Tag Archive | Romantic Suspense

What happens when a Genie, a P.I. & a Socialite walk onto a blog?

Answer:

You get pulled into a world filled with humor, suspense, romance, love, magic, adventure, sexy-times and a whole lot more.

 

Please welcome friends and fellow romance authors; Sophie H. Morgan, DB Kennison, and Melanie Stanford to my blog as they brought along their fabulous novels, introducing you to a sexy, flirtatious Genie, mystery and heart-pounding, suspense-filled thrills, and romance for a party-planning socialite.

 

SOPHIE

He’s a Genie. She’s a mortal.

He’s a flirt. She’s definitely-certainly-absolutely done with charming men.

What happens when this Playboy runs across the one woman who doesn’t fall under his spell?

Magic of course.

Hailey has been given the chance of her career. All she has to do is plan and execute the perfect society wedding and she’ll get the promotion she’s been working towards. Too bad the groom is her ex-boyfriend.

Ryder hates seeing a damsel in distress and with a little genie magic is determined to make the sexy Miss Hailey have a little bit of fun. All she has to do is follow his lead and she’ll get everything she’s ever wished for.

Purchase HIS COMMAND here.
Check out Sophie H. Morgan’s website here.
Click here to follow Sophie H. Morgan on Facebook.

 

DB

Addiction, greed, envy, lust… They say every person has a dark side. All it takes to set it off is the right trigger.

With the woman who tried to kill her behind bars, private investigator Randi Lassiter is still suffering the effects of post-traumatic stress nearly a year later. And just as she and her cop boyfriend, Jon Bricksen, have finally settled into the routine of a happy couple, someone in town is murdered and the news threatens to send her down the rabbit hole again.

What Randi needs now is a case to focus on. When a missing person case waltzes into her office, Randi embraces the chance like the lone life preserver on a sinking ship.

Unfortunately, the client is her ex-husband, Stuart, and the missing person is the woman he’s now married to—her former best friend.

Randi’s decision to help the man she’s sworn to loathe for all eternity is so out of character that Jon questions not only her judgment but her mental health as well. To make matters worse, Randi begins to keep secrets from him, the kind that could ruin a relationship.

When Stuart is suddenly arrested for murder, Randi stubbornly stands by her ex and tries to clear his name, despite the evidence Jon has against him. Now pitted against one another, not only is the couple’s love tested but their survival against the dark side of a killer.

Purchase THE DARK SIDE here.
Check out DB Kennison’s website here.
Click here to follow DB Kennison on Facebook.

 

 

MELANIEPlanning a party is easy, falling in love is hard.

No longer content to be a Los Angeles socialite, Elizabeth Elliot starts her own party planning business: Excessively Diverted, making dreams come true one party at a time. She even knows how to handle those unruly party guests, like Antonio Reyes, the man who drank too much, insulted the décor, and didn’t know the difference between crudités and canapés. The nerve.

So when this same Tony Reyes demands she plan his daughter’s Sweet Sixteen, Elizabeth refuses, no matter how many dollar signs are attached to his name. That is until Elizabeth discovers her new business is in trouble. She must suck up her pride and work with Tony, despite how much she hates the man.

As Elizabeth gets to know Tony and his daughter, her clear-cut hatred starts to get muddled with feelings—the kind that could screw up the job, and her life, completely. She must decide whether risking her heart is worth it… but who has time for all that when there’s a party to be planned?

Purchase CLASH here.
Check out Melanie Stanford’s website here.
Click here to follow Melanie Stanford on Facebook.

 

PENUMBRA The Midnight Society: Book Two

PENUMBRA The Midnight Society: Book Two by Logan Patricks, is now available on Amazon.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series SEMBLANCE, I highly recommend you pick it up.

Logan stopped by for an interview on this blog earlier this year, you can read more about this talented author by clicking HERE.

 

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In one night, I lost everything: my hopes and dreams, my best friend, and Shadow’s heart. He told me he loved me, but it was just a lie.

