When Seconds Come First and Why You Might Care

secondary charactersWe have all seen the sequel, the spin off, the series and been hooked. How many versions of Law and Order have succeeded? Or NCIS? We were hooked when Maude got her own show, and Rhoda? Okay, most of you are too young to remember those but you might have seen Melrose Place or at least The Simpsons. All spinoffs, where the secondary characters left the primary show and became the focal point of their own hour. Successfully.

Secondary Characters

Secondary characters are often anything but. For example, my first draft of Bedazzled was narrated by Keeli alone. I thought it would be stronger if you did not know Wyatt’s feelings for her. After feedback from a wise beta reader, I changed the narrative to alternating viewpoints. But that gave me a new problem. Wyatt needed a bestie with whom to share his feelings so the readers would know them too.

Enter a slew of secondary characters – Wyatt’s sisters, his best friends from childhood, Keeli’s brother and best friend back home, her roommates, her friend and follow artist, Clarissa. These characters each had their own personalities and backstories and as I wrote, those stories interested me too.

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That is how the Beguiling Bachelor series was born. Suddenly, I was fleshing out some of these secondary characters and making them the heroes and villains of other works. Of course, these new novels introduced still more characters, and – as the commercial says – they told two friends and they told two friends and so on.

Now I have a whole community surrounding my bachelors and as I wind down to the last book in my series about Wyatt, Randall, Alex and Tyler I am wondering whether to start fresh or flesh out some of the peripheral characters you have already met through these books I am not sure yet.

What Comes Next?

In Besotted, due in Spring, 2018 you will be introduced to some characters with real potential.. I won’t give them away quite yet. But consider the characters you have already met. What is Missy’s history? Did she have a wild romance with Stephen or someone else before she settled down?  What does the future hold for younger brother Ethan Howe? Only time will tell.

These characters keep the story in a tight overlap with my existing bachelors, but if I focus on Keeli’s brothers, they story moves from Chicago to the cornfields of central Illinois. That might be an interesting new direction for me,.

It’s a real dilemma. My readers often ask to see more of the characters they have come to know and love – or hate. But for an author, limiting the setting can limit imagination. And that can lead to writer’s block, or worse, stale, boring writing.

I have considered following up on Clarissa, Keeli’s friend and fellow artist. I found her a fascinating and charismatic character, but with my background as a techie, could I really portray her creative world sufficiently? Should I even try?

Learning from the Best

I think about a talk given by legendary writer Ann Patchett, who said she knew nothing of opera when she wrote her bestselling novel Bel Canto. She wanted to learn about opera, so she wrote about opera. Bel Canto was even reimagined as an opera and debuted to rave reviews. Perhaps a series in the world of creative artists might open a new avenue for me as a writer..

I am toying with several ideas, so maybe I will take a hiatus from my Bachelors and write something with a new point of view. I like writing about the wealthy – they are so different from the average person. I like portraying their road from entitled to empathetic, from proud to humbled, if only a little. But there is so much out there to observe, so many viewpoints, so many different stories,

Do you Have a Favorite?

And so I am torn. After Besotted, the story of Tyler and Regan’s romance, will I leave my Beguiling Bachelors for a while or remain with them? What do you want to see? Which characters do you want to see more of – Ethan, Missy, Daniel, Clarissa or even Clarissa’s sister, Joanne, who you met as Alex’s smart assistant? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Submission Secrets and a Soldier

I am just delighted to have Kryssie Fortune visiting my blog today. She has answered a few questions to help us get to know her better and brought us an introduction to her sexy hot novel Submission Secrets, and the Soldier.  I know you’ll love it.

Submission Secrets and a SoldierWhere is your favorite place to write?  Anywhere. On the bus. In a café. In a park. In the car – when my husband’s driving. I write longhand then type it up on my PC once I get home.

What inspires you as an author?  I write things I’d like to read. I love Cora Seaton’s books so it’s no surprise my current release features a former soldier. Badly scarred and suffering   from PTSD, Luke is still still sexy, dominant, and gorgeous.

Why do you write romance and why your genre of romance?  Because it’s what I love to read. I love the chemistry between the protagonists. My books feature hot sex and happy endings. That said, there’s always an adventure story unfolding around my heroine.  

Submission Secrets, and the Soldier

Luke Roberts, a former army mechanic, has a new sub. She’s shy and inexperienced, but willing. As he teaches her about sensation play, she fears he’ll really hurt her and screams her safewords at him. Her reaction causes Luke to have a flashback. Although he’s clawing his way back to normal, he suffers from PTSD. Determined to get well, he contacts a PTSD specialist in Westhorpe Ridge.

