Excerpt from THE CEO BUYS IN, Wager of Hearts Book 1
“At this hour of the night, I’m betting it’s a woman.”
Nathan looked up to see who the dark-haired man at the bar was talking to.
“I know what his problem is.” The bar patron tilted his head toward the blond man in the corner. “He threw an interception with five seconds to go against the Patriots.”
The alcohol had lubricated the connections in Nathan’s brain, so with that hint, he could identify the broad-shouldered drinker as Luke Archer, longtime quarterback for the New York Empire. You couldn’t go anywhere in New York City without seeing his face on a billboard. Archer ignored both of them.
The bar stool occupant took another swig of his bourbon and brought his gaze back to Nathan. “So am I right?”
“I don’t see that it’s any of your business,” Nathan said.
The other man laughed. “Everything’s my business. I’m a writer.”
Nathan scowled. The last thing he needed was to appear as an item in some gossip column. He relaxed when he remembered this was the Bellwether Club, where the dress code was laid-back but confidentiality was strictly enforced. A lot of high-level business deals got done within the thick walls of the club’s tall brownstone. Probably a lot of government deals too, but he wasn’t privy to those. Didn’t want to be.
“What do you write?” he asked, to turn the conversation back on his overly talkative
fellow drinker. Read More
Excerpt from THE CEO BUYS IN, Wager of Hearts Book 1
Hey all! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the page! I’m so excited to be here at RomCon celebrating the release of Wicked Edge! The hero in Wicked Edge is Daire Dunne, who’s a tough witch enforcer on a Harley…and is totally grumpy. The heroine is a bit of a surprise. She’s a wild card who drugs Daire, steals from him, and then likes to rob banks. Of course, they’re the perfect match! They just don’t know it right away.
So, I’ve written a few blogs lately about what makes for a good hero and a good villain, but I haven’t really talked about heroines. Here are my top five characteristics of a good paranormal heroine, and more specifically, Cee Cee Jones. Read More
Hero Character Interview ~ Jake Stefani,
COP ON HER DOORSTEP
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
My full name is Giacobbe Marcos Stefani, but only my traditional Italian mother insists on using it, usually when I’m doing something that provokes her. Giacobbe is Italian for Jacob. My friends call me Jake.
2. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
My best friend is my partner, Ramón. We both joined S.W.A.T. a year ago and ride together when we’re on regular shift. When we’re not working…well, I’m always at the precinct or training in some way. I don’t have much to go home to, but Ramón is married to the love of his life and has four children. They’re great about inviting Uncle Jake to do family things with them.
I recently bunked in their basement for four months after my ex-girlfriend kicked me to the curb. I only hang with Ramón at work now that I’m moving into my new house. I’m too busy unpacking, remodeling, and getting to know my luscious new neighbor, Carrie, and her eight-year-old son, Eric.
3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life you consider family? How do you get along?
I’m Italian, but I don’t have a huge family in the States. My dad died shortly after I graduated from the academy. I’m Mama’s only child and sometimes that can be a pain, especially since she’s determined to marry me off so I can start making all the bambinos she wants. She’s traditional and has definite ideas about her duties...and mine...to the family name.
But, I love her. She lives about an hour and a half away since I moved to Riverton, Colorado seven years ago to work in the same precinct as my Uncle Jules. It’s just enough distance to keep her from showing up with potential wife material, not that she doesn’t sideswipe me occasionally. Mama’s set her heart on my ex-girlfriend. I’ve yet to convince her it’s over, that I’m pursuing my own woman who, luckily enough, lives two doors down across the street. Read More
His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder
“Tell me about your superhero guy. The one I saw last week,” Reese said.
“What do you want to know?”
“What’s his story?”
“I’m an artist, not a writer. He doesn’t have a story.”
“Everyone has a story. You have one. I have one. It colors everything we do and see and say. There’s a piece of us in everything we create.” She handed him the pad back and began to clean up their dinner mess. “Tell me something about him.”
“He’s not white.” Adam hated that the first comment he made was about race.
Reese turned and leaned against the table she’d just cleared of their dinner. She pursed her lips before speaking. “So race is important.”
