Archive for May, 2014

MoonShineWhen the past hurts, it bites.

Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened.

The “what” is Amy Ryba, a vengeful female who’s decided it’s long past time to make Evan pay for his sins. Amy has spent years tracking him down, and the last nine months working in secret to destroy him. She’s ready for anything—except discovering the shifter she hates is her mate.

Suddenly, Evan’s not so very in control, of himself or his pack. And unless Amy can learn to forgive and forget, she’ll have to do the unthinkable: reject her mate.

With two packs watching, one thing is certain. Their personal issues won’t stay personal for long. If Amy and Evan can’t find a way to work together, there won’t a happily-ever-after for them…or any of the wolves of Whitehorse.

Warning: Contains angsty wolves. Lots of angsty wolves causing explosions of all sorts, playing bad pranks, hacking computers, and having angry sex against a wall or two. Not all at the same time, though, because that would be silly.




It’s been a long time coming, this happily ever after.

Back when I first wrote Wolf Signs, the story sprouted from a single idea, growing into the adventures of a couple of wolf shifters and their search to be happy together. The next story in the Granite Lake Wolves series followed logically because there was a side character in book one who had stolen my heart, and I needed to make him happy as well.

One after another the people who had populated the pages came to life for me as an author, but what I had started with the Granite Lake Wolves was a linked series of connected people. Each book stands on its own, and there’s not a lot of overlap other than the family and friends that stop in at different moments.

At the same time I started my writing journey I met a wonderful couple of writers who were creating worlds that pulled me in completely, mind and soul. Bree and Donna together write as Moira Rogers, and their Red Rock Pass novellas began about six months before my series did.

But they also had the most amazing other world. Southern Arcana — a place populated with more than just shifters. A place where even as one couple found happiness with each other, the politics and turmoil of the world continued around them.

I had read fantasy, and science fiction for years before I found romance, and long before I became an author. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, David Eddings amazing Belgariad. There were many more that I had enjoyed, but for some reason I think it was the deliberate inclusion of a romance story that set Southern Arcana apart from me.

Their work inspired me to try it myself. I would travel to a new section of my world where not only would the hero and heroine find each other, they would deal with outside circumstances that carried from book to book until coming to a finite conclusion.

Four books. An over arcing story that required I drop tiny hints into each book. For a person who does not plan out every detail of every story, it was a frightening and yet invigorating idea. Could I do it? Or maybe the question was, could I do it in a way that I wouldn’t go crazy, or lose track of what I was trying to accomplish.

In book one, Black Gold, we met the major players, and another thing occurred that I hadn’t intended but that turned out to be perfect for these stories. Not only did I write the point of view of the hero and heroine, but Evan Stone, Alpha of the Takhini pack, made himself known. Since the first book we’ve gotten glimpses into his mind. What he’s been trying to accomplish. What’s in his heart…

Now it’s his turn, and all the secrets that have been hinted at are about to come into the light. There are no more bear issues, just Evan and his missing mate…

And everything else that’s been building to this point.

As the conclusion of the Takhini Wolves comes about, I find myself looking back to see if I accomplished what I had hoped for. It’s not as broad a world as Southern Arcana, or as long running as other paranormal series, but I’m happy. In the end I feel as if Evan has taken a long journey, and he’s finally with the exactly right woman who challenges him to be everything he needs to be. For the pack, for her…

For himself.


I can’t leave completely. I’ve started a new series to gather the continuing stories for other characters. The Takhini Shifter Novellas will be a place for you to come together with them and catch up, and hopefully continue to fall in love.


But first, take a ride with Evan and Amy. Hold on tight—it’ll be worth it.



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About the Author:

Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.


Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one.  Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.


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MecryAfter she infiltrated his business and betrayed his trust, a disavowed CIA agent must seek sanctuary in the bedroom of a man who will either help her, kill her, or bring her to her knees…

Becca Ford is on her own. Eight months after she headed up a sting operation to take down millionaire club owner Jarrett Holt, the other agents in her special ops team have been eliminated under odd circumstances, and she needs a place to hide.

