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A fun weekend at a friends wedding in Denver takes a bizarre twist for Anna Scott when her rental car is pulled over due to an “anonymous tip”. In her trunk…one dead body linked to warring crime families in Denver and New York. It should be easy for an innocent woman to be cleared for an innocent mix-up. But was it a mistake? The police aren’t so sure, and neither is the crime boss who wants vengeance for his son-in-law’s death. You see, Anna Scott didn’t exist a couple of years ago, she knows way too much about criminal procedures and about talking to cops. Anna Scott has a secret, and this twist of fate could not only expose her, but place her and anyone close to her in danger.

 

Jake Griffin is playing a dangerous game. He’s spent the last few months undercover in the Moretti crime family. Anna Scott is a big problem. Moretti assigns him to find out who she is, what she wants, and to kill her if she’s a threat. Jake needs to keep his nose clean and focus on taking down Moretti, not a sexy woman who is a complete mystery. He can’t stop thinking about her; her knowledge, her name, her dangerous associates, her fear, or the bone deep desire every time he sees her. Nick’s at war with the whole world over one alluring, yet vulnerable woman, and he can’t seem to stop taking dangerous chances where she’s concerned. The most dangerous of all might be trusting her with the truth.

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Pursuit-1-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00MVK5VTM

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Or not. Depending on who you are.

I work half time in July and August which makes life more fun – AND I get more writing done. It also makes things a little challenging financially. Trade offs. Always trade offs.

My goal is to get the fourth Bree done before and released before Christmas. I’m stuck on the title again. I’ll have to go back through the titles you all have given me in the past and see what I can see. Feel free to offer new suggestions. I’m always good with that.

I’m off the sew things for my older daughter that I promised her months and months ago. Oops. Better do it before she heads off to France.

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8/21/14

 

 

Melissa Cutler with Risky Business CoverHi Melissa –

Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for the blog. 

Thank you for having me!

Tell us a little about yourself and your books?

I have the best job in the world: writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense. My books are a little bit sexy, a little bit angsty, and a whole lot of fun. I have it bad for blue collar heroes who fall in love for independent career women, and almost all of my books are written in that vein.

You have a tendency to write “hero” characters (cowboys, spec ops, and wounded warriors) is there something in particular that draws you to them?

There is a raw masculine quality to working class heroes that really revs my engine. Heroes who have a lot of money, who can buy their way out of any situation or into any party/group/situational outcome don’t interest me at all. I prefer the nuance that comes with writing characters who have to fight, and keep fighting, for a slice of the pie. As far as the iconic “romance hero” quality of the male characters I write, my perspective is that my readers know what they like—and the kinds of romance heroes they want to read about—and I see it as my job to deliver. And who wouldn’t love a cowboy or a wounded soldier or a spec ops agent?

Tell us more about the Bomb Squad books?

I’m so excited about this series. Bomb Squad is the name of the men’s league ice hockey team that the wounded veteran heroes of the books belong to. The series concept came to me in a dream. That sounds like a cliché, but, hey, it isn’t every night that my dreams are invaded by a brooding, testosterone dripping, motorcycle riding French guy. (I wish!) So I did what any self-respecting writer would: I leapt out of bed shouting for a pen and paper. Mr. Cutler happens to be used to this kind of craziness, so he just rolled over and went back to sleep after a muttered “have fun, dear” while I got to work on what would become Risky Business.

That brooding French guy ended up being Theo Lacroix, the soldier hero of my first Bomb Squad hockey romance. With Risky Business, Undefeated, and Game Changer, I wanted to explore the lives of combat wounded vets after the dust settled. After they re-harnessed their power and their peace of mind, after rehab was over, and they’d gotten back to the business of living. And I wanted to pair each of them with a woman who’d challenge them, but also love them fiercely.

I just started reading Risky Business and I love the beginning.  I did notice there are four guys that seem to hang around together, but only three books?  With the remaining “brother” get his story at some point?

With each book, the Bomb Squad series “world” is expanded. Risky Business focuses on the friendship of four guys on the team, but I’m sure that by the end of book 2, Undefeated, you’ll be asking me about even more characters’ books. J All I can tell you now is that I’m contracted for three books, but I sincerely hope I have the chance to give all the guys on the team—as well as all the women in Allison’s new circle of friends—their own happy endings.

You are a southern California girl, so what made you decide to create Destiny Falls in western New York?

A few years ago, I became enthralled with the Erie Canal—its history, as well as the gorgeous towns that line its banks. It’s a beautiful section of the world and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to write a series set there. After that dream I had, I knew exactly what the perfect setting for the series would be.

Are you a hockey fan?

Yes! I was just starting high school when the Pond was built to house the Mighty Ducks, which was about 30 minutes from my house. Along with my best friend’s family, I was a season ticket holder until I moved to San Diego. I’m still a rabid fan. I was so sad when they were knocked out of the playoffs this year, and even sadder to see Teemu Selanne retire, since he’d been with the team since that first season the team was formed and I got my first season tickets.

