Friday, July 21, 2017

The Barbary Mark


Giveaway Alert!

     After a shipwreck, Nonie Rafferty washes up on the shore of Algiers, where the slave traders look to sell the pretty Irishwoman—or worse.  She must come up with a tale to save herself—and fast—before anyone discovers the true reason she sailed to this misbegotten corner of the world, or the true reason she was wearing a strand of priceless  pearls when she was rescued.
     Fortunately, the Dey’s mysterious necromancer appears willing to come to her aid, and what follows is a cat-and-mouse game of deception, attraction, and above all, redemption.

Excerpt from Chapter One

       Nonie stood, bedraggled—and certainly bedeviled—as she tried to avoid looking into the flames of the two fire-trays that illuminated the chamber, one on either side of the dais.  Likes the dramatic, she concluded, as she gazed upon the Dey of Algiers, seated on his elaborate peacock chair.  The Mughals were a superstitious bunch; perhaps it could be used to her advantage—if she managed to survive the night’s events, that was. 
          The crackling flames illuminated the faces of the men who stood on either side of their leader; ruthless men, who served at the Dey’s pleasure in this particular circle of hell.  One appeared to be minor official, and the other—the one who’d spoken to the Dey—was undoubtedly the Agha, who handled the Dey’s slave trade.  A hard-eyed, dissipated man as befit his trade; and fleshy besides—that type were always wont to bleed overmuch, in her experience.  And the tall gentleman who stood behind him would appear to be the famed necromancer—although she couldn’t be certain, having little experience with men of that stripe.  He was dressed in a dark, long-sleeved djellaba and was smoking a thin pipe, looking mysterious and very much the part.  Rather handsome, if you liked your men lean, and hawkish. He hadn’t spoken, but only observed dispassionately as the Agha took the lead in questioning her.
“I will give you one last chance to tell me; where did you find these?”
With unmistakable menace, the Agha approached her, lifting a long, double strand of large pearls, which glistened in the flickering firelight. Through their loops, she could see the necromancer, watching her with his unreadable dark gaze, as the smoke from his pipe curled around his head.  “The pearls were given to me by the ship’s captain—although ‘given’ is perhaps not the right word; ‘lent’ is more apt, being as how there was no question but that I would have to give them back.”
As she recited the story, she considered her options; she’d never pass muster as a concubine—her hair must look like she’d been pulled through a bush backwards.  Instead she’d have to convince them she was too valuable to execute outright, and tell a tale of sunken treasure.  “There are plenty more pearls where that came from,” she disclosed in an artless manner, pausing to wring the sea water from her skirts. “There was an entire chest, brimful of them.” 
At this, the Agha glanced over at the Dey with a significant look, and then continued his pacing. “You are English?”
“Good God,” Nonie exclaimed, horrified. “Bite your tongue; I’m as Irish as the day is long.”
“What were you doing on a Dutch merchant ship?”
“Sinking, mostly.”  She paused, then added fairly, “And drinking a great deal of wine, before that.  I confess it has occurred to me that the two events are not unrelated.”
“What happened to the captain—and the crew?”
She spread her hands. “I’ve no idea—and is it fair that they left me to fend for my poor self, I ask you? No, it is not; not a twinge of chivalry amongst them.” Indignant, she tossed her head, which was not well-advised; when wet, her fiery hair fell nearly to her waist, but as it dried, it gathered into a tangled mass of thick curls that now sprang from her head as though it had a life of its own—not to mention it was stiff and salty, from its recent immersion into the Bay of Algiers.

Giveaway:
Anne is giving away an ecopy of THE BARBARY MARK to two lucky readers leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Undercover Romance

With: Elizabeth Heiter

Giveaway Alert!


Deep in the Appalachian mountains, in the hideaway of a dangerous drug lord, is a bad place to finally run into your very first crush, but that’s what happens to Brenna Hartwell.  She hasn’t seen him since she was eleven years old and she was tossed into foster care, but she’s never forgotten him.

Her imagination couldn’t come close to how Marcos Costa had grown up: he looks like a movie star, with dark hair, blue-gray eyes, and dimples.  But that’s the only thing that resembles a fantasy, because when she’s introduced to him at the drug lord’s mansion, she discovers he’s a criminal…a criminal who could very well blow her cover.

