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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What to wear? Which fish fork to use? How to turn the table? Eating in late 1800s and not gaining weight?!

Formal Dining Room at Malmaison where Josephine entertained
before and after Napoleon divorced her.

(All photographs here in this post are mine!)
 If you were invited to a dinner party in the nineteenth century, you would have to be on your manners and either starving or terribly polite!

Why?

The meal was hours-long. The service slow and measured. The servants ready to deliver your every need. And the portions to the numerous courses were hearty.

Here are a few of my pictures of European houses and a few fabulous dining rooms I adore. In them, kings and queens, emperors and generals ate, laughed and decided the fate of millions.
Shall we talk about an average evening and the menu?
Oh, let's!
First, do let out your corset an inch. You're going to need the room to breathe.
Second, roll back your long gloves, darling. No getting those dirty. Just put them in your lap after you've been assisted in your chair by a footman.
Third, remember to sit ramrod straight as your third governess taught you and please do not crush your bustle!
Fourth, you should know which fork or spoon to begin with. Your fourth governess taught you that, remember? Yes, that's right, the soup spoon is the big bowled one. That other one above your serving plate? It's for the cream, or shall we say, the ice, later. Hmm. Right.
Fish fork? Tiny, ugly thing. Unmistakeable.
Dinner fork, you'll know right off. Knife too.
Butter knife, ditto.
Now as we begin remember we speak only to the one gentleman on our right. He gets to chat you up for half the meal. If he has not cultivated the art of conversation at teatime with his granny, you must pick up his slack. He needs his bit of talk and you are his to enchant or vice versa, if he is lacking.
On to the menu.
First Service:
   Potages (Soup) 
      For example: Consomme or  Puree
   Poisson (Fish)
      Any type: roasted, grilled, sauteed, fried or souped
   Entrees:
      Chicken, Beef or Lamb in any cut or form
   Larger Service:
       Venison
        Beef roast, etc
Second Service:
     Roti:
         Vegetable with meat, fish, protein
     Entremets:
          Salad
           Fruit
           Gateau of fruit (baked, custard, etc with fruit)
      Cheese        
Now you can see that you have eaten your way through your corset and volunteer to walk home! The meal was truly heavy. Furthermore, we have now learned that many of the well-to-do in this era suffered from obesity, too few vegetables in their diet and too much protein. The added sugar in desserts did not help make them any healthier. To be so, one had to be selective in portions and in the types of foods consumed.
       As for me, I am happy to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, fresher meals and fish, all of which is deemed safe before it is stocked in our groceries!

Napoleon and Josephine's gold plate, minted for him at Sevres China Factory 
and given to Josephine's son, Eugene after her death. Thereafter it was owned by 
a family in Russia until recently when the French Governmentbought it back to display here.
Dining room in Palais Imperial at Compiegne, France 
set for Emperor Napoleon III and his wife.

A bit different, oui? The servants' dining hall in Vaux le Vicomte south of Paris!

Vive la difference! This is the owners' dining room  (set with only half a table) 
in Vaux le Vicomte!
The Pump Room in Bath, England!
Perfect spot for tea, music and a glass 

of warm mineral water!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pirate Prize Series By Tina Donahue

Pirates Prize Series By Tina Donahue

 First Comes Desire By: Tina          Donahue (Book #1)



A hunted pirate captain. A reverend's daughter determined to bring him down.

On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…






Excerpt:

Women hadn’t been born to yield. Women could yield. They might even enjoy doing so, but only with the right man. One they desired. First came desire. Respect and love followed.

She could only deliver her heart to a man like that.

Even if Tristan wasn’t facing the gallows, he wasn’t the one she needed. His skin was warm against hers but what of it. He was handsome as the devil, yet there was the rub, because he was also brutal, violent, taking what he wanted. His mouth on hers was something she refused to consider, though she could hardly forget how he’d spoken calmly when she’d railed. She insulted and he smiled. He claimed she wanted the same as him. Diana did not. She wanted to be home. She needed to be free.

Her eyes flew open. A sound or voice had awakened her. Reclined on her side, she faced away from the door. An oil lamp had gone out, telling her she’d slept far too long, recklessly too.

Oh my God. Peter.

