First Kiss: Not in Her Wildest Dreams by Dani Collins

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!



Title: Not in Her Wildest Dreams
Author: Dani Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 15, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Small Town Secrets, Big Time Heartache

Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.

Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?


This is a reunion fifteen years after their high school kiss in the driveway…


“I’ll drive careful.” He did, while she sat right up against him, shoulder to shoulder, thigh to thigh, warmed by more than body heat. Pretending the contact was defense against hypothermia when it was plain ol’ desire to be close to him.

He smelled incredible.

When he pulled into her driveway, he cut the engine, cut the lights, and sat unmoving. History closed in around them as the droning blow of the heater died off and the motor silenced to cooling pings.

She licked her lips. “You have to get out so I don’t knock all this onto the driveway.”

“Yeah.” He still didn’t move. Very slowly, he turned his head to look at her. Continue reading

Featured: A Love Affair in Las Vegas by Rachell Nichole

We’re excited to feature an excerpt from A Love Affair in Las Vegas by Rachell Nichole. Enjoy!

Barnaby took a deep breath as he looked out at the crowd. It wasn’t huge, somewhere around a hundred people, but it was still a lot for him.

“So, welcome everyone. I guess we’ll all be getting to know one another over the next couple of days.” He refused to let his voice waver, though his heart was pounding. He wouldn’t be a coward. “In the meantime, since I’m the first presenter, I wanted to say ‘Hello’ and introduce myself. I’m Barnaby Garrison. Some people call me Barney, and that’s fine, too. Today I’m here to talk about what it’s like working in one of the most prestigious hotel chains, in one of the biggest cities in the world. On behalf of Marietta International, I want to welcome you to our Las Vegas Marietta, and to our second annual conference.”

He surveyed the crowd and tried to find a connection. If he could focus on one or two faces instead of the sea of them, it would go a long way to making this easier. He caught the eye of a beautiful woman in the second row. She was young, with toffee-colored skin and a heart-shaped face. She blinked at him for a second. When he didn’t look away, she smiled, her full lips opening slightly. Her smile lit up her face, and she casually flicked long braids over her right shoulder.

“I am held to a high standard. Higher than at a lot of places. And I hold my coworkers and staff to the same level. It’s not easy, what we do. We all do it for a myriad of reasons, but our end goals are always the same: the best experience to our guests that we can offer.” His gaze stayed glued to hers as he said the words. Ah, was he flirting? That wasn’t like him at all.

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First Kiss: The Royal Marine by Dahlia Donovan

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!



Title: The Royal Marine
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Genre: Gay Romance
Publication Date: October 14, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Who keeps the Royal Marine’s heart safe when he’s running headlong into danger?

Akash Robinson fuses his Indian and British heritage into his baked creations. His life is all things sugar and spice, especially when a blind date leads him to the older military man of his dreams. Family, friends, and an unwanted admirer all threaten both his sanity and his budding romance.

Hamish Ross carries the names of his lost soldiers on his back. He takes his work seriously with no time for love. All it takes is one impulsive kiss to lead him into uncharted romantic waters.

When a sarcastic baker mixes with a stoic alpha marine, who will come out on top when the flour settles?


“Can I give you a lift?” Hamish sounded as if he had no intention of taking no for an answer; he gave Akash hopeful smile. “I promise to get you home safely.”

“I’ve no doubt.” Akash shook his head, and laughed at the man. “Fine. I’d rather not try to find an Uber or something at this hour, and I have to be at the bakery early in the morning.”

On the whole, Akash usually handled silence relatively well. Working alone in his bakery, it never oppressed him as it did others, which made his inability to remain quiet while trapped in Hamish’s vehicle all the more surprising. Shut up. Shut up. SHUT. UP. God, I’m humiliating myself.

Blathering about the finer points of the spices he often used in his cooking didn’t exactly scream sexual seduction. The man driving brought out the chattering numpty in him—one he’d never known existed. He didn’t like it.

Hamish chuckled after several minutes, breaking Akash out of his thoughts. “Breathing would probably be a good thing.”

Akash covered his face with his hand and spoke with an embarrassed burble of laughter, “Yes, it just might.” Continue reading

Featured: Thunder Basin by Nya Rawlyns

We’re excited to feature an excerpt from Thunder Basin by Nya Rawlyns. Enjoy!

Glenn hid his grin as he watched his date… no, his new lady friend… sashay up to the main gate. She’d ponied up for a pair of boots more suited for doing the two-step at Jake’s Bar and Grill—all fancy-dancy tooled leather and sporting a ribbon of short fringe—but damn, they looked good on her. As did the well-worn jeans and sensible chambray shirt that hugged her trim frame. The hair that’d been done up in a take-me-serious braid now swung loose in a ponytail. A touch of pink on her lips seemed to be the only noticeable make-up on a face that looked fresh as all outdoors.

Earlier that day he’d seen the city girl persona, but here… as he led her up the bleachers to their seats… she was a hundred percent country, born and bred. Maybe not the boots, but he’d seen worse on cute young things out to impress the studs lining the fence, whooping ’n hollering.

Glenn remembered those days well, when Arlo’d been right here, rubbing shoulders with the bronc riders, talking trash and making side bets on who got to walk away with the rodeo queen. For Arlo that had been Beth Ann, the love of his life.

Shuddering, Glenn put old memories away for another day. He was here to enjoy the day with a lovely woman who had no notion of his past or his present. Blank slates, both of them. A fresh start, even if it was just for the day.