Kathryn Johnson has visited a BDSM club three times. When she hooks up with Luke Roberts, he unintentionally terrifies her. She swears off spankings and goes home to Westhorpe Ridge. The last person she expects to see there is Luke Roberts.

Circumstances force them to share an apartment. Can Luke protect her when danger threatens? Or is she just a temporary sub in residence

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Excerpt

Inside the dump truck’s hopper, Kathryn screamed as the car sped toward them. “Farlaise. Straight ahead. We’re sitting ducks.”

Luke gritted his teeth and opened the throttle. The dump truck sped up. Solid, but not superfast, it trundled along the road. A brick outhouse came to mind as he headed directly for Farlaise’s car. This was one game of chicken Luke meant to win. Even if he took a bullet, he’d hold his course and keep Kathryn safe. “So, junior leaguer, how’s your pitching?”

She tried for a smile, but it turned into a grimace. “I had one of the team’s lowest earned run averages.”

Luke kept the throttle open wide. The chugging of the engine grew louder, but he’d told her the dump truck had a top speed of less than thirty miles an hour. The wind made it feel faster.

He took a deep breath and yelled, “Hooah. Balls-to-the-wall time. Our dump truck will pulverize their front end. When you’re near enough, lob one of your Molotov things in their direction. Anything to keep them off-balance since I might as well have a target on my chest sitting up here.”

She barely heard him over the engine noise. Adrenaline shot through her. She shivered with a mix of exhilaration, panic, and determination. Protecting Luke mattered more than her safety. Her fear level rose right along with her blood pressure. She could hear her heart race, but she’d keep the driver distracted. No way would she let Farlaise and his henchman hurt Luke.

Kathryn peered out the hopper. The henchman had his gun pointed directly at Luke. No way, buster.

Meet Kryssie Fortune

submission secrets and a soldierKryssie is never seen without her kindle. She reads everything and anything she can get her hands on. When she discovered hot, sexy reads, she felt like she’d found her home. The only books she hates are the ones that end with a cliff hanger or have unhappy endings.

Kryssie tries to set her stories in places she’s explored. Hopefully, it adds color to her writing. Anything can spark a story idea. Sometimes she takes liberties though. The North Yorkshire town of Whitby is one of her favorite places. To keep the details of her imaginary town, Westhorpe Ridge consistent, she mentally shunted Whitby over the Atlantic and renamed it Westhorpe Ridge.

When not writing, Kryssie loves to walk on the beach of home town, Bridlington, or potter in her garden. Popping down to London to see her family is her favorite thing to do.

Kryssie currently has thirteen books on general release along with a boxed e-book of the first three Westhorpe Ridge stories. All her stories are M/ F or M/M/F. All are edited by publishing houses in either the UK or the USA. While her stories sizzle with sex, plot comes before bed. Life’s always an adventure going on in Kryssie’s world.

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Confessions and Confusions of a “Bachelor” Addict

Bachelor in Paradise

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I am a grown woman; an educated professional woman. I make these statements not to brag, but to help explain my confusion. What am I confused about, you may wonder. The answer is “Bachelor in Paradise”.

I freely admit that I have been sucked into ABC’s Monday and Tuesday night reality-drama be it “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette”. But until this summer I had done an outstanding job of avoiding the third show in the wildly successful franchise, “Bachelor in Paradise”.

For those of you unfamiliar with the premise – or pretending to be – the first two shows are about an unattached man or woman who is bombarded by over 20 attractive people looking to fall in love leading eventually to wedded bliss.

This has been going on for dozens of seasons, and even resulted in several apparently happy marriages. But “Bachelor in Paradise” is different. This is a show of shorter duration and the participants are all rejects from “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette”. They have only just completed season four, so it is also a newcomer to “The Bachelor” franchise.

That’s right. They are people who should have gone home, back to their non-public normal lives away from the cameras and the world of reality TV. Maybe I could forgive someone for subjecting themselves to Paradise once, after all it is a gorgeous Mexican beach location, and everyone deserves a second chance. But by the time a third chance or more rolls around, things just get ridiculous. Clearly, these are people who want to be in front of cameras more than they want love.

Yet there I was, all summer, escaping hurricanes, Russian scandals and other news transfixed by the foolish love affairs of 20 and 30-somethings. I waited with baited breath to hear their inane, alcohol-infused conversations, watching the women display too much flesh and the men pump too much iron.

Bachelor in Paradise

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Why? Why Bachelor in Paradise?

Now that the show has ended for the season, I have been asking myself that very question. Sure, the host Chris Harrison is good looking and charming – shoot, he should be the next “bachelor. But there are charming good looking men on every network. Many of them are shirtless and pumping iron, or flexing muscles. So that cannot be it.

