Wednesday, April 30, 2014

~ Guest: Ava Louise - Intergalactic Matchmaking Services ~

Intergalactic Matchmaking Services
Amazon Bestselling Series!

Book 1: Maggie's Story (Intergalactic Matchmaking Services)

Women Wanted: Must have a sense of adventure and be open to new experiences. Must also be willing to relocate. Please contact...Intergalactic Matchmaking Services.
Maggie Cline decides to investigate her romantic possibilities after she becomes a target when she identifies the shooter in a local murder.
Can she find a soul mate away from everything she knows and has worked hard for here on Earth? What about her loyal companion? Will she have to give up her cat, Mamzell, for a chance at love?

This is from Chapter 11 of “Maggie’s Story.” She is meeting the aliens (Nordonians) for the first time.
Claire stepped back from the doorway, and in stepped two other people, dressed in black pants and wearing short cloaks. They had hoods over their heads, and their arms were tucked into their cloaks.
Indicating the person in the dark blue cloak, Claire said, “Maggie Cline, I would like to introduce you to Ambassador Pacer of the Rion clan. He is here to meet you and answer any questions you may have that I’ve not covered. The Ambassador speaks English, so that will make things much easier for you.”
Maggie’s eyes widened as she took in the stranger. He had pushed his hood back to reveal a face similar to a human’s but it was also different. He had no hair that she could see, and wore a black tattoo that wrapped around the sides and to the top of his head. The ambassador’s skin was a combination of light orange and pale green. It was hard to tell where each color left off; they blended seamlessly into each other in a slightly mottled effect. His eyes seemed to be a solid black and were a little larger than a human’s eyes. He held his hand out to shake hers. It was automatic to shake his hand. As she did, she noticed he had large hands. His handshake was surprisingly gentle. Well, I was right…there are no little green men; but there are definitely big green men, she thought to herself.
“It is a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Cline. Claire has told me a lot about you. May I introduce the Starrays’ Security Chief, Daxon of the Flame clan?” He indicated the individual standing directly behind him. As he did, this person also removed his hood.
Maggie gasped as she took in this new person. She found him to be quite beautiful with his light blue and light green mottled skin. Again, the colors joined seamlessly, fading from one to the other.  He, too, wore a black tattoo wrapped around his head. The markings looked like stylized flames. His eyes were a dark blue, allowing Maggie to notice that his pupils were vertical, like a cat’s. The effect was quite startling. The Security Chief was almost a foot taller than Maggie at about six and a half feet in height. His nose was a bit broad and somewhat flat. She could see his nostrils flaring as he breathed. He didn’t say anything, just nodded his head in her direction. Maggie felt like she had been zapped with an electrical charge; she was speechless.
“Mrawr,” came Mamzell’s voice from the bedroom doorway.
“Aha, this must be the pet Claire told us about, is it not?” asked the ambassador. He spoke so formally it reminded Maggie of older British movies she sometimes watched.
“Yes, this is my cat, Mamzell. She doesn’t normally come out around guests.”
At this time Mamzell sauntered out of the hallway and went directly to the security chief, wrapping herself around his ankles, rubbing along his pants legs. As he picked up his foot, Maggie called out, “Don’t kick her! She is only checking you out. She doesn’t normally go up to strangers, so I’m surprised.”
