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1. Spotlight and Giveaway: In for the Kill by Shannon McKenna

I have an excerpt and giveaway for In For the Kill by Shannon McKenna this morning – enjoy!

In For The Kill
McClouds & Friends # 11

By: Shannon McKenna

Releasing January 27th, 2015

Kensington

Blurb

The risks ex-cop Sam Petrie has taken have turned his life into a train wreck. So he has nothing to lose by doubling down as the elusive Svetlana Ardova’s unwanted bodyguard on a potentially deadly trip to Italy.

Ever since the McClouds rescued Sveti from certain death, her crusade against modern slavery has blazoned a bulls-eye on her chest, but when one of the threats against her almost hits the mark, Sam’s protective instincts go into overdrive. Every lethal obstacle and trap they encounter ups the stakes—and the undeniable heat between them.

Now they’re spiraling in on a deadly and explosive secret—one that could either redeem them or destroy them . . . and the closer they get, the shorter the fuse . . .

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/12/in-for-kill-mcclouds-friends-11-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18758537-in-for-the-kill?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/41703-mcclouds-friends

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kill-McCloud-Brothers-Shannon-McKenna/dp/0758273517/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418066842&sr=8-1&keywords=9780758273512

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-for-the-kill-shannon-mckenna/1119437341?ean=9780758273512

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/in-for-the-kill/id903405535?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/in-for-the-kill-11

Author Info

Shannon McKenna is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous romantic thrillers and several novellas. After a bizarre assortment of jobs, from singing cocktail waitress to medical secretary to strolling madrigal singer, she decided that writing hot romantic suspense suits her best. She lives with her husband and family in a small seaside town in southern Italy.

Write to Shannon at her website www.shannonmckenna.com

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://shannonmckenna.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorShannonMckenna?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShannonMcKenna4

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/99042.Shannon_McKenna

Excerpt

Prologue

Rome, Italy

Josef picked at his nails with his knife, stupefied with boredom. Despite all his contacts, his skills with explosives, interrogation, and small arms, he was still forced to babysit the vor’s worthless son.

Sasha Cherchenko was engrossed in his tablet, sunken face eerily lit by the screen’s glare. Mute, pathetic, junkie waste of skin. Heir to an empire worth billions. His very existence offended Josef, who had fought for every bite of food and breath of air he took, for his entire fucking life.

The silence grated. Josef got up to stretch, and circled Sasha from behind. He was watching a lecture on the tablet. A pretty young woman was talking. Josef abruptly recognized her and froze, startled.

That was Svetlana Ardova, daughter of that hellbitch Sonia, who had fucked Josef over. He had not seen pictures of the girl in years. Abducted at twelve, doomed for death by organ harvesting.

The camera zoomed close. Big, tilted hazel eyes, lush mouth, glossy hair. A sweet treat. The media had glommed on to that avidly after her spectacular rescue years ago. She was prettier now. He licked his lips.

Svetlana indicated a screen, where a photo was projected. Sonia’s striking face stared out. Words, scribbled on the picture, in Cyrillic. Josef lunged for Sasha’s tablet, yanking the headphones off him, ignoring Sasha’s startled yelp of protest. He hit the volume, maxed it.

“. . . book will be dedicated to my parents’ memory,” Svetlana’s voice blared. Josef dragged the cursor, let the last few seconds of video run again. He froze the frame when Sonia’s image appeared.

The scribble read, The Sword of Cain. The rest was trimmed away but for a couple of numbers. His ears roared. After six years, a place to begin the search again. Someone to squeeze, until she popped.

Sasha croaked, in his hoarse, halting voice, trying to tug the tablet back.

Josef struck him, sending him sprawling across the coffee table. He ignored the young man’s scratchy whimpering as he dialed his boss.

“Yes,” drawled Pavel Cherchenko’s gravelly voice.

“We have a lead.” Josef’s voice shook with excitement. He waited a beat to calm it. “The Sword of Cain, written on one of Sonia’s photos. Svetlana displayed a slide, in a lecture online. I can fly to Portland today.”

The vor grunted. “And my sons? Who watches them?”

Sasha whimpered. Josef smacked the back of his head. “They have Andrei and Aleksei to guard them.”

A long, teeth-grinding pause ensued. “Go to Portland,” the vor said.

The video was playing again. “. . . only one heart is healed, only one life saved, it will have been worth it. Thank you.”

The room erupted in applause. Svetlana stood in the spotlight, challenging him with her eyes. Such a delicate thing. Ripe to be conquered, ravaged. Punished, for all of Sonia’s sins.

Oh, yes. Let the pretty little daughter pay and pay.

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2. Catching Up: Book Blurbs of Fall/Winter, Pt. 1

I've gotten incredibly far behind on my reviewing, so it's that time again: time to cut to the chase and offer quick, no-nonsense book reviews before I completely forget everything about these stories. This past fall was a real bear as far as... Read the rest of this post

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3. Guest Post and Giveaway: Rebecca York, Author of Private Affair

Rebecca York dropped by this morning to share a guest post.  There’s also a giveaway for you to enter, so be sure to fill out the widget below!

