Interview with Juliana Haygert, Author of The Demon Kiss

What can you tell us about your new release, The Demon Kiss?

The Demon Kiss is a fun, action-packed book about a girl who ends up at an academy for demon hunters. It is set in the Rite World universe, where some other books of mine are also set, but this series can be read by itself. It was a little different than my other books and very exciting to write it. I’m already half-way through writing book 3 and I love seeing where this story is going. I hope my readers like it just as much as I do! 🙂

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I started writing when I was 13yo after my Portuguese teacher had assigned the class to write a short novella. I was already an avid reader because of my mother, so I loved books and stories. I wrote that novella really fast, and started another right away. And then another … and another. I never really stopped writing, but I also never considered actually publishing anything until around 2010 or so.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Does the Harry Potter series count as one? lol So that is one. The A Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas is another one. The Ramses series by Christian Jacq is one I read very young and I still think about it often. Also the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. And last but not least, the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I know I cheated there by picking series instead of single books, but this is better. 5 books is too little 😉

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

J.K. Rowling. I would ask her if I could take her brain for myself LOL But seriously, I honestly don’t know what I would ask her. I just wanted to sit by her side and bask in her awesomeness. Besides a great writer, she’s a great human being, and that makes her practically perfect.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being immersed in a new, different world, with magic and all kinds of possibility. You can make up anything, be anyone. It’s awesome.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at 6am, go to my office, check all business stuff (emails, FB messages, ads, etc). Then the kids wake up and I get them ready for school (though it’s summer now and they sleep in a little). I drop them off, then come back home to write. I also workout before picking them up from school. Then once they are home, I don’t write anymore. I might check emails and/or ads, but I don’t “work” anymore. I’m theirs then. The husband soon gets home, and we have family dinner all together. That’s it. Pretty boring, but I like it.

What scene in The Demon Kiss was your favorite to write?

I wake up at 6am, go to my office, check all business stuff (emails, FB messages, ads, etc). Then the kids wake up and I get them ready for school (though it’s summer now and they sleep in a little). I drop them off, then come back home to write. I also workout before picking them up from school. Then once they are home, I don’t write anymore. I might check emails and/or ads, but I don’t “work” anymore. I’m theirs then. The husband soon gets home, and we have family dinner all together. That’s it. Pretty boring, but I like it.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“Treat others as you want to be treated” … simple like that 😉

Juliana Haygert is the author of the new book The Demon Kiss.

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THE REST OF THE STORY by SARAH DESSEN

“If life is a journey, wouldn’t you rather be the person behind the wheel than the one just being carried along?”

From the minute we started reading The Rest of the Story we were immediately transported back in time. It’s been some years, pre blog days, since we’ve lived between the pages of a Sarah Dessen book and boy, we’ve missed her. This book felt like coming home, wrapping ourselves up in the sweet, relatable characters synonymous with Sarah Dessen’s stories.

There was much to love about this story and it’s something Sarah Dessen does extremely well. This author takes her time allowing the reader to become a part of the story and connect with the characters.  The core of this story is family and friendship in all it’s complicated glory.

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The Best New Romance Novels | June 2019

The Best New Romance Novels | June 2019

Summer is almost here and you know what that means? Time to stock up on some hot new book boyfriends to read out in the sun! You won’t want to miss these sensational new romance novels by Alexa Summers, Emma Calin, Loni Ree, Kelli Callahan, Jo Watson, and Lauren Blakely. We hope you enjoy!


Model Behavior

by Alexa Summers

Release Date: May 22, 2019

Hannah Fray is a down and out model in New York City. After being betrayed by her friends and family, she is trying to scrape by. That was until she met bad boy model-turned-designer, James Tipton. James wants her to be the face of his upcoming line and is determined to make her the next ‘it’ girl. It is instalove between them, but past betrayals for James and Hannah make it hard for either of them to commit while in the spotlight.

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Power

by Emma Calin

Release Date: May 27, 2019

The new standalone novel in Emma Calin’s Passion Patrol romantic suspense series… When a thug pulls a knife on a London street, rookie police officer Olivia Johnston-Denny steps up. When the irresistible congressman Jackson T. Paine intervenes, things change forever. She is a fiery Scot and he’s the cool Oklahoma boy. Tipped as a future president he has many enemies that plot his downfall. But he has one invincible weapon… a woman in love.

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Blake’s Bombshell

by Loni Ree

Release Date: June 4, 2019

Lucy Steele just wants a night out so she can drink away her problems and forget the train wreck happening in her life. Then a hot stranger offers to distract her from her troubles… and she accepts. But that one night ends up turning her life upside down. That stranger ends up being a close associate of her family. To avoid the drama, she runs and tries to put that night behind her.

