Posts Tagged ‘contemporary fiction’

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Exclusive Excerpt: RUSH by Shae Ross

RUSH by Shae Ross

Okay, we had to stop ourselves from laughing long enough to get this exclusive excerpt of Rush, by Shae Ross, live! If you love amazingly snappy dialogue, this one’s for you! Rush is out now!

I’m going to kill my sister. Strike that. First, I’ll shave her bald, then I’ll kill her.

White ruffles billow around my legs. I’m following my best friend Jace to the entrance of the Rathskeller bar. It’s the night before Halloween and thanks to my sister Cate, who stole my badass ninja costume and left me hers, I’m dressed as Little Bo Peep. Despite the fact that I haven’t worn a dress in years and Cate doesn’t wear anything unless it’s fringed, feathered, or sequined, she thought this “stripper on her way to a carnival” look would work for me.

Double doors burst open, blasting the night air with riotous sounds from the crowd within. Anxiety bubbles in my swampy stomach as we sidestep the gang of sweaty men that are laughing and stumbling out. “Hey, look, it’s Cinderella,” one of them calls in a tone of drunken euphoria.

I locate the source—a stocky cowboy, grinning at me from under the brim of his Stetson. When I pass him, he turns and walks backward, opening his hands over an impressive beer belly. “Aw, where ya’ goin’? I got your Prince Charming right here.”

Jace loops her arm through mine and nods to his gut. “You need to reacquaint yourself with a mirror, my friend.” His buddies roar, nudging him toward the parking lot. I blow out a breath then instantly suck it back as Jace reaches for the door handle.

“Wait!” My palm slaps the door, and she pauses, staring at me with an expectant look. “I can’t do it. I’m sorry. I thought I could but—I just can’t.” I spin and lunge toward the parking lot but she catches the hem of my dress with a firm stomp. My corset tightens, pinching my ribs, and I jerk to a stop.

“Priscilla! Get your ruffled butt back here.”

I grab a fistful of fabric and yank. It springs loose, sending me staggering. I’m trying to make my getaway, but it’s like moving with a tent strapped to my waist. No wonder Little Bo Peep couldn’t find her sheep—she couldn’t fucking move. Jace pivots, squashing my split second of freedom with her other foot. Frustration rumbles up my throat and I glare at her, but she’s unfazed. Reddish-blonde bangs sweep low on her brow, enhancing the twinkle of victory in her blue eyes.

I twist and thrust my palms out. “Seriously, do you know how humiliating this is for me?”

“You oughta be owning that corset like Madonna in the eighties.”

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Heroes: Alex from Elizabeth Hayley’s THE WEDDING AGREEMENT

I think I’ve mentioned before that this year I’m making more time for reading, despite my hectic writing schedule and home life. I also love to find new to me authors, so when I had the chance to read an ARC of Elizabeth Hayley’s new book, The Wedding Agreement, I was incredibly stoked. The Wedding Agreement Elizabeth Hayley I had heard such good things about their writing (plus, if you follow them on Facebook or their blog, they are funny as hell.) laughing

Wait, did you catch that I said, “them?” That’s right, Elizabeth Hayley is a writing duo. Two people who work together in harmony to create romance novels that tug at your heartstrings and The Wedding Agreement is no exception. Especially as it introduces us to sexy FBI agent Alex, a single father trying to have a relationship with his daughter, with no time for anything else. So when his ex-wife won’t let him have his daughter for the summer, his friends with benefits partner, Cass, decides to tell her that Alex and she are engaged, hoping it will make his ex-wife, Tessa, more comfortable leaving their daughter, Nina, with him. It’s supposed to be a temporary solution and once the fake engagement is over, they go back to being friends. But complications arise when the two fall in love…

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Guest Post: “The Allure of the Billionaire” by Jeanette Grey

Eight Ways To Ecstasy Jeanette Grey

For as long as people have been writing romances, the obscenely wealthy hero has been a staple. Christian Grey may have been the most recent tycoon to take the world by storm, but he’s not the only one, and he’s certainly not the last. Put him in modern times, and Mr. Darcy himself is a gruff billionaire who needs a plucky, resourceful heroine to make his boring rich guy existence come to life.

So what makes the billionaire romance so enduringly popular?

It’s an appealing fantasy for sure. Who wouldn’t love to have a wealthy mogul drop into their life and fall madly in love with them? This kind of hero can offer more than just a forever love. He offers a true escape from all the worst parts of daily life. Ready to ditch that nine to five or kiss your smelly roommates—or worse, your father’s house—goodbye? Money helps. Cinderella may not have gone looking for a prince, but when he whisked her away from a life of misery, it couldn’t have hurt that he replaced it with gorgeous gowns and a castle.

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Q&A + Excerpt of NOBODY BUT YOU by Jill Shalvis

Nobody But You Jill Shalvis

We’ve got a gift basket’s worth of treats today on EverAfter! We’re thrilled to bring you a mini-Q&A with the lovely Jill Shalvis, a mouthwatering excerpt of her book, Nobody But You, releasing March 29th, 2016, and a giveaway for the Cedar Ridge series! Are you hyped?! We’re so hyped!

1. What’s the funniest “meet-cute” you’ve ever written?

Possibly Jacob and Sophie in Nobody But You.  After all, our poor seasick Sophie ends up throwing up practically ON Jacob.  Maybe not traditionally “cute” … or okay, not cute at all … but definitely memorable.

2. Do you have a favorite (or current) book boyfriend? If so, who and why?

My current boyfriends are movie boyfriends.  Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth.  What can I say, I have a thing for the Chris’s.

