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Spotlight on Willow Smoke by Adriana Kraft

Just released! Book Three in the Riders Up series by Adriana Kraft

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Willow Smoke (Riders Up, Book Three)

September 1, 2014, B&B Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9907476-0-4
ASIN: B00N0DH13I
Romantic Suspense
Heat rating: three flames (explicit sex, m/f)
Cover by Rebecca Poole Dreams2Media

BLURB

When the chips are down, there’s nobody there. Willowy blond Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood’s urgent pursuit. The wealthy businessman receives a thoroughbred in payment for a bad debt and is thrust into Daisy’s world. She teaches him about horse racing; he teaches her about love. When Daisy’s seamy brother-in-law threatens Nick’s safety, she doggedly tries to stop him by herself, but flees to the familiar streets when he attacks. Can Nick find her in time – and if he does, will she still want him?

REVIEW

Five stars at Goodreads “…dreams can become reality, love can transcend age… Exciting, engaging and very entertaining story. The character interplay is spot on and the story is extremely well written.” Donna H.

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When the Chips are Down, There’s Nobody There

Daisy-PromoDaisy Matthews grew up on the streets of Chicago, and if she learned anything, it was that she could count on no one to help her, ever. She knows she has to tough it out, protect herself, and when necessary, protect anyone she cares about. All by herself. No one else will do it for her.

Hubs and I have loved writing Daisy and her story. We first introduced her in Cassie’s Hope (Riders Up, Book One) – she’s the teenage waif in the group home where Cassie worked before she went back to training horses. We’ve known so many kids like her across our social service and academic careers. There’s a special kind of resilience that comes from growing up that way; kids who don’t develop it probably don’t make it, and we’ve known some of those, too.

She doesn’t know who her father is. Her mother, who died of an overdose when Daisy was little, was a prostitute. Fortunately for Daisy, her rock-solid grandmother took her in, but that grandmother died when Daisy was eleven. Unadoptable for whatever reason, she ended up in a group home through her early teenage years, until Cassie and Clint Travers became her foster parents.

We’ve dedicated this book to two of our ancestors who faced severe social stigma more than a century ago: my great grandfather, who was born to an unmarried teenage logging camp cook in the Pennsylvania mountains, and hubby’s great grandmother, a quarter-blood Cherokee in an era when the family tried to hide that information out of shame.

Maybe we gave Daisy an extra boost when we paired her with a handsome wealthy hunk in his early forties, but we think she deserves a bang-up happy ending for her determination, grit, and courage in the face of present day social stigma. We hope you’ll agree.

EXCERPT

“I won’t let anything hurt you.” Daisy Matthews finished wrapping the ankles of the chestnut mare and sat back on her haunches to evaluate her work. The mare’s ankles were cooler than they had been two hours earlier.

It wasn’t easy to convince a horse to stand in buckets of ice, but after three years of being a groom and an exercise rider, she could do it about as well as anybody at Arlington Park. At least that was what her boss said when he promoted her to assistant trainer.

Daisy grinned. There wasn’t much prestige associated with being an assistant trainer for a fellow with a string of only twenty-some claimers and allowance horses, but it was something, particularly for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

RainbowBlaze took a step forward. “I know.” Daisy groaned. “Step one: pay attention. Sorry, I got lost daydreaming.You’re right. Taking care of you is an important job.” She chuckled. “I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.”

“Hey kid, do you always talk to horses?”

The horse reared and pawed. “It’s okay, girl.” Daisy kept her voice soft and ran her hand slowly along the mare’s neck.

When the mare had stopped trembling, Daisy stepped out of the stall, shaded her eyes from the sun and faced the interloper. She scowled at the man’s new sneakers, monogrammed shirt and neatly pressed slacks. He looked liked he’d be more at home on a sailboat than in a barn.

Adriana TFOB March 2014ABOUT ADRIANA KRAFT

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

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Rosalind James ~ Just For You ~ Interview ~ Virtual Book Tour

Just for YouContemporary Romance / NOVELLA
Date Published: July 31, 2014
   

No shirt, no shoes, no … problems?

Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for.

Reka Harata hasn’t forgotten the disastrously sexy rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

Sometimes, especially in New Zealand’s Maori Northland, it really does take a village. And sometimes it just takes a little faith.

