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Jamaican Temptation

by Afton Locke

 

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Release Date: November 6, 2014
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Jamaican Temptation – Can you resist!

Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. He vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs. Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica. But Justin’s secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

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Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading.

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“You’re even more beautiful than I imagined,” he whispered.

His hungry gaze bathed her with warmth. Clearly, he wanted her more than he ever had. Telling him she’d experienced poverty earlier must have been the magic words. Ever since, he’d looked at her as if they were on the same team…as if they could have a relationship. But why? What difference did her background make?

Her thighs trembled in response to his heated stare, anticipating the sensation of his tongue on her folds. Instead of lowering his head, though, he looked away, shaking it.

“Am I really doing the right thing?” he asked. “I can justify it by saying I’m giving you pleasure, but I can’t help getting pleasure out of it as well.”

Kyra’s jaw tightened as she cupped a palm over her cleft to hide it. “Justin, this back and forth business is driving me crazy. A little pleasure isn’t going to make the world end.”

“The Rasta way of life is important to me,” he said. “I have to stay true to my faith every minute of every day, not just when I feel like it.”

She sighed. “I respect that. Hand me my pants so I can get dressed.”

Instead, he lowered his head. His blue eyes, clear with his decision, sought hers on the way down. Apparently, he planned to continue. A shiver of anticipation she couldn’t have suppressed if she’d wanted to coursed through her.

“Yes, Justin, yes,” she whispered. “It’s all right.”

He kissed the insides of her thighs first, as gently as he’d massaged her feet earlier. His slight beard brushed her tender skin, igniting icy-hot flames everywhere it touched. Devon used to take her fast and hard. Foreplay was usually as compressed as his busy schedule. Closing her eyes and surrendering to the titillating sensations, she wished Justin had been her first lover.

Maybe her only lover.

He gripped the undersides of her thighs and the bed squeaked as he shifted position. He must mean business. Perspiration broke out across her forehead and she opened her eyes. If he changed his mind, she swore she’d scream.

“I want to feel your hair…on me,” she demanded.

Where had that come from?

Without questioning her strange request, he gripped one of his locks and held it in front of his face with reverence. “Do you

know what the dreadlocks signify, Kyra?”

They signify something hot and sexy I want on my body. Now!

“They stand for everything natural and good. No scissors, combs, styling gadgets, or dye touches them. According to the Rasta faith, those things are the work of Babylon.”

Babylon must be the name of her hairdresser because her hair was cut, straightened, and highlighted. Before she could reply, he grasped the end of one lock and brushed it across her mound. It probably went without saying that her bikini wax was also up Babylon’s alley. She watched, breathless, as his hair mingled with the scanty tuft of hers.

Then he lowered the tantalizing lock, brushing it across her clit. She cried out as each of his silky hairs brushed her nerve endings. How could the man be so spiritual one minute and scorching hot the next? The combination was more potent than fire and gasoline.

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-Positive Vibration by Bob Marley
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This song embodies the Jamaican reggae flavor of the hero and setting. Bob Marley was my inspiration and muse for writing the story.

-This Woman’s Work by Maxwell
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I pretty much had this song on an endless loop while writing the end of the book. The emotional tone matched perfectly, and struggling to make a relationship work is the theme of all romances.

-Heaven Must Be Like This by The Ohio Players
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Not only is this song romantic and sensual, its lyrics show how the physical can connect to the divine, which I really explored in this novel.

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Destined To Meet

by Jourdyn Kelly

 

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Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: November 8th, 2014
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With the support of her faithful Hunters, Anala travels home for the first time in centuries. After six hundred years of living, what could possibly be out there that she hasn’t seen? What she finds will shock even her.

We met Anala and her eclectic group of Hunters in Destined to Kill. We experienced their pain in Destined to Love. In Destined to Meet, Anala will face her past, present and future all at once. Will she survive the journey? Will her Hunters? And, what will Anala choose to do when she finds out the Society of Hunters and her parents’ legacy are in jeopardy?

This is the final book in the Destined Series. Follow Anala and her Hunters in their final quest to see how it all ends.

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“Well. This is . . . quaint.” Eric pushes open the room door to the one and only place to stay here in the village.

I told you. Eric is a total politician since the room we’re standing in is a complete broom closet. The good thing is there’s absolutely no one around and we have the place to ourselves. So, we rented out four rooms. I think the owners of this ‘quaint’ little place were a bit stunned, and completely happy to hand over the keys to half of their rooms.

“Isn’t it though?” I murmur. All I can think of is how thin the walls are. Somehow I doubt Sam and I will have any privacy, which sucks (pun intended) because feeding from Sam definitely makes me . . .

“Ana?”

