Friday, February 16, 2018

You Can’t Drive to Martha’s Vineyard


Giveaway Alert!

Thats exactly why world-weary ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise settled on The Vineyard when he thought he was finished with the soul-wrenching missions and mind-crushing danger. But he wasnt finished yet. Not when he owed the governor and the governor insisted on partnering him with her.

Shana George.

They come together like magnets, attracted and repelled by turns, and ended up partners in Beachcomber Investigations, a private detective agency. They work from their world-wide headquarters on the tiny island of Marthas Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

Remote and solitary in the winter, yet a stones throw from Boston and bustling with vacationers all summer. Populated with an array of characters from edgy to comic, Its the perfect spot for a couple who has no idea what they want.

Heres an excerpt from BeachcomberInvestigations – BookOne by Stephanie Queen:

Chapter 1
Shana darted a glance at Dane. He was leaning on the doorjamb, oozing his ridiculous brand of sensuality, all casual and strong. Visits to the hospital had always been nausea-inducing events in her life experience, but this visit had a whole different vibe.

With all her might, Shana resisted crediting Dane with the reality-defying mood she felt standing in the middle of this room, immune to the scent of antiseptics wafting around her.

Instead, she tried ignoring Dane and refocused on Cap—Captain Colin Lynch—lounging against his pillows.


Cap was bandaged and sporting a sling and a grin as if the bullet in his shoulder had been a movie prop and he was playing the role of the injured State Police Chief of Martha’s Vineyard—and playing that role poorly.

“You’re not taking your injury very seriously,” she said.

Cap grinned wider. She squelched a long-suffering sigh, because Cap was not one of her younger brothers. Far from it. He was a hunk of a grown man if she was in the mood for admitting things.

Her gaze slid back to Dane as he moved into the room. He eyed her, giving her that sizzling stare. The wave of desire nearly unbalanced her until her survival instincts kicked in.
Without thinking, her chin rose and she stepped closer to Cap as if he would protect her.

As if Dane Blaise were a monster. But he was only a monster if she considered legendary war heroes who routinely saved lives—including her own—as monsters.

No. Dane was no monster, but he was a threat to her well-being. Maybe she was being overly dramatic, but she felt as if he were wielding a knife, with the ability to cut her heart out and shred it to pieces if she were to let him.

She needed to get a grip.

Giveaway! 
Stephanie will be giving away an e-copy of Beachcomber Investigations 4-Book Box Set which includes Beachcomber Investigations and three other books in the series to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.
 
Author Bio
Stephanie Queen is the USA Today bestselling author of the romantic detective series, Beachcomber Investigations which includes 8 books and 4 novellas two spin-off novellas. She lives in bucolic New Hampshire with her family, her cat and her fun-loving friends. Besides going to the gym sporadically, Stephanie cooks and crochets and loves chocolate covered potato chips (yes, she should go to the gym more often).
She used to be a 9 to fiver working in downtown Boston, but has thrown her stylish suits and fancy heels in a closet and now hangs out in UConn t-shirts, jeans and sneakers.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST February 17th. 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, February 14, 2018

Wicked Captive


Hi, Everyone,

Wow, can you believe it’s another Valentine’s Day? Hope you’ve all received your cards from your significant other, or maybe someone else! Hey, it’s a day to celebrate love.    

Talking of which… Today is publication day of Wicked Captive (Regency Sinners 5). The Sinners, eight Regency gentlemen who are also agents for the Crown, are still on the hunt for the female traitor, and the choices are now narrowed down from eight women to just four. Will Lady Jocelyn Forbes be that woman? It’s up to Lord Jericho Black, the Marquis of Wessex, to find out. By fair means or foul. Or do I mean seduction?

The 6th book in this Amazon #1 historical Romantic Suspense series, Wicked Temptation (Regency Sinners 6), is also now available for pre-order on all ebook retailers, with a publication date of April 27th, 2018.   

DYLAN (Dragon Hearts 4), the 4th book in this Amazon #1 paranormal Romantic Suspense series, is also available for pre-order on all ebook retailers, and will be published on March 16th, 2018.     

Also why not sign up for my monthly newsletter? 2018 is the 40th Anniversary of the start of my writing career, and to celebrate the occasion I will have giveaways in my newsletter every month this year. Sign up details are below.



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

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Carole xx

Buy links for Wicked Captive (Regency Sinners 5)
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Family Ties


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

One of the things I’ve always loved as a reader, and that I enjoy creating as an author, is a community of characters. You know what I mean—stories that are connected, not necessarily by storyline, but by a place or related characters. Linda Howard’s MacKenzie family. The heroes and heroines who live in Rachel Lee’s Conard County books. The friends and family who populate J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. And may I add the men and women in Kansas City law enforcement in my “The Precinct” books from Harlequin Intrigue.