And the promos leading up to the show promised a scandal that resulted in shutting down the show for several weeks. I love a good scandal as much as the next person, but that was covered on the show in the first two weeks and concealed even faster in the media. Still, I stuck with it.

In truth, I don’t care about these men and women or whether they find love or not. It seems highly likely that these pairings will not last. The odds are firmly against them. Yet when last night ended in a proposal I joined the studio audience in wiping away a stray tear.

So, embarrassing as it is to admit, something about this insipid program with its immature but attractive people appeals to me – and obviously to millions of others as well. There are people who write blogs about it, watch it together and speculate on the outcomes. I was invested enough to DVR each episode to insure I wouldn’t miss a moment.. But now it is over and I have no clue why I watched. Seriously. I feel like this confession is the equivalent of airing some dirty little secret.

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Who shares my addiction? Do you share my secret? Do you know why you watch? Is it for the compelling drama, or perhaps to watch couples end their search for romance in a miserable train wreck of sobs and recriminations? Is it the voyeur checking out the young nubile bodies in skimpy bikinis? Could it be your romantic side hoping to see real, honest to god, true love?

If you know, can you please, please help me understand? I am totally baffled.

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Gun for Hire by JJ Montgomery – A Romantic Suspense

JJ Montgomery has stopped by today share a little bit about her debut novel, Gun for Hire. She has given us a nice little taste of her work with a great excerpt and few teasers below.  Check out this great debut author and book. 
Welcome, JJ.

Gun For Hire

The Maui Heat Series
by J.J. Montgomery

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The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

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Excerpt from Gun for Hire

“The sunlight was intense after a half hour in that gloomy space, but I squinted hard and kept moving toward a narrow set of steps down to the parking lot. Grady walked a few paces behind me, and if he heard the crinkle of paper as I moved, he elected not to say anything.

Grady hit the remote to his truck and grabbed for the passenger side door, his hand light on my elbow as he helped me up. Paper crackled as my butt hit the seat and Grady’s eyes narrowed. Without a word, he slammed my door and went around to the driver’s side, climbing up into the cab and stabbing the keys into the ignition.
“So, I—” I hesitated as I shifted in my seat and my movement was accompanied by the distinct sound of cardboard bending.
“No,” Grady muttered, and clicked on the radio. “No talking.”
“But—”
“Shh.” Grady put a finger to his lips, his eyes still on the road. “Any minute you’re going to tell me about the felony crime you just committed. And then I’m going to have to deal with the fact that I was an accessory to a felony crime.”
“Umm, yeah.” I reached around to the back of my pants and eased the file folder up from my waistband, working it out slowly so as to not lose anything as Grady headed up the hillside toward his house. As I brought it around to look at it, the red block letters damning me to years of incarceration should I get caught, a muscle ticked in Grady’s jaw.
“You stole classified documents.” He shook his head from side to side.
I looked up at Grady and then down at the mangled file with the red Top Secret heading. I took a corner of the front sheet and ripped across the width of the page, separating the words “Top Secret” from the rest of the paper.
“They’re declassified now.” I crumpled up the classification and shoved it in my pocket.
Grady sighed.
 
I shrugged and opened the file.”
 


Author Bio: 

J.J. MONTGOMERY writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in J.J.’s Maui Heat Series. 

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:


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Want to be Smarter? Fall in these Rabbit Holes

surf the rabbit holeI often complain about getting lost in the rabbit hole, that warren of blogs, websites, podcasts and webinars that suck away my time. I blame those holes when I lose a day of writing, my productivity drops, or my email overflows. I find them addictive and not in a good way. But today, I salute them.

If you have ever searched the internet you know what I am talking about. Perhaps you start by looking up an actor and finding their IMDB filmography. Pretty soon you are wondering who it was that starred with them in last year’s blockbuster and off you go, down the hole. You look at the film, then the co-star, then some of the co-star’s other films and co-stars and perhaps a few links to locations, directors, musicians, spouses. You get my drift. You’ve just learned twenty fascinating but useless facts and lost three hours of your life.

Every email, blog, and website is full of links to other emails, blogs and websites, and the rabbit hole is all about following those links, chasing the shiny object, losing hours of your life. Sadly, I am all about the shiny object.

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However, there is a flip side, when the rabbit hole actually teaches you something – facts and skills that are useful. Last week I received a note from Tom Morkes, CEO of Insurgent Publishing, describing how he was mentored by bloggers while he was deployed in Iraq. As a rabbit chaser, of course I clicked on the embedded link, which took me to the sign up for the Success Mentor Summit. Lots more shiny objects in a single location. I took the bait, in case you were wondering.