I clear my throat as Sam laughs quietly. “Yes, Emily?”

“Have you heard from Amanda?”

“Yes. Assuming Tania is on her way here, they’re about thirty minutes out. Why don’t you two get some sleep? We’ll need to keep eyes on Tania at all times unless she ends up bunking down somewhere.”

Eric and Emily nod, and Sam and I leave them to go to the farthest room away.

Sam pushes the door close and backs me up against it. “Feeding from me makes you what?” he asks gruffly.

“I’m pretty sure you know.”

“I want to hear you say it.”

“Well I don’t!”

Amanda’s voice in my ear startles me so much I jump the entire distance of the room. Okay, it’s only like ten feet, but still.

“Damn it, Amanda!” I put my hand over my heart. If I had any doubts that I had a beating heart before, I certainly don’t now.

“It’s not my fault you left the line open! And I certainly don’t want to hear what goes on between you and my brother!”

“Do you have any updates?” The question comes out harsher than I meant for it to, but she interrupted a nice moment that could have turned into really nice moments.

“Don’t get all grumpy with me. At least you have someone to do stuff with that shouldn’t be done over an open line.”

I open my mouth to respond, then close it again. She’s right. Amanda finally got her crush to ask her out, and I totally ruin it for her by recruiting her to the Society.

“Sorry.”

There’s an awkward silence, and then a soft clearing of a throat.

“According to Jenna’s search, Tania’s friend’s name is Monica McKinney. Nothing scandalous to report about her. She’s twenty-four and works for a bank. She’s been there since she graduated from high school. No arrests, no tickets. She’s an all-around Pollyanna as far as anyone can tell. Jenna says she can hack into her Facebook to see who her friends are, but I doubt that would help us much. They’re definitely on their way there. We are close to your village.”

“It’s not my village anymore, Amanda,” I inform her gently.

“Ana, a part of you will always be there.”

I ignore that, and move on with the conversation. “Tell Jenna good job on the search. Do you think Buffy and Willow will visit with the Priestess tonight or find a place to sleep for the night?”

As soon as the question is out of my mouth, I realize that the only place they can sleep is right here where we are. Unless, of course, they know someone in the village. If that’s the case, we may get names of some of the other players.

“I’m hoping they sleep, ’cause I’m tired as hell.”

I can hear the weariness in Amanda’s voice, and it makes me cringe. I need to remember that my Hunters need to rest. Rest, eat, train. It’s a simple thing to remember. Why I’m having such a hard time with it, who the hell knows?

“Sam and I will meet you and take over. You guys come back to the motel and sleep.”

“We can stick it out until she . . . “

“No, Amanda. Eric and Emily are sleeping. You guys need to as well. Tell me how far out you are and we’ll take over the tail as you pass by.”

“Is that an order?” Amanda asks haughtily.

“Yes, Ms. Crabby Pants, it is. If you’re giving me this attitude, you will only get worse the longer you’re awake. I don’t need that crap.” I make sure I put enough teasing in my voice where she knows I’m kidding with her. At least I hope she does.

“Fine, Selene. We’re about twenty minutes out, coming in on the main road.”

I chuckle at my ‘handle’. “We’ll be out there, hidden. I’ll signal you when we see you. They may head in our direction since this is the only place to sleep around here. If that’s the case, Sam and I will keep watch. If not, we will continue on with them and contact you after you’ve gotten some sleep.”

“Can we be sure you and Sam won’t be . . . “

“Yes!” I laugh. “We can control ourselves, you know.”

“Sure you can. And Jenna doesn’t pop her damn gum.”

“Whatever,” I laugh. “I have much more self-discipline than blondie. It’s really too bad Buffy was taken. Jenna fills that to a tee.”

I hear Amanda telling Jenna what I said. “She’s giving you a hand gesture. I’ll leave it to your imagination what gesture it is. Now get going or you’re not going to make it.”

“Yes ma’am.”

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Currently living in the Houston area, Jourdyn spends her time writing, designing websites and caring for what she equates as a zoo with 3 dogs, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, 2 frogs and 2 turtles and an axolotl. In the recent years, she has changed her lifestyle to include working out and eating right. She now competes in triathlons, will run her second half-marathon in early 2015, and loves Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing and Krav Maga.

Jourdyn loves bringing her characters out for everyone to meet. Her goal is to keep writing in many different genres, as she feels there shouldn’t be anything limiting writers.

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by Natasza Waters

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Tony Bale must stop a deadly virus before it’s launched on the United States, and resist an undefeatable desire to take Lumin’s innocence. Mission success probability: slim.

