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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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 Shelly Morgan

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Crave author Shelly Morgan stopped by to give us a deeper view into her latest release, The Preacher’s Daughter.

Hello, my name is Shelly Morgan and I’m the author of The Preacher’s Daughter (Rough Riders MC #1) that was released on March 27th, 2018.

This was an idea that popped into my head one night as I was lying in bed watching a movie (I can’t even remember what the movie was now to be honest, but that’s not important). In the movie, there was a girl that was the daughter of the town preacher. She was polished, proper, and everything you’d expect from the preacher’s daughter. And it got me thinking…You see I once knew a girl like this. She was in my class in school and her father was a pastor. And at first, I hate to say this, but I thought she’d be dull and shy. But I was very wrong. She was quiet, but once you got to know her, she was adventurous and pushed the limits. She was a rebel and we became very good friends. Some would even say we were partners in crime!

Anyway, that got me thinking about how it must have been for her to deal with people, me included, judging her before they even knew her. And it also got me wondering if she rebelled for that exact reason, or if that was just who she was as a person. And so, The Preacher’s Daughter was started!

The Preacher’s Daughter is rough, dark, suspenseful, steamy, and everything in-between.  And the ending is maybe a little abrupt, and you may feel like there was no closure to what happened. But I can assure you, there is more coming from Angel and Torq in the next story.

The second book will be Amy and Ice Man’s story, but as you will find, Amy is very close with Angel, and Ice Man have grown close to Torq. Angel has a lot of healing left to do and so does Torq. That’s where their friends will come in. Amy and Ice Man help with this process, and will even help bring Georgie to justice for his part in what happened to Angel.

And some of you may ask if Angel will reconnect with her parents. I can only say this; she will see her parents again, but you’ll have to wait to see how that encounter goes!

Below, I have shared one of my favorite parts of the story. If you’ve read it, maybe you agree. And if you haven’t, maybe it’ll be enough to pique your interest and you’ll check out my latest release, The Preacher’s Daughter.

Excerpt from The Preacher’s Daughter by Shelly Morgan

“You’re the definition of innocent. You’re pure and good, beautiful, and so full of passion. You’re one of the few things God got right, if there is a God.”  Not able to stay away from her any longer, I close the gap between us and take her face in my hands. “I want you. God help me, I want you more than my next breath. Every atom in my body screams for me to take you and make you mine, and I want nothing more than to give in to that call. But it still doesn’t make it right. I’m no good for you, Angel. My soul belongs to the devil, and you’re destined to fly with the angels. You should stay away from me.”

I don’t know when I became the martyr or sentimental, but everything I said is the truth. She’s too good for someone like me, and if I do what I’ve been fantasizing about, I’ll ruin her. The demons inside me would be too much for her. I just don’t know if I have the strength to stay away from her, even though I know it’s what’s best for her.

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