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Beyond The Page: “Holiday Sparks” by Taryn Elliott

Dec 20

Holiday Sparks coverTaryn Elliott is today’s guest here on Caribbean Accent Book Reviews.

In the spirit of giving, one lucky commentator will WIN an eBook copy of her latest novel, “Holiday Sparks“.

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CABR: “Holiday Sparks” (HS) is about a female scrooge and a male Christmas ‘elf’, complete with tattoos. What inspired you to write their story?

TE: I was very much a Darcy. I worked retail for a large portion of my life and man…can that make you hate Christmas! It’s hard to pay attention to the good in people when they act so freaking terrible just to get their shopping done. And man, they can be terrible.

Also, Darcy comes from a single parent household and never really got to experience a Christmas either. I wanted to use that aspect and to have her slowly see that Christmas can be amazing. Ben also comes from a single parent household, but he chooses to see the good in others and the hope in the season. He’s just one of those half-full guys. Solid and dependable, that’s Ben. And I wanted to show that kind of man could be sexy as hell.

Suspended picAs much as I like writing the kind of guy that’s angsty and troubled (See Shane in “Suspended“. Gah!) I really am in love with the nice guys when it comes to real life. And Ben is totally nice guy with a side of DELICIOUS.

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CABR: Do you find writing novellas more fun or more of a challenge than full-length novels?

TE: CHALLENGE! I tend to write long actually. And it’s a real effort to get the novella thing down pat. Simplify, simplify, simplify! And my God, am I terrible at that. LOL “Holiday Sparks” is actually more category length. It was originally supposed to be a novella, but I just couldn’t hold myself back. Thankfully Ellora’s Cave is pretty open with wordcount.

CABR: Great news for us readers. 😀 Can we expect future Christmas novellas?

TE: Actually, yes. I really love writing them and personally…I love the covers. LOL I will be writing more I’m sure. I also think Christmas books are a good place to revisit favorite characters. So that’s always an option for me.

Holiday Sparks coverCABR: HS is being published by Ellora’s Cave. So how hot is it?

TE: It’s…well, it’s an EC book so you know it’s hot. These two really know how to burn up the stray pine needles on the floor. And there’s a particularly scorching scene right behind under the crazy Christmas tree at Blackstone’s Department store in the book. 😉

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CABR: What’s next for you?

TE: 

Well, I’ve got another holiday themed book coming out in February – “Suspended”. It’s a mashup of the winter holidays ending in Valentine’s Day. It’s a roadtrip book with two very unlikely people falling in love. It’s from Loose Id. And probably one of the sexiest books I’ve written. And also one of the most growly alpha-type characters I’ve written to date.

Shane is not an easy man to get to know, but once he falls for Kendall? Watch out—that man will not be denied. 

Also, I’ll be working on Alaric and Mercy’s book from ASHES AND WINE. And Cari Quinn and I are working on a new project together that may or may not include rockstars. 😉

CABR: Woohoo :)

TRIVIA

teCABR: Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?

TE: Because it’s Christmas and I just am so in love with Ben Hartley from “HOLIDAY SPARKS” — I’ll have to go with him. I lost my mom a few years ago now and she was the epitome of the Christmas spirit, so I’d love to see that come back into my life again and Ben would definitely provide. He loves his Christmas.

CABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?

TE: Hmm. Good question. Well, because I was thinking of my mom…that put me into Elvis mode. We totally loved to watch Elvis movies together. I’d love to be Ann Margaret when she got to play with Elvis for a day on the set on Viva Las Vegas. I’ve heard he was goofy and funny and just a total trip to be around.

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Beyond The Page: “Triple Shot” by Ava Riley

Dec 19

Triple Shot coverAnother great author, another great Giveaway here at CABR. Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome Ava Riley to talk about her book, “Triple Shot“.(Readers, please click on red links for more info)

AR: I’d like to say a huge “thank you” to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews for having me today. It is a pleasure to be with you.

