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Blog Swap – Character Interview – One Night with the Bridesmaid (#1NS #ContemporaryRomance #NewRelease from @Decadentpub)

One Night with the BridesmaidSara Daniel and I are pub-mates at Decadent Publishing, and we both have One Night Stand-themed novellas that just came out. It’s only fair for us gals to scope out each other’s men, so I’ve snagged the hero from her new release over for an interview. Rob Wellington’s a busy guy, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

1. Hi Rob, come over here on the sofa and put your feet up. What would you like to drink–tea, coffee, wine, …scotch?

Scotch. Actually, any kind of whiskey will do.

2. So what does a movie director do, exactly? Can you describe your typical day?

As a movie director, I’m responsible for bringing a story to life in a way to will resonate with viewers, entertain them for a couple hours, and hopefully give them a broader perspective on the world. In reality, I spend way too much time dealing with high-maintenances actors and actresses obsessed with stardom, regardless of how many people they have to step on to get there… Pass the whiskey, please.

3. Here you go. I heard you’ve been to a rather eventful wedding recently–your brother’s? What juicy details are you at liberty to divulge?

I arrived in town on what was supposed to be the eve of my brother’s wedding. I planned my entire movie production schedule around the date, so I could be there, only to discover it had been called off. After a little digging (and a lot of whiskey), I further discovered the maid of honor had been doing most of the wedding planning. It didn’t take much to figure out she wanted my brother to herself. Well, she’s going to have to go through me first, and believe me, I won’t be so easy to fool.

4. On the topic of weddings–what are your views on marriage in general? Is there still such a thing as Happily Ever After?

If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty cynical. Everyone I meet wants the power and fame I can help them achieve. They don’t care about me. And if they find someone who has more of both, well, then they’re not interested in me. So, yeah, in theory I think marriage should be for love and the big Happily Ever After. But good luck finding anyone pure enough to achieve that kind of perfection.

5. Okay, then….Can you describe your “perfect girlfriend?” If you ran into her–say…on a blind date–what do you think would happen?

I suppose the “perfect girlfriend” would have a pure motivation and would like me for me and not want my money or fame. Does such a woman exist? I sincerely doubt it. The odds that I would meet her on a blind date—well, that’s absolutely ludicrous. If by some miracle I did, though, I’d be a fool to let her get away.

6. Oh dear, it looks like you have to run. One parting question–would you ever consider having a one night stand with a total stranger?There are girls out there who would like to know…

Being in the limelight, a guy can’t be too careful. Just because a woman’s a stranger to me, she likely knows all too well who I am and is hoping to propel her own acting career by association. Girls, find someone else. I’m not interested in being used.

Famous last words.  I’d very much like to thank Rob for dropping by. My most recent “man” (Kal) is being interviewed over at Sara’s blog as we speak. If you have a moment, please pay him a visit.

Also, Sara is running a Rafflecopter giveaway with a $10 Amazon gift card and two Captivating the CEO keychains as prizes. I would embed the code, but WordPress and Rafflecopter don’t play nice so an extra click is required:

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

One Night with the Bridesmaid
(Sequel to One Night with the Bride–1Night Stand Series from Decadent Publishing)

Gifted with a 1Night Stand, Sabrina Lopez decides to use the chance to hook up with a man who knows how to give a woman pleasure—a man she’d never have the nerve to approach in real life. Madame Eve exceeds her expectations with the opportunity of a lifetime—and the man of her dreams, movie director Rob Wellington. He might be out of her league, but she’s willing to risk it all for one night.

Believing Sabrina responsible for breaking up his brother’s wedding, Rob sets out to stop her from scamming her way into the groom’s bed—even if he has to take his brother’s place. The last thing he expected to discover was a woman he could love and hold for the rest of his life—if he can convince her that he wants more than one night….

Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | B&N

About Sara Daniel
Website: http://www.saradaniel.com
Blog: http://saradanielromance.blogspot.com
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Blog Swap – Author Interview – Teri Riggs (#RomanticSuspense #EroticRomance from @DecadentPub : Resolutions)

ResolutionsTeri Riggs was kind enough to host me on her blog, where I chat about the 3 Best Airports for a “Lay”-over, and I’m here grilling her about her path to author-dom. She just celebrated the one year anniversary for the release of her romantic suspense, Resolutions, and the book’s paperback version recently came out. I’m a sucker for stories set in DC (mainly because I consider the city home), so I’ve been eyeing her book ever since I saw the cover. I can’t wait to find out more about it. You can buy Teri’s book straight from Decadent Publishing, or at other major ebook retailers such as Amazon and B&N.

