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Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: Striker: No Prisoners MC Book 1 by Lilly Atlas @lillyatlas

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Contemporary Romance, Steamy Romance, Romantic Suspense


Release Date: 8/9/16

Dr. Lila Emerson is finally free of the shadow of her politically connected family, with her new job in a small town Emergency Room. But her new peace is shattered when she encounters the dangerous, but compelling Striker. He’s everything she should stay away from, but all she craves. And since he keeps turning up in her ER, he’s hard to avoid.

As Vice President of No Prisoners outlaw motorcycle club, Striker is no stranger to violence. But when it touches the pretty doctor he wants in his bed, he’ll do anything to keep her safe. When Striker and Lila are thrust together, sparks fly and passions ignite. Before long they find themselves entangled in a relationship neither saw coming.

The MC can and will eliminate any threat against Lila, but what if they—and the man she’s falling for—are the reason she’s in danger?

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Chapter 1

The doors to Desert Community Hospital slid open with a whoosh. It was a sound Dr. Lila Emerson heard countless times each shift, so she didn’t bother to look up, focusing instead on completing a written proposal for the concussion and sports safety program she hoped to institute at the local high school. Another forty-five minutes and she would have it completed, and be on her way home to the bottle of Cabernet and warm bath that promised to soothe her tired body after a hectic week. She couldn’t wait.

“Stitch.” Jester’s booming voice bellowed through the lobby. “We need you, girl! Gumby’s face is all busted up.”

Lila groaned. Again? Perhaps the man needed a new nickname. Gumby didn’t seem fitting, considering the number of times his body cracked.

Members of the No Prisoners motorcycle club had burst into the lobby of the emergency room. She could always tell the moment they came through the doors, even without the inevitable we’re here announcement made by Jester. There was a change in the energy of the room: a charge of fear and distrust from some, a nervous respect from others, and a buzz of sexual energy from all the testosterone they seemed to emit. There was a strong possibility she was the only one who noticed that last point.

Jester led the pack of two leather-clad, boot-wearing men as they tromped through the waiting room, and up to the admissions desk. Silence descended as the patients awaiting treatment gaped at the intimidating duo. Jester was a mountain of a man, topping out at no less than six foot five inches, and probably weighed close to three hundred pounds of solid muscle. He had the body type of a serious weight lifter, and could have been one, for all she knew about him. Both arms boasted full sleeves of tattoos, and additional ink peeked out from the collar of his T-shirt. Jester’s dark brown hair was long, past his shoulders, and thick, though usually contained in a ponytail at the base of his neck. He was a formidable figure, and not someone she’d want to meet in a back alley at night, despite his apparent jovial demeanor.

He reached the admissions desk, and braced his meaty hands on the counter. The action placed him directly above poor Anna, the middle aged receptionist who worked the night shift. She had to tilt her head way back to meet Jester’s fierce gaze.

About the Author:


Lilly Atlas is a contemporary romance author. She’s a proud Navy wife and mother of two spunky girls. Every time Lilly downloads a new ebook she expects her Kindle App to tell her it’s exhausted and overworked, and to please give it some rest. Thankfully that hasn’t happened yet so she can often be found absorbed in a good book.

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How many books do you currently have published?
As of now, Striker is the first book I’ve published. Jester, the second book in the No Prisoners MC series, is available for pre-order, and goes live on November first!

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
Right now, I’m working on Acer’s story. His will be the third book in the No Prisoners series. There isn’t a release date yet, but I anticipate early 2017.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’m a daydreamer, plotter, fantasizer, whatever you’d like to call it. My mind is constantly dreaming up stories and characters. What I enjoy most about writing, is bringing those stories to life and sharing them with others.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I haven’t experienced true writer’s block as of yet, but there are times when I get stuck writing a scene. The words don’t flow the way I want, or I’m just not satisfied with the scene. What I’ve found works best, is if I walk away from the computer for a while. My mind never completely lets the scene go, and after some time spent thinking it through—without feeling the pressure of the computer staring at me—I’m able to push past it.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
I have! Problem is, if I tell you now, I’ll spoil a future story.

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?
Look for the audio version of Striker in the next few weeks. It’s narrated by Noah Michael Levine, who won the 2016 Audie Award for Best Erotica Audiobook. He did an amazing job, and I can’t wait until everyone can listen to the book!

