Monday, February 18, 2019

Featured Author: L. Simpson


Welcome Today's Featured Author  
L. Simpson!!!
 
 


Beyond Today

The price of forgiveness
When Hannah meets Howard, the elusive best man in her friend's wedding, Hannah is instantly drawn to the damaged alpha because they share a connection that makes her heart race and her head spin. But his past, his family and how he slaked his sexual needs keep him prisoner, and challenges her faith in people. With time, Hannah sees the real him, but when he does the one thing she can’t accept, her own demons whisper: Run away from the only man who has ever made her heart full.




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Love Sabre
Seven Aussie authors decided the most purple prose phrase they could think of was, “Sheathe your love sabre.”
So, naturally, they agreed to each write a story that included the phrase. From those auspicious beginnings, the Love Sabre anthology was born. From spicy hot to sweet, each Love Sabrist has penned a wonderful, yet very different story guaranteed to make you smile, laugh, gasp, or cry. All of them will make you go, “awww





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About L. Simpson:

As a girl growing up, I was lost in the world of Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. This started my love of romance although my first published story was at age 11, and about the bushfires that ravaged the Dandenong Ranges where I grew up.
During high school, volleyball dominated my life; (there had to be something positive about being 6’1” at thirteen!) Representing Australia from a young age I travelled though Asia before taking up a scholarship at the University of Iowa. Living in America and being a full time athlete in a college town was an eye-opening experience and lots of fun (from what I can remember). #gohawkeyes
Returning from the States, my career took a different turn as I started working at the Red Cross and completed my Masters of Law in Human Rights. As one of the few non-lawyers in the class, my essays were far more floral than the rest, something that caused the discerning professors to shake their heads.
Through working and studying, I realised that being a lawyer wasn’t for me and that there are other ways to win hearts and minds. While I've spent the last 14 years as an advocate against poverty and homelessness, the desire to change the world through storytelling has only got stronger.
I now live in Porepunkah in the Alpine Valley of North East Victoria, Australia with my husband, two children, two dogs and seven chooks. When I'm not doing the whole mum thing, working at a welfare agency, renovating our farmhouse or trying to do laundry bleary-eyed at midnight, I am writing. With two series on the go, and a mind full of ideas, I've got a bit going on.

 



Interview With L. Simpson:
 
1.         Can you tell us a little about your book?
Beyond Today is a small town romance set in the Australian Alpine Valley. Hannah is a sassy, funny and fiercely independent woman who moved to the country after a break up that saw her almost financially ruined and her confidence in the toilet. She has pulled herself together and surrounded herself with friends who are as crazy as she is, and life is as good as it gets. Then she literally runs into Howard, a groomsman at a wedding in which she is a bridesmaid and everything changes. Her attraction is instant and she has to find a way to contain her desire to make sure she doesn’t fall too hard too fast.
Howard is a quiet, damaged alpha who has a traumatic past that he buries deep. Being a city slicker with an uptight family and a construction empire to run, his mind is not on meeting the love of his life, until he does. Then he is blown away by her generosity of spirit and capacity for love. HE is used to being judged but she challenges his self loathing, giving him hope of a brighter, happier future.
The relationship between them grows rapidly because of the intense desire, but they are constantly facing hurdles that threaten to pull them apart, including how he copes with his abusive past and her fear of being betrayed and humiliated. In the end, they have to decide if thier desire for happiness is worth wading through the emotional turmoil to get there.
  If you like sexy, funny love stories with a good dose of angst and strong characters – then you’ll love Beyond Today. 

2.         What inspires you to write?
I love love!  I have voices and stories in my head and I’m driven to get them out and onto a page. I like a challenge, especially wrangling characters with quirks, trauma and strong views and helping them fall in love.
I also think that in the media, online, in computer games and in music videos, love stories that showcase respect, partnership and honesty are more important than ever. 

