Cover Reveal – Lucky Stars by @kerryheavens #coverreveal #preorder

COVER REVEAL

Check out this gorgeous cover for Kerry Heavens’ newest book, Lucky Stars.  Be sure to add it to your TBR!

 

Title: Lucky Scars

Author: Kerry Heavens

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Standalone

Release Date: July 3 2018

Cover Designer: Rebel Graphics

 

 

 

Blurb:

Not every love story begins with a fiery explosion of lust.

Some are tiny embers of hope that smoulder slowly until the stars align…

I’d been living in a bubble.
It was meant to protect me from the things in life that hurt.
I could live, I could laugh, but at least I didn’t have to love.
Loving was dangerous and I would never do it again.

It was working just fine, until the bubble burst.
It let in danger.
It let in light.
It let in…him.

Unknowingly I’d been living in the dark, feeling my way.
He filled my world with starlight.
He showed me how to move on to the next level.
He made me feel again.

I thought the wounds from the past would never fully heal,
But perhaps they only heal when the time is right.

Sometimes you just have to thank your lucky scars.

 

 

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36655356-lucky-scars

 

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

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London born indie author, iPhone addict & general ray of sunshine! Kerry writes: sometimes sweet, sometimes not, often funny, always hot, real romance, dirty romcoms and other such smut.

 

AUTHOR LINKS

 

Website: http://www.kerryheavens.com

Facebook Author Page: https://m.facebook.com/kerryheavensauthor/

Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/psychocinderellas/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorkerryheavens/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kerryheavens

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7092719.Kerry_Heavens

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Virtual Blog Tour – Dog Tags for Christmas by @lindsaymckenna @authorjmmadden @KaLynCooperbook @TastyBookTours

 

Three heartwarming military homecoming stories. 

 

DOG TAGS FOR CHRISTMAS

Holiday Anthology

Lindsay McKenna, J.M. Madden 

& KaLyn Cooper

Released Oct 6th, 2016

Men and women in the armed forces are often away from

home, family and their beloved pets for the holidays. But this year, three

service members will be home for Christmas in heartwarming military homecoming

stories by New York Times Bestselling Authors Lindsay McKenna, KaLyn Cooper and

J.M. Madden.

 

Snowflake’s

Gift by Lindsay McKenna

 

Two veterans—one human, one canine—have returned to

Montana to recover from the traumas of war. Former Army Ranger Nick Conway

depended on his WMD dog Snowflake to help him navigate IEDs on the battlefield.

Now he needs his best friend to help him cope with his PTSD and acclimate to

civilian life. When he meets Holly McGuire and agrees to help her deliver meals

to the elderly, her inner light calls to him, but his demons hold him back from

giving in to his attraction. But Snowflake takes an immediate shine to the

kindhearted Holly—and he has never led Nick down the wrong path.

 

 

SEAL’s

Christmas Dream by J.M. Madden

 

When Veterinarian Willow James’ office is broken into, it’s natural that she

turn to her soul mate, former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn, to track down the

culprits. The trail leads to a notorious Pit-Bull fighting ring. It may take a

Christmas miracle and a helpful nudge from an old partner to get everyone home

safely.

 

 

Noel’s Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper

 

Tanner Hill is better at communicating with animals than women. That might be

why he hasn’t had a second date in over two years. He’s also been extremely

busy with his kennel that has become the premier training facility,

specializing in supplying dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress

Disorder. Then again, there is this psychologist he can’t get out of his head,

or his heart.

Dr. Bailey Conrad would never allow the loss of half her right leg to an IED in

Iraq to stop her. Every day at the VA hospital, she sees patients who have lost

so much more to the war effort. It’s her goal in life to help as many vets as

possible to find a ‘new normal’, because she knows firsthand, it’s the internal

scars that can be the most difficult to heal.

 

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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write:

romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and

continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance

novel in 1981. The rest is history. Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive

of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre

within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold

23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many

experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military

in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an

ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!

 

Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with

Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback

and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans.

Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the

Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It

took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the

wait, but we’ll let you decide that.

Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to

see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here.

Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly

newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus,

giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!

 

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between ‘combat modified’ military men and the women who love them. J.M. (the J stands for

Jennifer, not Jim as she’s been asked MANY times!) loves any and all good love

stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband

who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to

Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she’s at the computer, reading

and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her

animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both

tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has

several projects in the works. She also dearly loves to hear from readers!

 

KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense.

Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination.

