Risking It All
Title: Risking It All
Author: JM Stewart
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Date published: Sept 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word count: 80, 000
Originally published in a shorter form as Staking His Claim
She’s everything he wants…
For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…
…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose
Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…
JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.
You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website
After a head injury, Jess begins to see things she can’t explain. She starts to wonder if she’s hallucinating, losing her mind completely...or if something far worse might be happening.
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Means of Mercy #1
Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.
Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow's unrelenting waves of grief.
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Terri was kind enough to stop and answer a few questions!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a stay-at-home mom with three little yummies. I love my job, but I also love gardening in what spare time I find. There isn’t much of it, that’s for sure! What genres do you write?
Fantasy and romance, but not combined.
How did you come to write these genres?
They’re my two favorite genres to read, so my mind goes these routes when day dreaming with the voices in my head. Who has most influenced your writing?
Anne Tyler. If she hadn’t encouraged me over a decade ago to write, I never would have considered pursing that dream. How long have you been writing?
I started in 8th grade with Gundi’s Great Adventure, but didn’t do much between that and my late 20s when I met Ms. Tyler.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books?
While I love all my characters, I probably enjoyed Jadon from Eye of the Soul
the best. Arrogant, a lady’s man, handsome as sin yet flawed and sensitive—love him! Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?
I’d love to say Red Cat
and asiago cheese, but my writing is usually done before everyone in the house is up for the day. Probably not the best time to get fuzzy brained! The fact I’m putting words onto paper is honestly indulgence enough.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open. Ms. Rochenski’s Links: Website
/ Goodreads Link for Love’s Sorrow on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21455386-love-s-sorrow
The High-Street Bride's Guide
Brides-to-be, this one’s for you!
say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it).
style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn’t hire an A-list planner.
And you can
sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest.
Samantha Birch has written for GLAMOUR
, You & Your Wedding
and Cosmopolitan Bride
. She knows a thing or two about planning a wedding on a budget, how much you can expect to pay for everything and where to go to get it for less. And she’s put it all down here.
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Hi Samantha! Thank you for stopping by to answer a few questions today!
Tell us a little about yourself: what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a 28-year-old writer. Translation: mild obsession with words. When I’m not tap-tap-tapping away on some story, article, blog post or other, I’m most likely out for dinner with friends or curled up in front of the TV watching The Big Bang Theory, New Girl or lately—shocker—all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix (didn’t think I’d like it, but I’ve devoured all but four episodes and I’m tense-as about how it ends). Either that or I’m under a laptop, sitting next to my husband, playing him at Hearthstone (read: I’m kicking his virtual ass).
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction and Steampunk Fantasy. I grant you not an obvious combo. The non-fiction I’ve written has included articles for GLAMOUR, Brides, Cosmo Bride and You & Your Wedding, but the big one is my book--The High-Street Bride’s Guide—which is about planning a seriously stylish wedding on next to no budget. The Steampunk Fantasy is a work in progress; I’m 21,500 words in.
How did you come to write these genres?
Straight out of uni I went into journalism because I wanted to write all day long, and that seemed like the way to get someone to pay me to do it. I started off at business magazines, moved on to Harper’s Bazaar and then from there got into writing about weddings. One day a friend of mine suggested I write a book from all my experience on the magazines and planning my own budget wedding. So I did!
The Steampunk Fantasy that I’m writing actually started when my husband and our friends got together to form a writing group. Each fortnight my husband would use a random word generator to give us our topic, and then we’d have two weeks to write something up from there. The first one we did, the word was ‘driftpiece’, and for some reason in my head that went from a ship to an airship, and then the airship’s captain… That 1,000 words is still the opening of my book.
Who has most influenced your writing?
The non-fiction is influenced by the titles I’ve written for, as well as others like Cosmopolitan, but I really wanted to inject it with my own personality and sense of humour too. That’s why there are references to things like Field of Dreams and the M&S adverts sneaked in there!
As for my fiction, I love people like Terry Pratchett, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien, so I think they’ve all probably had some influence on my writing.
How long have you been writing?
Forever. Seriously. My mum says I picked up a pen when I was three years old and I haven’t stopped since. The pen just turned into a keyboard.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books?
The main character from my work in progress, because I’d convinced myself I couldn’t write from a male perspective and then there he was, large as life, on the page.
Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write?
