Friday, December 2, 2016

PICKING PLACES: THOSE SEXY SOUTH SHORES


Giveaway Alert! 

Unlike most authors who start to form a novel with ideas of character or plot, I always start with a setting which intrigues me.  I’ve used Amish country, Appalachia, Denver and Seattle—all places I know and love. (And of course Tudor and Edwardian England for my historical novels.)  But for my new rom/sus series which first hits the shelves in the wintry month of December (the second book is in February) I picked a place that says sun and sand for the launch of THE SOUTH SHORES SERIES. 

I’m certainly not the only author to put place first.  I was thrilled to meet famous British mystery writer P.D. James years ago at a conference in Florida, and she told me she always begins with a place.  “If the place is real, the characters and story will be too,” she said. 

My husband and I spent thirty winters as snowbirds in Southwest Florida—Naples, to be exact.  We were a 15 minutes drive from fabulous beaches and 15 minutes from the amazingly wild Everglades.  We love and know the area well. 

I had written two stand alone rom/sus novels set in SW FL in the past, but I always wanted to do more in the paradise setting so conducive to romance and scary events.  This new series (each book, however, can stand alone) takes the reader to other places in the Sunshine State as well as to various Caribbean islands and a few unusual isles north such as Mackinac Island in book #3, FALLING DARKNESS (a May 2017 release.)

Despite the glitz and glamour of SW Florida, there is also an “old Florida” that totally intrigues me and which I take advantage of in the series, especially in the launch book, CHASING SHADOWS and book #2 DROWNING TIDES.  Our son and daughter-in-law own two shops in Olde Town St. Augustine, and I also love that area.  Besides that setting, in book #1, my hero and heroine go to a Civil-War era plantation called Shadowlawn along a cypress treed, Spanish moss festooned river.  And it has ghosts.

The thrust of each novel is the hero and heroine working together to solve crimes which could be murder, suicide or accidental death.  Claire Britten is a forensic psychologist, fighting her own problems of a new divorce and the disease of narcolepsy.  Nick Markwood is a criminal lawyer with a powerful enemy.  He hires Claire to help with the plantation case when he sees how sharp she was testifying in the trial he just lost.  She is good at “listening to the dead” as they speak through evidence and people they have left behind.  Nick and Claire work together under threats and attacks, but can they really trust each other? 

A lush tropical setting can lure people to let down their guard, and Claire and Nick cannot afford to do that.  I love choosing an ambience for a book which seems benign but has hidden dangers lurking.  In a romantic suspense, such a deceptive setting can draw the hero and heroine closer together as they fight to protect their client—and fight for their lives.

Giveaway:
To warm someone’s winter nights with a setting and a story perfect for winter weather, I’m giving away two copies of CHASING SHADOWS.  See the JRS rules for entering.  Happy, scary and sunny reading!

Karen Harper
NYTimes Bestselling Author
www.facebook.com/KarenHarperAuthor


CHASING SHADOWS


The dead still talk if you know how to listen… 
Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition. 
Nick Markwood is used to winning in the courtroom, so when his latest case is overthrown by Claire's expert testimony, he can't help being impressed by her skill. He needs her on the team of his passion project—investigating unusual cases involving mysterious deaths. Her condition doesn't deter him, and neither does the attraction that sparks between them…even if it should. 
As they join forces to investigate a murder in St. Augustine, Florida, Claire is thrust into a situation far more dangerous than she'd anticipated, pushing her disorder to a breaking point. Just when she fears she can't trust her own mind, she discovers Nick's personal connection to the case—and wonders whether she can trust anyone at all.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 3rd. 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, November 30, 2016

Celebrating the release of my 220th book...


To celebrate 2 years of Indie Publishing, and the release of my 220th book, The Duke’s Mistress (Regency Unlaced 1) is now FREE everywhere!

I can’t believe it’s two years ago this month that I clicked to ‘publish’ my first Indie book. That very first book, Christmas Alpha (Alpha 1) is also FREE, by the way. So don’t forget to download your copy of these two free books, if you haven’t done so already.

