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.”

Write Tip Wednesday: Starting in the Right Place

Welcome to a very late edition of Write Tip Wednesday. I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been bogged down in home renovations, but this has been on my mind lately so I thought I’d share.

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Openings are perhaps the most difficult to get right. I constantly struggle with this. The opening needs to show what the characters lives are like before the life changing moment. This establishes their history, who they are, and sets up the change which will set the rest of the story in motion. I have a tendency of spending too much time in the opening showing how my characters lived before their perfect little world was shattered.

I like my characters. Perhaps subconsciously I want to delay hurting them. I don’t know. Good thing I have beta readers who tell me what I have to cut. If you spend too much time on the opening then it slows the pace of the story and while readers need to get to know your characters they don’t need to know everything that has happened to them since they were born, lol. Okay maybe I was exaggerating, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Here is the deleted scene from the opening of Midnight Heat. George isn’t sure he is ready to be domesticated. He needs to get away from his brother’s children and start a life of his own.

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St. Louis, Missouri

September 14, 1868

George hesitated entering the house. Lately chaos met him every time. His stomach rumbled and the faint whiff of Emma’s fresh baked biscuits forced him to open the door. One-year-old David threw his arms open wide and toddled toward him on chubby legs.

“Watch him!” Emma shouted.

His sister-in-law stood in the kitchen cradling a wailing Katie in one hand and stirring gravy with the other.

David stumbled and fell to the ground before George could catch him. He sat on the floor and let out an ear-piercing scream.

George cringed and backed away, ready to turn tail and run. This was too much for him.

Emma shot him a look so hard it would turn him black and blue. “Don’t you dare just leave him there,” she said in a threatening tone.

George swallowed hard. “Yes, ma’am.” He picked David up. “Shh, it’s all right, little man.” David cried, tears streaming down his cheeks. George rocked him in his arms. “Shh. I know it scared you. Shh.”

Finally, he settled down, and Katie seemed to have cried herself to sleep. Emma let out a loud sigh. She looked at her wits end. David was handful enough. Why did she even want a second child? He needed to get out of here and start a life of his own. He heard the docks calling his name. It was his only chance of an escape.

Suddenly a rotten stench permeated the air. George wrinkled his nose and held David at arm’s length. Oh that was nasty. So much for his appetite. He glanced over at Emma silently pleading for help.

She laughed. “That diaper is all yours, uncle. I just got Katie to sleep. If you want me to finish this meal any time soon she better stay that way.”

Grrr. Frederick had agreed to be a father, he didn’t. As long as he lived and worked on their farm he’d be roped into child care whenever it was needed.

He was eighteen. He was a man. It was time he struck out on his own.

Frederick stepped into the house, panting and sweaty. He’d been weeding since sunrise. “Breakfast ready?”

“Soon,” Emma said.

George passed David to his father. “He needs his diaper changed.”

Frederick smiled down at him. “You sure do.” He carried David into the bedroom.

George helped Emma set the table. Chores not involving babies he could handle.

“Mare will be foaling in a couple months,” Frederick said, sitting down with David in his lap.

George nodded. “Good.”

David giggled and grinned at Frederick.

“He’s missed you,” Emma said. “I’ll put Katie in the cradle and be right back.”

Emma returned and kissed Frederick before sitting beside him.

Frederick and Emma had their own life now. He just felt in the way or ignored half the time. He put in hard hours in the field with Frederick but had very little to show for it.

“I’m leaving this afternoon,” George announced.

“What?” Frederick said. “Where are you going?”

“It is time for me to make my own way in the world.”

Blurb:

Living in St. Louis, Missouri, is a nightmare for Allison. It is 1868, but for her slavery never ended. After enduring years of abuse, she reaches her breaking point. She sees a fiery death as her only escape. She did not expect to live through the night, but George came to her rescue and changed her plans. Now she has a chance to fulfill her dream of falling in love and having a normal relationship with a handsome black man. But will he accept her with her baggage and the dark secrets from her past?

At eighteen, George is ready to make his own way in the world. He leaves his brother’s farm and gets a job as a roustabout. Working on the Mississippi River gives him the freedom he craves. Going ashore one night he sees a shack along the waterfront on fire. He never expected to find a beautiful colored woman trapped inside. Protective instincts kicking in, he instantly wants to be her man and take care of her.

Will he be able to gain her trust and love or will the memories of Allison’s painful past burn their relationship to cinders before it has begun?

My Issues with #Reading Civil War Fiction #cw150 #books

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Those of you who know me probably think this kind of odd. The Civil War is my favorite time period. I love reading Civil War diaries and letters. I love researching the Civil War, and most of the stories I write are set either right before, during, or right after the Civil War.

So why do I have issues with reading Civil War fiction?

No, it has nothing to do with reading my competition. Although some writers refuse to read in the genre they write, I do not adhere to that particular belief. It is better to see what other authors are doing than avoid them altogether. I’ve learned a few writing tricks that way!

My problem lies in the fact that I spend hours writing and editing my own Civil War fiction. Reading gives people an escape. Reading takes you into another world and away from your current stresses. I just can’t seem to get into other Civil War fiction stories. They no longer provide that escape for me.  It is sad, and I hope this will pass. I am wondering if I just need a break altogether. The last historical romance I wrote Wild and Tender Care was set in the Old West and that was a refreshing change.

I want to be able to enjoy reading Civil War fiction again!

Fellow authors – have any of you experienced a similar problem?