Blurb: Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but finally he’s accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along
Author Info: I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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“Maybe we should get started? I’m, ah, kind of interested in seeing what you want me to do.” Beneath lowered lashes he shot a glance at Tash, who, thank God, had turned his attention to talk to the other men in the room.
Though he couldn’t remember their names, Brandon recognized the husky blond-haired man, hovering protectively next to a dark-haired young woman, from the picture hanging outside on the wall.
“That’s Mike, Dr. Levin, the dentist. He and Drew’s sister, Rachel, are dating,” Gage murmured in between sips of coffee. “She’s got a PhD in child psychology and set up the suicide prevention hotline here at the clinic. They really thought of everything here.”
Once again, regret slammed into Brandon. What dreams could Ash, Luke, and he have accomplished if someone had cared about them? Ash might not have run away, and Luke might’ve had someone to talk to instead of becoming so sad and withdrawn.
“Hey, Randy, where’d you go?”
Brandon blinked and found Gage’s sympathetic gaze trained on him. He swallowed hard and averted his eyes. “Nowhere.”
Gage shot him a sharp look but returned to sipping his coffee. As Drew approached, Brandon braced himself for the inevitable onslaught of getting-to-know-you questions. It didn’t matter as he had his whole pretend history well rehearsed.
“So, Randy, we’ve already heard from Gage before today. What do you think we need to do, to reach and help as many kids as possible?” Drew sat in the chair next to him.
Brandon instantly sensed Drew was a person who rarely passed judgment on people; he was the person you wanted to come home and tell all your problems to.
“I think you need to make sure the kids know first this is a place of trust and security. Also if they come here to talk, or we talk to them anywhere, we’re there to help them work out their own solutions safely.”
Rachel’s friendly smile encouraged Brandon and increased his confidence. “The most important thing to teach these kids is that they have a chance to break free and be what they want to be.”
Drew rubbed his chin, and his eyes clouded. “One thing from the beginning I have to make clear. If we hear of any abuse, we go straight to the police. If there’s any bullying, the school and the parents have to know.” The smile he wore so easily faded, replaced by an almost trembling frown. “We lost someone very dear to all of us because we held back, and I made the mistake of trying to handle the problem on my own.”
Rachel whispered in Mike’s ear, and he came over to place a hand on Drew’s shoulder. Drew smiled tremulously at him but continued. “The consequences are too enormous and dangerous if we don’t bring in the authorities when we know a person is at risk.”
The police? Shit. He couldn’t be a part of this. For years Brandon had evaded them, deliberately taking every precaution to keep as far away from them as possible. Now with this project, he’d be putting himself practically in their pockets. Though the mission sounded amazing, he knew he’d have to decline. He couldn’t afford the risk.
“Um, I’m not sure if I’m the right person for this.” Brandon’s fingers shook as he reached for his jacket. The room fell silent as he fumbled and stuttered over his words. “I mean, I’m so new; you really need a person who’s more experienced.”
He stood and grabbed his backpack. “Uh, I have to go, but I’ll let you know if I can do it. Thanks.”
“Wait, Randy, please.” Tash put himself in between Brandon and the door, but Brandon couldn’t let the disappointment and confusion in Tash’s handsome face dissuade him from leaving. He circled Tash and wrenched open the door.
“I’m sorry. I gotta go.” Cheeks burning, Brandon put his head down and raced through the hallway toward the front of the building. He’d just reached the door, when it burst open, and a tall, dark-haired man stood facing the street, shaking out his wet umbrella.
“Excuse me,” muttered Brandon, brushing by him, not waiting for a response. He plunged headlong into the foggy drizzle that had begun again, uncaring if he got wet. His long strides ate up the block as he pushed himself farther and farther away from the clinic. It hurt, walking out so abruptly, but once he got home, he’d call Gage and make up some excuse.
At the intersection he spotted a cab with its light on, and even though he could barely afford the fare for his monthly subway pass, he hailed it, asking it to drop him off at the nearest subway station in Carroll Gardens. He’d find a way to get home to Flatbush somehow.
