FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ AUTHOR LAURA M. BAIRD

We Asked and Laura Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I’d choose the main character, Sable, who at age twenty-five has so many possibilities ahead of her. She’s a beautiful, intelligent young woman who can become whoever she desires to be.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Finding direction – both with professional as well as personal life. Sable’s dedicated her young life to school and college, with little in the way of a personal life. When she feels bogged down and loses her drive, she feels adrift. A few nights of mindless release then adds another twist: does she follow her desire for passion, never thinking it could lead to more, or can she add this unexpected element into her plans for a lifelong love?

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I ‘dabbled’ with writing off and on since grade school, never really thinking it’d lead to what it’s become today. Only in the last 4-5 years did I decide, this is what I want to do; what I need to do! But the true catalyst was attending my first writer’s conference in October of 2016, and meeting so many wonderful creatives who were encouraging. I went home and polished many stories I stored up over the years, and began submitting. When my first acceptance came through, then another, then another, I was elated, and knew I couldn’t stop. Didn’t want to stop! My writing has its ebbs and flows, I imagine like many authors, but I’ll continue for as long as I can.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

Coffee, tea, or other? Tea lately, but a lot of Diet Dr. Pepper too!
Music preference? 80s Rock
Favorite movie? Impossible to pick just one! Ever After, Fifth Element, Return to Me…
Dog, cat, or other? Dog!
Favorite author? Again, just one?! Impossible! Ranking high is Donna Grant

About the Book

For the past seven years, straight-laced Sable Stephenson has been dedicated to her studies, leaving little time for pleasure. Even with graduation in sight, her drive begins to falter, so she accepts a friend’s suggestion for a carefree Spring Break to clear the cobwebs. A little dancing, a few drinks…she’d be back on track in no time.

But falling for sexy club owner Tomas Mancini isn’t part of the deal. He’s fourteen years her senior and a Dom, yet he arouses fantasies she’s never even dreamed of. One night of passion turns to more, and Sable must decide if she can handle the kink in her plans for the future or if it will lead her down the perfect path.

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As Sable watched others, she felt herself being swept up in the sensual atmosphere, moving her body seductively. At one point, she closed her eyes and raised her arms, allowing the music to become her partner. The rhythm flowed through her body, moving her at its will. Her skin heated, tingled, and she felt her nipples pebble in excitement as a sheen of sweat began to form.

Song after song played, and Sable lost track of time, just enjoying the here and now. Glancing around, she admired the various dress and masks of the patrons.

How could something as simple as covering your face enable you to become another person and act completely out of character? She smiled to herself and closed her eyes once again, letting the music guide her.

Suddenly warmth engulfed her backside as a body moved close to hers. While she should have been startled, she felt aroused and excited as she instantly recognized Tomas’s cologne. It was as unique and memorable as the man himself. It was intoxicating.

As images from her dream came to mind, she wondered if they had been a premonition of what was to come.

His fingers ghosted along her raised arms and continued down her sides until his hands landed gently yet commandingly on her hips. As his chest pressed into her back, his mouth perched next to her right ear and whispered seductively to her.

“Il mio angelo, sei bellissima.”

Sable knew enough to recognize angel and beautiful. She nearly whimpered at his words, thinking how sexy he sounded, how they made her feel sexy. Her body moved against his as her hands found their way to the back of his head. She realized he wore no mask as she threaded her fingers in his hair, holding him in place while he gave attention to her neck. Nibbles with his lips and scrapes with his teeth set her aflame. She leaned against his shoulder as she let out a moan.

“Three days, bella. Tre giorni, Io sono pazzo di desiderio. I am crazy with desire for you.”

“Tomas.” His name escaped on a sigh as she melted farther into him.

“Three days I have held back when I have wanted you from the start. You tempt me, bewitch me; sei magnifico.”

“I-I don’t know you…”

“You will, cara mia, you will.”

Sable’s mind went blank, pushing aside rational thought to only feel. She might not know Tomas, but somehow she knew he’d never hurt her. He’d only give her pleasure. Perhaps Devyn was right, and she needed this, if only for right now.

All Sable could think about was letting go of her careful control and allowing someone else to take the reins. She may not know what tomorrow would bring, or even next week, but tonight wasn’t about then. It was about this moment.

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About the Author

Wife, mother, former U. S. Army sergeant, dental hygienist, and now published author. I love crafting what I also enjoy reading: a range of romance from heart-warming to toe-curling. Stories with humor and emotion, real-life characters and contemporary issues.

I’ve had the pleasure of my hubby’s company for nearly twenty-nine years and have raised two wonderful sons. We’ve been across this country from Florida and Georgia, to Idaho and Washington state. When not writing or reading, we’re enjoying being empty-nesters and refusing to grow up; whether we’re belting out 80s Rock on a road trip or feeling the rush of adrenaline during a drag race as the cars fly by! I enjoy engaging with my readers, so seek me out on my various social media platforms!

Laura’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | BookBub | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

It’s been my pleasure hosting Laura this Friday. Please come back again next week for more posts and another Friday guest.

Nancy

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When Does “Steamy Hot” Become “Too Hot”?

Let me start by saying, I published my first romance over twenty-four years ago. Back then, you couldn’t use profanity, most love scenes were off camera, or dealt with very carefully and always between married heterosexual couples.

There was no ménage à trois, no same-sex romp between the sheets, no multi-cultural romance, and heaven help you if you tried to sneak in a little S&M. You were promptly branded a writer of pure smut and likely banned from submitting to certain publishers.

