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Sealed in Blood by Jenna Fox

Amazon-2Determined to forget her ex-fiancé, and gather the remains of her betrayed heart, Charisma Claiborne scrapes together her hard earned pennies for a dream trip to Las Vegas. On her first day in town, she has an accident with an eccentric casino owner. Enthralled by his good looks, she falls into his bed for a steamy one night stand.

But Hunt Blackwater is more than a mysterious, gorgeous casino owner. Rumors of a Native American curse and a string of inexplicable deaths follow in his wake. But the most terrifying is his ability to reach right into Charisma’s soul and make her want the things she’s convinced herself she can do without.

Unwilling to get in over her head, Charisma cuts her trip short and returns home, but trouble seems to follow her. With remembered whispers of curses in her ears, and the lingering smell of death in her nose, she wonders if she is his next victim. Things go from puzzling to harrowing as Charisma comes face to face with the greatest betrayal she could ever imagine.

Targeted Audience: Romance/Erotica/Suspense/Thriller

Author Bio:
Jenna Fox’s work is born from real life experiences, an overactive imagination and a consuming caffeine addiction. Sometimes she finds herself writing sex scenes on fast food napkins and store receipts while waiting in traffic, but she’s always guilty of keeping her mind in the gutter. Fox is a listener of bad-ass music and a watcher of classic slasher films. In short, she’s a multi-tasker – a writer, a storyteller, able to make a boo-boo all better with just one kiss and a proud, world class expert at screwing up recipes and scaring away closet monsters. She believes in ghosts and God and is absolutely convinced chocolate soothes the savage beast.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a fan of suspense and horror, Fox wanted to write a story that would appeal to readers of several genres, including erotica. Sealed in Blood has a little something for everyone.

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Roar! a paranormal romance by Vanessa Kittle

811yR52hehL._SL1500Iris is an ordinary young woman who takes care of her parents and works in a high school library. One night after a bad date Iris is driving home on a lonely country road and runs into someone or something very different.

Roar! is a paranormal romance with elements of science fiction. By the end of this first part things get nicely hot and steamy.

Targeted Audience: 18+

Author Bio:
Vanessa Kittle is 39. She lives out on Long Island with her evil cats; Lama and Sombrero, and her more evil partner, Erin. Vanessa is a former chef and lawyer who now teaches English Composition. She has published 2 collections of poetry: Apart, and Surviving the Days of the Empire, both with The March Street Press. Her work has recently been in The New Renaissance, Contemporary American Voices, Nerve Cowboy, Limestone, Ibbetson Street, and A Generation Defining Itself anthology. Vanessa edits the Abramelin Poetry Journal. Vanessa has been nominated 3 times for the Pushcart Prize. Her first novel, Elaenorh, has just been published by Double Dragon Publishing. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and Star Trek!

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My love of science fiction and romance.

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Peril: Witchy Wolf Book 2 by Alexis Dare

Crying WolfFrom New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Alexis Dare

Sequel to the Best-selling Book, Witchy Wolf

She’s found her fated mate. Now, she has to keep him…

Chloe Jackson has barely adjusted to her new life with the pack and sexy Alpha werewolf, Gabriel Denton. Now, not only must she deal with the murderous glances of a jealous she-wolf who wants Gabriel, but she also must face an evil from her past that threatens to destroy her new life and happiness with her hunky alpha. Can Gabe save Chloe from the clutches of her enemy? Will Chloe uncover the truth behind her heritage? Will she walk down the aisle with the love of her life, or will Gabe lose her to forces he never saw coming?

Targeted Audience: 21+

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NYT and USA Today bestselling author Alexis Dare lives in a small Southern town. During her free time, Alexis loves to read and can often be found with a book (whether it be the paper or digital kind) in her hands. She can also play a mean game of Pool and enjoys playing it with her family.

Alexis is a laid back kind of gal and can be content lounging in her pjs while spending time with her husband and children. Summer will find her splashing around in the pool and judging contests between her boys to see who does the best jump off the diving board. She loves having the summers off to be with her family.

Forever fascinated by the paranormal, Alexis pens novels featuring werecreatures (love those Alphas!), vampires, ghosts, and more! Her first novel, Witchy Wolf, was just recently published in the box set, Fated Mates: The Alpha Shifter Boxed Set by Insatiable Reads, which hit the USA Today and NYT bestselling lists. This book is the first of a series about Chloe Jackson and her dealings with biker Gabriel Denton. So keep an eye out for the other books in the series and read them all, IF YOU DARE! To find out more about Alexis, visit her website at www.alexisdare.com.

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Author Paula Margulies Shares Their Story

Paula-Margulies-PhotoAbout the Author
I’m the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. I’ve received numerous awards for my essays and works of fiction, including my historical novel, Favorite Daughter, my first novel, Coyote Heart, and my short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories. I’ve been awarded some wonderful artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. I currently live in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit my website at www.paulamargulies.com.

What inspires you to write romance books?
I like love stories – a book without love in it usually isn’t of much interest to me. So, when it comes time to write, I’ve always written books that include some type of love story or romance (and that goes for historical fiction, too!).

