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GIVEAWAY: The Colorado Mountain Series by Kristen Ashley!

ANNOUNCING THREE BEAUTIFUL NEW TRADE PAPERBACK EDITIONS FROM THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN SERIES!

THE GAMBLE

Life isn’t meant to be perfect. It’s meant to be lived . . .

Nina Sheridan thought she’d found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn’t know her at all, it’s time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world?

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it’s got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn’t entirely sure she’s ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn’t sure she’s ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn’t come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she’s been waiting for.

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Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
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GIVEAWAY and Q&A with Larissa Hardesty!

Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.

Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed. 

He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.

Now onto the Q&A with the author of KISS ME, KILL YOU, Larissa C. Hardesty! 


What was your favorite aspect of writing this story?

I loved writing KISS ME KILL YOU for so many reasons. But if I had to pick just one, I’d say creating my own book boyfriend. I LOVE Paul. I loved writing him and writing from his POV. Getting into his head was so easy. I hope my readers enjoy him as much as I enjoyed writing him.

Most frustrating?

The most frustrating part of this process has to be finishing the book right when the paranormal YA market flooded. I had so many rejections that said, “Love this, but I can’t sell it right now.” headdesk But persistence paid off, and the book is so much better now, under my editor’s guidance.


FIVE BOOKS

If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

I’m going to go with the five books I reread regularly.

  1. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. I love all the books in the Pern universe, but this one was my first, and the protagonist is a musician.
  2. The Magic’s Pawn trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. I’m cheating a bit here, but not really, because they have been compiled into a single volume. LOL. This book kept me up until all hours in high school. It’s got magic, and Companions (like psychic magical horses), and a love story that rips out your heart and stomps on it before putting it back in your chest. Which sounds horrible (and it is), but it is also amazing.
  3. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. This is the HOTTEST couple in romance. Bones is so open with his feelings, and Cat just keeps pushing him away. I read this whole series every year. LOL.
  4. Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love all of Jennifer’s books, but this is the first time I’d read a love triangle where I really thought the protagonist could go either way. I finished reading this book not sure which way I wanted her to go, which was kind of fun!
  5. I have so many books I could put here, but I’ll put another I reread a lot for two reasons. First, I reread it a lot, so I know it holds up. But second, it is really long. Like, REALLY LONG. By the time I finish rereading this one, the others will seem fresh. LOL. It’s To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey. This is an epic high fantasy with elves and magic and snarky unicorns, but most importantly, a reluctant hero who is also accidentally a badass.

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GIVEAWAY: My Top 5 Jill Shalvis books by Donna Michaels

 

 ABOUT THE RIGHT RANGER: 

Haley Wagner’s life just got a lot more complicated. As if turning her struggling ranch around isn’t tough enough, she’s forced to call him for help. With his hard eyes and even harder body, Cord is an irritatingly sexy contradiction of hot and cold. How can she possibly hide her embarrassing secret when just looking at Cord is a combustible event?

Former Army Ranger Cord Brannigan has a secret, too. He promised his fallen teammate he’d protect the tempting, fiercely independent Haley—from a distance, but now they’re stuck together for three weeks. Alone. Keeping his hands off will take every ounce of control he can muster. And that control is slipping…

Now onto the guest post! 


A big thank you to EverAfter Romance for giving me the opportunity to share my favorite books from my author, Jill Shalvis. It’s no secret that she is my idol. I love to read many romance genres, but my favorite are humorous romances packed with heat and heart that feature realistic characters. Jill delivers every time. It was not easy narrowing the list down, but I did. Here is the list in no particular order:

 

51XwtsB9axLLucky in Love– Lucky Harbor Series

Jill combines a very hot former Navy SEAL in town to heal from injuries from an op that claimed his team, with a caring nurse who doesn’t know how to put herself first, and is on a quest to have fling with Mr. Wrong. Obviously they have what the other needs, and help each other like who they are. It’s the book I pick up when I need a pick me up.

 

 

 

 

51xSgSVeo1LRumor Has It – Animal Attraction Series

Oh wow. This story never fails to amaze me. Each time I read it I discover some nuance Jill layered in there. To me, it’s a masterpiece. Her hero is former Spec Ops back in his hometown recuperating from war injuries, dealing with his estranged father, and his newly discovered attraction to his sister’s best friend. The heroine is a grade school teacher who has always had a crush on him, does everything for her family, and is prone to spouting inane facts when she’s nervous. Love, love, love this story. Note to self: read this over the weekend.