Since their brief meeting, Lumin Edenridge can’t squelch her dreams of the handsome Navy SEAL who moved through her life like a shadow. By daylight he was gone, but the craving in his gaze left a mark. When she wakes up next to a dead scientist involving her in a terrorist plot, street smarts won’t help her survive. She needs Tony.

The stunning aerialist Tony left in Las Vegas lingers in his memory. A seven month deployment looms when he answers Lumin’s distress call. Defending her is his first priority. When terrorists turn her into a weapon, Lumin hides to protect him. His team name is Tinman, and he has twelve hours to rescue the woman who possesses his heart in “Code Name: Luminous”.

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Code Name: Luminous

“Lumin?”

“I’m sorry, Tony, but I didn’t know who else to call.”

“What’s going on?”

“I think I’m in big trouble. You need to tell me what to do.” The signal cut out, and her heart leaped into her throat. “Are you still there?”

“I’m here, sweetheart, what kind of trouble?” he asked, his voice hardening. “Is it Quadero? Did he find out you helped us?”

“No, it’s not Quadero”

Lumin hooked her fingers in a strand of hair, tugging to replace her rampaging fear with pain. She hesitated.

“Don’t hang up,” Tony commanded as if sensing her misgivings. “You can tell me, Lumin. I can hear you’re scared. Whatever it is, you’re not alone, okay?”

“Do you know what Yersinia Pestis is?” she blurted.

A deep rumble from Tony’s throat preceded his answer. “The Bubonic Plague.”

“Yes. In the Middle Ages it was passed through contact, but imagine if it were engineered into an airborne virus and mutated every thirty-six hours. It would kill millions of people.” She licked her dry lips. “I think they’ve made one.”

“The Bubonic Plague is a bacteria, and who is they, Lumin?”

“I—don’t know who they are, but I think they know who I am.” Her voice stuttered. “You must have contact with people who can look into this. I heard a name, Dr. Clifford Bjornson. That might lead you somewhere. I have to go.”

“Wait! How do these people know you?”

Lumin dropped the sheet and reached for her dress. She pulled it over her head. Squeezing the phone between her ear and shoulder, as she did up the buttons she said, “Because Dr. Bjornson’s partner is lying dead in my bed.”

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I grew up on the beautiful West Coast of British Columbia with the Pacific Ocean on my western doorstep, and thousands of acres of forest on the other. After finishing school, my life took a drastic twist, and a lifelong working relationship with the marine industry began.

After a twenty-year hiatus from my creative writing, the stories swirling in my mind began to swim hard to resurface, and I threw them a life ring. I juggle my creativity during my days off, and then get back down to business, working in Vancouver Harbour. My life is a mix of creativity vs. black and white procedures. With a lifetime of working in the marine community, there’s plenty of stories to tell. It’s a different world, different language, unsung heroes and heroines aplenty, heated moments, and blissful silence when all is well. Reading and writing is the way I turn down the loud hum that my work causes, and after thirty years of humming, it’s time to vent.

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Are you a fan of action packed military suspense? Check out this interview with Natasza Water, author of the CODE NAME series which offers a thrill ride that will leave you breathless!

RCPR: Hi Natasza. I hear you have a new book coming out on November 7th, Code Name: Luminous.  Tell us a little about it.

Natasza: Hello Amy! Yes, ma’am, CNL (we use a lot of acronyms in the services) is the fourth book in “A Warrior’s Challenge” series. It’s considered military suspense, but I tell people not to run screaming in the other direction. Every story is locked and loaded with the most realistic, sexy warriors any woman would want to meet. As a whole, the series is dedicated to all the men who serve their country and the women strong enough to stand beside them. Code Name: Luminous is action and suspense from end to end.

Code Name: Luminous: Tony Bale must stop a deadly virus before it’s launched on the United States, and resist an undefeatable desire to take Lumin’s innocence. Mission success probability: slim.

Since their brief meeting, Lumin Edenridge can’t squelch her dreams of the handsome Navy SEAL who moved through her life like a shadow. By daylight he was gone, but the craving in his gaze left a mark. When she wakes up next to a dead scientist involving her in a terrorist plot, street smarts won’t help her survive. She needs Tony.

The stunning aerialist Tony left in Las Vegas lingers in his memory. A seven month deployment looms when he answers Lumin’s distress call. Defending her is his first priority. When terrorists turn her into a weapon, Lumin hides to protect him. His team name is Tinman, and he has twelve hours to rescue the woman who possesses his heart in “Code Name: Luminous”.

RCPR: Wow. Writing Military suspense must take a lot of knowledge into this life. Were you previous military yourself or do you have other contacts that you get your facts through?

Natasza: I can’t say previous yet since I’m still serving. Thirty-one years and counting. I would say a great portion of the story lines comes from real life. Either an incident I’ve worked or others officers I’ve worked with. Many of the characters are based on men or women I know. A little tweak here and there, and you’ve got intense, complex, and gritty heroes and heroines.