Diana rolled onto her back but didn’t check his mattress, knowing he wasn’t there or in the cabin.

Tristan was. His long legs, muscular calves, and thighs blocked her view of the door. He’d placed his precious book on the table. The volume was safe. She was not.

Before she could push to a sitting position or think to fight, he straddled her, his hands circling her wrists, holding her arms to each side. His touch didn’t harm, at least not yet.

Her heart pounded.

He offered a smile.

How dare he be so smug. “Release me at once.”

He tightened his grip slightly and studied her mouth, then her eyes. “Violet.” Awe flooded his face. “I wondered about your eye color but never expected this.”

She pushed and writhed but did no good against his strength. Breathless, she stopped. “What have you done with Peter?”

Tristan stared at her eyes. “Amazing color, quite beautiful. Fits your dark hair and pale skin perfectly.”

She rammed her thighs into him.

He held her more firmly. “Stop that.”

“Not until you tell me what you’ve done with my brother.” She slammed into him.

He scooted down and trapped her legs. “Peter’s on the main deck with the other men.”

“He’s a child and proved it by helping you escape.”

“This wasn’t his doing, and you’ve no reason to fear for his safety. I have James, my quartermaster, looking after him.”

“A bloody pirate, you mean. The same as you. Perhaps even worse than you.”

“No. James is a good man.” A haunted look touched Tristan’s features before he shook off whatever had troubled him and became casual. “He saved my life. He’ll take great care to watch your brother.”

She wanted to retort but couldn’t reconcile her indignation with Tristan’s previous anguish and the mean scratches she’d left on his cheek. Dried blood had gone black, the surrounding skin swollen and red. “What do you mean he saved your life?”

“Just that, ask no more for I’ll give you no other answer.”

“The only thing I want from you is my freedom.”

He stroked her wrists. “You want the same as me.”

She pushed against him, straining with the effort.

He tightened his grip, proving she wasn’t a match for his strength. If he chose to take her now, she’d have no choice except to allow him what he willed.

She didn’t beg. Wouldn’t. Not to him or any man, including Bishop. They could conquer her body but not her spirit, never her heart. Reconciled to her fate, she grew limp as she could, pulse racing. “Take what you’ve come for and be quick about it.”

“I shan’t be quick, Diana. With you, I’ll never be quick.”

Heat stung her face and throat. “You won’t be the last, either.”

His gray eyes darkened as storm clouds do, danger building in them. “What do you mean?”

“When you’re finished with me, I go to the man to whom I truly belong. Nothing will change that no matter how long you intend to take raping me.”

Despite her harsh words, he didn’t flinch or frown.

“Who is this man with whom you’d willingly lie?”

“Willingly?” She laughed. “You believe I’ve chosen him any more than I’ve chosen you? The fact is you’ve driven me to him.”

“What do you mean? Who is he? Tell me.”

She turned her face away.

Tristan brushed his lips over her cheek and buried his face in her hair.

Her scalp tingled. She could scarcely draw enough air to speak. “I said, be quick about it.”

He took his time, his lips soft and warm against her temple and ear, breath heated and sweet.

She tensed even more, determined to resist.

“Why do you fight me when you want this as much as I do?” He kissed her jaw.

Pleasure rushed through her, delight making her come alive as she never had, the feelings new, troubling, far too exciting. Her lids slid down.

“Tell me who the man is.”

Tristan’s scent surrounded her, surprisingly clean, tinged with musk.

“Tell me, Diana.”

“Why?”

He suckled her neck.

She trembled, an unfamiliar ache building between her legs, tension mounting within her. Flustered, she fought his hold and failed, growing weak from his imposing size. However, she refused to surrender, wanting him to know what he’d done to her. “He’s a wealthy merchant who agreed to help me find Peter if I promised to become his mistress, which I shall.”

“Never.” His breath skipped over her skin. “No one will have you but me.”

She fumed, her previous weakness gone. “You’ll take me. You’ll never have me.”

“Nor will the wealthy merchant. He owns this ship? Is his name Benedict Bishop?”

Tristan kept surprising her, giving her no defense. She pushed against him.

He eased back. “Is that the merchant’s name?”

“Yes. He’s the man to whom I belong.”

“Not any longer.”




