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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FREE BOOKS

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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You can find Cindy online at her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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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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

picturePicture Imperfect: A Sassy Suspense

by Cindy Procter-King

Early Release Pricing, Limited Time Only!
Photographer 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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Book recommendations

adamAdam Frankenstein: A Collection of Short Stories

by Sheila English

What if the Frankenstein creature didn’t die in a fire,a crumbling castle or on a glacier? What if he never died at all?

Adam Frankenstein, a product of science and magic. A creature of horror, come-to-life. In this re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s famous creature, Adam is still alive and his stories are that of legend. A lonely and reluctant hero looking for redemption and salvation through the ages.

Four stories, through the years, follow Adam as he struggles to understand his place in a world of men who would reject him, kill him. He looks to create humanity in himself while questioning those who were born with it.

Mary Shelley’s League of Supernatural Hunters: Origins of Adam

Mary Shelley learns of supernatural creatures and real meaning of the word monster as she encounters a man unlike any other. A creature not born of woman, but created from the body of a circus strongman killed while trying to save a lion tamer. She must decide who to trust, the vampire, the witch, the mad scientist or the creature. Either way, Mary’s seen enough to know she will need an army to fight those things not easily killed.

Frankenstein’s Companion

19th century England, friendless and alone in the world, Adam Frankenstein, the creation of a mad scientist and his witch lover, becomes an assassin for hire. When a powerful mage hires him to find his kidnapped daughter and kill the man who took her, Adam strikes a bargain of his own. The mage has an immortal dog and Adam will do anything to own it.

The Therapist and the Dead

Brooklyn, New York in the 1980’s was a place where monsters could blend in. Life has been long and cruel, so Adam keeps his appointment with Dr. Stein, the most expensive and sought after psychologist in the city, to talk of immortality and murder.

Adam Frankenstein, U.S. Marshal

Adam joins the 21st Century, and takes up residence in Houston, Texas. While waiting for his next mission from the League of Supernatural Hunters, he becomes Adam Frank, U.S. Marshal. His new partner is Marshal Rebecca Hughes, a by-the-book woman with a non-nonsense approach to life, with no idea who he really is, but that’s all about to change. When he wakes up dead and learns someone has stolen his dog, Texas may not be big enough to hold his wrath.

Buy the book: Amazon

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unexUnexpectedly Mine (Birch Crossing Book 1)

Stephanie Rowe

Praised as “contemporary romance at its best,” New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe launches a heartwarming contemporary romance series set in a charming Maine town, where two single parents are offered a second chance at love.

The moment his ex-wife walked out with his daughter, Griffin Friesé lost everything that mattered to him. After two years of agonizing failure to reconnect with his daughter, he’s heading to Birch Crossing to find her. Unfortunately for Griffin, he arrives to find the town has rallied against him to protect their own from an outsider. His only ally is a single mom whose warmth and determination just might break through the protective walls around his heart.

Since the day she became an eighteen-year-old widow with an infant, Clare Griffin’s only goal has been to provide for her daughter. She has worked so hard to be strong, and the last thing she can afford is to open her heart to a man who will soon be leaving town, no matter how much he awakens the long-extinguished light inside her. But when Griffin helps rescue her daughter in a fierce storm, an unbreakable connection is formed between Clare and the tormented business mogul, a bond that threatens the fragile foundations of their lives.

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everyEvery Little Kiss (Kissed by the Bay Book 1)

by Susan Hatler

When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that Wendy sell the inn, and put it on the market herself “in person.”

As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to save the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.

But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.

Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.

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Pulling You In

I recently read the first chapter of a friend’s book that she was uncertain about. I loved her characters and her phrasing, but the biggest problem I found was that for the first five pages, the main character was describing the characters and the place she was in – and that was it. I have a favorite author whose books have a lot of introspection. But the difference is that in her introspection, things either happened or have happened–or you have a sense that they will happen.

unraveledI also have favorite authors who start off with action right away – like Jennifer Estep does. Here’s the first line from Unraveled: Elemental Assassin Book #15:

It was the perfect night to kill someone.

How could you resist reading more after that line? She does go on to add two paragraphs of great description to set the scene – and then she goes back to the killing someone angle, which always goes well with her Elemental Assassin books. 🙂

Dark Minds 250 hHere’s the first line from Michelle Diener’s Dark Minds.

