Dear Bitchy Bertha,

I work at a fast food restaurant in retail area off a major freeway. Several times a week a woman comes in with her computer. She buys one hot tea and then sits all by herself at a big booth and uses our wifi for a couple of hours. We are pretty slow at that time of day, so it’s not like she’s keeping anyone from sitting at a table but it still makes me mad. We all know she’s just here to use the wifi and I think she should have to at least eat a meal to sit here for two hours. Should I say something to her? I really want to.


P O’ed


Dear Pissed Off,

If you are the manager or owner of the restaurant please feel free to kick out the freeloader, but be aware that she will probably tell all her friends.  I don’t think you are the owner or manager, however. Those people know their business and if they wanted to get rid of the freeloader they would alerady have done so.  What you may not realize is that letting your freeloader sit undisturbed is creating good will. So when she thinks of taking her friends or family out to eat and socialize she’ll bring them to your restaurant. But if you harass her, she’s going to tell her friends and relations – creating bad will for your establishment. Not What You Want. Trust me on this.

Should you get to the point that you can’t stand it anymore and feel the need to say something to this woman, who you’ve admitted is harming no one, be aware that your manager may ask you to leave the restaurant. You’d be better served by asking her if she needs a warm up on her hot beverage, maybe then at least you’d get a tip for your troubles.


Bitchy Bertha


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Title: Revealing Ruby
Series: Bound and Determined #1.5
Author: Lavinia Kent
Publisher: Loveswept
 Release Date: January 20, 2015




Unmasked by smoldering
desire, a rigidly disciplined madame gives in to the ultimate temptation in
Lavinia Kent’s seductive new eBook original novella.

As the proprietress of
London’s most discreet house of pleasure, Madame Rouge—Ruby to her
clientele—prefers to keep her own company. The first rule in her establishment?
She never, ever personally entertains the customers. However, the tall, dark,
and provocatively tattooed American sailor who shows up on her doorstep makes
Ruby wonder whether some rules were made to be broken. If she indulges, even
just once, Ruby’s loyal patrons might get the wrong idea. If she doesn’t, she
may never stop fantasizing about where that tattoo leads. . . .

No complications: That’s
all Derek Price, captain of the Dawn’s Light, asks of his consorts on shore,
and he’s willing to pay handsomely for the favor. But of all the women at
Madame Rouge’s, the one he wants is the only one he can’t have, for any sum.
Derek is not a man with an abundance of patience. However, for a night with
Madame Rouge, Ruby, whoever she is, he’s willing to make those lush curves and
sapphire eyes come to him.

Revealing Ruby is an
erotic romance intended for mature audiences. Don’t miss a preview of the next
novel in the Bound and Determined series, Bound by Bliss.
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Author Bio

 is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance
Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee.
She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing
menagerie of pets.

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findme-darknessAbout FIND ME IN DARKNESS

A doomed woman. A dangerous and mysterious man. And an epic passion that cannot be denied…

From the first moment I saw Malcolm, I felt his power shudder through me. Lithe and powerful, dark and controlling, he cast a spell over me that I didn’t understand, but to which I willingly surrendered.

One touch and I melted. One glance into his storm-swept eyes and I was lost. One kiss, and I was bound.

But sometimes passion can burn too hot, and it would take all of our strength for Mal and I to survive the fire that raged between us…

Read the first chapter here –

Find Me In Darkness – Part 1

Find Me In Pleasure – Part 2 – Jan 20th

Find Me in Passion – Part 3 – Jan 27th


And be sure not to miss the first novella in this exciting and sexy series by Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner), Caress of Darkness, a 1001 Dark Nights novella.

***NOTE TO READERS*** Each of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas stands alone. (Caress of Darkness and the 2015 release, Caress of Pleasure.) The Find Me books are a true trilogy spanning Mal and Christina’s romance and are meant to be read in order.



About Julie Kenner

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.

Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author

Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Title: Commanded

Series: Club Sin

Author: Stacey Kennedy

Author Location: Canada

Genre: Erotic Romance (recommended for mature audiences)

Release Date: July 7, 2015

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Random House Loveswept

Format: Digital eBook

ISBN: 978-1-101-88255-9

“Claimed sucked me in! Stacey Kennedy weaves together the intense BDSM

lifestyle with the soft touch of a sweeter, more traditional love story in a novel

with an engaging heroine at its heart.”—J. Kenner

“Desired is sexy, sensual, and totally seductive. Stacey Kennedy sure knows

how to make a girl swoon.”—Tracy Wolff


A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las

Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private

investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is

beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love

worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But

when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves

her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and

however he wants to take her.

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STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing

up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love.

She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her

heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario

with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two

young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find

Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny

Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

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Here’s a top five question from Toni:  What are the top 5 presents Griff and Juliet got (or thought about getting) for each other for Valentine’s Day?