The farther away he got from the clinic, the better, yet as he sat back in the cab, he couldn’t help recalling the disappointment in Tash’s face. But Brandon knew if he stayed he’d do more than disappoint everyone, and that wasn’t a chance he was willing or able to take. Copyright © Felice Stevens
Blurb: Miss Sophia Vane, a hoyden of the first order, makes an unlikely match when she weds Nathaniel Ellison, the rich and wary Duke of Scarsdale. What starts with an unexpected friendship soon blooms into a fiery passion. But a betrayal plunges Sophia into the thorny world of London Society and entangles her in a labyrinth of manipulation and jealousy that will test the strength of her marriage. Behind her husband’s sudden icy facade, Sophia believes dwells the caring, passionate man she loves. To break through the barriers and reclaim their happiness, they must do more than simply cast away their pride. They must fight for their very lives.
Excerpt: Sophia trailed her fingers over Nathan’s strong jawline. She would reveal some of her fear in hopes that one day he would reveal some of his. “You’re like Michelangelo’s David. I’m afraid one day you will wake up and wonder who the stray puppy is that you married.”
He stood so abruptly she feared he was about to agree with her and then walk out of this room and her life. He looked down at her from his towering stance, reached behind him to tug off his shirt, and revealed a rippling abdomen and muscled chest. She stared in awe and wistfulness; his body―marred only at his shoulder by the bandage covering his healing wound―was every bit as beautiful as his face.
“I’m no statue, Sophia,” he growled as he yanked his boots off, then his pants and undergarments. She gaped at the size and power of his body that could not be denied now that he stood there without a stich of clothing.
“You are perfect,” she whispered, ashamed that she was so far from it, so very unmatched to him.
His gaze grew hard. “Expecting perfection from me will hurt us both. I like that you’re not perfect. Do you understand?”
She understood that he’d been hurt deeply and that he was trying to tell her how without saying it explicitly. “I do.”
He lowered himself over her, and something fierce glittered in his eyes. “I’ll hurt you and I’ll fail you, and then you’ll see. You won’t think me perfect. You won’t want to love me then.”
“Come to me, Nathan,” she replied, knowing arguing was futile. “Show me your imperfections.”
I am currently reading this book for the second time and I am loving it. It’s a great follow-up to book 1, Beneath it All. Make sure to comment click on the giveaway link to win a copy of Beneath, You’re Beautiful. I will pick a winner on Monday 3/2/15.
Blurb: Four words continue to haunt me . . .
You. Have. Breast. Cancer.
I associate them with the upheaval of my life to this point. The last few months have been a test of my strength . . . mentally, emotionally, and physically. Cancer is a monster. It preys on your mind and it consumes you, consistently reminding you of how your life used to be. Life before cancer. I was a successful business woman, running my own design firm, and was happily married to my college sweetheart. My life seemed perfect. Until it suddenly came crashing down all around me.
So, here I am, in the midst of treatment, incinerating the remnants of my shattered marriage and attempting to piece the rest of my life back together. With three amazing friends pushing me forward, the ‘post-chemo’ finish line is coming into view.
And then . . . there’s him. The man I never anticipated. The one who breathes hope and meaning back into my life. A man who kisses my scars and shows me that I’m beautiful. I never expected him. Hell, I never expected cancer. I’m finally ready to write my future, a future I never planned on, but one that is better than I could’ve ever imagined.
Excerpt: After turning on “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child I got to work on the pancakes. The butter was melting in the glass pie pans in the oven while I whisked the batter and sang along to the song. “After all of the darkness and sadness. Soon comes happiness.” Setting the bowl down on the counter, I danced over to the oven to pull the pans out and continued to shake my ass.
When I turned back around to get the bowl, I noticed Blake leaning against the wall in the doorway watching me with humor dancing in his eyes. “As a child I dreamt of finding Wonder Woman dancing provocatively in my kitchen while making dinner. Guess they’re right when they say, never give up on your dreams.” He smirked as he pushed off the wall. “You look hot. Don’t let me stop you.”
He grabbed a bottle of sparkling water and perched himself on a stool. “What are you making anyway?”
“German pancakes. A friend and I used to make them growing up. They are the perfect mix of sweet and salty with the butter and syrup combo . . . and can make a very sticky mess.”
“A sticky Wonder Woman? Wow. This just keeps getting better.”
