Speak Easy, Anne by Brandy D. Anderson

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“Speak Easy, Anne” tells the story of a young woman who struggles with family, love, and loss in New York City. The U.S. prohibition has been underway for a year and Anne just had her heart broken by her longtime boyfriend, Chris, benevolent leader of the Manhattan bootlegging syndicate. She is surprised when Chris’ volatile friend, and Brooklyn bootlegging competitor, Dante, begins to pursue her. This causes a rift between the two friends and prompts Chris to question whether his dismissal of Anne was a mistake. Amid the romantic chaos, she must help her sister deal with an abusive husband. “Speak Easy, Anne” is about finding, and keeping, your heart and soul even when the world seems to challenge you at every turn.

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Brandy D. Anderson is a professional writer who loves to travel but her heart is always in Neverland. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently working on acquiring her Masters of Arts. Anderson is a regular contributor for various publications including Filmonic, Snazzy Space, and Whitman’s Barbaric Yawp. Her work has also been featured in several scholarly journals. “Speak Easy, Anne” is Anderson’s first novel.

Anderson’s favourite things in the ‘verse are as follows: Sinatra, Shelley, coffee, and Judd Nelson’s nose (not necessarily in that order).

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Seven for a Secret by Rumer Haven

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It’s the year 2000, and twenty-four-year-old Kate moves into a new apartment to find a new state of independence in a new millennium. Almost immediately, she starts crushing on a hot guy who lives in her building. Deciding to take a break from her boyfriend Dexter, Kate believes the only thing now separating her from the fresh object of her sexual fantasies is the thin wall between their neighboring apartments.

A former 1920s hotel, Camden Court has housed many lonely lives over the decades—and is where a number of them have come to die. They’re not all resting in peace, however, including ninety-year-old Olive, who dropped dead in Kate’s apartment and continues to make her presence known.

For Olive has a secret she’s dying to tell. One linking her to the sex, scandal, and sacrifice of a young dreamer named Lon. As the past haunts the present, Kate’s romantic notion that the thrill-of-the-chase beats the reality-after-the-catch unexpectedly entwines her modern-day love life with Lon’s Jazz Age tragedy.

With a little supernatural and a lotta’ razzle-dazzle, Seven for a Secret is where historical fiction meets contemporary rom-com—from the Roaring Twenties when the “New Woman” was born, to the modern Noughties when she really came of age.

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Balance in Chaos by Lilith K. Duat

BiC_Cover_Kindle2Discordia is chaos incarnate and while Greece invades Egypt, the African sands are hers to turn bloody. When Anup, stoic judge of the dead, tries to plead with her to leave his lands in peace, her fires burn brighter until he finds a solution; transform her bloodlust to proper lust.

Soon, Discordia begins to crave Anup’s touch, finding it brings a thrill that chaos cannot provide. As the two continue their forbidden engagements, Discordia gradually comes to realize Anup believes she can be more than just destruction and a puppet to war. Inspired by Anup’s faith in her, Discordia begins to feel more than just hunger for the Egyptian jackal god and is willing to change everything to be his…

BALANCE IN CHAOS is an erotic romance tale steeped in the worlds of ancient mythology. Reader discretion advised.

Targeted Audience: Adult, mature readers

Author Bio:
Lilith K. Duat is a female in possession of the male gaze and a filthy mind.

She has recently found her love for erotica and relishes in reading the hottest she can find and writing out her fantasies.

She has a tendency to drag others along for the ride. She prefers her fantasies over her realities.

She can be found at http://brokenwingsmedia.com

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
We”re both big fans of ancient mythology. And we found the idea sexy.

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The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale by Regina Kammer

ReginaKammer_TheGeneralsWife200Seduced Into Marriage
Lady Clara Hastings is forced to leave her beloved England by her wicked husband, the infamous British general Lord Jeremy Strathmore. They arrive upon the shores of the uncivilized American colonies amidst the outbreak of that young nation’s struggle for independence.

Kidnapped And Held For Ransom
Among Strathmore’s enemies is a man Clara secretly desires. As his captive, she learns of her husband’s debauched pleasures and sadistic past, and discovers her own passions and sensual needs.

A Quest For Freedom
In the clutches of patriot fighters, Clara’s beliefs are challenged, her values are threatened, and she is caught up in a battle for her heart in the arms of a handsome American revolutionary.

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale is an award-nominated historical erotic romance set in New York of 1777. Intermingling themes of erotica and erotic romance, The General’s Wife follows the sexual journey of the heroine culminating in a happily-ever-after.

