Slopeside Release Day!

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Slopeside The Complete Collection is a book bundle featuring Burn on the Western Slope, Fatal Snag, and Final Mend.

Slopeside is a series of three novels set on the ski slopes of Montana featuring half-siblings Garret, Chayton, and Winona. In Burn on the Western Slope, Garret is an undercover FBI agent who falls for a woman involved in a jewel theft scandal. In Fatal Snag, Chayton is a business owner who falls for the fashion consultant handling his brother’s wedding. In Final Mend, Winona is a private investigator who falls for the man who hires her to find his missing Godchild.

 

 

 

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Sworn to Protect, by Susanne Matthews

Because I love to share books and especially help out my author friends, I’ve got Susanne Matthews with her newest book, Sworn to Protect. And now for a blurb and excerpt!

 

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Book Blurb:

Four years ago, a car accident robbed Nancy Frost of her child and her mother, taking what was left of her marriage with it in the process. A forensic accountant, she agrees to look at a company’s books in a divorce case, trying to find hidden assets, but her meeting with the lawyer goes terribly wrong when the restaurant is attacked.

The moment US Marshal Neil Copeland discovers his wife has been shot in a Baltimore restaurant, he rushes to her side, determined not to let her down again. As the police investigate, evidence suggests the attack was a ploy to hide a specific hit. When a professional assassin tries to kill Nancy a second time, it’s clear that she was the target and whatever’s going on is a lot more complicated than they think.

When Nancy awakes after a month in an induced coma, not only does she not remember the attack on the restaurant, she doesn’t remember marrying Neil.

Faced with the challenge of protecting his wife from a powerful, faceless enemy, Neil must bring her up to date, dredging up all the sorrow that tore them apart in the first place, hoping something will jar her memory.

As he races against time, can he save her from an unknown assassin and convince her to give the love they once had a second chance?

 

Purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072MHFQJF

 

Excerpt:

Unable to squelch her curiosity, Nancy put down the tear-soaked quilt, stood, and walked over to the extension on the bedside table. The number wasn’t a familiar one. She took a deep breath before picking up the receiver.

“Hello?” she answered, her voice husky.

“Nancy Frost?”

“Yes.” She didn’t recognized the man’s voice and hoped she hadn’t picked up on a telemarketer. It wasn’t a 1-800 number, but … Normally, she hated being rude to anyone, even annoying strangers at the end of a phone line; however, in her current mood, this guy might be in for a tongue lashing.

“This is Larry Jackson. I was speaking with Meredith Stone earlier, and she said you’d agreed to look at some financial records for me.”

The man’s voice was pleasant, but he sounded tired, and his words carried an undercurrent of frustration and anxiety.

“I’ll do what I can, Mr. Jackson,” she answered, trying to sound like the confident professional she needed to be.

Meredith might think she was the best in her field, but every time Nancy looked at a new set of books, doubt assailed her. What if she missed something critical?

“If there’s anything there, I’ll do my best to find it, but, as I’m sure Meredith told you, sometimes everything’s on the level. Unless there’s a second set of records hiding somewhere—”

“I wouldn’t put it past this sleaze ball,” Larry interrupted. “I just got off the phone with his lawyer. B. J. Pratt informed me they’re moving the meeting date up to Tuesday. I’d hoped to be able to give you more time, but he’s backing us into a corner. I’m sorry about this. I’ve emailed you the records we were given. Let me know if there’s anything missing.”

“Not a problem. I’ve come up against B. J. Pratt before. He won’t be happy you’re bringing me in on this.”

“That’s the best news I’ve heard all day.” Larry paused. “When can you have a look at them?”

“Later today. I’ll call you tomorrow if there’s anything suspicious.”

He chuckled, but she could sense his concern. “That’s all I’ll need, and don’t worry about the time and cost. The husband’s footing the bill.”

Nancy started. “Her husband’s paying to have me go through his company books and personal finances, and Pratt agreed to this?”

“They agreed to an independent audit and recommended a few local forensic auditors,” Larry answered, “but if they suggested them, I didn’t want to use them. Meredith tells me you’re the best there is, and that’s all I need to know. Pratt doesn’t know it’s you yet. I’ll let him know in the morning—maybe it’ll throw off his golf game.”