I placed the pans back in the oven to bake and put the bowl in the sink to soak. “So Doc McHottie has a thing for Wonder Woman, huh?” I taunted him while wiping my hands on a kitchen towel.
“Doc McHottie has a thing for the Wonder Woman that was dancing in his kitchen a few moments ago.”
My Thoughts: I am currently reading this book for the second time and I am amazed by how much I admire Victoria’s strength. I honestly don’t know if I would have the courage to go through the battles Victoria went through. Dr. Mc H0ttie aka Blake has a sweet soul and is sexy as sin. It was great to see Noah get his just desserts. This book leaves me giggling one minute, highlighting one-liners hoping I can use them one day and in tears the next.
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Known to the K2 Special Services team as Romeo, ex-Navy SEAL Jake Buchanan has yet to meet a woman he didn’t like. There is one though who sets his heart to racing in a way the others don’t. She is off-limits, however, and his boss—her brother—has made that crystal clear.
Troubled by a childhood that still haunts her, Maria Kincaid goes searching for a father she’s never met—and stumbles into a nightmarish experience. With her life in grave danger, she reaches out to Jake.
Jake, a man who believes he isn’t capable of committing to one woman, knows he should stay as far away from Maria as possible. She’s in trouble though and he’ll just lend a hand, then return to his life as Romeo.
As Jake soon learns, some things are easier said than done.
A native of Florida, Sandra once managed a Harley-Davidson dealership, before switching from a bike to an RV for roaming the open road (though she’s also chased thrills from sky-diving to upside-down stunt-plane flying). In addition to CRAZY FOR HER—a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for Romantic Suspense—and SOMEONE LIKE HER, her works include the Regency romance novels THE LETTER, winner of the Golden Quill Award, and THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of Romance Writers of America, she lives with her husband in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She claims the only thing missing in her life is a cat to curl up on her lap while she writes.
Today is the official release day for CRAZY FOR HER. It is available on AMAZON.
Book Blurb: When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.
Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.
My Thoughts: Crazy For Her is a fantastic book! I love a book where you can stop and say, “I did not see that coming” and Crazy For Her had quite a few moments where that happened. The twists and turns of this book will have you on the edge of your seat. You will want to make sure you have time to read it because you will not want to put it down. Logan and Dani light up the pages with their chemistry. This book has it all; sadness, heat, romance, comedy, suspense (good heavens the suspense is amazing), love, friendship and so much more. The love story is heartbreaking but at the same time beautiful. The little girl in this book just makes my heart melt and the cast of secondary characters makes this story even more fun to read and enjoy (I love a strong secondary cast). Bottom line this book is fabulous. I cannot wait to read it again and read the next books in this series.
Well done, Ms. Owens!!
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Book Blurb: Long version: Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?
Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.
“You deceived me first.”
He inclined his head. “So I did. You also return my kisses and then act as though I’m
She tried to ignore his use of the word kisses. “That’s a bit hyperbolic, isn’t it?”
He cracked a half-smile that did ridiculously lovely things to her insides.
“It is. I’m poking fun. I like having fun in your company.” He leaned toward her and lowered his voice.
“Admit it, you like me.”
Far too much. “Why wouldn’t I?”
His smile broadened, making him seem insufferably confident. “I can’t think of a
She narrowed her eyes at him. “On second thought, there’s that vexing streak of
He lowered his voice even further, as if he were imparting a secret. “I actually think you like that too.”
Tuesday, August 19th
About Darcy Burke: Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot,action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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Special Interview with Emma Locke today! She is promoting TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH anthology. Make sure you enter to win an iPad mini and don’t forget to attend the Facebook party tonight!
Q&A with Emma Locke
What’s your favorite historical romance?
I don’t mean to be repetitive, because I know everyone says this, but Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels has to be the best book I’ve ever read. For the same reasons everyone else loves it, of course. It’s clever and sexy and has that Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh factor we all want to feel when we read a fantastic romance.
What is the first romance novel you ever read?
Heather Graham’s Captive. I’m a Florida native, and I got my fifteen-year-old hands on this book because my then-boyfriend’s stepmom (who he loathed, by the way) had the limited judgment and incredible foresight to realize I would absolutely love it. Captive has everything: a super-hot, super-alpha hero, a Southern belle, a terrible war that couldn’t be won, and historical trivia that could put you to sleep. I never read another non-romance novel after that.
