Cold Nights…Hot Reads to keep you warm #RHACafe #prizes

Welcome to my stop on the Cold Nights…Hot Reads blog hop, sponsored by Red Hot Authors Cafe. I hope you enjoy the excerpts. And make sure you comment on your favorite way to warm up on a cold night for a chance to win one of my ebooks! Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

To follow are some teaser excerpts from each of the three books in my Hidden Lines series.

Book 1: To Hiss or to Kiss

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 Book 2: To Growl or to Groan

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Book 3: To Snarl or to Snuggle

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Book Spotlight: The Billionaire’s Promise by Shadonna Richards plus #giveaway

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Love billionaire stories? Check out Shadonna Richards. Plus, there’s a giveaway: Share this post and leave a comment that you did (don’t forget to put your email in the comments so we can contact you if you win!) and you could win an ebook of A Bride for the Billionaire Bad Boy.

BOOK 1 – The Billionaire’s Second-Chance Bride (Book one in The Romero Brothers Series is also book six in The Bride Series)

Betrayed by Mr. Wrong. Could she ever trust Mr. Right?

Meet Lucy Shillerton – twenty-nine, single and heartbroken. She’d lost her fiancé, Jeff, in a tragic accident with his mistress. But when she finds out that her eccentric aunt died and left her a company to run, Lucy braces herself for what is to come: Dream Weddings Inc. Her current project is to present an outrageous wedding for her latest client, a wealthy, older tycoon who wants to marry his young nurse.

In comes sexy, rich, dripping-with-charm and sworn bachelor, Antonio Romero III, the grandson of said tycoon, who has a good reason to shut down Lucy’s “scam wedding” business. However, when he meets with sweet, wounded Lucy, shutting her down is the last thing on his mind.

The new sizzling romance in the bestselling Bride Series and book 1 in the Romero Brothers series!

Review: Sliding into Second by Ella Jade

I’ve read several of Ms. Jade’s book, and Sliding into Second is another good, entertaining read. This novella features sports reporter Sage and second baseman Nic. They were high school sweethearts who lost track of each other, only to be reunited through their jobs years later. Having never gotten over each other, they embark on a physical reconnection that turns to more.

As with pretty much all novellas, this one has moments where events are told, not shown, as well as gaps in time. These things are almost always necessary to keep to the shorter format when telling a complicated love story. Still, Ms. Jade does a good job of making the reader care about the characters and understand their motivations. The characters are far from one-note. The sex scenes are well done and often helped move the story forward–the hallmark of a good sex scene in my mind.

If you like sports stories and tender romance mixed with hot sex, then give Sliding into Second a try. I give this novella 4 cat kisses.

4 cats


Jilted once before, now it’s her turn to level the playing field.

Hotshot sports reporter Sage Millan has been busy making a name for herself in the male dominated world of baseball. She’s just landed her dream job, and her first assignment is covering the newly crowned World Series champions, The Kingston Crushers. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. The only problem…her ex-boyfriend, and the only man she’s ever loved, is the team’s second baseman. Things ended badly between them, and she’s not sure she can put those demons to rest.

Professional baseball player Nicolas Cordova is having the time of his life. His team has just won the World Series, and with the victory comes more fame, women, and exposure than he ever could have imagined. But things are about to change for the sexy, charismatic athlete. He never expected his ex-girlfriend to walk back into his life, much less the locker room.

These days Sage is smarter, more mature, and doesn’t plan on being played a second time. Her appearance stirs old memories for Nic. She’s the one he let get away in the name of his career. He vows he can be the man she needs this time around. Will that be enough to mend her broken heart?

Content Warning: contains explicit sex and adult content

Available now for a limited time release price of .99 cents…

Beachwalk Press

Excerpt

“I’ll admit I’ve had many women in the past, and I can’t apologize for living. But as the years went by, my feelings for you were always someplace deep in my heart. I know that’s why I can’t settle down. Why I can’t find the peace I’ve been searching for. It doesn’t exist without you.”

“How can you say things like that? You don’t even know the woman I’ve become. I’m not that girl who relied on you, the one who would’ve followed you anywhere. I’m not her anymore, Nic. I can’t ever be her again.”

“Maybe I’m not asking for her.” He leaned closer to her face. “Maybe I want to know the woman you are today. I want another shot at this.”

“No,” she whispered.

“If you remember anything about me, I have a hard time with that word.” He tipped her chin, focusing on her lips. “I am going to kiss you. Right here and right now.”

