Angels Sinners…Nine Indie Authors…An Anthology

 

 

You won’t want to miss this anthology….read on to find out what it’s all about.

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Hi and welcome back to Anna’s world. In two weeks, I’ll be in Houston participating in the Indie Mashup! Wow! I got together with eight other authors who are attending and we put together an anthology. Each of us contributed a short story to give the readers a chance to sample each of our writing style. It’s a way to introduce ourselves to new readers but also to help out some veterans in the process. All proceeds from the ebook sales will be given to the Houston VFW Post 8790, which is where the book show is being held. We’ll have paperbacks, signed by all nine authors, for sale at the show. See any of the nine of us to purchase your copy. We’ll be the ones with flags at our table. We named the book Angels Sinners because that’s the Mashup theme this year for the tour.

Here’s the blurb for Angel Sinners An Anthology:

Nine Indie authors come together to give you a taste of their various flavors. Angels Sinners will warm your heart and have you on the edge of your seat. Whether it’s an angel or a sinner there’s something for everyone.

Not To Be by Arden Aoide

The Best Laid Plans of Boys and Men by Anne Conley

Accepting the Moon Prequel by K.S. Haigwood

Deceived a Prequel by Brenda Kennedy

The Last Chance by Kimberly Kennedy

Shane’s Angel by Anna Kristell

Beyond the Myth Prequel by Stacy A. Moran

Act As if by Alisa Mullen

Blood Gold by Ashley Nemer

Ebook proceeds will be given to charity for veterans who have given selflessly to their country.

Let me tell you a little bit about my story, Shane’s Angel:

Angelica Raine is finally home. Sent away to Europe eight years ago by the father who was determined to turn his tomboy daughter into a lady, he had only succeeded in tearing her away from the two things that mattered most to his beautiful daughter. Rainbo Ranch was her home and she wanted nothing more than to run the family ranch with Shane Masters, the boy she left behind, by her side. Angel has come home, but with so many working against them, can she and Shane make their dreams come true or are they forever destined to be apart?

How about a little teaser from Shane’s Angel?

 

Chapter One

Shane Masters sat tall in the saddle of his chestnut colored purebred Arabian steed. His gaze roamed the vast spread of the prominent Rainbo Ranch and came to rest on the black Lexus that had just pulled up outside the main house. He watched with interest as the driver opened the back door and a stunning blonde emerged from inside the luxury vehicle owned by Shane’s employer, Bo Raine. So that’s Angel, he thought to himself as the corners of his lips turned upward slightly. Time’s been good to her.

Thinking back over the years, he remembered Angelica Raine as a cute, pig-tailed tomboy who loved the ranch and the horses as much as he had. Growing up on the ranch where his father, Neil Masters, had served as Bo’s foreman for many years, Shane and Angel, as he had nicknamed her as a child, had gotten into many scrapes over the years but their mutual love of the horses and Rainbo ranch had formed a bond neither had ever imagined could be broken.

Bo Raine had other ideas for his only daughter and heiress to the horse ranch he and his wife, Emma, had owned and operated since the early days of their marriage. No daughter of his was going to marry one of the ranch hands and be stuck in McKinney, Texas for the rest of her days. Oh no, Angelica was destined for greatness and on her sixteenth birthday he had gifted her with a trip abroad and an enrollment in a very prestigious private school in London. Kicking and screaming all the way to the airport, tomboy Angel had argued with her father and finally resorted to begging him to allow her to remain on the ranch and continue attending the local public high school. It was to no avail. Bo’s mind was made up. Even Emma, who had her handsome husband wrapped around her little finger, couldn’t persuade him to let their baby girl remain in Texas.

The day Angel left the ranch was the day Shane decided that in order to win Bo’s approval, he would have to step up his game and make something of himself. And so he had worked hard, played baseball and eventually was rewarded with a scholarship to North Central Texas College, where he played ball and studied Equine Science. It was his dream to one day take over his dad’s job as foreman of the Rainbo Ranch, at least until he was able to start his own ranch. He would show Bo Raine that he was good enough for his precious Angel.

Now eight years later, Angel was twenty-four, having finished the last two years of high school and another four years of college abroad. The past year she’d stayed in London to obtain her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Her dream was to run the ranch. Her dad’s dream was for her to head a large corporation in the city.

Snapping himself back to reality, Shane saw a gorgeous, tall young woman with long, blonde hair cascading in waves halfway down her back. Gone were the pig-tails and the cutoff denim shorts. The Angelica he saw today was sophisticated, grown up and every inch a woman. She was wearing a pink suit with a pencil skirt and matching jacket. An ivory shell and ivory heels completed the picture. As she looked around the ranch where she’d grown up, her eyes locked with Shane’s for just a second. The moment passed as one of the other ranch hands approached her.

Shane seethed silently as he watched Bric Brimlow tip his hat and smile at Angel. The young man proceeded to take her luggage from the vast trunk of the Lexus and carry it to the house with Angel trailing behind. She didn’t look back at Shane. As she disappeared into the house, Shane turned his horse around and headed to the barn to check on the other horses. He needed some time alone. He’d seen what he rode up to the house to see. He’d seen his Angel, no longer a child, now a woman and a classy one at that. Had she changed otherwise? Or was she still his sweet friend from childhood? The only girl who’d ever held his heart in her hands just by smiling at him over a popsicle on a hot Texas summer day.

He approached the barn and swung his leg over the horse’s back, easily touching the ground. Tying Charmaine to the post outside the barn, he walked quickly into the large building and began talking to the stock of purebred horses owned by the Raines family. Quarter horses and Arabians, each one pampered and trained to perfection. The Rainbo ranch had a reputation for producing some of the best race horses and sires around the state.

“Here you go, Sugar,” he said softly as he began to brush the coat of one of the quarter horses.

“That daughter sure is a looker, ain’t she?” a voice boomed behind him.

“I assume you’re referring to Angel?” he asked as he turned and looked at Bric.

“Angel? I believe she told me she goes by Angelica,” the other man replied.

“Angelica and I go way back. Her childhood nickname was always Angel. I guess she’ll always be Angel to me,” Shane answered as he put the brush away, patted Sugar and stepped away from the stall.

His bright blue eyes met Bric’s green ones with an icy stare.

“Don’t get your knickers in a twist, man. I did the gentlemanly thing and carried her bags to the house for her.”

“My ‘knickers’ are not in a twist. We’d best get to work before the supper bell rings. There are horses to be brushed. I’ll take this side of the barn and you take that one.”

“Okay, okay. I don’t know who put you in charge but I’m not going to argue because I want to get done as bad as you do. I have a hot date with a little filly in town tonight.”

“As usual, who is it tonight?” Shane asked in an attempt to lighten the mood.

“That pretty little Lani Powers. You know her, red hair, petite little thing with the big boobs. She works at the hardware store in town.”

“I’ve seen her around.”

An hour and a half later, the work was finished and one of the other hands arrived with food for the horses. Shane told Bric to have a good evening and went home to clean up.

He lived with his parents, Neil and Christina, in a house on the back side of the ranch. It was smaller than the main house but was charming in its own right. It was one of the perks that came with being foreman. Bo Raine took care of his employees, unless they crossed him. He was not a man you wanted to be on the bad side of.

“Mmmm what smells so good, Mama?” Shane asked as he opened the kitchen door after leaving his boots outside on the porch.

“Fried chicken, your favorite,” his mother replied as she smiled at her only son. “Your sister is coming over for supper tonight. Willie has to work late so she is visiting us.”

“Married for a year and still likes to come home for Mama’s cooking,” Neil said as he leaned over and kissed his wife of thirty years.

“Terri would do anything to get out of cooking,” Shane said with a chuckle as he headed up the stairs to take a shower.

“Teresa is a good cook,” his mother said. She didn’t like the nickname Terri for her daughter even though Shane used it often.

“Did I see the car bringing Angel home earlier?” Neil asked when Shane returned to the kitchen a short time later.

“Yes, she’s back from London, finally. She looks completely different than I remember her.”

“She’s likely to be a completely different person now, son,” Christina reminded him gently.

“I realize that. I haven’t had a chance to talk with her yet. Brimlow made it a point to be the one who carried her bags to the house for her.”

“Bric likes the girls, we all know that. I don’t think it would be smart for any of the ranch hands to make a play for the boss’s daughter. He’s made it well known he has his sights set on something else for his darling baby,” Neil added.

“You know, Dad, there always was a special bond between Angel and me.”

“That was a long time ago and a lot has changed. If you want to step into my shoes when I retire next year, you’d better keep your nose clean. And that means staying away from Angelica Raine.”

“Now, Neil, the kids were friends for a long time. I don’t see the harm in the two of them renewing that friendship,” Christina interjected in Shane’s defense.

