Posts in the Paranormal Romance genre

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Guest Post + Excerpt: “Reading for Cardio” by Hettie Ivers

Slip of Fate Hettie Ivers

As a workaholic insomniac with an overly active imagination, my journey to writing naughty, twisty paranormal tales began several years ago as a desperate attempt to distract myself from the real-life corporate mergers and impending litigations that were giving me nightmares.  It worked!  Soon I was sleeping soundly—dreaming about big, oversexed alpha men with superpowers chasing me down rather than thinking about the Napoleon-complex stuffed suits at the office who had been driving me nuts.

Because I continue to write largely for my own amusement and stress relief, my hope is that my stories may help others to escape their worries about weenie bosses, looming deadlines, and whatever else is causing distress in their lives for a few hours as well.

The fact is reading remains one of the safest, healthiest, most economical means of distraction, relaxation, and entertainment available.  Hey, throw in a heart-pounding, sexy read and you might just sneak in your cardio workout for the day!  (I’m certain there’s a really qualified panel of doctors and “experts” somewhere who will corroborate this for me.)

Along those lines, I am absolutely thrilled to have been given this tremendous opportunity for a Guest Author Post in Ever After Romance, and I hope to do my part to help readers get their heart rates up just a teeny tiny bit by sharing this brief excerpt from my paranormal romance novel, Slip of Fate (Werelock Evolution, Book 1).

Do you have a great cardio romance read you’d like to share?  Please tweet your favorite aerobic romances to me or post a comment to the link to this article on my Facebook page.

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Exclusive Excerpt: A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS by Terry Spears

A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear

Does this post really need an introduction? Is it even possible to resist an excerpt from a book that has it all? It’s a Holiday book. About beautiful hot-headed shapeshifting jaguars. Who protect other shapeshifters as a job.  It’s amazing! Don’t you dare miss A Very Jaguar Christmas from Terry Spears, out now!


A man raised his voice several feet away and Everett and Howard turned to see what the matter was. Everett didn’t recognize the redhead, but Demetria was facing him down, hands on her hips, frowning at the guy. No matter how many times he observed her, Everett still saw her as an incredibly sexy brunette, curvy, with killer moves, a quick temper, but a loving heart—where kids of all ages were concerned. She hadn’t dated since Matt had died in the Costa Rican rainforest, and Everett didn’t think she’d ever get over his death.

Her long hair pulled back into a ponytail, she focused her darkened brown eyes strictly on the man in front of her, her body posture balanced. She looked ready for action.

Everett wanted to help her out if she needed his assistance, but he knew that stance. She was a wild cat, ready to take down the big male who was giving her grief. All the agents were highly trained, so no advantage to Demetria there. And he was ready for her reaction, so she couldn’t surprise him. Because of his size and weight, he most likely would have the upper hand. That meant Everett was tensing and getting ready to charge in and protect her—whether she needed him to, or wanted him to, or not. Who would know until after the altercation ended? Everett didn’t want to see her hurt.

Hell, a dozen guys were probably just as ready to protect her, but he didn’t have eyes on anyone else—just Demetria and the redhead.

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Exclusive Excerpt: RACE THE DARKNESS by Abbie Roads

Race The Darkness Abbie Roads

It’s boring and grey outside. Perfect weather for a great Paranormal Romance! Don’t miss this gorgeous exclusive excerpt of Abbie Roads’ Race The Darkness!


Xander paced the length of his porch, his bare feet padding across the wood, the sound pleasantly mixing with the chorus of nighttime noises rocking out on the hillside. But still turmoil roiled inside him. As much as he hated to admit it to himself, he was worried about Isleen. Worried about her health, her sanity, and—after finding that cross on her forehead—her safety. The thing that worried him the most was the simple fact that he cared at all. She shouldn’t dominate his mind. Was Matt right? Did the women in her family possess some strange power to enchant the men in his?

A rhythmic sound invaded. He paused in his pacing, trying to place the origin. It was the crunch of gravel under feet. Someone was jogging up the driveway toward his place. He leaped off the porch, oblivious to his bare feet, and raced toward the sound.

His eyes weren’t as sharp as his ears, but he knew—fucking knew—the figure that emerged from the curve was Isleen. She sucked and wheezed rapid breaths. Her heart beat a frantic duh-dum, duh-dum tempo. Her gait was all wrong—sloppy and disjointed, arms flailing almost as if she were swimming instead of running. With the way she’d acted earlier toward him, something had to be terribly wrong for her to seek him out.

Adrenaline bucked through his system, charging his muscles, readying him for a fight. He scanned the lane behind her, expecting to see someone pursuing her. Nothing. He listened for the sounds of a chase. Nothing.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Krystal Shannan, Pam McCutcheon, Janice Sims, & Siân O’Gorman

We’re going WILD this weekend! How? By adding an extra book to this week’s Deal Alert! (Okay, wild for us. Which is on the mild side. We’re working on it.) Get these steals from Krystal Shannan, Pam McCutcheon, Janice Sims, and Siân O’Gorman while they last!