5 Reasons That Private Investigators Make Great Heroes by Rebecca York

As unlikely as it sounds, the heroes of my Rockfort Security romantic suspense series—Jack Brandt, Shane Gallagher and Max Lyon—met in a Miami holding cell, after they were swept up in a drug raid at a nightclub. There they banded together to keep order among a bunch of drunks and druggies. And after they made bail, they went out for beers. During the night, they’d recognized each other’s strengths and decided to form the Rockfort Security Agency. Jack is a former Navy Seal. Shane was an Army MP. And Max Lyon is a former Baltimore City Police Detective. They each brought their special skills to the detective agency located in Rockville, Maryland, outside Washington, DC. (Hence the Rockfort name.)

When they first formed the agency, these tough alpha males were all at loose ends and looking for an anchor. They found it in Rockfort, where they could pool their resources and talents.

Looking at the Rockfort men, it’s easy to see why these private investigators make great romance heroes.

1. These are the guys you want to have at your back when you get into a tough situation. They have the skills and the courage to take on any threat.

2. They’re all complicated men, wounded by life, which initially makes them wary of relationships. It takes a strong woman to connect with them, but once she gets past that protective wall, she finds out the effort was majorly worth it.

3. Each of these men is an excellent lover, sensitive to his partner’s needs.

4. Each of them has a strong streak of personal loyalty. If you’re their friend—or their woman—you know you can count on them.

5. And they each have a good sense of humor—which they use liberally when they’re in a tight spot.

You can read about the last of the Rockfort man’s romance in PRIVATE AFFAIR, available now.

Book Information

Title: Private Affair

Author: Rebecca York

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Summary

Model Olivia Winters comes home to escape her job in New York City, and finds herself compelled to investigate the suspicious suicide of a former high school classmate. She enlists the help of private investigator Max Lyon, an ex-detective from a troubled family. Posing as husband and wife, the pair uncovers a grisly trail of murder, and the danger propels them into each other’s arms.
With a murderer on the loose, Max and Olivia realize they’re in too deep, too late. They’re getting close to the truth—and to each other’s secrets.

Buy Links

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iBooks – http://bit.ly/1tZxiuA

Author Biography

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca York’s writing has been compared to that of Dick Francis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maggie Shayne. Her award-winning books have been translated into twenty-two languages and optioned for film. A recipient of the RWA Centennial Award, she lives in Maryland near Washington, DC, which is often the setting of her romantic suspense novels.

Social Networking Links:

Website: http://rebeccayork.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8110.Rebecca_York

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-York/122426234846

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebeccaYork43

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4. TURNING PAGES: CUT ME LOOSE by J.R. Johansson

There are tons of people who talk back to movies. I'm probably the only person you know who talks back to books. This book is a page-turner, a scary, dark, shudder-inducing and twisted thriller with a deeply satisfying conclusion - the right person... Read the rest of this post

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5. A Cybils Bookmark: THE LIVING, by MATT DE LA PEÑA

This book is a 2015 Cybils Award YA Speculative Fiction Finalist. This is a review by a finalist judge, so will focus solely on summary and leave out additional discussion. Thanks! I'm not a great traveler, I'll admit. When I get on an airplane,... Read the rest of this post

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6. Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Death and Desire by P H Turner


 
Death and Desire
P.H. Turner
Releasing March 17th, 2015
Lyrical Press

 

Ancient rituals. Up-to-the minute deception.

Reporter Taylor McWhorter knows something is going on at the newly reopened uranium mine on the local Navajo reservation. The Native workers are being fired. Rumors of bad Native American spirits and shapeshifters mingle with the stink of leach pit mining. The rough red mountains and steep canyons hide more passes and getaway trails than any maze. And Taylor’s sources keep turning up dead…


Until she meets Captain Trace Yazzie, head of the tribal police force and plenty to reckon with on his own. The chemistry between them is enough to incinerate Taylor’s rule about mixing business and pleasure. But with a murderer on the loose, priceless Navajo artifacts turning up in the wrong places, and Trace’s suggestion that spirits disturbed from looted burial sites might be part of the problem, Taylor can’t afford to lose her head to lust. This might be the story of the year. But unless she keeps her wits about her, it could be the last one Taylor ever tells…


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Teaching and shooting news and documentaries took me to work on the East and West coasts, the Midwest and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Born a fourth generation Texan, I live in Austin with an energetic mutt that waits patiently every day for me to come home and write.

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7. TURNING PAGES: GONE TOO FAR, by Natalie Richards

"In third grade, it was spies vs. ninjas. What started as a pick-your-side game became an invitation-only club. In fourth grade, it was the seats on the back of the bus. By fifth, it was lunch tables. Year after year, the same kids found their way... Read the rest of this post

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8. Interview and Giveaway: Patricia Rosemoor, Author of Dangerous

