Saturday, March 25, 2017

Q & A with Cynthia Eden


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1)    How did you come up with the relationship between Sheriff Hayden Black and Jillian West?  I wanted to create characters who’d met under extreme circumstances—Jillian and Hayden immediately sprang to mind for me. In many ways, the two characters are opposites—and it’s those opposite traits that draw them together.

2)    What is your favorite part about writing Romantic Suspense books?  I love writing romantic suspense novels because I enjoy including twists and turns for my readers. I’m all about action in my stories—and romantic suspense novels help me to keep an action-focused plot.

3)    Do you have any traditions you enjoy during early Spring?  Heading to the beach is a must for me each spring. I’m lucky to live along the coast, so as soon as the temperatures start to climb, my toes are usually in the sand.

4)    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  Too long ago to remember! I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and even when I was a small kid, I was creating stories. I loved to change up the ending to fairy tales. 

5)    How long does it take you to write a book?  It typically takes me about six weeks to write a book—but I have been writing full-time for over ten years now. So I have a rhythm when I write, and I’m able to use that rhythm to stay on pace with my deadlines.

6)    Where do you get your inspiration to write about a foiled kidnapping to tip off the plot?  I actually saw a news story about the FBI’s CARD team (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment), and once I learned about that group, I was completely inspired. I knew that my heroine had to be a part of that team, and as I developed her character, I realized the reason she was so passionate about helping victims…well, it was because she’d been an abduction victim herself.

7)    How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?  At last count, I’ve written over 90 books.  I don’t have a favorite though—when I write a book, *that* book I am writing is my favorite. I am absolutely in love with it while I write.  And then I finish that novel and start a new one. The new book then becomes my favorite…it’s a cycle that never ends.

8)    What book are you reading right now? I’m reading JUSTICE ASCENDING by Rebecca Zanetti.

9)    What are your current projects?  I’m very excited about my “Killer Instinct” series with HQN. The first book in that series, AFTER THE DARK, will be launching next month—this is a very dark and sexy romantic suspense series.

10) What advice do you have for writers?  Write the stories that appeal most to you. Keep writing and keep reading and never, ever give up on your dreams.




ABDUCTION
by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 
 Cynthia Eden

New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden has killer instincts when it comes to breathtaking suspense! 

Once the town troublemaker, Sheriff Hayden Black became the teen hero who saved young Jillian West from a savage kidnapper. He never got over their brief affair. Now, Sheriff Hayden Black is an ex-SEAL, and Jillian West is a burned-out FBI agent. They’ve reunited in their Florida hometown and rediscovered their powerful attraction. But as they hunt down a long-forgotten killer, will they get a second chance at happiness? 

When a series of accidents begins to plague Jill, Hayden won't let her fall victim again. There's too much history between them—and too much desire.



CYNTHIA EDEN is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes dark tales of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and one was named a 2013 RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense. Cynthia lives in the Deep South, loves horror movies and has an addiction to chocolate. More information about Cynthia may be found at www.cynthiaeden.com.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Murder in All Honour

This is the fifth book in the Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series, and for those who aren’t familiar with the story, Doyle is a rookie detective who realizes that the famous Chief Inspector she works with is actually a vigilante, and not above killing the occasional villain, if circumstances warrant.

It’s a dilemma for her, because not only is Acton her superior officer, he is also her husband, thanks to a spur-of-the-moment ceremony.

What to do? She loves the man, and does her best to save him from himself, despite the occasional lapse. There’s something about the latest case, however, that makes her very uneasy—Acton knows more than he’s saying, but it makes no sense, that he’d cover for this terrible murderer. Surely, there is nothing honorable about these murders—is there? 

MURDER IN ALL HONOUR


Things are a bit grim at Scotland Yard, this Christmas. On the heels of a nasty corruption scandal, the CID must now contend with a killer who is murdering pregnant women, so as to steal their babies. Chief Inspector Acton doesn't want Doyle anywhere near this case, of course, but she can't shake the feeling that there is more to his concern than his usual over-protectiveness—and more to this case than the usual psycho-killer.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Seduced By Sin

With: Kris Rafferty

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“I recently saw “Kissing Jessica Stein”, a 2001 Independent movie that I’d heard good things about but never got around to seeing.  Near the end, the two main characters are breaking up, but only one wants it, and her reasoning is (and I’m paraphrasing) “I love you, you’re my best friend, but I want to be with someone that can’t get enough of me, that craves me.”  If
you’ve never had that craving of another person, it’s hard to believe it exists.  In “Seduced by Sin”, my main character, Francesca Hamilton has never been loved, in love, or wanted beyond what her partners or friends could get out of their relationships with her.  She’s rich.  Really rich.  And with that set of circumstances, hangers on, and human parasites are all she’s ever known.  She’s certainly never experience a partner who craved her…until she met Caleb.  He wants her, only her, in her infinite complexity.  He sees in Francesca things she doesn’t.  Where she sees flaws, and insecurity, Caleb sees honesty, integrity, beauty, and a body that makes him stupid with want.  With craving.  He doesn’t want her money, or even her love—one he doesn’t need, and the other he doesn’t feel worthy of—and he is not looking for a future with her.  He knows she needs to be married for a variety of reasons, but not once does it occur to him that he was her answer to that problem, despite how he feels about her—until (of course) it does occur to him. When he seduces her, he tells himself it’s for a good cause, but also understands he didn’t have the strength to deny himself when she proved she wanted him, too.  Francesca, starved for love, for any healthy relationship, is ripe to fall in love.  What she finds is betrayal…and love. 

