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Giveaway: Razed by Shiloh Walker

Giveaway: Razed by Shiloh Walker


Gosh I love this cover and the woman’s tattoos. So many times it’s the guys with the tats and here we have something different. Hurrah!


Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.

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“What’s wrong?”

“Nothing.” She swallowed the knot.

“Bullshit.” He moved in.

If she could have walked away, she would have. But her ankle was screaming at her and she felt like she was going to cry—not just from her ankle, either. She didn’t entirely know why. She just knew she felt like she was falling apart.

Frozen, all but trapped there, she went rigid as he reached up and touched her cheek. “I guess . . . shit.” Zane looked away, his hand lowering when she flinched. “I’m sorry.”

Then a low, raw laugh escaped him. “Even saying that feels like a lie. I’ve wanted to kiss you for so long, I can’t even remember a time when I didn’t think about it anymore. But you clearly didn’t want me to. For that, I am sor—”

“Stop.” She forced the word out, made herself look back at him even though her head was spinning from what he’d just said. I’ve wanted to kiss you . . . Her heart started to thud against her ribs and she got that same, lightheaded rush she’d felt when he first put his hands on her.Don’t. Stop. Be logical. “If you think I didn’t want you touching me, then you clearly don’t know much about women.”

His eyes came back to hers.

That intense, soul-searing gaze left her feeling naked and vulnerable.

“Then what’s wrong?”

How did she even explain that? Her gaze dropped to his mouth and to her dismay, she thought about reaching for him again, dragging him against her. Her hands curled into fists and she kept them locked at her sides to stop herself from doing just that. “I don’t even remember the name of the last guy who made me feel like that.” She met his eyes unflinchingly despite the fact that the blush on her face might have lit up the night sky. “Let’s just say it’s been a while. I prefer it that way. Then you go and put your hands on me and my brain leaks out. Your brothers, your parents, people I’ve known for years are just a few yards that way and I’m over here losing my mind because I can’t think about anything but finding a flat surface.”

His jaw went tight. “Vertical works for me.”

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Giveaway: Carole Mortimer nearing her 200th book publication

Giveaway: Carole Mortimer nearing her 200th book publication

Carole Mortimer is quickly approaching her 200th novel published and I thought it would be fun to include an interview of her as well as a small giveaaway sponsored by Dear Author.

Carole Mortimer is a USA Today Bestselling author, recipient of a Romantic Times Pioneer of Romance Award 2014, and she was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for her ‘outstanding service to literature’.

She has written almost 200 books for Harlequin, in the Presents series, and Regency Historical and is currently writing her new series which she plans to self publish–a contemporary romance with a dash suspense.

Christmas with a Billionaire by Carole Mortimer and Maisey Yates and Joss Wood

Q. How did you originally become a published author?

I have been reading romance novels since I was thirteen years old – usually at night under the bedclothes with a flashlight! I wrote my first book when I was very young, sent it off, and predictably received a rejection letter; it was far too short, and the storyline definitely needed working on. But the letter came with helpful advice, and after waiting a couple of years I wrote another story and tried again. This book was accepted, and became The Passionate Winter, my very first novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Q. How do you structure your time and how do you motivate yourself to write 200 books?

I’ve had the same schedule now for several years.  Monday to Friday, from 9am-1pm, I sit down at my laptop and I just write. I have no idea where the inspiration comes from—and I’ve never really wanted to question it too deeply, just in case I lose it! I just love to write. Always romance. Always with a Happy Beginning—I’ve always thought that the end of the book is the start of the hero and heroine’s future together.

My family is very important to me—I have a lovely husband and six sons, and I spend as much time with them all as possible. When the children were younger my routine was far more haphazard—usually I did my writing when they were in bed or at school. In fact, our youngest son, who is now 18, had no idea I was an author until about 6 years ago, when someone at school asked him if his Mom was Carole Mortimer, because his Mom read my books.

Q. What does it take to write 200 books?

Inspiration and a lot of self-discipline.  The inspiration, as I said, is something I never ever question; I’m just grateful that I have it. The discipline is very important, and that really does come from within yourself. There are so many demands on people’s time, especially nowadays, that the self-discipline element, setting aside certain hours for writing every day, is just so important to any successful career, not just an author’s. Authors have the disadvantage in that they don’t have an ‘office’ as such that they go to every day—for instance, I write my books sitting at the breakfast table with my laptop every morning. There are always distractions that could take up your time instead of writing. The thing is not to let that happen.  Easier said that done, I know. I was actually expecting my first son when I wrote my first book, and no, it wasn’t easy caring for a young baby and writing as well. But I think if you’re determined to be a writer, have a need to write, as I do, that you will find the time, no matter how busy your life is.

Q. How has the industry changed from when you first started compared to now?

The publishing industry, as I’m sure everyone knows, has been in great upheaval for the past 3 years or so, ever since self-publishing—or Indie—burst on the scene. This has been the biggest change in publishing for many years. The standard of books could be so varied when Indie first started, but the quality of books now coming out of Indie publishing is amazing. I’m one of the authors who thinks this change is a good thing. I love the diversity of Indie publishing. The enthusiasm of the authors, for what they are doing, and the way in which they are doing it. I love it so much that I decided to write an Indie series myself. And I love it. The whole process of it, from writing the book to having the covers designed, to seeing the very first book in my very own series, Christmas Alpha, uploaded and ready for preorder, with a publishing date of November 8th.

I’m still busy writing for Harlequin, in both Presents and Regency, so I guess I’m now what’s called a ‘hybrid’ author—I write for a traditional publishing but also my own Indie series.

Q. What do you think will happen to the publishing market in future?

I think everyone is asking themselves that same question. I doubt anyone imagined that Indie would take off in the way that it has, that most people believed it was a bubble that would burst. Instead it’s just grown bigger, and better and now I’ve joined them with my new series. Wherever publishing goes in the future, I’m sure that authors will want to continue writing and having their books published, however and wherever they can, and hoping, always hoping, that the readers will buy and enjoy reading them.

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