February 28, 2014

Love It: R is for Rebel by Megan Mulry + Interview

Series: Unruly Royals 4
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 4, 2014 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Chick-Lit
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Abigail Heyworth is a rebel heiress, bucking the restrictions of her royal family every chance she gets. After ending a long-term relationship, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the sophisticated American, Eliot Cranbrook. Despite all their differences-he's a self-made businessman; she's a royal hippy-they fall hard for each other. When the intensity of their affair escalates and Abigail is forced to look at the nature of her rebellion, she has to decide if she has an entirely different kind of courage.

Hi Megan! Congratulations on R IS FOR REBEL! 

MEGAN MULRY: Thank you! I’m so glad to be here and to celebrate the publication of the final book in the Unruly Royals series with you.

*gasp* Done?! No more Unruly Royals?!

MEGAN MULRY: For now I am done with the series, but I may do a prequel novella or a standalone a few years down the road, based on some characters from Claire’s book, In Love Again.

Okay, that makes me feel a bit better. Reminiscing on your journey with your Unruly Royals, did it get more challenging with the release of each book?

MEGAN MULRY: Yes and no. Certain things get easier—I was completely attuned to all the characters, now that we’ve been hanging out together for three years, so writing a lot of the scenes and dialogue felt really natural. Other things become more complicated; as you get deeper into a series there are details upon details from the previous books that have to connect and intertwine. Revisions and editing can start to feel like that wooden stick game Jenga, where you pull something out and hope it still stands.

What is it about writing royals that you find fascinating and inspiring? 

MEGAN MULRY: I love the fairy tale aspect of royalty…no matter how many centuries have passed, the idea of a prince or princess still resonates on many metaphorical levels for me: rescue, freedom, leadership, isolation, privilege (earned and unearned). Of course, in a contemporary setting the sky’s the limit in terms of messing with those conventions and having fun with who is being rescued by whom or who is trapped in a tower (perhaps of their own making).

Are there particular "royals" that inspired each of the books especially R IS FOR REBEL?

MEGAN MULRY: The initial inspiration for the Northrop family was a former Duke of Norfolk (who is not a royal duke, by the way). His obituary planted the seed of an idea for a sweeping series of books about British aristocrats and the Americans who fall for them. In terms of Abby and Eliot, there wasn’t a particular royal that I based the characters on, (though there are plenty of young philanthropic aristocrats in Britain at the moment, so general research on that score was pretty easy to come by). A clothing designer and philanthropist I have admired from afar for many years (Brunello Cucinelli) was the inspiration for Eliot Cranbrook.

R IS FOR REBEL, what adjective best describes this novel?


Ooh, volatile. I like that. Abigail and Eliot, what kind of craziness should we expect from these two?

MEGAN MULRY: Eliot loves to shower Abby with extravagant gifts of super high-end lingerie, which some people might consider a little crazy (people like Abby, who are innately thrifty). This matelasse bustier, for example, (similar to the corset featured in “Infamous Paris Hotel Room Scene”) retails for $1300. After throwing Abby’s serviceable white cotton knickers into the fireplace, Eliot then proceeds to gets Abby to parade around the hotel room in the corset, which she secretly loves but can’t quite reconcile with the rest of her earthy, hippie personality. (She reconciles it in the end lol).

I did love that part. I'm a girl who appreciates fancy underclothing but I have to say, that bustier made me hold my very slim pocketbook tight. What's your next book and what's it going to be?

MEGAN MULRY: I’m in the middle of another quartet of books that feature four French playboy cousins. One is a publishing titan in Paris, one is a horse breeder in Dubai, one is a retired military operative hiding out in south Florida, and one is a mild-mannered country attorney in Provence (…with a past that eventually catches up with him). The heroines are four women who were friends at M.I.T.

Oh I love the sound of that! Brains and brawn, another volatile combo. Aside from your virtual book tour, where can fans catch you (book signing, reading, etc.)?

MEGAN MULRY: I’m going to be at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May. I’m so excited to meet readers (new and old) and to immerse myself in everything I love about New Orleans—food, music, architecture, you-name-it. I’ll be attending the conference and signing books at the Giant Booksigning on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Thanks for the chat, Megan, come back with your crazy French boys next time!

MEGAN MULRY: Thanks again for inviting me to stop by Talk Supe!

And volatile it is! Megan Mulry's R IS FOR REBEL was a lovely novel in itself and a great ending to a wonderful series. Not only was Eliot Cranbook and Abigail Hayworth's romance fleshed out to my satisfaction, we also get a peek at the previous couple's blissful lives excluding Claire who was featured in Unruly Royals 3, In Love Again

Abigail and Eliot first met in If The Shoe Fits and their attraction slowly built from there. I loved that their relationship is based on friendship and other commonalities which built a strong foundation for their romantic relationship. So expect sweet seductions, expensive dates, swoony romance, steamy interludes and lots of romantic quotes which will give you butterflies.