 

 

 

519v899dv-LInstant Temptation – Wilder Series

Ah, T.J. What a hero. He’s an adventure guide in the family’s adventure business who would rather be outdoors than deal with the paperwork part of the business. His raw sexapeal appeals to a former classmate who remembers an encounter that he doesn’t. When I want to read a hero that is exceedingly hot, I pick up this book. I’d also like to note that the second book in this series: Instant Gratification has the BEST opening scene I have read, yet! Her hero is funny, sexy, and out of his element because he needs medical attention, but the doctor is a beautiful woman he’s attracted to. I can’t encourage you enough to go check it out. You’d probably be able to read it for free on Amazon.

 

 

51da9VdXpRLAnimal Magnetism – Animal Magnetism Series

This book not only has a hot, alpha hero who makes me swoon, it has my favorite heroine of Jill’s. She’s quirky, travels to her own tune, helps animals, and bemuses the hero on several occasions. I couldn’t wait to see what she did to him next and devoured the book in one sitting. I read it as a treat to myself whenever I need one.

 

 

 

 

51jNCQmnd2LThe Trouble with Mistletoe – Heartbreaker Bay Series

With heat, humor, and heart packed in a holiday book, it was a sure thing for me to love. The hero is still handsome but he’s changed since high school, and even more appealing to the heroine who remembers his more arrogant days. The attraction and characters keep me reading well into the night. And I can’t wait to see this story on TV when Passionflix turns into a small series this December!!

 

So, there you go. My top 5 Jill Shalvis books. If you haven’t ready them, I hope you’ll change that very soon. You won’t be disappointed. And if you’re looking for another hot, humorous, heartwarming read, I hope you’ll check out my brand new release, The Right Ranger. I had fun writing this hero. He resembles Jensen Ackles, is always in control, and buried his feelings for his friend for so long that when they surface and won’t go away, he’s knocked off balance and forced to face a few truths, and stake a claim on the woman who rocks his world.

If you read Jill, I’d love to know some of your favorites!

Thanks for reading,

~Donna


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

It’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me when I was little and sparked my imagination. Now, my mind is the limit, and believe me, there’s no limit to my mind. Hello, I’m Donna Michaels, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Award winning author of Romaginative fiction. I write romance through the H’s—Hot, Humorous, Heartwarming reads with strong alpha cowboys and military men who are equally matched by their heroines. With a husband in the military fulltime, four children—some still at home, and several rescued cats, I never run out of material. From short to epic, my books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even been hand drawn into a Japanese Translation. Now, if only I could read it…

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Sisters in Love Melissa Foster
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GIVEAWAY: The Perfect Book Setting by Paige Tyler

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From the very first time hubby and I visited New Orleans and met a man wearing a set of permanently attached vampire fangs, we knew the city was a little different…in the best possible way. You spend any time at all in NOLA and you can’t help but pick up one simple fact—New Orleans is special. There’s an ambience there that’s hard to find anywhere else we’ve ever been.

Walking around the city, you can feel the age and history of the place, see all the unique people and cultures coming together to create an amazing melting pot where you can imagine nearly anything being possible. And if by some chance you’re looking for a place to base a paranormal story, you’d be hard pressed to do better than New Orleans where you can practically feel the magic in the air the second you walk down the street.   

So, when we started writing the Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series about a pack of sexy alpha werewolves working as SWAT officers in the Dallas Police Department, we knew we had to give one of those characters a New Orleans backstory. A werewolf from New Orleans? There should probably be a law requiring it!

When we began writing WOLF HUNT, the newest book in the Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series, it was amazing how quickly the city itself sucks you in. Typically, you have to dedicate a couple pages to setting up the city environment a story takes place in, but with New Orleans, all you have to do is toss in a few words like Bourbon Street, jazz and blues, Mississippi River, beignet and chicory coffee, and BAM (see what I did there all you Emeril Lagasse fans!) the reader is instantly transported there with the hero and heroine.

In WOLF HUNT, werewolf hero Remy Boudreaux goes back home to face his past, and reunites with his high school crush, Triana Bellamy. The city quickly becomes a supporting character in their romance as a hurricane slowly moves toward the city, tossing their hearts around much the same way it does the muddy waters of the Mississippi.

You could never get that kind of background feeling in another city. New Orleans made WOLF HUNT a book you’ll have a hard time putting down, and an even harder one forgetting.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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GIVEAWAY: Summer Must-Reads by Mira Lyn Kelly

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I am so ready for my summer reads! I’m a huge reader and normally get some quality book snuggle every night—but this last month has been CRAZY and I’ve hardly had time to read at all. But we’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m about to have my normal routine restored. In anticipation of the coming book binge, I’ve selected a handful of sexy summer reads guaranteed get my grin on.

