.

Gage Stark: I really was.

Interviewer: It sounds like an interesting story. How did you two meet?

Mikayla Lincoln: We met in a bar.

Gage Stark: Jesus, Mikayla. You make it sound like I picked you up.

Mikayla Lincoln: Well, didn’t you?

Gage Stark: No, you shot me down, remember?

Mikayla Lincoln: *snickers* Oh, yeah. Fine. I came here to Serenity, Colorado to rest and relax after I was injured while I was on a job in Las Vegas.  When Gage and I met…well, let’s just say it wasn’t very relaxing for me. I’d say our road to love was a rocky one, but it has certainly been worth it.

Gage Stark: I definitely agree. For me, I think it was love at first sight…I just didn’t realize it at the time. Since my accident, I’ve tried to live simple life here in Serenity. I’ve enjoyed working with my family and enjoying the peace that being home has given me. But my life had something missing. I only realized what it was when I met Mikayla. Meeting her, being with her has made me a better man and now, I can’t imagine my life without her.

Interviewer: That is lovely! Gage, can you tell us a little bit about the company you founded with your family?

Gage Stark: Stark Stunts, Inc. is a company that I run with my brother, sister and cousin. We train actors in fighting, horseback riding and even take groups that want wilderness training. It is a good business and we have a lot of fun running it.

Interviewer: Mikayla, do you plan on joining the company or will you continue your work as a security consultant for Mac Securities?

Mikayla Lincoln: I plan to help out where I can, but I am still going to work for Mac Securities.

Interviewer: You often find yourself working with high profiled clients around the world, correct? This type of job requires a lot of travel.  Do you think that will put a strain on your relationship?

Mikayla Lincoln: I won’t be traveling much anymore. I can still work remotely.

Interviewer: Gage, do you worry about your fiancée’s choice of profession?

Gage Stark: Of course I worry, I love her. But I know she can take care of herself.  I would support whatever decision she made about her job, however I am very happy she can continue doing what she loves right here. Plus, we are expecting our first child soon, so I’m happy she is planning on sticking close to home.

Interviewer: Congratulations!  Do you know if it’s a boy or girl yet?

Gage Stark: It’s a boy.

Mikayla Lincoln: *smirks* We don’t know yet.

Gage Stark: It’s a boy. We can’t have a girl. If we do, she’s gonna want to date eventually and then I’ll end up killing someone…

Mikayla Lincoln: There, there, baby. Just breathe.

Interviewer: Mikayla, I’ve heard that you used to be a sniper in the military. Can you tell us—

Mikayla Lincoln: That’s classified. Next question.

Interviewer: Oh, umm… Okay, moving on. There have been a recent string of abductions and murders in the area. I’ve heard you were an integral part in the takedown and apprehension of those involved. Is that true?

Mikayla Lincoln: No comment.

Gage Stark: We heard about all those young girls that had been kidnapped. It’s horrible that things like that happen all over the world. I’m just glad they found whoever was involved and now those girls are safe and back home with their families.

Interviewer: I've also heard rumors about a new drug that is on the black market that—

Gage Stark and Mikayla Lincoln: Next. Question.

Katrina Cross: Hey, Lynx? Can you…well, shit. Sorry, I didn’t know you guys were doing the interview thing today.

Mikayla Lincoln: No problem, Trin. I’d like to introduce one of my good friends, Katrina “Trinity” Cross. She is staying with us for a few days.

Katrina Cross: Actually, that’s what I was coming to talk to you about. I think I’m gonna head back to Chicago tomorrow.

Interviewer: Do you work with Mikayla at Mac Securities, Katrina?

Katrina Cross: You could say that… I’m actually planning on retiring soon.

Mikayla Lincoln: *rolls eyes* You say that all the time, but you never do.

Katrina Cross: Yeah, yeah. I think I need a vacation.

Gage Stark: *laughs* Trinity, you’re here on vacation.

Katrina Cross: Yeah, and look how well that turned out. I need a vacation where someone doesn’t try to kill me. Is that really too much to ask?

Interviewer: Umm, no?

Katrina Cross: Exactly! I’m hungry. See you later.

