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It’ll be all about the demons for me when I go prowling through my local bookstore tomorrow. Two of the books I have been waiting on forever will finally be for sale!

Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

HER TOUCH IS DEADLY

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

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Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

A dangerous demon she can’t resist…

Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A maddening witch he aches to claim…

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

Trapped together in a savage prison…

For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

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Those are my “OMG I must have these” books for Tuesday. What are yours?

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Her life is an endless string of disasters.

When Misty McNeil is arrested for breaking and entering, calling Tanner Theroit to bail her out seems like a good idea…until he asks what’s so important she’d risk going to jail for. Admitting she was trying to retrieve a gift he’d given isn’t something she wants to confess.

Misty’s night in the slammer is only the tip of the iceberg. Her life quickly takes a turn for the worse. With only one week to move out of her apartment, she turns – yet again – to Tanner to bail her out.

Tanner is determined to prove he wants nothing less than all of her. Too bad Misty has a been-there-done-that attitude when it comes to relationships. But…will Tanner be the one man who can offer her a deal she can’t refuse?

Content warning, explicit sex, strong language and a sexy, hard bodied construction worker turned executive.

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The appeal of the novella

Thank you for having me, I’m glad to be here! Today, my third novella — About Last Night releases from Lyrical Press. But the truth is — it’s the one that started it all. It’s the first novella I wrote. I’d started writing seriously, had a few good opportunities, then life stepped in and threw me a curve ball. I remained on the edges of the writing community. I didn’t give up my RWA membership and that’s where About Last Night started – I was slowly coming back to writing and wanted a good challenge so I issued one to my local RWA chapter – the opening scene http://www.rhondaleah.com/2010/08/excerpt-about-last-night..html is what I came up with for the challenge. Around the same time the last BRAVA novella contest was underway and taking entries. Someone nudged me into submitting the scene. I pretty much closed my eyes and pushed send — it ended up as one of the finalist. It was enough to encourage me and by the time the contest was over I’d completed the novella. It propelled me back into following my dream of writing.

Why novellas? Honestly I’m not sure. Since I first started writing romance, I was praised for the hot and heavy scenes – plus I tend to write tight (my editor made me add in adverbs during my last round of edits!). As a reader, my time is limited and I love hot, quick reads – so the novella trend started and I’ve written several to date. I hope I’m giving the reader a complete, fulfilling sexy story the novellas. And while I do have a full length series starting next April, one I’ve very excited about, right now – I’m all about the novella!

Do you like novellas? What do you like or dislike about them?

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Thank you for visiting Novel Thoughts, Rhonda!

To learn more about Rhonda Leah and read an excerpt from About Last Night, please visit her website. Leave a comment below to enter a drawing for a digital copy of About Last Night. Good luck! 🙂

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I’ve just returned from the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Orlando.  I had an amazing time!  I always do.  It’s inspiring being around so many talented writers and giants in the industry.  It brought back wonderful memories of last year’s conference in Washington, D.C.

I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember, but I didn’t start working towards publication until my youngest started school. Having three children in under four years had pretty much kept me from stringing coherent sentences together. 

People have asked me about where and when I got “the call”.  You know the one.  That unforgettable phone call when you learn an editor is interested in purchasing your manuscript.

Well, to be precise, I actually never got “the call”.  My agent sent me “the email”.  We’d been emailing back and forth that day about various projects.  Then about mid-afternoon my agent sent me another email.  I opened it, read it and screamed.  It was summer vacation and my kids were home.  Startled, they came running into my office.  After assuring them that I hadn’t fallen, seen a spider or lost my mind – I reread the email three more times before I was sure I’d read it correctly.  Berkley was interested in my historical romance AWAKENED BY A KISS!  It took a few more days until the deal was finalized.  I officially sold to Berkley the day before I was to attend the Romance Writers of America conference. 

I packed in a daze.  Got on the plane in a daze.  Thrilled and mostly incredulous, I attended the conference and had the time of my life.  After writing seriously for six years, my dream had come true!

I’ve been to Nationals many times.  With joy and great enthusiasm, I’ve celebrated many a sale my friends have made over the years.  And this year, it was actually my turn!  I got to meet my wonderful agent (in person) and was introduced to my fabulous editor.   All I can say is – this writer is grateful and blessed to have landed in the company of these two great ladies.

I felt like Cinderella.  I even attended a ball—the Berkley/NAL party.  Seems fitting since the book I sold has to do with fairytales.

