The Perfect Song for a Book

A lot of authors have  a playlist or a song for the books they write. This is easy when writing contemporary fiction/romance. It isn’t as easy when writing historical. Finding the perfect song to fit a book, a character, a series etc. is not really important but it is fun. I don’t search out a song. However, this evening a song came to me. It is a country oldie I heard on the radio and immediately I thought of Matt Seever from Midnight Kiss.

His song is “Gonna Take a Lot of River” by the Oak Ridge Boys.

You can watch and listen to the official music video.

Thankfully April comes in and heals his broken heart. :)

MIDNIGHT KISS Blurb:

Midnight Kiss-CoverUnjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on a Mississippi River steamboat. Her hopes to hide through the journey to St. Louis are dashed when a handsome white officer finds her. But instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters where she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have.

Matt Seever’s wife died four year ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. But his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn’t family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April’s not the trusting type and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target and there’s no backing down from this fight.

Together, April and Matt must brave heinous race prejudice crimes to find an enduring love.

Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | ARe

My Sexy Saturday: Alpha and Mate

I haven’t participated in My Sexy Saturday for a while. I thought it was time I offered a little snippet. I’m currently editing my historical shifter romance Alpha’s Voodoo

Here are 7 sentences from my WIP.

Unable to focus on the conversation all he could think about was his mate beside him. He shifted in his chair again, this time scooting a little closer to Violet. Instead of quelling the flame it fanned the fire even more. What had he been thinking? He considered scooting back, but that might seem odd. Most of the men were snuggled closer to the women than what was naturally considered polite. He’d suffer for Violet’s sake.

I encourage you to hop over to the My Sexy Saturday website and see the other author’s participating in this week’s howl worthy edition.

Conflict of Interest by Allyson Lindt is #FREE on iTunes

I’m pleased to do a blog swap today with my friend and fellow Liquid Silver Books author Allyson Lindt. We’re both participating in the first in the series free promotion on iTunes which runs until Oct 1.

If you haven’t checked out the Bits and Bytes series I encourage you to do so.

Here is the link to the free download on iTunes.

And hereis a little info on Conflict of Interest.

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Blurb

Kenzie propositions a sexy stranger in a coffee shop to prove to herself she’s capable of taking a risk. She doesn’t expect him to be sitting across from her the following Monday as her newest client. Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about what might have happened between them on a personal level if it weren’t for their professional relationship. He knows how to push her buttons, and she doesn’t want him to stop.

 

Scott has built his software company from the ground up to escape things like stuffy old men telling him how to behave, so he loathes his board of directors ordering him to make the public forget he doesn’t have a verbal filter. When his new publicity manager is the almost-fling he never expected to see again, he seizes the opportunity to have fun and still pretend he’s complying with the board’s edict.

 

Giving in to desire could mean both their jobs, but each “one last time” always leads to another. Now they have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to indulge this conflict of interest.

 

Excerpt

Kenzie twisted in the leather seat to face him, sinking into the oversized jacket draping her shoulders and wiping the rain from her face. The faint scent of his cologne swam through her thoughts. She studied him, soaking wet, shirt accentuating every line of definition on his chest.

 

He laughed and raked his fingers through his brown spikes, pushing the dripping strands off his forehead. “So you’d rather take your chances in the love van than the rain? At least now I know your limits. You’re not worried I might be bad news?”

 

“I know you’re bad news.” The way he didn’t filter his thoughts, but was still gentle and polite. The hint of mischief always lurking in his smile and promising something unknown. It was making her giddy, and nervous, and tingly all over.

 

She worked her fingers into the elastic holding her hair back and yanked it free, letting the loose strands fall around her shoulders. The ponytail had kept it from getting soaked, and it was nice to have the almost-dry warmth against her skin. She’d rather it was his hand again, but the moment seemed to be gone.

 

How had she ended up in this man’s car in the pouring rain, toeing the line of indecent conversation and fantasizing about stripping off his wet clothes? “The barista knows me. She saw us leave together.”