3.         Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I long for structure…. but it’s a bit hard with an almost three year old princess-dictator and 10 week old baby boy who is growing at a rapid rate.  I usually write during sleep times and at night when everyone is in bed (including my husband). I am quite partial to writing sprints, and I can knock out around 1,200 words in thirty minutes if I’ve done good preparation.

4.         How do you come up with your characters names?
This is a challenge – trying to pick names that suit their age, their personality and make them stand out from the crowd is hard for me. I usually start with names that suit the character. For example, straight forward names for straight forward people. Then I search popular names for the year of their birth and consider their ethnicity. Then I start writing but I’ve been known to change their name if it just doesn’t sound right.

5.         Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I’m a plotter now because it helps me stay on track and finish books faster. I write character profiles, then I create Pinterest boards for them. After that I do an outline and a scene list, then a Spotify playlist (this is vital for me) and after all that I start to write.

6.         If you could spend 24 hours as a fictional character, who would you chose?
I am a fan of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Those brothers fascinate me, and if I spent time with them, the view wouldn’t be so bad either. So maybe I would become Fritz and hang with them in the mansion 

7.         If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I’d like not to need sleep – those extra hours each day would be pretty handy.
 
8.         What  writing projects are you currently working on?
I’ve completed the final draft of the follow up for Beyond Today – and my Beta Readers have given positive feedback which is great.  I am now working on book three, falling in love with two new characters.  My leading lady Kate is shaping up to be a doozy!
 
I am also working on a short story for my writing group the “Love Sabres”. Each year we write a collection of short stories with a key phrase. This phrase based on purple prose people often associate with romance stories. Last year was sheathe your love sabre ;-) and this year… well you will have to just wait and see!

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J. L. Petersen lives in Denver with her husband. She finds inspiration in her adopted state of Colorado and her belief love is the most powerful positive emotion we can experience.











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Logan, the eldest of the MacBride clan, is thrilled at his brother Clay's pending nuptials to Sandy. But when Sandy's sister RJ arrives at the family's ranch, Logan's world is turned upside down. 

However, the sisters' shared past has created scars and barriers against love testing Logan's ability to push aside his need and patience to win RJ's trust and ultimately her unwavering love.











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RJ ached for her sister. Sandy was always the starry-eyed sister. But she was hurt by how Sandy could have been going through this and never saying one word to her. She had to know. “Why couldn’t you talk to me about this?”

“I’ve struggled with how I was going to answer that,” Sandy said, holding up her hand to forestall RJ interrupting her. “I know I should tell you the truth but I think my truth will hurt you. I never want to hurt you.”

“I’d be more hurt with lies,” RJ told her. She’d learned early to protect herself from the cruelties her family could dish out and instinctually threw up her emotional guards.

Sandy nodded. “Alright. I didn’t want you to ruin it for me. I know you wouldn’t see it that way but you’re so against love and marriage, I just didn’t want you to pop my bubble until I figured out what I felt and wanted.”

RJ felt those comments like a physical blow. No barriers she could erect stood a chance against her sister thinking she would ruin her chance for happiness. She couldn’t speak.

“Oh, RJ! Don’t cry. You never cry,” Sandy wailed when she saw the silent tears in her sister’s eyes. She started crying also as she grabbed her sister’s hands. “I’m so sorry. Please, please don’t cry.”

RJ slowly pulled her hands free from her sister’s grasp. “Why do you want me here, now?”

“Because I love you. I want you to share this with me. I know you want me happy. I just didn’t want logic and family history to interfere. I wanted to understand, on my own.

RJ couldn’t tell if she was breaking up inside or freezing up. Afraid she would break down in pain she stood. “Sandy, I can’t do this right now. Can I call you tomorrow morning?”

“I thought we were going to spend the night together?” Knowing she’d hurt her sister crushed her.

“Please. Tomorrow.”

“Okay,” she said standing, then wrapping her sister’s stiff body in a hug. “I love you.”

Nodding, RJ strode away before she lost it. She didn’t look back.




