Friday, September 30, 2016

JRS FALL FOR SUSPENSE Giveaway '16



JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
FALL FOR SUSPENSE Giveaway!
Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

From September 30 - October 2 everyone has an opportunity to FALL FOR SUSPENSE on JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE!

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

  • On October 3rd, one grand prize winner will be able to select 10 titles of their choice from the big pile of books
  • Two lucky runner-ups will receive half each of what is left in the pot! (10 books each!)
The Pile

JEANNE ADAMS - THE WITCHES WALK (*Print)
JERRIE ALEXANDER - TILL JUSTICE IS SERVED (Digital)
WINTER AUSTIN - BORN TO DIE (Digital)
CATE BEAUMAN - ANSWERS FOR JULIE (Kindle or Nook)  
REGAN BLACK - SAFE IN HIS SIGHT (Signed Print)



SANDRA BROWN - STING (Print)
JANIE CROUCH - MAN OF ACTION (*Print or Digital)
JACKI DELECKI - MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE (*Print or Digital)
PIPER J. DRAKE -  EXTREME HONOR (**Print)
KENDRA ELLIOT - VANISHED (*Kindle)



MISTY EVANS - FATAL TRUTH (Digital)
ADRIENNE GIORDANO - DEADLY ODDS (*Print or Digital)
LAURA GRIFFIN - DEEP DARK (Print)
MORGAN HANNAH MacDONALD - SPIRITS AMONG US (Digital)   
ELIZABETH HEITER - SEIZED (Signed Print)



JESSICA JAMES - MEANT TO BE (Digital)
LARA LACOMBE - ENTICED BY THE OPERATIVE (*Print)
DIANNA LOVE - FATAL PROMISE (***Digital)
DANA MARTON - FLASHFIRE (Digital)
DALE MAYER - SHATTERED (Digital)



LINDSAY McKENNA - UNBOUND PURSUIT (*Signed Print)
CAROLE MORTIMER - CHALLENGING GABRIEL (Digital)
TERRY ODELL - IN DEEP TROUBLE (*Signed Print or Digital)
ROBIN PERINI - FORGOTTEN SECRETS (Digital)
CHRISTY REECE - RUNNING SCARED (*Digital)



LISA MARIE RICE - A FINE SPECIMEN (Kindle)  
PATRICIA ROSEMOOR - HEART OF THE LAWMAN (Digital)
JENNIFER RYAN - HER RENEGADE RANCHER (*Signed Print)
TIFFANY SNOW - FOLLOW ME (Kindle)
DEBRA WEBB - DARK WHISPERS (Print)

To enter, simply stop by and share your favorite orange thing!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST October 2nd. Please note the author's individual restrictions.

* - US ONLY
** - US/CANADA ONLY
*** - Winner must have Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iBooks account to receive e-gifted book. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wilde One ~ Creating a New Sub-Genre

With: Jannine Gallant

Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner in Jannine's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Thanks for having me on your blog today! Wilde One is the first book in my new series, Born To Be Wilde. I’m so excited to share a little about it with everyone because this book isn’t your traditional romantic suspense. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of romance. And the villain will give you the creeps once you figure out who this person is, so the suspense component is strong. But this story has an added element that makes it a tad unconventional…and I hope, memorable.

Adventure! Is romantic adventure even a thing? I hope I’ve started a new trend with this series. My line editor mentioned the book reminded her of the movie, National Treasure. Very cool, since I love that flick. Then, in one of the first reviews I received, the reader compared my book to The Amazing Race. Okay, I get that, as well. Wilde One has elements of both. My characters are on a cross country treasure hunt to find a hidden treasure. They have to unravel riddles to locate each clue. The journey takes them zigzagging around the country on their quest, and I’ve tried to showcase some spectacular scenery and quirky people they meet along the way. All the while, someone is using any means necessary to stop them from claiming the prize. As for the romance…my hero and heroine have their ups and downs. Imagine you and your significant other cooped up in a car together for days on end. Yeah, we’re lucky they don’t kill each other! Here’s a little taste of what Griff and Ainslee have in store for them on this journey…