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Patricia!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Patricia Rosemoor] Creative but able to multi-task.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Camille’s past drives her as a homicide detective until she gets put on administrative leave. She can’t get let the case go — a 14 year old girl’s life may be at stake — and so agrees to work with the man with whom she’d had a one night stand and who then went to jail for punching out a prosecutor. Now a P.I., Drago has never forgotten Camille, but he knows she sees things in black and white, while he has always operated in shades of gray…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Patricia Rosemoor] I started with a premise. An internet predator who kills young women. A female detective with a past who can’t let the case go when it’s taken away from her. Who better as a love interest than someone who grew up fighting to stay out of gangs, with no help from the cops.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Patricia Rosemoor] The sometimes adversary relationship between Camille and Drago.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Keeping a high level of sensuality while having my hero and heroine focused on finding the missing girl.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Satisfaction, Rolling Stones.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Patricia Rosemoor] My Smartphone — I rarely make phone calls, but I use it as a computer away from home.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Patricia Rosemoor] I have a desk, but a friend calls my office a “storage room” because I write on a laptop in my living room — so there’s nothing personal ON the desk. But the office is filled with things I love — stained glass hanging in the window, artwork and photos of friends on the walls, and especially the shelves and shelves of Patricia Rosemoor books :)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Kathryn Bigelow. I would love to direct movies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Brilliance by Marcus Sakey (a former grad student who started his writing career in my Suspense-Thriller class), Archetype by M.D. Waters, the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. One of my all time favorite books is Dark Horse by Tami Hoag.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Patricia Rosemoor] I love gardening. Unfortunately, it will be another 4 months before the weather will allow me to get back to working on it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Patricia Rosemoor] Website: http://PatriciaRosemoor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaRosemoor and https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaRosemoorAuthor

Twitter: @PRosemoor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/prosemoor/

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Dangerous

By: Patricia Rosemoor

Releasing January 6th, 2015

Loveswept

Blurb

Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.

Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.

After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/dangerous-by-patricia-rosemoor.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22890016-dangerous?from_search=true

Buy Links Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Patricia-Rosemoor-ebook/dp/B00LRIUK22/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416101685&sr=8-1&keywords=dangerous+by+patricia+rosemoor

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dangerous-patricia-rosemoor/1120019671?ean=9780553392548

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dangerous/id898614802?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/dangerous-35

Author Info

With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with “dangerous love” – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.

Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.patriciarosemoor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaRosemoorAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PRosemoor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/65795.Patricia_Rosemoor

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9. Monday Review: UNMADE (THE LYNBURN LEGACY #3) by Sara Rees Brennan

Cool font, spooky silhouettes...me like.Summary: Okay, so, I have read books 1 and 2 of The Lynburn Legacy and failed to write about those, so this is really a review of the entire trilogy. I know, I know; I really MEANT to write about them... Read the rest of this post

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10. Thursday Review: WHEN WE WAKE and WHILE WE RUN by Karen Healey

Summary: When We Wake--and the companion/sequel While We Run--are the newest spec fic/sci-fi books by Karen Healey, whose books The Shattering (reviewed here) and Guardian of the Dead (reviewed here) I really enjoyed. If you're already a Karen... Read the rest of this post

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11. Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice, by Kathleen Benner Duble | Book Review

Madame Tussaud's Apprentice is a fascinating historical drama. The rich background of revolutionary France provides readers with a fascinating look at that terrifying time.

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12. Spotlight and Giveaway: Running Hot by HelenKay Dimon

This morning I have an excerpt and giveaway for Running Hot by Helenkay Dimon.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Excerpt:

Ward Bennett jerked back into consciousness. One shift and he nearly wrenched his shoulder out of its socket. He didn’t need to see the plastic zip tie to know that’s what dug into his wrists and bound them behind his back.

Moving his ankle, he didn’t meet any resistance. The person who shackled him made a pretty big miscalculation. As if he needed his hands to escape. Any idiot could break a zip tie. But first he had to figure out how he got in this position and why.

That must have been one hell of a date. It was a fucking shame he couldn’t remember one minute of it.

Humidity made his skin slick and sweat gathered between his shoulder blades as he scanned the open area. He’d been in similar structures for a week now but didn’t recognize this particular one. He’d call it a bungalow or cabana of sorts. The locals referred to it as a bure. Wooden beams, a thatched straw ceiling soaring a good twenty feet above his head, open walls, and not a stick of furniture other than the chair he was tied to.

A warm breeze blew over him and darkness fell around him on all sides. He could make out the shadow of trees and smell the ocean in the distance. He strained to listen for the usual sounds of the resort – the mumble of conversation and ever-present local music piped through the speakers, maybe the sound of motorboats in the distance – but heard nothing.

People described this place as paradise. Right now, to him, Fiji pretty much sucked.

As soon as the thought registered, footsteps echoed around him. The gentle sway of hips came into view. His gaze traveled up the tanned, lean legs peeking out from under the navy cargo shorts. Then to the sliver of bare stomach visible at the bottom of slim tank top and to the impressive breasts filling out the top of it. He finally landed on that face.

Tasha Gregory, the damn-she’s-hot, smooth-talking bartender from the Waitui Resort. The same one with the husky voice that made him stupid. From the slight wave in her long blond hair to the big brown eyes, everything about her worked for him. Which was how they ended up at her place last night…but the rest between then and now was a blur.

Running Hot
Bad Boys Undercover # 0.5

By: HelenKay Dimon

Releasing December 16th, 2014

Avon Romance

Blurb

HelenKay Dimon kicks off her hot new romantic suspense series, Bad Boys Undercover, featuring the fierce men of Alliance—and the only women capable of taming their hearts.

Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he’s on vacation but he’s really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.

When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn’t who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward’s not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.

As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/11/running-hot-bad-boys-undercover-novella.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21546205-running-hot

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/127877-bad-boys-undercover

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Running-Hot-Boys-Undercover-Novella-ebook/dp/B00J7Q620K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416174146&sr=8-1&keywords=running+hot+by+helenkay+dimon&pebp=1416174149581

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/running-hot-helenkay-dimon/1119887861?ean=9780062357823

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/running-hot/id847613513?mt=11

Author Info

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://helenkaydimon.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelenKayDimon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenkaydimon

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/70860.HelenKay_Dimon

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13. THURSDAY REVIEW: CIRCLE OF STONES by Catherine Fisher

Summary: I'd just like to start by saying how much I have LOVED Catherine Fisher's work so far--both the Incarceron books and the Obsidian Mirror books. Incarceron in particular is up there with my (admittedly rather long) list of favorites. So I... Read the rest of this post

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14. TURNING PAGES: SUSPICION, by Alexandria Monir

Billed as "Downton Abbey meets The Princess Diaries," I expected a critique of manners and class striations somehow blended with the awkward, frizzy charm of a Mia Thermopolis knock-off. Disappointingly, that's... not exactly what I got. Despite its... Read the rest of this post

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15. Review: Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I was in the mood for a historical romance, so I fired up my Kindle and started reading Twice Tempted.  I was hooked from the first page.  I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but a sweet romance, sprinkled with spicy interludes and a light spy thriller wasn’t it.  I enjoyed as the mystery slowly revealed itself, as well as the secondary characters helping Alex and Fiona solve it.  They actually made the read for me, because Chuffy and Mairead were so unique and their eccentricities were delightfully surprising.

Fiona isn’t having a good day.  The man she has obsessed over for the last four years has just delivered the heartbreaking news that her older brother Ian has been killed.  Worse, her cranky grandfather promptly throws Fiona and her twin sister Mairead out on the streets, because the honorable old man can’t abide the thought of Ian’s scandal rubbing off on his good name.  His granddaughters were only tolerated because Ian was his heir.  He can’t forgive them for the stain of growing up in the slums, and he can’t wait to be rid of them.

Alex, Ian’s friend, is dismayed to find Fiona and Mairead gone when he returns to inform the girls that Ian is still alive and the news of his demise was premature, as was the outrage he was accused of.  Now Alex truly is a man of honor, and he is consumed with guilt for not being there to protect the girls.  Four years ago he delivered Fiona to her grandfather’s estate, and after stealing a kiss from her, he thought that she was in good hands.  Little did he know that Fiona was verbally abused by the marquess, and constantly made to feel unwelcome in her new home.  Alex had only known love and support from his own family, so the thought that Fiona and Mairead would be treated so poorly never occurred to him.  Now he’s determined to find her and give her the life she deserves.

When Alex locates the young women, they are not interested in his plans for their future.  Both Fiona and Mairead are consumed with their intellectual pursuits, and they have no intention of giving up their mathematics and astronomy for a life of luxury.  Fiona has serious trust issues stemming from her childhood in the slums, and she doesn’t believe Alex is capable of delivering on his promises.  She fought to keep her and Mairead safe and fed, and it wasn’t always easy.  I have to say that I don’t understand where Ian was during this time; after their mother died, why didn’t Ian do anything to see the girls in a safer environment?  There was no excuse for him to have left them alone and defenseless for so long, regardless of his circumstances. Ugh.

I had a hard time putting Twice Tempted down, especially as Alex and Fiona became more enmeshed in the plot that threatened to destroy both of them.  They both have trust issues due to their pasts, and secrets they are keeping from each other.  I enjoyed the action, the romance, and how the diverse characters interacted, gaining strength and confidence from their new friendships.  This was a fun read!

Grade:  B

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Fiona Ferguson’s troubles began with a kiss . . .

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.
But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

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16. Thrillers v. Suspense

You would think that after 20+ years in this business I would have all the answers. Well there are days when I definitely still feel like I have more questions than answers. One of those questions is how do you define the difference between thrillers and suspense. I tend to think that I like suspense more than I like thrillers and I think I know what the difference is, but when asked by writers to define them I'm not sure I know exactly how to do that. I guess I'm not sure the answer is always cut and dry.

So today I'm asking you. How do you define the two?

