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BY LUCY FARAGO
Who doesn’t want the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to find her Prince Charming? Really, who doesn’t want their own Prince Charming? Now, how fun would it be to blend the romance with a great suspense? This is why I wrote Sin on the Run and why I chose to write romantic suspense.
I started off as a paranormal historical writer. I have a tiny thing for men in kilts and I’m a huge Trekkie. It seemed like a good fit. But puzzles, of any kind, fascinate me. I like finding solutions and I love surprises. I never asked the sex of my unborn children but it was fun to hear the old wives’ tales people would claim as backup for their own prediction. Because come on, you can’t get more scientific than a wedding ring on a string and twirl over your protruding belly. Although once, I did see it spin one way and then reverse. Lo and behold the woman was carrying twins. But I digress.
I like straight contemporary’s too. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one my favorites. Maybe one day I’ll take one on. But for now I’ll stick to romantic suspense. It isn’t an easy genre. In my opinion, you have to write two stories and then find a way to make the seams disappear. And it’s a must to keep the reader guessing. The best compliment a fan can give me is that they didn’t see it coming. It’s thrilling to hear and makes all the hard work that goes into writing a romantic suspense worth it, like hosting a surprise party without the guest of honor finding out.
How many people can say they spend their days plotting murders? I’m not sure what it says about me, but it can be rather relaxing at times. Sin on the Run was fun to write. I fell in love with the feisty stripper the moment I first introduced Rhonda in book one of the series. And of course, going back to my historical roots, I got my Scottish hero. But I must have changed the ending four times. On my second draft I had one of those ah-ah moments and I finally settled on the end product. It meant going back and rewriting several scenes but I think it was worth it. But that’s what’s so great about writing in this genre, I surprise even myself.
Lucy Farago knows there is nothing like a happy sigh at the end of a good book. With the encouragement of her loving husband, she wrote her first manuscript. An unpublished historical, it sits in a file on her computer, there to remind her how much fun she had learning the craft and becoming part of an industry whose books make you believe anything is possible. A big fan of Agatha Christie, she set out to write her first romantic suspense novel. Thrilled to be a published author, Lucy also teaches yoga, enjoys cooking, and saying what other people are thinking. In her fantasy world, her beautiful Siberian husky, Loki, doesn’t shed and her three kids clean up after themselves. Alas, that fantasy will never see fruition.
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SIN ON THE RUN
There are some secrets even Las Vegas’s 24/7 glitter can’t hide. Lucy Farago’s dazzling new series ups the ante as a fiery stripper fights to protect an elite detective from danger–and both their killer pasts…
Living in the red-hot now is how Rhonda Deagan survives. Onstage, this sexy Goth stripper always stays on top, no matter how much her real-life dreams shatter. So why not risk a scorching fling with a gorgeous groomsman after her best friend’s wedding? Too bad Blake Cameron is in someone’s lethal sights. And saving this cool-headed investigator’s life just put Rhonda on the run with him–and on his personal, oh-so-seductive hit list…
For Blake, figuring out who doesn’t want him dead is easier than keeping his new raven-haired friend safe. The only way he can buy time to out-think their pursuers is to hide them both in the aristocratic world he thought he’d escaped. But there’s no escaping the incendiary attraction between him and Rhonda. Walking the knife-edge between desire, lies, and naked truth may be their best chance to live–if it doesn’t cut too deep to survive…
BY ANYA SUMMERS
Scottish men. Sigh. What red-blooded woman could resist a muscled man swathed in plaid with his muscled chest bare? I have always had a thing for Scottish men. Show me a man in a kilt, and I am likely swooning at their impressively sized feet. There’s just something about their fierceness of heart, their ability to turn a phrase with their Scottish burr that makes my toes curl. Those traits along with their propensity to celebrate their storied family names that make them so swoon worthy to me.
Last fall I had the opportunity to attend the Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado. And hello highlanders. I was in absolute utter heaven. There is just something so primal about watching a man toss trees for sport. They make Football superstars look like toddlers by comparison.
While I’ve always loved men in kilts, Hello, Jamie Fraser, I’m also admittedly a twenty-first century woman. I love modern conveniences like bathrooms, vaccines, hygiene, and the right to vote. So for me to truly write about meeting my fantasy kilted hero, it would have to be a modern twist on the love story.
