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M/M Contemporary Romance Spotlight and Author Interview: Jesse’s Smile by Angelique Jurd @AngeliqueJurd


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M/M Contemporary Romance


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Jesse Peterson is 26 and loves his job at a pet store. He loves the cats, the dogs and Sniffles the rabbit. What he doesn’t love is the way people assume that he can’t look after himself, that he’s isn’t a man. So, when the store’s newest customer, buying supplies for his kitten, asks him out, Jesse has trouble understanding why. Jesse knows he’s not stupid, but nobody else seems to know that. They just see a good-looking young man whose smile seems to be the brightest thing about him.

Drew Oliver isn’t other people. A high school teacher with a history of bad relationship choices, Drew is patient, loving, and doesn’t care that Jesse is different. He just cares about being able to make him smile as often as he can.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the differences between Drew and Jesse, few notice the things they share. Can their relationship survive the scrutiny and judgement passed by everyone around them? And when one of Drew’s bad choices shows up, will love be enough to help them survive the aftermath?

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Excerpt:

“It’s more than a bit OCD,” Jesse starts to protest but stops when Drew snorts. His glasses are back in place. Jesse thinks he’s the handsomest man he’s ever seen and that’s strange because his Dad wears glasses for reading and he’s not handsome. Maybe his mom thinks he is.

“Dude, you have never seen my mother with housework, trust me you have a long way to go.” Drew crunches on a cracker he’s smeared with blue cheese. “Jesse, you know, you’re not broken, you’re just different. And I’d still like to take you out tomorrow night.”

Sighing, Jesse sits back in his chair for a moment, unsure of what to do. Part of him wants to run home, lock the door behind him, grab Wicket, and rub his hand over him until his heart stops pounding. Part of him wants to go out tomorrow night and see what happens. And an entirely different part of him wants to climb in Drew’s lap and kiss him again. He decides he should probably ignore that part. For now.

“Okay, what are we going to see?”

Jesse’s Smile, Angelique Jurd ©2017-2018


About the Author:

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A former print journalist and editor, with experience in newspaper, magazine and digital formats, Angelique Jurd writes M/M contemporary romance Based in New Zealand, she is owenved by four cats, three adult children, and a boyfriend. Her love of pop culture has led her to preparing herMaster of Arts thesis on the ways in which fan-produced media disrupts, informs, and influences the original text and creators of the television show Supernatural. Jesse’s Smile is her first novel.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

When I was 12 I read my first Stephen King novel (yeah I was precocious) and heard Bruce Springsteen on the radio and I was just enchanted by the way they painted pictures with their words. It was magic and I knew I wanted to do that. I started out as a journalist and worked my way up to editor. I then spent some time doing corporate writing (something I was very bad at) before deciding to return to university. I graduated in 2017 with a BA in Media Studies and English and am currently preparing my Masters thesis in Media Studies. My ‘day job’ (my thesis) involves analysing and writing about M/M fan fiction and my ‘other’ job is writing M/M romance – it’s a win all the way around.

How many books do you currently have published?

I have just published my first novel, but I do have a collection of columns I wrote for a newspaper and a collection of four short stories. I put them on Amazon a few years ago – before all the amazing tools we have today were so easy to access – so the formatting on them isn’t … wonderful. One day soon I’ll take them down and fix them.

I have some more novels due out over the coming months.

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

I’ve written four novels over the past twelve months and Jesse’s Smile has been my favorite. I just liked Jesse’s character from the moment I heard him in my head so it made it very easy to sit down and work each day. When I was finished I went into mourning for a week, I missed him so much.

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

I am currently working on two books. One is the third in a trilogy – The Capistrano Series – the first of which will be released in May. The other – Guard You With My Heart is the first in a paranormal m/m romance series – Guardian Angel series – will be my next release.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Painting pictures with words. Meeting characters in my head (it’s noisy in there), discovering their world, and telling their story.

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

I do. It used to bother me a lot but now I deal with it by putting on some music, opening a document about something entirely different, and ignoring the characters and plot that are blocked. Usually within 24 hours they start opening up again. I don’t know if that would work for everyone, but it works for me.