CABR: Aww. You’re welcome Ava 😀

Triple Shot” is an erotic romance and the cover has three men with surf boards on it but it’s not about a menage a trois. What’s behind the title and the book cover? 🙂

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AR: Triple Shot” is about Susan and Josiah who are friends with the main characters from “A Lifetime to Find Love” and “Sacred Surrender” – Cade, Rowan & Tessa.
The title comes from a situation that Josiah finds himself in while alone in a bar and the cover is because Josiah, Rowan, and Cade used to surf together when they attended medical school together.                                                  I can see how it would be mistaken as a ménage story, but it is about the ups and downs of the relationship between Susan and Josiah.

CABR: Triple Shot” is book 3 in a trilogy right? Tell us about the books and do we need to read them in order?

Ava Riley pictureAR: Yes, it is the 3 book. The books are all centered round life-long friends who find love when they least expect it. They do not need to be read in order, however, to have a better understanding of the relationships, it would be better to read them in order – “A Lifetime to Find Love” (Tessa and Cade), “Sacred Surrender” (Madison and Rowan), and “Triple Shot“.

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CABR: What was your favorite scene in TS and why?

AR: Wow! That’s a tough question! There are so many. I’d have to say when Josiah is giving Susan surfing “lessons,” it is both sexy and funny. Then the scene when their relationship finally reaches that point where they find themselves in bed with each other. But there are many more moments between them that I love.

CABR: Surfing “lessons” 😉 You recently released your inaugural paranormal erotica, “Leesea’s Books and Babbles“. Will you be alternating books or focusing on that for a while?

LB&B coverAR: I will be focusing on the paranormal for a while. I enjoy writing erotic, but enjoy paranormal also. The paranormal has erotic elements in it as well (maybe that’s why I love it also).

TRIVIA

CABR: Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?

AR: Oy vey! Another tough question! Can I have more than one 😀 Yes, I’m a bad girl. I’m gonna pick from my own – Braeden from “Leesea’s Books and Babbles” and Grayson, who is from the book I’m working on right now. Both are vampires who are incredibly sexy and sweet, yet still badass!

CABR: Noice! 🙂

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Beyond The Page: “Model Soldier” by Cat Johnson

Dec 18

Model SoldierCat Johnson is on Caribbean Accent Book Reviews today to talk about “Model Soldier“, part of her Red, Hot and Blue series. Read on for the GIVEAWAY link

CABR: What inspired the plot behind “Model Soldier“?

CJ: The character of the hero in “Model Soldier” is what drove the plot. That hero, as well as the opening scene of the book, were inspired by an email I’d received from my Army consultant who was then an infantry platoon leader at a fire base in one of the border provinces in Afghanistan. I remember I’d read his email, which was very emotional because of the description and the way he’d written it, and then I had to leave to go somewhere.

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Cat JohnsonSince I live an hour from anything, I had a long drive alone in the car and by the time I’d reached my destination, I had the character of Sgt David Hawk Hawkins, the opening chapter, and the beginnings of a plot in my mind and ready to be written.

CABR: How has “Model Soldier” been updated or re-worked since it was first released in 2008 by a now out-of-print publisher?

CJ: There were no major plot changes or additions during the re-working of this story, but there was a lot of polishing and refining. Not only has my writing changed a bit over the years, but style preferences change in publishing.

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rhb picFor instance, now, it’s far less common to see dialogue tags (IE: she said, he said). Then, the book went through editing at Samhain, which includes copy edits by one editor, final line edits by another, then a final proofread, before it gets a fresh cover.

CABR: Which book in the Red, Hot & Blue series first used a soldier as a ‘model’ and does this feature in future books in the series?

CJ: Way back in about 2006, I was asked to be in an anthology of short holiday stories called “Heroes Unwrapped“, and I wrote the story of Spec Op BB Dalton from my then Task Force Zeta series with the defunct Linden Bay Romance.