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
The Fatal series by Marie Force is my hands down favorite series. It has everything I love: complex characters, steamy love scenes, suspense, and intrigue.

What about television shows? Movies?
I’m a huge Game of Thrones nerd. A few other shows that top my list are Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Shameless.

Contemporary Romance Feature and Interview: Club Thrive: Compulsion by Alison Mello @alisonmelloauth

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Contemporary Romance

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Publisher: Limitless Publishing

*Note: Previously Titled Chasing Dreams*


I’ve always dreamed of being a singer, and it’s time to make that dream come true.

Life is short, and I know my parents—may they rest in peace—would have wanted me to follow my heart. So I pack my bags and head to Los Angeles.

Then my world turns sideways…


I run the hottest club in L.A., where gorgeous women flock to show skin on the dance floor. But as soon as I spot her, I know she’s different. We have a connection, something more powerful than I’ve ever felt.

But I’m not the only one who notices her. She’s getting a lot of attention on the club circuit, and the way other men look at her when she’s on stage drives me crazy.

I want her for my own, but she’s not about to let me control her. And then my past returns…

This could turn into a deadly situation.

Formally Chasing Dreams By Alison Mello

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About the Author:

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Alison Mello is a wife and stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. She lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts. She loves playing soccer, basketball and football with her son.

After having her son, Alison started reading again and fell in love with Contemporary Romance. Reading made her happy and gave her something to do when she had downtime. As she started to read more, she started to noticed things she really enjoyed in a book and things she didn’t. She began to have ideas for writing one of her own. One day she literally woke up and started writing. She realized that if there was ever a time for her to write, it was now. She had a part time job to give her something to do. The hours at work were slow and she was bored with what she was doing, so while her son was off enjoying his friends over summer vacation she got started.

Alison finished the first book in two weeks and decided that she really enjoyed writing, so she kept going. She already had ideas in mind for books two and three, so she kept writing. That is how the Learning to Love Series was born. Somewhere along the line, one of my Beta readers convinced me that Michael, a character from Finding Love, needed his own story. That is when Alison added the fourth and final book. Alison hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.

She’s so glad she started this writing journey and hopes you will stay with her for the ride. Chasing Dreams is scheduled to release in April and the first two books of the Love Conquers Life series will be out this summer!

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When did you start to have a love for books? After reading Fifty Shades of Grey, The Crossfire Series and The Hacker Series

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager? As a child it was the Babysitter’s club as a teen I didn’t really like to read.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer? When I decided I needed something to do and was tired of reading different series that didn’t give me what I wanted.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Everyday life, I’m often in the middle of something and an idea will hit me. I quickly get it down on something and then tuck it away for when I’m ready to use it. A photo on Facebook was my inspiration for Love Conquers Life Series. It was supposed to be a stand alone but my characters took over and turned it into a series.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? This is so hard to answer because I totally love Logan and Skyler but I have to say I think I’ve really enjoyed writing the Love Conquers Life series. It’s fun, emotional and the two main woman are strong and go after what they want no matter what gets in their way.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? So far my greatest moment was the day I found out Chasing Dreams was accepted by Limitless Publishing and was going to be available in paperback. I am really proud of the Learning To Love series. It was the first series I wrote so it will always be special to me, but I wanted more and so I went for it and got it with Chasing Dreams.

What can readers expect from you next? You definitely want to get on my newsletter because you’re going to start seeing sneak peeks at my latest series, Love Conquers Life. I’ve gone back to writing Military Romance which is what I enjoy. I loved writing Chasing Dreams but Military men are really my thing.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most? Wow, my books have jumped a bit. Anyone who enjoys a good love story that entails life’s struggles. Let’s be real I know we all want the easy love life that we read in some stories but it’s not real. I try to make my book boyfriends hot and steamy but have real life scenarios  playing out so you can truly connect with them and understand them.  For example. Abbey is burned by her ex husband and afraid to love again. She raises her son by herself and when he’s finally a teenager she gets that second chance at love.
Tracey has seen more broken marriages in her line of work and doesn’t want to be another one so she closes her heart off to the world until she meets Sean.
Theresa a single mom who has never been married fears for both her and her daughter. She has a hard time believing Chase is for real until he steps up to the plate when she needs him the most.
Sylvia is a spitfire, family court lawyer who is a little different from the other woman in the Learning To Love series. She is as strong woman who needs a man that’s willing to take control, but doesn’t think love exists until she meets Michael.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies? Favorite book is definitely Fifty Shades of Grey, Favorite TV show is Law and Order and NCIS. Yes I love cop shows. I don’t really have a favorite movie and to be honest that includes FSOG. The movie was okay for me but not a favorite.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about? E.L James, because I would thank her for getting me back into reading. If it weren’t for the hype of FSOG I may not have started reading again and I wouldn’t be writing today.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under? Crazy; on the go constantly with my boy and husband.