Publisher: Kensington Publishing

ASIN: B01FBZXRM6
February 7, 2017
Erotic Historical - Book One Pirate's Prize

Buy Links:
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Day's Of Desires By: Tina Donahue
(Book 2)



In a pirate’s lair, nothing is as it seems . . .

Shipwrecked! When Royce Hastings is found washed up on the shore of a verdant tropical island, he tells the natives he is a merchant headed for Mozambique. The truth, however, is far more mercenary. Noble by birth, the once favored Royce has lost his fortune and family; now he is a hired henchman on the trail of an elusive pirate. His “shipwreck” was a fake. He’ll stop at nothing to infiltrate the island and capture his prey. His mother and sisters’ lives depend on it.

The last thing Royce expects is to be captured himself. But the lovely young woman who tends to his wounds in the tropics quickly takes hold of his heart. Simone is the island’s healer, and her skilled ministrations not only awaken his soul but disturb his conscience. His path has been predetermined; his identity must remain concealed at all costs. Yet the passion he feels in Simone’s sultry, loving arms cannot be denied. With his loyalties torn, Royce must make an agonizing, unthinkable choice. . . .



Excerpt:

He squeezed past the door into the shadowed space. Simone’s fragrance surrounded him, the musky undertones muddying his brain.

She sat on the floor in the corner, grains, seeds, and berries to her side, spread out for the pigeons. They poked their heads through the metal slats in their cage and ate like gluttons. Chickens strutted freely, pecking their food.

Simone stood. The hens scattered. “Are you all right?”

Exhausted and aroused. “Fine.”

“You’re bleeding again.”

“Not much. You shouldn’t be doing this.”

Her chin trembled. “What? Speaking to you? Asking questions? You want me to be silent and unseen?”

He longed to be in her arms, comforted and warmed. Anchored to all the good he’d never really known. Her words proved true. This island had wonderful people. The best life had to offer. Nothing he deserved. “You’re a healer, not someone who tends chickens and birds. Peter should be doing this. Is he a lazy boy?”

She lowered her face, hiding her smile. “A surly one. He thinks he knows everything. Too many times, Diana has promised to thrash him.”

“Good for her. A proper man needs manners. Let me help you.” Eager to reach her, he strode recklessly.

A hen flapped its wings, going right and left to escape his crutch, its squawk ear-piercing. The other chickens scattered, many getting in his way. He twisted to keep from falling.

“Take care.” Simone slipped her arm around his waist, her precious breast pressed to his side.

Surrendering to loneliness and enchantment, he leaned in, his face to her hair. The English countryside couldn’t compete with her blessed scent. Nature had met its equal in her. He nuzzled her glossy tresses. No matter how wrong and irrational his desire, for some reason he’d found home at her side.

Pity he’d managed that too late.

He should have moved away but hadn’t the will.

She guided him to a bed nearly as large as the one in his chamber. This lavish room, like his, boasted a marble floor and whitewashed walls. A lovely place for a new life to take its first breath.

She laid his crutch to the side. “Sit before you fall.” Gently, she pushed him on the silk-covered mattress.

He made a show of falling down.

Her laughter pealed through the room.

Royce feigned insult. “Are you making light of me?”

“Oui.”

His laugh produced happy tears. “Have you no pity for a poor cripple?”

“I have never seen a stronger man.” She held her hands behind her, breasts thrust out, and swayed her hips slowly.

Aphrodite in the flesh. “Is that what you think of me?”

“What I know. You survived a storm that nearly tore our isle from the earth and flung it into the sky. You are no mere man. You are close to a god.”

He was a liar when honor demanded he do nothing to ruin anything here. He was a besotted fool when duty required he see to his family. His mother and sisters had no power to liberate themselves. Without his help, Katie, especially, would know nothing except a life spent in hard labor, cowering at harsh words, dreading the next beating or something equally horrible.

Simone cupped his face. “What is it? Is the pain bad again?”

The worse a man could face. Having to choose between angels: the one in here now with him, or those in his family who he’d been trying to save.