I’d read an article on MSNBC about how the Navy SEALs were employing a marketing campaign that placed actual SEALs in triathlons and at other public events where they would find young, healthy men to recruit for special forces.

Model SoldierI was fascinated by this and immediately the plot for what was then titled Under the Covers (now titled BB DALTON) formed–a former underwear model turned Navy SEAL after 9/11, ordered by his commander to star in the military’s new special operative recruitment marketing campaign.

That multi-author anthology went out of print and now my short story, titled BB Dalton, is a free e-read available almost everywhere, including at my site. The links can be found at http://catjohnson.net/free-reads-2/ Please, go and download this free short story. It has a holiday theme, so it’s perfect for this time of year.

CABR: How does using members of the armed forces factor in to “Model Soldier“?

CJ: Well, putting my marketing hat on, I decided that if the recruitment campaign in BB’s story worked out for the Spec Ops, the military would of course repeat it for recruiting in the regular Army, and they’d need a soldier to star in it. That star, whether he likes it or not, ends up being Hawk.

bb picHow that happens, and how BB is involved, is pretty funny! You definitely do not have to read “BB Dalton” before “Model Soldier” to understand the plot or events, but I do think you’ll enjoy them both even better together. And hey, BB Dalton is free so why not!

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CABR: Indeed. 😀 Who doesn’t love a good military romance novel? So what’s next from you, re-releases and new books?

CJ: Yes, and yes! I’m still slowly plodding my way through the re-releases of the out of print backlist. So next up from Samhain in the Red Hot & Blue series is A PRINCE AMONG MEN which features Sgt Ryan Pettit, who is Hawk’s Alpha team leader in Model Soldier. This releases in eBook in March 2013 and is already on pre-order for Kindle. http://catjohnson.net/books-2/a-prince-among-men/

cjThen, I’m really excited about the February 28th release of my first book with Kensington Brava. It’s already on pre-order and is the start of my new Oklahoma Nights series.

Book 1, One Night with a Cowboy, stars a former-champion, bull riding cowboy who is also active duty in the Army. When the editor at Kensington approached me last December saying they’d love to see a submission from me featuring either a cowboy or a military hero, I said, how about both?

Then the character of Tucker was born. I’m really excited about this one. So far there are 3 full-length novels and 2 novellas in the Oklahoma Nights series on the Kensington release schedule for 2013-14. http://catjohnson.net/books-2/one-night-with-a-cowboy-book-1/

TRIVIA

Model SoldierCABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?CJ: This is a seriously difficult question to answer! Okay, let me think. Perhaps a member of the royalty, either past or present, just to feel what it would be like to be a queen or princess for a day. Though preferably one of the younger, more attractive ones, and not one who loses their head! LOL

CABR: Thanks again for stopping by CABR :) happy Cat.

CJ: Thank you for having me! I know I dumped a lot of info here, so please know that there is a SERIES READING ORDER page on my website, as well as a Book page and Coming Soon page so you can always refer to my site at CatJohnson.net for up-to-date info.                                                            (Click on all RED links in this interview for more info)

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Beyond The Page: “Island Pursuits” by Heather Rodney-Diaz

Dec 17

Island Pursuits coverIt’s my great pleasure to welcome fellow ‘Trini’ Heather Rodney-Diaz to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews to talk about her debut novel “Island Pursuits.”

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CABR: What inspired the story in “Island Pursuits“?

HRD: First of all, thank you Sasha for having me on CABR. I’m extremely happy to be here today because I also have a Caribbean accent, lol! The story for “Island Pursuits” evolved from a newspaper article I read in one of the local dailies in my Caribbean twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

It was such a tragic and disturbing event that really touched me. So I started asking myself “what if” there was a happy ending from all this tragedy? Hence, it developed in the form of a love story because this is the main reason why I love reading romance novels. The happy ending. So I started writing my own story because I felt like I just had to tell the world about Adrian and Cory’s remarkable love story.

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Heather R-D picCABR: What was your favourite scene in “Island Pursuits”? Is it similar to what readers said they liked most about the book?