What is your favorite place to visit? Florida – Love the warm weather and I get to see my mum.

What words do you live by? Go big or go home! I never do anything small I go at all my goals with all I’ve got!

Thanks for the awesome interview, Alison!

Sports Romance Spotlight and Author Interview: Chasing Swells by A.L. Goulden @A_L_Goulden

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Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Sports Fiction

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Release Date: 6/21/2016

Dean “DeBaz” Bazner is a Professional Surfer, private about his past and quiet about his future. Like any famous professional athlete he’s got the talent and sponsors, but he hasn’t clinched a World Title since his rookie year. Now in his thirties, with a career clock ticking, he’s pushing his limits to get to number one again. When a travel writer named Azure Thomas is assigned to observe his journey between events, what seems like a dangerous diversion, both in and out of the water, forces him to accept that there’s more missing from his life than another trophy.

She doesn’t know anything about surfing. She doesn’t drool over his celebrity. And she sure as hell doesn’t ask others to haul her crap around. Azure Thomas has been taking care of herself for most of her thirty years, and this is just another assignment in the changing world of freelance journalism. What she doesn’t expect is an athlete who relates to her profound loss and has sacrificed everything except his soul to get to the top of his sport. Dean is more than the hot surfer splashed across magazines and surfing is more than a hobby. Is it possible that what she can’t live without is chasing the next big swell?

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It’s clear right away which of the four men on the porch in front of her is Dean. His confidence and physique are superb. Although the Latino man could easily pass as a competitor, Dean’s bleached hair in its slightly wavy shag fits the stereotype. She wasn’t expecting him to smolder though. His jaw is too chiseled, and his chest muscles are too thick. Sure, surfers are in great shape, but she thought they were lean, vegan types. This was a meat eater. A strong, tall, carved, carnivorous man. She can feel her pulse pounding when he stands to greet her. If she lacked all self-control, his cobalt eyes would’ve sold her the moon.

Dean’s playing spades on his porch with the guys when he sees Lennox and Moses walking with a beautiful, tall brunette. Her long yellow sundress flows in the breeze like a flag waving for his attention. Even through all that fabric Dean can see her hips swaying naturally as the cotton clings to her body. Before he can survey her bare breasts underneath, she raises her eyes towards him. Even at a distance, they glow like the ocean, adding a spark to her perfect smile. It’s worse than he dreaded. He can handle pretty or attractive, but this woman is beautiful.
Moses stops to show her something, stealing those eyes away and Dean flinches. Not holding her attention stings a bit. He drops the cards in his hand, giving up. There’s no way he can deal with real distractions right now, in life or a card game.
The other guys turn and stare. The way she genuinely listens and reacts to everything is intoxicating to watch. She doesn’t carry herself like a beach bunny, but her skin is just as golden. Her long brown hair isn’t being twirled or tossed by a nervous hand, it just flows naturally, never shaking her poise. Most of the women in Dean’s past walked with a false confidence. Especially Abigail. She was always ready for a photo through a veil that sheltered her from the world’s honest eyes. This woman in yellow is different. She doesn’t need to be patronized or complimented, and her laugh is so unguarded and full.
Fuck. She’s gotta knows she’s beautiful. She wouldn’t have traveled in that if she didn’t. He stands as casually as he can manage wondering if she’s going to be a bitch. Part of him hopes she is so it’ll be easy to blow her off, but her laid back shoulders and relaxed smile hint that she’s pretty cool. He blurts out, “Welcome to Fiji,” wincing at the sound of his own voice. I sound like a fuckin’ idiot. He cracks his knuckles gently at his side until her cheeks flush a little.

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About the Author:


A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.

