Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Boss

With: Melissa Schroeder

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Mac awakened with a rush, fear and anger pulsing as she turned to face her attacker. Adrenaline flashed through her blood. She jackknifed up, ready to fight, but found herself flattened against the mattress with a hunky man on top of her. Panic surged through her, along with a healthy dose of anger as she struggled against the big, hard body pressing against her. Wrath quickly gave way to irritation, and then arousal, when she realized Vic was her assailant.
His mouth turned down in that sexy little frown that always made her want to corrupt him in so many ways.
“You could have lost your head there, Vic.”
He shook his head. “Nothing changes. Always on the attack when you wake up.”
She smiled. “You rarely complained, except for that time in Thailand.”
His mouth twitched as his expression lightened. There he was, the old Vic. Her heart warmed at the sight. They had always been like this. Banter, fighting, sex. They were really good at all three.
“Yes, but then you had a knife to my throat.”
She remembered that night as if it had just happened. They had both been after the same target. She’d broken into his room with the thought of gathering intel on him and what he had on the little start-up cult guru who had disappeared a few people. She was good at breaking and entering, but he had heard her, thrown her on the bed, and found himself with a knife to his throat. It had been kismet since the start.
“Who would have known the man I tried to kill would become my lover?”


THE BOSS

Sick of the spy game, former CIA operative Vic Walker takes time off from his security firm to figure out just what he wants out of life. But peace and quiet isn’t in the cards with a former business partner and ex-lover like MacKenzie Donovan.

Mac doesn’t like asking for help from anyone, but this latest case has her in a little over her head. She crashes back into Vic’s life with the CIA, the Russian Mob, and the FBI, on her tail after a job goes south.

But even as old feelings rise to the surface while they’re busy dodging bullets, the authorities, and mobsters, they’ll need to get out alive before they can have a second chance at love.

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About the author:
From an early age, USA Today Bestselling author Melissa loved to read. First, it was the books her mother read to her including her two favorites, Winnie the Pooh and the Beatrix Potter books. She cut her preteen teeth on Trixie Belden and read and reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school. It wasn’t until she was in college that she tried to write her first stories, which were full of angst and pain, and really not that fun to read or write. After trying several different genres, she found romance in a Linda Howard book.
Since her first published book , Mel has had over 60 short stories, novellas, and novels published. She has written in genres ranging from historical to contemporary to futuristic and has worked with 8 publishers although she handles most of her publishing herself. She is best known for her Harmless and Santini series.
After years of following her military husband around the country and world, Mel happily lives with her family in horse and wine country in Northern Virginia.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Enticing Ian

With: Carole Mortimer


Hi, Everyone,

I will be attending the Romantic Times Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, May 3-7th. If you’re going to be there too, please do come and say hello if you see me wandering around—I’m a great wanderer, usually because I’m lost! My sense of direction is sadly lacking. I will be at the Grand Book Signing at the convention on May 6th, signing two of my indie books, the contemporary romantic suspense, Enticing Ian (Knight Security 5), and the Regency Romantic Suspense combination, The Duke’s Mistress/Claimed by a Marquis (Regency Unlaced 1  2). Even if you don’t want a signed book please do come and say hi. I would love to meet you.

The first book in my new Regency Romance Suspense series, Wicked Torment (Regency Sinners 1), came out today! I absolutely loved writing this book. The hero, Darius Strong, the Duke of Wolferton, Wolf to his close friends, is arrogance personified but also so sexy he made my toes curl as I was writing the story! The heroine, Lady Bea Hanwell, appears prim but underneath that there is a siren longing to break free, making this a very sensual read. All eight books in this new Regency series will have a HEA, but there is an overarching suspense story, which will be answered in book eight. 

The second book in this series, Wicked Surrender (Regency Sinners 2) is now available for pre-order on all ebook retailers, with a publishing date of June 30th.

This month I also have Warrior Alpha (Alpha 6) out in a boxed set with five other wonderful NYT and USA Today Bestselling Authors. Don’t miss out on this wonderful ebook bargain!

The stories in my Regency Sinners, Regency Unlaced, Knight Security and Alpha series, are more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!

I really hope to meet some of you in May at the RT Convention in Atlanta, Georgia May 3rd-7th!

 Carole xx

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About Carole:
Carole Mortimer has written over 215 books in the contemporary and Regency genres. Carole is Recipient of the 2015 Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, a USA Today Bestselling Author, Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Romance Author, 2014 Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance, and in 2012 was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her ‘outstanding service to literature’.

She is very happily married to Peter, they have 6 sons, and live on the beautiful Isle of Man.

Email: contact@carolemortimer.co.uk
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Did you know? Fascinating Facts about Regency-era Weddings


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One of the reasons many readers enjoy historical fiction is that it provides a glimpse into the lives, relationships and traditions of different countries and eras. Weddings and marriage are, by far, one of the most fascinating topics to research.

