Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DELOS SERIES: a new global family saga by Lindsay McKenna

When Captain Robert Culver arrives at his next Air Force assignment, the NATO air base in Turkey, he was completely focused on his career.  He is the oldest of three brothers who are all in the military.  The Culver family has a long and storied service history.  His father, William Culver, is a retired USAF General.  The family knows that freedom is not free.  That the few must sacrifice for the greater good of maintaining democracy in the U.S.A.  

Assigned to Incirlik Air Base, five miles east of Adana, Turkey, Robert is there as a coordinator within NATO and charged with working alongside his Turkish Air Force counterparts.  He’s a Type A driven officer who is politically adroit, knows four foreign languages, including Turkish, and is the perfect choice as an American liason between the two friendly NATO countries for the duration of his three-year assignment.

At 27 years old, Robert has no plans to marry, his career more important at this stage of his military life as a combat jet pilot, than settling down.  When a poised young woman named Dilara Badem gives a talk to the NATO officers in Istanbul, Turkey about her family’s global charities, Delos, he can’t tear his gaze away from her.  She is 21, cosmopolitan, accomplished and speaks five languages.  It is her aquamarine eyes and that long red hair of hers, that rivets Robert’s attention.  Later, at a cocktail party before dinner, her humor and compassion utterly win him over.  He will spend the next year flying between Incirlik whenever he can get off duty and to Kusadasi, Turkey, where this breathtaking creature who has stolen his heart, lives.  A year later, he asks Dilara to marry him and she agrees.

So begins the Culver family saga.  Robert had no vision of who the woman was that he would someday marry because his focus was on his military career.   It is only later that he finds out that Dilara is the daughter of Artemis Shipping Lines, the largest container company in the world.  Further, her family is worth ninety billion dollars.  She is mostly Turkish with a dollop of Greek thrown in for good measure.  He marries her for love, not for her family holdings, power or money.

So begins my next family saga.  Times have changed markedly since 1990 when I created the first three-consecutive series book series:  Love and Glory.  It introduced Laura and Morgan Trayhern of Morgan’s Mercenaries, to the world.   My first family saga turned out to be 45 books long.  The last of book in this world famous saga-series was BEYOND VALOR, HRS, February, 2013.  Fittingly, it won the RT Book Reviews 2013 Reviewer’s Choice award for best Harlequin Romantic Suspense.  What a way to end a memorable series!

I’ve spent five years creating the Delos family saga-series.  Times have changed and so my new series will mirror the chaotic contemporary world of today.  You will meet the three adult children of Robert and Dilara Culver:  Tal, Matt and Alexa.  They are a military family because their father ingrained in them that duty to one’s country, was a must.  

The first four books, released as paperback (CreateSpace/Amazon) and ebook, will come out a month a part from one another.  Since I’m an Indie author now and own Blue Turtle Publishing, I can push up the dates of publication of my books.  I’m sure this will please my readers who hated waiting six month to a year (or more) for the next book I wrote to be released by my publisher.  Not any more!  Those days are gone!

Aysun Badem, Dilara’s mother, had a vision and created Delos charities in 1950.  Living in Kusadasi, Turkey, she ran the charities until she retired in 1990.  Her daughter, Dilara Badem-Culver, then stepped in to pick up the reins of running the day-to-day demands and responsibilities  of the family’s global charities.  Dilara moves the headquarters from Turkey to Alexandria, Virginia because her husband Robert is assigned to the Pentagon.  Her family annually pours a billion dollars into Delos.  To a person, her parents, aunts and uncles passionately believe that those who have much, must give back much to those who have so little.  Delos is composed of 1800 charities on five continents.

There are storm clouds on the horizon for all NGO’s as terrorism raises its head and spreads like a virulent cancer throughout many countries around the world.  Volunteers and employees of any charity, once welcomed by every second or third world country, were now being kidnapped, held for ransom, tortured, murdered, and their building torched and destroyed.  Many NGO charities were driven out of desperately needy countries by these local, regional and global terrorists organizations.   Delos did not escape being attacked, either. 

In response to the attack, General Robert Culver and his wife, Dilara, create an in-house firm:  Artemis Security.  Their three grown children, Tal, Matt and Alexa, would now be at the helm after leaving their respective military careers to run it.  New books will be developed out of these missions created within Artemis Security who will vigorously defend their employees who work for Delos.  The ex-military black ops trained employees are security contractors who will be sent out singly or as a team, to help a threatened Delos charity volunteer or their employees in any given country.   

