Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dark Alpha

Giveaway Alert!

Carole Mortimer is a USA Today Bestselling author of 199 contemporary and Regency romance novels, selling well over a 100 million copies worldwide. She is a Recipient of a Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance Award 2014, and was also recognized by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, for her ‘outstanding service to literature’. She is married to Peter, her own Alpha hero, and they have six sons. 

I write hot novels for Harlequin Mills and Boon, in contemporary and Regency, but I’m pretty sure that my readers know that by now. What can I say about writing romance novels - I love it all, from the first meeting between the hero and heroine to the last page in the book when they reach their Happy Beginning together. To me the characters are so real, that I’m sure the hero and heroine in all my books are out there somewhere living a wonderful life together.

I love the whole process of writing. From the germ of a storyline forming inside my head, be it the hero, the heroine, a sentence or situation I may have overheard, the whole thing just takes off from that point, whatever that point might be. I know that different authors have different work methods. Some authors prefer to write the story down beforehand, chapter by chapter. I’m one of those authors that never has the whole storyline of a book, I just sit down at my laptop each morning and start writing, and see where it takes me. I think that may have something to do with the fact that once I’ve established the characters, they take over the story and I follow along behind writing it all down! I’ve never tried to analyse or question how I write, or where the storylines comes from, because a part of me is afraid I’ll lose it if I do. And, as I said, I just love writing romance novels.

At the end of 2014 I decided I wanted to publish an Indie series of my own, and the introductory novella in the ALPHA series, Christmas alpha, was published in November 2014. Dark Alpha is the second full length novel in the series, with successive novels in the series appearing every other month during 2015. My readers know to expect hot Alpha men, independent women, and heated situations in my HMB books, but be warned, my ALPHA series is even hotter. Still romance—always—but hotter sexual situations and language too. The book blurb describes the series as ‘sizzling contemporary romance with an added dash of danger’. And that’s exactly what it is, a heated love story but with danger always lurking in the background.

Dark Alpha was published on January 18th, and is the story of Lucien Wynter and Nicky McKenzie. Lucien is definitely a ‘dark and compelling’ hero, with a violent past he wants to forget. Nicky doesn’t just want to forget her past, she hopes it never catches up with her. The attraction between the two of them is instant and explosive, and totally undeniable as they find it impossible to stay away from each other. What neither of them realizes, is that just by the two of them meeting, they have set themselves on a collision path with a past they would both rather had never happened.

2015 looks like being an exciting and busy year for me too. My 200th book will be published this year, which I still find incredible to believe. I have 5 books being published by HMB in 2015, 2 contemporary, 3 Regency. I also have at least another 4 books in my own ALPHA series, plus a couple of boxed sets with some other authors I know you will love. I also intend to publish another contemporary series, and at the end of the year start publishing a Regency novella series. Again, the new Indie contemporary and Regency novella series will have the warning blurb of being ‘hot, hot, and hotter’.

A Happy 2015 of Reading, Everyone!

Carole is giving away a mobi or ePub copy of Christmas Alpha, the introductory novella to the ALPHA series.


Dark Alpha is the second, full length novel, in USA Today Bestselling author Carole Mortimer’s HOT new ALPHA series. Sizzling contemporary romance with an added dash of danger. 

Stories of dark and compelling ALPHA men, who are used to taking what they want when they want it, and the strong and determined women who have no intention of being taken. Unless it’s on their own terms... 

Lucien Wynter made a decision 15 years ago to distance himself from his violent past. He has spent those intervening years quietly and ruthlessly building his own business empire and amassing his own private fortune, while at the same time remaining aloof from all emotional entanglements. If he physically wants a woman, then he takes one. Beautiful sensuous women, who never mean anything more to him than that fleeting physical release. 

Until Nicky McKenzie... 

Beautiful. Fiery. Elusive Nicky McKenzie. 

Lucien had never calculated on meeting, let alone desiring, a woman like Nicky McKenzie. The woman he now wants in his bed, no holds barred. The woman he can’t seem to forget. But also, he discovers too late, the one woman capable of bringing his violent past crashing down about his ears... 

Nicky McKenzie just wants to live her life in quiet obscurity. Unnoticed. Invisible. And for five years she had succeeded in doing exactly that. 

Until Lucien Wynter... 

Cold. Compelling. Ruthless Lucien Wynter. 