She, her husband, and bird dog live in Eastern Tennessee on a micro-plantation

filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the

shooting range or paddling on the river.

 

Excerpt

Excerpt from Snowflakes Gift by Lindsay McKenna

Snow was coming down hard in town as Nick drove the van toward the shut-in area at four p.m. The smell of spaghetti and buttered, garlic toast filled the vehicle. Myra had made sweet potato cupcakes for dessert, and he stole one before they left the charity facility. It was nearly Thanksgiving and he was looking forward to taking Holly to his folks place for the afternoon and evening. The wipers were rhythmically swinging back and forth, throwing off the heavy, wet flakes. The roads were salted, but still Nick was wary of invisible black ice. In the late afternoon the heat of the day was gone and things got slick real fast.

“Oh dear,” Holly called, sitting up, pointing out her passenger-side window. “Look, Nick!”

Snowflake, who stood between them, heard the pitch of her voice change, and whined.

Nick slowed and pulled over to the curb, then looked to where she was pointing. There was a yellow Labrador moving awkwardly through the belly deep snow between two brick buildings. Her ribs were prominent even though she had a short, thick winter coat on. “She’s starving,” he muttered, scowling. “It looks like a female Lab. She’s too dainty looking to be a male.”

“She’s terribly thin,” Holly said, worried. “I wonder if someone dumped her—they do that all the time around here. I hate it.”

“No collar on her, either,” Nick agreed. The Lab was about a hundred-feet down the alley between the two buildings, slugging it out with the snow. Nick heard Holly make a little sound of urgency. She had such a big heart, and she hated to see animals or humans suffer.

Nick knew she wanted to get out and try to call the dog over to her. From the looks of the animal, her light-brown eyes wild looking, tongue lolling out of her mouth, her fur matted, he intuitively knew this was a dog that had been left behind a long time ago to fend for herself.

“She’s feral,” he warned Holly. She turned, her huge, blue eyes filled with tears. “She won’t let us near her. I’m sorry.” And he was. It wouldn’t be the first dog dumped here that Nick had found, or that Holly had come upon around the building of one of her shut-ins. They had a no-kill shelter here, and this Lab would have had a warm place to stay, food, and care if they could befriend her.

“Can’t we do something for her, Nick?”

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#Review -Caught in the Flames by @KaceySheabooks

Susi Reviews Caught in the Flames

by Kacey Shea

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Callie Gordon is more than a little obsessed…

I love firemen.

Heroic. Selfless. Brave.

Not to mention the uniform with those damn sexy pants…I can’t get enough.

Imagine my surprise when local fire captain, Chase Matthews, wanders into my yard on moving day. I’ve hit real estate gold. Hot as sin with that all-knowing smirk creates an instant spark. Welcome to the neighborhood never looked so good.

But dating a firefighter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Chase keeps me at distance even when I attempt to break down his walls. A friendship with the nosy eccentric woman down the street reveals there’s more to Chase than he’s willing to share. I’m playing with fire and bound to get burned.

Secrets unfold.

Truths are brought to light.

Can I handle the heat? Or will my love for this man prove that sometimes even good girls have to burn down the house?

Caught in the Flames is a standalone contemporary romance and intended for adult readers due to explicit content.

 

 

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Firefighters… another man in uniform that brings me to my knees. I have to start off by telling you that this is my favorite of all of Kacey Shea’s books. I have had the pleasure of reading her first series, Uncovering Love.  That series was real, heartwarming, sexy and enjoyable.  But this book, it totally rocked!

As a reader, I have enjoyed watching Kacey’s talent as a writer flourish.  This standalone hooked me from the start.

Callie, the female lead is an awesome, independent and caring young woman.  She is one character I really enjoyed reading about.  She wants to find love and loves firefighters. Yeah, I totally understand her predicament.  She even lives near the fire station.  Convenient, eh?  She is surrounded by two amazing, funny and wonderful friends, Jill and Alicia.  They are the ones that help keep her balanced.  All of these women are well written and perfectly scripted into this book keeping the story light, entertaining and fun.

Callie loves chocolate and she meets this gorgeous firefighter named Chase with the rich chocolate colored eyes.  Everything about him is pretty damn perfect. Longing for an ideal relationship, Chase seems to fit the bill until trust issues arise.  (No spoilers)

Callie also meets a new woman in her neighborhood.  Kiki, the cat lady who seems to lose her cat Silas often, winds up becoming one her best friends. Her years, wisdom, mutual love for firefighters and advice, prove to be priceless for Callie.