“It probably will,” she answered and chuckled, imagining the sour look on Pratt’s face. “I’ll get back to you tomorrow. Goodbye.”

Nancy hung up the phone, went into the bathroom, and washed her face. Staring at the haunted woman in the mirror forced her to admit the truth. She had to stop grieving before it killed her.

“This pity party is over.”

She wasn’t Cinderella, and there wasn’t a fairy godmother waiting to make all the terrible things in her life go away. Prince Charming had left the ball, taking his glass loafers with him. It was time for her to pick up her rags and get on with it. She reached for her purse and car keys. The first step was always the most difficult. Go big or go home.

 

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About the author:

Amazon bestselling author Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She is of French-Canadian descent. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but with a penchant for happily ever after romances. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.

Her first novel, Fire Angel, set the tone for an exciting new career. While most of her books are romantic suspense, Susanne writes stories that range from contemporary to sci-fi and everything in between. She is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traveling to interesting places she can use as settings in her future books or as interesting entries for her blog, Living the Dream. During the summer she enjoys camping with her grandchildren and attending various outdoor concerts and fairs. In winter, she likes to cuddle by the fire and watch television.

Follow Susanne on her: Website   Facebook page   Twitter @jandsmatt

Amazon author page   and   Goodreads author page

 

 

Fated Desires by Becky Flade

fatedJenna Gavin is searching for a fresh start and, more importantly, for balance. Her heart, and perhaps the hands of fate, have led her and her son to Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota. Settling in the small, quirky town, she’s not in the market for a casual relationship but finds herself in one with the young widower next door.

 

Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, is drawn to his difficult new neighbor. The more the prickly divorcee tries to keep him at arm’s length, the more determined he is to break down her walls. He can’t avoid the passion Jenna inspires and his friendship with Finn has him yearning for family, but Gabe won’t allow himself to feel more.

 

When friendship grows complicated by stronger emotions and mutual desire just isn’t enough, will love be worth the risk?

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Let’s welcome Becky Flade today as she answers some tough interview questions!

 

What intrigues you about your book?

The heroine has a … difficult … personality. Jenna appeared in both Fated Souls and Fated Hearts, both times as a bit of a harpy, and it was challenging to write her story, do her justice, stay true to the character. and still like her. ‘cause if I don’t like her, the reader won’t either.

When did you absolutely know that you had to be a writer?

I got the “bug” in kindergarten. No lie. We had free time, you know color, play house, build with blocks, whatever your tiny little heart desired and I asked my teacher to help me make a book. My mom still has it pressed between the pages of her family bible.

What was your favorite part of writing your book?

The hero, Gabe, no contest. Writing him was a joy especially in comparison to Jenna whom, as I stated above, was a challenge.

What is your favorite aspect of reading a novel?

I love escaping into a story. Any story, if it’s well written, should pull the reader in and that’s my favorite part of reading.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know. I think I do. Is having a knack for banter a style?

Do you ever use your life experiences in your novels?

Normally, I answer this with a firm NO. But I poured a lot of my emotions into Fated Desires. There were scenes, sub-plots, that never made the final cut that I cried while I wrote and that were a relief to cut as I’d bared too much of myself in the text.

Are you working on any projects right now?

I’ve started work on the 4th and planned finale to the Trappers’ Cove series. I say planned finale because I’m not sure I want to be done with these families/couples.

Have you traveled to any locations that appear in your books?

I’m a Philly girl born and bred; and my hometown shows up from time to time. But otherwise, no. I’ve never been to Minnesota; Trappers’ Cove is completely fictional. It’s a cross between the town of Saint Mary’s, West Virginia, where my grandparents lived for most of my life, and Stars Hollow of Gilmore Girls’ fame.

Are you a pet person? If so, do you have any?

I am but right now we don’t have any pets. My dog, Ella, passed away from cancer while I was writing the book before Fated Desires and I’m not ready to adopt yet.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t ever give up.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.beckyfladeauthor.com

Blog: http://www.beckyfladeauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeckyFlade

Twitter: https://twitter.com/beckyflade

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/BeckyFlade/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Becky-Flade/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Becky_Flade

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

Thank you for the opportunity!