Interviewer: Your friend is…interesting.

Mikayla Lincoln: *chuckles* That is one way to put it. She does need a vacation. I happen to know Tara might need to ask her for a favor soon, so Trinity might get a chance to take a little holiday in paradise. She can relax a little and find some island hottie to keep her out of trouble.

Gage Stark: I don’t think one man could keep that woman out of trouble…

Mikayla Lincoln: Very true. Sorry, for the interruption.

Interviewer: No problem! So, do you have a date for the wedding and can you give us any details?

Mikayla Lincoln: Can I go with no comment again?

Gage Stark: *laughs* We do have a date, and no we’re not going to share any details with you. If it were up to me we would already be married, but I’m not going to argue with Mikayla’s uncle on this one.

Mikayla Lincoln: Yeah, my uncle is looking forward to a formal wedding. Gage’s sister Katie is helping me plan it so it isn’t too overwhelming. Plus, we have a wedding planner helping, so all I really have to do is pick colors and stuff and let them do the heavy lifting.

Interviewer: Gage, do you plan to ever make another movie?

Gage Stark: I don’t think so. I’m very happy with my life now. I still get to do what I love by training other actors, but I don’t feel the need to be in front of the camera anymore.

Katrina Cross: Lynx! We have a call we need to take downstairs. We have a...situation.

Mikayla Lincoln: Sorry, we have to cut this short.

Interviewer: No, problem. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me!


Well there you have it, a few words from the Gage Stark and Mikayla Lincoln. Find out how the met and fell in love in DEADLY TARGET, now available!


IAD agent Mikayla “Lynx” Lincoln is in desperate need of a vacation after taking a bullet during her last mission. On orders to relax and recover, she's sent to a cabin in the secluded woods of Colorado for some peace and quiet. But her plans for a restful recovery are shot to hell the moment she crosses paths with former movie star Gage Stark.

Gage Stark is a man with a troubled past. After a brutal betrayal ended his promising acting career, he returned home to heal and start a new life. The moment Gage meets Mikayla, their chemistry is too strong to deny. Passion explodes every time they're together, and their volatile relationship is anything but quiet.


When a shocking discovery is made and secrets are revealed, trust is put to the test. Will Gage be strong enough to stand beside Mikayla and fight, or will his need to protect her shatter the fragile bond between them?


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Interested in learning more about Katrina "Trinity" Cross? Her story CROSS POINT is coming soon as part of the Sunset Point series, available on Sept 17th at Siren Bookstrand!


Former IAD agent Katrina “Trinity” Cross is in desperate need of a vacation. When a friend asks for a personal favor, Trinity agrees to fly to the island of Sunset Point, only to find that things in paradise aren’t what they seem…

Jackson Stone is a man who likes regulation and order, but when Katrina Cross arrives on his island, life as he knows it'll never be the same.

Falling behind schedule is not allowed in Maxwell King’s orderly world. Missing money, cheap materials and a dead foreman top of the list of his problems, but nothing shakes him more than the sexy siren that sets his body on fire…


As the investigation heats up, Maxwell and Jackson both fall for Trinity, but she can’t choose between the uptight corporate mogul and the rough and ready police Lieutenant. Can she find a way to keep them both or will their love become a casualty at the Cross Point?

Friday, August 9, 2013

~ Symposium: Ring of Fire! ~

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my August symposium! 


This time I asked my fellow authors to think like an author AND a reader for a moment. I wanted to know what got everyone hot while reading...and NOT in a good way. That's right! We are discussing some of our biggest pet peeves in romance novels. What makes you want to throw a book out a window or causes you to shake your head and ask "seriously?" Find out what everyone had to say and feel free to leave a comment and share what makes you crazy while reading!

LAURIE ROMA:  Now, it usually takes a cataclysmic event for me not to finish a book (courtesy of my slightly OCD tendencies), but nothing drives me crazy more than characters that are TSTL. If you haven't heard that acronym before, it stands for TOO STUPID TO LIVE. Seriously, who wants a happy ending for someone that pisses you off? What would get a character categorized as such? Well, I'm glad you asked!  Characters that lay on the floor and shout “walk all over me” make me read faster in the hope that they will somehow get killed off. Also, abusive characters that deserve a knee to the junk instead of a HEA make me shake my head. But what really gets me is the ultimate TSTL character. Some people might like a storyline drawn out for the dramatic effect, however if this is accomplished by making the characters complete idiots who can’t figure out what’s going on? Epic fail.

