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HotPursuit

Hi Everyone!

I’m Lorie O’Clare. Many of you know me as the author of the lunewulf, as well as other shapeshifter books, including Cariboo lunewulf, Malta werewolves, leopards, black jags and owls. I also write erotic romantic suspense. A lot of you will remember my FBI series, my erotic island books, and of course, what I’m here to talk to you about today, my bounty hunter books.

Hot Pursuit releases on March 26, 2013, this Tuesday. I hope many of you pick it up once it comes out. I think you’ll really enjoy this erotic, action packed, romantic suspense. This is Ben Mercy’s story. He is recently hired on at King Fugitive Apprehension, one of the most successful bounty hunting agencies in the country.

Hopefully today I can wet your appetites and share more about HOT PURSUIT with you.

Ben Mercy has just received his private investigator’s license, which is required in the state of California to be a bounty hunter. It’s been a rough start. Ben is a felon, and although wrongfully accused of the crime, has done time in a minimal security penitentiary. It took a lot of hard, cold cash to clear his record.

Ben hates being in debt to anyone. He works hard, lives hard, and is willing to get his hands dirty to get the job done. When his best friend, Micah Jones, aka Micah Mulligan, is suddenly wanted for heinous crimes and disappears without a word to anyone, Ben doesn’t blame him for not saying goodbye first. He’s been on the inside and wouldn’t wish it on anyone—if they’re a good person.

A million dollar bounty is on Micah’s head. That’s enough to bring other bounty hunters around looking for Micah. When one of the top names in the business ransacks Ben’s apartment looking for clues as to where Micah has run, Ben knows he must warn his best friend. He heads up north to where he knows Micah had headed, Zounds, California, a northern fishing community. All is not as it appears in this picturesque town. Everyone in Zounds appears to have something to hide, including a hot little number named Zoey Cortez.

Zoey doesn’t know a lot about bounty hunters, but she’s willing to learn more about Ben Mercy. If it’s wrong to wish that he is in Zounds to take her oppressive warlord of a father to prison, then so be it. Ben won’t tell her why he is in Zounds but he is willing to take her on the ride of her life.

As the suspense thickens, the pages get hotter, and action and sensuality sizzle, Ben and Zoey learn a lot about each other, and where their paths were meant to take them. Each comes to the other with baggage they must sort through, and sometimes that is best done with someone you love. Their relationship smolders, growing hotter toward that anticipated climax. Finding Micah might save both of them, and Zounds.

HOT PURSUIT is the latest book in my bounty hunter series. There are six bounty hunter books, each about a different bounty hunter. They are: PLAY DIRTY, GET LUCKY, STAY HUNGRY, RUN WILD, SLOW HEAT and HOT PURSUIT. With these books, it doesn’t matter if they’re read in the order released. I know some people are picky about that. And I understand. If I like a book I am instantly at the author’s

website making sure if it’s part of a series I read starting from the beginning. The bounty hunters don’t need to be read in order, however, to fully understand the storyline and characters. Each book is about a different bounty hunter, all of whom work at KFA, King Fugitive Apprehension.

You can learn more about HOT PURSUIT and read the first chapter on my website. www.lorieoclare.com

I’ve included an excerpt from HOT PURSUIT below, but before scrolling down, I have a blog contest just for you. Read the excerpt below. You can click on the link to head over to my website (www.lorieoclare.com) and on the home page there is a link to read the first chapter from HOT PURSUIT. Read either, or both, and post a comment below about something that intrigued you about the book. Tell me what grabbed you and made you want to read more. Of course, be honest, if nothing sucked you in, say so. There are definitely no F’s issued for honesty. J One winner will be selected from the comments posted and win an ARC (advance readers’ copy) of HOT PURSUIT. The winner will be announced on March 30th, this Saturday. I don’t discriminate on where you live. I’ll mail the advanced copy to the winner regardless of where he/she lives in the world.

I’m really excited about Ben’s story. I can’t wait for everyone to read it. Let me know your thoughts. They mean more to me than you know.

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Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London’s gentlemen’s clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm’s length.

A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind with a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.

