Monday, May 30, 2016

The Joys Of Writing A Series…

Giveaway Alert!

So book #6 of my award-winning, bestselling Cold Justice Series, COLD HEARTED, releases tomorrow. Some readers might be intimidated at the thought of jumping into a series at book #6, but all my books feature different heroes & heroines, and each story stands-alone. 

What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

For me, it’s keeping the character’s voice true, and remembering the minute details that I add for color, that then become an integral element of a character’s backstory. And many of my books overlap slightly in timeline, which means I also have to keep track of what each character is doing when, including things as simple as a phone call to each other at a certain point in the storyline. 

What’s the best thing about writing a series? 

Keeping in touch with characters I’ve fallen in love with and exploring more of their lives. Also, developing more depth to characters who have minor roles in earlier books. I love finding out what makes a walk-on character tick. 

Darsh Singh is the hero of COLD HEARTED and he’s been mentioned in passing several times in previous books. In A COLD DARK PLACE (which is currently free BTW), he’s in the team meeting. In COLD FEAR, his boss is thinking about piling more work on his desk. But we’ve never actually met this former Marine Scout/Sniper before, and digging into his psyche was a real treat.  

What are people saying about COLD HEARTED?

Here is a genius who gets each book down to pat every single time! Compels readers to keep the pages turning deep into the night, when we all should know better.” Maldivian Book Reviewer’s Realm of Romance.

Hunting For A Killer...

Detective Erin Donovan expects life to quiet down after the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist who terrified her university town last summer. Then two young women are brutally slain and the murders bear all the hallmarks of the campus rapist. Did Erin arrest an innocent man? Now her job is at stake and tensions are high and just when it looks like things can’t get worse, her department gets the help it needs to solve the double homicide—in the form of a man Erin has never been able to forget.

Who Doesn't Play By The Rules.

FBI Agent Darsh Singh has no interest in reliving the past. Three years ago, his feelings for Erin Donovan had him breaking all his rules about getting involved. Now his only interest in the former NYPD detective is figuring out if she screwed up a rape investigation and helped send an innocent man to prison. But being forced to work together rekindles their old attraction, and as Darsh and Erin fall for each other, the campus predator fixates on Erin. The race is on to identify the ruthless killer before he makes Erin his final victim.

Out Tomorrow!
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I will be giving away one digital or audio copy of the Cold Justice Series Box Set: Volume I: Books 1-3 to one random commenter.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST May 31st. 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 with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

I love May!

With: Carole Mortimer

I love May, don’t you? Not too hot but the worst of winter has passed. I have to admit to being more of a snow person than a sun-worshipper, which is a little odd because my birth sign is Leo, and we’re supposed to love the sun. Guess, in my case, someone got that wrong!

2016 is proving to be a very busy year book-wise for me. So far I’ve had a book out every month, and my publishing schedule looks as if I will have a book out every month for the rest of the year too. Not that I’m complaining—I love writing romances, contemporary and Regency, all with the added excitement of suspense in the storyline.

Pursued by the Viscount, book 4 in the Regency Unlaced Series, was released on May 27th. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by how popular this series is, constantly in the Top100 bestselling charts. I’m so pleased, because I so enjoy writing this super sexy Regency romantic suspense series.

Desired by a Lord (Regency Unlaced 5) is now available for pre-order and will be released on July 22nd. Captured by a Gentleman (Regency Unlaced 6) will be available for pre-order soon, with a release date of August 31st. There will be more books in this series before the end of 2016.

June sees the start of my new contemporary Romantic Suspense series Knight Security, with the release of Defying Asher on June 30th. This book is now available for pre-order. The Knight Security series is a spin-off of the #1 bestselling Alpha series. A chance to meet old friends and make new ones!

As always, the stories in my Regency Unlaced, Alpha, and Knight Security series, are all romances with added suspense and danger. They are also more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot!

(Regency Unlaced 4)

Pursued by the Viscount is the fourth story in USA Today bestselling author Carole Mortimer’s highly acclaimed Kindle Top100 Regency Unlaced Series.

Author’s Note: The stories in the Regency Unlaced, Alpha, and Knight Security series have stronger sexual content and language than my other books.

Lady Rachel Shaw had believed her unhappiness to be at an end once her husband died, but now she finds herself caught in the clutches of a cruel and relentless blackmailer. Totally at a loss as to who she can turn to for help, her friend the Countess of Winterbourne, advises Rachel to go to Lucien Brooke, Viscount Brooketon, a gentleman who was recently of assistance to Fliss and her husband.

Rachel doesn’t know Lucien Brooke personally, but she has seen him many times at one Society event or another, and knows him to be an aristocratic and handsome gentleman who has avoided every attempt by the beauties of the ton to be lured into matrimony. Gossip and reputation say the viscount as being a cold and arrogant gentleman who does not suffer fools gladly. And Rachel has been very foolish indeed.

