Author Interview- Ashley Ladd- Cooking Up a Storm

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you! I’m happy to be here. Besides being a writer, I work full-time as a customer service representative for a charity where I’ve been for the past twenty years. I’m also a disabled veteran and served in the US Air Force. Although I joined the AF to see the world, I was stationed in Nebraska and Mississippi. I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio although I’ve been transplanted to South Florida where I’ve been for the past twenty five years. I’m married going on 35 years and we have five children and two grandchildren. We also have two dogs and four cats. When I’m not working or writing, I love to go to the movie theater and swimming.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Diet Pepsi!

Beverly: When did you start to write?

When I was 6 years old. I wrote my first romance when I was in college which was in 1987.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

I love a swashbuckling hero like Indiana Jones or Rick O’Connell in The Mummy. I like someone who’s intelligent as well as strong but I also like someone who can laugh at himself and crack a joke. I also want him to help me wash the dishes and change dirty diapers.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I love love love Haley in “Purrfect Justice”. She donned a Catwoman costume for a Halloween contest, saved her would-be hero from a dastardly criminal while in costume, then kept putting on the costume so she could kick ass and save his butt whenever he got into trouble. She was so much fun.
Coming up with characters is like coming up with stories – ideas come from everywhere – people watching, TV, movies, books, dreams, out of the thin air, brainstorming…

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Sex! It’s tough to come up with different ways to do “it” hundreds of times – I have about seventy published books with several intimate scenes per book.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

There’ve been so many. So many writers have influenced me it’s hard to pinpoint one. Stephen King. Stephen White. Sherryl Woods. Tina Wainscott.

Tamara: What is your dream vacation?

I’d love to vacation out West on a ranch, camp out on the range, ride horses, cook out, and sleep under the stars. I want to see my grandpa’s homestead in Montana that he earned right after WWI.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Made out with my husband (then boyfriend) in my car at the drive in theater. Not that that’s really kinky…

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I used to like the damsel in distress when I was much younger. But now I prefer the kick-ass heroines, like Haley. They’re so much more fun than a heroine who sits back and waits to be rescued.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

The date where my ex-fiancé showed me he was gay (I guess bi) by taking me to a gay party and kissing his boyfriend full on the lips.

Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?

Captain Jack Sparrow. Because he’s so cute, funny, and sexy.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Eating milk duds at the movie theater.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Visiting Grandpa’s homestead in Montana. Also earning my doctorate.

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

When I was in highschool, I took horseback riding lessons and I entered a riding competition. I felt myself falling off my horse so I jumped off and landed on my feet instead of falling on my ass. A really cute guy I’d just met was watching the whole thing. On a good note, he gave me my first real kiss(es) later that night.

Tamara: What song are you?

Fucking Perfect by Pink

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

My aunt and uncle. They’ve been happily married for more than 60 years and are still going strong.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

My family, especially my daughter Steph and my cat Bobby.

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Neither! I hate them both.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome
Hairy chest or smooth? smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? kinky
Fast or slow? Depends…
Public or private? private

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COOKING UP A STORM by Ashley Ladd
Available at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/cooking-up-a-storm

Blurb:
Brooks and Rique desperately want to win a coveted chef’s job offered by an eccentric millionaire in paradise. Even more, Rique desperately wants to stay alive.

Brooks and Rique desperately want to win the head chef’s position offered by an eccentric millionaire Jonah Verleun on his beautiful, private but peculiar island that includes a zoo full of exotic animals, an amusement park and a monster shark tank beneath Jonah’s bedroom floor. While Brooks wants the job to escape his heartache and the lover who thwarted him, Rique is hiding from the mob, hoping to live long enough to pay them off with the prize winnings. Fierce competitors, they cook up a storm in a series of cooking challenges while trying to turn down the heat on their intense attraction. When a hurricane strikes the island, the storm Rique has been cooking up explodes, and no heart—or body—is safe.

