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

deDeadly Attraction: SCVC Taskforce (SCVC Taskforce Romantic Suspense Series Book 6)

by Misty Evans

**A portion of the proceeds of this story will go to dog rescue organizations! Sign up for my newsletter at misty@readmistyevans.com or follow my Facebook Author page (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMistyEvans) to track how much we raise!

A wildfire out of control…

His twin brother is dead and the only way National Intelligence officer, Mitch Holden, is going to make it through the holidays is by staying focused on his latest SCVC Taskforce investigation—catching a homegrown terrorist with a penchant for arson. The terrorist has started a wildfire eating up thousands of acres of forest and putting dozens of people in danger. When Mitch is pulled off that assignment to play bodyguard to a sexy forensic psychologist who sees past all his defenses, he ends up in the middle of a personal wildfire that’s as out of control as the one burning around the two of them.

A killer on the loose…

The trial that should have made her career cost Dr. Emma Collins everything—her home, her future, the baby that was growing inside her after she testified against famous actor Chris Goodsman, debunking his insanity defense and sending him to prison for murder. Rebuilding her life in the aftermath, Emma now rescues horses, dogs, and juvenile delinquents, and there’s no way she’s heading to a safe house because Chris Goodsman has escaped. She refuses to let anyone terrorize her or destroy her life again. But when a smart-talking, irresistible federal agent shows up insisting he has to protect her, she realizes her new bodyguard needs a bit of therapy. Good thing taking in lost causes happens to be her specialty.

Two people filled with grief may get burned…

Trapped at the ranch by the wildfire, Mitch and Emma explore a searing attraction, but soon discover they’re not alone. A killer has joined them—one who will do anything to get revenge and isn’t afraid to take out anyone who gets in his way.

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removRemoving the Mask (Bayou Bounty Hunters Book 4)

by Melanie Atkins

Cherry Anne Starr, a female bail bondsman, upset after her fiancé dumps her, soon learns that he wasn’t the man he had claimed to be and that he had disappeared with much more than just her dignity. Suddenly penniless and about to be homeless, she turns to a prickly PI for help.

Levi Walker has his own secrets to hide. Secrets that entwine with Cherry’s and almost get them both killed. Their search for the man who betrayed her leads them down a dark path and forces them to face the truth about themselves and each other.

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evanSEALs of Honor: Evan

by Dale Mayer

Everyone considered Evan a bit of a wild card. Even Megan. Little did she know he was carrying the torch for her and all the rest was camouflage.

When she transfers to the West Coast to join the new helicopter division, their lives collide once again.

Another SEAL unit is under attack and needs their help, but when the attackers turn on Megan, she’s the one in danger.

With the enemy closer than they’d like to believe, Megan and Evan struggle to piece together what happened to their friends.

They need to figure it out fast before there are more victims. Starting with them.

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coopSeals of Honor, Book 6: Cooper

by Dale Mayer

**In celebration of the release of SEALs of Honor: Evan, Seals of Honor: Cooper is on sale until the November 22nd for only 99 cents. If you don’t have a copy this is a great time to pick one up!**

The doctor saved Cooper’s life and his sanity — but she stole his heart.

Being a SEAL means everything to Cooper, so when the doctor who saved his life is kidnapped, he’s the first to volunteer for the mission.

Dr. Sasha Childs has devoted her life to helping others — until she finds out her husband is helping himself to her best friend. Disillusioned, she volunteers her medical skills to a Syrian refugee camp crying out for medical aid.

She’s completely unaware that a war is brewing around her — until she’s caught in the middle of it…

Cooper has his hands full rescuing Sasha from foreign hands the first time, but when the war comes home, it becomes damn near impossible to keep her safe a second time.

He’s been blessed with one miracle in his life, now he needs a second one — before the woman he loves becomes a casualty of war…

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markedMarked for Murder (Keller County Cops Book 1)

by Melanie Atkins

Detective Jonah McKee reels with disbelief when his vindictive ex-wife leaves their rowdy three-year-old son on his doorstep and runs off to Hollywood. How in the world will he manage to juggle his duties as a detective with caring for the boy?