Her knees buckled as a cool tremor swept through her. She wanted to say no. It was the only logical word to mutter, but her heart didn’t want her to say it. Her body wasn’t on board with turning him down either. The warmth that built in her stomach had moved lower, and now all she could think about was his lips on hers.

“It doesn’t sound like you’re asking,” she breathed out.

“I’m not.”

Before she could say anything else, his mouth was on hers, eager, but slow and soft. His stubble grazed along her chin as he tilted his head and deepened their bond. The sound throughout the crowded lobby seemed to fade into the background, and soon, all she could hear was her heart pumping loud between her ears. Why did he have to be such a freakin’ good kisser?

After the incredibly long connection, he pulled away, but not before stopping to kiss the bottom corner of her mouth like he used to.

“I’ve waited a long time to do that,” he said. “It was worth every lonely minute.”

“I… Nic…” She’d always had the gift of words. It was what she did for a living, but in that moment, all of her thoughts were jumbled and senseless.

“It’s okay.” He grinned as he stroked her cheek. “Let’s get something to eat and maybe figure this out. Whatever this is.”

“No.” She ran her hands along his strong chest, resting them on his shoulders.

“Don’t over analyze this, baby.” He glanced down at her hands on his body. “Let’s just go with it.”

“That’s what I’m trying to tell you.” She took a breath and continued before she lost her nerve. “Take me upstairs to your room. I know how we can figure this out.”

“What are you asking?” He placed his hand on the small of her back, drawing her closer to him. “You need to be real clear.”

“I want to go upstairs with you.”

“That’s not why I kissed you.”

“Isn’t it?” She smirked. “We’re adults now, Nicky. Let’s settle this like adults.”

“I’m not looking to settle anything. That usually means it’s over, and we’re nowhere near over.” He motioned for Joe. “I’ll take care of the bar tab and then we’ll get dinner.”

“No.” She draped her arms around his neck, intoxicated by the idea of being so close to him again. He may be older now, and may have lost those boyish looks, but the man he had become suited him and drove her wild with need.

“What did I tell you about that word?”

“I can guarantee I won’t be using it once we’re in your bedroom.” She ran her tongue along her top lip. “I’m going to the ladies room. When I come out, if you’re not by the elevators waiting for me, I’ll know that kiss was nothing more than the heat of the moment and we can go on with our lives.”

“Sage?”

“Shh.” She pressed her lips to his. “Now who’s over analyzing?” She reached for her purse and coat hanging on the back of the stool. “I’ll see you in a few minutes.” I hope.

This is book 2 in the Kingston Heat Series but both books stand alone and can be read in either order.

WARNING… Pax will steal your heart

Will the bad-boy pitcher strike out when it comes to love?

Shy music teacher Sophia Ballis has sworn off men. After a bad experience with a college jock she decided it was better to be alone than to get burned again. She focused on her education and now her new job at a local private school.

Professional baseball pitcher Paxton Hughes is a player both on and off the field. He’s signed to the Kingston Crushers to bring home the coveted championship title. Nothing can get in his way. Serious relationships don’t mix with a life on the road and he never loses focus on the game. One-night stands are his specialty for a reason.

While out jogging one spring morning, the two collide, setting their course in motion. Pax is immediately drawn to the unassuming beauty. Sophia is aware of his reputation and decides one night of meaningless sex with the attractive Texas charmer is just what she needs to get over her self-imposed dry spell. Pax has more than a one-night stand on his mind, but will his bad-boy persona and demanding schedule ruin any chances of a happily ever after?

Content Warning: contains explicit sex and adult content

Amazon/Beachwalk Press

About the Author

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can’t be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two boys. When she’s not chasing after her kids, she’s busy creating sexy, domineering men and the strong women who know how to challenge them in and out of the bedroom.  She hopes you’ll get lost in her words.

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Review: Brody by Mindy Harbin

Brody is a romantic suspense featuring a woman, Xan, in the witness protection program and Brody, who is hired to help protect her. The attraction between the two sparks quickly even though they both are guarded, especially Brody who feels it’s a conflict of interest to become involved.

There are a number of hot sex scenes, of the more gritty variety–including an anal scene, which I always like to mention because I am not a huge fan of anal play. Because Ms. Harbin’s style of sex scenes wasn’t my favorite, the middle of the book dragged for me; I just wasn’t into the frequent sex. Might work perfectly for someone else though. :) And I must admit that testosterone-fueled guy interaction is tedious to me, but Ms. Harbin writes it well.

