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Twitter Giveaway: “The Best Man” by Ana Blaze

May 30

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Ana Blaze has returned to CABR to share some exciting news 🙂

A Twitter-exclusive giveaway of THE BEST MAN

An excerpt from  the book

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a guest post on the ideal traits in a romance hero.

Enjoy

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Ana Blaze:

As a romance writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about men. I spend a fair amount of time looking at pictures of them too, but that is another story. Today I’m thinking about what makes a good man. More precisely:  What makes a good romantic hero?

There are a couple of givens when you’re writing a romance. The guy is going to be good looking and have sound personal hygiene habits—romance heroes never have bad breath. Generally, in fact, the guy is going to be extraordinarily good looking. And that’s fine. Romance novels are meant to be fun escapes. They should have a touch of fantasy to them.

But I think the romance hero needs to have some of the traits we look for in real men too. A real romantic hero is kind and honest. He has a good sense of humor and a quick wit. He is sweet with animals and small children, charms older ladies and, even if he was a bit of a rogue in his younger days, would never-ever- cheat on the heroine.

He has some flaws too; even in a fantasy, a man who is simply too good to be true feels wrong. In order for the heroine, and the reader, to fall in love with the hero he needs to be real. The hero needs a touch of vulnerability, a couple of quirks that make him more than just a handsome face. We fall in love with the hero because, as tough as he likes to seem, when he flies he still grips the armrest a little too tightly during takeoff.

Colin is the hero in my contemporary romance, The Best Man. Of course he is handsome and fantastic in bed, but what I love about him are his quirks. Colin is a bit of a geek and he doesn’t try to hide it. He prefers science fiction to sports and freely admits that his flat is quite cluttered. He can seem a little over-eager at times, but I dare you not to be charmed by his self-effacing humor.  I love him, and I hope you all will too, because he is a whole man: a mix of strengths and weaknesses. That mix makes him the perfect match for my heroine.

What kind of men do you like to read about? Tell me what makes a good man the best man on twitter and enter for a chance to win an e-copy of The Best Man.

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The Best Man coverGIVEAWAY rules:

Entering is easy. Just tweet @ana_blaze and include the hashtag #TheBestMan between midnight EST on June 7, 2013 and 11:59 p.m. EST on June 8, 2013!

For example, you could tweet:

@ana_blaze I married #TheBestMan I know.

@ana_blaze #TheBestMan is on my must read list.

@ana_blaze #TheBestMan made me breakfast in bed.

@ana_blaze I love sexy nerds. #TheBestMan

@ana_blaze I wish Beth would plan my wedding. #TheBestMan

@ana_blaze Being #TheBestMan is tough, but someone’s gotta do it.

@ana_blaze  I want to read #TheBestMan!

 

You get the idea. Twitter rules ask that we don’t have too many duplicate tweets, so it’s best (and frankly way more cool) if you come up with your own tweet.

Ana is really looking forward to seeing what folks come up with. And hoping for some tweets about how to be #TheBestMan.

It’s also best if you are following Ana on twitter. Apparently that’s the only way to guarantee that your tweet shows up in the search.

You can follow here: https://twitter.com/ana_blaze

You’re welcome to tweet (and enter) more than once, but please not more than once an hour. Let’s not annoy the Twitter-folk too much.

This contest is open internationally.

Void where prohibited. 🙁

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Excerpt from THE BEST MAN:

BETH CHASE TOOK A deep breath and blew out, slowly counting to five. All the signs of an imminent disaster were there. That’s why her boss had left it up to her. Eli was no fool; he was making sure that when everything went to shit, he wasn’t around to take the blame. Of course she’d known that when she accepted. The fact was opportunities like this one didn’t come around very often, and nailing this impossible wedding was Beth’s final step up the incredibly long staircase to full partner at Ever After Weddings. It didn’t matter how annoying the bride was or how many times the groom’s mother had a new, last minute idea, Beth was going to smile and give them their perfect day. There were no other options; she was a professional.

She was also pissed.

Beth held her hand out and smiled broadly. “Tony, give me your shirt.”

“What?” Her assistant slumped, but he quickly complied with her request. As he unbuttoned his white dress shirt and passed it to her a small sigh indicated his displeasure, but he kept his complaint to himself.

Beth accepted it and took the incredibly drunk best man by the arm.  “You, come with me.” She struggled to keep the irritation out of her voice as she led the man down the hall. Luckily, she’d kept the jacket to his tux, so he hadn’t ruined it as well.

“Sorry, love. I’ve got a wedding to attend. Another time, maybe.” His British accent surprised her, since his brother spoke with a distinct Irish lilt.

“I know you’re in the wedding, Colin. That’s why we’re going to get you all handsome so you can stand up there with your brother on his big day. You don’t want to let him down, do you?” She tugged him into the bathroom and locked the door behind them. Nervous grooms sometimes got drunk before the ceremony, and Beth had seen a fair number of slightly hung over groomsmen, but finding a best man this wasted before he arrived at the church was a first. It was pathetic, it was selfish, and it was a million other things Beth Chase had no time for.

“Let him …” He laughed hoarsely for a few seconds before ending with a hiccup that sounded like a sob.

“Whoa. It’s okay. We’re going to get you fixed up.”  She gave him a smile as she tugged his wrinkled shirt out of his pants.  “It’s going to be a wonderful wedding.”

“My grandparents were married in this church.”

“Oh? How sweet. Your brother decided to come all this way to get married in the same church.”

He grabbed her arm. “No! Not his mother’s parents. Mine. It’s my bloody wedding. Didn’t anybody tell you?”

Beth stopped for a second. This was a new one. Being in the business for five years, she’d thought she’d seen it all. Clearly, she’d been mistaken. The man in front of her was a mess — worse than drunk. He looked broken. His eyes were bloodshot and she wondered if he’d been crying.  Beth placed her hand on his arm. “Colin, this is your brother’s wedding. Remember? He and Andrea are getting married today.”

“I’m not crazy, Miss … Miss … Who the hell are you again?”

“Beth Chase, from Ever After Weddings. I’m here to make sure everything goes smoothly.”  She gave Tony’s shirt a shake and walked around Colin’s back to help him into it.

He laughed. “No worries, Team Evil can keep my fiancée. Not gonna steal her back.”  Colin brushed away her hands and began buttoning the shirt.