 

“So they’ll come after you when they find my body dead and mangled in a gutter?” His teasing smirk never faded.

 

She batted her eyelashes. “Yes. And the police will track me down, bringing my long string of kidnapping devastatingly sexy men to an end.”

 

“Sexy?” He leaned closer, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.

 

Crap, she hadn’t meant to say that. No, wait, this was perfect. She wasn’t being frigid anymore. She could do flirting. Especially when he made it so easy. Her voice was husky when she replied. “Definitely sexy.”

 

“And you’re going to devastate me?” His fingers lingered on her ear, tracing light lines, eyes searching hers. She inhaled sharply when he trailed down to her earlobe and then brushed the hollow behind it where her neck met her jaw.

 

Her heart hammered against her ribcage, and her mind argued with itself—half insisting this was grossly inappropriate and the other half saying she was thinking too much. He was a random stranger, not a client or an associate. Just a guy whose rough palm against her neck was driving her thoughts wild. “I wouldn’t mind trying.”

 

 

Conflict of Interest is Free on iTunes September 16-Oct 1 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/conflict-of-interest/id642641660?mt=11

 

Other places to buy Conflict of Interest:

Liquid Silver Books: https://www.lsbooks.com/conflict-of-interest-p782.php

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CKYEPK0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00CKYEPK0&linkCode=as2&tag=itsalwabothej-20

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conflict-of-interest-allyson-lindt/1115273894?ean=9781931761857

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-conflictofinterest-1186277-149.html

 

Find Allyson Lindt

Website: http://allysonlindt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allyson-Lindt/116062025108551

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllysonLindt

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt

 

About Allyson Lindt

allysonlindtAllyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

Fall Into Romance Blog Hop with Bake, Love, Write

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The weather is getting colder which means it is fall and we’re celebrating with the Fall into Romance blog hop! There are lots of prizes up for grabs. With over 100 authors participating I’m sure you can find a book to add to your reading list. :)

I have a new release.

Did you read that? No, it is not another historical romance book. Although Alpha’s Voodoo will release shortly. I was one of 105 authors to contribute to the Bake, Love, Write Cookbook.

When I was approached by Lois Winston I thought she had a great idea. Everyone loves desserts, right? And, although I don’t think I’m a great cook, there is no denying that food is a language of love.

In Bake, Love, Write I share a family favorite a recipe for apple pie.

 

Here is the blurb:

Bake Love Write CoverWhat do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

Authors include: Brenda Novak, Lois Winston, Debra Holland, Dale Mayer, Shelley Noble, Caridad Pineiro, Diana Orgain, Lisa Verge Higgins, Lynn Cahoon, Jasmine Haynes, Jan Carol, Meg Bellamy, Bobbi Chukran, Melissa Keir, Amy Gamet, Kristy Tate, Terry Shames, Barbara Phinney, Kitsy Clare, Raine English, Cathryn Cade, Haley Whitehall, Shilpa Mudiganti, Melinda Curtis, Jessa Slade, Jill Blake, Daryl Devore, Molly MacRae, Elizabeth Rose, Helena Fairfax, Lourdes Venard, Jessica Aspen, Maegan Beaumont, Kay Kendall, Elizabeth John, Victoria Adams, Cyndi Pauwels, Alice Loweecey, June Shaw, Donnell Ann Bell, T. Michelle Nelson, Nina Milton, Pam DeVoe, Skye Taylor, Conda V. Douglas, Pepper Phillips, Judy Alter, Cadence Denton, Lesley Diehl, Erin Farwell, Regan Walker, Kaye Spencer, Barbara Monajem, Kathleen Kaska, Catherine Kean, Rose Anderson, Suzie Tullett, Deborah Hughes, Cynthia Luhrs, Judy Baker, Alicia Dean, Leslie Langtry, Janis Susan May, Mitzi Flyte, Ruby Merritt, Renee D. Field, Kathryn Quick, Susan Cory, Judy Penz Sheluk, Kay Manis, Kathryn Jane, Debra Goldstein, E. Ayers, Chantilly White, Sloan McBride, Triss Stein, Ana Morgan, Adele Downs, L.C. Giroux, Pamela Aares, Nancy Warren, Barbara Lohr, J.J. Cook, Lynn Reynolds, Cori Arnold, B.V. Lawson, Lynn Franklin, M.L. Guida, Irene Peterson, Sue Viders, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Susan Santangelo, Sheila Seabrook, Elaine Charton, Sharleen Scott, Kathy Bennett, Jody Payne, Reggi Allder, Ashlyn Chase, Beverley Bateman, Susan Lohrer, Donis Casey, Barbara Leavy, Stacy Juba, Karen Rose Smith.