RCPR: Code Name: Luminous is book four in your series, correct? How many more do you have planned?

Natasza: I have one more book in my contract with Secret Cravings Publishing. I hope to do three more books. I never imagined readers falling in love with the warriors of Alpha Squad like they did. They all need a story.

RCPR: Have you ever considered branching out into a new genre? If so, what would that be?

Natasza: Interesting that you mention that, then again, doesn’t every author look over the fence from time to time. LOL. I’m going to release my first self-published novel by the end of this year. It’s a contemporary love story, but I won’t be drifting far from the water. It will be located in Florida with ex-Marines as the heroes. I do have one series sitting on the back burner waiting for the right time to release. It’s an epic tale which would be lumped into the paranormal genre. There are six books in total and it’s an apocalyptic tale weaving the bible, the five elements of our world: earth, wind, fire, water and mankind’s link to heaven into a romantic thriller.

RCPR: If you could go on one of the special ops in one of your books, which would it be?

Natasza: Been there, done that, got the pay check to prove it. 🙂 The only thing I haven’t done is jump out of a plane. I’m sure it’ll happen when it’s meant to. I’m just praying it’s a planned event vs a necessity.

RCPR: Are you a dare devil at heart or do you let your characters take all of the risks?

Natasza: I suppose I was more dare and devil when I was thirty years younger. Now, I like my creature comforts, but don’t drive in the fast lane at 40 clicks, if I’m behind ya!

RCPR: I see that you have book trailers for your Code Name series. Where is the best place to find them?

Natasza: I have the trailers for all my books posted on my site: http://nataszawaters.com/446-2 and on You Tube. Code Name: Luminous can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOHkkKXLjEE

RCPR: What events will you be attending in 2015?

Natasza: I’m looking forward to a couple of events in particular. I’m joining several authors in July for the “Magnolias and Mausoleums” in New Orleans. https://www.facebook.com/magnoliasandmausoleumstlhfl.

I’m also a professional reviewer with InD’Tale magazine which as many people know is dedicated to indie and self-published writers. We give honest, supportive feedback to authors and their hard work. Everyone is reviewed with the same balanced criteria. We accept all sub-genres (except erotica) as long as it has a thread of romance.  InD’Tale is also the home of the “Oscar for Indies” known as the Romance of Novel Excellence or R.O.N.E award.

Next September InD’Tale and RedCoat PR will be bringing a special convention for readers and authors to Palm Springs called the InD’Scribe Author and Reader Con. https://www.facebook.com/pages/InDScribe-Author-Reader-Con/702276673188304. If you’re an author or a reader this will be an epic event.

RCPR: If there was one thing you could say to your younger self, what would it be?

Natasza: Buy that darn real estate ya big dummy! LOL. Folks who think about penning their first tale often ask how do you do it? I tell them, “When creativity crosses paths with determination a book will be born.” I think I knew that thirty years ago, but I didn’t listen and went on my merry way giving the Coast Guard and family my attention. But, it’s never too late to create.”

RCPR: Who has been your biggest supporter along the way?

Natasza: Name one? Don’t think I can. No book comes to publication without many moving parts. From family, to friends, to editors like TJ Mackay of InD’Tale magazine, to other authors who crit your lousy first draft, to good luck and hard work, it’s all part of the wheel that keeps turning and motivating an author to tell their tale.

“Another strap yourself in, bite your nails and fall in love again read from one of the most promising romantic suspense authors today!”

~TJ Mackay, Publisher, InD’tale Magazine

Natasza Waters spends her time creating stories with a twist of steam, plenty of action, and characters to dream about. “Too Grand For Words” was released in October of 2011. A Warrior’s Challenge series beginning with “Code Name: Ghost” is a high octane U.S. Navy SEAL series with men of honor, resilient women and a storyline hard to forget.

 

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Beneath Your Beauty

by Alexa Keith

 

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 20th, 2014
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With her kids off to college, Kayden Brewer was about to start her own life. With her business struggling, bills piling up, and not to mention the severe case of empty nest syndrome, she was beginning to feel lost. That’s until the day her sisters past came back to haunt her, yet again. This time bringing her into a world she never believed she would find herself in.

Steele Waters had just entered into his ten-years in the adult entertainment business, and holds the title, “The Sex God of Porn.” He had it all- money, fame, sex, and any female he wanted. That’s until she walked onto his set, realizing, he didn’t have it all. Until he had her.

Lies, secrets, pasts, and much more is brought out as both their lives collide. Leaving them no choice but to endure the ever turning roller coaster of life that they’re forced to ride.