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Release Blitz for TOMBOY by Avery Flynn

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How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

Tomboy, an all-new, sexy romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!

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How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

Tomboy, an all-new, sexy romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!


Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.

But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.

At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.

Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.

But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.


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USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.
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Cover Reveal for Falling For You by Gianna Gabriela




Title: Falling For You
Series: Bragan University #3
Author: Gianna Gabriela
Genre: Sports Romance
Cover Design: Sly Fox Cover Designs



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Zack Hayes was taught that hard work pays off. He lives by that adage, working a part-time job, playing football and taking a full load of courses in the hope that his parents can stop working themselves to the bone.

However, when things start to go wrong, Zack begins to believe that when you come from nothing, working hard doesn’t get you anywhere. 

Emma Wilson has spent her whole life hiding in the shadows because she isn’t who her parents wanted her to be—who her father wanted her to be. 

She loses herself in her studies and in the piles of romance books she devours. It isn’t until her roommate begins dating a football player that the worlds she’s worked so hard to separate inevitably collide.








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Gianna Gabriela is a small-town girl living in the Big Ol’ City of New York. She’s been reading for years and calls it her addiction. Her favorite genre to read is anything in the YA, NA, and Contemporary Romance realm. She's a writer of the sexy alphas you want and the strong heroines you need.


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Cover Reveal for the Twisted Tales of Mayhem Anthology




Title: Twisted Tales of Mayhem - 
A Motorcycles, Madness and Mayhem 2019
Special Edition Anthology
Authors: Various
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: CT Cover Creations
Photo & Model: Darrin Burks
Release Date: March 18, 2019



About the Anthology

Net proceeds raised by the MMM19 anthology will be donated to the Patriot Guard Riders.

They're a diverse group of riders from across the nation. They have an unwavering respect for America's heroes including fallen military members, first responders, and honorably discharged Veterans. Their mission is to attend funeral services to show respect to the hero, as well as shield the mourning family from interruptions.

Please join us in supporting this selfless nonprofit organization of volunteers who do so much for our real life American heroes.


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Contributing Authors

VIKING
Sapphire Knight
When it comes to his club and his woman, he's a savage. Always has been, always will be.

HATCH
Piper Davenport
When the beloved Sargent at Arms for the Dogs of Fire MC finds himself falsely incarcerated, his woman must move heaven and earth to release him, while holding back a pack of ravenous bikers whose bite is worse than their bark.

ABOUND WEDDING
Ryan Michele
Cooper and Bristyl are tying the knot. With the Ravage MC in attendance, what could go wrong?

“GUST” LOST VALKYRIES MC
Esther E. Schmidt
Have you ever disassembled a ticking bomb? I have. Steady as fuck hand, the longest last breath, and the will to live. There’s nothing I can’t do and I have to admit, with all my brothers claiming an Old Lady, I’ve been craving to claim one. Circumstances aside, I never in a million years thought it would be Paisley.

SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
MariaLisa deMora
Amanda lost her husband to war. Alex lost part of himself. Together, they’ll discover hope and peace can be found in the most unexpected of places.

ONE WEEK
Colbie Kay
I've never been a man to follow rules, but one night I went too far, crossing lines that should have never been touched. I'm about to break the rules again, but this time I'm ready to make her mine. Only one problem stands in my way, she's getting married in one week.

OUR NOTORIOUS NIGHT
K E Osborn
Doing deals in a hotel room seemed like the safe option. No outside eyes, no mess, no damn fuss. What I didn't count on was being blindsided by a feisty maid who ended up seeing far too much. Now she's a problem - my problem. But maybe that problem will surprise me in a way I never saw coming.

DUKE
Jack Davenport
Home from a war my country hated me for, I’m looking for my place in the world, managing to find myself in jail instead. But when a vision of perfection walks up the jailhouse steps, I’m lost. Now I just have to convince her to get lost with me.

