Friday Finds

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NEW RELEASES

spotSweet Spot

by Amy Knupp

Former marketing whiz Kennedy Lowell knows bartending isn’t her destiny. After derailing her life to epic proportions in one fell swoop, though, she’s content with the easy refuge of pouring drinks and keeping to herself. But the arrival of her sexy new boss and two wannabe friends who won’t take no for an answer throws Kennedy into a tailspin. Add the temptation of a homey new bakery desperately in need of a marketing genius and Kennedy begins to wonder if easy is all it’s cracked up to be.

Easy is Hunter Clayborne’s middle name. Uncomplicated is what he expects when he moves home to Nashville to take over the family business. What he finds, though, is the polar opposite of easy—a bar losing money, a family entrenched in doing things the old-fashioned way, and an irresistible redheaded bartender who keeps him at a cool distance in spite of their sizzling mutual attraction.

There’s nothing simple about the chemistry between Kennedy and Hunter. But sometimes, if you can work your way out of your comfort zone, that’s when you just might find your sweet spot.

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afterIt’s Love She’s After

by Bettye Griffin

From author Bettye Griffin comes a new “Romance in the Real World” love story about redemption and second chances…

After a scandal of her own making nearly blew up her career, TV reporter Wendy Ward’s career is back on track, albeit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a much lower ranked market than her previous Chicago. Her love life has picked up as well, with a promising new romance with Jermaine Thomas, whose success at writing, producing, and directing has made him a hot Hollywood property. Wendy is determined not to repeat the mistakes she’s made in the past, and when Jermaine asks her to be at his side during a difficult time in his personal life she feels she’s getting closer to the lasting relationship she craves…

Her notoriety has boosted the ratings, and she is assigned to work closely with news producer Terone Copeland on a series of special reports. What Wendy doesn’t know is that Terone has had a crush on her for years…and when, suddenly and without warning her relationship with Jermaine cools, she finds herself wondering if there’s still a chance for her to find the love she’s been chasing for so long…

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crisisIdentity Crisis

by Eliza Daly

When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Security Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across country to a family and past she doesn’t remember.

At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.

Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?

This is a new release of a previously published edition.

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smokeA Lady in the Smoke: A Victorian Mystery

by Karen Odden

Featuring all the suspense and historical atmosphere of Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries, Karen Odden’s enthralling debut plunges a headstrong young Englishwoman into a conspiracy that reaches the highest corridors of power.

Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother’s life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.

After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family’s buried secrets. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul’s very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. Now Elizabeth must risk everything for the man who has found a place in her heart. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, she uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. Buttime is running out to see justice done.

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An Afternoon with NYT Bestselling Author Eileen Dreyer

Welcome to Magical Musings, Eileen, it’s great to have you visit us today.

Thanks so much for the invitation.

 How did you get started writing?

There’s a great quote by Moliere. “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for fun. Then you do it for a few close friends. Finally you do it for money.” That’s a pretty good outline of my own journey. I actually remember the moment I began to write. I was a Nancy Drew fanatic. Loved me my girl sleuth and her red roadster.

Then the day came when I realized I had read every Nancy in the library. And the librarian informed me that (sob) there wouldn’t be another out for a year. Well, one of the truths about me is that I do not wait well. I was devastated. And then, just like in the movies, I had this sudden idea. “Wait. I can write my own. And I can make them turn out the way I want them to.” I was ten.

The next phase started in seventh grade when I realized that an easy way to make friends was to put classmates into stories of adventure and romance with famous heartthrobs. Every morning there was somebody waiting for me to find out what happened the night before. Pretty heady stuff.

I stayed that route for quite a few years, although I retreated to having most of the adventures myself. It wasn’t until I was married, a mother, and had been working as an ER nurse for ten years before I hit the next stage. I was standing out in the hospital parking lot with a friend saying something like, “There’s got to be something better than this.” She was as big a reader as I was. She loved to write. She said, “I think we need to publish books.” And after about five years of slogging through the boggy land of publishing, I saw my first book published.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

If I had enough time (and focus. I’m the queen of ADD) I would write in most genres, because I read most genres, and you tend to write what you read. What has ended up happening, though, is that I’ve focused on romance and suspense I think it’s because both genres reinforce messages I like, romance the message of hope and suspense of justice.

The truth is that I began writing romance without actually understanding it completely. What I did know, however, was that the heroines were strong women who always won in the end. And that in the end, no matter what had happened during the course of the book, everything would be okay. When I started trying to get published, I was working as a trauma nurse. Kind of stressful. I realized much later that all the while I worked ER, I only wrote romances. I think it was because there were days that it was the only way I could make good things happen to good people.

After I retired I included suspense(amazingly enough, all set in medicine). I could go someplace darker then, and tell some truths about the world of medicine I couldn’t before. And I could reinforce again and again, at least for me, that there was justice in the world. That the people I took care of who did terrible things would be punished and the innocent rewarded. As I said, the world I worked in was, at best, uncertain. This helped me believe that the world could remain rightside up.

The best of both worlds, of course, is when I can have romance and suspense. I get to enjoy a mix of both.

 Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?

Ya know, I guess I didn’t realize this before now, but actually, yes. The funny thing is that I never read romance growing up. Not Heyer or Cartland, and I thought most Harlequins were silly. I came up what I call the mystery/suspense pathway. Nancy Drew, Mary Stuart, Helen McInnes, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum. I’ve always said that it was my friend Katie who gave me the idea to write romance. After all, she was an avid reader. I insisted I wanted to write suspense, history, fantasy.