He’s still attempting to adapt when a beautiful amnesia victim is injured by a vicious serial murderer. Or was she?

Ellen Robinson wakes up in the hospital and flounders until she finally remembers her real name is Brooke Wilson. Then she recalls the name of the man trying to kill her, and that he did kill her unborn child, and the terrifying memory sends her on the run.

Jonah is forced to hide his son and go with her in order to protect her, and along the way they fall in love.

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Everything Old Is New Again

sweetMy husband and I plan on moving sometime next year. This is not sudden. We’ve been talking about this for the last couple years. We’ll be downsizing, and we’ve already started to get rid of items we don’t need. My husband is doing better than I am, and it’s especially hard for me to give away books. Though I’ve given bags of books to my sister-in-law, the library, and even to GoodWill, I’ve kept many more. I can’t tell you how many that I’ve ended up reading again … and then keeping. Some are so old that the pages are turning yellow. And I still read them.

Just a couple weeks ago, I read Sweet Starfire by Jayne Castle, aka Jayne Ann Krentz. It’s been years since I’ve read it, and I could barely remember the story. That made it all the sweeter. It was very good, and I could tell a difference in her writing now. Both styles – then and now – are great, and as a writer, I enjoyed the differences. (The book is under the JAK name now.)

I still love this book!

I still love this book!

A couple days ago, I read an old book by Mary Balogh. This book I couldn’t even remember reading. Maybe my life was so busy at the time I bought it that I whizzed through the pages, instead of treasuring the words. Whatever the reason, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Other books that I plan on reading again are by Dick Francis, Dorothy Gilmore, Dashiell Hammett, Loretta Chase, Anne McCaffrey, and many more. I’m still reading new books by new authors, but it’s a joy to read books by authors I’ve discovered through the years. Like seeing an old friend, and appreciating the friend even more after all the years.

What favorite authors would you love to read again?

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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

girlsThe Lost Girls: A Novel (Lucy Kincaid Novels)

by Allison Brennan

BOOK ELEVEN
LUCY KINCAID SERIES
Release Date: November 1, 2016

Photojournalist Siobhan Walsh has been searching for two sisters who disappeared two years ago in Mexico, so when she receives a call from a priest in Texas about an abandoned baby holding a locket with her name, she calls her friends in the FBI for help. The infant obviously belongs to one of the sisters, but how did she end up in Texas? And why did she abandon her newborn?

Lucy Kincaid and her mentor, Supervisory Special Agent Noah Armstrong, track the missing girls and uncover a human-trafficking organization that leads to a seedy underworld in which nothing is as it seems. The bad guys seem to stay two steps ahead of them, leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and Lucy with more questions than answers.

Meanwhile Lucy’s fiance Sean Rogan has a crisis of his own. An old girlfriend returns with shocking news: not only does Sean have a son, but Jesse and his step-father have disappeared. The last thing Sean wants to do is leave Lucy when she’s investigating a horrific case, but his son is in grave danger. Torn between an impossible choice, he makes a decision that has far-reaching consequences for Sean, Lucy, and everything they hold dear.

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whispDark Whispers: Thirteen Paranormal Romances with Seductive Vampires, Sexy Shifters, Dominating Witches, & Wicked Things That Hide In The Shadows…

by S.E. Babin (Author), Eileen Cruz Coleman (Author), K. De Long (Author), Josie Jax(Author), Joanne Wadsworth (Author), Megan J. Parker (Author), Decadent Kane (Author), Mary Hughes (Author), K.N. Lee (Author), Shelley Munro (Author), Tasha Gwartney (Author), Melanie Tomlin (Author), Nicole Morgan

$0.99 GOING UP MONDAY to $2.99

Check out this epic line up of New York Times, USA Today, International, and Amazon Bestselling Authors.

Something wicked hides in the shadows. Seductive vampires, sexy-as-hell shifters, dominating witches, and possessive alpha bad boys will make your heart stutter. After one taste of their delicious wickedness you’ll start to crave the dark! These sexy tales will seduce you, take your breath away, and melt your kindle. You will not read anything else that is quite so wickedly delicious.

