NEW RELEASE: Covet by Rosanna Leo #amreading #romance @cravepub

35387774_1722079734584892_6619466835693666304_nCrave author Rosanna Leo stopped by to give us an excerpt and an in depth look at her new release, Covet.

A review of Covet By Rosanna Leo

I’ve been asked by the good folks at Crave Publishing to do a different sort of book feature. In short, I’ve been asked to review my own book, Covet, Vegas Sins 2. Of course, this won’t be the sort of review in which I give myself a star rating or tell you how fabulous my book is. Actually, this is meant to be more of a deep dive into the story.

I suppose I should start at the beginning. Covet was actually a book I never intended to write. You see, when I first penned Vice, book 1 of this series, I envisioned it as a standalone romance. However, Jennifer O’Neill and Lori Whitwam of Crave Publishing kindly suggested I consider expanding it into a series. I was so honoured by their suggestion that I began work right away. At the end of Vice, I resolved the romance between earlier characters Kate and Liam but there was definitely some wiggle room to continue the story of my fictional casino hotel and the people who work there.

I knew right away my hero would be Alex Markov, the man we get a peek at in Vice, but I wasn’t sure about who his heroine would be. It wasn’t long before I met my heroine Dana Hamill. She appeared to me out of the blue, as these characters often do.

In every book I write, I try very hard to come up with a fresh angle or conflict. I also try to tackle topics I’ve never tackled before. This time around, I decided to address the subject of infertility.

Why? Because I don’t think we see it often enough in romance. Very often, when a fictional couple falls in love, we hear about their plans for marriage and children. However, there are alternate endings out there. Not everyone has kids. Not everyone can. And there are plenty of people who choose not to. I really wanted this story to speak to them and to the readers who wish to read about them.

Heroine Dana learns she cannot bear children at the start of the story (no spoilers, I promise.) The knowledge throws her world into turmoil, especially regarding her fiancé Tommy. She is a proud, successful woman who knows her own worth and yet she has to grapple with unexpected emotions when the man she loves rejects her. In many ways, this is Dana’s story, her journey to acceptance and peace.

Along the way, she meets hero Alex. What begins as a steamy, surprise hookup with a handsome stranger ends up turning into a months’ long obsession for both of them. Alex is grieving and suffering from a secret shame and is definitely not looking for a new romance. But life has a way of surprising us.

How can I break Covet down for you? It’s an emotional ride. You may cry a few tears but I hope I leave you feeling all the love between these two characters as well. This book is about hope and acceptance and forgiveness, and I hope you enjoy it.

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EXCERPT FOR COVET, VEGAS SINS 2, BY ROSANNA LEO

“Ms. Hamill?”

“I’m sorry. What were you saying?”

“Just that we do work closely with a number of the other hotels on the Strip. It’s a busy teaserweek in town, but I’ve heard there might be openings at the Flamingo and Excalibur. I would be happy to see if we can find you something at one of those properties.”

Okay. The time for calm was officially over. “Excalibur, huh? We booked Vice, the most sophisticated hotel on the Strip, and you want to send me to a place that has a fire-breathing dragon in the lobby?” Dana checked the clerk’s name tag. “I’m sorry, Cecilia. That just won’t do.”

“But we have no rooms.”

“Check again. I bet if you try really hard, you’ll find a couple.”

“You don’t understand—”

“Oh, I understand, believe me. Did I mention I work for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association? I’ve spent the last few years bringing major conventions to the Strip. I have worked with every hotel and have sent a great deal of revenue in Liam Doyle’s direction.”

“Mr. Doyle no longer owns Vice. Mr. Markov is the new owner.”

Dana’s frustration erupted in a crazed laugh. “You’re missing the point, Cecilia! I’m trying to tell you I have done this before. Now I’m not blaming you. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, someone else mislaid my reservation. Mistakes happen. Systems go down. I get it. I’m just asking you to fix it. Maybe you could bump someone else and send them to Excalibur.”

“Ms. Hamill.”

“Look, we’re wasting time here. I want to speak to a manager.”