 

About the Author:

beckyHome is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor in southeastern Pennsylvania. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

 

Contact Details:

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http://www.beckyfladeauthor.com/

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Enjoy the following excerpt from Fated Desires:

 

She had drifted closer to him. Or him to her. Jenna couldn’t be sure. But it would take only a shift of balance to touch her body to his. Life was about balance. And the shifting of worlds. In the space of a day her world had changed for better and for worse. She’d spent the previous nine years trying to find her balance again.

Jenna felt the familiar kick of desire. She’d never understood the girls who spoke of butterflies and stirrings. For her it was more akin to a donkey kick—pleasurable, sure, like the first jolt of caffeine in the morning and as sure and swift and strong. Her pulse sped up and she knew the vein in her neck would visibly pulse; it did when she was angry and when she was aroused. Gabe was sure to notice it. As she noticed his heart pounding against her palm in a rhythm she found seductive.

She raised her gaze from the back of her hand. His mouth was aligned with her own. She hadn’t realized how close in height they were. All she had to do was…shift.

“This is the longest conversation we’ve had.” Her voice was husky; she heard it, knew he would. He shifted, imperceptibly but she sensed it.

“Maybe this,” his voice was husky too, “is why.”

She thought she knew what he meant. The tension between them was awareness.

“The day we met I wanted to get close enough to see what color your eyes were. They’re gray. Like storm clouds. Perfect.”

Jenna could feel his breath on the flesh of her lips and her nipples tightened.

“Mom!”

Finn’s shout was punctuated by his feet drumming down the stairs. Gabe brushed his lips over the curve of her cheek, his eyes conveying amused regret, and slipped out the back door, barely making a sound. Jenna grabbed the counter and breathed. She needed to settle herself before her son found his way to the kitchen.

What the hell?

 

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RONE Award Voting!

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Vote in the RONE Awards. One Wrong Move is in Week 5, May 15-21.

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Slopeside The Complete Collection

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Slopeside: The Complete Collection is available for Pre-Order!

Slopeside is the 3 book bundle for Burn on the Western Slope, Fatal Snag, and Final Mend!

Discover more, including buy links, HERE!

Lynn Crandall Interview

lynn-crandall Today I have the joy of interviewing the very lovely Lynn Crandall. Lynn Crandall started spinning stories as a child when she tried to entertain her younger sister at night when they were supposed to be going to sleep. In the dark, her stories typically took on a scary or paranormal element — didn’t do much to put her and her sister to sleep. Today, she hopes here stories still fail to put readers to sleep, but rather take them on a journey. That’s what she’s been on since she decided to make writing her focus. As a reporter and magazine feature writer, she truly enjoys learning as she works on stories. As a romance writer, she enjoys following an evolving story of her characters. She loves to tell stories about characters who don’t back down and use their challenges to grow.

What intrigues you about Dancing with Detective Danger?
Call it biased, but I love all of my books for a variety of reasons. What intrigues me about Dancing with Detective Danger is the relationship between the sisters, Sterling and Lacey. I wanted to explore being in family in different ways. The sisters are unique but they still support each other and allow for differences without judgement. So when heroine Sterling faces the return of a former lover, Detective Ben Kirby, and all the confusion surrounding their relationship, her sister is understanding but gives her a straight shot of truth when Sterling is ready for it.

When did you absolutely know that you had to be a writer?
Many times. I first had that aha moment years ago when everything about writing and my personality came together. I began pursuing a writing career, but often I had to face self-doubt. I would reexamine being a writer from different angles and always land on a solid spot that confirmed it was right for me to write. Over and over, and finding different layers of self-doubt. Even just a few months ago, I faced it again at a deeper level. I realized anew and more profoundly that my passion always brings me to greater understanding of myself and the place writing holds for me. I don’t have any doubts now, so I absolutely know I have to be a writer to live my life. Things like disappointment with sales and reviews come up, but hope is more outspoken in me these days.