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scareRunning Scared: An LCR Elite Novel

by Christy Reece

To Have A Future, They Must Face The Past Together

Riley Ingram escaped hell, taking secrets with her that could get her killed. As an Elite operative for Last Chance Rescue, Riley’s single-minded focus is on saving others from a similar fate. A survivor of unspeakable horror, she hides behind a cool mask of indifference, vowing to never let her guard down again.

A family tragedy brought Justin Kelly to LCR. Saving lives and protecting others is a way of life for him. The phenomenal connection he shares with his intensely private LCR partner surprises everyone but Justin. He knows that beneath Riley’s icy façade is a warm, caring woman with tremendous depth.

When the past comes calling, colliding with the present, the LCR duo have no choice but to face it together. Relying on each other’s strength and courage, they’ll work to destroy one of the most horrific monsters LCR has ever faced.

But some secrets can’t stay hidden. And sometimes plans fall apart. It’ll take every bit of their grit and fortitude for Riley and Justin to stay alive to have the future together they’re just now realizing they want more than anything.

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guestThe Guestbook (Madrona Island Series 1)

by Andrea Hurst

EVERYONE REMEMBERS THEIR FIRST LOVE…
BUT SOMETIMES IT’S THE SECOND LOVE THAT LASTS

This book weaves together the heart of Nicholas Sparks, the romance of Nora Roberts,   and the charm of Debbie Macomber.

Fleeing her picture-perfect marriage among the privileged set of Brentwood and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins decides to move to the only place that still holds happy memories, her grandmother’s old farmhouse. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and perhaps renewal. Her grandmother has passed away, leaving the Madrona Island Bed & Breakfast Inn to Lily.

Left with only an old guestbook as her guide-a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history-Lily is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of the quirky island residents she has befriended, she slowly finds the strength to seek out happiness on her own terms. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is to open her heart to another man.

Ultimately, Lily must decide if it’s worth giving up her soul for security or risking everything to follow her heart in this romantic love story.

The Guestbook
is the first book in the Madrona Island Series. andreahurst-author.com. Also available Tea & Comfort, book two, and Island Thyme Cafe, book three.

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What Day is Today?

Back in my IT days, I was known as the Volvo Goddess. I worked with a marketing database of a famous car company who shall remain nameless, but whose cars regularly passed the 100K mile mark even back in the bad old 80s (when cars were just starting to come out of the rustbucket gas-guzzling phase).

Now you may not know this, but car model years actually start in fall of the year before. So 2017 models will have released already, and 2018 is on the drawing board. For marketing, since we had to get ahead of the selling curve, this often mean I was dealing with the next year in June.

Sometimes I dated my checks that way.  You remember checks, the paper things we used instead of cash before debit cards, lol.

It was always a relief when January finally came. On the plus side, I never made a mistake dating checks with the old year.

Writing is a lot like that. I sit here on a rainy September day, the window open to 68 F temps, writing a post that will go live in November when it will almost certainly be 30s or low 40s. Working on a book that won’t be due until December, and will probably release in 2017 but maybe as late as 2018. A book that’s set in October. Still marketing a book that released in August of 2016.Thinking about plots for an April Fools short story.

I am in such trouble if I ever get in an accident. When the EMT asks, “What day is today?” I won’t know.

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Vampire in Charge is now available!

Hi everyone!

We’re heading into beautiful fall weather with the Halloween now over and Christmas coming up in 7 weeks! Before then I have 2 new releases – SEALs of Honor: Evan on November 15th and SEALs of Honor: Chase on December 27th!

But As the year comes to a close, I have finally brougth a 10 book series to a close as well. The Family Blood Ties series was started for my daughter. Now 10 books later, she’s almost 20 and the series is 5 years old! I might do more with the characters down the road but fro the moment this is the exciting conclusion to the series!

[ cover: Vampire In Charge ]
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The Family Blood Ties continues to this 10th and final installment of this vampire versus vampire saga.

