Featured New Adult Romance: Wander and Roam by Anna Kyss #RT @AnnaKyss


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 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

 In the last year, Abby Bentley has failed out of college and lost her high school sweetheart. Unwilling to return home, Abby signs up to volunteer on an Australian farm, where she can hide away from her family and isolate to her heart’s desire. Best of all, no one will care about her past. Abby soon discovers she’ll be sharing most of her daylight hours–as well as a very small yurt–with the farm’s other volunteer: sexy, flirtatious Sage.

The more hours they spend together, the more conflicted Abby becomes. Torn between a growing attraction to Sage and faltering loyalty to her old boyfriend, Abby escapes to her refuge of writing letters she will never send. When Abby finally reveals her past, Sage’s secret about his future threatens their bond. With Abby running from her past and Sage trying to escape his future, can they build a relationship in the here and now?

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 About the Author:
Anna Kyss lives in the beautiful, but far too rainy, Pacific Northwest. To avoid the rain, she spends hours writing young adult and new adult books. Anna’s work includes young adult urban fantasies, with a heavy dose of paranormal romance; young adult dystopias; and new adult contemporary romances.

Anna’s other love besides writing is traveling. She tries to always spend time in each location she writes about. Visit the hidden areas of London and the Costa Rican rainforest in The Underground Trilogy; a dystopian version of Hawaii in Cerulean; and imagine an Australian romance with Wander & Roam.

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Featured Romance: Cast In Stone by T Lee Garland @TLeeGarland1


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Erotica, Contemporary, BBW


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Plus-size Delaney Mason has finally escaped the nightmare bullying of her high school days to become a successful Graphic Artist and VP of Marketing to one of the largest firms in the south. When she stumbles into her boss’s office and catches him in a compromising position, she fears losing her job. Instead her boss sends her to Climax Holler, Tennessee to meet with their new clients, Stone Mountain Adventures. Delaney takes one look at the perfection that is Beau Stone and knows she is in trouble. Guys like Beau made her life a living hell in high school, but she still can’t help but want him.

Beau Stone can’t keep his eyes of the pretty red-headed Delaney Mason. When he catches her checking out his package he is determined to teach her how good things between them could be. But first he has to get her to trust him, get her off the mountain and out of danger. And get her into his bed. Beau is going to show her just how beautiful she is and how much he wants her for his own.

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Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Finding Clara by Jannie Lund @jannielund


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Contemporary Romance


SBibb - FCcoverEve Quinn goes missing. Twenty-seven years later Clara Christensen is found. On her quest to find out who she is and where she comes from, Clara finds a new family and an old love. Trying to combine Clara and Eve, as well as pleasing everyone’s expectations of who she should be is difficult. The new family doesn’t help. But the old love does.

Duncan Cantwell has never been able to forget the woman who stole his heart, but he never expects her to stroll back into his life as the long lost daughter of the family who gave him a home when he was a boy.

In the most unexpected way Clara and Duncan find each other again. They are not just lovers torn apart by circumstance, however. They are in the middle of a family struggling to come to terms with reality. Love has a hard time flourishing, but Clara and Duncan have beaten the odds before.

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Excerpt:

As she glared at him, she felt Luke looking at her. Then at Duncan. “What is it with you two?”

“What do you mean?” Clara dug out the acting skills she hadn’t used since fifth grade and a poor version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  

The way Luke narrowed his eyes at her made her giggle. He looked like such a brother, and it was exhilarating.

“Remember the girl from Bali a few years ago that I told you about?” Duncan interrupted, directing his question at Luke.

“The one who gave you a fake phone number? What was her name again?”

Clara gasped. He hadn’t actually told Luke, had he? The grin Duncan sent her was lethal, and she wanted to poke her tongue at him. Yes, she was so mature.

“Yep. It was Clara. Our Clara.”

“Dude! No way.” Luke looked at her, wide-eyed, and Duncan was still grinning.

“The phone number wasn’t fake!” was the only thing she could think of to say.

“No, it was just wrong.” Duncan pulled out his wallet and produced the receipt she’d hurriedly written her phone number on more than two years earlier.

She couldn’t believe he’d kept it. It was so sweet. At that moment she wanted to kiss him more than she wanted to slap him, but it didn’t last long.

He shoved it under her nose. “See? That’s clearly an eight, not a three.”

Snatching the scrap of paper, she looked at it. It wasn’t an eight. She had without a shadow of doubt written it as a three. What was just as clear to her was that it did look like an eight. She’s been in a rush to catch her flight, and Marie was right when she’d said that her handwriting lacked elegance when she wrote fast. And there was no way she was about to admit it to Duncan.