Left with no other choice, Rachel finally decides to risk the viscount’s scorn and ask for his help.

Lucien Brooke, Viscount Brooketon cannot deny Lady Rachel Shaw’s beauty or desirability, but unfortunately she is also as flighty and flirtatious as his mother, a woman who has been embroiled in one scandal after another for most of his life. That being the case, Rachel Shaw is the type of woman whom Lucien has always avoided having any personal involvement.

Looks can be deceiving, however, and within minutes of Rachel calling at his home and explaining her current predicament, Lucien realizes he was wrong to have judged the lady without really knowing her, or her circumstances.

He now not only wants to help Rachel in her current predicament but he also wants her. In his arms. In his bed.

Persuading Rachel into accept any of those things from him is going to be a battle Lucien has every intention of winning.

This ebook is also available on Kobo, ibooks, and Smashwords.  

Defying Asher 
(Knight Security 1)
This is the 2nd story in USA Today bestselling author Carole Mortimer’s new contemporary series Knight Security, a spin-off of the “wildly successful”, and bestselling Top100, Alpha Series. You first met Lissa and Asher in the novella “Alexandre (Knight Security 0.5)” featured in the Royals & Rogues anthology. “Defying Asher (Knight Security 1)” is their story. 

Author’s Note: The stories in the Knight Security, Alpha, and Regency Unlaced series have stronger sexual content and language than my other books. 

A year ago Lissa spent the night with a man she’d only just met. Not her usual behaviour, but she dared any woman to resist the forceful and predatory Asher Knight. It had been a night of intense and unforgettable pleasure. 

The regret came the following morning, and Lissa had walked out on Asher, vowing never to see him again. 

But fate has other ideas, and a year later Asher is the only man Lissa trusts to help her. 
Asher had never expected to see Lissa Forsythe again, let alone be in need of his protection. He had never forgotten the night they spent together. Or the way Lissa walked out on him the following morning without explanation. 

Will the two of them be able to put the past behind them? Or will the intensely passionate night they spent together, and the way they parted, forever remain a painful shadow between them? 

When the people Lissa loves start to die, Asher knows he has no choice but to offer her his protection. 

But who is going to protect him from the desire that rages out of control every time the two of them are together? 

This book is also available on Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords. 

About Carole:
Carole Mortimer has written over 200 books in the contemporary and Regency genres, most recently the bestselling contemporary Alpha, and Regency Unlaced series.

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.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Inspiration Behind Wild Within

With: Christine Hartmann

Giveaway Alert!

Author: Christine Hartmann
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 274
Genre: Romantic Suspense

A year after a family tragedy, Grace Mori embarks on the journey of a lifetime…

Two thousand, six hundred miles of blistering heat, wilderness, and soul searching—that’s what Grace signed up for when she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s not a voyage for beginners, but with no husband and her family still recovering from her bother’s death, Grace is more alone than ever. 

This trail meant something to her brother, and she’ll hike it in his memory, but she can’t do it alone. So with her brother’s gear and a small group, Grace takes the most important first steps of her life.

Grace finds something more than peace and magic on the trail…

When her first day of hiking ends in heat stroke, Grace is rescued by a handsome, red-haired hiker who calls himself Lone Star. Grace has an immediate connection with him, and their brief encounter leaves her fearing her soul mate has slipped through her fingers. Although he vows to keep in touch, Grace doubts she’ll ever see him again.

When fears become reality, the only people Grace can rely on may be killers...

Grace is surprised to find notes left at supply posts along the trail. Lone Star’s eloquent letters keep Grace going, clinging to the hope she’ll find him—and happiness—at the end of her journey. But as the trail becomes more perilous, menace grows within the group. And when Lone Star’s letters mysteriously stop coming, Grace fears the worst. 

As tensions flare and a killer emerges, Grace must battle to survive…and reunite with the man she’s sure is her future.