Excerpt:
They ran, hunched over, zigging and zagging as bullets flew around them. Rique damned himself for putting Brooks in this mess. He wondered if the mob held the others prisoner and that’s why they didn’t answer the door.
He turned the first corner they came upon and then the next. He stopped dead and the air left his lungs. A moment later Brooks ran into his back almost knocking him over. He swayed dangerously but managed to stay upright and spread his arms wide to keep Brooks from stumbling forward.
He couldn’t believe his eyes. One of Jonah’s tigers lay in their path crouching low, baring his teeth, and eying them as if they were dinner.
He tried to quell the jitters attacking his stomach so the animal wouldn’t smell his fear then whispered to Brooks through clenched teeth, “What do we do now? Freeze or run?”
“Run. But where?” Brooks whispered back, a frown trembling on his lips.
“To the closest protection.” He prayed their hunters had lost them, that they wouldn’t run back into a barrage of bullets. As Rique bunched his muscles to run, already feeling the animal’s fangs ripping into him, he noted how the tiger’s thick muscles corded in his shoulders, and how saliva ran down his snarling lips.
“Dear God, we’re going to die.” Panic laced Brooks’ voice. “If we get out of here alive, let’s both turn down the job and move in together.”
Swallowing hard, Rique couldn’t reply so he nodded. Besides, as much as he wanted to live with Brooks, he couldn’t do it as long as he was indebted to the mob. However, the point was moot. He couldn’t see a scenario in which one of them didn’t die in the next five minutes.
Feeling responsible, Rique couldn’t let anything happen to Brooks as long as he was alive. He would take on the tiger giving Brooks time to reach safety. “On the count of three, run!”
As Rique whispered, “One,” hisses, then a blood-curdling growl wrenched the air. It was a different sound than the tiger was making. Then a crocodile bellowed and jumped out of the bushes and snatched the tiger by its belly. As it dragged the struggling creature back to the bushes, the tiger howled in surprise and pain. It clawed the air in vain as the reptile’s powerful jaws clamped tighter biting through flesh and bone.

Available at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/cooking-up-a-storm
Bio: Ashley Ladd
Ashley Ladd lives in South Florida with her husband, five children, and beloved pets. She loves the water, animals (especially cats), and playing on the computer.

She’s been told she has a wicked sense of humour and often incorporates humour and adventure into her books. She also adores very spicy romance, which she weaves into her stories.
You can find Ashley at:

http://www.ashleyladd.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/AshleyLaddAuthor
https://twitter.com/ashleyladd
https://www.goodreads.com/AshleyLadd
https://www.totallybound.com/author/ashley-ladd#books

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Tamara!

Please Join me in wishing Tamara a Happy Birthday!

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We’ll set her age at 25!

Love you Tammie!

I’m sure we’ll be friends for ANOTHER 35+ years :)  OOPS! I mean 25+ years, er another 10+ years. We met when we were 14, 15 years old. That would be right, 10+ LOL.

Yes, we really did! Though time and life has physically separated us, I’m happy we stayed in touch.

Your friendship means the world to me.

Enjoy your day, put your feet up and be spoiled!

The Cowboy Way 2 ~ Cowgirl Crazy ~ Becky McGraw

 Cowboys are a different breed…
They work hard, play hard and love harder.
It’s all about the ride, until the right woman
makes them fall.
Sexy cowgirl Twyla Taylor is the right woman for rodeo Romeo, bronc
rider, and her and brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter. He just doesn’t
know it yet…

COWGIRL CRAZY (#2, Cowboy Way) by Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGrawBLURB:Twyla Taylor is one frustrated cowgirl. She’s not winning at barrel
racing or in love. She’s spent ten years nursing a crush on her
brother’s best friend, Ryan Easter, who thinks of her as no more than
his little sister. When Twyla catches Ryan with yet another no-good
buckle bunny, and calls him out, he tells her to get a life, and that is
exactly what she decides to do. One that does not include a
buckle-bunny-chasing cowboy with a bad attitude, or an overbearing older
brother.

Ryan Easter is one frustrated cowboy. He’s winning
every night at bronc riding, and has a different woman in every city.
Mostly so he can keep his best friend’s fiery little sister, and his
desire for her, at bay. Since she grew those proud little breasts of
hers, and mile-long legs, Ryan has had to fight his attraction to her.
If her brother knew what he was thinking, he would kill Ryan, if her
daddy didn’t first. Ryan valued the surrogate family the Taylor’s
provided him with too much to ever go there with their youngest member.