“You and Andrea were together?” This was exactly the type of information she needed ahead of time to prepare for this sort of mess.

“That’s what I’ve been saying.” He sighed and gave up on the buttons.

Beth finished the job and helped him with his bow tie. “Tuck in your shirt and now the jacket.” Beth helped Colin into it and studied the results. Better. Still, it appeared that Colin had slept with wet hair — perhaps outside on a bench during a hurricane. On one side, his hair was matted nearly flat, and on the other it stood up straight. She wet her hands at the sink and ran her fingers though his curls.  “Much better. I knew there was a good-looking guy under there somewhere.”

Beth washed her hands before locating the mints and eye drops in her bag. “Just a couple of final touches …” She held out the container of mints. Instead of grabbing one, Colin produced a flask from his pocket.  Beth frowned.

He took a drink and held it out to her.  “Look, it has my initials. He took my girl and my wedding, but he gave me a fancy bottle with my name on it. Quite a deal.” Beth held her hand out for the flask. He pulled it away and gave her a stern look. “You shouldn’t drink before the weddin’, love. It’s naughty.”

Beth’s lips twitched. “In that case, maybe you should just let me hold it until later for you.”

He frowned. “Best I carry it. I’ll carry your bag, too.” He picked up the tote. “What’s in this thing?”

Beth laughed and took her bag back. She slung her tote over her shoulder and used his momentary distraction to claim the flask. “A girl never knows what she might need. I like to be prepared.”

“Prepared for what? Zombie apocalypse?”

“Eat this.” She handed him a mint and smiled as he popped it in to his mouth. “Good. Now, lean back.” She squeezed a drop of Visine into each eye.

He blinked and scowled. “Why are doing this to me?”

Beth shrugged. “Sorry. It’s my job. Now, show me the rings.”

“I threw them out with the bathwater.”

She gasped.

He chuckled and pulled a small box out of his pants pocket. “Got the rings right here.” He opened the box and showed her the two diamond-encrusted rings inside. “They’re a bit ostentatious, but you can try them on if you like.” He frowned. “Won’t fit you, though. You’re rather tiny … and bossy. Why are you so bloody bossy?”

Beth closed the box and pushed it towards him. “Put this back in your pocket and don’t take it out until the minister asks.”

“I’m not an idiot. I know how to hold the rings.”

“Perfect.” She took his arm and walked him out of the bathroom and over to the chapel. “Now, you just walk up the aisle with the pretty maid of honor and stand next your brother.”

Colin snorted. “Mindy hasn’t been a maid in a long time. Bet I’m the only bloke here she hasn’t shagged.”

Mindy turned to scowl at him. “Thank God Andrea came to her senses and decided to marry a real man.”

Colin chuckled. Beth plastered on a smile. “Okay the music is starting — everyone get in your places.” She tapped the shoulder of a small, dark-haired girl wearing an elaborate and uncomfortable-looking dress. “You’re on, sweetie. Big smile.”  She turned and waved to the next group. “Bridesmaids and groomsmen.”  She bit back a laugh at their dresses and nodded. “You all look lovely,” she lied. Andrea had clearly taken advantage of her ability to make her friends look like crap. “And now the maid of honor and the best man.”

Colin yanked Mindy by the arm. “Come on, trollop of honor.”

“Jackass,” Mindy whispered loudly, before pasting on a toothy smile and marching down the aisle.

Beth watched them for only a second. The potential for trouble from the best man was clear, but she had things under control. She turned to give the bride a big smile. “You look stunning,” she gushed. When everyone was in place, she signaled to the organist to play the march and sent Andrea and her father up the aisle. Then she dialed Eli’s number.

“Hello there,” he answered, “I assume the Pratt Wedding is going splendidly.”

“Give me the story, Eli. Now.”

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Trust Me” by Anna Wells

May 30

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Please welcome self-published author, Anna Wells, to CABR 🙂

She’s stopped by to tell us about her contemporary romantic suspense novel, TRUST ME

Be sure to enter the giveaway below

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What’s you debut novel, TRUST ME, all about?

It’s about two people who are incredibly drawn to each other but have every reason to mistrust each other.

Donovan believes that our heroine Alaina was working with terrorists. While Alaina believes the FBI is unfairly accusing her father of atrocious crimes and later finds out she too is under suspicion. Yet these two can’t fight their compelling attraction and when they get together the pages smoke!

 

What inspired you to write about a lawyer who falls in love while defending her late father against terrorism charges?

There were a number of thinks that inspired me.  I think FBI agents are really hot so I wanted to write an action packed story with an FBI agent.

I also loved the idea of such an insurmountable conflict between the couple.

 

Tell us about your favourite scene in TRUST ME

You mean besides the sex scenes? (laughing)

I really like the second time Donavan and Alaina meet.  The book opens with Alaina running into a very hot guy in a drugstore.  She uncharacteristically flirts with the sexy stranger but then dashes off to her office for a scheduled meeting with an FBI Lawyer only to discover that her 9:30 appointment is the and her drugstore hottie are one and the same.

Excerpt:

As she entered the lobby, Alaina felt prepared, confident and ready to do battle against almost anyone.  Except she hadn’t planned on doing battle with Mr. Drugstore, and that was exactly who was rising from the black leather couch to greet her saying, “Ms. Simmons, I’m Donovan Prentice, it appears we’ve met before.”

She felt the bottom drop out of her stomach. Alaina was sure that her shock must be apparent; normally she prided herself on her self-control but today’s events seemed to be working against her.  After all she had never experienced such a coincidence like this one before.   She had met this man as a stranger and had flirted with him, completely unaware that she had an appointment with him later that day.

She felt that their entire professional relationship had been compromised.  As disconcerted as she felt, she was going to have to pretend that nothing had happened, and actually if she thought about it nothing really had happened.  Their flirtation had been a little unusual but it hadn’t gone beyond that.  It was just that she never let business associates or clients see anything but the professional side of her personality, she had ensured this by making it a habit not to discuss her personal life with any of them.

By meeting this man outside of the office, outside of her professional setting, she almost felt as if he had caught her undressed.  Her only option now was to ignore the incident as if it had never happened and maintain her normal professional composure.  Okay so maybe ignoring it was just going to make her look like a coward.  She needed to face this situation head on.

