Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by so many writers, for a variety of reasons (voice, story, longevity of career).
Scott O’Dell was the first author to spark my writing fire (at age 7). Authors such as Stephen King, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, and the late Kathleen Woodiwiss dominated my shelves as a young adult. I remain inspired by the careers and talent of these writers and often re-read their novels. Other writers who inspire me today are JR Ward, Cara McKenna, Brad Thor, and James Patterson.
What genre are your books?
I currently write in three different sub-genres of romance. Romantic suspense, (contemporary) sports romance, and (contemporary) western romance.
What draws you to this genre?
I write what I love to read. I love the heart-thumping intricate weave of a good suspense plot. I love the drive, dedication, and stamina of the athletes in sports romance. And I love the hard-working, hard-loving cowboys of western romance. No matter the genre, I love a good alpha male who’s found his match. (Something you’ll find in all of my books).
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Mmm … great question! Chris Evans would be great as Tyler Brady. He’s got the build, the smile, and definitely displays the kind of charisma Tyler has in spades.
Give us an insight into your main character. What makes him/her so special?
Tyler isn’t the kind of guy to run from what he feels. He might downplay it for a while, but he’s true to himself. He knows what he wants, and he’s not afraid to own it, to take a chance. What I love most about Tyler is his ability to overcome adversity (a tyrannical father, his injury), while maintaining the capacity to love with his whole heart.
How much research do you do?
Research really depends on the subject matter for the novel. My latest novel didn’t require a lot of research, since I have extensive knowledge about sports therapy, as well as the game of baseball. On the flip side, I can spend weeks researching when I write a romantic suspense novel. I want the details to be as authentic as possible, so I’ll spend whatever research time is necessary to get them right.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I’m not structured at all. It really depends on the day of the week, and what is happening in my house on any given day. On an average day, I’ll start writing around 10:00am. I’ll break around 1:00pm. I start again around 4:00pm and write until I hit my daily word count goal.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I don’t formally outline or plot. When I start a book, I know who my characters are (I do detailed character profiles), what conflicts they will face, and how the book will end. Romantic suspense takes a little more thought and planning than the other genres I write due to the complexity of the stories (lots of twists and turns). But for the most part, the story takes shape while I’m writing.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I was seven the first time I remember telling my dad I was going to be a writer. Writing is something I’ve always done, but didn’t pursue it as a serious career until I turned forty. I just celebrated my third publishing anniversary.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. It’s easy to get discouraged in this business, but keep writing. Every day. Don’t give up. You can do it.
Study your craft (practice makes perfect). Read craft books. Take classes. Attend workshops. You can establish your voice and style as you go, but never stop working toward becoming the best writer you can be.
Don’t be a diva – listen to and learn from those who know more than you (industry professionals, professional editors, authors who have been there, etc.). So often I see aspiring writers dismiss critiques for reasons solely based on ego and vanity (and not on what’s best for the story). It’s hard to take criticism (believe me, I know), but the best writers will learn from feedback. You might not always agree, but you should seriously consider any feedback you might get. And then be grateful to the person who took the time to help you.
From the author of the Kingsmen MC Series comes a new series, BADGE BOYS. You can find the cover and synopsis for the first book in this new series, Pretty Boy, below!
*** WARNING *** This novel is intended for those over 18 yrs. of age due to mature and sexual material.
“Didn’t anyone ever tell you what happens to BAD girls? Well… let Pretty Boy show you.”
Agent Christopher Gibson has everything a man in his position could want. A successful career as one of the FBI’s most credited undercover field agents, with no personal ties to hold him back. He tried that once, it didn’t go over too well.
Jessica Leary is on her way to the top, working on her father’s Senate re-election campaign. She has the job she wants- the opportunity to prove herself to both the political elite and her father.
What could these two people from very different worlds ever have in common? Nothing.
Nothing other than a hot, sexy, torrid love affair that was left in the past- torn apart by the different directions their lives were headed.
Now, months later, Jess finds herself in a perilous position. The past that once brought “Pretty Boy” Chris Gibson into her life has now come back to haunt her, threatening everything that she’s worked for.
When trouble comes knocking on your door, what’s a girl to do? Why, call your bad-ass, sexy-as-sin, FBI agent of an ex-boyfriend to do what he does best… take down the bad guys and anyone else that stands in his way, because when Pretty Boy sets his sights on a target, nothing distracts him. But, why is it that this time is different?
Being close to Jess again, seeing first-hand what he’s given up is just enough to throw everything off course, as Jess seems to be the perfect mix of good AND bad girl.
Didn’t anyone ever tell you what happens to BAD girls? Well… let Pretty Boy show you in book one of the brand new BADGE BOYS series of stand alone novels.
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More About Tara Oakes
Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She’s a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she’s not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.
Keep Me Book 3
Shelter Me Series
Release Date: August 11
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Four months ago Shelby Morris left Michigan with bitter words to Antonio Schavone. Words that cut him deep. Made him re-think every aspect of his life.
Even when she left he didn’t give up. He’s changed, and he wants her.