His diversion techniques work like a charm, until one night he pushes
her too far, and Twyla takes off. Ryan knows he has to find her quickly
and apologize, or face his best friend’s wrath. He finds Twyla in Dallas
and decides she’s definitely gone cowgirl crazy. He barely recognizes
her, because his barrel-racing tomboy is wearing makeup that looks like
it was put on with a putty knife and she’s working at a bar which
borders on a cowgirl strip club. When she isn’t serving shots off of her
stomach, she’s shaking her round ass for any man with a dollar to shove
into the waistband of her barely-there shorts.

Twyla refuses
to leave with him, and Ryan knows he better make his final
arrangements, or come up with another way to convince her and fast.

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Ignoring her comment, and what had to be her
obvious discomfort, Ryan stepped forward, leaned over her to balance his shot
glass about two inches under her navel.

Heather always put it at the base of her ribcage, so a little would
spill into her navel, but Ryan had put his lower.
  Her muscles contracted there, as the cold
glass touched her skin.
  She thought
about him licking her up to the glass, the amber liquid sloshed in the glass,
and he frowned.
“No
spilling, Twy, or there will be consequences.”

His eyes met hers and his pupils were dilated almost as large as the
blue irises.
  His breathing came in short
spurts, and she could see his pulse pounding at the side of his throat.
  The look on his handsome face said, he would
relish delivering those unknown consequences.

“By the time I’m done, I’ll really need that drink.”
A shiver
worked itself up her body from her toes, and the glass wobbled again.
  She gasped and contracted her muscles to steady
it.
  Agitation bristled through her.  “Why don’t you just have the damned shot
then, and get on with this?”
  That’s what
she really wanted.
His hand
clamped on her ankle, and he grinned.

“Patience is a virtue, darlin’.
Slow is not always a bad thing, and I’m about to teach you that, and a
lot more.”
  His voice was heavy with
anticipation, and his sensual threat was punctuated by his tongue making a trip
slow around his hot lips.
  Her eyes
followed it around and heat sizzled along her nerves to singe her at the apex
of her thighs.
  Maybe this is why all
those bunnies she saw leaving his trailer were smiling.
  They must have had the patience Ryan was
talking about, and liked that Ryan was slow as a turtle in his lovemaking.
  Twyla wasn’t sold on it yet, but decided to
try to find the patience he asked her to have.

She huffed a breath then relaxed and uncurled her fists. 
What the
hell did she know about all this, anyway?

She was green as grass at this, he knew what he was doing.  Had done it many times.  Too many.
“Get on
with it, then,” she grumbled, settling her focus on keeping that shot glass
steady on her lower abdomen.
  Ryan’s dark
head appeared in her line of vision, and Twyla gasped.
 
His eyes
met hers over the plane of her tummy, and were filled with mischief and
purpose. His hot breath tickled her thighs when he warned, “Keep it still,
Twyla.
  Remember, no spilling.” 
He slid his
hands behind her calves, and under her thighs to hold her hands at her sides.
  Turning his face, he planted a wet kiss on
her inner thigh, before his mouth latched there and he sucked, while his tongue
swirled on her skin.
  Fire zipped up to
her core, and Twyla whimpered.
  The glass
wobbled again and she knew then that she was in big trouble.
 




Please check out COWBOY WAY Book One
JUST SHOOT ME (#1, Cowboy Way) is available on amazon.com here:Amazon US – https://tinyurl.com/ksunfz6
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IFEMVHI

HOT EXCERPTS (18+ Only): http://beckymcgraw.com/2014/02/12/just-shoot-me-1-cowboy-way-coming-to-amazon-com-on-21414/
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 About The Author

 

Becky  McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl
by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She resides in South Texas with
her husband and dog Abby.
 
A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a
beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation
management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a
real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and
writer.  She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her
dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a
graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own
cover art, along with writing the novels.
 
Becky has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and
has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to
the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers.
 

She has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as
technical copy for her jobs for many years. She was a member of the
Writer’s Guild on AOL, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the
first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart
Romance Writers. Currently, she is a PAN member of RWA and a general
member of FTHRW

You can find Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw at: 

 

 

Book Tour ~ Ransom ~ Faith S. Lynn

Title: Ransom
Author: Faith S. Lynn
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 30, 2014

 

What would you do to get it all back?

Lynkin:
Desperate, careless, frantic, hieness, and frenzied. These are just some of the words that could describe my state of being after everything was ripped from under me. I will do anything to get it all back. And I do mean ANYTHING. I just didn’t expect what I would get in the process. She changes everything.

