Thursday, September 3, 2015

Spotlight on INDULGENCE, an Entangled Publishing imprint

Giveaway Alert!


Alpha billionaires. Enigmatic playboys. Smokin’ hot bosses... you shouldn’t be attracted to. Just a few of the reasons readers absolutely love the Indulgence line. They’re the ultimate fantasy heroes. We love them so much we’re having a HUGE Indulgence imprint flash sale!


Indulge yourself with modern fairytale romances for only 99¢ each.


Take home a sensual prince, a rugged rancher, or perhaps, a thrill-seeking tycoon… at this price you can afford to have all of your fantasies fulfilled.


Find them at your favorite ebook retailers including Amazon, Kobo, B&N, and at Entangled Publishing.


Don’t forget to join us for Entangled Movie Night on Thursday, September 3rd @ 6PST/9EST while we live tweet of one of our favorite romantic movies and give away more great prizes. Just follow the #EPMovieNight hashtag.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sports Romances: Guaranteed to Score


Congratulations to "Alysa", the winner in Tracy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

            Sports romances are sexy.  For starters, they feature athletes with ripped bodies, nimble fingers, and lots of stamina. These guys are the ultimate Alpha hero because jocks live their lives playing a game.  Not only that, but they get paid well to do it.  Most of them are extremely self-confident and driven to win at all costs.  In a word, they’re egocentric.  Oh yeah, successful, athletic men are very, very sexy.

A good sports romance will give the reader a peek at the more vulnerable side of athletes, too.  These men harbor fears of not making the play or being injured or worse, cut from the team.  Some even have quirks or superstitious idiosyncrasies that make them endearing. A glimpse at the more human aspect of life as a professional athlete adds to the sexiness.

But, the best part of a sports romance is watching these alpha heroes have their whole world turned upside down when they meet the one woman they can’t live without.  Athletes approach relationships much like they do a game and they don’t like to lose.  So when they meet a woman that changes the game on them, it makes the sparks fly off the pages. 

In my latest release, Sleeping with the Enemy, Baltimore Blaze owner, Jay McManus, is as tough as the players he employs. Jay has money, good lucks and power, making him the ultimate Alpha dog in the NFL.  He’s also loved and lost before. Now, when it comes to his relationships with women, he takes no prisoners.  When the team’s cheerleaders—spurred on by a menacing anonymous blogger—sue the Blaze on sexual harassment charges, Jay’s iron-fisted control begins to unravel.  It doesn’t help that the outside counsel retained by the Blaze to defend them is the one woman who has the ability to penetrate the chink in his armor.  Somebody’s going down…

 So tell me, are you a fan of sports romances?  If you are, do you like them to include scenes from the playing field?  Obviously, I’m a big fan of the genre.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Body Check by Deidre Martin
This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Slow Heat by Jill Shalvis
She Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Giveaway:
            Leave a comment with the title of your favorite sports romance book and I’ll select one reader to win a Baltimore Blaze gift pack including a signed copy of SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

About SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (Berkley, September 1, 2016; ISBN 9780425281024)

Dot-com millionaire Jay McManus is discovering that owning a pro football team like the Baltimore Blaze isn’t easy. An anonymous blogger is out to destroy his reputation, and now his team is being sued by its own cheerleaders. If Jay’s not careful, he could lose big—and not just financially.

Bridgett Janik’s brother may play for the Baltimore Blaze, but she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Jay’s determined not to let Bridgett slip away from him a second time. But, as the two follow the mysterious blogger’s trail, secrets—both past and present—are revealed, and Jay and Bridgett must decide if their relationship can be something more than just sleeping with the enemy.




Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 2nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 
            

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Interview with Vanessa M. Knight


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I’m an author. Wow. After years and years of wanting to use those words, that is fun to say. It’s almost as fun as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Did I spell that right? 

Anyway, I live in Chicagoland with my husband, son and menagerie of four-legged friends. In my mind, these lovely animals do everything as they should. I’m the alpha, keeping peace and harmony amongst my humble servants. In real life, they own me. I’m the maid, here for their feeding pleasure. Well, that and to clean up their messes. 

When not catering to the needs of adorably-furry faces, I slug through the nine to five grind and head home so I can write. Of course, that’s after I kiss my husband on the cheek and play mommy to my son. So really, I work, cater to animals, raise my son, play wife… and then, if I don’t fall face first into bed, I write.

I love putting my characters into crazy situations and watching how they react. I love watching the story unfold from beginning to happily-ever-after.

Are there any other genres you have written, and what inspired you to write them?

I currently have two series running. I have the Chicago’s Finest. That’s my “contemporary with suspense elements” series. I also have Ritter University. That is my “contemporary new adult” series.