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51VKil6jC8LI KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE by Lauren Layne

Seriously, Lauren gives good RomCom. Her books are light and fresh and sexy and sizzly, and I always tell myself I’m going to try and make them last, but then end up devouring them in one sitting because they’re impossible to put down.

 

 

51aRAQ21SzLWICKED ABYSS by Kresley Cole

Meet my all time favorite author, Kresley. I use her first name like we’re best friends. We’ve never OFFICIALLY met, but I’m guessing after all the fan mail, she feels like we have. Like we’re sisters maybe. I bet she’s hoping we’ll get stuck in an elevator for eleven or twelve hours together too some day. She’d tell me stories and I’d give her the bottle of water from my bottomless purse. We’d bond while I recounted all my favorite parts of the books she wrote. It would NOT be creepy.

Anyhoo, this one’s the latest in her crack addictive series IMMORTALS AFTER DARK. But if you’ve already burned through that one, try the ARCANA CHRONICLES. Or if you’re feeling naughty… THE GAME MAKER series.

 

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Heather Long’s Passionate Affair with Romance

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The first book I remember flipping through was a pop-up Greek mythology book. It had these great “statues” of the gods along with simple tales about them—including love affairs. I loved that book. I paged through it until it began to fall apart. This is a pretty typical story. Most kids have other picture books, usually featuring kittens and puppies.  Not me—well, I probably had them, but I don’t remember them.

What I do remember was curling up next to my grandmother (I couldn’t sit on her, because she’d had cancer and was going through treatments) while she read me her Harlequin romances. Yep, at the age of three, she fed me a steady diet of boy meets girl, secret babies, millionaire bosses, Cinderella tales, and more. She really didn’t like picture books, but she did love her Harlequins.

Whenever the scene might get “steamy” she would tell me the characters had to go to bed to take a nap or they had to do their chores. Even after I learned to read, she would take an hour each evening and read aloud to me from these magical tales where everything worked out in the end.

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GIVEAWAY: Opposites Attract in YA by J.C. Welker

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Whether you ship canon characters or non-canon characters one thing will always draw me into a book more than others, and that is the archetypal opposites attract story. What I like to call the “annoyance to love” trope. When two characters seem to be opposites in everything they think and do, only to discover that love unites them in ways beyond those differences and they learn they’re more alike than not.

Though in some cases opposites don’t always attract, but when it does work…there will be sparks and fireworks, and lips touching, and stars forming. In my heart of hearts I will always be a lover of these types of stories and here are three reasons why:

  1. The slow burn

Some of my favorite books and shows have been the ones with a painfully slow burn between two characters from the first meet. It’s that initial attraction, something about them that immediately makes you interested. Having them at odds with each other can make every moment unpredictable. And when they are thrust into a particular situation where they must work together towards a goal a slow spark begins, until eventually…everything is on fire. Think Nina and Matthias from Six Of Crows, or Root and Shaw from Person of Interest.

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Giveaway + First Look: THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Auction Rachel Van Dyken

Guys, we relish every opportunity to feel like Oprah, but this is truly a special occasion! We’ve got a quick look at The Bachelor Auction by the amazing Rachel Van Dyken AND a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win below!


Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and…yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.

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Aural Pleasures + Giveaway: Kim Redford’s BLAZING HOT COWBOY

Blazing Hot Cowboy Kim Redford

I’ve always enjoyed second chance love stories, so in Blazing Hot Cowboy, I paint a vivid picture of former high school sweethearts Kent Duval and Lauren Sheridan getting back together. But when these two aren’t all over each other, how do they pass the time?

Both enjoy listening to music! What tunes are their favorites?


Kent Duval’s favorite musical playlist includes:

Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”

Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”

Waylon Jennings’ “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys”

Leon Russell’s “A Song for You”

Garth Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire”

 

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Katie Ruggle on Kick-Ass Heroines and Sisterhood

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As I was thinking about a topic for this blog post, I realized something. I talk a lot about heroes. I write a lot about heroes, about what makes a hero, how a hero expresses his love, why I have a little bit of extra adoration in my heart for a certain hero (George of Gone Too Deep).

But why, I asked myself, am I neglecting the heroines? I didn’t in the books. In my Search and Rescue series, I wrote each one almost exclusively from the heroine’s point of view, even when that was difficult (ahem…I’m looking at you, Daisy). The women were able to express their feelings and their motivations and their experiences directly, while readers got to know the heroes through the heroines’ eyes. My female characters also did a fair amount of ass-kicking, saving the heroes just as many times—if not more—than they themselves were saved.

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