Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Cost of Honor


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She saved him. But to save her, he’ll have to walk away…

The only male to be adopted into the notorious Parish family, Tony Parish always did right by his vigilante sisters. But when an attempt to protect one of them went horribly wrong, he had to fake his own death to escape his fanatical family. As “Lazarus,” he disappeared to Dominica—only to awaken face to face with the woman of his dreams…
When Honor Silva plunged into stormy waters to rescue a drowning kiteboarder, she had no idea resuscitating the sexy stranger would bring life-changing love—and life-threatening danger—crashing into her world.

Black Ops Confidential Series:
I Am Justice (Book 1)
The Price of Grace (Book 2)
The Cost of Honor (Book 3)

Readers are raving about the Black Ops Confidential series:

“A high-octane...satisfying roller-coaster ride. Stewart’s talent shines.”—Publishers Weekly for The Price of Grace
“Electrifying, edgy, and sexy!”—JULIE ANN WALKER, New York Times bestseller, for I Am Justice
“Witty, dangerous, fun, and smoking hot.”—CINDY DEES, New York Times bestseller, for I Am Justice

Having earned her MFA in Creative Writing, DIANA MUÑOZ STEWART went on to write several novels that garnered awards and recognition in the paranormal, science fiction, and contemporary romance genres. A believer in the power of words to heal and connect, she blogs and provides web-content on health, writing, and social issues. Learn more or connect with Diana at dianamunozstewart.com, @DMSwrites, and on Twitter at @dmunozstewart.

Author Website: dianamunozstewart.com



Excerpt:

As Honor opened the door to lead Laz into her chocolate store, she cursed her cowardice. Why hadn’t she kissed him? She could see he’d wanted her to. Could feel the scorching heat between them. And yet as he’d looked down at her, too handsome to be real, she’d froze.

Inside the store, the cool air smelled of sugar and chocolate and spices. And well it should with cases of chocolate, shelves of wrapped chocolate, fudge and elaborate displays of green and gold boxed chocolates.

As Laz looked around at the store, she closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and let it out with a satisfied sigh.

When she opened her eyes, she found him staring at her mouth. Heat rushed through her. She should’ve kissed him. Should’ve kissed him. “You like?”

He grinned.

“I mean the store.” What was wrong with her? “Do you like the store?”

His smile widened. “It’s a great store. Best I’ve ever seen.”

It was. It was, in fact, a perfect candy store. Her chocolatier’s dream. She was glad he enjoyed it, but one thing made her nervous. Well, many things about him made her nervous, but right now this. Getting him to taste something.

Time to bite the bullet. She pointed at the rows of dishes in the glass case, white china, filled with different types of chocolate and truffles. “What’s your favorite?”

He put down a chocolate bar whose wrapper he’d been reading. “My favorite? Would it disappoint you if I said I’m not a huge chocolate fan?”

Would it disappoint her? Was he kidding? “Are you trying to cause me physical pain?”
He laughed. “No. I love chocolate.” He moved closer to her, front to front. “Can’t get enough. You have anything with some bite?”

Biting. Yes. What? She was losing her mind. Oh, he was so hot. But this was her chance. Her chance to make up for her missed opportunity. Bold, Honor. Be bold.

She leaned past him, into him. Her entire front caught fire. She gathered up a jar of chocolate sticks, took one out. Putting the jar back, she brushed his bicep. Hopefully he didn’t notice her shaking hands.

She held up the chocolate stick. “I invented this.”

“A small, chocolate straw?”

She pulled off the plastic wrapper. “It’s a kissing stick. The middle is filled with a warm surprise, but as you can see, it’s a little large for one mouth to suck on.”

He grinned at her. “I think I might need a demonstration.”

She grinned back. Oh good. That was what she’d wanted. “The things I do for my craft.”
She put the chocolate straw in her mouth, up to the center, tilted up her chin. He dipped down and captured the other end of the stick.

Heat. Heat like she never felt before shot through her body. She clutched at him, had no choice, no way not to. Her body took over, closed down her mind. Closer. More. Closer. Now.
The chocolate reacted instantly, melting against their lips. Her hot and needy tongue licked the chocolate from his full lips.

The cayenne warmed her already tingling mouth, and she found her boldness in her desire. She probed the kiss, begged him to let her inside.

He did. Eagerly.

She moaned and moved into him. He put his arms around her. He’d given her the first move, but he was taking control now, demonstrating his own need.

His body was hard against her, mouth pulling at her, tasting her. The chocolate melted, leaving the cayenne slick between them.

The jingle of the bells over the door brought her to her senses. What was she doing? In the middle of her store?

She broke off the kiss, licked her lips, stepped back from him. They stared at each other. Their breathing heavy and much too loud. The heat in their mouths was nothing compared to the heat building between them. She couldn’t have mumbled a single word.

What was this?

