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An Interview with Marcus, Earl of Haversham from HEART OF DESIRE

What is your name?  Marcus, Earl of Haversham. My family name is Stowe, but I’m usually called Lord Haversham.

Do you have a nickname? No, thank God. I have enough names as it is.

Who is your best friend? My best friend is Nathan, Lord Ainsley. He is the brother of Miss Katherine Locke.

What kinds of things do you do when you’re together? We were in school together, so we’ve done a lot of different activities. The one we engage in mostly these days is a friendly game of cards.

If you have a family, how do you get along with them? I have three younger sisters with whom I get along very well. Our father recently died, leaving me as their guardian. My sister Letitia has just come out this Season and I have been chaperoning her to various dances and events. I do tend to be a bit overprotective of her.

Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where is it/are they? How did you get it/them? No, I’m afraid I’m just rather ordinary that way. Although perhaps a dueling scar might make me a bit more dashing.

When you’re angry, what do you do? I usually lash out with sarcasm. I love nothing more than a war of words to release my frustrations.

Where do you go? Usually no place special. I’d rather stand and face the object of my anger, as I said, with a scathing verbal rebuttal.  How do you deal with your anger? If that doesn’t work, whiskey usually will.

If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us? I’m not sure what the object is you are speaking of, but I would likely simply ring for the butler, and have cook make us dinner. There’s always chops and vegetables to be had.

What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing? My reputation.

What makes you laugh out loud? Oddly enough, Miss Katherine Locke makes me laugh quite a lot.Has anyone broken your heart? Until recently the answer to that question would be no. However, Miss Locke has managed to take my heart and run it through a vise. She is the most aggravating, shrewish, beautiful, witty woman I have ever met. She is also my best friend’s sister.

What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Miss Locke as my wife.

Why can’t you have it? Well, I think you’ll really have to read the book to find that out.

 

 Follow your heart to find your desire. 

Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her third season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find the handsome lord apparently falling for her. With time running out, should she accept his suit and risk falling in love despite herself?

Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost three thousand pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him ten thousand more pounds for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Miss Locke long enough to charm her into marrying him. But can he avoid falling in love himself?

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Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical  and contemporary romance.  She is currently finishing revisions to  her fifth full length novel, To Woo A Wicked Widow, set in Regency England and the first book in her five part series, The Widow’s Club.

Only Marriage Will Do, second book in her Georgian  House of Pleasure series is with the editor. Her medieval trilogy, Time Enough to Love, is being published by Rising Phoenix Publications. Book 1, Betrothal is currently available.  Book 2, Betrayal, will be available later this fall.

Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

https://jennajaxon.wordpress.com/

Interview with Elsie Beauregard of HER COUNTRY MASTER by Anya Summers

  1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

My name is Elise Beauregard. No nicknames. My parents didn’t believe in them.

  1. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?

Kara Lowe. We love going to wine bars or staying in for a girl’s night with romantic comedies, a bevy of chocolate offerings, and a few bottles of wine. Although here lately, Kara’s been taking me to the Dungeon Fantasy Club. It’s a BDSM Club in Manhattan and all I can say is wow! It makes me blush just thinking about what I’ve witnessed.

  1. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?

My parents. We get along just fine. Well I do with mom anyway. Dad can be a little difficult at times. He’s from the good old boys club way of thinking so he and I have a tendency to butt heads a bit. They live in Kentucky so we don’t see each other that often.

  1. Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where is it/are they? How did you get it/them?

No birthmarks or scars. Kind of makes me a plain jane. I can pick stuff up off the floor with my toes and hand them to you though.

  1. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?

Tums. I have a oodles of tums. When I’m stressed or angry, I tend to reach for the nearest bottle and start popping them. I do yoga as well, but most times tums are what do the trick for me.

  1. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?

Lately, I haven’t had much of an appetite with my stress and tums habit. I usually have fruit and veggies, probably some eggs, cheese, and soup. I like to cook. It’s just lately nothing has been very appetizing.

  1. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?

My career, my ability to support myself. And right now it’s in a rather precarious position.

  1. What makes you laugh out loud?

The stylings of Monty Python.

  1. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was s/he?

They’ve all broken my heart because men don’t buy damaged goods.

  1. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?

I want a baby and a family of my own. But I’d settle for a man that wants to stay around even though I’m damaged goods.