For More Information

  • Wild Within is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Book Excerpt:
Later, after sharing a hearty dinner with the RV couple, Lone Star and Grace pitched their tents in adjacent campsites. For Grace, tent poles went into wrong grommets, stakes came loose, and clips misaligned. Lone Star set his up in a flash and sat in the entrance, watching her struggle.
“I wouldn’t mind a little help here, if you’ve got the time.”
“I’ve got the time. But you have to learn this for yourself, darlin’. Soon it’ll be as easy as pie. But not if I do it for you. Besides, I enjoy watching you. You clean up real nice.”
“Thanks.” Grace curtsied. Her foot caught in a tent line and she fell. Lone Star chuckled so long he had to hold his sides.
“From where I’m sitting, Lone Star, you’re not living up to Southern gentleman standards.” She brushed herself off. “What’s the Texas expression for go jump in a lake?”
“What I think you’re trying to say is that you think I’m about as fine as cream gravy.”
Grace used a rock to pound in her final tent stake and attached its guy-line. “Yes, that’s what I meant.” She tossed a pine cone at his head. “You’re as fine as clean gravy. So is my tent. Not bad for a first try.”
“Not clean gravy. Cream gravy. And it’s a fine tent indeed.”
Once inside her shelter, Grace was too tired to crawl into her sleeping bag. She pulled it over her like a blanket, thought for a second of Lone Star’s blue eyes, and fell asleep before the cover reached her chin.
Cheerful whistling roused her when dawn was still a light orange glow on the horizon. She pushed the tent flap aside and made out Lone Star breaking camp.
“Didn’t mean to wake you, darlin’.”
“You’re leaving? Already?” Sudden anxiety prickled in her.
“Sure am. Today’s supposed to be cooler, they say. Still, it’s good to start early in the desert, no matter what the prediction.”
“Wait.” Grace scrambled out. “I can pack up and go with you. Quick as a caterpillar in heat. Or whatever you’d say.” She wrapped her arms around herself to keep warm in the crisp morning air.
Lone Star’s face shone with affection. “Just Grace, your coming with me is a sweet thought.” He took gentle hold of her shoulders and turned her around. “But you crawl right back in your bag. You’re staying put today.”
Her attention focused on his hands as he gently pushed her toward her tent. Warm, firm, comforting hands. A sudden longing enveloped her. She struggled out of his grip. “I don’t need any more rest. I’m fine.”
“You don’t know how tired you are.”
“I’m okay. Really.” She jumped up and down. “See?”
“No arguing.” He again ushered her to the tent and waited until she was tightly wrapped and zippered inside. His thighs appeared at the entrance as he folded his long body until his head was level with his knees.
“I loved hiking with you yesterday, Just Grace. My heart is saying stay here with you. But I’ve got 2,600 miles to hike before snow lands in Canada. And my law practice isn’t going to be there forever if I don’t get back to it as soon as I can. I’ve just got to skedaddle.”
He cares more about his work than he does about me.
She fought back tears and willed her voice not to crack. “Okay. I understand. You’ve got your…priorities.”
Lone Star reached for her chin but she jerked it away.
He let his hand drop. “Don’t be that way, Just Grace. You’ve got to have a little faith.”
“Faith in what?”
“Faith in us.” He rubbed his hand against her cheek. This time she leaned into it.
“There’s an us?”

About the Author

Christine Hartmann grew up in Ohio and Delaware and loves traveling to exotic, romantic settings. After a college semester in Kathmandu, her first three “real” jobs were all in northern Japan, where she lived for almost 10 years. She currently splits her career between her daytime occupation (improving the quality of veterans’ nursing home care) and her nights/weekend avocation (writing both fiction and non-fiction books). Her husband Ron Strickland is a well-known long-distance hiker and trail guide writer and the founder of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Christine loves reading, pilates, bicycling, and snorkeling, and health foods that taste like they’re bad for you. You will often find her at a keyboard, a German shepherd at her side, and Ron whispering sweet edits over her shoulder.

Her latest book is book one of the Wild at Heart searies, Wild Within.

For More Information


Christine is giving away 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards and 20 Wild Within Coffee Mugs!
Terms and Conditions:
• By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
• Two winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Card & twenty winners will be chosen to receive one Wild Within Coffee Mug
• This giveaway starts April 4 and ends June 30
• Winner will be contacted via email on July 1.
• Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What makes a good beach read?

Congratulations to Anita S., the winner in Brynn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Debut HQN romantic suspense author Brynn Kelly shares her summer reading wish list...

Do you find that reading on summer vacation or a day at the beach is a whole different thing from everyday reading? With lazy days and (perhaps) long flights, we have more time to get lost in a story, but we want something that suits our elevated, carefree mood. (And those of us with young kids need a book we can pick up and put down without losing track of the action.) Here’s what I look for in a beach read. How about you?

1.       Plot, and lots of it. Anyone who’s read DECEPTION ISLAND will guess that I’m sucker for books where plenty of stuff happens and the characters are challenged to respond. Even more so when I’m chilling out on vacation. Just because I’m lying back, drinking a cocktail, I don’t want my characters to be. Take them on a thrill-ride, make life difficult for them, make them work for their HEA even if I’m sitting in mine.

2.       Atmosphere. Crack out those exotic settings. Make me shiver with an Arctic chill while I’m sitting on my tropical beach. Whisk me to the glamor of a European city or the isolation of a cabin in the woods. Have me looking over my shoulder to check that’s really a palm tree and not a serial killer. Scare me a little, and make me feel like I’m on a round-the-world ticket even if I’m a ten-minute drive from home.