1. You must be thrilled that your book is coming out in print (I know I would be). What have you been doing to celebrate?

Resolutions came out in print on Christmas Day. What a great present! To celebrate, once I quit dancing the happy dance, I told anyone willing listen my good news. Hubby bought a few copies for me to sign for all the family and took me to dinner to celebrate, too.

2. I can’t help but notice the monuments on your cover. Do the characters spend any time in D.C. before/after they go to Columbia?

Except for Mac being in D.C. for one chapter at the beginning of the story, all of the action takes place in Colombia until the last two chapters. Then Mac and Eve are both back in D.C. still looking for their HEA.

3. As a DC-native, I can attest to the city’s ability to grand HEAs to those who seek them. So…the very muscled dark haired man on your cover–I’d love an introduction. What’s his name and what do I need to know about him?

Mac is a former Army Ranger who now works for Resolutions, is a private black ops company run by his former CO. They specialize in all types of near-impossible extractions of kidnap victims, hostages, and all forms of intelligence other agencies have failed to retrieve. Mac is a pure alpha male who, because of his past, goes overkill trying to keep Eve safe. I can definitely introduce you to him—as long as Eve isn’t around! I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side.

4. A birdy also told me Eve’s a DEA Agent, which probably means I should give Mac a wide birth. What does she do for the U.S. government, and how does this get her into trouble?

Eve grew up with overprotective brothers she called the Alpha Four. She wanted independence and a chance to prove she was capable of taking care of herself. Eve started out working in computers and research at the DEA. She trained hard to get her promotion to field agent and wasn’t about to let Mac take it away from her. Eve joins the IDEA task force and during a mission is captured by an evil drug lord involved in a terrorist plot against America. Mac is sent to rescue her. On the run, they have to learn to trust each other again while tryin g to stop the terrorist plot.

5. I have to say, your story sounds like the perfect mix of suspense and romance. Was it difficult finding a publisher for it, or are you one of those lucky authors who got an acceptance letter on your first submission?

I have enough rejection letters for Resolutions to wall paper my bathroom. In 2008 Resolutions was a finalist in the KOD Daphne Du Maurier contest for unpublished authors. Wow, I thought. This will sell! WRONG! Decadent Publishing offered me a contract in 2012. So no, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to sell with my first submission.

I’m glad you found it a good home because it sounds awesome! Thank you again for dropping by.

Be sure to check out Teri’s blog to find a pretty cool list of Best Airports to have a “Lay”-over (according to Your’s Truly). For more information about Teri and her book, just scroll down. Comments are always much appreciated.

Resolutions

DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…

As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…

On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.

Teri RiggsAbout Teri Riggs

As a child, Teri made up her own bedtime stories. When her children came along, Teri always tweaked the fairy tales she told her daughters, giving them a bit more punch and better endings when needed. Now she spends her days turning her ideas into books. She lives in Marietta, GA with her husband.

Website: http://teri-riggs.com/
Blog: http://teririggs.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teri-Riggs/329379907142621
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JustRomance.Me Hop: Baby, It’s Cold Outside – The Downsides of Heat by Tara Quan


JustRomance.me Bloghops

Welcome to JustRomance.Me’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside hop. Now that the holiday season is over, we can all focus on the joys (and perils) of this year’s White Christmas.  If you came upon this post by accident, but would like to join in the fun, just click the banner above and you can start at the beginning. There are lots of prizes up for grabs (one of which is a copy of my first novella, Tower in the Woods), and the Grand Prize is a 7″ Kindle Fire HDX.

Before I get on with my post, I probably should tell you that I’ll be giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card (electronic) to a random commenter on this blog (separate from JRM’s prize bundle). All you need to do is state the FULL NAME (First & Last) of the not so comfortable woman featured in the snippet below (aka. the heroine of my new release, Delicious Delay). Yes, this is a blatant attempt to bribe you into leaving a comment (*bats eyelashes*) [According to Random.org, the winner of this GC is the 7th commenter who is *drum roll* “Tammy”!]

Okay, onward with my post. I was born and raised in Bangkok (where it’s perpetually above 95F/39C). When I finished high school, I made the somewhat misguided decision of picking a university in Boston. Below was my dorm-room view for most of the “Fall Semester.”

