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Kimberly Dean: Flash Fire or Slow Burn? (2-FREE Reads for KU Subscribers!)
Sunday, May 19th, 2019

StrandedWhen I first saw Delilah’s invitation for stories for the Stranded collection, I was in the middle of a very different project—still erotic romance, but a longer series of connected novels. Stranded: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, Book 4 is a short story collection. I like both, but they’re very different to write… and to read. I was torn. Should I stay focused on what I was doing or light a new flame? I couldn’t resist; I decided to do both. I quickly wrote “Out of This World” and submitted it.

Short stories require fast story-telling. The author has to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and everything is heightened. The pace, the action, and the heat level. In romance, short stories focus on instant attraction. The snap, the flare, and the fire bursting into life… It’s like when dry kindling catches a spark. The fire flares hot and bright. And then, poof. The story is over, but the reader is left fanning herself. It’s instant gratification.

Longer erotic romances can also have instant attraction, but they’re often followed by a delicious slow burn. The fire is simmering, burning deep, getting hotter and building strength. In my Courting series (my other project), two of my favorite characters, Josh and Nina, meet in Book 1. He’s a police detective, and she owns a high-class escort service. (Ahem… she’s a madam.) The two begin a slow dance around each other like two tiny flames at different ends of the same log. Their attraction keeps heating and twisting, moving towards one another. With a series, the slow burn can last and last. Josh and Nina’s romance finally rages into life in Book 4. It’s like the embers of a camp fire that hasn’t been fully extinguished suddenly bursting into flames, threatening to burn the whole forest down.

As a reader, that type of romance is so rewarding to me. I like seeing the foundation of characters’ relationships being built. I like to see what’s driving them, what’s keeping them apart, and what pushes them to the edge. And then when the match is finally lit? Ahhhh, satisfaction.

That’s why I like to write different lengths, different genres, and different styles. How about you? As a reader, do you like the flash fire or the slow burn? Or do you like both—as long as the spark is there?

 

Meet the women and men who work at Luxxor Limited, a high-end escort service. The company caters to the wealthy by matching them with escorts who are as smart, mannered, and cultured as they are beautiful. The one limitation in Luxxor’s contracts? No sex allowed. Except, of course, if the contact is mutually acceptable.

COURTING TROUBLE (The Courting Series Book 1)

When times get tough, how bad does a good girl have to get?

Sienna Blakely is bright, articulate, and woefully underemployed. In order to get by, she’s forced to rely on the one asset she vowed never to use—her looks. With bills piling up, Sienna signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients…

And then she’s assigned to escort Jason Sloan.

Just meeting the hockey player turned business shark causes a full-body jolt. Arrogant, powerful, and sexy, he’s trouble. He can see beyond the facade she’s erected, right down to the intelligent and sensual woman underneath. He challenges her wits, and he challenges the rules.

When he gets Luxxor to upgrade her to an exclusive and more lenient contract, just how far will Sienna go to pay her rent? And to explore her deepest, most intimate desires?

Ebook Available on Amazon (free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers)
Print book

About the Author

When taking the Myers-Briggs personality test in high school, Kimberly was rated as an INFJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging). This result sent her into a panic, because there were no career paths recommended for the type. Fortunately, it turned out to be well-suited to a writing career. Since receiving that dismal outlook, Kimberly has become an award-winning author of romance and erotica. She has written for seven publishing houses, both domestic and international, and has recently focused her efforts on the exciting world of self-publishing. Her book Haunted Hearts is a 2019 RITA® Finalist from the Romance Writers of America®.

https://kimberlydean.com/

Just released! GILDED CAGE! Get your FREE copy!
Monday, May 13th, 2019

I have something dark and sexy for you—if you’re not persnickety about a f/f romance. However, if you love something dark (it involves the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory!), which depicts a witch and a vampire in a life and death battle for dominance, and takes place in New Orleans, you’ll love this. It’s intensely erotic with BDSM elements. So, be warned!