“I wasn’t going to kick her, I was just going to try to get her off of me. She is leaving her hair on my clothing,” said Daxon. His gravelly voice brought to mind Sean Connery; deep, rich, and a bit of a brogue.
“Well, cats shed a little. It won’t hurt you or your uniform. Come here, Mamzell, let’s put you back in the bedroom for now.”
“Mrawr,” answered the cat. She really didn’t want to leave Daxon’s legs, though. Maggie had to resort to scooping her up, walking her into the bedroom and placing her in the middle of the bed. Maggie left her a couple of cat treats as a bribe.
“You stay in here; I’ll let you out once our company has left,” Maggie said, as she closed the bedroom door.
The two Nordonians looked at each other, each raising an eyebrow in query. “I didn’t realize cats were sentient beings, Claire. Ms. Cline talks to her pet as though it understands her. Do all humans talk to their pets like this? And do the pets understand them in return?” asked Ambassador Pacer.
Maggie had walked back into the room during this question and laughed out loud. “I talk to my cat all the time. And while we don’t understand each other like you and I would understand each other when we talk, I do know what she wants usually when we ‘talk’. Think of it more like a mother being able to understand the different cries of a child.”
“Ah, that makes sense then. I was afraid my research had been severely lacking. Ms. O’Donnell said you would not consider relocating without your pet, so we had to do some research on what exactly humans considered pets and how they dealt with them.”
Just like that Maggie was reminded she was talking to aliens. Real life aliens. How could she forget why these two exotic-looking males were in her home?
“You don’t need to worry about that, Ambassador, I have no intention of leaving Earth to live with aliens. I think this has been one big mistake. I’m not interested in being used as a breeding machine for the U.S. government or for aliens.”
This seemed to surprise both gentlemen for they each raised a hairless eyebrow ridge. It was a very human-like gesture. “Ms. Cline, I assure you, we are not looking for human females strictly for breeding purposes. While it would be great if the pairings between humans and Nordonians were to prove fruitful, we also value the emotional side of relationships.” The ambassador looked to Claire at this point.
“I told Maggie she was focusing too much on the reproductive side of the equation,” said Claire with a frown. “Perhaps if we all sat down we could continue this conversation more comfortably.”
“Fine,” Maggie replied shortly. She wasn’t really sure what else to say. She didn’t want to be rude and she was curious about what the aliens truly wanted from her. It was just hard to get past the fact they were wanting to mate with humans for the continuation of their race.
The security chief stayed in the entryway, his hands crossed behind his back, as the ambassador draped his own cloak over the end of the couch and sat.
“We Nordonians are used to forming relationships and family groups much like you humans do, Maggie. We have been missing that these last thirty years since the females of our race were exterminated in warfare. Tests have shown that humans are quite compatible with us not only for the continuation of our race, but for emotional balance, too. … It has only been about eighteen months that we have tried this program called the Intergalactic Matchmaking Services. There have only been six women so far that have agreed to leave Earth behind after meeting a suitable mate among our men.”
“What happens to the women who decide not to go with you,” asked Maggie. She wasn’t sure she was going to like the answer, but she had to ask the question.