HRD: Hmmmm, good question but my favourite scene would have to be my hero Adrian’s and heroine Cory’s first intimate scene with each other. From the moment these two met, sparks were flying everywhere. Their passion for each other was intense and they had a sizzling chemistry. They were both struggling internally to resist it but surely couldn’t.

They had such a fun time discovering each other in Adrian’s military office. Though they didn’t take it all the way, they both realized that once just wasn’t enough. Oh yes, a lot of readers definitely told me that they loved that scene too even though all the love scenes were pretty HOT!

TT flagCABR: Well now! ;D  “Island Pursuits” is set in your home country of Trinidad and Tobago, the most southerly islands in the Caribbean.

What was it like writing about T&T in a romance novel?

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HRD: OMG, it was just so wonderful to write about T&T, in my own words for an international audience. I was born, raised and still live here, so it really was a very special moment. I felt so proud, like a tourism ambassador.

I wanted to share this beautiful twin-island state with the world, the good and the bad, our culture and food and lifestyle, the weather, our world famous Carnival and our everyday life, along with the many places of interest so that readers would really want to come here and experience all of that after reading my book.

Caribbean mapYou see, although we may live on a Caribbean island, we still have the stresses of our daily jobs, the traffic during our work commute to contend with, the effects of crime and our love lives to deal with.

I honestly felt that these real-life aspects and issues of Caribbean life were missing from a lot of romance novels I had read that were set in the region. The Caribbean was mainly portrayed as a fantastical setting, as a get-away. So I think we really need more romance novels set here that reflect our lifestyle and what we can relate to and identify with.

CABR: This is your debut novel but was it your first to write? Tell us about your journey to becoming a published author? Congrats! 😀

Island Pursuits coverHRD: Thank you, Sasha. Yes, this was my very first novel I ever wrote also. I wrote it in 2009 in about two months time. Then I edited, and tweaked and changed and revised and submitted it, got a couple of rejection letters and did everything all over again. Then one day in March this year, I got an email from Writer’s Digest about submitting to Crimson Romance, a new imprint from Adams Media.

It sounded really simple. So I emailed my query and then I was asked to submit my manuscript and then a few days later I received an email from my editor Jennifer Lawler saying that they wanted to use “Island Pursuits” for Crimson’s Spicy line. And I was like spicy?????? But hell yeah!!!!!! And just like that, that was the day my life changed. Island Pursuits was released on June 4th, 2012 along with 24 other fabulous Crimson romance titles!

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CABR: What a cool story about pursuing your dreams. What’s next for you Heather?

HRDHRD: Well, I write part-time because I work full-time but I’m currently editing my second romance novel, as well as writing my third. They’re both set in Trinidad and Tobago also.

I’m hoping for my second to be published by mid 2013. So the plan is to keep writing, writing, writing and sharing my love stories from the Caribbean perspective.

TRIVIA

CABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?

HRD: This is a hard one because I’m such a history buff. There are a couple of people I admire greatly. The likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro but I’ll have to go with the most recent of them all, President Barrack Obama.

His first inauguration as U.S. President on January 20, 2009 in Washington D.C. This was such an historic occasion in itself, not only for America but for the world. So yeah, I would have definitely loved to be him for that entire day, taking the presidential oath in front of millions of people!

Island Pursuits coverCABR: Who wouldn’t want to be in President Obama’s shoes that day?! 🙂

Thanks for sharing your story Heather and I look forward to having you back on Caribbean Accent Book Reviews when your new books are released.

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby” by Victoria James

Dec 15

TBCB picChristmas is 10, yes 10, days away so it’s time to give out an early present – an eBook copy of Victoria James’ “The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby”.

CABR: The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby (TBCB) is your first published book but I know you’ve been writing for six years. Did Jackson and Hannah demand that their story be told first?