Good news for my readers!  There is a permafree ebook that kicks off this new series!  LAST CHANCE is about Lia Cassidy, heroine and an employee of Delos charities.  This is the prologue to her Book 1,  NOWHERE TO HIDE.  The free novella is a fourteen thousand words long and will set up the premise of the saga-series for the reader.

LAST CHANCE is available on all five major ebook platforms.  Unfortunately, it’s not in paperback.  But my paperback readers can drop over to my website, www.lindsaymckenna.com, and be able to download a free PDF copy of this novella directly onto any device you currently own (any cell phone, tablet, iPad, Desktop or laptop computer), so you won’t be left out!  And it will be easy to get a copy of LAST CHANCE dropped into your favorite electronic device.  You don’t need to be a geek in order to download it, either.  It will be be available everywhere for a free download on 7.13.2015.

Lia Cassidy, the heroine of LAST CHANCE, has hidden from the world since experiencing a life-changing trauma five years earlier.  At 25, she’s devoted her life to the Home School Foundation of Delos in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.  Because she loves children so much, it salves her broken spirit and has helped her begin to heal.  Little does she realize that one act of humanity by the teachers from the Delos school will set off a horrific event.   Lia is caught up in the life-and-death drama , trying to survive it in order to warn Robert and Dilara Culver that their school was just attacked.  This violent event will forever change how Delos charities operate the world over.

In the first four introductory books, you will meet read the rest of Lia’s story, plus the introduction of the three Culver children’s stories:  

Book 1, NOWHERE TO HIDE (Lia Cassidy and Cav Jordan’s book) 10.13.2015
Book 2, TANGLED PURSUIT (Tal Culver and Wyatt Lockwood’s book) 11.11.2015
Book 3, FORGED IN FIRE (Matt Culver and Dara McKinley’s book), 12.3.2015
Book 4, BROKEN DREAMS (Alexa Culver and Gage Hunter’s book), 1.2.2016.

These books are 100,000 words each, and have a satisfying,  happily-ever-after ending.   These books set the stage for what you can come to expect in future offerings in the Delos series.  There will be five to six books a year, a mix of big books along with novellas (40,000 words each).  They will be books filled with gritty, high octane romantic suspense and intense emotional love stories that I’m famous for writing. 

On 2016, Delos stories will introduce more independent, feisty heroines who challenge headstrong, ex-military alpha male heroes on their specific missions.  For the schedule of my book releases, titles, and their publishing dates, just visit the Delos section of my website so you don’t miss any of them!  

Even better?  On the front cover of each book, down in the lower right hand corner, is the Delos logo with a number below it. This number indicates to the reader what book it is in this ongoing saga-series and it will guide you to know which book to read next.  You can always check it out at the Delos section on my website, as well.

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Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers.  She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that aids abused women and children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her. 

Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Truth Is So Much Stranger Than Fiction

With: Julie Rowe

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

As a medical lab technologist writing a bioterrorism series I often get asked if I use real events or personal experiences in my books. 

Nope. Not because I don’t have any novel-worthy stories to tell, but rather because few people would believe them, and fiction has to be believable. Readers are smart. The author has to build a world that makes sense, filled with characters who do things for logical reasons. They won’t tolerate characters who do something so stupid it could hurt them, cause permanent injury or even kill them.

In real life, people do stupid things all the time.

Here’s an example from earlier this year: Live anthrax samples sent out to nine states and a base in South Korea by US military laboratory — http://ind.pn/1NeHf6B Oops!

The Huffington Post has an ongoing section just for stupid criminals: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/stupid-criminals/ 

Then there’s the Darwin Awards, an award you only get if you do something incredibly stupid and die as a result. http://www.darwinawards.com/ 

Have you ever witnessed an act of incredible stupidity?
One commenter will win an ebook of their choice from Julie’s backlist!

Lethal Game
Book two of Biological Response Team

As the nation’s youngest virologist and hematologist, Captain Sophia Perry has always been one step ahead of her peers. But there’s one thing she can’t beat—cancer. She wants to make a difference in the time she has left, so when she’s sent to investigate a breakout at a Syrian refugee camp, she goes, saying nothing of her diagnosis. But saving the masses isn’t easy when the man tasked to protect her is so irresistible.