Book 2: Shirley's Story (Intergalactic Matchmaking Services)

Women Wanted: Must have a sense of adventure and be open to new experiences. Must also be willing to relocate. Please contact.....Intergalactic Matchmaking Services.

Just as Shirley decides to try opening herself up to a chance at love, a stalker from her past returns. How does she move forward when her past comes knocking? What's going on with her young student, Hannah? Will her dog, Oreo, be okay with Shirley looking for love?

This is Chapter 1 of “Shirley’s Story.”
“Women Wanted: Must have a sense of adventure and be open to new experiences. Must also be willing to relocate. Please contact Claire O’Donnell at Intergalactic Matchmaking Services, (360) 555-4416, for more information.”
Monday, December 9
Home Sweet Home, thought Shirley. It was good to be home after a day of teaching first-graders. She pulled into the driveway of the only home she had ever known. Taking a deep breath of the cool air blowing in off the Skagit River, heavy with the scent of salt from the Puget Sound, she felt her insides start to unwind. The old clapboard house was inherited from her parents on their death several years ago. A member of the Hampton family had lived in this house on Dunbar Road since the early 1900’s. Shirley was the last of the Hamptons in this area.
Before heading inside, she walked down the long driveway to the mailbox at the curb. With the mail in hand Shirley headed to the house. She could hear Oreo barking excitedly from inside the house. It was nice to have someone to come home to, but she would have liked it even more if there was a partner to come home to. Someone to share news with about the kids she taught. Someone to snuggle on the couch with. Oreo, the black and white Whippet she received as a gift three years ago, did her best to fill the void in Shirley’s life. It was easy to trust a dog; not so easy to trust men. Not after what she had endured.
“Hey, girl, how’re you doing, hmm?” she asked the bouncing dog. She bent down to pet her behind her ears; Oreo loved having her ears scratched. Her whole head was black except for the thin strip of white down the center from her forehead to her nose. Little Hannah Ford had named the dog Oreo.
Shirley put away her coat and purse. Gathering the mail to take with her to the back of the house, she turned to the adorable black and white dog.
“Let’s get you in the back yard, Oreo,” she said to the dog as she walked to the sliding glass door leading into the large yard from the dining room.
Shirley picked up the mail she had dropped onto the kitchen table. Junk, junk, junk, a postcard, and a business envelope. …
…She picked up the last envelope. A sense of dread crawled up her spine; sweat broke out on her brow and her palms became clammy. The return address on the envelope was the Washington Department of Corrections. She could think of only one reason they would contact her. They must be planning to release him.
Dear Miss Hampton,
This letter is to notify you that Mr. Bruce Mayfield has served his sentence in full and is being released on parole December 9, 2013. He has been advised to stay away from you, but there is no longer a Restraining Order or Order of Protection in place. If you have any concerns, please contact your local law enforcement office.
Shirley was breathing hard by the time she got to the end of the letter. What do they mean if she has concerns? Of course she would be concerned! The maniac had tried to kill her and had almost succeeded. Her legs folded then, no longer able to hold her up. Oh, god, please don’t let him come back to Mount Vernon, she prayed silently.
Shirley’s hand went to her abdomen. She could feel the hard line of the scars on her stomach; scars left on her by Bruce five years ago. He didn’t take it well when she ended their short, yet tumultuous relationship. He had been her first serious relationship, her first in so many things. After the death of her parents she had been so alone, so vulnerable. And Bruce had come into her life just when she needed someone to lean on. She thought he was her Mr. Right. Little did she know at the time he would turn out to be more Mr. Hyde. After she broke things off with him, Bruce had stalked her at all hours, coming to the school where she worked, parking outside her house, intimidating her by seeming to be everywhere she went.
One night he broke into her house, drunk and screaming that she had no right to dump him, that she was his. He had been served that day with a Restraining Order and Order of Protection. It set off his hair-trigger temper. Shirley met him in the entryway, the phone in her hand. She had dialed 911, begging them to please hurry. The police arrived in time to catch Bruce, but not in time to keep him from hurting her. He had attacked Shirley with a large serrated hunting knife that he carried in his boot. He had stabbed her three times in the abdomen and once in the back.
She had spent over a week in the hospital. The effect of that attack would be with her the rest of her life, though. Just the thought of the damage he had done to her angered her. The anger helped to burn away the fear. She was scarred, but the worst part of all was that her whole future would be affected by him. She would never be able to put the incident behind her completely. When he had stabbed her in the lower abdomen, he had hit one of her ovaries and the doctors had to remove it. She wanted kids someday, but her chances were now cut in half thanks to Bruce. Of course, it wasn’t like she was in the running for motherhood as it was. Trusting men did not come easy these days; it had been a long time since she had gone out on a date.
Oreo’s bark brought Shirley back to the present. Opening the sliding door, she let her energetic companion inside, then made sure she locked the door. She walked around the house making sure all the doors and windows were locked. Counting on Bruce to do the smart thing, and stay away from her, wasn’t something she would do. The smartest thing about Bruce were his wisdom teeth. The guy had drank too deeply from the well of ignorance.

 Ava Louise

Friday, April 25, 2014

~ Evernight's Book Boyfriend Blog Hop - Jared "Hammer" Caufield ~

The Book Boyfriend Blog Hop is back and better than ever!

The authors of Evernight have a brand new team of swoon-worthy book boyfriend candidates. A sexy assortment of cowboys, Doms, detectives, millionaires, royalty, vampires, soldiers, and shifters are just a click away.

Get ready to find your next book boyfriend...

The Breakers' Bad Boys series is a combination of several things that I love...bad boys, military men, MMA fighters, bikers, and best of all – spicy hot romance! While my IAD series deals with military men and women working for a covert agency, I wanted to take a different stance for the BBB series. Breakers is a town that caters to men and women who have just come home after leaving the service, and because of that, I wanted to show what happens when they try to acclimate back into “normal” life. The men of Breakers may be bad boys, but they all still have integrity and honor…just like heroes should.