November 30th is publication day of Capturing Caleb (Knight Security 3) my 21st Indie book, and also my 220th book.

It’s been a wild roller-coaster 2 years—and I have loved every minute of it. So, what have I learned in the last two years? Well, I now know how to put the whole book together, because I am now the publisher as well as the author. I choose the publication date, and the cover picture, how that cover is going to look, and all of the content, front, back, and sideways. I also decide what series I am going to write, and how many books will be in that series. I’ve also become adept on social media—something I never thought I would be. It’s also allowed me to connect more easily with my readers. I love hearing from you all, so keep those emails coming!

As always, the stories in my Regency Unlaced, Knight Security, and Alpha series are all romances with a dash of suspense and/or danger. They are also more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!

Capturing Caleb (Knight Security 3)
Also available on iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords

FREE download link The Duke’s Mistress (Regency Unlaced 1)
Also available on iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords

FREE download link for Christmas Alpha (Alpha 1)
Also available on iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords


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
Newsletter: www.epurl/2rfzz



Monday, November 28, 2016

The Soul of a SEAL

With: Anne Elizabeth

Giveaway Alert!

The Soul of a Seal
West Coast Navy SEALs, #4
Author: Anne Elizabeth
Pub Date: December 6, 2016
ISBN: 9781492622246

Love may be the toughest battle of all

Captain Bennett Oscar Sheraton
Navy SEAL, the best of the best

Dr. Kimberly Warren
Brilliant engineer, founder of secret space program

When scientists on Dr. Warren’s super-secret space mission start dying, Navy SEAL Captain Sheraton is sent in as an astronaut candidate with a hidden agenda—find the person sabotaging the program.

Kimberly and Bennett’s instant attraction may prove to be a major distraction—or it might be the key to both of their dreams coming true…

Anne Elizabeth is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT Book Reviews magazine. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego. Visit her website at www.AnneElizabeth.net.

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INTERESTING SEAL FACT
Truly unstable souls tend to be dropped in training as BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) pushes the boundaries of emotional strength and weakness; and there are evaluations for combat readiness and capability. Remember that just because someone goes through training, they are not SEALs unless they complete it and graduate.

EXCERPT
Her eyes lifted to his. She had no words as a flush that began in her toes rose to the top of her head. If she were to walk four feet to the mirror and look, she knew she would see herself as red as a cherry tomato. “Uh…s-s-sorry…” she finally said. What a time to stutter! Rubbing her hands together, she walked to the glass-enclosed shower, opened the door, turned on the water, and then took off her silk teddy and matching silk panties. It was time to be bold.

Glancing over her shoulder, it was her turn to smile. His jaw was practically on the floor.

“Can you hand me my loofah?” She turned toward him and pointed to the shelf next to the sink. “The fluffy pink one.”

He nodded his head, but it was several seconds before he turned and complied with her request. As he closed the distance between, she congratulated herself on being courageous…for changing the rules and making the playing field between them level. She’d seen his, and now he’d seen hers. That was out of the way, and they could move forward.
She put out her hand for the loofah, her smile smug and delighted. What she hadn’t prepared for…was him pulling her gently, and oh, so tenderly, against him so the heat of his body seared hers, and then kissing her until she was gasping for air as her hands held on to his biceps for dear life.

Time froze and the kiss lasted forever, or maybe it was only several seconds. It was hard to tell, because all thought had fled from her mind. When he urged her against the shower wall and slowly pulled away, she saw his smile—one of such male satisfaction that anger bloomed inside of her.

“That’s why they call me…Boss. Well, one of the reasons.” He waited, as if he wanted her to respond.

She couldn’t believe the idiot was just standing there. Why did he have to speak? Why doesn’t the male species know when to leave well enough alone? That kiss had been amazing! If only he’d chosen to be a gentleman, and mute. She sighed as she gave in to her emotion.

“Out!” she said indignantly. Men! She’d get him back in less than half an hour, when his first duty of the morning would be regurgitating his breakfast onto his lap.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

I Love Romantic Suspense Novels

With: Elizabeth Noble

Giveaway Alert!