Boston Winter

Suffice it to say I wasn’t a happy camper (I have absolutely no cold-tolerance). Now that I’m living in DC, the winter isn’t quite as bad, but it’s definitely not to a Bangkokian’s standards. So what’s a girl to do when it’s freezing outside?

One thing that always makes me feel better (and I’m not just trying to plug my book, I promise) is remembering the downsides of heat. Here’s a snippet from my new release that might cheer you up:

“Michelle Day fanned herself with the in-flight menu as she guzzled warming champagne. Hot air blew through the vents above her seat. At the height of summer, no air conditioning could win against the desert sun. […] Even with an icy towel on the back of her neck, her body kept sweating by the bucket. The creases at her knees and elbows itched. Her bra’s underwire and straps chafed enough for it to be classified as an instrument of torture. Desperate times called for desperate measures.”

Wondering what those desperate measures were? Delicious Delay is available from Decadent Publishing (here), Amazon (here), and B&N (here). Click on the cover to get to a much sexier excerpt and the blurb!

You should know my heroine’s name by now, so all you need to do is state it in your comment along with an email where I can contact you for a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card.  I’ll draw the winner after the hop ends on January 5th.

Cover Reveal – What You Need by Landa Graf (#1NS #BDSM #Romance from @DecadentPub)

What You Need

Landa Graf was kind enough to host me on Rise of the Slush last week, where I chatted about Delicious Delay‘s journey out of the slush pile (here). Today, she’s over at my place to show off her brand new (and decidedly gorgeous) cover for What You Need, a BDSM romance from Decadent Publishing’s multi-author 1 Night Stand series. Her book will be coming out in January, but below is a blurb to whet your appetite.

Blurb

Royce is looking for a woman who won’t cringe at the words “sexual submissive,” and a chance for all his fantasies to come true. The 1Night Stand he signed up for was supposed to be simple with no attachments, but when his match is his ex-best friend, simple goes out the window. He can’t stop seeking the answers to why Victoria left or deny his new-found attraction to her.

Victoria has loved Royce forever, but his rejection of her affections eight years ago caused her to walk away from everything. She’s not the same girl from college, and no longer naive and willing to run too just anyone. A sexual dominant born from her mistakes, she wants a chance to start a relationship based on her terms. She’ll settle for one night, but she’s planning on forever.

About Landra
Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

Blog: http://riseoftheslush.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RiseoftheSlush
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/landra.graf

Midnight Kiss Giveaway Hop – Delicious Delay by Tara Quan ( #Multicultural #Romance #NewRelease from @DecadentPub )

A Contemporary Romance

A Contemporary Romance

Welcome to the Midnight Kiss Giveaway Hop! As we countdown to New Year’s Eve, each participant will be sharing our favorite kiss. In my case, it’s a snippet from my brand spanking new release, Delicious Delay It came out last Friday and is available from Decadent Publishing (here), Amazon (here), and B&N (here).

Before I get on with my post, I probably should tell you I’ll be giving away a $5 Amazon Gift Card (electronic) to a random commenter on this blog. All you need to do is state the FULL NAME (as in First and Last) of the man doing all the kissing in this snippet (hint: it’s in the blurb, which I have conveniently placed at the bottom of this post). I’ll draw the winner after the hop ends on December 31st. Remember to leave your email so I can contact you with the good news!

Onward to the kiss:

His tongue delved. She closed her fingers over his broad shoulders before trailing them down his triceps. One of his hands cradled her nape as the other spanned her back. The contact melted her muscles. With his arms snaked around her body, she felt captive even though she sat on top.

She should be in charge. She should be taking the lead. Instead, his mouth set the rhythm and pace, guiding her through the sensual dance she only now realized she had barely known.

She reminded herself this was just a kiss—a single, sumptuous, seemingly endless kiss that threatened to turn her brain to mush.

Midnight Kiss Giveaway HopAnd that, folks, is my contribution to this hop. There are lots of other fabulous giveaways from authors and book bloggers, so be sure to click on the banner to your left to hop along (or here). Along the way you will have opportunities to earn more entries for the big hop prize: a $25 Gift Card from Liquid Silver Books. [Congrats to Lori P. from Reading Until I Fall Asleep for winning the grand prize!]

Winners will be announced within three days of the hop’s end. The blog stop right after mine is Romance Author Mac Rome. [And the name I drew out of a hat is *drumroll* BN100. Congratulations!]