She’s pretending to be a foster care worker willing to trade access to the system for money, and although Marcos doesn’t know anything about what happened to her after the fire that destroyed their foster home all those years ago, she can tell he’s suspicious.  And so is she.  Because although he’s got a perfectly logical explanation for it, he’s using a different name.  And she just can’t picture him as a drug dealer.

Here’s a snippet from when Brenna first runs into Marcos:

Brenna couldn’t help herself. She looked at him now and she still saw the boy who had opened the door for her, taken her pathetic suitcase in one hand, and her hand in the other. That foster home hadn’t been anything close to a real second home to her, but she’d realized after being sent away a few months later that she’d gotten very, very lucky at that first introduction to life in the system. She’d gotten very, very lucky meeting Marcos.

She’d spent most of the rest of her life dreaming of him whenever things got tough, creating a fiction where she’d see him again and he’d sweep her off her feet. She knew it was ridiculous, but that didn’t matter. The dream of Marcos Costa had gotten her through the worst times in her life…

She longed to tell him the whole truth, but that was beyond foolish, and one more sign that her boss was right. She wasn’t ready for undercover work, wasn’t ready for an assignment like this.

If she told Marcos the truth, she’d be dead by morning.

Still, she couldn’t help wondering what he’d say. The words lodged in her throat, and she held them there.

I’m a cop.

Giveaway:
For a chance to win a copy of Secret Agent Surrender, share something about your very first crush!

Secret Agent Surrender

This undercover agent can't disguise his true desire!

Undercover DEA agent Marcos Costa is shocked to see Brenna Hartwell—his very first crush—cozying up to the brutal drug lord he's about to bust! He hasn't seen her since childhood, but he never imagined she'd turn to a life of crime. What the hunky agent doesn't know is that Brenna's working her own bust as a rookie cop undercover.

Brenna didn't think she'd ever see Marcos again, especially not on her first undercover mission! She knows she has to keep her distance…but while she and Marcos play out their daring ruse, their youthful passion reignites. One wrong move could blow their covers. Can two loners used to self-reliance trust their lives—and hearts—to each other?





About Elizabeth Heiter
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for the HOLT Medallion, the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

Connect with Elizabeth
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethheiter/

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 20th. 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.


Monday, July 17, 2017

May-December Romances-Yes or No?


Congratulations to "Trude V.", the winner in Julie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


Do you associate that storyline of an older hero/younger woman with fine wine and classic movies? Or with creaky bones and driving an Edsel? In other words, hot or not?

Personally, this is one of my favorite romantic hooks. There’s something sexy and reassuring about a man who’s comfortable in his own skin. A man who has already made his mark on the world and doesn’t get caught up in the drama of others around him can be patient in ways that younger men usually are not. I love a man who can take care of a woman (in every way!), yet respect her and treasure her without feeling threatened by her talents and accomplishments. He understands teamwork and bringing out the best in others. Confidence and maturity are sexy in my book. And generally, for a man to mature past those hormonal twenties and gotta-achieve-my goals thirties, and be alone, he’s gone through some kind of trauma or loss that opens my heart up to him. He’s been through pain/life/heartbreak and survived. That means strength—and that’s sexy in a man at any age.

Romance can happen at any age—even when a person thinks the time for falling in love, or falling in love again, has passed. That’s the case of Detective Lieutenant Thomas Watson in my July 18th release, PROTECTION DETAIL. Thomas has survived the murder of his wife. He’s raised four children. He’s a respected leader at the police department. He believes happily-ever-after’s have passed him by. Until he hires live-in nurse Jane Boyle to care for his father, Seamus, as he recovers from a shooting at the wedding of Thomas’s daughter. Jane is a woman of secrets. He sees trouble in her eyes…and fear dogging her footsteps. Because he’s a man who protects his own, Thomas is determined to uncover those secrets to find a way to help Jane. He’s not immune to the younger woman’s attributes, and if all she wants is his protection, he’ll respect that. Jane isn’t immune to the attraction she feels for her boss, either. She doesn’t want to endanger the family she’s grown to love, or the older man who captures her heart… but just how long can she keep pushing Thomas away when the safest place is in his arms?