What was your favorite part of writing Dancing with Detective Danger?
I’m an introvert, so I enjoy finding the inner motivations and experiences of characters via my self-reflection and becoming the character. The experience of being lost in life is not unique, but with Sterling, I found it meaningful to take apart a foundational wounding and illustrate how it plays in her present choices. My version of that can only be written by me, but the experience is universal.

What is your favorite aspect of reading a novel?
I love immersing into a story, feeling the characters’ journey, and learning things about myself and life from the story. That total experience is mesmerizing.

Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?
I am a pantser and I embrace that aspect of me. It can be challenging because I don’t necessarily know what happens next, but I enjoy the organic movement of the story’s development. I trust that process even with the nerve-wracking moments of What now??!! I interviewed an expert on the pantser vs. plotter and just learning to become a plotter a while ago and she settled that dilemma for me. She said pantsers can change but probably only because they were a plotter in the making. True pantsers have brains wired that way.

Do you have a certain theme in all of your novels?
I think themes in all my books are pretty common to all stories. I like to explore ways of humans being in family, feeling different, and how love can embrace more of life than characters expect. Dancing with Detective Danger showcases how patterns people have prevent them from living their true lives and finding love.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think a great take-away from DWDD would be that no matter how much pain sits beneath our daily experiences we have control over our lives by facing the various truths waiting to be revealed.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one book with you, what would you take?
This question made me gasp. One Book! My brain just froze.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one song with you, what would you take?
I love this question! One of my favorite songs right now is Melanie Doane’s Chopin Ballad https://youtu.be/8Ks02_Er9hA. It is so calming and reassuring.

Are you working on any projects right now?
I’m working on a romantic suspense with paranormal elements. I’m planning it as the first book in a three-book series. It’s taking longer to complete than any other books I’ve written because I’m being very deliberate and trying to stretch my skills. It’s done, but I’m going through it right now rewriting and editing. The main characters are what I call Aeons, who are direct descendants of Atlantians. They possess abilities that equip them to help prevent the world from going all to Hell.

Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is a business, and I know that. It is amazing work but it is hard, also. But because it is such a strong passion for me, I’m willing to recognize that it’s work and put in the work. Yes, it is a career. It can have duration if I can sustain a combination of skill, luck, determination, and successful promotions, as well as drink tons of coffee.

Besides writing, what would be your career of choice?
I enjoy learning about symbolism, especially in art, so I would be interested in art history. However, I can’t imagine choosing any career other than writing.

Can you share a tip about what you do when you get stuck in your writing?
Another great question. I do get stuck. It can prompt anxiety. But I’ve learned that is a passing phase of getting stuck, so I don’t stay there. The thing that gets me unstuck is writing. I use clusters. http://www.gabrielerico.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=77 to help me get my thoughts moving without censor. They have been really helpful for me over and over.

Are you a pet person? If so, do you have any?
I am a very strong animal lover and advocate. I presently have one cat. Willow is a member of family. I have a T-shirt that conveys my sentiments about pets very well: I’m sorry. I can’t. I have plans with my cat.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Oh my gosh. This question makes me want to have a sit-down with my younger self and reveal all of life’s secrets. LOL! I think I would tell young Lynn to believe in herself and not make others her inner authority. I could offer my/her gramma’s advice – Follow your heart. And I would assure her that everything will be okay.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website: http://lynn-crandall.com/Blog: http://lynn-crandall.com/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrandallAuthor/Twitter: https://twitter.com/lcrandallwriter
Instagram: Lcrandall246
Amazon: http://a.co/4f24tYhGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25692171-dancing-with-detective-danger?from_search=true

Thanks for stopping by and answering my questions, Lynn. We loved learning more about you and your stories!

Thank you very much, Angela, for interviewing me for your blog. Your questions were fun and made me think!

Dancing with Detective Danger, by Lynn Crandall

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Strong Women Have Heart.

Uncovering secrets and exposing truth are all in a day’s work for private investigator Sterling Aegar. But when her latest case threatens to reveal her own buried feelings for an old love, Sterling runs for cover.