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

Yes. In The Capistrano Series, one of the characters has just thrown a massive temper tantrum. He’s normally really placid and easy going and it blindsided me – so it certainly blind sided the other characters.

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

I have favorites and villians in each book. In Jesse’s Smile, Jesse was my favorite by far because I liked his transparency and his lack of pretense. I really hated David – hated writing him, hated everything about him. Happily so do readers. He’s the villain of the story and he was just so awful to have in my head.

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

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, JK Rowling, Melissa Foster, oh look the list is huge and very ecclectic. I read a lot of fan fiction too.

What about television shows? Movies?

Supernatural. BBC Sherlock. Arrow. The Black List. NCIS.

Movies – pretty much any movie available. I’m going to see The Shape of Water today.

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

I’m hoping to have some of those lined up very soon so stay tuned.


Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Set In Stone by Dakota Willink @DakotaWillink


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Contemporary Romance


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The Stone Series Book 3

Release Date: 1/19/2018

Two declarations of love. And a past that won’t set them free.

Alexander had rules. Krystina broke them. Together, they learned the hard way that life was too short to play the game. Choosing to not leave their relationship to Fate, they fell completely and irrevocably into one another. As two shattered souls, wrapped in each other’s arms, it was as if the world and all its troubles did not exist.

However, committing to love each other was only the beginning. Caught up in their blazing desire, they unexpectedly find themselves facing the shadows of the past once again. Just when Krystina thought she knew the man she committed to, more questions arise, causing her to wonder if Alexander is who he says he is. It should have been one of the happiest times in their lives, but the darkness still loomed, threatening everything they fought so hard to overcome.

Now Krystina is faced with a terrible decision: go against Alexander in order to save him or sit idly by and watch as his world shatters around him. For her greatest battle was the very thing their relationship was founded upon. Trust.

The heart-wrenching and seductive story of Alexander and Krystina concludes with Set In Stone, the powerfully moving finale to The Stone Series.

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When we arrived at the penthouse, Alexander immediately went to the living room, grabbed a bottle of whiskey from the wet bar, and poured some into a lowball glass. No ice. Two fingers, not one. He threw back the amber liquid and poured another. I frowned. Alexander always exercised control when he drank. This was way out of the norm.
He braced his arms on the edges of the wet bar and dropped his head to his chest. His back was to me, but I could tell he was taking a few deep breaths.
“Alex?” I questioned cautiously.
“What?” he snapped, but didn’t turn around.
“What’s wrong? You never drink that fast.”
He picked up the glass that held his second round, stared at it for a moment, before tipping back the contents.
“Every man has his poison of choice. Today, mine’s whiskey,” he stated bitterly.
Alarmed, I moved toward him slowly, like he was a wild animal that could be spooked at any moment. Slipping my arms around his waist, I moved my hands up to feel the slow and steady rhythm of his heart. We stayed like that for a long moment before he eventually seemed to calm. Turning towards me, he wrapped his arms tightly around my back and cocooned me to his chest.
“I’m okay, angel. I just needed a minute.”
I nuzzled my head into his shoulder as he stroked the length of my hair. I felt as though my heart might burst.
“Let me take your pain away.” I lifted my head up to meet his gaze. Torment swirled within his pools of sapphire, so I offered the only thing I could to erase it. “Be with me.”
He took my chin between his fingers and brushed his lips softly over mine.
“I want that,” he murmured and ran a hand down my arms in quiet tenderness. A familiar warmth spread through me and I tipped my head further back, my silent plea for him to deepen his kiss.
Pushing my tongue past his lips, I explored the depths of his mouth, tangling my tongue with his. He matched my intensity, pulling my body tighter to his.
“Take me to bed, Alex.”
His grip on me slackened, creating an unwanted space between us. I ached for him to return.
“I’m wound too tight, angel. I don’t think…” he trailed off, seeming unable to find the words to express his thoughts. He began to turn away, but I placed a hand on his arm to stop him. I didn’t understand his hesitation, but I didn’t need to.
“I want you. In this moment, nothing else matters.”


