The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan

Diamond Thief book coverThe Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan
Release Date: 05/15/15

Synopsis

The Occasional Diamond Thief is the tale of Kia, who is courageous and practical with a quirky sense of humor, and a loner.

When 16-yr-old Kia is training to be a translator, she is co-opted into travelling to Malem. This is the last place in the universe that Kia wants to be — it’s the planet where her father caught the terrible illness that killed him — but it’s also where he got the magnificent diamond that only she knows about. Kia is convinced he stole it, as it is illegal for any off-worlder to possess a Malemese diamond.

Even worse, Kia must translate for Agatha, who is as different from Kia as it’s possible for two people to be – Agatha is idealistic, naïve, and compassionate.

Using her skill in languages – and another skill she picked up, the skill of picking locks – Kia unravels the secret of her father’s mysterious gem and learns what she must do to set things right: return the diamond to its original owner. But how will she find out who that is when no one can know that she, an off-worlder, has a Malemese diamond? Can she trust the new friends she’s made on Malem, especially handsome but mysterious 17-year-old Jumal, to help her?

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My 10 Most Memorable Fictional Characters

Hi folks, today I thought I’d share my list of my top ten most memorable fictional book characters.

1.   Lucky SantangeloLady Boss and Chances (Lucky Santangelo Saga) by Jackie Collins.

Why I like Lucky is that she is a no BS, take no prisoners kind of gal, she is an entrepreneur and a total maneater. She is not afraid to get down and dirty with the boys and still get her sexy on. To take on Lucky, a man would have to have balls of steel, because she has enough for both of them. It’s funny to see how her lovers have tried to change her but Lucky is not having that. She speaks to me because I believe women deserve to be strong and who they are without being submissive to their partners.

2.   Heathcliff and CathyWuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Heathcliff and Cathy is my Romeo and Juliet wrapped in dysfunction. This dynamic duo, was so much in love with each other that they make other people around them crazy. Heathcliff is the brute, strong gypsy blooded boy and Cathy came from a well to do family. When Cathy’s father goes away on business he returns with a young boy, Heathcliff. He raises him as his own, much to the chagrin of his other children. After Cathy’s father dies Heathcliff is downgraded to servant status by Cathy’s older brother. Despite everything, Heathcliff takes the abuse because of his love for Cathy. When Cathy’s hand is given to the very wealthy Edward, Heathcliff leaves and as the years pass and connection lost with Cathy, he gambles his way to incredible wealth and comes back to find his woman. All hell breaks loose and, well… you’ll just have to read it to find out what happens next.

3.   Mr. RochesterJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.I found Mr. Rochester to be a man with dept and dimension. He was definitely loveable/hateable depending on the day. Mr. Rochester fell in love with the young Jane Eyre but he had a dark deep secret hiding in his attic. When Jane agrees to marry him, that secret is exposed causing him to loose the love of his life. My heart went out to him and given his circumstances, I think his actions were justified… right? Continue reading

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Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist!

Sex ColumnistConfessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay MarieKaitlyn Davis
Release Date: 05/18/15

Synopsis

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie, comes a new adult romantic comedy about a girl who’ll soon discover that some secrets can’t be kept forever, especially those of the heart.

My name is Skylar Quinn, I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No—I was. No—I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap. Continue reading

Someday Beach by Jill Sanders

Someday Beach book coverSomeday Beach (Grayton Series #2) by Jill Sanders
Publication date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:

Shelly has always dreamed of going back to Surf Breeze. When she finally sets out on her own and buys a run down building along the popular boardwalk, she hires a sexy, but annoying contractor to help her turn it into her dream boutique. What she hadn’t counted on was finding herself slowly changing with her surroundings. Fighting against an overbearing family, she’ll learn to not only follow her own dreams, but stand up for something she believes in.

Marcus has been waiting his whole life for a woman who could see through the horrors he’d been through as a child, and the humor he uses to mask it all. Now that he found her, he’s not quite sure what comes next.

 

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About the Author

Jill Sanders

Jill Sanders is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pride Series, Secret Series and West Series romance novels. Having sold over 150,000 books within 6 months of her first release, she continues to lure new readers with her sweet and sexy stories. Her books are available in every English speaking country, audiobooks, and are now being translated to 6 different languages.