We've met and saw glimpses of the rebellious Abigail, the youngest Hayworth, in previous novels. Back then, Abigail was living the life of a philanthropist, flitting from one third-world country to the next, with her then girlfriend, Tully. Despite being a rich heiress, Abigail is so likeable because of her self-deprecating and very humble ways. Her money and family clout never ruled her life and decisions. If any, she always made a point to steer clear of that entitled lifestyle and chose to live average. When Abigail and Tully's break-up in book 2 was such a blow for Abigail, it made her realize a lot of things which left her shaken and since then, she's been slowly but surely healing herself and reassessing her life. So in a way, R IS FOR REBEL is like Abigail's coming-of-age story not just in terms of sexual preference but also in terms of attitude and perspective. I don't want to use labels, I'd rather simplify Abigail's complicated character as unconventional, endearing and... free. 

Eliot Cranbook is so dashing and debonair and the perfect consort for an English heiress. He's successful, polished and every bit Abigail's match. Once the friendship barrier between them has been broken, Eliot went above and beyond to sweep Abigail off her feet. Eliot is clearly in love with Abigail which he made no secret of. He is such a romantic and so intense which made my heart flutter but unfortunately, it scared Abigail off. The thing is, Eliot was too intense, wanting serious right off the bat while Abigail wanted something fun and uncomplicated. This incompatibility pulled them apart for a while which is where the conflict started.

Interesting developments happened in the course of their relationship which I liked. It's expected and organic that Abigail would once again find herself in the fork of the road and Eliot is in the arms of another woman, Marisa, a philanthropist like Abigail.  But because this is Eliot and Abigail's story, Marisa has to go to make way for the love birds. Again it's expected however I find this part a little contrived. I appreciate that Ms. Mulry wants to give everyone an HEA including Marisa but for her to fall in love and end up with Abigail's cousin, is far fetched and too coincidental IMO. 

Regardless of that little hiccup, I love R IS FOR REBEL. It's deeper, more emotional and more erotic than the previous Uruly Royals novels and I won't have it any other way. I appreciate this "update" MMulry did to keep up with the reader's preference for something dark and sexy and it fit quite well with the story without losing it's romcom light-heartedness. And even if I'm a little sad to say goodbye to Unruly Royals, I'm happy that it was Abigail and Eliot's story that sent us off. Theirs is an enduring story of passion and friendship plus those little vignettes with the previous couples added a great touch of "closure" to the series. Fans can rest easy that Max and Bronte (Royal Pain), Devon and Sarah (If The Shoe Fits) and even the Hayworth's snobbish mother, Sylvia, all are living blissfully in love with their respective partners.

So if you love regency romance and/or Downton Abbey, Megan Mulry's Unruly Royals is like a modern version of these historical romances. Or if you're fond of Kinsella and Cabot's work, I'm sure Ms. Mulry's writing voice will captivate you as well.
Eliot Cranbrook's quotable quotes:
-he did not want to be her first man kiss. He wanted to be her last man kiss. 

Maybe the word love was a simple trap, a shiny lure that made fools of everyone who misapprehended its nature. 

I am not going to settle. i want you. Unequivocally. All of you. All the time. I don't care for those British idea of absentee spouses--

After a while, though, I think people start to recognize when life presents them with a truly unique opportunity. I think I new it the minute I saw you. What we have in indisputable. Immoveable.

Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.

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February 27, 2014

Tour Stop + Giveaway: Guarded by J.D. Rivera


Guarded Heart 0.5
JD Rivera 
Contemporary Romance Novella 
September 17, 2013 
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Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong. Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?

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J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.

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February 26, 2014

Love It: Shame On You by Tara Sivec

Series: Fool Me Once 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
War veteran Kennedy O’Brien is in the business of sticking it to the man—or at least any man who tries to cross a woman. After she returned home from Afghanistan and caught her husband in bed with the nanny, Kennedy lost her faith in men and started Fool Me Once Investigations with her two best friends. After all, there’s no better bounty hunter than a woman scorned.

When Kennedy takes a case to slap cuffs on a bail jumper turned dog-napper, she figures it’ll be an easy paycheck. But trouble has a way of finding Kennedy. Enter the last man on the planet she’d willingly choose as a partner: her cheating ex-husband’s best friend, Griffin Crawford.

As gorgeous as he is unwelcome, Griffin has always had a thing for Kennedy, and after keeping quiet about her ex’s cheating, he’ll do anything to earn back her trust. Whether or not she wants to admit it, Kennedy will need help as the case of the Chihuahua thief spirals out of control. Griffin may be just her man—in more ways than one.

GD hilarious!