Then there is Ash.  Oh Ash. I have such a soft spot for this other firefighter hottie.  Don’t be fooled by his full name, Ashley or his choice of cars.  Ash turns out to be quite the man in this story.  Sorry, but you’ll have to read the book to meet Ash.

There is jealousy, a little bit of crazy, and plenty of laugh out loud dialogue to keep you reading this book in one sitting.  The sexual innuendos between Chase and Callie made me giggle and enjoy those initial moments between the characters.  And the sex, well… it is hot!

Just when I thought the story was going in one direction, Kacey totally changed it up and I am so glad she did.

I won’t spoil this review for you if you haven’t read this book yet.  But, Caught in the Flames is a brilliant grab some wine and read in one sitting book.

I gave this book 5 stars!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


 

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About the Author

5d8ce-img_20282b252822529Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and indie author who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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#Review At That Moment by Scarlett Hartgrove @CristolKlear

Susi Reviews At That Momeny by Scarlett Hartgrove

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Cara Mears has a good life…simple, satisfying, and safe. 

 

She owns a successful company, has loyal friends, and a decent relationship, and has convinced herself that this is enough.

 

This is a life she knows how to navigate.

 

Enter Dylan Madigan, her long-time movie-star crush, devastatingly handsome, arrogant, and famous.

 

At that moment, everything changes.

 

Their seductive and romantic journey begins, exposing their vulnerabilities, testing their resolve, and leaving them emotionally naked.

 

The bigger-than-life movie star turns Cara’s life inside out and upside down, but is it for the better?

 

What happens when dreams actually become reality?


My Review

 

Compelling, addictive and sexy!

I’m a sucker for a well written romance.  A talented author is one who can make their story come alive in my mind.  At That Moment, Scarlett Hartgrove’s debut has all of the elements I admire in a romance and her brilliant story came to life just like a motion picture.

 

At That Moment is filled with brilliantly written “moments” that entice, enthrall and enchant the reader.  Scarlett created characters that I loved from the very first “moment” I met them.  Cara is my favorite and the most relatable for me since I found we shared so many common interests.  Dylan,  Wow!  I know I immediately fell for him just like Cara.  There is much to love about him.  After all, it’s not every day that you get to meet your movie crush, much less develop a friendship with him.  The cast of supporting characters was perfect.  They added and aided in keeping the dynamic flow of this story alive.  They kept the light parts light, offered humor, love  and support when the main characters needed them the most.  They were extremely important in keeping Cara focused as well.

 

As a reader, I pictured every moment in this exquisitely written book.  The details and descriptions were brilliant.  At That Moment,  takes the cake with flawless characters, exquisite and vivid locations and an exceptional plot.

This story is one I highly recommend.  It is a romance that will hook you, make you smile, swoon, I know I did, feel some angst, make you mad, and truly feel the love.

I am anxiously awaiting book 2.

I gave this book 5 stars!

Go ahead and one click it today!


 

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About the Author

 

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I am a southern woman, born and bred.

 

I love the beach, cooking, gardening, sweet tea, cats, good books, music, and warm, sunny weather.

 

Growing up as a child of blind parents gave me a unique perspective of life. Watching my parents struggle to overcome adversity in order to provide a normal life for me and my brother, I learned the meaning of tenacity, self-reliance, independence, grace, and the true importance of family.

 

I am a glass-half-full-girl to my very core.

 

As a young girl, I kept a diary, which led to the habit of keeping a journal and writing short stories. I’ve spent my life writing in my head.

 

I’ve always had an open book nearby, soaking up the adventures that transport me from my daily life to exotic, exciting locations around the world.

 

Someday, if someone remembers me as a kind, compassionate, and strong person, I will have lived the life I always wanted.

 

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#ReleaseDay #Giveaway – Heartbreaker by @KatBastion @StoneBastion is live!

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We’re absolutely thrilled to celebrate the release of Kat & Stone Bastion’s sexy and emotional new adult romance HEARTBREAKER!

PLUS visit their Facebook page today for a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. Further details below.

Read for yourself what HEARTBREAKER reviewers are buzzing about…

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Stay tuned for my review on blog tomorrow. 