The Midnight Society has fallen, reduced to ashes by a monster–a person whom we all once trusted. The betrayal has shattered our lives forever and Shadow, Lord of the Midnight Society, finds himself at a crossroad.

One road leads him further down the path of vengeance, filled with unending violence and dead bodies. The other road leads to me. However, our path to happiness is paved with broken glass and razor blades, and at some point, one of us is going to fall.

Welcome to the world of the Midnight Society.

 

Available on Amazon

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Dark. Gorgeous. Savage.

Please welcome author, Christine Zoldenz to my blog.

I first heard of Christine when I was updating my Goodreads book list and browsed around for a new-to-me-book. Christine’s book, BRUTALLY BEAUTIFUL caught my attention.

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Love Under Fire

Please join me in welcoming, Denise Agnew, multi-published and award winning author of an eclectic mixture of romances; contemporary, paranormal, suspense, and historical.

Denise joins me for a quick chat and we will be introducing you to Denise’s latest Trilogy, LOVE UNDER FIRE.

The Interview:

Selena: I know how much you enjoy Halloween, so thinking back what was your most memorable costume?

Denise: I always wanted to wear a witch costume. Always. BUT, I’d have to say when I was a kid I remember wearing a tiger costume one year. As an adult my most memorable costume was a French maid.

Selena: French maid, huh? I bet that launched a great time in the Agnew household, but I won’t ask you to expand since this is not a reality TV show where all private matters are exposed for the world to see. Speaking of reality TV, what’s your take on its popularity?

Denise: I think there are a few reality TV shows that aren’t bad if they are actual documentaries. When reality includes cruelty, snark, humiliation, and manufactured drama (which is what most of it is), then I don’t touch it with a ten foot poll. I don’t believe in censoring what’s on TV, but I also think if people are going to watch this stuff with their kids they ought to make it clear to the children that this is NOT the way to treat people and that cruelty and never-ending snark isn’t a good thing. I’ve seen a lot of that snarky attitude translate into social media/blogs and I have to admit I personally don’t care for it. It’s hard to say if it’s a chicken or the egg thing. Did people start becoming extraordinarily snarky and cruel because reality TV teaches children (and adults) that it is “okay” to be mean, or were people mean and the reality TV grew out of that. Obviously there are a lot of screwed up individuals out there both in reality TV and social media, and we’ve given them a bigger platform.

Selena: I agree with the mean-spirited type of reality shows and how that SHOWS impressionable children and teens that it’s cool and can even garner some kind of fame by being a bully and nasty. I wrote a blog about my disdain for shows like Toddlers and Tiara’s and Dance Moms. I think social media gives the bullies a larger platform, and it may have created some snark, from people who wouldn’t ordinarily be snarky, but find it easier to do since they can’t be seen. I think it’s more fun to play with fictional characters and give them a snarky attitude. 

Which brings me to my next question. If you could bring any of your characters to life and hang out with this character for the whole day, which one would you choose? What activity would you suggest you do with this character?

onelondonnight_200Denise: That’s a good question. Uh…um…uh….I have a lot of characters to remember. Probably the heroine in my novel One London Night. She’s from my parent’s era (WW2), and I feel her and I would have a lot in common, even though we’re from different time periods. We would tour London all day, I think.

Selena: When I asked you this question, my mind went to one of your hot military hero’s. *S* What draws you to write military heroes?

Denise: I’ve been surrounded by military people off and on through my whole life, so that’s part of it. Probably because of the patriotism, and the fact that these heroes can be both tough, tender, and protective at the same time. The mental toughness it can take to survive a military career, especially if you’ve been deployed to war zones, is a fascinating subject for me. Hey, my fascination goes on every day. My hubby was in the army for twenty years.

Selena: Speaking from personal experience and I know your husband is the same, a writer’s spouse is that extra lifeline we have and our best cheerleader, and with your husband having been in the military, I’m sure he provides invaluable research information. It’s evident in your military romances, they are authentic.

Choosing the heroine in One London Night is a good choice and touring London would be a great adventure, especially if you could travel back in time. If could put you in a time machine and get you back to your teen years, what advice would you give to an 18 year old Denise?

