DARE TO RESIST and giveaway with Laura Kaye

We are thrilled to tell you that Laura Kaye’s DARE TO RESIST is now available!! DARE TO RESIST is being published by Entangled Publishing, and only $.99 right now!!

Dare to Resist

DARE TO RESIST is the prequel novella to the sexy wedding event of the year! The Wedding Dare Series brings together five New York Times bestselling authors, one sizzling story of how the bride and groom fell in love, and four super sexy tales of bridesmaids who hope to get lucky in lust—or maybe even love—at their friend’s wedding. Here’s the story that starts it all!

DARE TO RESIST Synopsis:

Dare to Resist

By New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Kaye

May 12, 2014

Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

KadyDresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

 

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About the Wedding Dare Series:

When four bridesmaids dare one another to find lust—or maybe even love—at the destination wedding event of the year, the groomsmen don’t stand a chance. But little do the women know, the men are onto their game, and sparks will fly alongside the bouquet.

Four bridesmaids. Four groomsmen.

Four New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Long-carried torches, sizzling new attractions, and forbidden conquests will ensure a wedding never to be forgotten.

Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor

Diane Alberts, Falling for the Groomsmen

Katee Robert, Seducing the Bridesmaid

Samanthe Beck, Best Man with Benefits

Coming June 9!

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Author PhotoLaura Kaye Bio:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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HARD AS IT GETS with Laura Kaye

HARD AS IT GETS is one steamy read! How did you first get into writing?

Thanks so much! And thanks for having me here! I’ve been a writer all my life. I’m a historian by training, so writing non-fiction was a part of my job for the fifteen years I worked as a college professor. But I started writing fiction in 2008 in kind of an unusual way. I hit my head on July 4, 2008. I didn’t think much of it that day, but soon after I realized I’d really hurt myself, and it turned out I had a minor traumatic brain injury. As I recovered, I was filled with an amazing urge to be creative, so I started taking guitar lessons (still not very good at that!) and wrote my first novel in 12 weeks (fortunately, I’m better at that LOL!). The experience of writing that first book was truly transformative. It was what I was supposed to be doing, so I revised that book until it sold and kept writing new ones. And I haven’t looked back since! 

Why did you choose to write romance?

I had been an avid reader of paranormal romance for years at that point, so I wrote what I loved. But I also picked romance—unconsciously, I think—because to me it’s an incredibly hopeful genre. Romance stories are inherently stories about people who can’t find love or think they don’t deserve it who overcome the odds and find it in the end. In the years leading up to starting writing, I experienced a number of very hard personal losses, so writing in this genre was one way I worked through those issues. 

What does “Hard Ink” refer to? What importance do tattoos play in your story?

Hard Ink is the name of the Rixey brothers’ tattoo shop in the Hard Ink series. Nick and Jeremy Rixey are co-owners, though Nick (the hero of book one, Hard As It Gets) prefers to be more of a silent partner, despite Jeremy’s efforts to put Nick’s artistic talents to work. In this series, tattoos are a way people remember, pay penance, or highlight what’s important to them. The act of creating permanent marks on skin has deep meaning to them. And the shop creates a gritty setting where diverse kinds of people meet and interact in the series. I really love it! 

Describe Becca—what do you love most about her? And Nick?

I’d love to! Because I really loved writing these characters! 

Becca Merritt is smart and strong and honest and protective. I really loved the way she was willing to stand up for those she loves, even against people and forces who might be stronger and even a little scary. There’s a scene in particular when she dresses down Nick’s Special Forces teammates after a fist fight where I was particularly cheering for her! LOL 

Nick Rixey is, omg, so freaking hot, you guys! He’s brooding and tortured and honorable and when he falls he falls  so hard. I especially loved Nick’s mix of hard, alpha edges with his artistic side. When Nick shows Becca what her idea for a tattoo might look like on her skin, it’s just scorching!

What significance does the military play in the book?

Military themes are central to the whole Hard Ink series. The military isn’t just sexy window dressing nor is it just there to provide an intriguing backstory. The prior SF guys are this series are entirely defined by their military experience good and bad. It informs their identity, their sense of honor and duty, their view of the world, and of course gives them the skill set required to fight the battles they face in the series. The overall series mystery the characters are working to solve revolves around a military conspiracy in Afghanistan, so even though they’re out of the Army, the military themes are central. 

If you could describe your book in a 140 character tweet, what would it be?

In #HardAsItGets, an ex-soldier joins forces w/his dead commander’s daughter to regain his tarnished honor & save her brother from a gang.

Is there a particular author or book that has influenced your writing?

There are a number of authors that have influenced me, but if I had to pick one it would be J.R. Ward. A lot of what I know about how to write sexy, authentic male point of view comes from reading her books. And I definitely learned the importance of a good bromance to a romance novel from her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, too. Given my ginormous fangirling, you can only imagine how flipping excited I was when this happened:

“Edgy, sexy, and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!”

