First Kiss: Fired Up by Anna Durand

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: Fired Up
Author: Anna Durand
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: July 28, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

He sets women ablaze, but the only one he needs may be fireproof.

Humiliated by her cheating ex, control freak Mel Thompson has resolved to avoid sex and romance. But her plans skid off the rails on her birthday, when she overindulges in champagne and tries to seduce her best friend, Adam Caras, exposing her long-repressed attraction to him. She’s determined to remain just friends, but her erotic fantasies have other ideas…

Firefighter Adam Caras has seduced more women than he’d ever admit to, earning the nickname the Arsonist, thanks to his explosive sensuality. Unfortunately, he realized he’s in love with his best friend Mel five minutes after she hooked up with her sleazebag ex. For two years, he’s kept his true feelings a secret. His libido, on the other hand…not so easy to rein in. Now that she’s free, he has a plan of his own. He’ll win her heart the only way he knows how–in bed–by employing every weapon in his lady-killer arsenal.

As best friends become lovers, they must risk everything for a chance at happiness. If they can overcome their past mistakes before it tears them apart…


His hand on her hip glided down, cupping her ass. “I’m going to kiss you. Now. If you don’t want it, walk away.”

Moving his head, he forced her to tip her head back to see him as he ran his tongue across his front teeth, back and forth, back and forth, and for a heart-stopping second she wondered if he was imagining exploring her with that tongue.


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New Release: The Secrets that Shape Us by W.L. Brooks

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W.L. Brooks
The Secrets That Shape Us
Series: The McKay Series Book 2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: October 22, 2018
Returning home was just the beginning, but staying…might be her end.
After uncovering a devastating secret, Casey McKay left her beloved home town and pretended not to look back. For years, the truth her sisters hid from her has kept her away. Now, in desperate need of Casey’s help, her sisters have hired a PI to find her.
As a private investigator, Ryan Keller is used to getting into sticky situations, but nothing could have prepared him for the likes of Ms. McKay. Unable to resist her appeal for help, Ryan returns with her to Blue Creek. Little do they know they are walking right into a deadly plot to destroy the McKay sisters.
The closer they get to the truth, the harder it is for them to resist temptation. But succumbing to their desires puts Ryan in the crosshairs of a vengeful foe. To save them, Casey must face her past and the secrets that have shaped her.

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First Kiss: Grinding My Gears Off by C.M. Moore

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: Grinding My Gears: An off-the-rails Ice Era Chronicle
Author: C.M. Moore
Genre: Romance – Dystopian – Futuristic
Publication Date: June 30, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Adam, aka Gears, is a brilliant scientist, doctor and the creator of the water bases that all underground dwellers use to survive.

His family and friends would give him anything he desires. The world is at his feet. But for all his good fortune, the one thing Gears wants he can’t have. A long and healthy life.

As he faces his slowly worsening heart condition, he meets an unlikely savior in the form of Luna, a member of a rival organization known as The Originals.

Luna is part of a group that is out to see the destruction of everything that Gears has built. Even though she is connected to a world Gears can never be a part of, she risks her life to meet him and save him from death.

The two of them set off on a road trip that neither of them can evade, and have no idea if their journey will lead to a happily-ever-after or catastrophe.

Luna’s illogical ways has Gears questioning everything he thinks he knows about life and love. But she is his only hope for survival before the final beat of his heart.


“I don’t say ‘what’ a lot,” he mumbled. Blood rushed to his groin. It was time to get his head together. The head he used for thinking.

Gears picked up her blouse, hoping she’d put it back on. He held the garment out.

Luna ignored him.

He felt like a shard of iron coming too close to an extremely powerful magnet. One step closer and he’d be drawn in.

Take the shirt.

She gripped both sides of her long skirt and yanked down. Heavens, that was not what he wanted her to do. The fabric fluttered then landed in a pile at her ankles. Standing before him, Luna looked like a Nordic goddess, pagan and untamed.

Gears thought for the second time that this must be a hoax. Looking back at the door, he presumed someone would burst in and yell, “Got ya!”

No door opened.

Gears glanced back at the exquisiteness of Luna while he still held her shirt. Her lightweight blue cotton bra complimented her eyes. Her underwear was the same shade of white-blonde as her hair. His eyes were glued to the fabric. Maybe it wasn’t that the fabric was light colored. On second thought, Gears had the idea that the underwear was sheer. Lace cuddled her thighs. What precious equilibrium he retained spun into infinity. Continue reading

First Kiss: Vanek by Laurie Olerich

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: Vanek
Author: Laurie Olerich
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: February 9, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Team Lucifer?

This Band of Brothers Will Steal Your Heart!

Introducing the Demons after Dark series! It’s hot paranormal romance featuring unlikely alpha heroes who will make you laugh, cry, and swoon. Known only as Trinity demons, this band of brothers was stripped of their powers and violently exiled from Hell. Forced to live as humans, they’re left with no memories and no weapons while a secret society quietly plots Lucifer’s demise. For these big, bad demons, adjusting to life as a human is, well, harder than Hell!

Thanks to her family’s curse, psychic Dylan McDonagh has been promised to a sadistic soul broker demon and she’s desperate to escape a terrifying future. After an impulsive act leads her to Morningstar Sanitarium, she’s inexplicably drawn to the sad and mysterious Vanek, but their tentative connection is broken when they escape and go their separate ways. Forced into hiding, Dylan turns to Expat Security for protection. Stunned to find the disturbingly sexy Vanek working there, she almost walks away. Another demon is the last thing she needs in her life.

