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Heartbreak for Hire by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea ~Book Spotlight

I turn trusted housewives into adulterous whores.

Let’s face it, nothing lasts forever. She may have started out as your wet dream, but now she’s your ball and chain. Let me set you free.

I’ll turn your loyal lady into a lecherous liar.

I can give you the uncontested divorce you desire, end your impending engagement, or rid you of that clingy girlfriend.

Either way, you’ll be a free man.

My name is Rift, and men pay me to have affairs with their women. It’s my job to get caught. While unethical, my profession is easy. Hell, most days it’s fun. At least until I fall for the soon-to-be ex of my newest client.

 

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I reached out to unzip the plastic holding my dress, but just as I did, the door to the dressing room flew open, and Dylan stood there looking back at me.

His eyes were wide with shock, as if he hadn’t expected me to be behind the door, and then they dropped from my face and slid down my body in an invisible caress.

I should have covered myself; I should have screamed at him to get out, but I didn’t move or tell him to go. The way he was looking at me, I needed that. I needed to feel beautiful and desirable.

“What are you doing here?” I watched him, his eyes a stormy blue.

His eyes devoured me, making me feel uncomfortable. If Mitchell supposedly loved me and disliked what he saw when he looked at me, then surely a man who didn’t love me would see me as even worse.

“The lady out front said the bathroom was the last door on the right, but I’m guessing she meant the last door on the left,” he said, not bothering to the hide the fact that he was looking at my body.

I nodded, not sure what to say.

“I should apologize and turn around and leave.”

I swallowed hard.

He didn’t leave.

Instead, he moved into the room and quietly shut the door behind him.

“But you see, there’s a problem.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

He reached out, running a single finger over my shoulder and down across my chest. “I can’t stop looking at you.”

I folded my arms across my chest now, feeling more exposed than I ever had in my life. His finger dipped into the top of my folded arms and between my breasts.

“You’re covering yourself like a woman who thinks she’s unattractive,” he said, moving close enough that his whispered words ruffled the hairs on the side of my face. “But the truth is, my cock’s hard just looking at you.”

I stiffened at his words.

No one had ever spoken to me like that. No man had ever been so brazen, saying naughty words to me in such a manner.

“How does that make you feel, Gwyn?” He moved closer, his lips skimming my earlobe and making me bite my bottom lip.

I should have run out, but I was half naked. And the truth was, I couldn’t move. My legs were stiff, and my feet were rooted to the spot.

“How does it make you feel knowing my cock is hard and throbbing for you?” He licked my lobe, and I shivered. “Here you are, in your white bra and panties, looking so innocent and corruptible … what’s an evil man like me supposed to do?”

“You’re not evil,” I said, finally able to speak up.

My voice squeaked with my words, making me blush even harder.

He leaned back, his brow lifting in question. “You don’t think I’m evil?”

I shook my head. “Not even a little bit.”

“I assure you I am.” Again, he leaned forward, pressing his lips against my shoulder.

As if an automatic reflex, I tilted my head to the side to give him more skin to explore.

“I’m jealous of the way the lace on your panties is riding up your curvy hips and disappearing into the sweet space between your thighs.” He kissed my shoulder once again, his breath striking the side of my neck and filling my ear. “I want to be that lace, Gwyn. I want to be resting inside your warmth.”

Dear God, he was good, and I was so very bad.

 

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Tabatha is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for her sexy adult romance Little Black Book.
Tabatha writes in all genres, including adult and new adult, and isn’t afraid to venture into the dark side on occasion, as she proved with her dark, prison romance, Slammer.
She’s an avid reader of all things smutty and the writer of sexy stories featuring redeemable alpha bad boys and sweet, strong women.
Her other loves include her children, her loving, supportive husband, anything historical, and wind chimes.
When she isn’t writing, she’s texting book ideas to herself.
Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

 

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, Melissa Andrea-
I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.
Reading has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter will be my debut release, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughters will always be my greatest accomplishment.
I was born in Denver, Colorado -but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by.
4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them. I adore the color pink, I love things that sparkle (including vampires) and I like even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5)

terriluvsbooks talks with Brynn Myers

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? I’d love to teach Costume History at a major university. I was a Theatre major and LOVED anything and everything involving the history of clothes.