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Thanks so much to Fatin for hosting me on the release day of my new Regency-set historical romance, A Gentleman Undone,and for allowing me to confess right here, before all the world, that…

I happen to like nice men.

No, seriously. I’m not just saying “I recognize that a bad-boy rake wouldn’t make a good real-life husband, fun though he may be on the page.” I’m saying decency is sexy. Small kindnesses melt me. And a guy who strives to do the right thing, particularly in a temptation-ridden setting like Regency London society, is a guy I’m pulling for right from page one.

Now, I’ve got nothing against a good scoundrel. That kind of hero tends to make for a lively story with lots of built-in conflict, whether he’s plucking at the corset-strings of the strait-laced heroine, or going toe-to-toe with a lady who can match him for mischief every step of the way.

But let’s face it: the bad-boy hero doesn’t need any PR help from me. Scoundrels, rogues, and rakes get plenty of love already, as anyone even slightly familiar with historical-romance titles can attest.

While their better-behaved brothers… well, when’s the last time you saw a title featuring one of them? Pleasures of a Perfect Gentleman? To Marry a Mensch? Seducing the Stand-up Guy?

Will Blackshear, the hero of A Gentleman Undone, is a man who cares deeply about things like moral integrity and the weight of one’s word. He takes responsibility for his actions, he steps in when he sees people mistreated, and he knows how to resist temptation when there’s a good reason to resist. (Up to a point, anyway.)

In other words, he’s a good guy. And his journey, as he tangles with my slightly-less-good heroine Lydia and walks a tightrope between desire and decency, is part of a proud good-guy tradition.

So just for today, I’d like to usher the bad boys offstage and shine the spotlight on good men, as we’ve known them from books, movies, tv shows, even real life. What’s your favorite kind of good guy? One who’s gutsy enough to wear his heart on his sleeve? (Lloyd Dobler, anyone?) One who sticks to his principles at great personal cost? (Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” e.g.) One who’s polite and pleasant to the heroine right from the beginning? (Henry Tilney, my favorite Austen hero!)

Leave a comment, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of A Gentleman Undone.

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No woman could deny the appeal of the sexy deputy sheriff Jonas Porter. But to Courtney Allen, Jonas has one major flaw-his badge. Years ago, Courtney’s father was wrongfully convicted of a crime and she vowed to never trust a cop again. But when Jonas becomes the only man to believe in her father’s innocence, Courtney begins seeing the brooding lawman in a whole new way.

Jonas knows in his gut that the real killer is still out there and determined to finish what he started long ago. To protect Courtney and bring the criminal to justice will require all the skills he can muster. And that means focusing on the job. Not the woman who makes him forget his troublesome past and arouses in him a passion that is anything but professional.

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My newest Intrigue release comes out this month.   [May 8th, to be exact, but don’t feel any pressure to buy it. Well, I kind of wish you would, but it’s not mandatory to reading this post.] WHEN SHE WASN’T LOOKING is about a woman with a tragic past and the lawman who believes in her when no one else does.  This one is pretty special to me.  I like all of my books [really, I’m not just saying that] but this one came together in my head so much easier than the others.  It was one of those times when the dialogue and scenes were playing in my mind all the time and I couldn’t get them on the page fast enough [Yes, I know that sounds crazy but I’ve been tested and I think I’m fine.]

The book started out as the heroine’s story.  Courtney lost her family.  She is the sole survivor out to prove her father’s innocence.  She is determined. She is chased and attacked. She is hunted and in trouble.  [I know it sounds like I didn’t like her, but I did.] Since I usually write more hero-focused stories, I worried with this being more heroine-centric that the hero might get lost. Then Jonas stepped on the page.

Jonas got a raw deal in his last job.  He’s now kicking his wounds in Oregon. [Not actually licking because that would be gross, but I like the phrase.]  He’s at the end of a long day and ready to go home and he meets Courtney and, frankly, his world blows apart. [Again, not actually…but close.] If I had to describe him, I’d say:

1.     Grumbly

2.     A bit controlling

3.     Has a rescuer complex

4.     Handsome [obviously]

5.     Strong [can lift heroines in a single…well, you get the idea]

6.     Decent

7.     Respectful

8.     Loyal

9.     Compassionate

10.  Flawed

11.  Mature [strangely not always the case in romance novels]

See, I told you I liked Courtney.  Look what I gave her in a hero.