And by GD I mean Goddamn! You have to read SHAME ON YOU, Tara Sivec's latest novel, to understand this inside joke. Anyway, this is my first TSivec and I assure you it won't be the last. I have one of her books and I'm ashamed to say that I haven't gotten round to it. Thanks to this book tour that error has been rectified and now I want more! Man this lady's got me in stitches, my 4yo nephew kept on asking me what's so funny because he says he wants to laugh too! LOL

Anyway, SHAME ON YOU is like The First Wives Club invited Stephanie Plum for cocktails and decided to open a private investigation company. The novel opens with Kennedy and her BFFs/business partners, Paige and Lorelei, bashing their respective former husbands for cheating hence the series title. Then it moves to the ladies picking their cases with Kennedy's leading the pack. Kennedy's case led to a string of hilarious situations which includes an alien chaser, a dog-napped chihuahua, a Germedishuthuanian hairdresser, a vapid collegiate, a bathroom quickie, a weed dealer, a back-door-busting special and so much more. This 140 paged novel is packed with the funnies and tightly coiled sexual tension between Kennedy and Griffin, SHAME ON YOU is a big bang for your time and precious buck!

I love Kennedy O'Brien. She's a little bitter, understandably so, because her hubby cheated on her with a much younger girl but she's not the type who wallows. She shakes it off, moves on and catches bad guys. Kennedy's not tough to love. She's pretty but not vain, she's funny, a toughie but still a girl's girl and can wield a gun with the same elan as wearing short dresses and mile high stilettos. And these are the same things Griffin saw, still there's no insta-love, just insta-lust. 

Well as far as Kennedy's concerned anyway and I can't blame her.

Because Griffin Crawford is one gorgeous dude with his bedimpled smile and tight round butt. Him and Kennedy had a thing back in high school but because they were stupid kids, it didn't pan out. Now they have a second chance in love and boy did Griffin seize the opportunity! Once he got Kennedy within reach, he kept on going until her got her and never let her go. As expected, there's several hilarious pushing and pulling between the two which only proves how well suited they are for each other. 

So if you love to laugh like I do and are a fan of Stephanie Plum, SHAME ON YOU is a must-read.
Even though I wanted to puke when they walked into the restaurant together hand in hand, the night was made all better by watching Alex sob like a baby out in the parking lot. Real tears and everything. It was beautiful. If only he would have wet himself, I could have died a happy woman. Maybe next time. [Kennedy]

"Let's get something straight here," he tells me with a firm voice. "I have never felt sorry for you. When I kiss you, it's because I want to, not because I have to." [Griffin]

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

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February 25, 2014

Suped Up: Hammer of Angels by G.T. Almasi + Interview

Series: Shadowstorm 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Sci-Fi | Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

In G. T. Almasi’s thrilling alternate reality, the United States, the USSR, and the Republic of China share a fragile balance of power with Greater Germany, which emerged from World War II in control of Europe and half of the Middle East. To avoid nuclear Armageddon, the four superpowers pursue their ambitions with elite spies known as Levels, who are modified with mechanical and chemical enhancements.

Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China.

But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows—and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners—a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.

Shadowstorm by G.T. Almasi is one of my favorite sci-fi, YES! sci-fi, series. I'm not much of a sci-fi reader but Mr. Almasi's books reads like movies, the visuals are simply fantastic and the action sequences heart stopping. I'm so happy to have him back to celebrate the release day of HAMMER OF ANGELS, the much awaited sequel to Blades of Winter. Whether you're a fan or not, read up, book gossip is always good for the soul.

Hi G.T.! Welcome back to Talk Supe and congratulations on HAMMER OF ANGELS! Finally! Briefly, what was the delay about? I'm sure some of your fans were pretty upset when the publisher pushed back the release date.

G.T. ALMASI: First off, I’m really glad to be back on the ‘Supe! The delay was actually my doing. The manuscript was ready, but I knew I could write it a lot better, so I pulled it out of production and spent another six weeks with it. This gave me time to really tighten up the story, sharpen the characters, and lace in more of the made-up words I love using. For example, Scarlet sums up her adventures in Blades of Winter with the word “sheboomigans.”

Sheboomigans is very appropriate. Scarlet & Co. made my heart stop on several occasions. Twice now since I reread HAMMER OF ANGELS. So what does Alix Nico have in store for us this time around?

G.T. ALMASI: HAMMER OF ANGELS picks up two months after Blades of Winter’s final scene. Even though she’s still recovering from her previous mission, Scarlet takes it upon herself to investigate her father’s disappearance. Her plans change when every field agent at ExOps is dispatched to Europe to take part in Operation ANGEL, the largest initiative ever mounted by the U.S. covert community.

Operation ANGEL is planned to be a localized disturbance, but it mushrooms into a continent-spanning revolution. The fate of millions depends on the determination and skill of agents like Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin.

Speaking of Scarlet's new partner, can you tell us a little bit of something about this new dude, Darwin?

G.T. ALMASI: Darwin steps into the role vacated by Scarlet’s first partner, Trick. She thinks Darwin is coming from out of nowhere, but he’s been more closely linked to her than she realizes.

Man, the way you ended Blades of Winter made me crazy! I'm like TRICK!! Then HAMMER OF ANGELS squashed that. Still I'm thankful for Darwin, he's no Trick but he'll do. Just a little recap, can you tell our Supies what Shadowstorm is about?

