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Review of “Hot on Her Trail” – Sable Hunter

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Jacob McCoy wishes for a wife and a family. Tis the Season for miracles when a young woman shows up on his doorstep: homeless, in danger and expecting a child – Jacob’s child.

Their relationship is complicated by the fact that, A – they’ve never met before and B – she’s a virgin. Jessie is determined not to be a burden to the McCoy family. As far as she’s concerned, she is just passing through. Jacob has a different opinion – he wants Jessie in his life, in his bed and in his heart.

 
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Jacob, a man with a heart of gold and a rock hard body, was so damn likable. He was sweet and loving to everyone, so how could Jessie not fall head over heels in love with him. 
 
Jessie, she’s had a rough go in life. Her childhood was not a dream and her adult life was no breeze either. I’m glad she found her knight and life could finally turn around for her.
 
As for the plot, I read the story and my first thought was….”I hope sperm banks aren’t really this disorganized. That’s some crazy, messed up crap.” As for the idea behind the story, I thought it was fresh. I don’t recall ever reading a plot anything close to this one. Good job, Sable. 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Author Showcase – Elaine Raco Chase

(A message from Elaine) 
I write sassy, sexy, LOL contemporary romance novels. Often they start with “love at first sight”. I was never sure of “love at first sight” until my dad told me he fell for my mom as he watched her chase her dog down the street! I told him that was the silliest thing I ever heard, they hadn’t even said a word to each other. He winked and said “sometimes you just know”…they were married for 57 years. Hubby and I are headed for 43 years this October..he said it was “lust at first sight” – yeah! That works too!
So let’s say “attraction” at first sight and then what reviewers call the “slow burn” are the core of my contemporary romantic comedies. Some more erotic than others, but all with characters that are so believable they’ve received fan mail!
I started my contemporary romance writing career in 1979 – long before eBooks were even a thought anyplace but in a science fiction novel! I was able to get my rights back to all my books and have been happily expanding, enhancing and updating most of my novels.

I’m hard at work updating, expanding and enhancing the rest of my romances – all were #1 bestsellers in print editions. All will be audio books as well.

While I’m known for my romantic comedies – I also have a best-selling mystery/thriller series that I’ll be updating. Roman Cantrell – Nikki Holden made their debut in 1984 – Dangerous Places and then in 1985, Dark Corners. I’ll be turning them into eBooks in the coming months as well and audio books too!

My non-fiction book: Writer’s Digest Howdunit Series: A Writer’s Guide to Writing the Amateur Detective Novel is still available and, I recently learned, is in the FBI Forensic Library in Quantico!

A writer never stops! I’m also working on book number 18…what I hope will be a ‘blockbuster’ mystery called: A Rare Medium Well Done featuring Dani Rossi, a sexy Atlanta lawyer with a lot of secrets to keep from handsome security specialist Mac Stewart. She does not keep secrets from her assistant and BFF Tucker – as he has more than his share of issues and friends that need her help.

Hope you’ll check out my bestselling contemporary romance novels: SPECIAL DELIVERY, VIDEO VIXEN, DESIGNING WOMAN, CALCULATED RISK, DARE THE DEVIL, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, LADY BE BAD, RULES OF THE GAME, CAUGHT IN A TRAP and BEST LAID PLANS – my updated woman’s fiction novel- probably the very first chick-lit read (1983) and ‘friends with benefits romantic comedy.

Whatever genre I write, my stories are funny, sarcastic, and loaded with fast-paced, bantering dialogue. My books feature confident, strong women – who have a wicked sense of humor and aren’t really looking for a man – until the perfect one appears.