Making up her mind to take control and not let Donovan get the upper hand since he didn’t seem the least surprised to see her, she responded to his greeting with, “Yes, what a coincidence.  It’s nice to meet you, formally that is.”

She looked over at Marlene, who was indiscreetly staring at Donovan Prentice as if she had never seen a man before, not that Alaina could blame her.  The man was impressive to say the least. “Marlene could you hold my calls?”

Marlene barely glanced her way as she continued to stare at the object of her attention but finally managed to respond, “Yes of course Ms. Simmons.”

Alaina glanced at her wryly.  “Thanks, Marlene.”  She returned her attention to Mr. Prentice who was waiting patiently. “If you’ll just follow me we can discuss the issue of the subpoena in my office.”  She was determined to regain her equilibrium, but as she walked down the corridor with Donovan closely following behind her, she wondered if that was even a remote possibility. “Right this way Mr. Prentice.”

“Please call me Donovan. Is it all right if I call you Alaina?”

He’s taking control again, Alaina simmered inwardly, but she responded without hesitation, “Please do.”

“I’m so glad I’ve a name to put to that beautiful face.”

She felt a thrill at his words as they entered the office. Alaina could not help but be aware of his overwhelming presence. She was feeling that same level of inexplicable excitement she had felt in the drugstore.  Ignoring her jumbled emotions she tried to concentrate on the matter at hand.  It was becoming pretty obvious that she needed to get laid if this guy made it so hard for her to concentrate.  She might as well meet the problem head on.

She took a deep breath before saying, “Donovan. I’m just going to face the elephant in the room. When we met this morning I obviously had no idea who you were and if I had I wouldn’t have spoken to you the way that I did.  Okay?”

Donovan was a little surprised but managed to hold back a laugh. “And what way was that?”  His voice held that same sensual tone that it had in the drugstore.

Okay, so wow, his voice really turned her on.  She felt slightly embarrassed, but what the hell he had flirted too. “Well, I was a bit flirtatious.”

He raised a brow and grinned. “A bit?”

“Cut me some slack, you were just as bad.  Admit it.”  Could that knowing grin of his get any bigger?  She wasn’t sure why, but he was charming the hell out of her.

“As an officer of the court, I’m taking the fifth,” he said jokingly before adding, “I think this is a conversation we should pursue further once we’ve completed our business.”  He paused a brief moment and looked at her intently.   “And I would like to pursue it.”

The low timber of his voice caused her skin to tingle, and she felt her face flush in reaction.  The idea certainly had merits she thought as she studied the hard plains of his face.  God he was hot and he was making her hotter.  She exhaled trying to calm herself before saying, “Do you think we can do that?  Wouldn’t it be a conflict?”

He gave her a slight smile and there seemed to be a sparkle in those blue eyes as he said, “Yeah I think we can do that, but we have business to settle first.”

She nodded in agreement, hoping the meeting went smoothly and they could get back to the more interesting conversation.  Wasn’t that a professional thought?

 

Trust Me by Anna Wells @ 1200 high resDid you have to any interesting research while writing? 

Yes, I did a great deal of research on FBI Agents and the FBI.

I was surprised to find out that FBI agents from a variety of different career backgrounds before becoming an agent.

I also did additional research concerning some of the legal issues that Donovan and Alaina fought over custodial issues of legal documents I was really intrigued by the idea that a criminal would hide the evidence in plain sight .  I know that might sounds boring, but wait until you read the book!

 

Is there a musical soundtrack for your book?

No, sorry!

 

Will your fans be able to get signed copies? Perhaps at an upcoming event? 

Well, right now my book is only available in ebook and my technical skills aren’t up to providing signed copies of electronic versions yet.

 

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eBooks or paperbacks? 

eBooks absolutely.  I’m an eBook convert!

 

Favorite type of book to escape reality with? 

When I want a great escape I like to read romances that make me laugh – To Die for by Linda Howard, What Happens in London by Julia Quinn, or Something About You by Julie James.

 

If you could spend the day with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be and why?   

Anyone of my girlfriends!  They are all an amazing network of support for me and I don’t know what I would do without them.

In this busy world I never see any of them enough.  The luxury of a whole day would be amazing!

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GIVEAWAY:

An eBook copy of TRUST ME by Anna Wells

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Beyond The Page & Harley Davidson earrings Giveaway: “Texas Hold ‘Em” by Kay David

May 20

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Kay David, author of TEXAS HOLD EM, recently hosted Texas ACES’ Timothy Santos and Sheriff Rose Renwick when they visited Houston.

Timothy and Rose talked about having kids and possible trouble ahead for a member of  the Smokin’ ACES biker gang (an elite team of undercover Rangers).

Scroll down to enjoy a transcript of their chat & be sure to enter the giveaway 🙂

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Author, Kay David:  I’m really glad you guys decided to come to Houston and stay with a little bit.  I bet you’ll really enjoy the big city. This is a beautiful hotel.  I stayed here on my honeymoon, you know.  It’s called the Hotel ZaZa.

Sheriff, Rose Renwick: I love West Texas, but I wanted to shop in a real store, go to a real restaurant, and stay in a real hotel.  It’s been so long since I’ve been anywhere this exciting.

Ranger, Timothy Santos: Rio County’s the most dangerous part of the country right now.  What in the hell do you think is ‘exciting?’

Rose:  Oh, good grief, Santos, you know what I mean.  Not that kind of exciting.  I mean fun exciting.

Santos: (grinning) Well, I have to admit that all those things, except for the shopping part, sound pretty good to me, too.  I’ve been undercover for so long, I’ve forgotten how to shave, much less act like a lawman instead of a bad ass biker.

 

Kay: So where are you going?

Rose:  Well, the first place we’re hitting is the Galleria.  I haven’t worn anything but a uniform for two years. I want something to wear that makes me feel like I feel when I’m in Santos’s arms.

Santos: (grinning even broader) If you’re in my arms, you aren’t gonna be wearing anything at all.

Rose: (playfully hits him on the arm with a fist) I’m going to Neiman-Marcus, and I’m buying the fanciest dress I can find.  And you’re paying for it.  It’s the least you can do.

Santos:  You’re right.  I owe you.  And not just for what I put you through, but what’s ahead of us as well.

 

Kay: (surprised) Ahead of you?

Rose: (gives a sly look) I’ll make the wedding as painless as I can.  And once it’s over, we’ll go straight to the beach, lay in the sand, and listen to the waves.