What I never paid attention to is that all along what I wrote for myself was actually what I’d label romantic adventure. Couples in terrible danger. Sexual tension(although I didn’t actually call it that when I was young). Happy endings. (Although I was much more a serial writer. Maybe I should have been a soaps writer). But yes, in the end, I’ve actually been focused in this direction since I was ten.      

What is your favorite part of writing?

Ooh, several things. That first inspiration. The moment you see something, or read something or hear something, and suddenly your brain goes, “What if….?” and sometimes within minutes characters and places and ideas are whirling around in your head. At that moment the book is almost a tangible thing you can hold in your hand.

Being caught up in the story, where the world you’ve created becomes the one that surrounds you. Dishes disappear and bills and that spat you had with your husband the night before. You’re actually running through Europe with a European prince trying to save the heir to the throne. You’re not in sweats, but an elegant gown as you stroll through the formal gardens of a castle, or breaking and entering attire as you sneak through a house. I admit it. Pretending for a living is a lot of fun.

What is your least favorite part of writing? 

The long, hard, frustrating days when it seems the story is holding itself just out of your reach, when your characters won’t tell you why they’re really doing what they’re doing, when the plot just won’t come together(I have most problem with that. You’d think somebody who wanted to be a suspense writer would love plot. Nah.). I actually have an old ratty robe just for days like that so my family knows the book isn’t going well and that they should extend the safety perimeter.

Give us an elevator pitch of your book.

Everybody knows Jake Kendall. Jake is a success story. Orphaned early, he did such a good job turning around a failing Wyoming horse ranch, he put his three siblings through school and gained a nationwide reputation.

Amanda Marlow is the epitome of an east coast author: bright, funny, curious. When she shows up at a cabin on Jake’s land to research a book, she threatens Jake’s entire world. She represents everything he longs for: freedom, exploration, learning. But Jake has a secret that could bring his entire life tumbling down. And if he lets Amanda close, she could expose it.

Excerpt from JAKE’S WAY (The Wounded Hero Collection)

“This is private property,” Jake taunted, knowing damn well that his voice was too harsh. He couldn’t help it. His hands shook. His belly was on fire. He wanted her so badly that if he weren’t careful, he’d take her right there in the doorway.

She smiled, and he was lost. “I know,” she answered. “I figured I’d negotiate with the owner to stay just a little while longer.”

“Negotiate?”

Amanda stepped forward. “Yes,” she answered, her voice slowing, thickening like warm honey. “I thought we could talk a little, and maybe share something to drink.”

Jake managed to raise an eyebrow. “Are you talking bribes here, woman?”

Her smile widened, and her eyes darkened. “If that’s what you want to call it.”

 

eileendreyer_jakesway_200pxJake’s Way

Everybody knows Jake Kendall. Jake is a success story. Orphaned early, he did such a good job turning around a failing Wyoming horse ranch, he put his three siblings through school and gained a nationwide reputation.

Amanda Marlow is the epitome of an east coast author: bright, funny, curious. When she shows up at a cabin on Jake’s land to research a book, she threatens Jake’s entire world. She represents everything he longs for: freedom, exploration, learning. But Jake has a secret that could bring his entire life tumbling down. And if he lets Amanda close, she could expose it.

“A beautifully compelling story of love”  Rendezvous

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon now, available 10/6/16! https://goo.gl/cckwvO

edreyerbvbook-copyAbout Eileen Dreyer

New York Times Bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer has published 40 novels and 10 short stories under her name and that of her evil twin, Kathleen Korbel in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery and medical forensic suspense. A proud member of RWA’s Hall of FAME, she also has numerous awards from RT BookLovers and an Anthony nomination for mystery. She is now focusing on what she calls historic romantic adventure in her DRAKE’S RAKES series. A native of St. Louis, she still lives there with her family. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

http://eileendreyer.com/

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Hanging out with Gin Blanco and Jane Yellowrock

I did something fun this summer — I did a character interview with another author.

Faith Hunter writes the Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series (along with the Soulwood series). Many folks who read Faith’s books also read my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, starring Gin Blanco, my assassin heroine. So we thought it would be fun to put together an interview with our two leading ladies, Jane and Gin. And thanks to Mud at Let’s Talk! Promotions for agreeing to “host” the interview. Here’s the complete interview:

THE INTERVIEW:

Mud:  (Huge Ditsy Talk Show Host Smile) Thank you everyone for coming tonight. I want you to give it up for my special guests, professional killers, Jane Yellowrock and Gin Blanco. (Loud applause, slowly dying into rapt silence.)

Mud:  Good evening ladies, and thank you for coming today. So, I understand you both come from Asheville, Ashland, um, someplace like that, right?

Jane:  (Places cell phone on the table. Looks longingly at the door. Calculates how long it would take her to leap across the table and get away and if Gin—whoever she is—would shoot her in the back for deserting her.)

Unraveled finalGin: (Looks at Jane, then the host, then all the exits. Leans back in her chair and gives everyone a bright, charming smile.) Thanks for hosting me on your show. I appreciate it.

I’m from Ashland, a Southern city that’s full of giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementalsAir, Fire, Ice, and Stone. It’s quite lovely … except for all the crime, corruption, and conspiracies. But it’s home, and it always will be.