Genre: contemporary romance – erotica 
Love this 5 star review for a blurb: “In Double Occupancy, Chase does well by her characters, giving them room in their close-quartered villa to really express themselves and draw the reader into their love story. Their witty banter will have you laughing but their hot and steamy moments will have you begging for more. By isolating her hero and heroine like this, Chase has given the reader the chance to indulge in a R&R too, focusing on the budding relationship between Travis and Casey. Get lost in this story as though you’re resting up in the villa for yourself… I found it pretty hard to put this one down and climb back into the real world, myself! XXX for some smokin’ hot lovin’ and some pretty explicit word choices ahem, Travis.” Read why Travis & Casey have been on THE LIST – FB’s Top 50 Books to read after 50 Shades of Grey for 20 weeks
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Purchase links:Kindle US – http://amzn.to/IlOA1R
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https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-doubleoccupancy-771331-150.html

Contact information:website: elaineracochase.com
FB site: https://www.facebook.com/elaineracochase
email: elaine_raco_chase@hotmail.com


All of Elaine’s books are still in print and available on Amazon.com as well as other sites. Visit her at elaineracochase.com; FB page: http://www.facebook.com/elaineracochase.


And hear her every Thursday nite when she hosts The Author’s Corner on trianglevarietyradio.com.


Her bestselling romance novels: Rules of the Game, Dare the Devil, Double Occupancy, Lady Be Bad, Calculated Risk, Video Vixen, Designing Woman and Special Delivery are on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, Itunes, Blio, Sony, XinXii, and All Romance. All have been updated and expanded. 


Now available: Romantic Classics – One Way or Another, No Easy Way Out and Best Laid Plans – available as ebooks for the first time since 1981! And if you want a sexy, sassy, earful – Head to Audible.com, Itunes audio or Amazon audio link for Video Vixen, Special Delivery, Designing Woman, One Way or Another and now Dare The Devil and Rules of The Game hit audio. Your ear buds may melt!

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Interview with Elaine Raco Chase

     
Welcome, Elaine Raco
Chase. 



1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?