Was it chance the two of them had met, or just the cruelty of fate? Whichever it was, the desire between Lucien and Nicky is instant. Explosive. Unforgettable. A desire that becomes as necessary to both of them as breathing, as they indulge and lose themselves in each and every one of their desires for each other. 

But both of them are hiding secrets. Secrets that, once told, could destroy them both. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015


With: Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Trish J.", the winner in Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Thirty years ago when I first started writing, my goal was to become a successful author.  I wanted to be able to quit my real estate job and write full time.  Fortunately, with my husband still working, I was able to make that happen fairly quickly.

Still, when I finally I sold my first book after months of trying and numerous rejections, I earned the whopping sum of four thousand dollars--not much money for a year and a half of working ten hours a day!  But I never lost faith.  I thought, “I can do this.  I know I can.”  

I think one of the toughest things about being a writer is continuing to believe in yourself.  Insecurities swamp you.  Is this book any good?  Is this book as good as the last one?  Will my readers like it?  Will the publisher renew my contract?

After thirty years, those questions remain.  It’s only sheer force of will that keeps a writer pounding the keyboard, sheer determination that keeps an author from quitting.

So when I hit the New York Times printed top twenty books (as opposed to the extended list top thirty five, which I had been on a number of times, but isn’t in the paper), it was the kind of validation that keeps a writer going.

Someone must like these books, I thought.  Oh my God, it’s really selling!  It was a thrill to get that phone call--a notification that usually comes late on a Wednesday night.  I got the call early Thursday morning when my agent phoned and said, “AGAINST THE FIRE made the bestseller list!  You’re on the New York Times!”

It’s a real moment for an author, the thrill of a lifetime.  My heart is in these books, the newest Against books, The Brodies of Alaska, AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY (out Jan 27, 2015), AGAINST THE TIDE (out May 27, 2015).  Not only do I love the brothers, Dylan, Nick, and Rafe, but I loved the ladies who snare these hunky men.  

In my upcoming release, AGAINST THE SKY, Nick Brodie, a former Anchorage PD homicide detective, has a serious case of burnout.  He's tired of murder and mayhem.  He wants a new life, something that doesn't include blood and death.  Unfortunately for Nick, he isn't going to get it.  When twelve-year-old Jimmy Evans comes to him beaten and battered, claiming his father was murdered, Nick has no choice but to help him.

   To make matters worse, he has a lady friend visiting from Las Vegas.  Samantha Hollis, owner of the Perfect Pup pet grooming parlor, isn't cut out for the harsh living in Alaska.  Unwillingly swept into Jimmy's problems, she finds herself on a wild ride with Nick that leads them both into passion and terrible danger.  

 I’m hoping readers who've been enjoying the Brodies of Alaska will be wanting more of the hunky brothers and their sexy ladies.  If you haven’t read AGAINST THE WILD, I hope you’ll look for it.  And don’t forget to watch for Nick and Samantha in AGAINST THE SKY, and Rafe Brodie in AGAINST THE TIDE.

 Happy reading and all best wishes, Kat 

Kat will be giving away a paperback, Kindle or Nook copy of AGAINST THE SKY (winner's choice) to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry. 


ALASKA. In America’s last wilderness there is no limits to what a man can do.

For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.

Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be more than a one-night stand?

When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both …


“Against the Sky by Kat Martin sizzles enough to melt a polar icecap. She allows these two polar opposite to find that elusive chemistry that the world craves, but their differences present enough of a challenge that one wonders I love can conquer all or not. Kick in the suspense and danger from the Russian mob and voila! Romantic suspense!”

Twitter: @katbooks 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Congratulations to Tatt3r, the winner in Janie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

A few weeks ago, on New Year’s Day to be exact, our family uprooted from Virginia and moved across the world to Germany. It’s been both exciting and challenging over these past few weeks, learning new ways of doing even the simplest tasks such as grocery shopping, laundry and cooking. And don’t even get me started on the driving.

But despite any challenges, we are growing to love it here, especially because of the all the travel opportunities that are available. Everywhere we go seems to drip with history and culture, some of it dating back thousands of years.

Last weekend we were able to visit Hohenzollern Castle, just 45-minutes from our house.

Within a few hours’ drive are multiple countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland… And a dozen more with short flights. We plan to see them all (SEE ALL THE COUNTRIES!!) in the three to five years that we’ll be stationed here.

My new 4-book OMEGA SECTOR series that began this month with INFILTRATION and continues in February with COUNTERMEASURES isn’t set internationally, it’s set in the areas I love of Virginia and North Carolina. And perhaps my heart will always be there.