Targeted Audience: Historical romance readers who want a very sexy, erotic read

Author Bio:
Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, Amazon best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels have been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

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Desire in the Demimonde (The Demimonde Trilogy, Book 2) by Carrigan Fox

Custom-Book-Cover-Carrigan-Demimonde-2-Official-EbookJustine Dixon was a socialite in the upper crust of Butte’s society. But when she foolishly fell for the seduction of a confidence man, she found herself broken and alone. The Demimonde took her in and made her one of their own. Now, nine years later, she is one of the most successful prostitutes of the Mercury Street parlor houses. And she’s made the mistake of falling in love with Jack Murphy, playboy and copper man.
Jack once valued his simple life. He worked in the mine and spent his money on cards and women. But now he is the assistant superintendent of the mine, torn between the concerns of his men and the demands of the corporate owners. When violence breaks out between the two sides, Jack realizes that playing the middle man has put him in a precarious position.
And when his cousin comes to town to threaten everything that matters, Jack is stunned to realize that Justine is more important than he could have imagined. But will he be able to accept the love of a prostitute before everything is destroyed?

Targeted Audience: 21

Author Bio:
I began writing my first novel when I was thirteen, and I have dreamed of my life as a writer ever since. I dreamt of a house on a bluff overlooking the ocean with large windows and an airy solarium with comfy leather sofas on which I would lounge and write. For breaks, I would walk my dogs and small child to the nearby beach.
At some point, I decided to take a more pragmatic approach to life and began teaching high school English. These days, I do live on a bluff, but I overlook the cornfields in the rural Midwest. And I do go for walks with my child, but I have developed an allergy to dogs that typically leave me battling an asthma attack. And for 40% of the year, it’s too cold in the Midwest for leather couches to be comfortable and for solariums to thrive.
Nevertheless, after thirteen years, I am now able to do what I’ve always loved by taking advantage of the self-publishing revolution. And I still have dreams. Currently, for example, I dream of growing a lavish vegetable garden on our bluff. Unfortunately, dreaming about it doesn’t make my thumb any greener. In the meantime, I take great satisfaction in the fact that the survival of my protagonists is dependent only on my imagination rather than my ability to avoid over-watering them.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Initially, the idea for The Demimonde Trilogy was only going to be one book. But as I continued researching, I realized how interesting the women of Montana were in 1910. I wanted to tell three different stories to relate three different roles of women involved in the red light district.

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The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L. Demeter

THE-FROST-OF-SPRINGTIME-Cover-ArtTo rescue her was to rescue his own soul.

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, saving her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, his Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone, replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred both inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Frost of Springtime emerged from my love of French history and edgy, unconventional romances. I have always been drawn to the darker facets of love, and this served as a central inspiration for the characters and storyline.

I had yearned to create a pair of star-crossed lovers whose deep affection for each other could triumph over seemingly impossible odds. Aleksender and Sofia are two flawed characters who are made perfect through their love.

Nineteenth century France has always been a passion of mine, and, after some research, I quickly knew it would be the ideal setting for Aleksender and Sofia. It was a time of conflict, political intrigue, art, and romance. I grew up on Paris-set musicals, such as Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera—and they continue to inspire my imagination and characters. After researching the 1871 Paris Commune, I molded the era into a dynamic backdrop for Aleksender and Sofia’s love story to take place. In the process, I learned more than I could’ve ever imagined about the period. Quite simply, I fell head over heels in love with France!

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Siege of the Heart by Elise Cyr

siegeoftheheart_FinalHe fought for king and country, but that battle was nothing compared to the one he’ll wage for a woman’s heart.

Still reeling from the news of her father’s death during the Norman Conquest, Isabel Dumont is unprepared when trouble arrives at the castle gates. Alexandre d’Évreux, a Norman knight with close ties to England’s new king, has arrived to secure the land and the loyalties of the Dumont family. Desperate to protect her people, Isabel strives to keep the confounding knight at arm’s length and hide the truth about her father’s death.

For Alexandre, the spoils of war come with more than just a generous gift of land. They come with Isabel Dumont. Vowing to marry only for love, Alexandre finds himself in a difficult situation as a conqueror granted dominion over the land and its people. Isabel is the one person capable of helping him win the regard of those living in the war-torn country…if he chooses to accept her.

Just when Alexandre finds a spark of hope that he and Isabel have a chance at love, she vanishes. His quest to find her plunges him deeper into the conquest’s fallout. Was she taken? Or did she leave?

CONTENT WARNING: Entering into this novel may cause extreme affection toward knights of old, admiration for strong-willed women, and the overwhelming belief that love really can conquer all.

Targeted Audience: adult

Author Bio:
Elise has always loved adventure, romance, and happy endings. She writes primarily in the medieval period. Because there’s still so much we don’t know about that time in history, the writer’s imagination is essential for fleshing out the research and making it come to life on the page. Plus swords and castles are just plain fun. She lives in New Mexico with her husband and the sweetest dog ever. When she’s not writing, she hikes, bikes, cooks, and (of course) reads. Siege of the Heart is her debut novel from Kensington.

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A Noble Deception by Veronica Bale

ANobleDeception-500x750-2Scotland, 1455. King James the Second is caught in a bitter feud with the powerful Black Douglas clan.