I love writing romance! One of the utterly fantastic things about this genre is its diversity. There is something for everyone.
Do you know the very best part? Every romance novel is filled with suspense. There is always the question of ‘will they, or won’t they?’. Reading any romance fills the reader’s mind with thoughts of ‘he didn’t just say that’ or ‘oh my gosh the ex is back!’, the list is endless and we’ve all been there.
Now take that and add some element of suspense or mystery. Throwing in that bit of danger and I don’t know about you, but my adrenaline level spikes a bit higher. We now add questions like, ‘will they catch the killer?’, ‘can they escape?’, ‘is it the ex?’. Again, the list is endless.
See, something for everyone!
In Bait, I took many those questions and integrated them into the plot. Then I added in a secluded location and a blizzard. What can I say, I was writing the book in the winter and we had a lot of snow and cold. The men in this book, Tyler and Linden, are not the outdoorsy types. Yet they face a killer who is well prepared for the elements and uses the harsh conditions to their advantage and as a weapon.
Linden and Tyler must survive weather that can kill without any help from people and not a lot of appropriate winter gear. This killer has planned their moves to trap and make sure the two men are never heard from again. Along the way, Tyler and Linden’s initial mutual attraction blossoms into something much deeper and longer lasting.

Giveaway:
Today, I’ll be giving away one eBook copy of any book off my backlist (published in 2015 or earlier), winner’s choice of format. Simply comment on this thread and tell me what you like best about romantic suspense.

BAIT

Tyler McCall was a teacher once. He made the mistake of falling for a young man who was also a student in the school where he taught. That mistake cost him his job, his freedom and everything he’d worked for. Now he lives in the Black Hills of Wyoming working at the Big Rock Inn. Linden Bourne is a no nonsense FBI agent based out of Arizona. When circumstances take Linden to Wyoming to question Tyler they find themselves trapped in the empty inn near Devils Tower by a blizzard. They’ve met before and their attraction to each other begins to grow.
The problem is they aren’t the only people stranded in the Big Rock Inn by the snow and wind. A killer has targeted Tyler and won’t let a little detail like an unexpected visit by the FBI stop what they’ve planned to do. Linden is completely out of his element but he’s sworn to protect and that’s exactly what he plans to do: protect Tyler at all costs.

Excerpt:

Linden watched as Tyler crossed to the back of the garage and strode up a short ramp to a door. Tyler grabbed the handle and gave it a firm shake. He turned back to Linden and gave him a thumbs-up before he moved to some storage lockers. From those he pulled out two square flashlights and a tire iron.

“Is there power to the guest rooms?” Linden asked. He took his handgun from the holster on his belt and checked that it was properly loaded, then replaced it. When he looked up, Tyler was watching his movements intently.

“Do you think it’s that serious?” Tyler set the flashlights on the floor.

Linden shook his head. “I have no idea, but if there is someone holing up in the other building, they’re hiding from you—maybe us if they’ve seen me—for a reason. I have a badge, but in situations like this, about all the good it does is if I throw it at a perp and wing them in the forehead with it.”

Tyler burst out laughing. “Point taken. This garage is on a different circuit, so the public part of this building and all of the guest rooms are without power for now. If our power goes out, so does this garage, but there are generators. With this weather it’s a very real possibility our electricity will fail.” He pulled his gloves and hat back on, then held up the tire iron, tapping it against his other palm. “I’m ready.”

“Let’s do this.” Linden took one flashlight and Tyler the other. “These suckers are weapons in themselves. They’re pretty heavy.”

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2b8IQdL

About The Author:
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and one tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!). When she's not writing she's working as a veterinary nurse, so don't be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published several of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.

Circles website:  http://bit.ly/2aryKUQ 
Vampire Guard website: http://bit.ly/232TyHH 
Dreamspinner page: http://bit.ly/1OiVC6j
Twitter: @elizabethnoble1
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethnoble1/ 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Scoop from ARGENTINIAN BILLIONAIRE

With: Susan Stephens

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

Thanks to my wonderful readers!