What was happening to her?

She’d never felt this way about a man. She’d thought it was a myth, this type of attraction—the kind that drove away doubt and common sense. She needed to take him to her room and rip off his clothes.

But was this unique for him too? Or did he act this way or feel this way with all women? A bolt of pain, real pain, pierced her chest. She had to be cautious. This was her first experience with these feelings, this desire, but that didn’t mean it was his. Maybe he did this to all women.

He licked his lips. “Sweet.” His voice was thick with need.

Though she wanted to grab another stick, take another chance with feeling his firm and eager body against hers, she found her voice and a better idea. “My grandfather usually finishes the tour around five, so we have some time. Would you like me to show you the rooms?”

His eyebrows jumped. “That sounds fantastic. Let’s start with yours.”

This man had just read her mind. Not that you needed to be a mind reader. She was sending up red signal flares that burst into the air between them spelling out, I’m going to take you hard. You’re mine.

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Excerpted from The Cost of Honor by Diana Muñoz Stewart. © 2019 by Diana Muñoz Stewart. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

DANGER IN THE HILLS


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Special Agent Jack Stone leads an FBI raid on a neo-Nazi compound in northern Idaho. The fanatics are responsible for an attempted bombing of an elementary school in Chicago. When the dust settles, the FBI team realizes the group’s two leaders have escaped. Gone also, is an unaccounted for, mysterious beauty whom Jack noticed on the grounds that morning.

Jack and his partner Rick, along with an FBI search squad, track the fugitives deep into the woods. It is imperative they capture the neo-Nazi leaders before they reestablish their terrorist plot. Jack must also discover the unknown woman’s identity, and determine what part she plays in the extremist organization.

Separated from his team, Jack forges on alone, unwilling to risk losing the murderous leaders. He is hot on their trial when a brutal blizzard hits the mountains. Jack is caught in the storm—wounded and unprepared. Just as he loses consciousness, Jack glimpses her—the enigmatic woman. But is she friend or foe?

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Author Bio:
Jodi Burnett is a Colorado native. She and her husband live on a small ranch southeast of Denver where she enjoys her horses, complains about her cows, and writes to create a home for her imaginings. In addition to loving life in the country, Jodi fosters her creative side by writing, painting with watercolor, quilting, and crafting stained-glass. Jodi’s first book is a women’s fiction titled Letting Go.
Danger In The Hills is a romantic-suspense and the third book in the Flint River Series.

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Jodi is giving away a signed copy of DANGER IN THE HILLS to one lucky reader leaving a comment or email entry!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST November 19th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@justromanticsuspense.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

CRIMINALS ?? WORKING TOGETHER ??


Congratulations to "Colleen C.", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

CRIMINAL ALLIANCE is the conclusion of Texas Brothers of Company B. It’s original title was Ranger Warrior—Wade’s story--and follows Ranger Protector (Jack), Ranger Defender (Slate), and Ranger Guardian (Heath). You can find a short summary of their stories on JRS here.

Hang your hat for some fun on the run! 

The fate of the city rests in their hands.

When FBI operative Therese Ortis and Texas Ranger Wade Hamilton agree to team up, they have one goal in mind: find and stop an algorithm that could destroy Dallas—or worse. Going undercover in order to bring down a criminal organization comes with its own form of danger—especially when they know you’re a ranger and have tried to kill you before.

If discovered, they’re bound to be torn apart. Then not only will their beloved city pay the price, but Therese and Wade will suffer unforeseen—and unimaginable—consequences.
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Wade is my favorite White Hat Hero that I’ve written. He’s a romantic at heart—for everyone but himself. He takes credit for playing matchmaker with his three ranger bros, but can’t shake the attraction to the woman with known ties to the criminal who tried to kill him.  

The elusive Therese is also a favorite. She’s fiercely independent and has sacrificed years of her life to infiltrate crime in Texas. But she’s lonely. She doesn’t know just how lonely until she’s forced to spend a lot of time with Wade.

I truly hope you’ll enjoy their story. It’s my last official Harlequin…but not my last white hero. Criminal Alliance is presale and on shelves February 18th. One Killer, One Ranger will be ready in March.
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Check back here on December 19th and 20th for your chance at five free paperback copies of CRIMINAL ALLIANCE !!  You can catch up on the Boys of Company B. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.


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USA Today Bestselling author ANGI MORGAN writes on-the-run suspense where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publishers Weekly best-seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book. 
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Story Ideas

With: Kat Martin

I’ve always loved a good plot.  People ask me how I come up with ideas for my novels, but the truth is, I really don’t know.

Sometimes the kernel of an idea grows out of a newspaper article or something I see on Facebook or just some old movie.  Most of the time, it’s so long ago I don’t actually remember, but my mind does.