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When did you start to have a love for books?
I was dyslexic, so initially I didn’t like to read because it made me feel slow. Then my dad signed me up for a Weekly Reader program that sent a new book every week. When I got The Green Slime choose your own adventure book, I was hooked. I had to work hard to improve my reading comprehension, but it was so much fun.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager?
As a kid it was The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Romana series by Beverly Cleary. The world run by children was my fantasy. As a teenager I loved classic English literature, but my love for film was already overpowering my attention span. Reading was too much work when there was a film version. I’d watch Pride and Prejudice or any other book turned into a movie over and over. I endured, “But the book is so much better,” and, “There’s so much left out of the movie,” with a full acceptance that they were right.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?
When I was nine my parents let me fly to Utah (from Oklahoma) to see my friend who had moved away. Something about that trip changed my view of the whole world and made me want to write. Maybe it was flying by myself to a place with mountains, which I’d never seen, or just seeing a life so different than what I’d known. When I returned, I sat down with a new composition notebook and filled it with a story about a group of young boys during a sleep over who encounter an escaped prisoner. I worked on it for a week. I erased and rewrote so much, but I was in love with writing. I wasn’t focused on “being” a writer at all. I just loved to put the world in my imagination on paper.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?
In film school, my screenwriting instructor had us sit in a hotel lobby for twenty minutes to come up with a cast of characters based on people we observed, then weave them into a short treatment. It was something I’d already been doing since that trip when I was nine. I find people watching and traveling to be a huge trigger of inspiration for all kinds of stories. Even if you’re just going to a coffee shop or the mall, you can see inspiration all over.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
Chasing Swells has been my baby because I love surfing so much and these characters came to my mind so long ago. I’ve loved “traveling” with Dean and his crew to Fiji, Bali, and Tahiti. It’s been like a little vacation I can step in and out of.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?
It’s so hard to pick one character when you spend so much time with them. I think the one I’ve had the deepest love for would be Quinn Matthews from my August Fog series. I think readers relate to the females I write, especially Monica Waters from the August Fog series. She’s a bit lost in life, but doesn’t realize she’s on the wrong path until she’s faced with a huge moral dilemma. I like characters with flaws, big ones, that you can still root for as they overcome life’s hurdles.

What can readers expect from you next?
I’m moving into a couple of novels that are in the mystery/psychological thriller genre. I’m excited to add some suspense to my writing.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?
The August Fog series is for erotica fans, but Chasing Swells appeals to a broad range of readers. Even though it’s a contemporary romance, I’ve found that men who would never open the genre see it as a sports fiction and enjoy it too. I want to be able to have a range of genres that appeal to my own love of variety. A little, something for everyone, or every mood.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies?
I read a big variety: true crime, mystery, thrillers, romance. I watch more films than television, probably due to the limited time I have. It’s ironic that those who make television often don’t watch much of it. As an Art Director and Production Designer in the industry, my hours are long. I do, of course, watch How To Get Away With Murder, and have since before I joined the show last season. My husband and I stick to Netflix or cable series that we can watch at will or binge on a holiday weekend. I love The Fall, The Americans, Peaky Blinders, Masters of Sex, Grace and Frankie, VEEP, and because I love politics we live by The Daily Show and This Week With John Oliver. As for movies, I love action, comedy and dramas.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about?
That’s such an impossible question. I’d love to meet Jane Austen or E.M. Forester, or how about both, and talk about social hypocrisy and relationships beyond restrictions. The human connection both authors put into their stories was what kept me yearning for more in my life, and kept me forever addicted to their work.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?
My life is muddy paws, funny kisses, and layered whiskey.

What is your favorite place to visit?
Maui (but any Polynesian destination is at the top of my list)

What words do you live by?
If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

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Contemporary Erotic Romance Feature and Interview: Sonnet Coupled by Roxanne D. Howard @roxannedhoward

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Contemporary Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial, New Adult

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Release Date: 4/25/17

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group


Sheltered and cosseted, Sonnet Mendoza abided by her papi’s wishes her whole life: no boys, studies first and always. Now an ER nurse in a busy Chicago hospital, medical school is so close Sonnet can taste it. Just like her father always wanted. Just like she can she can taste all the things she wants—like Griffith Parker, the man of her dreams and her new housemate.

Working “graves” in a large hospital as a security guard while attending the police academy during the day doesn’t leave ex-Marine Griffith Parker any personal time, but after meeting the beautiful Sonnet Mendoza, business as usual is anything but. Sassy, smart…and interested in him, too? Except, she’s made an art of keeping her distance, and she’s been clear that her plans don’t include him. But the heart wants what the heart wants. His wants Sonnet. He’ll put it on the line to win her.

