Wednesday, May 24, 2017

On the Run with a Romance Heroine


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What if you overheard someone take a bribe and when you confronted him about it, he warned you that if you told anyone, you’d be dead?

What if that person was your husband?

And what if he was also a cop?

In Bodyguard with a Badge, the first book in my new Lawmen: Bullets and Brawn miniseries, that’s exactly what happened to Juliette Lawson.  Still, she tried to do the right thing and turn him in, but her husband had set the stage so no one believed her.  He was not happy when he’d found out what she’d done…

Fast forward three years and Juliette is still on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of her ex-husband.  He’s caught up to her too many times before, causing her to run again in the middle of the night.  Now, she’s been in Virginia long enough that she’s really started to feel at home.  Until gunmen barge into her office and take her out into the woods...

And she knows exactly who sent them.

She thinks her life is over when FBI Hostage Rescue Team agent Andre Diaz appears out of nowhere, a blur of soft brown eyes, intense stare, and bulging muscles, taking down the gunman.  But back at Quantico, agents want Juliette to answer questions that she knows will bring her ex-husband straight to her location.  And history tells her they’ll hand her right over to the decorated police officer.  So instead, she takes Andre hostage!

It’s supposed to be a temporary solution, a way to get herself away from Quantico and out of town, but when Andre offers to help her, it’s too tempting to refuse.  Problem is, Andre may also be too tempting, and even if Juliette could trust herself enough to open up her heart again, loving anyone is way too dangerous.

You can learn more about Bodyguard with a Badge at my website: http://www.elizabethheiter.com/bodyguardwithbadge.html


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Bodyguard with a Badge Excerpt:
He stared directly into her eyes, intense and sincere. “I believe you.”

She stamped down the hope she felt at his words, tried to be logical. “Why?”

“My gut is telling me you’re innocent.” His gaze went to the gun and then back to her face.  “Relatively innocent.”

A smile twitched her lips, and she felt the sudden, ridiculous urge to laugh at the predicament she’d gotten herself into. She’d never so much as gotten a parking ticket her whole life and in one day, she’d stolen a gun off one federal agent and taken another one hostage.

“Just level with me, Juliette,” Andre said, his deep brown eyes imploring, almost hypnotizing in their intensity.

A shiver worked its way up her body that had nothing to do with fear. Letting her attraction for this man lull her into trusting him was a bad idea. Whether or not he believed her story, he was still a federal agent.

Bodyguard with a Badge

Take the shot - or take a chance?

FBI sniper Andre Diaz is used to rescuing civilians, but after he saves a woman from armed gunmen, she takes him hostage. Nothing about Juliette Lawson or the hostage situation adds up, and Andre's determined to figure out the truth. Going into hiding with the mysterious woman seems like a good idea at first, but he soon discovers her secrets could get them both killed.

Juliette Lawson has been on the run for three years when her luck ends. Grabbing Andre seemed like a temporary solution to get out of FBI questioning – and stay off her dirty cop ex-husband's radar. But it's too late, because now it's not just her ex after her, but a dangerous criminal desperate to tie up loose ends. With each day in hiding, she falls harder for Andre. But as her ex-husband and a killer close in, the only way to keep Andre safe may be to sacrifice her own life.

About Elizabeth Heiter
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3 Romance (Book) Pet Peeves


I love reading romance books. I prefer contemporary, erotic, romantic suspense, historical and sci-fi. But, regardless of the subgenre, we all have pet peeves, right? Here’s a list of mine:

  1.     When the hero and heroine take too long to meet each other on the page. This one really bugs me—no, I don’t want to read fifty pages before the hero meets the heroine. I’m anxious to see how they interact together.
  2.     Too much introspection. If a book has pages and pages of mainly internal dialogue, after a while it starts to lose me as a reader. Of course sometimes we need to be deeply inside their minds to understand them better. But I love when authors are pros at mixing dialogue, action and introspection.
  3.     Closed-door sex scenes. Okay, so maybe I lied. Some subgenres CAN get away with some of my pet peeves. Sweet romance is wonderful, and I’ve read some excellent ones. Generally though, I prefer romance books with sex scenes that convey the characters and their feelings. When they make love in the beginning of the book, for instance, is different than the last time before THE END. I do think the best sex scenes I’ve read also show us something about the characters, or the story. They aren’t just gratuitous. They’re passionate, hot, and even playful.

