Posts Tagged ‘coming of age’

Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Heroes: Prince Alex D’Lysnal from SUDDENLY ROYAL

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have always dreamed of handsome princes, first when I was a child, and then as I grew up. dreaming The Princess Diary books and historical romances featuring sexy, regal princes in disguise were always fantastic. books  ew kissing

Which is why Alex from Suddenly Royal got added to my swoon-worthy pile of sexy princes. Shall I tell you about this awesome book?

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Guest Post: “Veterans on Campus” by Jessica Scott

Break My Fall Jessica Scott

I didn’t get to college the traditional route. I joined the Army in 1995 because I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up and I figured the Army was a good way for me to get some money for college. Someday, I’d go to school.

I went to school. At night, on weekends, online. It took me 10 years to get my bachelor’s degree and it was because of the Army’s education initiatives. But it was nearly 18 years into my career when I first set foot on a college campus.

It was an alienating experience of the first order. I can’t speak for other veterans. I wasn’t a young woman or man coming back from war. I was older than my cohorts in graduate school by at least a decade, closer in age to my professors than my peers. In part, I think the age was only part of the reason for my sense of alienation.

The war and my role in the Army was a large part of it. Academia is well known for it’s left leaning political views and in that, my graduate school experience was no surprise. I remember many friendly arguments about who joins the Army and why – whether military service members are just the idiots who can’t or won’t go to college or whether there is a deeper motivation to being willing to serve. We argued about the role of sexual assault in the military and I grew tired of fielding the same questions: were you ever sexually assaulted? What’s it like being in an organization like that?

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Jennifer Rush, Jill Shalvis, Jay Crownover and Danielle Paige

We’ve got another Deal Alert for you today with some fabulous titles on sale! Altered by Jennifer Rush, Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis, Asa by Jay Crownover, and Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige! Be sure to get these deals before it’s too late!

Altered by Jennifer Rush

They were made to forget. But they’ll never forgive.
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who’s stolen Anna’s heart.

When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna’s father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.

On the run, with her father’s warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis


Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it’s the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there’s an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance…

Asa: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover

 Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.

Guest Post

Guest Post: “Longtime Companion” by Cecilia Tan

Daron's Guitar Chronicles Volume 8 Cecilia Tan

On writing a serial and the same character for 20+ years…

That used to be a euphemism for a same sex partner, you know: “longtime companion.” Back in the days before same sex marriage, and before people could be open about their relationships. I titled this essay that because my “secret gay companion” who has been with me since I was a teenager is the main character of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles. I’ve literally been living with this character in my head since about 1983.

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: UNSUNG by Shannon Richard

Unsung Shannon Richard

Shannon Richard’s Unsung pairs a jilted bride with a tattooed country musician, and their one-night stand leaves some permanent consequenes. Awkard! Shannon is here to talk about music, Unsung, and real-life musical inspirations for her heroes.

Music is a MASSIVE inspiration for my writing. A lot of times I will hear a song that inspires a scene…or sometimes even an entire book.

With Unsung there was a new kind of inspiration when it came to the musical world. The hero is Liam James, and he was conceptualized with two specific musicians in my mind: Kip Moore and Eric Church. Both men are country musicians (like Liam), they both rock scruffy gloriousness on their faces (also like Liam), and there is just something about their Southern demeanor and general badassness that I’m rather found of (again, like Liam).

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