Slowly but surely the reins began to loosen. First, it was Silhouette Intimate Moments and a very few Harlequin Presents. With their titillating success, the other big NY publishers brought out their own lines that pushed the boundaries, allowed on-screen love scenes and even the risqué oral sex. Oh my!

Gone were the days of cock teasing, of using euphemisms in place of the real thing. Now, not only did the hero and heroine openly declare their utmost desires, they acted on them. Sure, there were still the purists, those that believed in preserving our chastity. And, bless them, the publishers maintained those sweet lines that still sell very well today.

However, the biggest surge in sales has come in the steamier lines. Even Harlequin, the one last major hold out in publishing erotic romance, has finally seen the light and begun their own line complete with language and all the other aspects once considered strictly off limits.

The sexual revolution began in contemporary romances, presumably where the author felt more comfortable expressing their more lurid instincts. Slowly, though, it moved backward in time finally challenging the historical moors. I actually began my erotic journey in historical, first with The Muse and then with my multi-award-winning novella, The Mysterious Mrs. Pennybaker. Both are set in the Roaring Twenties…a time when everything we now see as normal was considered risqué but still took place. In abundance.

In The Muse, Nancy Fraser brings her characters to life, weaves a believable ménage, and the sensual eroticism is brilliantly written. When I wanted more, I acknowledged Ms. Fraser wrote a fantastic story! ~ Top 100 Amazon Reviewer

For The Mysterious Mrs. Pennybaker, two men are always better than one. I loved the descriptions and the feeling of actually being in the Roaring 20’s. ~ Cutting Muse Blog Review

I write erotic romance and I love it. The idea of creating something so sensual, so graphic, appeals to me. Not because I’m a dirty old lady or a pervert, but because there is something primal about two (or three) people expressing their utmost desires together.

One of my favorite challenges came when I was tasked with turning the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, The Devil’s Sooty Brother, into an erotic romance. The end result, Do You Want Me, not only tackles the fairy tale but also the Irish Mob, a soldier’s code of ethics, some extremely hot sex, and the formerly taboo multiple partners.

Do You Want Me is a great read that kept me going from start to finish. It was a real page turner that I just did not want to put down. ~ Long and Short Reviews

There are still avenues I haven’t tried and may never. Not because I’m a prude (obviously), but because it’s not an area that interests me. My measuring stick for what I’ll attempt to write is based on what I like to read. However, like most measuring devices, the stick can be moved.

If you’d have told me half-a-dozen years ago that I’d write a fantasy erotic romance, I’d have adamantly shook my head and said “no way”. Yet, last year, Decadent Publishing released The Vessel, and wow has it been a fun ride! Written entirely from the hero’s point-of-view, it features a by-the-book military hero and a wise-cracking, alien princess heroine.

The Vessel is a must-read for fans of erotica and science fiction alike. I can’t recommend it highly enough! – Long and Short Reviews

Still the question looms (even for those of us who believe the steamer, the better), is there such a thing as too hot? As a multi-published author, I have worked with a half dozen different publishers and currently actively write for four. Here’s what I believe is and will always remain taboo:

Parent/Child Incest – Sibling incest has become less of a taboo as long as there’s a non-related third party involved.

Pedophilia – The one taboo that will never, and should never, be lifted.

Bestiality – A gray area with shifter romances, but still nobody should be doing it with the family dog!

Other than the recognized taboos mentioned above, pretty much anything goes in today’s erotic romance. What do you still consider to be out of bounds? What is your favorite kinky fix? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Until next week, stay healthy, stay happy, stay well read!

Nancy

 

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So? What Does the Hero Really Think?

A Man’s Brain?

Getting inside the hero’s head can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to love scenes. After all, as female authors, we have as much trouble getting into the man’s state of mind as some of our gentlemen authors have getting into the heroine’s head.

For instance … I have no idea exactly what a male orgasm feels like. However, I’ve got it on good authority it feels great! So that’s what I’m going to run with. Now all I have to do was get into my hero’s head and figure out exactly what he’s thinking and why. Sounds simple enough.

Being adventurous, I decided to make it my mission to figure it all out. And, because of that sense of adventure, I came up with Do You Want Me, a Beyond Fairy Tales story from my wonderful publisher, Decadent Publishing. Based on the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale, The Devil’s Sooty Brother, it’s hero is a military veteran seeking to reclaim the life he knew before his service. The story was all about the man. Set in 1991, it had an intentional post-Gulf War vibe about it.

The adventure didn’t end there. I decided to do something you rarely see in romance. I wrote the entire story from the hero’s point of view. Even the ultra-steamy love scenes. My editor, bless her heart, said she read through the story twice trying to find a p.o.v. mistake before she began her edits. Luckily, for my vain author pride, she couldn’t find any!

When it came time to do the audio version of the book, I had to have a male narrator. Enter T.G. Burns and his soulful and sexy voice. I fell in love with my own book all over again!

Decorated war hero Reece Michaels agrees to go undercover in order to bring down the Irish Mob. In return, the civilian life he’s coveted for the past six years will be returned to him.

Hired by mob boss Sean O’Malley to protect his youngest son, Reece soon discovers the young man needs more protection from his own family than its enemies.

What Reece doesn’t count on is his instant attraction to the police chief’s beautiful and willing daughter. Abby Mackenzie is the younger sister of a woman with whom Reece once had a torrid affair. He’s determined to not give in to Abby’s come-hither ways.

After all, one Mackenzie woman was more than enough.

Do You Want Me is just 99¢ on Amazon

I’d had so much fun with my first hero-driven romance, that I decided to try it a second time. Again, to keep that macho feel going, I chose a military hero. Instead of being set in the near-past, I set this next story in the future–a sci-fi romance with an alien heroine.

