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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING

After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack’s ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib – that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine – perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their “just friends” rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

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Short Excerpt:

“Okay, Mr. Rules, Mr. Gotta Be In Charge…we’re going to have to renegotiate some things.”

“Such as?”

“That,” Leah said, and pointed to the bed. “What the hell are we going to do about that?”

“If you’re referring to the amazing orgasms, then I vote for more as soon as possible.”

“At least that part isn’t pretend,” she said.

Jack frowned at her. “What does that mean?”

“Look, forget it. But we need to remember your first rule: this isn’t real and there are no hurt feelings.” She whirled away and began digging through her purse for her keys. “When people are bitching that I don’t have any fresh bread or donuts available today at the bakery, I’m going to blame you.”

“Sure,” he said, a little distracted by her reiterating his own rule. Which was ridiculous of him. “My reputation could use the boost.”

She rolled her eyes, headed to the door, then stopped, sighed, and came back to him. “You’re still naked.”

“Yeah,” he said. “Just in case you want to give me any more birthday presents…”

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For a chance to win a copy of any of the previous Lucky Harbor books, winner’s choice, leave a comment below. Good luck! 🙂

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Trask is a lust demon on the hunt for a playmate, a human exceptional enough to sate some of his ravenous hunger. When he finds Rena, he knows that she is the one he must have. He makes it his business to seduce her.

Rena is immediately drawn to Trask. She could easily fall for the dangerously sexy bad boy who makes her scream every time he makes her come, but the problem with bad boys is that they’re actually bad. They break girls’ hearts and hers has been broken too many times already. One more crack might shatter it forever.

Trask claims Rena for his own, but she needs more than just sizzling sex. She wants to trust him, but can they ever share anything more than lust?

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Hello, and thanks so much for hosting me today!

I once read an article, in RT Book Reviews I believe, about all the various and important things that go on behind the scenes when creating a novel. Sadly, a novel just doesn’t pop out of the computer screen on demand. It takes time—sometimes lots of time. While all the inspiration and genius is happening, an author needs to sustain herself. Also, breaks. Lots and lots of breaks. To keep those creative juices flowing of course.

A Matter of Lust took me about four months to write. I am a slow writer. I admit it. It would seem appropriate that while writing about a lust demon, I might indulge in a few sinful activities of my own. During that time, I probably consumed my weight in chocolate three times over. But that’s just the least of it. Today, I’m going to share all that I devoured and the many ways I dawdled with while writing Trask and Rena’s story.

Be warned—it isn’t pretty.

Lisa’s List of Work Vices and Procrastinations

  • 1440 cups of coffee (4 months x 12 cups a day. This is an average of course. I generally drink more than 12 cups a day)
  • 6,432 “just two minutes!” breaks to check out what was going on Twitter
  • 114 miles of “walking around the block” when I was stuck and frustrated
  • 563 uses of the word pulse
  • 591 trips to the thesaurus to find synonyms for pulse
  • Double that number and multiply it by 14 to include thrust and throb and trembling
  • 72 bags of ranch flavored sunflower seeds (my pacifier since I quit smoking)
  • 41 packs of gum (another smoking substitution)
  • 16 dozen thumbprint cookies from my local bakery
  • 60 calls to my local restaurant delivery service because I couldn’t be bothered cooking or actually leaving my house to eat anything. Thank God they have a great selection
  • 836 different colorful metaphors shouted, mumbled and hissed
  • 9 bottles of champagne devoured in celebration and desperation
  • 7 hysterical emails to my friend and first reader agonizing over the title
  • 2,005 pictures of hot men perused to garner “inspiration”

I am doing edits right now on a sexy Quickie that takes place on Mardi Gras night which will be coming soon from Ellora’s Cave and I have a brand new vice for it: Brown Cow Maple yogurt.  That stuff is made of awesome and I can’t get enough of it.

Do you have a favorite vice or time waster? Let me know in the comments and win a copy of A Matter of Lust!

 

 

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Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/a-matter-of-lust.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A-Matter-of-Lust-ebook/dp/B008G3GPAC/ref=la_B00474CVHA_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1341342950&sr=1-2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-matter-of-lust-lisa-fox/1111935947?ean=9781419940637

 

About the Author:

World-renowned neurosurgeon, jet fighter pilot, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all…in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

Feedback, comments, opinions, words of wisdom, chocolate cake and the addresses of super hot men are always appreciated and encouraged. Please feel free to contact Lisa any time.

Email: lisa@lisafoxromance.com

Website: http://www.lisafoxromance.com

Twitter: @LisaFoxRomance

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaFoxRomance

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The F-Word: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Romance

 

I’m a feminist. There, I said it – no apologies, no caveats, no justifications. I’m equally unapologetic about my lifelong love of romance fiction and wholeheartedly believe the two can sit comfortably side-by-side – thanks largely to awesome, true-to-life heroines.