NOTE: This 36,000-word (120-page) novella begins about six years before the events of Just This Once, and yes, it gets a little steamy at times, because Reka and Hemi are just that way. It can be read as a stand-alone book, even if this is your first escape to New Zealand.

Excerpt: 

She’d noticed him even while she’d been walking down the aisle in the wharenui, wearing the stupid strapless dress of blood-red satin that Victoria had chosen, a dress she was definitely not going to be wearing again, a dress that had “bridesmaid” written all over it. She’d been supposed to be paying attention to her pace, and instead she’d been looking at the man sitting at the end of the row, up there to her right. A man who was looking right back at her. A mate of the groom’s, she knew, because Victoria had told them all he was coming.

Hemi Ranapia, the starting No. 10 for the Auckland Blues, one of the year’s new caps for the All Blacks, and about the finest specimen of Maori manhood she’d ever seen. His dark, wavy hair cut short and neat, his brown eyes alive with interest as he watched her. A physique to die for, too, his shoulders broad in the black suit, his waistline trim, the size of his arms and thighs making it clear that the suit hadn’t come off any rack, because that had taken some extra material.

She’d stood in her neat row to one side of the bride throughout the service, had done her best to keep her attention on the event, and had felt his gaze on her as surely as if he’d been touching her. She’d had to will herself not to shiver, and the look he sent her way, unsmiling and intent, when she walked back up the aisle again told her she hadn’t been imagining his interest.

She’d still had what felt like hours of photo-taking to come. Standing around endlessly, smiling in the sunshine, arranging and rearranging herself according to the photographer’s instructions, being flirted with by one of the groomsmen, with Hemi in and out of her view all the while. His suit coat off now, his tie loosened, white shirt stretching across chest and shoulders. A beer in his hand and a smile on his face, having a chat with the other boys, being approached, at first shyly and then with enthusiasm, by the kids.

And by the girls, she saw with a twinge of jealousy that made no sense at all, as one after another of them smiled for him, touched her hair, touched his arm. It looked to her like every unattached woman at the  wedding, and more than one of the partnered ones as well, was going out of her way to chat him up. And he wasn’t exactly resisting.

But he was looking at her all the same. Every now and then, she glanced across and his gaze caught hers, and she saw an expression on his face, an intensity and a heat that were making her burn.

By the time the photography was done and she was released at last, the wedding party moving into the wharekai so the eating and drinking and dancing could begin, she was well and truly warmed up, and tingling more than a little in every single place she could imagine him touching with those clever hands, the hands she somehow knew would handle a woman as deftly as they handled a rugby ball.

The band began to play, the bride and groom stepped into their first dance, and she saw him edging his way around an animated group towards her, a glass in each hand. He reached her side, handed her the flute of champagne with the flash of a smile.

“Think you earned this,” he told her.

She took it, and he touched his glass to hers.

“Cheers,” he said with another white smile, the heat in his gaze unmistakable at this range. He tipped his brown throat back and drank, and she mirrored his action, felt golden bubbles popping against her tongue, the cool liquid sliding down her own throat. Drinking together like that somehow felt as intimate as kissing him, and the tongues of flame were licking every secret spot now.

“Took your time, didn’t you?” she asked him with a cool she wasn’t even close to feeling.

He laughed. “Didn’t want to seem too eager. Doing my best to be smooth here, but it’s hard going.”

Another long drink, another long look as Victoria and Mason finished their dance and the band began another number, a fast one, and couples started filling the floor.

“Think I can get a dance?” he asked.

“Mmm, I think you could,” she said. “Maybe so.”

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Rosalind James

Interview, August 2014

You’re a relative newcomer to Romance. When did you start writing?

I’m a newcomer because I really did just start. I worked in publishing for 20 years, but on the editorial and marketing sides. I never, ever thought of writing fiction myself, not even a short story. Then, a couple years ago, a story came into my head as usual, but for once I didn’t push it away. Instead, I started writing it, and then I couldn’t stop. Within six weeks, I’d finished “Just This Once” and quit my job. The best part was, I was living in New Zealand at the time, so I wrote a book about New Zealand rugby. Which was lucky!