So, as you must know by now, I’m the ADHD reader—I want it quick, dirty, and addictive. Turns out as a writer I’m not that different. My books tend to be fast-paced and sexy. My latest release, Brazilian Capture, is about a hot Brazilian activist who kidnaps the daughter of his enemy to help the needy. Yep. He’s an activist with a heart of gold, but our socialite heroine doesn’t trust him (would you?) and sees him as the dangerous man who captured her and who’s telling her lies about her dad. What’s a girl to do? That’s for you to find out J Check out the book readers are calling, “Hotter than hell.”
Thanks for reading :)

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BRAZILIAN CAPTURE 

Financier turned activist Emanuel Duarte has promised he would find the one witness who can testify against real estate developer Silas Lancaster. Sick of having every attempt at exposing Silas shut down, Emanuel wants to honor a promise he made, and takes from his opponent what matters most--his beautiful daughter Erika. Only he gets more than he bargained for with the tempting--and frustrating--woman. 

Fundraiser and socialite Erika Lancaster can't believe she's been kidnapped. Her sexy captor is feeding her lies about her father that she refuses to swallow. Emanuel's plans will hurt her and ruin her mother's legacy--and that she can't allow. Desperate to find a way out of the lush Brazilian jungle, she decides there's only way to disarm the enemy--seduce him. 
But her plan backfires and soon she realizes that seducing the enemy comes with a hefty price...loving the enemy simply isn't an option.


Each book in the Brazilians series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

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About the author:
Carmen Falcone loves to spend her time writing about hot Alpha males and the quirky, smart and sassy heroines who turn their world upside down. 

Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband--living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line. 

She now has more than a dozen of books published. She writes category contemporary, erotic romance and romantic suspense. 

For more about Carmen, please visit her website: http://www.carmenfalcone.com

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Undaunted Debutantes Series - Historical Romantic Suspense


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Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series
Title: The Disappearance of Lady Edith, The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna, The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: May 23, 2017, June 13, 2017, July 11, 2017
Word Count: 135,000 total
Cover Artist: The Midnight Muse

Three innocent debutantes must work to solve the mysterious death of their childhood friend. With undaunted determination they pledge to not only expose the man responsible for their friend’s tragic death on her wedding night, but to also uncover other unscrupulous men of the ton who would jeopardize the future of other young women.

The Disappearance of Lady Edith, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book One)

One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord.  Now, Edith dedicates her time to watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. When her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of this brilliantly handsome lord.

Triston Neville, Viscount Torrington, has been tasked with two duties for the upcoming Season: see that his sisters make the most of their debut, and avoid embroiling himself in another scandal. What he does not expect is the captivating, fair-haired beauty that literally falls into his path. When the mysterious Lady Edith suddenly disappears without a trace, Triston fears his past misdeeds may have returned to destroy his life once more.

Can Triston piece together the puzzle in time to save Edith and prove that his love is nothing less than honorable?

The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book Two)

Quick-witted hellion Lucianna Constantine has no doubt who was responsible for the death of her dear friend. And she will stop at nothing to expose his transgressions—and those of every despicable man in London. Lucianna has witnessed the cruelty of London’s beau monde her entire life…starting with her own father. So she is more than willing to singlehandedly take down every vile man that crosses her path.

Roderick Crofton, the Duke of Montrose, had his entire family fortune stolen when his father trusted the wrong men. After a scandalous article surfaces in the London Daily Gazette, written by the notorious Mayfair Confidential columnist, Roderick finds himself financially destitute, without a betrothed, and lacking the means to find the lords responsible for duping his sire. With little option left, Roderick has only one choice: find another wealthy heiress to wed. His quest brings him to Lady Lucianna Constantine, and soon, he can’t deny that he wants her for more than just her dowry.

However, Luci has secrets that could change everything. And when Roderick uncovers what those confidences entail, it could mean misfortune for all involved.


The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia, The Undaunted Debutantes (Book Three)

Quiet, reserved, Lady Ophelia Fletcher always has her nose stuck in a book; hence why she didn’t witness the death of her friend the fateful night of her passing. Now, she writes the Mayfair Confidential column to expose unsavory men as a way of making amends for not backing her other friend’s claims of murder. When a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia is helpless to keep from investigating the dashing lord.

Colin Parnell, Lord Hawke, has a promise to uphold: find the book that proves his grandpapa worked as a spy for King George II and did not die as a no-good smuggler off the coast of Kent. Shrouded in mystery and scandal, the Parnell family has been at war with one another for decades, and Colin is determined to put a stop to it all by discovering proof of the family’s honorable past. Unfortunately, the book he seeks is in the hands of a fiery-haired beauty, and he’ll need to enlist Ophelia’s help to uncover the truth.

Ophelia is more than happy to use her skills to help Lord Hawke. But will their search for answers lead to misadventure, or will they get something greater than they bargained for: the truth and each other?


About the Author:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with strong women and maverick heroes. 