Again, written entirely from the hero’s point-of-view, The Vessel, is set in 2162 at a time when the fate of mankind might just rest in the hands of one alien woman. Of course, when it was time to go to audio book, I requested another male narrator and was lucky enough to get the wonderfully talented D. Paul Faulkner. Because this story is also filled with a good portion of humor, I was especially pleased with the way Mr. Faulkner went back and forth between serious and funny.

A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.

Years earlier, chemical warfare left the women of earth sterile and the population is dwindling fast. The only hope for survival lies in the government scientists’ ability to successfully breed alien females with healthy human males. So far, their attempts have been mediocre at best.

Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.

Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes through both safe and hostile territory.

What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?

The Vessel is available on Amazon.

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One of these days I may have to try and write a story entirely from the heroine’s point-of-view. For whatever reason, that scares me even more than a single male p.o.v.

Until next month, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well-read.

Nancy

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ Author Carrie King

We Asked and Carrie Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

If I could be anyone from my book, it would be Harlow Jones. I mean, she can make her hair move and do things with it like throw knives or take off a guy’s shirt. Totally badass.

Q2:  What is the setting for your story (e.g., city, small town, foreign country)?

My setting is in Seattle, in a supernatural Pawn Shop. Seattle is the perfect setting: you can just imagine a Fae immigrating from the Fae Realm, getting on a boat, and arriving at Pawn Shop on the wharf to pawn magical heirlooms before beginning their new life.

Q3:  If there’s one thing you want the reader to take away from your story, what would it be?

If there’s one thing I’d like people to take away from my book, it’s that while we may not be able to control circumstances of our birth, we can make choices to determine our path into the future and help others. And, of course, that love is a powerful engine of change.

Q4When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I’ve always written but allowed the naysayers to have a room in my brain-house most of my life. I got a BA in History rather than literature. I came back to writing full-time after I finally quit a particularly repellent job as an Administrative Assistant. I came out determined to do whatever it took to be a writer and that was 6 years ago.

I’m starting an MFA this month in Genre Literature with a graduate diploma in Marketing and a teaching certificate. I’m a professional freelance content writer now. I write every day, and I love it.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  • Coffee, tea, or other? Actually, excuse me, I need another.
  • Music preference? Classic Rock. I’m wearing a Metallica t-shirt as I type this.
  • Favorite movie? “The Quick and the Dead” with Sharon Stone. I could write pages on why that movie kicks ass and how it inspires my characterization exercises.
  • Dog, cat, or other? Dog. She’s a black lab currently snoring and farting on my couch in my study.
  • Favorite author? This is a tough one! Well, one of the authors I’ve loved over the past year or so is Joely Sue Burkhart’s Shara Isador series. She writes these amazing reverse harem fantasy romances that are centered on a woman’s power. It’s a really cool take on vampires and it’s steeped in historical details. Plus, I enjoy watching an author grow in their craft, something that is evident in Joely’s work. She works hard!

Just Because We’re Curious, We Also Asked

Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because I was watching a show called “Pawn Stars” one day and said to myself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a supernatural pawn shop to pawn magical items?” The idea took over my brain, I dove into research about pawn shops and I wrote the first book of “The Regal Fae Pawn and Loan Series.” I also had the old tv show, “Friday the 13th: The Series” in mind.

The next book in the series (that I’m currently working on) is about Lillith, Harlow’s best friend.  She’s a Banshee who pawned her voice to save the people she loved, and it backfired spectacularly. It takes place in London. Fun fact: it takes at least 6 sprites to drive a London Hackney cab.

Fun fact about my writing: I get some of my best book ideas playing

“what if” on road trips with my husband and kids. He even got a cell signal extender for our truck so I can do research on the fly. The next two series I’m currently planning, (one of which will be my thesis for my MFA) came out of a road trip we took with our girls to camp on the Oregon coast.

About the Book

“Honestly, I don’t know what I have to complain about. I already have a steady beer budget, a best friend, and some kick-ass boots. That’s all a girl needs in life!

Well, except the respect of her peers. And a place an orphaned Half-Fae can permanently call home, like my mentor’s shop, The Regal Fae Pawn and Loan. Or a clue about who I am and why I’m here, or why I was given up.

Okay, there are some outstanding claim tickets in my life, I guess you could say.

But I seriously don’t see how a cobalt blue-eyed Borderlands Captain named Alaric Sinclair, who literally smashes into my Shop seeking a murdering dragon-gold smuggler is supposed to help my situation. But then the arrogant jackasses of the Pawn Council dangle an enticing gem —help Captain Sinclair catch the smuggler while dodging assassins, and they’ll give me The Regal . It seems simple, even if I can’t stop thinking about how naked Captain Sinclair is under his clothes.

But some of those claim tickets are still outstanding and might end up melting me like a piece of rotten goblin steel.

One thing I know for sure: Cobalt blue, when ingested or inhaled, is toxic.”

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This guy’s arrogance was astounding.

“Thanks,” Harlow bit out from behind clenched teeth, “who’s the man you’re waiting for?”

“Jones, I believe.” Alaric said carelessly, counting out coins. “You should know him, he’s a metallurgist at the Regal. Maybe you could point him out to me.” Lill’s snort sounded in her mind, and her grip on Harlow’s arm loosened.

“What do you need from this Jones?” Harlow marveled at her own self-control despite her mounting anger. Might as well give this asshole all the rope to hang himself with.

What a shitty day this had turned into.

Laying money on the bar, Alaric faced Harlow and judging by the widening of his eyes, finally clocked the expression on her face. “You know him?” Placing his wallet back in his pocket he leaned into Harlow, getting into her space. She was hit once again by his cedar and leather scent but fought down her warm reaction.