Basically, I adore him. He’s perfect for Courtney, even though neither of them thinks so at the beginning. So, while the plot revolves mostly around Courtney and something from her past, Jonas never gets lost.  And why would he?  He’s one of my favorites.  I hope you like him, too.

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A big thank-you to HelenKay for joining us today! To read an excerpt from When She Wasn’t Looking, visit www.helenkaydimon.com. And for a chance to win a book from HelenKay’s backlist (including When She Wasn’t Looking) just leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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The blurb:

Computer security specialist Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm’s way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the cross hairs of one of Miami’s death-dealing drug lords. Only after her ex-boyfriend saves her does she realize she might have no choice but to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.

Former Marine Porter Caldwell never should have let Elizabeth walk away from him all those months ago. She means more to him than anything and now that she’s in danger and turned to him for help, he won’t make that mistake again. When a local gang targets her and she’s nearly killed in a drive by shooting, Porter vows to do whatever it takes to keep her alive. Even if it means turning his back on all that he’s sworn to uphold.

The review:

The book starts with Elizabeth arriving at the home of a major criminal because, once again, her brother Benny is in trouble and has called her for help. He owes Orlando (the major criminal) a bunch of money and Orlando is willing to let Elizabeth trade 6 months of her life in exchange. When she refuses, things get physical until Porter busts in to save the day.

This is the type of romance I adore. Smart heroine, loyal to her family. Strong hero, battling between what his mind says is right and what his heart tells him. I found Elizabeth’s continuing loyalty to her brother (who is without a doubt a screwup) very believable, especially when their past is revealed. Benny saved her from something horrific as a child, something that left him emotionally scarred, and she refuses to give up on him no matter how much logic says she should. This loyalty is what ended Elizabeth’s brief relationship with Porter. He wasn’t willing to stand back while she dropped everything to pull her brother out of dangerous situations.

The chemistry sparked between Elizabeth and Porter from chapter one and continued to build. I loved that build up. They didn’t just dismiss their earlier issues, they talked them out and got to know each other better and because of that, I believed in their happily ever after by the end.

This book is non-stop action. Guns, gangs, stuff blowing up, a couple on the run through Miami. Very fast paced with little downtime.

The only issue I had was how naive Elizabeth seemed during the first half of the book. She constantly argued she wasn’t in danger, even after a gang vandalized her lawn in an attempt to scare her. She believed that since it was her brother that owed the money, Orlando had no reason to come after her. This is a woman who has repeatedly dragged her brother out of crack houses and other dangers AND she is the systems manager at a security firm. With her background, that level of naïveté rang a little false.

Overall, No One to Trust was a faced-paced, steamy romantic suspense with quite a bit of emotional depth. I would recommend it to any fan of the genre.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Format: eBook
Length: short novel (45,000 words)

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Flying from sin…

Andrew Rossiter has used his gorgeous body and angelic face for all they’re worth—shocking the proper, seducing the willing, and pleasuring the wealthy. But with a tiny son depending on him for rescue, suddenly discretion is far more important than desire. He’ll have to bury his past and quench his desires—fast. And he’ll have to find somewhere his deliciously filthy reputation hasn’t yet reached…

…into seduction

Miss Gemma Peartree seems like a plain, virginal governess—or so she hopes. True, she has a sharp wit and sharper tongue, but handsome Mr. Ross wouldn’t notice Gemma herself. Or so she hopes. No matter how many sparks fly between them, she has too much to hide to catch his eye. But with the storms of a Scottish winter driving them together, it will be hard to keep her secrets. Keeping her hands to herself might prove entirely impossible…

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Master of Sin releases today! Some of you might remember the exclusive excerpt that was up on a Teaser Tuesday last month. MOS features damaged hero Andrew Rossiter and Gemma Peartree, a determined governess who teaches him that he is worthy of love. She’s a big believer in Fate, for why else would she wind up on an isolated Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides with such a man if not to change both their lives?