IAD agent Mikayla “Lynx” Lincoln is in desperate need of a vacation after taking a bullet during her last mission. On orders to relax and recover, she's sent to a cabin in the secluded woods of Colorado for some peace and quiet. But her plans for a restful recovery are shot to hell the moment she crosses paths with former movie star Gage Stark.

Gage Stark is a man with a troubled past. After a brutal betrayal ended his promising acting career, he returned home to heal and start a new life. The moment Gage meets Mikayla, their chemistry is too strong to deny. Passion explodes every time they're together, and their volatile relationship is anything but quiet.

When a shocking discovery is made and secrets are revealed, trust is put to the test. Will Gage be strong enough to stand beside Mikayla and fight, or will his need to protect her shatter the fragile bond between them?

BUY LINK:

N.J. WALTERS: I admit, it takes a lot for me to stop reading a book once I start it. I’m stubborn like that. I think it’s the optimist in me that keeps hoping the story will get better. One of my biggest pet peeves is a hero who is a rude, cheating, abrasive and just downright nasty character. Yet somehow by the end of the story we’re supposed to forgive every terrible thing he’s said and done and love him as much as the heroine does. Not going to happen. Sure, I get the allure of the wounded hero or antihero who lashes out at the world. I love those stories and the long, bumpy road to redemption. But there are some things I just can’t get past. The hero may be wounded, but he has to live up to some code of ethics, even if it’s slightly different from society’s norm.


After ten years away from home, Cherry Edmonds returns to West Texas when her father is ill and dying. Now she is left to deal with the estate and pick up the pieces of her life. The past is waiting for her in the form of Wesson and Remington Smith, the two brothers she was half in love with when she was eighteen.

Wes and Remy know they’re different from most men. They are both in love with Cherry and have been since they were kids. One night of hot sex leaves all of them wanting more, but she believes their time together is just a one-night stand. It’s up to the Smith brothers to prove their love for Cherry and their commitment to the ménage, and to convince Cherry’s she’s definitely capable of loving two Texas cowboys.

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JOYEE FLYNN: Useless descriptions. I’m sure lots of people have heard me say this, but a room is a room is a room is a room. They vary, sure, but they all have four walls, at least one damn door, and unless they tell me something about the character, I don’t care what the room looks like. It’s just fluff. It’s like Despicable Me… “It’s so fluffy, I could die.” Yes, that’s how I feel about books that tell me too much information. I want to strangle the author and then maybe give myself some paper cuts with the book to make it stop. Which is kinda hard with a Kindle. Hell, I rarely put the descriptions of what my characters are wearing in my books. What the fuck does it matter? We read books because we want to be drawn into the character(s)’s relationships, their world, not the shit in their house or what the fuck is on their backs. 

Trying to move forward from his forced film career, Gideon agrees to visit a pack in the Smoky Mountains mostly to avoid the island vacation he’s not in the mood for. But when the Alpha turns out to be crazy and other dangers pop up all around him, Gideon realizes his mistake… Except it brought him to the pack Betas who he likes.

Naill and Taye have a complicated relationship that sucks up all the energy around it and makes Gideon feel like an afterthought. That’s not the relationship he’s always dreamed of, but after years of abuse and getting noticed for all the wrong reasons, like his yoga moves in bed, it’s better than what he had with his last pack, and he should settle for that, right?

Once united with the Omegas, Gideon discovers the one he gave his heart to already, Ciro Wilson, finally paying him the attention he’s been desperate for. Mixed feelings, signals, and pure stubbornness add to the turmoil, yet things aren’t all they seem to be with the quartet and not even the other Omegas know what is going on.

Can the four of them find out why their emotions are in the way of making a life together, or will Gideon use his extreme control over his powers to make a home for one away from it all?