“I’m sure my manager would be happy to talk to you but she’s in a meeting.”

“Great.” Dana’s voice cracked. “Please. I don’t like causing scenes. I’ve had…a lot on my plate lately. Woman to woman, help me out here.”

A deep voice sounded over Dana’s shoulder. “Maybe I can help.”

Dana froze.

That voice.

The last time Dana heard a voice like that, it was cursing softly in her ear as its owner fucked her into oblivion.

Help me, Jesus.

She turned, degree by degree. It couldn’t be.

And yet, everything she remembered was there. The cat eyes, the sun-kissed hair, the long, hot body.

This Alex looked different, though. The stubbled, jeans-clad creature from Joe’s was gone. He’d been replaced by a man who held himself with an easy authority. Dressed in an expensive grey suit, he looked as if he’d be just as much at home on a catwalk as in a casino. His short hair shimmered under the hotel lights, a deep golden color that would make most trophy wives salivate. His lips compressed as he took in the shock on her face.

Various emotions flickered in his pale eyes. Disbelief, concern, even anger. She understood them all and would have felt them too.

It was the last emotion that caused her heart to sink.

Indifference. The Alex from her fantasies now looked at her with indifference.

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Five on Friday: Interview with Author Rita Delude #amreading #romance @cravepub

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEM (6)Rita Delude, author of “At First Sight” in Craving: One Night Anthology stopped by today for a mini interview and an in deeper peek into her story. 

  1. Do you consider writing a gift or a curse? Being a writer is a gift because not everyone can write well enough to entice complete strangers to read their words. Being a writer is a curse because it’s a sedentary career, and since I’ve started writing full time, I’ve gained weight. But much like dark chocolate, I love it.
  2. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment I ever received as a writer was when a reader of my contemporary romance book, Kaleidoscope, was so inspired by the book in which Alice, the protagonist, opens a quilting studio, that she created a quilted wall hanging that looks like a kaleidoscope of fabrics. My words inspired her art. I was so thrilled for both of us.
  3. How old were you when you have your first kiss? I was twelve when I had my first kiss. We were playing spin the bottle at a birthday party chaperoned only by an older sister. There were no parents in sight. My mom would have “killed me” if she knew. The couple who got picked went to a closet and kissed. I still remember it even though it was a very innocent touching of lips to lips. It thrills me still to think about, even though I can’t even remember the boy’s name.
  4. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the “good” or “bad” ones? Yes, I read my book reviews. I bask in the good ones. If the “bad” ones have suggestions of what I should have done, I try to incorporate that into my future writing. Then, I move on. You can’t please everyone in writing or in life. I feel the same about rejection letters. I take the advice of the publisher and work to improve every day.
  5. Do you prefer traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks and why? I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve pretty much given up on print books; I love my Kindle. I can adjust the print size, take it everywhere, and purchase books at a low cost. Yet, I’m always listening to audio books, too, especially when I quilt and drive.

To learn more about this amazing author, visit her website at: https://ritadelude.wixsite.com/mysite

Rita also gave us an in depth look in her story At First Sight Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]from Craving: One Night…

When I first heard the theme for Craving: One Night, I was excited because I believe in “love at first” and “happily ever after.” Many years ago, I fell in love with my husband on our first date—a blind date. I knew that very first night that he was the one I’d spend the rest of my life with. And I have.

Just a simple tip of a cap or an intense look, as Matthew gives to Julia when they enter an airplane can be the spark that starts a love affair. Also, Julia’s sensation of being “home” and safe when they first hold hands is what I remember of my “one night,” so I worked those feelings into a romantic story set on a cruise ship.

Adding humor to my work is something I normally do, so for this story Julia and Matthew take part in the Entertainment Director’s version of an old TV show called The Dating Game where a lady picks a date by asking questions of three potential gentlemen and without seeing what they look like. You may laugh at some of the crazy answers the guys create to impress Julie.

Here’s a snippet of humor from “At First Sight” from Craving One Night from just as The Dating Game begins:

“Folks, welcome Julia, here all the way from frigid Nashua, New Hampshire. But you’re never cold on a Leisure Line Cruise in the Caribbean.”