“I’m just saying, I’ve know Bo Raine a long time. Angel is his only child and he wants big things for her. I don’t think he relishes the idea of her marrying one of his ranch hands and staying on the ranch to raise babies and horses after he paid for that fancy schooling in England all these years.”

“Who said anything about gettin’ married? I just don’t see the harm in Angel and Shane being friends. Besides, ultimately it’s up to Angel what she does with her future.”

“Believe what you want to, but Bo won’t like it.”

“Emma has told me on numerous occasions that she’d like nothing more than to see her daughter settle down with a hard-working man like Bo and stay close to home.”

“Chrissy, I’m not going to argue with you about this. What Emma wants and what Bo wants may be two different things and that’s for them to work out.”

“Which puts poor Angel in the middle,” Christina replied as she began mashing potatoes.

“Hey, family, I’m home,” a voice rang out as Terri entered the kitchen.

“Just in time, Sis,” Shane said as he took the cake she’d brought and set it on the counter.

“Am I missing something?”

“Angel got back today. We’re discussing what she may be going to do with the rest of her life,” Shane explained as his sister sat down at the table.

“Ah, Angel, the object of your affection all these years, dear little brother,” Terri began. “How’s she looking after all these years across the pond?”

“She isn’t a tomboy anymore,” Shane offered with a chuckle.

“I’ll bet not. I can’t wait to visit with her. I’ve missed her.”

“So have I, Sis, so have I,” Shane mumbled under his breath as their mother set the food on the table.

“Enough talk about the Raines family. This is our family time. Terri, would you say grace for us tonight?” Neil said as he looked over at his daughter.

“Sure, Daddy,” Terri said as she bowed her head to pray.

After the supper dishes were done, Shane played cards with his family until Terri announced it was time to go home to her husband.

Alone in his bed later, he allowed his thoughts to return to his Angel. She was his. She always had been. And he would be damned if he would let either his dad or hers do anything to jeopardize that fact.

Buy Links:

paperback on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Sinners-Anthology-Ashley-Nemer/dp/1500566578/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407039258&sr=8-1&keywords=Angels+Sinner+An+Anthology

kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Angels-Sinners-Ashley-Nemer-ebook/dp/B00MBQZ0QU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1407039258

paperback on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angels-sinners-ashley-nemer/1120025660?ean=9781500566579

nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angels-sinners-ashley-nemer/1120025660?ean=9781500566579

Smashwords ebook: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/461707

Createspace paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4907179

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Spotlight on Author Ryan O’Leary

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Ever wonder how Travis and J got together? Ryan’s new book just released and it will answer that question for you! Here are the links  and blurbs for J’s Closet and for his new release, Happy To Be Stuck With You!

http://www.amazon.com/Js-Closet-Ryan-OLeary-ebook/dp/B00HRJ9Q1Q/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389671505&sr=1-5&keywords=ryan+o%27leary

Blurb for J’s Closet

J’s Closet: Volume 1 includes 7 short stories about Travis and his wife J thus far. No head games, just fun games. Come along with J and her swoon-worthy husband Travis, as this sexy married couple explores the contents of J’s extensive wardrobe. Whether they’re in Travis’ Charger, on a beach in Mexico or at a hot yoga class, J’s got the right outfit to make Travis sit up and beg. *Content Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+

NEW RELEASE– Happy To Be Stuck With You
http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Stuck-You-Ryan-OLeary-ebook/dp/B00HUB492M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389672417&sr=1-1&keywords=Stuck+with+you+Ryan+O%27+Leary

Love at first sight? Travis Ross didn’t believe in it until he laid his eyes on a mysterious brunette across the room at a party. From the very first word out of her mouth, Travis is smitten by this feisty little girl with the one letter name. Just back from Mexico, Travis’ mystery girl is full of surprises, some exquisite and some not so nice, but no matter what fate throws at them, Travis is determined to keep them together, determined to win her heart and make sure she’s happy to be stuck with him forever. Find out what happened before J got her closet. **Content Warning: Contains explicit contents intended for 18+ audience

BIO

Rarely will you find Ryan O’Leary in a state of rest; if he’s not on the ice or kicking around a soccer ball, he’s plotting his next story or out on the town with friends. His fun and flirty nature makes it possible for him to write the kind of romance that makes the reader both smile and tingle. 

Follow Ryan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/writerryanoleary
Website: http://teamoleary.com
Twitter: @team_oleary
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Anna’s Crazy Month

AnnasigningWow! October, 2013 was a whirlwind month! From three book releases in three weeks to a high school class reunion, son’s wedding two states away, Indie Mashup 2013 in Springdale, AR…then coming home to the death of a childhood friend…the month passed by in a blur of excitement, craziness, and sadness.

Let’s start with the three book releases. Rebel Ink Press released my first novella, If You Love Me…

LazyDay Publishing released Book Six of the Fab Five Series, The Road To Forever and on October 9th, the spicier side of Anna made her debut when LazyDay released Isabella Kole’s Accepting His Terms!

IfYouLoveMe_Cover Next on the agenda was my high school class reunion…now I’m not about to tell you how many years it’s been since graduation, but we had a great time visiting with old friends.

Ah…the wedding was the following weekend…a true love story…my son and the girl of his dreams said their vows in an outdoor ceremony along the Mississippi river. And even though the characters in The Road To Forever are named for them (Dusty and Cortney) it’s not their story. I’m not sure that Anna or Isabella could write a love story as sweet and hot as the real wedding couple’s story.

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The following weekend, I traveled to Springdale, AR with my husband and my two assistants and good friends, Anne and Lee. Anne lives in TN and Lee lives in FL, so we all met at Anne’s and drove from there to AR. A road trip!!!! We met so many new friends there and had a blast! From the signing to the dinner, male model contest, and after party, it was a weekend to remember.

We returned home to the sad news that a classmate and childhood friend had passed away. We had seen him at the reunion and are thankful we were able to IndieMashupFunTimesspend some time with him that evening. RIP Mark.

I’ve included pics from the Mashup and the wedding, along with the three books that were recently released…enjoy!

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A Visit With The Beautiful Ginger Ring

perf5.000x8.000.inddI am so pleased to have Ginger Ring visiting me today in Anna’s World! Ginger and I became fast friends…she is another one of the fabulous people I met through Ryan O’Leary. I have followed her career along the way because she was just in the process of writing her first romance when we met. I can’t tell you how proud I am of her. The day she received her first publishing contract was a happy day not only for her, but for all of us who know and love her. I’ve asked her some questions about her writing and about her book so get comfy and let’s see what she had to say…

What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

I like to write what I want to read. I enjoy contemporary and historical books the best but I would like to try my hand at just about anything. I have a lot of stories lined up to write including a time travel, a small town series, a historical. You name it, I want to write it.

And I’m sure we’ll love all of them. You are such a woman after my own heart. We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

I am still struggling with that one. I am married and work full time so I really have to limit myself on what I can do so that I don’t bite off more than I can chew. I have so many thoughts in my head and things I want to write but I really just don’t have the time. I just try and do what I can when I can.

We could be twins…this is my problem too. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

I like complex characters in a simple plot or simple characters in a very complex plot. The characters in my current book Getting Down to Business are pretty straight forward. They know what they want and work to get it. My WIP Best of both Words is the opposite. I have two characters that are forced to work together. Although attracted to each other, they are both still dealing with tragic loses as the result of losing the ones they loved and struggle with wanting or avoiding being in a relationship again.

 Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

I love LaVyrle Spencer. She is a storyteller and that is something that I inspire to be. There are so many authors that I like to read today that it would take too long to list them.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

I am quite shy so I have a problem with being in the spotlight. I prefer to be in the background. I write so I don’t have to speak. lol

 You are shy? I would never have guessed that…Give us a little dirt about

yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

Books, chocolate, and finding ghost or old gangster haunts.

 We all know you write a blog featuring Cougar Worthy Men…who is your

favorite?

My friend, Ryan O’Leary is my favorite. He is great about giving me advice about my writing and isn’t afraid to give suggestions or tell me to do something over so that it can be better. I really enjoy reading his work as I can see things though a male perspective, which I love.

 Yes, we share a common love of that one…Ryan is a sweetheart and I’ve often told people that it is through my early Facebook connection to him that I met a lot of the wonderful people I know today. Now, the part we’ve all been waiting for…tell us about your newest book.

My first book to be published is an erotica romance called Getting Down to Business. It’s about a woman and a man that have been so busy working on their careers that they forgot about having a love life. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but I used a little word play with the title as they get down to business in more ways than one. It is available on Amazon right now and you can find it here.

http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Down-To-Business-ebook/dp/B00FMFSJLK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381089791&sr=8-1&keywords=getting+down+to+business+by+ginger+ring

 Here’s the blurb for Getting Down To Business:

Tired of living life out of a suitcase, traveling auto parts sales representative Jessie Knutson jumps at the chance for a position close to home. When a flat tire keeps her from an interview appointment and the hot tow truck driver awakens her inner cougar, she realizes too much time away has done a number on her libido. Now the only position she wants involves being naked and pressed tightly against a hot, younger man whose eyes say she’s more than a roadside pickup.