If you read Mistress by Marriage, you’ve already met Andrew—beautiful, corrupt, yet with his own kind of honor. He has no expectations of ever being truly happy. Being normal. His life’s goal thus far has been to make others satisfied, and if he experiences a moment or two of pleasure himself, all the better. But his world is upended by an assassin and the need to rescue his toddler son from certain death.

Amoral Andrew is no one’s idea of a father. And to make matters worse, the boy speaks only Italian. No matter how well-meaning Andrew is, he cannot even communicate with his own child. He needs an Italian-speaking governess, and Gemma, the daughter of an Italian courtesan, fits the bill.

Both Gemma and Andrew have made mistakes and lived to regret them. But here’s what Andrew thinks in the very last chapter:

Normal. His heart stuttered, corrected and resumed its steady tick. “I’m not a normal man, Gemma.”

“No,” she said, “you’re not. You’re so much better.”

Andrew shut his eyes. He knew nearly perfect happiness at this moment, in bed with his wife, his newest child, Marc dozing next to him. He’d never trade one misstep of his past if it meant being robbed of this present. Present in terms of time, present in terms of the gifts that had been bestowed upon him. He’d been bent and hammered, torn and mended. With Gemma beside him, he’d been given another life. In this new incarnation, anything at all was possible.

Sigh. Andrew definitely deserves his HEA after all I put him through. 🙂

I’ve got a signed copy of Master of Sin for one commenter. Do you sneak ahead and read the last chapter of a book? Or are you mad at me because I included an excerpt from it? 😉

 

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For more info about Master of Sin, visit www.maggierobinson.net. And don’t forget to comment for your chance to win. Good luck!

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The blurb:

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy—especially for a shapeshifting bear. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she — tiger who’s bringing his passion out of hibernation…

Marcella Malone is a member of an elite feline protection unit, and Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. But there’s no denying that beneath that big, burly exterior is a man who knows how to rub her in all the right ways…

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Crush and Cella were both introduced in previous books, Crush as Dez’s (The Mane Event) co-worker. Cella is Dee-Ann Smith’s (Big Bad Beast) … I’m not sure how to explain their relationship. Friends who like to beat the hell out of each other? We’ll go with that. The interactions between those two and Dez  helps make this book shine and provided more LOL moments than I can count.

Add in the smoking hot relationship of Crush and Cella, and this book was as close to perfect as it gets for me. Crush is a bear that likes his life the way it is and hates change. Of course, Cella turns his nice, orderly life on its ear when she convinces him to pose as her boyfriend and save her from match-making relatives.

Favorite quote:

“How do you get rational, well-respected people involved in your insanity? I mean is it something you taught yourself to do or is it part of your sociopathic nature?”

Bear Meets Girl was easily a 5 star read for me and one that I know will be getting many rereads.

You can find more information, including an excerpt, at www.shellylaurenston.com.

For a chance to win a print copy of your own, just leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn on Sunday. Good luck!

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Sheri Moore

wins Chase and Seduction by Randi Alexander

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Congrats! To claim your prize, please email mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). You have 48 hours to email before a new name is chosen.

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I want to thank ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fatin for hosting me today. I’m Randi Alexander and I write cowboy erotic romance. I’m published with The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line. My second Cowboy Kink, Her Cowboy Stud, was released today. (Yeay!)

I am a little envious of Fatin and this wonderful blog! I am truly a romance reader at heart, and have been since my teens (just like Fatin.) I’d sneak into the romance section of the local library and stare at the cover art. So racy and beautifully artistic. Especially the covers that featured Fabio. To my young eyes, he was the epitome of a passionate and macho hero. (To my older eyes, he still is!)

The one thing I regret about being a romance writer is the lack of time I have to spend reading. I have a box of books that I’ve collected at writers’ events, and a Kindle full of books that are begging me to open them. While I try to read at least an hour before bed, I often nod off after a page or two.

My days now are spent marketing, connecting with readers, and writing-writing-writing. I try to work ten to twelve hours a day – weekends included. It’s a wonderful life and I wouldn’t change a thing, but it differs greatly from those blissful days of reading-reading-reading.

I’d love to hear how romance books found their way into your life. Were you a teenage convert to romance, or did it happen later for you?

