Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Enemies to lovers, steamy novella | Finalist for Best Erotic Romance

 Hey all! Happy April!

I've written two novellas this past year and I'm SO pumped that The Weekend Deal is a finalist for best Erotic Romance! It is an enemies to lovers, steamy forced proximity read that has lots of heat and feels. 

Plus, it's only 99 pennies!


Chapter One

There were exactly two things Cooper Swanson and I had in common. 
The first was that we absolutely loved my brother. There was no question that my brother’s best friend—my nemesis—would do anything for him.  
The second thing we both shared was the lack of ability to say no to him. Which was why Cooper and I were now stuck sharing a cabin on a pre-wedding cruise my brother begged us to go on. 
“Dude, come on, it’ll be fine,” my idiot brother Sam said, putting his arm around his fiancĂ© and giving Cooper and me a look that said so the hell what. “How long have you known each other? Fifteen years? Two nights in a cabin won’t be a big deal.”
Cooper gritted his teeth and glared at Sam. His six foot three height, broad shoulders, always styled dark brown hair, and long lashes made him the living embodiment of my dream guy. Just looking at him made me clench my thighs together—even if I hated him. He always had a different woman on his arm, and the man flirted with everyone except me. 
If this mix-up didn’t affect me too, I would’ve enjoyed the way his jaw tensed and his eyes almost burst out of his head in anger. “You know what my plan was for this.”
“Yeah, to get drunk and forget what’s-her-name.” Sam grinned, planted a kiss on Juliet’s head, and held out a fist to bump. “You can still do all that—just not in the cabin you’re sharing with Daniella.”
“Let me go see if they can’t find another cabin,” I said, ignoring the way Juliet seemed to study Cooper and me with a knowing look. It wasn’t exactly a secret Cooper and I didn’t get along, but we played nice in front of Sam when we could. Again, we both loved him, and he remained the only neutral ground we shared. Cooper glared at me, his passionate eyes mirroring the turmoil in my gut. 
“I’ll go with you. I do not want to share a goddamn cabin with you for the weekend.” He stepped into my space, his large chest just inches from me, and my breath caught in my throat at the warmth radiating off him. 
“Feeling’s mutual,” I mumbled, hating how my face flushed and my stomach tightened with a bright-hot fury. I elbowed him in the side as we made our way toward the desk, and he grunted. Score. He elbowed me back. While his touch sent goosebumps all the way to my toes, I shoved him out of my walking path. 
Cooper was the star of my high school dreams, and I couldn’t even recall when he started hating me so much. I used to hang out with him and Sam all the time, but then one day, he started treating me like I ran over his dog.
He iced me out of their friendship and made me feel insignificant ever since. Now our interactions were insults and ways to fluster the other. I referred to the back and forth as flirt-hating, and his blatant disgust at rooming with me sent me over the edge. 
We approached the concierge on the cruise ship, our bags still at our feet, and I gave my best smile. “Excuse me, hi. We seemed to have a mix-up and were hoping to get our own rooms for the weekend.” 
The woman at the counter gave me a tight smile, but it shifted to lust when her attention landed on Cooper. Of course she noticed him. He was stupidly good-looking with his jawline and easy smile that made you feel like you were the only person in the world. For the first time, I wanted to use it to my advantage. “This guy needs his own room.”
“Please, help a man out, sweetheart,” he said, leaning onto his elbows and flashing her his signature smirk. I used to pine over that smirk in high school, wishing I was on the receiving end, but now, I had the urge to hit his pretty face. 
“This weekend is quite popular, I’m afraid.” She typed on her computer and frowned before giving him a long, heated look. “We have a deluxe suite available, but it’s about three times as much.”
I groaned and pinched the bridge of my nose. “I can’t afford that, Coop.”
“There’s nothing we can do to fix the situation? This is my best friend's kid sister and the last person I want to share a cabin with.”
The woman furrowed her brow as she veered her attention back to me. She grimaced. “There’s nothing left besides the deluxe. I’m sorry.”
She did look sorry, so I’d give her that.
“Thanks anyway,” I said, picking up my duffel bag and staring at the keys in my hands like they were a ticking bomb. “Well, looks like you need to find a different bedmate each night if you want to avoid our room.”
“Or you can,” he fired back, his posture rigid and amped. “Fuck, this was not how I wanted this weekend to go.”
His words stung to the point I blinked to gain composure for a second. “Are you missing the part that this sucks for me too? You are the last person I want to be stuck with, okay? There’s no joy in this for either of us.” I held out a hand to stop him, and his hard chest ran into it. I hated how sculpted he was and how much he took care of his body, because hot damn, it was gorgeous to look at. Yet every time he opened his mouth, I wanted to push him over the edge of the boat. 
“Why did you stop me? Just wanted to touch me, hm?”
“God, no.” I didn’t have to fake shudder at the thought of touching him. He was gorgeous, but running hands over his hard body would be like selling my soul to the devil. “We need to survive this for Sam. We’re his family, and regardless of how much we loathe each other, we have to pretend.”
A dark shadow crossed his face, and his intense blue gaze landed on mine for a full beat. After losing our parents a few years ago, Sam and I had grown even closer. We were each other’s only family, and despite my hatred, that included Cooper. 
He nodded, and his left cheek twitched. “Agreed. This trip is for him and Juliet.”
“Shake on it right now. We can fight when we’re behind closed doors, but we pretend we’re best buds when we’re around them, like we used to be.” I held out my hand and waited for him to take it. He took his sweet ass time but finally clasped his fingers around mine and squished our palms together. “We can survive three days without killing each other, right?”
“Debatable,” he said, his grin curving up on one side. When he ran his tongue along his bottom lip, a burst of lust went straight to my core. 
This was not good. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