 BJ Spencer has no time for love with an auto parts store to run, though he yearns to find the right woman someday. So when the smoking hot redhead he rescues alongside the road gives him a sexy smile, he remembers sometimes a man needs to enjoy the finer things in life. Long legs encased in thigh-highs are definitely fine, but Jessie seems to be total perfection in a tempting package. BJ just might be able to make both business and pleasure work for him this time.

And now…drumroll please…here’s the Excerpt:

 “I hope you like the blues, ma’am. We don’t get too many channels back here.”

Jessica nodded her approval. The sultry vibrations of Southern blues serenaded her. It didn’t take long for BJ to unload her car, pump up the jack, and start working on her tire. Watching the hunky mechanic work, listening to calming music, and feeling the wild rush of pre-storm air was exciting and nostalgic at the same time. She had grown up in a garage like this and instantly felt at home. The place was organized, quaint, and had the distinct smell of rubber and oil. A dark patina of grime coated the walls and worktables. A girly calendar and a time card machine graced the wall above the radio. Even the zip zip sound of the impact wrench was music to her ears.

Somewhere along the way—she really didn’t care when—BJ had shed his shirt. His arm muscles bulged as he pulled off the tire. His sculpted chest glistened, broad shoulders flexed, muscles tightening. Her breasts ached to be pressed naked up against his chest, her body wanted to be held tight in those strong arms. She loved a man with chest hair. Springy black coils enhanced his pecs before tapering to a neat treasure trail heading south. She clasped her hands together, but they still involuntarily wiggled on their own, itching to run their way through the thick, dark curls.

Jessie had time to think while watching him work. Her mind reeled with plans to seduce him, but she was starting to think that was what he wanted her to do. Maybe she would wait and enjoy the show a little longer. He didn’t seem to be in that big a hurry to get the job done.

He checked air pressure in the other three tires for possible leaks as well. BJ stretched and flexed his muscles several times—not that she was counting or anything. Her concentration broke only a couple times to listen to the severe weather warnings beeping on the radio.

BJ strutted by her again and returned from the office carrying a big towel. He headed to an outside water pump. Pulling the pump handle up, he splashed water from the hose over his glistening upper body and head. He shook his head sending a spray of droplets in every direction. Jessie smiled as she enjoyed the show. Boldly he glanced her way every so often and flexed a muscle or two. Yes, he was definitely hoping for some kind of response. She’d let him beg a little more. The click of the water handle hitting the pump ended his shower. Drying off with the towel, he headed back toward her chair.

His eyes locked on hers, a suggestive smile on his face. “Anything else I can interest you in today, ma’am, since we’re already here in the garage? Need any spark plugs, a battery check…” He grinned and raised an eyebrow. “Lube job?” The Southern drawl rumbled slow and exaggerated.

Jessica almost laughed out loud. If she was anymore “lubed up,” she would slide right off the chair. 

 Want to know a little more about Ginger?

Ginger Ring is an eclectic, hat-loving Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers.  She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.

  And here is where you can find this beautiful lady…

Ginger’s hangouts

Webpage and blog:

http://gingerring.com/

Facebook writer page:

https://www.facebook.com/romancewritergingerring

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/GingerRings

Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/Gingernovel/

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Who Is Isabella Kole?

Accepting-His-Terms-CoverWelcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have a surprise for you. I’m going to introduce you to someone very near and dear to me. Her name is Isabella Kole, or as I affectionately call her, IzzyB. Just who is Isabella Kole? Well, to be quite honest, she’s me…or the spicier side of me…

A few months ago, a group of writer friends who write erotic romance and spanking stories asked me why I didn’t try one. As most of you know, if you’ve followed me at all, Anna writes mainstream romance, some dramatic, some light, but all just a little sweet and sexy. I mentioned this to one of my publishers in passing one day and she wasn’t opposed to the idea, so I wrote a rough draft. Then one night, Sable Hunter invited me to chat with her street team and promote my books in her group. She encouraged me to come forward and tell them about IzzyB. Up until that time, I was keeping the fact that IzzyB and Anna were the same person a secret. So I told them a little about the story, Accepting His Terms, and was met with such enthusiasm I couldn’t believe it. In fact, several of the people I met that night, came to me a few weeks later and asked if they could start a street team for me. And that’s how Anna’s Fab Friends began.

The writer friends who had first encouraged me came together and helped me too. One helped me kick around different ideas for a title until together we came up with the perfect one, another read the story and offered suggestions, another one did the same. All were supportive and encouraging. Members of the street team beta read for me as the story progressed. As I began to tell people about the new book, other author friends offered to host Isabella on their blogs. Everyone, including my readers, were very receptive to the idea.

My street team and I decided to market Isabella as the spicier side of Anna…because that’s exactly who she is. Isabella’s debut erotic romance is an Anna love story with Isabella spice. There is no better way to describe it. So if you like Anna’s romances but would like it spicier…Isabella’s your gal. If you prefer Anna’s sweet and sexy stories, there are plenty of them around and more to come.

Accepting His Terms by Isabella Kole debuts October 9th from LazyDay Publishing, the same publisher who released Anna’s Fab Five series. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Not your ordinary spanking story…I wanted to do something just a little different…I did it my way…and I hope you’ll give it a chance. Branching out is never easy but I was determined to see this through because of all the support I was given from author friends, readers, friends, family, and my publisher. Will there be another Isabella Kole book in the near future? That remains to be seen as Anna is very busy at the moment, but if you like it, please let me know by leaving a review. If I know you like it, Isabella might be persuaded to do an encore.

Now here’s the blurb for Accepting His Terms:

Jill Lincoln has the hots for her stern, hunk of a boss, Jarrod Baine. With his piercing steel-gray-blue eyes, hair as black as coal, and a body to be enjoyed, she wonders what it would be like to be his woman. But she’s only one of many who would give her eye teeth to be in his bed.

 The day Jarrod rescues her from a would-be assault by a young mail clerk; she finds that he is as attracted to her as she is to him.  As the two begin a relationship, it becomes very apparent to Jarrod that Jill is a nervous, high-strung lady and he searches for the best way to ease her tensions. Together they begin to form a strong bond as they experiment with discipline.

 As the couple realizes their feelings run much deeper than an office affair, Jarrod asks her to be his wife. As they enter into a hot, passionate marriage, complete with the discipline, by mutual consent, a deeper emotional bond is formed that continues to grow much stronger over time.

But when Jill suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage and Jarrod is not by her side, she retreats into a deep, dark depression, turning away from the one man who can save her.

Will their bond be severed forever?

Did that whet your appetite at all? Just in case, let’s throw in a small excerpt:

On Saturday morning, Jarrod kept his word and phoned Jill to tell her he would pick her up at noon.

She flew around her apartment, straightening, fluffing pillows, and making sure everything was in place. Then she treated herself to a long soak in a cherry-blossom scented bubble bath before getting dressed for their date. She chose a green floral sundress and a pair of sandals. It was spring in Tennessee and the weather had turned warm. After her makeup and hair were near perfect, she sat on the couch waiting for him to arrive.

At eleven-forty-five, her doorbell rang, she sprang from the couch and let him in.

“I’m early, I know, these are for you,” he said as he entered the room and handed her a bouquet of flowers.

“Flowers?” she asked, “Thank you.”

“Have you eaten?”

“No, I had a late breakfast,” she replied.

“Good, there’s a nice little Italian restaurant in the winery. I thought we could have lunch there before we do our wine tasting.”

“Oh, that sounds fantastic. I love Italian food.”

He grinned. “Are you ready to go?”

As he drove to the winery, she said, “I thought it would seem odd to be out with you, but it doesn’t. The other night at dinner was the only time we’ve been together outside the office.”

“It feels perfectly natural to me, Jill,” he replied as he cast a sideways glance in her direction.

She smiled and asked him about the music playing in his CD player.

When they reached the winery, he walked around and opened her car door, helped her out, and took her hand as they walked inside.

They sat at a corner table and as Jill looked around, she said, “This is nice. I like the atmosphere.”

“Romantic?” he teased.

She blushed and took a sip of her water.

“So after we finish touring the winery, what would you like to do?” he asked.

“You mean there’s more?” she asked with a smile.

“If you’d like; we can extend this afternoon date into an evening date. Do you dance?”

“I love it,” she replied.

As his hand reached across the table to caress hers gently, she shivered. As her gaze met his, she saw amusement in his eyes.