Jared "Hammer" Caufield is the hero of Hammer's Fall, the first book of the Breaker's Bad Boy series. Hammer is a man who knows what he wanted, and isn't afraid to go for it. As an ex-Ranger and former MMA fighter, Hammer is strong, extremely intuitive and holds to a strict code of honor. He is pure alpha male, but also has a sweet side when it comes to his woman. Just don't mess with Kali, and you'll stay on his good side! 


It's no secret that I enjoy my eye candy, and Hammer is definitely a tasty treat! For me, I love muscles...the bigger the better! 

Covered in tattoos and rock-hard muscle, he looked like the dangerous predator he was. He shaved his head so it only showed a hint of dark hair that matched his dark-brown eyes. He knew he made her nervous. Of course she would be when he literally towered over her. Shit, he knew he made grown men nervous if he stared at them for too long. 

At six foot four, Hammer was a big man, and he hunched his shoulders in a laughable attempt to make himself look smaller. Not that he could. Hell, he was built like a fucking tank.

Hammer is also the perfect mixture of possessive and protective...

He was in her life now, and there was no fucking way he was going to let her be around her family without him there to protect her. Sure, she was a strong, capable woman, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to be there for her. 

She would learn over time, she wasn’t alone anymore. He’d make damn sure of it.

...and wow, is Hammer a dirty talker!

“Fuck, baby. That’s so good. Fuck back on my cock just like that.”
His naughty words did something to her, making her pussy flutter with her impending release. “Jared…”
“That’s right. Come for me, baby. Do it, Kali. Come on my dick. Let me feel you, little fairy. Come on my fucking cock.”

But what really makes me love him is how much Hammer cares about his woman.

“It’s crazy, I know, but I feel like I’ve been waiting for her my whole life. There is something about her…no, it’s about who I am when I’m with her. Kali is special. Damn it, she’s got me tangled up in knots, but in a good way. She’s the best person I know, and I want to be a better man around her…for her.”

Jared “Hammer” Caufield is a former Army Ranger and retired professional MMA champion that had to give up his fighting career due to a knee injury. He is a bad boy through and through, but that doesn’t stop him from craving the sweet little bakery owner, even though he knows she is too good for him… 

Bakery owner, Kalista Redford, is a woman who has had a difficult past. She has always struggled with her self-esteem, and her last breakup hasn’t done anything to help improve her opinion of herself. When Kalista finds herself pursued by the dark and dangerous man she has secretly dreamed about, will she be able to follow her heart or will past insecurities threaten to ruin her chance at true love? 

If you love Hammer as much as I do, make sure to vote for him as your favorite book boyfriend - VOTE HERE!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

~ Giveaway - 3013: CLAIMED ~

Want to win a copy of the new 3013 book?

As one of Earth’s greatest leaders, Commander Jax Spartan lives his life by a strict code. Dedicated and alpha to the core, he is the epitome of what every Elite solider aspires to be. Second-in-command Sullivan Archer rules by his best friend’s side, and together they form an unstoppable force that few are foolish enough to challenge. Jax and Archer have always known they’d share their chosen, but their hearts have already been claimed by the woman they’ve vowed will belong to them.

Alliance scientist Serra Lysander is a genius who has kept the planet safe with her inventions. She’s lived a sheltered life, separated from society by her brilliant mind and her overprotective mother. The only time Serra has truly ever felt accepted is with the two men that will cost her everything…

When danger leads Serra straight into the arms of Jax and Archer, they will do anything to keep her safe, even claiming her despite the fact she is off limits. With the future of the Alliance on the line, will their love and dedication be enough to save them, or will they be too late to stop the growing threat from destroying them all?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

~ Symposium: The Story of Us! ~

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my April Symposium!

This month I thought I’d asked my friends and fellow authors to think back and pick a favorite pairings or couple they have written, and share with everyone what made those characters so special to them. Find out what they had to say! 