Sage:
Carefree pretty much sums up my entire life. My father has made sure that I have never and will never want for anything. I have a fiance on the fast track to business success and a best friend that will always be there for me. My future is set and I couldn’t be happier with it. Then it all changed in an instant. He took me away from everything that I thought I wanted, needed. Now nothing will ever be the same.


 

 

 

 

I am a New Adult author. From Lies to Promises is my debut novel! I am wife to the best husband of the freaking universe and mother to 3 majorly awesome kids! Reading, Xbox, cooking and WINE just barely scrape the surface of who I am. Everyone who knows me will say I am a nerd… and I would agree. Want to know a secret? I am a super hero. True story!
I have an obsession with anything people consider odd and I think learning is the bees knees. I have an Associates degree in Business Management and was an accountant for 7 years. I know, boooring! But I like having a problem and seeing a solution.
Maybe, just maybe, this is why I enjoy writing so much!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FaithSLynn 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FaithSLynn

Review- the Payment Series- Cassandra Carr

 

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*****NOW WITH BRAND NEW SECOND EDITION OF BOOK 2, POSSESSED*****

Catrina Carter is in over her head. Way over her head. She’s in debt and, short of bankruptcy, which wouldn’t happen fast enough to pay the creditors nipping at her heels, Catrina has few choices. Eviction is coming any day, and even though she traded in her great car for a “more affordable” model, it’s about to be repossessed too. Catrina goes to Debt Management Associates, or DMA, for help.

The cost for DMA’s help is something she never thought she could pay, but out of options, Catrina agrees to serve a man who pays her debt in full, and begins training in how to please him. Jared. Her new benefactor. He is tasked with helping Catrina get her life back on track, in addition to taking his pleasure with her and ordering her to oblige friends, colleagues, and even total strangers sexually on his whim.

When Catrina leaves the DMA program after her one year term of service, will she be able to keep the lessons Jared literally spanked into her topmost in her mind, or will old habits rear their designer heads?

NOTE: The Payment Series is a serial. They are best read in order and are not really standalone stories.

WARNING: This series contains material some readers might find objectionable. If dark erotica themes bother you, please do not purchase this series.

Diana’s Review

I read this book free for an honest review.   So here it is.  Overall, I love the books.   In fact, I found it difficult to put down.  But it challenged the limits of my tolerances at some points, especially the couple scenes at the biker bar.   Luckily I love a challenge.

I could not imagine what kind of desperation would send me to this organization to get bailed out of severe financial problems.  As I read this story, I could feel Catrina Carter’s desperation.   I could read in the story her acceptance of this voluntary form of punishment and reform.   I also came to believe that for her it was a last ditch desperate move and not necessarily the right move, but  . . . I actually couldn’t think of something else that would help her reign in her spending.   The 3rd of the 3 books Boxed Set is definitely the best.  And much of what I felt from Catrina’s character seemed to be true.   I do not want to provide any kind of spoilers in my review though I am sure there are others who will.

****Please be warned and don’t be stupid**** this book is not for the sensitive soul or the soul that needs a true HEA with flowers and boxes of candy.   There is sexual degradation used as punishment.   Spanking, anal sex, sex with multiple strangers in a public setting.  Don’t buy this book just to turn around and bash the author because you cannot handle the subject matter.    This is my civic conscience speaking to you.   Make no mistake I liked this series.   It brings you in and messes with your emotions and spits you out at the end in a masterful way.

Bottom line. . . I will read more of this author’s books because I like how she tells her story.

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Blog Tour ~ La Cosa Nostra This Thing of Ours ~ Amie Nichols

la cosa nostra blog tourThis is a standalone book meant for mature readers.

Harper Troy, like most students, was working her way through college barely making it by. She hears about an opening at a well known gentleman’s club, The Guardian, ran by a very well known Chicago Family, the Tarseta’s. Even though the uniform is very revealing and the other waitresses are catty bitches, the money is worth it.