The change in mood onboard the runner slowly forced Imogen Peters to come back to herself. The small crew’s tension wound around her like a choking vine, tightening until she couldn’t ignore it anymore.

The foreshadowing gives the reader chills. After reading these two lines, the reader has to go on to see what happens next.

cinMary Hughes writes books with wickedly fun humor, romance, and paranormal/fantasy/suspense. In Cinn Wikked: April Fools for Love eBook, the story actually starts in the Dedication, then continues on to the Prologue, then to Chapter One. Here’s a sample:

Cinn Wikkid was beating her head against advanced tax accounting when when she heard her stepsister’s tread on the attic stairs. She quickly hid her textbook–

It’s just so fun and witty, and the reader definitely knows something is happening.

celDale Mayer’s books have a lot of action and plot – and sometimes humor. She writes in many genres, and her readers know that something is always going to happen soon. Here’s the first lines from Celeste (Glory Book 3):

Celeste Chandler couldn’t go much farther. Her leg was throbbing with pain. She should have returned before this, not wait until the last minute.

Already the action has started and the heroine is in trouble.

redemMy latest book, Christmas Redemption (Love & Murder Book 5), starts off with a radio announcer saying:

Warning to any Michiganders who might be listening. First, you had to watch out for the water. Now, you have to watch out for a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. Yep. You heard me right. They change their hair color. They change their cars. They change their names. And you know what else they do, peeps?”

The next three paragraphs are in the heroine’s thoughts as she and the hero drive to her family’s bed and breakfast. Every sentence tells the reader who they are and of danger they’ve previously overcome. At the end of the heroine’s introspection, the heroine thinks: 

This Christmas would be tamer than the last, she was sure, and glad for it.

Of course, by this time, the reader guesses it won’t be tamer. And the reader will be right! She’ll also know this will be a Christmas-themed book and a romantic suspense with a bit of mystery.

All these books have one thing in common. Action pretty soon in the book, and the reader knows very soon that something will be going to happen. If the reader wants to find out what that is, she/he has to keep turning the pages.

What author can you think of who pulls you in early in the book?

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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

ensEnslaved (The Druid Chronicles #3)

by Christina Phillips

Book blurb: When a Druid priestess falls for her Roman captor she’s torn between her duty to her goddess and her love for the enemy…

When Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legion she’s determined to escape and complete her covert mission for her beloved goddess, to eradicate the invaders from her land.

But the tough warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. Instead, Tacitus turns all her prejudices inside out, and it’s hard to remember he’s her enemy when she craves his touch more than her next breath. Her first loyalty is to her goddess, and she can’t afford to forget it.

Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, it’s the only way he can protect her. As a fragile trust grows between them, he believes they can have a future together. But when he discovers the depth of her betrayal, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

Previously published as BETRAYED in 2013

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51stxdtf8elLady of the Star Wind by Veronica Scott

Book blurb: Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil queen.

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land. Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior…and this time, will their love survive the test?

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51sai-oggylBreak the Rules by Claire Boston

Book blurb: Bridget Flanagan knows how to assess risks, but are the consequences of exposing her heart too dangerous?

Bridget has a passion for safety and in the world of oil refineries that makes her great at her job. So when her big promotion goes to someone else, she heads out on the town to forget her troubles. Jack Gibbs seems like the perfect man to distract her.

At least until Monday morning when she discovers Jack is her new boss. There’s no way she’s going to keep seeing him, no matter the connection between them. She’s been burned before.

Jack can’t understand why Bridget’s so against their relationship. They positively sizzled during their one night together. He knows he has to be careful now she reports to him, but she tempts him in every way.

Can Jack convince Bridget to give him a chance, or is the risk too high?

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51nwz6ls0olPortals: Volume 3

Book blurb: Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.

Enter, and you’ll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!

Contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.

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I’m just a big cat

The internet is a source of amazing information. Apparently, according to one study (http://www.cnet.com/news/scientist-cats-think-you-are-just-a-big-stupid-cat), my son’s cats think I’m just another big (and slightly stupid) cat.

I believe this. It would explain why they cuddle and take the pets sometimes and not others. Why they steal my chair. And why they lay on papers…specifically, bills and manuscripts. They’re saying “Life’s too short to work all the time. Come play with me!”

Although, with all respect to the researcher, there’s another explanation.