And yes, “Ash” names seem to be very popular. Maybe because so many things get reduced to ash, rubble, ruin, and the like when we’re around?

Jane:  Yeah, yeah, yeah. Used to live in Asheville, North Carolina. Sleepy little city. Lotta snow skiing in winter, lotta water sports on the rivers. Rock climbing. Hiking. People disappearing from time to time. Vampires are pretty civilized. As much as blood-sucking fangheads can be. I’m in New Orleans now. (Thinks.) It’s hot there.

Mud:  Are your names real? I mean, honestly, Jane and Gin?

Jane:  (Points to her own chest.) Orphan. Found in the mountains, wandering around. Total amnesia. No family came to claim me. Raised in a children’s home. Yada-yada, sad story, yada-yada.

(Looks at Gin, who is frowning. Jane sighs.) Fine. Originally Jane Doe. Now, legally, Jane Doe Yellowrock. That’s what it says on my legal papers. Gin: Well, technically, my real name is Genevieve, but I like Gin better. It’s short and to the point, like one of my silverstone knives. And it’s a lot easier to type too.

Jane:  (Perks up.) Silverstone? Seriously. Can I see? Holy crap. Cool blade. So what? It asks for blood in return for touching it?

Gin: (Gives Jane a look.) Um, no. It doesn’t ask for blood. It doesn’t have to. Believe me, this knife and all my others gets good and bloody on a regular basis. Some low-level underworld criminal is always trying to kill me. Idiots. You’d think that they would know by now not to mess with the Spider, but they just never learn until it’s too late—for them. (Shrugs.)

Jane:  (Sits back in her chair.) Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Mud:  All right, everybody put away the toys. Let’s get to the questions everyone here wants to know. How does it feel to be killers? (Both guests stare at her. Squirms in chair. Pulls her collar out. Guests continue to hold her with their eyes. Sweat pops out on her forehead.) What? That’s the reason everyone is here, right?

Shadow RitesJane:  (Growls.) I kill things that kill humans. I get paid to kill things that kill humans. I don’t kill humans. Well, not for money. And unless they’re trying to kill me. Or someone I love. Then they get what they deserve.

Gin:  Wait, what? I thought that I was here to cater some barbecue from my Pork Pit restaurant. Not answer questions about things that might get me into trouble. Well, more trouble than I’m usually in. Don’t tell me that I cooked all this food for nothing.

Jane:  You got pork? Cool! You make your own sauce? I’m starving.

Gin:  Help yourself. And of course I make my own barbecue sauce. It’s a secret recipe passed down by my mentor. (Grins.) I could tell you what’s in it … but then I’d have to kill you.

(Both killers laugh.)

Jane:  Holy Crap on Crackers. This is almost as good as raw … Never mind. (Eats. A lot.)

Mud:  Now that that’s over, let’s go over the rest of the questions.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever killed anybody with?

Spider's BiteGin:  What haven’t I killed someone with would be the better question. Magic, knives, utensils, cast-iron skillets … I tend to use whatever’s handy, especially when I get attacked in or around my barbecue restaurant. Which happens far more often than you might think.

Jane:  (With a handful of pork on a bun. Talking while chewing.) Teeth?

Gin:  (Looks at Jane with an odd expression.) You kill people with your teeth?

Jane:  Kinda hard to kill with someone else’s teeth.

Gin:  Good point. I prefer my knives, though. Using your own teeth can be a bit … messy.

Jane:  Yeah. I buy a lot of bleach.

Mud:  Is there a union?

Gin: No union. More like a professional admiration society. Right, Jane?

Jane:  I’ll admire you all day long if you’ll share your silverstone supplier. (Places two, 14-inch, silver-plated vamp-killers on table.) These babies are well matched, well-balanced, and easy to use. They do the job but silverstone looks like it’s a lot lighter.

Gin:  (Lets out an approving whistle.) Nice arsenal. You’re a woman after my own heart.

(Both women start admiring all the sharp, pointed weapons on the table.)

Mud:  What is one thing that you’re just dying to let everyone know about yourselves? Get it? Dying?

Gin:  You’re a funny one, aren’t you? Well, here’s something that everyone might not know about me. I love to cook, but dessert is my favorite thing to make, especially if it involves chocolate.

Jane:  (Frowns at them both. Thinking.) I got nothing. My life is an open book. What? It is! Oh, Wait. No. I wasn’t being funny. Open book. Crap. I’m so stupid.

Mud:  What kind of yoga or whatever do you do to keep in shape for killing, um, er, people?

Gin:  Oh, there is lots of yoga, running around, fisticuffs, saving people, unraveling elaborate bad-guy plots and decades-old conspiracies. You know, all the usual hijinks.

Jane:  I sleep in a lot. Eat a lot of steak. Lift a few weights with my business partners. Spar all the time. Shift into my Beast when I need healing.

Gin:  Shift into what?

SkinwalkerJane:  They didn’t tell you? I’m a two-souled skinwalker. When I shift into my Beast—she’s a mountain lion—it resets my genetic code to the last healthy shift. I’m, like, 170 years old.

Gin:  Well, that’s one way to keep the wrinkles at bay. And I thought that Air elemental facials worked wonders for the skin.

Jane:  I know, right? Easiest beauty regime in the world. Not that it doesn’t have its downsides. Every time I shift I have to re-shave my legs.