Santos: I’m not sure about that honeymoon business.  I’m worried about ACES and where we’re going from here.  You and I may have worked out our situation, but ACES still has a lot of work to do.

Rose: (frowning) They’ll get it done, Santos.  They always do.

Santos: I’m not so sure . (Shakes his head).  I have a feeling we’ve only begun this fight.

 

Kay: What do mean?  Is something happening I don’t know about—

Santos: My team’s getting restless.  It feels like a storm’s coming, and they can smell the lightning.  Especially Jessie.  I’m worried about her.  And for her.

Kay: (eyebrows knit) Hey, Jessie Delacourt’s a great character.  I can’t do anything to her—

Rose: I agree with Kay.  Jessie’s one of your best agents, Santos.   She can hold her own.  What makes you think she might in danger?

Santos: I can feel it (eyes go dark) And I’ve been right about this kind of thing before, too.   I think someone else might be involved, as well.

Kay: Another agent? What are you talking about?

Santos: (glances at Rose, ignores Kay) I think it’s the deputy, King Landry.  Something tells me that man’s got some secrets.

Kay: Now, just a minute.  I haven’t written anything like that for King.  You can’t be telling me what to write.  These are my characters.

 

Rose: (ignoring Kay, talking to Santos) King’s got secrets?  Not to use a cliché or anything, but isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

Santos: You know all my secrets now. But I’m telling you, King Landry is hiding something.  And when we find out what it is, everyone’s going to be shocked.

 

Kay: (takes deep breath) The sequel to TEXAS HOLD ‘EM, FOLLOW THE COWBOY, isn’t coming out until November, so let’s just get back on track here.

There is one question a fan wanted me to ask you two.  If we turned TEXAS HOLD’EM into a movie, who do you see acting your parts?

Rose: That’s easy.  Haven’t you seen the biker on the cover of TEXAS HOLD’EM.  I’d get him to play Santos.  Don’t have a clue who he really is, but that’s Santos, to a T.

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Kay: (looks at Santos) What about Rose?  Who would play her?

Santos: Kinda Claire Dane-ish.  A cross between her and Gwyneth Paltrow but prettier, of course.

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Kay: I really appreciate you two talking to me—

Rose: Wait… We’re not finished here, are we?  I want to ask a couple of questions of my own.

Kay: (caught off-guard) Well… okay, I guess.

 

Rose: (turning to Santos) I want you to look in your crystal ball and tell me if our marriage will last.

Santos:  (smiling again) Of course it will, and you know that. We’ve faced too much to let anything come between us now.

Rose: Children?

Santos: At least three.  All girls. That’s what my crystal ball says.

Rose: (lifts eyebrows) Three college degrees?  Three cars?  Three weddings? Are you sure?

Santos: Absolutely.

Rose: Where do we live while all these children are being raised?

Santos: On my ranch, of course.

Rose: Does that mean you’ll settle down and find a regular job?

Kay: Wait!  You can’t leave Smokin’ ACES.  I need you—

Santos: I’m not going anywhere.  I’ll always be an ACE.  But we’ll have to elect a new president at some point. Maybe a new agent we haven’t even met yet. I hope it’ll be a joint decision by all involved. Very civilized.

Rose: (shaking her head) ACES?  Civilized?  Those two words don’t go together.

Santos: Elections will be held, that’s all I’m saying.  And someone new will take over the reins.  There’s no shortage of bad guys. The good fight will always continue.

 

Rose: Am I still the sheriff of Rio County in this future you see?

Kay: Do you want to be?

Rose: (thoughtfully) I think I do, actually.  It’s in my blood.  But eventually one of those three daughters wins over me, and she becomes the sheriff.

Santos: I think that sums up just about everything, except for one tiny detail.

Kay: Would that be where we should go for dinner? Houston has some fabulous restaurants—

Santos: (looking at Rose and nowhere else, a small secret smile lifting the corners of his mouth) That’s not exactly what I had in mind.

Rose: (nodding toward the big bed in their hotel room) I think we need to try that out before we hit Neiman-Marcus. (big fake yawn) I could really use a nap.

Kay: Ummm.  Maybe I should just let you guys, uh, rest for a bit?

Santos and Rose: (in unison as door closes) See you later, Kay.

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Blurb for TEXAS HOLD ‘EM:

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Part law enforcement. Part criminal. And all deliciously bad…

Working undercover as part of an elite team of Rangers disguised as the Smokin’ ACES biker gang, Timothy Santos walks the thin line between law-enforcer and law-breaker.

With one of his informants missing—and possibly dead—at the hands of vicious cartel leader El Brujo, Santos will do whatever it takes to find justice. Even if it means heading to Rio County to look up his former lover…who’s not only the sheriff, but Santos’s only lead.

 

Rose Renwick is not happy to see Santos. In the past, their chemistry had been explosive—raw, sensual, and unforgettable—but she’d been burned. Now Santos is back in town, looking just as lethal and as irresistible as she remembered.

But Santos wants something from her—and suddenly Rose’s family is in danger and her town is under attack. The only way out is to trust the one man she swore never to trust again. Ante up…

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Outback Fear” by Suzanne Brandyn

May 17

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Welcome to CABR, Suzanne. 🙂

Please tell us about your newest release, OUTBACK FEAR.

A story of one woman’s courage to fight back, of redemption and new found love. It could happen to You!

Here’ the BLURB:

Suspense with a touch of romance

Savannah Harris is determined to raise her three-month-old daughter in the best possible environment, and flees home to Grace Creek, an inheritance from her recently deceased mother.

But even this peaceful property cannot cocoon her from her abusive husband or a stranger who intends to rip her life apart.

In an atmosphere thick with fear, Savannah realises she cannot keep running, she must fight back or risk losing not only her life, but the only family she has left, her precious daughter.

 

Where did the idea to write it come from? How does the finished book differ from that original idea?

I lived on a cattle, sheep and wheat property for some years, and at times alone with a small child. I wondered what if and the idea of Outback Fear was born. My imagination was let loose. I think the finished novel is very much the same as when I first began writing.

 

When and in which book retailers will OUTBACK FEAR be released? Does it differ by continent/region?

It’s available on Amazon (May 7) and most on line bookstores after the initial three months period on Amazon.

 

SuzanneBrandynWill fans be able to meet you at any book conventions this year?