Communications Sergeant Connor Button is back on active duty after a deadly explosion, but he doesn’t feel whole again until he meets Sophia. Assigned to keep her safe, he’s prepared to die for her, but for the first time in months he truly wants to live—if only she wasn’t so determined to put them both in danger.

With a secret to keep and nothing to lose, Sophia is determined to find the source of the breakout at any cost. Violent attacks on the camp convince her that someone wants her to pay dearly. But as Sophia’s health deteriorates, Connor must find a way to help her defeat her enemies before her body defeats her.

Carina Press | Amazon USA | Kobo | iTunes | Barnes and Noble  

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 12th. 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.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Featuring RWA's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Author, Carole Mortimer

I can’t believe its Autumn already. Although a glance out of the window convinces me it is; it’s currently pouring with rain, which means I’ll be lighting a cosy fire later tonight. Nothing I like more than cuddling up on the sofa with my husband in front of a roaring fire. Usually to watch re-runs of NSIC starring Mark Harmon, but that’s another story!

October 4th saw the publication of Warrior Alpha the 6th book in my bestselling ALPHA series.

The hero of this sixth book is Nikolai Volkov. He has appeared in two of the previous books in the Alpha series, so fans of the series will already know him. Nikolai left Russia twenty years ago, barely surviving on the street of London for several months he then falls foul of the Russian overlord of London’s criminal underworld, Dimitri Markovic. Instead of punishing him, as Nikolai expected, Markovic takes the young man into his own family. Twenty years later Nikolai is head of security for the powerful Markovic family, and totally loyal to Dimitri’s son Gregori, the new head of this powerful Russian family.

Tough, hardened, more than capable of taking care of himself, Nikolai’s isn’t in the least impressed when Gregori hires Daisy Redmond to protect him from the assassins sent kill him. The attraction between these two opposite is instant and blazing hot, as they battle side by side in order to keep Nikolai alive.

The 7th book in the series, Rogue Alpha, to be released December 4th, is now available for pre-order.

My cover design lady and I have now chosen and designed the first two covers of my new Regency romantic suspense series, Regency Unlaced. Hey, it isn’t easy drooling over all those Regency heroes and then having to decide which one is right for which story. The pre-order for the first story in the series, TheDuke’s Mistress, is now available, with a release date of November 4th. The covers of this series are spectacular—thank you, Jo.

 I am so excited about the launch of this new Regency romantic suspense series. It’s to be published alternate months with my Alpha series during 2016.

Indie publishing has given me the opportunity to spread my wings, to write more suspenseful stories, and steamier heroes and heroines, than my previous books. Not only that but I get to design the covers, choose my editor and proof-reader, plus the publication date. I go around the house saying ‘I have the POWER’ in my best superhero voice, at which time one of my sons usually pipes up with ‘what about dinner?’. No sense of occasion, that the problem with these young men!

Have a great October!


Pre-Order ROGUE ALPHA (Alpha 7):

THE DUKE'S MISTRESS(Regency Unlaced 1):

Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords.

About Carole:
Carole Mortimer has written over 200 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 or 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.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@carole_mortimer            

Friday, October 9, 2015

Redemption…on a Platter.

Congratulations to "Colleen C.", the winner in Dee's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

First I want to thank Maureen for having me at JRS. I always love her house.

The topic today is redemption, with a bit of adventure on top. My question to you is, how bad do you like your bad boys? I’m talking specifically about your heroes, not your villains. Take for instance your tattooed or motorcycle-riding hero. Those things alone don’t make a hero bad, yet that’s how they are perceived. What about the hero who acts less than heroic? He’s probably not considered a hero at all. But what happens when that man changes? What happens when that guy has a reason for acting the way he did?

When you think about it, it makes sense. None of us know what someone else might be going through so until we know, it wouldn’t hurt to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Leo is one of those guys. He made a mistake a long time ago and it’s haunted him for years. Acting a certain way gave him a distance from people he felt he needed and wanted, but that mistake sat with him for so long that it helped change his way of thinking. (So did the love of a good woman!) But when he lost everything he owned, you can bet it changed him. Leo knows he’s in trouble in Imminent Danger (Adrenaline Highs #5), but the reader –and Leo- don’t see the fallout until Always Dangerous. 