Tom’s email got me thinking about how much I have benefited from virtual mentoring by people like him. The mentoring has come from reading blogs, buying books and training, following links, listening to podcasts and watching webinars. For an indie author and solopreneur like me, this online world has been a goldmine. So today, I am taking time to praise the rabbit hole. People like Tom make it an entertaining and educational place to explore.

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Here are a few of my favorite warrens. Visit a few. Have tea with the Cheshire Cat, or pick up a mentoring tip or two.

The Best Rabbit Warrens for Reading

My obvious first choices are reading choices – Goodreads and Amazon have to top the lists here. Goodreads is wonderful as a sharing spot between friends, a spot to follow favorite authors, to see what is trending. It’s beyond a wealth of information. It’s the Facebook of booklovers – come friend me over there and we can share books.

Amazon is also a place where you can follow authors you love. What makes Amazon a unique and worthwhile warren is the algorithms it uses to make recommendations. I don’t know about you, but I t always love the books that Amazon thinks I will love. I have no idea how it’s done, but the recommendations are spot on.

My Favorite Spots as a Blogger

For the blogger in me, I love learning from Sarah Morgan’s site. Her pictures are great for starters and when she writes, it feels personal somehow, like she knows me. Her knowledge of blogging is outstanding and you can see she has learned from experience – often the hard way. I love that she has made technology a bit more accessible, too. Her “Dare to Blog” course is a goldmine. Sarah teaches me oodles and feels like a friend. Runners up in the blogging space – Problogger and CoSchedule. If you haven’t tried Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer, you have no idea what you are missing. Stop by their warrens. Their links will keep you searching and learning for hours – hell, for weeks!

Rabbit Holes for Writing

For the author in me, I gravitate first to Kathy Steinemann, better than any thesaurus ever made, and Romance Writers of America. The RWA Romance University has helped me tweak my work for the better more than once. As a writer/publisher, I rely on Joanna Penn and Jeff Bullas. After all, what is the point of writing if you never reach readers? Speaking of reaching readers, if you are new or struggling, Nick Stephenson’s “Your First 10K Readers” has to be the definitive starting point. For added traffic and technical expertise, I have to give a shout out to Jeff Goins and Neil Patel too. See what I mean about losing hours?

For my social media needs I have recently discovered Rebekah Radice, but I have been a big follower of Chris Syme. Check them out if you want to get a great start down the deep, deep hole of social media. Let me know when you come back up for air. Warning: it may be years from now.Finally, as a team of one, I have learned to rely on some brilliant writer/marketers. #MFRW… Click To Tweet

And for Networking….

Finally, as a solopreneur, a team of one running my writing and publishing business, I have learned to rely on some brilliant writer/marketers. Most are famous in this business with huge followings, but a few are just people, like me, who learned from each other and managed to eek out a living doing what they love. Check out the blogs and books of these wondrous women: Linda O’Connor, Tina Gayle, Jenna Bayley Burke and Kayelle Allen. These are my role models, the people who keep me moving forward even on hard days, who review my work, give me feedback on my covers, and most importantly, these are ladies who share. They share my Facebook posts, tweet and retweet my announcements. They spread the words of Madison Michael to their readers. They are generous of spirit and I salute and thank them.

I try to do the same for them with my blog every Tuesday, with retweets and shares of my own. We are quickly becoming a team. They are my favorite rabbit holes to fall into – the company is great, the books are delightful to read and I come out knowing a bit more. This is the warren that rejuvenates me, leaving me ready to work a bit harder and write a bit more.

At least until I fall into that next rabbit hole.

 

 

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New Beginnings by Iris Blobel – A New Adult Romance

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Iris Blobel. Iris is here to tell us about her book New Beginnings, in the Beginnings Series.  Iris has provided  a lovely excerpt to give us just a taste of this new novel. Check out New Beginnings and the whole Beginning Series. Welcome, Iris.~~  New Beginnings ~~
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by Iris Blobel

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“Other people have to fight battles in their life as well.”

The chance to start life all over with the help of a stranger.

Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to her eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago, and it hasn’t been easy. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know and have never heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator. Settling into their new life, Sophie is still afraid it’s all a mistake.

Mark O’Connor, attorney in Hobart and the bearer of the good news for Sophie and Mia, curses himself for the lack of information about the testator. However, researching the questions gives him an opportunity to see Sophie again, and the more time he spends with the two, the more he realises that his life is missing something. And it’s not his casual lover Linda.

But then there’s Zach, Sophie’s sexy neighbour from across the road… and a very good friend of Clara’s.

Will unravelling the mystery unravel Sophie and Mark’s promise of a future?

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♥♦♥  Excerpt from New Beginnings ♥♦♥

Sophie Levesque stared at the attorney in front of her, waiting for some answers. She and her little sister, Mia, had been quietly sitting in Mr. O’Connor’s office for more than half an hour, learning about the details of their inheritance.