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About the Author:

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Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a two time Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category. In September of 2017, Readers’ Favorite announced Stepping Stone as the Gold Medal winner in the Contemporary Romance category.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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Paranormal Romance Spotlight and Interview: Devastated: Book 1 (Slaughtered Souls) by London Michelle @londonmichelle0


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Paranormal Romance/Supernatural Erotica


devastated by london michelle

Release Date: 1/17/18

Forced to care for her grieving father, Annabelle Davis makes her first mistake. She gives up what little control she does have. She’s taken from her childhood home, her friends, and her horse, Miracle. Her only hope is for her long-time boyfriend to follow her to Miami.

The cruelty of her peers drives her to a darkness that she can’t escape. Meeting Marco, Annabelle begins to play with other possibilities. Exhausted from trying to be everything she should be, she makes a life altering decision that she can’t take back. With no control and no way out, her life hangs in the balance as she scrambles to set things right.

Giving in to her demons is looking better and better each day.

Devastated is a Supernatural Erotic story following a young woman torn between taking care of her widower father and being with the man she thinks she loves. Darkness and mystery surround Annabelle as she fights for control over her own soul! The power of good is stronger than evil, right?

DISCLAIMER: This book is meant for people 18 years and older. The characters in this story are purely from my imagination. Any names, businesses, or towns do not represent any real entity. This book contains content that is not for the easily offended. Some situations may be too intense for some. Foul language and descriptions within this book are intended as entertainment for mature adults.

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I try to change my face, opting for more of a dead-eye look, one that I see in most of the other patients on this floor. His stare is burning through me. He sees more than I want him too. I know now that his role in this hospital is much more than just the attending doctor for this floor.

“No need, I can take over for you.” He moves toward my bed.

“I’m finished. She’s all calm now.”

“No, this little busybody needs some time to think.”

His sneer, peeling off his normally soft disposition, his true sinister self peeks through behind his yellow eyes. I reach for Yolanda’s scrubs. She pulls away and shakes her head in a soft side to side motion. Her warning is heard loud and clear. She stands to face Him. She says nothing of his change, but I know she knows.

Yolanda stands at the door, her lips moving at a feverish pace with no sound. Dr. Antosh stands over me pointing for me to lay back. He pulls a set of restraints from his jacket pocket, attaching them to the link on the underside of my cot. He pulls the padded cuffs up around the sides of my bed, placing each of my wrists and ankles inside. Yolanda’s hands are clenched in fists at her side, her lips still moving. He pulls a small syringe from his pocket, flips it needle up and thumps it. He slides the waistband of my pants below my hip and injects the serum into me.  Her silence at the door, an ominous pretense, as He stands and walks toward the door. It shuts and locks.

Yolanda’s face is in the window. She mouthes the words be strong before she disappears from view.

There’s still enough light in my room from the high windows on the wall above me. With the entire floor on lock down, there’s no noise from the halls. I see the occasional random nurse’s face in my window. But, I’m left shackled to my bed with no human contact. My eyes are becoming heavy. My vision blurs.

I count the cinder blocks of the walls. I hum Mom’s lullaby. Anything to keep my consciousness, focusing on anything at all. I recount my last interaction with Marco. I wish I would’ve kissed him on the beach that day.  I feel the medicine setting in as the room grows darker. I try to think of the happy things as I lose the light. I think about Marco’s eyes. About his lips that night on the pier. The words he said to me, to kiss you is like seeing stars. I see him in an ethereal form, floating above me. The medicine is winning the fight.


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About the Author:

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London Michelle is a housewife and mother of four. She spends her days looking after her family. But after dark, with the curtains pulled and the lights down low, she writes stories that will ignite your fantasies and pull you into new worlds.

She currently has a series published and has several WIPs. She writes Erotica and some sub-genres in that category such as Taboo, BDSM, and Supernatural/Paranormal.

London also enjoys Live Write Events and connecting with fellow authors. She’s an avid reader and likes to give back to the Author Community by Beta-Reading for close friends.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

I’d love too. Well, I started just trying to pass the time, when my oldest children were infants. There was a lot of down time in the evenings. So, I wrote. Overtime, I began more confident in my abilities, letting family and friends read my stories. Fast-forward about 10 years and here we are!

How many books do you currently have published?