 

Trace McGonagall’s quiet life on his Houston stud ranch is shaken up when gorgeous Macy Veralta arrives to claim an inheritance left to her in his uncle’s will. Trace sees her as just another gold digger, but he also can’t resist her curvy body. When she hints at being the perfect submissive to his Dom, he has to have her.

Macy wouldn’t have been three months late to claim her inheritance if she’d known Trace was sin in jeans. The cowboy’s dominant bearing and the smoldering glint in his eyes send shivers to her toes and stirs images of being bound in his bed and disciplined at his hand. But could Trace’s perfect seduction be part of his plan to reclaim her inheritance?

EXCERPT:

Pulling Macy on top of him, Trace grinned. “You won the bet. Anything you want is yours. You just need to ask.” His heart gradually slowed to normal while his body tingled with a major afterglow.

She kissed his shoulder. “Anything?” Her voice purred.

He pulled a pillow under his head to look down at her, combed his fingers through her soft hair. He would give her anything. His house, his horse, his heart. “Name it.”

“Would you feed me?”

His brow lifted. “Are we talkin’ food here, or is this sexual?”

She laughed. “This time it’s food. All the sudden I’m starving.”

His stomach growled at the thought of whatever JaniceLynn left in the oven for them, which smelled pretty damn good when he was in the kitchen before. He bent to kiss her. “I’m your servant, ma’am.”

He picked up his briefs and made a quick run to the bathroom. When he emerged, she stood and he handed her his shirt.

She slid into it, smiling. Nothing in his closet had ever looked so good. No one had ever felt so good in his arms, or been as perfect in his bed. He still didn’t know what Macy was thinking. Was this his one night with her, or would there be more?

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To celebrate the release of Her Cowboy Stud, I’m giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my first erotic romance, Chase and Seduction. Just leave a comment and Fatin will choose a winner Saturday. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.

I’m also giving away a custom-made messenger bag and a $50 gift certificate to Pureromance to one subscriber to my newsletter. For more details, and to sign up for this contest, please go to my website, RandiAlexander.com  And while you’re there, you can read the first chapter of Her Cowboy Stud.

Good luck, and thank you!

Randi

RandiAlexander.com

WildAndWickedCowboysBlog

Her Cowboy Stud available at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses

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Maria D.

wins Wedded in Scandal by Jade Lee

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Romance Reader Enthusiast

wins Rocky Mountain Heat or Rocky Mountain Haven by Vivian Arend

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Karin Anderson

wins Heiress Without a Clause by Sara Ramsey

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Na S.

wins  a full digital set of the McCarthy books by Marie Force

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Froggarita

wins Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte by Diane Kelly

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Congrats! To claim your prize, please email mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces). You have 48 hours to email before a new name is chosen.

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IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway is at work again.  This time, she and her partner, Eddie, are after Marcos Mendoza, a financial expert and suspected loan shark with cross-border ties to questionable businesses and people in Mexico. Mendoza hasn’t just cheated the U.S and Mexican governments, he may have left a trail of bodies, too. Neither the Texas Rangers nor the FBI could prove a link between Mendoza and the suspicious deaths of his employees and associates, but the sheer number of bodies indicates the deaths aren’t mere coincidence.  What’s more, Mendoza bought off Special Agent Nick Pratt, who’d earlier been assigned to the investigation, and set the traitor up in a luxury condominium in Cancún, Mexico.

He must be stopped.

Unfortunately, Mendoza is as elusive as his activities are illegal. Tracking down this tax cheat proves much more difficult, and more dangerous, than Tara anticipated.  Given the highly sensitive nature of the case, Tara is forbidden to disclose the details to anyone, including her boyfriend, Brett Ellington. Secrets nearly tore the two apart in the past and history seems destined to repeat itself.

As Tara and Eddie delve deeper into Mendoza’s business enterprises, they realize his illegal activities extend far beyond high-interest finance. They also learn Mendoza will do anything to protect the profitable illegal empire he has created.

When Tara receives an unexpected call from a surprising source, she must decide whether to follow orders or follow through. Tara must risk it all—her relationship with Brett, her job, and her life itself—to put Mendoza out of business for good.

 

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For a chance to win Death, Taxes and a Skinny No-Whip Latte, just leave a comment below. Good luck!

 

 

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