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SUSAN HAYES: Like every reader, I have my quirks and personal preferences. Not every book is a perfect fit for me, but I usually finish reading the story just to know how it ends. One of the few things that will actually make me put down a book and walk away while contemplating violence is a heroine who cannot seem to function by herself. I can’t abide a heroine who needs a man to define and direct her in all aspects of her life. If she isn’t able to pay her bills, hold down a job or navigate the world alone, I won’t have any respect for the character. It’s hard to want her to find her happy ending when what I really want to do is slap her upside the head and tell the hero to run far and fast. (Preferably in my direction!)

Duncan Masterson lives apart from his vampire brethren and has vowed to never bring another mortal into his dark world. Only his fiercely loyal human guardian, Jared Evans, knows the truth about who and what he is.

For nearly a century, Duncan has held fast to his vow, until the day he finds the beautiful Tabitha Blacke lying dazed and bleeding after a rogue vampire attack. Duncan realizes he must break his vows in order to protect her from the evil that is prowling his territory.

When both Duncan and Jared find themselves falling for their lovely houseguest, they decide to claim her together, forging bonds that will change all of their lives forever.


As trouble draws near, their bond will be tested and sacrifices will be demanded of them all. The two men know they'll do whatever it takes to keep their beloved Tabi safe, but will their love be enough to see them through?


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LACEY THORN: "He shrugged his shirt over his head and tossed it aside..." top of page. "She used her nails to lift his shirt over his abdomen, scratching as the material lifted..." bottom of page. "She tore his shirt off...." next page. How many freaking shirts is he wearing? When did this story become about winter in Alaska? I read a book once where the heroine crossed the lawn in a peignoir. The hero met her halfway, pressed her against a tree and rubbed against her boy shorts and t-shirt. What? When did she change? Those things are enough to have me tossing the book aside and not buying that author again.

Tomorrow the auctions will take place. Some become brides, and some become nothing more than belongings who must do as they are told. Winter will have none of it. Taking the first chance of her life, she risks it all to escape, running into the desert and hoping to find something better.

When Roar, Scar, Gate, Shadow and Blade find Winter, they only plan to take her back to the safety of the settlement. But Winter isn’t going back. One way or another she will convince them that there is no other option than to keep her. 



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HENNESSEE ANDREWS: Wow, what a way to make me think, Laurie. Hmmm, pet peeve. My answer is unbelievable connections. In fiction, we have a plethora of genres with other worlds, the paranormal, and so on. That is not what I am speaking of. No matter what the setting, world, or strange situation, the people involved must be believable in actions, words, and feelings. In other words, there needs to be development in the relationship. Without a romantic development and chemistry, the story will not evoke feelings in the reader. Therefore, the reader will be left as unfilled as the characters. Then the tossing of Kindles and bitching follows. Believable couples = Happy Readers!

Fifteen years ago, Skye Erikson tucked tail and ran far from Tulsa, Oklahoma and railroader Brock Masterson. For six months their relationship blossomed into a raging love affair filled with hot, erotic nights. The relationship became intense and bordered on becoming serious, prompting Skye to run.

The years passed, but the memories endured, inhabiting her heart and mind. Brock had been the one man to masterfully control her body without words. She had thought of him over the years, and at times she considered trying to find him again, but fear prevented her from doing so.

A trip back to Tulsa lands her back in the strong arms of Brock, and she becomes a slave to the passion that once bubbled between them. Their intimate encounters rekindle a firestorm that cannot be denied any longer.

Will she admit her love for him or run again?

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GABRIELLE EVANS: I love a happy ending, but I’m also a sucker for a little angst with my romance. As an author, I understand that sometimes bad things have to happen to propel the story forward. However, the one thing sure to get my blood pressure up is killing off one of my favorite characters. Kick him, hit him, burn him, push him down a flight of stairs. Take away his memories, send him around the world, or torture him mercilessly, just don’t kill him. If an author must absolutely kill my favorite character so that he can reemerge from the ashes as the proverbial phoenix, it better be believable. Miraculous resurrections, deities waiting in the wings to whisper a divine destiny into my hero’s ear, or the ever popular, “I love you! Damn you, don’t die on me,” just isn’t going to cut it.