VJ: Yes! I’m a Christmas-junkie so it’s extra special to me that my first published book is a Christmas one. Jackson and Hannah are both characters that were so in need of a HEA, and what better time to make that happen than at Christmas? 😀

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CABR: Aww. 🙂   What’s your favourite moment or scene in “TBCB” and why?

Victoria JamesVJ: Hmmm…that’s a tough one because they were really intense but fun characters to write, but I think it’s when Hannah thanks Jackson, after their wedding.

I loved writing this scene because it evolved so naturally – she’s about to make a sarcastic comment in order to keep her distance from Jackson, but instead she is overcome by everything he has done for her.

Hannah thanks him and I think it’s a turning point for her – she’s finally letting him in. And of course Jackson is surprised by her candor…and well, one thing leads to another…;-)

Jackson's CabinCABR: Hehe   With book 1 of a trilogy about brothers due out from Entangled Publishing in March 2013, what’s your life like now, especially since Christmas is such a special time in your family?

VJ: Crazy!! Honestly, it’s so exciting, and half the time I half to pinch myself. I’m so grateful to be doing what I love each and every day and working with such talented people at Entangled.

Having the opportunity to connect with readers has also been an amazing experience. People have been so nice and giving. I almost cried when the first person signed up to my newsletter, LOL. I feel so blessed!

CABR: So cute. 🙂 Readers, the photos below of the actors, Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, were the main inspirations for the ‘look’ of Jackson and Hannah in TBCB. Do they match what you pictured when reading TBCB?

Christian BaleTRIVIA

CABR: Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?

VJ: Hmm…well since it’s the holidays, I wouldn’t mind heading up to that remote cabin in “The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby” and having Christmas with Jackson, Hannah, baby Emily and the Sampsons!

Ann picI’m sure our kids would get along fine, while we grownups shared a glass or two of Jackson’s favourite scotch 😀

CABR: Thanks for stopping by Caribbean Accent Book Reviews (CABR) Victoria 🙂

VJ: Thank you so much for having me, Sasha!! Happy holidays 😀

CABR: Merry Christmas to you and yours Victoria 😀

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A bit about The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby:

TBCB picJackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.
A baby on the doorsteps is the least of Hannah Woods problems–she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy–and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around, and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…
A bit about Victoria James:
Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto, Canada. Victoria is a mother to two young children, and one very disorderly feline. Victoria attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated with a degree in English Literature, where she met and then later married, her own hero.
After Queen’s, Victoria earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized last February, 2012, when Entangled Publishing bought her manuscript. Victoria is living her dream-staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters.
Links:
Visit Victoria James: www.victoriajames.ca
Twitter: @vicjames101
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Review: “A Devil in Disguise” by Caitlin Crews

Dec 11

ADID picTitle: The Devil in Disguise

Author: Caitlin Crews

Rating: CABR Gold Star Review

Publication date: October 2012

Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern

Review: I have one word for this book – WOW.

Caitlin Crews delivers yet another master piece in “A Devil in Disguise“, complete with the most selfish, stubborn, jaw-droppingly rude alpha male I’ve ever met in a M&B Modern book and a feisty, strong heroine determined to fight for her future, even if it means walking away from the man she loves.

CABRGOLDCayo Vila and Drusilla ‘Dru’ Bennett are both outwardly ‘together’ people with successful careers but inside, oh boy, they are emotionally damaged and only truly become aware of how much and in what ways when confronted by the end of their effortless working relationship.

Dru’s courage to declare “I quit!” to a boss, a man, who never accepts the “no” when he wants something sets her and Cayo on an emotional journey as they conduct business, and eventually pleasure, in London, Madrid, the Mediterranean and Bora Bora.

The cover is also one of my faves! The hero actually looks a lot like Caitlin Crews has described Cayo Vila. 🙂

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ADinD picSynopsis: Playing with fire!

Drusilla Bennett’s job from hell will soon be over. Ready to take her life back and walk away from the devil – currently disguised as her boss – Dru plucks up the courage to say ‘I quit!’

