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Elaine Reed: It’s Summer Road Trip Time! (Free Read!)
Monday, June 24th, 2019

My family has long been fond of road trips. Whether it was the pilgrimage to Disney World, or a visit to a new city, my family usually took the trip in cars.

We’d load up with snacks, pillows and books. Sometimes, Mom and Dad would wake us up at four in the morning to start the drive, so we’d sleep through most of it. Other times, we’d make the journey part of the trip, stopping to see various sites along the way.

When I got older and went away to college, I continued to go on road trips, this time with my friends. We’d drive to other cities for festivals and concerts, homecoming games and other sporting events. Sometimes, we’d drive someplace just to figure something out, or prove each other wrong.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that when I write, some of my favorite stories to tell involve travel. The hi-jinx that comes with travel is a fun vehicle for stories. No trip is ever one hundred percent smooth, how people respond to the craziness is where the memories – and the stories – lie. What would you do if you got lost in Delaware? If your luggage went to more places than you did? If you got stuck at a road stop for a few hours? What if you forgot someone at a pit stop?

All of these scenarios can be a challenge for the best of trip planners, but they could also be a ton of fun for someone who’s willing to roll with the punches. For example, on one road trip, my dad asked a store clerk for a breakfast recommendation for his family. Turns out the recommendation was a bar. What did Dad do? He found us a table away from the booze, ordered up a big family breakfast, and left the barkeep an excellent tip. Years later, my parents visited that city again and they found the bar. They took a picture of the sign and had it framed, hanging it in a place of honor.

Rolling with the crazy of a trip isn’t always easy, but sometimes it opens the doors for fun adventures. I am definitely looking forward to some road trips this summer when I head to the mountains. I know what we’ve got planned, but I have no idea what we’ll find and that excites me.

Need a read for your next road trip? The Girl U Want will be out this summer!

The Girl U Want

Sue Douglas loves her dream job as a publicist for an up-and-coming rock band even though…

  • The bass player hates her
  • The lead singer wants her
  • The drummer is trying to fix her up with anyone but the lead singer
  • The band’s record company has set her up to fail
  • And if she does, she could lose everything.

Sue’s used to working under pressure, but it reaches epic levels when she goes on tour with the band. Doesn’t matter though, she’s determined to get them all the publicity they can handle, and then some.

 

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About the Author

Elaine Reed has something to say.

All the time.

Since it’s not reasonable or productive – two things she occasionally tries to be – to talk twenty-four hours a day, she channels most of that into books. Her stories focus on adventurous and ambitious women and the men who love them.

When she’s not reading or writing, Elaine can be found exploring the Low Country of South Carolina and looking for her next adventure.

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Delilah’s Scavenger Hunt (Contest, plus freebie!)
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

UPDATE: The winner is…Bonnie Hometchko!
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I spend a lot of time working on this website, so it only seems fair I should expect everyone to love it as much as I do, in all its sprawling splendor. 🙂 Do you know I have a ton of stories out there? No? Well, in the interest of acquainting some of you with what’s on my site, I’m holding a scavenger hunt!

Now, this is important. YOU CANNOT POST ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS. If you do, you’ve done the work and shared the answers with everyone else, and what’s the point? You don’t want competition for the prize, do you? NO! Send your answers to me PRIVATELY to me at Delilah@delilahdevlin.com!

Scavenger Hunt

Here are the questions…

  1. What is the title of Delilah’s latest Boys Behaving Badly collection?
  2. Of the six stories listed in the Bookshelf on my Blog, which do you want to read the most?
  3.  On my By Series page (find under Bookshelf), how many books are listed under my Montana Bounty Hunters section?
  4.  On my Standalone books page (also under Bookshelf), how many stories in the Paranormal section have “Moon” in the title?
  5.  What’s “high on my list” of things I enjoy? (You can find this under Hobbies on my Bio page.)

Everyone wins!

The scavenger hunt winner will win a $5 Amazon gift card, but everyone can pick up a free copy of my short story, DRIVE ME CRAZY!

Delilah’s Scavenger Hunt (Contest — plus Freebie!)
Saturday, May 25th, 2019

UPDATE: The winner is…Sheryl Cassell!
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I spend a lot of time working on this website, so it only seems fair I should expect everyone to love it as much as I do, in all its sprawling splendor. Do you know I have a sh*t-ton of stories? No? Well, in the interest of acquainting some of you with what’s on my site, I’m holding a scavenger hunt!

Now, this is important. YOU CANNOT POST ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS. If you do, you’ve done the work and shared the answers with everyone else, and what’s the point? You don’t want competition for the prize, do you? NO! Send your answers to me PRIVATELY at Delilah@delilahdevlin.com!

Scavenger Hunt

Here are the questions…

  1. What are the first three stories listed on my Upcoming Books/Coming Soon page?
  2. Which series on my By Series page would you like to see more of?
  3. How many Strokes volumes are listed on my Standalone page?
  4. What free piece of fan fiction do I offer on my Extras page, and what TV show is it written for?
  5. Tell me which story on my Short Stories page you’d most like to read (not the first three; they aren’t written!). (You might get a surprise!)

And the prize? How about a download of your choice from among my recent releases?! But, hey, everyone wins, right (see #5!)?

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.

Get your copy here!

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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