Blurb for Delicious Delay (read this to figure out the answer to my giveaway):

Stranded in a Middle Eastern airport, Michelle Day finds herself the object of interest for an abrasive, but all-too-sexy stranger—a stranger who tempts her with the forbidden in a land where indecency could get her killed. But how does one say no to such a deliciously, relentless pursuit?

Khalid Al Dehri takes one look at the red-headed spitfire in the business class lounge and knew he’d either been transported to heaven—or hell. Her tart response to his surliness intrigues him beyond all propriety and the longer he spends in her company, the more he can’t deny his forbidden attraction. But will she explore the sensuality between them or will society’s rules keep them apart?

Double Dose of Decadence – Delicious Delay by Tara Quan and Liar Liar by Alexa Bourne

Liar, Liar

Okay, I have to admit the alliteration was too tempting to pass up (who thought I could get 5 Ds in a row?). If you’re a frequenter of this blog, you must know by now I have a new release today. My short and (more spicy than) sweet romance Delicious Delay is now available straight from the publisher (here) as well as from Amazon (here). It’s set in a Middle Eastern airport (I don’t specify which, but you should be able to guess). There’s an Arab hero, a red-headed heroine, and a ton of naughtiness. It’s priced at a mere $2.99, and did I mention Monday was my birthday *bats eyelashes*? (Click here to check out the excerpt)

And that, folks, is the extent of my self-promotional abilities. I actually prefer talking about other people’s books (as readers of my author interviews can probably tell). As such, I’m delighted to present the fabulous Alexa Bourne, whose Romantic Suspense Liar, Liar shares both my release date and cover artist (Tibbs Designs). It so happens that Delicious Delay may have never been published were it not for Alexa. You see, I wrote Delicious Delay in response to a call for submission from Decadent Publishing’s Tease line, for which Alexa has written more than one book. I actually perused her back list quite a bit before I decided to hit send on my submission. It turned out that Delicious Delay was a better fit for Decadent’s main line, but that’s a separate story.

Liar, Liar features Devin McQueen, a kick-ass heroine who works as a victim’s advocate (Side Note: I think she and Nulli from More Than Strangers would get along swimmingly). She prefers safe predicable men (don’t we all?), but that changes when she meets the gun-wielding (and rather lickable) hunk on Alexa’s cover. You can find out more about him in the blurb below.

Blurb

Unable to protect her mother from her father as a child, Devin McQueen has made it her mission as an adult to protect as many abused women and children as she can. The rare moments she’s not consumed with work as a victims’ advocate, she limits her involvements to safe, predictable men….until she meets bounty hunter Grady Cooper. He is big, bold, brash, and has no problem speaking his mind.

Growing up in a broken home, Grady realized early on that good deeds had a price. To survive, he learned to weigh every decision by what he could gain. Unfortunately, the successful, solitary life he’s worked so hard to create spins out of control when demons from his past shake his confidence. His boss has given him one last chance—bring in Devin’s latest client quickly, and quietly and maybe he’ll still have a job. It didn’t sound unreasonable until he met Devin.

Suddenly, Grady must make a decision: save his career or follow his heart?

Buy Links: Decadent Publishing, Amazon

For more information about Alexa Bourne and her books, mosey on down to her website! (here)

Author Interview – Krista Ames (#Christmas #Romance #NewRelease : Harper’s Wish)

Harper's WishKrista Ames is here to chat about her brand new Christmas novella, Harper’s Wish. It came out last friday and is now available at most major eBook retailers. Since the internet gods can be a bit finicky when it comes to book releases, the best way to find out the most recent buy links is by going to Krista’s website (here). However, here are a few to get you started: Amazon, B&N, and KoboSince Krista is super busy today, I’ll get my questions in while I can.

1. Let’s start with the title–Can you give me a hint about what Harper wished for in her letter to Santa this Christmas?

Hmmm…Harper’s big on the fact she never had any family growing up and kind of jealous of all the townsfolk always coming in to the post office so… guess you’ll have to read it to find out more ☺

2. On your cover, I can’t help but notice that Harper’s lips are only a few inches away from a decidedly attractive chin. May I ask who she’s smiling at? What does he do for a living?

Oh yes, I love that chin! That would be Fin Cole…tree expert extraordinaire! He helps his brother run the family tree farm.

3. Tree expert you say? Now I suddenly have all sorts of ideas about his other physical attributes. When it comes to men, I can be quite shallow. What does Fin look like (and there’s no need to limit yourself to the driver’s license description)?