She thought she had it all solved.

Tessa’s had a hell of a time tracking down the blood farm bosses. And it’s not over yet. Just when she thinks she has it solved, it unravels all over again.

She should be taking the last of the enemy captive and tying up the final ends. Instead, it appears there’s one more secret to uncover — and when she does, it’s a doozy.

Cody is desperate to have this mess over with and have Tessa all to himself. But as the secrets start to unravel, the craziness gets worse.

Can they trust anyone? Or does everyone have something to hide?

Watch the stunning conclusion unfold as Tessa, Cody, and the whole gang finally get to the bottom of the blood farms.

For those of you who love to see covers, here are the next 3 releases. Coming soon is SEALs of Honor: Evan, followed by SEALs of Honor: Chase and in January of 2017, Into the Abyss will be here!

[ cover: SEALS of Honor: EVAN ]
November 15, 2016

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[ cover: SEALS of Honor: CHASE ]
December 27, 2016

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[ cover: Into The Abyss ]
January 17, 2017

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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!

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wishWish in One Hand

by B.E. Sanderson

Jo Mayweather has one mission – to save her fellow genies from those three little wishes. A supernatural killer has other ideas, and now she’s not sure if she can even save herself.

‘Be careful what you wish for.’

In hindsight, Jo Mayweather should’ve taken those words seriously back in 1926. Of course, spoiled brat, flapper-girl that she was, Jo probably would’ve made the not-so-clever wish that turned her into a genie anyway.

Being endowed with phenomenal power may have its perks but, for the most part, life’s been a pain in her tiny hiney. After running into a ‘slash first, ask questions never’ genie, her problems only worsen. Some demented thing is making wishes that can’t be granted and djinn are dying. Now, instead of freeing her brethren from their bonds, Jo has a killer to neutralize.

If she’d kept her mouth shut ninety years ago, she wouldn’t be in this mess. But she’s got a job to do despite some reject from a bad B-movie trying to ruin everything she’s worked so hard for. Too bad this time doing her job might get her killed.

Or worse—enslaved again.

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threeAlmost Perfect: Three Volume Collection

by Jackie Weger

Special Offer: 99c through December 31, 2016.

Three men, seductive as sin and living single meet three strong women passionate about life, love, and family who will change their lives forever.

No Perfect Fate: The day Cleo Anderson parks her Play-Mor in a small fish camp on the banks of the Suwannee River, her arrival draws the curious attention of eleven year old, Katie. Beautiful, yet shy, Cleo seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until Katie draws her into reluctant relationships with her godfather, Fletcher, and the plain-spoken elderly camp owner. Despite her reserve, Cleo soon becomes attached to the close-knit community of campers. Even as Cleo begins to overcome her reserve, she struggles with an inner voice and a past that haunts her and won’t let go.

No Perfect Secret: Betrayed thrice over by her husband, Anna believes her imploded life will right itself if only she buys a dog. Investigator Frank Caburn has other ideas. He already owns a dog. Man to the bone and manufacturing testosterone like Frito Lay does chips, all he wants is to fall in love and be done with it. But how to tell Anna without tripping over a layer of secrets is beyond him. Adding to Caburn’s woe are his elderly bosses–both of whom who plan to keep their jobs until the Rapture or the sun burns out–whichever comes last, a cross-dressing dominatrix with OCD, a purple haired hacker on parole, and Anna’s back-stabbing mother-in-law. Falling in love has never been more difficult.

No Perfect Destiny: Leah Spencer lives in the present until a past she has outrun imperils her future. An investigation into missing funds at work threatens all she holds dear. Detective Leo Garvey has her in his sights as the number one suspect and more. Leah knows she must be careful, that nothing good could come from Leo’s attraction. Leo doesn’t see it her way. If he proves her guilty, he loses. If innocent, he wins. Yet, convincing Leah the past can only be escaped by embracing something better seems to fall on deaf ears. While Leo works to uncover the truth, Leah determines it will never surface.

The single titles in this collection have an aggregate of above 475 reviews. 