The non-fiction is planned out, the fiction has to evolve as I write. I’m a bit of a contradiction: I like to be in control and plan ahead and know when things are happening when it comes to real life, but I can’t stand it when I’m trying to be imaginative. I’ve tried to plan fiction before but I end up bored with it before I even start writing. Turns out the creative side of me likes to be let loose and have a few surprises.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
The ones I mentioned before, who have influenced me. Also Sharon Creech, whose young adult books I loved to bits when I was a teenager. They’re so well-written, with such vivid and believable characters, but they’re always a little off-kilter, with just enough quirkiness to be interesting and different without taking it too far. She must have really good instincts to get it so right all the time.
Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing?
Haha, I wish! Probably the closest I get is half a sugar in my tea—I’m usually a sugar-free, decaf tea drinker—because any other treats like having music or films on in the background would put me right off. I have to have total silence and shut myself away from the world when I’m writing, so it’s kind of more about giving things up!
Tell us a little about your current work in progress.
It’s still early days, and it’s developing as I go, so there’s not a huge amount I can say at the moment. I’m hoping it’s a bit of a different approach to Steampunk Fantasy, and I’m going for fun, adventure and memorable characters. Hopefully I’m getting it right!
So far I’m the author of one book: The High-Street Bride’s Guide
. I’ve written about dresses, bridesmaids and cake toppers for Brides
and You & Your Wedding
, and regularly contribute to the likes of GLAMOUR
and Love Baking
– often while eating cake in my pyjamas. I live with my husband in a chaotically untidy flat in Letchworth, which I pretend is an artfully unkempt writer’s loft in St. Albans.If you'd like to learn more about Samantha Birch, you can find her at:
@SamBirchWriterTwitter (the book):
Letting Evil In
When Michael goes on a photographic assignment to Brazil and fails to return, Kristi and her son fly to Rio de Janeiro, desperate to find him. Instead she finds that during the cold New Jersey winter, her husband has spent his time in steamy chat rooms with Nara, a young woman desperate for attention and involved in the Rio drug world.
As she searches for Michael in exotic but crime-ridden Rio, Kristy finds herself way out of her league. She turns to Italian-Brazilian Federal Agent Tony Lamazzo for help. As the harsh truth of her marriage brings a dose of reality to her life, she finds the temptation of getting closer to the strong, capable—and totally hot—Tony difficult to resist. She’s in Brazil on the Day of Dead, a day when Brazilians go wild. Why shouldn’t she go wild with Tony, for just one night, before returning home to start the new life alone she’ll have to learn to make for herself?
But when her son vanishes too, Kristi doesn’t know where to turn. Michael’s affair with drug-dealing Nara has exposed them all to the murderous wrath of a ruthless drug lord, and while she longs to trust Tony, she can’t trust his powerful and politically corrupt family. But in the dangerous slums and rainforests of Brazil, the danger mounts for both Kristi and her son, and a cold-blooded enemy has an agenda of his own. If she trusts Tony, she might save her son. Or it might just get them all killed…
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Ellie Eden thinks the next best thing to hot romance is reading or writing about it. And she finds it even better to be somewhat scared or totally petrified at the same time. That's why she loves Romantic Suspense and Thrillers. She favors strong, protective alpha heroes, but finds murderous but good-looking bad guys fun too, at least on paper. And she loves to escape her family into an exotic, preferably crime-ridden, location.
In another life, Ellie Eden is the author of two bestselling travel books and a number of award-winning YA biographies featuring real life alpha heroes. She lives in Hawaii and California with her husband, two daughters and son.
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I'm thrilled to welcome Ellen Butler today with her newest release, Poplar Place. Be sure to read all the way through to the end for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!!
In early spring, the trees would bloom with their fluffy white blossoms announcing the end of winter. I could easily envision strolling down the tree-lined sidewalk on my way to work. I was a recent transplant to Denton and had become the newest librarian at the Denton Regional Library. South Carolina was my new home. Or maybe a better description would be the place I had run to, away from a former life—a life I was doing my best to put distance and the memory of far away.
I was looking for a place to reinvest the money I’d received from the sale of my downtown loft. The market was up when I left the steel town of Pittsburgh and the Denton housing market was slightly depressed. Money would go a long way toward buying a house down here. Although, it did seem slightly ridiculous for one person to be thinking of living in a 3,000 square foot home…alone. Dismissively, I shook my head; I wouldn’t allow thoughts like that to distract me from this gorgeous dwelling.
To me, the house represented salvation, a new beginning in small-town America. I wished to shed the memories of my old life as a snake shed its skin when it grew. Perhaps I, too, would grow a new skin in Denton. Looking over the front porch, I pictured myself sitting on a rocker watching the neighborhood kids ride their bikes up and down the street.