When I first had the inspiration for my new erotic romance series, the Dungeon Fantasy Club, I wanted to write about one of my favorite types of men. I owed it to my own sensibilities as I ventured into the erotic world of BDSM to have a hero that I and my strong-willed heroine could fall in love with. I wanted a rugged Scotsmen with a beard who could wear the heck out of a kilt. Enter my hero, Declan McDougal, he is brawny and brash, able to toss tree trunks and make sane women scream like tweens at their favorite boy bands, a billionaire, and a total alpha Dom.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.
Anya is a Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name, Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.
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HER HIGHLAND MASTER
Zoey Mills’s life is in shambles. She’s been accused of leaking her upper crust Hollywood clients’ data to an online magazine for a large payday. After a wine and chocolate-filled evening of drowning her sorrows, she determines that her best course of action is to leave her home in sunny Los Angeles for a week-long vacation in the Scottish Highlands. It’s the only way she can escape from the fact that her image is being splashed across the nightly news – and it might actually give her a chance to consider what her next move should be, now that her Great Master Life Plan has disintegrated into dust.
Unfortunately, she’s only just landed and is navigating the tiny roads in her rental car when a freak early autumn snow storm hits. Zoey finds herself stranded and winds up on the doorstep of Mullardoch Manor; home of the sexy Scotsman, Declan McDougal, who is her every dark fantasy brought to life.
Declan is one of the founding members of The Dungeon Fantasy Club. As a billionaire businessman and a Dom, he prefers to keep his sexual preferences and tastes away from the boardroom. He’s also become bored, not just with the club, but also with his life. None of the subs he meets can hold his interest for more than a night and it’s been that way for a long time. He just never wants more than a brief encounter. At least, not since his ex-fiancée cheated on him with another Dom and ran away. However, that all changes when Zoey barrels into his home uninvited and upends his luxurious but stale existence.
When Zoey finds herself without a place to stay, Declan makes her a tantalizing but scandalous offer: Stay in his home for the week, free of charge, and spend each night warming his bed. Or any other time of the day, for that matter. Deciding she doesn’t have much to lose and possibly everything to gain, Zoey accepts.
With Zoey’s every sweet subsequent cry of ecstasy, Declan uncovers a sub who warms not only his bed, but slowly thaws his frozen, scarred heart. And as Zoey explores her deepest fantasies, even as he spanks her bare bottom for disobeying his rules, she finds herself wanting more than just a week of unmitigated pleasure with the Dom.
Things seem to be progressing perfectly, both in bed and out, when Zoey’s past catches up with her. When he feels betrayed once more, and fears the woman he has grown to care for is not who she says she is, will Declan still be willing to risk his heart to become Her Highland Master?
Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!
Dungeon Fantasy Club Series
Her Highland Master, Book 1, April 15, 2016
To Master & Defend, Book 2, May 15, 2016
Two Doms for Kara, Book 3, June 12, 2016
His Driven Domme, Book 4, July 2016
Her Country Master, Book 5, August 2016
Love Me, Master Me, Book 6, September 2016
Submit To Me, Book 7, October 2016
Her Wired Dom, Book 8, November 2016
BY JUDI LYNN
When I decided to write COOKING UP TROUBLE, I wanted to add a healthy dose of humor to the romance. The thing is, I don’t consider myself very clever or witty, so it seemed like a challenge.
And then I remembered hearing Dorothy Cannell on a mystery panel. Her book, The Thin Woman, cracked me up, but she insisted that when she wrote the scenes, they didn’t strike her as funny.
BY MACKENZIE CROWNE
Writing romance and watching sports are two of my favorite things. Football is my game, but in general, any sport will do. I can’t help myself. Is there anything sexier than a well-toned athlete?. It’s not just their bodies. Seriously, I mean it. Not that those bulging muscles and hardened frames can be overlooked, but it takes a special kind of drive and perseverance to subject oneself to the rigorous schedules and grueling workouts required if one is going to make it to the top of pro sports.
BY KATE MCMURRAY
To this point, most of my novels have been contemporary romances, but historical fiction has long been a love of mine. I like reading fiction, and romances in particular, that feature rich historical detail. So it was really only a matter of time before I tackled historical romance myself.
Also, being a New Yorker, I wanted to set my historical novels in New York City. Ten Days in August is set in 1896, during New York’s Gilded Age, a time period that is actually uncannily similar to the British Regency. Like the ton of the Regency, New York had the 400, so named because it was said social arbiter Mrs. Astor could fit 400 people in her ballroom.