“Are you cold, sweetheart?” he asked with a sexy grin.

“Uh… no…” she stammered.

Their lunch arrived and the moment passed. As they made pleasant small talk and enjoyed their food, Jill found herself becoming aroused. The sound of his voice, the look in his eyes, and the touch of his hand made her nipples harden and heat to flow through her veins. She caught him watching her and she was sure he’d looked down at her breasts. She shivered again.

“Are you sure you’re not cold?” he asked again, the amused look back in his eyes.

“I’m really quite… warm,” she answered with her sweetest smile.

“I can see that,” he said in a low voice as he leaned across the table. “I think we should get started on our tour before you get any… warmer.”

She stood up and took the hand he offered. As they made their way to the winery, he leaned over and whispered in her ear, “You’re cute when you’re… bothered.”

“Bothered? What makes you think I’m bothered?” she asked.

“Your body betrays you, my dear,” he teased as he leaned over to kiss her.

They began their tour, tasting many of the different wines offered and finally Jill chose her favorite, a sweet red.

“We’ll save it for a special occasion,” he said as they walked to his car.

“Where are we going dancing?” she asked.

“Well, this is Tennessee. Where else but a good old country dance hall?” he asked.

“You… like country?” she asked in surprise.

“I’m an old-fashioned southern country boy at heart.”

“I never would have guessed that,” she said as he pulled out of the parking lot.

They arrived at one of the well-known bars in town and as they sat waiting for the band to begin playing, he asked if she was hungry.

“A little, how about you?” she replied.

“They have great wings here, how about it?”

“Sure, that sounds good.”

They talked some more about movies they’d like to see, books they’d read, and when their wings arrived, they ate, laughed, and talked some more. It was becoming more and more natural for her to be in his company. He really was quite different away from the office. There was still a commanding presence, but there was also a softer, more romantic side to Jarrod Baine.

“Oh, look, the band is ready to play,” she said as she looked up at the stage.

“And they’re starting with a slow song. Let’s go,” he said as he stood and took her hand.

As she was whisked into the arms of the man she’d spent months dreaming about, Jill melted. The moment he pulled her close to his chest, she knew there was nothing she wouldn’t do for this man. She was his. Whether he knew it yet or not, she would surrender to him, and she would love him for as long as he wanted her in his life.

She looked up at him and caught sight of the corners of his mouth turned slightly upward. His eyes danced as they gazed at her. She put her head on his shoulder and as he pulled her closer, he whispered, “I could stay like this all night.”

She nestled closer, letting her right hand tease the hair at the nape of his neck. Her body was on fire, as a warm wetness flowed from within. Her nipples were aching, begging for attention. Her left hand moved down his back.

“If you don’t stop that, I’m going to take you to the parking lot and have my way with you in the car,” he warned as he nibbled at her ear.

“In that case, I won’t stop,” she teased.

“Oh, you’ve got such sass… you know I owe you a spanking for putting yourself at risk, for staying late that night, and now with all the sass and teasing you’ve been throwing around, I think you’ve had your three strikes. You’re out, baby.” He spoke in a low, husky voice.

“Three strikes? I’m out?” she asked as she raised her face his.

 Hmmm…what’s gonna happen next? You can find out by downloading Accepting His Terms at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

http://www.amazon.com/Accepting-His-Terms-ebook/dp/B00FPWB1QK

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1117061855?ean=2940148463177

 

 

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Kole-Author/580591041984962

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have my good friend, Ginger Ring, here on the twelfth talking about her first release which comes out on October 10th!!!! So excited for her!!!! And on the 22nd, I’ll be telling ghost stories…as part of Sable Hunter’s Halloween Blog Hop so you’re not going to want to miss that…contests and prizes too!!!

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Chatting It Up With Alicia Sparks!

Alicia#2Welcome back to Anna’s World! Today I am honored to be talking with the talented Alicia Sparks. I’ve asked her my usual questions and she’s provided me with some very interesting answers. Let’s see what she has to say!

 What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

I’ve always had a love for all things supernatural and paranormal. When I was younger, I wanted to be a parapsychologist and I’ve worked with several groups on “ghost hunts.” I guess you could say I’ve always been attracted to the unknown. My first love was Lestat but now I’m more of a werewolf/shifter kind of girl.

We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you? There’s nothing that works! I teach full time and our state has instituted a new curriculum this year, so I constantly find myself having to go to meetings and stay late for work. I have four boys and a wonderful husband at home who help keep me balanced and a little crazy. Most of my writing takes place marathon style. I’ll write for several hours in one evening then won’t write again for two weeks. I try not to pressure myself to get the work count!

I know that feeling. It’s hard when you work another job and have other obligations. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

I love Alpha males who are strong, big and know what they want. But I also want them to have a soft side and not be afraid to say those three magic words. I like a little bit of mystery as well. I want my heroines to be strong. I don’t like those who are too weak to handle themselves. They don’t need to be rescued but they sure don’t mind an extra hand in the battle!

Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

I grew up reading anything with a romance cover on it. I love the old bodice ripper romances. I want something sexy, fun, dark, mysterious with a kickass heroine and a hunky hero. My first big inspiration was Anne Rice. I read her Beauty books and her Vampire Chronicles as a teenager. Talk about changing your perspective on things! I’ve always thought of Rhett Butler as the ultimate romantic hero because he loves Scarlett but he also calls her out on all her bs. I like that in a hero. I love the Black Dagger boys even though the stories got tedious in places. One of my all time favorite books is a little novella by Cara McKenna called Willing Victim. It contains all the elements I love in a story…well almost all. There’s nothing paranormal but the hero is definitely out of the ordinary!

OMG! We could be twins! I too, read those kind of books for as long as I can remember. Rhett Butler is my ultimate hero…Now tell me what has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

The most difficult aspect is probably what everyone else says. I have a constant Catch 22. When I have the time to write, I don’t feel “inspired” and when I can’t do anything other than think about the story, I don’t have the time. Every moment of my day is spent thinking about a story, researching a story, talking to people and collecting their stories or listening to music to set the tone for a story. If I had as much time to write as I do to think and plan, I’d have a million books out!

This summer has been that way for me…so many ideas and not enough time to write. Moving along…give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

I love trash tv. I used to watch Dance Moms and Project Runway but decided to give

up cable this year. So right now my indulgence is Netflix. I’m rewatching all of Lost

from the beginning, and let me tell you, it is just as fun the second time around. I’m

also hooked on the very bad remake of Beauty and the Beast on the CW. It’s awful

but I can’t look away. I like to watch bad tv and think about what I would do to

change those shows. How would I add depth to the characters? Where would I add a

plot twist? I’m absolutely no fun to go to the movies with! Oh, and I am slightly

addicted to chocolate and diet coke!

Now for the important stuff! Tell us about your newest book.

My newest book is actually a series that will be coming out soon from Beau Coup. It is set in Louisiana and deals with Louisiana’s strange obsession with all things tigers. You may have heard of our little football team down at LSU. Anyway, years ago, I drove through town (I live in a tourist town in Central Louisiana) and I saw a sign advertising white tigers, like a sideshow attraction. I always thought that was strange. The sign only stayed for about two days and I never went to see the tigers, so as far as I know, they weren’t even real. But it had me wondering what would happen if a tiger was trapped in a roadside attraction but the tiger was actually a shape shifter. As time progressed, I saw that the Ian Somerhalder Foundation was working to help free some tigers that were being held at a truck stop near Baton Rouge. All this culminated into the story of the Maddux family, a group of shape shifting tigers in South Louisiana. Kenyon, the hero of the first story, is trying to break his brother out of the roadside attraction before his identity is discovered. In order to do so, he needs help from Sage, a wolf who is destined to be his mate. However, Sage is tired of cleaning up Kenyon’s messes and is determined for this to be the last time she bails him out. When they attempt to rescue his brother, Nik, Nik escapes into the swamp. His story is the second part of the novel. We learn why he was in the roadside attraction in the first place and what kind of woman it will take to tame the beast inside.

Bio: Alicia Sparks is a Southern girl with a flair for all things a little naughty. From writing about sensual ice cream to sexy tigers, her stories all contain a high level of heat, which she blames on her Southern surroundings and her smoking hot husband. She has been writing for ten years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon!