The first year of their relationship was bliss. Now, however, Miles Gavari finds himself drifting farther away from his mate. Deciding that a vacation to an island resort is just what they need to reconnect, he whisks Hades away for some steamy nights on the sandy beaches of Resplendence.

Being the ruler of the Underworld is a real job with real stresses. Hades realizes that he’s been taking Miles for granted, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to recapture what they’ve lost.

It doesn’t take long for Miles to realize that he’s not the only one on the island vying for Hades’s attention. Determined to be the last man standing, he pulls out all the stops, making it a trip that neither of them are soon to forget. Will it be enough to hang on to their everyday love? Or is the fairy tale really over for good?

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PEYTON ELIZABETH: There are quite a few things I try to avoid when writing a storyline, but the one main issue I evade at all costs is not researching a subject.  It is vital to know through and through everything that you put down on paper.  Though it would be easy to cut corners on something minor in a book, the reader will be taken out of their fantasy the second they know something is wrong.  As writers, we need to have pride in our work and that includes everything that goes along with it…the finished project will only be that much better.

Amy Bousch has no choice but to seek out the services of Safeword LLC. Faking a two-month vacation through Europe to get away from her controlling and overprotective brothers, Amy hopes that a placement in the hands of the right Dominants will confirm her inner beliefs that she’s a sub whom desires exhibition.

When Chad Westworth and Alec Brewer walk through the doors of Safeword LLC, she comes very close to walking out. They are friends of her brothers, and although she’s done her best to hide her attraction to them over the years, Amy fears their entangled past will get them all in hot water.

Her brothers’ reactions aren’t the only thing that Amy needs to worry about, as Alec’s past rears its ugly head and threatens their future. Once the truth is exposed, Chad and Alec are left wondering if they’ve lost the angel of their dreams.

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LORI KING: What gets me hot under the collar when I’m reading? The narcissistic asshole Dominant. There is a fine line between dominant and bully, and unfortunately there has been a shift recently into more books with Dominants who are selfish and vain as well as over the top sadistic. Now don’t get me wrong here, because I live the lifestyle myself, but when the Dominant in a story does his submissive more harm than good, I find it insulting. I far prefer a Dominant who is protective not possessive, and confident not arrogant.

Katie-Jo (KJ) Whetstone is on a mission to save her mother’s life and protect the Quiver Creek pack from Nicolas Kaplan, a deranged werewolf. She has already journeyed across the country from Wyoming to Missouri, to find brothers that she never knew, and now she must lead them back against their own reservations. She’s shocked when her libido goes haywire over the only human traveling with them, Dr. Thomas Jameson.

Fighting to keep her distance from the mating lust, KJ and Thomas both end up needing rescued. Bryson Samuels is an enemy wolf that makes her body sing as loudly as Thomas does. With strangers for mates, she fights the need to bond, with her desire to be free from the pack. In the end they will all have to decide if they are willing to do anything to protect each other.


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JAN BOWLES: I guess my biggest pet peeve when reading a romance novel, is where the hero and heroine are just about to make mad, passionate love. The whole book has been leading to this one, blissful moment when they finally get to do IT, and....suddenly there's an interruption of some kind. Whatever it is - a brother, a hurricane, a mad as hell kitty - the tender moment I've been looking forward to is OVER. FINITO. This must be the most FRUSTRATING way imaginable an author can keep a plot going, and leads to a very disgruntled reader. And if the author chooses to do it for a second time, within the same book, which I have read once or twice, then I'm afraid the book is going straight against the wall. Or in my case, deleted from my kindle. PLEASE. PLEASE. Don't do it. That is one scene, I hopefully keep from all my books, because I know how frustrating it can be. 

When thirty-five-year-old Jack Montrose returns to Club Submission for the first time in three years, he’s immediately drawn to Sara Deveraux, a twenty-eight-year-old stunning beauty. Dressed to kill, she’s sexually alluring, and everything he desires in a woman.

A proficient rope player and Master of Club Submission in his own right, Jack Montrose knows how to please a lady. But has he met his match in the sexy woman wearing high heels and latex?