“Better than I know anyone,” Harlow said, continuing to play along. “What do you need?”

Alaric shook his head but ran fever warm fingers from her wrist to her elbow, causing the tiny hairs on the back of her neck to stand at attention.

Ah. A man who used seduction to get information. Figured. Harlow braced herself against the tug of her attraction to him.

“I’d rather discuss it with him,” Alaric murmured. “Have you worked with him before? Does he work well with others?”

“Sure, when the ‘others’ aren’t arrogant assholes who give out unsolicited advice about things they know nothing about.”

Alaric froze.

Lill snorted again and shook her head.

Alaric straightened. “You’re Jones?”

Harlow’s smile was brittle. She stuck out her hand.

“Harlow Jones, Journeyman Metallurgist and ward of Malcolm Baxter.”

Alaric reached to grab her hand, but Harlow yanked it out of reach. Petty, but she couldn’t care less. “Whatever proposition you have for me; you can shove it up your ass. Sideways.”

About the Author

Carrie spent her childhood reading the books of Mercedes Lackey, David Eddings, Mary Stewart, and of course, Tolkien. She discovered a trove of Harlequin romances during a summer in a rental cottage when she was 13 and never looked back. Romance and enchanted adventures have been intertwined for her ever since.

Carrie loves writing about strong, passionate, mystical women who fight for those they adore just as hard as they fight for what’s right. Her characters always have a snappy comeback ready to go for villain and hero alike.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two girls in a magical forest that has pizza delivery and perfect dirty martinis. Carrie has an extensive boot collection that she’s continuously reclaiming from her daughter. When she’s not reading or writing fiction, Carrie writes marketing content and white papers for tech companies, harnessing the power and draw of a good story.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Carrie for this week’s edition of Friday Friends.

Nancy

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UNDERCOVER AFFECTION ~ Author Charlene Namdhari

Today I’m pleased to welcome author Charlene Namdhari. Charlene is celebrating the release of her second book, Undercover Affection. Please join me in welcoming Charlene to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

We Asked and Charlene Answered

Q. If you could be any character in this book, who would it be and why?

I’d have to say the heroine, Ashni Scott Callahan. She’s tough, straightforward, smart yet funny with enough sass to keep any man on his toes. Avinash Rai may be a billionaire who knows what he wants, but he is definitely not prepared for Ashni. I would give anything to be able to twist a man of his stature with just words. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

About the Book

Their attraction undeniable…Their love illicit

Ashni Scott Callahan is a tough as nails detective with no time for love. She’s taken down drug lords, human traffickers, and diamond smugglers. So going undercover is as easy as eating a slice of pie. That is until she has to spy on sexy billionaire, Avinash Rai. Could a potential criminal be this delicious? One slice, she soon discovers is not enough, she wants to lick the whole damn plate.

Avinash Rai, hardworking billionaire, takes what he wants when he wants, but prides himself on honesty. He’s a man women don’t ignore, that is until a sexy stranger visits his usual hangouts without so much as a glance in his direction. Intrigued, he’s up for the challenge. Only, nothing prepares him for her spirited personality or their intense attraction.

Will Ashni surrender to the man’s charms and jeopardize her case? Will Avinash finally understand his father’s motto: in life, you win some, you lose some and then you fall in love? And will he be able to forgive Ashni’s lies?

You can find Undercover Affection on Amazon | B&N | Kobo

About the Author

Born and raised in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, she now lives in the City of Gold, Johannesburg. Charlene’s days are an energetic mixture of a full time job, a wife and mom to two beautiful teenagers and four dogs. She holds a law degree and is a passionate events manager.

Charlene enjoys travelling, a Mediterranean cruise being her most recent venture. She hopes to retire to a beautiful seaside cottage where she can spend lazy days on the beach drinking cocktails and focus all her energy on writing. She is of the firm opinion that one should not give up on a dream but rather make every attempt to get there no matter how long it takes.

Her love for writing stemmed from an avid interest in English at School, more so Literature and enjoyed writing short stories. She attempted her first full length novel fifteen years ago and although she loved the finish product decided she’d write mainly as a hobby and only recently sought publishing.

Believing writing is the wings to holistic escapism, she makes the time in her busy schedule giving life to her dreams of bringing together passion filled heroes and heroines in a happily ever after.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Charlene and sharing her latest release.

Nancy

 

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SHE CAME FIRST by Kayden Claremont

Today we’re celebrating the Book Birthday of Kayden Claremont’s newest release, She Came First, one of the sexy short stories from The Wild Rose Press’ Scarlet Rose line. Welcome to the celebration!!

We Asked and Kayden Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

Tracy Hyland. She’s everything I’m not. She’s an auto mechanic. She drives a racing car, and she is one lucky lady to have a man like Delaney P. Jones came back into her life.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

The central plot to the story is second-chance romance. Tracy and Del we’re great together but he left town and now they have to see if they can win together or go their separate ways.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Destined? Well I think that’s the wrong word to describe me, but I’ve always wanted to write stories and I love the process of working with the characters to discover their wants, needs, and desires.

 Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee in the morning tea at night.
  2. Music preference? I listen to smooth jazz when I write because I type the lyrics as I sing along.
  3. Dog, cat, or other? Sorry others, I love dogs and cats because of their distinctive personalities.

About the Book

As head mechanic for her family’s stock car team, Tracy Hyland is making sure her car is ready for tomorrow’s race. If the car comes in first, she can claim her rightful place in the business. She can’t afford distractions, especially an ex high school sweetheart, one who broke her heart but still makes her engine purr.