The applause was deafening.

Here goes, she thought, and read the first question in a voice that she used to get everyone’s attention at meetings. People hushed.

She so wished she could wear a sign that read: “I did not create these questions!”

“Bachelor Number One, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?”

Bachelor Number One: “I’d be a banana, so we could have some fun peeling me.”

The audience roared.

“Bachelor Number Two, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?”

Bachelor Number Two: “I’d be a strawberry, so you could suck its juices while drinking champagne and having the pleasure of both tastes in one.”

The crowd laughed.

“Bachelor Number Three, same question, please.”

Bachelor Number Three: “I’d be a long, wide zucchini to mix with your freshest salad until you were wild with desire.”

The viewers were raucous.

Julia blushed. Two more questions to go and she could escape. Relax. You’re here to have fun.

“Bachelor Number One, if you could take me on a first date to anywhere, where would it be and why?”

I hope you enjoy “At First Sight,” and I wish you your own special “one night” with someone to love.

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Five on Friday: Interview with Author G.M. House

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEMCrave author G.M. House joins us for a quick 5 question interview. Her story is featured in our Craving One Night anthology.

  1. Do you Google yourself?

*Laughs* Yes, I have and it was no surprise that G.M. and House pulled separate items. My sir name, House, pulls up three companies that draw house plans. G.M., of course, pulls up General Motors. I’ve been told many times over, that my name is rather masculine and it is fun to play that up every once in a while. So, it was no surprise that my Google search turned up masculine things.

  1. Do you prefer reading traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks? Why?

I prefer traditional paperbacks or hard cover. My all-time favorite book “Pride and Prejudice” is a hard cover, that shows its age/usage and I absolutely love that. It has been a well-loved classic. Plus, I’m a proud member of the book sniffers club and ebook does not offer the same experience for me as a traditional book. The smell of a book only adds to the journey while I read. However, for organizational reasons I can see why ebooks are popular.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Ironically, two characters I did not see publishing, are getting published and first of all things. They were a half-baked idea. Aside from that, I have two unpublished books, one of which is three quarters of the way completed, and three proposal stories that I might breathe life into down the road. The hoard of napkins and notepads that have notes jotted down on them, tell a different narrative on my half-finished unpublished works.

  1. What is the sexiest accent?

Hmm…that is a tough one. I’d say Scottish hands down. With the exception of Humphrey Bogart or Sean Connery. Wait…I could honestly, listen to Gerard Butler talk all day.

  1. Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

It is a double edged sword. On one hand, it is amazing to sit down, pen a swoon worthy story for the readers to enjoy and give them a relatable experience. On the other hand, I do not fit into the status quo, because I see life in a more creative manner and some feel awkward around me since I’m not in the same box.

G.M. House also provided us with an in depth look into her story One Night with a Boss from Craving: One Night

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]“Hi, Ian Thompson here with my favorite author in the universe, G… G.M. House. We’re here today to give you a deeper look into One Night with a Boss. Isn’t that right G?”

“Please don’t call me G, we’ve talked about this. Yes, I’m excited that you could join me in giving this review.” For those of you who haven’t met Ian, let me introduce you. He will quickly become your favorite douchebag. “Ian, meet the readers, readers met Ian.”

“Thanks, G. I know I’m your favorite douchebag,” winks flirtatiously at me. Waves at the readers. “Nice to meet you all.”

“You really are my favorite,” I reach out and pat his arm. “Where should we begin?”

“Tell them how I got my start in the graphics scene,”

“That’s a good starting point.” Ian comes from a middle class family, both parents work, and he has always admired his dad’s drive in the work world. After Ian graduate’s college with a degree in graphic design, he gets a job with a small local firm. A major client books a consult, the firm being extremely short staffed at the time throws rookie Ian in the lead role for the meeting and this move sets him on the path to douchebag status. Ian, of course, lands this client and catapults his firm into new territory with the two-million-dollar advertising deal. Keep in mind, Ian beat competitor Brooks Design Graphics out of this deal. When a job opening comes up at Brooks, Ian arrogantly fills out an application for fun. Not really expecting anything to come of it.

