I've been fortunate to have read many of Laurie's books. She writes some quick horror stories that are sure to grip you and keep you wondering. Here are some reviews of her books for you to check out.
A Real Slasher
By Laurie Bowler
9 pages: Quickie
Incessant voices in your head, telling you what to do… no medicine, no time, no a thing will stop those voices from screaming for the death of people around you.
Jamie Cummings can’t stop the voices in his head. The voices are the same ones that his dad had and they urge him daily to kill people. So far Jamie has tried everything to get rid of the voices but to no avail. On the eve of Halloween, he plans a little payback for the people who have negatively impacted his life and finally give into the voices, making his first kill.
A Real Slasher is a horrific story of one person’s madness and how it drives him to hurt the people around him. No one would know by looking at Jamie that he was anything other than a normal person, but the voices taunt and tease him with the power that could be his when he takes that first life. It becomes too much for him to bear.
It isn’t the dark shadows or evil markings that show the horrible side of Jamie. So what happens is so unexpected. His victims don’t understand how or why they are a part of his fantasy. If you love horror stories with gruesome violence and a hint of revenge, you will love A Real Slasher! It is a perfect story for the Halloween season with the shared ghost stories around the campfire. Just be sure to not sleep deeply!!
Bloodthirsty Gruesome Tales
By Laurie Bowler
31 pages: Quickie
A compilation of short stories perfect for the Halloween holiday!
Sand Monsters: Monsters who look like hills of sand watch the humans on the beach. One night a young monster could no longer watch and decides to taste the threat he has been long denied…human flesh.
Scared Of The Dark: Melissa is a young girl trapped night after night in a frightening nightmare world; held by day in a psychiatric unit for the crimes committed by another. Does Melissa face the monsters even knowing in her heart that she is innocent? Or can she stay awake and fight those evil creatures?
The Torturous Family: Going to live with her extended family after the death of her father, should be a comfort to Bridgette, but her family was stranger than most. They had a preoccupation with the shed and the back garden. And when curiosity gets the better of Bridgette, she is going to wish she hid in her bed.
Wendigo: People are missing from the town that Richard is staying in. One night he is awakened to see strange creatures wandering the streets and makes a plan to capture and kill them. The Wendigo are a Native American myth come to life like zombies to eat the flesh of the living and through the eating of the bodies, trap the souls forever. Can Richard save the town or will he become a Wendigo?
Bloodthirsty Gruesome Tales is a quick horror filled read that will have you screaming out in your sleep! From the beach to the family home, no one is safe from the evil that seeks you out! Each short story was told beautifully with just enough gore to make you question your sanity and surprise to make you fear the dark!
I highly recommend Bloodthirsty Gruesome Tales for all horror fanatics! It will keep you awake at night!
By Laurie Bowler
25 pages: Quickie
Flesh eaters have taken over the world. No one is safe because once they bite you; you become a flesh eater too. Watch out! It is a Zombie apocalypse.
Jason, Alex, Marissa, Jessica, and Jake are one group of non-flesh eaters who are trying to keep humanity safe. They are armed to the teeth with guns because the easiest way to get rid of a flesh eater is with a bullet to the brain. The team must reach the hospital to get medicine to keep the survivors safe and protected. Each time they go out, could be their last and they know that they are all that stands between the flesh eaters and the few remaining humans left alive.
Death Bite is a scary story that really could happen! I could imagine that the government would have a secret weapon that they would use to stop wars, but of course not realize that it actually changes the people into something worse! Realizing their mistake, the government has developed a new weapon to take out the flesh eaters but the government’s weapon doesn’t distinguish between flesh eaters or non-flesh eaters… when the bomb hits, all flesh melts causing a painful death. I identified with Jessica and Marissa as women who have faced their worst nightmare… their children becoming flesh eaters… and learning how to fight to stay alive.
Death Bite is a quick read filled with action and graphic gore! Flesh eaters wandering around with organs hanging out, trying to capture the non-flesh eaters. Then there is the understanding that no one is safe…including the team because if they get bit, they will face a bullet to the brain rather than turning. Or if you get caught in the mist from the government’s bomb, you will literally melt to death. But to protect our world, a few good men and women must step up and fight. Death Bite is the story of five courageous people who face a daunting task.
Death Bite 2
By Laurie Bowler
24 pages: Quickie
After our world is destroyed by a chemical that turns people into flesh eating zombies, a few brave souls survive to protect humanity and provide medical care to the survivors.
Jessica, Jake and Alex have survived the raid on the medical center to get the necessary antibiotics and other medicines needed for another group of rag-tag survivors who have ill people in their safe house. During the last mission, two of their group died by the hands of the flesh eaters and the bomb-mist that melts all living flesh. Now with only Jessica, Jake and Alex left to get the supplies to the safe house, their lives are even more in danger.
The safe house was well-known by Jake. He had spoken to the leader many times and only wanted to help them out. But what Jake finds is another horror beyond he has ever experienced. The flesh eaters had broken into the safe house, killing Jake’s friend and leaving only fifteen people left alive. Of the survivors, only Andrew, Tatalia, JT, Marie and Red are able to fire weapons to keep the flesh eaters out.
Tatalia has lost her mind. The flesh eaters that she has been fighting are her family and while she understands that they are no longer the people she knew, she isn’t willing to end their lives. Tatalia thinks that with experiments and modern medicine, she can find a way to fix them. But her mind cracks under the strain of keeping everyone safe and when Jake, Alex and Jessica arrive…Tatalia decides that they might be just what are needed! She is going to make them food for the flesh eaters. Now it is survival of the fittest!
Death Bite 2 is the second story in this gruesome new world. Humanity is gone and only pockets of resistance remain. But even in this story, we learn that humanity is much harsher than anything that the flesh eaters do… It is humanity that started this horrible accident and keeps allowing more and more people to die.
I really recommend that you read the first story, prior to reading Death Bite 2. It will help you make more sense of the characters, their fight and the history behind this horror. Laurie Bowler also leaves the story open for a third installment that I can’t wait to read!! Death Bite 2 is a perfect story for Halloween night and will make you jump with fright!
By Laurie Bowler
95 pages: Quickie
Humanity has another thing to be protected from…shadows that suck the soul out of the person, leaving behind an empty skin. But we also have a group of protectors to keep humanity safe…The Volcan Knights. The Knights are humans who have been changed into shadow warriors with wings that set out to destroy the evil Devourers and keep mankind safe.
Zera has lost her memory after a horrible accident which claimed the life of her daughter. She has no memory of the people in her life other than her daughter. But the first face she sees when she wakes up is her boss, Sam. There is something about Sam that calls to her heart and she must first learn the truth about herself and the accident before she can really begin to live again.
Sam is the leader of the Volcan Knights, avengers who are the only protection that humanity has against the Devourers. Sam knows Zera’s history but with her memory loss, he is afraid to push too hard to force her memories to return, for fear of losing her for good.