Book Blurb 1: Wild Shifters Anthology: When Hailey Conrad and her best friends head to New Orleans for her fortieth birthday, she has no plans for a hook up, but the mysterious stranger in the French Market seems to know exactly what she needs to mark the big 4-0. He gives her a wishing lamp with one warning: don’t make a wish. Of course, when she rubs the lamp, her most carnal fantasies come to life in a way she never imagined, leaving her knowing exactly what to wish for. http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/wild-shifters-copy/

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Blurb 2: Dragon’s Law: Damon Dragon’s Law – Damon By Alicia Sparks Second in the Dragon’s Law series. Damon has lived with guilt and regret for six long years and has finally decided to put an end to it. He knows his betrothed, Kira, is alive, and now it’s time to find her. When he travels through space and time and lands on the foreign planet, Earth, he finds more than he ever dreamed. Kira awoke six years ago with no memory of her past and no idea about the strange bite mark on her shoulder. The only thing she knows for sure is that the moon controls her, forcing her to have feverish dreams of a time and a man she doesn’t remember. Their destinies collide in New Orleans as Kira goes to a sci-fi convention to unveil her latest video game created to help rid her of her demons. Standing before the audience, she never expects the man of her dreams to literally step forward and cause her entire world to come spiraling down around her.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Law-Damon-Alicia-Sparks/dp/1419952765/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379283887&sr=8-1&keywords=Alicia+Sparks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alicia-Sparks

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Alicia! It’s been fun chatting with you and good luck with your series. It sounds great!

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 Now, don’t forget to stop back by in a few days when my spicier side, Isabella Kole, is debuting her first erotic romance. I’ll introduce you to IzzyB and tell you how she came about. And I’ll give you a sneak peek into Accepting His Terms!!!!

 Love,

Anna

An Interview with Emily A. Lawrence

HopefulDreamscoverWelcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Emily A. Lawrence. She’s going to tell us about a couple of her works. I’ve enjoyed talking with her and I’m sure you will want to hear what she has to say.

 Author bio:

Emily A. Lawrence is extremely passionate about fiction. She’s been writing stories, mostly fan fiction, for years now, but only began thinking seriously about publishing approximately a year ago. Encouraged by her family, friends and fellow authors she pursued her dream, and received her very first acceptance in March 2013.

She loves creating new characters and losing herself in their worlds. Usually, she writes contemporary romance in three heat levels: sweet, sensual and erotic. However, she would like to try her luck at other genres one day, such as paranormal or mystery.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, new sceneries, food and meeting new people, or simply reading a good book.

What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

My stories contain explicit sex scenes, so they are addressed to 18+ readers. I enjoy reading a good romance which does not have sex behind closed doors. I have a wild imagination, but I’d rather read it than imagine it, so I guess this is why I decided to include such scenes in my books.

My first series of short stories featuring Carly and Robert (The Weekend Getaways Series) is erotic romance, but the “Soul’s Desire Series” I am working on at the moment is mainstream romance, which is more accessible to larger audiences.

We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Balancing time is never easy. I have a day job that keeps me busy 8 hours a day, but I manage to do a lot of editing while I’m at work. I do most of my writing during weekends or when I come home from work. Writing the book is just the first step. Promoting it is time consuming, but it is essential, so I do my best to do a little bit of everything every day.

Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

I prefer writing strong female and male leading characters. “The Guardian of my Soul”, the first book in the “Soul’s Desire Series” coming soon, is a good example of that. Both of them are strong, stubborn and independent characters, but they also have a weak spot.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

There are a lot of authors I love. Some of them are Stephenie Meyer, E. L. James, Dan Brown, Suzanne Collins and others. E. L. James’ story has inspired me the most, because just like her I too have been writing fan fiction for years, but never showed anything to anyone. After reading Fifty Shades, I turned one of my stories into Fifty fan fiction just to see what people thought of my writing. Even though the stories are so different from one another and I basically only borrowed the names of the characters in Fifty, I can honestly say that it was the readers’ reaction to it that has encouraged and motivated me to keep writing. Now that story will be part of the “Soul’s Desire Series”, so yes, my favorite authors have inspired me to read, write and express my creativity.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Every writer’s nightmare is having writer’s block. It’s happened to me a few times and it can be very frustrating. So when that occurs, I detach myself from the book, go for a walk, go shopping, read or edit something else, but never force myself into writing. I like it when ideas come naturally to me, and that’s when I’m most efficient.

Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 Guilty? Hmmm…I really love pizza.

Tell us about your newest book.

“The Guardian of my Soul”, the first book in the “Soul’s Desire Series” will be published next month with Beau Coup Publishing.

Currently I have the first two books in the “Weekend Getaways Series” on sale, published by Secret Cravings Publishing. “Hot Dreams of a Lonely Soul” is the first and “Hopeful Dreams and New Beginnings” is the second. The third book in the series, “A Dream Come True” will be released in December.

                                                             Hot Dreams of a Lonely Soul – Book 1

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Book blurb:

Sexy former bikini model Carly Smith chooses to stay away from men after getting out of a bad marriage. Still traumatized by her past with her jealous, abusive ex husband, she is afraid to engage in another relationship, let alone be intimate with anybody. However, sparks fly when she meets her new handsome boss, Robert Benton. Extremely attracted to him, she finds herself in a delicate situation as he is constantly in her thoughts and haunting her dreams at night, turning her entire body into a time bomb of need, ready to explode. Each time she wakes up disappointed and alone, craving for his touch, but lacking the courage to turn her hot dreams into reality. What happens when Robert unexpectedly shows up at her door one night? Will she manage to overcome her fears and allow him inside, or will she deny him access?

Excerpt:

Raw need twisted in her gut. Anxious to see the rest of him, she unbuttoned and unzipped his jeans, then watched him hook his thumbs inside the waistband and peel them down his hips together with his boxers, freeing his huge erection.

She gasped before she could catch herself, her insides liquefying more at the mere sight of it. Suddenly she was dying to feel him inside her, stretching her cunt in the most pleasurable ways.

“Is something wrong?” A hint of amusement edged his words as he regarded her mischievously. “You look surprised.” Pure confidence of male pride laced his husky voice.

Carly saw the twinkle playing at the corners of his eyes. “You’re big…” she murmured, but hardly recognized the sound of her own voice.

“I am as big as I need to be to make you scream like never before and beg for more,” he said with a confidence that only enhanced her impatience, her channel quivering with the need to be filled. His deft hands spread her thighs wide and his eyes took in the glistening pink folds of her pussy now exposed to him. “Gorgeous!” He swept his tongue over his lips to moisten them. “I’ve wanted to taste this the moment I first say you.”

“Robert…” Her throat tightened and her mouth went dry. The color grew hotter and hotter in her cheeks under his profound glare, and she fought with the urge to pull her thighs back together. However, the look in his eyes was nothing like that of her ex husband. His was of pure joy and admiration and his gaze seemed to be worshipping her, sweeping her from head to toe. The realization soothed her, little silvery wings of anticipation fluttering through her and causing all her worries to dissipate into thin air.

Buy links:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Lonely-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00CZXWGNO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369558098&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+dreams+of+a+lonely+soul

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreams-Lonely-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00CZXWGNO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378674432&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+dreams+of+a+lonely+soul

Hopeful Dreams and New Beginnings – Book 2

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Book blurb:

After two traumatic years spent with her abusive ex husband, Carly swore that she would never remarry. With a low self-esteem and haunting demons from her past refusing to relinquish their grip, she could hardly confide in men until she met Robert, her handsome boss who managed to sweep her off her feet and show her the time of her life.

With his help, her fears and frustrations became a swell of lust, a wave of desire that aroused her numb senses, restoring her lost confidence and reviving her need for a man’s touch and affection, needs that she had suppressed for such a long time.

Naughty, erotic fantasies are fulfilled while on a well deserved vacation to the AndrosIsland in Bahamas, adding more spice to their steamy sex life.

Will Robert manage to convince her to give marriage another chance and start a new chapter in their lives?

Excerpt:

“Why are you so afraid that I’m going to leave, anyway?” she asked, running her hand up and down his firm abs. She could feel his muscles contract under her fingertips.

“Because it’s happened before,” he answered in a low, feeble tone.

Carly tilted her head up to look at him, taken aback by his answer. “What?”

“Yes, I’ve been dumped before. After that I could no longer trust women. I refused to get emotionally involved with anyone. It was nothing but no-strings-attached sex for me.”

She took a moment to process his words. “Who would want to leave you? You’re the sweetest, craziest, naughtiest man I’ve ever met and if someone locked me up in here with you for the rest of my life, I’d be more than happy to accept such punishment.” She pressed her lips to the pulse that was pounding in his throat, amazed that a sexy, clever guy like him would have troubles in love. Unable to help herself and feeling the need to erase the unwelcome memories she had stirred, she gave in to the impulse and licked along a damp line up his neck, nipping at his chin on the way. She hoped that the sensual treatment she was giving him was enough to make him put everything behind.

His voice was husky when he spoke, “I guess she had better plans…”

“Nothing could be better than this,” she stated and offered him a scorching kiss, devouring his mouth possessively. It was her turn to make him feel at ease. Determination oozed from every pore of her body, and she did everything she could to make him understand that she had no intention of leaving him.