A Vamp - A Panther Shifter - Paranormal Romance - Eye Candy - Giveaways - Tina Donahue's Monthly News Magazine #ParanormalRomance #EyeCandy #FreeReads #Giveaways


There are lots of goodies inside my April News Magazine.

Check it out for:

Erotic Paranormal Romance
Part of the Paranormal Dating Agency Series

Giveaways nearly every day!

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Eye Candy


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Runaway Royal by @wendizwaduk #contemporary #royals #romance #outnow


Runaway Royal by Wendi Zwaduk

Contemporary Romance

Royalty Romance

M/F, Masturbation


From Totally Bound Publishing


Will this runaway royal ever find her place…and true love?

All Princess Catherine Zara of Lysianna wants to do is attend college like everyone else her age. So she’s a royal and requires a security guard to move about in public, but if she goes to university, she doesn’t have to marry the man chosen for her. He’s not her true love, so why torture herself? All she has to do to get her life started is to run away to the US…

And then she meets Luke.

Luke Cobb wants to survive college with a degree in studio art and guarantees that he can show his paintings in the local galleries. All he needs is the right break to get his work mainstream and the right woman to stoke his dormant muse. When he meets Zara, he’s smitten and his creativity sparks.

Except, she’s a princess and he’s a commoner, which could be a big problem…

General Release Date: 30th March 2021







©2021 Wendi Zwaduk, All Rights Reserved

Once alone, she picked up her sketch book and pencil before heading back out to the balcony. She left the door open and sat on the bare concrete. The world glittered below. Sure, there had been danger in Lysianna. People robbed one another and many lied. The same ones found guilty tried to appeal to her father for leniency. Campus life wouldn’t be much different. People would be rotten to one another and they’d try to steal—boyfriends, girlfriends, supplies, grades… It was life and the world wasn’t perfect, but she didn’t mind as long as she had a chance to experience it. Her eyes were open concerning school, but she still loved the romance of being so far from home and meeting new people. The variety! Not everyone would bow to her and some might not notice her. What a concept!

She spied the tall, dark-haired man on his balcony. He held a cup of something. Coffee? Tea? Something stronger? She scooted over on her own balcony to watch him. He stood barefoot and clad in nothing but pajama pants. Was this his post-sex look? She sort of hoped so.

He wrapped both hands around the cup and rested his elbows on the railing. Worry knotted his shoulders.

She could see his face finally. He seemed handsome. Dark eyes and a killer body. Strong, muscled…she wondered if he’d finished the drawing from before and if he’d slept with the model.

She shivered. She’d never slept with anyone of the opposite sex and the times she’d slept with Corinne didn’t count because they’d actually slept. No sex involved.

She opened her sketch pad and created a list.

While I’m at university, I want to:

*be kissed properly

*buy a cheeseburger

*see a rock band play a concert

*have sex & lose my virginity

*have sex with a handsome man

She tapped her pencil against her lips as she debated the next item for her list.

*to meet the tall, dark and handsome artist downstairs

*to model for someone (nude?)

*to attend a real party

*to fall in love

She snorted. Love wouldn’t happen. Not for her. Before things got that far, she’d be found out. The law of averages wasn’t in her favor. If her stepmother didn’t tell someone she’d arrived at the college, Corinne would let the secret slip.

Still, she could dream.