A body in the bathtub and pleas from a jilted wife to find her wayward husband mean a welcome break from the usual humdrum cases Sterling and her sister, Lacey, are called to investigate. But when Sterling’s old flame, Detective Ben Kirby, walks into the murder scene, she feels her world spin out of control. Danger from thugs and murderers poses no greater threat than the peril she’d suffer if she lets daredevil Ben get too close.

Seeing Sterling for the first time in two years is for Ben like drinking in a healing tonic. He could never forget the way it felt to run his hands over her delicious curves or the way she touched his soul. She remains the one person who can make the emptiness in his gut go away. Finding the murderer is his job, but protecting Sterling from seriously dangerous people is his mission.

As the case unfolds, Sterling and Ben not only try to solve the murder, they confront secrets that offer to set them each free from a painful past.

Links:

YouTube: http://youtu.be/UUbKNNxOe3w

 

Simon & Schuster http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Dancing-with-Detective-Danger/Lynn-Crandall/9781440564062

 

Amazon http://a.co/6Gw0o4G

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrandallAuthor/

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Author bio:

Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down. She hopes that readers discover, over and over, stories of ordinary people who face ordinary life challenges and are transformed by extraordinary love.

 

Fierce Hearts the Complete Series, by Lynn Crandall

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Fierce Hearts the Complete Series

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Five paranormal romances, five stories of danger, suspense, and heroism.

An epic showdown will pit love against evil in this shapeshifter romance series as the were-lynx colony faces off with the all-powerful Nexus Group determined to wipe them out. Only the strong and dedicated will survive–and only those willing to risk it all will find their soul mates in this thrilling and value-priced digital collection.

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Simon & Schuster http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Fierce-Hearts/Lynn-Crandall/9781440599293

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrandallAuthor/

Lynn Crandall taking over this week!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend!

I have a lot of exciting news to share.

First, One Wrong Move has been nominated for a RONE award. Voting begins May 15 through the 21st. Here’s a link to the review from InD’Tale magazine: http://indtale.com/reviews/suspense-thriller/one-wrong-move

Second, the three books in my standalone series are being bundled into one set! That’s right, you can buy Burn on the Western Slope, Fatal Snag, and Final Mend all in one set for a very low price. Targeted release date is June 19 (the day before my hubby’s birthday!). I’ll share more details and a cover soon.

Last, but certainly not least, I have the lovely Lynn Crandall taking over my blog this week! On Tuesday, we learn about Fierce Hearts: The Complete Series. On Thursday, we’ll learn about Dancing with Detective Danger, and on Friday, we’ll learn about Lynn Crandall herself as she answers some interview questions from me.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy with my house remodel and gardening. My plants are looking amazing and I’ve already got some jalapenos almost ready for picking. I’m ready for some fresh homemade salsa, garden YUM tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers! And watermelon…YUM.

Here’s to a beautiful week!

When the Masks Come Off…

Today I have Remington Wolfe visiting my blog today! Remington, otherwise known as Wolfe, is a character created by Alexia Adams. You can learn more about him in his story, Masquerading with the Billionaire. I personally thought this was a fun and intriguing interview, and I can’t wait to read the story and learn more about both of these characters! So without further ado, let’s learn more about Remington Wolfe.

Here’s what he’s got to say:

Thank you, Angela for inviting me to stop by your blog today. I’m normally a very private person, despite my frequent appearances in the tabloid newspapers. But falling in love with Kat Smith has changed my life so I appreciate the opportunity to let your readers come to know a different side of me.

Tell me about yourself.
I’m Remington Wolfe, although most people just call me Wolfe. I have an embarrassing middle name that I’ve had stricken from every legal document except my birth certificate. Unfortunately, it took Kat all of five minutes to discover it. My parents died when I was seventeen but as they’d only been shadows in my life it didn’t bother me much. I’m famous for designing jewelry and am currently in a competition to set the gem collection of an Arab royal family.

What intrigues you about this story?
I’m not sure intrigues is the right word, irritates would be more accurate. How dare someone try to sabotage my company by putting malicious code into my software programs? Having to rely on someone else, especially a stranger, to fix the problem is driving me crazy. And when that stranger turns out to be Kat Smith a woman with more question marks in her past than answers… Well, let’s just say before the story is over I will know all her secrets. No matter what it takes to discover the truth behind her beautiful smile.

