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Why Danger Enhances Romance by Jennifer Apodaca, author of Exposing the Heiress

 




Title: Exposing the Heiress

Author: Jennifer Apodaca

Publisher: Entangled Ignite

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: Kindle 

This Marine will protect her at all costs…

When wealthy heiress Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather has been paying her fiancé to marry her, she’s humiliated and betrayed. She quickly breaks the engagement, only to be blackmailed by her nowex-fiancé, who threatens both Alyssa and the son she gave up for adoption. With nowhere to go, she turns to the one man she can trust.

Former Marine sniper Hunter Reece’s lethal skills could save Alyssa’s life. But his little sister’s best friend has turned into a woman, who is an irresistible mix of secrets and sexiness. And while Hunter can trust himself to protect her, he can’t trust himself to keep his attraction hidden…or even pretend to be the man that Alyssa remembers.

Because the only way to keep the lovely heiress safe is to become the one thing he knows she could never love…a killer.

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Why Danger Enhances the Romance

Thank you to Literal Exposure for having me here today to chat about why I think danger can enhance a love story. In Exposing the Heiress, Alyssa Brooks finds out her stepfather was paying her fiancé to marry her, and breaks off the engagement. But the fiancé refuses to break up, using threats and blackmail to insist she marry him. Alyssa is in serious danger, and she runs to the one man she knows will protect her.

Hunter Reece is a former Marine sniper now working as a security specialist. He’d known Alyssa as a child, but the full-grown woman who walks into his office takes his breath away, and ignites a fiery longing. But Hunt is determined to ignore his desire as Alyssa was his little sister’s best friend—she needs him to protect her, not seduce her. However, that vow is tested as the danger ramps up and chemistry explodes on the pages.

So what does danger add to the romance and sexiness? Here’s some of my thoughts:

1) Danger forces the hero and heroine together. Alyssa was best friends with Hunt’s sister, and spent summers with his family. After a tragedy in her life, she’d cut off contact. And Hunt had his own issues. But danger brings them together.
2) Strips away defense. Alyssa is so rattled and desperate, she tells Hunt her deepest, most painful secret. And that, in turn, makes her emotionally vulnerable. For Hunt, seeing Alyssa’s threatened and scared rips away his ability to hold himself at a distance from her.
3) Brings out the protective alpha male. There is little sexier than a man protecting his woman. It sounds caveman-like and yet, it’s so sexy. But what makes the hero NOT a caveman is that he doesn’t try to control the heroine’s life. He just wants to protect her with his skillset. Alyssa is an heiress controlling a vast fortune, and Hunt doesn’t try to tell her what to do. Instead he supports her choices, and encourages her to go after her real dreams while he keeps her safe. That’s what makes him an alpha make rather than a jerk. And it has to be said, a hero never abuses a heroine (the BDSM genre is a separate issue with its own rules.)
4) The chemistry burns hotter. The fear of dying or losing their loved one ramps up the sexuality, and just as importantly, the emotional connection. And since the reader is worried to, they are rooting even more for the hero and heroine, desperately hoping they can have a few stolen moments together.

Those are some of my reasons for liking an element of danger in my romance. What about you?

If you like a little danger in your romance (along with a hunky sexy hero!) I hope you’ll give Exposing the Heiress a try!

 

Award winning author Jennifer Apodaca grew up in Southern California and met her very own hero at the dog pound. She worked there, he came in on business, and it was puppy love. They married and had three wonderful sons.

While her husband worked on his master’s degree, Jen did the mom thing by day and went to college at night with the intention of pursuing a marketing degree. But her true passion was writing. With time at a premium, she had to make a choice.

Choosing writing, and with the full support of her husband, she poured herself into her dream. A mere eight years later, she published her first book DATING CAN BE MURDER. In her career, Jen has written a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances. Taking the pen name of Jennifer Lyon, she also created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and most recently, The Plus One Chronicles, an emotional and sexy adult contemporary series.