Cats think they’re human! I have pictures to prove it.

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Carpet Layer Cats: “Nap break!”

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Editor Cat: “I’m sorry, these thirty pages have to go.”

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Fashion Cat: “Tie one more thing on me, and you’ll see how good my pedicure is.”

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Princess Cat: “Bring me my tuna!”

 

What about you? Do your cats think they’re human, or do they think you’re a cat?

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A Mix of Holidays!

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada – yay me! 🙂 So in-between turkey, stuffing, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, yams and gravy, I put apple and pumpkin pies in the oven to have with coffee and enjoyed dinner with my family, including kids and parents.

However – Tuesday (Tomorrow!!!) is the release of Mason’s Wish – a Christmas novella – yes it’s being released in October. lol. This is a continuation of the first book in the SEALs of Honor series so involves Mason and Tesla.

masons-wishThis is a Christmas Novella continuing the story between Mason and Tesla!

Mason loves his life with Tesla, but living together isn’t enough. He wants more. He wants it all. He wants forever.

All set to make this a memorable Christmas for the two of them, he calls her at home and hears her cry out as she fights off an attacker. Racing to her rescue, he finds her missing – again.

Determined to put the horrific memories behind her, Tesla is looking forward to a bright and happy future. But someone nursing a grudge has decided it’s payback time.

Their lives change in a flash as Mason races to save Tesla before they lose their future – and each other.

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BUT… if that was enough with two holidays mingling together this month – I have a third one happening as well. This time for Halloween! Releasing on October 25th, is Vampire in Charge. This is book 10 and the long awaited end to the Family Blood Ties series a vampire versus vampire saga where human’s are casualties… and also friends.

BLURB:

vid10-r0-0She 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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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

luredLured In

by Laura Drewry

The O’Donnell brothers continue to cast their lines and find love at the Buoys—their magnificent Pacific Northwest fishing haven—in this alluring romance from the bestselling author of Off the Hook.

Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.

Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.

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julieAnswers For Julie: Book Nine In The Bodyguards Of L.A. County Series

by Cate Beauman

Julie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.

Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.

When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly.

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goAnd Never Let Her Go: A Town of Destiny Model

by Nancy Glynn

Sale through Friday, 10/7!

Eight years ago, Erin Donahue had it all–her own city apartment, a career in photography, and a man who’d do anything for her. But things change. Fate steps in. Now, living in the small town of Destiny, IL, Erin embraces her new life, free of hurting anyone else. She’s all alone, and she likes it like that. Independent, strong…and broken. Until a handsome, divorced rancher drives up her lane and drags her back into a past she wants to forget.

A forbidden crush born long ago…

In Afghanistan, Slade Callahan tucks Erin into his dreams and his heart. Guilt plagues him for wanting her when she isn’t his to want. She belongs to his older brother. But when Erin breaks his brother’s heart, she never realizes she’s breaking two. Honor keeps him from going after her. Discharged from the Marines, Slade moves on with his life and lets her go. Until tragedy strikes. His brother is dead.Found in his car with two letters…one to his wife–and one to Erin.

A letter full of hope and secrets…

Erin and Slade come together, fighting a love that won’t let go. Tormented by guilt, shame, anger, and the need to forgive, walls slowly crumble. Setting off a firestorm of buried passions, they embrace the truth in the stars. But their journey is only beginning when the letter is read. Decisions must be made. Is Erin strong enough to accept herself and trust in this beautiful love, or will she repeat history with another Callahan man?

And Never Say Goodbye released October 3, 2016!

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fortuneFortune’s Flower (Passport to Romance Book 1)

by Anthea Lawson

From USA Today, RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson comes this *SPICY* full-length Victorian romantic adventure full of wit, adventure, and plenty of passion!

Miss Lily Strathmore has made a desperate bargain. One last adventure abroad with her botanist uncle and his family, and then she will do as her parents bid and wed the proper (and boring) viscount her mother has selected as Lily’s ideal husband.

James Huntington is on a mission. Retrieve his grandfather’s lost journals from the wilds of Tunisia, and win the estate and fortune he so desperately needs. This quest will be the making of him–or his ruin.

Thrown together on a botanical expedition, James and Lily’s attraction is immediate, and impossible. Despite every reason to keep their distance, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together as they race to reach a hidden valley before their enemies can bring all their dreams crashing down.

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