Where do your ideas come from? Honestly, all over the place. I like to take history/mythology and twist it. Prophecies of The Nine, though was purely from my mind. I saw it like a movie playing out in my head and put it on a page.

What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? Write, edit, publish, and repeat! You’re only as good as the last book you’ve written and with each book you write, you hone your craft. Make great stories and let the world read them.

Tell us all the genres you write. I only write Adult Paranormal Romance…for now at least. 

Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter? Both! I like a road map aka an outline but once I get into the story I let the characters drive the rest.

Describe your dream vacation. Somewhere with a view of the water––mountain cabin on a lake, a place near the ocean…I’m not picky. 

How do you decide on names for your characters? I research names based on traits the characters have and let fate decide which one suits them.

Describe any writing rituals you use. I set daily goals for myself like word counts or chapters––anything to keep me on task and motivated.

What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Nothing really. I do eat lunch at my desk and every day I have chocolate. Does that count? 😛 As far as music, I listen to Pandora––the Escala station. I love all the artists but Lindsey Stirling ROCKS!

What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? I’m reading the Havenwood Falls novellas. I wanted to know about all the other characters in the shared world I’m writing in. 😀

What was the first book you remember reading? I used to read fairy tales with my grandmother but the first book I remember that stuck with me was when I was in sixth grade––The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? That is a wicked hard question…GAH!! I cannot pick just five…this is sheer torture.

You mentioned on your blog a craft project from Pinterest you did in your office and your goal of learning how to use the Cricut machine. Do you consider yourself crafty? What types of crafts do you like to do? Yes and no. I think I create some cool things and use them for various things, these days for swag, but I don’t do it consistently enough to be a true “crafter”.

You have been asked to teach a class at Hogwarts. What class will you teach and why? LOL! I love this! I would like to teach History of Magic. I love history…all kinds of history. To be honest, though, I’d teach any class. Can I sign up to be a permanent substitute teacher? 

Favorite holiday and why? Halloween and Thanksgiving and all the days in between! I love fall, so anything that resides within that timeframe makes me happy and at peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Brynn, check out her Amazon page.

Read my review for her amazing book Captivated by Crimson.

Thank you, Brynn.

 

terriluvsbooks talks to A.W. Exley

 

I stumbled across one of A.W. Exley’s books when I had a credit from Audible burning a hole in my pocket. It was actually the second book in the series The Artifact Hunters. Though it’s possible to read the second book without reading the first, my OCD brain could not handle reading books out of order, so I inhaled the first book in one day, finished listening to the second as fast as possible and then went on to read the rest. This series was my first introduction to historical fantasy. Which is now hands down my favorite genre. Come back tomorrow and read all about her new release.

 

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? Egyptologist

Where do your ideas come from? I’m very visual and often they come from a picture I have seen. I have been known to buy a book cover and then write a story to fit it. Sometimes they arise out of family conversations. When Disney did the live action version of Cinderella is was constantly advertised on TV. Now I have boys, and every time the TV ad got to the ball scene they would yell “send in the zombies!” and that is how Ella, the Slayer came into being J

What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers?  Best advice I received was the quote from Jodi Picoult “you can’t edit a blank page”. It reminds me to just write. Best advice I can give would be to READ. There’s so much you absorb about storytelling by reading.

Tell us all the genres you write. As a broad description – historical fantasy. Within that category my books fall in the steampunk or gaslamp niches.

Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter? I’m a hybrid, a plotser or maybe it’s a pantter? I need to write about 10,000 words first to get an idea of the characters and set up. Once I have that, I start plotting and will build an outline I write to. But I need to wing it for starters, just to see where the idea is going.