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51vjpflqkblDark Whispers: Thirteen Paranormal Romances with Seductive Vampires, Sexy Shifters, Dominating Witches, & Wicked Things That Hide In The Shadows…

by Various

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Check out this epic line up of New York Times, USA Today, International, and Amazon Bestselling Authors.

Something wicked hides in the shadows. Seductive vampires, sexy-as-hell shifters, dominating witches, and possessive alpha bad boys will make your heart stutter. After one taste of their delicious wickedness you’ll start to crave the dark! These sexy tales will seduce you, take your breath away, and melt your kindle. You will not read anything else that is quite so wickedly delicious.

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countCount the Roses

by Jackie Weger

Betrayed and jilted, Jennifer Dewitt finds solace in a new job and new city. Men and marriage are not on her radar.

Adrien Merrill’s divorce leaves him bitter and jaded. In Cajun custom, pride rules. Yet Adrien aches for a woman to fill his days with laughter, his nights with passion, and his house with children. He sets his sights on Jennifer and runs right into stubborn, mouthy and independent. He soon discovers the line between pride and love is as whisper thin as a fine silk thread.

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koasKiss of a Stranger (Lost Coast Harbor, book 1)

by Lily Danes and Eve Kincaid

A woman who’s sworn off bad boys…

Maddie Palmer lost everything when her ex-husband betrayed her. She was strong enough to rebuild her life from scratch, but she learned the hard way  that some men cannot be trusted. Her life is safe and stable, just what she wanted—until she lays eyes on a dangerously sexy ex-con.

An ex-con out for revenge…

Gabriel Reyes lost six years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s out of prison, but he won’t be free until he ruins the man who set him up. To clear his name, he’ll seduce the straight-laced woman who works for the enemy. The plan will work…unless he falls for the woman whose icy shell conceals hidden fires.

While they fight their growing passion, Gabe and Maddie discover that Lost Coast Harbor is a town full of secrets and lies…but none are more dangerous than the lies they’ve told themselves. Can they overcome their pasts and risks their hearts one more time?

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51zkbvtairlPets in Space: Cats, Dogs, and Other Worldly Creatures

by S.E Smith, Susan Grant, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Alexis Glynn Latner, Lea Kirk, Carysa Locke

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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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

chargeVampire in Charge (Family Blood Ties Series Book 10)

by Dale Mayer

The Family Blood Ties continues to this 10th and final installment of this vampire versus vampire saga.

She thought she had it all solved.

Tessa’s had a hell of a time tracking down the blood farm bosses. And it’s not over yet. Just when she thinks she has it solved, it unravels all over again.

She should be taking the last of the enemy captive and tying up the final ends. Instead, it appears there’s one more secret to uncover – and when she does, it’s a doozy.

Cody is desperate to have this mess over with and have Tessa all to himself. But as the secrets start to unravel, the craziness gets worse.

Can they trust anyone? Or does everyone have something to hide?

Watch the stunning conclusion unfold as Tessa, Cody, and the whole gang finally get to the bottom of the blood farms.

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spotlIn the Spotlight

by Shona Husk

Book blurb: A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small-minded  people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra-covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.

For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn’t taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one-night-stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well-shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.

Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can’t dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can’t possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can’t stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything.

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wickedHere Lies a Wicked Man: A Booker Krane Mystery (The Booker Krane Series Book 1)

by  Chris Rogers

Book blurb: When Booker Krane retired early from his career as a white collar corporate investigator, he was sure of only two things: he was done digging up buried secrets, and he loved being near water. After recovering from the bullet wound from his final case, he settles into a leisurely lifestyle at his new home on Turtle Lake—including his new part-time job as a freelance photographer. But the morning his dog drags a dead body onto the shore, Booker and his camera are commandeered by Sheriff Ringhoffer, and in less time than it takes the elusive perfect lighting to disappear, he’s deeply embroiled within the investigation.