The question is- will they hang on?

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Alexa Keith is an independent self-published author. She loves to spend her free time with family and friends. Or, when she has time to herself, reading a good book. She spends most days locked away in her own thoughts- conjuring up her next story. When she does venture out of her own mind- it’s always a new adventure. Her love for writing started at an early age. Alexa would stare out the window in school as her imagination ran wild. To which, Alexa can’t count how many times she was lectured for her lack of concentration. To this day, her mind is still running. She has come to the stage in her life, where she has finally been able to put those thoughts and stories in black and white. So- keep your eyes open for more from Alexa Keith.

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I held Steele’s eyes, and he held mine. I silently begged him to come to me, to take those steps and close the distance between us.

Move.

He didn’t.

Say something.

He didn’t.

I took in the beauty of the man that I knew I had fallen for. I looked deep into his beautiful blue eyes, wordlessly begging him to do or say something.

He didn’t.

He let me go.

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Smoldered

by Rachel Blaufeld

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Date of Publication: October 16th 2014

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Asher Peterson is a self-made man, owner of the Electric Tunnel, Sin City’s hottest adult entertainment spot. Brazen and formidable in designer T-shirts and motorcycle boots, he seems unflappable whether he’s making his rounds through the decadent decor of the Tunnel, or whipping through the desert heat on his bike. But inside he is a shattered man, desperate to understand what unconditional love from a woman feels like.

Hiding the effects of his emotionally stunted youth behind a gritty persona, and keeping his fractured soul buried deep while seeking out his baser instincts, Asher is convinced he is man enough to leave the past in the past. The only clue to his broken soul is his deep-seated need to provide safety and a good life for emotionally damaged women within the glamorous walls of his strip club.

Fooling himself that he deserves little in life, Asher keeps his big heart tightly guarded with everyone but Sienna Flower, his friend, business partner, and headliner. Until, that is, the night he runs into his childhood friend, Natalie Parker. While trolling a rival strip club, perusing their offerings for his own personal pleasure, he collides with his past. Coming face-to-face with a woman he only knew as a girl, he’s shaken when he finds the dark-haired beauty in a precarious position. Now all grown up, she’s a hardened soul who reminds him of where he came from, and stirs within him the need to protect yet another woman.

Known as Nat to most everyone, Natalie is a single mom to Quinn. But when she’s under the bright spotlights in a thong, she’s known as Natasha or Nataleigh Dallas. A girl who once had everything going for her, she’s now a jaded stripper with only room for her son in her life, and has erected impenetrable barriers around her heart. The strength of those walls is challenged the night a man she has known since childhood steamrolls his way back into her life, flashing those smoky-gray eyes that have always melted her.

A man she has loved from afar since she was a young girl, one who lights fire to her walls, burning deeper, setting everything ablaze––smoldering her.

Asher and Natalie, two people who are equally tormented by their own demons, set out to rescue each other as part-time lovers in a torrid, desperate workplace affair. Thinking they can remain friends while keeping their hearts at a safe distance, they find themselves at odds when their situation morphs into a messy, tangled mess.

Ripping free of each other proves impossible as they learn that the very web that connects them goes much deeper than they ever expected.

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Asher was nothing less than mouthwatering as he prowled toward me across the mostly empty floor of the club. I’d changed out of my evening’s attire and was wearing worn-in skinny jeans with a hole in the knee and a nondescript black halter covered with a gray wraparound sweater, so I felt underdressed compared to the man coming my way.

My boss was still wearing the precisely creased slacks he’d worn for work, his dress shirt unbuttoned halfway down his chest, revealing a light smattering of blond chest hair and the very edge of his tattoo, a navy blue bolt of electricity inked over his chest for his one and only baby, the Electric Tunnel. But it was a sight to see, and I did enjoy licking it from top to bottom.

In the privacy of his office, that is.

His hair and goatee were equally mussed from his running his hands through them. Sadly, it was a behavior I knew all too well, and there was nothing I wanted to do more than dive in and make it even messier.

As usual, he was wearing motorcycle boots with his suit pants. He was a hot mess of a man––there was no one else remotely like him. Despite the layer of expensive designer clothing, he was pure bad boy underneath. He’d never ditch his boots, they were as ingrained in him as his past, which was why I should have been hightailing it right out of the place. Instead, I stood planted like a palm tree blowing in the wind, waiting for the storm to arrive, stuck in the ground as if there were nothing I could do to stop the blustery weather heading my way, threatening to topple me over.

The guy was a god, and I was nothing more than a stripper who was smitten with him.