Describe your dream vacation. Cruising down the Nile in air-conditioned comfort (with wifi!) watching daily life glide by. The boat would stop along the way to allow day trip excursions to explore old sites and temples. Ideally I’d like to do it in the 1910s (pre-WWI) because that just seems so romantic and adventurous, or I might have watched The Mummy once too often… lol

How do you decide on names for your characters? Some of them appear with names. Others I have to mull over, or I browse baby name websites for inspiration.

Describe any writing rituals you use. I don’t have any rituals but more of a routine in that I tend to write in the afternoons. I always think of mornings as “outside” time, when I ride my horse and do my chores, then I come inside and settle for the afternoon. I find I can’t write in the mornings as I need that time outside first.

What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Coffee. Although is coffee a snack or a necessity? 😉 I have to listen to music, I find silence distracting and it gets too noisy in my head. What I listen to entirely depends on the mood of what I’m writing. At the moment I have the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman on repeat, which isn’t helping the writing as my brain wants to run off and join the circus.

What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. It was the December Book of the Month for the book club I am in. For January we are reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. Bookclub is great because it gets me reading books I might not have picked on my own.

What was the first book you remember reading? I read The Rats by James Herbert when I was 11 or 12 and terrified myself. Didn’t help we lived in an old house with rats in the ceiling and I was convinced they were trying to get me.

Read my review for The Artifact Hunters and learn more about this exciting series.

You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? Just 5? I refuse to exist in such a world! 🙂

* Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s my favourite with second chances and hearts being constant over a period of years.

* Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. It’s the one that starts her Pern series and I adore those books. I bought the paperbacks maybe 25 years ago and every move I make, they are packed up and go with me. They are read, re-read and now my teen has discovered them J

* Egyptian Grammar by Alan Gardiner. It’s a text book from when I studied hieroglyphics and I will never part with it.

*Cross Stich by Diana Gabaldon (or for the Americans… Outlander). It’s another dog eared paperback I have owned since it released in 1991. That story has it all for me – history, a touch of magic, romance, action, adventure, men in kilts….

*Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I call it my comfort book, if I’m not feeling well its always the one I curl up with.

You mentioned you spent time in college reading Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics. What attracted you to this? I’ve always been fascinated by Egypt and at high school, all I wanted to do was be an Egyptologist. Sadly there’s not exactly a job market for egyptologists in New Zealand, and I found myself studying accountancy instead. To make that bareable, I squeezed in a couple of Egyptlogy papers.

What exactly is historical fantasy? Why not write just plain historical fiction or plain fantasy fiction? I read a lot of history non-fiction and historical mysteries. I love history, but I never felt I had sufficient academic or research background to write my own gripping historical. Likewise while I love reading fantasy, I don’t have a big enough imagination to come up with a completely new world and its rules. Historical fantasy blends the two and allows me to ask “what if?” questions. I enjoy taking a time period and changing something, or adding a dash of magic and seeing what evolves.

How do you celebrate your book releases? A quiet glass of wine and a sense of relief that a book has made it out into the world. I don’t do anything big or fancy like online parties or real life events, I’d be too scared no one would turn up! lol

 

Check out my review for this great new release.

I’ve Got The Moves Like Shakespeare

Last month, I wanted a show to binge on Netflix, because ya know I have nothing else to do. So many people suggested I watch Sons of Anarchy. I watched the first episode and almost threw up. Why? Katy Segal and Ron Pearlman. Katy’s character was the bitchiest woman I have ever seen. She was just plain evil and I had a hard time watching it. Also, in my heart, Ron Pearlman will forever be Vincent from Beauty and the Beast. I made it through the first season. Then I stumbled across a page that spoiled the series finale for me. I wasn’t too upset, though, as I don’t think I would have finished it. I love stories about dysfunctional families almost as much as I love fairies, vampires, and shifters bumping and grinding. However, this show was just too much. I couldn’t stop thinking about it though, especially Sagal’s character. Then it hit me. HAMLET. This show was based on HAMLET. Of course, I Googled it and I was right.

Shakespeare is my most favorite author- EVER!