 

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With the encouragement of her best friend Kara, Elise Beauregard, an avowed urbanite, has begun to test the waters of the BDSM lifestyle at the Dungeon Fantasy Club in Manhattan.

Elise – a wedding dress designer on the verge of a total career meltdown, thanks to a particularly vicious former client – finds herself entranced by the scenes at the club, leaving her with a desire to explore the lifestyle herself. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t even know where to begin.

When she is hired to design the gown for the club owner’s fiancée, Elise jumps at the chance. Declan and Zoey’s nuptials are slated to be the wedding of the year, and this is the lifetime opportunity she’s been waiting for, even if she does have to fly to Scotland to take advantage of it. If she gets this dress right, her career might just be saved after all.

Tyler Jenson is a billionaire rancher and Dom who invests not only in his own future, but also that of the planet. His ranch on the Kansas and Colorado border was one of the first in the state to adopt clean, sustainable energy technology. His other passion is the D/s lifestyle; not only is Tyler a hedonist, he needs a woman’s submission in order to feel complete. Unfortunately, there aren’t many submissives in his neck of the woods, so when he receives a wedding invitation from his best friend Declan, he’s only too delighted to accept. Declan is a co-founder of the Dungeon Fantasy Club, with a branch in the basement of his Scottish manor, so Tyler decides to fly in early for an extended stay.

After a scorching night with Elise, the dominant alpha male in Tyler recognizes she might just be the girl for him. He can only hope she feels the same way.

But Elise has other things on her mind. Not only is she in Scotland to design the most important wedding gown of her career, she also harbors a dark and painful secret which prevents her from getting too close to any man. Including Tyler.

Can Tyler, the country Dom, convince the certified city girl to trade bright lights for starry nights? Or will her secret destroy their happiness before it’s even begun?

Publisher’s Note: Her Country Master is the fifth book in Anya Summers’ best-selling Dungeon Fantasy Club series – however, like all the rest, it can be read as a standalone.

Disclaimer: This book contains explicit scenes including anal, spanking, and other BDSM elements. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.

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Anya Summers

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, Book 1

To Master and Defend, Book 2

Two Doms for Kara, Book 3

His Driven Domme, Book 4

Her Country Master, Book 5, August 17, 2016

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6, September 16, 2016

Submit To Me, Book 7, October 15, 2016

Her Wired Dom, Book 8, November 14, 2016

DEATH AT THE DAY LILY CAFE & autographed print giveaway ~ Wendy Sand Eckel

 

Rosalie Hart returns to the sleepy town of Cardigan on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in this delightful traditional cozy mystery series filled with to-die-for recipes and small-town charm.

Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stocked with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor—to help clear her little sister Lori of a first-degree murder charge.
With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it’s not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. When Rosalie’s daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Dianne Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.

Wendy Sand Eckel is the author of MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW, the first in the Rosalie Hart mystery series set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, she has degrees in criminology and social work and a passion for words and their nuanced meanings. DEATH AT THE DAY LILY CAFÉ, the second in this series, will be released by Minotaur Books July 26, 2016.

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Name: Lucy Martin

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Profession: Accountant

 

Describe your body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 

I’m a five foot nine statuesque woman, with a golden skin tone and blazing red hair. And I have this fairy tattoo on my right shoulder blade.

Who is the significant other in your life? 

At the present time, no one. But I did meet some recently though. Jesse Noble, aka Mister Yummypants as I like to call him. He seems to rev my engine like no one else has before.

What is your character’s family like? 

I was adopted by Pete and Nicole Martin. Through my wonderful adoptive parents I have this whole passel of cousins and relatives because of it. I love them all dearly, but it’s my best friend, Zoey, who I’m the closest to. We are really more like sisters than best friends.

Do you have children? 

No, not yet. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want to experience motherhood in all its facets, the time hasn’t necessarily been right though.

What inner doubts causes you the most difficulty? 

That I can be me in a love relationship, be loved for who I am.

What past event causes your character the most fear? 

I suffered abuse at my real father’s hands. That’s not something you ever fully recover from not matter how much therapy you undergo.

What is your biggest personal flaw?

That I use bravado to hide what I’m really feeling. It means I tend to deflect my true feelings and have been known to come off as an Ice Queen. It’s not true. I feel everything, deeper than anyone knows.