To me, meeting and revisiting characters and places in an ongoing series adds depth to the books. By reading them more than once, at different stages in their journey, I gain a deeper understanding of a character. I might meet a teenager as a supporting character in one book who grows up to become the hero of his own story. That’s the case with the hero in my February 20th release, KANSAS CITY COP. Mike Cutler, Jr. was a brooding teenager recovering from a traumatic accident in his father’s story, TAKEDOWN. Now, in KANSAS CITY COP, we see how Mike has matured. What kind of man is he now? How did his past help shape him? Is his bond with his father stronger than ever? And whatever happened to his friend going through physical therapy with him, the sharp-witted Troy Anthony?

As I write, certain characters will leap off the page, demanding that I tell their story in a future book. Sometimes, they appear in several books before they decide to talk to me. Sometimes, a character resonates with readers, and I get all kinds of wonderful emails and letters asking me to tell so-and-so’s story. These characters become familiar faces to readers, who enjoy visiting them time and again. Plus, they’re an asset to me as an author. I need a criminologist to help my hero process a crime scene? I call in Mac Taylor, the hero from IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE to play that supporting role. It’s fun, too, to continue a character’s story from one book to another, even in a subtle way. Are they married now? Is she pregnant? Is she going to college? Has he been promoted?

Because of my connected Precinct stories (KANSAS CITY COP is my 49th Intrigue and my 60th book for Harlequin!), readers have asked me to create a family tree or reference book to help them know when stories share characters. That’s a big project, and a work in progress. But I want to share some of the connections you’ll find in KANSAS CITY COP. Even though this is a standalone story, whether you’re a longtime Julie Miller fan or brand new to my books, I thought you might enjoy seeing where else you could meet and learn more about some of these characters in The Precinct world. (And I’m sure, some very sharp readers might catch an appearance I’ve forgotten!)

Mike Cutler, Jr.
KANSAS CITY COP -hero
TAKEDOWN

Michael Cutler, Sr.
TAKEDOWN-hero
KANSAS CITY COP
PRIVATE S.W.A.T. TAKEOVER
NANNY 911
PROTECTING PLAIN JANE
PROTECTING THE PREGNANT WITNESS
MAN WITH THE MUSCLE

Rafe Del Rio
PROTECTING THE PREGNANT WITNESS-hero
TAKEDOWN
KANSAS CITY COP
PRIVATE S.W.A.T. TAKEOVER
NANNY 911
PROTECTING PLAIN JANE
MAN WITH THE MUSCLE
MILITARY GRADE MISTLETOE

Trip Jones
PROTECTING PLAIN JANE-hero
TAKEDOWN
KANSAS CITY COP
PRIVATE S.W.A.T. TAKEOVER
NANNY 911
PROTECTING THE PREGNANT WITNESS
MAN WITH THE MUSCLE

Alex Taylor
MAN WITH THE MUSCLE-hero
PROTECTING PLAIN JANE
KANSAS CITY COP
NANNY 911
PROTECTING THE PREGNANT WITNESS

Miranda Murdock-Gallagher
NANNY 911-heroine
PROTECTING PLAIN JANE
PROTECTING THE PREGNANT WITNESS
KANSAS CITY COP

Det. Kevin Grove
BEAUTY AND THE BADGE-hero
PROTECTIVE INSTINCTS
ARMED AND DEVASTATING
PRIVATE S.W.A.T. TAKEOVER
KANSAS CITY CHRISTMAS
MILITARY GRADE MISTLETOE


Giveaway:
What is your favorite connected series or community of characters? I’ll give away a print copy of KANSAS CITY COP to one lucky commenter.

Happy Reading!
Julie Miller

KANSAS CITY COP

She cheated death once…But a killer still lurks.

After a gunshot rips streetwise police officer Gina Galvan from the line of duty, all she wants is to return to the front line and stop a shooter. But good guy physical therapist Mike Cutler won’t back down from a challenge, or his blazing attraction to Gina. Without a badge or a gun, Mike is ready to face anyone—including a killer—to prove he’s every inch a hero.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST February 13th. 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.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Final Siege


Congratulations to "Martha L.", the winner in Scarlett's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m excited to celebrate the release of FINAL SIEGE, the second book in my Navy SEALs LOVE OVER DUTY series. And it got me to thinking. It’s little wonder that military romance is one of the most popular genres around. Promising explosive action, danger, and hot and steamy scenes with sexy guys who intuitively take charge of any given situation, we just can’t get enough of these uniformed hard men. And who doesn’t love a man in uniform?