G.T. ALMASI: The Shadowstorm is my alt-history’s version of the Cold War. After the dust settles from my What-If? version of World War 2 there are four superpowers; Greater Germany, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the Nationalist Republic of China.

Technology and diplomacy take different paths in my alt-20th century. Instead of a nuclear arms race, the Big Four compete with biotechnology implanted in battalions of undercover action-agents. The constant stress of espionage and counter-espionage results in a more conservative political climate that allows Richard Nixon to remain President for four consecutive terms.

I'm not much of a technocrat and a sci-fi person and most definitely I don't fancy Robocop and all that bionic shiznit but for some reason, your work hits a spot and hits it perfectly. Thanks for making this series "idiot-friendly" for handicapped people like myself. 

From the looks of it, I can tell that the series is far from drying up. How many more Shadowstorm books are you planning to write?

G.T. ALMASI: My editor and I have written out the Shadowstorm timeline from 1940 up through 2020. We’ve got treatments for movies, video games, and a TV series, plus I’ve already begun the third book in the series.

*lights up at movies, video games & TV series* I can totally see Shadowstorm going multi-media like that. What is the next book about? Do you have a working title already?

G.T. ALMASI: The working title for the next book is Legion of Scorpio. It will conclude the events that began in Blades of Winter and continued through HAMMER OF ANGELS, while opening the door to the next major chapter in the series.

As we're a bookish crowd, what book are you currently reading and what are your thoughts about it?

G.T. ALMASI: I’m reading a biography of Robert F. Kennedy by Arthur Schlesinger, which is very illuminating about RFK specifically and the sixties in general. I also just re-read (again) Neuromancer to keep myself psyched up for my writing.
Aside from Legion of Scorpio, what other project(s) are you currently working on?

G.T. ALMASI: I’m writing Shadowstorm Book Three, Legion of Scorpio, and of course doing my thing at my day job. I’m also working on my German language skills, but that’s slow going. My grandmother and father each have a gift for languages, but I think that gift skipped my generation ;)
LOL, maybe Rosetta Stone can help you with that. Where can fans catch you?

G.T. ALMASI: I haven’t made a lot of appearances, but when Blades of Winter came out my publisher placed me on a panel at the NYC Comic-Con, which was a real blast. I’m based near Boston, Mass., so any events in the Northeast could be good opportunities.

I always check for fan mail and notes on my Facebook page or I can be reached at If anyone wants a signed copy of either (or both!) books, I’ll email them a snail-mail address to send their copy to. I’ll sign it and mail it right back.

Thanks again for sharing Shadowstorm gossip with me and Talk Supe's readers. Expect another annoying invite from me when League of Scorpio releases! 

G.T. ALMASI: Thanks for having me on Talk Supe, and happy reading! :)

I need Kalmers! 

Once again, G.T. Almasi almost made my heart stop and my eyes flutter with his fast-paced, action-packed series, Shadowstorm. HAMMER OF ANGELS is the bomb diggity and Alix "Scarlet" Nico's sheboomigans never fails to make me gasp, exclaim and clutch my ereader with a death-grip. HAMMER OF ANGELS is stuffed with fantastic spy adventures any reader will find it hard to put this baby down! This time around, Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin with the help of other agents go up against neo-Nazis in Germany. On top of this, clues to Scarlet's father's whereabouts is explored and led to such a jaw dropping discovery. Alix finally has closure over her dad, the best spy the agency ever had, Big Bertha, and his disappearance. She's finally reunited with her old man unfortunately, he's not exactly who Alix expected him to be. All I can say about that is that I need Legion of Scorpio NOW! Oh, and per usual, guns are blazing and bullets are flying everywhere complete with statement explosions designed to fire up our imagination. 

I can't gush enough about Mr. Almasi's amazing and very believable world building. The Shadowstorm world appears orderly on the outside but behind the scenes, spies are running the show. And oh how I love this spy game! A calculated ambush and carefully plotted missions executed by a chosen few can destroy a powerful organization or even topple a government. Plus the backstories are superb! Don't be intimidated by this alternate world G.T. Almasi created which is based on facts because he will help you get acclimated to his version fast. I wish history was taught the same way it was related in the Shadowstorm novels. I think I would've learned to appreciate significant events better if it was told in the style G.T. Almasi used to catch us up with his alternate history. With every mission and key player introduced, a brief "historical background" is inserted into the story to help us understand current events. Historical backgrounds are in the form of articles, old-school textbook snippets and high level communications that slowly but effectively shape Scarlet's world so one doesn't get lost in the shuffle.

Alix "Scarlet" Nico is one badass heroine you won't get enough of. Aside from her wisea$$ remarks and combat skills, Scarlet's attitude and approach on things is awe inspiring. First of all being a soldier, and a spy for that matter, Scarlet has seen a lot of gruesome things in her mission. Death is nothing new to her as she dances with the Grim Ripper on a regular basis. Scarlet is resilient and tough by nature but when she's with her mom and faced with issues concerning her dad, Scarlet turns into Alix. Sheds her tough exterior and turns into a devoted, loyal and vulnerable young woman. The Alix/Scarlet contrast is well-played adding layers to an otherwise hard-ass character. 