--jhf

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17. TURNING PAGES: EUPHEMIA FAN: SPY GIRL by Cassandra Neyenesch

I received this book courtesy of Full Fathom Five Digital and while normally I prefer digital books which have paper counterparts, I made an exception this time, for Reasons. FFF Digital is an imprint of Full Fathom Five, the content creation... Read the rest of this post

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18. TURNING PAGES: WATCHED by CJ LYONS

Some of the most popular library titles are those with the "ripped from the headlines" topical premise. Remember rainbow parties? And then the book that followed the Oprah-based rumor? There are always authors who use trending news stories as a... Read the rest of this post

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19. Thursday Review: COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn

This cover is really awesome.Summary: Protagonists whose past is hidden--even, sometimes, from themselves. It's something author Stephanie Kuehn does well, if you've read her first book, Charm & Strange. Complicit is another suspenseful read, in... Read the rest of this post

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20. They’re So Good, It’s Scary: 13 Quotes From Horror, Thriller and Suspense Writers

432054-wrote-1916With Halloween just one week away, we’re getting into the spirit of the season with these 13 quotes on the writing life from famous authors of horror, thriller and suspense:

1. “So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that separates the conscious from the unconscious.”
—Stephen King, “The Horror Writer Market and the Ten Bears,” November 1973, WD

2. “The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday. There are two reasons for this rule: Getting the work done and connecting with your unconscious mind.”
—Walter Mosley

3. “I hope people are reading my work in the future. I hope I have done more than frightened a couple of generations. I hope I’ve inspired a few people one way or another.”
—Richard Matheson

4. “When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person.”
—Daphne du Maurier

5. “When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books.”
R.L. Stine

6. “[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
—Clive Barker

7. “Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem.”
Edgar Allan Poe

8. “I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.”
Shirley Jackson

9. “Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and nonfiction. And even there, who can be sure?”
—Tanith Lee

10. “I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That’s how I see it.”
—Lee Child

11. I don’t think there is enough respect in general for the time it takes to write consistently good fiction. Too many people think they will master writing overnight, or that they are as good as they will ever be.”
—Tananarive Due

12. “What I love about the thriller form is that it makes you write a story. You can’t get lost in your own genius, which is a dangerous place for writers. You don’t want to ever get complacent. If a book starts going too well, I usually know there’s a problem. I need to struggle. I need that self-doubt. I need to think it’s not the best thing ever.”
—Harlan Coben, WD Interview, January 2011

13. “My reason for writing stories is to give myself the satisfaction of visualising more clearly and detailedly and stably the vague, elusive, fragmentary impressions of wonder, beauty, and adventurous expectancy which are conveyed to me by certain sights (scenic, architectural, atmospheric, etc.), ideas, occurrences, and images encountered in art and literature.”
—H.P. Lovecraft 

Want to write your own horror, thriller or suspense novel? Then learn from a master with The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic: Dracula.

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Headshot_Tiffany LuckeyTiffany Luckey is the associate editor of Writer’s Digest. She also writes about TV and pop culture at AnotherTVBlog.com. Follow Tiffany on Twitter @TiffanyElle.

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21. Spotlight and Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone

I have a copy of Compulsion by Martina Boone to giveaway.  Here’s a description:

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in Compulsion, the first novel in a spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

 

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

To increase your chance of winning, answer the question below:

The Question:

?If you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?

Here’s my answer:  I would like the ability to make people happy.  Now, that might sound kind of cheesy, but think about it for a second.  If your very presence magically made people happier, your own sense of well-being would automatically increase.  If you could make people feel joy at the sight of you, their treatment of you would improve, and your relationships with family, friends, and co-workers would always be harmonious.  It would be really hard to make anyone angry with you if you always made them happy! Talk about reducing stress! 

The Giveaway:

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22. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein | Book Review

In Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, author Chris Grabenstein cleverly captures reader’s imaginations by combining the suspense of a thrilling game with the majestic nostalgia of great libraries, librarians, books and authors of past and present.

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23. Guest Post and Giveaway: Shelley Coriell, Author of The Buried

Shelley Coriell dropped by the virtual offices to share a top 5 about her hero Hatch.  Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Buried!

Top 5 Things Hatch Won’t Leave Home Without by Shelley Coriell

This is a tough one because FBI Agent Hatch Hatcher, a sweet-talking southern charmer, is a travel-light kind of guy. But if I really stretch it, he’d always have:

1. Grace

2. No Regrets, his 36-foot sailboat

3. A wine opener

4. A smile

5. The wind in his hair 

THE BURIED by Shelley Coriell (October 28, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)

“It’s cold. And dark. I can’t breathe.”

Successful, ambitious state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche is at the top of her game. Then she gets a chilling call from a young woman claiming to be buried alive. Desperate to find the victim before it’s too late, Grace will do whatever it takes . . . even if it means excavating the darkest secrets of her own past and turning to the one man she thought she would never see again.
FBI agent Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher is a man without roots-and that’s the way he likes it. But when a grisly crime shatters Cyprus Bend, Florida, Hatch is dragged back to the small town-and the one woman-he hoped was in his rearview for good. Forced to confront  the wreckage of their love affair, Hatch and Grace may just find that sometimes the deepest wounds leave the most beautiful scars-and that history repeating itself may just be what they need to stop a killer . . . and save their own hearts.

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A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and restaurant reviewer. These days Shelley writes smart, funny novels for teens and big, edgy romantic suspense. A six-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, she lives and loves in Arizona with her family and the world’s neediest rescue Weimaraner. When she’s not behind the keyboard, you’ll find her baking high-calorie, high-fat desserts and haunting local farmers markets for the perfect plum.

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Excerpt

Hatch slid a hand along her spine, the column tightening and tingling. His fingers stopped at the base of her neck where he pressed softly.