LAURIE ROMA: I think every book I’m currently working on or just finished has to be my favorite pairing. Yes, there have been others in the past that have been special to me, but the three characters of 3013: CLAIMED really touched my heart. Commanders Jax Spartan and Sullivan Archer are strong men, but they both demonstrate that a hero can be alpha and dominant, while still being honorable and kind. What makes me love them even more is the way they care for their lover, Serra Lysander. She is a character with quirks, but they don’t see them as flaws. They accept and love her for exactly who she is. Jax, Serra and Archer were fun to create, and I believe that their story shows that true love can overcome whatever obstacles are thrown in anyone’s path. 

As one of Earth’s greatest leaders, Commander Jax Spartan lives his life by a strict code. Dedicated and alpha to the core, he is the epitome of what every Elite solider aspires to be. Second-in-command Sullivan Archer rules by his best friend’s side, and together they form an unstoppable force that few are foolish enough to challenge. Jax and Archer have always known they’d share their chosen, but their hearts have already been claimed by the woman they’ve vowed will belong to them.

Alliance scientist Serra Lysander is a genius who has kept the planet safe with her inventions. She’s lived a sheltered life, separated from society by her brilliant mind and her overprotective mother. The only time Serra has truly ever felt accepted is with the two men that will cost her everything…

When danger leads Serra straight into the arms of Jax and Archer, they will do anything to keep her safe, even claiming her despite the fact she is off limits. With the future of the Alliance on the line, will their love and dedication be enough to save them, or will they be too late to stop the growing threat from destroying them all?


N.J. WALTERS: It’s a difficult task for any author to pick their favorite pairing/couple from all the books they’ve written. I love all my couples but some do stand out. As most of my readers know, I’m a sucker for the wounded hero. I believe in redemption and second chances. Many of my readers love Katie and Cain from Katie’s Art of Seduction and Tienan and Silence from Embracing Silence. In both cases the men have tortured pasts. They don’t trust easily and it takes very special women to make them open up their hearts. I think my absolute favorite couple may be Laurel Rose and Stefan from Stefan’s Salvation. Stefan is lost and on a path to destruction until he finds the one thing worth fighting for—love. Laurel is scarred by mentally and physically from her past. She’s a courageous and amazing woman, and perfect for vampire Stefan Dalakis.

When this wolf comes knocking, there’s no turning him away. 

When Gwendolyn Jones inherits a Tennessee cabin from a great aunt she never knew, she quits her job and follows her dream to write full time. Meeting a stranger in a local cemetery isn’t a risk she normally takes, but she needs the information on his flash drive for an article she’s writing on werewolves. Later that night, when two honest-to-God werewolves come knocking on her cabin door, they’re definitely not Photoshopped.

Jacque LaForge is on a mission to retrieve a flash drive before it endangers his pack. He never thought he’d find a mate, but the chemistry between him and Gwen is unmistakably off the charts. Now to convince her he’s only trying to protect her from his vengeful former pack—led by his own father.

Gwen’s first instinct to flee only gets her a smashed car and a concussion. She wakes up in a dangerous new world she never thought existed—and in the arms of the one man who stands between her and certain death.

Product Warnings: Contains a sexy werewolf and his small pack of friends, a paranormal writer who really didn’t believe such things existed—until now—and a completely dysfunctional family who are out to kill them both.  


GABRIELLE EVANS: I have a bad habit of falling in love with all of my characters. They’re friends, family, some are even like my children. To choose just one couple isn’t easy, but I’d have to say Rayne and Dante from Devil Did Grin will always have a special place in my heart. Though they come from the same background, both having grown up in the foster system, now that they’re adults, they’re from completely opposite worlds. International, top-rated male model, Rayne leads a glamorous life. He’s conceited, self-centered, and prideful. Dante, on the other hand, owns a construction company, works long hours, and has the most down-to-earth soul of anyone you’d hope to meet. How these two came together is really beyond me, but their story always makes me smile, because it just shows that love really is blind, and finding the right person can change everything.

Along Came Fate 1: Moonstruck

Rion Cruz has an obligation to protect the pack lands, as well as his fellow packmates. Beyond those responsibilities, however, no one has ever depended on him until Moon came along. Captivated by the pint-size werewolf with the tragic past, he finds being someone’s hero isn’t quite the burden he expected it to be.