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It had grown dark, and the lampposts in the parking lot were lit. She had a little pep in her step as she walked to the ER doors, but she stopped and didn’t go in. He was there, hands on his duty belt as he talked with a patient near the security desk. Griffith emitted shock waves of sex appeal, even from where she stood.
Oh, hell no.
She’d never be able to walk past him after what she’d done the other night. She reddened. Not like he would even know about her stupid fantasies, but she would. She’d half forgotten he would be on graves with her, too wrapped up in the exhilaration of getting into medical school and…other activities.
Evasive maneuvering seemed the best way to go, so she sidestepped and made her way around to the back employee entrance leading into the ER. She smiled to herself over the minor victory, and pushed against the handle to go in, but it didn’t budge.
“You’ve uh, got to pull it.”
She turned around, and there he stood, dangling a black Maglite in his hand. She reigned in the growl that wanted to surface. “I’m sorry?”
“The door. You need to yank the handle toward you, not push it. There’s a sign.”
Sonnet froze, and eyed the PULL sticker she’d been oblivious to, right above said handle.
“Of course,” she murmured. “Figures.” Even though he must think her an imbecile, she raised her chin with defiance and muttered her thanks as she tugged on the door. It didn’t move.
“Use your badge,” he said. “It’s a security measure so no unauthorized personnel get in.” She glanced at him. He crossed his arms, and his lips fought a losing battle to twitch upward.
Sonnet shook her head, flustered, and rooted around her purse for her work badge. “Look, I realize you think I’m a total moron here, but it’s my first night on the floor, my car had trouble starting earlier, and my nerves are all shot to hell. So, I’d appreciate it if you, your ridiculously stacked chest, and all your muscles wouldn’t judge me, okay? I’m nervous enough as it is. We’re not all perfect.” She held her badge to the RFID reader. The second the green light went on, he beat her to the handle and held the door open for her.
She didn’t see a wedding ring on his left hand. Hmm.
He smirked. “Good to know you like my muscles.” He raised his eyebrows as she clipped past him.
“Shut it, Rambo.”


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Roxanne D. Howard is a U.S. Army veteran who has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. Also, she is an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and marine biology geek. Roxanne resides in the western U.S., and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

Interview with the Author:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? You bet! I have been writing all my life, but it wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I started writing novels and getting serious about publishing them. It’s been a neat experience and I’ve met some amazing, wonderful people.

How many books do you currently have published? Six

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Sonnet Coupled, my new release. It expanded my normal boundaries in a way I hadn’t before, and I found myself loving the characters as if they were real. Sonnet and Griffith are both people I would want to be friends with.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I have currently put my writing projects on hold until Sonnet Coupled comes out, but I do have a few books in the works.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The magic. I love what happens when I create something and then it essentially takes me over until it’s a book. I will always love to write.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? Oh, all the time. The hard thing about life is that it crops up when we most need it to let us write, but during those times I just ride the wave, try to change my routine, and eventually the chips fall back into place.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes! I’m an outliner, and when I set out to write a novel I like to have it mapped out. In each of my books, the characters decided they were going to do what they wanted, and I almost always charter off course during their journeys and romances. I’ve learned to quit being a stickler to the outliner, and to listen to what they tell me.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? I have a soft spot for Griffith. He’s a special, unique person and I poured a lot into his character. My least favorite is Janelle, she’s the catty woman at the office that drives everyone crazy.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? This is going to sound so weird, but the fight scene in Sonnet Coupled. When I began writing it, it was like Griffith grabbed the pen out of my hand, tossed it across the room, and said, “no, here’s how this is going to go.” It just sort of happened, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Considering all the love scenes I write in my books, I know that’s an odd answer, but it’s often the dynamics and dialogue between the characters that make the scenes great.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? I’ve learned to believe in myself. Like everyone I struggle with self-doubt, but if you have a dream and you’re passionate about that dream, don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Get what you want.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? Each of my books offers something for everyone. I’d personally recommend Sonnet Coupled or At the Heart of the Stone, as I feel they are my two strongest.

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? Gasp, you want me to ruin the surprises of Sonnet Coupled? Ha ha, not a chance. Read the book, and make sure you keep a fan handy!

