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
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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
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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. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Love Is the True Adventure


Giveaway Alert!

This summer I decided to revamp and redesign my whole newsletter and website. I wanted to try to wrap them both in a theme that captured the essence of who I was as an author and person.

I didn't know exactly what I wanted as a theme, so I spent some time looking up sites of authors whom I had heard had a good PR vibe. 

One site was a best-selling contemporary romance author. She has a gorgeous website and newsletter, tastefully decorated in white and some sort of soft, refined rose color that I wouldn't be able to name if someone put a gun to my head. Her site contains pics of herself in her well-decorated, kid-free NYC apartment, with her cute-as-a-button, little black size-0 dresses, sipping wine.

And in heels. Of course she was wearing the most adorable high heels in all the shots. Okay, I don't think she was actually pictured wearing heels, but I know she was, okay? SHE WAS.

And as I studied I realized I wanted to have that for my website and newsletter! I showed it to my hubby, Capt Awesome, and argued how it would fit me perfectly!

Except, I have four kids, rarely put on makeup, never wear heels and am two digits away from her size zero black-dressed self.

Nor do I write charming, witty romances set in NYC. I write books where people are running for their lives and fall in love with each other while dodging bullets.

So her site theme and it's rose color (seriously, what is that? salmon? terra cotta? coral?) just wasn't going to work for Janie Crouch.com or my newsletter. One, because I could never use a color that subtle and two, because I had to search for what made me, me. Who was I? What was my brand? Not just in my books but in my life

It definitely wasn't high heels.

The word I kept coming back to: ADVENTURE.

I'm always on the go, seeking out new challenges and experiences. I love to travel, love to race, love to eat new foods and get lost on trains.

My books are reflective of that word also. What is more adventurous than falling in love? With a few bad guys and burning buildings thrown in, of course. :)

I'm not a size zero sipping wine. But I am a size ten who loves adventures of all sorts while wearing my red converses.

I hope if you haven’t subscribing to my mailing list you will do so. You can find the form here: http://www.janiecrouch.com/contact .

For doing so, you not only receive an e-copy of my Omega Sector book, SPECIAL FORCES SAVIOR for free, you also get entered into my monthly contests, just by being a subscriber. Plus you get all the updates on my book releases, giveaways and stories about the times I accidentally got my kids drunk in Spain.

As the Cheshire Cat said, "Every adventure requires a first step." The changes in my website and newsletter are mine. It just won't be in heels.


I’m doing a special giveaway for JRS readers!  Win an ADVENTURE BOX (a “1000 Places to See Before You Die” Calendar, a pair of sassy socks, handbag and reader’s choice of any of Janie’s Omega Sector books). All you have to do is subscribe to my mailing list, or get a reader friend to join!


Author Bio
Award-winning author JANIE CROUCH recently relocated from Virginia to an American military base in Stuttgart, Germany with her hubby and four kids. Unfortunately, ihr Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut zur Zeit. She loves travelling, adventure racing, and movies of all kinds.  Check out her #OmegaSectorBooks, available now.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Angi Morgan Theme Song

By: Angi Morgan

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

Music has always played an important role in my life. I began singing in church youth groups and performed throughout high school. Throughout college, I was a backup singer for music majors. I can’t tell you the number of times I was singing surrounded by egg cartons. So when I hear the poetry in a well-written song…I’m inspired to write.

I mainly use the soundtracks from R.E.D., Sherlock Holmes or Knight and Day for writing. But there are a lot of love songs that are my go-to to set certain moods. Billy Currington’s Until You; Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now and Love This Pain; Rascal Flatts…Okay anything from them.

Side note: I was introduced to Billy Currington with the song LIKE MY DOG by my best friend Jan Schliesman.

When writing PROTECTING THEIR CHILD, a story about a couple that divorced in spite of loving each other, I began by listening to Let It Hurt. There’s more than one time that my family made funny of me singing this at the top of my lungs before I settled in to write.