“Yeah. There aren’t enough people of color in comics.” The statement was true, but not the reason.
“Not enough, no. But we have Green Lantern and Cyborg.”
This was solid footing for them, arguing the merits of comics. “Marvel has Black Panther. And let’s not forget the new Ms. Marvel, who is a double whammy as a woman and a person of color.”
“If you think you’re going to convince me Marvel is better based on this argument, you’re out of luck. I get the importance of full representation. I am a woman. That’s why the portrayal of Lyrid is so important. So your guy, he’s black?”
“I guess what I’m really asking is if he’s black just because that’s how you envision him or if you made him black because it’s part of your character building.”
And there went the footing. “You can’t take race away from character. It’s part of who you are.”
“I went to see the magistrate this morning.” Cody pulled the paper from his shirt pocket.
“I know you don’t want to see your brother’s claim mined by someone else, and you can’t leave here without giving up your rights. So I’m going to let you stay. But you need legal protection.
“I know you’re in mourning and can’t marry either one of us, and I hope to marry another anyway — if she’ll have me. That just left one option.” Cody paused. “You’re our legal ward now, Jenny.”
The inside of the cabin became quiet as she regarded him, the only sounds coming from the bustling camp outside.
“Your…ward? You mean like your … child?”
“It’s for your own good,” Cody said. “You need protection, and the protection of two is better than one…”
“That was the only way?” she asked. “To reduce me so?”
“We’ll think no less of you, Jenny,” Cody said. “If anything, it will make you only more important to us.”
Jenny chewed on her lip as she considered their words. “Well, if that’s what it takes,” she said. “But I’m not really a child, and don’t either of you go thinking this means I have to listen to you, because…”
“I beg to differ.” Read More
Hi there! My name is Melissa West, and I am the author of RACING HEARTS, book 1 in the Hamilton Stables series, featuring horseracing. When I set out to write my first contemporary romance, I knew I wanted to focus on a topic outside the norm. Cowboys had been done, and even horse racing had been done, but I didn’t know of any stories that focused on a horse racing family that was all but royalty in that world.
But to create a realistic world, I had to really do my homework. I started by picking up books at the library, reading until my eyes burned, and then reading some more, all the while feeling like I wasn’t getting a clear picture into the racing world. That was when I decided to reach out to horse trainers, and I was fortunate to hear back from legend, Todd Pletcher. Before long, I had a clearer look into what it really took to train a horse. The long hours, the dedication, the community-feel of a farm, and how every person on staff worked themselves to the bone.
Somewhere along the way of researching this amazing sport, watching more Youtube videos than I could count, and asking questions that were all too often idiotic, I found myself loving it. I loved the passion and drive, and I knew I had my story.
A female jockey, daughter to a legendary racehorse trainer, gets hurt and has no one else to turn to than the boy her father had once trained, who was no longer a boy at all. RACING HEARTS captures that thrill of the race, the tension of two towns that both claim to be the best in racing, and the sureness of a first love that never really died. Read More
Miss Townsend, welcome. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
So lovely to meet you as well. I’m delighted to be here.
Cocoa Beach is about to become front page news!
Brooke Collins loves being an ER nurse. Even more since moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida. The fast pace and intense concentration keep her from thinking about past mistakes. Until Detective Manus Laughlin walks into her ER to protect a witness. The pompous detective is as stubborn and unyielding as he was when he arrested her sister.
Manus Laughlin finds Brooke Collins caring for his witness. Unfortunately, that pulls her into the mess he’s investigating. That means keeping his distance from the tempting nurse isn’t an option. Her feisty attitude is appealing and dangerous for both her safety and his sanity. He might survive the case, but keeping his heart safe is another story. Read More
Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister--and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.
Gage is an honest man, but he didn’t make his fortune by being weak. He won’t break the law, but he’ll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of excellent grazing land is lost to him because Bailey’s homestead is located right across the entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to this land--and he’s got to go through Bailey to do it. So he makes a proposal...
Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other’s respect--and maybe find love in the process? Read More
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