But I can definitely see how living in Europe is going to influence and broaden my scope for where I set upcoming series. I don’t know where those settings will be yet, but I know they will be exciting, so stay tuned!


The clock was ticking, the enemy was watching… 

At first it looked like a glorified babysitting job: safeguard a scientist while she created a countermeasure to neutralize a dangerous weapon that had fallen into the wrong hands. But when Dr. Megan Fuller's life was threatened, undercover agent Sawyer Branson knew the enemy was closing in. Sticking by Megan 24/7 wasn't something he took lightly, even if Megan didn't seem to appreciate his constant presence.

For a man used to getting any woman he wanted, Megan was a challenge he was coming to enjoy. Because beneath her boxy lab coat and pinned-back hair lay a brilliant and beautiful warrior. And before long, Sawyer's determination to save the world was matched only by the sudden need to make Megan his.

Sawyer put the car in Park and all but ripped the keys out of the ignition.

Megan’s bed was possibly the best plan he had heard in his entire life. Sawyer hadn’t wanted to rush things; had recognized that Megan was different from the women he normally dated. She was special. And he was pretty darn sure she didn’t take sex casually.

Which okay, he could admit scared him just a little bit. But heck, everything he felt about Megan scared him. And none of it seemed casual.

Those big brown eyes of hers were looking at him right now, a little in shock at her own words.

“Megan…” There were so many things Sawyer wanted to say. Yes, please, being the primary one. But he also didn’t want her to rush anything. It had been a crazy couple of days. She was tired, had been in an accident, plus what had happened with the unknown intruder in the lab.

Sawyer just wanted Megan to be sure. But couldn’t find the right words to say it exactly.

Then Sawyer saw hesitation—the fear of rejection—steal over her face. “It’s okay, I understand—” she began softly. She thought he didn’t want her.

To hell with that.

Sawyer got out of the car before Megan could finish her sentence. He strode around it quickly and purposefully, keeping eye contact with Megan through the windshield the entire time. He reached down and opened the passenger side door.

Megan was still looking at him with those big brown eyes when Sawyer reached down and unlatched her seat belt. He helped her out the door, then promptly picked her up and set her on the hood of the car. He grasped each of her legs just under the knees and slid her all the way to the edge of the hood, hooking her legs on either side of his hips. He stepped forward so they were completely pressed against each other.

“Get one thing straight in that giant brain of yours—I have wanted you from the moment I first thought you were a receptionist and asked you to get me some coffee.”

Sawyer grasped either side of her face and tilted her chin up with his thumbs. He brought his lips down very gently to hers, savoring the feel of them.

“And I’ve wanted you more every day since.” He punctuated each word with a brief kiss.

Sawyer slanted her head to the side so he could take advantage of her lips, her closeness. To sink into that soft, wet mouth. He could feel Megan melt against him—both of them wanting to get closer than their current location would allow.

“Let’s go inside,” Sawyer said to her softly. Both of their breathing was ragged.

Megan nodded. Sawyer reached back inside the car to get the countermeasure items they’d brought home with them—not wanting to leave that out in an unmanned vehicle. Megan got her purse and took out her house keys.

Her eyes were sparkling; no doubt clouded them now. Sawyer reached up and trailed his finger down her cheek. “You’re beautiful.”

Megan gave a wry grin. “I get lots of compliments, but that’s not the usual one.”

Sawyer tucked his arm around her as they walked up the stairs to her door. “Oh yeah, what’s the usual compliment?”

“Something about my brain. Never about my looks.”

“Well, then, you should consider not hanging around with so many visually impaired people.”

Megan giggled again—a sound Sawyer was coming to love. Serious Dr. Fuller didn’t do enough of it.

Sawyer took her key from her and opened the door, ushering her inside. He closed the door behind them, locking it.


Sawyer could hear the terror in Megan’s voice. He instantly drew his weapon and spun her around so she was behind him.

Her house had been totally ransacked.

About the Author
Janie Crouch’s debut novel PRIMAL INSTINCT has been nominated for a 2014 RT (Romantic Times) Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Harlequin Intrigue.  Janie lives with her hubby and four kids in Stuttgart, Germany but ihr Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut zur Zeit. She loves travelling, adventure racing, and movies of all kinds.