While the deceased, a prominent yet awfully wicked man, had many people who’d likely have motive and opportunity to kill him, Booker wants to believe it was simply an accident. An arrow would be an unusual murder weapon, and he can’t picture any of the suspects—the victim’s wife, sons, business partner, sexy mistress, or attractive lessee—as cold-hearted killers. But it turns out more than one of them knows how to draw a bowstring, and Booker’s curious mind can’t ignore the evidence against the victim falling on his own arrow—even when the sheriff rules the death an accident.

Putting his own life at risk, can Booker solve the case for the residents of Lakeside Estates? Or will magazine deadlines, his budding attraction for Roxanna Larkspur, or tension with his only son interfere with his search for the truth?

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chasingChasing the Dollar (book one in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries)

by Ellie Ashe

Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she’s lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancé, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can’t find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her.

She’s not going to be able to move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up. Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation—leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who may or may not prove to be trustworthy. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her…

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Cindy Procter-King, Picture Imperfect

A big welcome to Cindy Procter-King. Cindy and I share a love of beagles as well as books and writing. (Maybe more beagle love than writing love.) She has a new book out, PICTURE IMPERFECT, and I’m so glad to have her as our guest today to talk about it.

cindy_index_headshotIt Was a Dark and Stormy Sentence…

And not a very long one, at that.

I’m often asked where I get the ideas for my novels. Sometimes it’s as simple as a solitary sentence. One sentence that sticks in my mind and makes me wonder, “What if?”

Picture Imperfect began with one sentence that popped into my head while I was working on a different novel. The sentence? If Ursula Scott had to look at one more naked man, she’d scream.

Say what?

I quickly jotted the sentence and a working title into my Ideas file and returned to my work in progress. But once the sentence was in my Ideas file, I couldn’t help but wonder…who was this Ursula, why was she looking at naked (or, as it turned out, nearly naked) men, and why did looking at them want to make her scream? From fright? Desire? Frustration?

Frustration, as it turned out.

I knew this character was fed up. I knew she worked in photography or at a magazine. I pictured this stream of half-dressed men, some only wearing underwear, parading in front of her camera. And I’d shake my head. Muse, what the heck is going on?

At the time, little did I realize that one short sentence would lead to my longest book, a romantic comedy mystery or romantic suspense “lite,” a genre I like to call “sassy suspense.” Picture Imperfect is a bit of a genre bender. Before Indie publishing, I would take out the book and work on it from time to time, but I hit a wall when submitting it to New York publishers and agents. Apparently, I hadn’t written a contemporary romance, but I hadn’t quite written a traditional mystery (which, as I discovered, are usually first-person) or a traditional romantic suspense (which usually has a grittier tone), either. One kind editor let me know that the book simply straddled two different worlds. It wasn’t enough of one or the other. Then a friend read the book and we brainstormed how to pump up the romance elements. So another rewrite of the book was in order. By the time I was finished, I was making the transition from traditional publishing to Indie, so decided to publish the book under my own imprint, Blue Orchard Books. Then readers could decide—had I written a compelling story? Because in the end, that’s what counts.

How I approach new stories isn’t different from most other writers. Sometimes it’s a character, sometimes a title, sometimes a sentence. For me, it’s usually a combination. All I know is that once that character, nearly always the heroine, pops into my brain, it’s difficult for me to let her go. But those first-sentence ideas? Those are my sticky ideas. The ones I can’t leave alone. Everything else in the novel, the characters, the plot, and, yes, the genre, evolves from that first sentence.

What are some of your favorite first sentences?

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picture1Photographer Ursula Scott discovers her sexy apprentice is an ex-cop investigating threats at his uncle’s studio…but is she a target or a suspect?

Just when she thought she had her life on autofocus…

Photographer Ursula Scott is six short months from buying her boss’s studio and helping her family knock down a massive debt. She can put up with his hairball antics for that long, right?

Right?

But, oh, he makes life difficult. She can barely restrain herself when he hogs credit for her assignments, and now half-naked weirdos are responding to his ad for her first magazine photo spread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging the studio. Worse, she discovers her sexy apprentice is a former cop practicing his newbie PI skills on the case—and she’s a suspect!

Suddenly, Ursula’s dreams and hard work seem about to go up in smoke. In more ways than one.