Here are five interesting facts I discovered about weddings and matrimony during the Regency era while writing my upcoming release, A Wedding Code (The Code Breakers series book 5, releasing April 25, 2017).

For many centuries, marriage was not based on love, but as a strategic alliance between families for monetary, social or political gain. Marriages were often arranged when the bride and groom were still children.

Although the popularity of love matches began gaining popularity in 18th and 19th century England, demonstrating passion for one’s spouse was considered déclassé.

Almack’s, a London social club, became one of the most prominent “marriage marts” of Regency England. Debutantes, who once sought to be presented at the King’s court, vied for vouchers from Almack’s patronesses so they could be presented there instead.

Regency brides did not commission gowns exclusively for their wedding. Most gowns were re-worn. Although any color or pattern was acceptable, blue, white, silver and light-colored hues were most popular. Instead, many brides cherished their wedding shoes as treasured keepsakes.

Brides were given a wedding ring during the wedding ceremony, but men did not wear wedding rings.

What is your favorite contemporary or Regency-era wedding tradition?

About Jacki Delecki
Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. Both acclaimed series are available for purchase at http://www.JackiDelecki.com.
To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website. Follow her on FB—Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

About A Wedding Code (Book 5 in The Code Breakers Regency Romantic Suspense series)

As a renowned arbiter of fashion and design, Miss Amelia Bonnington’s upcoming nuptials to Lord Derrick Brinsley have become the most anticipated event of English society. Her plans to create the perfect wedding must be cast aside, however, when her best friend’s brother, a member of England’s top code breaking family, disappears.

When his fiancée meddles in dangerous spy activity, Derrick, an undercover agent for His Majesty, must intervene. Now, it's up to Amelia and Derrick to safely locate the missing brother, prevent another abduction, and thwart an assassination. Can they outwit the French spies and still have Amelia’s fairy tale wedding?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dance through history . . .

With: Gail Ingis

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Inspired by her own experience on the dance floor, historical romance author Gail Ingis explores the history of ballroom dancing.

Dancin’ feet! Do you know the latest dance? Bet you would if you could . . . dance. “Tom,” I said, to my husband, “for my birthday, come on, dance with me.” (Photo of me and my dance instructor.)

Once we were on the dance floor, I began to wonder about the history of ballroom dancing. Dance history is difficult to access because dance does not often leave behind clearly identifiable physical artifacts that last over millennia, such as stone tools, hunting implements or cave paintings. It is not possible to identify with exact precision when dance became part of human culture. I suspect millenniums. We do know early dance, like 18th century sequence ballroom dancing in Jane Austen's world, was used as a method of healing and expression. That has not changed.

Modern ballroom dance has its roots early in the 20th century, when several different things happened during and after World War I. The first was a movement away from the sequence dances toward dances where the couples moved independently. This was foreshadowed by the waltz which had already made this transition. The second was a wave of popular music that led to a burst of invented dances. The third event was a concerted effort to transform some of the dance crazes into dances which could be taught to a wider dance public in the US and Europe.


Here Vernon and Irene Castle were important, and so was a generation of English dancers in the 1920s. These professionals analyzed, codified, published and taught a number of standard dances. It was essential, if popular dance was to flourish, for dancers to have some basic movements they could confidently perform with any partner they might meet. Here the Arthur Murray organization in America, and the dance societies in England, such as the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, were influential.

Later, in the 1930s, the on-screen dance pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers influenced all forms of dance in the USA and elsewhere. Much of their work portrayed social dancing, although the performances were highly choreographed, meticulously staged and rehearsed.

Ballroom dance may refer to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope, and traditionally refers to the International Standard and International Latin style dances. The styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and costumes, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness. There are variations that are popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm which combine elements of both traditional Latin and Ballroom dances. Other styles I love: Swing, one of my favorites, and the Waltz, it’s so dreamy.

My husband and I dance three days a week—private, practice and group. It’s amazing exercise and we’ve made wonderful friends. I should have known that stepping out onto the dance floor would have triggered my curiosity. I guess that’s the author and artist in me?

What's your favorite dance?

About Gail Ingis
Gail Ingis writes historical romance, loves history and romance, of course. Her weekly blog frequently covers historical content. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Gail’s early days began and ended with writing, drawing and music. Her inspiration to write came from books gifted to her by an aunt. But life had other ideas.

After graduating from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design and with master’s studies in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School (Parsons), she worked in interior design and architecture, and founded a school of Interior Design. Twice asked by publishers to write a textbook, her efforts were thwarted by a heavy schedule.

She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband. She and her husband love to travel and have been swept up into ballroom dancing, a recent commitment. Currently, she sits on Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Board of Trustees, and serves as the curator of art exhibitions.

Prior to her debut as an author, she illustrated a book for Deborah Galiley, "Seeking Paradise" that can be found on Amazon. As a professional artist, her paintings are an extension of her illustration work in design. Gail spent her youth dallying in Coney Island that inspired her latest painting project for her 2016 show in the museum.

She is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America.
*American Society of Interior Designers

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Indigo Sky

In a whirlwind romance, a lovely New York socialite marries a fêted, debonair author. But beneath the charm is a cheating husband addicted to hashish. Her dream marriage turns sour and the simplicity of her life runs amok when a handsome stranger, her husband’s business partner, threatens her staunch loyalty to her wayward husband. When she faces the ugly truth about her marriage, her need to finalize her divorce sends her on mad chase across the wilds of nineteenth century America with a handsome stranger where she learns the hard lessons of murder, kidnapping, and more, that almost destroy her.

Available in print, ebook and audio on Amazon


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One lucky reader leaving a comment or email entry will win an e-copy of INDIGO SKY.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST April 20th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Monday, April 17, 2017

What Bonanza & Gunsmoke Taught Me About Romance


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I loved Bonanza as a kid. Okay, I admit that I had a secret crush on “Bad Boy” Adam (a young Pernell Roberts). The show had a great cast with awesome chemistry. But introduce a woman… Oh boy, you could take bets on how long she’d be alive. Of course, the alternative to death was that she was a con-artist or being chased by an insanely abusive husband. Women were sort of like the red shirts on Star Trek–especially if they were in the landing party. BUT after fourteen seasons of Bonanza none of the brothers EVER got the girl.

No. Happily. Ever. Afters. … EVER? How sad is that?

Bonanza was on television for 431 episodes…fourteen seasons (1959 to 1973). Next to Gunsmoke (1955-1975), it’s one of the longest running westerns (or TV shows). And who didn’t secretly wish for Marshal Dillion and Miss Kitty to get together? Just for fun here’s a young Toby Keith singing I SHOULD’VE BEEN A COWBOY with a first verse dedicated to the couple (or non-couple). 


BUT BUT BUT…even Toby Keith is wishing to ride away into a sunset alone! What?! Seriously?! It must be a guy thing. An idea about…? Nope…not a clue. Hey, I love cowboys–especially Texas ones. I write about them and their sense of honor and how hard they love. After all, I was raised on cowboys. My parents (and grandparents) watched Gunsmoke and Bonanza religiously. Throw in John Wayne and Doris Day --that was my childhood. But unlike the song, all of my cowboys find their HEA.

After years of reading fiction, watching long-running television shows, and life in general… Well, I learned that I need character growth. Wait, did that answer surprise you? But it’s the truth. A character who doesn’t ever commit in a relationship isn’t connecting, they aren’t growing. And unfortunately, may end up after fourteen seasons a LOT older…and still alone. So as a reader (or watcher of television) I need emotional growth, a character who’s bigger at the end of the story than at the beginning. As a writer…that’s the goal.

Man oh man, I do love Happy Endings!
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Guarding clients is easy. Avoiding their match-making Grammy is another story.
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It’s high time this match-making, motorcycle-riding Grammy takes the love-lives of her grandchildren into her own hands and gives love a sweet kick in the right direction.

BREAKAWAY BROOKE, book #3

Cop turned PI Brooke Henderson is hired on the down-low to keep an eye on Deacon “Tripp” Sanders after his team wins hockey’s biggest title. The gig should be as easy as an empty-net goal (yes, she knows her hockey!). The anonymous letter threatening trouble doesn’t have much merit and the gorgeous hockey phenom is certainly easy on Brooke’s eyes. If only her woo-woo power wasn’t in full swing and instigating trouble. The erotic pheromones she’d learned to hold in check were drawing men’s unwelcome attention...but giving her the perfect cover as a puck bunny.

Brooke might be trying to keep watch from a distance, but everywhere he looks Deacon’s eyes are drawn to the beautiful warrior like a loose puck in front of the net. Despite his annoyance that his family thinks he can't keep himself out of trouble, can he convince this exquisite protector to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?

But the game turns deadly when someone’s goal is to put Deacon in the penalty box....permanently.
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HALLIE | CARRIE | BROOKE | EMMA 


USA TODAY bestselling author ANGI MORGAN, combines Texas settings with characters in realistic and dangerous situations. Bodyguards in Heels is a mash-up of her favorite things to read: a little comedy, a little suspense, a little woo-woo and a lot of love. She packs up her husband and rescue dogs for road trips to locations she’s writing about. They have a goal to travel roads they’ve never traveled and find the best pie in the Lone Star State. Contact her via her Website or other social media. Check out my newsletter or my monthly Giveaway.
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