Still smarting from the breakup with her ex who severely compromised her safety during a bondage scene, Sara is undeniably wary of the new Dom in town. Although he’s so self-assured, and handsome, is she really willing to place her trust in him?


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ERIKA REED: There is one thing that makes me hot under the collar when reading a book. It's when you read through the entire book to find the sex scene you have been anxiously awaiting is right at the end. I feel it's deceiving to read the cover blurb of a book of how a couple goes through a journey together only to discover a short version of their love making on the last few pages of the book. I feel cheated and want to toss my Kindle in frustration. In one instance, I got to the end of the book then found out that if I wanted to read more about this relationship, I had to buy book two of this series. I don't like to be teased...other than by my hubby. *giggle*

After being shot in the line of duty, Tara Mcintyre's dream of being a police officer comes to an end. Looking to start over, Tara takes her cousin's advice and decides to move to Inferno, the quiet little town she already considers home. Ready to forge a new path for herself, Tara struggles to move on with her life and find a new job that she loves as much as she did being a cop.

Inferno's sheriff, Blake Turner, is trying to figure out the unexplained occurrences that keep happening in his quiet menage town. Someone is deliberately trying their hardest to hurt the ones he cares about, and Blake won't rest until he discovers who it is and stops them.


Inferno's fire chief, Logan Turner, can't help the instant spark he feels the minute he first lays eyes on Tara Mcintyre when she first comes into town. Logan and Blake are cousins who were starting to give up hope of ever finding the woman they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with, until they meet Tara.


Blake and Logan Turner can't wait to claim the feisty wildcat Tara, but can she let her guard down and allow them into her heart?


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KAREN MERCURY: What gets my goat is when a writer has obviously borrowed a very hackneyed phrase from another writer.  I’ve seen it steamroll that way.  I’ll read the stale phrase—for example, how her gown “pooled at her feet” when a hero took it off.  A month later, you’ll read someone else using the exact same phrase.  It steamrolls from there, and pretty soon every single book has a gown pooling on the floor. Same thing with a man “claiming” a woman’s mouth with his.  I first read that in gothic romances in the 80s.  Pretty soon men were claiming more than mouths. They were staking claims on female body parts all over the place!  If you’re going to borrow a hackneyed phrase, make one up yourself.  My favorite is “slithering.”  I like how satin “slithers” between a hero’s fingers.  You can borrow that.

They’re at it again in the hamlet of Hell’s Delight. Katrina Abramson, recovering from a nasty breakup, is hosed by firefighter Alex Coldiron during the annual Fourth of July water fight between rival fire companies. She is sprayed right into cattleman Shane Jonas, on the run from his past. He has returned to confront his future.

Town reporter Alex knows Shane wants to mend fences with brother Devin and plans to write a heartwarming article. Instead, he’s thrust into a passionate triangle with the amorous couple, and Alex must face the truth about his sexuality. Katrina is swept into a thrilling power exchange with the two men where no one is ever sure who has the upper hand.


An exotic, shady character from Shane’s former life is lurking in the shadows, spying on their play sessions, and Shane's dangerous past is about to come full circle.


Note: Each book in the Hell's Delight series is stand-alone and can be read in any order.


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SIOBHAN MUIR: There are two things that will make me want to throw my Kindle (or the book I’m holding). The first is wishy-washy characters, characters who aren’t true to themselves throughout the story and do things outside their nature. For example, they make a decision to treat themselves or their fellow characters differently after a traumatic event, but then go back to doing the opposite, only to make the decision again, and start the pattern over. Book tossed. The second thing that drives me nuts are stories where more than the first 3% of the story is all backstory. Backstory is for the author, not the reader, and should be parsed in sparingly throughout. Don’t tell me how the MCs got to the town where the story takes place unless the bad guy catches up to them on the trip. Too much backstory at the beginning, and I’ll toss the book.

Magic, mayhem, and motherhood… a witch’s work is never done, but Sabrina draws the line at the Fae.
After almost two decades as a practicing witch in Cloudburst, Colorado, Sabrina Foxglove is done with men, magic, and the fertility rituals of High Beltane. She’s dealt with all three before and ended up with a young daughter and no partner. Twice. She’s looking forward to a magic-free May Day, with nothing more exciting than making brownies for a kindergarten class and decorating a May Pole. She definitely doesn’t have time for a handsome, Fae-touched man.