“When you…showed up…for the job interview…” He tried to speak, but she kept interrupting him with kisses, his own tongue playing with hers with an eroticism that made her head swim and her need for him grow.

“Yes?” she asked, curious to hear what he had to say. She angled her head down and moved her mouth back to his neck, then swept it over the curve of his cheekbones, his stubble tickling her soft lips. Her palms were splayed against his chest and her fingers toyed with his nipples in a way that she knew inflamed him.

Robert let out a low roar and moaned her name unintelligibly, but he seemed to struggle to concentrate. “Carly…the moment I saw you…I was struck by your beauty. You innocent smile was the sweetest thing I had seen. I went home from work that day and nearly crashed the car twice. I couldn’t stop thinking of you. It was not something that I had experienced before and I wasn’t sure how to act. Then…once I found out what had happened to you I got so angry. I wanted you even more. I wanted you so much that I ended up knocking on your door in the middle of the night and asking you to sleep with me. Straightforwardness is my thing, but it was the first time I was doing that with somebody that I really liked. I acted on an impulse because I couldn’t stand one more day without holding you in my arms and loving you like you deserved it. I needed you…badly…”

Carly had stopped her playful assault and was hanging onto every word he was saying to her, their gazes locked in a heated clash. She felt an unusual sensation of weightlessness and the illusion held for a long moment as she stood enthralled by the promise in his eyes. “Any other man who would have showed up at that hour requesting such a thing would have most likely made me call the police. But you…I wanted you too even though I was scared as hell. I still can’t believe I did it. I could not recognize myself. But I do know one thing…that was the most beautiful, hot, sensual, enticing night in my entire life and I’d be more than happy to have nights like that with you for as long as I live.”

Their tender embrace turned to raging passion in the blink of an eye. Desire for one another spiraled higher, pushing away thoughts of the past and the future, lost in their happy place, their bodies yearning to move to the rhythm of a melody only they could hear.

Buy links:

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/Hopeful-Beginnings-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00EQJ3RXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377342537&sr=8-1&keywords=hopeful+dreams+and+new+beginnings

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hopeful-Beginnings-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00EQJ3RXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377342451&sr=8-1&keywords=hopeful+dreams+and+new+beginnings

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=33&products_id=688

Barnes&Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hopeful-dreams-and-new-beginnings-emily-a-lawrence/1116735714?ean=2940045236157

Author contact links:

Blog: http://emilyalawrence88.blogspot.ro/

Website: http://emilyalawrence.wix.com/emily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmyALawrence?ref=tn_tnmn

Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/author.emily.a.lawrence?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmyALawrence

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20344150-emily-a-lawrence

Thank you for having me on your blog, Anna!

Hugs,

Emily

Thanks for joining me here today, Emily, and best of luck to you!  EmilyALawrenceHotDreamscover

Anna Welcomes Carlie Sexton

FallenForYou coverI am so happy to welcome Carlie Sexton to my blog today! I met Carlie last winter when my first book came out. She was writing then and we had several conversations about her work and about mine. I’ve asked her to answer some questions for me and she’s going to tell us about her books. Part 1 and Part 2 are now available and Part 3 will be out in September.

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Carlie: My Killer Next Door series~ Fallen for You, Taken by You, and Given to You are erotic romance thrillers. The story itself is based on some of my real life experiences when I was in college (no, not the sex). I made the story erotic because that genre is growing rapidly. My books are different with the serial killer twist.

Anna: You’re right about that, the erotic romance genre is growing and the serial killer does give it a twist. Next question: We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Carlie: I am a full-time teacher, so fitting in writing has been a challenge. I, of course, do all of the elements pertaining to writing in the evenings or weekends. Time management is an issue and I think I have become a little one dimensional in attempting to find a balance. Still a work in progress.

Anna: You sound like me. As most people who know me are aware, I am still working my full time Monday through Friday job, as well, and all my writing related work is done in the evenings and on the weekends. Throw in social and family obligations and it sometimes gets tricky meeting a deadline. Now, on to the the juicy question. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

Carlie: The hero in my series, Neil, is based largely on my husband~ confident, slightly controlling, demanding, affectionate, playful, intelligent, adoring, communicative. I like a hero who goes after what he wants.

My heroine Kate is more on the aloof side to begin with, but she becomes putty in the hands of the hero once he has won her over. I like heroine’s who are strong, but let the man be the man.

Anna: Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

 Carlie: This is an ironic question because Raine Miller did indeed inspire me to write. I work with her husband and found out she was writing books. Of course I bought Naked right away and devoured it. I decided I had a story to tell and began writing last September. She has been an inspiration and a mentor. Without her, I would have no idea how to promote my books and may not have even finished them at all. I also love Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Meyers, Nora Roberts, Catherine Bybee, to name a few.

Anna: What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

 Carlie: Hands down it has to be promoting my books.

Anna: I have to agree with you there. It’s hard to get the word out there. Now, something I ask all my guest authors. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 Carlie: I’m actually kind of boring. I do indulge frequently on mint chocolate chip ice cream. Ate some while doing this interview! Does that count?

Anna: Yes, it definitely counts. I love chocolate chip ice cream too but I prefer the vanilla rather than the mint. Now it’s time for you to tell us about your newest book.

 Carlie: I am releasing the third book in my series~ Given to You in September. I have already started a fourth book about two characters from the series, Mac and Natalie. I fairly certain it will be called Beholden to You. Mac and Natalie find themselves in a situation that she wants to keep secret from Kate and Charlie. They begin dating, but an old flame threatens to destroy their budding romance. There are complications and the choice of who to be with is spurred on because of the complications.

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Here are the links to find Carlie:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonromance?fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonauthor

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Killer-Next-Series-ebook/dp/B00D7NQSIU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094554&sr=1-2&keywords=carlie+sexton

http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Killer-Next-Door-ebook/dp/B00DTJXDIK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094582&sr=1-1

Here’s the Blurb for Fallen for You The Killer Next Door Part 1:

If you believe your life is the sum total of your choices, what do you do when things just don’t add up? You are about to find out. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be dull. And surely, it won’t be safe. In fact, making just one wrong choice could put evil at your bedside watching you sleep.

And so it is with Kate Simmons, a young woman who, by choosing to regain her life, actually puts it at risk by the very choices she makes. After unimaginable heartbreak stops her world on a dime, Kate falls into a three-year blackness of self blame that brings her to the edge of life, itself. As time finally brings light back through tiny cracks of renewed desire, Kate moves out of the prison she made for herself in her mother’s home to find a new reality, rooming with her best girlfriend, Charlie. 

Yet, to be free is to be vulnerable, and Kate’s choices more than ever mark a splattered line between being happy and being dead. 

Care to choose? Here’s your menu: 
A strangely alluring building manager so possessed with wanting you for his own, he’ll bury more than the fact he has a girlfriend; a buff college student for whom you are clearly hot, as are all the other girls on campus; a pushy lawyer who is as handsome as he is intoxicated with conquest, who doesn’t take no for an answer, who gets what he wants — always.

Sometimes, it’s whom you choose. Sometimes, it’s who chooses you. If you’re Kate, it’s both, and it puts you on a perilous road where good looks and humor are the thin masks of jealous delusion and utter violence.

You’re in trouble when the sum total of your choices is written in blood red.

Thanks so much for being my guest today, Carlie, and best of luck to you with the new release coming up!

Don’t forget to stop back by next week, folks, for the Rebel Ink Press third anniversary blog hop! There will be a big giveaway!!!! Until then…Love, Anna

Ryan O’Leary Is In The House!!!!

Ryan balcony

Oh, things are hopping today in Anna’s World. Or maybe it’s just Anna who’s hopping. And believe me it’s a tad bit hot and steamy, too. My favorite Cougar Bait, Ryan O’Leary is in the house. Shh…don’t tell him, but I’ve locked all the doors and windows and he’s not getting out for at least a week. We’ve been throwing out little teasers on Facebook about this interview for the past week or so…Ryan says the interview took place in his shower…and I say I had my camera so I might have a few blackmail pics…

Ryan was one of the first people I met on Facebook after I began writing. One of the characters in my Fab Five series is named Ryan O’Grady and I often get asked if I named him for “our” Ryan. The answer is no, I didn’t, although “our” Ryan likes to think I did, since both Ryans are playboys. I actually wrote the first book in the series long before I met Cougar Bait.

All teasing aside, Ryan O’Leary is not only a sexy, sweet young man who knows how to keep his huge female fan base happy but he’s also one of the most talented writers I know. His short and sexy books about a young, married couple and their sexual escapades that involve bits of clothing from the wife’s closet are fantastic. If you like a short and sexy read and haven’t yet been introduced to the J’s Closet series, go check it out. Ryan also writes with Sable Hunter, who you met on this blog last week, and Sable’s brother, Jess Hunter, who I interviewed a few weeks ago.