BY KATHRYN JORDAN
Every book I’ve ever written contains a love story, some romantic, some tragic. My other writer self, Katharine Kerr, has had to keep these love stories secondary, however, because she writes science fiction and historical fantasies, genres where the action and the magic takes center stage. As Kathryn Jordan writing FLICKERS, I finally could put the romance at the heart of the novel.
Or romances! Jack and Violet have loved each other since they were children, but her wealthy family has pressured her into marrying some more “respectable” and certainly richer. Beth has fallen madly in love with Tip, Violet’s brother-in-law. But Tip loves someone else, someone forbidden to him by all the rules of his society, back in 1915. And then there’s Maury, Violet’s husband, who’s too busy making money to fall in love with his wife – until it’s too late, or is it? Only sensible Carrie has married the right man, and even she has a tragedy to overcome.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this long and complicated historical novel that centers on characters and their hearts. In fact, I may well write another one soon!
A quick word on my name, Kathryn Jordan. Jordan was my much-loved grandmother’s maiden name, and I chose it to write under before I knew that there’s another writer named Kathryn Jordan. You might like her books, too, though, as they’re real Romances.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryn Jordan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and a vagrant skunk. Although she spent her childhood in a Great Lakes industrial city, she became a confirmed Californian at age nine, when her family relocated to Santa Barbara, the “Santa Luisa” of the novel. All it took was one winter without five feet of snow turning into black urban slush to convince her that the move had been worthwhile. FLICKERS, her first historical novel, is a new departure for her career. Under the name of Katharine Kerr, she’s also the author of the Nola O’Grady series of light-hearted urban fantasy novels.
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Set in the dynamic years leading up to the Roaring Twenties, Flickers turns its lens on California’s glamorous silent film era, as Victorian civilities are swept away by a bold new century . . .
Violet Winters is the daughter of one of California’s wealthy robber barons. Jack Sutter is the gardener’s son. In their youth, the two were inseparable. But in 1913 everything is changing, and despite their feelings for each other, adulthood has come between them. Their vastly different social positions leads Violet to marry the aloof but socially perfect Maury Rediston. Jack vows to win Violet back while carving out a new life for himself in the burgeoning motion picture industry. Tip Rediston, Violet’s brother-in-law, also gets drawn into the bohemian world of the flickers. As handsome as he is troubled, Tip starts his climb to stardom despite his family’s disapproval. But as social changes, political upheaval, and war change the world around them, Violet, Jack, and Tip learn that things are never as easy as they seem on the silver screen. . .
BY ELLA QUINN
As I write this I’m in the Caribbean on a boat that’s rocking to beat the band. We’ve got two anchors out and are hunkered down until the latest squall passes. That, however, has absolutely nothing to do with what I write. Regencies. I’m known for my large cast of characters, and taking otherwise perfectly eligible people and tying, what one reviewer calls, Gordian knots. My new novel, Three Weeks to Wed, is the first book in my new series, The Worthington’s.
BY JANE GOODGER
I remember reading a romance a long time ago in which the heroine unknowingly married (or perhaps she was engaged) to a homosexual. The man was portrayed as a monster and a deviant, and we were supposed to feel greatly relieved that she was able to escape such a horrid person. I can’t remember the author, the book, or anything else about the storyline, but that one scene stayed with me.
Thinking back on that novel makes me realize how much times have changed and in such a remarkably short time. How, if people are not completely accepting of homosexuality, they are at the very least, more understanding.
Sometimes things happen in life that produce ripples far down the road. Case in point – my first RWA conference in 1991. New Orleans. Hot. Steamy. And me an extreme “newbie”. (It would be another five long years before I sold my first book.)
I gobbled up workshops, of course, wanting so badly to get published. But aside from the educational aspect of the national conference, I was absolutely astounded to find out that I could get free books! Lots of them!
It’s become more complicated to write that swoon-worthy hero for the woman of today. Tiffany is trying desperately to find Mr. Right, and her journey is familiar to many modern women.
Who is Mr. Right really? Does he have blue eyes, sandy hair, is he a surfer, a doctor, does he cook or just grill, is he allergic to seafood, does he watch Game of Thrones? Does the man meant for you meet the criteria on your checklist or is he nothing like you expected. Is there even just one man out there for you, or are there male multiples, each one coming into your life at the appropriate moment, but none staying forever. There is no cookie cutter scenario, Prince Charming isn’t the epitome of fulfillment for all women, and the right thing for a modern gal isn’t so cut and dried.