Gin:  (Sighs.) Why does there always have to be a downside?

Jane:  Tell me about it.

Mud:  (Trying to get a word in edgewise) What’s your favorite mixed drink?

Gin:  Why, a gin and tonic, of course. My name is Gin like the liquor for a reason.

Jane:  Alcohol has no effect on me.

Gin:  Really? Sucks to be you, sweetheart.

Jane: (Glumly) I know. I like the taste of Stout. But for effect, caffeine’s my liquid of choice. So my comfort food is a good, China black tea, mixed with Cool Whip.

Gin:  Black tea and Cool Whip? (Shakes her head in sadness.) Oh, sweetheart. I think you need a new definition of comfort food. Come by my restaurant sometime, and I’ll make you some real comfort food—fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and all the other fixings. And we’ll have a proper dessert, like a triple chocolate milkshake.

Jane:  Invitation accepted.

Mud:  If I wanted to become a professional killer, how would I begin?

Gin: Probably by having a tragic backstory like mine. Murdered family, being forced to live on the streets, only surviving because of my burning desire for revenge. I’ve got all the usual motivations.

Blood of the EarthJane:  (Face scrunched up. Thinking.) Not sure if I should say this. It’s what you call a SPOILER! Be born into the Cherokee Panther Clan, which is a sub-clan of the Blue Holly Clan. Grandmother was a War Woman. She taught me to kill a man at age five.

Or the more socially appropriate answer—Decide that protecting other people in the children’s home is more important than good grades.

Mud:  Are those real knives? May I touch?

Gin:  Sure, you can touch my knives … Just let me know which hand you would like pinned to the table.

(Laughs.) Just kidding.

(Leans forward and whispers.) Not kidding.

Jane:  (Hands over the vamp-killers.) Mine are just tools. But you bleed it’s your problem. I don’t kiss boo-boos or give out bandages.

Mud:  (Sweating and fanning self. No longer making eye contact with either guest.) Whenever I reach a goal, I like to treat myself. Do either of you have a post-slaying ritual?

Gin:  Absolutely. I usually cook a big meal for all my friends and family. Being an assassin is hard work. Makes a girl hungry for a good, hearty Southern meal.

Jane:  I get paid and take a nap.

Mud:  Jane, do you order your stakes online? Gin? Your knives?

Unwanted finalGin:  Actually, Owen Grayson, my significant other, made me a lovely set of knives as a present. He’s so thoughtful that way. I’ve been using the knives ever since.

Jane:  I’m currently living in New Orleans and have the steaks delivered. Unless I’m in Beast form and then I take down whatever prey is nearby. (To Gin:) My Sig-O gave me this really cool antique blade from the Moghul empire. It’s amazing. (Pulls out cell phone and thumbs pics.) Look.

Gin:  (Nods in approval.) Very cool.

Mud:  ls it hit-person?

Gin:   Hitperson is fine with me. Or just assassin.

Jane:   Vamp Killer. Have Stakes Will Travel.

Mud:  What is the next song on your person-killing playlist?

Gin:  Two of my favorite songs are “Human” by The Pretenders and “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers.

Jane:  (Gets a dreamy look on her face.) Bruiser—that Sig O?—was playing this number by Roddy Rockwell called Blindsided by Love. Trips my trigger.

Mud:  You aren’t going to kill me now, are you?

Gin:  That depends on you. Don’t make any sudden moves, sugar.

Jane:  Not for free. The cleanup is too much trouble for a freebie. Gin? (Wipes BBQ sauce off fingers with handy napkin.) Where’s this Gin-joint you own? I’m still hungry.

Gin:  Follow me. We’ll go to the Pork Pit, have a nice long lunch, and swap stories over barbecue. What could be better than that? 🙂

MORE ABOUT FAITH

Faith HunterFaith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.

You can follow Faith on her official Facebook page, her personal Facebook page, and Twitter, along with http://www.yellowrocksecurities.com and http://www.gwenhunter.com.

AND THAT’S A WRAP

As you can see, Jane and Gin had a lot of fun hanging out together. 🙂

What about you guys? Do you like reading character interviews? Which fictional characters would you want to hang out with?

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My Interview with Anya Summers

  1. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

I get them from all over from songs to people watching at the airport to visiting a museum. There’s not one particular place or thing that triggers the inspiration for a story. They tend to originate from all walks of life.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the eighth book in this series, Her Wired Dom.

  1. How far do you plan ahead?

With my busy writing schedule, I tend to plan pretty far ahead in advance. For instance, my 2017 writing schedule is almost completely on the books.

 4. What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be an astronaut and explore outer space. I thought that had to be the coolest job ever, at least until I discovered how much math you need. My dream was dashed by the ripe old age of ten.

  1. What is your writing routine like?

When I’m getting ready to begin a new book, first I construct a loose chapter by chapter outline. Then I write the first draft from start to finish with no editing. I do a ton of sprinting to get the draft completed. Once I have the initial manuscript, I go back through from start to finish editing and fleshing out scenes. 

  1. Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?

Love Me, Master Me is an Erotic Romance and the sixth book in the Dungeon Fantasy Club Series. I also write urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher

  1. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

Bastian Dean is an Australian rocker from Perth and a Dominant. As a member of the Dungeon Fantasy Club, he keeps his liaisons to submissives within the club. He’s supremely loyal and will go to the ends of the earth for those he cares for. However, when it comes to romance and love, he has been more the love them and leave them type out of a fear of commitment.