Ooh, I love this.

Griff, being a woodworker as well as a rancher, would love to give her something hand-made.  Possibly a pair of rocking chairs for their new front porch.

Juliet would make his favorite dinner, and later they would share some chilled champagne on that same porch, probably in their chairs pulled close together.

Griff would send Juliet to town for some pampering, while he stayed at the ranch with their boys

Juliet would surprise Griff with some power tools that she’d seen him admiring in town.

And together, their best gift of all – the discovery that their expected baby will be a girl.  Ethan and Casey will become big brothers.


Ryan_The Rebel of Copper Creek_mmAbout THE REBEL OF COPPER CREEK:
A love worth fighting for . . .
The last thing widow Juliet Grayson needs is a man in her life. Between caring for her two young sons and maintaining her husband’s ranch, her hands are more than full. Then she meets Griff Warren. With his quiet strength and his easy way with her boys, she’s tempted to trust him. But if there’s anything she’s learned, it’s that love only leads to heartbreak. Former Marine Griff Warren never thought he’d settle down. Rebellious and proud, he’s always been on his own . . . until the father he never knew he had died, leaving him with land that is his legacy and brothers to share the load. He doesn’t need more than that. But Juliet touches something deep inside him-and he wants nothing more than to protect her and her sons. Now if only he can convince her to take a second chance at true love.
About R.C. Ryan:
New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical.  Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan.  She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America. R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan.
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She opened a second door to reveal a bathroom fit for a queen, with a tub and shower big enough for an army, a lovely oval sink and mirror, and all of it done in shades of white marble.

She turned to him with a look of alarm.  “Oh, Griff.  I don’t belong here.”

He merely smiled.  “Neither do I.   But I won’t tell if you don’t.”  His smile grew.  “I say we just kick back and enjoy all this until they discover we’re frauds.”

She tried to laugh, but it came out in a sigh.

Before she could say more he touched a finger to her lips.  Just a touch, but they both looked stunned at his boldness.

He lowered his hand and took a step back.  “I’d better say goodnight and get out of here.”

“Wait.”  She caught his hand and held it tightly.  “Just stay a minute more.  I’m feeling overwhelmed.”

His smile was quick and charming.  “I’m feeling overwhelmed myself.  But it’s not the room, it’s the woman in it.”

“Don’t joke, Griff.”

His smile disappeared.  “It’s no joke.  And if I don’t leave you right now, I just might not make it out of here.”

He got as far as the door before turning to look at her.  That was his downfall.  In quick strides he crossed the room and grabbed her in a fierce embrace.

“I almost made it.”  The words were whispered against her temple as he began brushing hot, wet kisses down the side of her face until she turned her head slightly and his lips found hers.  “I know you told me you don’t like this.” His voice was a rough growl of desperation.

“That’s what I said.  But right this minute I can’t tell you that, Griff.”  She clung to him.  “I need you hold me, just for a minute.”

“If I stay for a minute, it could turn into hours.  I may not be able to leave at all.  In fact, it’s already too late. I know what touching you does to me.”

And then he took the kiss deep, nearly devouring her.

Her body was crushed against him, her heartbeat wildly matching his.  The feel of her ragged breath, her pounding pulse, added more fuel to the fire that raged through him.

“Wait, Griff.  I need a minute…”

Her words barely penetrated the fog that seemed to have taken over his control.

Instead of doing as she asked, he backed her across the room until they were stopped by the press of the wall against her back.  They barely noticed the bump of their bodies as they continued the kiss until they were nearly crawling inside each other’s skin.

He was so hot he could barely catch a breath.  Lifting his head, he breathed deeply before lowering his face to hers.  “I could stay the night.  I could…”

She lifted a hand to his mouth.  “Wait.  Stop.  I need to think.”

“I can’t think.  My brain…”  He sucked in air, hoping to clear his mind.

“We can’t do this.”  She put a hand to his chest.

“I know.  I know.”  He caught her hand in his.  “I’ll go.”

As he started to turn away she lifted herself on tip toe to brush his mouth with hers.  “I don’t want you to, but I know I need to send you away.”

He half-turned back to her.  “I don’t have to…”

“Yes.  No.”  She breathed deeply.  “Yes.  Go.”

His hands closed around her shoulders.  “Was that no?  Or go?”

She looked up at the same moment he looked down.  They bumped noses, then both burst into laughter.

They laughed so hard they clung together, shaking and laughing.

He pressed his forehead to hers and managed another shaky breath.  “Okay.  At least I know we’re both crazy.”  He held her a little away and stared deeply into her eyes before giving a groan.  “I’m going now.  Just…”  He backed away.  “…don’t touch me or I won’t make it.”

She stayed where she was, watching as he backed across the room.  Straightening his shoulders he turned and opened the door.  He stepped out and pulled it firmly shut behind him.