 

His Driven Domme (The Dungeon Fantasy Club Series, Book 4)

Jesse Noble loves fast cars and even faster women. A professional race car driver, he’s used to being in the driver’s seat, until a devastating loss on the track forces him to walk away from the only life he’s ever known. After months of rehab and soul-sucking depression, Jesse heads to his friend’s place in Scotland, thinking a month or two of indulging in the fleshy delights of the Dungeon Fantasy Club will help him maneuver the road to recovery more than any painkillers.

Lucy Martin is the mistress and commander of her world. Labeled an ‘Ice Queen’ by her co-workers, she hides her tender and passionate heart from the world, even as she hopes to one day find a man who will help soothe her shattered heart. Now her best friend Zoey, the only person on the planet Lucy can confide in, has gone AWOL and left the country for some Scottish laird. On a mission to rescue her BFF, Lucy travels to Mulladoch Manor and has her world turned on its axis; finding herself in an exclusive BDSM club where she feels right at home.

When the dominant Jesse spies the luscious Lucy sporting four-inch stilettos and leather in the Dungeon Fantasy Club, he surrenders to a night of mind-blowing ecstasy, her caresses somehow driving away every one of his inner demons with supreme skill. In the race of his life, Jesse moves out of the driver’s seat and willingly becomes her passenger – if only she’ll continue tying him up and paddling his bare ass into the most erotically charged, world altering orgasms he’s ever experienced.

When their past secrets are revealed, Jesse will have to convince Lucy to enter the fast lane with him – and prove that he’s willing to submit to all of his Domme’s utmost desires. Can he make the ultimate sacrifice and give up control – for love?

Publisher’s Note: While this is the fourth installment of Anya Summer’s Dungeon Fantasy Club series, like all the books in the series, it can be read as a standalone. It contains explicit sexual themes including anal play and BDSM elements, as well as femdom scenes. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.

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Anya Summers

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.

Anya is a #1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.

Visit her website     Amazon Author Page        FB         Twitter: @AnyaBSummers

 

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, April 15, 2016

To Master & Defend, May 15, 2016

Two Doms for Kara, June 12, 2016

His Driven Domme, July 15, 2016

Her Country Master, August 17, 2016

Love Me, Master Me, September 16, 2016

Submit To Me, October 15, 2016

Her Wired Dom, November 14, 2016

ONE SUNDAY AT A TIME by E.N. Joy

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Book Title: One Sunday at a Time
Genre: Fiction
ISBN-10: 1622867173
ISBN-13: 978-1622867172

Book Release Date: March 2016

Author: E. N. Joy

 

About The Author

Joylynn M. Ross now writing as

BLESSEDselling Author E.N. Joy (Everybody Needs Joy)

BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the author behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas” and “Forever Divas” series, all which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. Her title, If I Ruled the World, earned her a book blurb from Grammy Award Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man, an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publications), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin’s Press. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country. She also conducts publishing/writing workshops for aspiring writers.

Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.

After being the first content development editor for Triple Crown Publications and ten years as the acquisitions editor for Carl Weber’s Urban Christian imprint, E. N. Joy now does freelance editing, ghostwriting, write-behinds and literary consulting. Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott and Reality Television star Shereé M. Whitfield.

You can visit BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy at www.enjoywrites.com or email her at enjoywrites@aol.com.

About The Book

 

What does crazy look like? Let Deborah tell it, it’s the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time, being a full-time mother, full-time wife and a full-time Sunday only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.

Lynox is Deborah’s husband who she thanks God for putting back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?

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Cheryl Holt’s latest, ONLY YOU with signed print giveaway!

CHERYL HOLT does it again with another fast-paced, dramatic tale of seduction, passion, and romance. This time, love blooms on a lazy, decadent trip down the Nile! 

Lady Theodosia Postlewaite, known as Theo to her family and friends, has always had the worst luck. On the night her betrothal was to be announced, she was unwittingly caught in a compromising situation. With her engagement ended and her reputation in tatters, her incensed father demands she flee the gossip by accompanying her dour, grumpy aunt on a sightseeing trip to Egypt. Theo reluctantly agrees, and she’s determined to spend the months abroad proving she possesses the highest moral character. Most especially, she vows to never so much as speak to a handsome man ever again.

Soloman Grey has lived in Egypt for the past decade. His own scandal chased him out of London, and he’s built a new life for himself as an adventurer and explorer. Because of the gossip that ruined him, he doesn’t trust anyone, and he constantly vows that he’ll never so much as glance at a pretty woman ever again.

