Friday, February 24, 2017

Wicked Torment

With: Carole Mortimer

Hi Everyone,

The pre-order of the 1st book in my brand new romantic suspense series, Regency Sinners, is now available. The book’s title is Wicked Torment (Regency Sinners 1), with a publication date of April 28th.

I intend to write eight books in the Regency Sinners series, the heroes linked through friendship and their years spent together in the army. All of the stories in this series will be complete, with a HEA ending, but with a mystery that will continue throughout and conclude in the 8th book. Intrigued? I hope so! 

Today is release day for Tamed by the Earl, the 9th and last book in the Regency Unlaced series. I’m really sorry to say goodbye to the characters in this romantic suspense series, but who knows, maybe a hero or heroine, or even two, will appear in the new series, Regency Sinners?

I would like to thank all of you for making 2016 such a successful year. All 9 books in my Regency Unlaced series have reached the Amazon #1 spot, with the books in the contemporary Knight Security series all being Amazon #1 & Top100 Bestsellers. I couldn’t have done any of this without all of you. Thank you! 

The stories in my romantic suspense series Regency Sinners, Regency Unlaced, Knight Security, and Alpha, are more explicit in their language and sexual content than my other books. In other words, they’re hot, so you have been warned!

Hope the rest of February is good for all of you. Spring is definitely on its way because I have snowdrops out in my garden and the daffodils are all about 6” tall.

Speak to you again soon!

 Carole xx

Buy link for Tamed by the Earl (Regency Unlaced 9)
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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.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Feasting on Forbidden Fruit

With: Lily Black 

Congratulations to "Janet K.", the winner in Lily's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

In the past month’s whirlwind launch of my first romantic suspense, one question that popped up repeatedly is why I write. And there are so many answers to that question! One of them, for me, is the chance to live moments of another life through my characters. For example, I’ve always thought being a librarian would be cool, so it was a delight to explore that in Storm of Attraction, as my heroine’s day job.

I also have a dozen food allergies—no exaggeration—of which several emerged after my reaching adulthood. This means the foods I have given up may be something I enjoyed just a few years ago! However, when I feature a forbidden food in my book, I can enjoy it vicariously through my characters. One of the foods I particularly miss is shrimp. So guess what I had my hero fix, as one of his delicious Mediterranean dishes the first night Alexa seeks safety in his home? Shrimp couscous, of course!

When I write, the transport into other lives is always balanced by a grounding in things I share with my characters, but there’s no denying the thrill of living vicariously and enjoying a few forbidden fruits in the process. The scene I’ve shared below is definitely one of those, as it not only features my oft-denied beloved shrimp, but taps into my longing for delicious exotic foods. Enjoy!

Storm of Attraction
Released Feb. 13th 2017
Willowdale series
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Love is worth fighting for.

Alexa Wolving has just one rule: never give a guy a second chance. That works just fine in the safe life she’s built. In the charming town of Willowdale, her day job as a librarian balances perfectly with her evening job as a black belt instructor. But when she attracts the attention of a stalker, Alexa’s carefully built world begins to crumble.

Drew Cosimo knows he broke Alexa’s heart five years ago when he took his first Ranger assignment and disappeared from her life. Now that he’s out of the army, he’s moving back home to Willowdale. He’s not looking for a fight, but making peace would be easier if Alexa hadn’t told the entire town he was a money-grubbing jerk. Despite the tension between them, Drew is quick to offer his protection when a stalker forces Alexa from her home.

As the stalker’s attacks escalate, Alexa and Drew are forced to face their painful past and the simmering attraction between them. They must fight to save each other before everything they care about goes up in flames.


Excerpt from Storm of Attraction:
She stepped forward. “Clearly, I was wrong to challenge you. This all smells amazing.”
“An amazing meal for an amazing lady.” When she stopped short, Drew realized instantly that she took his comment as a compliment of her looks—and didn’t appreciate it. He plowed on. “What you did tonight, the way you handled yourself with your cats, you were amazing.”
Alexa flushed a little, but she continued to her chair and sat. Drew caught a scent of something citrusy as he pushed in her chair. Her hair fell in smooth waves of honey brown and looked incredibly touchable. She’d freshened up before she came out, he was sure of it, and his chest swelled a little that she’d taken the trouble. Drew took his own seat across from Alexa.
She cleared her throat, but her voice still sounded a little husky when she spoke. Maybe she was as nervous as he was. “What do we have here? I recognize some of these but don’t know their names.”
She sounded impressed, and Drew felt a flood of pride. “The one with the shrimp is couscous paella, and beside it is roasted eggplant and feta, which you can dip with pita chips. This orange soup is a pumpkin curry soup, and then of course there’s the salad, which has asiago cheese.”
“Wow.” Alexa’s eyes spoke her enjoyment, and she made an appreciative sound after popping in a chip full of the eggplant and feta.
Drew couldn’t help himself; he spooned up a bit of the pumpkin soup and passed it to her. “Here, try this.”
She barely hesitated before taking the bait, and when she did, her eyes flew wide open and her mouth made a sensuous little pout. “Mmm, that’s good!”
Drew grinned and just managed to stop himself from spoon-feeding it to her.