As I ran my hands through my own long hair, my fingers sifted through the big waves running through it. I’d set it in hot rollers on my break for a bachelor party I ran earlier, yet now it didn’t seem like enough for Asher. He should get more than the leftovers of my evening at work. He deserved fresh curls and nice clothing, and perfume not mixed with another man’s cologne.

I wanted to be more in his eyes. Hadn’t I always?

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It is my pleasure to welcome Rachel Blaufeld, author of Smoldered, to Room With Books.

Rachel, how did you come up with the idea for this story?

Asher’s story sat buried deep within me all through writing Electrified, but I wasn’t ready to share it…just yet. Electrified focused on Sienna and her being completely broken, but the idea of a man being so emotionally fragmented, like Asher is, required more time to play out in my mind. He is not weak, actually quite the opposite, but how to share it the right way took time and patience.

Actually, I think Asher’s story has been with me for many years…since I fell in love with falling in love.

I am so hopelessly in love with Asher Peterson from Smoldered. Sigh.

Is there a message in Smoldered that you want readers to grasp? 

I am originally a social worker, so I like to think my characters are steeped in psychological meaning. The Tunnel series is all about this…we are never really exactly who or what others perceive us as being, like the stripper who has no sexual experience to call her own or the strip club owner who cares more about the emotional wellbeing of his girls than the money. So, the message is to delve deep and get to know someone.

I can’t write a story without understanding what makes the characters tick beneath the love and sex and craziness of their lives.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Stopping. When I get going, I find it hard to break away from the characters. Their personalities and conversations take over my head. The biggest challenge is stopping for time with family or just getting a few hours of sleep.

What are your current projects? 

  • Following Smoldered, I have two books I’m working on…Tinged, which is book 3 in the Electric Tunnel Series and it is Mike’s story. If I don’t write this soon, my betas are going to come after me, so it is top priority.
  • And, I am working on a new series. It is set in between my hometown in Pennsylvania, rural PA and another big city. The characters are Lane and Bess, and those two plagued my sleep and dreams for a week straight before I realized I had to write their story. I can’t say too much more, but it is going to be a very angsty read.

Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

Electrified is told in 3rd person and is truly a tale, I needed to tell as the narrator, but Smoldered is all Asher and Natalie in the first person. It is their story to tell. One little surprise, we do meet Mike in Smoldered and he is an integral part of the affair, so he does have a few chapters of his own.

Does music play any type of role in your writing?

I am always listening to music when I write. Everything from punk rock to hip-hop to Neil Diamond to Miley Cyrus. I like it all.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?

The Tunnel isn’t, but my new series is….not entirely based on myself or one person in particular, but draws from emotions of the past.

The number one question I get after readers finish Electrified is: Did you go to Strip Clubs? What do you think???? Ha!

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

About 85% – there are always 2 or 3 scenes that sneak in…

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Is that what I am? Just kidding. When my blogging columns got picked up by Yahoo, Huffington Post and Modern Mom, I first felt like a writer.

List three books you have recently read and would recommend.

All Indies →

Unbeloved – Madeline Sheehan – I love the whole Undeniable Series. Madeline made me actually sit down at my laptop and write my first book. Her books instilled a sense of confidence in me that I could be who I wanted and write what I wanted.

Very Bad Things – Ilsa Madden Mills – I LOVE this book. Seriously, Leo is so bad and dreamy and ugh, just everything…and, I adore anything NA- It brings to mind a time of life that I will not get back, but love living vicariously through NA stories.

This Tied Man (which I read a while ago, but I adored it, and I am not sure when the next one is coming out) – Tabitha McGowan.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?

I have a group of authors, newbies like me, we have somewhat of a sisterhood, and it is really cool to lean on someone else going through a lot of the same emotions and to read others who write differently. These ladies are Christy Pastore, Susan Ward, Fabiola Francisco, C J Wells, Salem Archer, Terri Lyndie, and K L Shandwick.

Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.

I actually can relax in yoga. It took me a while to learn how to do this. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when I truly let go, I can be void of anything else other than the moment. AND, then its over and I am back to running like crazy.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I am on Facebook all the time http://facebook.com/rachelblaufeldtheauthor

And Twitter @rachelblaufeld

Also, Instagram at RachelBlaufeld

Unless I am writing, I am very chatty and always get back to readers. I just hope you like Charlie Hunnam because I cannot last a day without some mention or pic of him.

Thank you, Rachel, for taking time for a chat with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.

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Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.

Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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Blue Dahlia

Vivian Winslow

Genre: Erotica

Release Date: October 16, 2014

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Blue Dahlia is the first book in the second trilogy of Vivian Winslow’s Gilded Flower series, featuring Lily Baron’s free-spirited twin sister, Dahlia.

New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there’s is a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?