He slapped his arm. “Speaking of mistakes…it’s plenty warm, but the mosquitoes are vicious. How do you feel about sharing your tent?”
Her stomach did a couple of flips and ended on a double twisting cartwheel. “I don’t know.”
He straightened from his slouching position. “No problem. I can curl up on the backseat of the car.”
“It isn’t long enough. You’d be miserable.” She took a deep breath. “I’ll share. You’ve given me no reason not to trust you.”
His gaze was sober. “Thank you. I really do appreciate your confidence in me.” He slapped again then pushed away from the table. “Let’s set up the tent before we both get munched alive.”
She walked around to the back of the SUV and lifted the hatch. The interior light blinked on. “I’m lucky. Mosquitoes don’t bother me. I must taste bad.”
He stopped beside her, their shoulders brushing. One big hand touched her arm, and his eyes glowed. “Honey, I don’t believe that for a minute.”
Before she could form a rational thought, let alone respond, he lifted the nylon sack containing the tent off the pile and turned away. Pressing a hand to her chest, she focused on breathing as he carried the tent to a flat area and unzipped the bag.
“Oh, my.” She waited for her racing pulse to slow.
With a single comment, not to mention the flash of heat in his eyes, he’d destroyed every bit of her peace and calm. Ainslee had a sneaking suspicion it was going to be a long night.

Giveaway:
So, what do you think? Are you willing to give romantic adventure a try? I’m giving away an e-copy of Wilde One in your choice of formats through Enthrill to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment with your favorite book or movie that fits the category for a chance to win.

WILDE ONE


The Wilde brothers have one thing in common—a thirst for adventure. But Griff Wilde is about to be taken on the ride of his life . . . 

When Griff Wilde receives a letter from a dead man sending him on a race to find a mysterious treasure, he’s not worried about the competition. After all, salvaging sunken treasure is what he was born to do. But the riddles leading to the clues are a little trickier than he anticipated . . .

Ainslee Fontaine is ready for a change. A cross-country scavenger hunt sounds like a piece of cake after teaching in New York City. How hard could it be? For starters, travelling alone seems to have its hidden dangers, like real-life treasure hunters who ignite her deepest passions. But there’s still a hidden prize to find—unless someone stops them by any means necessary . . .

About the Author: 
Write what you know… I've taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. I grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently live in beautiful Lake Tahoe with my husband and two daughters. When I'm not busy writing, I hike or snowshoe in the woods around my home. Whether I'm writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, I bring the beauty of nature to my stories. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Print book, ebook, audiobook – What’s Your Preference?


Congratulations to "Lynn R.", the winner in Jacki's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Have you ever wondered why you prefer one book format over another? Pondered why a book seems so much more enjoyable when you read a print version as opposed to the digital version? Tried to figure out why some people adore audiobooks and others don’t?

Believe it or not, your format preference is motivated by a number of interesting factors. Here’s what research and scientific theory have to say about why readers prefer different book formats.

A 2011 survey revealed different buy vs. borrow rates for book formats. Between 54% and 61% of print and ebook readers preferred to own copies of books, compared to just a third of audiobook listeners. Of the 61 percent of audiobook borrowers, those with library cards were more likely to borrow instead of buy copies.

Many people assume that young readers prefer ebooks, which can be accessed on digital devices, but research contradicts this assumption. A survey of 16-24-year-old readers indicated more than 60% preferred print books, most who said they liked holding a book in their hands.

Ebooks don’t offer a sensory reading experience, but they deliver a wealth of practical advantages that appeal to readers:
·         Cheaper than print books
·         Instant access/immediate gratification
·         Convenience
·         Storage space is not an issue
·         Less conspicuous
·         Portability

People process information differently Educators recognize seven learning styles. A person’s (combined) learning style can influence which book format they prefer.
·         Visual (spatial): Preference for pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
·         Aural (auditory-musical): Preference for sound and music.
·         Verbal (linguistic): Preference for words, both in speech and writing.
·         Physical (kinesthetic): Preference for body, hands and sense of touch.
·         Logical (mathematical): Preference for logic, reasoning and systems.
·         Social (interpersonal): Preference for groups or with other people.
·         Solitary (intrapersonal): Preference for being alone and self-study.