It made me wonder how many other shows are based on his plays. So here’s what I found:

House of Cards- Richard III

Rise of the Planet of the Apes- Julius Cesar

Lion King- Hamlet

Empire- King Lear

Breaking Bad- Macbeth

I saw some others, but I didn’t recognize them so I didn’t list them. I’m sure there are a ton of movies and I’m not talking about the remakes of the actual plays. There’s a reason Shakespeare’s plays are so eternal. His stories are incredible. I am so in awe of him I named my oldest daughter Miranda after my favorite play The Tempest. And just in case you’re curious my favorite Shakespear movie is also based on this play. Prospero’s Books is my favorite adaptation of this play.

Collecting Secrets by P.E. Kavanagh

HAPPY RELEASE DAY P.E. KAVANAGH

 

Collecting Secrets

Book One of the Friends & Lovers Series

When Camille first met Jackson she was too young. Too innocent. Too traumatized.

Friendship was less than what she wanted, but all she could handle.

Ten years later and it’s a different story.

The claims and confessions come hard and fast as they navigate all that has never been said.

With each step closer, another layer of secrets must fall.

Collecting Secrets is a steamy standalone contemporary romance with no cliffhanger. You will meet characters who will reappear throughout the series.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0792F84WY

Where to find me:

pekavanagh.com

facebook.com/pekavanagh

twitter.com/pekavanagh

instagram.com/pekavanaghauthor

My journey as a writer includes the award-winning poem I penned at the ripe old age of seven, decades of hiding and doubt, and then finally… finally!… realizing that art needs to be shared. Storytelling is part of my heritage, even though I denied it for so long. The stories I created – true and imaginary – have saved me numerous times.

My characters come to me, like old friends excited to tell me what’s new.
They represent the world I see and the world I want to see.

More than anything, I care about recovery from life’s setbacks… getting back on your feet after life has brought you to your knees… and my characters fight the hard fight for the lives they know are waiting for them.

I’ve drawn my inspiration from the many flavors of my life experience. Once a sad, shy girl, I’ve also been an MIT-trained engineer, biotech executive, professional dancer, yoga teacher and business owner, school founder, spiritual counselor, entrepreneur, and author.

And I own a magic wand that I’m certain will work one day.

When I’m not typing, furiously trying to capture the stories that pour from me, you can find me loving my people to excess, globe-trotting to the next great adventure, and sporting bright red lips as a tango diva. And of course on my digital homes: pekavanagh.com and boldsoulcoaching.com.

 

The Breathing Sea

It is difficult to separate these two books and just review one at a time. The first book naturally flowed into the second almost like one big mini-series. Dash is a young lady who has some very big shoes to fill. It is expected that she will take-over for her mother. However, this isn’t exactly how she wants to spend her life.

From the very beginning, the author created a world that was so easy to see in my mind. Considering the genre, that is very important to me. If the world building is not solid, the story becomes drudgery. I can say it wasn’t the world building or the characters that bogged me down as a reader. What bogged me down was long passages of internal monolog with very little action. However, let me stress that I think is my issue and not an issue with either book, I took a lot of breaks and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. I think books like this are good every once in awhile to help challenge my mind. Most high-end fantasy books do challenge me, yet I keep coming back to them. The author sat out to create a fantasy story centering on all human emotions and traits and I believe she a fantastic job with this.

I do want to add one more note and that is, I knew nothing of the previous two books from this series, but I don’t think that bothered me at all. The second book picks up exactly where the first ends, so I would recommend getting both books at the same time to make the experience flow together more.