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My Bully’s Daddy

by Kelli Callahan

Release Date: June 11, 2019

I was standing on the side of the road and wearing nothing but a blanket. Then I met him. He was the hottest guy I had ever seen and I wanted to believe he was a miracle. I gave him my innocence before I even knew his last name. I quickly found out that was a huge mistake. It turns out that I am not the only one that calls him Daddy… so does my bully.

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Love You, Love You Not

by Jo Watson

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Poppy Peterson used to be an actress on a popular telenovela until her character was killed off. Unfortunately, dead characters can’t pay the bills and she’s about to be evicted if she doesn’t pay her rent… Ryan Stark is a tough boss. He’s been through five assistants in the last two months alone. Now no one wants to work for him. But he needs someone to meet his demands. Poppy has been an assistant before – well on screen as Ramona Gonzales that is. How hard can it be?

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: June 10, 2019

My ex-fling is now working in the same practice as me… and she’s my business partner’s daughter. But that was seven years ago and barely lasted a week. Except Sloane is still the one woman I can’t stop thinking about. She is sexy, brilliant, and captivating. Maybe a week of taking her to new heights will get her out of my head?

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Interview with Loni Ree, Author of Blake’s Bombshell

What can you tell us about your new release, Blake’s Bombshell?

Blake’s Bombshell is the second book the Ryan Family series. It’s a short, steamy romance that follows characters I introduced in Lukas’ Angel. In the beginning, I didn’t intend to write a story about these characters, but one of the main characters, Blake, became a more central character in the other books, and I changed my mind and decided to write their story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Years ago, a college professor encouraged me to publish my early work, but between work and family, I never found the time. I have always been an avid reader, and after years of dreaming of publishing a book myself, I finally took the time to make my dream a reality.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This question is too hard to answer. I have read so many books, and I have many favorites. My favorite book of all time is Wrong by Jana Aston. Out of the thousands of books I’ve read in the last thirty years, a handful of them stands out, but Wrong is my favorite of all.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Reading is my escape from the chaos of everyday life, and I like stories that make you forget about the stress in your life for a little while. I love to write the same type of stories that I have always read, and I get caught up in my characters’ lives. The fun part is deciding what they’ll have to go through to get to their guaranteed happily ever after.

What is a typical day like for you?

Every day is a new challenge for me. I have a hectic life between juggling my new writing career and my old healthcare career and my family, I don’t have any free time.

What scene in Blake’s Bombshell was your favorite to write?

I had a great time writing the entire book. At first, I thought it would be a short thirty or so page short story to quickly describe how Lucy and Blake threw a wrench into the Sterling-Ryan/Steele Company merger. The story took on a life of its own and grew until one day, I realized it had become a full novella.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Life is good! I say this about a thousand times a day, and I honestly believe it. I always tell people, if what you’re doing, makes you miserable, move on. Life is too short.

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Interview with Alexa Summers, Author of Model Behavior

What can you tell us about your new release, Model Behavior?

Model Behavior is book two in my Slow Burn Series. I’m a fan of slow burn romance. After writing a historical/fantasy steamy romance trilogy called Maid for Majesty, under the pen name AJ Phoenix, I wanted to try Contemporary. In my twenties, I worked several jobs within the entertainment industry, and saw the life of those that live in the fast lane. I thought it would be an interesting setting for a series. The first book in the series, Touchdown, was in the sport entertainment world. Model Behavior takes place in the fashion world. There are cameos from some characters from one book to the next, and the books can be read in any order.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My fifth-grade teacher always believed I should become an author and told my parents so. She once entered one of my stories into a contest, and it was published. I ended up getting a career in education, but couldn’t find much work. With the extra time I had, I wanted to take up more reading. One day after finishing a book and looking for something else to devour, I got a story idea and began tapping at my keys. After that, I didn’t want to stop.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Are you kidding? I have a top five for every genre! How about I tell you what I’ve been reading lately? Right now, I’m reading, Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell. I’m up to date of Penelope Bloom’s Objects of Attraction Series, and next up I’m reading Lauren Blakely’s, The Dating Proposal.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

What a fantastic idea! I’d love to do literary talk show. I’d want to ask most authors where they get their ideas from and what their process is. I’d also like to see their writing space!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

All my life, people have commented that I ‘drift away’. When I write, I’m in my own little bubble and can imagine and reimagine stories. The best part is, I can come and go as I please.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a mama, so there’s no typical day for me. My children are two and four and my day-to-day my schedule changes per the needs of my family. On a day where I write, I drop my son off at school, get some play time with my daughter. While she naps, I sneak away to my office and tap at the keyboard. Writing is my passion and my escape; it’s my me time.