I have a total of 5 books published. Four of them are in my Wine Tasting Series: Sweet Summer Wine, Simply Bittersweet, Early Harvest, and Liquid Cashmere. It’s a fast-paced, fast read Erotica series. And now Devastated.

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

Definitely Devastated. I have lived and breathed this story for nearly two years. I have a compulsive editing tick. :) So, while the story did not take that long to write, but my constant second guessing and editing did! hahahaha

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

Devastated, Book 1 of the Slaughtered Souls Series releases on January 17th, 2018. My current works  in progress are The Journal of Emory Tate and Desolated, Book 2 of the Slaughtered Souls Series.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

The escape! Just the same as reading, I emerge myself in the world that I’m writing! I meet new people, travel to new places… It’s like a mini vacation in my mind!

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

I absolutely get writer’s block! That’s actually how my Wine Tasting Series was born. I was working on Devastated and got stuck. I put it down and opened a brand new document. After a couple weeks, I had Sweet Summer Wine, Book 1.

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

That’s the fun part! In the beginning, I let my OCD run things. I was meticulous. I planned every step the characters would make. Let me tell you, this led to flat characters and a boring story line. So I quit. I don’t plan and I don’t outline. I let the characters tell me when they want to go.

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

My favorite is Violetta! She’s a purple-haired, French vixen. You’ll get to meet her in The Journal of Emory Tate. She’s sexy! She’s subtly powerful! And can take a man to his knees with a simple look!

Least favorite? Hmmm, I guess that would have to have been Amber, the stepmother, in the Wine Tasting Series… she took on the traits of someone I would never want to personally know.

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

Oooooooo… that’s a good one! Definitely the elevator scene in Devastated. I actually creeped myself out in that one.

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

Do not expect your first book to be amazing! I wrote multiple stories before I ever began publishing and I still have a lot to learn. As for tips, find yourself another author (published or Indie) that you love. Read their work, follow them on social media. You’d be surprised at how many authors will take time out of their schedules to mentor you! I have one that mentors me!

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

Devastated, hands down! This is by far, my favorite story I’ve ever written.

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?

How about a tiny blurb of The Journal of Emory Tate? It will belong to the Atrocious Enterprise series I have planned! Are you up for a little dominant delicious-ness? Emory Tate is arrogant, cocky, and dominant. He knows what he wants, and he’ll do what he needs to get it. His fetishes control him, landing him in the company of a Therapist. While he follows her directions for him to keep a journal, this isn’t exactly what she had in mind. Join Emory through his musings as he transforms himself and the lives around him, not always for the better.

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

My guilty pleasure are Vampires and Werewolves…although I have not written them, yet! Maybe in the future… who knows?

What about television shows? Movies?

I rarely watch television, but when I do, it’s reality television. I love the Little Women shows, Dance Moms, Bring It…

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

The Hobbit and Trainspotting! I hated reading when I was younger. My English teacher would assign book report after book report. I would barely skate by with mediocre understandings of the books. Finally, me teacher pointed me in the direction of both of those books! They changed the way I looked at reading forever.


Young Adult Romance Spotlight and Interview: Worst Case by Beck Anderson @BeckAndersonID


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YA Realistic Fiction/YA Romance


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Release Date: 1/16/2018

Will she risk the fall and take a leap of faith?

Vivi Lewis just wants to stay in one place for more than a minute. It’s April of her senior year, for crying out loud, and here she is again, packed into a beat-up white Toyota with her anxiety-ridden single mom, fleeing the Washington coast. She hopes that this move—the one that’s taken them inland to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho—will finally be their true fresh start.

There’s little to indicate this time will be much different from all the others…until Vivi meets Win Kemper at the city bus stop before her first day of school. Win and Vivi are a perfect match—both self-defined weirdos. Vivi trusts Win, and their time together is a whirlwind of cliff-jumping and paddleboarding, a life immersed in nature that would have given her, and especially her mom, a panic attack in the past. Their instant spark becomes a rock-solid friendship, and might be even more, if Vivi can stick around long enough to experience it.