First, thank you so much for hosting me! It’s always
wonderful to meet other authors and fans. 
I started writing for radio/TV – was
asked to write for a pilot show called Saturday Night Live – I lasted 5 days!
It’s tough being the only one not on drugs or alcohol (besides I had just
finished doing PR for the Narcotic Addiction Control Commission) but the NYC
restaurants were fantastic!
I then began working on mystery and
romance novels and was lucky to meet an agent at a writer’s conference.  She took my manuscript and sold it to Dell
Publishing for their new Ecstasy Romance
line and things took off.  All my books
were #1 bestsellers on assorted lists, published in 24 countries and 17
languages, with over 4 million books in print, during what was called the
heyday of romance – 1980’s. I also wrote for Avon, Silhouette. My mystery
series hit big in 1985 for Bantam and started the sexy romantic comedy mystery
craze.
Unfortunately, I was hit big then too
– by a drunk driver – everything but my nose was broken/twisted/mangled and I
was in a coma for 10 hours. Lots of rehab, some permanent vision damage.
Writing career – ground to a halt.
I started writing again, with a
non-fiction book 1996 How To Write The
Amateur Detective Novel with co-author, Anne Wingate. It was part of the
Writer’s Digest Howdunit Series and nominated for the Agatha Christie Award for
best non-fiction  – and is in the FBI
Forensic library at Quantico.
Computers made writing easier and I
was able to get all my rights back to my romance novels.  Two I have left as classics: No
Easy Way Out
and One Way or Another – they are time
capsules and according to new reviewers, very well received.
My other romances have been almost
totally re-written, updated, enhanced, with new characters/plot points added.
Why? Because writing romance was restricted when they were written. An author
couldn’t type those words (LOL) and be
that explicit, and we were all writing to a word count.
Now – wow, the freedom to enhance
characters, their backgrounds, their sexual encounters…that’s the joy of indie
publishing – freedom.  So the rest of my eBook
romance novels are totally different from the print published versions. All are
erotic romantic comedies with alpha males who are totally done in by women who
really don’t need them.
Since I come from a background of
writing for radio/TV, my novels are heavy on dialogue – they were very easy to
turn into audio books – there are 6 out now, all on assorted audibl.com and
iTunes bestseller’s lists. They are all fast-paced, funny, erotic romantic
comedies.  So I hope you’ll take a look!
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it. 
Does
it help to say I once hung 12 rolls of wallpaper because I was completely
blocked for an ending? I usually do all things physical: wash a car, a floor,
scrub a kitchen, a bathroom – when I had a house I took over mowing the lawn!
Anything that doesn’t require too much thought but will physically let me sweat
out the block. It’s worked!
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time? 
You mean I bought all those fake jewels,
chiffon and feather boas for — nothing! LOL! 
I teach. I’ve been teaching for many years, sometimes the local school
has me subbing for a week into an English class (grades 3-9) to ignite students
interests in creative writing. The boys especially love to create comic book
characters and then the story – the girls seem to be still focused on vampires!
I also teach college level creative writing to adults – just did a 2 year stint
at Miami-Dade College while I was down in Florida – now that I’m back in
northern Virginia – my students refused to let me go – so I’ve been teaching
online classes.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts? 
It’s funny, I’m pretty low-keyed about
it. When my kids were younger, it was hard on them because everyone
(parents/other kids) equaled romance to porn. So I kept pretty quiet about what
I wrote and so did they. Now – since 50 Shades of Grey, everyone asks “do
you have a special, you know, room?” (We live in a, you know, two bedroom
apartment so no) and of course, all my relatives never read me…the usual:
“I never read” “I don’t have an e-reader” “I don’t
even have time to read a newspaper.”
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten. 
Well surprising enough they would all be mystery authors! I
cut my teeth on mystery writing, have a series that will be coming to eBooks and
I was thrilled over the years to have met: Mickey Spillane, Elizabeth Peters,
Carolyn Hart, Sue Grafton, and Sara Paretsky- Sara started Sisters in Crime and
I was International President in 1995-96. For romance writers Janelle Taylor
and I have been friends since forever! Love so many others.  
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts? 
Well…I’d love to see Double Occupancy become a Lifetime
TV movie! It features just two people in a Mexican villa – who are thrown
together because of a vacation ‘mistake.’ What starts out as ‘sharing a college
dorm’ turns into one erotic romantic comedy. Now as for the cast: I think
Jennifer Lopez would be perfect as Casey (they have the same “perky ass
according to Travis!” and Alex
O’Loughlin with a bit of stubble would be perfect alpha male Travis. Yes, I
know they did a movie together before – I thought there was chemistry!
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.  
Whisper – hell, you can shout it!  I’m finishing up a new erotic romantic comedy
called: Caught in a Trap. Meet Kit Forrester, she went on the cruise of
her dreams only to have it turn into her own personal Titanic! But she couldn’t
tell her friends that! So she invented her own fish story: the hunky man of her
dreams by her side, day and night, under the stars. Problem was: He showed up!
And was more than ready to stake a claim!
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order? 
No, all my novels are stand-alone, save
for the mystery series, but that’s not out yet. 
But all my romances are on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, AllRomance,
iTunes  just about everyplace eBooks are
sold. 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
Website:  elaineracochase.com
Twitter:   @ElaineRaco
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.  
Well, first a big
thank you to Kam and Dirk for this opportunity. 
I also host The Author’s Corner every Thursday night at 8PM EST on www.trianglevarietyradio.com
  this is internet
radio! I’m one of the top 5 blog talk shows/hosts and I feature authors of all
genres and of course readers/listeners. The Author’s Corner is growing, in the past
few months we’ve had over 50,000 people tune in.  So I hope you’ll give the show a listen –
just need the computer. 
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Elaine Raco Chase for stopping by and I look forward
to the next time we can sit down and chat.

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Interview with London Saint James



Welcome, London Saint James. 

1. For those who might
not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little
about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?  