I have to say I love them both for different reasons. I’m a cop’s wife, so, I can truly relate to the Chicago’s Finest series. Living with the dangers of the police job is part of my every day. Loving a man who devotes his life to the safety of others, sometimes in detriment to his own welfare is a big part of our lives. 

Also, the characters in this series are a bit older and more established. They have mortgages. They are trying to successfully navigate careers. I too am older and more established. I have lived some of the crazy workplace hijinks that are sprinkled throughout the book. Perfect fit for the me of today.

Now, the new adult series is just plain fun. I loved my own college life. I loved the anticipation, the certainty that life was just beginning. The stress of the future was prevalent in every decision, but there was also the belief that you had time to figure it out.  It was a time of exploration and excitement. I love delving into this time in a persons’ life. I love reliving some of the college-shenanigans. Perfect fit for the me of yesteryear.
Both series are ridiculously fun to write and envision. And I hope to keep them coming in the next few years.

Are you working on anything new right now that you can share with us?

I am working on two books right now. One is a novella from the point of view of Joe’s partner Shay. It is the next piece to the Chicago’s Finest series. I’m having a blast writing this one because it’s set in Vegas. I love Vegas. And placing Allison, Brook and Shay under the twinkling lights of Sin City with a jewelry thief on the loose is all kinds of fun.

I’m also working on the Ritter University series. The third book, Nica’s book will be out in October. Nica and Cruz (even his name sounds sexy) are in for a good time as they try to celebrate Christmas and ignore the feelings that keep growing between them.

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is on a beach… Just picture the rolling of the ocean waves lapping against the shore, sand squishing between the toes as I lean back against the padded beach chair. My hat brim casts a shadow over the book in my hand as the sun bakes the arms and legs. The smell of coconut hangs in the air from Coppertone and the Pina Colada dripping on the table next to my chair...

Yep. I think I’m ready to go there now.

STARK RAVING MAD

Heartbreak and danger follow wherever she goes, but can his love save her before her past destroys their future?

Brooklyn Southby has everything she’s ever wanted—partnership in a law firm, a beautiful house in the suburbs, and a wonderful boyfriend. Well, ex-boyfriend. Her heart troubles are the least of her problems, though, when her first case comes back to haunt her in the form of an angry, sadistic man with bad hair.

Joe Perretti deals with his own issues the only way he knows how—hiding behind his work. As a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department, there’s never enough hours in the day for a social life or a woman, at least until he’s given the task of protecting Brooklyn Southby. 

Business and pleasure collide as his life becomes all about keeping her safe, whether she likes it or not.

Will they find love, or will they be destroyed by a man who is stark raving mad?


About the Author:
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing, and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of four-pawed claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.

When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off-key (but she assures everyone it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV. 

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.

Friday, August 28, 2015

SHELF LIFE


Giveaway Alert!

Why do we write? Well, having worked with authors for so many years I can tell you why: because we can't not write. Yes, we have a story to tell. Yes, we would love it if the world would read it and readers would beat a path to our door. But moreover, we just want to get it out there. Like birthing a child, it needs to be born. For some of us, that's one book for others, it's many. When I first started this series, The Publicist (book one) was a diary. I had come off of a really bad breakup (with someone in publishing) and was having one of those "What am I doing with my life" moments. A friend suggested journaling and then the journal turned into a story and then, suddenly, a book. The Publicist series was completely unexpected. It was initially supposed to be this wonderful, cathartic thing and then, suddenly, it was so much more.

I really appreciate the feature on this blog and the readers who love this series (and write to me - wow I love that!) I hope you will enjoy it, too!

SHELF LIFE

Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk. This is Kate’s world, but for how long?

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration date, Kate sets off on a new adventure…. 

Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis. As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she's welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart. Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. 

Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed. 



Author Bio:

I've worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here's what this book isn't. It's not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it's not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won't know which ones, hell it's more fun to guess, right? I continue to work in publicity and help authors because at the end of the day I do love books, I love publishing, and I love authors. I hope you'll enjoy this romp through Kate's world as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pinspiration


As my mother-in-law so succinctly (and accurately!) informed me, I don’t have artistic vision.  Which means I have trouble picturing the “After” of an elaborate renovation, a workable color scheme, or sometimes even what I want my characters to look like.  Naturally, I have a vague idea and can settle on the basics, like eye color, hair color, facial hair (just the heroes!), etc., but I have trouble dialing in distinguishing characteristics without a few visual aids.  That limitation makes Pinterest my best friend.  It also makes research a treat, because who doesn’t want to pour over the bone structures, dimples, and naked torsos of celebrity hotties??  I’ve even started a ‘Hero Material’ board to pin images of guys I could see myself writing stories about sometime in the future.  Pretty proactive, right?