“What are you doing?” Grace asked.

“Looking for the off switch,” Hatch said. “I’m tired of hearing that same old song.”

She probably did sound like a broken record. Even as a kid she’d been fiercely independent. Much to her mother’s horror, she began taking the family skiff out on her own at age nine. She’d tried doubles tennis, but excelled in singles, winning the state champion her senior year of high school. And after her divorce from Hatch, she’d thrown herself into her work, handling most of the casework on her own because at that time in her life, she wanted to be so busy she wouldn’t have time to think about how much her heart ached.

Hatch rubbed his knuckles across the top of Blue’s head. The old dog had been waiting on the top step for her. “Since your watchdog has a weakness for bacon, I want to poke around, make sure no bogeymen are hiding under your bed.”

Arguing with him would only prolong the moment, so she opened the door. A wave of hot air that reeked of musty wood and wet dog rolled over them. Wrinkling her nose, she threw open the windows and cracked the back door, hoping not too many bugs would sneak in. Or bad guys with pre-paid phones and blood red markers. She peered into the darkness stretching beyond her back porch but saw nothing.

In full FBI mode, Hatch searched the living room and kitchen area, and she could hear him checking her bedroom and bathroom. “No bogeymen,” he announced as he sauntered into the kitchen.

“Thank you, I was worried.” She dug through a drawer and took out a vanilla-scented candle, lit it, and placed it in the middle of her kitchen table.

“Planning a candlelit dinner with yours truly?”

“Planning to get rid of the Eau de Blue.”

Hatch sniffed and grimaced. “You might be better off getting a hotel room for a few days. I’m sure you can find a place that’ll take both you and your dog.”

“He’s not my dog.” Grace yanked the lid off an airtight container and dug out a giant scoop of dog chow. Hatch didn’t need to know she’d almost zeroed out her checking account to pay the next installment to her general contractor. “A breeze is picking up. It’ll be fine in a few minutes.”

She added warm water to the chow and sprinkled cooked bacon on top. The dog padded across the room to the bowl but raised his head and looked at her with big, droopy eyes.

“You are not getting two slices of bacon.”

With a chuckle, Hatch opened the refrigerator and poked around a half dozen cartons of takeout. “You do realize you talk to that dog all the time,” he said.

“I do not.”

He lifted his eyebrows, and she ducked under his arm, grabbing a carton of grilled grouper and hushpuppies. “I appreciate everything you’ve done, Hatch, really I do, but you can go now.”

Hatch handed her a bottle of her favorite hot sauce and grabbed a takeout box for himself. “Now, Counselor Courtemanche, you’re a lot smarter than that.” He set the carton on the table and dug into the drawer near her sink, which irritated her, that he knew where she kept her silverware. “I’m not going to leave you in this house alone with all the doors and windows open.”

Breathe in, two, three. Breathe out, two, three. “I don’t have an extra bed.”

“We can share.”

She shoved her takeout box in the microwave and jabbed the reheat button.

“Fine, Grace, I’ll crash there.” He aimed a bottle of tartar sauce at the small settee in the front room.

She pictured those long, golden limbs spilled across the tiny sofa. Hatch had a way of taking up space, in any room, and in her head. Today he’d been everywhere as they worked the case. Impressive. And effective. But that didn’t mean she needed him on her settee. “You’re too big for that thing. You’ll wake up with a backache.”

“Nice to know you still care.”

“I don’t c…” But she couldn’t finish. Less than an hour ago, they’d sat under a good-bye sun, and he’d run his magic fingers along her neck, chasing away hell. Hatch was one of the good guys. He was on her side, Lia’s side, and at one point in her life, he’d been her world. At some level, she’d always care about him.

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24. Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc. Quiz

Here’s a fun quiz to get your Monday off to a great start.  Julie Ann Walker is celebrating the December release of Full Throttle with a giveaway. Check it out!

Which Hero From Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights Inc. Series Is Perfect For You?

In her Black Knights Inc. series, bestselling author Julie Ann Walker introduces readers to strong, smart, sexy heroes. This group of deep cover military men are good at what they do…kicking ass and taking names. And when they aren’t out saving the world, they’re customizing motorcycles at a Chicago garage that is the perfect cover for men who need to take off at a moment’s notice. The Black Knights have a lot in common — they are all loyal and brave. But each man is unique and offers a different skill set to this elite fighting force. So which of these modern day warriors is right for you? This quiz will help you pick your personal BKI hero.

1) What does your ideal man look like?

a) He has jet black eyes and raven hair that he inherited from his Cherokee grandfather.

b) He’s a mountain of a man with some bad ass scars that give him character.

c) My guy is so handsome that he makes all the women stare — thanks to his killer dimples.

d) Perfection is a man with dark brown hair with auburn highlights, high cheekbones, a square jawline, and a deliciously kissable mouth.

e) Gimme some washboard abs and chocolate brown eyes!

f) There is nothing better than a southern boy with a sexy tattoo.

g) Lickable caramel colored skin…need I say more?

2) What is your man’s favorite hobby?

a) Anything that gets his mind off of his painful past.

b) Bossing everyone around.

c) Thinking up new ways to woo his lady.

d) Psychology. He likes to find out what makes people tick.

e) Reading.

f) Hanging out with friends at the local biker bar.

g) Studying medicine.