Actually, as a child I playacted
out all the stories that were running around in my head! I’m one of those
people who as soon as I learned how to write, always scribbled down stories. I
wrote and stopped. Wrote and stopped. You know, had to do the sensible thing as
I got older. I went to college, got a job, did all those sensible things, but I
always came back to writing/scribbling. A couple years ago, I became more
serious about trying to get published, and I started to research publishing
companies. I’d written a short story, Mistake,
with a BDSM twist, so when I saw a submission call for a BDSM anthology called Master of Mine from Evernight
Publishing, I decided to submit it. I figured what’s the worst thing that could
happen? Being told, “You suck as a writer.” I prepared for the worst, but
thankfully that didn’t happen.  Evernight
liked my submission, and offered me a place in the anthology. From there I’ve
been writing as fast as my brain can think and my fingers can type. *Smiles*

2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
Eat lots and lots of chocolate! LOL. So far I suppose I’m
lucky. I’ve had a few “bad days,” where I’m just not in the mood to write, but
for the most part, I have so many characters dying to tell their stories that I
haven’t had to deal with any type of major block.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time?
You are so right! No glitz. I’d love to say I lounge on
white sandy beaches with my toes in the sand, while a fine piece of man candy
feeds me grapes, but…I’m fairly sure I’m boring. I do try to spend time with
family and friends as much as I can. I love to read, listen to music, and watch
a good movie.  Of course I squeeze all
that in between the thrill of laundry, shopping for food, and other fascinating
things like putting gas in my car, and getting the cat groomed.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
Those closest to me know I’m a writer, and are very
supportive, but many don’t know I write. I like the freedom the anonymity
brings, and I write for the joy of it.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
This is a hard one because it is a very long list. I’ll give
it a stab. Megan Hart, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Karyn Gerrard, Gena
Showalter, Stacey Espino, Lorraine Nelson, Sarah McCarty, Victoria Dahl, and
Julia London. I could go on and on, and on.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
I’ve always thought that Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter
Books (any of them) would make a great movie for the big screen. I’m not sure
who all to cast, but sexy-bad-ass would need to be the main thing when casting
any of the Dark Hunters, like perhaps the actor in the new Conan the Barbarian,
Jason Momoa.
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
I’m working on several projects, and don’t know which one
will be completed first. I have a couple of erotic contemporary romance stories
I’m working on.  The working titles are: A Thin Line, and Law of Attraction. A BDSM with the working title of, A Whisper of Silk, and even a historical
romance called, The Sinner Inside
Mississippi.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?
You can visit my website: www.londonsaintjames.com to check
out books/links, but all are on Amazon, ARe, BookStrand, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Series from Evernight Publishing in order are:
Enchanted (The Heart Of Winter, 1)
Requiem (The Heart Of Winter, 2)
Revelation (The Heart Of Winter, 3)
Eternal (The Heart Of Winter, 4)
The Good Sister: Part One
The Good Sister: Part Two
Dark Tales Diaries: Volume 1
All my other titles are part of a special line, or anthology
and can be read in no particular order.
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
They can email me at: London@londonsaintjames.com
Or they can find me at:
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
Well, I think I’ve probably prattled on enough. It was
totally awesome being able to “talk” with you. Thanks so much for having me
over to visit.  It has been a blast.
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank London
Saint James for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can visit together. Oh and London, if I remember correctly, SK said the Dark Hunters’ series was picked up. I can’t wait to see who they select as Acheron and Simi. 🙂

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Review of “Merry Christmas, Alex Cross” – James Patterson

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It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again–a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything–and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.
 
 
Review:
 
Once again, James packed a lot of action and suspense into 300+ pages. In the first section of this holiday story, Alex was called to a hostage situation involving a strung out and guilt-ridden dad who was terrorizing his children, ex-wife, her new husband, and a neighbor. There was blood shed but thankfully, no child was physically harmed. Mentally though, they won’t be healing anytime soon which as a parent, broke my heart. I hate to see children in any sort of pain. 
 
In the next two sections, Alex once again took on Hala. You might recognize the terrorist name from “Kill Alex Cross”. I won’t divulge what sinister plot her and her comrades have orchestrated but I will say unorthodox methods were used to thwart their plans. Even Alex couldn’t believe the means taken to gain entail. 
 
Mark your calendars – “Alex Cross, Run” comes out February 18, 2013. 
 
 
Heart rating system
 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 

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