I’ll be attending RomCon this year. One of the reader workshops has karaoke and of course I signed up. But wait… we had to choose one (1) –YES ONE!–song that encapsulated our work…or one book. What? Just one? It took me six weeks. Not kidding.





I could have gone with Smash Mouth’s EVERYDAY HERO. Of course my guys are all “average, ordinary, everyday super heroes” but that didn’t work for my heroines. So I kept looking…


One of my husband’s favorite singers is Phillip Phillips. He’s super popular and you hear HOME all the time. I was actually practicing this, but something was still missing when using it to describe my books. Hmmm…action. And then…the next track on the album comes up…




“When enemies are at your door…”  YES !! That’s it exactly. I write on-the-run heroines caught in the wrong place at the wrong time books. AND !!! 
    “You're my back bone.
    You're my cornerstone.
    You're my crutch when my legs stop moving.
    You're my head start.
    You're my rugged heart.
    You're the pulse that I've always needed.”

THIS IS THE ANGI MORGAN THEME SONG. DEFINITELY!

HE'D TAKE A BULLET FOR HER

His key witnesses dead, Texas Ranger Garrison Travis had to protect innocent bystander Kenderly Tyler. Her crucial evidence had two very dangerous Texas crime families willing to do anything to keep her quiet. But Garrison’s undercover status had branded him a killer, and now the bad and the good guys were after them both.


Hiding out with a handsome protector, on the run for her life, was so beyond anything Kenderly had imagined. While there was more than just adrenaline pulsing between them, the Ranger vowed his job was his life. Dare she wonder what would become of them should they actually make it out alive?

Catch photos from the other TEXAS RANGER: ELITE TROOP series on A Picture a Day. Angi’s Books are available online: Amazon | BandN | iBooks | Kobo | Google
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ANGI MORGAN writes Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love. Her work is a multiple contest finalist and Publisher’s Weekly best seller. She drags her dogs –and husband– around Texas for research road trips so she can write off her camera. They now have a map with highlighted roads they’ve traveled. Every detour somehow makes it into a book.
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So what do you think? Do the words make you think of an On-The-Run-Romantic-Suspense? I hope so, I’m memorizing for the Karaoke event.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

10 Famous Quotes That Melt Our Hearts


Congratulations to "Christine B.", the winner in Isabella's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Giveaway: 
Free copy of Unforgettable, First in the Samantha Rose Romantic Suspense Series and a $25 Gift Card.


10 Famous Quotes That Melt Our Hearts
1.      “Do I love you? My god, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.”   The Princess Bride
2.      “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone. I choose a mortal life.” Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
3.      “We loved with a love that was more than love.”   Edgar Allan Poe “Annabel Lee”
4.      “Swoon. I’ll catch you.” The English Patient
5.       “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.” Dracula
6.      “You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how.” Gone With the Wind
7.      "When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." When Harry Met Sally
8.      "I think I'd miss you even if we'd never met." The Wedding Date
9.      "It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you." Bridges of Madison County
10.   “…I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”  John Green

It seems that memorable romantic words can go straight to our hearts. These ten are just a few of my favorites. Have any quotes that you’d like to share?

Here are a few of my quotes from my Samantha Rose Series:

In my first two books of my Samantha Rose Romantic Suspense Series Sam is being seduced by three men. Because Sam is being hunted by an obsessed psychopathic killer her mother watches from above and causes the three men to fall in love with her. Her choices are men who are powerful enough to save her, and skilled enough in the realm of romance to sweep her away. But even though she has moved across the country to hide from him she finds out the terrifying truth:


Here are a few quotes from Sam’s inescapable lovers.

 

David, from Unforgettable
    “You must let me put you in the movies. My dear, you are spectacular.”
    I pointed at the bouncing round female bodies gathering at the poolside bar.
    “Seems to me that you have many more—and better—options to choose from out there. I’m only a B cup and I have lots more clothes on.”
    “As far as clothes, I like presents still wrapped, don’t you?” He straightened the lapel of my shirt, caressing my cheek. “Makes life much more exciting. What is your wonderful, magnificent name?”