But when Soloman meets Theo, he’s dragged into her world in a dozen ways he never intended. She’s beautiful, funny, and lonely, and he can’t resist. Yet, he’s the bastard son of an earl, so he could never be worthy of her. When her relatives would do anything to keep them apart, dare he risk all to have her for his very own?

 

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An Excerpt from Chapter 2

The British citizens who journeyed to Cairo either knew him or knew of him. Since he’d just had to engage in a brawl on Miss Postlewaite’s behalf, he wasn’t in the mood for any rebuffs from her relatives.
Out on the verandah, a stern older woman was waving at them. A young lady was seated with her, and she was waving too.
Miss Postlewaite peeked up at him. “We don’t have to climb the stairs after all. My aunt and my cousin, Susan, are having tea on the patio.”
“I see that.”
She leaned nearer and murmured, “Please don’t mention the…incident at the bazaar. It would upset my aunt.”
“I’m sure it would. How will you explain your missing bonnet and scraped palms?”
“I’ll claim I tripped, my bonnet fell off, and a camel stepped on it. It was ruined, so I threw it away.”
“That will work.” He grinned, liking her more than he should. “You’re a skilled liar.”
“Not really. I’m surprised to discover that I have any talent for deception.”
“Perhaps it’s a natural and previously unnoted aptitude, Miss Postlewaite.”
“Perhaps.” She scowled. “And…ah…when I introduce you, could you…ah…call me Lady Theodosia?”
She blushed a charming shade of pink, and he had to fight not to flinch.
A bloody nobleman’s daughter!
There was no way his identity would remain a secret for much longer. He would have turned and stomped out, but she stopped him simply by slipping her hand into the crook of his arm.
“Aunt Edna is a bit stuffy,” she whispered, “and a bit forceful, but don’t let her rattle you.”
“She couldn’t possibly,” he whispered in reply.
“She has a gentle disposition, but she comes across as a tad harsh.”
“I’ll try to hold up, Lady Theodosia.”
His tone was overly mocking, and her scowl deepened. “Are you angry that I didn’t tell you sooner?”
“You might have warned me who you are.”
“There was no need. I’m not anyone of consequence.”
It was much the same comment he’d made about his own antecedents. Weren’t they a pair?


CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author who has published over forty novels.
She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.
Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards. She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre. For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance”, and she’s also revered as “The International Queen of Villains.” She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.
She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans. Visit her website at www.cherylholt.com.

Sarah Mayhew: Larger Than Life, Ready for Love ~ READY TO FALL & giveaway w/ Olivia Dade

Some people naturally have quiet, placid personalities. I am not one of them. Instead, I laugh loudly enough to be heard several city blocks away. I enjoy swearing. I adore dirty jokes. I cry often, at the first sound of a sad violin in a TV commercial or the sight of someone else’s grief. Worst of all, I’m a perfectionist. I’m hard on myself and sometimes hard on the people around me too.

In my past, I spent a lot of years with my head down, trying to avoid trouble and attention. Trying not to make waves, speak too loudly, or bother anyone with my desires. Trying to make myself smaller, in personality if not in body, so as not to inconvenience others.

Part of me believed that no one would love the real me. No one would put up with the loud, demanding woman I am much of the time.

I’m a feminist. I know my insecurity originated from gendered expectations of what a real woman—a good woman—should be like. But in my heart, I still bought into the stereotype.

And at some point, I realized I’d been doing myself a disservice for many, many years. The idea that only paragons of traditional femininity deserve or receive love is a load of crap. Intellectually, I knew that from a young age. Emotionally and on a visceral level, I should have understood it at least a decade ago, the day I met my husband—a man who not only tolerates my quirks, but loves them. Celebrates them.

You don’t need to be perfect to find love. You don’t need to be selfless or patient or quiet either.

In my writing, I wanted to make that clear. For myself, but also for my readers. So while some of my heroines are indeed quiet or patient—Penny and Mary spring to mind—others are definitely not. Angie, the heroine of My Reckless Valentine, is outrageous and funny and adventurous. Some of my other books not yet in print also feature heroines with big personalities.

And then there’s Sarah Mayhew, the heroine of Ready to Fall. In my fourth Lovestruck Librarians book, I decided it was time to tackle the librarian aptly nicknamed DQ (for Drama Queen). Loud, funny, and prone to hyperbole at all times, she’s almost given up on finding a man who’d love her for her quirks.