I’m so thrilled to be back. Thank you so much for inviting me!

With more than 60 books in a number of genres behind me, I never lose sight of the fact that there wouldn’t have been book 2 without my wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic readers, some who have been with me since day one of my writing career. To say thank you, I came up with the idea of having a Members Only section on my web site for Newsletter subscribers, where there’s one of my Christmas novellas to download, as well as deleted scenes and bios and backstory for characters in my recent books. You can access all that through this link – and I promise not to bombard you with mail! 

I’m just loving writing my new romantic suspense series, Blood and Thunder.

With polo as its underlying theme – or billionaire cowboys, as I prefer to think of my rough, tough guys, this series has another string to it bow, because all the polo players I write about use their international status to work as vigilantes, solving crimes and delivering retribution that other, more conventional agencies don’t have the time or the resources to handle.

Here’s my first cover—and my first 5 star review! which is beyond thrilling for me. I hope you enjoy the story, and maybe, if you have time, you could leave a review. It means so much to an author to know that a story I loved writing has made you happy too!

“...refreshing to see a new edge in this romance book.”


Available to buy now, and here are the links.



The second story in the series, Argentinian Billionaire, is up for pre-order now and is a January release. I’m blown away to be able to tell you that both novels are Kindle bestsellers here in the UK. I just LOVE this series, and I hope you do too :)

Here’s a scoop just for you—the first page of Argentinian Billionaire – completely unedited, so please forgive me for any errors you find!!!

Prologue


Rose had sixth sense. She knew all about instinct and intuition and why it was vital to pay attention to silent warnings. So why, when instinct screamed Keep away from Dante Formosa was he the one man in the Blood and Thunder polo team she wanted to get really close to?  He’s done nothing to encourage her. Apart from him being the coldest man on earth, Dante was hardly going to notice a pale Celt in a sea of sloe-eyed beauties.
Her body didn’t care about that. Her body craved the touch of the man they called The Romani Chieftain. Not knowing his touch, was—

Safe, Rose concluded as she watched the most brutally physical man she’d ever known cast a net of menace over the wedding guests. She worked with his horses every day, so she knew he wasn’t a bad man. It was just that Dante was a force of nature like a storm threatening.  But she was in no danger from the storm. Supermodels were more Dante’s style, than women with the tang of the stable about them. It didn’t help that, according to her brothers, she was a spikey, awkward tomboy.

Rose was blessed with six brothers: all fierce, all polo players, and all thankfully too far away on missions with Blackheart Security to be in a position to judge her today. If they’d seen her in this lacey girly bridesmaid’s dress with her black hair floating free, as per the bride’s instructions, they’d laugh their heads off.

Truth be told, she didn’t go to many parties, and felt awkward at such a high-tone occasion, even though it was on the beach. This marriage between Rose’s friend Amber Smith and Alexei Riga, the Russian billionaire who had founded the Black and Thunder polo team, had attracted the great and good from across the world.
And then there was Rose.  


My Romani Chieftain, Dante Formosa, the billionaire hero of Argentinian Billionaire, has created quite a buzz already—and when you look at this cover, I think you’ll know why.

Pre-order now. Release date January 2017.

Coming soon in the same series...

Book 3 Spanish Gold
Book4 Cold Cache
to be continued...

I’ve had the best fun writing these red-hot romantic suspense stories, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Please don’t be shy. Join those I chat with on a regular basis on my Facebook page and on Twitter. The romance world is such a happy community, that whatever else is going on in our lives, we can all reach out and escape for just a while, either by reading a new book, or by chatting with other fans of the genre.

Having the opportunity to chat with you has been great. Let this be just the start!
Susan xx

SUSAN STEPHENS

Giveaway:
Susan is giving away a signed copy of her latest Presents novel, A Diamond for Del Rio’s Housekeeper, together with her swag, and a special little gift just for you.
This giveaway is available globally so that no one is excluded.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Nov. 25th. 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.