Being craved—in bed or out—it’s a powerful thing.  It can destroy a relationship, and makes it, too, but it can’t be ignored.  If you’re lucky, you’ve already found that person you crave and who craves you back.  If not, here’s wishing you luck in finding them.

Excerpt from SEDUCED BY SIN:
A guest tittered loud enough to catch her attention.  That’s when she noticed everyone was staring, and conversations seemed centered on her and Caleb.  Self-conscious, she brought her lips to her martini glass.

“Don’t care what they think.”  Caleb indicated the room.  “They have no power you don’t give them.”  He took her hand back, and brought it to his lips, caressing each knuckle with a butterfly kiss.  It was like a branding, and she couldn’t help but wonder what his lips would feel like on her neck, her breasts…between her legs.  Francesca was finding it hard to breathe with any sort of consistency. 

“You don’t…care?” she said.

“Not about them.”

Them.  Who were still staring.  Francesca pulled her hand from his, and allowed her skepticism to show.  A man with his level of intensity felt too damn much not to care.  “So, no one has any power over you?”

He smiled.  “Do you want power over me?”

Francesca took a deep breath, feeling like her dress was too damn tight, and she was at risk of swooning like a twit.  He had her trembling, for heaven’s sake, because he was so damn much.  He scared the be-jeepers out of her, and he was enjoying every minute of it. 

“I’m not afraid of you.”  Damn.  She’d said that aloud, and though he didn’t exactly laugh at her, she saw amusement in the crinkling of his eyes, and his efforts not to smile.  Francesca lifted her chin, wondering if he would make fun of her. 

“I’m glad,” he said.

She placed her glass on a passing waiter’s tray, and used the distraction to buy herself time to shore up her courage.  She had the impression he was humoring her, and instinct made her want to slap that down. 

“I’m tougher than I look.  I’ve been taking care of myself since I was in fifth grade, so I could have handled Nathan without help.”  He glanced at her wrist, prompting her to flushed.  “Nathan didn’t mean to hurt me.”  Just like her father didn’t mean to hurt her when he left her at boarding school, and chose to be a stranger to his daughter. 

Caleb frowned.  “What happened in fifth grade?”

His question took her aback.  “My mother died.”  The topic was far from relevant, and even farther from the kind of conversation she wanted with this extremely sexy man. “How did we start talking about my dead mother?”  She shook her head, feeling awkward.  “I was feeling…”

Caleb stepped closer to her, and he tilted his head, as if her next words were more important than any other thing in his world.  “What were you feeling?”

She’d been feeling good; good about herself.  Wanted.  But couldn’t say any of that and keep her pride, though she had a feeling if he continued to press she’d throw pride out the door if it meant he’d kiss her.  She had a feeling kissing Caleb Smith would be divine, but hadn’t a clue about closing the deal.  What would it take?  Bat her eyelashes?  Maybe.  She feared he was the type to require her to come out and say it.  It being the operative word for…what she wanted to do with him between the sheets.  Unfortunately, a glance over her shoulder revealed they continued to be the center of attention, so she forced herself not to do anything too obvious. 

“Are you sure you’re not afraid of me?” 

He couldn’t hide how important her answer was to him, and it broke her heart.  Suddenly, she didn’t feel the need to defend her self-esteem, and now was in the position to bolster Caleb’s.  Who knew?  Neither were very sure of themselves.

She smiled.  “Should I be?”  He stepped even closer, his gaze dropping to her lips, flooding her mind with thoughts on what it would be like to kiss Caleb Smith. 

“Very afraid.” He smiled back.

SEDUCED BY SIN

When Caleb Smith saved Francesca Hamilton from a nasty situation with her father, she was beyond grateful. Sure, it landed her in Caleb's bed wearing his engagement ring, but neither of them took that seriously. It was a means to an end, and he was so sexy and exciting, she was enjoying the ride. It wasn’t Caleb's fault her feelings were changing, leaving her wishing things between them were real rather than pretend.

Caleb took the FBI’s assignment because he wanted to end the tyranny of a man who’d hurt the people he loved. Odds of success were slim and the danger high, but he knew the risks. Francesca didn't and was completely in the dark about her family’s "business." And the more time he spends with her, the harder he falls for the gorgeous blonde. But to finally get retribution, he'll have to destroy her world...