Once he was finished, silence hung in the air before she asked with raised eyebrows. “Who?”

“Clara Catherine Bellinger.”

Mia leaned closer to her elder sister and gave a soft tug on Sophie’s shirt. “Who is she?”

Sophie shrugged. “I wouldn’t have a clue.” Then turned her attention back on Mr. O’Connor and asked the same thing. “Who is she?”

The handsome attorney on the other side of the massive desk leaned forward and rested his elbows on it before he started to repeat his earlier speech. Although hearing his words, Sophie still found it all very hard to comprehend. Here she was in this old office, furnished with heavy antique oak furniture, the curtains in a pretty shade of aubergine, and the carpet beneath her shoes thick and warm in a matching shade, hearing about an inheritance from someone she’d never even heard of.

Startled by the subtle sound of the clock chiming across the road, Sophie’s gaze turned to the window, where she saw the post office building across the road. It looked impressive and old. It’d been only a few hours since they’d arrived in Hobart, the most southern capital in Australia, but she already liked it. A lot more than Sydney, the place she’d lived all her life.

Hauled back from her thoughts, she heard Mr. O’Connor say, “I believe she was a distant relative of yours. I’m afraid I don’t have any further details.”

Sophie arched an eyebrow in disbelief, doubting the accuracy of it all. Not only did she try not to question his competence as a lawyer, but she also hoped it wasn’t a dreadful misunderstanding.

With a slight shrug of her shoulder, she asked, “Why not?”

He met her gaze steadily. “Pardon me?”

Sitting up straight, she repeated, “Why not? Why aren’t there any further details?”

He rubbed his chin with his fingers, his unease now obvious, and although she almost felt sorry for him, she tried not to care. She needed to know more. And not just the what, but why and who as well.

Only a week earlier, Sophie had received the call from Mr. O’Connor telling her about an inheritance. Initially, she’d thought it had been a horrible joke when he’d given her details on where to pick up airplane tickets to Hobart. It was important for her to come, he’d explained. Some legality she hadn’t understood. Something about her having to sign documents for the transfer of ownership of some assets. It’d sounded too farfetched at the start, but after some research on the firm with the help of a friend, it sounded valid, and she’d hoped her life was finally turning around for the better.

Meet Iris Blobel

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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Two Hot Romances: Adriana Kraft offers Double Trouble

Double Trouble From Adriana Kraft

A Woman for Zachary
Meghan’s Playhouse, Book Two
&
Hot to the Touch
Swinging Games, Book Fifteen

Adriana will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC, to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here


Guest Post: Double Trouble from Adriana Kraft

One of my favorite recent memes from FaceBook reads as follows: When I get old, they’re never going to say “what a sweet old lady.” They’re gonna say “what on EARTH is she up to now?!”

If that sounds like trouble, hold on to your hat—we’ve got a double dose heading your way. Our two recent erotic romance ménage releases feature leading characters at mid-life.


Baby boomers ourselves, we often write characters in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s and beyond. If that’s not what trips your trigger, these two books aren’t for you – but, with any luck, all of us will reach these ages eventually, and we hope our readers do so with vim, vigor, and yes, a vibrant and active sex life. We like to think some of our characters can light the way.


Hot to the Touch takes the mid-fifties couple who star in our Swinging Games series to a clothing optional RV resort for some summer fun. In A Woman for Zachary, the early twenties heroine who starred in Seducing Cat hooks up with a mid-forties woman and an early-fifties man to ignite the spark that’s been smoldering between them.




A Woman for Zachary Blurb:

It’s New York! Broadway beckons, but Meg has more fun keeping an erotic triangle going with her current flame, Zach Cullen, and her drama coach, Josie Patrice.
Zachary Cullen has ignored Josette Patrice’s overtures for years, but she agrees to take on his latest protégé-slash-arm-candy Meghan Keenan in her off-Broadway workshop theater. Though the girl has incredible talent, Josie would stake her reputation on that little thing being a switch-hitter, like herself, and she doesn’t want Zach to be duped. 

Josie sets out to seduce Meg and expose her for what she is, but all bets are off when Meg turns the tables on Josie to hook her up with Zach.