Military heroes are possibly the most heroic of them all - brave, courageous, and, of course, in prime physical fitness. As with any tough guy, there is a softer side lurking beneath that rock-hard, muscular surface, and military romances feature some of the strongest, sassiest heroines ready tease out those feelings and emotions.

But these men are not just your average heroes… they are trained to save the day and that definitely appeals to our inner damsel in distress. These guys have taken a pledge to protect their country and protect they do. They personify honor, dedication, and respect and they are not afraid to kick some ass to get the job done!

These kinds of romances are always intense because they deal with the emotional and physical demands of serving in the military and explore the sacrifices made by the characters and the impact their experiences have on their lives and relationships. What I love most about military romance and military heroes, is how love can be powerful enough to heal even the deepest wounds and scars.


Scarlett Cole is back with FINAL SIEGE, book two in the Love Over Duty series. When an urgent phone call brings Mac’s troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse. To protect her, he’ll risk it all. Don’t miss out on this second chance romantic suspense featuring yet another sexy alpha hero!

In the Line of Fire...


Former SEAL Malachai “Mac” MacCarrick is all about the future he’s created with his Navy brothers in Eagle Securities, taking assignments in the most dangerous places, and doing things no one but ex-military would attempt. But when an urgent phone call brings his troubled past—and the woman he once loved—into the present, it’s a chance to redeem himself that he can’t refuse.
Straight to the heart. . .

An investigative journalist researching an explosive story, Delaney Shapiro tells herself she got over Mac—and his role in her brother’s death—a long time ago. But the first moment she sees him at her bedside in an overseas hospital, she knows it’s not true. Every moment together rekindles the desire that once burned between them, and now that she’s a target for an emerging Russian arms dealer, Mac won’t let her out of his sight. To protect her, he’ll risk it all—including his life…


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About Scarlett Cole
The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.

Connect with Scarlett: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


Giveaway:
Scarlett will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card along with a digital copy of UNDER FIRE, the first book in the Love Over Duty series to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST February 10th. 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, February 7, 2018

BEYOND DANGER

With: Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Trish J.", the winner in Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

BEYOND DANGER

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin brings page-turning suspense to a tale of secrets and passions turned deadly . . .
 
Texas mogul Beau Reese is furious. All six feet three obscenely wealthy, good-looking inches of him. His sixty-year-old father, Stewart, a former state senator no less, has impregnated a teenager. Barely able to contain his anger, Beau is in for another surprise. It appears that Stewart has moved an entirely different woman into the house . . .
 
Beau assumes that stunning Cassidy Jones is his father’s mistress. At least she’s of age. But those concerns take a sudden backseat when he finds Stewart in a pool of blood on the floor of his study—and Cassidy walks in to find Beau with his hand on the murder weapon.
 
The shocks just keep coming. Someone was following Stewart, and Cassidy is the detective hired to find out who and why. Now she’ll have to find his killer instead. Her gut tells her it wasn’t Beau. And Beau’s instincts tell him it wasn’t Cassidy. Determined to track down the truth, they form an uneasy alliance—one that will bring them closer to each other—closer to danger and beyond . . .

iTUNES

Excerpt:
Pleasant Hill, Texas

Beau could hardly believe it.  His father was sixty years old!  The girl sitting across from him in a booth at the Pleasant Hill Café looked like a teenager.  A very pregnant teenager.
“Everything’s going to be okay, Missy,” Beau Reese said.  “You don’t have to worry about anything from now on.  I’ll make sure everything is taken care of from here on out.”

“He bought me presents,” the girl said, dabbing a Kleenex against the tears in her eyes.  “He told me how pretty I was, how much he liked being with me.  I thought he loved me.”

Fat chance of that, Beau thought.  His dad had never loved anyone but himself. 

Shoving a hand through his wavy black hair, Beau took a steadying breath.  He had always wanted a baby brother or sister.  Now at the age of thirty five, he was finally going to have one.

Beau felt a surge of protectiveness toward the young woman carrying his father’s child. 
He looked over to where she sat hunched over next to her mother on the opposite side of the pink vinyl booth.  “Everybody makes mistakes, Missy.  You picked the wrong guy, that’s all.  Doesn’t mean you won’t have a great kid.”

For the first time since his arrival, Missy managed a tentative smile.  “Thank you for saying that.”
Beau returned the smile.  “I’m going to have a baby sister.  I promise she won’t have to worry about a thing from the day she’s born into this world.”  Hell, he was worth more than half a billion dollars.  He would see the child had everything she ever wanted.

When Missy’s lips trembled, her mother scooted out of the booth.  “I think she’s had enough for today.  This is all very hard on her and I don’t want her getting overly tired.”  Josie reached for her daughter’s hand.  “Let’s go home, honey.  You’ll feel better after a nap.”
Beau got up, too, leaned over and brushed a kiss on Missy’s cheek.  “You both have my number.  If you need anything, call me.  Okay?”