Volcan Knights is an interesting romance story that teaches us that there is more to the shadows than just darkness. Zera is unique as the only female Volcan and her blood has the ability to change the Devourers to solid figures rather than just the shadows that they exist as. Zera and Sam have a wonderful love but with Zera’s memory loss, she must fight her way back to becoming a part of his life. The characters were exciting and really wanted to do the right thing, even if it hurt them. I loved the whole group of Volcan Knights and can’t wait to read more about the rest of the team finding their true loves. Ethan’s sense of humor was catching and made me want to know more about him.
Volcan Knights takes the idea of evil to a new level as people go missing leaving behind empty skins as their souls are used by the Devourers. If you like a romantic story with a unique twist, you will enjoy Volcan Knights!
By Laurie Bowler
121 pages: Novel
Sixteen year old Ashley Green has been blacking out and having premonitions which make others think she is strange. So Ashley and her adoptive mother, Emma, move to a new town to start over.
Ashley has always felt different. She witnessed the death of her best friend but was unable to convince anyone of what might happen, so her friend died. In her new town, Ashley meets William Ruffield at school and immediately connects with him.
William Ruffield is a confident and sexy guy who has eyes only for Ashley. He introduces her to two of his friends, Mary and Rebecca. William’s feelings for Ashley go way back. In a previous life time, they were lovers and mates. Together with Mary and Rebecca they have been reincarnated in order to protect the world from the ultimate evil. But Ashley has no memory of her previous lives or how to use her powers.
Vanquished is an interesting read filled with unique characters and story line. Magical powers enable Ashley, Mary, Rebecca and William to fight against the evil that is trying to kill them. But there are traitors all around them. The surprising twists to Vanquished intrigue the reader. It surprises you where the enemy is and how it can affect their lives.
Vanquished reminded me of the Twilight books with the story line of young love and life mates. The characters are teenagers who fall in love and fight to keep their love alive amidst the problems surrounding them. They find true love and are willing to risk it all in order to have a relationship. While this story is about teenagers, the sex scenes are more mature than many younger readers, so I wouldn’t recommend it to young readers. Vanquished makes you believe in true love!
The Depth of Darkness
By Laurie Bowler
151 pages: Novella
Protecting the world is a large task but someone has to do it! Patty Deville is human who works for the Realm and has been learning a little magic. Now she learns that there is more to her than meets the eye and she must give it all she has to save the world.
Patty was a foundling child who was adopted by a nice human couple. But when Patty discovers a magical tome in her backyard, she unlocks her own magical powers and reaches out to the Realm for instruction. I loved Patty’s optimistic outlook. No matter how rough her life was, she always tried to see the best. Even with learning that she was made to take out her former friend, Lilly who is hell-bent on destroying the world.
Luke Granger is a vampire who is assigned to secretly watch over Patty and protect her. But strong feelings begin to develop between them, although a relationship between a vampire and a witch is outlawed. Luke is a funny, sweet guy who takes his job very seriously. He doesn’t really understand Patty but is willing to do anything to protect her and make sure that she is happy. He even is willing to go against the rules and offers to turn her.
The Depth of Darkness is a thrilling read! The world that Laurie Bowler creates is one filled with magic and mayhem! Vampires, magic, and mythical creatures abound. The mystery surrounding Patty’s creation and final outcome kept me surprised and excited. I still want to know about all her many parts. However, my heart broke along with Patty’s own when she found all the earlier creations that didn’t last. It showed me just how much depth the Realm was willing to go to in order to save the world. I really loved the creatures named the Meniagier. They seemed like large dogs with their slimy kisses and pack mentality, except that Patty could ride them! I would love to have one for my own!!
The romance in The Depth of Darkness was sweet without being overwhelming. Luke and Patty make a strong couple and both were willing to put the needs of the other first. I was glad that Darcy was able to find someone else and quit being so nasty to Patty. Love doesn’t always follow a natural course and just because Darcy knew Luke for longer, doesn’t mean that he would love her more.
I highly recommend The Depth of Darkness to all fantasy readers who love an exciting read, filled with epic battles and unique characters. Each piece of the puzzle will keep you interested and digging for more!
Serena Embracing Darkness
By Laurie Bowler
225 pages: Novel
What would you do for revenge? What would you do to keep the people you love safe?
Serena Taylor has a secret life that she has hidden from her husband, Jake and her two children. But when she has the opportunity to visit her mother and escape from her marriage, she takes advantage of that time to take a little revenge on the man she believed had taken her mother from her life. Just like Serena is doing, fleeing from a less than satisfactory life, her mother had done the same many years ago, leaving behind Serena and her brother, Ben to blame themselves. Now Serena has a chance to extract revenge on her step-father, Mitch and her mother but will her life ever be the same?
Serena is a vampire which is the big secret that she has been hiding from everyone! She was turned unwillingly only to have the vampire who sired her commit suicide. She knows nothing of the Vampire code or rules of conduct and when she sets out to kill Mitch, she unleashes a mess because of her ignorance.
Tim is an old vampire who has his own secrets but he can’t help trying to save Serena from the mess she has made. He takes her under his wing and teaches Serena what she needs to know to survive and in turn, falls for her. But the danger is larger than either of them suspect and the consequences of Serena’s vampiric nature is more than they bargained for.
Serena Embracing Darkness is a fast paced mystery where the reader is constantly finding unexpected secrets that change the story! When I began the story, I had no idea just how differently my feelings would become towards the characters and their lives. Serena and her mother seem like two money grubbing women who want nothing but a big bank account, but we quickly learn that they have more to their character than what we first see. The depth of the love between Tim and Serena is amazing. We come to learn about a lifetime of love and it makes you want to believe in fate and true love.
Serena Embracing Darkness is filled with interesting characters that move the plot and capture the reader’s attention. We learn so much about Serena’s family, especially her brother, Ben and can’t believe that this family has kept so many hidden secrets! But the humans are nothing about keeping secrets or being interesting….the Vampires are just as exciting!! From Henry’s sparkling wit and John’s wiliness to hit on all the women…we find characters that are filled with depth and passion.
If you enjoy a book filled with exciting characters, major action and many secrets you are going to love Serena Embracing Darkness. Maybe you will even take a second look at that hair stylist when she never seems to age or change… after all, the Vampires could be closer than you think!
Order of Blood
By Laurie Bowler
128 pages: Novel
Targeted by an evil vampire, Marinette (Nessy) must face her worst enemy and find the strength to remain sane as she is hunted and tortured.
Marinette is the daughter of the Gulons, a cat shifter race that has killed many vampires who prey on humans. Her father is the leader of the Gulons and the target for revenge by the King of the Vampires, Hervidor Tellis. He has devised a plan that will hurt Abram, Nessy’s father, where it hurts the most, in his love for his daughter.
Hervidor Tellis is married but has become bored with his vampire wife, Scarlet. He would like nothing more to see her dead and exact his revenge with making Nessy his new queen. Hervidor also has plans for his mortal friend Charles Eaves, who is a scientist and doesn’t believe in vampires.
Order of the Blood is the prequel to the Moon Rising series by Laurie Bowler. Order of the Blood provides the reader with the background of how Marinette becomes targeted by Hervidor. If you haven’t read the Moon Rising series, Order of the Blood will still be a great read! But if you have read the series, Order of the Blood will provide the reader with interesting information on Marinette’s origins. I actually read the three Moon Rising books before Order of the Blood and enjoyed it much more that way. This way I was kept in suspense.
Nessy is a strong willed woman who while is smitten with Hervidor at first, learns to stand up to him and fights for what she believes is right. Charles becomes an important part of the Moon Rising series and learning about his origins is important.
If you like a vampire story with a twist, I highly recommend that you read Order of the Blood and the Moon Rising series. You won’t be disappointed!
By Laurie Bowler
142 pages: Novella
Every girl dreams of her prince and the day she marries. But for Marinette, her fiancé changes her life in ways that she never dreamed of.
Marinette (Nessy) was turned into a vampire by her fiancé, Hervidor, and kept locked away in his basement, tortured because she wouldn’t drink from a human. Upon escaping Hervidor, Nessy runs into Charles Eaves, another bossy vampire, and learns that all vampires are not the same. Nessy has never given in to her thirst to drink from a human, no matter how she was taunted and tortured. She has survived off the blood of rats. Nessy is not a normal vampire but a mixture of vampire and human…and something else.
Charles was once under the control of Hervidor but broke that bond and now leads his own family with compassion and guidance. Charles’ vampire family does not drink from humans but rather are supplied with tainted blood that would kill humans but is enough to sustain vampires. Charles has been so lonely, never having found his mate, even while all those around him have found love and companionship. But when he rescues Nessy, he finds the love that he wants.
Hera is Nessy’s cousin and a Gulon, a cat shifter, bred to kill vampires and protect the humans from harm. He found Nessy when she was a prisoner and gave her the strength of will to escape. Now he acts as a protector and teacher, because Nessy is more than a human and vampire. She is also a Gulon and was meant to lead the Gulon army.
Moon Rising is the first in a series of books about this unique vampire world. I really enjoyed the differences between the historic vampires and this world. Having a natural enemy in the Gulons was a nice twist that allows for the clash between the two cultures and between Nessy’s feelings. She was meant to be a bridge between the fighting and lead all the cultures to a better place.
I was awestruck by Nessy’s inherent goodness. She had defied everyone even under torture, never becoming the true evil that they were. In each and every instance, she is willing to put her family and love before herself, risking her own death each time. The love that she finds with Charles is sweet and deep. I look forward to finding out more about their relationship and the challenges that they face as they bring a new world order to the lives of Gulons and Vampires.
If you love a fast paced, action packed story filled with strong characters that have high morals and compassion, I recommend Moon Rising to you! Moon Rising brings to life a new world where shape shifters, humans and vampires fight for control and more importantly, where they learn to get along for the betterment of everyone.
By Laurie Bowler
11 pages: Quickie
Listening to her grandmother’s stories, a young lady decides to find out if what grandma said was real and forever changes her life!
Latina Horror has the big C and realizes that she has only a few weeks left to live. To determine if her grandmother was telling the truth, she sets out on a mission to visit a public house (bar) and find out if vampires are real. Armed with holy water and stakes, Latina spies the old place which looks to be falling down. When she enters and meets the bartender, her life is forever changed.
Everything she had learned about vampires is a lie. They are not the romantic figures of romance novels. They are in fact stinky and not that attractive. Let alone, they can’t cut their nails without them growing back immediately into little sharp points. Trick, the bartender, can smell the death on her and offers her a chance for immortality as his mate but Latina is not looking for a cure for cancer. She just wanted the truth and has now found it. But Trick won’t let her leave and her life changes forever when they drain her dry.
Locum is a short story that introduces you to a new world of vampires. They are more like the Dracula of old rather than the characters of Twilight fame. These vampires are staying in this run down bar, which smells rather than enjoying their life and get a laugh out of a human coming in to “find out” about them. Maybe they are in awe that she isn’t the missish type but Latina certainly interests Trick. But the story leaves you wanting more. After only 11 pages, you want to know what happens after Latina wakes up as a vampire and how her world has changed or better yet, maybe she will change the vampire world! After all, the dusty outdated bar isn’t a fun place to stay!
If you love a short read filled with a witty character with a smart mouth and are looking for a different world of vampires, read Locum and start an adventure with Lantina Horror.
By Laurie Bowler
9 pages: Quickie
Let’s return to the local pub in England where Latina Horror found out that vampires were real, but not at all what she expected.
Latina Horror was dying and happy to finally be able to join her grandmother in heaven. However, she was interested in finding out about a story of her grandmother’s more and went in search of vampires in a local pub. Not only did she find vampires, but she became one!
Trick is a stinky disgusting vampire who looks like he has never seen a bottle of shampoo or nail clippers. But when he meets Latina, he decides that he wants her to be his eternal mate and gives her the death bite that changes her into a vampire.
Locum 2 is the second installment in the story of Latina Horror. It really shouldn’t be read alone because without the previous short story, the reader won’t understand about Latina’s life and choice to be in this strange pub so near to the end of her life. Laurie Bowler also teases the reader about Locum 3 which she is currently working on and I would love to read to see more information about Latina and how she handles the new change.
If you are a horror fan who enjoys a different type of vampire story, I recommend that you read Locum 2 and see what Hollywood had gotten wrong about vampires!
By Laurie Bowler
121 pages: Novella
Nessy has never wanted to be the Vampire Queen. She has always wanted to be free to be with Charles, her mate and forever love.
Golden Horizons is the third and final book in the Vampire/Gulon (Shifter) series written by Laurie Bowler. Nessy and Charles must once again face a threat to their very existence. This time it isn’t the vampires who are after them but a rogue group of Gulons who have the nature of vampires but the looks of Gulons. These rogues are attacking the human village and causing a scare. The frightened humans are beginning to ask questions about the mysterious family that lives in the large house on the hill. Will the vampires be “outed” or will the family be forced to move? But Nessy feels responsible for the humans and will take on the rogues in order to save the town.
Golden Horizons brings the reader back to the familiar setting and characters from the previous books. But this time, the deception is even harder to find. Nessy can’t trust anyone as she sets out to protect her family. Yet when she meets another half-breed like herself, she finds a connection that could jeopardize her relationship with Charles. Hera and Melody are married while they have been accepted by both the vampires and Gulons, Hera is considering being changed so that he can become a vampire and be with Melody forever. Charles’ brother and his mysterious witchy wife drop by for a visit and become embroiled in the problems surrounding Nessy and Charles.
Golden Horizons brings the story to a closure in a positive way. I thought the end of the second book, Sunrise to Sunset, was the end of the story. It appeared that Nessy and Charles had defeated the bad vampire clans and were on their way to happiness with a huge diamond ring and engagement. But Golden Horizons shows that true love doesn’t have to go smoothly… at least not if you are a part vampire/human/Gulon mixed species who became the Queen of the Vampires as well as a tribal leader to the Gulon. The surprises will keep you guessing in Golden Horizons and the ending will satisfy readers who want happy endings.
By Laurie Bowler
23 pages: Quickie
In order to escape someone who is bent on terrorizing her, Allie Bates moves to the country and finds much more than she bargains for!
Allie has been receiving threatening texts and voicemails. She just doesn’t feel safe in the city anymore and decides that it is time for a change. She finds this cute but abandoned home to live in and begins to fix it up. So many different stories abound about why this adorable home is abandoned and covered in dust…murder, ghosts, but Allie is determined to start over. When she begins to hear noises of people in pain, she goes over to meet her only neighbor, Lincoln.
Lincoln is a disgusting guy but at first seems friendly enough, until he decides that Allie would make a good toy. After capturing her and binding her to a table, Lincoln’s fun begins. He is insane and has a need to carve people up, which he demonstrates on Henry, one of his previous victims. Allie tries her best to get away, begs and pleads for release but Lincoln doesn’t care.
Hacked Up is a horror filled rollercoaster! Allie is trying to escape from one mad man and finds herself captured by another. Lincoln is truly deranged. He carves off parts of his toys and leaves the dead and mutilated hanging around his home. I was rooting for Allie all the way and couldn’t believe how she never gave up. No matter what punishments Lincoln inflicted on her, she tried to find a way to escape.
Hacked up is a perfect story for a dark and stormy night. It reminded me of the Saw movies where people were forced to make choices and risk their lives. Let me warn you that this story is not for the faint of heart or stomach and certainly does not have a happy ending. It is a true horrific tale, perfect for the Halloween season!
Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Thursday. There's a lot going on today. I wanted to share a little about what my family is doing for the holiday and I'd love to hear about your day!
When my mom passed away, my dad sold the dining room furniture. He didn't want to celebrate the holidays at his house anymore. He also didn't want to ask any of us, his daughters, to host the family dinner either. So each year for Thanksgiving and Easter we go out to dinner. We head to the Oberlin Inn for a buffett. It's a chance for my family to get together and enjoy each other's company. It's also a chance for us to celebrate my sister's birthday.
My husband, I and various children (depending on who's working) drive down to Ohio for brunch. The drive isn't too long and is often filled with conversation and laughter. I share about memories along the way to the frustration of my family who has heard many of my stories time and time again.
We always stop at the cemetery to visit my mom's grave. At the Evergreen Cemetery in South Amherst, many generations of my family are buried there and we drive by and point out each one, from the two brothers who died in WWII on my birthday before I was born to my grandparents and mom. The peacefulness of the cemetery allows me to talk to my mom and share about my life. Tears usually flow as I cross the crisp earth and head back to my truck.
After the cemetery, we head to brunch. Dad always is in charge. He's guaranteed to be the first there and the first to leave. He must have a plan in his head for what he wants, but I'm never sure what it is. After dinner, we head back to his home for birthday cake and presents. Then, we head home, heavy in heart but happy that we spent time together as a family.
Because of our travels, I haven't watched the parade in so many years. But that was always a fun thing to do on Turkey Day! Thankfully, we have a few days' break before we do our second Thanksgiving with my husband's family. I often feel sad for my sisters who have to cram two dinners into one day, although they don't have the drive I do.
Grab a seat and share! What are your plans for Thanksgiving or Hanukkah? Do you do anything special? I'd love to hear about your holidays. And remember to be safe and Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Blessed Hanukkah!
What a wonderful way to celebrate a milestone! I'd love to head to Paris and meet up with a hunky guy! Don't you love the cover too? Imogene is visiting and sharing her insights with us as well as giving away an ebook copy of one of her books! Winner's choice!! The Plan or A Bar in Paris! Enter below!
Themes in Romance - This Romance Writers Perspective.
When I sat down to write A Bar In Paris
, I honestly had no idea where the story was going. After all, I'm a "pantster"... I don't have elaborate plots worked out in my head. I let the story flow.
The only thing I knew, when I started, was that Davina and Johnathon had a long rocky road ahead of them. One filled with all sorts of foibles and miss steps. A Bar In Paris
hinges on the whole concept that people take from interactions what they understand, based on their own personal experiences. If you ring up your best friend and tell them that some guy you've met is "fine" chances are, because you have a long history of association they will understand "fine" to mean the same thing.
But what happens if these two people, about to become lovers, come from totally different worlds? Have different understandings? For Davina, much of her attitudes towards relationships and males is coloured by her previous experiences.
For Johnathon, living a "normal" life isn't really an option. Not as we know it. So the weekend in Paris is about "flying under the radar."
Romance writers use a range of different concepts to tell their tales - from running away from danger through to vampires needing to hide from the sunlight. We accept, as readers, that these are the norms that allow the stories to be. I've relied on the fact that she's an Australian who just happens to work in London and a background that scarred her. He, on the other hand hides and/or conceals who he really is by not talking about his past, thus allowing us to investigate her hurts before finding the resolution in the story.
Now many would say "Oh no one with any skill would rely on these trite themes." And they would be wrong. Very very wrong.
When I did a quick look for conceal/deceit themes, the names Susan Donovan, Diana Palmer and Jill Shalvis all jumped out at me. Likewise with alter perception/second chances I ended up with Helen Bianchin, Danielle Steele and Linda Howard.
There are many many themes (or tropes) that writers can use, but at the end of the day it's not the use of these themes that governs whether the story works, but rather how well they have used them. Here's a short list (and by no means comprehensive):
· Abduction Love
· Beast and Beauty
· Grand Romantic Gesture
· Literally Falling In Love
· Love Transcends Space And Time
· Must Not Die a Virgin
· Runaway Bride
· Train-Station Goodbye
So the next time you read a romance, think about what themes/tropes the author has used to tell their tale.
Thanks for having me over to visit!
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Imogene is the author of many books, including A Bar In Paris, Hesparia's Tears, among a host of other titles.
Wife, mother and nutty bookstore owner all describe Imogene Nix, but the real secret is Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance with a hefty dose of Romantic Suspense is what she adores.
She is dedicated to high quality romance, with a dollop of erotic interactions, and has dipped her toes into Science Fiction, Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance featuring feisty headstrong female leads and the odd Romantic Suspense.
She lives in Rural Queensland where she happily raises 2 daughters, lots of chickens a couple of cats and her super pup Teddy. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s hanging out with her husband, acting like a techno-geek or cooking and making wine. Links—where to find Imogene Nix: Facebook Twitter Goodreads Google+ Blog Hotter Than Hades Website
A Bar in Paris by Imogene Nix
Ever considered a naughty weekend? A “Hook-Up” with no strings?
What does a woman do when she’s turning thirty? She takes a sexy weekend trip to Paris looking for commitment-free sex. Or, that’s what Davina Chalmers does, anyway.
Enter Johnathon a tall charming Englishman. How can she possibly resist his charm and that dimple?
But what starts out as a lark quickly becomes so much more. But how does one weekend become a lifetime? And how does a lie of omission bring everything into jeopardy?
The waiter smiled and I sighed. “Time to go.” As I started to rise, gripping my bag in my hand, the bell above the door rang and I watched with interest as the sexiest man I’d ever seen entered. The cool blonde on his arm was scowling and he pried his fingers from her arm then walked away. For a moment, she wobbled on her stilettos before she sneered in her super chic French way only they can pull off and stalked out the door. It slammed so hard the panes of glass shuddered.
The man scowled, but to be honest, it didn’t hurt at all. He was tall and well built. Blond hair with gray eyes.
My mind screamed that this man that could probably satisfy my needs. He didn’t appear even slightly inebriated and he was obviously single now, if that little carry-on was to go by. Perhaps this was my chance? I smoothed down my black dress, making sure my cleavage was just peeking out, then I sucked in a deep, deep breath and stood, hoping to catch his eyes.
I watched the man stalk to the bar and order in perfect English-accented French. “Une bière, s’il vous plait.”
My toes curled at his voice and the waiter hurried to do his bidding. Mr. Sexy’s voice was cultured and deep. I like voices, particularly men’s voices. They can make me go gooey at the knees, and this one warmed my insides to the consistency of thick, warm honey. And I knew he was the one I wanted to be with all night long.
The server handed over a bottle of beer and a glass, but Mr. Sexy looked at the bottle, grimaced, and then took a long pull.
The other men at the bar started talking in low voices, putting aside newspapers. They paid their money and left.
I didn’t want to think it was because of the dangerous aura surrounding the man. It was, after all, three in the morning. No, there had to be something else. But I was sure it wasn’t the time to ask these questions.
The small bar was quiet now as I was waiting alone with the mystery man. The waiter disappeared to the back. Obviously, with only two patrons left, he could do other things. I sucked in my confidence, folded it around me like a coat, and approached the man.
“Hi. Mind if I join you?”
He grinned and gestured to the seat beside him. I slipped onto the small stool, perched uncertainly. Then I wiggled my bum a little, thrust out my chest, and gave him my very best come-on smile.
“Looking for a hook up, are you?” His voice caused a curl of heat to gather deep inside me.
I nodded slowly. Better to be honest from the start, I thought. I didn’t have time to say a word. The next thing I knew, he had me thrust against the bar, his lips on mine and his tongue halfway down my throat. But man, what a tongue it was.
He played me like a violin until he lifted his head, casting a wicked smile in my direction. “Your hotel or mine?”
“Umm, yours.” Right now, I felt the rosy glow of arousal roaring through me. Sexy and quick to catch on. Yep, I was sure this guy was a winner.
“You’re not from around here, are you?”
I shook my head. “No.” Buy Link: Beachwalk Press
About the Author:
Imogene is a mother of two, compulsive reader, and bookstore owner. She lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cats, guinea pigs, and chooks. She has a particular fondness for vampires, star ship captains, and things that go bump in the night (especially vampire types).
Imogene has tried many varied roles in her working life including kindergarten assistant, teacher, principal, and kindergarten and child care director, but rates owning a bookstore and writing her own novels as the absolute highlight.
In her mother and wife alter ego, she has travelled widely and lived in some very unique places including Far Western Queensland, Cape York, and even Tasmania. She loves to travel and rates China and Hong Kong among her favorite destinations.
She blames Star Trek Voyager, Firefly, and the works of Alexander Kent for her interest in naval activities and later space fleet interest.
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Imogene is giving away to two lucky winners a choice of a digital copy of A Bar in Paris or The Plan.
Do you love sexy short stories that you can read in about half an hour? What about smoking hot firemen? I found this little
Updraft by Bobbi Romans** spoiler alert ** When your day is as horrible as Kat's has been, nothing could be better than a sexy fireman to kiss it and make it all better!
I loved the snarky tone of Kat as she went through with a blind date that could have been hell. She's sassy and sexy. But she's met her match in Stephen. Stephen is a fireman who runs back into buildings to rescue cats! Not to mention, he's sexy with muscles and smoky eyes.
Ms. Romans shares a sizzling short story filled with plenty of word play and sexual tension guaranteed to make you need a shower! I can't wait to read more by Bobbi Romans! Maybe she's got an idea where I can find a hunky fireman!
I enjoy sharing new to you authors. Mac Rome has a suspenseful story about thefts and the evil that threatens the band of women who have banded together to fight off Eve's Thieves.
Eve's Thieves by Mac Rome
A group of women have been the victims of some unusual thefts. They have had, not items, but aspects of their physical being, such as their heights, builds and youth stolen via dark magic. To stop the thieves and restore themselves, they band together to defeat the loose confederation known as Eve's Thieves. To do it, they must battle an ancient evil, deal with betrayal … and face the darkness within themselves. But they soon find that little is as it seems. Can they trust anyone -- even each other? Who is the leader of the group known as Eve’s Thieves? What will it take to stop her … and will any of them survive to do it?
Nevaeh was checking online for jobs, now that she was again able to enter the work force, when her phone rang. She pulled it out of her pocket and looked at the number, something she’d gotten in the habit of doing lately. There was one frequent caller whose calls she no longer was taking. But she didn’t recognize this number, and there was no caller ID display, so she answered. “Hello.”
“Hello, Nevaeh? This is Linda Younger,” said the familiar voice from the phone.
“For someone named Linda Younger, you sure sound like Wynda Dancer,” Nevaeh replied flatly. “How are you, Wynda?”
“OK, I guess. And you?”
“Fine.” There was an awkward pause before Wynda said, “Peri tells me you’re not answering her calls or texts — or anyone else's from the team, for that matter.”
“What team?” Nevaeh said. “There is no team. There’s only Peri and whatever version of her plan is left now. And apparently that plan involves keeping secrets within the ‘team.’”
“I know,” said Wynda. “But lives depend on it, including yours.”
“And Lilka’s,” Wynda said, swallowing hard.
“Well, I don’t know how much she wants her life saved right now,” Nevaeh said. “I don’t know if she’s going to make it as it is.”
Wynda’s heart sank. “What’s wrong?” she asked. “How is she?”
“What do you care? You’re dead, remember?”
“Nevaeh!” Wynda shouted. “What’s wrong with Lilka?”
There was a second’s pause before Nevaeh said, “You sent her some flowers just before you ‘died?’”
“Yes,” Wynda said. “I needed to tell her, ‘I love you,’ and to try to encourage her to stay with it. I tried to tell her what was going on without telling her what was going on.”
“Well, from what Maryska has texted me — she’s the one person in the ‘group’ whose texts I’ve been reading, by the way — Lilka is in deep grief, and her mind seems to have gone a bit over the edge. She does nothing but sit in the apartment with the lights out and the curtains shut, listening to 3 Doors Down and Chicago —”
“But she hates those bands,” said Wynda. “Those are my fa— Oh.”
“Yeah,” Nevaeh said. “She spends all day listening to your music. She’s taken to wearing only black, and only outfits that have a pocket over the left breast so she can keep your note over her heart. She even pins it to her nightie so she has it there overnight.”
“But she sleeps in the buff,” Wynda said.
“Not anymore,” Nevaeh said. “Not if it means being separated from the last she has of you. The only other thing she does is call Peri a couple of times a day, asking when the next mission will be. It seems to be the only thing she looks forward to.”
“Oh, God, I wish I could tell her,” Wynda said.
“Then why don’t you?” What’s the big secret? Why are you hiding this from people, and especially the woman you love? I mean, look, I don’t get this whole ‘gay’ thing, but from what I saw before, you two really loved each other.”
“Love each other,” Wynda corrected.
“Well, you’ve got a funny way of showing it,” Nevaeh said. “And, assuming we all survive this, how do you think Lilka’s going to feel when she finds out the truth? Will she forgive you that easily? Will your love be undamaged? Will it even survive at all? She’s wounded pretty deeply, in some of the worst grief I’ve ever seen. How will she react when she finds out the hell she’s being put through was all a lie?”
Quietly, Wynda asked, “Is anyone with her?”
“Maryska’s staying with her. I don’t think Lilka’d buy any food or pay the bills at this point if someone wasn’t staying there. Maryska’s sleeping on the sofa. Lilka goes to the bedroom at night and hugs your pillow — the one you used as a bed when you were shrunken — to smell your scent on it so she can go to sleep with a little bit of you.”
Wynda’s lip quivered as she asked, “Why aren’t you talking to anybody, Nevaeh?”
“I promised Peri I’d keep your secret,” Nevaeh said. “With the way I feel, the only way I can do that is to not make contact. And, until this stupidity is over, I want nothing to do with Peri. This plan is putting Lilka through hell, and I can’t believe you’re a willing part of it.”
“Look, we really need you for the next take-down,” Wynda said.
“Well, you’ll have to do it without me. I’m out of the team until you stop putting Lilka through this nightmare. Oh, and ‘Linda?’ I don’t want to talk to you again. When Wynda Dancer is available, I’ll talk with her. Until then, goodbye.” Nevaeh hung up without giving Wynda a chance to reply.
Wynda sighed. She looked over at Peri, who had listened in on Wynda’s side of the conversation. “Well, that could have gone better,” the former Olympian said to the detective.
“Can’t say I’m surprised.”
“Why are we doing this again?” Wynda asked.
“You already know,” Peri said. “Whoever the mole is, she’s feeding our battle plans to Eve’s Thieves, directly or indirectly. My source says it’s direct. We need a strategy they won’t see coming. They think you’re dead.”Buy Link: Amazon
About the Author:
Mac Rome is a lifelong resident of the Great Lakes region of the United States. He’s experienced life in the Appalachian foothills, along the Ohio river and in the flatlands of the former Great Black Swamp, and in large cities, small towns and rural areas. He’s a student of ancient lore and mythology and a lover of cultural exploration, history and dialects. He writes fantasy, science fiction and romance.
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Ella Jade is one of my favorite authors. Her books are sizzling and full of engaging characters. Now she's offering a holiday book in her Pleasure Inn series that's sure to tempt you to be naughty! She's also giving away a copy of Master of the Inn for one lucky winner!
Inn for the Holidays by Ella Jade
Innkeepers Logan and Elyse Cole have been making people’s fantasies a reality for the past six months at their popular bed and breakfast. While running Pleasure Inn has been a rewarding experience for the happy couple, it also requires long hours and busy weekends. Catering to their guests’ whims and fantasies doesn’t leave much free time for the Coles. They need a few days to reconnect and indulge in their own fantasies. Logan makes that happen with a surprise gift to his wife. He reserves the inn for just the two of them several days before Christmas. Two nights of uninterrupted romance is exactly what this couple needs. Logan reminds Elyse what drew her to him in the first place. He vows to make good on his promise to always make all of her fantasies a reality. She wants nothing more than for the Master of the Inn to make an appearance this holiday season. A Pleasure Inn series short, featuring Logan and Elyse from Master of the Inn. All books in this series can stand alone and/or can be read in any order. Content Warning – Graphic sex and explicit language.
Excerpt Logan took her chin between his fingers and shot her his signature intense glare. The very stare that had her obeying his every command between the sheets. Logan was Dominant to the core. It was his Dominance that drew her to him in the first place. When he offered her the opportunity to relinquish control and let go intimately, all of her desires had been fulfilled. He had awakened a sexual awareness in Elyse that brought her the most pleasure she had ever experienced. “Trust me,” he whispered never taking his gaze away from hers. “I do.” “Good girl.” He brushed his lips against hers. “You’ve been extremely busy. You’re working so hard to get this place perfect. They only reason we are as successful as we are is because of your attention to detail and the satisfaction you bring our guests.” “We did this together.” Logan had transformed the old place into its former glory and then some. He worked non-stop tending to the grounds. He made sure everything inside was in perfect working condition. Not a door squeaked or a loose floorboard could be found. There were several rooms that he had yet to tackle but they were in his plans for the new year. The upcoming year was going to be big for them. They were even starting to get repeat customers. With the new rooms underway, they’d be able to take on more than two couples at a time on any given weekend. “I know but with Christmas just around the corner, you’ve had extra things to do. You worry about getting us through the holidays and I’ll take care of everything else.” “How did I get so lucky to find you?” “You stumbled onto my porch one night and I felt compelled to take you in.” “You insisted, if I remember correctly.” “What can I say? I have good taste.” He ran his tongue along her lips. “Kiss me.” She threw her arms around his neck and parted her mouth allowing him access. He held her tight against his masculine form, exploring her long and hard. When he finally stopped kissing her, the room spun and she had to catch her breath. “Feel better?” he asked, already knowing the answer. “I’m always calmer when you’re around.” “I’m going to get that bath ready.” When he took a step back, she could see the excitement bulging against his jeans. “You have five minutes.” “Or what?” “It’s been a while since I’ve taken you over my knee.” “Too long. I might have to be a few minutes late.” She teased. “I wouldn’t do that if I were you.” He shook his head as he allowed his gaze to take in her body. “I don’t want to waste any time tonight with frivolous punishments.” But I love those provoked punishments. “I have a fantasy that needs fulfilling.” She hoped he got the hint. “We are, after all, in the business of making that happen.” “Indeed.” He pulled his shirt over his head, revealing his defined six-pack abs to her. She reached out, running her hand down his chest and over his rock hard stomach. He sucked in a breath when she unbuckled his belt. “What would you wish for if you were a guest this weekend?” He watched as she toyed with his belt. “If I were staying here, looking to reconnect and spend some quiet time with my husband, I would request that the Master of the Inn make an appearance.” “Really?” He arched a brow as she unbuttoned his jeans. “I think that could be arranged in the very near future.” The timer on the oven buzzed, interrupting their conversation. It figures! “I have to get that.” She walked over to the oven not wanting her cookies to burn. “I’ll be up in a few minutes to finish what you started, Mr. Cole.” “Five.” He swatted her backside. “I’m not in a patient mood, Mrs. Cole.” Buy Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble
~ Pleasure Inn Series~ Master of the Inn Pleasure Inn… Where all of your fantasies become reality.
Executive chef Elyse Clapton has had it with city life. She’s spent the last few years building her cheating ex-boyfriend’s trendy NYC restaurant into a success. When their relationship ends, so does her desire to be in his kitchen. She flees to a quaint inn she remembers visiting as a child. She gets more than she bargains for when she meets the sexy, reclusive inn keeper.
Handyman Logan Cole inherited Pleasure Inn against his wishes. Ever since he got caught up in a scandal involving another man’s wife he keeps to himself, finding solace in a bottle. He didn’t realize how lonely he’d become until Elyse shows up on his porch. He’s instantly drawn to her and convinces her to stay at the Bed and Breakfast.
Elyse comes to town looking for a getaway. She never expects to fall for Logan. It doesn’t take her long to believe in the inn’s motto. Logan’s dominance in the bedroom makes all of her fantasies a reality.
Book One in the Pleasure Inn Series Buy Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble
Indulging the Professor
A Pleasure Inn Series Steamy Short.
Featuring Logan and Elyse from Master of The Inn.
Meet the first guests to stay at Pleasure Inn…
Where all of your fantasies become reality.
Professor Marcus Santos has become unsatisfied in his life. His career is at an all time high but he has no one to share it with. He’s buried himself in his work for so long he’s missed out on a social life. His policy of not dating university students has limited his search to find the perfect girlfriend. While out at a bar one night he runs into his intriguing research assistant. Their brief encounter changes the dynamics of their relationship.
Shy graduate student Jacqueline Kincaid has been taken with Professor Santos since her freshman year. His charismatic personality and driven work ethic drew her to him, but now that she’s getting to know him on a personal level she can’t get him out of her head. He shows interest in her but won’t take things further than kissing.
Marcus offers her a special graduation present. Spend two nights at Pleasure Inn with him. Jacqueline jumps at the chance to move forward in their new relationship. Now that she’s no longer his student he wants more with her. Pleasure Inn is just the place to make all of their fantasies realty. Buy Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble About the Author:
Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.
Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.
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Ella is giving away a digital copy of Master of the Inn during her tour.
Secrets and a Navy Seal! Sign me up! This book looks sexy. Just look at the cover! *Swoon* I want to see more of those tats! What about you?
Counter Balance by Patricia Bates
A woman with secrets. A man with honor. Can love survive?
When an unknown foe kidnaps Alex Caden, her rescue comes at the hands of an elite Navy SEAL team. But there are secrets that will keep those who want her dead on her trail.
Slade Lake has dedicated his life to keeping civilians safe. When he saves Alex, he knows as soon as he sees her that they're meant to be together. With killers dogging their every step and secrets unfolding can they find love or will the enemies from the shadows destroy everything?
Slade clicked his communicator, his steps confident as the team eased through the opening in the gate to blend into the shadows of the interior of the estate. Hunkered down behind a massive four-wheeler, Slade spread out on his belly, his gaze sweeping the courtyard.
Men huddled around barrels, fire lapping at the cold air. Several men shifted, their attention on a nondescript shed half-hidden beyond a stack of straw bales. Dogs lunged at the ends of their chains, their fury evident in the howls and roars of captivity.
Slade slapped the shoulder of the nearest man and pointed. Out of four buildings only one was guarded. Six heavily armed men stood at the door. "Our target's there."
"Can you think of any reason to have six men guarding a tool shed?" Slade shook his head. "I can. Something or someone is there…and my guess is it's the target."
"We're right behind you."
Slade ran from the cover of the four-wheeler toward the shed. Bent over, he darted between barrels and vehicles, keeping his rifle pressed against his side. Sliding on ice, Slade hugged the shed. From his position, he could easily see his men. A quick nod and he pulled the sidearm from its holster.
"Hell, this is nuts," Slade muttered and leaned to the side. His gaze swept the front of the building.
Two men stood together, their attention on the cigarettes in their hands, weapons looped casually over their shoulders. The other four scanned their surroundings, eyes peeled for danger. This is going to be hairy.
A flash of red on the neck of one of them drew his attention. Whipping his head around, Slade scanned the yard. A glint of light from atop a truck revealed Smoke's position. Across the courtyard, several men fell, sending those surrounding them racing for weapons.
Slade gave a slow nod. "Time to dance."
Ten seconds later one of the guards dropped to the ground, red spurting from a severed jugular. Seeing their comrades go down, the compound lit up.
"Damn!" Slade grunted as he watched two more men race from the building, weapons drawn. The door slammed shut behind them, the last turning to click something into place.
"Keep your head down, Danny-boy," Pyke's voice filled Slade's ear before his radio fell silent.
Darting past the remaining guards, Slade headed for the door, the firefight heating up around him. Aiming from the hip, he shot two before he reached the door. "Mother…" With a well placed bullet, the lock shattered. Jerking the door open, Slade ducked on his way in, the pistol a welcomed weight in his palm.
One foot in front of the other he inched into the dark, his gaze darting through the faint beams of light. He stumbled, his gaze locked on movement in the shadows. He assessed the curled figure—long, toned legs flowed into the trim body of a woman. A delicate white lace bra and matching panties provided her only protection from the elements. She shifted, gathering her feet beneath her. His eyes narrowed and rage flared as he caught the ugly, red lines along the soles of her feet. A whimper escaped her, and he glanced at her face.
Slade felt his heart drop. Golden eyes, surrounded by thick, pale lashes, glared at him. An ugly bruise trailed along one side of her face. Blood oozed from a wound on her right shoulder, staining her bra and flesh with deep crimson streaks.
If this was their target, he was in deep shit.
Buy Link: Beackwalk Press
About the Author:
Reading has been such a large part of my life. I cut my literary teeth on such authors as Louis L'Amour, Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey. For me it wasn't such a jump from reading the wonderful tales these authors spun to imagining my own.
Soon I was writing poetry, short stories and by junior high I'd written my first full length romance novel. Since then I've taken my love of history and my passion for writing and combined them into what I hope will continue to prove a successful career.
With six books contracted, four of which are currently available in print. All are available in electronic format with the last two ebooks due for a release in May and the other in the summer. I'm currently working on three projects, an erotic paranormal romance featuring a witch who loves Christmas, another Ancient Ireland novel, rich in the history of the Irish Celtic peoples, and plotting out a Cowboy Series tentatively titled "The James Gang".
Of course I've got a lot more on the go. I'm developing and growing my editing company with some amazing authors, working on polishing my concepts and plans for upcoming books within the paranormal genres, and keeping up on my writing and being a full time mom, working outside of the house…it's amazing what one can manage in a 16 hour day.
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The holidays are a time of magic. Children believe in Santa Claus and miracles. After all, Santa does deliver to the children all around the world in one night. I love reading stories that make me believe in magic and The Cheesecake Queen doesn't disappoint.
Caeleah Turner is looking for a new job as a food reporter when she gets a tip that leads her to Chestnut, Colorado and the women known as the Sugar Sisters. But there's a mystery going on in town. The Mayor wants to put the sisters out of business but his motivation is wrapped in "sour balls" and healthy platitudes. Caeleah must save the Sugar Sisters and find out the real reason behind the Mayor's vendetta.
Mrs. Koerner writes a sinfully sweet tale that leaves you guessing at what is really going on. Caeleah seems to have someone pulling strings to make sure that she gets her story. The trick will be to see if she will find love and a job in such a quaint holiday town.
The town of Chestnut is filled with endearing characters from John the cab driver to Sugar Momma. To top it all off, Mrs. Koerner will have you wondering where you can find your own cheesecake treats! I had huge cravings through out the reading. Yum! Thankfully reading doesn't add to my thighs like cheesecake does so my bliss was healthy! A fun and lighthearted read filled with love and magic for the season!
Blurb:Sugar Rule 1: Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake.
Sugar Rule 2: Men are as useful as burnt cookies.