Well, not on her watch.

When Gabe McKenzie moves home following the shooting that kyboshed his career, he doesn’t expect to get sucked into finding the culprit wreaking havoc at his uncle’s photography studio. He certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Ursula Scott, a long-legged brunette with a definite motive and a desire to play Nancy Drew. Even as he clears her, the sabotage escalates into a bizarre stalking, placing Ursula…and Gabe’s hopes for their future…in danger.

If only he can convince her to stop snooping around and let him do his job as a PI, before an unknown menace threatens not only her dreams—but her life.

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Do you binge?

Earlier this year, I finally subscribed to Netflix. I know, I know. I’m a couple of years behind the times.

But for the first time, I understood why people binge-watch TV shows. Just … one … more … episode!

In the space of about a month, I watched both seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, along with Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Since then, I’ve tried some other shows, including Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premiered in late September, and I’ve watched some episodes of shows that I already follow.

But I find that I don’t always do the same kind of binging when it comes to reading.

Rocket Raccoon Chasing TaleOne of my goals over the summer was to finally (finally!) whittle down my TBR pile, especially when it came to all the comics/graphic novels. And I did that. I read a lot of comics over the summer, including Rocket Raccoon Volume 1: A Chasing Tale by Skottie Young and Jake Parker, some Deadpool, several different Captain America series, and more.

But I didn’t sit down and read them all back-to-back-to-back, and I didn’t read just comics. I also read some contemporary and paranormal romances, action-adventure thrillers, and young adult books.

So why don’t I binge on a certain series or a certain genre when it comes to reading?

When it comes to a TV show, I want to know what’s going to happen to the characters next, and the Marvel shows are very good at ending their episodes on cliffhangers to keep you watching. Plus, in some ways, a season of a TV show feels like a book to me, especially the superhero-type shows that usually feature a big bad villain who is defeated by the end of the season. When I get to that last episode, I feel like I’ve finally seen the whole story (at least for the current season), and I can set it aside and move on to something else. Plus, sometimes I just want to laze around on the couch and watch TV. 🙂

When it comes to a book, I still want to know what’s going to happen to the characters, but I also want to absorb the words and story, especially if the characters are really interesting, or the book has some great, snappy dialogue. I tend to savor the experience of reading a good book a little more than I do watching a TV show. And I like to read in one genre, then read something else in a different genre. The variety just makes reading a little more fun for me.

What about you guys? Do you binge-watch, binge-read, or both? What are some of your favorite movies, TV shows, and book series to binge?

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Rounding Out A Series by Maggie Mae Gallagher

One of the important aspects I’ve discovered writing a large series is the need for consistency. When an author builds a world with the first book, it is a promise to readers that each book whether they are a stand-alone or more of a serialized nature, that the world that the reader glimpses in the first book will stay the same. What I mean by that is not that the characters will remain the same, but the background, the place or the time will remain stable as will the series theme.

As I am nearing the completion of an eight book series and gearing up for the next multi-book spin-off series, one of the things I’ve tried to maintain is that I’m tackling the series overarching theme throughout each book but from the different camera angle lenses of each individual character. In my Dungeon Fantasy Club Series, written under my pen name, Anya Summers, the theme of the series is: Do what you love and be true to yourself. It’s portrayed and embedded as an undercurrent in each book.

I think when you have that connecting theme, it’s helps round out the series both for yourself as an author and for the readers.

 

Read an excerpt from my latest Anya Summers erotic romance Submit To Me:

If he’d been wearing a hat, it would have been in his hands as he entered the Mullardoch Manor proper by way of the Dungeon Level and Dungeon Fantasy Club. He exited the elevator which opened into a grand foyer. Spying the pristine marble floors and wood paneling made some of his tension ease at the familiar sight.