Where do you find your inspiration? 

Hmm. Google “All Blacks haka.” I’ll wait.

OK, well, that’s one reason. But seriously—why New Zealand?

Because I loved it so much. That’s the short answer, and the long answer. The longer you’re there, the more Kiwi culture seeps into your bones. The Maori influence, the geographical isolation (it’s just so FAR from everywhere), the sheer physical beauty of the place, they’re all part of it. You end up with this emphasis on family, the land (and the sea), hard work, and … well, I’d describe it as being a “regular person,” no matter who or what you are. Not being a jerk. Oh, and rugby.

All your heroes in that series are rugby players.  Why rugby? 

Umm … remember that “All Blacks haka” thing? Yeah. Tight jerseys, short shorts, full contact, big muscles, the “regular person” deal combined with the fact that the All Blacks (NZ’s national rugby team) are NZ’s version of movie stars—and the best team in the world. The pressure of that in a country of 4.5 million people, about 4 million of whom will recognize you walking down the street—and will come up to shake your hand, ask for an autograph or a picture, and you’ll be expected to smile and SAY YES. It’s life in a fishbowl, and good behavior is expected. Pretty different from the lives of athletes in other countries, and I just found it fascinating to think about what it would be like to be that person.

What type of relationship is your favorite to write? 

Romantically, I try to write very different characters every time. I normally start with the guy and find him the right girl. But I also love writing about parents and children, sisters and brothers, friends, the love of country and place. Sometimes when we say “love,” we forget about all the different kinds of love that enrich our lives. Several of my books are very much about fatherhood and motherhood. Plus, kids are funny.

You’ve written some different types of books, though, besides the New Zealand ones.

Yes, I started out writing sports romance, and I love it, but I also like to challenge myself. A couple of my books have a suspense element, because I wanted to see if I could do it. My first U.S.-based book, “Welcome to Paradise,” although still a romance, had a more complex storyline than the others (the reality show deal). I’m really just trying to have fun, do something different each time, and write the book in my head.

What has the publishing process been like for you? 

I started out doing the writing-to-agents thing, submitted to 38 different agents and publishers, got pretty discouraged. Three expressed interest, all ultimately said no. The problem seemed to be, “New Zealand rugby? Huh? Tough hook!” And I knew it was a GREAT hook! I KNEW it! Plus I had three books, and wanted to write another one.

So I put the three books I had up on Amazon, sold 2,000 ebooks the first month, 20,000 ebooks the fifth month, had a magical hour where I outranked Nora Roberts, published the paperbacks, started getting the audiobooks up, and it’s all still going great. Guess they were wrong … not that I’m gloating, LOL. Thank goodness for Amazon!

What are you working on now?

A brand-new romantic suspense series, set in Idaho! Can’t wait!

 

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Rosalind James, the bestselling author of the Escape to New Zealand and Kincaids series, is a former marketing executive who discovered her muse after several years of living and working in paradise–also known as Australia and New Zealand. Now, she spends her days writing about delicious rugby players, reality shows, corporate intrigue, and all sorts of other wonderful things, and having more fun doing it than should be legal.

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Us (The L & J Series) ~ Emily Eck

Us (L & J #3)
by Emily Eck

Synopsis

Told from dual points of view, Elle and J must figure out how to bring down an MC, steer clear of flying bullets in Missouri and south of the border, all the while making sure Fernie is out of the line of fire. Elle’s love for J is tested, as is her belief that she will ever find “normal” with the man she loves.

J is determined to make things right so he can give Elle the “normal” life she deserves. He just has to stay alive to make it happen. With his own personal sun by his side, he knows nothing is impossible. That is, until the bullets are redirected from his head to Elle’s.

Elle: I held my hand up, showing him the ring he’d put on me. “This is us,” I told him. It was more than a ring. Well, to me it was more. “I promise to love you ‘til the day I die.”
J:”Us, baby. This is us. I’ll love you ’til the sun ceases to shine.”