Tell us about how you write:
I write in my home office mostly, although I try to sneak away to artist residencies whenever my teaching and client work schedule will allow. I usually write on Sundays, but that all depends on how much life intrudes (and it does that often, believe me!).

Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Ha! Yes, indeed. When I’m working on a book, I usually hear their voices in my head, especially while I’m trying to come up with the next scene in the book.

What advice would you give other writers?
I think that romance should be believable, which means that even though we want to identify with our heroes and heroines, they don’t necessarily have to be perfect people. Human beings are flawed, so I urge all romance authors to remember that when they’re developing their characters.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book, a contemporary romance called Coyote Heart, was initially represented by an agent and traditionally published. I eventually hired a lawyer and obtained the rights back and have since published a second edition myself. I’ve also published a collection of short stories called Face Value: Collected Stories.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Wow, it’s a brave new world, isn’t it?! I think that we will continue to see more self-published work from authors who were once traditionally published. I also think that the growing number of books out there will force us to develop new channels for reaching readers (something that most indie authors struggle with today).

What genres do you write?
Romance, historical fiction, women’s fiction, short story

What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print

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Favorite Daughter by Paula Margulies

FavoriteDaughter-FRONTCover-1Set in the time of the Jamestown settlement and the English explorer John Smith, Favorite Daughter, Part One recounts the story of Chief Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas, as she prepares to take her place as one of our nation’s earliest leading women. Pocahontas invites readers to experience her native world when strangers appear on the shores near her village. From forging a relationship with the charismatic Smith, to experiencing love for the first time and creating a role for herself in her father’s plans for peace, this young girl takes us on a poignant and harrowing journey through the turbulent events of her life. Eventually betrayed by all of the men she loves, Pocahontas matures into a heroine of tremendous nobility, courage, and heart.

Told in first person, in a voice brimming with compassion and wisdom, Favorite Daughter, Part One provides a compelling look at the early days of one of the most remarkable legends in American history.

Editor’s Choice Award Winner, 21st Annual San Diego State University Writers’ Conference

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Paula Margulies is the owner of Paula Margulies Communications, a public relations firm for authors and artists. She has received numerous awards for her essays and works of fiction, including her first novel, Coyote Heart, and her short story collection, Face Value: Collected Stories. She has been awarded artist residencies at Caldera, Red Cinder Artist Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Centrum. Margulies resides in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.paulamargulies.com.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After finishing my first novel, Coyote Heart, I was trying to decide what to write next. At that time, I happened to purchase a copy of Sena Jeter Naslund’s historical novel, Abundance, which is a fictional retelling of the life of Marie Antoinette. I was dazzled at both the story and the way Naslund used first person to allow the main character to tell the reader her version of what happened (rather than the fairly judgmental history we all know). I was so captivated with the first-person narrative and the voice in Naslund’s book, that I decided I would like to attempt something similar. I’ve always been fascinated with the story of Pocahontas, and since so much of her history has been told to us by the English explorer John Smith, I decided that retelling her story, from her perspective, might make for an interesting read.

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Loving Lena by Casey McKay

loving-lena-smallLena Trimble should be experiencing the happiest time in her life. She is in love with the most wonderful man she has ever met, they have a beautiful baby together, and they are starting a new life in a new country. But Lena feels like she is living a lie. Their child was conceived out of wedlock and she is still embroiled in a divorce from a horrible man who never loved her but was only after her money.

Wesley Lawford feels like the luckiest man alive. He finally has Lena all to himself and he is trying to build a new life with her and their child. But as Lena’s divorce drags on, her fears of what others think have her retreating from the world, and worse, closing herself off to him. Afraid of losing Lena as she continues secluding herself, Wesley knows he must be firm with his future wife and Lena soon finds herself over Wesley’s knee for a hard bare-bottom spanking. Will a firm hand and loving domestic discipline bring back the woman he loves? Will simply loving Lena be enough to keep them together?

Loving Lena is the second in the Ravenswood Manor series. The book is a Victorian romance set during the beginning of America’s Bicycle Craze, in 1890′s Philadelphia. Although each book can be read alone, characters from the first book in the series, Emmaline’s Groom, are referenced in Loving Lena.

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
Casey McKay enjoys fighting the boredom of her soul crushing day job by being a spanking fiction writer by night. Writing books she would like to read- not surprisingly they all become romance novels, with lots of spanking. She likes a good romance, with a little bit of comedy, a happy ending, and of course some spanking.

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The Three Kitties that Saved My Life by Michael Meyer

MikeMeyer_ThreeKittiesFINALIST 2014 RONE Award, Inspirational Book

AN UPLIFTING TRUE STORY OF LOVE – from love and loss to love once again – a feel-good read
#1 Amazon best seller in Love and Loss, December 2013
#1 Amazon best seller in Educator Biographies, April 2014
#1 Amazon best seller in Love & Romance, April 2014

What if you suddenly lost your partner through life? How would you find the will to go on all alone? Would you ever be able to fall in love again? This is the true story of my journey from grieving widower, not caring if I lived or died, to the once-again happily married man I am today, a man who both loves and cherishes life. My three kitties have given me a new zest for living.