3. Describe what readers can expect from a Jill Shalvis romance in 140 characters.

Hot guys, fun, sexy, humor, hot guys, love, girl power and as it can’t be said enough, more hot guys.

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Guest Post: “How Do I Celebrate Release Day?” by Carolyn Brown

One Texas Cowboy Too Many Carolyn Brown

Thank you so much for inviting me to Ever After Romance to talk about my new release, One Texas Cowboy Too Many. This is the third book in the Burnt Boot series which started with Cowboy Boots for Christmas (Cowboy Not Included) and The Trouble with Texas Cowboys. Don’t put your boots away after this one though because there’s another one coming up. A Cowboy’s Christmas Miracle is scheduled for release on September 6.

So how do I celebrate release day? I’d like to say that I reserve a couple of nights in a five star hotel and have room service bring me breakfast in bed. Or that I book a cruise and order breakfast on the balcony. Either one would be a fantastic start to my release day celebration.

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Guest Post: Tara Sue Me on Erotica’s Reputation

The Master Tara Sue Me

I think sometimes erotica gets a bad rap. It’s often seen as nothing more than porn without pictures  or it’s something those people read. And you’re not too sure who those people are,  but it’s not you. Other times, I’ve heard it said you don’t have to write good to write erotica. As long as the sex is there, that’s all anybody cares about.

But erotica is so much more.  At its heart, like all romances, erotica is a love story. It’s the coming together of a couple (or more if you’re talking menage, but let’s keep it simple)  as they explore  their feelings, desires, and wants.

Like other romances, there are forces that try to keep them apart  and obstacles to overcome before they find their happily ever after.  Unlike other romances, in erotica,  sex plays a big part of the story.

However,  this doesn’t necessarily mean wild and crazy, swinging from the chandeliers,  sex. Nor does it mean it has to involve whips and chains, floggers and nipple clamps.  Though erotica can have some or all of those.

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Fitness Fridays

Fitness Fridays: The Marathon Edition by Sally Kilpatrick

My lovelies, as you read this I’m journeying to Orlando to run my first marathon. It may be one of my father’s infamous “Two in One Specials,” i.e. first and last marathons all rolled up into one. Okay. It’s probably going to be a two-in-one, but I have learned to never say never. In honor of this dubious achievement (Oh, please let me finish and not get swept!) I thought I’d talk a little about what I’ve learned from marathon training.

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Exclusive Excerpt: WITH EVERY BREATH by Lia Riley

With Every Breath Lia Riley

With Every Breath by Lia Riley is out tomorrow and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt for you to enjoy! Be sure and order your copy of With Every Breath today!

We walk in silence and end up in a clearing beside the stream.

The water level has dropped enough that I could easily boulder hop across and return to the main route.

“Look, there’s the trail.” My feet don’t budge toward camp, where my backpack is sitting, ready to go. Despite his offer to hike with me to the climbing camp, this is an easy out for him.


We watch the water rush over the rocks, wash them clean. If he tells me to go, I won’t be forced to decide on what to do with his story.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Sparrow Beckett, Tiffany Snow, Katie Lane, and Elizabeth Boyle

Today’s first Deal Alert set offers great books by Sparrow Beckett, Tiffany Snow, Katie Lane, and Elizabeth Boyle. Grab these killer deals before they’re gone!!

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Dominant, crop-wielding men are all Kate dreams about, but how far is she willing to go? 

Kate wants a man who will take charge—she just needs to find the right guy. Fortunately, her friend is throwing a kinky Halloween party with a guest list loaded with sexy, available men. That’s where she meets Banner.

Dark and intense, Banner’s not just a Dominant, he’s a Master looking for a slave. Kate isn’t interested in something that extreme, but when he offers to help her find the perfect Dom, while training her to be a flawless submissive, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector.

Banner knows they’re not compatible, yet something about Kate is impossible to resist. Once he finds her the right Dom, will he be able let her go?

No Turning Back Tiffany Snow
No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow

Being a bartender by night and law firm runner by day helps make ends meet for Kathleen Turner. Mostly. Being 23 and single in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly a thrilling adventure, but then again, that’s not what Kathleen wanted. At least, not until she met Blane Kirk.

Navy SEAL turned high-profile attorney, Blane is everything a woman could want. The only problem? He’s her boss.

Blane is known for playing the field and the last thing Kathleen needs or wants is to get involved with him. But when her friend is murdered and it seems Kathleen will be next, she may not have a choice.

Now Blane is the only thing standing between her and people who want her dead, including assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon. Beautiful but deadly, he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way, even the woman who makes him question everything he’s become.

The deeper she sinks into the web of lies and murder, the more Kathleen realizes she can trust no one if she’s going to survive. No one is innocent. Not even Blane.

Hunk For the Holidays by Katie Lane

Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family’s construction business. That might explain why she doesn’t have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn’t quite explain why she’s crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or – crazier still – why she’s dying to unwrap him like a present…
With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn’t stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he’s not an escort. He’s her family’s fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her…

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle’s fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair

She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

Fitness Fridays

Fitness Fridays: “Crime and Punishment” by Sally Kilpatrick

Treat Yo Self Sally KilpatrickI was going to talk to you about burpees and smoothie recipes, but I’m happy to report you have received a reprieve because I came to the most startling revelation the other day: I have been punishing myself.

Oh, sure, I like to think I’ve actually been lax what with all the things I’ve been eating that I shouldn’t have. Or maybe I think I haven’t pushed myself hard enough with the running since I’m behind on marathon training. In all actuality, I’ve been harsher with myself than I thought.

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