I would also like to briefly mention Lil Bertha, Scarlet's AI gun which used to be her father's. I'm not a gun person but Lil Bertha made me do phantom trigger pulls! Scarlet's baby is one heck of a weapon, it's like a character on its own. 

As a side note, the romance is very minimal in this series which I love. I do appreciate a good romance but not every story requires it. There's a play of attraction between Alix and her partners but it's not the focal point of the stories. If anything, the relationship portrayed is that between partners and teammates. Friendships rather than romance which I think is way more believable as opposed to random humping in obscure places because the characters are high on adrenalin it translates to lust. 

HAMMER OF ANGELS is another powerful punch c/o G.T. Almasi. Like I said, the series reads like a movie and Alixandra Janina Nico will take you for an adventure you'll never forget. So if you are fond of adrenalin, or should I say Madrenalin, infused tales, pick up Shadowstorm, you won't regret it.
"I think fire will be very 'in' this season." [Scarlet]
"Oh, most definitely," he [Darwin] answers. "Nothing says 'hip' and 'trendy' like being wreathed in flames."

"We're Americans. If we need something, we'll steal it."

"Another day older and a mountain of dead motherfuckers."

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G. T. Almasi graduated from RISD and moved to Boston to pursue a career as a graphic designer. While he built his design portfolio, he joined a band as the bass player, and wrote and designed the band’s newsletter. Once his career as an art director took off, he continued to supplement his design talents by writing copy for his clients.

As a novelist, his literary influences include Robert Ludlum, Neal Stephenson, and Hunter S. Thompson. He also draws inspiration from John Woo’s movies and Todd Howard’s videogames. Almasi lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Natalie, and their lovably stubborn dog, Ella.

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Tour Stop + Giveaway: Walk On The Striped Side by Jessie Lane

Walk On The Striped Side
Big Bad Bite #2
Jessie Lane
Paranormal Romance
February 25th, 2014
Does he have his claws in her for good? Or is she just yanking his tail?

Elena Demos’s life has been turned upside down. Her mother has passed away, leaving Elena and her two half-sisters to deal with their mother’s will and the crazy stipulations it contains. For the three sisters to inherit the substantial amount of money left behind, they have to go to work with two aunts they’ve never met, in the family business they’ve known nothing about, Amazons Inc. If that isn’t bad enough, she runs into the man who once broke her heart, and it’s only their first day on the job.

Gage Ivanov is a stupid beast. He let the woman who should be his mate go because she couldn't be told of his Other identity. Now, Elena’s back, but she refuses to give in to his demands for her to be his mate. The timing for all of this couldn’t be worse, either, because Gage and his circle of friends are trying to subdue a rogue pack of wolf shifters in Germany who threaten to out the Others to the world of humans. Will he be able to juggle the oncoming conflict and win back his mate?

Claws, love bites and handcuffs - OH MY!
Thanks, ladies! Talk Supe feels so special today because of this interview! Woot!

Big Bad Bite is here!!! So let's cheat on the blurb a little bit and tell us what to expect from WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE.

JESSIE LANE: There's a lot going on in WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE. Gage and his group are still trying to figure out the best way to go into Germany and rescue Marcus Corvus, the wolf Alpha being kept comatose and hostage from his rogue wolves. Elena piles more problems onto Gage's plate when she waltzes back into his life to inform him of her newly discovered Amazonian heritage and that she now works for the family investigative business, Amazons Inc. Elena is looking for Gage's sister Lulu because murder charges have been brought against her by the Ninth Circle Council, which is the ruling demon council in the Other Community. Gage's biggest problem in this book is the fact that his mate, Elena, won't give him the time of day. He broke her heart two years ago and now he's manning up to admit he was wrong and try and win her back. Needless to say Elena doesn't make that easy for him.

Sounds like a paaarrrtteeeyy!! Elena is an Amazon, which is sooo cool! I'm sure she'll be fierce and difficult. Is she going all Wonder Woman on us or is she more like the man hating archetype especially since Gage already broke her heart in the past?

JESSIE LANE: Elena and her sisters represent my vision of the modern day Amazon. Strong enough to fight in a man's world but feminine enough to admit they want someone to love them for who they are. You can say that they're their own sort of Wonder Women. 

Going back to Gage, the dude sounds like he had a d-bag moment and I can tell that Gage Ivanov has a lot on his plate. When the blurb calls you stupid, you know it won't be easy. What are his other redeeming qualities?

JESSIE LANE: I love Gage. I know authors shouldn't have favorites, but Gage is mine. I adore him. He's the epitome of the alpha male who's determined to get his woman no matter what he has to do. Including kidnapping and handcuffs. But underneath Gage's gruff exterior is a man with an intense love and need for his woman. He'd do anything for her... except let her walk away from him again. He's sexy, he's smart and loves Elena with every fiber of his being.