  1. Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.

Delilah Gregory is an opera superstar and submissive with the Dungeon Fantasy Club. She does whatever is necessary for those she loves. Although, she tends to lack confidence when it comes to men and feeling worthy of affection from the opposite sex. 

lovememasterme-small-copyLOVE ME, MASTER ME (The Dungeon Fantasy Club, Book 6)

Delilah Gregory is an opera superstar, enchanting the world with her soaring voice and voluptuous form. When her long-time friend, Declan, asks her to perform at his wedding, she can’t refuse, and heads to Mullardoch Manor in Scotland. She’s looking forward to finding a Dom to play with while she’s there, although with the demands of her career, and still recovering from her ex’s betrayal, the last thing on earth she’s looking for is an actual relationship.

Bastian Dean is a rock star, playing to sold-out stadiums worldwide. His bedroom tastes have always been on the wild side, and the only way he can find satisfaction is when he has a bound submissive begging for his touch. Unlike most rock stars, he keeps his dalliances to bona fide members of the Dungeon Fantasy Club – and as far away from the tabloids as possible. When he meets the ethereal beauty Delilah at the manor, Bastian is determined to enjoy the beautiful, submissive woman’s bounty.

Delilah is stunned by the ecstasy she finds within Bastian’s arms. She doesn’t even like the man much – aside from what he can make her feel even as he disciplines her bare bottom. But despite her misgivings about him, what starts out as a bit of fun and play in the dungeon soon turns into a relationship, where Delilah finds herself healing under Bastian’s passionate touch.

When the demands of her career and a threat from her past intervene, Bastian must use every note in his arsenal to convince Delilah that theirs is a duet worth singing. But can she be convinced to trust him with her heart?

Publisher’s Note: While this is the sixth book in the Dungeon Fantasy Club series, it – like all the others – can be enjoyed as a standalone. This story contains explicit erotic and BDSM scenes, so if such material is likely to offend you, please do not read it.

Available at: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Blushing Books

About 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

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6, September 16, 2016
Submit To Me, Book 7, October 15, 2016
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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

NEW RELEASES

markusSEALs of Honor: Markus

by Dale Mayer

The 7th book in the ever popular SEALs of Honor series is coming in late September. This is Markus and Bree’s story.

Love hurts. Markus lost someone he loved, and for a long time, he’s been dead inside.
Now he spends his life in service to others as he slowly pulls himself together, but he’ll never be the same. And then he meets Bree…
Lost and alone and in trouble, Bree wonders how her life has become such a mess. After coming so close to dying, she’s eager to explore and enjoy the life she almost lost. Getting kidnapped and then escaping into the wilderness of Alaska was not in the plan.

But someone knows she’s seen and heard too much. He can’t afford to let her live. Her second chance is about to be shattered…

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ameliaAmelia (The Brides of San Francisco Book 5)

by Cynthia Woolf

Amelia James grew up performing on the stage. Her stunning voice made her the darling of New York’s theater district since she was fifteen. She’s never been more than an asset to her mother, never been just a woman to the young up-and-coming men who want to use her to advance their own careers. Amelia loves to sing, but is willing to give up fame, fortune and her future on the stage for just one thing…love. Convinced she’ll never find what she needs in New York, she makes the daring decision to leave her life behind and travel to the other side of the country as a mail order bride in San Francisco where she won’t be anything more than a wife, where her future husband will look into her eyes and see her heart.

Wealthy prospector Phillip Dumont learned how to take care of himself from a very young age. With his father’s death, his mother decided to follow her dream and she abandoned her family when he was eighteen years old. Phillip raised a house full of younger siblings on his own. Now, his youngest sibling, his sister, is in need of a woman’s touch. Phillip knows he’ll never trust a woman enough to give her his heart, and decides a mail order bride will provide a soft touch for his sister and keep the gold-digging women at bay.

But Phillip is in for a shock. He is instantly attracted to his new wife and tempted to trust her with more than his name. No matter how vehemently Phillip demands obedience from his wife, his sister and his heart, not one will listen. When an old partner seeking revenge comes for his bride, will Phillip be able to see beyond the secrets of her past to save his family?

Steam Level Rating – semi-sweet

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homeHome of the Brave (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Book 9)

by Donna Ball

The Fourth of July in the Smoky Mountain community of Hanover County, North Carolina means parades, picnics and fireworks. For dog trainer Raine Stockton and her high-spirited golden retriever Cisco it also means a chance to show off their repertoire of tracking, agility and obedience skills at Camp Bowser Wowser, a weekend retreat for dogs and kids less than an hour from home.

But there’s a new dog in town, and Raine and Cisco find themselves unexpectedly upstaged by a flashy K-9 addition to the sheriff’s department. Belgian Malinois Nike and her handler, Jolene, are part of a new government-funded program for law-enforcement agencies, and though Raine admires Nike’s talent almost as much as she resents Jolene’s arrogance, she can’t help wondering why the Department of Homeland Security would send such an expensive gift to their sleepy little mountain community.