No one ever cared about Moon, not his parents and certainly not the staff at the lab who held him captive for years. Spending the majority of his life just trying to survive, he has never really learned how to live, but all of that changes when Rion sweeps into his life.

Moon knows the path to forever won’t be easy. When an unknown danger comes knocking at their door, however, threatening to end his happily-ever-after, he’s prepared to fight tooth and nail to protect his mate—and a future he didn’t even realize he wanted.


LACEY THORN: My favorite couple from my books is Tah and Abby from Waking the Beast. I've always found it interesting to watch a couple fall in love, and these two do it with abandon. In a way, Abby loved Tah before she ever knew he was real, when he was merely the tale of legend long past. Tah has watched Abby but never felt good enough for her. When they come together, it is with a fiery passion that leaves them caught up in a bond neither was prepared for. Much more than sex, they are joined in a primal mating that awakens more than just the beast inside Tah. They awaken a legend, and their love story is only the beginning. I love Tah and Abby, and look forward to revisiting them in every new Awakening Pride book!

The legend of the Paka Watu...

Ever since she was a young girl, Abby Lane can’t resist the allure of a cat shifter tribe forced to repress their beasts. On a trip to Africa, she discovers a coveted piece of information—the name the pride leader assumed when he left his home—and she traces his lineage to his descendent.

The sleeping lion...

Utah Pearce can't keep his gaze off the woman who slips into the bar every night. Though not his usual type, she brings out the possessive instinct in him, making him battle with himself as he tries to stay away.


Abby’s research never prepared her for the reality in front of her. The beast is waking, and Utah is changing in ways both exciting and terrifying. He is possessive and dominant, and when he finally claims her, neither of them will ever be the same.


SUSAN HAYES: I’m sure I won’t be the only one who says that all my couples are my favorite, so choosing one is not easy. If I had to pick one, (and Laurie was pretty firm on that, I even double checked.) I’d say it’s my trio of lovers from 3013: RENEGADE. Nikolai, Colin, and Alayna had so much fire and chemistry that writing them was a joy. As a member of the rebels, Alayna was defiant, brazen, and wanted nothing to do with the men who had claimed her or the Alliance they worked for. The three of them had so much to learn from each other along their journey, and they found their way with a lot of humor as well as passion. I love writing in the 3013 world, and I’m glad that those three were my first story in it. 

Tessa Banks is a cat burglar, in more than once sense of the word. A leopard shifter with a talent for taking what doesn’t belong to her, she braves the wintery cold of a Rocky Mountain resort town in a quest for vengeance. 

Reformed thief and tiger shifter, Doyle Frost, uses his unique talents to steal from the bad guys instead of for them. Known as one of the best, a simple retrieval for a client should’ve been easy, but in the game of chance, things hardly ever go according to plan. 

Plans go off the rails when the two thieves discover that Fate has a twisted sense of timing. Will they be able to keep their hands off each other and stay out of trouble long enough to pull off the heist, or will one of them be left to take the fall while the other takes the prize?


SIOBHAN MUIR: John "Bronco" Andrews and Lindsey Jarvis, the hero and heroine from Bronco's Rough Ride are my favorite pairing because they have so much strength despite their circumstances. Lindsey has to rescue John from a reverse sex-slave trade and then she must help him through the PTSD he experiences when coming down off the drugs. The development of their relationship really stuck with me as John looked to her for emotional as well as physical rescue. And then Lindsey has the courage to go after him when he leaves to see if he still wants her. I loved her strength to face the unknown. She's just like that in The Navy's Ghost, too. The trust and connection between them just makes me smile.

What happens in Vegas, stays in the heart...

Chief Petty Officer John "Bronco" Andrews only meant to stay one night in Vegas for a little R&R before resuming his duties as a US Navy SEAL in Coronado. But someone slips him a mickey in the bar and he finds himself in Madame LeBeau's sex trade. As the product. Doped up on ketamine to keep him docile, Bronco has no choice but to let it ride.