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Forbidden Desire By Tina Donahue
(Book 3) 
Coming 12/5/2017





****Coming Soon****
12/5/17
Forbidden Desire
Pirate's Prize #3
by Tina Donahue
Genre: Historical Romance

*****************************
In paradise, the only limits to passion lie in your imagination…
After a life filled with hardship, landing on a lush tropical isle is heaven on earth for mariner Heath Garrison. And it comes complete with two angels who bring out the very devil in him. Identical twins Netta and Aimee are guileless and seductive, living and loving without jealousy. Days of longing, nights of carnal bliss make choosing one over the other seem impossible, but hungering for both sisters is taboo.
Aimee and Netta’s devotion to each other helped them survive the vicious pirates who overran their home. Will a virile Englishman come between them now? When their enemies return, determined to vanquish the islanders for good, Heath races to save them along with his countrymen. But survival will bring a choice—between the life Heath has known, and a love that changes all their destinies…

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ABOUT TINA

Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie.Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, andDeep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romanceLush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearningand Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

You can find Tina Donahue here:







Saturday, June 24, 2017

13 Things Authors Need for Promo @kayelleallen #writingtip #MFRWauthor

13 Things Authors Need for Promo @kayelleallen #writingtip #MFRWauthor
When setting out to promote your new book, what things are necessary for you to include in an email, promo, or blog? I'm going to give you a list of 13 things that are helpful, and a quick explanation of why you need them.
1. Your author name - The first thing you want readers to know is your name. That sounds silly, but you'd be surprised. SIGN every email and include a link to your website or blog.
2. Your book's title - this is another "duh!" piece of advice, but it happens. Be sure to tell us what the book is called.
3. If possible, the cover - if you have your cover, show it off everywhere, but I don't recommend sharing it as your avatar. Now, please note, I said "I don't recommend" -- if you want to do this, more power to you. But it's been my experience over the years that staying with the basics pays bigger dividends. It's up to you. I use my logo as my avatar on every social media site, and never my book covers. Why? Because when people see the logo they know immediately who is speaking or writing. A changing book cover dilutes your brand. Share it in addition to your logo/avatar. Get it in as many sizes as possible, from 100x150 pixels to 1800x2700 and anything else your publisher will let you have.
4. The book's genres - this is one of the first clues for your readers to help them know if they'll like your books. I've had people say they "never" read SciFi who have won a copy of one of my SciFi romances and ended up loving the genre. Some people get into one genre at a time, and read everything in it they can find. Whatever their inclinations, telling them the genre can help you narrow down your audience and help them find your book.
5. The publisher - Readers learn quickly which publishers please them. I know I'll get a different kind of book from one pub than I will another. I know which ones take PayPal and which ones don't. If you're self-published, it's okay to say so. By sharing the name of your publisher, you're bringing readers to a site that has the potential to make them happy for a long time to come. If every author in the publisher's stable does this, it means more sales for all of you. So be sure to share who published you.
6. Where to shop - beyond the publisher, where else can readers find you? Are you on Kindle? Nook? Kobo? List as many places as you can or have room to share. In today's diverse readership, it's wise to have many, and do include Amazon UK. It's easy to get an account there -- sign in with your US account and voila!
7. Your social media - Do you have a way people can share your book's cover and links on social media? My website has a link that lets people share on any social media site, but always includes Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest right in plain sight. You can't be everywhere, so let your readers help you tell others.
8. Your website - If you have a website, tell everyone. Include the URL in every blurb and promo you create. If people can find you online, they can find your books, and that will mean sales.
9. Your blog - if you don't have a blog, consider getting one. 2-3 posts a week will bring you readers that you'd never get otherwise. What do you share? That's an entirely different post, but remember who your audience is: readers, not writers. It's okay to share a writing-related post now and then, but if you want readers to find you, talk about your books, your characters, your life, and your interests. Readers want to get to know you.
10. "Heat" warning - if you have an erotic book that has a spicy scene, make the most of your warning. Some are looking for hot books, so don't hide your warning. Flaunt it.
11. Your book's blurb - This is very important and deserves to be at the top, but I put it here because I think most of us already have the blurb when we write the book. You pitched it to a publisher, didn't you? You already have the blurb and probably a tag. If you don't, for heaven's sake get one. Don't worry about all this other stuff until you do. It's vital.
12. A good excerpt - I recommend three excerpts minimum per book. Make sure at least one of them is material any audience can read. Try to keep them between 500-1000 words. If your publisher allows longer excerpts (say two or three chapters) that's fine, but for promos, you need shorter excerpts. For the hot one, use your warning as part of the story blurb.
13. Proper formatting - it won't do you one bit of good to have all this amazing work ready to go, a great cover, and lots of links for readers to visit and buy if they can't read your material. Before you post ANYWHERE find out what happens to the formatting. On Yahoo groups (and many blogs) smart quotes (curly quotes that lean toward or away from the words) may come across as code instead of readable text. When text is uploaded to sites online, problems reading the code may cause the final text to change format. Instead of seeing the word it's, the miscued code changes it to it’s. Have you ever seen an entire page formatted like that? It's UG-ly. Don't let this happen to you! Click here to download a how-to that explains the means of eliminating this once and for all.
I've told you what to have on hand for when you get a chance to promo. You know what to share, how to share it, and why. Now, tell me your favorite tips and how you make sure you're ready to go. Please share it in the comments.
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Kayelle Allen
When you're immortal, Romance Lives Forever
https://kayelleallen.com
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Pink Day