Nothing has ever taken Cayo Vila by surprise – until now. And the word ‘no’ just isn’t part of his vocabulary. So a resignation from the best PA he’s ever had is simply unacceptable.

Dru’s heard all about his legendary charm, but now that it’s turned on her she understands exactly why it’s so hard to say no to Cayo Vila!

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” anthology from Entangled Publishing

Dec 7

BICO  picIt’s Christmas time and I’ve got a fantastic Giveaway for you all – a $10 Gift Card from Heidi Rice, author of “‘Tis The Season To Go Shopping“.

Heidi’s latest book is one of 4 novellas in the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” anthology from Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line. 🙂

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On to the interview…

CABR: Tell us about your novella in “Baby It’s Cold Outside“. What inspired 
your story and how’d you come up with the title of your book – “‘Tis The Season To Go Shopping“?

HR: The idea to do four stories about snowed-in couples set over the Christmas and New Year season, and linked by a freak blizzard on America’s Eastern Seaboard, was a group effort between me and the three other fabulous authors in this anthology – namely Aimee Carson, Kate Hardy and Amy Andrews.

The title came from Amy who helped to inspire us with a wonderful version of the song by Lady Antebellum [http://youtu.be/iS6M6v7tmXQ] on YouTube. I came up with the idea of having my couple stranded in an empty department store on Fifth Avenue on Christmas Day, basically because I have this little fantasy of being able to go ‘shopping’ at a department store after hours and being able to take anything I want (sort of a grown-up version of the old ‘stuck-in-a-sweet-shop-overnight’ fantasy from childhood).

HeidiRiceAnd then I started to think, how that particular fantasy would be sooo much better if you were doing it in the company of a really hot guy – I mean, seriously? Fantasy sex plus fantasy shopping? It sounded like the ultimate Christmas wish come true scenario to me… Then uptight and very proper assistant marketing manager Kate Braithwaite (who’s working at the store on Christmas Day because she’s just been dumped by her boyfriend via email from London) and sexy bad boy photojournalist Ryder Sinclair (whose father owns the store and who’s there picking up a last-minute gift for his daughter after flying in from an assignment in Afghanistan) just seemed like the perfect pairing to heat up this particular fantasy sex/shopping scenario to fever pitch.

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CABR: That’s a cool back story. 😀  What was it like being part of a 4-story anthology from Entangled?

HR: Really fun, and really exciting once I’d gotten to read the other three stories — which I think are all totally brilliant in their own unique way.

BICO  picAll four of us love writing snappy dialogue, we all have a somewhat naughty sense of humour and we like to turn up the heat, but we also all have very distinctive voices and styles which gives this anthology a great diversity and depth. So brainstorming sessions turned out to be a total hoot…. (And I’m not even going to mention a certain picture of a certain Mr Antonio Banderas)

The fact that Liz Pelletier at Entangled was instantly enthusiastic about the idea when we pitched it to her was the icing on an already lush (and very fruity) Christmas cake.

CABR: Is this your first anthology?

HR: Yes, it’s my first anthology. And something I have to admit I’ve avoided in the past because frankly I was a little intimidated about having my stories in such close proximity to those of other authors – what if everyone thought my contribution was crap! (Yes, like all authors I’m a little insecure!)

But I have to say, because we were already friends – I know Kate well and I’d met both Amys at RWA conferences and we are all on several email loops together – it was remarkably easy to pop my cherry with these three (so to speak). Because I totally trusted them to write something amazing and to encourage me to write something amazing too! And to have fun while we did it. So frankly, a win-win all round. And I’d happily do it again now!

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BICO antho picCABR: Fantastic! 🙂 Heidi, would you be so kind as to share an excerpt from your favourite scene in “‘Tis The Season To Go Shopping“?

HR: Ok, I have a couple of favourite scenes, but this is the moment when Kate disturbs Ryder after he’s just accidentally knocked over a display of Dolls.

