AuThursday – Annie J. Kribs

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

In real life, I’m an IT analyst for an insurance company. I spend a lot of my time coordinating programming resources and working with internal staff to develop the best product possible. This often involves leading negotiations between business users and technical resources. I like to joke that I’d be great at hostage negotiation! This probably seems like a really left-brain job for a writer, but in actuality, it gives me great insight into how people interact, what makes them tick, and how they deal with change. The project management experience is a huge help with writing, too.

I’m married with two ‘tween-agers so my writing time tends to be limited to sitting in dance rehearsals, Boy Scout meetings, and baseball games. We live on 20 acres of wooded land in Michigan where we farm, hunt, swim and play. We have a Doberman pinscher, a cat who thinks he’s a Doberman, another cat who thinks she’s a princess, a guinea pig who is the cutest rodent on Earth, and usually a handful of fish.

How did you come up with the idea for your WOLF CREEK series? 

It started as a really weird dream! I dreamt about this enormous old house with a hidden room and something lost there.  I thought about that dream for days before I felt like it had enough “meat” in it to make a book. Once I developed my characters, I started seeing the town come together. I hadn’t really considered writing a series until I was nearly finished with the first book, Resurrected Hearts. I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving my characters behind, and BAM! A series was born.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Yes. Oh my, yes. Because it takes me so long to write a first draft, I often lose my train of thought or excitement for the scene I’m writing. This is the case right now, actually. When I get writer’s block, I liken it to skipping the gym for a few days. I know I have to return to the story, and I know it’ll be painful at first, but it’ll all come right back with practice and dedication.

How did you deal with Rejection Letters if you received any? 

My mantra about rejection letters; the more you get, the less they hurt! I’ve had a few rejections.  Some bordered on rude, some were polite and encouraging. Those polite letters kept my hope alive.

Can you tell us your story of getting “the call” (or e-mail)?

Ahh.  Such a happy memory!  The acquisitions editor at the publishing house sent me an email offering a publishing contract.  I read the email while on a break at work and I literally jumped out of my seat. Mind you, I work in an office with 650 employees, so the action didn’t go unnoticed. (lol) I called my husband first, and then my mom.  About a half-hour later I received a huge bouquet of flowers from my parents congratulating me on my first book. I think I floated on that high for several months! And, the release of each subsequent book has felt nearly the same way.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Strangely, I have a harder time identifying with my own sex. I’ve always been a tomboy.  My best friend was my little brother and I spent the summers of my most formative years at a Boy Scout camp.  I feel like I understand the male brain better than the female brain. Maybe that’s a gift. Maybe it’s a curse.  Sometimes I have characters whose personalities I just can’t identify with, and that’s where I really struggle. I may know the character belongs in the book (and heaven forbid it’s a main character!), but no matter how much I think on it, I just can’t put myself inside that character’s head.  Characters who are fashionable, for example, completely shut me out. Fashion left me behind in the ’80s and I have to turn to my daughter for descriptions of hair, nails, and clothes.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

I’m a strong Christian, and I turn to God daily for inspiration, patience, guidance – everything.  My favorite bible verse is from Genesis 28:15

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

I carry this phrase on a tiny sheet of paper in my wallet and it brings me a great deal of comfort.

What are your current projects?

I’m feverishly trying to finish the last book in my Wolf Creek series.  I’m probably halfway through and I have no idea what to call it. I pitched a series idea to a new publisher recently and they loved it so I’m anxious to get started on it.  I’m also working on turning a YA short story I wrote about a school shooting into a full-length novel. This is a work that’s close to my heart, but also extremely painful to write so it’s taking some time.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I’m active on Facebook as “Annie J. Kribs”, on Instagram at @anniekribsauthor, on Twitter at @ajkribsauthor, and I have a website www.anniekribs.com.  I love communicating with readers!

Do you have a sexy excerpt you’d like to share with us?

From my recent release Healing Hearts:

“So, you’re interested in me, huh?” His expression had now changed from teasing to smug satisfaction as he stepped back and sized her up.

“I didn’t say that.” Bailey turned her back on him and locked the heavy door. She needed to compose herself. She was so out of practice with the whole dating scene and anyway, Brent had never been flirtatious. What was it about Luke that made her feel like a fumbling teenager? Unfair!