3) What is your hero’s idea of a perfect vacation?

a) A long road trip with his lady.

b) Working on motorcycles.

c) He’s a Navy SEAL that loves the water — and a day at the beach.

d) Relaxing on the bayou.

e) He likes to blow off steam by blowing things up…literally.

f) Working the Texas land.

g) Getting comfy in a romantic hut in the jungle.

4) What’s your heroes best ‘look’?

a) I’m a sucker for a frosty stare that holds just a hint of vulnerability that only I can see.

b) I love an intense expression that says my guy means business.

c) Oh, flash me a signature smirk and include those dimples!

d) Old Levi’s and a tee shirt. No need to get dressed up…he won’t be wearing clothes long anyway.

e) Any shirt that lets his tattoos peek out.

f) Cowboy boots make my knees go weak.

g) Cargo pants and jungle boots. There is something about seeing him ready for a mission that revs my engine.  

5) What is the biggest surprise about your man?

a) He appears to be the ‘strong silent type’, but he knows what to say when the chips are down.

b) His private life, which seems to be pretty wild, is VERY different than anyone ever dreamed.

c) He is a fierce warrior, but terrific with kids.

d) He is surprisingly good at calming down hysterical women, especially when he starts whispering in French.

e) He has the looks of a biker, but the soul of an academic.

f) He has a soft spot for dogs.

g) His favorite scent on earth is a combination of Downy dryer sheets and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotion.

6) What is your ideal man’s theme song?

a) “Hard to Love” – Lee Brice

b) “Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

c) “Heartbreaker” – Pat Benatar

d) “Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts

e) “Blow It Up” – The Vaccines

f)  “Wanted Dead or Alive” – Bon Jovi

g) “Hero” – Enrique Iglesias

7) What is your signature drink?

a) The Ghost: vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, half and half, simple syrup, and white chocolate shavings as a garnish.

b) The Rum Dum: white rum, DeKuyper Tropical Blue Pucker, Squirt, and a blue raspberry Dum Dums lollipop as a garnish.

c) The Snake Bite: lager beer, apple cider, and lime.

d) The Creole Cocktail: bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, maraschino liqueur, and a lemon twist.

e) The Boom Boom: vodka, Sprite, and pineapple chunks.

f) Lagavulin: single malt Scotch, straight up.  

g) Tequila Por Mi Amante (Tequila For My Lover): Tequila and strawberries.

8) What is your ideal man’s best quality?

a) His selflessness

b) His protectiveness

c) His strong will

d) His fierce loyalty

e) His huge heart

f) His honesty

g) His intelligence

If you chose mostly A’s…watch out for the quiet ones because still waters run deep. Nate “Ghost” Walker from Hell on Wheels is a man that has lost his heart to his best friend’s sister. Nate has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life, but he is so ashamed of his past that he keeps his feelings and secrets to himself. When Ali arrives at his doorstep in serious trouble, Nate has no other option than to protect her from the bad guys, but who will protect her from him.

If you chose mostly B’s…your engines are revved by men in charge. Get ready to meet the sexiest Alpha in town — Frank “Boss” Knight from In Rides Trouble. Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank’s way of life. So when he decides to use Becky “Rebel” Reichert motorcycle shop as the cover for his elite special ops team, he shelves the attraction he feels towards her. She is too young and green for him anyway. Becky never actually goes looking for trouble, it just has a tendency to find her. When she ends up in a hostage situation at sea, Frank is determined to rescue her…at any cost.

If you chose mostly C’s…you like the modern day reformed rake. And you are certain to welcome Jake “the Snake” Sommers from Rev It Up with open arms. “The Snake” got his SEAL nickname by striking quickly and quietly and he sure won Michelle Carter’s heart in record time. But he was just as quick to call it quits when the going got tough. Four long years later, Jake is determined to earn a second chance, however, before he can return to Michelle’s loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he’s a changed man.

If you chose mostly D’s…you want to know what makes a man tick especially the secretive Rock Babineaux from Thrill Ride. As an ex-Navy SEAL, Rock’s new assignment is to obtain information, but one mission gets him in too deep and he is wanted by the US government. Even his best friends at Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. But Rock’s former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild — refuses to cut him loose. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world Vanessa Cordova would rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because things are about to get very tight…

If you chose mostly E’s…you like ‘em wild and your man is William “Wild Bill” Reichert from Born Wild. This demolitions expert fell in love with Eve Edens when they were way too young and when it ended, she just didn’t break his heart, she destroyed it. Born into fabulous wealth, Eve has been abandoned, used, or manipulated by almost everyone she’s ever met. The resentments and jealousies never stop, however, the recent attempts on her life show that her enemies aren’t harmless or petty — they are lethal. Eve and Bill must search for answers, but being together means having to face the red-hot passion that still simmers between them.