Denise:  That things will get better and that all that stuff that felt so important when we were teens isn’t important at all when you’re fifty. Well, it isn’t if you’ve matured and found some good balance and understanding in your life.

 Selena: Great advice and now for authors who would like to take on a trilogy, what do you think is the biggest challenge a writer faces when writing a trilogy?

Denise: Making sure each book is fresh, the plot is different in each story, and that the characters don’t sound too much alike. That being said, in this trilogy there were so many close ties that weaving all the bits and pieces together and keeping them straight was a huge challenge. Write a series and the same thing applies only ten fold. One of the reasons I don’t write a ton of series books is because it is twice as hard for me to engender enthusiasm in my own creativity when you’re dealing with some of the same characters and similar situations.

Selena: I would imagine it is difficult to have all the different couples maintain a different voice and even personalities. If one hero is comedic, then the writer needs to ensure the other hero doesn’t emulate the same type of humor. Quite a challenge. I love humor in books, movies, life in general and there are so many funny quotes out there in social media-land. Do you have a favorite quote that made you laugh out loud?

Denise: Oh my God. *LOL* That’s tough! I love Groucho Marx. Since we’re talking books, I’ll quote one of his:

“From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.” 

Selena: *LOL* I like that one! Denise, thanks for joining me on the blog today. Sudden Heat and Under Fire are both available. Can you let the readers know what to expect in the final installment of the trilogy?

Denise: As a therapist Lena Williams has worked with damaged vets and never wants a relationship with one. So her lust at first sight with sexy Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Rick Frasier is off the menu. Rick has never shied from danger or risk taking, but the overwhelming attraction he feels for Lena sends him into a tailspin. As they battle their feelings and escape a gunman intent on mayhem, they’ll find there’s a firestorm of desire inside them as furious and intense as any threat.

Selena: I really enjoyed all three and recommend the books to readers who love some suspense, heat, great sex scenes and hero’s who are trained to protect and serve.

Here are the book covers and blurbs and links for the first two books in the trilogy. Available at Amazon, Ellora’s Cave and other outlets where e-books are sold.

suddenheat_200Where do you yearn to be in the face of danger? In the arms of a man bound to serve, to protect and to love…

Librarian Melanie Falconer knows too well the horrors of war. Military men, as far as she’s concerned, are off the marriage menu. As maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding, she makes a mall run and lands straight into the arms of seriously hot marine Matt Frasier, the best man. Matt has seen too much violence, and his heavy attraction to Melanie promises to soothe his soul and set his body on fire. Gunfire erupts, the game is on, and Melanie and Matt fight for their lives and the heat exploding between them.

Inside Scoop: The couples in the Love Under Fire series find love through the crucible of a mall shooting event.

 

underfire_200When the stakes are high, there’s only one man she’ll trust when danger rips her world apart.

Kathleen McSwain truly understands the saying “always the bridesmaid, never the bride”. Was she nuts the day she agreed to be a bridesmaid for the eighth time? Especially when it means she’ll be in close proximity to rugged Army Major Jake Frasier-the man she fell in love with when they were in high school.

Being out of control is the last thing Kathleen wants, and Jake tempts her to be the wild woman she used to be. Jake is too hot, too disturbing, too stirring for her blood. But when gunfire strikes close, the fight for survival will forge a bond deeper than they ever imagined.

 

 

 

Whiskey Slush…for when the lights go out.

Please join me in welcoming, the multi-published, award-winning, eclectic Denise A. Agnew, as she talks about BLACKOUT paranormal romantic suspense novel.

Denise is also sharing a slushie-for-adults recipe for this week’s Tasty Tuesday— Whiskey Slush (recipe below).

Seeing In The Dark: Blackout by Denise A. Agnew

BlackoutLargeMany thanks to Selena for a chance to swing by and chat a moment about BLACKOUT.

Blackout is a paranormal romantic suspense that has a touch of post-apocalyptic flavor in it. Blackout is one of those stories where I twisted the genre.