“Yeah. You kinda did. You said you could have been interested in any other guy at the coffee shop. That implies that you were interested in someone, and saying that it might not have been me was just your way of throwing doubt across my path. But I didn’t fall for it. You like me.” His complete conviction was as sexy as his megawatt smile. Until now, she’d always thought swooning only happened in romance novels. She tried to cover herself with a stern look.

“Less and less all the time,” Bailey assured him, which only made him chuckle. “Well, it was nice, um, chatting with you, Luke. I’ve got to get back.” Bailey took a step away from the door, which turned out to be too wide, and slid down the cement steps. Luke was there in a flash, his arms around her keeping her from landing flat on her back.

Bailey clutched at his arms, her torso pressed tightly against him. Oh my! He felt every bit as good as he looked in his form-fitting T-shirt. She licked her lips, hoping he couldn’t feel her heart pounding, though whether it was from the near slip or his amazing body, even she couldn’t tell.

Luke watched her, first with concern, and then interest as he held her. His head came down as if he was about to kiss her. Bailey scrambled to free herself.

“Sorry. I really do have to go. Now.” She put space between them the instant her feet met the ground, backing away toward Rose Avenue and the relative safety of Buzzy’s Bed and Breakfast.

 

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Cover Reveal – Wick by Sandy Alvarez and Crystal Daniels

WICK_cover reveal bannerTitle: Wick

Series: The Kings of Retribution MC, Louisiana Chapter (Book #2) 

Authors: Sandy Alvarez and Crystal Daniels

Genre: MC Romance

Release Date: TBA 

Models: Nana Malone & Chuan Williams

Photographer: Wander Aguiar / Wander Book Club

Cover Designer: Crystal Daniels

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2krVU7Y

Wick_eBook_2019Blurb: 

Malik Dawson – better known to his brothers as Wick; The Vice President of The Kings of Retribution MC, Louisiana Chapter. He lives for his club. The unity and loyalty of the brotherhood give him a sense of purpose and belonging he felt he was missing after years of serving his country.

But all men have their demons, and Wick carries the pain and guilt of losing his childhood friend; the friend he feels he did not protect as they fought side by side in combat. Before he died, Damien made him promise to always be there for his little sister, Vayda; look after her and protect her if something were to ever happen to him.

Following through on a vow made years ago, Wick watches over his fallen comrade’s sister.

Then one night, he kisses her, and he no longer sees her as his friend’s kid sister. She becomes so much more.

It should never have happened. That’s what he keeps telling himself.

Wick becomes torn between what he wants and the promise he made to his friend years ago. Distancing himself, Wick avoids the overwhelming need to claim her and make Vayda his.

When a rescue mission is compromised, and Vayda’s life is on the line, Wick holds nothing back. He sets out on a mission of his own to find her—killing anyone who gets in the way.

Vayda Wilder—aka—Tequila, comes from a long line of military service members: Grandfather, Father, and big brother, Damien. All her life she dreamed of becoming a United States Air Force pilot.

Devastated after her brother’s death, Vayda found herself lost. Damien was her hero and her best friend. The one person who understood her. Determined to make him proud, Vayda enlists straight out of high school, becoming the best soldier and pilot she could be. With years of experience, she starts taking on secret covert missions and saving countless lives from the evil grips of human traffickers. Soon her assignments begin crossing paths with her brother’s best friend, Malik.

One unforgettable kiss changes everything—yet it doesn’t.

Malik becomes distant—treating her like she no longer exists.

Burying herself deep in mercenary work helps take her mind off the man she wants until she finds herself captured by the Cartel.

Fighting for his woman, Malik, and The Kings of Retribution become Vayda’s only hope of making it out alive.

Author Bio: 

A little about Us!

We are sisters Sandy Alvarez and Crystal Daniels.  Since 2017 we have co-authored and published eight books in The Kings of Retribution MC Series – Undaunted, The Darkest of Light, Finding Solace, Defy , Unbreakable, Lost King, Prospect, and Riggs – The Kings of Retribution MC-Louisiana Chapter.

Other books written by us include Demetri, The Volkov Empire, Leather and Mistletoe Novella, and Love above Law.