 

My mother (an attorney) is also a fervent romance reader, and thanks to her habit of grabbing used Harlequins from the free shelf at the Post Office I began reading romance at around the same time I was working my way through Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I cut my teeth on all those classic ’80s tropes: angry billionaires and virginal supermodels, cold-hearted bosses and frumpy secretaries, and the ubiquitous, troubling sexual encounter wherein her consent is just ambiguous enough for him to apologize afterward. I still love a good vintage read now and again but I think it’s a testament to the genre that today’s romances have come so far in the portrayal of complicated, nuanced, self-possessed heroines.

 

If you pick up a contemporary romance today, you’re more likely to find a heroine who’s a business owner rather than a secretary, a self-sufficient single mother rather than a pregnant lost soul, and happy with her too-big, too-small, or otherwise imperfect body rather than resigned to singlehood because she wears glasses. It makes me so proud to see romance constantly evolving in the heroines it produces, and I’m hopeful that the heroine in my debut, The Striker’s Chance (which released from Carina Press yesterday) will live up to her kick-ass peers.

 

The Striker's Chance small Holly Taylor is a sports publicist, and landing the PR contract for North Carolina’s new soccer team could take her career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler “Killer” de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer’s image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done. She finds herself falling for the real man behind the tabloid persona, but when she’s offered her dream job for a price, she’s torn between the career she’s spent years building and the man she doesn’t want to give up.

 

Holly’s an ambitious, success-oriented woman who loves her job and hates the dating circuit. But what I hope makes her truly three-dimensional is that beneath her take-no-prisoners exterior her confidence sometimes falters, her approach to life is somewhat jaded, and she doesn’t always understand her own emotions or actions. At her core she’s complex and conflicted and a little bit of a mess and that, more than her job title or her attitude, is what I hope makes her a great, progressive heroine.

 

What are some of your favorite heroines? What characteristics do you think makes a heroine more relatable, more three-dimensional, or just generally awesome?

Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happilyever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City and London, Rebecca recently relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Her debut contemporary sports romance, The Striker’s Chance, is available now from Carina Press.

 

Buy links:

 

Carina Press: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/6C5329E4-8BAD-4EBA-A41F-3BC67FE0B8D8/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=75CD480F-2BDD-46F0-A8BC-DBAE1ECDC030

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CV30XDS

 

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CV30XDS

 

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thestriker039schance-1244329-149.html

 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-strikers-chance-rebecca-crowley/1115375476?ean=9781426896255

 

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For the chance to win a digital copy of The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley, just leave a comment below. Good luck! 🙂

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High Passion

Adrenaline Search & Rescue, Book 2

LIFELINE: an elite search-and-rescue squad based out of Banff, Alberta. Specializing in high-risk rescue missions, this team goes wherever the job takes them…

Alisha Bailey left a life of privilege for the dangerous but thrilling world of search and rescue. Denying the lure of attraction to her teammate is another sacrifice she’s made to prove to everyone—including her family— that she’s more than a pretty face or a business commodity.

Since their training days, Devon Leblanc has used the competitive fire between them to hide his fascination with the petite beauty. When a natural disaster forces their rivalry aside, heated passion finally flares between them. Sexual pleasure slowly gives way to a new appreciation for each other’s skills—on the field and in the bedroom.

But when unexplained accidents begin happening to the Lifeline team, their newfound unity may be their only hope for survival…

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September 2013

We have a print ARC (advance reading copy) of High Passion by Vivian Arend to give away to one lucky reader. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. The winner will be posted on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

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The first novel in Jaci Burton’s new Hope series!

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Veterinarian Emma Burnett won’t let anything or anyone sidetrack her from her job as new owner of the vet clinic in Hope. She let a man distract her once, with disastrous results. But when Luke McCormack brings in his injured police dog, Emma can hardly ignore him. Despite Emma’s best efforts to keep things strictly doctor and owner of the patient, Luke’s one hot distraction.

 

September 2013

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A new series by Larissa Ione!

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The Moonbound Clan Vampires, book 1

A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD…
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE…
A member of the renegade vampire Moon Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.

September 24, 2013

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Maya Banks has shared her newest cover. HIGHLAND EVER AFTER will be the third book in the Montgomerys & Armstrongs series. So pretty!

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After Scotland’s three strongest clans forge a formidable alliance, an uneasy king plots to consolidate power. Knowing that true strength lies in possessing land, fealty, and hearts, he orders sweet Taliesan McHugh to submit to a marriage that will give him control of the coveted McHugh keep. A tender beauty, Taliesan accepts her fate, certain that her lame leg has made her undesirable to any man—until she is swept into the powerful embrace of rugged, devilishly sensual Brodie Armstrong, a warrior who vows to shield her from brutality at any cost.

Fearless and bold, Brodie refuses his king’s command to stand down. Instead, he conspires to rescue the rare beauty whose bravery and innocence stir his blood as no woman ever has. As desperate power struggles reverberate throughout the Highlands, Brodie defies his king and devotes himself to the only mission that commands his loyalty, his blood, and his honor: winning Taliesan’s heart.

September 2013

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