Early Praise for HEARTBREAKER:

“Heartrending, passionate, and captivating! Heartbreaker is a riveting page-turner that will leave you breathless with raw emotions, and the need to hold tight to the ones you love!”
~ Beneath the Covers Blog

“This book has definitely earned its five stars and I am just floored right now. The passion is explosive, the story itself is beautiful, and the emotions are so real my heart is ready to burst. Beautiful book. Absolutely breathtaking.”
~ One Page at a Time

“I really, really liked this book…I’ve not read anything else by these authors but they are now on my radar.”
~ BFD Book Blog

“This is my first time reading this author but it definitely won’t be my last—I loved it…wonderfully compelling, a story that touched my heart in so many ways and characters I will remember for a long time to come.”
~ Girl Who Reads

Heartbreaker is a great read… more than just a love story that can make you swoon. It touches a very sensitive topic that not all are brave enough to dwell on.”
~ Book Freak

“It has been a long time since I’ve read a love story like this. Solid from beginning to end Heartbreaker…draws its readers into the world of sacrifice and deep love. The writing is solid and flawless.”
~ Jeri’s Book Attic

“Reading a book by Kat and Stone Bastion is like eating one of the best meals of your life. It has the perfect flow from its appetizing beginning, its emotionally hearty entrées, to its deliciously sweet end.”
~ TJLovesToRead

“An extremely emotional story that really tugged at my heart…I highly recommend it.”
~ Loves 2 Read Romance

“I laughed, I cried, I cursed and I smiled. The end of the story was beautiful…totally loved it!”
~ Vasiliki, Goodreads early reviewer

“5 STARS. This book is pure bliss. I just couldn’t stop reading. I loved the writing, the story, nothing felt rushed or too easy…We have banter, sexual tension, love, angst, it’s perfect.”
~ Isa, Goodreads early reviewer

“This was so good! Highly recommend…well written and flowed with a great pace, I read it in a sitting.”
~ Angela, Goodreads early reviewer

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About HEARTBREAKER:

Kiki Michaelson wants one wild night to forget her starving-artist worries. Simple.

Only instead of Darren Cole becoming her one-night stand, he taunts her with a challenge. Then while she’s trying to best him at his own game, he turns out to be the last thing she’s prepared for: someone she wants to keep.

Which means all he can ever be…is a friend.

Darren Cole never allows a girl to get close—not close enough to matter.

Then storms in Kiki Michaelson, a beautiful, fearless temptation that rocks his world off-balance. But he fights their attraction, unwilling to gamble something physical with their close ties. Until the passionate sculptor exposes her heart and breaks his wide open.

In that moment it becomes clear: she could never be just a friend.

Sometimes what you run from…is exactly what you need.


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About Kat & Stone Bastion:

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Kat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick.

Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.

When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

Stay in touch with them on their social media pages…
Blog * Facebook * Kat’s Twitter * Stone’s Twitter * Website

Author Spotlight – Interview with Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers @annmarie_walker @amy_krogers

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I am excited to share this interview with you today.  Thank you to Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers, authors of The Chasing Fire Series.  This is one series I highly recommend.  So, if you haven’t read it yet, get to it.  You will love it!  And, you will love Hudson D. Chase as well.  (winks)  The buy links are located at the end of the post.

 

My trip to Chicago over the summer was fantastic and one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was because I got to visit many of the places mentioned in Remind Me, Release Me and the newly released Reclaim Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers.  As a reader, I love visiting places my favorite characters have had memorable scenes in.  As I explored the city, I thought of some questions for this dynamic writing duo.  These questions sparked this interview.  Enjoy!

 

Susi:  I immediately noticed Hudson News when I landed at the Chicago O’Hare airport.  Of course, I blurted out the name Hudson and my husband told me to be quiet.   How did you come up with Hudson as the name for your delicious male protagonist? Chase?

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Ann Marie: Choosing a character name is always hard but when you have to factor in two author’s opinions it’s even more difficult. After all, you can’t be writing a steamy scene about a character with the same name as an ex or a family member. We wanted our leading man to have a strong, two syllable first name and when we came across the name Hudson we both just knew it was right.

Amy: It was a while before we landed on a name. So for a while he was called Mr. Enigmatic or Mr. E. Finally, Hudson let us know what his name was and it seemed to fit. However, I do have a thing for strong and unique male names.

 

Susi:  I visited the famous Palmolive Building during one of my walking tours.  I stood in the entrance and even took a picture.  I would have gone in had it not been for a fussy man at my side.  Why did you choose this location as Hudson’s home?

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Ann Marie: As the Chicagoan, it fell to me to choose locations for the books. Hudson’s residence was a no brainer. The Palmolive Building is not only one of the few locations in the city where no street address is needed, it was the original home of Playboy Headquarters as well as the location of the very first Playboy Club. When the building converted to residences, the three story penthouse was purchased by actor Vince Vaughn who restored Hugh Hefner’s office to its original condition.