This is a story that was previously released through Ellora’s Cave but has been significantly revised. And there’s more in the series to come. It’s only 12,000 words, so not terribly long. I hope you’ll give it a try. And best yet? If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for FREE!

Gilded Cage

A f/f paranormal novelette…

Since her turning, Elena Csintalan has wrestled her inner demon on a nightly basis. She never expects her limits to be tested—until she finds herself drawn to a tawny woman whose lush curves make her eyeteeth spike. Before she knows it, she’s dangling inside an iron cage, one that’s frighteningly familiar. And the punishment she endures is oh so divine…

Despite a surprising empathy she feels for the vampire she’s captured, Cassia proceeds with her coven’s plan—drain Elena of her blood at the height of orgasm to complete a potion that will protect them from Elena’s maker. Cassia scried the darkness coming their way, and the monster has a name…the Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

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Get STRANDED for free! Plus, contests you don’t want to miss!
Saturday, May 4th, 2019

A reminder!

These contests are still open! Enter to win before they close!

  1. Diana Cosby: The Beauty of Spring (Contest)
  2. Reina Torres: Getting It On & Getting Off (Contest)
  3. Michal Scott: “Put It in a Book” from STRANDED (Contest)

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I’m just popping in to tell you that STRANDED is now available in Kindle Unlimited for FREE! So, if you haven’t purchased a copy but would like to read it, pick it up now! Although, I do think the $0.99 price is very, very, very low!

And I hope that once you’ve read the book, that you’ll take a minute or two to post a review. Readers trust other readers to steer them right! Let them know how much you enjoyed it and what stories you loved best! I did my utmost to curate stories from a wide variety of genres and from authors with unique voices. I hope you found an author or two you’ll want to follow.

Click on the cover to get your copy now!

Stranded

Lynda Rees: GIVE ME CREDIT . . . ! (Giveaway)
Monday, March 11th, 2019

This world revolves around a spending system tied to credit. We depend on it one way or another—even if we just obtain a credit card to book rental cars, hotels and flights.

Credit is when someone or an institution lends money. They don’t do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They do it to earn profits, and they intend to be paid back with interest.

To obtain credit, one must have something of value to use for collateral. If you fail to pay the loan as specified, they take the collateral, liquidate it and collect the funds owed.

Even if you have collateral, you may not be credit worthy. Credit is given based on your financial ability to pay. You must show proof of a source of legal, steady income. You must have a clean record indicating you pay debts on time.

How do they find this out about you? No worries. Data is available and easily accessed about your spending habits. When you apply for a loan you are required to allow the lender to check your credit rating. What is that?

Credit rating is a method of establishing, for the marketplace, your ability to buy. It measures your income minus debts and creates a debt ratio. Lenders, especially mortgage brokers, require evidence of a pattern of savings and an established emergency fund. They also want to see a record of payment for present and past debts on time and in full.

Over and above the portion of your income needed for living expenses, you should not be leveraged (have liens) over an established ratio of your income. If you owe too much, it is assumed you will have difficulty repaying obligations. If your income vs. debt ratio is too high, your credit rating is very low. This affects your ability to obtain a loan.

If your credit history shows payment problems, but you are approved for a loan, you will likely get a higher interest rate because you are perceived to be in a situation where you may default on the loan. In other words, they make you pay more, because you are considered a poor risk. This costs you lots of cash over the course of the commitment.

Lenders seek buyers with high untapped borrowing power. If you owe very little, it is a good thing. If you have a steady, substantial income and are barely leveraged, you are a great risk. Your buying power is worthy. Your credit rating will reflect this in a high rating.

Credit ratings have become more important over the last few years than ever before. They affect not only your ability to buy a home and vehicle, but other things as well.

Employers check credit ratings, with the assumption someone with a bad rating may be frivolous or careless and will be a poor employee. Insurance companies base premiums on car, boat, home insurance on credit ratings, figuring the same thing. If you are careless with money, you will be careless with possessions. The more responsible you are, the greater your chances at the job you want, and your insurance will likely be cheaper. Many people check credit ratings before accepting dates or marriage proposals, so it can even affect your love life.