3.       Beautiful writing. Give me those eloquent, lyrical paragraphs I want to read over and over—because today, I have plenty of time to relish them.

4.       A takeaway. I like a lighter, escapist read when I’m at the beach, but I also love it when the book sticks in my mind long after I’ve finished it. With the luxury of time, I can ponder themes, sift through layers of meaning and chuckle about the funny scenes, so books with hidden depths are perfect.

5.       A happy ending. Bad stuff can (and should!) happen, hard lessons can be learned, but I don’t want to arrive at happy hour feeling glum. I want to be uplifted and inspired. I want to see that book in my bookcase or on my Kindle for years to come and remember the wonderful vacation it took me on.

What books do you take on vacation, and why? What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? Respond in the comment section to be in to win a hard copy of DECEPTION ISLAND!

ABOUT Deception Island

A rogue French Foreign Legion officer and a Californian con-woman become unlikely allies—and lovers—in a life-and-death battle against 21st century pirates and slave traders, in the steamy jungles and azure waters of an Indian Ocean paradise.

As their lives are plunged into danger, their damaged hearts and minds reluctantly begin to open to the possibility of finding love in the most unexpected of circumstances. When loyalties are tested and damning secrets revealed, will their fledgling trust in each other hold strong enough to pull them through?

PRAISE FOR Deception Island
Nonstop action and romantic tension sizzle, and readers will eagerly follow Rafe and Holly’s quest to discover whether they can elude their pursuers and build a future together.” –Publishers Weekly

"The romantic suspense genre just got a hot new talent with the release of Kelly's debut book, DECEPTION ISLAND.... one truly unforgettable tale." –RT Book Reviews

Vivid and unrelenting action and danger…. thoroughly enjoyable, this tale of peril and love, New Zealand journalist and writer Kelly’s debut romance novel and a Golden Heartfinalist, will delight fans of M. L. Buchman.” –Booklist

“DECEPTION ISLAND is a brilliant thriller that will have you begging for more. The plot is a maze of surprising and harrowing twists and turns that lead to a dynamic conclusion.” –Fresh Fiction

“This novel is sure to be a winner, as the reader will be hooked by the end of the first paragraph. It is action packed from the start!” –Portland Review of Books


It took award-winning journalist Brynn Kelly only two decades to realize all those stranger-than-fiction news reports (pirates, mercenaries, murders, conspiracies…) provided the perfect training for a new career: as a writer of larger-than-life novels.

She’s delighted that HQN Books is publishing her Golden Heart® Award– nominated debut novel because it gives her an excuse to spend her days in a bubble of delicious words and fiendish plots. Still, after all those years writing about the real world, she’s secretly terrified someone will realize she’s making it all up.

Brynn has a degree in communications with a journalism major and has won several prestigious writing awards, including the Valerie Parv Award and Pacific Hearts Award. She’s a bestselling author of four nonfiction books in her native New Zealand.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST May 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 with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Deadly Obsession

With: Elle James


In New York Times bestselling author Elle James's latest, one woman finds she's unsafe in her own home—and in her heart…  

Real estate whiz Jillian Taylor thinks heroes and haunted houses are bogus. But when a series of strange events leaves her in danger, Stealth Ops Specialist Chance McCall is quick to the scene. Jillian can't resist the chemistry brewing between her and the sexy agent. But as she and Chance deconstruct her nightmares, someone becomes more desperate to keep those secrets from surfacing.  

Chance knows there's more going on at the derelict Victorian manor than just ghosts—just as he knows there's something about the blonde beauty he can't resist. If only he could help decipher the meaning of Jillian's tortured dreams…and keep her safe in his arms forever.

About The Author:
Award-winning author Elle James grew up as an air force military brat. She received her work ethic from her rock-solid father, her creative streak from her artistic mother and inspiration from her writing partner and sister, Delilah Devlin.

As a former member of the army reserves and a current member of the air force reserves, she's traveled across the United States and to Germany, managed a full-time job, and raised three wonderful children. She and her husband have even tried their hands at ranching exotic birds (ostriches, emus and rheas) in the Texas hill country. Ask her, and she'll tell you what it's like to go toe-to-toe with an angry three-hundred-and-fifty-pound bird and live to tell about it!

Her adventures in the army and air force reserves, and the wild antics of her life on a small ranch in Texas give her fodder for mystery, suspense and humor in her writing. Elle writes gothic, paranormal mystery for the Harlequin Intrigue line and paranormal romantic comedy for Dorchester Publishing. A former manager of computer programming and project management professionals, Elle is happy she now has the opportunity to pursue her writing full time. Elle's paranormal romantic comedy, To Kiss a Frog, won the Romance Writers of America's 2004 Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance.