A Conversation with Jessica Jayne, Author of BOARD INDISCRETION (Taking Advantage #3)

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Welcome, Jessica! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I get the biggest reward from being a mom and a wife. I know it sounds like the politically correct thing to say when you are a mother and wife, but it is the truth. No matter how bad a day I have at my day job or how cranky my time of the month may make me, a hug from my children or a kiss from my husband shows me that no matter what – life ain’t that bad!
  2. I LOVE the Ohio State Buckeyes!
  3. I’ve gone skydiving many times and have loved every second of it!
  4. I surfed in Hawaii – off the coast of Kona on the Big Island.
  5. The author that got me hooked on the romance genre was Eileen Goudge. If you’ve never read her, you’re missing out. Check out her Garden of Lies.

I don’t know if I’m more impressed by #3 or #4! Wow :)

 

Tell us all about your main characters – who are they? What makes them tick? Most importantly, what one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle?

Let’s see. Mark Olson is a business man in his early forties that always thought that by this stage of his life he’d have everything in order. But sometimes you marry the wrong person and he did, at a young age. Two daughters later and he doesn’t know what he’s done with his life. His wife hasn’t lovingly touched him in ages. He stayed in the marriage for years for the sake of his daughters, but he and his wife became so miserable that staying married seemed to be doing more harm than good. So they divorced and Mark went wild. For two years, he enjoyed his single life and a new woman regularly. He attempted to tell himself this was the life, but deep down he was lonely. In walks Suzannah McCormick!

Suzannah is a charming southern girl that warms the people around her with just a smile. She has a girl-next-door look but there’s a vixen inside of her that has just never been tapped. That is until Mark Olson takes her up on an offer and she realizes sex can be so much more than just two people trying to get off and she falls head over heels. Problem is she doesn’t know for sure if Mark is serious about her or if she’s just another notch on his bed post.

I asked both Mark and Suzannah what they’d need if they were stranded on a desert isle and here’s what they said:

Mark: Hmmm. I can bring just one thing? (I nod my head) That’s tough. Of course, if I was going to be stranded I’d want Suzannah with me, but I’m not counting her because that’s not fair. I obviously don’t want to be stranded alone. So, let’s see…I’d also bring a Swiss Army knife. It has multiple applications that would come in handy on a deserted isle. But if I have to count Suzie as my one thing, then screw the knife. We’ll just have to kill our food with our bare hands and carve our utensils with a rock.

Suzannah: Ugh. I hope I never get stranded on a deserted isle. Seriously. I’m a girly-girl. I don’t want to have to eat bugs or pee in the woods. (She shivers.) I don’t like camping. I guess I’d bring matches. It would help to start a fire to cook our food and keep us warm or provide a method to make a smoke signal for a boat passing by that could rescue us. God, I hope we’d get rescued quickly.

I am soooo with Suzannah on this one!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

In my non-author life, I am an attorney for a corporation. I’m regularly thrust into situations that spark story ideas based on people I meet or circumstances I encounter. The idea for the Taking Advantage series developed as I sat outside the boardroom preparing to speak to our board of directors for the first time. I was nervous about having to stand in front of several very experienced business men and discuss legal matters with them. That anxiety scene can be found in the first book of the Taking Advantage series – Board Stiff.

As I sat there tapping my pen against the print out of my Power Point, a thought popped into my head – what if the board had young, drool-worthy members? How would they interact with each other? What would be their careers? How would they find love? I flipped over the front page of one of my slides and started taking notes. So developed John Dorsey (Board Stiff); Gregory Snow (Board Approved) and Mark Olson (Board Indiscretion).

I will say scratching out the story ideas before a big board meeting helped to alleviate my nerves and before I knew it, I was called in for my presentation – which went spectacularly! J

Sounds like a much better technique than the old classic “picture your audience in their underwear…”

 

How long have you been writing and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since I was able to put pen to paper. I guess I always used it as a way of expression and release my creative side. I was always told I had a vivid imagination. I created several stories as a child where I even did the illustrations to my “books.” (I promise you – illustrating is not my talent! :))

During my sophomore year of high school, a senior level English teacher asked me to participate in a creative writing course. I was intimidated as I was one of only two non-seniors in the class. Mrs. B constantly encouraged my writing that year and for many years after. She’d always tell me to submit my writing, that I could be published. Life and probably fear of rejection got in my way for a long time. Several times a year, I’d get an email from Mrs. B asking if I submitted anything or if I had anything she could critique for me. Two years ago, I decided to just take the plunge. I submitted a novella in August of 2012 and it was published in November 2012 and I’ve never looked back!

Yes! Another English teacher FTW :)

 

What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part?

My most favorite part about being an author is the ability to create fascinating characters and tell their stories. It’s so much fun. Will the hero be a strong-headed firefighter or an alpha male surfer with a big heart? Will he have grown up privileged with non-present parents or was he from the wrong side of the tracks and his father a compulsive gambler? Will the heroine be strong willed with a history of bad luck with men? Or will she be quiet and reserved and not experienced at all? The process behind creating the characters to a story is fun. I get to go inside them and find out what makes them tick, what motivates them, why they feel the way they do. I get to bring them to life.

Because I am not currently writing full-time – I work as an attorney – the most challenging aspect of being an author is carving out the time to write. Aside from my legal career, I’m also a wife and mother to three young children. My days are jammed packed and I literally have to schedule time to sit down and write. It can be frustrating at times because I have all these stories going on in my head that want to get written. I have pages of notes on these stories so that I don’t forget them, but I just need to find the time to write.

Did anyone get extra time for Christmas? I ask for it every year, and keep hoping…

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

Hahahaha! I’m sorry! I don’t mean to laugh at this first question, but I find it hysterical because a better question would be what am I not working on. And that laugh, if you could hear it, would be a bit on the maniacal side. I have multiple WIPs in some phase or another. Twice I thought I would write a short story for an anthology submission and I just couldn’t stop writing, so they both went well beyond the anthology word count. Now, I have a story involving an office romance (Legal Desire) and one involving a firefighter, who falls for his feisty childhood best friend despite his efforts to not let her affect him (title is still in the works). I’m also working on an erotic romance involving a twenty-five year old man that falls for his parents’ neighbor, who is seven years his senior and recently divorced. Love Thy Neighbor is a steamy story about passion and figuring out who you are and what you want out of life. I fell in love with the two main characters right away. I’m also working on an anthology with three of my best author girlies – DC Stone, Lea Bronsen and Cait Jarrod. We are each writing one of four best friends’ stories. We are still flushing out the girls’ friendships, but I think it will be fantastic. I have a few other WIPs simmering in the background, but to answer your second question, in 2015, I’m hoping to wrap these projects up and get them submitted…fingers crossed! :)

Sounds great!

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

This is a really good question. I’ve always been an avid reader. I love to read. And I’ve been inspired by many books and authors. I think the first book I read that made me think “I really want to do this too” was a book by Eileen Goudge, which I mentioned above – Garden of Lies. I went through a series of emotions reading that book. It tugged at my heart strings. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me fall in love. It broke my heart. I was so amazed I could get all of that from reading a book and it drove me to want to create the same kind of stories.

More recently, I read The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I had very similar feelings throughout that book as I did when I read Garden of Lies. The characters were so real you could see them, taste them, touch them. Someday I’d love for someone to say that my characters and my stories had such a profound effect on them.

I’ve heard good things about Paullina Simons’ book. I’ll have to check out Eileen Goudge’s!

 

What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?

I started Deeper by Robin York a couple days ago. I blow through books pretty quickly, so by the time you post this, I may be on my next book, but so far I love it. It’s a New Adult book told in first person by both the hero and the heroine. The beginning of the story involves a young woman in college that did what I’m pretty sure many have done these days with cell phones and social media – she texted her boyfriend sexy photos of herself and allowed him to take photos of her in compromising positions. Well, that didn’t work out too well for her after they broke up. The story involves the trauma of her experience and her fight to get her life back and on track, including finding someone to love her as she is. It’s a touching story and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Read it, loved it!

Keep reading to find out more about Jessica and her latest book, BOARD INDISCRETION…and check out her blog post (and an excerpt) here, if you haven’t already.

 

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I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that requires you to read novels and write about them!  After spending a year traveling, I attended law school and use that knowledge wisely.

In the journey of life, became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure.

I love to read and write… obviously! I’m a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes!  Go Steelers!  Go Rays! Go Lightning! I LOVE to travel… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. Did I say I love to travel? I love to drink coffee in the morning and tea at night! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a founding member of that crazy group!  ☺  I love hanging out with my family and my friends!  Music makes me happy. I’m a mix between country girl and city chic. But I love nothing more than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw or Eric Church belt it out!  I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!

 

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Title: Board Indiscretion
Author: Jessica Jayne
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Blurb:

Mark Olson isn’t just known for owning his three large care dealerships. He’s also known as a player, at least since his divorce. For a while, he believes he is satisfied as a member of Advantage Insurance Company’s board of directors and bedding a different woman every weekend. That is until someone decided to call his bluff.

Suzannah McCormick is the sweet girl working hard as the executive assistant to Advantage’s CEO. But underneath her saccharine southern charm is a vixen-in-waiting. She’s never been with a man that tapped into that side of her, but she set her sights on Mark Olson with high hopes.

Mark doesn’t realize his single status and his heart are in jeopardy.

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Author Meghan Quinn (BEING A JETT GIRL–The Burbon series) Shares her Official Food Guide to NOLA

 Warning–this post might make you hungry!

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The Official Meghan Quinn Food Guide to New Orleans

If you are ever lucky enough to visit New Orleans, you need to take advantage of all the amazing cafes and restaurants, especially in the French Quarter, here are a couple of suggestions…

Café Du Monde – You MUST go here and eat your life’s worth of delicious, fluffy beignets.  I recommend you get there early because this place gets packed with tourists and locals.  And if you roll in here hung over and unable to think, don’t worry because all you really need to figure out is how many beignets you want and if you would like to drink.  Literally that’s it.

Oceana – Mardi Gras Pasta.  Get it.  It’s a delicious feast of pasta, Cajun cream sauce, and seafood.  This is first dinner I had during my first trip to the Big Easy and have required it on my following two visits because it’s just that good!

Cajun Food – Eat as much as your stomach will allow!  Gumbo, shrimp etouffee, crawfish, red beans and rice, jambalaya, po boys, boudin, anything that says creole or Cajun in the title, and just as much seafood as you can.  New Orleans is a foodies paradise.

Drinks – DAIQUIRIS!!!  The daiquiri is literally the unofficial (maybe even official?!) drink of Louisiana.  Every bar along Bourbon St. has a wall of every flavor you could ever imagine of the liquid gold. These flavored alcoholic concoctions will glaze over the dirtiness of Bourbon Street, making your night out more enjoyable.

Desserts – Please, dear reader, learn from my mistake.  My first thought about dessert when going to NOLA (if you want to sound like a cool local, this is how they refer to New Orleans) was bananas foster because it was literally created here.  Well, I searched high and low and couldn’t find this dessert to save my life!  Instead, settle for bread pudding and pecan pie, you will not regret it! I promise.

Happy eating!!

 

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When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn’t take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch. It wasn’t until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven’t turned back since.

You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.

I currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged.

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Being a Jett Girl Synopsis:

How did I become a Jett Girl?

Hell if I know, one moment I’m working at the premiere spot for creepy men and sloppy drunks and the next, I’m being whisked away by a moody ex-boxer and a mysterious man in a suit that overlooks his girls from the third floor of the Lafayette Club.

It wasn’t easy but now that I’m a Jett Girl, there is only one thing on my mind and that is Jett Colby.

He has captured me, stolen my heart and entwined my soul into his at such an alarming rate that it seems almost difficult to breathe without him holding me, touching me, kissing me…

He won’t give me his heart though, he won’t let me own every last inch of him and not because he doesn’t want to, but because he doesn’t want to jeopardize my ambiguity.

Because of this, there is only one thing standing in my way when it comes to completely and utterly living my life with Jett Colby and it’s called Lot 17.

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Author Jessica Jayne (BOARD INDISCRETION–Taking Advantage #3) Talks About the Emotional Challenges of Being an Author

Later on today I’ll be posting an interview with Jessica as well–check it out here!

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How to Deal With the Emotional Challenges of Being an Author (or Just a Human Being)

I think we are all aware of the some of the obstacles that can challenge a writer. Short on time? Yep, that has happened to me. Writer’s block? Been there… done that. Computer crashes? Yes, and it’s devastating. We give advice on how to overcome these sort of situations. Schedule time in your day to write. Just write, even if it’s crap, just write. Eventually you’ll get over the block. Back up! Back up! Back up your work!

But what about when these things happen to you and you find yourself stuck, disappointed and overwhelmed…so much so you can’t even put pen to paper, so-to-speak. I’m speaking from experience here. Board Stiff was published in July 2013 and Board Approved was published in August 2013. I started drafting Board Indiscretion that fall with hopes of submitting in early 2014. I did some self-editing one day and the next morning when I went to open the document on my thumb drive, I got nothing. Nada! Zip! Zero! Zilch! The thumb drive had crapped out and I had lost all of my edits on the draft and despite being told numerous times to back everything up, I hadn’t backed up my edited version yet.

I was devastated and defeated. You spend so much quality time trying to create a great story and then it’s gone and it’s part of your own doing. I didn’t just have writer’s block. My frustration with myself was this insurmountable wall sitting in front of me keeping me from writing. I didn’t write for a few months. Nothing. I couldn’t even pull out the rough draft of the story and attempt to edit it again. I was completely deflated.

I wasn’t the first author to have had a computer crash with no back up. It wasn’t really the physical reality of that that threw me for the loop. No. I had the thumb drive out to a retrieval/recovery company within days. It took them two months to recover everything on the drive, but they did. Thank God! What derailed me was the emotional aspect of the loss, the frustration and disappointment with myself. And this sort of thing can come from any aspect of your life…not just a broken thumb drive.

I had to have a heartfelt talk with myself. I determined that other aspects of my life were also contributing to my frustrations and I needed to find a way to alleviate the stress that was eating at me. I had self-imposed writing deadlines, which were sucking the joy out of one of the passions – writing – that fueled my soul. I erased all my deadlines for the time being.  I took up Bikram yoga and found those ninety minutes of 104 degrees to be cleansing of my mind, my soul and my body. I forgave myself. Yes, I know it seems silly, but I was angry with myself for not backing up those files and putting myself behind on my ridiculous “schedule.” Giving that forgiveness was freeing. Within a few days, I saw a post for an anthology submission dealing with an office romance and a story started flowing through my mind. For the first time in months, the adrenaline for creating some characters pumped through me. I became invigorated and sat down to craft my story. For a few weeks, I wrote and wrote. The submission guidelines required maximum of ten thousand words and I well surpassed that…I had thirty-seven thousand words. I couldn’t believe it but it felt so good.

In life, we get weighed down by all sorts of things. Life can hand out some crazy obstacles that, in turn, affect our emotional wellbeing. We need to remember to tend to those emotional issues just as much as the physical ones if we want to overcome or push beyond those obstacles. I eventually had Board Indiscretion returned to me and now it’s published and on a book blog tour. And that story I started drafting during my distraught phase is in the revision stage (which I’ve backed up :)) and should be to a publisher in early 2015! We can’t always control the things that come into our lives, but we can attempt to control how we let them control us!

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I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that requires you to read novels and write about them!  After spending a year traveling, I attended law school and use that knowledge wisely.

In the journey of life, became a wife and a mother of three children. So, life is always an adventure.

I love to read and write… obviously! I’m a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes!  Go Steelers!  Go Rays! Go Lightning! I LOVE to travel… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to travel. And I love sharing my love to travel with my children. Did I say I love to travel? I love to drink coffee in the morning and tea at night! I love a good glass of wine, especially if it comes from a bottle made by the FOOLS wine club… yep, I’m a founding member of that crazy group!  ☺  I love hanging out with my family and my friends!  Music makes me happy. I’m a mix between country girl and city chic. But I love nothing more than putting on my jean shorts, tank top, cowboy boots and hat and watching Tim McGraw or Eric Church belt it out!  I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!

Author Links:
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Facebook
Twitter: @JessicaJayne13
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Title: Board Indiscretion
Author: Jessica Jayne
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Blurb:

Mark Olson isn’t just known for owning his three large care dealerships. He’s also known as a player, at least since his divorce. For a while, he believes he is satisfied as a member of Advantage Insurance Company’s board of directors and bedding a different woman every weekend. That is until someone decided to call his bluff.

Suzannah McCormick is the sweet girl working hard as the executive assistant to Advantage’s CEO. But underneath her saccharine southern charm is a vixen-in-waiting. She’s never been with a man that tapped into that side of her, but she set her sights on Mark Olson with high hopes.

Mark doesn’t realize his single status and his heart are in jeopardy.

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Excerpt:

Since his divorce, he’d convinced himself that remaining single was what he wanted. It made things less complicated for his two pre-teen daughters. Shit! It made things less complicated for himself. But that lifestyle could also be quite lonely.

That’s where Suzie came in and complicated the hell out of his life. She was the executive assistant to the CEO of Advantage Insurance Company, Michael Herron, and well… Mark was a member of Advantage’s board of directors, had been for several years. He loved his position on the board. Aside from the small amount of prestige it carried, he’d made great friends with the other members, particularly the two younger board members—John Dorsey and Greg Snow. A relationship with Suzie could compromise his position on the board and with the members, but truth be told, he also loved his most recent position between her legs.

If only the situation was different.

A familiar giggle wafted in from the direction of the dance floor. The delicate sound stirred his cock to life. It stiffened against his black trousers instantly.  After several weeks of clandestine meetings involving dirty talk and hard fucks, he’d know that giggle anywhere. He’d heard it many times afterwards when they lay tangled in each other’s limbs. Turning his head in the direction of the dance floor, anger heated his face and his hands clenched into fists on the bar top at the sight he witnessed.

Sandwiched between two guys that he’d now refer to as dickheads, danced the woman that wreaked havoc on his single life status.  Her little black dress clung to her trim frame, emphasizing her small, but very perky breasts and showing off her figure that could easily grace the cover of any fashion magazine. Her legs stretched for miles and her creamy white skin contrasted nicely against the jet black of her dress. Flinging her silky blonde hair over her shoulder and down her back, her pink Pursecase carrying her iPhone dangled from her wrist as her hips gyrated against her two dance partners. The taller man dancing behind her slipped his hand over her hip and rested it over her low belly as he rubbed what Mark was sure to be a rock hard erection against Suzie’s ass.

What the fuck is she doing?

First, she never came to the Beach Club. Never. In all his regular visits to this club over the last couple of years, he had yet to see her in here once. Not once!  Second, she was practically dry-humping two guys in the middle of the dance floor. That wasn’t her typical style.

Suzie was one of those beautiful women that appeared to have the girl-next-door innocence. She didn’t dress too provocatively.  She was sexy, but in that way that was just natural. Her bubbly Southern charm won over all the men on the board of directors and Mark speculated it would win over anyone. He flirted with her, teasing her on board days to get a rise out of her. There’d always been a twinkle of mischief in her eyes when he flirted with her that would leave him questioning whether he knew her at all.

At last quarter’s board meeting, she left him dumbfounded when she responded to his flirtation with a proposition. After mulling it over for a bit, which actually had turned out to be a couple weeks, he called her bluff. He asked her over to his place for cocktails and she showed up. What he learned was that there was a lot more to Suzannah McCormick than met the eye. The rest was history.

Throwing back the last remnants of his whiskey, he stood from his stool, tossed some cash on the bar, and turned toward the dance floor. He wrestled with what his next move should be.

New Release Review and Giveaway! SEDUCING THE PRINCESS by Diane Alberts (Shilling Agency #3)

 A new Shilling Agency book–yay :)

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BOOK SUMMARY:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’ll give her exactly what she needs…

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who’s been denied what she needs for too long. And he’s just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she’s with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can’t disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn’t the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he’s exactly what she needs.

Review:

Seducing the Princess reminded me of Roman Holiday –just with a lot more sex and the fantasy happy ending the movie lacked.

(Side note: My husband had a total crush on Audrey Hepburn, but hadn’t actually watched RH until we started dating. He wasshocked at the ending, shocked, I tell you–he was so sure it was all going to go another way. Seriously, when it came to movies, *I* was the one with the firm grip on reality. Shocking.)

Though it was a bit tough to warm up to Princess Isabelle at first–she was rather prickly and stiff–I loved all of her inner voice’s “A princess never…” and “princesses don’t…” directives. They’re in her mother’s voice, though when we finally meet her mother she’s way less rigid than I thought she’d be, so I suspect a good chunk of the “voice” was actually Belle’s perception of her mother’s POV.

A princess never pees. She powders her nose.

A princess never shows her thighs.

Princesses don’t chase men down hallways.

Princesses don’t fantasize about strange men.

Princesses don’t eat in public.

(So, yeah. It’s probably a good thing I wasn’t born a princess after all…)

Her ideas of what a princess is–and isn’t–cause her a lot of grief over her feelings for Gordon. She’s drawn to him, but is sure that if there were a handbook for all of the “Princesses don’t” rules he’d be gracing its cover.

Gordon is a sexy, tattooed, former Marine-turned-bodyguard–in other words, reader catnip. Obviously Belle won’t be able to resist him, especially when he helps her to let loose and do all of her “don’t”s–and feel so gosh darn good while doing so.

Okay, so maybe having a bodyguard like Gordon would make the whole princess gig more palatable after all… ;)

Seducing the Princess manages to give us the HEA that my husband had been hoping for in Roman Holiday, complete with an adorable epilogue. Was it totally realistic? Probably not. But it was an enjoyable read with likable characters, so I’m more than willing to go along with it.

Though it’s third in the Shillings Agency series, it works well as a standalone. That said, I’ll definitely be waiting in line for book four!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

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About the author:

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

 

Author Links:

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Author Shani Struthers Talks About Writing THE RUNAWAY EX (New Release Event)

 THE RUNAWAY YEAR continues!

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Writing The Runaway Ex
By Shani Struthers

The Runaway Year was meant as a stand-alone novel. I’ve always loved the North of Cornwall, how wild and rugged it is, and I wanted to set a book there, revolving around a group of friends and the various trials and tribulations they face. Well I did that and immediately saw potential for a follow-up. Layla, Joseph, Hannah, Jim, Penny and Richard – they’re a great set of characters to work with, and it was hard to let them go.

The Runaway Ex sees a new character burst onto the scene, however, a blast from the past and mentioned only briefly in The Runaway Year. Although Hannah is still a major influence in the book her ‘voice’ is replaced by Tara – Joseph’s ex. This time around it is she, Penny and Layla who tell the story, which is set over two weeks as spring melts into summer.

It was great fun developing Tara’s character and witnessing the turmoil she causes amongst the more established ‘runaways’! There’s a serious side to the book though, not only because it deals with Penny and her post-natal depression (yep, Penny hasn’t taken to motherhood like a duck to water!) but also because of the ‘secret’ Tara has. What is it? You’ll have to read it to see!

Be warned, The Runaway Ex is grittier than The Runaway Year, we see a different side to certain characters, a more ‘uncomfortable’ side and it all rollercoasters towards an explosive end. As gritty as it is though, it’s also sad, you’ll need a box of tissues beside you when you’re reading. I certainly did!

 

About the Author

Born and bred in the sunny seaside town of Brighton, one of the first literary conundrums Shani had to deal with was her own name – Shani can be pronounced in a variety of ways but in this instance it’s Shay-nee not Shar-ney or Shan-ni – although she does indeed know a Shanni – just to confuse matters further! Hobbies include reading, writing, eating and drinking – all four of which keep her busy enough.

After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in English and American Literature, Shani became a freelance copywriter. Twenty years later, the day job includes crafting novels too. She is the author of contemporary Cornish romance – The Runaway Year – published in 2013 by Omnific Publishing. The Runaway Ex is the second in the Runaway series.

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Release: December 23, 2014

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The Runaways are back…

For Layla Lewis, life is finally back on track. After her “runaway year” in Cornwall, another year has passed—an idyllic year spent with sexy new love, Joseph Scott, in the sultry heat of Florence. For best friend, Penny, life has also changed. Having recently given birth to a baby girl, she’s busy embracing motherhood. But, for the runaways, life is never that easy…

A chance encounter with Joseph’s ex-girlfriend, Tara, has explosive consequences for the new lovers, and all three are forced back to Cornish shores. Meanwhile, motherhood is not the joy Penny thought it would be—she’s heading for a breakdown and fast!

The bubble is burst, the idyll shattered.

Tara has a secret and only Joseph knows what it is. Despite being asked to trust him, Layla can’t help but question what the secret is and what it has to do with them. As Penny arrives in Cornwall too, some friends will pull together, others will not.

This secret, Layla suspects, will tear them all apart.

 

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New Release and Giveaway! UNTOUCHED by Lauren Hawkeye

I find “naughty” and “nice” to be such vague terms–sooo many variables involved! ;)

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About UNTOUCHED:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lauren Hawkeye serves up a captivating story of loss, self-discovery, and deep-seated desire.

Some secrets are best left locked away in the past….

Alexa Kendrick has no recollection of the car accident that left her scarred and sent her life careening wildly off course. When the half-sister she thought she’d never meet shows up at her door with an invitation to a new life, Alexa finds herself in Florence, Arizona, a town notorious for being populated with more prison inmates than actual citizens…a town that has done its best to hide its own dark secret.

After Ellie is called out of town, she leaves her sister with the keys to her flower shop and Alexa finds herself swapping lives with her sibling: running Ellie’s business, living in the house left to them both by their absentee father…and forging a smoldering relationship with sexy-as-sin penitentiary officer, Nate Fury—a man with his own demons.

But arranging flowers by day and tangling with the only man who has ever seen her real self by night isn’t enough to silence the mysterious panic that fuels Alexa’s dark dreams. When Nate brings home a book written by an inmate, one describing an unspeakable crime, the shackles binding Alexa’s own lost memories begin to shatter. And as the devastating truth comes to light, she realizes that Nate holds the key to unlocking her past, as well as her heart.

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Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

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Enter the UNTOUCHED “Naughty or Nice?” Giveaway to possibly win one of two Grand Prizes – a Nice Swag Bag or a Naughty Swag Bag worth approximately $150.00 each. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. And, don’t forget to visit Lauren’s “Naughty or Nice” Pinterest board to see what might be headed your way this holiday season.*

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Author Felicity Heaton’s Winter Warmers! 4 FREE Books, 6 on sale at 99 cents each

Books on sale–my favorite kind! :)

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From Felicity Heaton:

It’s that time of year again where we look forward to the holidays and a new year, and what better way to celebrate and relax than with FOUR FREE books and SIX 99c / 99p books?

That’s right, my Winter Warmers (or Summer Scorchers if you’re south of the equator) are back, and this year I have some fantastic deals for you.

Not only can you get your hands on my usual four free paranormal romance ebooks, three of which are firsts in series and one of which is a seasonal offering perfect for the holidays, but you can also get six ebooks at incredible discounts for a limited time only. Those books will be just 99c or 99p until January 15th 2015, representing a total saving of $14 / £7, so be sure to check them out and grab them before the offer ends. And don’t forget to tell your book-addicted friends!

You can find all the links to your favourite retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Kobo Books, and discover more about the books over at my website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/paranormal-romance-ebook-offers.php

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Discounted books include:

 

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Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…
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A heat wave isn’t the only thing making London too hot for lawyer Kim. She’s been spending each night with a man who sets her body and heart on fire. The problem? He’s a man who always sprouts black fur and purrs, and he’s only a dream. Walking into her office, the last thing she expects is to meet Erik, a man who sends her temperature soaring and who resembles her dream guy exactly.
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Lukas is gorgeous and way out of Annelie’s league, but when he confesses that he wants her, she can’t resist his passionate kiss and seizes the moment, and Lukas, with both hands. But Lukas has a secret, one that will test Annelie’s love for him and threaten to tear them apart. He’s a fallen angel. Can she help him prove he didn’t commit a terrible crime? Is she brave enough to love an angel?
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Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he can’t ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy.
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In a world of darkness and danger, Prophecy will fight to her limit to save the vampire she loves and stop a terrible evil from unleashing Hell on Earth. When her visions show her the dark path they must take, will Prophecy and Valentine be able to do what is necessary to win against the mounting threat of a mysterious enemy?
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The horror of the night he failed to save his werewolf pack from the cruelty of their vampire masters has haunted Nicolae for one hundred years, driving him deep into the Canadian wilderness in search of peace. That peace is threatened when unfamiliar hunters and the scent of blood lead him to a beautiful vampire and a hard decision—face his past and help her or risk losing everyone again.

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A vampire unlike any other, Prophecy lives life in the dark until the night she encounters a sensual dark-haired vampire who is both her enemy and the man who will change her world forever. When she discovers her extraordinary destiny, will she be strong enough to embrace it and stop a deadly war from igniting?
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Serenity is shocked when a gorgeous black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! When Apollyon offers to obey her and help her have revenge on her cheating ex, she can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist him? Can an angel ever fall for a mortal woman like her?
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Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his.
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It was one last mission. Shannon, a hunter, is desperate to ditch the small town and her vampire partner, Rafe. Things are getting complicated and she wants out, but Rafe isn’t about to let the woman he’s fallen for go so easily. Can Rafe make her see that he loves her and make her face her feelings? Will a wish on a star bring Shannon what her heart truly desires–a vampire for Christmas?

 

 

 

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Felicity HeatonFelicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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Release Day and Giveaway! The SEDUCTIVE NIGHTS box set by Lauren Blakely

We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Lauren Blakely’s SEDUCTIVE NIGHTS Box Set! The SEDUCTIVE NIGHTS Box Set is a compilation of the novella and all three full-length novels from her first Erotic Romance Series, The Seductive Nights Series! Grab this box set now and stay warm through those cold winter nights ahead.

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ABOUT SEDUCTIVE NIGHTS BOX SET:

Seductive Nights: The Complete Julia and Clay Collection is a box set of all the books starring Julia and Clay in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Seductive Nights Series. This box set includes First Night, Night After Night, After This Night, and One More Night. This is the ONLY Seductive Nights box set that includes the final Julia and Clay novel, ONE MORE NIGHT.

-FIRST NIGHT
When the sinfully handsome Clay Nichols walks into her bar in San Francisco, Julia Bell simply wants a break from the troubles that keep chasing her. They share one scorchingly hot night together, but discover a connection that runs deeper than mere chemistry….

-NIGHT AFTER NIGHT
With a dirty mind and a mouth to match, Clay Nichols is everything Julia never knew she wanted and exactly what she cannot have. He walked into her life one night and unlocked pleasure in her that she never knew was possible. Possessing her body, captivating her every thought. Which makes him way too dangerous for Julia to risk her heart, given that she has a price tag on her head. She ran after one mind-blowing week with him, but now he’s back, and determined to make her his own.

-AFTER THIS NIGHT
Clay Nichols can’t get the gorgeous and fiery Julia Bell out of his mind. He’s so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that she’s all he can focus on. But she’s playing hot and cold, and he wants all of her. When he finds her again at her sister’s wedding, they have a second chance but she’ll have to let him all the way in. And they’ll learn just how much more there is to the intense chemistry they share, and whether love can carry them well past the danger of her past and into a new future, after this night…

-ONE MORE NIGHT
Sexy bartender Julia Bell and hot-as-hell entertainment lawyer Clay thought their future was clear sailing. But life doesn’t work that way and the fiery lovers run into a slew of new challenges. Trouble looms in every corner on their trip to the city of sin. Can Clay save Julia from danger one more time? Or will he be too late for the woman he adores?

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Message from Lauren:

I’m so thrilled that so many readers have fallen in love with Juliaand Clay and the Seductive Nights series. I originally only intended to write one book, Night After Night, and then it became two with After This Night. As soon as I published that book last May, readers asked for even more! So I wrote One More Night, and it was such a joyto spend more time with this couple. I hope more readers have a chance to get to know their sexy love story, and that’s why I have packaged all three full-length novels starring Julia and Clay in one box set for the first time ever! Happy Holidays and may your nights be filled with pleasure!

Excerpt:

As he made his way through the lobby and across the crowds, something shifted in the air. A chill ran through him and his skin tingled coldly with the unmistakable sensation of being watched. Looking behind him, he spotted a tall man in a dark suit. His blood froze. Just like Julia had said.

In seconds, the man was gone.

Clay shook his head, rubbed his eyes, and wondered if he was seeing things, or if there was something more to Julia’s fears. Or if there was something more to Charlie being angry with him. Was he tracking them? Getting ready to pounce?

But then all worries were stripped from his brain when he found her at the blackjack table thirty feet away. Wearing her pearls. A bolt of heat tore through his body. The memory of that morning flashed before him like a film reel playing his favorite clips. Sliding the beads over her, watching her reaction as her eyes went hazy with desire.

My God, she was stunning in every way.

He didn’t take his eyes off her the whole time as he walked up to her. Hell, he couldn’t not look at her—his smart, sassy, bold, confident, and fiery woman. She was made for him; he was made for her. Never had two people been so perfectly matched. Everyone else in the whole casino faded away, a sea of shadowy bodies in shades of gray, and she alone was in Technicolor to him. Her flames of hair, her emerald eyes, the creamy skin of her strong legs, the clingy black skirt, the sexy green top, and the silver bracelet on her wrist that slipped a few inches as she placed her two cards down, splitting her hand. She was all color to him, radiant, high-definition color, bright and beautiful. She was the only one he saw, the only one he ever wanted to see.

The sight of her turned the temperature in his body all the way up, reaching volcanic levels as he neared her. He swore he could smell her, the sexy-sweet scent of her neck, her hair, her body. He inhaled, and it wafted through him. Or maybe it was just his imagination because she was permanently ingrained in his senses, the imprint of her scent a homing device connecting them.

She didn’t see him walking over to her, nor did Brent, so he could do his favorite thing.

Surprise her.

First, he gently fingered a strand of her hair, a soft curl at the ends. A fluttery, barely-there touch, but enough for her to tighten her shoulders, then turn to him. The second she saw him, her eyes lit up. They were sparkling with excitement. It had only been eight hours since he’d seen her, but it felt like weeks, and to be greeted like this was one of the very many reasons he intended to put a ring on her finger this weekend.

Moving quickly, he bent his head to her ear. “I know where those pearls have been, and it makes me so fucking hard to see them on you in public.”

 

 

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Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, Far Too Tempting, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, Far Too Tempting, The Thrill of It, Every Second With You, Burn For Me, Melt for Him, Night After Night, After This Night and One More Night. She recently released Stars In Their Eyes, the first book in her new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, spun off from the bestselling Caught Up in Love series. In November she’ll release Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

 

 

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New Release Review! AULD LANG SYNE by Kerry Adrienne

Yay! A *different* (i.e. not Christmas)  holiday read :)

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Title: Auld Lang Syne
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Author Location: Raleigh, NC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2014
Page Count: 84 pages
Publisher: Blush from Ellora’s Cave
Format: Digital eBook
ISBN: 9781419949814

Synopsis:

She never expected to see him again; he never told her how he felt all those years ago. Will the new year also bring them a new start and a second chance?

The years since college have been tough for small town Texas girl, Charlotte, but after her husband’s death, she’s finally able to explore a career in photography. A friend offers to exhibit her work in his swanky New York City gallery. New York during the holidays is everything she’s heard and more. Overwhelmed by the city, she never expected to cross paths with her old friend-with-benefits from school.

Staid psychology professor Jacob learns that Charlotte will be in town for New Year’s. He’s spent the time since graduation regretting not telling her how he really felt all those years ago. He loves her and has never stopped thinking about her.

In a whirlwind trip around the city, Charlotte learns to shed her guilt and follow her long-time dreams. Jacob has to step out into the real world and make a stand for what he believes. To find love, they both must take a chance or risk being stuck in times gone by.

 

Review:

Auld Lang Syne is a short and sweet second chance romance–a former-friends-with-benefits-to-something-more story, really–set in NYC at New Year’s. All the classic romantic moments are there–skating at Rockefeller Center, carriage ride in Central Park, ball drop at  Times Square–with interesting little twists added. Charlotte’s looking for a fresh beginning and to leave her feelings of guilt over her husband’s death behind (but not for romance, or so she thinks, anyway) and Jacob’s looking to right the wrong he didn’t have the guts to fix back when they were in college. There’s a happy-for-now ending with a distinct possibility of more, though the short format doesn’t really give them time to iron out the details of what for now is going to have to be a long distance romance.

It was a pleasant way to pass the time, and it was refreshing to read a holiday novella that wasn’t set at Christmas. (Though Christmas was still hovering there on the edges–there’s more than one Christmas tree involved, and a bunch of holiday songs mentioned and decorations decorating all over the place.)

One aspect of the plot–some almost-at-the-end drama with Ben, the gallery owner who knew Charlotte and Jacob back in college–felt a bit out of place and odd; I’m still not sure what it was doing there. The length of the piece didn’t allow for a lot of resolution of the drama of the two main characters, let alone throwing in a side concern for a secondary character. Still, though, it was only a minor distraction from the novella as a whole.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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 KerryAuthor Bio:

Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals, including a panther chameleon. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, and editor. Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures.

Kerry is represented by Marisa Corvisiero.

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