Giveaway:
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Author bio:
Lily Black believes in true love, but is also quite sure going after it is the scariest thing we'll ever do!  She explores this dynamic in her romantic suspense novels, which are set in the small imaginary town of Willowdale, where people dream big, love deeply, and kick butt if necessary.  She has a black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tai Kwon Do, and has also trained in everything from judo to broadswords.  She lives in North Carolina, where she works as a content editor for a small publisher, and divides her free time between the mountains and the sea with her very patient and loving husband and their teen daughter. She is also the co-creator of the Book Ninjas’ Blush-O-Meter. Readers everywhere search the Book Ninja’s online catalog for romance, YA and chicklit novels in all genres, and find books that match their blush level!

Her debut romantic suspense--Storm of Attraction—made its way into the world on February 13th, 2017 from Red Adept Publishing.  She welcomes you to join her on the journey!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Who Introduced You To Romance?


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If you’ve stopped by my website or met me in person, then you probably know who introduced me to romance…my grandmother and her four wonderful daughters. Not only did they introduce me to romance (and especially Harlequin), they introduced a lot of my cousins who also introduced their daughters. I visited my grandmother often and I’d load up on books each time. 


I can’t remember the exact title of the first romance I read…but I remember getting tons of books that could be summarized like A HALO FOR THE DEVIL by Barbara Cartland from 1972, the year I THINK I began reading Mills & Boon (Harlequin).


I fell in love with titles like Marquis, Duchess, Prince and even sheiks. I learned about places around the world by traveling through books. Not only romances, but they started my love of travel. And for writing romantic suspense. (The suspense I blame on Scooby Doo and the Hardy Boys.)

Who introduced you to romance? Can you remember the title? The author?
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A late-blooming ability to hear people’s thoughts ruins more than Hallie Barton’s carefully constructed FBI career. Shouldn’t the man who says he loves her believe in her rather than offer to pay for her psychiatric care?

Hallie’s grandmother, always a little off her rocker anyway, calls it a gift and suggests the now single and former special agent use the skill in private investigations company that employs every cousin in their unusually large family. With all of her big-bad mind-reading abilities, shouldn’t she have known Grammy arranged for their first client to be the last person Hallie ever wanted to see again?

Level-headed FBI Agent Gage Owens can’t get Hallie, his former best friend and partner, to talk to him. He should’ve believed in Hallie when she said she could read people’s minds. Now he has two problems… Not only is he in love with a woman with woo-woo powers who won’t give him the time of day, but she’s the only one he can trust to protect a secret informant on one of the FBI’s Most Wanted.

Can Hallie “hear” just how much he’s in love with her and forgive him the stupidest mistake of his life?

ANGI MORGAN combines Texas settings with characters in realistic and dangerous situations. Bodyguards in Heels is a smash-up of her favorite things to read: a little magic, a little comedy and a little suspense. She loves to pack up her husband and rescue dogs for road trips to locations she’s writing about. They have a goal to travel roads they’ve never traveled and find the best pie in the Lone Star State.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

My Great Love


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Hi, I’m Sandy Vaile, a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. When I’m not devising horrible things to do to fictional characters, I write procedures for high-risk industrial activities, mentor new writers through the Novelist’s Circle critiquing group, judge romance writing competitions, present literary craft workshops, and write the odd article.

I’m honoured to be able to chat to you about my new book, “Combatting Fear”, and why I love romantic suspense.

I’ve been creative writing since I was a little girl, and have attempted many genres (not all successfully) because my life motto is I’ll try anything once. The first novel I wrote was a New Adult urban fantasy, and I’ve dabbled in erotic romance, but I keep coming back to my true love, which is romantic suspense. For me, this genre has everything: a healing romance, tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and that delicious uncertainty that the hero and heroine are going to succeed. It’s so exciting!

My heroines are strong-willed independent women who have some interesting skills, like kick-boxing and weapons use. Neve, from “Combatting Fear”, has been taught guerrilla warfare tactics, hand-to-hand combat, and survivalist skills by her father. Not bad skills to have when you’re facing members of an outlaw motorcycle gang!
Neve held a palm to her stinging cheek. Dave’s face was in shadow, but there were silver highlights in his moustache, a tiny stud in his left earlobe, and tattoos clawing up from his collar. She was sure she’d recognize him if she saw him again, and he was going to be in a whole world of pain if she got her hands on a weapon of any kind.
All of my heroines also ride motorbikes, like me. It’s an activity that you either love or hate, and it got under my skin twenty years ago. It’s difficult to explain to car-lovers what is so addictive about riding a motorbike, but it’s not all about speed and rebellion. There is a certain sense of freedom as you feel the sun on your back, catch the scent of grass on the breeze, and get whacked by a kamikaze bug. Ouch! Then there is the thrill of cornering, which I would liken to the G-forces of a side show ride.