After almost two centuries as the human chamberlain to the Fae’s Summer Court, Darius Winterbourne is a man accustomed to getting his way. So when the Summer Queen tasks him with finding a witch to perform the annual rituals and strengthen the ancient warding magicks, he figures it should be easy. He doesn’t expect Sabrina’s hardheaded refusal, her untrained abilities, or his attraction to her. With less than a week to Beltane, he must gain Sabrina’s trust before he loses his home, his position…and his heart.


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JENIKA SNOW: What gets me not so hot when I’m reading? I’ll be honest and say I like my men strong and assertive with a touch of dominance. I am not all about a weak character, male or female, but when the male lead lets everyone walk all over him, especially the heroine and not in a good way, it really bums me out and pulls me away from the story. I have a certain image in my head on the men I like to read about. Alphas all the way! I have read some stories were the man is all weepy and just not strong all around. Being compassionate and understanding is totally different, because of course I love my men like that, but they have to have some pretty big balls, so to speak. They have to know when to stand up and take some action without caring what anyone else says! I try to portray that type of man in my stories because that is what I like to read.  

After suffering from an eating disorder as a teenager, Tatum Weatherton slowly starts to grow comfortable in her curvier body as an adult. With her self-confidence shot, Tatum never had a meaningful relationship, but that all changes when she starts working for Leo Castill.

Leo enjoys women, and he has plenty of willing ones that work for him at the gentlemen's club he owns, The Lion and the Lamb. Everything changes when one luscious female, his mate, enters his club looking for a job. Every possessive instinct roars within him to take her, mark her, and claim her as his own.


When another lion shifter takes an interest in Tatum, Leo's lion demands to be let free and destroy the threat to his mate. But when Tatum is taken, Leo will stop at nothing to get her back, even when that means having the blood of his enemy on his hands.


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TYMBER DALTON: Well, two instances come to mind. One was Stephen King’s book “Insomnia.” He called an engine’s connecting rod a “tie rod.” I’m sorry, but Stephen King makes enough to verify with his mechanic that he used the right term. (I ran an automotive machine shop, and I was a store manager at a major US auto parts retailer, so yes, I know my terms. (LOL) Another was a well-known romance author (no, I won’t name her) who wrote a book where the hero was injured and in a wheelchair, and he was supposedly this great wheelchair athlete. Well, my son IS a disabled athlete. And the “racing chair” she was describing was, in fact, what normal wheelchairs look like today. And she had the hero using an electric chair, which, based on how she described his abilities, was COMPLETELY unrealistic. Most athletes with his supposed abilities and skills don’t use power wheelchairs as their daily chair. (And the book was set in modern times, not in the past.) In other words, she couldn’t be bothered to take five minutes to run a Google search for “racing wheelchairs” or “disabled athletes” to make sure she was getting her facts correct. I didn’t finish the book. And I’ve never read another one of her books. (And won’t.) And yes, she is a NY Times bestselling “traditionally published” author. (I’ve heard from others I’ve talked to privately that she’s also notorious for getting firearms facts wrong.) I’m not saying authors have to be total experts in what they write. But with the Internet, there is no excuse now for an author to not do their research. Or to contact an expert in the field and have them confirm “facts” for them. If you don’t know, stay general. Don’t stick in “facts” that can blow your credibility as an author. Instead of describing a gun in detail, just say the character picked up their handgun. Or rifle. Or shotgun. Or whatever. Don’t risk going into details that you aren’t sure about just to have pissed off readers writing to you later telling you how “wrong” you got something.

Amanda “Manny” Croyle hates technology…and it hates her right back. Which is why it annoys her when she’s assigned to an undercover investigation and protective operation for two computer geeks. But it’s not like she has a life. Just a wounded heart and PTSD from her time in the Middle East.

Korbin Temple and Rhys Gilyard are resigned to the fact that Artemis—a top-secret cyber-security project—is the only “woman” in their life. Then they’re assigned an administrative assistant. They’ve learned not to trust sexy women, especially once they suss out Manny’s true identity, but there’s something sweetly haunted about her and they wouldn’t mind a chance to brighten her world.