Not this year, but next year I’ll be off to Conferences, signings and talks.

 

Is OUTBACK FEAR connected to any of your previous books? If so, please help us connect the dots

I have four published novels. OUTBACK FEAR is not related to Heat in the Outback or any of my previously published novels.

 

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Chocolate or fruits?
Fruit. I can’t stand chocolate. Lol

 

Ideal getaway?
Lizard Island, Australia.

 

Panster or plotter?
Semi Plotter.

 

Paperbacks or eBooks?

Both. When the eBook revolution begun I said I’d never buy them. Now, my i Pad is full of novels. But I also purchase the paper version. I love both.

Me too 🙂

 

If you could spend the day with anyone from history (living or dead), who would it be and why?

It would have to be Jane Austen. Imagine writing your first novel at fourteen. But she really didn’t have any acknowledgment until after she died.

If she could see how her work has become so widespread and popular, it would be overwhelming for her.

Just to see that look on her face would be a dream all writers hope to achieve.

 

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the release of OUTBACK FEAR on May 15, 2013, Suzanne is running a competition to WIN a sapphire pendant set valued at over $250 Australian, set in sterling silver.

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The pendant set was made from sapphires found on the property in ‘Outback Fear.’ Grace Creek is a fictional name but the real property exists.

To WIN this GIVEAWAY, complete the RAFFLECOPTER that’s located below the jewelry photos on Suzanne Brandyn’s blog.

Here’s the rafflecopter link – http://suzanne-brandyn.blogspot.com.au/p/competition.html

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Good luck! 🙂 

 

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BUY links for Suzanne Brandyn’s other books:

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CONNECT with Suzanne:

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Beyond The Page & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway: “Time Changes Everything” by Melinda Dozier

May 15

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It’s my pleasure to interview Melinda Dozier today about her contemporary romance from Entranced Publishing, TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING 🙂

 

Melinda, using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING

Jake doesn’t believe in commitment, until he sees Amanda again – this time in NYC. Can he convince his childhood friend that he’s ready to give her his heart?

 

What inspired you to write this second chance love story?

I’m a sucker for friends to lovers stories. This book actually started as a YA (Young Adult) sweet romance, which is now my prequel, The Boy Next Door, available on Smashwords. After writing it, I thought, “Wait, what if they met up again as adults?” and it raced off from there.

 

Did you struggle to write a particular scene? 

Yes! I wrote the “black moment” or the climax of the story about seven times. I changed points of views, took out a character, added a character, changed a whole realm of emotions. I wanted it to be just right.

I also rewrote chapter one plenty of times… again the perfectionist in me took over.

Here’s an excerpt from when Jake and Amanda meet up again:

In high school, Amanda was someone special. Hell, even before then. Their parents were best friends, which had forced Jake and Amanda together. At first, he’d thought it was a hindrance. Later, when she developed longer legs and a bigger bust, he found himself around her more. After discovering her quirkiness, her love of art and her sense of humor, he actually enjoyed being around her. But he never touched her.

He contemplated running his fingers through her hair like he did his first year of college –– the last time they were alone –– the night he left town and never saw her again.

Did she remember the night he left? Of course she did. Seven years ago, he’d ruined their friendship.  He knew Amanda almost as well as he knew himself. Well, he’d known her. Now she was a different woman.

Jake leaned in closer, running his hand down her arm. “Know what I’m thinking?”

Amanda fiddled with her coaster and smiled at him. “I’m not sure I want to know.”

“I’m thinking we should spend a lot more time together.” He reached over and held her chin. “It’s been way too long.”

Amanda licked her lips, and damn it, it actually turned him on. Sweet little Mandy Larson wasn’t so sweet anymore. She was driving him crazy.

She moved closer bridging distance. “Why wait? There’s no time like the present.”

“Exactly.” He drank the last of his beer as the waiter returned with her martini sans olive.

Jake leaned on the table with his elbows, folded his hands together and studied her.  “Look at you, drinking a martini, living the life in New York City.” He examined her from head to toe. “A sexy skirt. Tall boots.” He ran a finger down her cheek. “A beautiful face.”

Amanda hiccupped and put down her glass. “Now, wait a minute. I know it’s been a while, but some things never change, including you.” She wagged her finger at him. “No smooth talking with me. Don’t forget I used to know you better than anybody.”

Because his fingers actually ached with the need to touch her again, he reached over and held her hand. “Yeah, but things have changed, Mandy. We’re two different people now, and I can’t wait to get to know who you are now.”

 

What’s your favourite or most memorable reader response to TCE?

My favorite response was my hubby asking if I needed any more ideas for the sex scenes.

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If you were offered a TV or movie deal for this or any of your other books, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?

What a fun question! It would have to be a movie deal. I already have actors cast in my mind.

Jake would be played by Colin Egglesfield

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while Amanda would be Alexis Bledel

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MelindaAuthorFavourite place to write?

In bed or in my garden.

 

Paperbacks or eBooks?

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Pantser or plotter?

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Ideal getaway?

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If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I know this may seem shallow, but I’d love to meet my adult crushes: David Beckham, Ryan Gosling and Adam Levine. As a writer, I’d love to meet Jill Shalvis. She’s my role model. 😀

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Blog Tour GIVEAWAY:

Melinda will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate and an eBook of Time Changes Everything.

The winner will be announced on Melinda’s blog May 26. Good luck!

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LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Synopsis of TIME CHANGES EVERYTHING:

Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn’t want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he’s a sexy, big shot lawyer.

Jake Edwards isn’t interested in commitment. He’s successful, sexy, and single–and that’s how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.

But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he’s ready to give her his heart?

 

 

Purchase links: http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/imprints/entranced/time-changes-everything/

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzKh1B21Z5w&feature=g-high-f&list=FL5KvXdEur-muCY2C8YBXBYQ

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15990302-time-changes-everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

MelindaAuthorABOUT Melinda Dozier:

Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda’s favorite past times. After hectic days of teaching English to middle school students, Melinda finds time to write and read in the evenings.
She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her husband, three boys and German Sheppard. She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they are grown.

Melinda loves reality TV, traveling, blogging and playing Words With Friends.

 

CONTACT Melinda:

Website: www.melindadozier.com
Blog: http://melindadozier.blogspot.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/melindadozier

 

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The Boy Next Door, a free novella by Melinda Dozier is available now at Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/310848

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Midnight Special” by Tawny Weber

May 14

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I have an excerpt for you today from Tawny Weber‘s book, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL.