Happy pink day, everyone.

June 23rd  honors the color pink and all it represents.

For instance:

  • Pink combined with white or pale blue is identified with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, as well as romantics. 
  • And pink combined with violet or black is associated with seduction and eroticism. 

So based on that…if pink isn’t a great color for a romance writer than I don’t know what is. I have always liked the color pink…I like blue and purple a lot too…probably just as much. Red is nice also. 

But today is Pink’s day. So we won’t mention those other colors today.

Also since we are all writers are readers, we like words. The color pink has even influenced English vocabulary, such as:
  • In the pink
  • Pink slip
  • Tickled Pink
I decided for Pink Day, I'd find books of mine with pink covers.


https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Vampires-Box-Set-Book-ebook/dp/B06ZZS5S8R/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1498199628&sr=1-1&keywords=dancing+vampiresDancing Vampires: Box Set: A Six Book Series 


Seven vampiric temptresses dance with seven handsome highlanders. Then they turn on the men.

Sorcha’s six sisters vanish with the light of dawn, leaving her trapped by Ian in the mortal realm.
Murdina, goes hunting for a man, but this time she wants love not blood. She spots Cameron just as a strong wind lifts his kilt. Sorcha takes a good look and decides he's the one.
The same night Sorcha was left behind on earth, Ever danced with Calin. And, he’s fantasized about her ever since. When they meet again he waste no time in claiming and capturing Ever.
Angus was nearly killed by Charlak when she tried to free Sorcha. A year later Angus comes upon Charlak again. Despite the danger, he has to have one waltz with her. In a passionate embrace, Charlak and Angus dance across a field of heather. An insatiable hunger rises in her and it isn't for his blood.
Mordak spots Tor, and wants more from him than his blood. She burns for his touch, but before she can enchant Tor, three Valkyrie land in front of him. Mordak is not about to let the Norse blondes fly off with her man.
Finally, the last two of the dancing vampire sisters, Foomna and Afric, shimmy and strut their way into belly dancing at a Scottish Steampunk Con. It's all sizzle and steam when they get together with a sexy rock guitarist and a hot looking god at the con. 


I Love You More

A mother's love never fails…it always prevails
On the verge of turning sixty, Garland recalls memories and moments of her life’s journey from an abusive childhood to a bad marriage to the ups and downs of a single mom. She is rewarded with a magical mother’s day with her son, daughter in law, and granddaughter. Her moving story is sure to touch your heart. 
Vampire Waltz (Dancing Vampires Book 4)
From different worlds, fey and human, Charlak and Angus fight for their forbidden love.
Angus, a sexy highlander, is consumed with dreams of Charlak, a fiery vampiric fey. Their dancing steps came to a halt a year ago when they almost killed each other. Angus comes upon the alluring woman again and, despite the danger, he has to have one waltz with her. Angus holds Charlak in a passionate embrace as they dance across a field of heather. An insatiable hunger rises in her and it isn't for his blood.
From different worlds, fey and human, her sisters and his brothers threaten at every turn to keep them apart. Charlak and Angus fight for their future and their forbidden love.

Happy Pink Day, everyone!