But the real clincher for me was the camaraderie. Motorcycle groups (and I’m not talking about outlaw gangs here) are all inclusive, with members from all walks of like, sexual preferences, levels of affluence, and career backgrounds. (A lot like the writing community.) The one thing they have in common is a love of riding, and all other barriers fall away. No matter where I ride, other riders will nod as they pass. If I break down, the next motorcycle along the road will stop to help. They are my tribe. :)

As an independent woman, my role models and ideals revolve around other independent women. So, when I’m developing heroines, I keep traits like resilience, intelligence, passion and loyalty in mind. These multifaceted women are infinitely interesting to me, and the sorts that I find in the romantic suspense genre.

Take Neve in “Combatting Fear” for instance; she doesn’t need a man in her life to make her whole. The challenge for the hero is to be strong and self-assured enough to be her equal, so she’ll choose to be with him.

I’d love to hear why you love to read romantic suspense stories.
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Combatting Fear

How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?

Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, Neve Botticelli, leads a double life. At home with her paranoid father, she is a combat trained survivalist who lives off-the-grid.

When self-made billionaire, Micah Kincaid, storms into town in search of his four-year-old son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything Neve despises.

But something far more sinister than a cheating estranged wife, is lurking in rural Turners Gully, and it has its sights set on little Rowan’s inheritance. It turns out there is one thing Micah and Neve can agree on, and that’s keeping Rowan safe.


As they work together to free Rowan, they glimpse beneath one another’s guises, and realise that falling in love could be even more dangerous than hunting deadly criminals.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Better Wear Your Flak Jacket


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Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces and Territories
Fifteen American travelers have vanished. Surrendering to Mayor Aamir's demands, Captain Sharif becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, Eliza MacKay. The devout Muslim is horrified to discover that if he exposes the cover-up, his family will suffer dire consequences.

The CIA has the lying Sharif in their cross hairs. Sharif’s only hope is to prove his country's government is free of guilt. Secretly, he hunts forensic evidence. Cryptic messages, backstabbing informants, and corruption threaten Sharif’s resolve to see justice served. When he discovers the shocking truth, he and MacKay become the targets of a ruthless killer.
Sharif is tortured by his attraction to the impetuous Eliza MacKay. In spite of her struggle with PTSD, he’s drawn to her vivacious personality. Islam forbids the intimacy he craves. In desperation to save Eliza, Sharif plots an act most forbidden and fatal.

What’s different about Forbidden’s suspense / romance plot?

1.     Forbidden is written in the point of view of a devout Muslim, a Middle Eastern cop.

Captain Sharif’s police compound has been breached. Fifteen Americans murdered. CIA agent Frank Hutchinson has proof the cop is lying and has him in his crosshairs, eager to exact revenge. Captain Sharif must please his corrupt superiors; and yet see justice served, and abide by the Koran. He’s in hell, with no way to escape – either be buried alive or suffer Allah’s wrath. In the balance hangs the life of Eliza MacKay, witness to the massacre. Desperate, Sharif initiates an act most forbidden and fatal.
      2.     The setting is the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories (RIPT) – my vision of the future of the Middle East. After the end of the current civil war, thirty years from now, I envision most of the Islamic countries joining to form one powerful nation. Sunni and Shia no longer are adversaries. The government is inclusive, democratic and Sharia law has been relaxed. At least one wealthy man objects to the change. He’s determined to destroy RIPT.
      3.     Forbidden will enlighten readers on the basics of moderate Islam. I was guided by an generous imam, Mustafa Khattab; and a most wonderful friend who is a pediatrician and a Canadian Muslim. During the writing of the story, Dr. Sahar Albakkal provided valuable advice on the culture of moderate Muslims, Muslim names, Arabic terms, and interpretation of the Koran.

NOTE: There is some moderate vulgar language; and considerable violence in Forbidden’s story. I have avoided overly graphic details. I recommend Forbidden to adult readers. There is one feeble rape attempt scene – resulting in one furious Eliza MacKay eager for  revenge. Both men and women readers will find Forbidden unforgettable.