Check out Janie’s website at or hang out with her on Facebook at Buy COUNTERMEASURES here:

Janie is giving away a set of the first two Omega Sector books INFILTRATION and COUNTERMEASURES (U.S. readers – print or ebook; International readers – ebook only). Leave a comment for a chance to win: If you could travel anywhere in Europe, where would it be? 

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Monday, January 19, 2015


Congratulations to "Julie G.", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

It’s always great to be on JRS and with romantic suspense readers. I thought I’d share a little from book 2 of my West Texas Watchmen series that’s hitting shelves this week. I’m so honored that Romantic Times Magazine chose THE CATTLEMAN as a Top Pick and gave it 4 1/2 stars. So to celebrate, leave a comment to be eligible for a $10.00 gift card.

“Morgan pens a lovely comeback story of a hero fighting his inner demons and struggling with PTSD. With equal parts action, romance and compelling characters, she hits all the right notes.” ~RT Magazine

Nick didn’t have nearly enough ammo for a gunfight. Neither did Beth. As soon as she announced they were giving up, he turned off the satellite phone and shoved it in Beth’s pocket.

“Are we going somewhere?”


“But I thought–”

“I said that in case they were listening.”

“Cluing me in on your plans might be nice.” She stepped between the trees and around the large rock they’d grown around.

“No time. Can we talk about this later?”

“I’m supposed to be the big time DEA agent and Mr. Rancher over here is…” Beth mumbled as she led the way.

Nick couldn’t hear much of her complaints but got the gist. They were more about being caught unprepared than about him trying to save their behinds. That was just fine. She skidded along, grabbing rocks to slow herself, mad at their situation but not whining about it.

Maybe it was time to admit that he liked her more than just a little. But this was not the time or the place to admit it to her. A rock fell and hit his shoulder.

“Beth.” He pointed up and behind them. “They’re coming down.”

“Then we need to move faster. Take the lead. I don’t suppose there’s a cave or even a…a large crevice close by that we can use for cover?”

“Put your gun away. You need both hands for this. Stay close so I can get to you if you slip.”

On a normal day, it would take several hours to just walk down the road to the bottom of this mesa. Coming straight down the side was dangerous. Very dangerous. They moved in silence. Breathing hard. No time for water. Their legs working overtime battling the steep descent.

Beth’s legs were already sore from riding yesterday. She skidded, let out an “oh no” and her hand landed in the middle of his back. He braced himself at her warning, catching a solid foothold and grip.

“These boots were not made for climbing.” She brushed off the near fall with words, but she was stiff against the rock face.

“You might lose one or two of those rhinestones,” he teased.

“We might fall to the bottom. Do you think I’d be better off climbing barefoot?”

“Better keep `em on.” He smiled and knew he needed to quit teasing. He should be serious. They were in deep trouble with no way out.

An avalanche of emotion dropped on his head like the rocks above them could at any moment. Thinking about the woman instead of the problem was a sure sign he liked Beth…a lot. Maybe too much.

Of course it was too much.

He anchored himself and held out his hand, ready for her to come to him. She hesitated, barely raising her arm. He latched onto her fingers and her feet moved slowly. He waited. Bodies close together, eyes level with his and wide with curiosity. A ray of sun broke through the clouds and turned them several shades lighter.

Men–bad men–were chasing them down a mountain.

There was no place to hide. Nowhere to escape.

What did he do? He kissed her.

Not a good-bye. Not an invitation. Not just because she was close.

His girl was in his arms and her lips were smooth against his parched ones. Their tongues did a short dance and he felt more confident. She restored something in him that had been missing the past year. He lifted his head, unable to help the smile that spread across his face. He expected a stern set down from her about how they were in a hurry.

But, shoot, from the way she looked at him, maybe he’d given something back to her, too.

The wide-eyed moment was gone. She looked up and behind them, steadying herself with her hands on his shoulders. “We should probably get…”

“Moving. Right. You going to be okay?” he asked, really curious if the near fall had bothered her as much as the thought of losing her had bothered him.

Small rocks skittered past their heads. “Great. More than great. Excellent. Let’s go while we can.”
Choosing or creating a path where the javelinas didn’t traverse was hard enough without the added thoughts about Beth. He could hear the grumbles about being caught off guard, about not doing her job, not protecting her asset.

“Is that me? Am I your asset?”

“Of course you are.”

“Beth, I’ve told you this before. I can look after myself.”