~J.R. Ward on Hard As It Gets

You guys, I bawled like a baby in the middle of a huge workshop put on by my publisher. For real. LOL

What advice would you give aspiring writers looking to get into the publishing industry?

Here’s my advice:

1) Write, write, write. You can’t revise what you haven’t written and you can’t sell what you haven’t written. And the psychological and emotional boost you’ll get from writing “The End” for the first time cannot be overestimated.

2) Revise, revise, revise. That first time you type “The End”? Yeah, you’re nowhere near done. Your book will need to be edited, by you, several times before you ever put it in front of an agent or editor. You get one shot with them, so don’t waste it by not showing them your very best and most polished work.

3) Find critique partners. And your mom, siblings, and best friend do not count (unless you’re really lucky, like me, and your best friend happens t also be a professional author). You need other aspiring writers in your genre who will give you honest but constructive feedback about how to improve your manuscript. Let them catch all the embarrassing goofs and plot holes you thought you caught before it gets to an agent or editor.

4) Want to be a professional, then act it. And by that I mean join the professional organization(s) of the genre in which you write. Through them you will find classes to help hone your craft, critique partner match-ups, networking opportunities, calls for submission, and other opportunities invaluable to breaking into publishing.

5) Don’t give up. You will hear way more no’s than yeses, particularly early in your writing career. Stick with it. Believe in yourself. Give yourself one day to wallow in the rejection and eat a bunch of chocolate and then get right back on the horse. If your first book doesn’t sell, chalk that up to learning and write a second.

What can fans of HARD AS IT GETS look forward to next?

I’m currently writing four series: two contemporary (Hard Ink, Heroes) and two paranormal (Hearts of the Anemoi, Vampire Warrior Kings). I’ll have books from all four of those releasing in 2014. My next release is Hard As You Can (Hard Ink #2) coming 2/25/14!

Five dishonored soldiers.

Former Special Forces.

One last mission.

These are the men of Hard Ink.

Tall, dark, and lethal…

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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10 Things I Like About Winter by Laura Kaye with Giveaways

10 Things I Like About Winter

 

So, since the first book in my four-book contemporary fantasy romance series, the Hearts of the Anemoi, is set in winter, I thought I’d share a bit about why I enjoy this season. NORTH OF NEED is about a long-exiled snow god who falls in love with a grieving widow at Christmastime, and the wintry setting is nearly a character, it’s so important to the story. So, without further ado, here’s 10 things I like about winter:

Snow men. Notice I didn’t say making snow men, because I’m not very good at it! LOL But I totally love seeing them decorating people’s front yards. I love watching kids make them. I love the cute faces made out of rocks and sticks. I love the image of someone’s scarf wrapped around their neck. I’ve always found snow men cute and magical, and have a whole collection of snow men ornaments and figurines. No wonder I like NORTH OF NEED’s hero, Owen, so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crisp, cleanness of new snowfall. I love the unbroken newness of a fresh snowfall. How it blankets the world. Makes everything clean and white and bright. How, for a moment, before those first foot or pawprints make tracks through the snow, it’s like a whole, brand new world has been created. Pure winter magic.

 

The quiet while snow falls. You ever notice, no matter how hard or soft snow falls, it’s entirely silent. How powerful is that? Snow has the physical ability to change and cover the physical landscape, and yet it does so in absolutely silence. Really cool.

 

Snow on tree branches. I’ve always liked the way trees look when their branches are snow-covered. Nature’s holiday decoration, done just for us to enjoy.

 

Warm comfort food. Aw, man, this is a good one! Winter is the season of a nice think beef stew, or a spicy pot of chili. Winter is chicken pot pies and turkey casseroles and warm apple pie and hot chocolate with little marsh mallows and whipped cream. Yeah, this is a definite favorite part of winter!

 

Christmas carols. I don’t like ‘em too early, and I’m done with them by about December 27th, but during the holiday season, I love hearing Christmas carols. I find myself humming Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…Jack Frost nipping at your nose… Tell me you don’t hear that in your head right now! And that it doesn’t make her chest go all warm and fuzzy! LOL

 

Christmas light decorations. Christmas lights make the world festive and bright, and I love driving around and seeing how everyone decorates. And this is something my kids (ages 5 and 7) especially like, too. To them, lights are magical and fun, and their excitement at seeing them is one way I like to see Christmas through their eyes. I especially enjoy driving through big light displays—we have one in our area at a State Park and we go every Christmas Eve.

 

The smell of the Christmas tree. We always get a real one, so our house is always a wonderful, yummy combination of smells—the pine from the tree, the Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie candle burning, the warmth of the fire.