Erotic Romance Ménage
Novella, 28,000 words
eXtasy Books, August 4, 2017
Four Flames: Explicit Sex, MF, FF;
Ménage, FFM, FMF; Sex toys

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Excerpt: 

Josie was shaking her head back and forth before Zach finished speaking. “That’s not enough.”
Zach closed the distance between the two of them.
She pressed her back against the wall, and he placed his palms against it, framing her head. She licked her lips.
What was he doing? She’d imagined him being this close countless times, but not in this way. Not in anger. Not struggling with his sense of fairness over sharing another woman. She kept her arms locked at her sides.
“That’s exactly what Meg said. What is enough? Do we draw lots for her?”
Josie shook her head.
“Maybe I can have her even days of the month and you odd days.”
“That might work.” Josie could hardly breathe. Zach’s male scent was overpowering. She’d agree to almost anything, if he just stayed where he was. She should be afraid of him, but she wasn’t. This was a man she’d known for a decade. He might be very angry, even deeply pained, but he wouldn’t hurt her—at least not physically.
“It works for parking cars in the winter. It’s a beginning, I guess.” His eyes darkened with a passion she couldn’t decipher. She watched his eyes shut and re-open.
And then his mouth was crushing against hers. She tried to breathe through her nostrils. His muffled groans filled her mouth. Tentatively, she lifted her hands to his shoulders. It was as if he was in a trance. She sighed and pulled him closer. Maybe she was, too.




Hot to the Touch Blurb: 

Can the summer get any hotter? Escaping Southern Indiana summer heat, swingers Brett and Jen check out a Minnesota clothing optional RV resort, where the rules are very different from the swing lifestyle venues they’re used to. When they spot a hot looking couple in the swimming pool, they’re definitely interested, but they know better than to make the first move. Will Paul and Kim turn out to be players, or will Brett and Jen get a cold shoulder?

Erotic Romance Ménage
Short Story, 7,000 words
eXtasy Books, July 30, 2017
Four Flames: Explicit Sex, MF, FF;
Ménage, MFMF

Buy Links: 

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Excerpt: 

“Hi guys,” Kim said, giving Jen a hug. “We ran into traffic, but we’re here at last. I love your outfit, Jen. That short skirt is just right for your long legs. You guys are fine dancers.”
“And you look fantastic,” Jen managed to say. “That top is so sexy. As you said, just a touch of mystery. And I love those dangling earrings. They sparkle nearly as much as you do. Absolutely stunning.”
“Thank you,” Kim murmured, turning to hug Brett.
“As stunning as you look,” Paul said, gathering Jen into his arms for a long hug. “You both look scrumptious. Good enough to eat. Right, Brett?”
Brett nodded.
Jen noticed Kim made no move to break away from Brett’s arms. She watched the olive-skinned woman drag her lips across Brett’s wrist before lifting it up and sliding onto the curved bench. Jen slid in from the other side, with the guys sitting on either end. A bare leg brushed against her left leg, a trousered one against her right. If those legs were meant to only tease, she’d be very, very upset before the night was over.

About the Author: Meet Adriana Kraft

Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for erotic fiction, author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More.
One man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspense line for gutsy characters, hot sex, and breathtaking intimacy as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love.
A man, a woman (or two), or another man, threesomes, foursomes—what’s your fantasy? We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination. Here you’ll find multiple partners, three-way, four-way and more, swing lifestyle, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

Together we have published over thirty-five romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. We love hearing from readers at adrianakraft99@yahoo.com, and here is our website:

When It’s Time to Heat Things Up http://adrianakraft.com

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The Rancher’s Baby Proposal – A Western Romance

Today I am very excited to share a few tidbits about Harlequin Romance Author Barbara  White Daille and to share a brief excerpt from her novel, The Rancher’s Baby Proposal. I love Barbara’s interest in  her lead character’s interactions with family and friends and  I believe  all of us who just love a good romance will enjoy her novel.

Take it away, Barbara,

Thanks to Maddy for the chance to chat with you!

  1. Where is your favorite place to write?

In my home office, which is really a cluttered extra bedroom. Boring, I know, but I usually like to write in a quiet space. In the office I’m completely alone and can close the door when needed. Plus, I’m surrounded by books!

  1. What inspires you as an author?

Many things spark my imagination and make me want to write, but when it comes to inspiration, I get that from reading and falling in love with great books by other authors.

  1. Why do you write romance and why your genre of romance?

Relationships fascinate me and happy endings are The Best.

My books are short to mid-length contemporary romance, usually on the sweeter side of the scale. Those lengths are also what I love to read: stories that focus more on character development and dialogue than on description and research.

And while contemporary romance zeroes in on the developing relationship between the hero and heroine, it also allows room to explore connections among the hero and heroine and their families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors—who often tend to be on the quirky side in my stories. 🙂

  1. What are you working on next and when can we expect to see it?

My next releases continue the Snowflake Valley series, which began with Snowbound with Mr. Wrong. Book two in the series debuts this fall, and book three will be out sometime next year. All my books, even in a series, are standalones as far as the hero and heroine reaching their happy ending by the closing pages of their story. Thanks for asking!