Amy: Ann Marie and I also investigated the building as well. Okay, we may have stalked and tried to bribe our way in by making friends with the doorman. The building seemed perfect from the start. It’s strong, dark, and architecturally beautiful. Kind of starting to sound like our leading man himself.

 

Susi: Out of all of the cities, why was Chicago selected as the main setting for this series?

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Ann Marie: So many books are set in New York, and we wanted to do something different. I started tossing out Chicago settings and Amy was hooked.

Amy: Exactly what Ann Marie said. We wanted a completely different setting. Oh yeah, I love the city!

 

Susi:  Why was the name Alessandra Sinclair chosen?  I recall a street named St. Clair near my hotel and wondered if this had anything to do with “Sinclair.”

Ann Marie: Just a coincidence. We mainly wanted a name that could sound slightly pretentious while at the same time offered a nickname that reflected the girl she was with Hudson.

 

Susi:  I know the inspiration for Hudson was David Gandy.  And, sigh…. he is simply perfect.  

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Who was the inspiration for Allie?

For Harper?  For Nick?

Amy: We knew what Allie looked and to us she was an older Esti Ginzburg. However many of our readers have suggested Blake Lively. As for Harper, we clearly saw her as a feisty red head so Jane Levy seemed to fit her perfectly. For Nick we have a clear picture, literally, of the model. But we have no idea who he is.

 

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Susi:  Psst… I think I may have found Nick.  What do you think?

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Susi:  With so many amazing places to drink and dine, what made Tavern on Rush your location of choice for Allie and Harper to enjoy drink?  For the record, I had dinner there and it was a delicious experience.

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Ann Marie: I have always loved the bar at Tavern and with the cozy VIP area and the fabulous cocktails, it seemed the perfect location for Allie & Harper’s night out. Side note: The owners of Tavern hosted the REMIND ME launch party in April, even serving mini sucker punches in honor of the event!

Susi: Did you visit all of the places when writing the series?  Somehow I can picture Ann Marie jotting down details for the books.

Amy: Ann Marie sent me picture, after picture of every single location we mention in the books, which really gave me a clear picture of the venues. When I went out there after we have finished writing the first book we did what we now call the “Remind Me” Tour and I visited them all. It was a blast. Did I just date myself by using the word blast?

 

Susi:  Now for some questions on the writing process.  Had you written before, solo or as duo?

How do the two of you write?  I imagine lots of back and forth via email.  Did you outline the story first or just write?

Ann Marie: Amy and I spend a lot of time on the phone talking through ideas and brainstorming. When we write it’s in google docs so we can make changes and leave comments. Since we divide up the chapters, me writing Allie’s and Amy writing Hudson’s, we need to outline so we both know where the story is going…but don’t even get Amy started on my excel spreadsheets! haha.

 

Susi:  What obstacles did you encounter when writing this series?

Amy: For me the biggest challenge was time. I don’t think I’m alone with many authors who juggle careers (day jobs), family, kids and life.

 

Susi:  Did you ever imagine the series would be such a success?

Ann Marie: We have been overwhelmed by the response to Hudson and Allie’s story. From the tweets and facebook posts from all over the world, to the role play accounts and the fan sites, to the amazing support of bloggers like yourself, we are unbelievably grateful.

 

Susi:  When did you decide to become writers?

Ann Marie: I’ve always loved writing and worked for a newspaper a lifetime ago, but the idea to write a novel took root about seven years ago.

Amy: I’ve been writing since I was a kid, then even as an adult working on my craft as a screenwriter. I didn’t seriously consider writing a novel until Ann Marie said ‘Hey, let’s write a book.’ and I said ‘Okay.’

 

Susi:  Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Ann Marie: I’m more of a binge writer. Some authors can divide up their day but for me it’s more “all or nothing”.

Amy: For me it’s when I can, so many weekends I spend at my computer. And I’m much more of a method writer, I let the characters talk to me and guide me.

 

Susi:  Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Ann Marie: Not really. I’m not much of a “sprinter”. I tend to write and edit as I go so while my daily word count might be low by some standards, it rarely requires a second pass.

Amy: I’m a write and don’t look back type. I let what’s happening in the scene/chapter guide me.

 

Susi:  What is the hardest thing about writing?