“I told the client my boss was an asshat, that’s how I landed the deal.”

I cut my eyes over to him, “Ian!”

“Well, I did, G,” he reaches up, pretends to zip his lips, locks them and throws away the key.

“I know you did.” Anyways, that’s how we end up where the story starts.

“So, what is the inspiration behind my story?”

“Your story?”

“Fine, the story overall,” he rolls his eyes.

I had an obsession at the time with the names Ian and Ryley. I knew somehow I had to have characters with those names, but they could not be any characters. These two would be equals, somehow Ian and Ryley would be a match on every level except for power. In the real world I’m a rather powerful lady, so I thought it would be fun to echo that into a female character and have the male character be attracted to a powerful woman. What started as a fun idea, ended up becoming a fun, sexy, short story about one night and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

“Trust me G, they will enjoy it,” he wags his eyebrows at me.

“Behave yourself.”

“Yes ma’am,” he pauses, “Do you plan on giving me my own book one day?”

Smiles “You know, you’re a lot to handle Ian. I’m not sure, I, or anyone can handle a full length story with your douchebaggery.”

He chuckles, “Com’on G, you know they want more of all this!” he runs his hands over his torso seductively.

“See what I’m talking about?” One day perhaps I will give this short story a full length book, guess it depends on how demanding Ian gets.

“Don’t make me pull out the big douchebag guns G, because I will!”

Throws hands up in surrender, “Please don’t,” I beg.

“Fine, you’re safe this time, but next time I might tie you up… or maybe one of your readers would like for me to tie her up?”

“Sir Douche…” takes a breath, “Never mind, I’m sure a lucky lady would love to be tied up by you,” I smile wide at him. “Moving on. Why don’t you explain the douchebag title Ian?”

“I’d love to. So, G has this long standing joke about a guy in white Oakley shades. He is instantly a douchebag. Maybe not, maybe he’s a pansy in a pair of shades his mom bought him because they were cool,” he chuckles. “Let me define G’s definition of douchebag, A guy who typically gets what he wants, knows it all, drives a stunning vehicle, usually well-groomed and good looking. The shades are a symbol, if you will, that said guy, in this case me, is a get what he wants kind of male. Which I am a get what I want kind of guy. The job I want, got it. The woman that… I’ll stop there with that one. Well-groomed and I’m fine as hell. Jacked up truck. See I tick all the boxes and I also have a pair of white Oakley’s as the icing on the cake. Did I cover it G?”

“Yeah, you nailed it.”

“I forgot to mention that my favorite author looks damn good in her douchebag shades.”

Instantly my cheeks heat, “Thanks Ian,” embarrassment in my voice.

“You’re welcome G.”

“Oaky Ian I think that about finishes our time here with all the readers.”

“G, come on, they want more.”

Giggles “They will have to read the story to get more.”

“Fine.” He rolls his eyes.

Thank you all for joining Ian and I today. I hope you will enjoy “One Night with a Boss”.

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In Depth with…Author Elizabeth Roderick #amreading #romance @cravepub

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Crave author Elizabeth Roderick stopped by today to give us a deeper look into her story Beautiful Music featured in our new anthology.

I wrote Beautiful Music when I was in a romantic slump and needed something to make my heart lighter. It worked!

The story is about Nicole Vetterman, a successful, thirty-something musician and songwriter who is starting to come to terms that she’s aging in a business that doesn’t allow for women to age gracefully without a fight. Outwardly, she’s doing great: she recently won a Grammy, she’s working on a new album. But she’s recently lost a long-term partner and is wondering if her love life is over forever.

Then she meets Ibrahim. He’s an extremely talented (and VERY sexy) electronic dance music artist. He’s kind and has an infectious smile …she can’t help but fall in love with him, even though they’ve only spent one memorable night together. There’s a hitch, though: he’s nine years younger than her.