But having a reason to stay also raises the stakes. Running from their fears has never made Vivi and her mom safe enough before, and now everything she has to lose appears in sharp relief. Can she find the strength to separate herself from her mother? Will the burgeoning bond she and Win share be enough to get them beyond the last twenty-six days of senior year—even when the worst-case scenario comes to pass?

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Win looks at me. “Did something bad happen to you all when you were in Washington?”

Win hasn’t really pried or pushed for more on my long story. It’s fair that he’s asking, I think.

I consider it, but I can feel the heat already spreading up my neck, just thinking about telling him more. “Code word palindrome, but I will say this: my mom’s running from something.”

Win looks out at the lake, and when he speaks his voice is low and resolute. “I wish you’d been safe from whatever it was.”

I consider this. “But if we’d been safe there, I wouldn’t be here. So…” I leave the sentence in the air.

He smiles and touches the inside of my palm. “And whose names would we be graffiti-ing all over the place? Our careers as defacers of property—”

“And persons,” I remind him, since I’ve traced his name in Sharpie on the palm of my hand, after all.

“Yeah, our careers would be cut short, underdeveloped by serendipity or whatever.” He stands there for a moment, then touches my hand again. “That kiss…”

I worry. It fit perfect out there in the water. Maybe talking about it here, maybe it doesn’t fit. Is that what he’s going to say? “Yeah?”

He looks down at the ground for a second and then up at me through a fringe of bangs. His face is tan, his mouth soft, his dark eyes wide and earnest. “I liked it. I don’t want to rush you, but we fit. We know that, and I want more of that.”

All the air goes out of my lungs. “We’re going to have to get to know each other in condensed form. We don’t have much time.”

“We can spend every waking moment together as soon as school’s out.”

“Until you go away to college,” I say, and I can hear a tiny tremble in the sentence.

He shakes a finger at me. “Don’t get to the end before we even have our beginning.” He comes closer and weaves his fingers in between mine. “You can’t live life like that.”

My phone vibrates again, and I remember my real life, which will be lying in wait when I make it back to my house.


About the Author:

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Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase “mistakes are for learning” and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.

For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two boys, loving her husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.

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Author Interview:

Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?

I started writing seriously in 2009 after procrastinating for most of my life. My first novel, Fix You, was a Romance Writers of America Rita © finalist for Best First Book and Best Contemporary Romance. It got picked up from Omnific Publishing and re-released by Simon and Schuster. That encouraged me to keep writing. So far my journey has been a lot of persistence and hard work (and avoidance of hard work — still a terrible procrastinator) punctuated by a series of surprises.

How many books do you currently have published?

Worst Case is my 5th novel.

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

Each one has its own personality, like siblings. Use Somebody was a lot of fun, but was really hard to start. The Jeweler was my first novel I wrote, but not the first I published. Fix You was the one that scared me the most because it was the first time I put myself out there.

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

I didn’t expect to like Jeremy and Macy, the main characters in Use Somebody, as much as I did, because they’ve made big mistakes in the past. They grew on me. And Jack McCann in Worst Case is a terrible scene hog, but he is a blast to write. Every hero in my books, and Win in Worst Case is no exception, is a person I wish I could meet in real life, but each of them is real enough that I think you could meet someone like him in real life.

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

Not everyone will like your story. There is a wonderful Dita Von Teese quote– “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” That is really great advice to remember, especially if you are used to pleasing lots of people. Writers can’t please everyone.

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

I loved Big Little Lies and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? . I am reading and loving A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic.

What about television shows? Movies?

I loved Kingsman and Guardians of the Galaxy but didn’t love either sequel as much. I kind of love Madam Secretary but if you get a chance to watch the West Wing on Netflix it’s the real deal. Also I love Doctor Who and the Great British Bake Off more than one person should.

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

All of the books I read from the ages of around ten to seventeen made huge impacts on me. I can remember crying my eyes out over Watership Down and being obsessed with The Dark is Rising series.