Until she meets the youngest Tarseta, Liam. He’s Chicago’s most eligible bachelor and drop dead gorgeous. She feels an instant attraction. Being a known playboy, Harper fights the attraction and his advances.
Liam has his eyes on Harper the moment he sees her. Being different and not falling for his charms, he is determined to break her down. But Harper refuses to be another notch on his bed post.
Just when Liam is breaking down Harper’s barriers, he learns some shocking news that changes everything. Can he make her see they are meant to be together, or will he lose her forever?

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I had just popped the tab of my Diet Coke when the door opens. Like déjà vu, Liam enters the locker room, except this time I am sitting with my legs crossed and fully clothed.

“I just wanted to make sure you were all right,” Liam says in his ridiculously sexy voice. Jesus, what is with this guy?

“Yes, why wouldn’t I be?” I ask, sounding maybe a little harsher than I had planned.

“My father was very rude. I wanted to apologize for his candor,” he says, all debonair and provocatively. “I think my uncle Matty has a huge crush on you.” He chuckles.

“He’s old enough to be my father,” I say bluntly, with a little disgust.

“Ouch! I won’t tell him you said that.” He winces. “You’re really not interested, though?” he asks and I just shrug.

“Yeah, really.”

“It’s just that most of the girls who work here would be jumping at the chance to land my Uncle.” Liam just exudes sex in everything he says. I want to yell at him, “You have got to be kidding me, stop talking and fuck me already!”

I feel my face turn hot at my thoughts and turn my head away from him.

“Well, Mr. Tarseta, I am not like most girls,” I say, not looking at his black lust filled eyes.

“I am seeing that.”

“What is that supposed to mean?” I shoot back.

“It’s that you flirt just enough with patrons, but not enough that you are advertising something is for sale.” He steps further into the room and sits next to me on the bench. He’s close, close enough I can smell his expensive cologne, and holy fuck does he smell good.

My breath hitches and I let out a gasp as I feel the heat radiating between us. “Mr. Tarseta, I’m not for sale,” I say, taking a drink of my Diet Coke, my mouth suddenly very dry.

“Ms. Troy, everything is for sale for the right price,” he says low, almost in a whisper. I stand, feeling the need to put some distance between us.

“That is your opinion, but I assure you that there is no number large enough that can buy me,” I tell him still avoiding those black eyes.

“So you are saying that nothing can buy you, nothing at all.” He stands, inching his way closer. I feel the electric sparks bouncing off of me.

I swallow hard as the smell of him fills my nostrils, I feel him watching the hollow of my neck.

“I am not a possession to be bought, Mr. Tarseta. Besides, why would you want me anyway, you have tons of girls just itching for you to own them.”

“Well, first off…” He lets out one of his low sexy chuckles, “I don’t ever remember saying I wanted you.” Ouch, now that hurt. I feel about two feet tall. He stands there cool as a cucumber, while I’m a hot mess of nerves and lust.

“I didn’t mean to insinuate that you did…” I stutter, trying desperately to repair this very embarrassing moment. I turn to my locker to look for something, anything to distract me. I find my phone and pretend to read a text, also trying to pretend he is no longer in the room.

“Second, Ms. Troy, if I did want you, I would have you.” He leans down close to my ear, so close I can feel his hot breath. Okay, that’s it, I am not a toy for you to play with.

“Well, I guess it’s a good thing you don’t want me, because I assure you, Mr. Tarseta, you would not have me if you did,” I snap, slamming my locker door. With a huff, I walk around the bench to avoid having to touch Liam as I exit the locker room. What nerve, what an arrogant asshole.

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about amie

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I live in Iowa with my amazing, supportive husband. He is my rock and my king, and treats me like all woman should be treated. (Like a spoiled Queen)
I have two miniature dachshund’s that are my babies, and they love to keep me company when I am writing away on my next WIP.
I’m about to publish my 6th book, and can hardly believe how my life has changed. I’m called an author, and still can’t believe it. I’ve have met some amazing woman on my journey so far, and have learned so much. (Sometimes the hard way.) I’ve been like a sponge soaking up all the information I can on how the publishing world works. It’s been a rollercoaster ride so far with its ups and its downs.
No matter what, I will never regret anything I’ve done. You can’t succeed if you don’t try, and if you don’t try you won’t succeed. One of my favorite quotes “If the dream is big enough the facts don’t matter”.
Some other info about me, I love my family, friends, wine and anything caffeinated. I also love writing HEA. For the same reason I won’t watch a movie that I know will make me cry, (with the exception of Steel Magnolias) I will never write a book without a HEA. There might be a few twists and turns, a cliffhanger or two. But ultimately my stories will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. For me, reading is entertainment, a way to escape this crazy insane world. If a book leaves me feeling sad, mad or gut wrenched, it is not for me. There is enough gut-wrenching sadness in this world, I don’t need to read about it too.
I started writing 3 years ago, and have no plans on stopping. So keep your eye on me because with the help of some amazing people and my wonderful fans, this girl is going to be on the New York Times best selling list someday.