Race car driver Delaney P. Jones comes home to drive the Hyland’s car and to win back the girl he left behind. To break the iciness between them, he tempts his sexy mechanic into a smoldering dance of passion. His ultimate goal might prove more difficult—getting her across a private finish line.

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Tracy Hyland slipped into the garage of the family motorsport business and smiled as she glanced at her 1989 Camaro. Her baby’s new blue and white paint glistened in the overhead light. Tomorrow was the car’s first race. Her hopes of standing in the number one spot on the podium depended on their performance.

She walked to the radio and cranked her music. Music and racing—pure heaven.

While the male mechanics would be at their favorite watering hole, hoping to hook up with pit bunnies for a night, she planned a quiet evening ensuring her car was tuned perfectly. Who was she kidding? She was just tinkering. Better here alone than in a noisy bar with strangers.

Tracy had become the head mechanic only after her dad died in a fiery crash. Women belonged in the office, not the track, or so he thought. She should go home and get a good night’s sleep—alone. She liked a good fuck. Actually, a great night in the sack helped her relax before a race, but she’d make do with a hot shower and Dilly the dildo to relieve her tension. What more could she want?

Tracy let the music take hold of her and boogied toward the car, twirling around and shimmying her breasts.

The side door opened, and she froze mid-step and turned.

Delaney P. Jones leaned against the jamb, filling the doorway. Her pulse quickened at the sight of her high school sweetheart.

She Came First is available for 99¢ from Amazon | B&N | Bookstrand

My Review

As with all Kayden Claremont books, She Came First sizzles! I’m also madly in love with that gorgeous cover.

I absolutely adored the self-sufficient heroine and sexy as sin hero. What could be better than reunion romance with an old (and hot) flame? Another winner from this author of steamy romance!

About the Author

Kayden’s sensuous writing style drives the characters in lustful romps. She loves reading stories of lust and love.  When she is not crafting erotic romantic stories, she loves to travel.

Kayden is a member of Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

She hopes you enjoy her other books, Hell’s Bounty, Heaven’s Watcher, Timeless Passion, Red Hot, and Tartan Temptation, all published by The Wild Rose Press.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Kayden for today’s book release!

Nancy

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ AUTHOR SALLY BRANDLE

We Asked and Sally Answered

Q1If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I’d be Corrin in Torn by Vengeance. She’s plucky, smart, petite (I’m almost 5’8”) and has a compassionate, attentive, hunky doctor thrown into her life. I love how Corrin handles the mutual attraction, which hits at the worst time for her to achieve hard-won career advancement. But, how could I, ahh, I mean Corrin, sideline Kyle, a man with blond-haired, surfer good looks, country charm, and old-fashioned values? I’d willingly step out of my size nine boots and into her size six heels for a couple days.

Q2:  What is the setting for your story?

The Hitman’s Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, Books 1 and 2, both open in Seattle. Woven into all the stories are reasons my heroes and heroines gravitate to a fictitious, picturesque small town in Montana. Love Thrives in Emma Springs is the series title, and I modeled the community after people I met and places I visited while travelling for work.

Q3:  If there’s one thing you want the reader to take away from your story, what would it be?

I’m a Libra, and my balanced scale holds two equally important considerations. The first side of the scales tells us to trust your instincts. Gavin de Becker’s non-fiction book, The Gift of Fear sites compelling reasons to do so. Corrin sensed danger, but waited to ask for help. In real life, we need to act, not react. The other equally weighted side holds the importance of true female friendship. My imperfect, courageous, loyal women fully support one another.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  • Coffee, tea, or other? Both. First, I consume several mugs of coffee with chocolate milk and then switch to Earl Grey tea with a touch of Trader Joe’s powdered Chai tea.
  • Music preference? Rock N’ Roll, baby. The fast-dance type.
  • Favorite movie? Men in Black or True Lies. Surprises, humor, romance, oh my.
  • Dog, cat, or other? Both. Can I add horse—so my boy, Lance, isn’t offended.
  • Favorite author? Mary Balogh rates high, but there are so many…

Q4: Is this book part of a series and what’s come before, scheduled for after?

Torn by Vengeance is Book 2 in the Love Thrives in Emma Springs group of six stories. The Hitman’s Mistake opened the series with a galloping getaway up the mountain towering above Emma Springs. Literally. With Vengeance published, I’m knee deep in edits on Book 3, The Targeted Pawn. The hero/heroine are forty year olds who really haven’t experienced love. But there isn’t an expiration date stamped on our love lives, now is there? Rane and Elon’s story of smoldering romance, calculating villains, and rescued animals features another escape to Emma Springs.

About the Book

Look over your shoulder, he’s watching.

Corrin Patten is solidly on a path to make partner in a prestigious Seattle law firm when an ominous threat from her past turns deadly. She can handle circumstances necessitating a temporary move to the backwater town of Emma Springs, but its charming physician is another matter, as she’s issued a permanent moratorium on men.

Dr. Kyle Werner revels in trust from patients he regularly treats in a community he’s never wished to leave. Yet, Emma Springs lacks one thing, a woman to share his perfectly bucolic life. He’s read about pheromone attraction, but never experienced desire until meeting Corrin. They make an unbeatable team, but convincing her that his interest is sincere while they dissect layers of deceit requires the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. Can they defeat the wealthy stalker bent on mistaken revenge against Corrin and destruction of the peaceful Montana setting?       If you thrive on tenacious heroines, sizzling attraction, and a shadowy villain with a grudge, you’ll love this prescription for thrills.