Here’s a little excerpt from the book:

Leo had been up most of the night working on the numbers for his movie, so she felt confident that she wouldn’t wake him when she left for her hike. She needed some serious space from the guy. He jumbled every one of her senses. He was a man who didn’t want commitment and she was a woman who did. Her head knew he wasn’t the guy for her, but her heart didn’t care. And her duplicitous body…forget about it. Her heart pounded like a damn drum whenever he was around, her eyes always searched him out and her hands ached to touch. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

She’d just finished writing him a note when he showed up in the kitchen, looking bleary-eyed, rumpled and gorgeous as hell in shorts…and only shorts. His washboard abs made her mouth water for a taste. For all the hours she’d spent last night hardening her heart to this man, all it took was one look for the traitorous organ to pound out of control.

His sleepy eyes narrowed as he took in her outfit. “What the hell are you planning now?”
She ignored his tone and the way it made her girl parts tingle. “I’m going on a little hike. If you don’t see me back here tonight, then call the fire department again. I may need rescuing.”

He shook his head slowly as his tired eyes opened wider. “Don’t even think about it.”

“Uh oh. Too late.” She zipped past him, but he caught her arm and twirled her about face.

Leo exhaled a measured breath. “Nothing I say is going to stop you, is it?” She shrugged a shoulder and opened her mouth to tell him she was a grown woman, perfectly capable of taking care of herself, but he cut her off. “Fine. Give me time to get dressed and pack us some provisions.” He gestured to the tiny pack she had over her shoulders. “That doesn’t hold nearly enough water for the amount of energy we’ll be expending.” He leaned forward and touched his forehead to hers. “Give me ten minutes or else.”

Kim smothered a grin. He was kind of funny when he ordered her around. “Or else what?” She kept a straight face. Sometimes she liked goading him just to see what he would do.

“Or else when I see you next, I’m going to put you over my knee and spank that sweet ass of yours.”

A blast of heat exploded in her stomach and moved directly south. Though the picture he created sounded erotic as hell, Kim was totally not into that. “Don’t count on it,” she breathed. “That is not on my to-do list. Ever.”

“Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.” He pulled away. “Ten minutes starting now. You better be here.” 

The question is, will you be there? Will you give our hero another chance? Have you written him off from the beginning or are you willing to hear his side of the story?
I’d love to know.

I’m giving away a digital copy of any back list book in the Adrenaline Highs to one commenter.  (P.S. Dangerous Race –the 1st book in the series- is $1.99 for a limited time!)

Links to Dee J.

Website: http://deejadams.com/
FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/DeeJAdamsAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeeJAdams
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5107047.Dee_J_Adams

Leo Frost has lost his house, his car and possibly his acting career. Releasing an independent film is his only hope of paying for his sister’s twenty-four/seven care, but he’s got to finish it first. The last thing he needs is a curveball from the one woman who could break his focus with a look, a smile and the most unexpected news of his life. 

Kim Jacobs wants it all—a career in a big city, a husband and a family, but a tryst two months ago with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars leaves her pregnant. Knowing Leo doesn’t want kids or a wife, Kim decides to make her own happily-ever-after with the help of a recent inheritance. All that’s left is to tell the man and move on. 

Kim’s short visit to L.A. turns deadly with a series of mysterious attempts on her life. Suddenly Leo not only has to save his career, he has to find out who’s trying to murder the lady who is stealing his heart. As an actor, danger was staged and nothing was at stake, but now the threats are all too real. If Leo wants a future and a family with Kim, he has to prove he can do more than play a hero onscreen, he has to be one in real life.

Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Nook

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 9th. 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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Of course not!

Congratulations to "Mary P.", "Bn100" and "Janet K.", the winners in Cindy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I am so thrilled and honored to know that everyone loves and enjoys reading Into the Crossfire, Book #1 of the First Force Series. “An adrenaline rush of a thrill ride!”~Jersey Girl Reviews posted on Amazon.  “I loved this book. It had it all, action, love, and revenge.” ~K. Sowards said. 

I’d like to thank all the readers/reviewers who were kind enough to leave a comment about the book, and I find that everyone absolutely loves Jack Haliday, the handsome, sexy, dark-haired Navy SEAL—as do I! He’s got it all: great looks, great sense of humor, and a great sense of family. That said, I’ve had some reviews stating that To the Breaking Pointe was good but not the same as Into the Crossfire.