Detective Lindsey Jarvis has been undercover in LeBeau's sex slave racket for two years and she almost has enough evidence to take it down. Between abduction, prostitution, and murder, she has LeBeau by the short hairs. All she needs is a "product". John is the perfect witness if she can get him out before the drugs shut down his heart. Then she'll be free to start a normal life.

Lindsey doesn't count on her overwhelming attraction for Bronco or her need to see him through detox. But she's a cop in Vegas and he's a Navy SEAL, two lifestyles with too much unpredictability to maintain a relationship. Neither have time for more than one wild rough ride, and what happens in Vegas, stays. Forever.


JANA DOWNS: Every once in a while you run into a story that really gets into your blood and touches you in a way that leads you through a wide spectrum of emotions. When I wrote Titus and Regan’s story in Saved by Surrender, I laughed, I cried, and I definitely went on the wild ride of the relationship until I was left with that gooey marshmallowy feeling at the end of it all. They’re one of my favorite couples because their relationship and emotions were such a raw experience for me as a writer. I was truly lost in the story and that is always an awesome experience. 

Regan Adamson has a secret. As beta for the blackfoot pack, the only thing required of him is acting like a Dominant male. In the world of pack, switching is not an option but when he meets the omega, Titus, his resolve to ignore his need for occasional submission is put to the test.

Titus Oswin is on a mission to rescue a kidnapped group of humans. He never expected to meet his mate in the process. An admitted switch, Titus refused in the past to accept a lover who doesn’t Dominate and submit. But Regan is so deep in the submissive closet that Titus isn’t even sure the instant attraction and growing respect between them is enough for him to take a chance on their relationship.

As troubles within and without the pack arise, Regan will have to decide if being with Titus will be his ultimate downfall or if he will be saved by his surrender.


NIKKA MICHAELS: Big thanks to Laurie for letting me join her today to talk about The Story of Us. :) My favorite couple to write so far has been Ethan and Jamie from In the Raw and In the Fire, co-written with Eileen Griffin coming later this year from Carina Press. On the outside, Ethan Martin is a tattooed loner with an attitude problem whose competitive streak in culinary school is his middle finger to the world. Jamie Lassiter has grown up the perfect son with the perfect family and to whom his momentary jaunt into culinary school is just an experiment. When the two are forced to interact during a class they realize they're both competing for the same scholarship for the same reasons. I loved working on these two with Eileen as both men were fun to write. Ethan’s snarly sarcasm coupled with Jamie’s somewhat sheltered view of the world were challenging but fun.

Dr. Seth Campbell and Carson Randall from ROOM SERVICE return in this short erotic sequel. Separated by their jobs on a daily basis, the partners have to make time for each other when they can. They combine their passion for each other in mini interludes to reconnect with each other and rekindle their connection.

When Seth finds Carson waiting for him in the hotel bar, their attraction and awareness smolders to life. When their already limited time together is interrupted by an important phone call, an impatient Seth takes matters into his own hands. 


TYMBER DALTON: I think my favorite couple to date is Tony and Shayla in "The Denim Dom." Mostly because there are some real-life scenes in that book pulled nearly verbatim from stuff Sir and I have done. LOL The current version of Tony is very much pulled directly from my own Sir. It was coincidental that when I first wrote about Tony back in "Domme by Default" and "The Reluctant Dom" that He coincidentally resembled Sir. (We didn't know each other back then.) I joke with Him that He didn't really exist before I wrote Him into life. LOL

Sachi Wolowitz overcame horrific tragedy as a teen to rebuild her life, alone. She’s happy working at Many Blessings and teaching her first love, skeet shooting. She’s not looking for love. Especially not with the handsome plumber, or the nameless cutie she bumps into at the grocery store, who both have unusual auras that speak to her soul.

John Evans and Oscar Weinstein have been friends since childhood. Each survived having their heart shredded and are now roommates simply existing. John feels an attraction to Sachi when he replaces her water heater. Oscar recognizes her from the news, but is too nervous to make the first move.

When John’s elderly aunt thinks she’s seeing ghosts, Sachi and her team must investigate to discover if there’s really paranormal activity, or if his beloved aunt is going senile. Will Sachi find the proof she seeks, or get more than she bargained for and take a risk on love with the two hunks?