There are also two giveaways. Read on to find out more 🙂

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MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

by Tawny Weber

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BLURB:

Somewhere on the train is a key witness for a crime involving arson, murder and a high-profile businessman. And reporter Marni Clare will do whatever it takes to get the story—even if it means crashing in a sleeper car that’s she’s not sure she’s reserved. But when she wakes, she finds herself curled up with the man she’s seeking…and he’s hot enough to derail all her plans!

FBI special agent Hunter won’t complain about the wickedly hot blonde in his arms. And maybe it’s the medication he’s on, but he’s even agreed to share his room for the entire journey….

It’s a long trip in close quarters, and within days their berth becomes the scene of some steamy railway romps. But is Marni just having fun…or is she taking Hunter for a ride?

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EXCERPT:

MARNI SHOULD BE OUTRAGED. Shocked, even.

But she was too busy visually gobbling up the delicious view.

Oh, sweet baby. What a body.

“I didn’t sneak into your bed,” she finally responded, her tone more absent and offhand than angry and dismissive.

“No? My bed.” He pointed to the bunk, then shifted his finger to her. “You. Since I didn’t invite you in, I’d say sneaked in is a good term.”

That cut right through Marni’s foggy passion. Irritation chased back desire. Not away. There was no chance of not feeling desire when a guy as gorgeous as this one stood naked in front of her. But her brain was starting to override her body. Or, at least, trying to.

“Let’s think about this,” she said, sitting up straighter and offering a chilly smile. “When I arrived in this cabin last night, mine was the only luggage here. There was no sign of anyone else using the room. When I climbed into bed, it was empty. You weren’t here. I’d say that makes you the one sneaking around, don’t you think?”

His laugh was as appreciative as it was sardonic.

Then he turned his back toward her. She couldn’t quiet her approving moan at the site of his perfect—not just great, but perfect—butt. Her gaze slowly meandered up the golden planes of his back, and since he wasn’t looking, she wiped her lower lip to make sure there was no evidence of drool.

Then her eyes landed on his shoulders.

His shoulders!

Her drool dried up, the lust in her belly replaced with a different kind of excitement.

It was him.

Those were the shoulders.

She’d had a little early morning delight with the very man she’d told her cousin she was chasing down for a hot, sexy time.

Funny how those things worked out.

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GIVEAWAYS:

(1)  A bookmark goodie package – bookmark, signed cover flat, post it pad, and magnet to one commentator on this blog stop

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(2)  A grand prize of a $25 gift card to Amazon / Barnes & Noble (or other bookstore of the winner’s choice) to one randomly drawn commentator during this tour (click on hyperlink for other tour stops) and Tawny’s other Book Blast on May 9th.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first Harlequin Blaze hit the shelves in 2007.

A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.

Readers can check out Tawny’s books at her website or join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapter excerpts, recipes, insider story info and much more.

And for a limited time, she has a few open spots on her Street Team!

 

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Social Links:

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Twitter 

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Midnight Special link

 

 

 

 

 

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–    All About Romance

–    Amazon

–    Barnes & Noble

–    Books-A-Million

–    Harlequin

–    Powells

–    iTunes

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: “Into the Fire” by Amanda Usen (Puzzle piece #1. Ingredient – chocolate)

May 13

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Into the Fire by Amanda Usen

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Book Description:

 Jackson Calabrese has a lot of nerve. He beat Lila Grant in the Culinary Academy competition using her recipes. Now, he’s opening a restaurant and wants her help? Fine, she’ll fix his menu, but it’s going to cost him.

Heir to the Calabrese restaurant empire, Jackson can buy anything he wants, except creativity, so he buys Lila’s instead. He can craft perfect paella, but to take New York by storm he needs her innovative spark.

Skillets aren’t the only things hot in the kitchen, and an uneasy truce ignites into passion. They’re great in bed, but Jackson doesn’t trust her, and Lila is contemplating revenge. The restaurant opening approaches, the menu is completed, and the tables are set for one final act of betrayal. How can love bloom in the midst of such a hot mess?

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Book Information: 

Title: Into the Fire

Author: Amanda Usen

Release Date: June 10, 2013

Imprint: Indulgence

BUY Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Into-the-Fire-ebook/dp/B00CNTTE9Y/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368220082&sr=1-9&keywords=into+the+fire

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115250852?ean=9781622661350

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ABOUT the author: 

Amanda UsenAmanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. She married him after graduation in a lovely French

Quarter restaurant in New Orleans, and they spent a few years enjoying the food and the fun in the Big Easy. Now they live in Western New York with their three children, one hamster, two guinea pigs, a tortoise, and a new-to-them beagle.

Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found chasing the kids around the yard with her very own hot chef husband.

 

Want chimichurri, chocolate cake or Chicken Alighieri?

Visit Amanda at her website http://www.amandausen.com, where you can find recipes for many of the yummy dishes in her books.

She can also be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amandausen) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/AmandaUsen) if you want to chat about romance, writing, or recipes.

 

 GIVEAWAY:

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “What Happens In Ireland” by Whitney K-E

May 13

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Welcome to CABR Whitney 🙂

Is WHAT HAPPENS IN IRELAND your debut novel? 

Yes, it certainly is.

 

Tell us about the plot.

Kate Barrow travels to Ireland to take on a co-managing position on a Thoroughbred stud. Whilst in Dublin, she meets a charming Irishman who later reveals himself to be her boss.

Untrusting of Jack and still habouring the sting of an ex-boyfriends betrayal, Kate is determined to have nothing to do with Jack.

But Jack’s fascinated by Kate and has never been one to pass up a challenge. Kate soon learns that the Irish charm is hard to resist, the question is, can Jack earn her trust and her heart?

 

What inspired you to write this book? A love of horses and Ireland perhaps? 🙂

Definitely. I have always been a lover of horses. Don’t know where I got it from but I was always horse-mad. And the inspiration for my novel came to me as a result of planning my trip to Ireland.

I was so excited to finally being able to travel there, but I had a two year long wait! So, to pass the time, I wrote my Irish series.

How cool 🙂

 

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Did you struggle to put down words when it came to a particular scene in the book?