Besides, the list was only one of dreams. It wasn’t like she’d created a checklist to live by. She’d come to the college to get an education, not fall in love. Even if she wanted to be with someone and experience those aspects of life, she had to finish her degree first. She’d paid the money to attend and refused to waste the chance—even for love.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Reevaluation and refocusing

It has been a crazy few months for me. So far 2021 is shaping up to be a wild year personally, from moving, to taking a new job and having to deal with family issues. The jury is still out on whether it is better or worst that 2020 (though it is trending much better, with a few hiccups). Thankfully the last few weeks have been a little quieter, and I’ve realized now might be the best time to make some effort towards my writing goals.

With everything going on in the world over the last year, I’ve found it harder than ever to focus. Which is something I struggle with even on the best of days. I have a tendency to get a bit over my skis when it comes to goals, coming up with huge projects that then overwhelm me and eventually discourage me. I have always struggled to find balance between all the things I want to do.  So I decided to take a different tactic than I have before.

I pulled out one of the many journals I have (I don’t know any writer that doesn’t have a billion of these hidden in a closet somewhere) and mapped out all my goals for the year into small tasks I could complete each day. Not quite mini goals, but closer to mini goals than to large projects. I gave each day its own page. This allows me to only focus on just that days activities. I can’t even see the other days activities to get overwhelmed by them. Also by using a whole page of a note book I have enough space to put in all my to-dos, along with my goals, giving me only one place to look for everything and not dividing my efforts between a work list, a personal list, a holiday list, a writing list, etc…

I also gave myself a few rules regarding how these tasks could be handled. One is that I can only focus on the current page unless something changes (such as a work assignment gets moved up or a personal issue is raised that needs immediate focus). I can however work on previous pages after the current pages goal is completed. Such as, if I did not reach my goal for revising yesterday, after I’ve hit my goal for today, I can go backwards and complete that goal (since my goals are to revise a certain number of pages or write a certain number of words, it is possible to finish today’s assignment before working on the previous days).

Has this fixed all my issues with meeting goals? Of course not. No one system could do that. But it is helping a little with focus. When I do have a few minutes free pull up my list and see what can I get done in this time. It is really helping me break down my goals and focus on the smaller parts rather than the whole.

Due to this new system, I have been consistently succeeding in a few areas. I am doing better about doing my workouts, and focus on some of my enhancement goals, as well as accomplishing my work tasks on time (not exactly a writer goal, but staying employed does help me afford to write :D). Mostly it has helped me to not feel so overwhelmed, and freed up headspace to do more creative activities like brainstorm new ideas, or to read, or just overall enjoy my time more. Will it work forever? More than likely not, but at least for now it is a change that is making an improvement in my day to day and right now that is more than enough.

What activities have you done lately that have improved your day to day life? Anything you are doing that is bring you more joy, more clarity more focus?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The mountains of Virginia in springtime - the inspiration for the setting of my Stranger Creatures series #romance #paranormalromanceseries #series #spring #outdoors


Spring is finally here in Virginia and I’m looking forward to all the fun things I can do outside now that winter is making her exit. It’s a two hour drive east for me to get to the closest beach and even closer still is the James River. The water is rough on the river but there are huge flat rocks close to the shore. I’ve read a lot of books and written a few poems (and drank a couple beers) while sitting on those rocks.

There are mountains a couple hours west of my house. The view from the top of Peaks of Otter is amazing. The beautiful pictures I took don’t quite capture the feeling of breathing in the crisp mountain air while standing on precariously rocky footholds. The wild and beautiful outdoor areas of Virginia are my inspiration for the settings in my books and some of my poetry.

My stories featuring shapeshifters are set in areas with a lot of forest land because shifters need a lot of space and privacy to strip down and run free in their animal form but nature can be found and appreciated anywhere.

The books in my Stranger Creatures series take place in the fictional town of Great Oaks, Virginia. The town, with its plethora of forestland and streams, is a wild, wonderful place full of some strange but amazing people- shapeshifters, psy, and more.

Wolf’s Challenge is the first book in the series and features Derrick and Sydney’s story. When temptingly handsome, powerful shape shifter Derrick dares shy, single mom Sydney to take a chance with him, will she rise to the challenge or will she run for safety, leaving him in the dust?


So, Sydney didn’t have the highest opinion of him at the moment. He would just have to impress her. Somehow, he would make her see him as a man worthy of her attention. Was he though? He could pretend.


Sydney sat in the conference room at Brass Cat Advertising, sipping her coffee and wishing the caramel latte could take her to an alternate reality. One where Derrick Porter wasn’t sitting in front of her. His presence had caught her off guard. She took another sip of her coffee and tried not to stare stupidly, but holy chocolate-covered cherries, the man was hot.