Sam and Jack’s first kiss, from Unforgettable

    I lost my balance on the soft mattress, falling.
    He leaned over and looked at me, only inches from my face.
    He smiled, “Well, well, well. Look what I found. How did Santa know I’d been wanting this in my bed?”
    He slowly bent and kissed me. Warmth spread up and down like lightning. I wanted to hold onto that kiss and never let it slip away. The world disappeared around us and I had never wanted any man as much in my entire hungry life.
    I touched his lips and he kissed my fingertips.

 

Fritz, Unforgettable
"Jack hates working on his lines. You should avoid him…all day and night and spend the whole time with me.”
“Oh, I see.”
“Come back to my place. I’ve fixed it up a bit…has a lovely, large bed with your name on it.”
“I saw a psychic you know.”
“I don’t want to sleep with her—she’d know all my cheap moves before I made them.” He nuzzled my neck

What some of the readers are saying about Unforgettable:

“Great story with many twists and turns. Many laugh out loud moments and sad moments. Plenty of drama and mystery, both with Sam and with an underlying story behind the scenes. A must read series.”

“With the overly zealous help of her parents who just happen to be in heaven and who seem to have gone a little "Love Dust" crazy, Sam now has not one, not two, but three love struck men, will it be Jack, Fritz, or David who walk away with Samantha's heart, corrupt cops and politicians a pycho who is trying to rip her life apart, hang on tight there are twists and turns aplenty. Be prepared for Mystery, Drama, and ANGST, ANGST AND MORE ANGST. The character building was great, you really don’t want to pass this series up.”


Jack, Uncrushable
    He climbed into the hot water and moaned, grabbing me and pulling me in.
    “Did you notice I am fully clothed?”
    “Yes. Do something about that.”
    “We need to talk about something.” I pulled my wet clothes off and threw them on the muddy floor.
    “Okay.”
    “Kids.”
    “I am generally in favor of them. I like kids. I’m not too fond of babies. They smell and they look funny. They can’t catch. They spew things on your clothes. But…” He pulled me on top of him. “I always thought we’d make babies. How about you?”
    “I spent the afternoon with Rosie. She is so beautiful and funny that it just makes your heart melt.”
    He smiled.
    “I think we’d better practice making them then, right?”
    We practiced until the early hours.

Jack, Uncrushable
“I know you’re not a greedy woman. You like to help people, though. Therefore, I’ll give you a million dollars, to do with what you want…set up a foundation…whatever…if you move back home.” He leaned forward just inches from my face, and then he whispered, “to me, to my bed.”

David, Uncrushable


Learn more about Isabella and the Samantha Rose Romantic Suspense Series, and all of the new releases! Contests, giveaways and more are waiting for you.

And don’t miss Isabella’s new paranormal romantic suspense novel, Incubus, the Seduction:



Francesca (Frankie) is a perfect target for the overpowering, seductive incubus named Kroft. She is smart, strong, always-in-control...until she is in his arms.

She has just purchased an old house, The Pendulum House, which has served as a portal for Kroft for nearly two centuries. And he has been waiting for centuries for a woman just like Frankie to submit to him, become his queen, and bear his children. Her only hope now is a professor, Matt Lawrence who seems to be an expert in ghosts and beasties. This incubus, however, is not like any he has heard about, for this one manipulates time, something Matt doesn’t know if he can stop.

“…yesterday I couldn’t find Jonathan. Jonathan never existed. You see, I’ve researched everywhere and he never existed."

“So, you need my help to locate someone who never existed.  Perhaps you could hire a fictional private investigator...Sherlock Holmes comes to mind...This is getting more fascinating by the moment. One of us isn't drinking enough. Please, go on."

If you would like to be a beta reader learn more here.

Isabella also has information about stalkers that you may want to read and share. Sam, in the Samantha Rose series is the subject of a psychopathic stalker, one of the most deadly types. One in fourteen women will be stalked. Find out more here: 6 Powerful Strategies to Escape Stalkers.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 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.