After the king’s latest insult – the unjust confiscation of Douglas lands – Lord John Douglas, Earl of Kildrummond, fears his quiet realm will be next. In a bid to thwart the king’s ambition, the ailing nobleman deems that his successor will not be a Douglas. Instead, Kildrummond will pass to a distant relation: the landless, wealthless Lachlan Ramsay. There is one catch, however … Lachlan must marry Lord Kildrummond’s illegitimate daughter, Moira MacInnes.

Lachlan does not wish for a wife. Moira does not wish for a husband. The arrangement on offer, however, will give them both the one thing they do wish for: Kildrummond. If they agree to marry – on the understanding that they will have the union swiftly annulled upon the earl’s death – they will both get what they want.

It is a simple enough plan, but can they carry their deception through to the end? When passions ignite, will Moira and Lachlan discover they want more than just Kildrummond?

Targeted Audience: 18+

Author Bio:
Veronica Bale is a romance novelist, freelance writer and copyeditor. She graduated from Toronto’s York University with a degree in environmental writing, and she writes Scottish historical romance novels with strong heroines and cracking-good love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running or spending time with her family.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’m a romance novelist, plain and simple. I can’t keep the stories that are in my head in there. They’ve just gotta spill out onto paper. A Noble Deception is the first of the Douglas Clan series, following my Highland Loyalties Trilogy, and the stand-alone Legend of the Mist.

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The Earl’s Enticement by Collette Cameron

TheEarlsEnticement3_850-3rdShe won’t be tamed.

A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson, wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.

Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.

He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

Targeted Audience: 21-80

Author Bio:
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The characters in The Earl’s Enticement were introduced in my first book, Highlander’s Hope. I knew the minute Adaira and Roark appeared on the page, they had to have their own story.

Those two pestered me and pestered me until I finally gave them what they wanted and wrote their rather unique tale.

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Family Of Strangers by Barbara Willis

FAMILY-OF-STRANGERS_500What would you do if someone you loved disappeared? What would you do if you were told they’d never existed? This most awful of nightmares comes true for Eva when her closest friend, Annie, vanishes. Even Annie’s parents deny her existence.

The uncertainty of the early months of 1939 has been eclipsed. Eva’s comfortable, normal small town life becomes despairing and desperate, until a friendly hand reaches out to her. The elderly and eccentric Lola shows no surprise at Eva’s tale. Neither does Gabe; young, handsome and distant. They have answers that lead to more questions, and information that leads to confusion. The pair guide Eva through a new and frightening world towards her beloved Annie. Eva is sure that her search has absorbed every part of her, until she realises how close she’s becoming to the mysterious but tender Gabe.

As Eva learns more about the hidden world now exposed to her, the depth of which seems infinite, she finds that people can be lost and all memory of them forsaken. Gabe and Lola are lost, just like Annie; but unlike Annie, no-one is looking for them to guide them home. Eva, now attached to Lola and deeply tied to Gabe, struggles to believe that nothing can be done to help them.

Eva’s search is littered with many things – doubt, discovery, love, belonging and a myriad of scary jigsaw pieces; lost friends, the giving of gifts, a library of books, a troubled conscience and a brilliant pianist. Can Eva piece it all together to see the picture or has she missed something? Does Eva find Annie? Will Gabe reveal his story and are his and Lola’s other lost friends a help or a hindrance?

And is there something crucially important that not one of them is telling Eva?

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
I was born and raised in Somerset, growing up with a love of books and writing. I was always surrounded by books as a child, with a love of them inherited from my mum who taught me to read before I started school. At primary and secondary school I wrote plays, a few of which were performed there; at home I wrote stories and poems too – anything from farce to romance to mystery and often typed on an old portable manual typewriter!

With the practicalities of earning a wage my writing dreams were set aside when I started work.

A more important role took over when I married and then had three children; the joy, experiences and exploits of being a mum gave me plenty of things to write about, mainly surfacing as poems and stories for my children.

Eighteen years spent in a job writing lots of business letters highlighted the fact that the creative writer inside me was desperate to be allowed out more often! After so long in a job which provided neither challenge nor stimulation, my husband said ‘Leave work and become a writer.’ After much soul searching and even guilt, I did.

Now I have the best job in the world; being there for my family and writing when my children are at school. When I write I get lost. I can honestly say that I lose hours when I’m in writing mode; it’s my relaxation and escape. Just as reading a good book takes me to another world or time, so does writing. I can also indulge and incorporate some of my other loves, such as history, music and theatre.

I decided to self publish my first novel after realising how time consuming it was trying to find an agent or publisher. When my husband suggested self publishing I hesitated at first before realising that, with the advent of eBooks and the internet, self publishing had become an accepted, popular and respectable route.

I self published Family of Strangers in October 2013 and was thrilled to then be approached by Creativia who were keen to work together to publish a second edition. Creativia have now published the second edition of Family of Strangers on kindle with the paperback to follow soon.

Meanwhile, I work on my second book and love every minute…

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