Dark hair and eyebrows made a striking contrast against his strong bone structure and fair skin. His lips, good grief. They looked so soft. His long, lean body fit nicely in a suit. The material stretched over his broad shoulders and came in at the waist. He probably had amazing six-pack abs.

When they’d met Saturday in running group, it hadn’t merely been the fog coupled with Sydney’s exhaustion and two-year streak of celibacy that made Derrick appear so handsome. Even under the bright lights of the conference room, he was gorgeous. What rotten luck that she couldn’t seem to get away from him.

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wolfs-Challenge-Christina-Lynn-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07JCSLVBJ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolfs-Challenge-Stranger-Creatures-Book-ebook/dp/B07JCSLVBJ

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolfs-challenge-christina-lambert/1124676509?ean=2940161888049

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wolf-s-challenge-1

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Lynn_Lambert_Wolf_s_Challenge?id=UOB1DwAAQBAJ

Apple Books: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wolfs-challenge/id1441052967                                 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/900526


Bear’s Edge (Stranger Creatures book 2)

Grant never meant to fall so hard for his boss, Shayla. To keep her safe, he’ll have to risk everything.


Super short excerpt:

Grant wanted more from Shayla than he should right then, and he needed to want less, or at least not so much at once. He needed to pull back from the edge and get himself under control, but he couldn’t do that with her touching him. He had the perfect distraction for her. He ripped her lacy panties off.


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Tiger’s Last Chance (Stranger Creatures book 3)

When a radical group targets Detective Nikki Jackson, she teams up with private investigator Sean Whitman in a race against the clock to stop the group from carrying out deadly plans. Will he get one last chance to show her he loves her?

Super short Excerpt:


“Damn, I don’t want to let you go,” he admitted.

“Come back to me safely, then?” Her soft voice held the question.

“You don’t want me. I’m not, I just… My life’s not a mess anymore, but I’m not close to being right for anyone.”

“I don’t need you to be perfect,” she whispered. “And I do want you!” Her lips parted in surprise as if she hadn’t meant to say it so fiercely.

Why though? Why does she want me?


Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/b088p6mydb

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/b088p6mydb

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tigers-last-chance-christina-lynn-lambert/1137033221

Google books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Lynn_Lambert_Tiger_s_Last_Chance?id=PnzoDwAAQBAJ

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/tigers-last-chance/id1513644203

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tiger-s-last-chance

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022227

Books 4 and 5 of the Stranger Creatures series in progress!

Each book in the series features a different couple on their journey to happily-ever-after. Recently, I've been working on Luke and Jordan's story (to be titled later).
After surviving a battle with cancer, Jordan decides life should be about taking chances. She's never met another person with psy abilities before, until Luke. Though she's still nowhere as bold as she wishes she could be, she has an idea that would allow her spend more time with him.
Luke agrees to Jordan's plan to spend the holidays together and even though he wants something more permanent than their holiday arrangement, he vows to keep that thought to himself. Would Jordan still want him if she knew his past?
Can they stop an elusive research company from experimenting on vulnerable people or will Luke and Jordan's time together be over too soon?

A little about me:

When I’m not writing, I enjoy swimming, hiking, bike riding, horror movies, and carbs. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog. 

You can find me on social media at:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lynn-Lambert/e/B01MCYK0K7
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/christina-lynn-lambert
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinalynnlambert
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15900423.Christina_Lynn_Lambert
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Wordpress: https://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Join Me in South Carolina


Join Me in South Carolina

There is nothing like getting together with other authors and readers to share your favorite books. Buying signed books and winning baskets round out the good time. If you enjoy book signings and want to take in the sunshine and beach, come to Royal Book Bash.

On May 1st, this author signing event features indie and hybrid authors representing North and South Carolina. This is your chance to get up close and personal with author royalty in an intimate setting. At Royal Book Bash, all attendees are VIPs and everyone gets the royal treatment!

The Royal Venue is the Florence Center in Florence, SC. A multi-time recipient of the Prime Site Award from Facilities & Event Magazine, the Florence Center has the advantage of a prime location on a spacious, manicured complex at the intersection of I-95 and I-20, just a few miles from the regional airport. The facility is close to dozens of national chain hotels, several of which are immediately adjacent and within walking distance, including our host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. The Center is located just across the street from Florence’s premier shopping plaza and close to a variety of award-winning restaurants. Three main parking lots adjacent to the Florence Center provide ample parking. ADA accessible parking spaces are located near the main entrances. Parking in the West, South, and East lot is free for every event at the Florence Center. 

There will be two ticketed signing sessions to choose from: session one is from 10:00 am to noon and session two is from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. New this year: we are offering lunch with the authors as a ticket option!