Despite how much she wants to pursue something more meaningful with him, she’s plagued by self-doubt. He must be using her for her industry connections, because how can he be attracted to an old woman like her? She feels like everyone else must be laughing at her behind her back, and that she’s deluding herself thinking she could be worthy of his love.

I know Nicole’s struggle well. I’m in a relationship with a younger man, and it took me a lot of effort to train myself out of that self-doubt. Writing this story was part of that training.

Life is so much better if you allow yourself to see your own value and let yourself be happy. We all are beautiful and worthy of love. Give that love, accept it, rejoice in it!

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Let’s get know Elizabeth a little better…Elizabeth Roderick

Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

A little of both, honestly. Being a writer gives my life meaning in a way few other things do. It’s a way to create worlds where mysteries are solved, love wins, and the antagonists always learn their lesson. I can create beauty, and make the real world a little more beautiful in the process.

But it also keeps me up at night and keeps me fairly poor 😀

What’s something you are really good at that only a few people know about?

I studied ethnobotany in college, and I make a lot of my own medicines and cosmetics out of herbs. I’m also a musician, with two albums of original music…I wish more than a few people knew about that.

What is the best compliment you have received about your writing?

An Amazon reviewer said that The Other Place is “Beautiful beyond words”. I’ll take it!

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I currently have eleven finished books on my backlist. None of them are shelved – I’m just slow at pitching them. I have two works in progress, plus a memoir that is mostly done but needs arranged. I have two more half-finished books that I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to.

Do you Google yourself?

I haven’t in a long time! Now I’m inspired to do so.

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Lord of the Rings series!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do – but I don’t take either bad or good ones to heart. They’re opinions, which can vary widely.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

I already give up plenty of time and hope of easier income in order to chase the dream of writing stories so perfect they never let me go. I’d give up even more if it meant I could be a better paid author.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Probably slavery.

What’s the sexiest accent?

Oooh, good question. I love any accent, but I’d probably go with Scottish.

What is your favorite romance sub-genre to write and read?

Probably regency – but I don’t trust my research enough to write it myself.

Do you prefer reading traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks? Why?

I prefer reading traditional books, but I prefer owning ebooks. I live in a tiny house (250 square feet). I had to get rid of so many books!

Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?

Yes, although I’m self-employed. I help run a small farm (we grow and sell fruit, veggies, eggs, and honey, as well as nursery products and some crafts). I’m also a freelance editor.

Do you chose the genre you write in or did it choose you?

I write soooo many genres. They always choose me.

What are your favorite types of characters to write?

Quirky ones. I enjoy writing about weirdos, because I truly am one.

To learn more about Elizabeth visit her website at: http://talesfrompurgatory.com/

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In Depth with Author Jessica Calla: Craving One Night #amreading #newrelease #romance #giveaway

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]Author Jessica Calla stopped by to give us an in depth look into her story The One She left Behind featured in the Craving One Night anthology.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about time. Time seems to creep along, but then in a flash, it’s gone. Even though we lose all those precious moments, it’s fascinating to me to think about the things we remember and hold on to, that can take us right back to a particular moment, like a time machine.

I love second chance romances. For Ashley and Anthony, I wanted to write a story that showed the two of them being inseparable as kids, then letting each other go. Twenty years later, they meet up at their high school reunion, after having been married to other people and living their own lives. Still though, they always held each other close in their hearts. As soon as they see each other at the reunion, the memories invade and take them back twenty years to when they said goodbye.

For Anthony and Ashley’s journey, I wanted to explore the idea of “the right love at the
wrong time,” (yes, those are Barry Manilow lyrics—Google Somewhere Down the Road
and don’t judge!) with a little twist. Even though they were separated for twenty years,
their love story played out exactly the way it was supposed to. So for Anthony and
Ashley, the song lyrics would be: “the right love in the right time.”
I hope you enjoy the story.

Excerpt from The One She Left Behind

Anthony had followed her career, searching her name every day for the past twenty years. Her talent for photography had been obvious from the day they got their first phones, then the day she got her first real camera. He had no doubt that she’d make her life into whatever she wanted. I’m going to use this camera to see the world, she used toAnthony Bello looked down at her with his sexy, a little-too-big-for-his-face, grin. Damn, those full, soft lips. In twenty years she hadn_t found a more kissable subject than Anthony say. It’s my passport out of here.

