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Michele Callahan - Thursday, May 26, 2016
A brief introduction to the latest Lovestruck Librarian:
Mayor Wes Ramirez—the hero of Mayday, my third Lovestruck Librarians book—is one my favorite characters I’ve ever written. Handsome, well-respected, and ambitious, he wants desperately to bring locals and tourists back to his economically troubled hometown via the city’s May Day celebrations. On the surface, he seems polished and confident. But in reality, he still struggles with a deep, abiding sense of failure that lingers from the abrupt ending of his athletic career—and from his ill-fated one-night stand with Helen, the local librarian he finds so appealing. So he’ll use every tool at his disposal to save his town and reclaim his woman: his intelligence, his creativity, his persistence, and (in the case of Helen) his sexual prowess.
And oh, does he deliver. This is definitely the sexiest book I’ve written to date!
After almost twenty years, Wes had managed to clear the stench of failure from his lungs. The air smelled cleaner. The chatter he heard from the arriving committee members sounded sweeter. More cheerful. Even the colors looked more vivid.
One color in particular, actually. A flash of brightness came bobbing in from the doorway, almost entirely obscured by a tall blond woman walking ahead of it. He craned his neck, trying to figure out what source of light had caught his eye. Then the blonde moved to the side, and he could finally see. His gaze focused on a head of coppery red hair and a pale, dimpled face.
He froze, unable to breathe for a long, painful second.
Helen. Former schoolmate. One-time lover. To his shame, one mediocre time at that.
Helen, the woman who had unwittingly served as the catalyst for his recent successes.
Helen, his greatest regret of the past year.
Michele Callahan - Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Silent Hearts by Melissa West
Character Interview with the hero of SILENT HEARTS, Nick Hamilton
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
No nickname exactly, but my brothers consider me the good boy, the one who never fails and never will. Until I do.
2. Who is your best friend?
Becca Stark, which becomes overly complicate when I realize I’m in love with her.
3. How do you get along with your family?
*Laughs* Well…I used to get alone with them fine, but then my father died and things with my brothers became harder.
4. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?
When I’m angry or feel confused or lost, I always find myself at Becca’s door. Since we were kids and her house was just a trek through the woods from mine, I’ve always ended up there. She brings me back to center.
5. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?
I’m a seafood man, so you’ll always find some sort of fish in my fridge.
6. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?
Becca. She’s the only one who truly understands me, who’s been there all along. I can’t function, can’t really even live, without her.
7. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was s/he?
Michele Callahan - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Their Conquered Bride by #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Grace Goodwin -- A HOT historical western menage set in the wild Montana Territory coming JUNE 1
As a child conceived in one night of reckless passion, Elizabeth Lewis has carried the taint of her mother's indiscretion her entire life. Her life takes a turn for the worse when her father dies, leaving her fate, along with her two half-sisters, in the the hands of a cruel and judgmental uncle. Rather than accept an arranged marriage to a man three times her age, Elizabeth decides to take her chances in the Montana Territory as a mail order bride. It couldn't be any worse, or could it?
Ford Ellison and Logan Smythe are heading west after long years of service on foreign soil. A twist of fate lands them at the poker table across from a vile man by the name of Samuel Jenkins. He and his grown sons are bragging to all who will listen about how they plan to share the unsuspecting woman who's responded to their advertisement for a bride. When she arrives on the stage, she'll be in for quite a horrible surprise.
Ford and Logan take one look at the lovely Elizabeth and know they can't allow that kind of evil to touch her, even if it means telling a little white lie. The only way to save her is to marry her themselves. Will their duplicity end the marriage before it even starts? Ford and Logan are convinced all they need is time, time to conquer Elizabeth's body and to win her heart. Read More
Michele Callahan - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
HOLD IT DOWN IN THERE!
By: Lisa A. Olech
Have you ever stood on the edge of a child’s birthday party and marveled at the chaotic din? Children racing around, laughing, yelling, playing? This is my writer’s mind. These are my haracters. They all try to talk over one another, vying for my attention.
Then there’s the screamer—that one character that drowns out the rest insisting being In my newest release, WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S TREASURE, that “screamer” is named Alice.
Alice is the reason there is a second book. Hell, she’s the reason why this series is now a five-book Captain’s of the Scarlet Night project. She was so loud in my mind, I decided she had to have her own story—correction—she demanded her own story!
As I write that last sentence, I know I sound crazy. I’m being ordered about by a fictional character in my head? But Alice, or Tupper as she comes to be know, is just one of those amazing characters that has simply leapt off the page and into my heart.
I wonder if J.K. Rollings felt the same about Harry. Or Lucy Montgomery about her blessed Anne. Wonderful rich characters we all fell in love with and followed as they grew and matured. We the readers become part of their life stories. They become real for us.
The same holds true for me regarding Alice Tupper. She’s bold, tenacious and bullheaded. She loves completely and passionately and is a fierce defender of those she loves. Her character spans the entire Captain of the Scarlet Night series, and I just love her. Of course when you read all the challenges and conflicts I throw at her, you’ll question that last statement.