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About the Author

Emily is a Midwestern Gal hailing from the United States, but could be anywhere as you read this. Currently residing in Mexico, adventure feeds her soul, and offers great writing material. She loves kids and working with kids, but can only handle caring for four-legged furry friends. A crazy dog and laid back cat have trained her to be their partner in life. After coming from a snowy climate, Emily and the animals are loving the sun Mexico has to offer each and every day. Vices include Swedish Fish, ignoring chores in favor of reading, and caring too much for people in her life. She chose to write this bio in third person as she is an Aries, and found writing in first person ended up with her writing an excessively long life story. Aries like to talk about themselves. It is something Emily is working on being more mindful of. You can contact her on any of the social media platforms below and she will respond, as her mom gave her the gift of gab.

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#Review ~ Under a Dom’s Care ~ Sam Crescent

Under a Dom’s Care (Extreme 2)

Jake messed up and broke the rules at club, Extreme. He’s paid the price but the punishment still stands, and he cannot touch a sub within the club. One night out with his friend and he meets the raven haired beauty of his dreams.

Isabella is a librarian and a virgin. She’s tired of her friends nagging her and so, she sets out a plan. The first man to hold her interest is the man she’s going to lose her virginity to.

Big mistake!

No matter how much chemistry was between them, losing her cherry against a brick wall was not the stuff of fairytales. There was no way she’d be giving herself to a man any time soon.

However, Jake refuses to step down. He’s got a reputation to uphold and he refuses to let her go until he shows her what it really means to be under a Dom’s care.

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Diana’s Review:

5 Hearts and 4 Flames

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.   I can honestly say that I felt happy throughout this entire reading experience.

Jake is very likeable and believably wants to do the right thing.   He is very Dominant and openly honest all throughout.  In fact all of the characters in this book are refreshingly honest with themselves and each other.  Even though we are reading a book with it’s setting surrounding the BDSM club Extreme, you cannot feel offended by this book.  It is tastefully sensual and there is a wonderful HEA ending.

Bella is a somewhat mousy librarian at first.  A virgin at 23, of course, but it fits this woman better than most that I have read.  Bella doesn’t need men in her life.  Extremely enlightened in a modern world.   The fun lies in what Bella wants and what her very Dominant male, Jake, wants.  At first they do not seem to be in sync.  Bella is not naïve or unfamiliar with BDSM world, but has no real time experience.  Jake just simply put is gob smacked by Bella.

Totally recommend this read to most over 18.   5 stars on Amazon, and Goodreads and 5 hearts with 4 flames on SSLY but only because the sex could have been more scorching and edgy but that is not what this story needed.

hearts 51Flames 4SSLY recommended read

#Review ~ Taming His Tutor ~ Natalie Anderson

Taming His TutorTaming His Tutor

by Natalie Anderson

Computer guru Abbi Hayes needs to kick her sex life into overdrive—and she’s designing the perfect App to make it happen. Thanks to all of the self-help bedroom tips she’s accumulating, she’ll be able to go from boring and passive to own-him-now vixen with a couple of swipes of a touch screen. And when former NBA basketball star Joe Fuller offers to help her test out her ‘product,’ how can she say no?

Joe can’t quite believe this temptress-in-training is his formerly shy, geeky ex-math tutor. If Abbi wants to discover her inner vamp, he’ll happily be her how-to guide. But it only takes few face-to-face lessons to realize that underneath the talk, there’s a truly passionate woman begging to be claimed by someone strong. Someone like him.

Maybe it’s time to teach his former teen fantasy a few tricks of his own…

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Beverly’s Review:

4 hearts 4 flame

Taming His Tutor is a fast paced amusing love story about a high school crush that never went away. They didn’t realize it until they ran into each other again though.

Abbi knew she didn’t have what it took in high school to get Joe’s interest. Joe wanted Abbi but she never seemed interested. She was too shy and he took the easy route and the easy girls, leaving Abbi behind. Both grown and successful, Joe saves Abbi from being run over by a car. Not that she even noticed! Abbi was too interested in learning to become a vixen. It worked, until she got too tongue tied to continue. Joe was once again fascinated with the contradictions that Abbi presented.

It was hilarious watching Abbi unknowingly become the woman she wanted to be and then remember she wasn’t that person. Joe did everything he could to get Abbi to respond to him. He couldn’t help it. He had to touch her. Joe was a great guy, any woman would want him in their lives. Abbi always had. The character interactions were wonderful and the story line well written and engaging.