Now get real comfy because you’re about to find out why I think this is one of the best young authors around, as well as just a really sweet guy.

 BIO

Rarely will you find Ryan O’Leary in a state of rest; if he’s not on the ice or kicking around a soccer ball, he’s plotting his next story or out on the town with friends. His fun and flirty nature makes it possible for him to write the kind of romance that makes the reader both smile and tingle.

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Ryan: Write for women? Write sex that will turn women on? What’s not to love? I only wish I had of thought of it earlier. That’s not entirely true, I did think of it years ago, but my plan was to write mainstream romance, not the hotter erotica I write now. One day I happened to stumble across an article on how to self-publish Ebooks. In the article they featured an erotic writer, so I figured I’d take a stab at it. I knew it’d be fun. I’m sure this’ll sound corny, but the most rewarding thing I get out of writing the stories that I do, is the thought that my words might turn a woman out there on. It’s the number one reason I do it, so don’t be shy ladies, Ryan wants to hear all about the effect his words have had on you.

Anna: Hear that, ladies? Don’t be shy! Whew…the effect his words have on me…Moving right along, we all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Ryan: Liek most things in life (including life), I don’t take it too serious. Luckily, I’ve met a few people who have offered their assistance with all that other stuff that you have to do, the editing, the promoting, the blah, blah, blah. Without them, I’d be lost, unmotivated and probably not doing this interview with you right now. Instead, we’d just be sitting here, alone, a glass of wine in each of our hands, talking, laughing, smiling and I doubt that’d be very much fun for you. Writing isn’t my life, I do it for fun and I’ve said it a million times in public and in private, if it ever gets to be anything other than fun, I just won’t do it anymore. Uh, Anna, I think it’s your turn to talk now…

Anna: What? Oh, sorry, you had me at drinking wine, talking, laughing, smiling, and … Okay what’s next? Oh yeah, tell us about your characters. I’m surprised you write about a married couple in the Travis and J stories, what made you decide to do that? I noticed your little trademark “liek” in there too. Your fans have picked that up and are now spelling it that way…you’ve started a trend.

Ryan: Most times, my fingers work faster than my mind; some typos I just don’t bother correcting because I do them so often. The stupid games we play with each other when we first meet and are getting to know one another; that’s why I decided to write about a married couple. Sure, I love those games just as much as the next guy or gal, but Travis and J are married. Fuck that! Travis and J are SOULMATES. They just get each other. I just wanted to write about a couple who have already played those games, who just want to enjoy each other. Travis does the thing he does for J because he wants to do them, he loves to see her smile when he surprises her, not because he’s trying to get in her pants, but because her smile is his prize. The sex is great and all, but for me, when I’m writing about them, the payoff is that moment when he does something that makes her smile, or makes her laugh.

Anna: I’d say most women wish they had a Travis in their life. Now, tell me, who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

Ryan: I don’t really have a favorite author. I have a lot of Stephen King books, but that’s only because my older brother is the one who got me reading and he had a lot of them. Thing with me is, I see something and if it interests me, I do it. I never set out to be a writer. When I was twenty-one I figured I’d try to write a novel, because I thought it’d be a something cool to do, something that would fill up some time and something I could look back on in fifty years, something I could read and see what kind of a person I was back then, see my thoughts and feelings. Anything you do artistically, be it painting, writing, dancing, music, whatever, it’s all a window into your soul and a time capsule of how you felt at that time. I forgot what I was trying to say. Oh yeah. I can’t say I was ever inspired to write, I just see something I want to try and I try it. I wrote that first book and I enjoyed it, so I wrote another, then another and I lieked it, so here I am.

Anna: Hear that, ladies? Ryan has an older brother…there are two of them! Oh…my…Sorry, getting off track again. Get serious, Anna. What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Ryan: Discipline. Oh and editing. Wait. And promoting. It’s all tough. You know that. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I guess for me, it’s the discipline part. I’ll never be the kind of writer who sits down every day and writes, I write when I feel like it. Maybe I could churn out more work, but I’ve always moved at my own pace, in every aspect of life. Editing is my Achilles heel though. I’ll be honest; I don’t have a god damn clue what an adjective is, or an adverb is. Hell, up until a few years ago, I really didn’t even understand the difference between “there”, “their” and “they’re”. For the most part, I’ve figured a lot of it out and luckily I’ve got great help when it comes to spotting an incorrectly used “than”.

Anna: Now for the good stuff. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

Ryan: Everybody wants dirt on Ryan huh? I hate to disappoint, but I’m really kind of a bore. Not much of one for indulgence. Women are my indulgence I guess. I don’t mean sleeping with as many as I possibly can, but I’ve got very active eyes, I’m always checking them out, wherever I go.

Anna: What’s it like to write with Sable? I’ve never co-written with another author, so tell   us how that works. Also, how did that come about? How did the two of you meet?

Ryan: It’s awesome and terrifying. She’s beyond words when it comes to talent. She has more ideas in her head than most people will have in a lifetime, it really is kind of scary the stuff she comes up with and I mean, scary good. I was actually extremely nervous when we first talked about writing together. We met on Facebook over a year ago and she kept trying to get me to let her help promote me and teach me new things, but I just wasn’t ready to do it, so she waited patiently, because that’s the best way to describe the way her and I work together. She waits patiently for me. She works at this frenetic pace that I didn’t think was possible, but she knows that I have a different style, a lot less structured and disciplined, so she lets me go at my pace. I often feel like I’m holding her up, but she keeps busy with her own stuff and other things. She’s patient with me, I never feel rushed or pressured, which is a great feeling when you’re already intimidated by working with someone you admire so much. How it has worked so far, is that we flesh out an idea. And I won’t lie and say that it’s a 50/50 split as far as the creative is concerned, she really is the driving force behind anything we do together, and it’s usually her idea. Then we discuss it, either on Facebook or via email. She’ll send me notes with her ideas; her storylines. Usually I say, “I love it all!” But if there is something I don’t like, or something I want to add, or tweak, I say so. If we agree, then we change it. After that, Sable divides the scenes. Did I mention how amazing she is at all this stuff? Because she really is a special talent. With our new book, Thunderbird for instance, we started with an idea and it changed, then changed again, and when we finally got down to writing it, she sent me a scene to write. “Ryan, I’d like you to write this scene where such and such takes place.” I say yes of course. I’m sure you’ve heard her accent; how could I possibly say no to her? Then I procrastinate. When I’m done procrastinating, I procrastinate a bit more, then get down to writing my scene. I send it back. We discuss any changes that may need to be made. Discuss any other changes, then she gives me another scene to write. Sable weaves her stuff in with mine. Make changes where and if needed. Bingo! Done. I thought it was going to be tougher to be honest, but it isn’t that hard if you’re familiar with the person you’re writing with. It’s a lot of fun once you get into a rhythm.

Anna: I agree with you. Sable is one awesome lady. So, now I want you to tell us about your newest project.

Ryan: I’m actually working on a few different things at the moment. Sable and I are discussing the next installment of our “It’s Just Sex” serial, but haven’t actually started it yet. I also got going on the prequel I guess you could say, to the J’s Closet short stories. I’m writing the book about how they got together, but that is on hold at the moment. What I’m actually devoting my efforts to (aside from soccer) is the first book in a series that Sable and I are writing, called The Equalizers. The first book is titled, Thunderbird and it’s the story of Hannah and Kyle. Thunderbird will be the first in a series called The Equalizers. This series will center around a group of six men who have bonded over their past and their vision for the future. Kyle Chancellor is one of those men. He is Thunderbird, a title he was given on the football field and perfected in the skies as a fighter pilot. He is a Heisman trophy winner, a war hero, and the heir to a Texas dynasty, yet he never hesitates to lend a helping hand to those in need. His group, The Equalizers, specialize in locating missing children and fighting battles for those unable to go it alone. When he returns to the States, he learns that his former girlfriend has died from liver disease. She had broken up with him, never telling him she was sick. He is devastated and drowns his sorrows at a bar – where he meets a beautiful young girl who is trying to spread her wings and learn how to fly.

Hannah Montenegro has led a life of sacrifice. After losing her mother to a dreaded disease, her family discovers the son has Lou Gehrig’s also. Hannah is made to feel worthless because her father wishes she was sick instead of her brother. They move to the United States from Mexico, with only fake papers. They live undiscovered in the Austin area, the picture of good citizens, but with no legal standing. Hannah devotes her life to taking care of her little brother Andre. One night, she has the opportunity to go to a bar with a friend and she grabs it. There she meets a man who sweeps her off her feet and into the back seat of his car.