Born as an identical twin to a large family, she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, later relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career before discovering her talent as a writer. She now makes her home along the emerald cost in Florida where she enjoys the beach, hiking, swimming, wine-tasting, and of course writing.

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10 Fun Facts About Kuwait

Today I am joined by author Nadia Nader. Nadia was born and raised in Kuwait. She shares 10 things you probably didn’t know about Kuwait.

  1. The official name is “State of Kuwait” but most people refer to it as Kuwait. Kuwait is derived from Akwat (the plural of word “Kout”) and means “fortress built near water”.
  2. The national bird of Kuwait is a falcon. You can see images imprinted in many places and on many objects. Falcons are trained.
  3. Theonly make up a third of the population, a minority within their own country. The other 2/3 are composed of expats from all around the world. Kuwait has an interesting societal structure and international community.
  4. Family is important in Kuwait. Single men and women are expected to live with their families until they are married. Once they marry, that is when it is acceptable for them to move out and have their own place. However, due to high real estate prices and not many options for rentals, many families choose to remain living under the same roof.
  5. Kuwait is one of the hottest countries in the world with temperatures reaching up to 50 Celsius in the summer months. That’s 122 degrees Fahrenheit! No one dies during the summer months from the temperature but it advisable not to stay out too long to avoid sunstroke.
  6. Gas is cheaper than water. Petroleum and petroleum-products make up nearly 85% of export revenues.
  7. The flag of Kuwait contains four colors: green, white, red, and black. They symbolize “our lands”, “our deeds”, “our swords”, and “our battles” respectively.
  8. People in Kuwait are early adopters of any technology and trend out there. If something is new, be sure someone in Kuwait already has five of it. It was not a good time when cheetahs were trendy to own.
  9. Wives do not take on their husband’s name upon marriage. The name you are born with is your name from birth until death.
  10. Nepotism is a fact of life and “wasta” gets you anything you need to get done.

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Hanging with the Banovic Siblings

Banovic Siblings Dec coverCollege boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him.

After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax. Continue reading

Locations with Ranae Glass

I’m always curious about the location authors build their characters in. Location plays such an important part in the world of the story, its what takes readers from their world into the world of the book.

Photo for Ranae GlassToday author Renae Glass talks about the world she created in her novel Chasing Midnight.

Chasing Midnight takes place in Charleston, SC. In their world, Vampires have come out of the coffin, and are known in society. There are other paranormals too, but none that have made the leap into the public eye yet. Isabel’s family has run a Private Investigations office dealing with paranormal crime for generations, so she’s sort of on the front lines of human/paranormal relations. Also, her ex-fiancée has recently been turned, and so she’s dealing with his transition into the world of Vampire Conclave as well. I was lucky enough to travel to Charleston and spend a week doing research so many of the locations in the book are based on real places. Continue reading

Twisted by Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden joins us today and chats about our (hers and mine) favorite types of characters… the villains! Seriously, I think villains get a bad wrap. Without them we’d have nothing to move our story forward, piss readers off or give them reason to root for their hero. Heck, villains actually help our heroes, they push them to the limit, break them, and torment them making them stronger in the end. So let’s tip our hats to our villains. Click here to read more.

Twisted Book coverTitle: Twisted (Lost # 2) by Cynthia Eden
Release date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Avon

Synopsis

In the second seductive Lost novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.

Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes-or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart.

Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else’s orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: “You’re next.” Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma’s aching to give him everything he wants.

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Escorting The Billionaire – Excerpt

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All I wanted was a date for my stupid asshole brother’s wedding.

Not a girlfriend. Not a relationship. A date.

No strings. No ties. No games.

No sex.

So when I called Elena at the escort service, I was very clear.

“I want someone beautiful. Who can function at high-society events,” I said. “She needs to be able to use her silverware properly and to be discreet. I can’t have someone who gets drunk and falls down in public. Also, no one who looks cheap. I don’t want a lot of makeup and big, fake boobs.”

“I don’t have any cheap-looking girls, Mr. Preston,” Elena said. “Unless the client is into that. Then I have plenty.” She laughed.  Continue reading