Sheriff Buck Lawson has his hands full with an upcoming election, a bizarre murder, and a special appearance by a celebrity politician at the Fourth of July parade, and he is not about to look a gift horse—or dog—in the mouth. But when things go horribly wrong at Camp Bowser Wowser, the scattered puzzle pieces begin to form a terrifying picture. In a desperate battle against an enemy whose face they can’t even see, Raine, Jolene, Cisco, Nike and Buck must work together and reach for depths of courage they never knew they had to defend their way of life, and save the lives of those they love.

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kissKiss a Girl in the Rain (Take a Chance, Book 1)

by Nancy Warren

In this sexy, humorous contemporary romance, a lost dog brings together a wealthy drifter and a small town doctor and changes all their lives forever.

Evan Chance is a man out to complete the bucket list he made as a kid, starting with ride a motorcycle across America. Caitlyn Sorenson is the sexy country doctor standing in his way. Or is she the dream he’s been searching for?

Evan’s Amazing Life List
1.Ride a motorcycle across America
2.Kiss a girl in the rain
3.Swim in every ocean…

When Evan Chance gives up a successful corporate law career to tackle the bucket list he wrote when he was twelve, he has no idea where the road will lead him.

Caitlyn Sorenson is a happily settled small town doctor. When a sexy drifter rolls into town after a motorcycle accident leaves him stranded in Miller’s Pond for a few days with the homeliest dog ever, she can smell trouble even as she’s drawn to a man who is only passing through town.

But some scorching hot nights and a blooming tenderness mean two people will have to face up to the challenges of love.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Warren comes the first in an exciting new series of sexy, humorous romances about a family named Chance.

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Guest blog: Julie Ann Walker on writing romantic suspense

Julie Ann Walker Author PhotoToday, I’m pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Julie Ann Walker to Magical Musings. Julie is the author of the Black Knights Inc. and Deep Six romantic suspense series. Take it away, Julie:

Jennifer: Welcome, Julie! Please tell readers about your new book, Devil and the Deep.

Julie: Hi Jennifer!  Thanks so much for having me on Magical Musing.  What a treat!  Devil and the Deep is packed full of all the good things: action, adventure, madness, mayhem, and steamy hot lovin’ — natch.  Set on the remote Dry Tortugas National Park islands, and inside the crumbling ruins of Fort Jefferson, readers are taken on a rollercoaster ride that encompasses traitorous relatives, the nefarious machinations of OPEC, a botched kidnapping, and so, so much more!

Jennifer: This is the second book in your Deep Six romantic suspense series. Can you tell us a little about the series?

DEVIL AND THE DEEP - coverJulie: Six men.  One sunken Spanish galleon.  Millions of gold and silver coins lying in wait on the ocean floor.  And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto that the only easy day was yesterday…  The series arc follows the hunt for, and excavation of, the legendary ghost ship, but each novel has its own suspense arc.  So no cliffhangers.

Jennifer: What appeals to you about the romantic suspense genre?

Julie: To me, romantic suspense is the meshing of many genres.  It has all the sexual tension of a good romance, the who-done-it of a good mystery, and the action and adventure of a good thriller.  So, like I said above, it’s all the good things rolled into one, which makes it a blast to write.

Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Deep Six series?

Julie: I read a book about Mel Fisher and the raising of the treasure of the Atocha, a bounty worth over 400 million dollars.  I fell in love with the allure of sunken treasure and the romance of treasure hunting.  The real-life story got my muse humming.  I thought, “What if the holy grail of sunken Spanish shipwrecks had yet to be found?”  “What if a group of Navy SEALs, arguably the world’s best divers, went in search of it?”  Voila!  Deep Six was born!

Jennifer: You also write the Black Knights Inc. series. Can you tell us a little about that series?

Julie: I like to say, “Motorcycle mechanics by day, Uncle Sam’s last resort by night.”  The Black Knights are a clandestine government defense firm operating under the guise of custom motorcycle builders.  Think: big, burly, tattooed spies on bikes.  A ton of fun!

Hell Or High Water Cover FinalJennifer: What are some of your favorite romantic suspense books/authors and why?

Julie: I love Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series.  It’s packed with outrageously awesome characters.  And she tells her stories from multiple points of view, which keeps the pages flying by.

The One-Eyed Jacks series by Cindy Gerard is romantic suspense done right.  Filled with alpha males, kickass women, and twisty-turny plots, I read Cindy’s books in one sitting.

Pamela Clare’s I-Team series is, quite simply, da bomb.  She writes tough, brooding men like no other.  And her plots are extraordinarily complex.  I just love her work.

Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?

Julie: Ha!  No.  The truth is my degree is in advanced mathematics, and I taught in that field for seven years.  But I’ve always been a voracious reader, and one day a story popped into my mind fully formed.  I decided to sit down and write it, simply for my own pleasure.  Once I was finished, I felt such a sense of accomplishment that I didn’t want to just save it to my hard drive, I wanted to share it.  So I entered a couple of writing contests, found my agent through those contests, and sold that first manuscript, Hell on Wheels, to my current publisher.  I’ve been writing romantic suspense ever since.  Talk about a career change!

Jennifer: What’s next for you? What are you working on?

Julie: I’m busily writing the next three books in my Black Knights Inc. series.  All of which are debuting next year, so I’m living in chaos right now.  But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  There’s that old say, “Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Well, I love my job!