Romance Under Fire

Author Feather Stone / F. Stone / Judy Weir:

On our cattle ranch, when an animal was in distress or injured, I was put in charge of nursing it back to health. Never mind that I was just a kid and hated the sight of blood, but I had to muster up the courage to apply home remedies. My survival rate was pretty good. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that I would progress to nursing – humans. After one year into nurses training, I bolted. Bed pans and chronic diseases pushed me in different direction; a career of dealing with drug addicts, murder, suicide, fatalities, and biker gangs. In 1983 I graduated with honors as a paramedic and worked in the City of Edmonton’s Emergency Services.
For the next twenty years, I came face to face with scenes most people would rather not think about. I loved it. Having experienced life in the most deadly and gut wrenching events, and work alongside the police service, I gained the fodder for creating intense novels.


My first novel, The Guardian’s Wildchild, was published by Omnific Publishing in 2011. The setting is on a naval ship, under the command of a surely man who is under suspicion of treason. When a battered woman is brought to his ship for execution, he has no idea that she is about to turn his disciplined life into chaos – and that she is no ordinary woman. The Guardian’s Wildchild has a rating of 4.1 at Amazon.

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Below is one of my favorite romance scenes.



Chapter 30


Buzz adjusted his speed and configured the Phoenix to climb. The mountain loomed another one hundred fifty miles in the distance. Snow in the higher elevations glistened in the sun among the jagged peaks.

“Better have a seat, Sharif. Going to get rough. Buckle up your friend, too.” Buzz turned to check on Miss MacKay. “Shit, what is she doing?”

She stood at the tail section in the aisle, wobbling with the aircraft’s movement on the wind currents. Her bare back faced the men. She appeared to be looking for something in her backpack.
Sharif lunged to stand behind her back, blocking the pilot's view of the semi-naked woman.
“What are you doing?” he growled. “This is not permitted.”
“I spilled hot coffee on my shirt. It burned like crazy. Just give me two minutes to change into a clean shirt.” Eliza shrugged him off. “Turn around.”
“You’re indecent.” Sharif knew he should tear his eyes away, and turn around. The shape of her back, the soft shoulders, and her curves reminded him of the undulating terrain of the Sahara. The waistband of her pants rested low on her hips. Fighting his body's traitorous desires, Sharif growled, "Get into the bathroom."
"Too damn small." Eliza snatched a black lace camisole from her backpack and held it against her chest. “Go back to Buzz. I’ll be properly dressed in two minutes.” The plane lurched to the right. Eliza lost her balance and placed her feet farther apart.
Sharif grabbed her around the waist and pulled her back snug against his chest. He whispered into her ear. “Eliza, when are you going to stop tormenting me?” He half-hoped she didn't hear his confession above the roar of the twin engines.
“Do you want me to shut off who I am?”
He felt her body tense as if preparing to fight him off, then melt into his wall of muscle and bone.
The intimacy threw him into panic. In the span of one breath, he felt the old inclination to shun the pleasure, even to feel repulsed by the bliss. Allah forbids. But his drive to be honorable refused to allow the lie. He could no longer deny that Eliza, the impetuous and insane woman who had the audacity to expose his humanity, had become very dear to him.
“No, never," he said, placing a brief kiss on the corner of her mouth. Though he met her just seven weeks ago, he knew her as if they had spent a lifetime together. He knew the cadence of her voice, the swing of her stride, and the nuances of her moods. He marveled at the light that shimmered in her hair and lived in her eyes. He knew the capricious scent of her body, and could spy on her thoughts through the tilt of her head and curve of her mouth. He found it mystifying at the depth to which he understood this woman, like no other. Wanted her, like no other.
The warmth of her body spread like a warm breeze into his. Numbed by isolation and practiced sacrifice, fragments of his passion flared out of control. Hashim Sharif moaned. He couldn’t tell where his body ended and hers began. The dim light of the aircraft cabin sighed over her shoulders. If not for the lace camisole concealing her most alluring charms, his lust would have ruled his actions.
Over the years, the words “I love you” had become mute, lost under the weight of perceived duty and disconnection with his emotions. He was Captain Sharif, the noble Muslim warrior. He was not Hashim Sharif, the good man, worthy of Eliza MacKay.
Soft and warm, her hands covered his. Sharif shivered with need - to declare to man and Allah, Eliza was his. A violent shake of the aircraft shattered his lustful intentions. Sharif straightened, and wrestled his inner cop back into control. Love was for people not running for their lives.
She buttoned up a fresh shirt, turned to face him and flipped up her hair under the police cap. “There, no harm done.”
He lifted his cap and slapped it back down. “Around my family, we’ll have to maintain physical distance. No unnecessary conversation.”
 “You’re the boss.” She smiled and patted his chest. “Anything you want, it shall be done.”
For the next hour Sharif and Eliza rested, fitfully sleeping, half relieved to be away from the terror in Samarra, and yet anxious about finding a resolution to the Sharif family’s safety. Sharif bolted upright in his seat when Buzz shook him awake.
 “There’s trouble in Rumi, Sharif,” Buzz hollered. “Captain Khattab and his men are setup to meet you on the tarmac.”

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