Chasing Sam by Krystal Shannan

Love, Lust, & Fated Mates.
Werewolf royalty, Samantha Demakis is not ready for what lies ahead of her. At 25, according to decree, it is time for to her to marry, but there is so much more at stake. Her royal suitors, those chosen by her parents, must fight to the death for her hand in marriage. Sam’s obligations and inner wolf are at odds. But when, she meets a sexy stranger, Sam decides forever is just what she wants–with the right wolf.

Spending his life alone, Chase Michaels can’t believe the odds that his alpha wolf reacts so strongly to a chance encounter with a beautiful woman. Never experiencing such desire and need, Chase is bound and determined to make Sam his, despite the laws against it. Unprepared for the snobbery of the noble families, Chase prepares for battle. Can he fight the laws and ancient tradition to win the heart of the woman he’s destined to be with? Or will he die trying?


The Mesmerist by Pam McCutcheon

A woman fleeing her unfaithful fiancé. A cuddly ghost seeking the manner of his death. A magical matchmaker determined to bring the two together, even across time.

When dog trainer Gina Charles flees her unfaithful fiancé, she ends up at a hotel room with another occupant—a ghost with compelling dark eyes who cuddles up to her in the middle of the night.

Ghostly mesmerist Drake Manton doesn’t remember how he died, and insists Gina help him learn the manner of his death so he can move on or he’ll haunt her forever.

Gina’s investigation leads her to the burned-out Chesterfield hotel, where she finds a magical hope chest in the ruins. When she touches it, she and her faithful terrier hurtle back in time to 1883 where she comes face-to-face with the very alive, very sexy mesmerist.

Now all Gina has to do is prevent Drake’s fiery death so she can return to her own time. Or can she give up her life in the future for a lifetime of love in Drake’s arms?


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Exclusive Excerpt: Jenna Ryan’s DARK LILY

Dark Lily Jenna Ryan

We’re enamored with this excerpt of Dark Lily by Jenna Ryan. Ghosts + mysterious backgrounds + cute kids with possible powers =a win in our book. We hope you enjoy!


New Orleans, 1993

“I have to do this, Gaby.” The beautiful woman, whose red hair framed pale, perfect features, stared into her daughter’s eyes. “Mama Madeleine says it’s the only way to keep you safe. Do you understand? Can you understand?”

But a child of three wasn’t interested in understanding anything except that her stuffed dog, Mojo, probably shouldn’t get wet. Hard to keep that from happening though, with rain falling in buckets from a sky blacker than the mashed-up beans and dirty rice she’d eaten last night.

“Mojo and me want to go home and watch a scary movie,” Gaby said firmly.

Her mother looked sad, but she smiled. “You can do that another time. Right now, I want you to think about the best adventure ever.”

“Haunted house.” Gaby giggled when thunder shook the train platform under her feet. “Wanna take a ride with a ghost.”

Her mother sighed. “I know. You’ve always loved ghosts. You’ve always seen ghosts. Sometimes real, sometimes not. That’s the problem.”

“Ghosts don’t scare me.” Gaby watched a freckle-faced boy walk past pulling the wrapper off an ice cream bar. “They just want someone to talk to.”

The hands clasping her arms tightened briefly. “That’s what Mama Madeleine says too. Now—” she pressed her lips together, kissed Gaby’s cheek and forehead and hugged her hard before pulling back, “—it’s time. Could be it’s past time. I pray it isn’t, but we’ll see. Remember this, Gabrielle. I love you. I’ll always love you. You’re going on a big adventure tonight.”

Gaby’s eyes brightened. “Mojo too?”

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Reviews, Books, Reviews

Charity Beecham Reviews THE AFTER EFFECT by Rose Shababy

The After Effect Rose Shababy

The long await for the continuation of The Blue Effect, by Rose Shababy, has finally come to an end. The After Effect, by Rose Shababy, has made its debut, and it is definitely nothing like I had imagined it to be. There are so many twists and turns to the story that you never get bored while reading it. This story is a roller coaster ride through the past, present, and future.

Kasey is being haunted by the memories of his past. He is reliving the death of his family almost every night now in his dreams. These reoccurring events are not only effecting him mentally and physically, it is also effecting his relationship with the love of his life, Blue. Blue is not liking these new frustrations coming from Kasey. He has always been the one to keep them grounded, and now that he is starting to lose his cool, will he end up losing Blue too?

The group has uprooted themselves from Seattle, and decided to move to Idaho. What they did not expect to find on their new adventure was another super human like themselves, Rayne. Rayne never expected to meet a single person with abilities like herself, much less a whole group of them. Could the intimidation of the super group be enough to push Rayne away? Or can they find a way to keep her, and talk her into joining the group? Not only is Rayne`s gift unlike any of their own, they soon will learn that her gift is the only thing that can save one of their own lives.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Renee Rose, Susan Hatler, and Bethany Claire

A short week’s never felt longer, which is why we’re building a cocoon of books and getting the most out of our weekend as possible.  Bonus: We’re sharing all of the great books we found in the process! Get these steals from Renee Rose, Susan Hatler, and Bethany Claire while they last!