What scene in Model Behavior was your favorite to write?

Aside for the steamy scenes, there were two scenes I enjoyed writing; the Meet Cute and Hannah’s visit to Central Park. With the Meet Cute, I loved the building tension between my main characters and the banter of Donna and Alexandra. Hannah’s time in Central Park is unexpected, and not something I’d normally write, but it seemed appropriate for Hannah and James. It fit with the rest of the story. I can’t say much more about that scene without giving away spoilers.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” I know. It’s not exactly inspirational, but it describes how I live.

Model Behavior: A Steamy Fashion Romance (The Slow Burn Series Book 2)

 

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Interview with Emma Calin, author of Power

What can you tell us about your new release, Power?

Power is the latest in my steamy romance series about tough but sexy girl cops. All life, human and animal is about Power and the desire for it. Cops have power but are constrained by the law. Crooks have no boundaries and that gives them a unique power. In this story a young American congressman on the way up seeks to be president but also rejoices in his power to bring erotic joy to his woman. Power is just a way of describing relationships, the universe and the human condition.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

As a kid I loved stories. The saddest day of my life was when I realized that magic wasn’t true. I loved bible stories, movies, newspapers, comics and of course books. A neighbor gave me an old fashioned book called “Missing From Home” by a writer called Geoffrey Trease. I loved it so much but lost it somehow in a house move. I just wanted to write stories like that. I had a teacher who thought I had a gift for writing whereas most people said I was plain useless. I think of her every time I write.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy.
2. A Round-Heeled Woman, Jane Juska
3.The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffeneger.
4. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
5.The Davinci Code, Dan Brown.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Tough question….I think it would be Jane Juska who wrote A Round-Heeled woman. She wrote shamelessly about the female sexual need and I’d ask how people around her responded to her frankness. In her book she clearly liked and admired men so I might ask her what she thought of feminism in 2019.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Simple – Power! I can create the characters I want and maybe get the kind of results I want. The truth is that my deepest relationships are with the characters in my books. The saddest thing about writing is when I write that last sentence and we kind of say goodbye. Maybe that’s why each of my standalone books brings back old friends from earlier stories. I love seeing how they’ve evolved. The oddest and most marvelous thing about writing is that once the characters come to life, they are unique individuals who pull the story along outside of my own will. When this happens it does feel weird but it’s one of the greatest joys in writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

The truth is that a writer spends more time on promotion and publicity than on actually writing books. My day starts with my in-box and social media activity. As soon as I can, I get down to writing. To get back into the “feel” of the story I read and re-write the stuff from the day before. Once I start writing I do tend to lose track of time and snap back to life when my partner tells me he’s fixed dinner or it’s time for bed. At least three times a week I try to get out for a tandem cycle ride, a river trip in our kayak or a long brisk walk. I just don’t have the knees for running. While I’m waiting for the computer to warm up or loading a video I have some free weights and do some exercises. Later in the day I speak to my partner about police procedures and matters of law (he’s an ex London cop) to ensure that things stay accurate. I’d like to say I have a glass of wine but currently I’m on a diet and I try not to tempt myself. I have to confess that stuff like shopping, dusting and domestic dross get lost or pushed aside.

What scene in Power was your favorite to write?

I shouldn’t admit it but I do like the sex scenes because they really are a challenge. You can end up repeating the same stuff that readers have seen so many times. I have to feel I’m there and at the end I know if I’ve hit the spot if I need a cold shower or …..you know, to calm myself down in some way. In the final session of Power, Jackson and Olivia make love. In the course of their story she has learned a lot about life and her own nature. In her need to embrace the animal in all life, however civilized, she bites his flesh to discover a new aspect of her uninhibited self. If I can cheat and add another scene it would be a daring chase across the Bay of Naples in kayaks. I loved writing that because it was very much from experience.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Yes, I do and just wish I could always stick to it. It goes “If you’re not on top of the job, the job is on top of you.”

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Interview with Lauren Blakely, author of Satisfaction Guaranteed

What can you tell us about your new release, Satisfaction Guaranteed?

It’ll make you purr!! Especially if you’re in the mood for a sexy, swoony second chance romance! Plus, it’s a return to my readers’ favorite genre from me — the male POV rom-com!