PROTECTION DETAIL

A seasoned cop becomes the target of a killer. And so does the woman he's falling for. 
Detective Lieutenant Thomas Watson had been off air force active duty so long, he thought he was safe. Until a gunman crashes his daughter's wedding, reawakening the warrior inside him. He hires nurse Jane Boyle to care for his injured father so he can focus on bringing the gunman to justice. While Jane is the ideal caretaker, her dark past has landed her in witness protection. And the more she's embraced by this family of cops, the more danger she's in. For a shadow from Thomas's own past might be willing to lend Jane's stalker a helping hand… 

So, yes or no? What do you think of mature heroes? Have a favorite older hero or May-December book you can recommend?

Giveaway:
(I’ll give away a signed copy of PROTECTION DETAIL [or another title from my backlist] to one lucky reader who posts a comment or asks a question. Print or digital. Print copies limited to US readers.)

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 18th. 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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

JRS SUSPENSE IN THE SUN '17



Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Jackie W., and our runners-up, Bn100, and Lettitia E.
Thank you to all who participated!

JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
SUSPENSE IN THE SUN Giveaway!
July 15-16

From July 15-16 everyone has an opportunity to experience SUSPENSE IN THE SUN on JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE!

Thirty of your favorite Romantic Suspense authors have pitched in with their print or digital books to make your summer a special one. 

  • On July 17th, one grand prize winner will be able to select 10 titles of their choice from the Pool
  • Two lucky runner-ups will receive half each of what is left in the pot! (10 books each!)
The Pool


DAWN ALTIERI – BURN (Digital)                   
TONI ANDERSON – COLD IN THE SHADOWS (Digital)
JACQUIE BIGGAR – THE BEAST WITHIN (Digital)       
MIA BISHOP – CODE NAME: FOX/MIND GAMES (*Hardback)
NATALIE J.DAMSCHRODER – SOUL OF THE DRAGON (*Print)


JACKI DELECKI – MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE (Digital)
JA'NESE DIXON – BLACK DIAMOND (Digital)
KENDRA ELLIOT - A MERCIFUL DEATH (*Kindle)
MISTY EVANS – DEADLY PURSUIT (Digital)
MARISSA GARNER – HUNTED (*Digital)


LAURA GRIFFIN – AT CLOSE RANGE (Print or Digital)
SHERRY JOYCE – DANGEROUS DUPLICITY (Print or Digital)
VIRGINIA KELLY – TAKE A CHANCE ON ME (Digital)
A.L. KESSLER – IN DISGUISE/SING TO ME (*Hardback)
LARA LACOMBE – HER LIEUTENANT PROTECTOR (*Print)



DIANNA LOVE – KISS THE ENEMY (Digital)
CONNIE MANN – HIDDEN THREAT (Print)
SUSANNE MATTHEWS – DESERT DECEPTION (Digital)
DALE MAYER – CHILLED BY DEATH (Digital)
LINDSAY McKENNA – NEVER ENOUGH (**Print)



JULIE MILLER – PROTECTION DETAIL (**Print or Digital)
CAROLE MORTIMER – SEDUCING ETHAN (Digital)
TERRY ODELL – IN DIRE STRAITS (*Print or Digital)
ROBIN PERINI – FORGOTTEN SECRETS (*Print or Digital)
PATRICIA ROSEMOOR – IN DREAMS (Digital)



LISA MARIE RICE – MIDNIGHT ANGEL (Digital)
ALISON STONE – PLAIN OBSESSION (**Kindle)
VICKI THARP – DON’T LOOK BACK (Digital)
ANN VOSS PETERSON – MANHUNT (Digital)
DEBRA WEBB - A DEEPER GRAVE (Print or Digital)

Stop by and share your favorite summer meal or drink.
Happy Summer Wishes To All!


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 16th. Please note the author's individual restrictions.

* US POSTAL ADDRESSES ONLY
** US AND CANADA POSTAL ADDRESSES ONLY

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Breaking Bad



I’m super excited about Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love Box Set! See below for a sneak peek of INDEBTED, my story that's included in the box set!


Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love

Nice guys finish first, said no one ever. But we guarantee you’ll finish this collection filled with dark and dangerous alphas who obey no one, play by their own rules, and least of all allow anything to come between them and what they desire most. You’ll never look at thieves, hit men, bounty hunters or ex-cons the same way again. Break bad and our sexy-as-sin bad boys will steal your heart.

NOTE: These bad boys and girls may break hearts, but you’re guaranteed a happily ever after in every tale! No cliffhangers!

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**The box set is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time!

Okay, here's that sneak peek of INDEBTED that I promised!



INDEBTED

Even when he does good, he’s bad…

Detective Lazarus Dimas doesn’t play by the rules. On the streets, he’s a force to be reckoned with, a dangerous man with a badge and a gun. But he does have a soft spot — the sexy Assistant District Attorney Journey Ramsey. There is something about the woman he can’t shake. She’s irresistible and off limits. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself, but one kiss leads to others and well…so much for limits.

Journey plays by the rules, normally. But she can’t deny the sexual tension that sparks whenever Laz is near, even when he puts her professional integrity at risk. Laz is complex. The type of man fathers warn their daughters about. Yet, there’s a gentle, vulnerable side to Laz that he lets no one see except her, and she can’t resist him.

Can Laz prove he’s the man for Journey before a reopened case exposes his true colors? Or will the danger they face show that the love they share knows no boundaries?

Excerpt from Indebted by Sharon C. Cooper
“Are you ready to tell me what you wanted to say earlier?” he finally asked Journey, tossing the wrapper from his burrito into the trash. He poured more wine into her glass before grabbing another bottle of water for himself. “Talk to me. What’s going on?”
She wrapped her hands around her wine glass and he could feel the tension bouncing off her.
“What’s wrong? Are you in trouble? Is it a case? Because whatever it is, I know it’s bothering you.” He touched her hand and she looked at him. “You can trust me. Tell me what happened.”
“Laz, I could lose my job or worse, be disbarred if I say anything right now.”
Okay, so this is serious.
“Is there something I can do to help?” he asked quietly. If she was in trouble, there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do. He couldn’t explain his possessiveness when it came to her. He wasn’t even sure when his feelings for her had grown so strong.
“Be careful of the people around you,” she whispered, staring at her wine glass.
He stiffened. The words were spoken so quietly, he almost didn’t hear them.
“So this is about me?” he asked cautiously.
She gave a slight nod of her head before turning her troubled gaze in his direction. His heart squeezed. Not so much for himself, but for the worry he saw in her eyes. “I can’t tell you anything more yet, but for now Laz just…watch your back.”
Copyright © May 2017 by Sharon C. Cooper


Get your copy today!Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  ibooks

**The box set is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time!

Below are the stories included in the Breaking Bad box set:

His to Possess by Theodora Taylor
What ruthless mafia prince Luca Ferraro wants, Luca Ferraro gets. And he won’t stop until he possess the daughter of his family’s biggest enemy. In. Every. Single. Way.


Star-Crossed by Koko Brown
Some people are born bad…again and again, and again


His Favorite by Eve Vaughn
With one taste, an addiction is born.


Notorious by Caitlin Daire
He says he’s not guilty, but he might be the death of me anyway…


Sleeping With The Enemy by LaQuette
When sleeping with the enemy, hate becomes their addiction, and love… a complicated distraction they can’t afford.


Indebted by Sharon C. Cooper
Even when he does good, he’s bad.


Bad Things, Good Killers by S.W.Frank
He thought he buried the past; but one woman won’t rest until he’s paid the debt for his sins.


Dangerously Theirs by A.M. Griffin
She thinks she can outsmart the law, but can she outrun the bounty hunters who want to claim more than the reward for her capture?


Hideout by Billy London
Rae can hide from everyone out for her blood but she can’t escape what she’s done.


Drive Her by Bridget Midway
There’s no honor among thieves and con artists, and no rest for the wicked, but can there be love?


His for the Taking by Nia K. Foxx
When the lines are blurred it’s hard to distinguish between the good, bad and predators.


Debt Collector’s Due by Shyla Colt
He’ll collect what he’s owed at any cost.


One Hit by Victoria H. Smith
He’s her new neighbor and she’s curious. She’s his new neighbor and well… he wants a taste.


Rectified by Xyla Turner
His lifestyle wasn’t fit for a queen and only one dead man stood between them.

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