Who or what is your greatest influence?
Harry Winston is my greatest influence. Like me, he started with a collection of jewels in old-fashioned settings and redesigned them into gorgeous contemporary pieces. Not sure if I’d have gifted the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian though. That is one stunning rock.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one thing with you, what would you take?
My private jet? Although, if Kat were with me I wouldn’t need anything but her.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take one song with you, what would you take?
I recently heard “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley and now that’s stuck in my head so I might as well bring that song.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be so scared of love.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I’d love to meet Leonardo da Vinci. His talent spanned so many mediums he’s always been a hero of mine.

What’s one thing on your bucket list you haven’t done yet?
I recently slept outside on a hammock in a Russian forest. Can’t say it was on my bucket list to start with but it was an incredible experience. Now that I’ve met Kat, I look forward to many more unexpected adventures, especially holding my firstborn child.

If you could have been the original inventor of any work, creative or otherwise, what would it have been and why?
Total artistic jealousy here, I’d love to have invented Fabergé Eggs. Except then they’d be called Wolfe Eggs and that just sounds wrong.

Thanks for hosting me today, Angela. If any of your blog visitors would like to learn more about me then check out Masquerading with the Billionaire.

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World-renowned jewelry designer Remington Wolfe is competing for the commission of a lifetime and someone is trying to destroy his company from the inside. He’s in for more than one surprise when his unexpected rescuer turns out to be a sexy computer specialist with a sharp tongue and even sharper mind.

Kat Smith is a cyber-security expert and master of disguise. So being assigned to masquerade as Wolfe’s girlfriend while she uncovers who slipped malicious code into his corporation’s computer systems is no problem. But when Kat’s past catches up to her and their fake relationship starts to feel a little too real, problems are all she seems to have.

Buy Links:

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iBooks: http://apple.co/2lM88XI
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2mmlTt0-Kobo

Excerpt:
With only ambient light from outside, the room was cloaked in darkness. She stood not a foot from him and he could barely see her outline. Yet he sensed her presence, smelled her delicate fragrance, and the hint of whiskey as she exhaled. Heard the rustle of fabric as she planted her feet farther apart as though preparing for a fight.

“Kat—”

“This is me, Wolfe. I am the dark. I work at night. I spend as much of my time in the Darknet, as above. There is no light in me. My mother wanted me to be something I couldn’t, and when she realized that, she left with my sister who could be the star she needed. My father chose a bottle over me, so I survived by becoming invisible. I put that life behind me five years ago and haven’t looked back. That should be enough for you. If you can’t accept that, then fine. I can recommend three others who will be equally competent at cleaning your systems and finding the saboteur.”

“I deal in precious gems. I run a background check on everyone in my company.” It was the truth, but the information he’d wanted on Kat was more personal, less potential felon.

“If you wanted a criminal record report, you could have asked Liam Manning. He has an up-to-date one he sends to prospective clients. Call off your investigator, Wolfe. If he digs too deep into the darkness, I’ll be sucked back in. I can’t let that happen.”

“Are you in danger?” He reached a hand out and connected with her bare shoulder, her skin cool to his touch, as though she really was out in the cold night air.

She hesitated, and he was torn between pulling her into his arms and taking a step back. The moon moved out from behind a cloud and a shaft of light illuminated them. For a split second, he saw a hint of vulnerability in her eyes before it was gone behind her shield of self-sufficiency.

“No.”

He was tempted to turn the lights back on so he could see her clearly but was afraid of what his own face would reveal. He’d never felt such an attraction to a woman before. More than physical, it was almost magnetic. She pulled him to her.

“I want you.” His voice was just above a whisper, whether due to the darkness or the emotion she was drawing from him, he didn’t care to analyze.

If he hadn’t been touching her, he never would have known she hauled in a deep breath before replying, “To keep working for you?”

“Yes. And in my bed.”

She lifted his hand from her shoulder and after a brief hesitation released it.

“I need to be able to walk away from you at the end of next week without looking back. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that if we become lovers.”