While scrolling for heroes is arguably my favorite sort of Pinterest search, those images are really just a fraction of the visual inspiration I find on the site. Given my handicap at visualizing, I take full advantage of the opportunity to offer up a broad search criterion and let Pinterest run with it.  One day I might be looking for dresses for my heroine to wear to her ex’s wedding, and the next I might be curious about kitchen designs.  Pinterest gives me a plethora of images, from which I can pick and choose different aspects, and then merge them into a new and creative whole.  I use it for architectural, cultural, and geographical references in order to create a truly authentic setting, and even pin quotes that resonate to the theme or tone of the book.  For me, Pinterest is a workhorse and an incredibly useful tool.

I have created Pinterest boards for all but one of my books (including the ones in progress) and referenced them often during the writing process.  Once the writing is done, I pin my book cover and other promo or press the book might receive.  It’s fun to then share the board with readers who might want a peek at the inspiration behind the book or my casting ideas for the characters.  My latest, JUST SAYYES, is the first in a series, and Pinterest has been particularly useful in allowing me to visualize and keep track of all the characters that will reappear in each subsequent book in the series.

So take a look… https://www.pinterest.com/alyssagoodnight/just-say-yes/.  Let me know if the inspiration board piques your interest in the book, and follow me to stay up to date on my hero searches.   (Trust me, your Pinterest feed will look yummy in an entirely different way!)

JUST SAY YES

Single mom Jade Moran isn't ready for any big changes in either her horrible '70s kitchen or her romantic life. Her ex did a number on her, and she isn't interested in getting hurt again. But when she meets a super-hot contractor, she wonders if avocado appliances are on the way out and romance is on the way in.

Max Gianopoulis doesn't have a clue why he's so enchanted by Jade. She's almost as big a mess as her kitchen, and he's a guy who likes to keep things simple. But Jade has turned up the flirty heat - and he can't keep his hands off her.

With everything moving too fast and coming too easy, Jade's insecurities kick into high gear. She's not sure she can trust another man again - and she definitely doesn't believe in happily ever afters. 


About Alyssa

Author Website:  alyssagoodnight.com
Author Blog:  alyssagoodnight.com/blog
Author Twitter: @a_goodnight
Author Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaGoodnight


Alyssa is a Texas girl who dreams of British accents. She currently lives between Houston and Galveston with her husband, two sons, and their adventure dogs, Indiana Jones and Short Round. She does her writing with an ice-cold can of Dr. Pepper, or when she's feeling spicy, a handful of Hot Tamales. She fangirls over Masterpiece Mystery, good Tex-Mex, and boxed chocolates. And, of course, books.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Opposites Attract


Giveaway Alert!

Opposites attract, or so the saying goes. But how do they stick. It may be that those differences appeal to us in the beginning, but I think it’s the things we find in common that actually connects us and takes that initial attraction and builds it into something strong and lasting. We take that initial thought or perception that the other person is so different than us, or they’re something we wish we could be, then we look deeper and find commonalities that appeal to us on a deeper level.

So how do two people who seem so different come together and fall in love without a whole lot of clashing? This was the question I asked myself when Dane couldn’t get over the girl who saved him as a teen, and becomes the object of his desire when she saves him again at the rodeo when they’re both all grown up. How could a rodeo guy who’s used to having every buckle bunny on his trail convince a woman who’s a brilliant surgeon and lived such a sheltered life she’s never been on a date to give him a shot?

Well, Dane had to figure that one out too because he wasn’t giving up on the angel who saved his life – twice. So he went back to basics and tried to get to know Bell as a friend, though never having had a real friend, she didn’t make it easy.


Excerpt:

“I have a life because of you, Bell. I’m so glad you’re real and a part of my new life. I can’t stop thinking about you. I wish you were here.”

“I’m going to blame those little gems on your meds.”

“Not the meds. Just you. So, will you have dinner with me?”

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea. You’re my patient.”

“Don’t make me get another doctor just for a date?”

“That’s just it, Dane, I’m not just a date. I’ll never be the woman who is just a date. Get some rest. I’ll see you next week.”

Bell hung up and sighed, staring at her cramped little room with the floor to ceiling books stacked so tightly together she couldn’t see the walls. Her grandfather had hoarded the books. She loved them as much as he did. She wanted to open another now and lose herself in another world. Too bad, the only world she wanted to be a part of was Dane’s.
***
Dane gripped his phone so tight his fingers ached. He wanted to chuck it across the room. Instead, he tossed it on the new wood coffee table beside him and stared up at the ceiling.
Frustrated she didn’t get it, he smacked his fist against the back of the couch…

Didn’t she see how hard he was trying to get to know her? Didn’t she see how much effort he’d put into talking to her tonight? Wasn’t it enough that he’d gone out of his way to get ahold of her? She had to know that meant something. Right?