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gotta Have A Blue Collar Bad Boy!


New Release!
BLUE COLLAR 
A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY COLLECTION #2 
EDITED BY DELILAH DEVLIN  

16 Sizzling Short Stories
16 Authors
One Collection

ISBN: 978-1-62695-106-8 
ISBN PRINT: 978-1-62695-107-5 
ASIN: B0722XRLPM 
NOOK ID: 2940157397982 
IBOOKS ID: 1236460689 
KOBO ID: blue-collar-6 
GPLAY ID: 8FHTDgAAQBAJ 


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BLUE COLLAR 
A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY COLLECTION #2 
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When it comes to love...Blue Collar is better! 
 
It's time to set aside those sexy billionaires and enjoy stories about the everyday, even sexier bad boys you meet in real life. They may have dirty hands and wear tool belts and jeans instead of Rolex watches, but they're earthy alpha males unafraid to get down and dirty when face to face with a woman in need--whatever her need may be! 
 
Just a few of the titillating stories inside... 
 
In "Elevation" by Megan Mitcham, an always-in-control policewoman trapped in an elevator shaft gets a sexy rescue from the handsome repairman. A lonely woman drives a thousand miles to meet an oil field roughneck ready for a long night of laying pipe in Mia Hopkins' "We Drill Deep While Others Sleep". Jennifer Kacey shows the lengths to which an enterprising gal will go to get the owner of an oil change shop to check her fluids in "The Boss". And those are just a few of the sexy stories inside this collection about the everyday hero next door. 
 
These are men who've built their powerful muscles from hard work rather than inside any gym, and they sure know how to use their hard-earned skills to pleasure a woman... 

From Inside Blue Collar:

We Drill Deep While Others Sleep by Mia Hopkins – After a thousand mile drive, a lonely lady meets her oil field roughneck for a long night of laying pipe

Elevation by Megan Mitcham – A policewoman stuck a hundred feet up an elevator shaft eagerly welcomes the rescue from a hunky repairman

Upside Down Love by Adele Downs – When a handsome construction worker rescues her after an accident, a divorcee discovers that falling in love at middle age is easier than riding a bicycle

Plays with Fire by Elle James – In an attempt to seduce a younger firefighter, a sexy widow gets a lesson in burning desires by the firefighter’s badass partner 

Roadside Assistance by N.J. Walters – Roadside Assistance by N.J. Walters— When a woman’s car breaks down, she gets a little "roadside assistance" from her ex... Could this be their second chance at love?

Cabin Fever by Kris Norris – After successfully avoiding a confrontation during her unit’s team-building retreat at her ex-fiancé’s inn, a police detective’s luck runs out

Shear Passion by Belinda LaPage – Among sweat, backaches and an insatiable lust, an itinerant shearer and a farmer's daughter hatch an unlikely romance in the rustic beauty of a remote Australian woolshed

Traffic Stop by Kalissa Wayne – When a councilwoman gets stopped on a deserted country road, she gets a lesson in proper procedure by the sheriff 

Special Delivery by Susan Saxx – When a former socialite’s life splinters apart on New Year’s Eve, it takes a machinist to show her that blue collar love is better

The Boss by Jennifer Kacey –The owner of an oil change shop gets a customer willing to do anything for him to check her fluids after hours

Challenge Met by Layla Chase – Following a long absence from a small Texas town, ex-soldier turned farrier accepts the flirtatious challenge of a wealthy rancher’s spoiled daughter

In the Heat of the Moment by M. Marie – When one of her detectives steps out of line, a police lieutenant wastes no time reminding him why she's the commanding officer in their precinct

Renovating the Heart by Robie Madison – A sledgehammer-wielding divorcée finds her heart repaired by a contractor she hires to renovate an old family cabin

Full of the Wild Life by Tray Ellis – When her surveyor boyfriend returns from the Alaskan wilderness, a woman considers his proposal one more time

Bountiful Lust by Delilah Devlin – After bucking her trainer’s orders during a takedown, a female bounty hunter proves she’s ready for the job 

Mr. Big by Sukie Chapin – Stranded on the roadside, a struggling grad student, who is also a part-time sex-toy peddler, finds there’s more to her hot mechanic than bulging biceps and mad skills under the hood



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