When we are not writing you will find us spending time with our families or curled up with a good book.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrystalandSandy

In the Series (standalone)- Kindle Unlimited

Undaunted (The Kings of Retribution MC #1)

The Darkest of Light (The Kings of Retribution MC #2)

Finding Solace (The Kings of Retribution MC #3)

Defy (The Kings of Retribution MC #4)

Unbreakable (The Kings of Retribution #5)

Lost King (The Kings of Retribution #6)

Prospect (The Kings of Retribution #7)

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Riggs (The Kings of Retribution MC, Louisiana Chapter Book 1)

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Saturday Spotlight – The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher

The_Fixer_Upper-FinalThe Fixer Upper 

Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break. 

Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he discovers a journal hidden away by the previous tenant and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life. 

Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed. The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around—even though she should because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing—because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser? 

Praise for The Fixer Upper:

“Maggie Mae Gallagher writes with warmth and a wonderfully compelling voice – I loved The Fixer Upper!” NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR HEATHER GRAHAM

“Maggie Mae Gallagher makes the reader forget the actual words on the page so they can just enjoy the story as it unfolds.” Nancy Berland, NBPR, Inc. President

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The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath

the duchess in his bed bannerThe Duchess in His Bed 

Sins For All Seasons Book 4

by Lorraine Heath 

Genre: Historical Romance 

d- about the book

For a duchess with practical desires, falling in love is an inconceivable part of her plan…

 As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden—with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires.

A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem.

As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future—or follow her heart which could prove ruinous.

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d- about the author

Lorraine Heath author photo_271x400New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA’s RITA(R). 

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Author Links

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/104926.Lorraine_Heath   

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$25 Amazon 

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DuchessinhisBed mm c_380x600Excerpt

“I am here to be bedded.”

The bluntness of her words took him off guard.

He didn’t like at all the singular purpose for which she’d come to his club, and the irony was not lost on him. He reveled in sin, enjoyed his role in introducing people to vice. What the devil was the matter with him?

“If you look closely, you’ll see that some of the gents wear a red button on their left lapel. They will provide that service for you.”

“I’m not interested in them. You intrigue me, Mr. Trewlove. You are the one I want.”

“I do not involve myself with my clientele.”

“I’m not asking you to involve yourself. I’m asking you to bed me.”

Was it even possible to bed her without involving himself?

“We can stand here and debate or we can waltz and debate.” Bowing slightly, mockingly, if truth be told, he waved toward the dance floor. “Shall we?”

Cover Reveal – Prince by Eden Rose

PRINCE_cover reveal bannerTitle: Prince

Series: Diablos MC Series #2

Author: Eden Rose

Release: October 9, 2019

Genre: MC Romance

Photographer: RplusM Photography

Model: Shawn Joseph

Cover Design: CT Tan

Prince_ebookBlurb:

There’s only one woman on this plant that could consume me, and her name is Elle.

It didn’t matter to me that she was owned by the mafia.

Why would it? I’m Prince, and I take whatever I want – including Elle.

She has a body and soul almost as broken as mine, but fuck it, she’s a beautiful tragedy.

One taste was all it took for me know.

I wasn’t ever supposed to fall for someone so destroyed,  but she was never supposed to be mine.

In the Series:

Beast (Diablo MC Series #1)

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Author Bio:

As a child, I loved telling stories to entertain myself and my friends from the beginning. The most outlandish stories about random things that I concocted in my head, I would tell to my friends and family. It took many years for me to harness that into an actual book. Once I bit the bullet and decided to publish Save Me (The Lucky Family Series), I had to continue writing.

I’m a total coffee addict- the sweeter the coffee the better. I’m a big history and criminal justice junky which makes me really good at trivia night. I’m a professional during the day and a closeted writer at night.

I love writing steamy stories full of alphas and sassy women who give as much as they take. Lately, I have been getting into other genres as well.

Stay tuned! I have a lot more planned for us.