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Turbulence dropped the airplane, digging Corrin’s seatbelt deeper into her roiling stomach on the Thursday morning flight. The tray table above her knees rattled. She scrunched her eyes shut to block out the memory of being trapped in another rocking, bobbing seat, and dug her fingernails into the armrests.

The plane lurched—pitching and thrusting her like the speedboat ride ten years ago when it jetted through white caps. The horrible trauma surfaced, and with it, an image of the pervert who’d destroyed her innocence.

The shuddering stopped. A hand touched her arm. She raised her fist, ready to break free and fight again.

But the stranger’s fingers on her forearm didn’t boast a dagger-shaped ruby ring. No vice-grip pinned her in a boat’s bucket seat. She gasped for air.

If her sister-of-the-soul, Miranda, hadn’t frantically called, she’d never have flown here to offer moral support and informal legal coaching.

The clatter of luggage and bodies charging the aisle announced the airplane cabin exodus.

She frowned and rose from her seat.

Twenty rows up, the paunchy guy in First Class who’d bolted late onto the Seattle to Three Falls flight turned and eyeballed her again. He caught her looking and headed out the forward exit.

Bristling alarm sent cold chills down her spine. Colder than jumping into Puget Sound to escape the boat attack. She’d blocked the blasted memory for years, but today it flooded her brain.

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About the Author

Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves clean (without intimate scenes) slow-burning romance into edgy suspense stories. Sally left a career as an industrial baking instructor to bring to life stories motivating readers to trust their inner gifts. Her rescue Aussie is her companion during long spells of writing, bouts of tormenting weeds in her garden, or afternoons spent riding on the wind with her twenty-nine year old Quarter Horse, Lance.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting author Sally Brandle on today’s edition of Friday Friends.

Nancy

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ AUTHOR LIV ARNOLD

We Asked and Liv Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I pretty much am already one of my secondary characters, Dr. Mendes. He’s unsociable and avoids speaking to people.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Be kind because you never know what someone is going through.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I used to write stories at school for fun, but I never thought anything would come of it. So, I did a degree that had nothing to do with writing and started a full-time job in the finance industry. My mum encouraged me to do a creative writing course at RMIT. It’s a short course that runs for 8-10 weeks for three hours a week after work. I loved every moment of the class and ended up doing three short courses. The teachers were so inspiring, and it was great to speak to likeminded people. I workshopped my stories in class and continued with them after the course finished.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  • Coffee, tea, or other? Tea
  • Music preference? I listen to a lot of older music
  • Favorite movie? Too many to name
  • Dog, cat, or other? Dog
  • Favorite author? JK Rowling

 About the Book

Lawyer Juliet Jackson has come head to head with Sergeant Jesse Burns on numerous occasions in court. He is provoking. Pigheaded. Punch-worthy. They don’t get along. Not one little bit. The unfortunate fact he’s also her next-door neighbor brings her loathing off the charts.

But when Juliet’s caught locked outside her home in nothing but a skimpy towel, she must swallow her pride and turn to Jesse for help. She doesn’t expect the explosive chemistry between them and can’t help but wonder if Jesse’s as demanding in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom.

 

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His handsome face smirked before he averted his eyes and turned his head, but she could still see the profile of his face. His police uniform stretched across his chest. Wonder if that chest is chiseled underneath all those clothes.

Her ears burned hotter than chili sauce, spreading to her neck and chest. No point in putting on a mask this time, because there was no escaping this. Her fingers found the ends of the towel to cover her naked body, but her legs froze on the spot. “I got locked out of my house.”

“You got locked out of your house…naked?” A grin spread across his face, revealing the dimple on the bottom lip. She wanted to bite it but didn’t know if it was to hurt him or because of the temperature between her legs.

Scowling at his sarcasm, her fingers gripped the bricks of her house and she pulled herself up. “Yes. Why are you even here? Didn’t you have enough of me this morning?

“Never enough.”

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You can find Law and Disorder on Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

About the Author

Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads until all hours of the night.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Liv for this week’s edition of Friday Friends. Please come back again next week for more chat and another guest author or two.

Nancy

 

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MYSTIC MAPLES by Tena Stetler

GENRE:  Paranormal Romance
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We Asked and Tina Answered

Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I’d love to be Mercy Rose from Mystic Maples.  She works with flowers and plants, gene splicing to create different plants. I love to garden and would like to have the knowledge to manipulate a plants genes a to make and entire different species.

Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

Don’t let your differences control your destiny.  Embrace them and make them work for you, even if that included time-travel. LOL

Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

As a child I loved writing stories for my family and friends. As I grew up, life took over, but I always found time to write. Writing is a part of me.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
a. Coffee, tea, or other? Tea
b. Music preference? Rock and Roll
c. Favorite movie? Dirty Dancing
d. Dog, cat, or other? Dog and parrot
e. Favorite author?  Deborah Harkness or Linda Howard

About the Book

Earth/Fire witch Mercy Rose’s insatiable curiosity always gets her in trouble. After a break-in at her Colorado flower shop, and a court battle that comes to a screeching halt in her favor, she arrives at Deerbourne Inn for a much-needed getaway. Looking for peace and quiet, she finds just the opposite in a startling handsome but mysterious man and his dog.

Silvanus Forrest’s gypsy/fae heritage is a double-edged sword. The land he inherited from his parents is rumored to be enchanted. But when Mercy discovers the truth, his well-ordered life unravels, and they’re catapulted into the past to right a wrong. Along the way their lives intertwine, and they discover the true meaning of family and love. Will they change the past in time to save their future?

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As Silvanus walked down the path, the young woman from the inn was standing at his truck, conversing with Rag-a-Muffin through the partially open window. Raga wasn’t even barking. “Her name’s Raga, short for Rag-a-Muffin.” He grinned.