Luckily, she bursts into Chris Dean’s life at just the right moment, blasting him out of his taciturn isolation and stirring up unexpected emotion in his scarred heart. Outspoken and persistent, Sarah won’t let him hide anymore. And to a man like Chris, she’s irresistible.

She’s larger than life, and she deserves love. You do too, whether you’re retiring or wild, domestic or allergic to housework.

So I hope you enjoy Ready to Fall—and I hope it reminds you that good women come in all sorts of packages. Including yours.

 Elementary school teacher and part-time librarian Sarah Mayhew has the perfect plan: show off her cycling skills at her school’s bike retreat and attract her oblivious coworker in the process. Her end game? Fall in love. Only one problem: she needs to find someone to teach her how to ride a bike pronto. But when she catches sight of Chris Dean’s gorgeous physique, her best laid plans are about to go off track . . .

Chris is not looking for a girlfriend. He’s getting over his last one by focusing on his bike repair business. So when a feisty, sexy schoolteacher urges him to help improve her cycling skills, he does it strictly for the money. He vows he won’t repeat history, even for a blond bombshell like Sarah. But when the two find themselves alone on the road, they can’t help taking a detour straight into each other’s arms . . .

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While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn’t read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them. Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Where did all the throbbing come from? 3) What was a “manhood”? 4) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero’s manhood?

Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers. 1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover features a shirtless man in a Stetson cradling an infant, her ovaries basically explode and her credit card emerges. I have a similar reaction to romances involving spinsters, governesses, and librarians. 2) His manhood. Also, her womanhood. 3) It’s his “hard length,” sometimes compared in terms of rigidity to iron. I prefer to use other names for it in my own writing. However, I am not picky when it comes to descriptions of iron-hard lengths. At least in romances. 4) Because explaining how an orgasm feels can prove difficult. Or maybe the couples all had sex on New Year’s Eve at Cancun.

During those thirty years, I accomplished a few things. I graduated from Wake Forest University and earned my M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked at a variety of jobs that required me to bury my bawdiness and potty mouth under a demure exterior: costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, high school teacher, and librarian. But I always, always read romances. Funny, filthy, sweet–it didn’t matter. I loved them all.

Now I’m writing my own romances with the encouragement of my husband and daughter. I found a kick-ass agent: Jessica Alvarez from Bookends, LLC. I have my own stack of books in my closet that I’d rather my daughter not read, at least not for a few years. I can swear whenever I want, except around said daughter. And I get to spend all day writing about love and iron-hard lengths.

So thank you, Mom, for perving so hard on pirates during my childhood. I owe you.

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Getting to Know You & THE LADY WHO SAW TOO MUCH w/ giveaway

Falling in love is a euphoric experience.  During the courtship phase of a new relationship, in the bliss of infatuation and lust, the object of our affections seems perfect—smart and funny, well-mannered and sensitive, and oh, so sexy.

Of course, we know no one is perfect. But even the most level-headed of us are tempted to idealize our love interest, if only a tad.

Getting to know someone takes time, though.  Reality looms on the horizon.  With each step deeper into the relationship, the view through our rose-colored glasses begins to clear, and that moment will strike when we realize that perfect person isn’t quite so perfect.

The more time spent together, the sooner this is likely to happen.  And what’s worse—and more frightening—that person’s view of us will change too.

We all want our significant other to see us at our best, especially in the beginning. We go to various lengths to achieve the image we want to project. It’s natural to want to hide our imperfections and the things we like least about ourselves. Our flaws, whether physical or emotional give weight to our fears of rejection. Oftentimes our fears are our flaws.

Little quirks can be endearing. Habits can be annoying. And some idiosyncrasies can be downright shocking. Our reactions to our partners’ flaws depends on the depth of our feelings and the progression of the relationship.  Unfortunately, the hero and heroine of The Lady Who Saw Too Much are far from in love and practically strangers when they marry, so there are a lot of surprises in store for both of them.

My heroine, Gianna, is so busy trying to hide her weaknesses, she’s stunned to discover her autocratic new groom has one of his own. He faints at the sight of blood.

Landen’s alarming reaction to the sight of blood mirrors my husband’s, and I will never forget the first time he fainted in my presence.  I was surprised.  He was embarrassed.  And we both learned a lot about each other that day.