Jarrett is a man who prefers darkness to light. He deals in the only truly valuable currency—information—and his supper club caters to an exclusive clientele. It was an uncharacteristic moment of weakness when he let a woman into his life. But it’s not luck that the criminal charges disappeared . . . as did the evidence.

When Becca returns to the club seeking his help, Jarrett doesn’t want to hear her story. But he does want her body, and demands that she give it to him. He’ll keep her safe—for now—but it’ll be in his bed and on his terms, until he says they’re done.




Thank you for having me here today to talk about MERCY, my newest release.


This book is a single title erotic romance.  Some folks have called it a romantic suspense. Despite having a burned CIA agent heroine, I don’t think of it as suspense. To me it’s a story about two messed up people with difficult pasts and a rough relationship history who are thrown together for a second time only to find out their bond is still strong.


Take a look at Jarrett Holt, the former crime boss gone legitimate who owns the most exclusive supper club in Washington, DC – this is through the heroine’s eyes when she sees him again after eight months apart:


In some respects he looked like any other serious D.C. business owner fresh from a conference with a list of wealthy contacts on speed dial. But Jarrett was not like any man she’d ever known. Black hair he wore longer than was fashionable, until it grazed his collar, and a permanent shadow of stubble low on his cheeks and chin. He hid his millionaire status as well as he hid the secrets of how he amassed his fortune and gained his power.


And now we have Jarrett’s take on Becca Ford, the on-the-run former CIA agent who is out of options but never fell out of love with Jarrett:


She’d lied and betrayed him. She twisted him up until he lowered his defenses then she handed him over to the very people who sought to destroy him. Thanks to her, he’d entered into a sick bargain to regain his freedom. One he still regretted.

Every rage-filled second of the last eight months came rushing back to him. She spoke of survival like she knew a damn thing about the concept. She believed being used as a pawn long ago in a parental kidnapping scheme gave her the right to separate from society and kill for a living. Oh, she prettied it up with talk of special operations and service to country,but at base she was a hired gun.


But under all that anger and mistrust they’re still attracted to each other. They just have to get through all the angsty parts to remember that.



For more info, including buy links and an excerpt, please visit helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win a digital or print copy of Mercy, just leave a comment below. Good luck!


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New G.A. Aiken book coming out December 2, 2014!


The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. You forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months—and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate my queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. But I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

You can also find an excerpt here.

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A Major Attraction, the first in the Good to Go trilogy

U.S. Marine Major Kyle Waters has recently returned home after months at sea. He desperately wants some well-deserved rest, but his pleasant dreams turn from downright sinful into a nightmare when he wakes up, his arms full of a deliciously naked and thoroughly panicked Olivia Cava—the woman he’s been fantasizing about for months.

Kyle’s scheming ex-girlfriend has maneuvered Olivia into sharing a lease with the sexy man of her dreams. Olivia’s a professional, a career woman who finds herself drawn to Kyle, as she’s been since she first laid eyes on him. But growing up the daughter of a career military man, she’s vowed never to get involved with a Marine. Yet Kyle stirs something inside her, and she finds herself saying yes when she means to say no.

Their life goals seem worlds apart, but love will find a way. Until Kyle’s past relationship threatens to ruin the future he has only just found in Olivia. Can the truth set him free? And can Olivia put aside her five-year plan and her heartache to forgive a stubborn Marine bent on loving her…forever?


An Excerpt

“Come on, Olivia. I think you and I could be great roommates.” He couldn’t help the innuendo that laced his tone, too much in lust to control his tongue.

To his surprise and pleasure, she laughed at him. “Convince me, Romeo. What’s so great about a man, and a Marine at that, as a roommate?”

“I’m neat, I cook, and I don’t snore.”

She chuckled, and he continued on a more serious note.

“I’ll respect your privacy, and you’ll be safe here. Trust me, no one will mess with you while I’m around.” The thought of anyone harming Olivia made him see red.

“I really wasn’t looking forward to moving,” she said slowly. “It’s very nice of you to offer to let me ride out the lease. I’d like to stay.” She paused and blushed a deeper pink. “But about last night. That kind of thing can’t happen again.”