 

 

Dasha is a gift from the gods. Only she’s not very gifted. Or at least so it seems to her. Eighteen years ago, Dasha’s mother made a bargain with the gods. She would bear a gods-touched child, one who would stand on the threshold between the worlds, human and divine. Dasha is that child, now almost ready to become a woman, and one day take her mother’s place as Empress of all of Zem’. Except that Dasha is shy, lonely, and one of the least magically inclined girls in the Known World. Instead she has fits and uncontrollable visions. When she sets off with her father on her first journey away from her home kremlin, she hopes she will finally find someone who can help her come into her powers. But those whom she finds only want to use her instead. What will it take for her to unlock the abilities hidden within her, and take up her proper place in the world? The sequel to the award-winning novel “The Midnight Land,” “The Breathing Sea” returns to the land of Zem’, where animals speak, trees walk, and women rule. Filled with allusions to Russian history, literature, and fairy tales, this coming-of-age tale straddles the line between high fantasy and literary fiction.

 

Tormented by her growing visions and unable to bear her companions any longer, Dasha has fled into the woods with the spirits who have promised to help her. But not all promises can be kept. Dasha must strike off on her own and learn to fend for herself for the first time in her life. With war on the borders of Zem’, the woods hold more dangers than bears, wolves, and hunger, and Dasha’s greatest threat may be within her. Can she learn to control herself and her magic before she endangers herself, her companions, and perhaps her country itself? And what price will that control demand? How much will Dasha have to sacrifice in order to save herself and her land, and will that sacrifice be voluntary—or not?

“The Breathing Sea II: Drowning” is the sequel to “The Breathing Sea I: Burning” and a continuation to The Zemnian Series.

 

E.P. Clark starting writing fiction as soon as she deigned to learn to read, which was not particularly early–she spent a good deal of her childhood doing more important things, such as pretending to be a unicorn. Slightly later, she wanted to be a world-class equestrian. But, much to her surprise, the heavy finger of fate pointed her way and she ended up moving to Russia, which led, very circuitously, to her earning graduate degrees in Russian from Columbia University and UNC-Chapel Hill, and her current employment teaching Russian at Wake Forest University, along with some odd travel opportunities. The picture, for example, was taken in Finnish Lapland, shortly before she was almost trampled by stampeding reindeer. She continued writing fiction throughout all this, however, and has had multiple short stories published. This is her first novel, in what is shaping up to be a trilogy in seven volumes.

terriluvsbooks reveals the cover for Gaslight and Graves

I love cover reveals!!!!! Don’t you?!

 

The anticipation and excitement!

 

 

And of course, bloggers drag it out so you’re forced to read to the end! (Damn them)

 

So…

 

Gaslights and Graves

8 Paranormal Steampunk Adventures

From Bestselling Authors

Melanie Karsak, Cara Carnes, Katherine McIntyre, SJ Davis, Lexi Ostrow,  Katie Hayoz, Jayne Fury, and E.B. Black 

Steampunk with a twist!

This is me right now-

 

EIGHT paranormal steampunk adventures from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors. There’s something for every steampunk lover in the collection of mad science, twisted fairytales, myths, ghosts, vampires, shifters, magic, techno-fantasy with settings such as gothic romance, urban fantasy, Victorian, and so much more.

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Torn Apart by J.M. Riddles

Do not judge this book by the book cover. I don’t think the cartoon look works for this book because it makes it look like a graphic novel and it’s not.

This book had so many fantasy elements that I love; magic, shifters, steamy scenes, and fights. Halea and Varg live a predestined life. Though both of them are strong and will triumphant in their chosen paths, they want to create a new one where they will both be together.  The author did an awesome job showing the beginnings of their relationship as children and how that built a firm foundation for when they were older.  The author made this world come alive it was easy to be an invisible observer as the story unfolded. These types of books, regardless of the genre, are my favorite ones to read. It was easy to connect with Halea and Varg. I wanted everything to work out in their favor from the very beginning and though I knew the author created a happy ending, I wasn’t sure how it would happen until the very end. Not figuring out the ending before I read it made it more enjoyable. If you like fantasy, read this one.

 

As a priestess in the service of the dragon goddess, Halea must roam the land hunting demons and sealing tears caused by the Chaos Dimension that seeks to converge with their world. She has sworn an oath to devote herself only to her goddess, and if necessary, will even die for her mission.