 

Christmas cookies. I don’t know why, but chocolate chip and sugar cookies don’t taste as good any other time of the year! I love baking them and having the smell permeate the house, icing the sugar cookies with my girls, and always having some to share with friends.

 

The spirit of giving. Ever notice how giving everyone becomes at the holidays? I don’t just mean Christmas presents, but of course those are fun, too. The season brings out people’s generosity, even at a moment when their expenses are higher and they don’t have as much to give. Still, people turn out to donate food, clothing, presents for needy children. They pick up tags from Angel Giving Trees and give toys to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. The spirit of giving is something I especially love about winter.

 

So, that’s it! 10 Things I Like About Winter! Now, I know winter’s not a lot of people’s favorite season, but come on and work with me—what’s one thing you especially like about winter? (And, if it’s not your favorite season, share which one is! The Anemoi series will feature a god in each, so you won’t hurt my or Owen’s feelings… *grins*)

 

Thanks so much for reading!

Laura Kaye

 

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About North of Need:

 

Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration–before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

Owen’s POV:

Chair Lift 3 took them where they needed to the top of the mountain, and Owen loved how Megan snuggled into the side of his body, their thighs pressed tight together. He gazed down at her. “Beautiful up here,” he murmured as the unnoticed resort glided by beneath them.

“Yeah.” She turned away from his chest and took in the view, then glanced up to see him staring at her. A blush bloomed over her cheeks, discernible even under her ski goggles and beanie. She leaned back against him. He squeezed her in with his arm around her shoulders. At the end of the lift ride, they jumped off together and she guided them to the trail she wanted to try.

“Okay, promise me you won’t cheat.”

“Cheat? What do you mean?”

“None of that snow god voodoo,” she said.

Owen’s whole body shook with amusement.

“I mean it,” Megan said, humor coloring her voice.

He steadied himself using his poles. “No voodoo. Got it.”

“Good. Okay, then. Wait here a second, I want to show you something.”

He nodded. “All right.”

Megan slowly skied away from him. “Stay right there, now,” she called over her shoulder. Just as he started to frown at how far she’d gone, she threw him a mischievous look, dug her poles in, and shoved off. “Catch me if you can!”

Owen gaped. “That little…And she told me not to cheat.” He didn’t think on it long, though, because he was after her in a flash. He knew why she made him promise not to use his powers. She was good. Surefooted and centered. Handled the turns with ease and zigzagged on the straightaways to pick up speed. Gods, her competence on the snow had him hardening in his pants.

He whooped out a cheer of pure exhilaration. The cold air whipped at his hair—he wore neither hat nor goggles, not needing them. He filled his lungs with the wind, fed off it. Tightening his stance, he gained on her, but never caught up. Man, was he going to make her pay.

At the bottom, they twisted to a stop, their downhill skis carving into the snow and sending up sprays of powder. Owen glided toward her.

“Sorry, sorry,” she giggled out with a hand over her mouth.

Owen grabbed it and pulled it away, wrapped it around his back.

“I told you, never hide your smiles from me.” He kissed her cold lips. “Naughty, naughty girl.”

She nodded. “Yep. Ready to go again?”

He smacked her bottom, though her insulated snow pants kept his bare hand from having the effect he really wanted. “You better believe it.”

Y’all are lucky today!  Laura is offering 2 prizes today. 

(1) An ecopy of NORTH OF NEED.  Open internationally.

(2) A set of NORTH OF NEED trading cards.  This prize is open to US and Canadian residents only, sorry.

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Laura Kaye:

A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance and award-nominated HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-winning paranormal romance FOREVER FREED (NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011), as well as an erotic romance novella, JUST GOTTA SAY. Her fourth book, contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in the 4-book Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

JUST GOTTA SAY and GIVEAWAY w/ LAURA KAYE

Laura, thanks for stopping by Manic Readers today, can you tell us a bit about your newest release, JUST GOTTA SAY?

Thanks for having me here! I’d love to!

JUST GOTTA SAY is my debut erotic romance, and it releases this Friday, September 30. It’s a ménage a quatres story (yep, that’s means foursome!) and has a bit of male-male sexiness to spice things even more. Here’s the blurb:

Callie Davis stumbles upon two of her three male roommates in a surprising, molten-hot midnight tryst and discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. Desire to play with them grips her, and she can’t stop fantasizing about having multiple men, particularly her three long-time best friends.

Callie is thrilled when a guys’ night out gives her the perfect opportunity to recreate her fantasy, with the help of a threesome porn video and a bag of sex toys. That is, until Lucas, Jack and Noah return early and catch her in the act. More than anything, the guys want to make her fantasy come true. But Callie has a secret, and she can’t help wondering if being with all three men will risk the future she’s always wanted with one of them.

As three strong sets of hands caress and undress her, Callie surrenders to desire, because sometimes you just gotta say…yes.

Why the move into erotic?