My sizzling summer release AWAKENED BY A KISS is the first book in my Fiery Tales Series.  This hot historical romance anthology is a sexy take on three classic fairy tales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist….

Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go…

 

Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother’s house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger…

Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he’s every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her…

Oh, and in case you’re wondering if I ever got the chance to celebrate.  The answer is YES!  I celebrated with family and friends when I got back home.  A nice restaurant. Champagne.  And of course, dark chocolate. 

QUESTION: What’s the happiest day of your life? 

 

Two lucky commenters will win a signed copy of AWAKENED BY A KISS!

 

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Many thanks to Lila for being our guest today. For more info on her and her books, check out her website here. You can also read an excerpt of AWAKENED BY A KISS here.

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You’ve seen them.

Looking for trouble, and looking irresistible, riding into town, straddling 73 cubic inches of throbbing horsepower.

Boys so bad it takes a special kind of woman to satisfy them.

But some women are made for high speed handling…

Lora Leigh, the New York Times bestselling author of Nauti Intentions and Nauti Dreams revisits that sultry and “sinfully good”* Southern landscape with a story of a good girl gone bad–and doing it for all the hottest reasons. But she’s not the only one going down that road…

Jaci Burton, the national bestselling author of Riding Wild and Riding Temptation, lets loose in a story of a hot biker hired to keep an eye on the reckless daughter of a Nevada senator. She’s hooked up with a rival biker gang–a dangerous move that makes the wild beauty more vulnerable than she imagined…

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I’ve written in quite a few anthologies since I was first published. I know many readers have a love/hate relationship with anthologies. Some readers love them because it gives them a chance to find new authors. Some hate them because they might have a favorite author in an anthology but they’re not really interested in paying for an anthology when they’re only interested in reading one author. Many readers love an anthology because the stories are shorter so they can read a story when they want a little break in their routine without having to commit to reading an entire book. Some hate them because authors write one of the books in their ongoing series and put them in an anthology (which you’ll find in Nauti and Wild since both stories are part of a series), which means you have to buy the anthology to continue reading the series.

Here’s what I love about anthologies. Whenever I’m in an anthology I have an opportunity to “meet” new authors via reading their work. And because we tend to cross promote the anthology together, I’ll work with these authors and get to know them. It’s always fun getting to know new people, isn’t it? I also have the chance to meet new readers via the established readers of the other authors in the anthology.

An anthology contains novellas, which are shorter books than a full fledged single title. I love writing novellas. A lot of authors don’t because sometimes it’s difficult to write a cohesive love story within the constraints of about twenty-five thousand to thirty-thousand words. Now I see that as a challenge. How can I have two people meet, have a relationship filled with conflict, fall in love and have a happily ever after with so little word count? Game on! I’ve written a lot of novellas in the nine years I’ve been writing, both stand alone and for anthologies, and I’d like to think I’m fairly good at wrapping up a great love story in less than thirty thousand words. (Note: But just as an fyi, my story in Nauti and Wild runs around fifty-five thousand words since it’s a two person anthology. Heh.)

It was an absolute honor to be able to work with my friend Lora Leigh in the Nauti and Wild anthology. She and I did an anthology together wayyyyy back when, and I’ve been bugging her for years about doing one together again. But you know, she’s kind of busy these days putting out umpty million amazing books a year. Still, being the ever awesome friend that she is, she finally found time in her schedule and Nauti and Wild was born, which I’m so excited about because it brings in a story from her Nauti series and my Wild Riders series.

I hope you all enjoy it.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, Ms Burton!

Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of either Laced with Desire or Unlaced (winner’s choice!)–visit Ms Burton’s website to learn more about these anthologies!

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Ana couldn’t believe her luck when irresistibly sexy Sebastian Rentoul proposed. He made her feel less like a gangly, awkward beanpole and more like a stunning, desirable supermodel. Until she realized that being Mrs. Rentoul didn’t mean she had her husband’s love….

Now Ana has issued divorce papers and is getting on with her life. But Seb, fascinated more than ever by his reluctant bride, decides to make sure she fully understands how much pleasure she’ll be missing….

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Thanks so much for having me to day at Novel Thoughts today! I’ve a question for you – do you think anything long-term can eventuate from a one night stand with a gorgeous guy you met in a bar? What about a holiday romance – can that lead to long-term love? Or what about both those scenarios?