And now she’s coming back!
She has her reasons for why she said what she did. A secret she has carried with her since she was a teenager. The reason why she has never let herself get
close to a man. The reason why she lives only for her job. The reason why she doesn’t feel like a complete woman. Her sister Erin doesn’t even know why she
has never had a relationship.
Will he be able to break through her strong willed ways? Make her realize he doesn’t care what her secret is and show her she is definitely the one he
wants. Or will Shelby and her feisty mouth, wicked tongue and stubborn ways be just a little bit too much for Antonio to handle?
These two are going to heat things up in this final installment of The Shelter Me series.
Everyone knows that the Schavone men get exactly what they want!
“You have no idea whatsoever the places I want to touch or the things I want to do to you, Shelby. Every part of you turns me the fuck on.”
I gyrate my hips into her backside so she can feel just how turned on I am.
“I- I want you to touch me.”
My eyes go wide and my ears perk up. Oh, fuck. Please tell me I heard her right.
“Where do you want me to touch you?”
She hesitates a moment before answering.
“Anywhere you want.”
Her breathing picks up and fuck, her ass pushes back into me as if to give me the green light to go ahead.
“Spread your legs,” I command.
Feeling her pulse quicken, I continue having my way with her by sucking and kissing her neck. I love the way her body is so responsive to mine. When she
spreads her legs, my hands shift from her waist, grazing over the top button of her jeans. I’m silently pleading like hell she doesn’t stop me. I need her
to know what she does to me, and the pleasure I desperately need to give her.
“Tell me I can touch you. I need to hear you say it.”
“God, yes. Touch me,” she pants, not one ounce of nervousness streaming from her raspy voice.
That’s all I needed to hear. I undo the button and gradually lower her zipper. My fingers glide over her lace panties while I press further into her ass.
“Have you ever been touched here, Shelby?”
Please, for the love of God, say no.
“No,” she says, barely audible, but it’s loud enough for me to hear.
I’m sure this is the first time in my life the word ‘no’ means more to me than any other.
Amazon Bestselling Author Kathy is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband Tony. They have two son’s Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball and Football.
By day she is a hairstylist and loves her job.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on
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Everything I Have by Natalie Barnes
Everything I Want Seires
Release Date: July 28
I fucked up.
This wasn’t supposed to happen, not now, not ever! I think? Shit. I don’t
know what to think anymore.
These last two years have turned my life upside down. Right when I finally
think I have everything going exactly
how I want it, something always fucking
happens. But this something is not so
easily forgotten. Part of me wishes it
could be, but the other…wants this
more than anything. I have never been
so scared in my entire life as I am
I feel so alone.
He won’t want this. He won’t want me.
But what if?
What fucking if? He does…
Tristan, I’d give this part of me for
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Everything I Need (Everything I Want 2)
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Natalie Barnes is the Amazon Bestselling author of Everything I Want and Everything I Need.
Her passion is she loves to read and write erotic/romance literature.
Natalie is inspired to write by listening to music, which she believes is an influential part of the creative process in her writing.
Natalie grew up on Bay Mills Indian Reservation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
She still resides in Michigan and is married with three beautiful children.
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Synopsis for Smolder by Kate Benson
Copyright © 2015 Kate Benson
Two years after a misunderstanding pulls free-spirited Addison Greyson from tenacious Zeke Turner’s life, fate finds a way to give her back.
Not all reunions are simple, though.
Between a sordid arrangement she made to save her father, the secret she vowed to keep and her twisted new reality, Addie returns to Zeke a different girl.
When their attraction to each other proves too much to deny, they reunite in secret, rekindling their long lost love in the shadows. Their feelings ignite
into something more and staying apart is no longer an option.
Fighting to stay together when it seems the whole world wants them apart won’t be easy.
They soon realize it never was.
Will giving into the desires that smolder beneath the surface be the one thing that saves them?
Or will they find out the hard way that some things are best kept secret?
Smolder is the second and final anticipated installment in The Ignite Series. It is full-length and multi-POV.
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Loving the White Liar by Kate Stewart
Released July 20
I met my true love when I was twenty-seven. He was handsome, charming, witty, and irresistible. Jayden Monroe came along when I was struggling with
indecision and made things simple, turned monochrome into vivid color, and forever altered my perspective on life.
I was not naive enough to believe in happily ever after, but with Jayden, it seemed possible . . . until I realized something wasn’t quite right.
You see, I met a man who would be anyone I needed him to be, and after I found out that fact, I knew it would be impossible to walk away. His disorder,
however, would change everything I ever thought about love and what it truly meant to accept someone for who they are.
This is not my sob story; this is his success story
“Jayden,” I said in warning.
“Okay.” He let out a long breath. “It’s like a tidal wave that’s impossible to stop. I just get sad and a little scared. It’s not clinical, but it’s rough.
I feel like everything’s wrong. Nothing will get better. You know, hopeless.” I nodded as I felt the discomfort he was feeling from telling me. “It doesn’t
happen a lot, once or twice a year, and it doesn’t last long. It’s not even really a symptom of ADHD. I don’t know. I guess my racing brain just gets tired
and I shut down. It’s all about the chemicals in my brain. You know what ADHD is, right?”