They both had too much to drink, the memory of their time together is hazy, but their connection haunts them both. Neither knows how to get in touch with the other, which is disastrous, because the result of their one night stand is a little boy. Hannah adores Paulo, but her father takes him away from her. She is almost insane with grief.

As you can see, the story will be intense. Hannah will look for their child. And when she meets Kyle again, she is so tempted to unburden herself and throw her arms around him and beg for his help. But she is not of his world – she cleans his office, and she’s shocked to find that he has been recruited by the powers that be to run for the office of Governor. His stance on stem cell research, internet security and immigration has pushed him to the forefront of Texas politics. The chasm between them seems insurmountable – to Hannah. Not to Kyle. Kyle wants her. Kyle goes after her and the circumstances which throws them together could have been ripped from the front pages of today’s newspapers. Sex Tapes. Scandals. Political Intrigue. But woven through it all is the undeniable attraction of two people who are destined to be together. When love is the guiding force, there is no foe it cannot conquer.

So, I’m doing all of that and trying my best to be utterly fabulous on Facebook, but there’s always time to stop by and have a little chat with you, Anna.

Anna: Oh, you know you’re welcome here anytime. And as far as being utterly fabulous on Facebook, you’re certainly doing a good job of that! Thanks so much for stopping by. Can I reveal our little surprise for your fans now???

Ryan: I wish you would already, so we could get that glass of wine.

Anna: **smiles**

Ryan's Cover for J's Closet Volume 1 final 5

Ryan&Jess keychain

And don’t forget about the key chains that will be available soon on Amazon for $2

But first, here’s where you can connect with Ryan.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.oleary.75098?fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/WriterRyanOLeary?fref=ts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ryan-OLeary/e/B00BEJ2NUQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1371252077&sr=1-2-ent

Blog: http://teamoleary.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6074123.Ryan_O_Leary

Now…a little gift for the girls 🙂

Ryan's shower pic

Meet Jess Hunter…Author of For A Hero

For a Hero Final copy (small version)

Welcome back to Anna’s World. Today I am welcoming Jess Hunter for a visit! Is it getting a little warm in here? Whew! Some of you know Jess, he is the younger brother of bestselling author, Sable Hunter. Well, Jess is writing now and let me tell you, this is one cute Cougar Bait you’re going to want to check out. I’ve asked him some questions, and he’s been kind enough to indulge me and give me some answers. He’s also going to treat us to a blurb from his new book, For A Hero, and he’s going to tell us a little bit about himself. Are you ready to get started? Better get your fan out, ladies. It may get a little steamy in here.

  1. 1. What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Sable inspired me to write a romance novel. I’m not sure I would have otherwise. She has accomplished so much and become an integral character in the community. She showed me how this particular genre affects people and changes their lives. She receives several messages daily from people who claim that everything is different and better because of the stories she creates and shares with them. I have ideas in my head, stories that are just bursting to come out. I have horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and adventure. But, because of Sable and the wonderful people she works with, I am currently working on another romance book.

  1. And we’re so glad to hear there’s another romance book in your future!  Now, tell me, we all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Compartmentalization is the best for me. I like to tell everyone else what day I will be completely unavailable barring emergencies. I will then seal myself into a room and set my expectation for accomplishment very high and basically not come out of the room until I’ve reached it. It also helps to have a wonderful team working with you.

  1. That’s good advice for any author and is sort of what I do. And yes, you do have a wonderful team to work with. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

My primary male characters are all parts of me, of course. Where else could I find a guy I knew well enough to analyze his traits and apply them to paper? But they are not just me. There are several, ancient, captivating archetypes for the hero that have been present since literature first began. David from “For A Hero” is the otherworldly visitor that falls in love and uses himself to better the world. It’s been done a hundred times. Superman,  Hercules, Sherlock Holmes and Captain Kirk are all the same character as far as story progression is concerned. In the sequel, Blaine is the abstaining sacrifice, who is essentially the same as Batman, James Bond, Theseus, and Clint Eastwood in any of his movies. They are all bigger than life and represent what every man COULD be.

My heroines are meant to be a special highlight of what makes every woman special. It is no secret that these books are targeted toward women so it makes sense that the showcase is how special and phenomenal every woman is. Every woman deserves a hero, so I do my best to show a perfectly imperfect woman in all her beauty.

  1. Wow! That’s awesome, Jess! Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

 

Robert Louis Stevenson is an inspiration for me. When his muse struck him, his brain would shut out the entire world and he would create a classic in a matter of days.

Ernest Hemingway did a marvelous job of capturing masculinity and struggle in his work. That is a theme I would like to tackle in the future.

F. Scott Fitzgerald always, obviously, used himself as the protagonist in his works. He discovered the secret to the art: you don’t need to look outside yourself to find inspiration. Some of the best books in the world were created by him.

One of my greatest goals is to create a character that will outlive me. Authors that accomplished this are: Ian Fleming, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Clive Cussler.

  1. What a wonderful goal to strive for.  Tell me what has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

 

The most difficult thing is growing and adapting in front of the world. The entire universe could look and see my first foray into the literary world. Of course they will find criticisms and imperfections. I can now use that piece as the starting point for my development into a much better writer, however, I will have to make that journey and all of my mistakes in front of the entire reading audience. With anything else, such as working out, martial arts, etc., I can be a beginner in privacy and nobody has to see my progress until I am adept, but as a writer, trying to make money from the art, the world will watch me stumble on the path.

6.    That’s for sure. Writing is a bit different from other careers in that respect.  Now for the good stuff all the ladies want to hear. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 

I don’t really feel a lot of remorse. Haha. That’s terrible to say. I still read comics, and am obsessed with superheroes. I don’t feel guilty about it, but before I explain how culturally, and literarily significant they are, some people may judge me about it. Some others may judge me anyway.

Oh, I know. I have an exhibitionist fantasy. Sneaking to be intimate in a public place in which I may get caught is very sexy to me. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.

7.    We won’t tell…whew…did the temp just go up about a hundred degrees in here or what?  On that note, what’s it like to write hot stories with your sister, Sable? I’m not sure I could co-write with my brother…LOL. What made the two of you decide to write together?

It was weird when she started writing that kind of book, but we were always close, and I, reluctantly, got used to it. It’s no problem now. She is much better at writing intimacy than I am, so I submit to her expertise when writing a scene like that. In any other way, when we write together, it’s like rock’em sock’em robots. We just keep hitting each other until the book is done.

8. I think it’s great the way the two of you get along. I love the banter that goes on between the two of you on Facebook, as I’m sure others do too. And I love it when she tells you what to do…not that you always listen.  Now the part everyone’s been waiting for. Tell us about your newest project.

 

The sequel to “For A Hero” is in the works. It’s going to follow Blaine, David’s best friend. He is a very different kind of hero. The book will be darker, deeper, more detailed, and hopefully, more poignant. The story will continue where the first left off, and I will answer a lot of questions about Blaine, a character that was shrouded in mystery in the first book.

Sounds great. Now here are some links for all of you to follow for Jess.

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ForAHero?ref=hl

BLURB:
Heroes are not born, they are made – they are made by defeating enemies, by overcoming impossible challenges and by walking through fire. David is such a hero. He has devoted his life to saving the hopeless, yet he can’t accept the fact that he is worthy to be loved.

David lost his family and he blames himself, so he fights Fire to repay a debt he never really owed. Day after day he does his job and goes home alone to face a future of solitude and regret – until Jenna comes into his life. 
Jenna sees a hero when she looks at David. She sees a man who is bigger than life and deserves to be loved. So, Jenna sets out to prove to him that he is perfect just the way he is. And starts by buying a date with him – to the tune of $15000. 
Before David knows it, his life is full of excitement, passion and more love than he can handle. But will he be able to keep it or will the demons from his past snatch happiness from his grasp?

** Warning: Contains Explicit Scenes and Content, Intended for 18+ Audience

Bio –
Jess Hunter is a New Orleans native who grew up in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of Texas with a major in Business and Communications. Jess loves to ride motorcycles, play video games and philosophize about the meaning of life. He is the brother and co-author of Sable Hunter and enjoys good food, beautiful women and sleeping-in on weekends. Jess will continue to write – not only romance, but horror, suspense and fantasy.

Delve into the enigma that is Jess Hunter as he captures the purity and innocence of the hero dynamic and intertwines it with romance and love that will take your breath away.

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 Well, there you have it, ladies. This is Jess! Whew…isn’t he just the best? Be sure and check out his new release, For A Hero, and watch for the sequel.
Next week, Jess’s big sis, Sable, will join us. I’ve put her in the hot seat too, so she’ll be answering questions as well as telling us about what’s new in her world.
Until then, keep reading, stay safe, and have a great week. Let’s make a date to meet back here next week.
Love, Anna