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About the author:
Kris Rafferty was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After earning a Bachelor’s in Arts from the University of Massachusetts/ Boston, she married her college sweetheart, traveled the country and wrote books.  Three children and a Pomeranian/Shih Tzu mutt later, she spends her days devoting her life to her family and her craft.

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Author Website: krisrafferty.com
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST March 22nd. 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rich Men & Kick-ass Women


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

Rich men… Are they all alpha control freaks? Do they all come in and “save the day” because they can buy anything they need? And what about tough, kick-ass heroines? Does being tough and accomplished make a woman too hard for love?

Here’s an excerpt from LICENSE TO CARRIE

“They think I’m gay.”
Russell Randolph fixated on uncrossing his legs. He sat forward, spreading his knees farther apart and then leaning on them before pushing himself off the soft leather couch. It felt more manly to pace the length of his company’s tasteful but bland boardroom.
The Jetson’s cartoon collectibles were gone. It wasn’t like they’d been unframed posters or something. They were valuable, one of his first investments after making his own money. And another limited-edition poster from his office was nowhere to be found. He needed to find out where they’d been stored. But yeah, the room was totally bland.
“No one thinks you’re gay, Russ.” Collin Dougan answered like a best friend should. No response from Henry Mercer, the current Dallas Electronic Sprockets chairman of the board. He was also Russ’s only remaining advocate in the company.
“I haven’t been in the public eye for over a year. Now I have a different guy on my arm every night.” Russ heard the expected snickers from his two friends.
“Come on, man, they’re in the background. No one notices them,” Collin said, attempting to keep a straight face and failing miserably.
Russ slid part of the Lone Star News down the long polished table and watched it slow to a halt in front of the man in charge of company security. The same man who burst out laughing and turned the paper facedown, then faced the wall.
Russ waited, tapping out the seconds on the board table. Several slipped by before Collin could regain control.
“I’ve got enough explaining about my absence, Collin. I don’t need to worry where my protection detail’s hands are.”
“I don’t think anyone has a question of whose butt he’s grabbing. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” He laughed, snorted, then laughed again while he fanned himself with the paper. “Come on, you’d have a blast if that was me in the picture. Admit it.”
Sure, he most assuredly would. Russ couldn’t blame Collin or anyone for that matter. It was a funny picture to those who knew him. His father had hee-hawed at least four minutes before making a sane comment. The picture captured an innocent enough gesture although the man had never actually touched him.
A pat on the butt–while practiced in locker rooms all the time–wasn’t appropriate at a five thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraiser. He honestly couldn’t care less what the world thought of him. Yet he was forced to because it mattered to corporate America and his stockholders.
At least that was the impression he’d received from the chairman of the board. He glanced at the retired man sitting with the Dallas skyline in the backdrop. He couldn’t lose the board’s confidence. Not his first month back as CEO.
“I’m calling a halt to the damn protection detail.” Russ waited for the explosion.
“Now wait a minute.” Henry jumped to his feet, bringing Collin to his, too.
“A protection detail is a condition of you returning. Fire your lackadaisical friend if you need to, but–”
Collin slapped the paper onto the table then pointed toward Henry. “Besides having a contract, which you forced me to sign and states you can’t fire me. I have–”
“I’m not going to fire anyone except the protection detail.”
Henry opened his mouth, but Collin stuck his hand up to silence him. “I’ll take care of this.” He walked around the head of the table to join Russ.
Friend or not, he wouldn’t talk him into having three armed guards with him any longer. A month into the routine and that’s all he had. A routine. No life outside the rotation of guards. No friends. No fun. He’d been followed or accompanied every minute since his return to the company had been made public.
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My bodyguards are kiack-ass women hooking up with rich heroes who need help. Don’t worry…these guys still know how to handle themselves, too. One carries a gun, another a huge hockey stick and another wields a classic guitar. I love ‘em and hope you will, too.

Guarding clients is easy. Avoiding their match-making Grammy is another story.
the BODYGUARDS IN HEELS series


It’s high time this match-making, motorcycle-riding Grammy takes the love-lives of her grandchildren into her own hands and gives love a sweet kick in the right direction.

LICENSE TO CARRIE, book #2
After an attempt on his life two years ago, millionaire businessman Russell Randolph needs protection, preferably someone who looks great in high heels and can pass as his girlfriend. Luckily for him, Carrie Dillon keeps a concealed holster strapped to her shapely thigh at all times. But Russ quickly realizes he needs to keep his eyes on his business, not the sexy bodyguard…or her legs.

Shielding the overprotective but insanely handsome millionaire isn’t Carrie’s only challenge since joining her cousin’s company, Bodyguards in Heels. Her Grammy wants to teach her how to use her family gift. Gift? Who knew what Carrie had always chalked up to hyper intuition was really a woo woo power that let her know when someone watched her?

When the murderers strike again, Russ can no longer fool himself that Carrie is just a pretend girlfriend. But can he trust her abilities to save them and a relationship with real staying power?


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. Contact her via her website or other social media.

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