And you know we LOVE men like Gage! For those unfamiliar with the series, what is Big Bad Bite the series about?

JESSIE LANE: The Big Bad Bite Series focuses on the supernatural Other community that the humans are oblivious about. Each book features a different couple, but as a group of friends they face different obstacles together such as a threat of a rogue wolf pack that wants to expose Others to the world at large and take over. There's also a wee bit of an issue about the heroine of WALK ON HE STRIPED SIDE who is an Amazon working for her families investigate business hired to apprehend and hand over the hero's sister on the charges of murder.

Twitter style, sell WALK ON THE STRIPED SIDE to the readers.

JESSIE LANE: Claws, love bites and handcuffs - OH MY! #WalkOnTheStripedSide


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Elena started bucking in his hold, trying to force him to drop her. Silly human. As if she could force him to do anything. When he tightened his grip on her to keep her secure against him and quickened his steps towards the hallway that led to his bedroom, her frustration gave way to an explosion of angry words.

“You mother fuckin’, ball lickin’, hairball coughin’, oversized alley cat, douche juicin’, bastard!”

“Douche juicin’? That doesn’t sound very appealing. I hear there are creams for that if you need them, babe.” Gage crossed the threshold to his bedroom and walked over to the corner where he had his large, king-sized bed against the wall. He set his wiggling woman on the edge of the bed and then turned her body so that she faced him.

Quick as lightening, Elena brought her knee up, trying her best to land a blow to his nuts. He was prepared for the move, though, so he blocked the strike and then used his body to pin hers to the bed.

Frustrated, Elena spat out between her teeth, “Do they have a cream to cure Asshatism? I could finally get rid of you then.”

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

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Hotshots Anthology feat. Stacey Kennedy + Giveaway

Hot Shots
February 25, 2014
Contemporary Romance
"Fired Up" by Anne Marsh
Hannah Green watches for wildfires from an isolated fire tower in Sequoia National Park by day and radios Cajun firefighter Cole Henry at night to share carnal fantasies hot enough to start a forest fire. . .

"Sizzle" by Lynn LaFleur
When photojournalist Maysen Halliday arrives in Lanville to take calendar pictures of the sexiest firefighters in Texas, red hot Fire Chief Clay Spencer makes her want him for her own personal centerfold...

"Five-Alarm Masquerade" by Stacey Kennedy
With her home destroyed in a fire, Abby has only the muscular arms of a rock hard firefighter to hold her up and the dream of blazing hot nights of pure erotic pleasure to keep her going. . .

This book contains adult content

What Song Inspired Five Alarm Masquerade?
by Stacey Kennedy

Inspiration comes from some odd places sometimes, and other times it can be something as simple as a hearing a song. That’s what happened when I wrote the firefighter erotic novella, Five-Alarm Masquerade in the HOT SHOTS anthology.

Every time I listened to Rihanna’s song, Stay, featuring Mikky Ekko, it brought ideas! The song is so emotional and well, I’m an emotional writer so songs like that tend to hit a certain note with me. It puts me into the mind space that helps me feel what the singers are trying to portray…maybe even what the meaning of the song is, which usually ends up giving me an idea for a story.

Stay could have a hundred meanings, but it spoke to me on a level of needing a person beyond reason. That you can’t explain the pull to someone and you don’t want to—all you know is that you need the person in your life. Almost as if your world isn’t right without them in it. And that was the inspiration for my novella. Simply that the characters Abby and Gavin found something in each other that was special and something that they didn’t want to let go of.

So have a listen to the song that inspired my naughty firefighter novella:

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EXCERPT from Fire-Alarm Masquerade by Stacey Kennedy