Not him. He loved his town and the people in it so much that he’d never left. He’d been hired by the Cliffville Board of Education the day he graduated college with his Physical Education degree, and spent the past fifteen years as a gym teacher roaming the halls where he and Ashley had grown up. He knew everyone, everything, about the North Jersey suburb, and he was happy that Kelsey would grow up the same way he did.

Ashley, though, was never meant to be tied down. The day Wally walked into homeroom,
Ashley blushed at the sight of him. When he told the class about California and his love of travel, Anthony knew she’d found another ticket out.

“Peru? Wow.” Then, thinking out loud, he said, “I can’t imagine.”

No matter how perfect she felt in his arms, he couldn’t compete with Peru, or baby elephants, or whatever else she’d experienced in her life. Instead of getting into it, he winked at her. “But we’re both here now. How about that?”

“How about that,” she repeated.

When she smiled, he relaxed again, and moved his mouth close to her ear. “Never thought I’d see you back in Cliffville.”

“I heard there was an open bar so…”

He laughed, and suddenly the twenty years they’d been apart felt like only two minutes. “Oh, but even without the open bar, it’s paradise. I know you’ve traveled the world, seen our entire planet. But Cliffville, New Jersey is where all the action is at.”

“Ha.” Ashley snorted. “It’s nice to imagine loving a place so much that you want to stay.”
Anthony gave her hand a squeeze. “It’s nice to imagine being brave enough to leave too.”
They spent the rest of the night on the dance floor, oblivious to the rest of the Class of ’98.
She felt like heaven in his arms. It had been a long time since he’d been with a woman, and Ashley wasn’t just any woman. She was Ashley. His Ash.

The One She Left Behind-2He didn’t want to let her go when the band finished their last song and the dance floor cleared, so Anthony said the same word he’d said to her twenty years earlier, the day she’d left Cliffville: “Stay.”

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Interview with Author Jessica Calla

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I get really creeped out by… (I almost can’t even type it)… sexy fireman books. My dad was a fireman, and I’ve been around firehouses all my life, and … just no. Can I stop at that?

What’s the sexiest accent?
Definitely Italian! My husband’s family is from Italy and I love hearing them talk.
Italian has such a beautiful flow. Even the curse words sound pretty.

What is your favorite romance sub-genre to write and read?
I love reading contemporary city romances, I think because I grew up in a suburb
of New York City. But every once in a while, I get the urge to read a sweet, small
town country romance, usually with cowboys. Reading about ranchers and
rodeos does something for me. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, switching to a
small-town romance resets me somehow. Would I ever want to live on a ranch?
Big no. Although I rode a horse once, in Alaska on my honeymoon! I was scared
to death and cried to get off.

Do you prefer reading traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks? Why?
For fiction, I love-love-love my Kindle Paperwhite. I prefer the Kindle itself to the
Kindle app, so I don’t get distracted by everything else on the phone, and focus
only on reading. Often, I read while pacing my house to get my steps in for my
daily Fitbit count. Reading makes the daily trek to 10,000 steps fly by! For non-
fiction, though, I prefer a hard copy. I like to make notes in the margins, highlight,
and be able to flip through the pages.

Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
I’m a lawyer by day, working for a government agency for the State of New
Jersey. Fun fact: I met my husband in law school. He sat in front of me as a 1L. I
didn’t know his first name for six months (the professors called us all by our last
names), but he had long hair and wore Doc Martens so I was smitten.