Would you want to live in the time you write about? What would you love? Hate?
I say I would. I also grew up believing I wanted to be Laura Ingalls, and now that idea makes me want to grab my iPhone and hold it close. But I think I would [love to be rich]. If I could be rich, my time period (1813-1817) would be great. I’d love the fabrics and dresses and all the old, old houses. I’d love the horses and proper beaus and cottages—oh, the cottages. Even in the 1800s, I’d be blown over by the history in the places I visited. That’s what stood out to me most when I went on vacation to Ireland—even in my characters’ time, the houses I visited would have been old. But if I were just an average citizen of the time, then no, I’d hate it. Life was hard—just ask Erica Monroe. I respect the people who came before us, the downtrodden men and women brave enough to think America would be better than the hellholes they lived in. Which means, I suppose, that were I living in the time period I write about, I might spend all of my time trying to get out. I’d be Laura Ingalls after all, in some weird, twisted paradox, trying to get to Future America.
If given the choice between a duke, a rogue, or an alpha hero, which would you choose?
I’d want to be a duke. You can be a rogue or an alpha hero and a duke, but if you’re just one of the former, your power is limited. In my real (non-author) life, I’m more likely to be found making critical decisions than wreaking havoc. I mean, havoc is fun, but I can do it in my down time. I guess I’d be a really fun, clever, benevolent duke who managed to drag himself into work with a hangover.
What tempts you? (Chocolate, caviar, long walks on the beach…)
I love a good happy hour. No matter how serious the day was, how impossible the situation, happy hour brings people together. I will pretty much forgo any good intentions to exercise or write or clean the house if I can bond with some buddies over a few beers. (Or a few margaritas with my lady friends, though that happens far less often.) I’m a true extrovert, and nothing relaxes me more than surrounding myself with my loud, drunken friends at the end of the day. Which is why I would make an awesome alpha hero.
Rapid fire round:
Designer purses or Target special?
I was Target special, until my girlfriend who only buys Coach convinced me that high quality = longevity. The logical engineer inside me can’t deny her point. I’ve been Designer ever since (but only on clearance!)
Heels or flip flops? Flip flops. But mine have sparkles!
Rich or famous? Rich. I grew up very poor and I have to support my parents in their old age, so having a good, solid, dependable retirement income is more important to me than anything else. (That’s my PSA to any aspiring writers out there. Writing doesn’t usually pay right away because it takes time to build up a backlist and start making money, but there are lots of great STEM jobs you can work while you wait for your career to take off. Get a job in a STEM field then write your heart out after work. It’s nice not to have to worry about things like health insurance and rent while you make the slow, marathon climb to success.)
American hottie or sexy Brit? Sexy Brit. I like a little class with my six pack.
Where’s your happy place? I write most of my books at my local bar, The Rock, because as an extrovert it’s very difficult for me to write at home alone (QUIET = AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, NIGHTMARE). I spend all day looking forward to getting back into my little corner of The Rock. My husband doesn’t understand it. Whenever he comes to have dinner with me, he brings ear plugs. Yet I love the noise.
Excerpt from THE PROBLEM WITH SEDUCTION:
She relaxed gradually into his embrace. It was odd. She’d allowed herself to be drawn into all manner of illicit activity within a few feet of potential witnesses, but nothing had ever made her feel as exposed as Lord Constantine’s chaste hug did. What if another patron were to walk around the corner?
“Don’t go.” His arms tightened, holding her against him. “Just a moment longer.”
Her heart melted for this man who liked babies and hugging and, for some reason, her. Bit by bit, she worked her hands around his waist and clasped them at his back. He’d done so much for her. If all he asked for was a few minutes’ embrace in return…
Who was she fooling? This felt wonderful.
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Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke – Once upon a time there was a very bad boy who met a very nice girl….
Lady of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle – Educating a man in the art of love takes time. Lots of it.
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson – Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans – What’s a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?
Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…
The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke – Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn’t need to like him—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.
A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe – Daniel O’Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan’s heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.
Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon – A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.
Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna – A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.
Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley – Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!
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