To read more, turn to page 11 of the ezine:

The Wedding from Hell: The Reception by J.R. Ward

The Wedding from Hell
Part 2: The Reception

by J. R. Ward

Available: August 7, 2018

Gallery Books | E-book Original

ISBN: 9781982105372 | Free



The Wedding from Hell, Part 2: The Rehearsal Dinner is the exciting second adventure in J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense, Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to the night steamy arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire will never forget.

About the Book:

The Wedding From Hell, Part 2: The Reception: As the wedding from hell continues, Anne and Danny find themselves walking the delicate balance between professional distance and explosive attraction. Will the desire they feel last through the night and change their lives? Or are they doomed to part after one night of passion? Continue reading

First Kiss: The Sentinels by Tory Richards

This is a featured article column called FIRST KISS. We ask authors to share a first kiss scene from one of their books published in 2017. And each author graciously sent in an excerpt. Enjoy!



Title: The Sentinels
Author: Tory Richards
Genre: Contemporary MC Romance
Publication Date: July 26, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

As the president of the Sentinels MC Tanner has his hands full. It’s Daytona Beach Bike Week and Daytona is his town. Then trouble by the name of Ruby rolls in, pretty, sassy, and with enough curves to tempt a saint. Well, Tanner isn’t a saint, and she’s his kind of gal, except his onetime only f**k rule isn’t for girls like Ruby. But then, rules are meant to be broken, aren’t they?


Tanner moved, slowly, placing his coffee cup down on the nearest surface and then turning leisurely back to me. “What did I warn you about the last time that you referred to me as a boy?”

I swallowed with difficulty, unable to take my gaze off his. Should I play stupid? I decided he’d probably see right through me. “Something about, uh, showing me the difference between boys and, uh, men?” I felt my heart rate pick up. I hadn’t intentionally brought up the earlier exchange, but now that I had, I was almost breathless with anticipation.

Would he kiss me? Throw me on the countertop and have his way with me? The predatory gleam in his eyes turned me on, and I felt a coil of heat unfold in my core, and felt the wet heat between my legs. “You’re not going to spank me, are you?” I teased, knowing that I was fanning the fire.

Tanner stopped abruptly, as if he’d come up against an invisible wall, and then I watched a purely evil-in-a-panty-melting-way grin quirk those full, sexy lips upward. “Now, that’s an interesting thought,” he grumbled in a low, tiger-like tone. “I was just going to throw you up against the wall and kiss you speechless.” Continue reading

Wedding from Hell: The Rehearsal Dinner

The Wedding from Hell
Part 1: The Rehearsal Dinner

by J. R. Ward

Available: July 17, 2018

Gallery Books | E-book Original

ISBN: 9781982105365 | Free



Don’t miss #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to where it all started between arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire. The Wedding From Hell is a sexy standalone novella that sets up Consumed’s storyline, leaving fans hungry for more and dying to snatch it up.

About the Book:

It’s a classic recipe for disaster: Take one bridesmaid who thinks pink is the root of all evil, mix with a best man who’s hotter than a four-alarm fire, add in their explosive sexual attraction, a nightmare bridezilla, two cat fights, and an emergency call, and you have the wedding from hell.

Experience the sizzling start of Anne and Danny’s intense relationship. Is this the start of something good…or just an erotic one-night stand that rocks their world, but must never be repeated? Continue reading

Featured: Morgan’s Run Romances by M. Lee Prescott

We’re excited to spotlight a feature on the Morgan’s Run Romances series by M. Lee Prescott!

Q: Please tell us a little about the overall series arc.

At its heart, Morgan’s Run is about family—a huge, warm, loving family that continues to grow and embrace new members with every book.

Q: In the first book, Emma’s Dream is a second chance romance. What made Maggie give Ben a second chance?

Well… there is the kind of white hot attraction those two had and still have, but really their relationship is about a deep love and a “coming home” that both recognize. Maggie can’t turn her back on that for the sake of Emma’s happiness or her own.

To read more, turn to page 4 of the ezine:

Pre-order Now! Untamed Hearts by Colleen O’Connell

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Colleen O’Connell
Untamed Hearts
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Two destinations lead to one destiny
Fleeing her wavering feelings for her fiancé, Taryn Ashford boards a westbound train to visit relatives. Her journey awakens unbridled passion with the dangerously handsome, Jared King. When Jared is accused of murder, she is faced with providing him an alibi at the risk of her own reputation. Did he use her to save himself or can she trust her heart – and him – to discover the truth? A truth they must work together to reveal.
Gunman, shooter, the brand is Jared King’s life. His skill with a gun creates an existence forever searching – searching every face for the bounty hunter in constant pursuit, for the settled life he is certain he will never find and for one woman’s love. Taryn Ashford jeopardizes his need to remain emotionally detached. She represents the happiness denied him, but if he pursues her, will he risk both their lives?

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Pre-order Now! Venomous Hunger by Mary Auclair

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Mary Auclair
Venomous Hunger
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Eclipse Press
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
His lust devours their worlds.
Her love will free them both.
After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.
An Eok warrior turned pirate, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his life, a life he excels at. He has no intention to allow a headstrong human female to get in his way.
As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.
When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy, thrilling sci-fi romance is the second in the Eok Warriors series, however it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

Upcoming Book Tour

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