Buy Links: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bake-Love-Write-Authors-Dessert-ebook/dp/B00NO2DPTY/

Amazon Uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bake-Love-Write-Authors-Dessert-ebook/dp/B00NO2DPTY/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bake-love-write-lois-winston/1120365873?ean=2940150401860

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bake-love-write/id920146098?mt=11

CreateSpace (for paperback) https://www.createspace.com/4996888

GIVEAWAY:

Comment on my blog and share a piece of advice you’ve received on love or writing and you’re entered to win a .mobi (Kindle) copy of Bake, Love, Write.

Now I hope you will continue hopping to check out some of the wonderful authors participating in Fall into Romance. Here is the link: www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com

Also, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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Meet My Character – Blog Hop – Mark Afton Wolf Shifter

Thanks to M.S Kaye for inviting me to participate in this blog hop!

M.S. Kaye has multiple published books user her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she lives with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.

This hop is all about the author’s work in progress…

My work in progress is a historical paranormal romance novella. I’m branching out  of my strictly historical box. It is currently in the last round of edits.

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1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical?

Mark Afton…and he’s fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?

New Orleans in 1850 although most of the story takes place on a steamer.

3. What should we know about your character?

He is a lawyer who caters to the elite in New Orleans. He is also secretly a wolf shifter and, as an alpha, will be the heir to the Bayou Pack.

4. What is their main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

According to tradition Mark cannot take over leadership of the Bayou Pack without mating first. Unfortunately, he is having a hard time finding a woman who pleases both his human and wolf form. After a reading from Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau he is told that he will never marry but he will find a mate.

He didn’t know how that could be until he met Violet Creed on the Southern Rose steamer. The colored belle captures his heart, but can he get the stubborn woman to see that despite their differences they belong together?

5. What is the personal goal of your character?

At the beginning of Alpha’s Voodoo, he is just trying to unwind from his stressful life. By the end, he’s fighting for his mate’s love.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, can we read more about it?

Alpha’s Voodoo is the title of the new book. It is the first book in the Bayou Pack series. You can read an excerpt here.

Now to tag some more writers…

Allyson Lindt

About Allyson Lindt
allysonlindtAllyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

Website: http://allysonlindt.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllysonLindt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllysonLindt
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7024176.Allyson_Lindt
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt

Diane Saxon

DSC_0066Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall, dark, handsome husband, two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, one-eyed kitten, ginger cat, four chickens and a newly acquired plump, lazy black Labrador puppy called Beau – a name she may have to consider for a future hero.

After working for years in a demanding job, on-call and travelling great distances, Diane gave it all up when her husband said “follow that dream”. Having been hidden all too long, her characters have burst forth demanding plot lines of their own and she’s found the more she lets them, the more they’re inclined to run wild.