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love anything by Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Wladyslaw Szpilman, and I have been getting into YA dystopian novels lately. Basically, I read everything. If there are words on paper of any kind, I’ll read it.

What about television shows? Movies? I am a big Walking Dead, the 100, and Timeless fan. I also love, love, love Star Wars. I think Kylo Ren is one of the most well-written, interesting characters to date.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? Intensity by Dean Koontz. Chyna Shephard is my spirit animal. I love Koontz’ imagery in his writing. That book is brilliantly written, and her character was so strong.

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? Very soon, yes! I will be doing book signings in the near future and I plan to attend a conference in 2018. Stay tuned to my website and social media for details!

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? I’ve learned never ever to give up on your dreams.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Sonnet Coupled is out on April 25th! Check it out!

Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Kiss Me: Promise Me Series, Part 3 by Brea Viragh @BreaViragh

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Small-Town Contemporary Romance

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Nell Quade loves trouble, and doesn’t give two hoots about picking men up in a bar. A tried and true method, she knows exactly where to cast her net to draw in the big game. When an interesting, and attractive, stranger comes to town, Nell ends up getting more than she bargained for. He takes the bait and warms her bed for the evening.
It’s Thanksgiving time in the small town of Heartwood, Virginia, and along with her brother Nolan, the family is ready for a fun old-fashioned family get together complete with decorations and drama. The holiday seems to be going well until Nell’s one-night stand appears at the table expecting a seat.
Kai Ingles is Nolan’s roommate, and maybe just a little bit more. Embarrassed, Nell must navigate her way through turkey, mashed potatoes, and intrigue to get to the heart of the matter. And maybe lose her own along the way.

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I went into the bar looking for trouble.

That’s what I told myself later, when my head cleared and I’d gotten my clothes free of the smell of cigarette smoke. When those wee hours of the morning came and I questioned why I’d felt the need to go out, to capture a man’s attention, to bring him home.

To send him packing in the morning.

When I remembered the past, and hated what I’d been through. Hated what I’d done. Otherwise, why go to the Tooth? It was the only bar in town and reeked of alcohol and deep fryer oil and regret. There were peanut shells on the floor, racing posters on the wall, the ubiquitous pool table where people spent their weekend nights in a haze.

Why did I go?

Because I did my best hunting on a full moon. With the holidays looming, I needed a pick-me-up. Not the normal kind in the form of chocolate or candy or an entire pint of ice cream. Nah, I liked mine tall, dark, handsome, never mind the cliché.

That was me. Nell Quade, the perpetual prowler.

November came before I was ready and I didn’t feel equipped to handle Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the holiday traffic. Most of the out-of-towners rolled into my neck of the woods in autumn, when the trees began to turn and flood the mountains with a riotous display of color. Visitors flocked to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for a taste of country air and small-town living.

They found Heartwood County’s single stoplight “charming.”

My shift had ended at the hospital and I’d changed into my skinniest jeans and my tightest-fitting sweater. A layer of tinted lip gloss went on while I preened in the mirror at brown eyes, a peaches-and-cream mask. At slashing cheekbones, a full pink mouth. The hair wasn’t perfect but I’d live with it as long as the rest held up.

The Tooth was busy even on a normal day. Popular not only with the drinkers and pool players, but also with the older couples needing time away from their own kitchen tables. Say what you will, the place had a dreadful smell but a delicious burger.

I crunched over discarded peanut shells and wiggled my fingers at the bartender, squinting through the smoky haze at the guy who looked like he’d been on a swim team since birth.

The bar was a dive, by a landslide. Trails of smoke danced in the air, and the walls were grimy to the point where no one dared touch them. I sent a glare across the way to the random chick plopped down in my seat, sending her scrambling. Oh God, I had my own seat in the damn place. I had to get out more, and not just to the Tooth.

“Nell.” Fenton greeted me the moment I sat. “I got your drinks just the way you like ‘em.”

“You sure know how to please a girl.”

About the Author:

Brea Viragh

Brea Viragh is a writer based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with degrees from Berea College and Nova Southeastern University. When she isn’t writing, her hobbies include binge-watching HGTV, scouring thrift shops for goodies, and maintaining her alpha status among her boyfriend, puppy, and three cats. A recipient of a 5-Star Writer Award from NY Literary, her work includes the Promise Me series, available online, as well as short stories published in New Realm, eFiction, and Conceit magazines.

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