After losing her reporting job to layoffs at the local paper, Caeleah Turner’s pity party at the airport is interrupted by a woman claiming to know the location of the world’s best cheesecake. Intrigued, Caeleah trades plane tickets with the woman and finds herself in Chestnut, Colorado, a tiny town hiding a woman known as the Cheesecake Queen. The Cheesecake Queen not only bakes the best cheesecakes in the country, but her cheesecake is known to cure everything from infertility to baldness—one woman even loses 100 pounds on it! There is a thick batter of secrets behind The Cheesecake Queen and her two sisters, who operate all the bakeries in town.
But as the mayor’s efforts to shut down the Sugar sisters before Christmas gear up, Caeleah finds herself wanting to sample his own treats.
There’s a bigger secret than love to Cinnamon’s cheesecakes. And Caeleah is determined to find out what it is.
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Do you love firemen? Jacki Delecki's book "An Inner Fire" is sure to heat up your blood if you enjoy suspenseful mysteries and hunky firemen! Jacki is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and ebook copy of Inner Fire to one lucky person who leaves a comment during the tour. See below for more chances to win and check out the blurb and excerpt for yourself!
AN INNER FIRE
by Jacki Delecki
Grayce Walters, animal acupuncturist, harbors a secret. She hides her intuitive gifts from the world until she becomes embroiled in arson on Seattle’s waterfront.
As a key crime witness, Grayce must convince the attractive, logical, by-the-numbers fire investigator, Ewan Davis, that the fire she witnessed is part of a larger criminal conspiracy. Grayce embarks upon a mission to gather proof of the dangerous threat. She enlists the help of her cross-dressing best friend, her street-wise assistant, and Davis’ poodle, to conduct her own investigation.
As her feelings for Davis shift between white hot passion and cold fear, Grayce must risk exposing her secrets to save Davis’ life. Davis must accept things, he can neither see, nor understand to solve the mystery and finally find the love he has stopped believing in.
With nudges from the protective poodle, Grayce and Davis confront shocking betrayal and international crime on the rain soaked streets of Seattle.
“Grayce, you’re exhausted. You had a big week, your trip to LA. You need to get some rest. I’m going to take you home.”
“I am tired but something is wrong. When I’m with you, I experience overwhelming sensations. I know you’re in danger.”
He pulled both her hands back into his, he had to touch her. “Grayce, you’re absolutely right. I’m in danger, but not from that thug.”
Her whole body stiffened. “Someone else has threatened you?”
He squeezed her hands and gazed into her eyes, trying to communicate his need for her. “Yes, there is a person who is a threat to me.”
She gasped. “Who?”
I’m not tense from the investigation but from trying to deny what is between us. Don’t you know when we’re together the room vibrates? All those sensations you’re feeling are between us.”
He didn’t usually have to convince women they were attracted to him. Grayce definitely needed some convincing, judging by the astonishment in her voice.
“All the strain is us trying to ignore what’s happening.”
“You think everything I’m feeling is…is an attraction between us?”
By the shock on her face, Grayce wasn’t driven by desire for him.
“Don’t worry, my feelings aren’t hurt.” At least, not that he would admit. “I’m going to give you time to realize what a wonderful guy I am.” He liked a challenge and convincing Grayce Walters was going to be a challenging pleasure.
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Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.
Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Jacki has set An Inner Fire in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery.
Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire.
Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write dogs as main characters alongside her strong heroines.
A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies—a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.
Her debut novel, AN INNER FIRE, releases November 14, 2013
AMAZON AUTHOR CENTRAL: www.amazon.com/author/jackidelecki
LINKEDIN: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jacqueline-delecki/34/839/741Giveaway!!Jacki Delecki will award a $25 Amazon GC and eBook copy of "An Inner Fire" to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (be sure to leave your email address)
Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chance of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://www.goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-blast-inner-fire-by-jacki-delecki.html
Ella's books are always fabulous. I love reading her stories with compelling characters and sizzling passion. I'm sure you will enjoy her books too. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom!
Ella Jade's Romance Book Tour
Crossfire of Love Can an arranged marriage lead to love? Recent college graduate Gabriella has finally married the man of her dreams, the older, charismatic attorney Lorenzo Martinez. She's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember and always imagined they'd one day find their happily ever after. Unfortunately, they enter into a union arranged by their fathers. Lorenzo is charming, protective, and loyal to his crime lord father Carlo. When Carlo asks Lorenzo to marry Gabriella he jumps at the opportunity. He's been drawn to her for many years and knows by marrying her he's helping to protect her father. Gabby is resentful and won't be Lorenzo's charity case. But sparks fly and the couple soon gives into their desire, realizing they were meant to be together. What happens when Carlo's enemies threaten their future? Will someone get caught in the crossfire? Content Warning: graphic sex, some violence Buy Links: Beachwalk Press Amazon Barnes & Noble
Embracing the Unexpected
Sometimes love can be found where we least expect it.
When Parker Phillips, a successful attorney, has a confrontation with his friend Ava's abusive boyfriend, he finds himself facing assault and battery charges, and he's ordered to attend an anger management course. Parker, who has never been attracted to a man, is drawn to Dr. Jace Cross, the psychiatrist leading the class. But how can that be, since Parker is straight?
Jace accepted the fact that he was gay many years ago, and he's comfortable in his sexuality, but he's been single for some time now. He throws himself into his work to fill the lonely void.
Although sparks fly whenever they're together, Parker's reluctant to embrace these feelings he has for another man.
Can the sexy doctor help him discover who he truly is?
Content Warning: Strong language, graphic sex
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An affair and a shocking secret threaten to tear apart a rich and powerful family.
Claudia Samson, housekeeper to the privileged Callahan family, finds herself alone and pregnant after a brief fling with Gavin, the youngest Callahan son. When she informed him of the pregnancy he accused her of running a scam and made it clear that she was on her own.
Brody Callahan, Gavin's older half-brother, has devoted his entire life to running the family business. He doesn't realize what he's been missing by throwing himself into his work until he finds Claudia asleep in the family guest bedroom. He has discovered his very own Sleeping Beauty. Intrigued by the young woman, he vows to get to know her better.
Although Claudia is instantly attracted to the charismatic businessman, she knows her secret will destroy any chance they have for a future together, but Brody's awfully hard to resist.
Meanwhile, as Gavin watches Brody and Claudia's relationship develop, he begins to devise a plan to use the secret to his advantage. He wants full partnership in the business—something he was denied by both his brother and their deceased father—and maybe now he can finally obtain it.
Can Brody and Claudia survive the storm, or will the secrets and blackmail destroy both them and their love?
Content Warning: graphic sex and some explicit language
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One woman…two men. Who will she choose? The father or the son?
Lilli Daniels is down on her luck. She's been homeless, hungry and alone for far too long. Everything changes when she meets an intriguing, older stranger.
Successful attorney Jackson Avis maintains complete control of every aspect in his life. When he set eyes on Lilli he's captivated. He tempts her with a life of privilege and security, introducing her to a world she never knew existed. Complications arise when Jackson's son and aspiring doctor Cameron expresses interest in his father's girlfriend.
Lilli fights the attraction, but Cameron wants to give into his heart. He's the complete opposite of his manipulative father and stops at nothing to protect the woman he's falling in love with.
Sometimes life leads you down one path only to bring you to your true destiny. Can Lilli figure out who her heart belongs to?
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About the Author:
Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped. Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.
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