Formerly one of Hell’s most renowned Painkillers, Vanek is horrified with being human until he discovers he’s been thrown into the body of a badass mercenary with a definite kinky streak and a box of sex toys. Wondering how he got so lucky, he jumps into his new role as second in command of Trinity’s new ops center–Expat Security. When Dylan comes to them for help, he knows he’s got to handle her case personally. As his attraction to her grows, so does the conspiracy that landed him in Brooklyn.

Warning: This story contains snort out loud humor, intensely hot sex, a blistering antihero, and a damsel with a steel backbone. The author takes no responsibility for missed work or grouchiness from lack of sleep.


Vanek pressed his forehead against the glass, letting the cold seep into his skin, hoping it would slow the torrent of raw, destructive fury raging though him. Dylan didn’t need to see him like this. He was trying to earn her trust; trying to show her how different he was from that scumbag broker. Losing his shit and breaking the furniture wasn’t the way to do that. So he’d moved to the window and worked to keep in control.

He felt her arms slip around his waist. She held him loosely, no pressure, no demands. Her delicate fingers linked over his stomach; her cheek rested on his back. He froze. What was she thinking? He was so pissed off, he was probably smoking, yet she dared to cuddle up to the flames?

“Vanek?” Her voice was tight, unsure.

“Go away, Dylan. I’m not in a good place right now.”

She stiffened but didn’t listen. Instead, she wedged herself between him and the window and said, “You and Aiden both have anger issues. Is that a demon thing?” Continue reading

First Kiss: Rising Star by Terri Osburn

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: Rising Star
Author: Terri Osburn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Buy Link: Amazon

Can love survive the bright lights of fame?

A popular DJ at the hottest station in Nashville, Charley Layton is doing what she’s always wanted to do: living in the heart of country music. Charley puts her career first and relationships second, but when a charismatic stranger in a black cowboy hat invites her back to his place, she decides to give herself one night of no-strings fun.

But Dylan Monroe isn’t a no-strings kind of guy. Charley is beautiful, brainy, and brassy as hell—the kind of girl he’s always wanted. When his record label books him an interview on Charley’s show, he’s determined to find out why he woke up alone, and when he can see her again.

With Dylan now the most eligible bachelor in country music, Charley doubts their fling stands a chance, but she’s willing to try. Dylan dreams of fame, but he also craves a life offstage with Charley. Can he convince her that both of their dreams are worth chasing, and that love is still possible, even in the spotlight?


“Where are we going?” she asked, pulling her phone from her back pocket to text Matty.

“For a burger, as requested,” he replied, flipping on his blinker and taking an exit on the right. The sign said Ellington Parkway.

“But where, specifically, are we getting this burger?” Charley tried again, attempting not to sound like a woman who knew she was about to be murdered and chopped into little pieces.

Dylan reached across the giant console between them to pat her knee. “I’m not a serial killer, Charley.”

That’s what they all said. “I need to let Matty know where I am,” she confessed. “You know, in case you do kill me.”

“That would be a waste of time. I would never leave your body where you told your friend you’d be.”

“Spoken like a true serial killer.”

“Come on, Charley. I’m kidding.”

“I’m sure that’s what Dahmer said.”

“Fine,” he said with a chuckle. “I’m taking you to the Pharmacy.”

A man had only one reason to take a woman to a pharmacy on a Saturday night.

“Nope. Not happening. Take me back.”

“You said you wanted a burger,” Dylan countered.

Charley crossed her arms. “I did. But I’m not having sex with you to get one.”

The black hat smacked the back window as he threw his head back in laughter. “You really are something. You know that?”

She was something, all right. Something he was not having sex with. Regardless of how gorgeous, sweet, and protective he was. Or how good he smelled. Though he really did smell amazing. And was probably really good in bed. Any guy this gorgeous would presumably know his way around the bedroom.

You mean the man who might tie you up and lock you in his basement? she asked herself.

Her brain had a point. No orgasm was worth dying for.

“Regardless,” she said. “You can skip the pharmacy and go straight to the burgers.”

“Too late,” he said, making a left turn. “We’re here.” Continue reading

Review: The Secrets of Chateau Swansea by R.C. Matthews

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5 star rating from Gabrielle Sally!

“The mystery behind the murders, the various secondary characters, the very scenic locale, and a rich and engaging plot all came together in an amazing story. So much so that I can’t think of a single dislike. THE SECRETS OF CHATEAU SWANSEA is a wonderful story that will sweep you up into the telling…”

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New Release: Theirs to Master by BJ Wane

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BJ Wane
Theirs to Master
Series: Miami Masters Book 6
Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM, MFM Ménage
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: September 14, 2018
She wanted to avenge her sister; they were determined to keep her safe. Whose will would prove to be stronger?
Paige Wilcox has been lusting after the Carlson brothers since the first time she saw the two men enter the cops’ bar where she works. Problem is, neither man shows her the slightest interest-not until her sister is attacked at a club and they discover Paige posing as a submissive to draw out the assailant.
Troy and Trevor Carlson always found the feisty redhead attractive but steered clear of personal involvement since she showed no signs of being sexually submissive. Fear for Paige’s safety and a determination to keep her out of their investigation into a serial attacker prods Troy and Trevor to insist she complete the terms of an auction contract after they win the bid on her. Neither Paige nor the Carlson brothers are prepared for the streak of submissiveness she exhibits under their dual control.
Paige doesn’t fight her growing need for the two men and the alternative sex they introduce her to, but when they give no hints the feeling is mutual, she despairs of anything coming of the short-term relationship. It takes the reappearance of the man they were after and another threat to Paige to get all three on board with giving a committed, three-way relationship a try.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary ménage romance contains elements of power exchange. While it is book six of the Miami Masters series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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