The Hand of Vengeance by Renee Rose
On his planet, women are punished when they disobey…

Dr. Lara Simmons can handle difficult surgeries on the battlefield of a war-torn planet. She can even handle her capture by rebels who need her skills to save the life of an important figure-head. But she wasn’t prepared for being stuck out in the wilderness with Blade Vengeance, the fierce tattooed rebel warrior with antiquated views of gender roles and corporal punishment. Dominant and unyielding, he doesn’t hesitate to take her in hand when she disobeys his rules. Yet he also delivers pleasure–with a passion she’s never before experienced.

Blade finds the doctor from Earth sexy as hell, especially when she’s giving him attitude, but once he delivers her safely to headquarters, he pulls back from her allure. Known for single-handedly starting the revolution and freeing many of his people, his life is one of hardship, slavery and war. Going soft on a woman isn’t part of his plan, especially with the final strike of the revolution so close. But when he sends Lara back to Earth to keep her safe during the upcoming battle, he inadvertently delivers her into enemy hands. Can he find and save her from the revolution he caused?

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Exclusive Excerpt: Marie Treanor’s THE PRISONER OF SILVERWOOD CASTLE

Prisoner of Silverwood Castle Marie Treanor

We’re almost done with the week. You know what that means, kids? Rewards! Enjoy this fantastic little excerpt from Marie Treanor‘s The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle, out now!


 

I forgave her all over again when I saw my bedchamber. It was in the old part of the castle, and it had a low, vaulted ceiling and bare, unplastered stone walls on which hung some ancient and very dusty tapestries. Since it was growing dark, I lit the lamp and stood on my trunk to reach the little window catch. I had to wrestle with it to make it open, as if the cobwebs were trying to hold it shut. Although my sisters would not have approved of the housekeeping—and in fact, even I considered a little dusting to be in order here—I liked the little chamber far more than Augusta’s grand, luxurious apartments. It seemed I had maligned my brother-in-law the duke, and he understood me much better than I had thought.

In perfect charity with him, I unpacked my clothes, seized a clean gown to wear for the rest of the evening, and put the rest away in the oak wardrobe which looked a little out of place but was at least useful. I washed my face in the bowl provided, gasping at the coldness of the water, then brushed and repinned my hair, and, with difficulty, found my way back to Augusta’s apartments.

She had a bedroom, a dressing room, a cosy dining room, and a large sitting room. They were all utterly feminine, with no sign of the duke’s accoutrements, so I could only assume his rooms were elsewhere. Perhaps through one of the two doors at the end of the sitting room. I wasn’t sure I would care to live like that if I was married. Provided I liked my husband, of course, and I had long ago decided that nothing except actual love would induce me to marry anyone, however rich, powerful, or influential. Fortunately, my brother the earl seemed to be content with those commodities he’d already gained through my sisters’ marriages, Augusta’s being very much his trump card. So I doubted I would have to fight very hard for my independence. Once I got away from Augusta.

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“I Once Thought Writing a Paranormal Romance Would Be Easy…” by Tina Donahue

Disciplining the Beast Tina Donahue

After penning dozens of contemporary and historical romances, I wanted to switch gears and explore the paranormal genre. At the time, I was well aware of complications in writing any romance. The author has to keep the lovers apart in a logical manner, bring them together in a way that makes sense, and then tear them apart again with the turmoil occurring seamlessly within the plot. No easy feat. Add to that problems in communication during historical times—after all, they didn’t have cell phones or the internet in order to get in touch quickly—and authors face innumerable obstacles they must overcome.

As I hadn’t written any paranormals up to that point, I reasoned the genre had to be easier. The heroine or hero or both have superpowers. They don’t need no stinking iPhones, they can communicate telepathically or beam in and out of each other’s lives like Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock did on Star Trek. Talk about freaking easy.

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Q&A: Missy Jane of SAVING HER ANGEL

Saving Her Angel Missy Jane

Stop everything, because we just bonded hardcore with Missy Jane. Mostly because we’re Gene Kelly nerds, but also? Because she’s amazing! We’ve loved featuring her on EA in the past and now we’ve got a fantastic Q&A to add to the pile! Check out her answers below and don’t miss her latest book, Saving Her Angel, out today!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Gone with the Wind

Singing in the Rain

Anchors Away (yes, I LOVE Gene Kelly)

French Kiss

The Princess Bride

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

I absolutely love when Rhett sweeps Scarlett off her feet and carries her up the stairs.

My favorite scene is when they first meet and she rescues him from the screaming fans.

I love the part when Frank Sinatra is talking to the girl from Jersey just like him.

The best and funniest part of this movie is when Meg Ryan is spying on Timothy Hutton and falls over the dessert cart.

There’s no way I can pick a favorite scene from Princess Bride. It’s inconceivable!

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