He was surprised when she jumped. Her curls bounced around her shoulders as she held her hand to her heart and whirled to face him. Her eyes were a bit disconcerting.

“Whew, you scared me. What a beautiful dog. The white fur patches around her big brown eyes really set them off. She seems sweet, though I didn’t try to pet her.”

Transfixed, he stared at her for a couple beats. Her eyes were mesmerizing, one emerald green and the other the brightest blue he’d ever seen. He blinked and looked at Raga for a second. It was rude to stare. Finally he found his voice. “She has a history, but she seems to like you.”

Red patches bloomed on her cheeks. “Don’t we all. I best be on my way.” She turned on her heel and hurried down the street.

“Wait… I didn’t get your name?” His question was too late. She was either already out of hearing distance or didn’t want to acknowledge him.

About the Author

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.

With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.

Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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As always it’s been my pleasure hosting Tena here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

Nancy

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The Romance that is Avengers Endgame!

Avengers Endgame was a perfect example of a love letter…not between two lovers…but to millions of fans across the globe!

Marvel Studios has lifted their 12-day spoiler ban request as of today. And, of course, it was just a “request” and it definitely didn’t stop bloggers and vloggers from throwing out posts on every aspect of the movie. The lift of the requested ban assumes this: After twelve days of theatrical release, if you haven’t seen the movie, you’re not a true MCU fan anyway so spoilers shouldn’t bother you.

I’m not covering the plot itself, but how each of the six original heroes brings romance to their character. I may throw in a plot point or two, but not many. That said … here we go. My take on the love letter that is Endgame.

Black Widow (Natalia Alianovna Romanova – Natasha for short):

Natasha is probably one of the most complicated characters when it comes to discussing the “romance” of her part in the MCU. She’s definitely in love with Bruce Banner, but accepts the fact that they can never have a normal romance or family life. She loves Clint Barton in a sisterly/partner-in-crime fighting kind of way. However, she respects the fact that he’s a devoted family man and would never overstep that friendship boundary.

So? Where does that leave her? Her love is for the team … all of them … and definitely for those who were lost in during the decimation. The “vanished” as they’re being referred to in the movie. She wants nothing more than to bring them back and dedicates herself to overseeing what’s left of the Avengers facility and their peacekeeping efforts.

When her pivotal scene comes within Endgame, she heroically does “whatever it takes” to complete the mission. My take: Natasha has definitely wiped all the red from her ledger!

Captain America (Steve Rogers):

The Captain’s story is definitely one of love lost. He sacrificed everything, giving up the love of his life (Peggy Carter), when his plane crashed into the ocean 70 years earlier. During those intervening years, the world (including his lost love) moved on without him.

Steve is definitely the most noble, honest, and forthright of all the Avengers … this is confirmed when he finally gets to wield Mjolnir. He also has a difficult-to-define romance. Despite remaining young and vibrant after his 70 odd years as what was once tagged a “capsicle”, he’s never sought out another relationship. He had one brief kiss with the niece of his long-lost love but, other than that, his only romantic emotion is shown in the loving way he refers back to a picture of Peggy Carter that he carries in his WWII issue compass.

It seemed only fitting that the resolution Captain America/Steve found in Endgame was one that kept him right where he wanted to be … sharing the promised dance and a kiss with the women he loved.

Hawkeye (Clint Barton):

Every good story starts out with drama, and Endgame was no exception. Set on the day of the “decimation” from Infinity War, the story opens with a shot of retired Avenger, Clint Barton (Hawkeye) enjoying a beautiful day with his family. They’re all there one minute and then, post snap, gone the next.

Needless to say, our hero is devastated. So much so, he goes all vengeful and begins meting out punishment as the anti-hero Ronen. Because he can’t bring back his family, he makes it his goal to rid the world of those who are taking advantage of the weak that are left after the decimation. Fortunately, over the course of the movie, his character morphs back into the Avenger we’ve come to know and love.

When the Avengers reverse Thanos’ original decimation snap, the first confirmation we get that all is well is when Clint/Hawkeye receives a phone call from his wife. The sheer look of joy on his face when he sees her caller ID is the way every romantic hero should look at the love of his life!

Hulk (Bruce Banner):

If you thought Captain America’s romance was hard to define, the Hulk’s is even more unusual. In the original MCU version of The Hulk, we saw the impossibility of a physical connection. Blood pressure rises (as it does with great emotion/arousal), and Bruce hulks out! Not good in the bedroom, for sure.

As we move forward through the next twenty movies, we see a definite romance brewing between Natasha and Bruce. They share a very emotional scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron when Bruce explains that any sort of romance/home/family is off limits to him. To his surprise, Natasha doesn’t seem to mind and is willing to accept what they can have, even suggesting they could run off together and get away from their dangerous, avenging lives.

In Endgame, we see the extent of Hulk/Bruce’s emotions when he loses Natasha for good. He is devastated just as anyone would be who’d lost the person they loved.

Okay, so I’m sneaking in a plot point here: I was not crazy about the change-over to Professor Hulk. I knew it was coming (thanks to leaks and comic book plots), but it just wasn’t one of my favorite character arcs. I would have much rather seen him remain Bruce and maybe work on controlling the “code green” use of the Hulk a bit better.

Ironman (Tony Stark):

Tony Stark has become the most pivotal character in the MCU story arc. He began it all with the first Ironman movie and has appeared in more of the franchise than in other hero. In Endgame, we find him stranded in outer space, his heartfelt audio love letter to Pepper Potts is both telling and touching. He reveals the softer side of Tony Stark for the entire world to see.