The novella, SHADOWS AT DAWN, blossomed the way most of my stories do, basically out of nowhere.  Jaxon Ryker first appeared in THE CONSPIRACY, a former Navy SEAL, now a detective working for Chase Garrett, the wealthy owner of Maximum Security, an extremely successful private security firm in Dallas. 

I liked Jax right away.  He was definitely hero material, but at the same time, Jax was different, kind of soft-spoken, not arrogant, just a really nice guy.  Unless you pissed him off. 
Turns out Jax had a protective streak a mile wide and the sweet little receptionist at The Max was his weakness.

When Jax happens upon three men attacking her in the parking lot after work, his hero instincts kick in--big time.

Jax is convinced the attack isn’t random and that even after the fight that saved Mindy and drove the men away, she might not be safe.  And no way is Jax letting anything happen to her.

I liked the two of them together from the start.  These days, readers want kick-ass women, but there are other ways a woman can be strong.  What Jax sees is a sweet girl he believes would never be able to handle a tough guy like him.  But Mindy proves him wrong.

As the danger unfolds, Mindy and Jax are forced to work together to find the men who want her dead and figure out why.

I hope you’ll give this fun read a try and that you like Jax and Mindy as much as I did.  If you do, you can also find them in THE DECEPTION, book #2 of my Maximum Security Series after THE CONSPIRACY. 

Till next time, happy reading and all best, Kat 

Excerpt:

Finally satisfied with her progress for the day, Mindy shoved her round tortoiseshell glasses up on her nose, slung the strap of her purse over her shoulder, and headed for the door to the parking lot behind the office.  She managed not to glance at Jax, but it wasn’t easy.

The early April weather was humid, warm but not hot, the last of a pinky gold sky fading to darkness.  She spotted her little red Volkswagen Beetle, one of the few vehicles left in the lot, and started in that direction.

If she hadn’t been working for a security firm, listening to crime stories on a daily basis, she might not have noticed the white Chevy van whose motor sparked to life and began idling in the shadows not far from her car.  

When her steps unconsciously slowed, she told herself she was being ridiculous, a paranoid response to the guys’ sometimes gruesome, often frightening tales.

Pausing to dig her car keys out of her purse, she took a deep breath and tried to calm her racing heart.  When the effort failed, she forced her feet to move, closing the distance between her and her vehicle.  She had almost reached her destination when the van doors slid open and three men dressed head-to-foot in black wearing black ski masks jumped out and started running toward her. 

Terror struck. Mindy let out a high-pitched scream, dropped her purse, whirled, and started running. 

SHADOWS AT DAWN

Private detective Jaxon Ryker swore to himself he would keep his hands off Mindy Stewart. No matter how much Jax might secretly wish otherwise, his colleague at The Max is strictly off-limits. But when Mindy is the victim of an attempted kidnapping, everything changes. With both of them thrust into danger, Jax swears to protect her. As they work together in search of answers, it becomes clear Mindy’s life is on the line, so a trap is set—with Mindy as bait. Jax and Mindy have to put aside their overwhelming attraction, but if they live through this, all bets are off…


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Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin.  More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries.  Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film.  Kat’s next hardcover, THE DECEPTION, a Romantic Thriller, will be released on September 10th.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Bastian’s Surrender



Hi, Everyone,

I’ve just returned from a holiday on the island of Mallorca, to our home on another island, the Isle of Man. Unfortunately, while we were away the Isle of Man had a severe storm, causing the river behind our house to burst its bank half a mile up the road. This caused the river to split in two, one half continuing to flow down the riverbed, the other cascading a foot high down the road in front of our house, washing cars and other debris along with it. Much to our alarm the river rushing by on the road in front of our house was actually broadcast on the main UK news! Needless to say, we expected to return home to severe damage to the outside and inside of the house, but were pleasantly surprised to find we only had a couple of damp carpets to remove. The garden, front of the house, and my car were a little the worse for the mud carried along by the river, but otherwise all is now back to normal. Whew!    


October 25th is publication day of Bastian’s Surrender (Regency Club Venus 1). This novella is priced at only $0.99/£0.99. It was previously published in the Christmas anthology titled Seduced Under the Mistletoe. It has had 1,000 words added to the original text in order to facilitate the continuing romantic suspense storyline throughout the whole series.

The second book in the Regency Club Venus series is Gabriel’s Torment (Regency Club Venus 2). It is now available for pre-order. As the owner of Club Venus, Gabriel Templeton is no fool when it comes to women. So it comes as something of a shock when he discovers the young boy he has taken into his home is, in fact, a young woman.


HAYDN (Steele Protectors 5), my 250th book, and is also now available for pre-order. Being the computer geek of the family doesn’t mean Haydn doesn’t have other skills. Skills he has no hesitation in using when it comes to protecting Hailey Frost. Even when she makes it very clear she doesn’t want his protection!

Talk to you again soon!
     
Carole xx

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