MORE ABOUT JULIE

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find Julie on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

Follow Julie on these sites:

Website: www.julieannwalker.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor

Twitter and Instagram: @JAWalkerAuthor

GIVEAWAY TIME

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The Benefits of Reading

readaloudIf I have one addiction, it has to be reading. I’ve mentioned before that some of my first memories are of my mother reading books to me and my sisters and brothers at night. It’s not surprising that I became a dedicated reader at a very young age.

I’m still a dedicated reader, even though I spend hours every day writing. Lucky for me, reading is a good thing to be hooked on. Sleep experts say that if you read before you go to bed, you’re more likely to let go of your stresses and sleep well with a peaceful mind. According to this online article, this only works with a print book, but I don’t agree. I read print books, and I also read ebooks. But my ereader is a Kindle 3, and the first three Kindles have “the same sharp typeface and high contrast that reads like ink on paper with no eyestrain.”

placesOther pluses the article mentions is that reading boosts your brain power and helps fight off Alzheimer’s. It makes you more empathetic. It relaxes you (by as much as 68%!) and you learn new things by reading. And reading can be contagious. If an adult reads to children, the children are more likely to read. (That was not the case with my son, nor was it for my older brother or two sisters. However, a couple of years ago, my older brother started reading fiction for enjoyment, so it just took him longer.)

One of my favorite reading benefits is that fictional stories take me into worlds I’ve never been before and opens my mind, sometimes changing my thoughts. And sometimes just making me think and feel – which is what I hope to achieve with my books.

Here’s a favorite quote on reading:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

What’s your favorite reading benefit?

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!

NEW RELEASES

ejrDark Secrets: A Paranormal Romance Anthology

by Elle J. Rossi, Colleen Gleason, Erin McCarthy, Kristine Mason & more.

ONLY 99 cents!  Nine sexy paranormal mysteries to keep your blood pumping all night…

The Cards of Life and Death (The Spooky Romantic Mystery) by Colleen Gleason
When Diana’s crazy Aunt Belinda dies, leaving her a big old house in Maine along with a box of Tarot cards, she takes the opportunity for a summer get-away far from the rat-race of Boston and the painful memories there. She doesn’t expect to meet up with Ethan Tannock, the handsome neighbor next door who seems to be some sort of eccentric ghost-buster—along with his big, black Labrador Retriever.

But when the old house becomes the scene of vandalism and a number of break-ins, and it begins to appear as if Aunt Belinda’s death was not as it seemed, Diana finds that life isn’t always black and white and filled with logic.
And then there are Aunt Belinda’s Tarot cards…which seem to be trying to tell her something from beyond the grave.

Fallen (Deadly Sins Book 2) by Erin McCarthy
Hoping to unlock the unsolved mystery of a 19th century murder, forensic scientist Sara comes to New Orleans and meets the tormented demon Gabriel. Can the desire burning between them turn into their salvation, or lead them both to further destruction?

Shadow of Danger (Book 1 CORE Shadow Trilogy) by Kristine Mason
Beware of what lurks in the shadows…After witnessing the murders of four women through her visions, Celeste Risinski teams up with criminal investigator John Kain, who has no use for psychics…until more dead bodies are discovered. Together, John and Celeste hunt for the killer, only John isn’t just concerned about stopping a murderer, but losing his heart to a psychic.

The Storm and the Darkness (The House of Crimson & Clover Series Prequel) by Sarah M. Cradit
Ana is about to discover a startling truth: there exists no greater darkness than the one which lives inside of us.‬

Indigo Dawn (The Josie Hawk Chronicles) by Elle J. Rossi
Vampire lust and deadly pixie dust. Haunted by the threat to her lover, Josie scrambles to outwit her elusive opponent before the deadly game escalates and claims more lives.

Witch Hunt (The Maurin Kincaide Series) by Rachel Rawlings
Three dead witches, three cryptic clues, no sign of the killers and the Salem coven is losing allies within the Council. If Maurin and her unlikely partner Captain Matthison can’t stop the killers, the Witch City might be without its namesake.

Lotus Petals by Gina Drayer
Olivia lived a quiet life until a series of magical murders pointed straight to her—one of the few witches left in her small town. Now she has to team up with a charming stranger to clear her name.

Logan by Genevieve Jack
Chef Logan Valentine swore off witches for good. But when a werewolf is murdered behind his restaurant and enigmatic witch Polina is caught in the crosshairs of a pack war, he’ll risk everything to save her.

Evenshade (Part of the American Heroes Anthology Series) by Kathryn Le Veque
Trying to start a new life for herself, Dr. Alix Hendry purchases a historic home in Salem, MA in desperate need of renovating. What she doesn’t know is that the house hides dark and terrible secrets. Can her hunky firefighter neighbor help her solve the mysteries of the old house before it claims yet another victim?

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deadlyaffairDeadly Affair: SCVC Taskforce World Novella (SCVC Taskforce Romantic Suspense Series Book 5)

by Misty Evans and Amy Manemann

**For fans of the SCVC Taskforce series! What have Cooper and Celina been up to? Find out in this short story that finds the couple in the middle of murder, mystery, and some secrets that could just kill.

Cooper Harris, head of the SCVC Taskforce and nicknamed The Beast, isn’t afraid of anything…except that the woman who rocks his world may be about to dump him. Celina is acting distant and secretive while an engagement ring burns a hole in Cooper’s pocket. Whisking her away for a romantic weekend at a Northern California vineyard, he hopes to reignite the spark between them and get up the nerve to finally ask her to marry him.