One day she discovers that her beloved childhood friend, Varg, has survived the devastation of the last convergence and has since risen to become the alpha of his people, the lycans. Together they battle the forces of Chaos, but when Varg wants Halea to be his mate, she is torn between her oath and her desire to be with the Wolf King who loves her. Only a blood sacrifice can stop the coming of the next convergence, and with Halea’s life on the line, Varg will do anything to save her.

*Warning: Mature content and language not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen.

 

J.M. Riddles is an avid lover of science fiction and fantasy (and heavy metal). She currently lives in the Californian desert with her husband and is hard at work on book two of the Convergence trilogy. For other writing projects, social media links, and additional information you can visit her at
http://www.jmriddles.com

terriluvsbooks talks with Annie Anderson

I met Annie at the Space Coast Book Lovers convention. She oozes exuberance. Learn a little more about her and then go over and get her books.
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? Probably graphic design or something similar. I enjoy making things pretty.
Where do your ideas come from? Anywhere and everywhere. Movies, TV shows, music, a random conversation. Really anywhere.
What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? The best advice I’ve ever read is to ask yourself 3 questions: 1 – Who is my character? 2 – What do they want most in this world?
How can I prevent them from getting it? If you want conflict in your story, that is the best way to get to the root of it.
Tell us all the genres you write.  I write Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Romantic Suspense.
Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter? A plantser? I try to have a general outline of my story, but I leave major wiggle room for my characters to go off on their own little tangents. (Which they do often.)
Describe your dream vacation. A cruise with warm weather. The best family vacation we’ve ever gone on was a Mediterranean cruise to Spain, France, and Italy. I’d love a repeat.
How do you decide on names for your characters? How they sound out loud, really. I pick a name I haven’t heard 3000 times and then try to come up with a last name that doesn’t suck. Baby name websites are useful, but none of the popular name ones unless I’m looking for a list of names to avoid.
Describe any writing rituals you use. I typically have to be as comfortable as possible, so I get in my pajamas, grab a fuzzy blanket, and sit in my office. Once I get good music going, the words usually come not long after.
What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Chips, popcorn, crackers, Jolly Ranchers or Dove chocolates. I typically have to be chewing on something during the writing process. (Thank the universe there is a gym in my house, or I’d be in real trouble.) I listen to so much music, but it depends on the scene. I have playlists based on the mood I want like love scenes, tense, fight scenes, etc.
What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? I believe it was The Hookup by Kristen Ashley, and I picked it because it arrived via preorder onto my Kindle app. I’d been dying for it, so…
What was the first book you remember reading? Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? That’s like asking me to pick a which kid I like better. Probably:
Beard Science by Penny Reid,
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley,
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost,
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter, and
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris because I need the smarts of Penny, the love of KA, and the pluck and determination of my paranormal heroines.
You’ve had a variety of jobs throughout your career. What was your favorite and why? This one hands down. I love creating new worlds and shocking my readers with new twists. Plus, I get to wear pajamas to work, and

really that is the real perk.

You’ve traveled a lot. What are your top five hacks for packing up and moving?

Typically when we move, the military moves us, so my best tips are: Make sure your boxes are labeled, and always have a back-up ‘house in a box’ in case you stuff doesn’t get there when it is supposed to. Mine consists of blow-up mattresses & linens, durable plates/bowls/forks/knives/pots, and at least 1 camp chair for everyone. It has saved our bacon a couple of times when our stuff took a longer trip than we did.
Thank you for your service in the military. Tell us a little about what you did. I’m always a bit awkward when someone says thank you for my service. You’re welcome? I worked in the Dental Laboratory which means I made dental and facial prosthesis. Like crowns and bridges and an eyeball or two. It sounds totally uncool until you realize I worked with lathes and blow torches and got to make art every day. Granted it was tooth art, but I made sure everything was really pretty and functional. When I was deployed, I worked in a hospital down range assisting in surgeries and passing instruments. It was a wild time.
Thank you, Annie