Her books combine romance and mystery, exploring themes of redemption and forgiveness. When not writing she enjoys coffee, wine, traveling the world, and watching television.

Follow her on Twitter: @CMcKnightWriter
Keep up to date on her releases: www.christinamcknight.com
                                      Like Christina’s FB Author page: ChristinaMcKnightWriter

Excerpt:
I cannot be caught, I cannot be caught, I cannot be caught, she chanted, placing her booted feet on another branch before dipping low to take hold of it and swing down to the ground below.

Almost there. Edith’s hands were mere inches from grasping the thick limb to lower herself…only six feet from escape.

“You, there!” a deep voice sounded behind her. “What are you doing up there?”

“Eeep!” The sudden exclamation took her mind off the limb she reached for, and Edith’s boot caught on her skirt, causing her to miss the branch completely. She stiffened her body as she fell, bracing for the impact she knew was to come as the air rushed by her.

The seconds slowed.

Giving her ample time to contemplate what she’d done in her life to end up falling from a tree in the fashionable St. James area of London, her arms pinwheeling as she hoped to ease her landing.

Thump.

Everything went dark, and Edith feared she’d landed on her head, doing irreparable damage.

She blinked several times and willed her mind to command her fingers to wiggle and her toes to curl in her boots.

Everything worked.

She said a silent prayer to whoever was looking out for her.

“I asked what you are doing on my property!” the man huffed.

Edith blinked again—still complete darkness. Maybe she had hit her head on the way down, but would it not ache?

“Do stop this ridiculousness and remove your garments from your head.”

She moved silently, rolling to her side, a resounding pain in her backside cluing her in to exactly how she’d landed.

Lifting her hands, Edith pushed at whatever covered her sight, only to see a pair of Hessians solidly placed beside her. Lowering the material farther, she noted thick, muscular calves leading to tree trunk-sized thighs clad in tightly tailored breeches.

Edith cringed, allowing the material to fall back into place, blocking out all view of the man once more.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Inside the CDC – This organization is a lot more badass than people think.

With: Julie Rowe

When you think of the Center for Disease Control, do you think of geeky techs working with world-ending diseases in a sterile lab deep inside a secure facility? While it’s true some CDC lab techs do work in secure labs, that’s only one small part of the CDC. The reality of what the leading United States Public Health agency does is far larger.

Here are some fast facts about the CDC:

  • ·      Formed in 1946 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
  • ·      Facilities in 10 additional locations inside the U.S.
  • ·      Employs more than 14,000 people
  • ·      Field staff work in 50 states and more than 50 countries
  • ·      Prepared 24/7 to respond to any natural or manmade event
  • ·      Able to deliver lifesaving medicines from the Strategic National Stockpile to anywhere in the U.S. in 12 hours or less

During 2015 and 2016, the CDC conducted more than 750 field investigations in 49 states, 5 U.S. territories, and in at least 35 different countries.

Who conducts these investigations? Disease detectives (epidemiologists) are officers in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Like Crime Scene Investigators, these disease detectives begin by looking for evidence and information. They ask:

WHO is sick?
WHAT are their symptoms?
WHEN did they get sick?
WHERE could they have been exposed to the cause of the illness?

To become a CDC disease detective, you must be a doctor, scientist, veterinarian, or other health professional; then you must complete a special 2-year training program.

CDC disease detectives go into harm’s way to track down the cause of sickness, and how it’s spread. Several members of the CDC have died in the line of duty. It takes the right training and equipment to stay safe while doing field work in difficult conditions.

Visit the CDC to learn about the current outbreaks under investigation: CDC Current Outbreak List.

Want to learn more about Disease Detectives? Check out the Epidemic Intelligence Service playlist!

VIABLE THREAT

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he's protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who've unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he'll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.

CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can't afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they'll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.

One of Julie’s favorite lines of dialogue from Viable Threat:

River made a frustrated noise at the back of his throat. “You want to play hide and seek in a bathroom full of fragmentation grenades, a corpse, and Dr. Frankenstein’s shooter bar, go right ahead. Just wait a minute so the rest of us have time to leave.” He shook his head. “It wasn’t nice knowing you.”

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Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic military thrillers. Her most recent titles include Viable Threat, the first book in the Disease Control and Enforcement series, and Viral Justice, book three of the Biological Response Team series. You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor






Friday, May 19, 2017

Midnight Fever

MIDNIGHT FEVER


Nick Mancino always gets what he wants -- until now. Despite his seductive persistence, brainy, beautiful scientist Kay Hudson continues to elude him. However, Nick was a Navy Seal, and an FBI Special Agent, so giving up isn't an option. 
Ever since that incendiary kiss they shared when Nick saved her beloved grandfather's life, Kay’s been having red hot fever dreams about Nick, but she’s got no business being tempted by anything. She’s on the verge of risking her reputation, her career, her very life, to blow the lid off a deadly bioweapons conspiracy, and Nick’s smoldering eyes, rock-hard body and hot, searching lips should be the very last thing on her mind. 
However, with so much to lose, she deserves one blazing night of pleasure with Nick before she disappears forever.
But Nick won't let her face her demons alone . . . and they  will have to face down an enemy that could consume them...and the entire world.