Hunter had prepared himself for a boatload of groveling. When you pissed off your best friend’s bride-to-be, it came with the territory. He and Zoey—aka Declan McDougal’s fiancée—had gotten off to a rocky start, due to some misinformation of rather epic proportions that he’d bought courtesy of the media. And yes, after all his years in Hollywood, he should have known better than to trust a story without verifying it first before he repeated it. In his defense, the story had included a data leak that had published his home address for every crazy fan with a camera to stalk him, which had forced him to put his place on the market. Normally he loved his fans and enjoyed meeting them, but he also valued his privacy when he was at home.

For the record, he never groveled. Quite the opposite, in fact—usually the shoe appeared on the other foot, and it was, ‘Yes, Mr. Clarke,’ or ‘Right away, Mr. Clarke.’ So the fact that he was here and prepared to make amends already made him uncomfortable about the upcoming weekend. The last thing he wanted to do was drive a rift between himself and Declan over a simple misunderstanding. They’d been friends far too long, and Hunter valued the relationship more than his own self-righteous pride.

“Declan it’s so wonderful to see you,” a feminine voice murmured, sounding like heather and peat smoke.

That voice brought him up short. He silently skidded to a halt with his rolling suitcase.

Memories of that voice, of the way it sounded in laughter, filled with tears, or as she gasped when she climaxed, hit him like a tidal wave. It decimated his system. He knew he should do something. As to what, he wasn’t positive. Leave the manor? Make a joke? As confident as he had always been, that voice and the woman attached to it had been the only thing to ever truly rattle his cage. If this were a film, the hero would rise to the challenge and act like it didn’t affect him.

But real life had a funny way of not living up to the idyllic picture presented on the silver screen.

Hearing that voice made every nerve ending in Hunter’s body stand at attention, his heart thumped madly in his chest, and he cursed its effect on him.

Waltzing into Mullardoch Manor—one of his last few, safe bastions on the planet due to the data breach earlier this fall, a place where he didn’t have to mind his every word or gesture for fear of feeding a media frenzy—only to hear the voice that visited him in his dreams, made Hunter unable to believe his rotten damn luck. She was here in Declan’s home. Never in a million years would he have thought he’d run into her here.

 

submittome-small-copySubmit to Me by Anya Summers (Dungeon Fantasy Club, Book 7)

Veronica McGinnis is a single mom, more concerned with her son’s homework than dating. She lives quietly on the Scottish coast, writing articles for the local newspaper and raising her child. When her cousin Declan invites her to his huge wedding, she thinks nothing of accepting the invitation. Veronica needs to escape her humdrum existence, if only for a while. She loves being a mother, but most days, it feels as though that’s all she is. As a submissive member of The Dungeon Fantasy Club, she’s been feeling achy and needy, and downright ready to jump the mailman’s bones – which, in her small town, is the epitome of desperation.

Hunter Clarke is a famous Hollywood movie star, appearing in several of the latest blockbuster films. His name and face, as well as his potential love interests, are constantly splashed across the news, right alongside politics and the latest baseball stats. One of the founding Dom members of The Dungeon Fantasy Club, he walks a tightrope, with salacious reporters just waiting to uncover the tawdry side of his life in return for a huge payday.

Hunter has to make amends with Zoey, his best friend’s fiancée, especially if he wants to remain  a member of the club, so it’s with his hat in his hands that he accepts Declan’s invitation to be one of the ushers at what promises to be the wedding of the century. Hunter couldn’t be more shocked when he enters Mullardoch Manor only to discover that one of the other guests is none other than Veronica, the first love of his life, and the woman who broke his heart.

When Hunter discovers that Veronica is a submissive club member, he tempts her into a private scene. Her sweet cries as she submits to his fervent demands make him wonder how he could ever have convinced himself that he could live without her.

Veronica’s only thought, however, is how much she needs to keep the secret she’s kept hidden for ten years. When the truth is revealed, she moves heaven and earth to shield the most precious person in her life from the fallout – even if it means leaving the one Dom she knows she could give her whole heart to.

Will Hunter be able to convince Veronica to submit to him for more than just one night?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual scenes including anal, as well as bondage and spanking. Though it is part of a series, it can, like the others, be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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MMGsmallAbout Maggie Mae Gallagher

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie 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 Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. In addition, she writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. 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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