Alexia Adams Author Info:

A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without housework. As a flight risk mom, romance is her escape and she can often be found with her nose in a book, pretending she’s somewhere else. Check out her website at http://alexia-adams.com and sign up for her monthly newsletter to find your next escape.

Social Media Links:
Website: http://alexia-adams.com/
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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/alexiaadamsauth/ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068526.Alexia_Adams
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alexia-Adams/e/B00CNIDYN2/ BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alexia-adams

Books:
Masquerading with the Billionaire (a Guide to Love novel): http://amzn.to/2m8Dzw2
Miss Guided (a Guide to Love novella): http://amzn.to/1Q2UsjN
Played by the Billionaire (a Guide to Love novel): http://amzn.to/1H1pdCP
His Billion Dollar Dilemma (a Guide to Love novel): http://amzn.to/1Q2Uzfe
The Greek’s Stowaway Bride: http://amzn.to/1X5qnVd
The Vintner and The Vixen (Vintage Love Book 1): http://amzn.to/1OZd7gs
The Playboy and The Single Mum (Vintage Love Book 2): http://amzn.to/1L7zhfM
The Tycoon and The Teacher (Vintage Love Book 3): http://amzn.to/1TnnrOL
Her Faux Fiancé: http://amzn.to/1Q2UqZg
An Inconvenient Love: http://amzn.to/20pCb3T
An Inconvenient Desire: http://amzn.to/1Q2UDf4
Singapore Fling: http://amzn.to/1H1pC88

Bundles:
Trials of Love: 10 Lawyers to Lust For: http://amzn.to/2l4eo9S
London Calling: 5 British Romances: http://amzn.to/2kIo5yF
Romance in Color: http://amzn.to/1SWcnaq
She’s the Boss: http://amzn.to/1Ullkun
He’s the Boss: http://amzn.to/1Ullphz
Wedding Season: http://amzn.to/29dXT8E
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A Creative 2017

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It’s been a long time since I have blogged, hasn’t it? I hope everyone has had a super fabulous new year and now busy pursuing their goals.

I have a couple of announcements. The first is the banner above, which is a book tour for one of my backlisted books, Final Mend. You can click on the banner to follow the tour. I’m really excited about this tour and am waiting with bated breath, as there are a couple of new reviews and I’m anxious to see them. Also, this tour ends on my BIRTHDAY! Yay!

One of my goals throughout every year is to help other writers, and I haven’t exactly been pursuing that goal lately. But this year, I kicked that off with judging manuscripts that my local RWA chapter is hosting. I both hate and love judging manuscripts. I hate it because what if I’m bored and I don’t to hurt the writer’s feelings. But I love it because it also teaches me how to be a better writer, and helps me to help others.

We’ve had some great entries this year, and I’m excited to see where these entries go. I left a comment on one of the manuscripts that I judged that I thought might be useful for everyone, including me. It’s regarding colons and semi-colons. The bane of my writing. Ugh.

Although it’s grammatically correct, sometimes using a colon or semi-colon tells us there’s an author behind this story, and draws us out of the story. Readers want to read this story as if they are seeing or experiencing it really happening, not as if there’s an author telling us what’s happening.

I have used semi-colons, and even colons because it’s grammatically correct. But the best writing in the world is not grammatically correct. Some grammar is absolutely essential, yes, but other grammar, as in these types of instances, is intrusive.

What do you think?

One of my other pet-peeves in reading? Seeing “she thought”. That is telling. I don’t want to be told what she’s thinking. Get me inside her mind. I don’t particularly like italics for me to be inside a character’s mind either, but that’s all very subjective.

As a writer, it’s difficult to get inside a character’s head, especially if they won’t let you or if the story is new to you. But if you don’t get inside that character’s head, there is no way a reader will, either. So whatever works for you, do it! It will make your story so much stronger.

What works for me varies, and sometimes I have to skip over it and come back to it later, in my editing stage. I’ve just started a new story (yay!) and I’ve got some submitted and also in the editing phases. So I’m hoping to have an active writing year and get some of my stories out there, and out of my head!

Another of my biggest goals, as is every year, is to be CREATIVE!

Until next time, I hope everyone has a super fabulous and creative 2017!

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