Taming His Tutor brought Abbi and Joe back together. A wonderful, humorous and sensual read, Taming His Tutor was definitely worth the time to read. Before I knew it, it was over!

hearts 4

Flames 4

Immortal Tempest ~ J.N. Sheats

Title: Immortal Tempest
Author: J.N. Sheats
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publication Date: August 4, 2014

 

“I would no longer be a mortal servant, a pet kept for sick entertainment. I had been chosen for initiation, to become one of the immortals…A vampire.

My transition continued on far longer than any other, filling my body with a pain that was beyond the natural senses. After four days of writhing in the burning change I blacked out, and what woke in my place was not a vampire. It was in a word…Chaos.”

No longer an average mortal and far from a vampire, Serenity is an unnatural force that rivals anything found in the planes of the Underworld. An advantage that her master uses in his quest to conquer the mortal world, while luring her into his bed with seductive promises. A flawless venture until they reach the city of Tentusa.

Now three centuries of loyalty between master and servant are shaken by a deep connection to land they wish to conquer. Serenity’s disobedience grows stronger with each passing hour, fueling her master’s impatient need to tame the wild creature that lives within her.

Lightening steals the coming darkness, thunder echoes against the rolling hills as the war inside Serenity starts to stir. Which is stronger… the person, the desire, or the creature?

A creative mind trapped in a world of reality Jackie Sheats expresses herself in anyway that she can. From illustrating and writing to dancing like a mental patient while preparing dinner. Living in Maryland with her logic driven husband, their six cats, the dog, and a tank full of fish, Jackie spends her free time doing the backlog of housework and studying for her Masters in Illustration. A movie junkie, video game addict, and secret ninja in training she lives life under the idea that “if you don’t know how to do something, go learn it!”

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From Me to You Friday ~ Beverly

Awesome News

I’ve been trumpeting my news all over!

I’ve had a wonderful couple of weeks in my writing world. I got an acceptance letter for my short erotic western from Secret Cravings Publishing. It’s heading for their Weekend Getaway Line!

So, in October, look for

Triple D Dude Ranch.

I had a ball writing it. I will be finishing the second round of edits this weekend. My first attempt at a western. It has a horse! That counts, right?

LOL

AND

on Thursday I spoke with the owner of Assent Publishing and came home to a contract for

Stealing Hope.

My dragon shifter novel. And I mean novel! My first full length offering and it is due out in 2015.

In ebook and print!

Awesome Sauce!

This weekend, this long 3 day weekend, I plan on editing and writing. I’m trying to finish A Dragon’s Treasure. I already told my editor I’m working on it and he was happy to hear it. So I need to finish it before I have my upcoming classes. I’m taking a photo shop class and I signed up for another one with RWA (Romance Writers of America). Time Management. So needed!

I’m itching to get back to Her Savior in Camouflage. I think I lost my way and had to take a step back.  I have to re read it and fix it so I can go forward. Jandro and Annabel need to hit a better level of intimacy to properly make this story go forward. Like I said, I need to fix it to continue!

Hopefully you’ll like the my newest tales when they come out!

A Dragon’s Treasure is the next story after Dragons’ Mate.

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They had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?

Today Annie’s dragons will shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome—and true love.

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Hopefully I’ve gotten better and addressed the items that some readers didn’t care for in Dragons’ Mate. You will find more out about Annie, Tine and Brand while meeting the woman that Drake has been searching the world for.

His Treasure.

Her Savior in Camouflage is the story of Alejandro Santiago ‘Saint’s’  cousin in A Saint’s Salvation.

Another man in the Stubborn Santiago line!

Heroes who serve *sigh* I love a man in uniform!

While you wait for me to finish Her Savior in Camouflage do catch A Saint’s Salvation. Meet Jandro and let me know what you think of him!

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Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he knows was meant to be his.

Petty Officer Angelina Jones’ life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. Knowing Saint received a ‘Dear John’ letter, Angelina has no intention of being his rebound romance. She needs to be loved for herself. She needs to forget about the one man she knows was meant to be hers.

They each try to find someone to help them forget.

But what does fate have planned for them?

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