I liked the last few chapters the best. I didn’t see all the twists and turns coming, and that made me like the book better and glad I slogged through the middle. For me, I give this book 3.5 cat kisses. If you like gritty sex and macho men, it could easily be a 4 or 4.5.

3.5 cats


Brody “Brutus” Jackson isn’t your average small-town mechanic. The shop where he spends his days doubles as the headquarters for the mercenary group he works with. They jokingly call themselves the Bang Shift because the government contracts they take are the less savory ones, and they’re all just shady enough to do what’s necessary to get the jobs done. As far as Brody’s concerned, it’s the perfect arrangement for a man with no memory of his past, and no hope for the future.

Under FBI protection, Alexandria Collins and her son have been in hiding for ten years. When it’s time to move again, her piece of crap car breaks down and the man giving her a tow is the biggest, hottest guy she’s ever seen. She is determined to ignore the need her long-neglected body hungers for. After all, the last man she showed interest in put a gun to her head.

Brody thinks the skittish Xan is sexy as hell, but it’s not her hot body that has him rocked to his core. He knows her from somewhere, and in his line of work, that’s a dangerous thing. Following orders have never been this hard, but he will protect her at all costs … even if what she needs protection from is him.

About the Author

Mandy Harbin is an award-winning, bestselling author of several books across multiple romance genres ranging from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. She is also the number one bestselling author in teen romance under the pen name M.W. Muse with her popular Goddess Series. She is a Superstar Award recipient, Reader’s Crown and RWA Passionate Plume finalist, and has received Night Owl Reviews Top Pick distinction many times. She studied writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earned several degrees, and even pursued an MBA until she realized becoming an author did not have to remain an unfulfilled dream. Mandy is a PAN member of the RWA and lives in a small Arkansas town with her non-traditional family, and although she is a direct descendant of British royalty, they refuse to call her princess. When she’s not penning her latest book, you can find her hanging out online where she loves to connect with fellow readers or stalking Mickey Mouse at Disney World.

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An Interview with cozy mystery author Amy Metz

Today I have the privilege to interview Amy Metz about her Goose Pimple Junction cozy mysteries.

Kayta: What does your writing process look like?

Amy: As soon as I have an idea of what I want the story to be, I sit down and get as much of it on paper/screen as fast as possible. I only worry about getting the bones down. Then I go back and add to the dialogue, scenery, and characters. At this point, I usually have some brave soul (or souls) read it and offer criticism. Then I go over it and edit and enhance again. The next step is to leave it alone for a few months and go back at it fresh. I edit and enhance some more, and then send it to a professional editor. When she’s done, I incorporate her suggestions, and send it to a proofreader. When I can’t stand to go over it one more time, I declare it ready to publish.

Katya: Do you have any strange writing habits?

Amy: Strange writing habits? No. Strange personality traits? Yes.

Katya: What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process?

Amy: I love the middle part, after the bones are down but before any real editing takes place. I love going back and adding layers—kind of the skin and clothing. I like developing the characters and making the story come alive. My least favorite part is in the beginning, when I get stuck on the plot.

Katya: Is there a subject you would never write about?

Amy: Lots of them! But I can’t write about them. Sorry, that was lame.

Katya: How important are names in your books? How do you select names?

Amy: Names in the South are extremely important, so they’re equally important in my books. I keep a running list of names I come across and like. Sometimes a character is born with a name. Other times, I refer to the list and choose one that I think matches him or her.

Katya: What literary character is most like you?

Amy: Eeyore on a bad day, Piglet on a good day.

Katya: What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

Amy: I’d like to be deeply, passionately in love and have that feeling returned. Is that an accomplishment?

Katya: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t?

Amy: The Redwood Forest.

Katya: What books/authors have inspired you?

Amy: Dennis Hart and Michael Lee West.

Katya: What are you working on now?

Amy: Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction, the third book in the series.

Amy: Thank you so much for hosting me!


When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

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Goose Pimple Junction is just recovering from a kidnapping and a murder, its first major crimes in years, when trouble begins anew. Life is turned upside down in the quirky little Southern town with the arrival of several shifty hooligans: A philandering husband intent on getting his wife back, another murderer loose in town, a stalker intent on frightening Martha Maye, and a thief who’s stealing the town blind of their pumpkins, pies, and peace. Together, they’re scaring the living daylights out of the residents and keeping the new police chief busier than a set of jumper cables at a redneck picnic. Suddenly, he has his hands full trying to apprehend a killer, stop a stalker, and fight his feelings for the damsel in distress.

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About the author:

Amy Metz is the author of Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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