On her tulip-lined pathway, Abby Hill stood, unable to move, barely able to breathe. She stared in horror as harsh smoke drifted through the air and fire licked out of the bedroom window of her Federal-style row house.
Firefighters passed by in a blur, portraying a sense of calm in the chaos. Though she’d heard things like possible electrical fire discussed among the men, the voices around her were distant. She wrapped her arms around herself, tears dampening her cheeks.
“Miss, you need to back up,” a low, smooth voice said.
“This can’t be happening,” Abby managed through her tight throat.
Firm hands gripped her arms and turned her to face warm green eyes with hints of brown around the irises. The firefighter, decked out in full work uniform with a 4 on his black hat, had dark soot on the right side of his squared jaw. His brows drew together with his frown. “Is this your house?”
Abby never thought of herself as a person who showed emotions to a stranger. Now, she could hide nothing. “Oh, God . . .” Hot sickness rolled through her and the world got dizzy, real fast.
His grip on her arms tightened. “I’m taking that as a yes.”
Before she could drop to the cement below, she found those firm hands belonged to strong arms as the fireman tugged her into his powerful body. He lowered her to the ground, settling her between his legs.
Abby pressed her head against his rough coat, which smelled richer with smoke than what lingered in the air. She held on tight to the coarse material, unable to let go.
Quick minutes passed, and soon the wooziness faded. All but sitting in his lap, she noticed the smoke wasn’t nearly as thick. When her spun around thoughts centered, that’s when she realized something didn't make sense. “Why is my bedroom window broken?”
The firefighter's thick thighs pressed against her, as did his arms. “We needed to break the window to evacuate the heat and smoke before we put out the fire.”
Somehow, being in his arms made facing what happened easier, or maybe the shock had worn off and she could process better. She noticed that no other windows were broken in her house. “Was the fire only in my bedroom?”
“Yes, you got lucky.” He shifted on his knees, yet didn't move away. “The fire was contained to the master bedroom.”
She gulped. “Lucky?”
He hesitated, and all the pressure around her faded before he squeezed his arms. “I’m afraid you can’t enter your house until the chief gives you the all clear. Do you have someone you can stay with?”
She gripped his coat, resting her head against his arm, tears trailing over her hot face. Though she noticed the firefighters coming in and out of house, and heard the loud conversations going on around her, she didn’t care she sobbed in front of strangers. “It’s gone.”
He leaned away and his gentle eyes held hers. “Abby Hill? Is that what I heard the police say?” She nodded and he waited for the car with the loud muffler to pass before he added, “What you have is a partial loss, Abby. Yes, your bedroom is gone. The rest of your upstairs might have smoke and water damage, but your insurance will cover it.”
She understood why he looked to her as if she was overreacting. In the scheme of things, this didn’t seem all that bad. “I don’t care about the rest of the house.” Her voice cracked. “The photos of my family were in my bedroom.” Ten years ago, a car accident had stolen away her parents, younger brother, and older sister. “It’s all I had of them. There’s nothing left.”
He rubbed her back, giving an understanding nod. “I’m sorry.”
Somehow, his response was better than, “At least you weren’t hurt, or it could’ve been worse.” Though there were positives in her current hell, it didn’t change the fact that every picture she had of her family was likely destroyed. Nothing else remained that proved they’d ever existed, except for their gravestones.
A moment passed as his eyes searched hers. “You have no other family that would have some photos?”  “Both my parents didn’t have siblings. There are a few friends of the family . . .” Her chest ached. “Possibly they have some, but it’s not . . .”
“Not the special pictures of you and your family,” he offered.
Her chin quivered. “Exactly.”
His lips pinched with his regard of her. The firefighter excelled at serving the public, she actually believed he felt bad for her. While she knew she should let him go, being a complete stranger and all, she couldn’t find it in herself to tear herself away.
Staring into his piercing eyes, she had the oddest sense that he didn’t want her to either. Something so sweet and pure passed in the air between them. A sensation of understanding that at this moment she needed more than anything. And how did that make any sense?
Why was being in a stranger’s arms providing her with such warmth and familiarity, and more than anything making her feel this safe?
“Where is she?” a familiar feminine voice snapped. “And if you dare tell me again that I can’t see Abby, I’ll remove your manly bits, you giant ass!”
Abby glanced over her shoulder, catching sight of Sierra, dressed in her typical black skirt and red blouse. Abby didn’t know how Sierra found out about the fire, but she didn't care; she needed her best friend.
Sierra’s blue eyes were narrowed and her bright red lipstick covered her frown as she gave the firefighter a glare promising a painful death. After a good stare down, the man gestured in Abby’s direction, then Sierra rushed forward. She yanked Abby into her arms. “Jesus, sweetie. Can you believe they wouldn’t let me through to see you?”
“It’s all gone.” Abby rested her head against Sierra’s shoulder, hugging her tight. “They’re gone.”
Sierra paused, then heaved a sigh. “Shit, this is awful. I’m so sorry, Abby.”
Of course, Sierra understood the depth of Abby's despair. Sierra had been there the night they worked on their high-school assignment together. That fateful night Abby didn’t go for her brother’s special dinner to celebrate his touchdown at the football game, and the night where the car carrying her entire family collided with the transport truck.
Leaning away from Sierra, Abby looked into her best friend’s teary eyes. “That’s all I had of them.”
Sierra gathered Abby’s hands. “You don’t have any pictures in your attic or storage?”
Abby shook her head. “I kept everything in my bedroom in a memory box. I wanted to scan them all, keep them safe, but—”
“Don’t do that to yourself," Sierra interjected with a soft voice. "You’re not to blame for this. It’s a horrible accident.”