What are you reading right now?

I’m loving Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and when I finish that I’ll dive into Super Fan by Sarina Bowen, who I adore

What is a book you can return to again and again?

Harry Potter! Naturally. I read and listened to it many times with my son and now my daughter is on the 6th book so it’s fun to experience it again through her excitement!

What’s rocking your world this month?

Popcorn! Gah, is there anything more addictive than black pepper chia seed popcorn? I think not!

What scene in Satisfaction Guaranteed was your favorite to write?

I LOVED writing the scenes where Malone, our hero, is at the lounge-bar where he moonlights as a crooner after hours. I just love the crooner vibe!

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New Romance Books to Read | June 11

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Lauren Blakely, Emma Calin, Kelli Callahan, Jo Watson, Alexa Summers, Loni Ree, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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The Story Behind My Bully’s Daddy by Kelli Callahan

By Kelli Callahan

What would you do if you found out that the man you’ve fallen for is your worst enemy’s father?

That’s the premise of this story. There are a lot of popular bully romance books out right now, and I thought it would be fun to explore that genre in a totally different way. The Once Upon a Daddy series takes a lot of popular tropes and flips them upside down in order to give the reader something that’s a little different from the normal older man/younger woman romance laced with a hint of Daddy kink. The books are steamy enough to make a lonely housewife blush while delivering a healthy mix of drama and angst to get to the happily ever after the characters deserve by the last page.

In My Bully’s Daddy, you get to meet Hannah. She’s a student at Bradford Academy and constantly bullied by the Bradford Elite, namely the self-proclaimed queen of Bradford Academy, Bianca Carter. She’s looking forward to her mother getting a new job so that she can leave Bradford Academy behind, even if she has to graduate with strangers. Make no mistake, Hannah is no pushover, but it’s hard to fight back when you’re fighting alone. After an unfortunate run-in with the Bradford Elite after a school event, she ends up naked and forced to walk home in nothing but a blanket.

That’s when Justin comes along, her knight in a shining Maserati. He offers her a ride and even tries to call the police when he realizes that she’s injured. Hannah just wants to go home, so when Justin asks about her age, she tells him that she’s in college, and her injuries are the result of a prank by her sorority sisters. Justin has his concerns, but he agrees to just drive her home. On the way, he realizes that she’s naked under the blanket and isn’t sure how she’s going to get into her house since she confesses that her mother is out of town. In fact, he’s worried that she might not even live there, and maybe trying to rob the place.

Hannah’s attempt at breaking into her own house goes awry when Justin confronts her, but once again, he proves to be a hero by offering to let her stay at his place for the night.

Hannah has never met anyone that has treated her with that much kindness, and she can’t deny that Justin is the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, even if he is older than her. Justin is having the worst week of his life after signing his divorce papers and discovering that his ex-wife was cheating on him with his best friend. His daughter is also out of control, and he’s not there to keep her in line. Hannah is a breath of fresh air, but he struggles with his attraction for someone so young, especially when she needs to stay for longer than just one night…

Giving in to their desires is just the start of this story because neither of them will see what’s coming when they finally discover the truth.

One little lie.

One very big secret.

And then things get very, very complicated.

Get ready, and leave your panties at the door, because My Bully’s Daddy is one wild ride.

Kelli Callahan is the author of the new book My Bully’s Daddy.

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STORM and FURY (The Harbinger Series Book #1) by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT

“You want to see the stars?” Zayne asked...
”Then hold on tight, Trin. I’m going to get us as close as we can.”

Storm and Fury is a YA paranormal with eighteen-year-old heroine, Trinity Marrow who has lived a very sheltered life in a compound guarded by Wardens, hiding an ability which only she possesses and keeping a low profile because of who and what she is. A secret weapon waiting to be unleashed on the world joining the fight against demons, Trinity is a force to be reckoned with. Suffering from a progressive eyesight disorder she trains for a darker future, knowing what’s coming and realising that every single demon will hunt her upon discovery.

Storm and Fury is everything we love about the YA paranormal genre. It had the supernatural wonder of gargoyles, demons, angels, and ghosts. Kick-arse action and a slow burn romance. We were compelled by the fantasy and intrigued by the mystery whilst we laughed at the brilliantly placed humorous banter.

If you’re a fan of the Mortal Instruments series you’ll love this one! Get ready for Gargoyle shifters, Witches, Demons in various guises, Fallen Angels and everything that exists in between….By the way…who knew Gargoyles were so H.O.T!!!!! We are counting the days for more….

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