terriluvsbooks talks to L.K. Shaw

LK and I met through Space Coast Book Lovers. She is as passionate about her writing as her hunky men are about the women they love.
*** Read to the end and see LK’s new cover reveal***
If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job? I’d love to be one of those people on the travel channel who gets to travel to far away countries and explore the culture there. Yeah, that would be pretty amazing!
Where do your ideas come from? Most times, they’re sparked by another book I’m writing. And sometimes my first idea isn’t the final product.
What is the best writing advice have you received and what would you advise new writers? The best writing advice I’ve ever received is to read A LOT, especially the genre you write. Reading gets the creative juices flowing, and it helps you to become a better writer. My advice to new writers would be to invest the money into an edit and cover designer. Even if that means you have to wait until you save the money before you publish. A well-edited book and a cover designer who knows the market for your genre could mean the difference in whether people buy, and recommend, your books to others.
Tell us all the genres you write. I write romantic suspense with kink/BDSM, as well as contemporary romance
Do you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter?  Total pantser. I tried to outline and plot a short, holiday novella featuring all 4 couples from my series. By the time I was finished, I realized I’d completely forgotten to include 1 of the couples.
Describe your dream vacation. My dream vacation would be traveling around Europe
How do you decide on names for your characters? I try to use letters of the alphabet I haven’t used yet. Then, I just come up with random names. I’ve learned to Google the name to see if there are famous people with the same name. If so, I change it.
Describe any writing rituals you use. Hmmm, none that I can think of.
What snacks do you eat while you write? Do you listen to music? If so what kind? Lots of chocolate. I used to listen to music when I wrote. I wrote 7 books listening to music. During the last book, it was such a mentally exhausting endeavor that required utter focus and concentration that I had to shut the music off. Ever since then, any time I try to listen to music to write, I can’t.
What is the last book you read and why did you choose it? The last book I read was War of Hearts by Julia Sykes because I’m lucky enough to call her my critique partner. Her books are amazing, so I’m ecstatic each time she writes one, because I get to see it first. The last book I read “just because” was The Barbarian’s Bride by Loki Renard, because she writes super hot spanking stories
What was the first book you remember reading? I don’t remember the title, but it was one of Richard Scarry’s Little Golden children’s book. It might have been The Best First Book Ever
You can only have five books on your bookshelf. What are they and why? Dakota Desire by Dana Ransom because that was the first romance novel I ever read and it was the one that started them all. Knight by Julia Sykes because it was so powerful and empowering, Making Faces by Amy Harmon because it is the only book that has ever made me ugly cry, Sweet Lullaby by Lorraine Heath because that book had the sweetest underdog hero of any book I’ve ever read, and Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas because it was a book that had me rooting for the “villain” who turned into the best hero.
Your other job is in the health industry. What is it about the healing world that calls to you and how does that influence your writing? I’ve always wanted to do something meaningful for people and working in health care allows me to do that. I’m not sure how it influences my writing other than the fact that for some people, reading is meaningful. It allows them to forget about their worries for a short period of time by falling into a story.
Who is Miss P and can we see a picture?
Oh, Miss P. Miss P, real name, Penny, is my food-loving, attention-seeking, high maintenance dog. I adopted her from my local shelter 6 years ago today, in fact, when she was 7 months old.

On your Amazon page, you said, “hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love.” Why is this important to you and how do you define alpha heroes and strong women. To me, alpha heroes are strong, dominant men who are bad ass and take charge and strong women can hold their own against their alpha male. I want women to read my books and know that women are powerful in their own right.
To find out more about LK’s books check out her Amazon page.

And Now, Without Further Ado…

 

SAY YES 
LK Shaw
 
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Blurb:
Friends make the best lovers. Or so Casey Santiago thinks.
For ten years, she’s lived with the memories of an abusive childhood. Now, she’s ready to make new ones. Who better to help her than her best friend, Philip Maxwell?
When she approaches him with her shocking proposal, he hesitates. Sex complicates things.
Can Casey convince Philip that their friendship is strong enough to withstand anything, including falling in love?
Thank you, LK.