Jen has achieved many of her dreams except for attaining a self-cleaning house, a latte delivery service, and finding the holy grail of nonfattening wine and chocolate. She can live with those disappointments as long as she can keep writing the stories she loves to share with readers.

 

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Interview with Brooklyn Skye and Michelle Sharp – Win a Gift Card!

Tamed by the Outlaw and Just One Reason


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Title: Just One Reason
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Pages: 128
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

He’s more than she bargained for…

As far as Declan Waterford is concerned, women are off limits-at least until he can earn enough money for his brother’s surgery. The dueling piano gig at Vegas’s Masquerade hotel barely pays enough…but if Declan can convince his boss to promote him, he’ll be set. And the Senior VP of the hotel’s gorgeous daughter might just be the “in” Declan needs.

Between drowning in mistakes at her editorial internship and fighting off her father’s demands that she relocate to Vegas and join his hotel empire, Melody Sumner doesn’t have time for love-or one-night stands with sexy Irish piano players-no matter how appetizing Declan is. But even though she knows he’s only interested in her for one reason, the intense chemistry between them has her thinking dangerous thoughts…

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What is your favorite quality about yourself?

When there is something I want, I will work my *ss off to accomplish it.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

Um…the same as above, LOL. Sometimes that drive gets in the way of other things, like being a good wife, making meals for the family, and keeping the house clean.

How long have you been writing?

7 years

How did you come up with the title of the book?

It seemed as I was writing, the phrase “just one reason” kept popping up. That’s usually how titles come about for me.

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?

The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey (I’m dyyyyying for book three to drop!), Colleen Hoover’s UGLY LOVE, and MUDVEIN by Tarryn Fisher.

Did you learn anything while writing your book? If so, what was it?

JUST ONE REASON is part of Entangled Lovestruck’s continuity series titled What Happens in Vegas. Working with a group of authors (and their editors) to write a series that features multiple stories that all take place in the same Vegas hotel on the same weekend was actually a lot less tricky than I expected it to be. Writing is typically a very lonely job, but reaching out to these other authors to discuss small details of their book so everything aligns throughout the series made the process much more enjoyable. Plus, it gave me an excuse to talk to someone other than my Pandora radio station while I was writing!

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers’ attention.

1. I am deathly afraid of scorpions and swimming in the ocean (too many Jaws movies as a kid, I guess!)
2. One thing I have never done and probably never will: sing karaoke.
3. I was a performer in a circus when I was a teenager (no, not a clown! Aerial acts and acrobatics).

Thank you so much for having me!

 

Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. Follow her on Twitter @brooklyn__skye or visit her website for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.

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Title: Tamed by the Outlaw
Author: Michelle Sharp
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Pages: 114
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

He’s taking on the bad girl of romance…

Author Jessie Jameson is the Bad Girl of romance, making a huge name for herself writing love stories with sizzling hot sex scenes. No one needs to know that her real-life inspiration is sexy publishing exec Grayson Reynolds. Or that after the hottest sex of her life, Grayson walked out on her.

Grayson’s finally taken the reins of his family’s publishing business, and he’s determined to sell off the romance division. But Jessie Jameson’s contract is complicating things. It’s like she’s been trying to ruin him ever since the mind-blowing night they shared-the night she walked out on him.

Now the sparks are flying. Heated, sexy sparks. It’s a Wild West showdown between Jessie and Grayson. But when Romance ends up in bed with Business, only one can walk away…

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When did you first know you could be a writer? 

I had always toyed with the idea of being a writer—writing actual books I mean—but always thought the dream seemed too big. Then I entered an RWA contest and a well-known published author took the time to write me a letter telling me how much she liked my manuscript. A busy author took the time to type up a letter and encourage me. I wrote her a thank you note, but I’m pretty sure she has no idea that I have that letter hanging in front of me every day that I write. It was the very first time I thought, “maybe I CAN do this.” It was that kind of encouragement that kept me going all this time. So never underestimate what a random act of kindness will mean to someone.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

Honestly, I love to write. I love the whole process. I’m even kind of geeky in the way that I actually look forward to classes and workshops on writing. Probably the hardest part of being a writer is actually finding the time to write. I like it to be very quiet when I write. And I like to be absolutely alone. So in a crazy household with a husband, three kids, two dogs, and a bird, I am almost never alone. And, most importantly, it is NEVER quiet.