It can, and it will. “I understand.” He changed the subject, not wanting to scare her into changing her mind.

For the remainder of the meal, they made small talk that put them both at ease. To Kyle’s surprise, he felt as though he could tell Olivia anything. She listened to him, and for the first time in a long time, Kyle found himself having fun with a woman. He truly enjoyed her company. Her mind intrigued him as much as her body did, increasing his desire to know all of her. He knew he wouldn’t last much longer without tasting her again.

Once they finished dinner, he stood and cleared their plates. He returned to the table and pulled her chair out to help her stand. Instead of backing off to give her space, Kyle moved closer, so that her breasts brushed his chest. She froze, her lips parting on a breath.

“The kind of thing that can’t happen again. You mean something like this. I shouldn’t do this again.” He leaned down to skim his lips over her mouth. He moved slowly, giving her the chance to say no. She didn’t. “I definitely shouldn’t touch you like this.” He brought his arms around her waist, drawing her deeper into his embrace.

“No, you shouldn’t,” she said on a breath, her eyes wide as they stared up into his. She licked her lips in invitation, and he lowered his head once more.

No holds barred, this woman belonged to him.


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About the Author:

AuthorPic200x274Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.




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Avon Books Welcomes Home Bestselling Romance Author Lisa Kleypas:

Leading Romance Imprint to Publish Seven New Titles from Top Women’s Fiction Author



For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, NY (May 8, 2014) – Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is proud to announce  a major new deal for seven original novels (North American rights) with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas.  The author first published with this leading romance imprint in 1993, writing some of the most beloved romances of all time under the Avon imprint.  “No one writes romance like Lisa Kleypas,” says Senior Vice President and Publisher Liate Stehlik, “and we’ve been hoping for the opportunity to work with her again for many years.  The excitement we feel over Lisa returning to publish with us cannot be easily quantified.  We’re overjoyed that she is coming home.”


The “homecoming” sentiment is echoed by Senior Vice President/Executive Editor Carrie Feron, who worked with Mel Berger of William Morris Endeavor (WME), to ink the deal.  “We are celebrating Lisa’s return!  She has an incredibly rich backlist with us: 19 novels and two short stories.  Lisa is an important part of Avon’s history.  This deal will allow us the pleasure of working closely with her into the future, on both historical and contemporary romance titles.”


Lisa Kleypas, who has been called a “truly talented storyteller” and a “master of her craft is one of the most prolific – and popular – romance authors today.  Readers and reviewers alike have fallen in love with her original brand of romance, where love never comes easily.  Her novels are captivating, filled with humor, life and a compelling touch of pathos.  RT Book Reviews offers compelling insight on the Kleypas allure: “unforgettable story…remarkable characters…a depth of emotion that will leave you breathless with the wonderment of knowing what falling in love is really like.”  The Post and Courier agrees that her work “will steal the hearts of readers.”


“I’m absolutely thrilled by the opportunity to work with the extraordinarily gifted Carrie Feron, who is known for bringing out the best in her authors, and Liate Stehlik, who is a brilliant and creative publisher,” says Kleypas.  “As I know from past experience, everyone at Avon Books brings the highest level of passion and commitment to the romance genre, so I’m thankful – and excited! – to be part of Avon’s future. Without a doubt, our best work is ahead of us.”


About the author:  Lisa Kleypas is a New York Times bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romance novels. Her intensely passionate, emotional and humor-filled stories have earned widespread critical acclaim, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.  In 2013, 12 of Lisa’s novels were listed on the All About Romance reader’s poll of their top 100 all-time favorite romances.  Her 38 novels and four novellas have been published in 28 languages and are bestsellers around the world. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa sold her first book and made a full-time career of writing the kinds of romance novels she has always loved to read.  Lisa is living her own happily-ever-after in Washington State with her husband Greg and their two children.


For more information about Lisa Kleypas, please visit www.lisakleypas.com.

For more information about Avon Books, visit www.avonromance.com.



HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, mystery, romance, reference, pop culture, design, health, wellness, and religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history, HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors, including winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal. HarperCollins is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers online at: http://www.harpercollins.com

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