“It’s a three. I know my own phone number.”

Luke reached for the receipt. “I already looked at this—as did Danny, Rachel, Ben, Vanessa, and Linda—and we all agreed it was an eight. It’s one of the few times we’ve all agreed on something over Sunday brunch.”

Clara closed her eyes. Of course it had to be at Sunday brunch that Duncan had shared his vacation memories. Could it get any more embarrassing?

“Now that I think about it, I think Dad wanted it to be a three, but we outnumbered him,” Luke said.

And apparently it could. Mr. Quinn had seen it, too, and no doubt heard whatever version of the story Duncan had shared with them. God, she hoped he’d left out the details. All the details.

“Remind me always to listen to Papa Q in the future.” Duncan took the receipt from Luke and put it back in his wallet. The look her sent her was impossible for her to read.


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Featured Dystopian: The Toucan Trilogy by Scott Cramer @cramer_scott


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After a lethal pathogen introduced by a comet attacks the hormones of puberty, nearly all of the world’s adults die. Abby helps her brother and baby sister survive the apocalyptic nightmare, only to face the biggest threat of all: the deadly time bomb of adolescence.This bestselling dystopian series has over 500 5-star reviews.

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Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, optioned a screenplay, and worked in high-tech communications. The Toucan Trilogy –Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East, and Generation M– are his first novels. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: Chicks Dig the Accent by Roxanne D. Howard @RoxanneDHoward


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Contemporary Erotic Romantic Comedy


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Release Date: 8/23/16

Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, she gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing boyfriend, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris. She’s desperate to shake things up–and find that sexy foreign man.

She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance, in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her lbecome more Parisian and hip, to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English prof’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.

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Excerpt:

“So, you’re going through with it?”

“Going through with what?” They both looked into the living room, where a bemused Evan stood half-naked and barefoot in a pair of black pajama bottoms. Molly licked nectar off the peach on the end of her fork to save it from dropping to the floor. Evan’s jaw tightened, and his eyes gleamed as he zeroed in on her. He cleared his throat and lifted an empty half gallon of milk. “Sorry, you left the door cracked open. I came to borrow milk.”

“Jesus, Evan! Knock next time, or at least text. I’m in my panties!” Nell smacked him on the arm and tugged down her nightshirt as she ran past him into her bedroom.

“Sorry,” he said, but he seemed distracted as he strode toward Molly, eyes glued to her lips. She sucked the rest of her peach slice into her mouth and wiped at a little of the nectar at the corner of her lips. Her cheeks blazed at the hungry longing in his eyes. She turned away to open the fridge to get the milk. It wasn’t uncommon for them to borrow food from one another, and he always watched out for them. He had a comforting, protective nature she’d gotten used to.

She grew painfully aware of her night shorts, which had a tendency to ride up her butt and cut off at midthigh, and her thin white tank top. Could he see her nipples? And jeez, Louise, why did they have to harden every time he came near her?

She pushed hair out of her face and began to pour the milk into his empty half gallon. “Help yourself to the fruit in the bowl there. Nell had leftovers. How much milk do you want?”

“Enough for a bowl of cereal, please. I’ll get some at the store later.” She’d only heard his voice drop as low and husky during sex. She stopped after she poured enough milk, then gave him extra.

Evan reached over her to open a nearby drawer. He took out a fork. He inserted it into the flesh of a peach slice and brought it to his lips.

“Forbidden fruit, hmm?”

He teased the fruit around his lips with a wicked smirk. He winked at her and sank his teeth into half the peach as he watched her, licking it. Her mouth went dry. Oh, he knew what he was doing. He chewed, licked his bottom lip, and held out the fork.

“Want some?”

Before she could gain common sense and say no, she closed her eyes and parted her lips. He slid the remaining slice in. Molly closed her mouth around it. He withdrew the fork tines slowly from her closed lips, and his finger grazed her lower lip.

“You’ve got a bit on your…”

She opened her eyes and sharply inhaled. He’d moved closer, right there, and was about to kiss her. She turned away, burning.


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About the Author:

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Roxanne D. Howard is an Army veteran who lived throughout Germany and England, where she met her British husband. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English, and enjoys reading classical literature and Stephen King. She is also an avid musical theater nut and loves everything related to marine biology. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, several pets, and loves to spend time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com. To find out more, please visit her website at www.roxannedhoward.com.