Ann Marie: Interruptions of daily life. Once I get into a groove, I hate being pulled out of it for laundry or cooking. Let’s just say that deadlines mean take out menus and dirty socks.

Amy: Interruptions of just life in general, especially when you’ve hit a wicked awesome groove.

 

Susi:  What is the easiest thing about writing?

Ann Marie: Plotting, at least with Amy. We love to play “what if” with our characters, especially over lemon drop martinis.

Amy:Plotting by far is the easiest. Ann Marie and I get going and it’s game on.

 

Susi:  How long did it take you to write each book?

Ann Marie:We wrote the first book at a slower pace but after the series sold we had delivery deadlines so book 2 & 3 were written in about 3 months each.

 

Susi:   Who are your favorite authors?

Ann Marie: Sylvia Day. Not only for her writing but for her overall career as well as the support she gives other authors and the way she interacts with her fans.

Amy: J.R. Ward “The Warden”. Her characters are magnificently developed, each with their own personality, even down to her “evil” characters. However, besides her writing she really takes the time to connect with her readers on a daily basis. And Like Ann Marie, I’m also an admirer of Sylvia Day.

 

Susi:  What book/s are you reading at present?

Ann Marie: I hate to admit it but I haven’t read a book in months! My kindle is packed with fabulous books but between the writing deadlines and launching 3 books in 6 months there hasn’t been much time.

Amy: Likewise, I haven’t read in way too long. My kindle is jammed with a TBR pile, but there hasn’t been much time.

Susi:  Is there another series in the works?

Ann Marie: We just might have a few surprises up our sleeves…stay tuned 🙂

 

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule ladies for this blog interview.

I am certainly looking forward to reading more of your writing in the future.

~Susi – Reading and Writing Between the Wines Blog  @read_wine_blog


About the Authors

Though thousands of miles apart, Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers are in constant contact, plotting story lines and chatting about their love of alpha males, lemon drop martinis and British supermodel, David Gandy. You can find them on twitter as @AnnMarie_Walker and @Amy_KRogers. 

 

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It’s LIVE! Uncovering Desire by Kacey Shea is now available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, & Kobo. Pick up your copy today for Kate & Jon’s story!

Synopsis:

Jonathan Beltran is adjusting to life as a civilian after an eight year military career. With a booming private investigation business and good friends to count on, life is headed in a positive direction. Coupled with his fierce will and strength, Jon will learn if his training has prepared him for this next journey.

Life is never boring for the ever-positive, smart-mouthed, fearless Kate Bryant. When unexpected events leave her temporarily homeless, she accepts an offer of a free place to stay with Jonathan. The challenges of working with rock stars, living with Jon, and finally confronting ghosts of her past may prove to be too much.

Uncovering Desire, book two in the Uncovering Love series, is a full length, contemporary romance, and can be read as a standalone.

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My Review

 

As the wife of a US Marine, I love to read stories where one or more of the characters is or was in the military.  Of course, when I met Jonathan Beltran AKA Army, I was thrilled.

This is the first book I have read by Kacey Shea but it will definitely not be my last.  I truly enjoyed her realistic characters, plot and story.  Uncovering Desire is the second book in this series but one that I think can be read as a standalone.  I was able to follow the story along just fine.

Uncovering Desire is a love story.  The characters are fun, feisty, real and sexy.   Jon and Kate, the main characters have this love/hate friendship relationship going on.  They have known each other for many years and it is clear that although they argue and bicker, there is much more going on between them.

Jon served in the US Army and now works as a PI with his friend Evie.  Jon is sexy hot and I’ve added him to my list of book boyfriends.  His friendship with Evie is honest, relatable and enjoyable to read about.

Kate is their mutual friend.  She’s a sexy and vivacious woman.  Jon can’t keep his eyes off of her.  An asbestos incident in her building leads to a temporary housing change for Kate.  This dilemma finds her with a temporary roommate, Jon.  This arrangement turns out to be intense and “desirable. “

Both of the main characters in this story have their own back stories or traumas they are still coping with.  They both need to heal.  Learning about their past brings them closer together.  Passionate moments as well as some deep emotional moments make this story one that kept me hooked.

While some of the story was predictable, I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it.

This gem has love, passion, friendship, healing and a conclusion that left longing for the next book in the series.

As I mentioned, I started reading this series with book 2 but will go back and read book 1 for sure.

I enjoyed this realistic cast of characters and their passionate story.

I gave this book 5 stars!

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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

Be sure to add this series to your TBR!


About the Author

Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and part-time bookkeeper who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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