Ana and Seb met out one night in central London – and one night turned into a few when they whisked away for the weekend. But once in that warm, dazzling sun (and away from reality!) they did a very silly thing….

Fast forward through the best part of a year, and it is finally time to face up to the mess they made together. And the best place to sift through the challenges? On holiday of course! Or so Sebastian thinks…

I simply adore going on holiday – a change of scene absolutely refreshes me. While holidays are time for fun, family and relaxation, they’re also a time for renewal – maybe a bit of time to reflect on ‘everyday’ life and how it’s going. I always come back invigorated and filled with new ideas on how I can manage my time/work/kids/everything better! I also tend to come back with a huge number of new ideas for stories. And this isn’t necessarily from a massive overseas trip or expensive exotic location, this can be from a few days just an hour or so up the road…

As far as romance and relationships go, I think true love doesn’t care whether you’re at home or on holiday, but at some point, the underlying issues are going to have to be faced… However, I do think it would be nice to have a beautiful beach to walk along while you’re figuring it all out! And then you get home and you get to settle in and put new plans and revitalised self into action – and that includes the growth in your relationships. So can those heat-filled holiday nights continue in the cold everyday reality?

But of course! I’ve got several friends who met their beloveds while on holiday… and I met my own wonderful husband while travelling (not strictly on ‘holiday’ as such, but on the move). I guess it comes down to what each person’s expectations of the affair… the problems arise if they’ve got different expectations – as Ana and Seb did. To find out whether Ana & Seb survive the rocket-fuelled start to their relationship… well, you’re just going to have to read it and see!

To go into the draw to win a signed copy of To Love, Honor & Disobey, tell us if you’ve ever been tempted into a holiday romance, or know of someone who was. Did it work out, or is it something fun to be firmly kept in that memory file!

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Many thanks to Natalie for being our guest today. To find out more about Natalie’s books, visit her website here.

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Out next week on shelves near you:

A Secret Identity

When pirates storm Lord Steven Ashford’s ship upon the high seas, it brings him closer than ever to the nefarious criminal he seeks to ruin. Only one seductive detail threatens his victory: the scandalous beauty imprisoned with him, Lady Valerie Monroe. Temptation has never been so intoxicating or so forbidden, for Steven is disguised as a French priest. If they make it off the ship alive, to protect her from his enemies, he must never see her again…

An Undeniable Love

Back in England, and under the ton’s scrutiny for a reckless past she hasn’t escaped, Valerie dreams of the breathtaking “man of the cloth” with whom she shared her greatest adventure. Then he reappears in society under his true identity, Viscount Ashford, but despite the danger their consuming passion cannot be denied. Now standing in the way of their desire are Valerie’s wounded heart, Steven’s lone destiny, and a villain that will stop at nothing to crush them both.

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All the World’s a Stage

Have you ever worn a costume? I don’t mean for Halloween. I mean a serious business suit, team uniform, or ball gown and sparkly jewels. Something that takes you out of your comfort norm and makes you… different.

Or something even more concealing. A disguise?

In William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, to flee a plot against her family a duke’s daughter disguises herself as a young man. But Rosalind’s masquerade has an up side. As a man she is able to befriend Orlando, the object of her hidden love.

As You Like It is a comedy. So in true Shakepearian fashion hijinks ensue until secret passions are revealed and all the characters end up happily paired. But not before Rosalind’s disguise allows her to discover the truth in everybody’s hearts. Including her own.

Characters in disguise have always intrigued me. Take the 1934 film The Scarlet Pimpernel. In London high society, the hero is the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney. But upon the dark shores of the English Channel he is the daring Pimpernel, risking his life to save French aristocrats from the guillotine. Sir Percy’s reason for this dangerous pretense? He does it all for his wife, a Frenchwoman who despairs of the foolish husband she once loved and instead dreams of the dashing Pimpernel. When I first saw this film, I couldn’t imagine anything better than the moment she realizes he is one in the same. (more…)

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He has the one thing she never thought she deserved. A place to belong…

At long last, Kendra Kellogg has found her sister—but she’s no closer to filling the gaps in her past. The magick that brought them together makes them targets for dark mages intent on finishing what started with their mother’s murder.

As if her life wasn’t chaotic enough, in barrels the one thing she doesn’t expect, Max de La Vega. He’s six-and-a-half-feet of cocoa-brown alpha male. He’s strong, intelligent, sexy and intense. Everything she’d wanted in a man. And he scares the hell out of her. Still healing from a disastrous past relationship, she wonders if she’ll ever have that kind of forever.