 

From the cover of The Rancher’s Baby Proposal, a Hitching Post Hotel book:

The Rancher's Baby ProposalHER SECRET COWBOY CRUSH

Ally Martinez has always been known as a fun and flirty kind of gal. But deep down she’s never forgotten the cowboy who left town. When her crush Reagan Chase comes home after a five-year absence, Ally knows this is her big chance. The guy I’ve always wanted. Only Reagan has something different in mind…

Still reeling from his last relationship, Reagan needs a babysitter for his month-old son. With Ally’s help, he can get his family’s ranch ready for sale and get out of Cowboy Creek. The problem? Ally is one seriously cute distraction. But Reagan will do whatever it takes to keep his heart safe. Even if it means losing the only place—and the only woman—he can call home.

Excerpt from The Rancher’s Baby Proposal

In this clip, we’re letting you in on a little secret…fun and flirty Ally isn’t always as confident as she seems:

Reagan was so intent on his work, he didn’t hear her enter the barn, not even when she cleared her throat to get his attention.

Oh, well. She had done what she could, hadn’t she? It wouldn’t be fair to call out his name and startle him.

Instead, she stood there getting a good look. She took in the sight of his threadbare jeans, his sweat-dampened back, his muscles bunching and flexing as he shifted one load after another of scrap lumber.

It wasn’t until she stood admiring his pecs and abs that she realized he had turned and stood looking at her.

Oops.

Recovering quickly, she gave a wolf whistle.

“You need to apply for a job at the store. Think what having you on the payroll will do for our profits. After one look at you, all the women in Cowboy Creek will instantly become do-it-yourselfers.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Oh, but I do. Keep in mind I’m comfortable making the suggestion because I get paid by the hour. You wouldn’t have to worry about cutting into my commissions.”

“With all the wranglers who must stop in just to see you, I’d probably have to worry more about you cutting into mine.”

“A compliment, Reagan Chase?” she said archly, batting her lashes like one of the actresses from her mama’s favorite late-night movies. “How unexpected. But I’m flattered.”

He looked as if he had had second thoughts about what he had said. Maybe she’d overdone it on the exaggerated flirting attempt.

“Yeah. Well.” His smile seemed forced. “Don’t let it go to your head.”

“Oh, I won’t.”

No chance of that. His words had gone straight to her heart.

Book links for Rancher’s Baby Proposal

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Baby-Proposal-Hitching-Hotel-ebook/dp/B01LLPCDXY/

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ranchers-baby-proposal-barbara-white-daille/1124564570

Books-A-Million http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Ranchers-Baby-Proposal/Barbara-White-Daille/Q92625305?id=6809026813830

IndieBound http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780373757596

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-rancher-s-baby-proposal

 

About the Author

The Rancher's Baby ProposalBarbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.

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Writing a Series? Plan Ahead, Plan Ahead

plan aheadWith all the excitement of participating in Sultry Nights, my first collection – and believe me I am excited – I have failed to provide an update on my other work, specifically the fourth book of the Beguiling Bachelor Series. Actually, I haven’t just neglected an update; I also neglected the book.

Now I am back to writing what I have tentatively titled Besotted, the story ofTyler and Regan, alluded to in the previous bachelor novels. This, the fourth book which has been percolating in my mind while writing the other three, should have been easy to get from my brain to paper. After all, I have been working up to it for well over a year.

Instead, Besotted is proving elusive and cantankerous. Surprised? So was I.

Lessons One and Two – Plan Ahead

Moving through this process, I have learned some valuable lessonsI thought I would share my journey and my lessons learned.

1/ If you are going to write a series, plan ahead. This has been, without a doubt,my biggest mistake. When I created Wyatt’s friends in Bedazzled, I had no intention of building a series around them. I just needed a vehicle to share what Wyatt was thinking. I invented friends in whom he could confide. Then, with Bedazzled fully formed and in print, I decided to create a series.

2/ Before you steam forward, create a vision of the entire process.. This is not the same caution as number one. This is a more devastating mistake.. I should have stopped at the beginning to outline the next three novels. Did I? Of course not. I was too busy writing to think ahead. The muse had captured me and I was happy to be her companion. I thought she was leading me to a good place for after all my writing was improving. I was becoming a better storyteller.

Lessons Three and Four – Failed to Plan? Bring in your Readers

3/ When you realize you failed to plan, don’t wish it away – deal with it. Once I understood that, I was forced to live with all I had shared about Tyler and Regan in my prior novels. I could have tackled the problem. Instead, I put the first few chapters in a drawer and hoped they would write themselves. Time and wishful thinking would not solve this problem. I could abandon my plans to create a fourth novel or solve my plot issues and write the thing. I wisely chose the second.