I also have a hard time defending my writing time. Because I can set my own schedule, sometimes it feels as if I’m expected to mold my day around everyone else. As moms we do that right? To a certain extent, setting your own schedule is a huge perk of being a writer. But it is very easy to cut into those sacred writing hours and find yourself very behind.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Probably that I try to keep an open mind about everything. No writer likes negative feedback, but often that negative feedback is what makes you better. I have always tried to look at critiques and comments with an open mind and if possible use them to make my writing stronger.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

The inability to find balance. I mean, I see these super-moms that work, have kids, exercise, cook healthy meals, and I wonder what the heck I’m doing wrong? There are toys everywhere in my house, we eat fast food much more than we should, and exercise much less than we should. If you happen to know the secret to getting in the super-mom club, please e-mail me.

What made you want to be a writer?

I really think it started with a pure love of reading. Simply enjoying the way a great story can take you away, make you ponder things you wouldn’t normally think about, and experience places and relationships that aren’t a normal part of your world. I really felt in my heart I could bring that to other people.

What influenced your writing once you began?

The biggest inspiration to write comes from readers who like my stories. I’ve been lucky to have an awesome critique group, friends, family, and beta readers to give me valuable feedback. But hearing from readers, real fans that really appreciate my books—wow. Nothing makes an author happier than hearing, “Hey, I loved your novel.”

Three Good to Know facts about me:

1)       I have a son with Down Syndrome, so any issue, discussion, or article relating to people with special needs interests me a great deal.

2)      I love, love, LOVE the show Castle. My ten-year-old daughter and I have a special date every Monday night when a new Castle comes on. Someone recently asked her who her favorite author was and she actually answered Richard Castle. I was like, “hellloooo, mommy here, how can I NOT be your favorite author? Castle is not even real.” Geesh.

3)      I love swimming and the beach, any body of water really. One day I hope to have a house or condo over-looking some tropical setting so I can just sit and write.

Did you learn anything while writing your book?

I learned that I had the ambition and determination to stick with a project, work hard, and reach a goal that mostly felt like an insane dream a few years ago.

 

Michelle Sharp

Award-winning author, Michelle Sharp, has been nominated for a 2014 National Readers Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book. In addition, her debut novel Dream Huntress has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Daphne Du Maurier award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

Although she has a degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kickass heroines with the sexy Alpha’s who love them.

As most authors probably are, she is an avid reader. Growing up in St. Louis has made her a die-hard Cardinals fan, and having a child with Down Syndrome has made her passionate about all issues regarding special needs kiddos. She’s also a proud member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers. You can learn more about her at michelleshapbooks.com, where you will also find links to her social media.

 

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Michelle and Brooklyn are  giving away a $10 Gift Card!

 

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  • This giveaway begins August 17 and ends on September 11.
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Title: The Blue Book

Author: Andrew Barbour

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 776

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Ebook 

The Blue Book; The Ultimate Project is the Terrestrial Non Human Project to introduce us to their existence alongside us on this Planet. With unique photographs of interaction between a variety of Craft, also including arrivals and departures. It’s time to know!

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Interview with Meg Hennessy, author of A Pirate’s Command




Title: A Pirate’s Command

Author: Meg Hennessy

Publisher: Entangled: Seclect Historical

Genre: Historical Romance

Format: Kindle 

His secrets could destroy her…

New Orleans, 1817

Colette Kincaid once knew such love and delicious passion in the arms of her pirate husband, Donato de la Roche. Yet Colette could not continue to live as the wife of a pirate, when reunited with her family. So she fled, taking their son with her and reconciling herself to never seeing her husband again…

Until their son is taken.