The next in line to run his jaguar jamboree, Max is unused to hearing “no”. Once he knows what he wants, he assumes he’ll get it. And he wants Kendra. She deserves happiness and it’s his mission to give it to her.

When dark mages attempt to steal her magickal energy, Max’s cat agrees with the man—Kendra is his to protect and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. She can push him away as hard as she likes, he’s not going anywhere.

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My name is Lauren Dane and I admit it, I love series. Reading and writing them.

Lucky for me, my readers love them too so I get to write more of them.   I love to write a series of books with the characters’ connection to one another as the uniting theme.  My Chase Brothers for instance, or the spin off series from my Cascadia Wolves, de La Vega Cats.

Cascadia Wolves was my first series featuring shifters as main characters. I love the Warden family and their mates and I had a great deal of fun writing the books in the Pellini story arc.

I haven’t stopped writing about that world though, because I do love it and because it’s big enough for me to spin off to other packs and other paranormal characters.

Which is what I did with Trinity. (more…)

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In the “better late than never” category, allow me to point you to Ms Eden’s wonderful blog–and her summer-long celebration!

Cynthia Eden’s Deadly Days of Summer. Join Cynthia Eden at her blog for a non-stop summer party. When: Jun1-August 1, 2010. What: Great guest authors, fabulous prizes, & a fun time. Where: www.cynthiaeden.com/blog. This summer will be long, hot & deadly.

Deadly Fear Share I’ll Be Slaying You

Go forth and participate in the fun! (click on the image for more information)

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Saturday is the day that usually finds me with a lot of time on my hands for several hours. I always make sure to have my laptop with me, to play games if I’m in the mood, or a book so I can read and hopefully make the time pass quicker. Instead of reading, I’ve spent most of today browsing for new books to add to my wishlist at Amazon. Have added plenty today but stumbled unto these covers by J.K. Beck at Amazon. Had to do some searching and found out that J.K. Beck is a new pen name for Julie Kenner. I’ve read a couple of her books but none of her most recent ones, not really sure why I haven’t, to be honest. Looks like she has a new series coming out back to back under her Beck name and yes, I admit it, I’m a sucker when it comes to great covers and all three of these jumped out at me when I was at the author’s website looking for more information on the books. Have added all three to my wishlist and I’m so glad there’s not a long wait in between each release.

Book 1: When Blood Calls, out August 31, 2010

Sara Constantine is one of the country’s most tenacious prosecuting attorneys—and she’s just secured a well-earned promotion. At first she’s thrilled. Then she finds out her new job involves prosecuting vampires and werewolves. And nothing prepares Sara for the shock she receives when she meets the first defendant she’ll be trying to put away: Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.

When Lucius Dragos kisses the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s only hoping to blend into the crowd and avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s following…and planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss to secure his cover ignites into a fierce hunger that leads to an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows Sara will do whatever it takes to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks he is. And that might mean making the greatest sacrifice a vampire can make.

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Book 2: When Pleasure Rules, out September 28, 2010

Seven innocents have been brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. And as more bodies are discovered, the age-old feud between the vampires and werewolves threatens to explode and turn the city into a living nightmare.

With her back to the wall, Lissa Monroe—a strong-willed, ravishingly beautiful succubus who entices men to surrender their souls—agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who has a powerful hold over her. Lissa has never lost control of her deepest desires, but Rand is an impenetrable paradox, a principled soldier who fears nothing—except perhaps the darkness of his own past. As the city of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together to have even the slimmest chance of surviving a more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.

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Book 3: When Wicked Craves, out October 26, 2010

Their love could bring the most potent pleasure—or the darkest nightmare.

A danger to both the human and shadow communities, Petra Lang is cursed never to love. For one touch of her skin unleashes the vilest demons imaginable. Sentenced to death by the shadow authorities, who fear she’ll turn her curse against them, Petra is rescued at the last instant by vampire advocate Nicholas Montegue. As their bodies merge and transform into mist, Petra feels an urgent erotic longing.

Nicholas fought long and hard to save Petra—and nearly paid the ultimate price. He risked his own life to spare hers, yet he knows he can never give in to the explosive attraction he feels for her. But the deep yearning they share can only be deferred for so long. Together, they must find a way to lift the curse. For only a love this strong has the power to overcome such monstrous evil.

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