Author Website http://dianesaxon.com

Author Blog http://www.dianesaxon.com/blogspot.html

Author Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/authordianesaxon

Author Twitter: @Diane_Saxon

Author Goodreads Profile http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/19843221

Author Amazon Profile Page http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diane-Saxon/e/B00DDL4C5W/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Previous Books: Loving Lydia -Atlantic Divide Book 1

Flight of Her Life
Bad Girl Bill – Atlantic Divide Book 2
Finding Zoe – Atlantic Divide Book 3
Flynn’s Kiss – Disarmed & Dangerous Book 1

 

Tara Quan

TaraQuan_SGlobetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at http://www.taraquan.com/

Buy links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00B19HWJQ

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tara-quan

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/taraquan

Facebook Page Address: https://www.facebook.com/taraquanauthor

Twitter handle @LaylaTarar

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+TaraQuan
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/taraquan
Instagram: http://instagram.com/laylatarar
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ68qla6xrPE8a69mh9iV3g

 

Sandra Dauber

avatar3Sandra Dauber works on her first novel, a fiction dealing with a fragile ego-ed man making his way in a strange world, from her home in Washington with her husband, Alan, and two children, Brian and Tatianna.

Midnight Caller is #Free on iTunes! @lsb_lsbooks #histrom

Midnight Caller was chosen to be a part of Apple (iTunes) 1st in series free promotion.

This means you can go to iTunes and download a free copy from 9-16 to 10-1.

You can’t go wrong with free!

Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/midnight-caller/id687555277?mt=11

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Blurb:

When Emma Bennett’s husband dies in a carriage accident in 1865, she is released from her loveless, controlling marriage. Now she has a chance to find happiness and raise a family. But before she begins courting again she wants to experience her freedom. At the advice of the leading socialite in town, she takes a black lover to fulfill her sexual needs. His raw, masculine power awakens feelings she didn’t know existed. After the first touch she craves more.
Frederick works as a roustabout by day and moonlights as a prostitute. He knows better than to fall in love with his white client, but Emma enchants him the first time he calls on her. To keep them both safe, he works hard to put up barriers. Unfortunately, he can’t protect Emma from the slimy Mr. Hawthorne, who wants her as his bride. Frederick vows to keep her safe even if his forbidden love costs him his life.

Excerpt:

“You know, Mr. Hawthorne is interested in you.”

Emma gave a slight nod. Everyone in town knew Mr. Hawthorne was interested in her. Hank had forbidden the telegraph operator to come around her again, but now Hank was gone, would he pursue her?

“Mr. Hawthorne is a respectable man,” Mrs. Dimshire said.

A throbbing pain began above Emma’s left eye. Surely, the old lady wouldn’t try to set them up. Out of all the eligible bachelors in town…with his thinning auburn hair and long, homely face, he was as attractive as a gnarled tree. She couldn’t imagine sleeping next to him. Her lungs compressed, making each breath a chore.

“He isn’t my type,” Emma squeaked out. He was worse than Hank. He would be more than demanding and controlling. He would be jealous and overbearing, maybe even violent.

She picked up her cup again, hoping the tea would be soothing. It wasn’t. Her hands shook and she set the cup down before she spilled it on the white lace tablecloth.

Mrs. Dimshire’s wrinkled hand grabbed her wrist tenderly. Emma’s heart punched her ribs. The touch was probably meant to be comforting, but she felt trapped.

“Do you know how I get through each day without Connor?”

Emma shook her head.

“Whenever I feel the need to have a man next to me, I satisfy that need.”

Emma’s eyes bulged. Had the leading socialite in Louisville just said she shared her bed with a variety of men? But there would have been gossip, surely. No one had said a word.

Mrs. Dimshire’s eyes were sincere and she spoke as matter-of-factly as if she had just ordered a cut of beef from the butcher.

“I know you are not ready to remarry.” The older woman’s fingers slipped away from her skin. “But I thought you might like some male company once in a while.”

A thrill rushed from Emma’s head to her toes. Being with a man, no-strings attached. All the power and freedom she wanted. She could control the affair.

“Ah, I see the glow in your eyes,” Mrs. Dimshire said. “Yes, it is exciting and invigorating for a woman to take charge. I can tell you where to go. No one will ever find out.” Mrs. Dimshire paused and leaned back in her brown-and-burgundy striped chair. “And I trust you will keep my secret.”

“Yes, ma’am. Of course.” Going against Mrs. Dimshire would be social suicide.

“There is one thing though that might dissuade you,” Mrs. Dimshire said and then dabbed her lips with a linen napkin. “The men are colored.”