Feisty crime scene photographer Celina Davenport hates keeping secrets. The baby growing inside her is cause for celebration, but Cooper has a son from a previous marriage and claims he doesn’t want more children because of his dangerous job. Celina understands what makes The Beast tick, and she also knows he’ll be a great dad to their child. She only needs the perfect moment to break the news.

Before either can come clean, Cooper and Celina stumble upon human bones and realize the beautiful vineyard hides a dark and haunting past filled with love, betrayal and murder. Can they unravel the mystery buried in the Northern California hills and bring a killer to justice? Or will the secrets they’re keeping from each other put them in deeper danger than they could ever imagine?

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fromFrom This Moment On (Windswept Bay Book 1)

by Debra Clopton

Like the sweet music of a love song, Windswept Bay has a magic of its own and on moonlit nights and sun bronzed days love is in the air. Debra Clopton’s new series will sweep you away to romance that leaves your heart thumping with the satisfaction of pure heartwarming romance.
Hurt by her failed marriage and dashed dreams, Cali Sinclair returns home to Windswept Bay with her heart wary and closed to the dreams of true love she so desperately wanted. Determined to never again risk her heart, she throws herself into running the family’s small boutique resort on the Florida coast, a place so full of romance that it’s a reminder every day of what she’ll never have. But when renowned artist Grant Ellington shows up to paint a mural on the wall of the resort, she’s swept away by her response to the artist. Suddenly, every time he looks at her, Cali finds it harder than she ever thought possible to keep her heart protected.

Grant Ellington loves his ranch, his horses, and his life as a sought-after artist. But after walking away from a plane crash that killed his best friend and the young pilot, he’s still struggling with survivor’s guilt as he heads to Windswept Bay. Painting a sea life mural at the resort started out as a favor to his neighbor, but one meeting with the beautiful Cali and he feels alive again—and determined to spend time on the moonlit beaches with her in his arms…

But, like him, Cali has her own emotional scars—can they learn to trust the love that sparks between them and move forward from this moment on?

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bundleBundle of Trouble (A Humorous Cozy Mystery) (A Maternal Instincts Mystery Book 1)

by Diana Orgain

A body has been dredged from the San Francisco Bay. Kate Connolly, pregnant and ready to pop, has reason to fear it may be her long lost brother-in-law. When a private investigator begins nosing around, Kate decides on a new career path. Battling sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts and breastfeeding mishaps she muddles through her own investigation, Mommy style:

To do:
1. Find Killer
2. Figure out hideous breast pump.
3. Avoid cranky cop.
4. Send out Make birth announcements.
5. Buy pink paper for the birth announcements.
5. FIND KILLER

Family life has never been so exciting, but after Kate launches her own female detective agency, she may just get more than she bargained for.

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40 Free eBooks! and just how do I market this thing…?

Want to win a Kindle? Iseptember-free-for-all sure would. And I love free ebooks. So I joined together with 39 other authors in the September FREE for All & Giveaway! Only one more day. Check it out.

40 Romance Authors are offering 40 books.

Most of them are FREE for a limited time. It’s just our way of thanking our loyal readers.

Even better, we’ve pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.

Here’s the link to the September FREE for All / Giveaway: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/free-for-all/

On to the topic of today’s post. I think I’ve mentioned before that I write steamy, wickedly funny urban fantasy/paranormal romance with plenty of action. It’s an olio that’s hard to pin down. Like with the movie The Princess Bride, that means it’s hard to market.

Too much action for a simple romance. Too much romance for an action book. Too much humor for a gritty paranormal. Too much grit for a hilarious romcom. Too much sex for a romcom too.

So when it came to ordering a trailer for paranormal romance Mind Mates, well, I was expecting a mishmash.

Instead, I got this breathtaking video.

The humor is utterly missing from the trailer. But wow, I’d buy the book just from the beauty of it. I did wonder if I should ask for changes to the trailer, to add the humor, but my husband said, “Let readers discover that as a bonus.”

What do you think? Was he right?

Mind Mates: When a powerful wizard prince comes out of hiding to save his sister, he is forced to team with a pretty shifter—one with ugly, dangerous powers of her own. As vengeful enemies close in, a forbidden attraction flaming between them, the two race to find a mysterious key.

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SEALs, SEALs and more SEALs!

Hi everyone,

This September 20th is the release of SEALs of Honor: Markus! A story that was fun to write as two very different characters came together. Both dealing with life… and death issues and moving on in the face of disaster.

It was a great book to write as there is lots of snark, humor, danger, action and of course… love!

9781988315164

The 7th book in the ever popular SEALs of Honor series is coming in late September. This is Markus and Bree’s story.

Love hurts. Markus lost someone he loved, and for a long time, he’s been dead inside.
Now he spends his life in service to others as he slowly pulls himself together, but he’ll never be the same. And then he meets Bree…

Lost and alone and in trouble, Bree wonders how her life has become such a mess. After coming so close to dying, she’s eager to explore and enjoy the life she almost lost. Getting kidnapped and then escaping into the wilderness of Alaska was not in the plan.

But someone knows she’s seen and heard too much. He can’t afford to let her live. Her second chance is about to be shattered…

Available for preorder now – Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Google Play, Kobo!

Coming soon… Mason’s wish on October 11th, and Evan will release on November 15th. 🙂

evan

masons-wish

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