Three main bureaus collect and report data for the financial world. This gives lending institutions perspective to determine financial risk and whether they should lend you money. They collect late and less-than-full payment, repossession and default data reported electronically by lenders.

Data is submitted by name or social security number. Names and numbers are similar, so there is room for error. For instance a father and son with similar names can have drastically different financial situations, but can easily be mixed up. If you’ve been turned down for a loan, you have a right to a free credit report. Errors should be disputed. There are ways to work with the bureaus to correct mistakes. It is your responsibility to ensure your report is accurate, and for good reason.

Most lenders use one or all three of the below three main credit bureaus to learn about your financial status.

Experian, P.O. Box 2104, Allen, TX 75013, 1-888-397-3742
Equifax, P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta GA 30374, 1-800-685-1111
Trans Union, P.O. Box 1000, Chester, PA 19022, 1-800-916-8800

Paying bills in full, on time or early and never missing a payment can help you keep a clean credit history. This is essential to build financial security and help make your dreams come true.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
I hope this information has been helpful and you enjoy my work. Let’s become life-long friends.

Lynda Rees Love is a dangerous mystery

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynda Rees is a multi-published historical and suspense award-winning romance author. Freckle Face and Blondie is a children’s suspense, middle-grade, co-written with her ten-year-old, author granddaughter, Harley Nelson. Lynda has published two suspense novels about descendants of mobsters—God Father’s Day and Madam Mom. Her 2016 award winning historical novel Gold Lust Conspiracy depicts a woman’s struggle during the savage 1890’s Alaskan Gold Rush. Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary & Wine, is Book one of The Bloodline Series and a 2015 and 2017 Golden Heart and RITA finalist.

The Bloodline Series, consisting of the following books, is set in Kentucky horse country. They are:
Blood and StudsHot BloodedBlood of Champions
Bloodlines & LiesThe Bloodline TrailHorseshoes & Roses
Real Money and The Bourbon Trail are due to launch early 2019.

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Shannon Nemechek: Spring is springing SOON (Hopefully)
Friday, March 8th, 2019

Spring is just around the corner, right? At least I keep telling myself that. I recently decided that I would update my wardrobe from hoodies and jeans to something. Little more dressier. So I thought it would be cool to order one of those subscription boxes Stitchfix. So I ordered my box and got it about a week later. I will say I was not disappointed, but I will say I spent more that I would’ve at Walmart. Ha ha

They send 8 pieces and I kept 2. And spent $145 more than I would’ve usually but I really do love the shirt and pants.

So my question for you is what is your plans for Spring?

Spring and Summer I have a lot of great things coming your way. One of which is a box set I am part of called Sweetest Obsessions with a brand new book.

So for ONLY .99 CENTS you can Pre-order on Apple Books, Nook and Kobo!

Ready to meet your next book boyfriend? There’s something for everyone, with 23 drool-worthy heroes in this sizzling collection.

Variety is the spice of life! Find your new sweetest obsession in this collection of over twenty sweet and scorching tales.

Don’t deny your sweet desires. Which one will be your sweetest obsession?

Steamy. Scorching. Sizzling. Which one will be your sweetest obsession?

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Reminders! FREE Read & Prize!
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Don’t forget! These two offers are still open!

  1. Flashback: Hard SEAL to Love (Contest–2 Winners)
  2. A Giveaway! Get your free book now!
A Giveaway! Get your free book now!
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Get your copy! This offer won’t last long! Pick up the first story in the Uncharted SEALs series, Watch Over Me! 

Here’s what the story is all about…

Watch Over Me

When Deke Warrick accepts an unsanctioned detail to keep tabs on a congressman’s niece while she vacations in the Caribbean, he expects the only dangers he’ll face are sunburn and a rum hangover. Determined to keep his distance, his resolve is challenged by a chance encounter with the beautiful Nicky Martir—and then shattered when she’s snatched from their hotel room.

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