Rapid Fire…

Tea or coffee? Coffee, black and strong!
Paperback/Hardcover or ebook? Ebook for fiction, Paperback for non-fiction
Vampire or shifter? Vampire #TeamEdward #TeamDamon
Cop or fireman? Cop! My dad was a fireman so that’s just creepy to me.
Snow or sunny skies? SUN
Beach or mountain ski resort? BEACH
Coke or Pepsi? COKE (Please is this even a real question?)
HEA or a more realistic ending? HEAs or make me cry. Realistic, meh.
Chick flick or action movie? Chick Flick
City or country? City
More beautiful: Sunset or sunrise? Sunset!
Car or plane? Car
iPhone or Android? iPhone. Apple everything in my house!
Mac or PC? See above: MAC
Kindle or Nook? Kindle (Paperwhite)
Listen to audiobook or read? Read. I lose focus when listening to books.
Ocean/Lake or pool? Ocean.
Eggs or pancakes? I CANNOT DECIDE DON’T MAKE ME.
Shower or bath? Shower. Bath? Ick.

Cable or satellite? As much as I hate to say it, Cable. Don’t get me started.
Handwrite or type? Type.
Introvert or extrovert? Introvert.
Morning person or night owl? Night owl.
Camping or luxury hotel? Hotel please!
Passion Flix or Hallmark? Passionflix, unless it’s Christmastime!

To learn more about the amazing Jessica Calla, visit her website at http://www.jessicacalla.com/

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New Release: Mafia Princess by Bella J. #giveaway

Author Bella J.  stopped by this week to bring us a taste of her new release Mafia Princess…

Teaser 1In her own words…

We asked Bella to give us a more in depth look at her new release…

Mafia Princess is about two characters equally strong-willed, headstrong, and annoyingly stubborn.

Karina Valenti is the daughter of the infamous crime Boss known as The Wolf, but she wants nothing to do with the family business. In fact, she tries everything in her power to steer clear of everything family related. But once Detective Lorik Stone calls her in for questioning, it sets off a spiral of events which drags her right into the middle of it all.

Lorik is by far the hero I had the most fun with. His cocky, arrogant, and I-don’t-give-a-shit attitude made it so easy to write his scenes. Well, that and the fact that my real-life hubby is a Detective as well. (And yes, my husband is all of the above as well. LOL)

Wait…yeah…I think it’s relatively safe to say Lorik was inspired by my husband—a royal pain in the ass who ensures there’s never a dull moment. 😉

Mafia Princess was originally meant to be a standalone, but Karina’s brothers turned out to have so much potential I had no choice but to turn it into a series. Although Mafia Princess isn’t quite as dark as you would expect from a Mafia romance, it does have a few dark elements.

But for all the enthusiastically dark readers out there, rest assured. Dante and Antonio’s stories will be coming your way soon…and it’s going to be deliciously dark, and decadently sinful.

(Editor: Yay! We can’t wait!!!)

Excerpt from Mafia Princess by Bella J.

(Note from the author: This part alone shows what a menace Lorik really is. He’s just one naughty, arrogant Detective with a sinfully sexy smile that will make you sacrifice little puppies.)

“Stone!”

Ah, crap. Like one run-in with the devil wasn’t enough.

I sighed before turning and watched as the commander came storming my way. Judging by the way his nostrils flared and the smoke poured out of his ears, I’d say he was pretty pissed.

“Commander Pipole.”

He stopped in front of me. “So, now you manage to get it right?”

“I guess my mental block just got unblocked.”

He stared at me with so much disdain that for a second I felt twelve again, standing in Principal Swinton’s office, listening to him telling me how wrong it was to trash the school hall, half of the classrooms, and the principal’s office with toilet paper.

According to me, I simply showed my extreme commitment to a classic prank. Unfortunately, Principal Swinton didn’t agree and kept repeating the phrase “you’re suspended” while he tried to remove the toilet paper from his fish tank—along with the dead fish. How was I supposed to know the little fishy fuckers would eat the toilet paper? And, in my opinion, if you were stupid enough to eat shit paper, you deserved to die.

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Let’s get to know Crave author Bella J… bella j.

All the way from Cape Town, South Africa, Bella J lives for the days when she’s able to retreat to her writer’s cave where she can get lost in her little pretend world of romance, love, and insanely hot bad boys.

Bella J is a Hybrid Author with both Self-Published and Traditional Published work. Even though her novels range from drama, to comedy, to suspense, it’s the dark, twisted side of romance she loves the most.

Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BellaJ1983
Website: www.bellajromance.weebly.comTeaser 3
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bella-J./e/B016UCYOF8
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BellaJ_Author

Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

Both. When it comes to my sanity, it’s a gift. Now I have a very good explanation as to why I have all these voices inside my head. “It’s characters talking to me, because I’m a writer.” No one with a PhD can question that. LOL.

On the other hand, it’s a curse. With a full time job, and two little kids, I don’t have enough hours in a day. So I regularly suffer from what I call ‘Writer’s constipation.’ If I don’t have time to write down the scenes that play off inside my head, or what the voices are screaming at me, my mind gets clogged up and I go all sorts of crazy.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Seven. Some of them are halfway done, others only a few chapters. Currently it’s all safely tucked away in my “I’ll probably never finish these” folder.

What is your favorite romance sub-genre to write and read?

Dark. I love dark romance. I am a huge fan of Pepper Winters, and it was her Monsters in the Dark series that made me fall in love with the dark side of romance. I love writing dark romance as well, but I write all types of sub-genres. It depends on my mood, and what kind of characters are talking to me—the writer. (Again, the best reason ever to argue the fact that you’re certifiably crazy)

What are your favorite types of characters to write?

Dark, tortured, hard-ass and cocky heroes. I love my bad boys. And I prefer my kick-ass heroines, too. I love it when a bad boy is brought to his knees by a strong-willed bad girl. But again, it all depends on the story…and the voices. 😉

What are you most afraid of?

Geckos. I can’t stand looking at them. Have you seen the way that little head moves, and those freaky spread-out toes that sucks onto everything? I can’t even…YUK. I get chills just thinking of it. And the little fuckers, I mean buggers, are fast as fuck. One second it’s sitting in the corner at the top of the wall with those freaky-ass sucky feet, head flicking in every direction, and then…gone. POOF. Just gone. Now THAT freaks me out. You have no idea where that little, mini-reptile went. It’s enough to make me want to sit in the corner and rock like a crazy person, and me being a writer won’t be able to explain this kind of crazy behavior. Do you see how much power this tiny little reptile has over me?

Rapid Fire Interview:

Tea or Coffee? Coffee.

Paperback or Ebook? Ebook. Easier to read at night in the dark.

Vampire or shifter? Vampire. I think it’s a seduction thing.

Cop or Fireman? Cop. My real life husband is a cop (See my use of the words ‘Real life.’ Again, I blame it on being a writer.)

Snow or sunny skies? I live in Cape Town, South Africa. It never snows here. So I’m forced to answer ‘sunny skies.’

Beach or mountain ski resort? Can I say no to both? It’s a no to the beach because I hate how sticky you get, and how sand manages to creep up in holes you didn’t even know you had. And no to mountain ski resort, because mountains usually mean creepy crawly insects. I’m not much of an outside person.

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

HEA or a more realistic ending? Realistic ending. I’m not one of those readers who demands a HEA, or I refuse to read it. Knowing it’s a HEA kind of spoils the whole story for me since from you already know from the very first page that the hero and heroine will end up together. It’s a HUGE spoiler.

Chick flick or action movie? Action movie

City or country? City. I need white noise to be able to sleep. It’s just too damn quiet in the country. Plus, country also kind of means creepy crawlies, and dust, and heat, and…nope. Definitely city.

More beautiful: Sunset or sunrise? Sunset.

Car or plane? Car

iPhone or Android? Android

Mac or PC? PC

Kindle or Nook? Kindle

Listen to audiobook or read? I guess read since I’ve never listened to an audiobook before. *hands head in shame*

Ocean/Lake or pool? Pool. You have no idea what’s swimming around you in the ocean or a lake.

Eggs or pancakes? Pancakes.

Shower or bath? Bath

Handwrite or type? Type

Introvert or extrovert? Introvert…until the tequila comes out to play.

Morning person, or night person? Morning person.

Camping or Luxury Hotel? Luxury Hotel!!!!!

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