“I’m beginning to think I don’t,” I said honestly. “I started to look it up the other night and then your mom called.”
“My mom called?”
“Yes, we are going to a barbeque Saturday.”
“No shit,” he said, smiling.
Jayden picked up a sponge from the side of the tub and poured some liquid soap on it to suds it up then began rubbing my leg with it. “She’s going to love
“Oh yeah, how do you know that?”
“I know her.” He grinned.
Jayden’s sponge drifted over my stomach as he crept closer to me. Still working his sponge, he managed to lift me by my arms, pulling me into his seated
lap. I felt his growing hardness as I wrapped my legs around him. His muscled arms firmly around me, he used the sponge on my back as he stared into my
eyes. “I missed you.”
“You didn’t have to,” I protested, looking away. I didn’t want to cry again. I didn’t want him to think of me as weak. I wanted him to be able to trust
that I could handle it.
“Look at me,” he ordered gently, gripping me tighter as he continued to bathe me. “I wasn’t there.”
I nodded. “I’ll live. I . . . You didn’t tell me about that part.”
“Do you have any idea how hard it is to explain to the person you are falling for that they might not want to reciprocate your affection because you may on
occasion have an uncontrollable, explosive temper tantrum? Or that you may pop off with inappropriate comments at any point in time that could alienate
them? Oh, and don’t forget the controlling, OCD tendencies with a small, short-lived side of anxiety and depression. Or better yet, how to explain you
weren’t listening to something important they were trying to convey because you were too busy figuring out the difference between jelly and jam.”
“Just like that,” I answered, knowing it wasn’t that simple.
Kate Stewart, a native of Dallas, now resides in Charleston, S.C. She moved to the city three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years,
declaring the city her creative muse. Since her move in 2010, she has published two novels, the third Loving the White Liar set to publish July 2015. She
lives with her husband of 8 years, Nick who is featured on the cover of the novel, TITAN. (Set to re-release some time in 2015.)
Her other novels include Room 212 and Never Me which are both available now.
Contact Kate- firstname.lastname@example.org
Unexpected Chances Vol 1 of The Chances Series by A.M. Willard
Chances will lead you through the sparks of two hearts that were meant to be one from the start. But, what happens when one has locked her heart away, and the other’s life is full of lies, threats, and a tangled web of disaster.
A test of trust, infinite love, and a longing for each other’s passion.
Night With A SEAL
Saved By a SEAL
SEALed at Midnight
Kissed by a SEAL
Protected by a SEAL
Loved by a SEAL
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Author: Kemmie Michaels
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Ledger sees the defeat in her eyes the moment she sits at the bar, devastated and beautiful. The emptiness in her gaze he understands to his core, and he’s instantly compelled to help this brown-haired beauty fight the source of her pain. Determined and intense, he needs to use his strength to help her find her own. Cam Foster, in that instant, becomes the dove he wants to free from her cage. From the first night, he needs her.
Cruelly, the past refuses to let her go. The lingering manipulation holds her in that cage as the control she lived under continues to crush the woman she wants to become. Even though Ledger offers her heated passion and a safe haven, she can’t find her way out.
Desire and danger fight to pull her life in two directions…but those forces may crumble as Ledger fights harder than any barrier he and his dove face.
What Others Are Saying
This was a fantastic story. Very well-written and emotional. Wonderful characters in a book that captivated me from page one! ~ Goodreads Review
This was the first time I had heard of the author Kemmie Michaels, and I REGRET not having heard of her earlier!
I LOVED this book! I fell in love with Cam (“dove”) and wanted to know where I could find a Ledger of my very own. ~ Goodreads Review
This book was dramatic, fun and steamy. Sometimes it was a little too hot for my taste, but once I got into the plot it was really good. There were a few times I read quickly, because I needed to know what was going to happen next. And the end….WOW ~ Read & Share Reviews
I loved this book. It is a sweet and sexy romance with a quite a bit of intense drama. The characters in this book are pretty awesome especially Ledger. ~Crazy Daisy Book Whore
My first read by Kemmie Michaels and I was definitely pleased and thoroughly sexed after !! ~ We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
About The Author
Mother of Two Boys…
My husband and I have been married for 18 years and are blessed with two amazing young men. They are 11 and 13 right now, and both are on very different parts of the autism spectrum. I’ve learned so much being their mom and I feel pretty lucky to have become part of a community of loving, understanding people.
I’ve always loved to write. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines, also a host of personal projects. Then in December of 2012 I was reading on my first Kindle, gobbling up romances left and right. That’s when I fell in love with Raine Miller’s Ethan Blackstone, by the way.
I was inspired to sit down and write. Three years later, I’ve published eight books, written another, and started on two more. Another series popped into my head, as well. Now as of July of 2015, Since I’m sure I won’t update this bio for a long time, you’ll have to rely on my Facebook updates to know what’s going on with Kemmie Michaels romances.
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