Donato is convinced his wife is behind his son’s disappearance-just as she is convinced he is the villain. Now they’re unable to leave each other’s side as they seek their child, forced to confront the desire that still smolders between them. But Donato knows that soon he must face the secret about Colette he’s been hiding for so long. And it’s a secret for which there is no forgiveness…

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What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I have a lot of tenacity to keep going forward, to finish the project.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

Well I tend to consider my favorite quality to also be my least favorite. What is it? My unending perseverance to get the project done. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so determined.

How long have you been writing?

Many years, ever since I was a child, I loved making up stories. I started writing about 30 years ago when put on bedrest.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

I don’t know if there is ever a point in our lives that we know that for certain. We are our own greatest fan and harshest critic. Writing for publication is a hard arduous journey in which there are many ups and downs, successes and failures. And that’s where tenacity and perseverance kicks in, without it a writer would quit.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

I think mainly support from my husband and my kids. They were so excited about it that they made a point of giving it a priority in their lives as well as mine.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

I joined writing organizations and hooked up with other writers.

What made you want to be a writer?

The stories just work through my head all the time. Putting the stories on paper helped get them out of my head.

How did you come up with the title of the book?

Editor help! I can’t!

Are there any current books that have grasped your interest?

Where do I begin, I do love Sarah McCleans’ books about dukes and scandal. I love Kathryn Albright’s historicals with Harlequin. I love Lisa Kleypas, Mine till Midnight, Seduce me at Sunrise. I usually like to read all of the RITA winners!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

This one was difficult because the book was sold before I wrote it. The first time I had to do it like that. I had written a blurb with a general idea of where the story might go, but having to make that happen turned out to be a challenge. But I love this book, it turned out far better than I would have anticipated.

Did you learn anything while writing your book? If so, what was it?

Oh my gosh, yes! Mainly because I write historicals, so I learn a lot of history. In this case, I learned a lot about the history of Spain and Cuba. I was very impressed with what that little country accomplished in those early times.

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention.

I love horses and (now this is a secret) I hear them talk. These are the most beautiful animals. I have a Friesian cross, a tall handsome black horse named…ready….of course….ZORRO. He’s such a puppy, couldn’t love him more. When he talks, he sounds so old and wise, but he can act like a child at times. He likes to sulk if he’s upset with me but if I get mad back, he’s all over me wanting to make up. What a puppy. Maybe that’s it. He likes “makeup” treats.

I love flowers. Now they don’t speak to me like horses but they do communicate. For example, one day I was explaining to a visiting cousin that this tall bush was a burning bush, but had not yet “burned” and I had had it for three years. The next morning there was one leaf in the middle of the bush that had turned bright red. I guess I was told…

I had some wild Morning Glories that grew along a fence on the front terrace. For those not familiar with these flowers, they bloom a new flower every day for most of the season. They had bloomed pink all summer, as they had for the last couple of years. This particular day, they bloomed purple, just this one day and never again. Why? My daughter was getting married that day and her bridesmaids’ dresses were purple. The next day, it went back to blooming pink. I took that as a good omen. After several pictures of course.

Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?

I love the cover of this book, but had nothing to do with its design or development. We are asked what we envision on the cover. I did request a ship in the background and a pirate upfront. I did not request the heroine to be on the cover, but I will say it turned out fabulous.

 

Award winning author, Meg Hennessy, lives amid rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin. Besides writing, spoiling her first grandson or pampering her much-loved horse, she enjoys backyard birding and admits to being a gardening addict.  With her father born and raised on Mississippi’s gulf coast, Meg grew up immersed in the culture of an old Southern family and writes with a strong Southern flavor.  It was her sense of wonderment when visiting her grandmother’s home as a child that now bubbles upward into her writing of today. She likes to create high-energy characters against historically rich backdrops, offering her readers a vivid peek into the lives and loves of yesteryear.

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