Not with the draft. It was more the re-writes. As a writer, you have to learn to let go of certain scenes and ideas if they don’t end up working. It’s hard, as I think it’s key to stay as close to the original story as possible (I’m a spur-of-the-moment kind of girl), but after some thought, you see the benefits of changes. J

 

Did you find inspiration from particular songs/albums while writing?

I find inspiration in everything haha. I love U2, Snow Patrol and the Celtic Women. But I guess it depended on my mood and the scene.

Sometimes, I’d listen to Michael Bublé  and Florence and the Machine. I have a really broad taste in music.

 

If your were offered a TV or movie deal, which would you choose and why? Who would play your characters?

Movie. For sure. I don’t think my novels would work as a TV show. Haha, gosh, I don’t know if I could choose. Based on who I like to see on screen I’d have Jack played by Gerard Butler (because he’s cheeky) and Kate… I love Scarlett Johansson.

 

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Favourite snack?

Coffee haha.

 

Ideal getaway?

Coffee 😛

 

If you could be someone from history for a day, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

I’d love to take a walk in Mary Wollstonecraft’s shoes. She had such an interesting life and I’d find her thoughts intriguing.

(Mary Wollstonecraft was was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights.)

 

GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment on this blog post to go in the draw to win one of two prize packs including a PDF of What Happens in Ireland, a handmade ribbon bookmark designed by Swagmaster Designs and a coffee mug.

You can join in the fun on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/491411070916233/

 

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Ever wondered what happens in Ireland?

When Australian, Kate Barrow, meets a handsome Irishman in a Dublin bar, she has no idea that he’s about to turn her world upside-down and inside-out.

In Ireland to take on a position on a thoroughbred stud, Kate is shocked when her manager-in-co reveals himself to be the same man she’d met in Dublin.

Jack is drawn to Kate. The problem is, she won’t have him. But Jack has always loved a challenge and the intriguing woman from Oz is one he cannot resist.

Harbouring the sting of another man’s betrayal, Kate is certain she wants nothing to do with love and nothing to do with Jack O’Reilly.

But when naked torsos, Mother Nature and dysfunctional umbrellas start plotting against her resolve, she realizes the charms of an Irishman are going to be hard to resist.

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to read excerpts or buy Whitney’s novel, you can find it at Secret Cravings Publishing 

Or you can add it to your Goodreads shelf

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ABOUT the author:

Whitney K-E is an Australian author writing for Secret Cravings Publishing. Always a lover of the Romance genre, it was no surprise that she one day began to type her first story of love.

Now, three years on, she’s contracted her first novel What Happens in Ireland and bringing reader’s tales from the Emerald Ireland to the Sunburnt Country.

What Happens in Ireland releases on the 26th of April, so prepare yourself to be charmed by her story and by her characters.

 

DSCN2485If you’d like to find out more about Whitney or her novel, you can connect with her on:

Facebook

Twitter: @whitney_ke 

Goodreads

Her blog

and at The Romantic Muse

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “The Santinis: Leonardo, Book 1” by Melissa Schroeder

May 10

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Please welcome Melissa Schroeder to CABR 🙂

She’s written a guest post about how her new military romance series, The Santinis, came about.

There’s a giveaway too, so be sure you enter the rafflecopter below.

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Hi, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I am known mostly for my Harmless books.

Recently, I delved into one genre I had avoided for a long time, military romance.

In 2011 I spun off my Harmless series into A Little Harmless Military Romance series.

And then, with only a few months left as a wife, I decided I wanted to do something to celebrate the 20 years I spent with my husband in the AF (Armed Forces). That’s where my series The Santinis came in.

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It wasn’t an easy decision. I am a former military brat and I am soon to be a former military wife.

Although, I often steal the Marine saying of “There is no such thing as former.”

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It isn’t an easy life and I don’t really recommend it unless you truly love the person who is active duty.

I do admire anyone who serves and the family that goes along with them. So, to celebrate that, I wanted four men who serve in four different services.

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I picked places we had been stationed so that I could relive four of our duty stations.

I wanted to show everyone the places we liked best, along with letting them get to know a family that believes in service before self.

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GIVEAWAY:

Win an eBook copy of LEONARDO by completing the rafflecopter below 🙂


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THE SATINIS: LEONARDO

Leo Santini is a man who always has a plan. It is the way to live a well-ordered life. He never planned on dealing with the hardheaded physical therapist who is taking care of his friend. He definitely never planned on being so totally infatuated with her.

Maryanne Johnson doesn’t have time for a romance—especially with a military man. Sure, Leo is drop dead sexy, but more than one man in a uniform had hurt her before. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to resist him or his kisses. It doesn’t help that the man is as sweet as he is sexy. Falling for him is easy, but she does her best to keep herself from admitting it to him.

Leo knows she wants to keep things simple but when a Santini is in love nothing will stop him from achieving his goal—even the hardheaded woman he loves.

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Gone with the Wolf” by Kristin Miller

May 9

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Welcome to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews (CABR) Kristin 🙂

Thanks so much for having me!

 

Tell us where the idea for your paranormal book, GONE WITH THE WOLF, come from?

My agent had been telling me to try my hand at lighter paranormals for a while, but when I finally decided to give them a shot, I knew I wanted to write a snarky heroine and a really cool and composed Alpha male to oppose and challenge her.

As for the plot of the book, there was really nothing that sparked it to life other than a couple tropes I knew I wanted to include. I fleshed out the story from there.

 

What did you enjoy the most about writing GWTW?

I really enjoyed the banter between Drake and Emelia. They were a lot of fun and were constantly surprising me. Emelia isn’t afraid to speak her mind (a lot like me in that regard) and Drake can’t afford to speak his mind because he represents the Seattle Wolf Pack and Wilder Financial.

Everything he’s ever known has taught him to rely on numbers and facts and business tactics. Emelia is the firecracker that was thrown into his mix, and it was a ton of fun watching him scramble to handle her and the crazy situations she presented. 😀

 

Author Kristin MillerIs there a musical soundtrack readers would enjoy while reading your book?

Oh boy, this question is tricky. I have a playlist that I cycled through while writing, but I’m not sure that would be the soundtrack for Gone with the Wolf. My writing playlist included a lot of Sarah McLachlan (songs like River and Winter Song), Basia Bulat (If it Rains), and Emeli Sande (Next to Me).