How did I get the idea for this novel? In my neighborhood there’s an unoccupied house. It doesn’t look “haunted” but there’s something about it that feels haunted. The rosebushes and other plants get overgrown and eventually someone cleans them up.

What if a hero and heroine were inexplicably drawn to the house, and what if a solar flare also threatened to turn their world into chaos? That was the first spark for Blackout.

The heroine has spent the last ten years rebuilding her life after witnessing her abusive husband commit suicide and surviving the 2004 tsunami. She’s vacationing in the Colorado mountains when a solar flare takes out the grid.

The hero is an ex-marine, and currently a Federal Marshal. He’s spent much of his life erasing childhood memories too horrible to remember. Until he sees the heroine, and primal male instincts to protect come to life. When the world goes to hell, he realizes he’d do anything to protect her.

Praise for BLACKOUT

“Do you have an appetite for romance with a paranormal twist? If so, then Denise Agnew may have just the right recipe in Blackout. She starts with strong characters each with a secret or two, she then adds a creepy old house and a handful of unique townsfolk. Lastly she sprinkles in unforeseen events and adds that dash of spice! This is a dish best served on a dark evening or better yet on a stormy afternoon. Sit back in your favorite chair with the beverage of your choice and enjoy!”

–Lezli Polm, author of Thin Is The Veil: A Haunting Memoir

Cassie Kovac has had to face the prospect of losing her life not only once, but twice. The first time she survived a tsunami, the second time she is facing evil that will not only kill her, but destroy the world around her.

Ex-marine Neal Griffin has a dark—and in his mind—shameful past, one that he has tried to come to terms with, keeping his secret that haunts him close to his chest. He also keeps Cassie close to him once he meets her and does everything in his power to protect her from the dangers that lurk in their vicinity.

Blackout is a wonderful mix of suspense, paranormal, mystery, steamy romance and characters that you will root for at every turn.

Denise Agnew has done it again, as she takes the reader through a series of suspenseful moments, twists that will intrigue you, all the time weaving a complex relationship between Cassie and Griff that steam up the pages. –Selena Robins

To read an excerpt and learn more about Denise’s novels, please visit click HERE to visit her website and blog.

Blackout is available at:

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Whiskey Slush by Denise Agnew

At first thought I wondered, how good could something called whiskey slush be?

Hell, its got whiskey? How could it not be good?

Ingredients:

7 cups water

½ to 1 cup of sugar depending on taste

2-4 teabags

1 12 oz can frozen lemonade

1 12 oz can orange juice

2 cups whiskey

7-Up, Sprite or ginger ale

Directions:

Bring water and sugar to a boil, then cool.

While water is boiling steep 3 to 4 teabags in 2 cups of water and discard teabags.

Mix lemonade, orange and 2 cups of whiskey together.

Now combine all the Ingredients: and freeze.

To serve: scoop slush mix into a glass and pour 7-Up, Sprite or ginger ale over the slush.

Ah…good stuff!

 

 

 

Romance, Magic & Mayhem

Please welcome Moira Keith to my blog as she discusses her latest romantic, urban fantasy novel, Blood and Moonlight – Moonlight Trilogy Book One.

Moira is also giving away TWO COPIES of Blood and Moonlight. (Contest details below)

About Moira Keith

Moira Keith has a penchant for men in kilts, is a lover of shoes, a connoisseur of Guinness, baker of cupcakes, and an overall complete mess! As an author of paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance, Moira Keith’s stories are often filled with the magic of love and the mayhem that ensues, threatening to keep her couples apart. Moira lives in Las Vegas with her twin zombie sons, a beta, and a turtle.

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Summer Reading

Looking for a book to enjoy by the poolside, beach or lazing around your back yard for the summer? I’ve compiled a list of books that I have read (plus my own for a little self promotion) that you may enjoy checking out for your summer reading pleasure. Books range from time travel, romance, comedy, mystery, historical, thrillers, paranormal, military, suspense, sexy and more. A great eclectic selection.

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