Unfortunately for Kate she’s been forced to wear a rather tight Santa’s Little Helper outfit because her own clothes got drenched on the way to the store, and Ryder’s just spent two months in a war zone — so he ‘subdues’ her first and asks questions later. Kate is flat on her back on the floor, with Ryder on top of her and her hands held down above her head… But still trying to maintain her dignity.

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EXCERPT from “‘Tis The Season To Go Shopping“:

“I’d like to put my arms down, if that’s all right with you,” she said through gritted teeth trying to twist her wrists out of his manacle-like grip—to absolutely no avail.

“No, it’s not all right,” he said, the tone annoyingly laconic as he tightened his grip. “First, I want to know who the hell you are?” That penetrating male gaze dipped to her cleavage again, and she cursed the midget-sized minidress she’d been forced to wear, and the prickle of response in her nipples.

“My name is Katherine Braithwaite,” she said, using her full name in the hope that it might intimidate him. “And I’m the assistant marketing manager at Sinclair’s.”

His eyes narrowed, but he finally released her wrists.

She crossed her freed arms over her unfortunate display of cleavage and pressed down on the traitorous nipples, hoping to heck he hadn’t noticed them sticking out like two sore thumbs. But instead of getting off her he settled back on his haunches, making muscular thighs flex on either side of her hips.

“Uh-huh. So what are you doing here on Christmas Day
 dressed as a leprechaun?”

Kate’s usual patience began to disintegrate at the amused tone. “I could ask you the same question,” she shot back, even though she knew perfectly well what he was doing here: stealing merchandise from a company that already paid him an exorbitant salary for doing bugger all. She wriggled furiously. “Now get off me, you big oaf,” she demanded, having had quite enough of being manhandled and interrogated.

She didn’t care if he was Lachlan Sinclair’s precious son, if the man tried to get her fired over this incident she would sue.

He didn’t budge. “I don’t see how you could ask me the same question,” he said as his gaze took another leisurely trip over her skimpy outfit. “I’m not dressed as a leprechaun.” His lips lifted in a mocking and disturbingly sexy grin.

Her heartbeat kicked up a notch—out of irritation, she decided. “This isn’t a leprechaun’s outfit, you moron. I’m supposed to be one of Santa’s Little Helpers,” she said, not even attempting to hold back the condescension this time. The stupid man had scared the life out of her, not to mention demolished six hours of work in a single second by knocking over the Festive Fun Palace of Christmas Dolls, and 
he kept checking out her boobs. It was too much.

“Oh yeah?” His eyes crinkled at the corners, making it very clear he was having an absolute ball at her expense. “When did Santa start hiring lap dancers?”

That did it.

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Dec 6

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Review: “Colters’ Promise” by Maya Banks

Dec 1

Colters' PromiseTitle: Colters’ Promise

Series: Colters’ Legacy

Author: Maya Banks

Rating: 4 stars

Publication date: June 2012

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Review: This was a great introduction for me to the Colters. It was warm, sweet, funny and even included one sexy love scene between Lily and her three husbands – Seth, Dillon and Michael.

Those familiar with the Colter family will feel an even greater connection to Colters’ Promise than I did. It was great getting to spend time with three different sets of people and I hope Max’s sister, Lauren, gets her own happy ending in a future Maya Banks story. 😀

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the back list of Colters’ Legacy books and reading each couple’s story from the beginning.

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Synopsis: Return to the captivating storytelling of New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks, and her stirring saga of three brothers and one indomitable woman–of wounded hearts, family, and forgiveness…

When it came to overcoming the odds of a tragic past, Lily was determined to move on. The three Colter brothers helped her do it. They taught her new ways to love, new dreams to share, and offered her a new life that she never thought possible.

Now is a time for celebration, and what better way than with a long-awaited family reunion, a homecoming that will bring together the entire Colter family and a few surprises no one anticipated.

But first, there’s still something from Lily’s past she still needs to reconcile–even when all the while she is holding close to her heart a newfound secret that will change her future, forever enrich the Colter legacy, and make every promise come true.

 

 

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