You can sign up here to attend: https://eventsframe.com/e/pWqHOgGU8/2021-royal-book-bash-in-the-carolinas/  Vets and first responders get in free! Contact me for the discount code. 

You can also get up to date information in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RoyalBookBash/

I hope to see you there. I will have my books available for purchase and can't wait to see you!

As if this isn't exciting enough, I have a new release out which features wild horses, a hurricane and "The Seafood Capital of the World". You can grab this set for only $0.99 or #free with Kindle Unlimited. 

 Available now on Amazon, exclusively.

Until next month,
Keep reading, 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Where Have I Heard That Before?

For my birthday last month, someone gave me a movie trivia board game. I thought I was up on classic films, but a few of the questions threw me. As a change of pace, I decided to test your knowledge about which movie these lines of dialogue came from. Some are obvious, others not so much. The answers are at the bottom, following a bonus excerpt from one of my summer romances. No fair peeking!


1 - “The stuff dreams are made of.”

2 - “Rosebud.”

3 - “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.”

4 - “Do you pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?”

5 - “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

6 - “We’ll always have Paris.”

7 - “What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?”

8 - “There’s no crying in baseball!”

9 - “Do you feel lucky?”

10 - “Keep the change, you filthy animal.”

11 - “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”

12 - “Gentlemen, this is the war room. There’s no fighting in here.”

13 - “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

14 - “I’ll have what she’s having.”

15 - “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”


Here’s an excerpt from my summer romance “Cuban Fire (Key West Heat Book 4).” The purchase link is below if you’d like to see what happens next.


Brad took another sip, then nearly choked when he felt a splash of water from behind. He turned around in time to see a young woman climb onto the stool next to his. Brad automatically glanced over her frame, clad in a string bikini with a floral print. She looked to be about five-two and slender, with skin the color of café au lait and sun-bleached blonde hair with light brown streaks, cut into a shag style that covered her ears. Her figure was so petite that handle-with-care was the first thing that came to mind, while a posture that said don't-mess-with-me was the second.


She looked at him and offered a shy smile. “Sorry,” she said in a thick Spanish accent. “Didn’t mean to get you wet.”


Brad recovered from his initial shock and smiled. “No problem. I was getting too hot anyway. It actually felt good.”


The young woman giggled, making a pleasant sound, not nasal or forced. “You mind if I sit here?”


“Not at all.” He hesitated for a moment to summon his courage. “Would you care for a drink?”


She released a deep breath. “Yeah, that’d be nice. Whatever you’re havin’.”


Brad signaled for the bartender and ordered her drink plus a refill for himself. When they arrived, she took a long sip.


“Gracias,” she said. “You not from ‘round here, are you?”


“How can you tell?”


She gestured at his torso. “Not enough tan.”


He laughed. “Looks like you got me. I’m from up north.”


Her eyebrows arched. “Atlanta?”


“Further north than that. I’m from Ohio.”


Her face scrunched in confusion. “Not sure where that is.”


Brad eyed her for a moment. “I’m guessing you’re not from around here either.”


She shook her head. “Havana. Came here few years ago. What you do in this Ohio place?”


“Whatever it takes to survive. What do you do here?”


“Waitress at the Palm Garden. You ever been there?”


“No. Is it any good?”


She shrugged. “Not bad. Tourists sure like it, ‘specially the ones who come from the cruise ships. What’s your name?”


“Brad. What’s yours?”


“Chiquita, like the banana.”


He looked her over again. I’d like to see what she could do with a banana. “Pretty name. Are you staying here?”


She shook her head again. “I live in Olde Towne. This is my day off.”


“I thought the pool was just for hotel guests.”


She leaned in close and lowered her voice. “Supposed to be, but the bartender’s a friend. He looks the other way when I sneak in. You not gonna bust me, are you?”


Brad laughed. “What fun would that be?”


She laughed with him. “I can think of things that would be whole lot more fun.”


Makes two of us.


And here are the answers to the trivia challenge:


1 - “The Maltese Falcon”

2 - “Citizen Kane”

3 - “The Godfather”

4 - “The French Connection”

5 - “All About Eve”

6 - “Casablanca”

7 - “Love Story”

8 - “A League of Their Own”

9 - “Dirty Harry”

10 - “Home Alone”

11 - “Sunset Boulevard”

12 - “Dr. Strangelove”

13 - “Airplane!”

14 - “When Harry Met Sally”

15 - “Cool Hand Luke”


“Cuban Fire” can be purchased from Amazon Kindle.

"Cuban Fire" (Key West Heat Book 4)


Tim Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author of romantic mystery/thrillers and contemporary erotic romance.