There were also a few songs by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and A Fine Frenzy on the playlist, too. I basically listened to the same ten songs over and over again until the book was finished. (Weird writing quirk, I know.)

I think the soundtrack for the book would include some Ray LaMontagne – songs like Trouble or Hold you in my Arms which I could imagine Emelia enjoying.

 

Did you struggle with writing or editing a particular scene in GWTW?

I have so many favorite scenes from this story; it’s difficult to pick just one. However, there was one scene that turned out better than I could’ve imagined. Here’s the setup: Drake is taking Emelia to a gala in San Francisco. He handpicked her dress, and needed her to be ready at a certain time.

She is hesitant about going because days earlier she made a fool of herself, insisting the deed to her bar was legit, when in fact it wasn’t  Truth is, Drake and his company own her bar, and she hasn’t quite swallowed that pill just yet.

 

Excerpt from GONE WITH THE WOLF:

“Your dress came,” Trixie said, barreling around the corner swinging a black garment bag.

“Oh yeah? Bring it here.” Emelia cleared a spot for the dress as Trixie laid it out and waited impatiently for Emelia to give it the unzip.

Emelia had tried to forget about the Vanguard Gala all week, but Drake’s reminder e-mails didn’t help. She felt foolish, and wasn’t looking forward to bathing in uncomfortable silence all weekend. She’d been ridiculous for fighting a point she should’ve known to be false. She’d apologized. Drake had accepted her apology. Still, Emelia’s behavior was inexcusable. She’d shredded his documents, conveniently forgotten to relay messages, and had even started switching his black coffee for decaf, little by little, hoping he would be groggy and unmanageable in front of his business associates.

To make matters worse, Drake had been so damned kind through the whole thing. He’d been disgustingly…understanding.

She had to make it up to him somehow. She would be the best date he’d ever brought to the Vanguard Gala, on her best behavior.

“What are you waiting for?” Trixie asked.

“I don’t know.” Nerves danced in Emelia’s veins, and tingled through her arms. “Maybe I should wait to put it on until I get home.”

“Oh no, you’re not going to deny me this. If you’re not going to be excited about it, I’ll do it for you. Mr. Wilder always picks the attire for this event. Last year he bought me a McLourdes, the most expensive and elegant on the line. It was silver and flowing with diamonds at the collar.” Trixie smiled as if she wore the dress now, and seemed to glow from its memory.  It should’ve been a crime for a woman to have brains, sensibility, and beauty that rivaled a model’s. “Aren’t you even a little anxious to see what he got you?”

Emelia hadn’t gotten dressed up for a formal event in years…since Prom, probably. While she’d always loved to dress up, she’d never found an excuse, and had never had a boyfriend who would agree to take her somewhere that required it.

“Yeah,” she shrugged, playing down her feelings. “I guess.”

Staring at the long, black bag, Emelia couldn’t squelch down the excitement that bubbled in her belly. Drake could afford to buy from the most expensive stores on the planet. They were attending a benefit gala in San Francisco, a place she’d always dreamed of going. There were going to be celebrities at the event, Wilder coworkers from across the country and Forbes businessmen. It was a black tie affair, which meant anything could be in the bag: Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana. Emelia shuddered with anticipation as a single name streaked through her thoughts: Vera.

“Well come on!” Trixie waved her hand impatiently. “Unzip it, or I will.”

“All right.” Emelia unzipped as Trixie peeled apart the bag opening.

“Oh my—” Trixie gasped, hand to mouth, as the zipper hit the bottom of the bag, revealing the entire dress.

“It’s…” Air wheezed past Emelia’s lips. “…pretty?”

The dress was a hodgepodge of cotton and lace, full length, flat-black and full-collared. It was perfect…for a nun in training. A blind nun. Who picked her own clothing. From Walmart.

“This has to be a mistake.” Trixie backed away like the dress was covered in maggots. “I must’ve picked up the wrong bag from the designer.”

Speechless, Emelia checked the tag. No mistake. The garb was hers. She pulled it out by its hanger and held it up, then met Trixie’s mortified gaze. “Is this what women wear to these things?”

“Oh hunny,” Trixie’s hand found Emelia’s shoulder as if she were consoling her after a death in Emelia’s family. “What has gotten into that man?”

Things never worked out as Emelia dreamed. She should’ve been used to that by now.

“If this is what Mr. Wilder wants me to wear, I’ll do it.” She owed him at least that much. “It’s just so…”

“Morticia Addams?”

“Uh-huh.”

Gazing far off, Trixie twirled the end of her auburn hair around her finger. “What time is Mr. Wilder picking you tomorrow?”

“He’s sending the limo to my place at noon. Why?”

“I want to know how much time I have to get Cinderella ready for the ball. Fairy Godmothers don’t work well under time crunches, you know.”

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Paperbacks or eBooks?

Both!

 

Best place to read outdoors in your city?

My backyard. I have an almond orchard surrounding my yard, so it’s always really peaceful.

 

Ideal getaway?

The ocean. A beach towel and bottle of water. My toes in the sand. Quiet all day.

 

If you could be someone from history for a day, living or dead, who would it be and why?

This is a great question! I’m going to say Thomas Andrews, the man who designed and helped build the Titanic, but only if I could pick the day to fill his shoes!

I’d want to step in right when the Titanic was fitted and heading out to sea. I think the sense of pride and awe would be completely overwhelming, and it’d be pretty freaking cool to see the ship in all its glory before it sank.

 

Gone with the Wolf Tour BannerTour-wide Giveaway:

Kristin is giving away a Gone with the Wolf themed prize pack to one lucky winner!

Prize pack includes:

  • Gone with the Wolf swag including a custom made beaded bookmark
  • Seattle’s Best coffee &  Starbucks travel mug
  • Ghiradelli chocolates
  • Too Much of a Good Thing is… Wonderful! wine bottle charm

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CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.

 

 

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ABOUT the author: 

Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in northern California, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Kristin taught high school and middle school English, married her college sweetheart, and had two beautiful munchkins. In 2008, she took time off from teaching to raise her children, and started writing while they napped.

Her first novel was published in 2011, and since then she has had seven other novels published (mostly paranormal romances). She is the author of Gone with the Wolf with Entangled Publishing, the dark and gritty Vampires of Crimson Bay series with Avon, and the short-but-steamy Isle of Feralon novellas with Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.

 

Author Website: www.kristinmiller.net

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