Available for preorder. Release date May 26th

Excerpt:
Nick smiled as he drifted up out of sleep. Even before waking completely, he was smiling. Oh man, yeah. Who wouldn’t smile after a night like last night? And with a woman like Kay?
He drifted up, like a bird flying thermals. Usually he came awake in a rush, battle ready. It sometimes disconcerted his bed partners, but he was helpless to resist it. He and his teammates had been trained and trained hard to be ready for anything upon awakening. Ready for combat, ready to muster out, ready to face anything, you name it. The line of demarcation between the sleep state and waking state was paper thin and he could crash through it in a second.
But not right now. Even semi-awake, he realized there was no danger, there was only Kay.
It was later than he usually woke up, that was for sure. He remembered that the curtains in the room were drawn but even with his eyes closed, he could tell that the sun outlining the curtains was intense. He was usually up by dawn, but not today. God no. Today was going to be all about lingering in bed, maybe ordering room-service breakfast. Keeping his hands on Kay, kissing her, more than kissing her.
She was here for a conference, but she could miss the speeches. She probably knew more than the speakers, anyway. He wanted her in bed, with him.
The sex last night had been really intense, he should have been wrung out, but nope. He wasn’t seventeen anymore but his dick was hopeful, swelling awake, already at half-mast. With any encouragement from Kay…
He frowned, eyes still closed. No source of heat, no sound of breathing. His hand reached out and encountered cold sheets. Not hot woman.
That wasn’t right.
He opened his eyes, frowning. The room faced east and the curtains were framed with light, casting a soft glow over the hotel room. There was more than enough light to see by, and he could see that Kay not only wasn’t in the bed, she wasn’t in the room. That left one place she could be.
Nick rolled over in bed, ready to get out and go to the bathroom. Knock on the door. Suggest a shower together. But the bathroom door was completely open and he could see that there was no Kay inside.
A chill gripped his insides. He lay there, naked, a little pissed, fast becoming a lot pissed. Where the fuck was she? Had she gone downstairs without telling him? Maybe she had something to do and hadn’t wanted to wake him up.
But damn it, this wasn’t just any morning.
The chill became ice when he went to the closet and discovered her purse missing and no suitcase. Nobody went downstairs with their suitcase unless they were leaving.
Goddamn. He’d thought they were past the hide-and-seek stage. He’d thought last night had, well…made them a couple.
The icy cold hid genuine hurt. Nick didn’t often get involved with his heart, but when he did, it was real. He’d lost his heart to her last night. Or, to be honest with himself, he’d lost his heart to her well before that, but last night confirmed she felt the same.
Or not.
Fuck.
Nick didn’t play games, and he thought Kay was the kind of woman who didn’t play games, either. They’d made what he thought was love all night, but maybe for her it had been hot sex and nothing more.
No!  He rejected that with every fiber of his being. It had been lovemaking and the affection had been mutual and he didn’t understand what the fuck was going on and it pissed him off hugely.
Goddamn.
He angrily pulled on his fine wool pants, slid into that elegant dress shirt he’d put on just for her when his natural habitat was jeans and a sweatshirt, neglecting the tie because he hated ties, thinking furiously all the while.
He was good at strategizing, planning, but Kay just…disappearing had him stumped. Was she expecting him to just let her go, as if nothing special had happened? Now that hurt. On the other hand, if last night meant so little to her, maybe his anger was misplaced. Maybe he should just let it go, let her go. Except it didn’t make any sense.
            Well, he could call her. Play it cool. Hey babe, where’d you go? He’d keep his voice neutral, totally down with her disappearance. Sure, you can vanish without leaving a word, fine. How about dinner again tonight?
            He picked up his cell and it rang in his hand.
Kay.
All notions of playing it cool fled from his head.
“Kay!” he barked. “Where the hell are you? Why did you—”
“Nick.” Her voice was shaky, raw, hoarse. “Help.”
About Lisa Marie Rice
isa Marie Rice is eternally 30 years old and will never age. She is tall and willowy and beautiful. Men drop at her feet like ripe pears. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. Did I mention her Nobel Prize? Of course, Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman and exists only at the keyboard when writing romantic suspense. She disappears when the monitor winks off

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