Um, of course not.

Each of the story lines from the First Force series follows one of the nine operatives through a dangerous mission that leads him or her to the love of their life. Don’t worry, Jack Haliday is in every one of the books! He’s an important member of team First Force, not to mention a main character. I would never leave him out, and he is featured in two of the books: Book #1 Into the Crossfire, which introduces you to Jack Haliday and team First Force, and Book #2 Into the Dark—coming in January.

To the Breaking Pointe is a wonderful story about operative Grant Ketchum who let the love of his life, ballerina Silja Ramsay, go to follow her dreams of being a prima ballerina in Russia. Unfortunately, five years have passed and her dreams have turned into a full blown nightmare! She turns to the only man who she truly trusts to help her—Grant. As you can already see it is not the same story line as Crossfire—it has its own story filled with great suspense, wonderful romance that includes a hero to fall in love with, a heroine you’ll adore, and a villain you’ll despise!  

“To the Breaking Pointe delivers a suspenseful, intriguing and heart stopping emotional roller coaster ride with all the thrills of a Jason Bourne story.” ~Sherrie Wilson posted on Amazon. Moonlight Reader Reviews had this to say, “I found myself completely encapsulated in the story.” 

So fire up that ereader and download To the Breaking Pointe! You’ll get smokin’ hot romantic suspense, guaranteed! Will it be the same story as Into the Crossfire? Of course not! But I know this for sure: You’re gonna love To the Breaking Pointe!

**For more information, covers, book trailers, and synopsis’ of all the First Force books please visit my website, www.cindymcwriter.com 

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Leave me a lovely comment for a chance to win one of three kindle copies of To the Breaking Pointe!


First Force operative, Grant Ketchum, let the ballerina of his dreams dance right out of his life. Silja Ramsay returned to Russia, to become the principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company.

Natalia Novikov has a dark secret: her ballet company is broke. Natalia forces her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties. Silja has been kept in the dark about the parties—until an American financier offers to bail the failing ballet company out. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion and fulfill his every desire. Against her will, Silja is taken to the American's mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her, Grant: HELP!

   Now Grant is on a mission to rescue his ballerina from this powerful man's subjugation. If they survive, will he let her chasse out of his life again?  

Yekaterinburg, Russia:

A crowd had gathered in the reception room in the basement of the Mockba Theatre. The room wasn’t particularly large, yet it was quite elegant with red velvet swags hung in the archways, gilded crown moldings, and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. A bar was set up in one corner while a violinist played softly in another.  

“It is ridiculous! An outrage! Dominik Potrovic should be included in the auction!” Ivan Belsky bit out in Russian. “A choice, that is what the contributors’ should have! We spend a lot of money at these parties!”

Natalia waved at the bartender for a glass of wine. “I have already explained this to you, Ivan. Dominik is in a relationship with our choreographer, Edvar. He is not available for the auctions.”

“Several of the dancers are married! Yet here they are—to be auctioned as the rest. I understand why Silja Ramsay is not present—she is an American, but there is not excuse for Dominik!”

“I do not understand. You always choose from the box filled with the ballerina’s shoes, not the male dancers. So why do you fuss?”

“I enjoy the girls very much. But Dominik—”

“If you are not happy with our selection of dancers, pull your bid and be on your way.”
Red-faced with frustration, Belsky let out a loud harrumph, and then stalked into the party just as Ballard Crafton rounded the corner.

“Where is Silja?” he asked Natalia as he searched through the party guests. The room was filled with men, a few older women, and most of the dancers from the Novikov Ballet Company. Only one dancer in particular was missing... Silja Ramsay.

“As always, there are plenty of lovely ballerinas here to choose from this evening, Ballard. Forget Silja for now. I will keep working to make her come around. 

“No. I am tired of spending time with ballerinas that I don’t want. I only fantasize that she is Silja. I want Silja!” Ballard said. 

About Cindy:
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. There are two books in her black ops series, First Force, at this time: Into the Crossfire and To the Breaking Pointe.
People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.
Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband, Bill, and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Find Cindy at:
Website:  www.cindymcwriter.com
Twitter: @CindyMcDonald7
Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Oct. 8th. 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.