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Fate’s Love

by L.A. Cotton

 

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Genre: New Adult Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 30, 2014
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When you meet that one person in the world meant for you… you should hold onto them.

Olivia Bannon walked away.

Twice.

When 17-year-old Livy meets Ethan, she can’t deny their inexplicable connection. Lost in his dark, intense eyes and smile-to-die-for, Livy never thought she would feel like this. It almost makes her want to break her childhood vow, but Livy knows happily ever after is just an illusion, and despite her heart wanting Ethan, her head is telling her to stick with the plan. The one that doesn’t include falling in love. Period.

Eight years later, Livy finds herself back in her hometown. After the way she left things, the last time they were together, Livy is anxious about seeing Ethan again. It shouldn’t come as shock to discover he has finally moved on—but it hurts. A lot. Accepting that she will never get the chance to put things right isn’t easy, but it’s not until life comes crashing down around her that Livy realizes what she could’ve had. Left broken, alone, and depressed, only one person can pull her out—the guy she thought she’d pushed away one too many times.

Livy has finally realized that you can’t fight fate… Some things are just meant to be. Is this finally her time to get it right, or has Livy missed her last chance with Ethan?

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A. Cotton has a busy mind in need of constant stimulation. A youth worker from the Midlands, UK, if L. A isn’t immersed in a book, she’s figuring out what course to study next. With an imagination that refuses to stay quiet, early this year, L. A finally decided to put finger to keyboard and start typing. Her first novel, Fate’s Love is due for release September 30th.

When she’s not busy reading, writing, and plotting future books, L. A. is mum to two gorgeous children, and their hyper terrier, Rocky.

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“Liv, what’s going on? Is she okay? Keefer told me what went down.”

I moved away from the door and met Ethan halfway. “No, she isn’t okay.” It came out bitter.

“Can I do anything? I could come-”

I shook my head. “We’re fine, thanks.” Without realizing I stepped back and Ethan’s face paled.

“And us?”

My eyes dropped to the floor.

“Liv, look at me. What. About. Us?”

I forced myself to look at him. My head and heart were at war. My heart wanted him to wrap me in his arms and tell me everything was going to be okay. That Amber would heal. That Sharn would meet her Prince Charming. That we really did have something. But my head knew better. My head would always know better.

“There is no us. I’m sorry, Ethan. Goodbye.” I turned from him and fled back to the limo.

“You’re running from me, Liv. Don’t use this as an excuse to run,” he called out.

Once in the safety of the limo, I slammed the door behind me, ignoring Sharn’s questioning glare.

“How is she?”

“A mess. This will leave scars.” Sharn answered.

I leaned my head onto the backrest and pressed a finger to my lips, trying to remember what kissing Ethan felt like. Was it even real? It didn’t feel real. Not now. It felt like a dream—the really good kind, until you wake up and realize it was just that.

A dream.

Because in the harsh light of day, life wasn’t like that. It was hard—full of hurt and people who let you down.

No, life wasn’t like a dream at all.

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Taming Ryder

Souls of the Knight, #2

by Nicola Haken

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Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 2014
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You met Ryder Richardson in Being Sawyer Knight. Now, this is his story.

I’ve done it. I’ve stuck a whopping two fingers up at my parents, I’ve made a name for myself as one of the world’s biggest porn stars and I’ve finally found a family I belong in.

Life is amazing. I get paid to do all my favourite things. Fuck. Party. Travel the world. What’s not to love?

And then he comes along. Mason George – Back Door Studio’s newest exclusive model and the guy who has the potential to either fuck it all up, or take me on the best ride of my life.

~ Ryder

I’m desperate. I’ve got nothing and nobody left. Entering the daunting world of adult entertainment is less of a dream and more of a necessity. Signing as Back Door Studio’s latest model has the ability to either ruin or make me, but I made a vow at my first audition never to let myself regret it.

I continue to question myself each day, but no amount of what’s, why’s or what ifs will change where I am or where I’m heading. Am I strong enough to do this? To embrace it? To enjoy it? I have no idea.

The only thing I’m certain of, is that if anyone can teach me who I’m supposed to be, it’s Ryder Richardson.

~ Mason

“Because the most exciting things in life always happen via the back door”

Meet the Author

Nicola Haken

Author of the New Adult/Contemporary novels Missing Pieces, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series, and m/m erotic romance Souls of the Knight series.

I live in Rochdale, England with my wonderful family and when I’m not playing with my imaginary friends I can usually be found looking after my four adorable (sometimes!) children (six if you include the dogs, seven if you include the hubby!) or stalking gay porn stars!

All in all I’m just an ordinary mum with an addiction to reading about hot book guys, writing about hot book guys, tattoos and Pepsi Max! Oh, and if my kids ever ask… I moonlight as the Pink Power Ranger 😉

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“Perfect! You’re getting into the spirit faster than I thought you would.”