Trusting someone to accept you—not for the person you might present to the world, but for who you truly are—is more difficult for some than for others. But with deepening intimacy comes the security and comfort of having someone know you so well, and vice versa.

Landen eventually discovers this later in the book, when he’s about to pass out again, only this time in public.

His thoughts spun through the droning buzz in his ears, the weightlessness in his limbs. Alex was the injured party, but in a few short seconds, Landen would swoon like a woman in front of them all.

“Landen.”

The sound of Gia’s voice was a beacon through the din.

“Landen, look at me.” She tugged at his arm.

He blinked hard against the lure of nothingness pulling him under.

The buzz in Landen’s ears faded with every breath he took, every word Gia spoke. He leaned forward, elbows on his knees. He felt the soft caress of Gia’s hand, rubbing his back.

“Are you feeling better?” she asked.

He nodded, but he couldn’t yet speak.

“Good.” She kept rubbing his back, up and down, soft and steady.

The lightheadedness dissipated, as did his blurred vision, but he didn’t move. Gia’s touch felt so good. So soothing. Conflicting emotions battled inside him. He couldn’t trust her, and yet in this moment there was no one he trusted more. No one who knew him as well as she did. No one else who saw him for who he truly was.

 

While love is seldom perfect, finding the perfect person for you is true magic. Accept and cherish each other for all that you are.  Love is a gift, and the imperfections are part of the wonderful package.

Thank you for having me here.  I’ve enjoyed introducing my characters and hope readers will spend some time getting to know them by reading The Lady Who Saw Too Much.

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Cursed with prophetic visions and desperate to atone for a death she could have prevented, Gianna York swears she will never again ignore the chance to save a life. When she is hired by Landen Elmsworth to serve as companion to his sister, Gia repeatedly sees the image of her employer’s lifeless corpse floating in Misty Lake. As subsequent visions reveal more details, Gia soon realizes her best chance to save this difficult man is by becoming his wife.

At first, Landen Elmsworth believes the fetching Miss York might be right for a meaningless dalliance, but he grossly underestimates her capacity for cunning and soon finds himself bound until death to a woman he may never be able to trust. Yet in the dark of their bedroom they discover an undeniable passion–and a capacity to forge their own destiny . . .  

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A three-time RWA Golden Heart nominee, Thomasine Rappold writes historical romance and historical romance with paranormal elements. She lives with her husband in a small town in upstate New York that inspired her current series. When she’s not spinning tales of passion and angst, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing on one of the nearby lakes, and basking on the beach in Cape Cod. Thomasine is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Capital Region Romance Writers. Readers can find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter: @ThomRappold.

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An interview with Kara Lowe by Anya Summers & giveaway

What is your name? Do you have a nickname?

My name is Kara Lowe. I’ve never really had a nickname, well, at least not until Zeke and Chase. Anytime they call me ‘pet’ my knees have a tendency to go weak.

Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you call home?

I was born in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. I went to college in Tampa, Florida. And now I make my home in New York City.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

My dad leaving my mom and I. He decided he didn’t want to be a husband and father. I don’t think that type of abandonment is something you ever truly heal from, it’s more like something you carry with you.

You’re getting ready for a night out. Where are you going? What do you wear? Who will you be with?

That’s easy. I’d be with my best friend, Elise Beauregard. As for our clothing, it depends on whether we are attending a gallery opening, hitting up the latest club, or just grabbing a bit to eat. You haven’t lived until you’ve had Shake Shack on the run. Just thinking about their burgers my mouth is watering.

Where do you go when you’re angry? What do you do there?

In a city with such an exponential population it’s hard to get any piece and quiet. However, when I’m in a real funk. Meaning I could wipe the floor with someone, burning mad, I go ride the ferry over to New Jersey and back again. Something about getting out on the water gives me a little slice of piece I can’t seem to find on the crowded streets.

Have you been in love? Had a broken heart? Who was it and what happened.

Yes, once when I was in college. I was dipping my toes into the BDSM lifestyle and met a Dom. It didn’t work. I couldn’t submit to everything he wanted, as in, he wanted a slave and that’s just not in me.

What is your biggest fear? Who have you told this to? Who would you never tell this to? Why?

My biggest fear is that I will end up alone like my mother. I’ve never told anyone, not even Elise. It’d break my mother’s heart if I said anything. But I’ve come to see just how fragile she is and I’d like to think that I’m made of sterner stuff.