No. Because she’d never dated anyone. She’d never had a relationship with a man.

Wait. Hold it. Shit. She’d never had a relationship with a man.

Well, damn, that put a whole new spin on things. He hadn’t thought of it in those terms. He understood her background, but never put it into context for dating her. Like his mother said, she’d never gone to high school, been asked to a dance, gone on a date, or worked her way through all those awkward teenage moments of a first kiss and…

Has she ever had sex?

That thought stopped him in his tracks. Could she possibly be in her mid-twenties and still be a virgin?

He felt protective of her. He didn’t want some other asshole coming into her life and having all those experiences with her. He didn’t want anyone to hurt her because they didn’t understand where she’d come from and how much she’d overcome.

He admired her hard work to change her life. He wished she’d had normal, but wanted to give her better. Yep. She made him want to be better for her. Could he be her friend, date her, introduce her to things she’d gone without all this time, and not fuck it up? Not mess her up even more?
He reached over his head, turned the new wrought iron lamp off, and lie in the darkness contemplating his options. Only one would do. He wanted her in his life. He wanted a real relationship with her. He’d figure out a way to make it happen and hope he didn’t make too many mistakes. It would be a new experience for both of them.

Giveaway: 
Did you fall for someone who you thought was your complete opposite? Or was it what you had in common that drew you together?  

Jennifer will be giving away a signed set of Montana Men paperbacks (US only) to 1 lucky commenter or email entrant. (At Wolf Ranch, When It’s Right, and Her Lucky Cowboy)

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 26th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

To wild thang or not to wild thang in the guest bedroom?

With: Siera London

Congratulations to "Natalija", the winner in Siera's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hello JCR! I’m sending a down home, from the front porch, Southern wave straight at you! 

I’ve been traveling around the country and abroad for the last five months. For most of our travels we stayed in hotels, but on occasion family and friends offered us a guest bedroom. So, this brings me to my topic of discussion. Is it appropriate to have sex in the guest bedroom?

There's something kind of naughty about doing the horizontal mambo in someone else's bed. I don’t know about you, but fooling around in a new location is like sampling a forbidden fruit. It makes me feel carefree, sexy, and dare I say it–emboldened. I know you’re probably thinking its the same fruit I have at home, but in my defense–its in a new container.  

 But what’s a loving  couple to do when  a continuous loop of Let’s Get It On is playing in your head and the temporary love den is nestled between your best friend’s grandfather with the hum of his CPAP machine and the newborn twins with matching footed pajamas? Should I unpack the amber vanilla room spray and the noise canceling ear buds and start my funky good time until our host bangs on the door?

In Convincing Lina, my heroine Lina James is faced with a similar dilemma. To wild thang or not to wild thang when you are a guest…that is the question.

CONVINCING LINA
Book 2 in the Bachelors of Shell Cove series.

Lina James, psychiatric nurse and self-proclaimed independent woman isn’t going to allow another man to walk out of her life. Her love is officially off the market. She’s declared a preemptive strike on the male species with a man-fast. There’s just one glitch in Lina’s detox plan–Gideon. Her blood sugars spikes remembering the one kiss they shared.

Gideon Rice, is a veteran Marine and respected psychiatrist with more emotional wounds than his patients. He lives his life in camouflage–a wall between his rejection filled past and his new life ensures the two worlds never intersect. Gideon’s life plan is simple–give wounded warriors a place to heal and convince Lina James she’s the only woman for him.

When Lina’s past brings danger to her doorstep, she’s forced to accept Gideon’s help. His tender touch and determination to keep her safe, rocks the foundation of her man-fast, but she’s determined to resist her cravings.

How will she keep him at arms length when he is the safe haven she’s always wanted?


In a high stakes game of cat and mouse, how will they find the courage to risk their hearts in a fight for their lives?
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Giveaway Prize:
I’m giving away a $5.00 Amazon gift card to one commenter.

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To enter please leave a comment on this question: What’s your take on doing the wild thang in someone else’s house?  Make sure to include with your comment that you are on the Siera London Mailing List.

About the Author:
Siera London, a former naval officer, is a writer of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. A native Floridian, her love of coastal towns and bustling cities shines through in her sassy and sexy storytelling. Currently she resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and a color patch tabby that has free reign of the house.

Connect with Siera London:
Visit my website: http://www.sieralondon.com
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Email me at: sieralondonwrites@gmail.com

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 24th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.