Missy swallowed.  “Okay.” 

“I should have called you sooner.”  Josie’s eyes teared up.  “I didn’t know how I was going to manage the bills all by myself.  “Thank you, Beau.”

“Everything’s going to be okay.”  He watched the women head for the door, the bell ringing as Josie shoved it open and she and Missy walked out of the café. 

Leaving money on the table for his coffee, he followed the women out the door, his temper climbing toward the boiling point.  His father should be the one handling Missy’s pregnancy.  He’d had months to step up and do the right thing.  Beau figured he never would.

As he crossed the sidewalk and opened the door of his dark blue Ferrari, his temper cranked up another notch.  By the time the car was roaring along the road to his father’s house, his fury was bubbling just below the surface.

Unconsciously his foot pressed harder on the gas, urging the car down the two-lane road at well over eighty miles an hour.  With too many tickets in Howler County already, he forced himself to slow down. 

Making the turn into Country Club Estates, he jammed on the brakes and the car slid to a stop in front of the house.  The white, two-story home he’d been raised in oozed Southern charm, the row of columns out front mimicking an old-style plantation.

Climbing out of the Ferrari, one of his favorite vehicles, he pounded up the front steps and crossed the porch.  The housekeeper had Mondays and Tuesdays off so he used his key to let himself into the entry.

On this chilly, end-of-January day, the ceiling fans hadn’t been turned on, leaving the interior strangely silent.  The ticking of the ornate grandfather clock in the living room seemed louder than it usually did.

“Dad!  It’s Beau!  Where are you?”  When he didn’t get an answer, he strode down the hall toward the study.  He had phoned his father on his way here from Dallas.  Though he’d done his best to keep the anger out of his voice, he wasn’t sure he had succeeded.  Maybe his father had left to avoid him.

“Dad!”  Still no answer.  Beau continued down the hall, his footsteps echoing in the quiet.  As he reached the study, he noticed the door standing slightly ajar.  Steeling himself for the confrontation ahead, he clamped down on his temper and shoved open the door.

His father wasn’t sitting at the big rosewood desk or in his favorite overstuffed chair next to the fireplace.  Beau started to turn away when an odd gurgling sound sent the hairs up on the back of his neck. 

“Dad!”  At the opposite end of the desk, Beau spotted a prone figure lying on the floor in a spreading pool of blood.  “Dad!”  The handle of a letter opener protruded from the middle of his chest. 

Beau raced to his father’s side.  “Dad!”  Blood oozed from the wound in his chest and streamed onto the hardwood floor.  He had to stop the bleeding and he had to do it now!
He hesitated, praying he wouldn’t make it worse, then with no other option, grabbed the handle of the letter opener, jerked it out, gripped the front of his dad’s white shirt and ripped it open. 

“Oh, my God!  What are you--” 

Beau glanced up to see the woman, Cassidy Jones, standing in the doorway.  “Call 9-1-1!  Hurry, he’s been stabbed!  Hurry!”

The shapely brunette, his father’s newly hired personal assistant, didn’t pause, just pulled out her cell and dialed the emergency number. 

Beau’s hand shook as he checked for a pulse, found none.  The wound was catastrophic, a stab wound straight to the heart.  No way could his father survive it. 

Cassidy ran over and knelt on the floor beside him.  “Here, use this to seal the hole.”  She seemed amazingly in control as she handed him a credit card then ran to the wet bar and grabbed a towel, rushed back and handed it over. 

Beau pressed the towel over the credit card on top of the hole, all the while knowing his father was already dead or within moments of dying.  Whoever had stabbed him knew exactly where to bury the blade. 

Cassidy reached down to check for herself, pressing her fingers in exactly the right spot on the side of his father’s neck.  She had to know it was hopeless, just as he did, must have known Stewart Reese was dead.

“I’m sorry,” she said. 

Sorrow slid through him, making his chest clamp down.  Or maybe it was sadness for the kind of man his father was, the kind who had wound up the victim of a killer. 

He felt Cassidy’s eyes on him, assessing him with speculation--or was it suspicion?

Beau looked down at his father, his eyes closed, his face slack in death.  Stuart Reese was dead and Beau wanted answers.  He vowed whatever it took, for as long as it took, he wouldn’t stop until he found the man who had murdered his dad.

Giveaway:
Kat is giving away a copy of INTO THE WHIRLWIND to one lucky reader posting a comment or email entry. (Hardback, Kindle, or Nook-Winner's Choice US ONLY)

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST February 8th. 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.

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