My story begins with loss and tears, but it ends with lots of love and laughter. I hope that you will find yourself both entertained and inspired by my journey.

Targeted Audience: All adults

Author Bio:
Michael Meyer is a retired English professor. He lives in Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Years after my first wife died, lonely as could be, I decided to see if I could find love again. I also knew that my deceased wife would want this from me. When I finally happened, I just knew that I had to put my story to words.

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Day of the Phoenix by Neal James

Day-of-the-Phoenix-v3-Cover-ProofSteve Marshall was ready. This time there would be no mistakes – no-one to derail the plan, and no-one to step outside his ideas for the perfect Britain.

Anyone standing in the way of progress would be unmercifully mown down. Infiltrating the British Democratic Party was the ultimate solution to the establishment of a Fascist state – a state controlled by him and him alone. Robert Grafton, the party’s current leader, was going to be the perfect tool in the fulfilment of a dream, and would be just one more stepping stone on a path reaching back as far as the end of the Second World War.

Marshall had toiled hard and long at the plan since the debacle of 1992. The Organisation had come within a whisker of success, and but for some strokes of outrageous fortune, MI5 and its head, the imperious George Watkinson, would have been all but consigned to history. This time it would be different.

Neal James takes this sequel to ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’ into a frighteningly possible future. A future built upon the use of the ballot box to further the aims of a radical political society, and where the lessons of history are all too easily forgotten.

Targeted Audience: 21 – 100

Author Bio:
Neal James began writing in 2007 when a series of short stories found favour on a number of international writing sites. Since then, he has released five novels and one anthology. He has appeared in both the national and local press, and has also been a regular at branches of Waterstones and local reading groups and libraries in his home counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

‘Day of the Phoenix’, the sequel to ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’ has taken him into the realms of politics and the murky waters of espionage, and takes his 2008 novel to its logical conclusion.

An accountant for over 30 years, that training has given him an insight into much of the background required in the production of his writing so far. He lives in Derbyshire with his wife and family.

Find out more about Neal James and all of his writing on his website: www.nealjames.webs.com

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It is the sequel to my 2008 debut novel, ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’.

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Rapine: Abducted by the Billionaire (The Trophy Wife Book 1) by Charlotte Rose

b36A tale of highly possessive, savage, chauvinistic, alpha male, multi-billionaires. Cheryl appears to have an extravagantly perfect life. She is engaged to an incredibly attractive multi-billionaire. She can have absolutely anything she desires materially. She is only expected to please her fiancé visually and sexually. When Cheryl meets the handsome Julian, he pursues her vigorously, regardless of her disinterest and engaged status. Julian always takes what he wants, even if he has to commit rapine. He captures her and holds her against her will during which time he unveils who he really is; a tender, alluring, romantic man although he is also savage, chauvinistic, and primal.

Targeted Audience: 22

Author Bio:
Charlotte S. Rose is a surrealist writer combining reality and fantasy in all of her stories. She delights in mixing dreams and reality, linking together impossible events with everyday occurrences. Reality can be boring, while fantasy can sometimes be “too far out there” to take seriously, but the combination of the two can produce some intriguing surreal stories. She writes automatically like any true surrealist writer, recording wherever her characters take her, channeling words and images directly from the subconscious portion of the mind, where myths, dreams and inspiration reside in their purest form. She is author of the contemporary erotic novel, Rapine (consisting of three parts), in which two extremely wealthy and powerful men that are members of a secret society are vying for the heart of one woman.

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The Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger

The-Reluctant-Hero-by-Jackie-WegerParnell Stillman, ace pilot, is man to the bone in a lackadaisical kind of way. He has the ability to fly through anything except solid mountain. He lives alone because people are not to be trusted—especially women. Flying is his high road until one sleet-filled morning–it isn’t. Mischance forces his plane down in a frozen wilderness. He can survive, but his live cargo is another matter–an annoying social worker and five orphans–the most irksome freight he’ has ever hauled in his life.
Rebecca Hollis is determined to force the obnoxious, disagreeable, self-centered pilot to do whatever is necessary to insure the survival and rescue of the orphans…Even if it means making the noble gesture of keeping her mouth shut—or other womanly things. But the pilot isn’t having it. No way. No how. No time. He’d rather dance with a grizzly or wrestle a puma than give his heart over to a conniving, wily do-gooder. Heroics is not his thing. Rebecca Hollis has other ideas—lots of them! All artful and disingenuous—one of which is bound to work… She hopes.

Targeted Audience: romance

Author Bio:
An award-winning author, Jackie Weger has been writing romance novels off and on for thirty years. When she’s writing, she’s anchored in a tiny room with a desk, a chair and a cat. When not writing, blogging or chatting with fans, she’s traipsing around the Internet searching for recipes, but much prefers to travel the good earth by foot, bus, canoe, sloop, mule, train, plane or pickup–and let somebody else do the cooking.
Jackie’s most popular book to date is The House on Persimmon Road. By popular demand The House on Persimmon Road is now available in paperback.

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