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His Haven ~ Harper Brooks ~ Character Interview with Avrum Brenin

Krystal_FB_Timeline_A14_advert1 HisHaven_MEDBLURB:   Ignorance isn’t always bliss… Handsome and diligent Avrum Brenin should have died in the fire with his mother and older brother. Instead, he is saved by the powerful and wealthy immortal, Lord Henri. Placed under his care, Avrum shares in his world of endless splendors. He must do one thing in return—look after Haven, a human and Lord Henri’s newest rescue. The simple task proves to be more complicated than it seems. Haven is disobedient, ungrateful, and hostile, yet she is beautiful and mystifying at the same time. One night, when Avrum stumbles across Haven barely clothed and bound at the wrists, the world he has trusted in unravels before his eyes. He soon discovers that no one—from Lord Henri and Haven to his closest friend, Lysander—are who they seem to be. Now faced with the truth, will Avrum choose to surrender to the man who rescued him, or will he have the courage to save the woman who captivated him?   EXCERPT: The moment his foot met the wood floors of the empty foyer, Avrum felt all the muscles ease in his shoulders. He was home again, safe. From the thunderous sounds of music and laughter echoing throughout the manor walls, he knew the party was still at its peak. Haven came to his side, her hair clinging to her cheeks and forehead. His heart froze behind his ribs. Even disheveled and soaked, she was beautiful. His eyes fell to the swell of her breasts, where water droplets glistened in the foyer’s gold light. Little bumps rose all over her skin from the cold. Avrum’s feet moved toward her without his permission. The closer he got, the stronger her smell was. He recognized the scents now. Lilacs and rain. It seemed to seep out of her pores, a sweet perfume. Haven stared at him with wide eyes. Avrum could hear thumping in his ears. Her heart was calling out to him, her blood singing as it pumped through her veins. His own sped up to match―faster and faster until his vision became sharper and he felt his incisors pressing against his lip. He watched the blue lifelines underneath her pale skin, watched them pumping blood to make a blush appear on her high cheeks. Haven stepped back, but her back met the wine-colored wall. Her mouth opened to speak but no words emerged. He wanted to kiss those lips. Taste her. Press her slender body against his own. Avrum put his hands against the wall on either side of her head. He leaned into her. She was soft against him, and when he looked down into her face, he was amazed to see her blue eyes looking at him with the same heat and need. But when Haven tilted her chin up to him, a different scent hit his nose. Henri. Avrum ripped himself away from her and stumbled back. What was he doing? He shook his head clear. If he had allowed his desire to take over, who knew how far he would have taken it? He could have ripped her throat open, drained her, killed her. His stomach twisted with hunger. Like Henri had told him when he had been changed, he was not a monster. He had to control his primal instincts. He still had a heart. He could still feel. And love― He wouldn’t betray his lord. He had brought Haven here to give her another chance at life and that didn’t involve him. She was human. It was the craving that drew him to her. That was all.

Praise for His Haven:             “His Haven is a fantastic mix of historical and paranormal romance… Action. Romance. A touch of horror. You can’t put this book down.”–Cynthia Carole, author of the Cedarville Novella Series

Exciting and suspenseful… sweet and hot all at the same time. I recommend that anyone that loves books about vampires read this and you won’t regret it.”–Crystal N., Reviewer from SSYL

Ms. Brooks has started a story of other-worldly magnitude where adventure and secrecy filled the pages. Twist and turns ran amok as the author delivered angst, love, friendship and intrigue.”–Evelise, Reviewer from S.E.X. Reviews