“Why’d you say that?”

“I just get the feeling this isn’t your first choice sometimes. The porn I mean.”

Mason’s eyebrows furrowed, his eyes narrowing as he contemplated my words.

“Maybe it’s not. But I chose this, and as with every other job I’ve ever had I will give it my everything. To say I’m doing this because I’ve no other choice, like I’m being forced into it or only doing it because I’m desperate is disrespectful to both the industry and to me.”

“Hey, that’s not what I meant,” I said genuinely, worried I’d offended him.

“Oh I know you didn’t. I just wanted to put it out there, that’s all. I don’t know many people, but of those I do I know they’ll judge me for this when they find out. Too many people assume going into this industry means we’re either damaged, desperate or fucking whores who deserve to be seen as nothing more than a walking fuck hole.”

“Well fuck ‘em. Anyone who doesn’t see you for who you are isn’t worth knowing. We’re all in it for different reasons, and those reasons are no one else’s goddamn business. It’s just a job. A fucking great job, but still a job nonetheless.”

“You really think it’s a great job?”

“Sure I do! I love sex, and I get to fuck hot guys for a living. Who wouldn’t love that?”

“But it’s different, no? I know I’ve only done one scene, but it’s a whole different ballgame than when you’re intimate with someone.”

“I don’t do intimacy, so I wouldn’t know.”

“So, you’ve never had a relationship?”

“No. Not something I’m looking for.”

“You don’t think it’d work? Being in porn?”

“It’s got nothing to do with the porn. A few of the guys are in relationships. Gio’s been with his guy almost a year and they’re still going strong. It’s just not something I want, regardless of the career I’ve chosen.”

“You must get lonely though. We all do. Don’t you hope to find someone you can just… I don’t know, share things with one day? Be there for you?”

“No,” I said curtly, hoping my tone would be enough to stop him probing further.

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by S. Ann Cole

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 18
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He wants to claim her, possess her, rename her.

But she has a different agenda.

JHAY BYRD

Chadrick needs to die.
I’m ruined. My life is ruined. Because of him.
Soulless, heartless, unremorseful, he took everything from me.
Everything.
Now, I’m after his soul.
And no, I will not allow his good looks, suave style, or panty-incinerating body to distract or dissuade me.
Nor will I allow his deadly dark eyes to scare me.
Unlike everyone else, I’m not afraid of him.
The. Chase. Is. On.

CHADRICK NIIVEUX

Jhay needs saving.
I’ve ruined her life. She’s lost, roaming the darkness all on her own, because of me.
Bitter, impulsive, seething with revenge, she thinks she hates me. Thinks she wants me dead.
I know I should kill her. Kill or be killed, right?
Except, I can’t.
I’m shot down. Infatuated.
I’ve always been.
And while she’s after my life, I’m after her heart.
The. Chase. Is. On.

Meet the Author

S. Ann Cole is a passionate writer and reader, and a lover of anything that distracts her from the real world. Reader first and second a writer, S. Ann Cole is an exaggerator, a laugher, sometimes overly chatty, sometimes overly shy. She’s afraid of cats, dogs, snakes—heck, she’s only tolerable to gold fishes in a tank. Because if they do jump out and try to attack her, the suckers will die…

She hates chocolate, schmaltz and arrogance.
She loves carbs, Chris Brown and humility.
She lives nowhere and everywhere.

Jokey people are her favorite people, as laughter is the way to her heart.

Ann hopes that one day, the right day, when it’s her time (because nothing happens before its time), her hard work will be noticed and appreciated, and she’ll become a “bestselling author”…

…But she’s guessing that might not be likely if she continues to write such sucky author bios.

When Ann’s not abusing her computer keyboard, you can find her nosing a novel, watching anything on television that makes her laugh until she breaks into hiccups, studying the Bible, or guzzling booze.

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Unspeakable Truths

by Alice Tribue

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 2014
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Everything I ever learned about fairy-tales was a f**king lie…

Four years ago, my life was everything I wanted it to be: I had everything I wanted, everything I needed, in my best friend and newly wedded husband—Tyler.

Yet, hours after we said “I do,” I lost him.

Forever…

The dreams we’d shared, the future we’d planned—all of our hopes and desires, were ripped away in mere seconds.

And now, four years later, my life still feels like a hopeless eternity.

So, I guess it’s quite fitting that the last person I want to hear from is currently standing at my front door.

He wants to tell me the truth about that night, he wants to be my new knight in shining armor, but the thing is…

He was the best man…

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Alice Montalvo-Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and is currently working on her master’s degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits, lounging out on a beach.

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