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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
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeriLRiggs

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)

Summer Seduction Blog Hop – My Sexy Summer

SummerSeductionBlogHop

Welcome to the Summer Seduction Blog Hop! There are lots of fabulous giveaways from authors and book bloggers who love erotic romance. Be sure to hop along as you can and check everyone out. Along the way you will have opportunities to earn more entries for the big hop prizes:

A $75 Gift Card + a 7 ebook bundle or a 10 ebook bundle

So, just click the banner above to start hopping! Within three days of the hop’s end on Aug 21st at midnight eastern time we will select the 2 winners of the overall hop and notify them via email as well as post their names on the site. The two winners will have three days to respond or another winner will be selected for their prize. Click here to enter the main Rafflecopter Giveaway

The giveaway for MY blog stop is a $5 Amazon gift card (electronic-only/emailed). You get 1 entry for leaving a comment here (mandatory). Optional entries include following me (@LaylaTarar) on Twitter (2 entries), and liking my author page (TaraQuanAuthor) on Facebook (2 entries).  Please mention in your comment if you took advantage of one or both of the other options. At the end of the hop, I will assign each entry a number and use a random number generator to pick a winner. Please include a contact email in your comment.

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My Sexy Summer

She took a long sip from her champagne flute. Her floppy wide-brimmed hat danced in the desert wind. The match was exhilarating—the hard pounding of hooves, the crack of mallet against ball. Within seconds players raced from one end of the field to the other, chasing an elusive white target smaller than their fists. The even grass stood in stark contrast to sandy dunes. Spectators milled about as waiters circulated glass-filled trays carrying copious amounts of alcohol.

This is the first paragraph from my recent contemporary romance release, More Than Strangers. It was inspired by an actual summer day I spent in Dubai not so long ago. It had been over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit at the equestrian club, but I remember being surrounded by beautiful people who looked like they had just walked out of a Polo Ralph Loren photo shoot.

Since I have an active imagination, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if one of those gorgeous women slipped away with a polo player after the match. Tall and lanky, with sweat-drenched hair, rippling muscles, and intense gazes, those guys were certainly sigh-worthy. The romance author in me filled in a back story. A man who could afford to own those gorgeous pampered ponies would be rich and powerful, and he probably wouldn’t object to sneaking a kiss or two by the stables.

And thus my quick little novella set in Dubai was born–it acquired some suspense by the end, but the beginning is all about a sexy summer day in a scorching Middle Eastern desert. (My actual day was less sexy, but still quite fun.)

And this concludes my stop on the blog hop. Check out the other participants by clicking the Summer Seduction Blog Hop banner (or here). The blog stop right after mine is Romance Author Krista Ames.

One Story’s Evolution – More than Strangers (Now Available at LSBooks, Amazon, & ARe)

A long time ago (February),  in a galaxy far far away (Karachi, Pakistan), More than Strangers was born as a flash fiction blog post as part of the Absolute Write Blog Chain. The prompt was “unfortunate sport,” and the scene was set at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.

Not long after I hit publish on the blog post, I ran into a public health worker at a book club meeting (yes, there are such things in Karachi). We exchanged no more than a few sentences, but her work was so adventurous (especially compared to mine) I couldn’t stop thinking about it long after we parted ways (okay, I may have Google’d her NGO). Somehow, the opulent world of champagne and polo (Dubai) collided with the one I was living in (Karachi), and the thousand word flash fiction evolved into a novella.

I never planned to write this story, nor did I ever expect an erotic romance publisher to pick it up. Along the way, More than Strangers acquired a bit of sugar and spice (aka kinky sex), but it is ultimately a story about finding love when you least expect it. If you do choose to give it a try, I hope you enjoy reading about Nulli and Jason as much as I enjoyed writing about them.

More Than Strangers - Safe Harbor 1

A Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Buy Links (where you can sample the first chapter): LSbooks, Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, (GoodReads)

Blurb:

Scorching desert heat, ice-cold champagne, and a world of opulence—the perfect setting for a one-night stand. Certain they will never meet again, two strangers agree to casual, no-strings sex that turns into something more.

Jason Reynolds has his life mapped out, and it doesn’t include a smart-mouthed redhead on a mission to save the world. A security specialist at the top of his game, he is on the cusp of wealth and power. Love is a distraction he simply can’t afford.

Struggling to bury memories of an unforgettable night, Nulli O’Hara chases her dream to a city fraught with violence and death. Six months later, she becomes a kidnapping target, and Jason is the man sent to keep her safe.

More than Strangers charts the journey of two reluctant lovers from the sands of the Middle East to the slums of South Asia. In a perilous world more exotic than fantasy, Jason and Nulli must fight to live and see their happily ever after.

Content Notes: Spicy, Light BDSM, Descriptive Erotic Sex, Light Bondage, Spanking

JustRomance.Me – A Midsummer’s Night Dream-Man Blog Hop – More Than Strangers (Safe Harbor Book 1)

[Edited: Congrats to Jowanna K. for winning a copy of Tower in the Woods along with a few other prizes!]

Welcome! This is my third time joining a JustRomance.Me blog hop. If you came upon this post by accident but would like to join the fun, just click the banner at the bottom of this post and you can start at the beginning. There are lots of prizes up for grabs (including a $50 giftcard and a copy of my very first novella, Tower in the Woods).

My summer romance More than Strangers is being released on July 22nd  (pre-oder at LSbooks now and get 20% off). The dream man in question is named Jason, and he shares a midsummer’s one-night-stand with my heroine in a desert resort in Dubai. His picture is below–keeping scrolling down to read the blurb and a short snippet.

More Than Strangers - Safe Harbour 1

A Contemporary Summer Romance

Blurb:

Scorching desert heat, ice-cold champagne, and a world of opulence—the perfect setting for a one-night stand. Certain they will never meet again, two strangers agree to casual, no-strings sex that turns into something more.

Jason Reynolds has his life mapped out, and it doesn’t include a smart-mouthed redhead on a mission to save the world. A security specialist at the top of his game, he is on the cusp of wealth and power. Love is a distraction he simply can’t afford.

Struggling to bury memories of an unforgettable night, Nulli O’Hara chases her dream to a city fraught with violence and death. Six months later, she becomes a kidnapping target, and Jason is the man sent to keep her safe.

More than Strangers charts the journey of two reluctant lovers from the sands of the Middle East to the slums of South Asia. In a perilous world more exotic than fantasy, Jason and Nulli must fight to live and see their happily ever after.

Content Notes: Spicy, Light BDSM, Descriptive Erotic Sex, Light Bondage, Spanking

Snippet:

He spread his fingers to span her lower back and pressed her body against his.When he relinquished his hold, russet lashes fluttered to reveal her dazed gaze. Her lips were kiss-swollen, and her cheeks were flushed a rosy pink. The sultry look in her deep blue eyes made him certain he could have her here and now.

“If you keep looking at me like that, we’ll get arrested.”

(Note: Public indecency laws are enforced in the Middle East.)

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!