Some research has been conducted on how personality traits impact entertainment preferences. The theory is that different types of content fulfill different psychological needs, such as mood, attitude and disposition.

Lifestyle undoubtedly influences what format readers prefer. One Reddit discussion thread demonstrates this in an example provided by WoodensBeard who wrote about having time in his late teens to “read books ad nauseum,” but later in life did not have space for storing books nor time to read them so he’d turned to audiobooks, listening while cooking, cleaning, traveling and using his computer.

So why do different people prefer different formats? Here are my unscientific, unproven theories:

People who prefer print books like the tactile sensation of reading, such as the weight of the book, the sound and sensation of flipping pages and the scent of books. They also enjoy the visual component of full bookshelves, catching sight of favorite titles/authors and the imagery of covers.

People who prefer ebooks are motivated by practical concerns such as cost and convenience.

People who prefer audiobooks like the convenience and accessibility, as well as the auditory “storytelling” component.

Authors know readers have difference preferences, which is why so many deliver their books in all three formats. When one of our primary goals is to connect with new readers, offering print, ebook and audiobooks amplifies our opportunities to do so.

Giveaway:
What book format do you prefer and why? Do you prefer a single format or all three? Comment here for a chance to win a copy of my latest release, A Cantata of Love. You can pick the format of your choice!

About A Cantata of Love, Book 4 in the Code Breakers Series

Napoleonic France is no place for an Englishman, especially Michael Harcourt, the Earl of Kendal, who is on a clandestine assignment for the Crown. Already injured and facing imminent discovery by Napoleon and Fouche's men, Michael finds his escape made even more perilous when he is charged with the safety of a young boy who must be spirited out of Paris.

Desperate to escape the terrible fate that awaits her if she remains in France, Lady Gabrielle De Valmont must disguise herself as a boy and rely on the cunning of a virtual stranger - an Englishman, no less - to smuggle her out of the country. When the Earl's injury becomes severely infected, rendering him gravely ill, Gabrielle realizes it is now up to her to save them both.


About Jacki Delecki

Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. Both acclaimed series are available for purchase at http://www.JackiDelecki.com. Follow her on FB—Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 27th. 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, September 24, 2016

Regency Romantic Suspense

With: Carole Mortimer

Hi Everyone,

Wow, autumn really feels as if it’s on its way here in England. The weather has turned to rain, and it’s very blustery, blowing all the leaves off the trees. I’m one of those people who love the Seasons, so for me this is a welcome change after a very hot summer. Soon be Christmas! Was that a groan I heard?

Our youngest son has now returned to university, after taking a year’s break away from academia. We wish you well in your new course, Peter. Most of all, be happy. And try not to bring too much washing home for Mum on a weekend!    

Challenging Gabriel (Knight Security 2), the third story in my contemporary romantic suspense series, is published today. Gabriel is a particular favourite of mine, and I loved writing his hot and suspense-filled story. Hope you enjoy reading it!

I have now finished writing Pleasured by a Duke (Regency Unlaced 7), and it is with my editor. If you read book 6 in this Regency suspense series, Captured by a Gentleman, then you will have already met Sebastian Falkner. I think you are going to love his story, and this 7th book also introduces the hero of book 8 in the series, which will be available for pre-order soon and released December 15th. Pleasured by a Duke is available for pre-order, and will be released October 28th. 

As always, the stories in my Regency Unlaced, Knight Security, and Alpha series are all romances with added 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!

Love Carole x

Buy links for Challenging Gabriel (Knight Security 2)
Also available ibooks, Kobo, and Smashwords

Buy links for Pleasured by a Duke (Regency Unlaced 7)
Also available 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



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sexy Alpha Characters—Flawed


Congratulations to "Laura" and "Mary P.", the winners in Cindy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

So…how do you like your sexy alpha hero? Is he muscle bound, tall, a nest of thick hair, strong jaw, eyes you could gaze into for hours, and of course protective at all costs?  Perfect—that’s how they are supposed to be, right? Well, not this time my friends. Oh, by all means Dan Garrison is gorgeous and strong and protective, but perfect? Um, I think not. In book number four of my First Force series, To the Brink, First Force operative Dan Garrison suffers from acute OCD—that’s right, everything has a place and everything is always in its place.