Manny knows getting personal is a bad idea, but the two men soon win her heart. Unfortunately, unknown criminals want their hands on Artemis. Now it’s a race against time to see if Manny can unravel the mystery before time runs out for one of her men.


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SAGE MARLOWE: What gets me hot when I’m reading you ask, dear Laurie? A lot, I have to admit, although I don’t have a particular pet peeve as such—I’m just a very picky reader. I’ve spent a lot of time during the last two years writing, editing and proofing books and by now, I’ve developed a habit that dies hard. A story has to be really well written and intriguing to draw me in or I’ll just read copy. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t freak out over a typo or clumsy sentence and I’ll even forgive the odd logical error, but when I get the impression that neither the author nor the editor knew what they were doing, I’ll stop reading. As to storylines, I don’t rule anything out. A good author can make any story work. 

What's the price of reality when a fantasy is for sale? 

Cam is young, sinfully sexy and willing to play without limits, a combination which makes him a fantasy turned to flesh for men and women alike - and he's for sale. 

Nate is curious when it comes to carnal delights but hasn't found the right man to explore his desires with. 

When a friend buys Nate a few hours of pleasure with Cam, it's not much of a surprise that Nate ends up intrigued. He keeps coming back for more and the attraction between them appears to be mutual but while Nate finds himself falling for the sexy hooker, Cam makes no secret of the fact that for him, sex is just a job.  


Determined to win him over, Nathan tries to show him that sex is about more than physical satisfaction but Cam's walls seem impenetrable until a dramatic event forces him to reveal some of his secrets and Nate begins to understand that Cam pays more than just the price for the reality behind the fantasy. 


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ZOEY MARCEL: I dislike reading about cheating except in erotica because those books are about sex fantasy rather than romance, and I’m fine with it in romance only if the character who cheated is remorseful and their partner forgives them. I wrote a book like that. Weak male characters or ones who go on and on about how precious the heroine is. Some of that is great, but on every page it makes me gag. I’m fine with sweet heroes, but my favorite are tortured heroes and alphas. I don’t even mind when they’re slightly bossy and possessive.

Life is sweet for Jill Easton after her reconciliation with her husband, Ben. He’s even allowed Neil Banks into their marriage. She has everything she wants, except for Logan Weston and Judah Shaughnessy, the other two loves of her life.

She discovers that Ben has a spanking fetish and a startling obsession with the 1950s that challenges her inner feminist and entices the natural submissive in her. Their power struggle is halted when fate takes a turn for the worst, and Jill must prove how far she’s willing to go to save the man she loves most.


When their BDSM relationship progresses, Ben calls Logan in to help train Jill. Jealous, Judah hatches a plan to make Ben want to share Jill with him, but things go horribly wrong. The four men must unite to heal Jill from her inner demons and prove to her that only complete surrender to them will set her free.


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D. RENEE BAGBY: I'm the type of reader who will give a book a chance until the very end, so I don't stop reading to chuck books out the window... as it were. However there is one deal breaker that will ensure I'll never touch an author ever again -- happily-ever-after or happy-for-now. I read Romance for one reason -- the HEA/HFN. If a book is categorized as Romance, the main characters better be hooking up at the end (with the assumption that they'll stay together forever after) or else that book is leaving my house via the nearest window (so long as it is print) and I'm never touching that author again.

In the aftermath of a senseless war that claimed many lives, the gods have punished the dragons for causing the conflict. The next generation will not hatch until Prince Shurik finds a human female willing to put aside generations of animosity to become his bride.

Yolette goes to sleep on the side of a mountain, the odd woman out on a couples' camping trip, and awakes in a field outside the home of a dragon. Transported to an unknown world very different from her own, she must depend on Shurik for shelter and guidance.


Shurik doesn't anticipate his growing feelings for Yolette, making the task of proposing that much harder. Danger looms from those who want the punishment ended and from those who want it to continue until the last dragon is gone. Shurik must decide whether he will save his people or his love and pray to the gods his choice is the right one.


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