If you had to make a meal for me right now with only the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry, what would you make me?

I’d probably make you a chicken, apple and gruyere quesadilla. It would change your life, I promise. Just thinking about it is making me hungry.

Look down. Describe what you’re wearing. Is this the way you’re normally dressed? If not, what do you normally wear?

I’m in a designer suit pants and blouse at the office. My clients expect a certain pedigree from their wedding planner, so much of my closet caters more toward work attire. Granted, if I was working at home, you can bet I’d be in a teeshirt and yoga pants.

What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?

I’m not sure commitment is for me. Trusting the other person will be there, will want to stay in it for the long haul. My past conditioning says otherwise, that people will leave you.

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They’re her business partners, so she shouldn’t get involved. Should she?

Kara Lowe is the successful owner of Bridal Dreams, where she works with happy couples to make their special day a fantasy come true. When she is asked to oversee the wedding of a lifetime on the other side of the world, she knows she needs to rely on the two men she’s recently gone into business with to ensure the elite couple’s wedding goes off without a hitch. What she doesn’t expect is for her two partners to decide that, in the wild hills of Scotland, anything goes—including all of her pent-up inhibitions.

Zeke Driscoll and Chase Manning have desired Kara for years; since well before their merger with Bridal Dreams. When a unique getaway wedding presents itself on the books, they decide the Dungeon Fantasy Club is the perfect place to unravel their partner’s sweet beauty and uncover the submissive they know is hiding inside her, just waiting to be let out. The two Doms will test Kara’s boundaries, knowing they’ve found the submissive to hold their hearts.

As Kara begins to lose her heart, she must face the reality of their ménage relationship. Will she be brave enough to commit to a lifetime with her two Doms?

This is the third book in the Dungeon Fantasy Club series by Anya Summers; however, like all the other books, it can be read as a standalone. It contains explicit sexual themes, including BDSM, MFM ménage, and some m/m action. If such content offends you, please do not purchase.

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.

Anya is a #1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, April 15, 2016

To Master & Defend, May 15, 2016

Two Doms for Kara, June 12, 2016

His Driven Domme, July 15, 2016

Her Country Master, August 17, 2016

Love Me, Master Me, September 16, 2016

Submit To Me, October 15, 2016

Her Wired Dom, November 14, 2016

 

 

Believing in the Supernatural with Nicky Peacock

 

 Believing in the supernatural.

As an author I do a lot of research, but as a very curious person I do much more. The supernatural has always intrigued me, so it’s not surprising that it creeps into my books – whether I want it to or not! My latest book, Lost in Wonderland includes a character called Shilo who has a very staunch belief in monsters. He’s convinced himself they are very real, so much so that he’s spent most of his life in a mental hospital, whiling away the days being fearful of a monster that he’s convinced took his mother and talking things through with a very understanding imaginary friend.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m a Shilo, but I deliberately created him to represent a significant part of my own personality – the believer.

I grew up on stories of ghosts and monsters and I was reading about these creatures long before the internet gave us unlimited access to every witness, urban legend, blurry photo and conspiracy article. I adored the thought that these things existing in our world – as long as they existed outside my own line of sight that is! I always found it fascinating that every culture has a legend to do with: a vampire, a sea creature, a Bigfoot and even demons. Most dating back to when these countries had no communication with one another and probably didn’t even know of each other’s existence. And it seems everyone I’ve spoken to has a ghost stories of some sort that they can tell. I actually live a ten minute drive from the famous British castle where Charles Dickens saw the ghost that inspired the phantom in his book, Bleak House.

I don’t know about you, but I have a very open mind about the supernatural; though, not so open that my brain drops out! My analytical side flares up with everything I read – that cold breeze that made you shiver could well be just poor quality window fittings and that lake monster you took a holiday selfie with might well be just an oozing pile of trash floating out to sea. I think we have to wonder, in this day and age with the technology we have at our everyday disposal, why we’re not brimming with irrefutable evidence of the supernatural. Maybe, like me, most of the human race like the idea of it, just don’t actually want to know for sure that it exists – I mean how would it affect the world if a pack of werewolves were discovered hiding out in a US national park? Worse, it had been covered up?

I’d love to hear your stories of supernatural events and experiences, so please feel free to contact me through my blog here: https://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com/about/contact-me/