I don’t know about you but my husband suffers from being a total slob—a little OCD around our house would go a very long way. Is this the reason that I created such a character—because I’m constantly picking up after my spouse? Hmmm, I’ll have to ask my therapist—oftentimes I wish I had one. But it’s definitely a thought for a future blog post.

Does being totally neat and tidy beyond belief make for a good alpha character? Are hardwood floors polished to a laser sheen sexy? Hey, I’d seriously consider it foreplay! However, my heroine, Tess McMillan isn’t so sure she can handle Dan’s self-imposed perfection, but she needs him and team First Force desperately. Dan is not her idea of a perfect alpha. Then again, Tess soon realizes just how flawed her late husband and their relationship was.

Sexy alpha characters—they are the cornerstone of romantic suspense and everyone’s vision or fantasy of the perfect alpha is different. I like an alpha who has a great sense of humor and of course duty. Flaws? Well, c’mon, everyone is flawed in some way. That said, I truly enjoyed writing the character Dan Garrison, but I’ll warn you—he’s got more flaws than just OCD!

TO THE BRINK

Tess thought her life would settle after the death of her husband, Ballard Crafton. After all she’d escaped Russia with the formula to his secret serum that transforms ordinary soldiers into unstoppable machines. She was certain the Russians thought Ballard’s notes were lost in the explosion that destroyed his lab, but one man believes that Tess possesses the precious information, and he wants it for his own wicked agenda. 

Hired assailants dog her night and day. She needs help and she needed it weeks ago. Now she turns to First Force for protection only to find the team is away with only one operative at First Force headquarters holding down the fort—Dan Garrison. 


How can Dan keep her safe when he isn’t sure that he believes her story? How can Tess gain his trust, and how can either of them deny the underlying passion that is exploding between the fine line of deception and danger?



Excerpt:
He turned on the light in the bathroom. Tess stepped in. Her jaw dropped. The hardwood floors flowed throughout the house.  The bathroom was surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that looked out over an easy slope behind the house where a wide lake yawned out across a field. The sky was giving way to the cloak of night, the sun lowering ever so slowly leaving feathery swaths of purple and pink above the herd of grazing Belted Galloways. 

A stacked stone fireplace stood in the corner of the room. A sunken whirlpool tub lay just below the hearth. Even though no flames cracked or danced inside the firebox, she could almost feel the warmth of an imaginary fire and the bubble of the steaming water. She looked up to find a huge skylight over the tub. 

Votive cups filled with candles dotted the massive mantel, some sat among the stones. Intricately placed just outside the tub, three big white fluffy towels rolled tightly in long tubes were stacked in a pyramid.

“Each room is more impressive than the last. I can’t decide if you’re gay or if you have a super acute case of OCD.”

Dan crossed his arms over his massive chest. “Nice ... women are all the same. If you’d come into my house and found stacks of dirty laundry and piles of dishes in the sink, you’d accuse me of being a slob. But! Since the house is well kept, I’m either gay or obsessive.”

Tess couldn’t stifle the chuckle that bubbled to the surface. He was big. Broad shoulders that narrowed through chiseled abs that melted into lean hips. He sported a very trim military hair style. His jaw was square and strong. She doubted that he was gay, too much testosterone was bouncing off the man, but she pushed his buttons anyway. Matching his crossed arm stance, she asked, “So ... which is it? Gay or OCD?”

Giveaway:
Cindy will be giving away 2 kindle copies of her new release, To the Brink, book #4 First Force Series chosen from comments.

About Cindy McDonald:
For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—she muses: they are greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born. Currently there are five books in the series.
Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, especially with a military ops theme. Although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one. At this time, there are four books in her black ops series, First Force: Into the Crossfire, To the Breaking Pointe, Into the Dark., and To the Brink. Book number five Into the Dawn is scheduled to release in September of 2017.
People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love writing my books, and I love sharing them with my readers.
Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband, Bill and her Cocker Spaniel, Allister near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Website: www.cindymcwriter.com
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CindyMcDonaldAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CindyMcDonald7

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 23rd. 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.