 Social Media Links:

FB- www.facebook.com/edenrosesmooches

Email: author.edenrose@yahoo.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eden-Rose/e/B00PEJYF4Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_all_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7771382.Eden_Rose

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Saturday Spotlight – Forget the Stars by Kelsey Kingsley

Forget the Stars Tour BannerTitle: Forget the Stars

Author: Kelsey Kingsley

Genre: Friends-to-Lovers/2nd Chance Romance

Release: August 26, 2019

Cover Design: Danny Manzella

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44427670-forget-the-stars

“From August 26 to September 26, 2019, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.”

Blurb:

Guitarist Chad Wilcox’s life isn’t going according to plan. 

At thirty, he never thought he’d still be unmarried and living with his parents. And with the added stress of his poor health, he’s convinced the only thing within his control is the success he’s found as a rockstar.

After reconnecting with his childhood best friend, Chad sets into motion a new plan to regain control over his happiness, and things start looking up. But when he finds himself diagnosed with a potentially debilitating chronic illness, he begins to wonder…

Is this as good as it’s going to get? Or is it at all possible for a guy like him to get everything he’s ever wished for? 

Buy Links: Kindle Unlimited

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Book Playlist: 

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Giveaway: 

Direct link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28af441c4/        

Early Review Quotes: 

“If you want a book with eternally endearing and relatable characters, a heartfelt, captivating, poignant storyline, and one that has the potential to compassionately enlighten the reader, ponder it no more and get your copy of this one today.” – BookAddict

“There is just something about a vulnerable hero that gets me every time and Chad Wilcox was no exception. His pain becomes your pain thanks to Kelsey’s descriptive writing and the ability to invoke emotional pull. And, with a nickname like Chaddington Bear, he is everything.” – Bree, Goodreads reviewer

“I’m a big Kelsey fan, so I knew I’d love this book before knowing anything about it. What I didn’t know is how deep it would move me. I should have known though, because she always finds a way to break the mold and set a new standard of excellence.” – Katie, Goodreads reviewer 

“This is one of those times I am thanking my lucky stars I took a chance on a new-to-me author. The writing was engaging, smart, and effortless to read. The storytelling was honest and sweetly addicting. I craved it when I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to sink into it for hours, lose time with these wonderful characters and their original, adorable, emotionally satisfying love story. I can’t say it enough: I loved it! I adored it! This is an absolute MUST read!” – Bookgasms Book Blog

“I can’t forget the stars when I have to give this book all the stars! Seriously. All the stars in the universe. I can’t even begin to tell you how special Forget The Stars is. I just want to go around to everyone I know yelling “READ THIS BOOK!”” – Red Hatter Book Blog

FTScoverExcerpt:

“What’s that look for?” she asked with a giggle, as she reached around to secure her bra.

I shook my head as a smile stretched over my lips. “Nothin’. Just …” I swallowed at the warmth crowding my heart and my lungs. “You’re my best friend.”

She tugged a tank top on and sighed, her exhale lingering in the air. “You’re mine.”

Mine. The word was simple and yet held the world. It was an agreement, it was possession. It was an invisible contract that lingered between us, and I would’ve gladly used my own blood to sign on the dotted line.

But instead of pricking a finger and sealing the deal, I simply nodded, as only two words left my mouth.

“I’m yours.”

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Author Bio:

Kelsey Kingsley is an author of eight, almost nine, novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese.

Social Media Links:

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/kelseykingsley

BookBub: http://www.bookbub.com/profile/kelsey-kingsley 

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Saturday Spotlight – Covetous by Natalie Bennett

Covetous BannerTitle: Covetous

Author: Natalie Bennett

Release: August 31, 2019

Genre: Dark Romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47513988-covetous

received_376557926231142 (1)Blurb:

Warnings come with everything forbidden. Consequences follow every sordid action.

An illicit affair results in me becoming captive to the one man I dared to trust.

Pierce Serban had always been off-limits. Cruel and dangerous, I knew to stay away.

I didn’t.

Now a pawn in a game played by devils in suits, I must standby as his carefully controlled chaos unravels, and do all I can to survive the wreckage.

18+ Previously titled Sordid Mistress

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):

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Author Bio:

Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don’t follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA’s.

When she isn’t in front of her computer she’s spending time with her husband and their three little boys.

Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.

You can find Natalie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Social Media Links:

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Website: https://www.nataliebennett.net

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01G8Z4IF8

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