Tymber's next release,  "Lost Bird" (Coffeeshop Coven 2), will be out 5/2/14 from Siren-BookStrand. Check out the first book of the series, Many Blessings, HERE!

IYANA JENNA: I guess the favorite couple I have written is the guys from my short story, A Boyfriend for Christmas, Oliver and Derek. I like them because of the reason they have to meet. Derek is someone who is sent to be Derek’s boyfriend, literally. Meaning that he is really sent (and dropped through a chimney) to be his boyfriend. No need for introduction or going on a date first, or something like that. Derek is sent from the North Pole, from Santa Claus’ place, by God’s direct order. But his timing is awful. He comes when Oliver is on his lowest point of his life, when he is the most vulnerable. I really love Oliver. He’s so fragile in the situation he’s in and Derek is so caring for him. Love them so much!

Jesse Gray can’t get more unlucky. His roommate left him and he gets kicked out when he can’t afford the rent. Next, the owner of the fast food joint where he works part-time suddenly tells him he no longer works there. Jesse still has a job as a PA on a movie set but the pay will never be enough to afford even the cheapest room in Hollywood. There’s only one place left to stay the night -- in the park.

Trey Miller is the star on a TV series where Jesse works. They bump into each other one night while leaving the set, and Trey thinks Jesse is much too good-looking to only be a PA. When he learns of Jesse’s financial condition, he offers a place to stay at his house. Having no other options, Jesse reluctantly accepts the offer, but what’s the catch?


LETEISHA NEWTON: My absolute favorite pairing to write is sort of hard. I mean, you tend to love your characters, and don’t want to think there are favorites *gasp* But, I can say that writing Rafael, Theana, and Gregori from Conquering Theana became my guilty pleasure. The thing that got me about them was my co-writer and I each took a guy to represent—and then promptly fell in love with the other’s character. We have fighting matches over #TeamGregori or #TeamRafael, and completely want to pulverize Theana for getting both our men! You know you’ve written a good pairing when you wish you were the heroine! Our solution? Make Theana a bit of both of us…that way we could at least have our guys in the book!

Theana, the daughter of the alpha of the Dolphus pack, ran from Seurri when her childhood friend, Camden, laid claim to her as his potential mate. She knew that giving in would only lead to heartache, and she has no interest in having an alpha rule her. But then she comes across Gregori, beta of the Ulric pack, leaders of Seurri City, and her wolf goes haywire. She can’t fight the attraction.

That was enough to deal with, until she met Rafael, the alpha of the Ulric pack, and leader of Seurri City. Suddenly she finds herself fighting attraction to two men who are determined to have her by any means necessary. They claim rights to pack cohesion, a move that would force her to spend a week among their pack, a move that she knows is nothing about Dolphus-Ulric relations but having her. At their mercy she’s forced to face their desires, and her own. The question that looms, will Rafael and Gregori be able to conquer Theana?


TAYLOR BROOKS: I fell in love with Matt and Aaron because of their love for one another. They’ve been faced with insurmountable odds, overcome tragedy and even another man, but despite all that they’ve been through one thing remains true. And that is their love. The two of them are forced to work through insecurities, fears and even self loathing as they search for a way to make their new lives mesh together. Because the fact of the matter is, neither of them can live without the other, and they don’t even want to try. They are truly meant to be together. And at all costs they will find a way to make that happen. 

Matt Caynor's whole world turned upside down two years ago when a car accident left his partner, Aaron Mayburn, in a coma. For months he remained vigil by his bedside, hoping for a miracle the doctors told him would never come.

Steve Pierce met Matt three months ago and took an instant liking to him. After a whirlwind romance the two find themselves falling in love and planning for a future together until a phone call comes in from the hospital that changes everything.

When Aaron wakes from his coma, Matt is forced to let go of the man he’s falling in love with to be with the one he thought he’d lost. With each passing day he finds himself walking a tightrope between gratitude and despair, not knowing that he might just be given everything he wants. If only he’s brave enough to take it.