I’m not sure it was so much of a “move” as an expansion, if that makes sense. What I mean by that is just this: all my stories have strong eroticism. I write detailed, explicit sex scenes in all my stories. It’s just how they come to me and, since I intend each of the sex scenes I write to further plot or character development, I believe the detailing helps show that progression. I don’t think of myself primarily as an erotic romance writer, but I do write erotic. So, JUST GOTTA SAY just took that element and expanded on it.

This story attracted me for several reasons. First, because, to me, group fantasies are just so damn sexy and erotic. The idea of one woman being the focus of multiple men’s desires and attention. That’s just hot! *winks* Also, I’ve always liked friends-to-lovers stories, and I think that’s what makes Just Gotta Say not only off-the-charts sexy but also sweet and romantic too. Plus, I couldn’t not write it—the characters would not leave me alone.

Did you intentionally go w/ the old fashioned vampire feel for Forever Freed?

Not exactly. Lucien Demarco came to me as a fully formed character. He knew himself, his story, and how it had to be told. I tend to write character-driven stories, which means I let the characters dictate what kind of story theirs is and how it would best be told. And Lucien was a complete force of nature. He dictated FOREVER FREED from beginning to end and pestered me non-stop whenever I wasn’t writing, which is why I finished the initial 145K draft in just 11 weeks… Reworking all that for publication resulted in the final 95K novel plus a draft of a prequel (Forever Damned) I hope to return to in the not-too-distant future. A sequel is also outlined (Forever Young).

Can you tell us about your WIP’s?

I have a couple things in the hopper right now. I just finished Book 1 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series with Entangled Publishing. North of Need is a contemporary fantasy romance that releases 11/1. The four Anemoi were directional wind gods the Greeks associated with the seasons. I’m now in the midst of writing Book Two, West of Want, scheduled to release in March 2012. I’m also in the middle of edits on a dark paranormal erotic series tentatively called The Vampire Kings series with Harlequin Nocturne. These are novellas in their Cravings line and the first, In the Service of the King, releases February 2012. It’s funny because North of Need is some of the lightest paranormal I’ve written, while the Kings series is much darker. Something for everyone! *grins*

Do any your WIP’s hearken back to your earlier writing?

I think all my writing is connected by a theme that I’ve realized runs through all my stories—people’s desire to belong somewhere, to someone. To have that safe place to land, to know you’ll always be wanted and accepted. Every one of my stories deals with that in some way. I didn’t set out to write that as a theme, but it’s really become important to my identity as a writer, which is why I strive very hard to not only make my stories hot and erotic, but also meaningful and emotional. Because the sex is simply the physical manifestation of the emotional connection that belonging brings.

Does your muse require anything special to get those creative juices flowing, other than two minutes to rub together?  It’s got to be hectic with work, children, husband, and home.

Fortunately, my muse isn’t picky and doesn’t have a required routine that needs to be observed. You said it—with a full-time job, two young children (ages 7 and 5), a husband, a house, etc., I have to write whenever I can. The only real routine I have is my need to reread what I’ve written to get my head back in the story. Otherwise, I’ll write anywhere, any time.

Can you tell us a bit about your historian work and archaeological training?  Have you ever been on a dig?

I have a Ph.D. in American history and work as a college professor. I’ve worked on quite a few digs, beginning in graduate school. I went to William and Mary, and we used to like to joke that you couldn’t throw a trowel in the ground in the Williamsburg, VA, area without hitting a colonial archaeological site. Which was kinda actually true. I absolutely love archaeological fieldwork.

Do you have certain “go to” authors you’ve been with for years?

As a reader? Absolutely. I’ll read anything by J.R. Ward, Sherrillyn Kenyon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Preston & Child.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Paranormal romance, hands down.

Have your reading tastes changed over the years?

I read more romance now than I did when I was younger, but my reading has always been in the paranormal realm.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

No. I couldn’t begin to pick just one.

Are you currently reading anything?

I go in cycles with reading. While I’m deep into writing, I don’t let myself read because I’m a bit of an obsessive reader—once I start a book I usually can’t stop myself until I’m done. LOL Last week I needed a break, and thus I tore through five books, the last of which was Olivia Cunning, Backstage Pass. I’m back in the writing saddle now, so no books for me!

Is there anything special you’d like to share with Manic Readers?

Thank you for having me here! And thanks to the readers for sharing in my stories and bringing my characters to life! Also, to enter to win an ebook copy of JUST GOTTA SAY, leave a comment with your email address! Good luck!

Thanks so much Laura for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with Manic Readers.  I’ve enjoyed it!

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A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance HEARTS IN DARKNESS and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance FOREVER FREED. JUST GOTTA SAY is Laura’s third published book and debut erotic romance. Her fourth book, contemporary fantasy romance NORTH OF NEED, is the first in a 4-book series and releases November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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