Well handsome is one description you won’t find on the driver’s license. He’s muscled but has a lean frame. Brown hair and taller than me, which doesn’t say much since I’m only 5’3” so imagine 5’11”. Stubbled chin as you can see in his picture (sexy isn’t it?). Your typical farm guy with a big 4×4. Don’t ya just wonder what he looks like on a tractor in the middle of summer…..might have to stay tuned for that book ☺

4. How would you categorize the bedroom scenes in this novella–is Fin naughty or nice?

He treats Harper nice of course but he definitely knows how to be naughty, just how she likes it 😉 Driving her crazy, making her want more.

5. I always end my interviews with this question–How did you get your start as an author? Why did you choose to write contemporary romance?

I got my start a few years ago now by inadvertently friending the owner of a publishing house. We met on a chat group for a completely different publisher that we were both working with. She encouraged me, let me know that if I ever wanted to submit to her, she’d be glad to read what I have. Well I ended up publishing 4 short stories in anthologies with her house. Was a great start!! I think I chose to write contemporary romance because it’s what I like to read. Now, since I’ve read some historical and paranormal, of course my brain is working overtime trying to come up with material to create a few stories ☺ Thanks so much for having me today, I had so much fun answering ☺

As I said, Krista needs to be in quite a few places at once today, so I’ll let her run off. For more information about the book and author, just scroll down.

(P.S. Enjoy the holidays everyone. I’m taking a short blogging hiatus but will tune back in after Christmas. In case you haven’t noticed, Delicious Delay releases this Friday!)

Harper’s Wish

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for Harper Donaldson it’s just another day. Orphaned at an early age, she doesn’t have a single good memory of Christmas.

But, when a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears in the lobby of the post office where she works as postmistress, Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.

Could he bring her the family she’d always wanted?

Buy Links: Amazon | Amazon (UK) | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | All Romance eBooks

Krista AmesAbout Krista Ames

Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan. She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours. Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy. With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and a playful kitty, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household.

Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished. She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world. She loves to communicate with her readers so please feel free to drop her a line anytime at krista@kristaames.com.

Website:  http://www.kristaames.com
Blog: http://www.apassionforromance.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/author-krista-ames
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The Ladies’ Cave: www.theladiescave.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Krista-Ames/e/B004FLQ9XM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
TRR Author Page: http://www.theromancereviews.com/kkames

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

the next big thingI’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing blog hop by Eva Lefoy. Her blog post is here

This is an opportunity for authors to talk about what they’re working on. The author answers ten questions about their latest book, and (ideally) tags more authors.

Today, I’m talking about my WIP, which is in the content edits phase. It should be released in the late summer/early fall.

1. What is your working title/title of your book?

More than Strangers (Safe Harbor – Book 1)

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

Back in February, I did a flash fiction blog post as part of the Absolute Write Blog Chain (read it here). It features Nulli (name borrowed from fellow LSB author Nulli Para Ora) and an unlucky polo player. Not long after it was posted, the characters kept bugging me to write their story. I tend to do whatever my characters tell me to do–it’s essential for my sanity.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

I think it’s a contemporary romance. My husband (and beta reader) is convinced it’s a romantic suspense. I’m waiting to see what my editor decides.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Amy Adams (Enchanted)

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

From a Middle Eastern desert to the slums of South Asia, two reluctant lovers fight for their own happily ever after.

(Yes, the story has digressed somewhat from the flash fiction version. But it does start off with the scene at the polo field!)

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 

It was accepted for publication by Liquid Silver Books.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Good question. I started writing it in mid-February, and it was ready for my beta by late-March. I work full-time though, so five weekends plus a few extra hours during the week might be a better way to describe it.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Its an oldie, but Linda Howard’s Mackenzie’s Pleasure comes to mind. It’s a novella, so the length matches. It also features a one night stand, followed by a period of separation, and a danger that brings the hero and heroine back together. Add an alpha male hero and a (if I do say so myself) kick ass heroine, and you’ve got quite a few parallels.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Not so long ago, I met a real life Nulli (i.e. a public health worker heading a TB-testing initiative in South Asia). The encounter was very brief, but I knew the moment we met I had to write a story about what she was doing.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you like sex scenes with just a bit a kink and lots of heat, I’m your girl.

I’m tagging the following authors to play along with me:

Kelli Evans – www.AuthorKelliEvans.blogspot.com

Be sure and visit her site on Monday, May 13 to learn about the Next Big Thing!