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Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! How many books do you currently have published?

Thanks for having me! I’m excited about my new release. Right now, I have two books published. Chicks Dig the Accent is my second book. My first book is a long, contemporary erotic romance novel called At the Heart of the Stone, which came out in February 2016. It’s available at all online book retailers and iTunes.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

Oh, that’s a toughie. I enjoy every book I write. I think At the Heart of the Stone will always hold a special place in my heart, simply because it was my first. I had a lot of fun writing Chicks Dig the Accent, though. I think Evan is one of my favorite male characters I’ve written so far, and Jorge is an absolute hoot.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

Yes! I have a few books in the works. I’ve half-written an interracial contemporary romance, Finding a Pulse. I also have an upcoming release around Halloween with my new Costa Mesa series, currently contracted with Loose Id. It takes place over three holidays, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s, and it’s about a sassy tabloid reporter from New York who falls hard for a Californian Whale Watching tour boat captain who she’s supposed to expose on her seedy show, but things don’t exactly go as planned. Stay tuned to my website and social media feed for details!

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Oh, the creativity! I love building worlds and relationships between people. There’s something magical that happens when you let your imagination loose, and it’s an interesting relationship both between the reader and the book. I feel like I’m simply the scribe for my characters. They pretty much take over.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

All the time. It comes and goes. The best thing to do is to mix it all up and change your routine. Sometimes I’ll forego the solitude of my home office and go to the library or the park with my laptop, and it can make a world of difference and get those creative juices flowing again, being in a different environment. Traveling also helps. I got inspired for my new series by going on a whale watching tour in California.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?

Oh, yes! Evan Castle was a barrel of surprises and constantly tripping me up as I wrote Chicks Dig the Accent. There’s one morning in the book where a side character, Nell, has sliced fresh peaches because she wants to make peach cobbler that night, and as she and Molly are chatting in the kitchen, Evan comes up to their apartment to borrow some milk. I never intended for things to get out of hand, but Nell went off to take a shower, and Evan proceeded to pull some sexy shenanigans with Molly. He was a bit of a naughty pup in that aspect, but he was a total joy to write.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?

In this book, my favorite character is Molly. She is courageous and kind and doesn’t let anything get her down. She’s an immensely loyal friend, and loves very deeply. My least favorite was a guy named Sam, who comes in later in the book. He’s one of those keg-bearing loudmouths that often go into parties talking loudly and hitting on women.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?

I really, really enjoyed writing the girl talk and Veg Fests between Nell and Molly. I love their awesome friendship, and they were so fun to write. They are definite BFFs.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

I’ve learned it’s about sticking to your guns and writing your head off. Even if you feel like what you’re writing is gobbledly-gook, just write it anyway and worry about editing later. The book isn’t going to write itself. So cast those inhibitions aside, and dive right in!

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

Either one! They both have different flavors. Chicks Dig the Accent is a fun, bright, breezy, sexy and very comedic novella, if you’re looking for a nice vacation poolside read or something to zip right through that’s enjoyable and hilarious. At the Heart of the Stone is a long and sensual, epic journey of self-discovery about daring yourself to believe in the beauty of your dreams and open your heart. It’s great for when you’re traveling on long flights, or to read in bed or in front of a fireplace. Both books do have very explicit love scenes, so just be aware of that if reading it in public! ;)

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

I’ll say this: one person in Chicks Dig the Accent is a lot more than they appear and has a secret. You’ll have to read the book to find out! A mega-talented friend of mine commissioned two NSFW art pieces of Molly and Evan together. For those interested, they can be found on my website.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?

Anything by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Diana Gabaldon, and I’ve really started getting into YA Dystopian novels, namely Suzanne Collins, Marie Lu, Daniel H. Wilson, and some newer ones. I love to read just about everything.

What about television shows? Movies?

I’m a bit Walking Dead fan, and Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars for me. I’m one of those people who dresses their kids up as Rey and has them take a picture with Kylo Ren. Yep. That’s how I roll.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

The Life of Pi. That book is not just a book; it’s an experience, and a journey. It’s amazing in that it ties together all faiths, all ethnicities, all nationalities, and it really does break down all barriers of thought and animosity that we have in the world. I love, love, love Life of Pi! It’s perfect.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

Hopefully in the future if things ever take off. For now, I am available on social media, my website, and I’m always willing to answer any questions or chat with readers via email.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?

Writing has taught me attitude can make a big difference.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Chicks Dig the Accent is a fun, sexy little ride. I hope you enjoy it! Reviews are love!


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