4/ Rather than spin your wheels, tap into readers and ask for help when you are stuck. I tried various plot twists but found them each leading to a dead end. I discussed it with my editors and got further but still had issues with the story. Then I had an epiphany. Ask my readers for help!

Can You Help?

This is where you enter this picture. Why should I struggle to get out of the corner I am painted into without your advice? You are a fabulous resource for ideas so I will see what you come up with. Tyler has been in love with Regan for 20 years without making a move. Why not? And why has Regan waited for Tyler all this time rather than finding another love?

Have any brilliant answers? If you do, please share them in the comments section below.

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You might also enjoy these other Beguiling Bachelor Novels:

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  • Bedeviled – Book 3 of the Beguiling Bachelor Series
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Dark Assassin’s Your Thing? Here’s Xander

xanderToday it’s my pleasure to present Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Three) by Valerie Ullmer. Like me, Valerie is focused on character driven romance novels, but she loves the darker side and paranormal romances, like Xander. Enjoy!

Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel) Book 3

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb:

Half-human, half-shifter.

Xander has secretly yearned for a mate for most of his immortal existence, and yet after three of his friends found exactly what he’s always wanted, he’d come to believe that he’d missed his chance at happiness.

Until he heard her voice.

Frost is a wildlife biologist and tracker and she has been assigned, despite her adamant protests, to lead mercenaries into the mountains of Snowfall, Colorado for the sole purpose of killing immortal shifters.  In order to protect those who have no idea the kind of danger they are in, she agrees.  As she leads the armed men on a wild chase around the snow-covered pines, she could sense that she was running out of time.

Until she heard his voice.

Xander understands exactly who Frost is the moment he hears her thoughts.  With the help of Kane and Gunnar, they eliminate those in her group as they try to keep her safe.  But during the fight, she is hurt and all of his protective instincts flare to life.  As Xander learns more about her, he realizes that Frost might be the key to the creation of the immortals, both vampire and shifter.

But when she becomes a target from those who want to destroy the Dark Company and Xander’s family, how far will he go to save her?

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An Excerpt from Xander

xanderXander froze when he heard a feminine voice carry over to him, she sounded closer than she had been even a few moments before. He should have sensed her coming closer. But the only question on his mind was why she was tagging along with a group of mercenaries. He heard the voice again, a tinny version of her voice, and for a long moment he couldn’t understand the words. Until she stepped forward.

No, no. Not that way. Not that way.

Something warmed his chest as he heard her in his head as clearly as they were speaking aloud. A familiarity washed over him and he felt connected to this woman in an elemental way. A feeling a peace settled over him. He knew this was the first time he’d ever heard her voice. He was so stunned and happy that he didn’t even question how they were able to mind link.

Can either of you hear the woman’s thoughts?

Woman? Gunnar sounded confused.

Kane’s reply was quick and clipped. No.

Hello?

Hello?

Xander tried to get her attention. Can you hear me?

He held his breath when he heard her distinct gasp, knowing that their mind link worked. His chest filled with dread at the thought that she gave herself away, until he heard her next words.

“I spotted a grizzly bear in the trees to the west. Sorry, I startled him and he ran off.”

For long seconds, the men in the clearing stared at the woman before they were ordered to keep searching.

Xander stood close enough that he could see her curves underneath the heavy white parka. And having the worst timing in the world, Xander felt his body react. He took a deep, cleansing breath of sharp mountain air that instantly cooled his overheated body.

Yes, I can hear you. These men, seven in total, are looking for immortals. They have been contracted by my boss at U.S. Fish and Wildlife to kill them. Apparently the immortals are supposed to become animals. Can you help me without hurting yourself? They are heavily armed.

Xander was taken completely by surprise. She didn’t question their connection but instead relayed vital information that he would need. He could also start to feel her emotions. She wasn’t scared, just determined. He could hear her heart beating at a fast rate and her breathing strained from either the hike up the mountain or the tension in the air. He watched as she subtly shifted her head around as she searched for him, unable to spot him in the trees.

We can help. I’m going to communicate with my team and we’ll take out the men. Are you okay with that?

Yes, I know they are paid mercenaries and I’m mad that they killed a wolf two days ago for no other reason than they wanted to shoot something.

What’s your name?

Frost.

Frost, I’m Xander. When I tell you to run, run south. Okay?

Yes, I understand.

Xander relayed the conversation he had with Frost. We are going to have to kill them, there’s no other way around it. They couldn’t have a threat looming over them, especially if one escaped and brought in a stronger, more trained group of mercenaries. Although they could easily defeat any group of fighters, keeping their existence a secret was crucial. The more humans that knew about them, the bigger the danger it posed.

 

About the Author : Valerie Ullmer

Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary romances with strong alpha males and brilliant, beautiful heroines. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She’s addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character driven romances.

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