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

Thank you for supporting writers! I hope that reading brings you as much happiness as writing makes me miserable (mostly kidding). But seriously, passionate readers are lifeblood for writers — you keep us going when the going is very, very tough. :)


Paranormal Romance Book Spotlight: My Wolf Fighter by Rose Wynters @author_rose


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Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance


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Series: Wolf Town Guardians #4

Amanda Wyatt is having a bad month. Her job as a bartender at the Red Ruby is on the line, her cheating boyfriend has thrown her out, and she’s dying. Now homeless and without any hope, she’s resigned to living in her car in the woods… until a naked man walks out of the darkness to change her mind.

Ryker is a werewolf with a major chip on his shoulder. He’s pissed at the world. But one look at Amanda’s curvy body is enough to make his mouth run dry. Ryker knows exactly what she needs… and he’s just the werewolf to give it to her.

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“I’m sorry, but our tests are clear. You have pancreatic cancer.”
Tears streamed down Amanda’s face as she sat in her car, replaying the doctor’s words over and over again. He’d said quite a bit in that brief time, but her mind wasn’t capable of moving past the diagnosis. She blinked hard, her throat and nose clogged with tears. She was only twenty-nine, but she had cancer. A very deadly form of cancer, if the doctor’s tests could be believed.


About the Author:

I have a huge fascination with the paranormal and the unexplained, and this isn’t just limited to vampires and werewolves. I think there are so many things in this world that are just simply mysterious, and I’m intrigued by this. I’m secretly relieved that science can’t explain all… the romantic in me believes that the world needs a few things that simply defy explanation.

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Contemporary Romance Spotlight: Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink @DakotaWillink


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Contemporary Romance


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The Stone Series Book 1

Bound by need. Entwined in secrets.

Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon. She saw the way he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes. She was curious about his world and all it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore the possibilities she could never before have imagined.

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn.

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets in their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.

Heart of Stone is a full-length novel, over 380 pages, and the first of three books in The Stone Series.

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Excerpt:

After unwrapping the cellophane from the platter, I moved over to the minibar to choose a bottle of white from the wine cooler. I perused the selections, trying to decide what would pair best with the cheeses.
Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Both will go nicely, but which would she prefer?
I glanced over at Krystina, intending to ask her if she had a particular wine preference. However, she had a look about her that made me pause, and I didn’t want to interrupt the picture that she painted before me.
She was running one delicate hand over the wooden top of my dining room table. She wore a soft smile on her lips, appreciating the craftsmanship of the design. She looked beautiful sitting there, feet up on the chair, seeming completely at ease. And in that moment, I realized that she had never before looked quite like that in my presence. She had never appeared so completely relaxed.
So unguarded.
I stood there studying every beautiful line of her captivating face. Seeing her that way, it was almost hard to believe she was capable of so many smart remarks and witty comebacks. Perhaps her sharp tongue and contentious behavior was a defense mechanism, one that she relied on when she was uncomfortable. If that were truly the case, then I would need to take corrective actions to remedy that problem. I had to calm her, or else I’d never get through the weeks ahead.
Weeks?
Since when do I think long term about these things?
The idea was novel for me and I was stunned to discover that I liked the idea of her being here more regularly. In my space. With me. It was a distressing sort of feeling.
This can all go to shit at a moments notice. Take it one step at a time.
A change of tactics was needed, for Krystina’s sake as well as my own. My normal methods of operation would have to be thrown out the window. Attempting to take control by laying down the law would only backfire, so I began to construct a new plan – one that would make Krystina feel more at ease. Once she was relaxed, I would begin to work on her trust by giving her what she’s been asking for.
Full disclosure.
Krystina would have no doubts about what I wanted from her after tonight. She would know exactly who and what I was. She would either run, or she would stay. If she stayed, then that’s when the true test would come into play – tonight I would discover if Krystina could put away that independent mind of hers long enough to pass her first lesson in submission.
Finally feeling like I had somewhat of a solution to Krystina’s argumentative nature, I turned my attention back to the wine selection. Smiling to myself, I settled on a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling.
Sweet. Like her.
I grabbed two crystal wine goblets and went back to the dining room, focused on the mission ahead. I could only hope that Krystina would keep herself open to what I had in mind.


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About the Author:

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Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America and a two time Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills. However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings. By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance category. In September of 2017, Readers’ Favorite announced Stepping Stone as the Gold Medal winner in the Contemporary Romance category.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat. During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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