Dogs or cats?

Cats, for sure. I have two rescue cats at home who are my sweeties.

Wine or beer?

Depends… On hot summer days, I enjoy white wine or a cold beer, but honestly, my year-round go-to will always be bourbon. In the summer, over ice and topped with ginger ale and in the winter, in a Manhattan.

Beach or mountain?

Beach and desert. Never mountains.

What’s next for you?

I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be releasing my first Christmas romance. Yes, The Trouble with Cowboys takes place at Christmas, but The Mistletoe Effect—which releases on October 7th—is my first dedicated Christmas romance…and wouldn’t you know it’s about a cowboy? I know readers are going to love it as much as I loved writing it.

Risky Business is now available digitally at most e-retailers:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1270raq

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Toni, thank you for hosting me today on your blog! Since you asked me about the types of “hero” characters I write, I’m curious about your readers’ preferences. Who’s your favorite type of romance hero?

Melissa is generously donating a $10 gift card to one lucky commenter.  Answer her question for a chance to win!

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. She loves hearing from readers at melissa@melissacutler.net, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks ) and Twitter (@m_cutler). Visit www.melissacutler.net to learn more about Melissa and her books and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/16mkpCs

 

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8/19/14

 

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO HOLD ON TO! HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a Contemporary Romance filled with suspense and is a novella in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). And if this novella weren’t hot enough on its own, Laura is donating 100% of her proceeds from the first two weeks’ sales to a national non-profit organization that assists veterans transitioning back to civilian life!!

 

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EXCERPT:

Easy tugged down the covers and gestured for Jenna to get in. She chose the side that would allow her to lie on the uninjured side of her face.

“After what you’ve been through, I don’t want to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,” Easy said.

Propping herself on an elbow, Jenna shook her head. “You won’t. You’re the—” She blanched as if she hadn’t meant to say whatever she’d nearly said.

Which made Easy need to know. He crawled on the bed as if lured by the words. “Finish. That. Sentence.”

She eased back onto the pillow, red hair sprawling around her shoulders like silk, and stared up at him. And it took everything Easy had not to settle himself on top of her and tease the words out with his hands and tongue.

“The only one who makes me feel safe,” she whispered.

Satisfaction humming through him, Easy turned and stretched out on his back. Because if he kept looking at her while she was looking at him like that, he might not be able to restrain himself from having what he wanted. A taste. A chance.

None of which she was in any shape for. And given the shitstorm in his head, probably neither was he.

“Good. That’s good,” he murmured, blowing out a long breath. Damn, he was tired. Not just because he hadn’t slept much the night before. But because of the size of the load he’d been shouldering for the past twelve-plus months. If he could only figure out how to put it down. He scrubbed his hands over his face, wishing he could shake himself out of this fucking slump.

If Rimes were here, he’d kick Easy’s ass for being such a morose motherfucker.

But he wasn’t here. Which was the damn problem in a nutshell.

He dropped his arms to the bed and peered over at Jenna.

She lay on her side facing him, hand tucked under her chin, not looking the least bit settled or relaxed.

“Whatchu need?”

“You.” She spoke the word without any hesitation, any doubt, any seeming self-consciousness.

“Have me, Jenna. Whatever you want,” he said, his cock stirring no matter how hard he reined himself in.

Holding his gaze, she moved closer until her head rested on his shoulder and her body trapped his arm between them. And, suddenly, she wasn’t fucking close enough.

“Here,” he whispered, lifting his arm and inviting her closer. And damn if his heart didn’t soar when she fitted herself the rest of the way against him, her face against his throat, her breasts against his ribs, her leg curling up onto his thigh.

He wasn’t sure whose sigh was louder. All Easy knew was that this was the first time in more than a year he didn’t feel alone. Wrapping his arm around her, he couldn’t resist squeezing her in just a little closer.

“Thank you,” she whispered, her breath ticklish against his neck.

He laced his fingers between hers where they rested on his chest. “I gotchu. You just close your eyes and know I’m here.”

 

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Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

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Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

Hard to Come By (11/25/14)

Hard to Be Good (3/10/15)

Untitled (7/28/15)

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

 

Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo

Coming September 8th, 2014!

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer.

He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.

You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love.

 

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MUSIC MONDAY
Kate here. Toni broke the brownies and couldn’t think of a song. But for me this except screams I’m on fire by The Boss.

Trouble indeed, but it didn’t matter. He’s pushing and pulling me straight to him, and I am sure he isn’t going to let me go. Not that I want to. There is something about him that has me completely and utterly drawn to him, no pulling needed. While I want to sleep with him, I also want to know him. Really, I have no clue what I want. I just want Jude. All of him and I’m glad he turned down my offer to go to bed. While I want it, I don’t think I would have gone through it, but then with the way he’s looking at me, his hooded green eyes flaring with lust, I’m thinking that previous statement was a total lie. 


I damn well want him more than my next breath.

-Claire
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About the Author
 

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

 

 

 

 

 


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