VIPER
Lilly Atlas
With his shiny new patch and legacy blood, Viper’s life is dedicated to one day becoming president of the Devil’s Tribe MC. One look at the beautiful and terrified Cassandra has him questioning everything his club stands for. Never had loyalty to his club taken a back seat, but how could he ignore the pleading in those green eyes?

WRAITH
Kathleen Kelly
The Harbingers of Death MC have wronged me. They don’t know it yet, but I’m coming for them. They will all pay. For she will be avenged.

SPADE
Harley Stone
When a near-death experience brings a sexy Latino biker into her life, Jessica will be tempted to throw her cautious nature to the wind. Will Spade's charm and panty-melting smile be enough to make this good girl go wild?

WHISKEY RIDER
Vera Quinn
Two people on different paths when their world's collide. One by chance and the other by plan. No promises made but even the best of plans can unravel over time.

BIRTHRIGHT
Shelly Morgan
Gemma DelBene is the daughter of the most infamous mafia Crime Lord and sister to the next in line. But what happens when her mother and brother are brutally murdered and her family is left without an heir?

DEMETRI
Sandy Alvarez & Crystal Daniels
Demetri- Ruthless ruler of the Volkov empire. If you're not with me your against me. I give no second chances. Glory Keller- she's feisty, independent, sexy and I'm going to make her mine. Thirsty for power, someone crosses the line, threatening to take her and my empire away from me. Now, I'm out for blood. No use in hiding from the devil himself- I will find you.

THE BIKER’S PROTECTION
Daphne Loveling
When a mysterious biker starts hanging out in the bar where Samantha works nights, she thinks he's just interested in a one night stand. What she doesn't know is that she's been placed under Crow's protection... and he's about to risk his own life to keep her safe.

OUTLAW JUSTICE
Jaime Russell
Justice needs to be served. But whose way; his or hers?

TAKEN TO THE CLEANER
Ginger Ring
You know you're having a bad day when the man hired to keep an eye on you is one that makes people disappear. Permanently.

HEX
Morgan Jane Mitchell
When Onyx O’Connor’s father dumps her in their old home town, a tattooed, bad boy takes an interest. Discovering he's not who he seems, she finds out, neither is she

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
Kailee Reese Samuels
Keep your secrets simple and your lies dirty.

PELIGRO
Angie M Brashears
In a world where love is a ghost story, no one is safe. Not even familia. Peligro.

LEATHER AND LACE
K.A. Ware
Biker bitch royalty, strippers, a club whore, and a bachelorette party...what could go wrong?

ROAR
Xavier Neal
What happens when Lion accidentally finds his Lioness?

RECKLESS ANGELS MC
Amy Davies
Reckless Angels MC are my life. I work hard and play hard and can have any woman I want, but there’s only one woman for me. Why do I push her away when all I want to do is to pull her close to me and never let go? It’s time I work hard to get my own angel.

STYX AND STONES
Kristine Allen
I'm the Enforcer for the Demented Sons MC, I don't do beach hook-ups with a prim-ass school teacher. And I sure as hell don't obsess over the chick afterward. But that's exactly what I did.

RYDER
Crimson Syn
Hate simmers between the Hellbound Lovers and the Devil's Syndicate. But when love and jealousy collide, decisions will be made, and there's no saying who might get burned.

BADGER
Teagan Brooks
When the girl who broke his heart years ago shows up at the Blackwings MC clubhouse for the president’s daughter’s wedding, Badger, the VP, is not only shocked, he is pissed. But a few words from his best friend’s wife leaves him with more questions than answers. And Badger never lets anything go unanswered.

TORQUE
Linny Lawless
Torque, the owner of Hardcore Cycles is only focused on one thing, the V-twin engines that come into his shop. There's no time for women or love, that is until Ronnie, a raven-haired beauty comes into his sights. When the biker beauty needs help, Torque's primal instincts kick in, and there's no stopping him when it comes to protecting the woman he loves.





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