If you chose mostly F’s…you like your man a bit rough around the edges just like Bryan “Mac” McMillan from Hell For Leather. Mac thinks that beautiful women can’t be trusted, but he puts his natural wariness aside in order to help the sexiest women he has ever known. Only the most urgent crisis could force Delilah Fairchild to abandon her beloved biker bar but when her uncle — the man who raised her — has vanished into thin air, she knows that Mac is the only person with the right connections to help her find him. This ex-FBI agent is about to take her on the wildest ride of her life…

If you chose mostly G’s…me encantan a los hombres calientes — I love hot men!  Everything is sexier when Carlos “Steady” Soto says it with a accent in his book is Full Throttle. Carlos has been on tons of dangerous missions, but nothing has prepared him for the emotional roller coaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he’s ever loved — Abby Thompson. While ruthless terrorists stalk them, Abby and Carlos must learn to trust each other again and let the past go in order to forge a new future…together.

Coming December 2014!

She Needs a Hero…

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue…

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved-who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him… for the second time?

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25. Spotlight and Giveaway: Pushing the Limit by Emmy Curtis

I have a spotlight and digital giveaway for Pushing the Limit by Emmy Curtis.  Please be sure to enter below!

About PUSHING THE LIMIT

After their one-night fling at a wedding, archaeologist Henrietta “Harry” Markowitz thought she’d never see war hero Matt Stanning again. So when they’re paired up to investigate a military plane crash in Iraq, she’s not sure if the three-month reunion is serendipitous or cursed. What she does know is this gorgeous man lights her body on fire-and incredible sex is always a welcome distraction. Air Force Sergeant Matt Stanning has been called a hero, but he feels nothing like one when he realizes the sexy blonde in his bed is the widow of his fallen brother-in-arms. Even worse, he actually has to work with her, and she’s unearthed evidence that points to a military conspiracy. If they dig deeper, they’ll put their lives in danger. If they don’t, they’ll never know the truth-not only about the mysterious plane crash, but about each other. 

About Emmy Curtis

Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin. 

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Matt heard her sharp intake of breath and wondered if he’d misjudged his attempt at lightening her mood.

There was a second in which he opened his mouth to explain, when there was a shifting in the air around him, and just as his lightning instinct had him reaching for his weapon, a soft projectile thwomped into his face, knocking him backward and off the bed.

“No one makes fun of my pain without incurring the wrath of the pillow ninja,” she hissed.

Relief and outrage vied for pole position as he immediately planned his revenge. He let out an agonized groan.

“Oh my God.” He heard her scrambling over the bed to the foot where he’d fallen from. “I’m so sorry, did you hurt—”

He reared up, wrapping his arms around her legs, and launched her back onto the bed. She bounced like a rag doll as he grabbed the cushion he’d taken from the lobby and swiped at her as she tried to right herself.

“Ooff,” was the only thing she managed to say.

Victory is mine. “Truce?” he asked from a safe distance.

“My hand is caught in the headboard.” She giggled. “I swear it’s not a trap. I’m an honorable foe, unlike you. Look, or feel.”

Still keeping his distance, he put out his hand where he thought her shoulder should be. It was soft. Heat rose in his body.

“Okay, airman, it’s not my breast that’s trapped, it’s my hand,” she said with a totally audible grin.

“Sorry.” He thought he would run his hand up to her shoulder, then her arm to find her trapped hand, but it seemed all his appendages had minds of their own. He hesitated on her breast, feeling it swell beneath his palm. Shit. He stretched his hand out so just the center of it was touching her, and he circled it around her nipple. Its hardness tickled his palm. He meant to move it to her shoulder, but he swore he heard her groan. The sound sealed the deal.

His other hand found her flat stomach. He ran his fingers over her skin, making her shiver. “Does your hand hurt?”

“No,” she whispered. It was a tacit yes to everything else.

He lowered his lips to her stomach and kissed her, feeling it undulate beneath his lips. Kneeling on the bed now, he ran his hands up and down from her waist to her legs, legs to waist, and then with the same motion, he hooked her shorts around his

fingers and yanked them down. She gasped. He grinned in the dark.

“You’re kind of at my mercy now, aren’t you?” he said.

In an instant she wrapped her legs around his waist and tipped him over onto his side. Before he could recover, she rolled him over and sat astride him.

“I’m sorry? What did you say?” In the shadowy darkness she whipped off her tank. He could barely see her in the dark. No way. Nakedness or death? He grabbed her waist and held her as he sat up and pushed her down toward the foot of the bed. He

used the few seconds he was upright to flick open one side of the curtain covering the small window. A faint blue light lit the room. Just enough to see her in.

“I guess you weren’t really that trapped, then?”

“Not that trapped.” She smiled up at him, and he was gone.

He ripped his shirt off over his head and was about to undo his jeans when Harry beat him to it.

Her delicate fingers played with his fly, flickering touches on his hard dick through the denim. Grazing her nails along his length until he was desperate to feel her friction. As if she read his mind, she flattened her hand and pressed hard against him, making him groan and push himself against her.

She undid his fly, and when the heat of her fingers touched his flesh he closed his eyes and allowed his whole body to feel her.

Enough. He wanted her, right now. Stripping off his jeans, and managing to extract a condom from his wallet without fumbling, he retook the bed. He slid his whole body across hers touching every part of her with every part of him. She fit him perfectly. In every way.

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