Abby remembered hearing something similar from her therapist. Not that she thought she could’ve prevented the car accident that killed her family, but her guilt for not being with them that night had stayed with her for a long time.
With her therapist’s voice in her head reminding her she couldn’t stay in the past and mourn things she couldn’t change, she pushed off the cement pathway. She glanced around, seeing that the entire neighborhood was watching from the other side of the street, and she didn’t want to process the loss of photos under the scrutiny of onlookers.
Sierra must’ve read Abby’s thoughts, since she reached up and fixed Abby’s hair. There wasn’t a day that Sierra had let Abby walk out the door with a strand of hair out of place. She ran her fingers under Abby’s eyes, clearing away her mascara. “Let's get out of here.” She gave a small smile, wiggling  her eyebrows. “Unless you’d rather stay in the arms of that sexy firefighter.”
Abby blinked. “Who’s sexy?”
Sierra snorted. “Seriously?” She grasped Abby’s shoulders. “When I found you, you were in the arms of that.”
Abby spun to face the house and she discovered a man whom she suspected was the fire marshal, dressed in a blue uniform. “Am I missing something, or are you suddenly digging older guys?”
“Older guys?” Sierra stepped in next to Abby, then she frowned.  “Ew, not that guy.” She gestured to the garden off to the right. “That guy.”
Abby followed Sierra’s direction and her mouth dropped open. Though the firefighter’s attire made the man look bulky, she wondered how much of that was the gear, or if his thickness was due to a muscular body.
Standing near her front window, he chatted to another firefighter, who was slightly shorter than him. The height difference made the taller firefighter look masculine. He’d clearly noticed them ogling, since he caught her gaze.
Under his direct stare, funny things happened low in her belly. Odd, strange happenings, considering seconds ago, a soul-crippling despair had overwhelmed her. The fireman’s features portrayed more than confidence, more than strength, but she thought that came from the sexy, arrogant twinkle in his eye.
The firefighter broke the connection, and Abby exhaled. He turned to the other man and exchanged words. Then hotness packaged in firefighter gear approached. Similar to when she watched her bedroom burn, she froze.
She knew, with total certainty, her reaction was absurd. Her bedroom was destroyed, along with precious pictures, but her body flared with a heat so addictive and intoxicating.
Over Abby’s shoulder, Sierra whistled. “Holy hell—all he needs is the fire burning behind him and we’d have one of those perfect calendar shots.”
“No kidding,” Abby agreed.
On his way down the pathway, Abby scanned over his black boots, to the thick pants she knew had suspenders, and images of a shirtless man filled her mind. She swallowed, forced herself to stop thinking in the gutter, and focused on appropriate places, like his face.
That didn't help much—he had a chiseled face with masculine features, all making him way too noticeable. Lifting her gaze, she looked past his kissable lips that held a slight arch in the corners, and when his piercing eyes captured hers, she finally released the breath she’d be holding.
Whoa . . .
He was drop-dead gorgeous.
Once the firefighter reached her, he smiled. “You look like you’re feeling better.”
Abby blinked.
Sierra elbowed her in the side. “She’s much better, thank you.”
“Glad to hear it.” His voice wasn’t too deep, but low enough to sound smooth. “Do you have somewhere to stay, Abby?”
Her mind stuttered under how he said her name. As if he wasn’t stating a name, but the one word held powers making her feel like he noticed her, too. A hot shiver slid right down to her toes. “Um . . .
“She can stay with me,” Sierra interjected with a laugh. “Unless you’re offering—”
Abby jabbed Sierra hard in the side and Sierra cursed.
The firefighter chuckled, focusing on Abby. “Please give the chief the address and telephone number where you’ll be staying so he can get in touch with you. You’ll also want to contact your insurance company right away.”
She parted her lips to respond, yet closed them a second later.
Eyes squinting, lit with a twinkle of mischief, he said, “All right, Abby, you’re good to go.” His eyebrows creased. “Again, I’m sorry about your home.” He hesitated. “And your pictures.”
He turned, walking down her pathway.
Abby stared after him, her mind snapping into focus. On a gasp, she hurried to reach him. Just as he neared her front door, she grasped his bicep, giving his coat a tug. “Wait!”
Glancing over his shoulder, he looked at her hand before his gaze lifted. She nearly melted into a puddle of goo right there on her front porch. “Thank you for holding me like that. I know it’s not in the job description.”
He tipped his hat, giving a soft smile. “Maybe it should be.”

A professional technical writer, Anne discovered that getting laid off was actually A Very Good Thing. While looking for her next writing gig, she picked up her pen (well, okay, she used her writing as an excuse to buy a new Apple laptop) and started writing. She soon discovered that writing was uncomfortably similar to sit-ups: add a few more crunches each day, wake up sore, but, by God, you will fit into that bikini. Or finish the book (she’s still working on the bikini). Now she cranks out software manuals during the daylight hours– and writes about alpha shapeshifters the rest of the time.

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Lynn LaFleur was born and raised in a small town in Texas close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Writing has been in her blood since she was eight years old and wrote her first story for an English assignment.

As well as writing at every possible moment, Lynn enjoys reading, scrapbooking, photography, and learning new things on the computer. She’s a software junky and loves to try out new programs, especially anything to do with graphics.

After living on the West Coast for 21 years, Lynn now lives 17 miles from her hometown in Texas. She’s a romantic at heart and can’t imagine ever writing anything but romances. A full-time writer, she spends her days creating stories of people who find their happily-ever-after, sometimes with the help of an alien or psychic or vampire.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Supernatural, True Blood, Lost Girl, and Sons of Anarchy.

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