Her story, inspired by the real-life pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Read, follows Alice from a life of service as a lady’s maid to one of a pistol shooting, cutlass swinging pirate. She I hope you’ll set sail with Alice Tupper in Within A Captain’s Treasure and fall in love with her and along with her as she finds her own Captain of the Scarlet Night.
Michele Callahan - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
To Master & Defend: An Excerpt
What the hell had she gotten herself into this time?
"Of all the…" she muttered under her breath as she gripped the wooden handrail on the bar. The club's boisterous crowd jostled Ophelia on her barstool; the movement skewed the aquamarine feathers of her mask so that they tickled her nose.
Reaffixing her disguise so that she didn't inhale feathers, she assessed Dungeon Pleasures. End of Summer Masquerade Party her foot, it was more like an excuse to fondle, ogle, and show everyone your naughty bits. Its tagline should have read, 'debauchery central, if you want it, this is the place to get it'. 'It' meaning sex. This club was a place for the wilder LA crowd to break out their leather gear. Ophelia didn't think she'd ever seen so much leather and spandex in one place, nor so many nipples. Women and men displayed their cleavage wrapped in clamps, jewelry, or spilling out of leather corsets—or all three. And she wasn't even going to mention the barely-there skirts or number of people going commando. There was a cowgirl strutting herself in assless chaps. She hadn't known until tonight that they made assless chaps, but apparently, they do.
A resounding bass pumped out of the sound system and that, combined with the sweaty mix of gyrating, oversexed bodies getting their groove thing on out on the dance floor, was enough to send Ophelia scurrying for the hills. She'd rather be at home, curled on the couch with a good book, than in the midst of this sexual feeding frenzy. She liked sex; she did, but she had never been into overt displays. She was more the fine wine, candlelight and lingerie type, than the leather studded corset type.
So why was she here? Read More
Michele Callahan - Monday, May 16, 2016
Hot New Release in S.E. Smith's Magic, New Mexico Kindle World
Touch of Fire by Michele Callahan
A trip with friends turns into a nightmare of epic proportions when a magic spell forces Kayla Evans to take an unexpected detour to nowhere-ville, New Mexico. The small town is full of crazies, mischievous baby fairies, talking animals and one hot hunk of a man who just won't leave her alone. In fact, he's following her everywhere, stealing kisses, and making her want a little crazy of her own. But Kayla has a life, and living in the middle of a desert is not her idea of a good time, even if it does come with one amazing, and sexy benefit – a sexy fire elemental determined to melt her socks off.
To the rest of the world, ancient mythology is just that, fairy tales. But for Xander and his magical brothers, it's all too real. Born into a long line of powerful but cursed men, he is destined to wait for the goddess to summon a mate for him using a powerful magical spell. When the magic summons sassy and willful Kayla, Xander faces the ultimate test. Kayla may not be able to resist his seduction, but Xander craves more than physical pleasure, he is determined to claim her heart. Read More
Michele Callahan - Saturday, May 14, 2016
Discover how it all began in S.E. Smith's Magic, New Mexico Kindle World!
Touch Of Frost (Book 1)
Lacey Adams lives in the small town of Magic, New Mexico, where she devotes herself to the animals at her Touch of Magic Animal Shelter. The strange assortment of animals helps heal the pain and loneliness inside her since the death of her husband three years before.
Frost is a Star Ranger. He travels the star systems, bringing intergalactic fugitives to justice. When a maximum-security fugitive escapes from the mining prison, he is sent after him. Only this time, the fugitive has violated a major law... he has traveled to a distant forbidden planet inhabited by a race that has not mastered space travel yet.
Now, he is in a race to find the fugitive before those on the planet known as Earth discover there are not one, but two aliens on their world.
Things become complicated when Frost discovers his heart is not as frozen as he thought when a young human female is taken hostage by the fugitive. What he doesn't anticipate is her unexpected resistance - both to the fugitive and to him.
Frost is forced to make a decision that is guaranteed to put him on the most wanted list when he follows his heart and kidnaps Lacey. He knows that some things are worth the risk. What he doesn't know is that Lacey has a few secrets of her own.
Taking On Tory (Book 2)
Twenty-four year old Tory Carson is dying to get out of Magic, New Mexico and explore the world. She has spent her whole life cocooned in the protection of the close-knit community. When she finally gets a chance to go somewhere for three weeks, she would be crazy to say no. Even if her father is screaming it!
Simon Drayton is a reclusive billionaire who has reinvented himself over and over again through the centuries. He has temporarily settled his headquarters in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina.
He is used to taking what he wants. He has learned that wealth and power are potent motivators for those who are greedy. Confusion reigns when he sets his sights on a beautiful, young female who is oblivious to his power. After centuries of getting what he wants, he is shocked, and just a little bit fascinated, when he discovers that not all things are for sale.
Things heat up when the irritating, young ‘human’ woman refuses to play the game by his rules. She isn’t impressed with his wealth. She isn’t impressed with his looks. In fact, she acts like she isn’t impressed by anything he does, even when he flashes his teeth!
Find out what happens when a centuries old Werewolf discovers he isn’t the only creature who loves to bite. Read More
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