And just like it had been scripted, he heard the lone shot of a gun and zipped back to the cliff wall, covering Beth’s body.

“There’s something to be said about perfect timing.” Beth drew her handgun from its holster.

“My father always says timing is the essence of all comedy, but there is nothing funny about getting shot. Nada.”

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THE CATTLEMAN is a special story. Nick was named (not based) for my cousin’s son. He served in the military and does suffer from PTSD as many in the military do. Sometimes ordinary people also suffer from PTSD from a traumatic event. My heart goes out to them all.

Nick is a returning character. He was originally in Protecting Their Child where he was shot. DO YOU enjoy reading the stories of returning secondary characters?
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ANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Carolyn Readers Choice, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Challenging Your Characters: Hitting a Homicide Detective Where It Hurts

Congratulations to "Kimberly P.", the winner in Elizabeth's giveaway. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway.

Homicide detective Logan Greer, the hero of my romantic suspense DISARMING DETECTIVE, grew up in the small, ocean-side town of Oakville, Florida.  He’s got deep roots there, a family history of public service to the town, and he’s dedicated to protecting the people.  So, naturally, I went and killed off his sister’s friend, visiting from another state, and had her thrown in the marsh.

Why?  Well, it’s partly because I enjoy torturing my characters.  The more challenges I can throw at them, the more they have to prove themselves.

In Logan’s case, I didn’t stop there.  Next, I decided that his theory that a savvy serial killer had murdered his sister’s friend – and was probably looking for his next victim – was going to be the joke of the police department.  While I was at it, I figured they should resent him a little already anyway, because of his family name (his father is the mayor).

He’s hero material, so this couldn’t stop him.  Since he’s not getting the support he needs from his police chief and the rest of the department, he flies to Virginia on his own dime, and insists a profiler look at the case.

Just to torture him a little bit more, I give him FBI profiler Ella Cortez.  She’s sassy, and she’s got her own reasons for wanting to stay far away from Florida. 

From the second Logan meets her, there’s an instant attraction he can’t deny.  But there’s a killer on the loose, so Logan knows he needs to try and resist her if he wants to stop another woman from going missing during Oakville’s busy Spring Break season.

And when the killer targets Ella, Logan will do whatever it takes to protect her.

Here’s a little snippet from DISARMING DETECTIVE.  It’s from early in the book, when Logan comes to Ella for a simple profile, insisting that Oakville has a serial killer.  She’s about to leave on vacation, but he convinces her to review his case file first:

“You’ve got good instincts, Greer.”

Logan tapped his fingers heavily on the table.  “I thought so.”

She had just flipped the file back to the beginning when he suggested, this time sounding completely serious, “Maybe you and your friends could vacation on some Florida beaches instead.”

“No.”  The word came out more harshly than she’d intended, so she covered up her instant reaction by tilting her head and offering him an exaggerated coy smile.  “Are you trying to solve a case here or get into my pants, Greer?”

He blinked and leaned back, but just as quickly sat forward with a full-wattage version of the smile he’d been laying on her all night.  “Is it too much to hope for both?”

I’m giving away one copy of DISARMING DETECTIVE to a commenter!


The case that’s haunted one FBI profiler for years may have finally met its match in a sexy – and dedicated – detective…

When FBI profiler Isabella Cortez finds a stranger outside her office, she’s in trouble.  Because even though Detective Logan Greer is one of the good guys, their instant attraction is a serious distraction.  Ella’s got one mission: to find the criminal who hurt her friend and drove her to become a profiler.  But Logan’s appeal isn’t just chemistry.  He has a case that bears an eerie resemblance to the crime Ella’s been trying to solve for years.  Together, they’re racing to stop a killer, but the closer they get, the more dangerous the search becomes.  Falling in love could be deadly…or it could be the only way to survive.

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About Elizabeth Heiter:
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. 

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature.  She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.  NYT bestselling author Tess Gerritsen said of her debut in her suspense Profiler series, "HUNTED is a nonstop, thrilling read that will leave you breathless, and Evelyn Baine is a sharp and gutsy heroine you'll want to follow for many books to come” and bestselling author R.L. Stine said of the sequel, "Want to read a top-rate thriller? VANISHED had me turning page after page. Wow. When you talk about our most-promising new thriller writers, put Elizabeth Heiter on the list!"  DISARMING DETECTIVE, her first romantic suspense book in The Lawmen series, was called “a hard-hitting story you won’t put down” by Fresh Fiction.

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