Back on earth, thanks to the timely save of Captain Marvel, Tony takes the advice he only joked about in Avengers: Age of Ultron and buys Pepper a farm. Fast forward five years, Tony and Pepper are now raising their daughter Morgan. When this idyllic paradise is interrupted by his fellow Avengers seeking his help to create a time portal, Tony turns them down, claiming he can’t risk what he has for something he doesn’t think will work.

Of course Tony goes on to figure out the quantum realm/time travel paradox which leads into the entire plot of the movie: bringing back the Vanished!

We’ve seen the development of Tony and Pepper’s relationship from the very beginning. It wasn’t always smooth. What romance is? But, their love and affection for one another was always there, finally culminating in the planned marriage we saw in Infinity War and the real one, complete with that farm, in Endgame.

Ironman’s final sacrifice is the ultimate love letter to the MCU fans. Ironman was never my favorite character but even I was moved by the ending. Plus, he does a bang up job of summing up everything in his beyond-the-grave video to his love ones.

Thor (yes, just Thor—God of Thunder):

Last, but certainly not least, is Thor. My favorite Avenger. Over the course of the MCU movies, beginning in the original Thor, it has always been alluded to that Thor (who happens to be 1500 years old), has romanced many women. No doubt.

His first on-screen relationship was with Jane Foster, a mere mortal who steals his heart. Quite truthfully, I was never a fan of the relationship and happy to see it end. In the third installment, Thor Ragnarok, we meet Valkyrie and I personally saw more sparks fly between these two characters in half a movie than I did with Jane Foster’s character in two. My fingers were crossed for Thor and Valkyrie to expand on their romance during Endgame.

No such luck.

Instead, Thor’s character is built around his reactions to the events of Infinity War. At the end of Ragnarok, we see Thor and the people of Asgard fleeing their home in search of another. The loss of their home planet is heartbreaking but at least they survived.

Cue Thanos and Infinity War. By the time we reached the end of that movie, Thor had lost everything and everyone near and dear to him. He was a broken man who blamed himself for the decimation when he was unable to stop Thanos from snapping away half the universe.

Endgame opens with most of the Avengers, along with Captain Marvel, seeking out Thanos to take the Infinity Stones. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned and Thor ends up chopping off Thanos’ head. You’d think that would help ease his pain but instead it makes it worse when he realizes that he’s also now eliminated the possibility of bringing back the Vanished.

Following the five-year fast forward, we now meet a new Thor, a different Thor. As a lot of people do when they’re depressed, he’s become a hermit. Rather than lead New Asgard, he’s holed up with beer, pizza and video games. His character, once buff and strong, has morphed into a depressed, overweight, slovenly wreck. Valkyrie has been left to run the kingdom and Miek and Korge are his only companions.

So where can we find romance here? It’s well-hidden, but it’s there.

Hulk and Rocket come to Thor’s aid, dragging him from his depression and back into the world of avenging. His task in the grand scheme requires him to return to a past Asgard to retrieve the Ether. He and Rocket make the time jump and he has a very touching heart to heart with his mother.

His love for his lost family is evident. Obviously, not romantic love in that sense, but emotional love all the same.

More plot point discussion: I was fine with depressed Thor. I’ve known many people who have dealt with depression/PTSD by eating and drinking.

I was even okay with our first look at Thor. I thought the whole screaming at the kid playing video games was a bit unnecessary, but I let that pass as it showed Thor asserting himself instead of being a milquetoast. And, I appreciated Professor Hulk’s sincere speech about how Thor had helped him through a rough time. I thought, “oh good”, Hulk’s going to help redeem this broken version of Thor.

Didn’t happen. Instead, Thor’s character became the butt of far too many jokes. Tony Stark’s quip referencing The Big Lebowski, the horrible scene of Thor rambling incoherently when trying to explain where to find the Ether, the crying and running off when he’s on Asgard, and … most notably … Rhodey’s comment about cheese whiz.

Instead of helping Thor regain his dignity and health, the writers used him for comic relief. As a diehard MCU fan, this broke my heart.

The one show of redemption came at the beginning of the battle scene. Thor summons his strength, lightning crashes, both Stormbreaker and Mjolnir light up, his scraggily beard braids into a Viking-esque look and … finally … Thor is back!

We get a touching scene during the closing minutes of the film where Thor tells Valkyrie that he needs to be the man he was meant to be, not the man he’s expected to be (e.g., a hero, not a king). He turns over leadership of New Asgard to Valkyrie and rides off into the sunset with Rocket and the crew.

Going forward, we see him joining the Guardians of the Galaxy or, as he quips, the Asgardians of the Galaxy. He’s still overweight and scruffy but no longer depressed. He’s got his hero mojo back. I’m a bit hesitant to see him pared with the Guardians as there’s already enough humor there. The “who’s the boss” banter between Thor and Quill will get old quickly.

Hopefully, the writers will redeem Thor’s character before the next movie and allow him to become less of a cartoon and more of a hero. Also, when we get that promised Thor 4, I’m hoping he comes back to help New Asgard and we finally get to see the romance between him and Valkyrie heat up to where it should be.

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For those of you who enjoy a bit of romance with your post-apocalyptic world building, you might want to check out my Sci-Fi romance, The Vessel.

A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.

Years earlier, chemical warfare left the women of earth sterile and the population is dwindling fast. The only hope for survival lies in the government scientists’ ability to successfully breed alien females with healthy human males. So far, their attempts have been mediocre at best.

Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.

Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes through both safe and hostile territory.

What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?

Nancy

 

 

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