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Character Interview: Introduce yourself.  What book are you from? Are you the hero, heroine, villain?   Absolutely. I apologize for not introducing myself sooner. I am Avrum Brenin. Don’t feel guilty for not knowing my name. My family were stable hands, not of importance. My and Miss Haven’s story can be found in the book, His Haven. I suppose I’m the hero of the story, although I don’t deserve the title. I was a fool for most of it because of my ignorance… I won’t give away too much more. You’ll have to read.   How did you come to your author’s attention?   We were lucky. Miss Brooks has a real appreciation and love for our time. Throw in the supernatural element of Lord Henri’s collected vampires, and she was more than excited to write our story.   Did you give your author a hard time when she was writing your story?   I hope I wasn’t a bother to her. Miss Brooks never said so. I can tell you for sure, though, that Miss Haven was more difficult. Miss Brooks admitted to me that she prefers to write from male perspectives. I wish she followed Haven more. Her story is more inspiring.   What do you do for a living?   Now, I look after the other vampires Lord Henri gathered at Greystone Manor. I was Henri’s second-in-command for a short time, and before that, I worked on my family’s farm…before the fire.   Who is the love of your life?   Miss Haven might scold me for saying this, but I’ve known it since I saw her come down the stairs during the party… I can’t deny it. I love her. I’d do anything for her. After I discovered the truth about her presence at Greystone and how my actions worsened it, I swore to do anything and everything I could to protect her. To save her. And I will continue to uphold that promise for the rest of my immortal life. I just hope she can forgive me for my past mistakes…   What was the first thing you noticed about her?   That night of Henri’s party—she was radiant. I couldn’t look away. There was no “first” thing I noticed. I don’t know how else to describe it except that I saw all of her at once. And then again and again in my thoughts every second following. She was beyond beautiful—the most exquisite, fragile, and incredibly human thing I’d ever seen.      What’s your greatest fear?   Having her harmed in some way. She had come so close to harm before, many times. It kills me to think about it all again. I had come too close to losing her… I won’t let it happen again.   What’s your motto in life?   I believe whole-heartedly in the tag-line Miss Brooks chose for the book. Ignorance isn’t always bliss… I fell into the blinding trap ignorance, and there isn’t a moment that goes by that I don’t regret it. Ignorance caused me and the ones I love a lot of pain.   How do the other characters in your book view you?   For some time, my friend, Lysander, thought I was a fool, too. He humored me. I hope he is safe wherever he is…wherever he ran off to.   I don’t think I want to know what Lord Henri thought of me. Whether he really did think me deserving of his second-in-command title or if he used my ignorance to his full advantage, it’s impossible to know.   What do you think readers will find interesting about you?   I hope it is the arc of my character that interests readers. Miss Brooks explains that I’m not like typical “romance heroes.” My story starts in ignorance but transforms into one of strength, love, and courage. Readers get to see my metamorphosis into a “hero,” but I wasn’t born that way.   What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done?   This is a bold question! I don’t normally share these types of things, but I believe Miss Brooks mentioned some of my more intimate moments with Haven in the book. We did share time together. I won’t tell you much more than this—attic, wall, and nightgown. You’ll have to read to find out the in between.   Will we be seeing you in future books?   I cannot say for sure. I know the next story tells of Lysander, wherever he may be. I think Miss Brooks plans on mentioning me and Haven, but the second book in the series follows my friend.   What makes you happy?   Memories of my older brother and mother before the fire, when I was human and the days were long and hard but the nights where cool and calm. I dream about them a lot when I sleep, but I’ll never get to see them or the sunshine again. Holding on to the happier times makes it easier.   I also enjoy sword fighting. I practice still based on what Lysander taught me. It’s challenging, but I’ve gotten quite good at it.   What makes you mad?   Thoughts of Haven’s time here—in the beginning. I’ve mention this before, so I won’t too much again, but still, to this day, it infuriates me to know what was done to her and what I hadn’t done to save her. If only I had opened my eyes earlier.   Author6ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore. Even as a young child, she has surrounded herself with good literature, so it is no surprise that her love for reading and writing has expanded into all parts of her life. She is a dedicated softball coach, student, teacher, and friend who enjoys writing about fantastical worlds when she believes real life gets too mundane.

To celebrate HIS HAVEN’s one year publishing anniversary, Harper A. Brooks will be visiting Lacey Library in New Jersey at 2pm. There will be rafflecontests, prizes, book swag, and food for  all guests .Copies of HIS HAVEN will be available for purchase and signing.

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