Perhaps I’ll get a cat to keep me company. Great, I’ll become the crazy cat lady living alone in the big house. What was I thinking? Shading my eyes with a hand, I turned to look at the upper stories and thought I caught a faint movement in the third-story window on the far right—possibly a curtain fluttering from a draft. Perhaps the owner was inside watching me.
Ellen Butler lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, and she considers herself an old-new writer. In other words, she’s old to writing, new to novel writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy, and her history includes a long list of writing and editing for dry but illuminating professional newsletters, and windy papers on public policy. The leap to novel writing was simply a creative outlet for Ellen’s over active and romantic imagination to run wild.
You can find Ellen’s debut release, Second Chance Christmas,
at Amazon. Professionally, she belongs to the Virginia Writer’s Club, the Northern Virginia Writer’s Club, and is a founding member of the Tempting Romance blog. When she’s not writing, Ellen is either, running around after her children, decorating a neighbor’s house, or holed up in her favorite lounge chair reading. Ellen is an admitted chocoholic and confesses to a penchant for shoe shopping. Book club questions for Ellen’s novels can be found on her website.
I'm thrilled to unveil my newest cover!!
The Perfect Gift
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Releases October 13, 2014
Pocket Star Books
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What happens when an online date is not what it seems?
After Ali's heart is broken, she decides to try Anonymous, a new dating website where you can retain complete anonymity while you search for your soul mate. When she discovers Joe, she thinks she may have at least found a new friend and decides to put her past behind her and move on.
Several death threats and an attempt on her life force her back into contact with her soon-to-be ex, Mark, who is the lead detective on the case. The tension builds between them while Ali struggles to get over Mark and Mark races to find the maniac who's trying to kill her.
When Ali meets up with her online flame, she finds he's anything but the friend she imagined… You can find Anonymous at: Amazon.co.uk Amazon Amazon.ca Amazon.com.au B&N Kobo ARe
Thank you for stopping by to answer a few questions today, Erin!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? I love good food, great books, travel, and spending time with family. Usually, though, I’m spending time researching my next book, so I don’t have as much time as I used to for “fun” books!
What genres do you write? Paranormal romance and historical. I’m currently writing a series set in the Paleolithic – going to be a big departure for me, but a time period that is just fascinating.
How did you come to write these genres? Does anyone really know? I just sort of started with these stories that emerged as certain genres. I didn’t even know there were so many smaller sub-genres when I started writing, but you learn quickly! History and historical romances have always been a favorite, so I knew I would at least start heading in that direction eventually.
How long have you been writing? In a concerted way, about two and a half years.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books? Lara from Awakened by the Minotaur (not yet out) is probably my current favorite. She’s the sassiest of my heroines so far, and she also has a lot of issues to work through before she can love and be loved, so she is very real to me.
Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write? Sort of both. I have a general idea for a feeling/emotion and a setting, possibly even the hero and heroine, but then as I start writing their storyline goes in some unexpected directions.
Is there a special indulgence you allow yourself while you’re writing? Chocolate and caffeine. Okay, okay…chocolate at any time.
Tell us a little about your current work in progress. It’s set in ancient Turkey about 8,000 B.C.E. Piper, the heroine has intense visions of the world ending. And my hero has recently lost his wife and child, so he does not want to open himself up to anybody or anything. They’re both really struggling with their emotions.
The Shaman's Temptation
A Shaman’s temptation could be the undoing of his people…
Madeleine Greenway, perfectionist and analyst for Surety Bank, has no place in her rigidly organized life for something as unpredictable as a man, much less a Native American shaman. Sent to the White Mountain reservation to help the tribe finance its new casino, she meets Tak, a proud, beautiful Apache, and finds herself surrounded by something magical in the Arizona desert. His touch becomes a passport to otherworldly bliss, and the strange coyote she sees makes her question what’s real. But it’s the amazing sex with Tak that makes Madeleine lose sight of her goal—to guarantee that Surety Bank’s investment in the casino won’t fail.
Last in a long line of shaman shape-shifters, Tak Nah-Kah-Yen has sworn a vow of celibacy to his gods. But Madeleine’s lithe body and honeyed lips compel him to forswear his pledge, claiming her for his own. His passion for her overshadows his link to his gods at a time when he most needs their help. Desperate to find funding for the casino and lift his people out of poverty, he’d accepted start-up money from less than savory sources who are willing to kill to guarantee their profit—the profit Madeleine’s bank jeopardizes… Buy Links: Barnes and NobleAmazonKobo
Erin has been writing her entire life, and only recently found her voice in the paranormal romance world. Writing is her escape from taking care of two little people (and one unruly husband). Lover of travel and all things shaman, she spends way too much time at Starbucks. Find her on Twitter or Facebook!