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His Untamed Love by Anya Summers

Ruth West - Monday, July 09, 2018

Visiting the Black Elkhorn Lodge and Resort is Mia Evans’s last option. She’s bordering on a nervous breakdown. Everyone in her life she thought she could count on deserted her. And, to make matters worse, she has the foulest case of writer’s block in the history of the world. She figures getting herself out of the prison her apartment in Chicago has become will help jar her life and her writing out of the rut they are in. But she isn’t prepared for the surly, sexy cowboy – who looks like her every dark fantasy come alive – riding into her life on his trusty steed.

Cole Stewart only loved one woman in all his thirty-five years, until he lost her forever and swore he would never love another. Since then he’s had a revolving door with the subs at his lifestyle club Cuffs & Spurs, all with the unwritten rule that he doesn’t get involved or do relationships of any kind, period. That is, until Mia Evans, the burned-out, anxiety ridden author, needing to get away from her real life, nearly runs him over with her car. Seeing the haunted expression in her gaze and a body he craves, the Dom in him knows he must have her, must taste her and feel her writhing beneath him. But will he be willing to risk his heart for the untamed passion he finds in her arms?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy romance contains elements of power exchange.

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Fire Born: a Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance by Kallista Dane

Ruth West - Thursday, July 05, 2018

I learned my fate on my eighteenth birthday. The day my father was murdered and I became the virgin Queen.

The Lord of Darkness has risen. He means to conquer my kingdom and take me as his bride. But to succeed, he needs the power of the five Sacred Sources.

I must unite with the Fire Born. The Dragon Lord. Mate with him if he commands it, and then seek out the others, one by one.

The Warrior. The Wizard. The Mystic. The Rogue.

I must secure their allegiance using whatever means necessary, whether it be to offer them riches or a title… or my body and a place by my side on the throne.

The Oracle says only with their help will I accomplish my mission. Avenge my father’s death - and save the World of the Seven Stars from an evil as old as the Universe.

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Refuge Forbidden by Ruth Silver

Ruth West - Sunday, July 01, 2018

Love is nothing more than a fragment, a memory of the past.

Ten years later, the Anti-Establishment fights to destroy the new way of life. Corruption has infiltrated the government and the people are at war. 

No one is safe.

Women are dragged out of their homes, forced into reeducation camps.
Mindonsiphan has been outlawed.
Marriage is illegal.
Conceiving children through natural methods is illegal.

The world is in terror.

Ripped from her home, Adelaide is forced to face the world without her abilities and learn who she can trust. 

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The Black Laird Requires by Alyssa Bailey

Ruth West - Friday, June 29, 2018

She is as elegant as any aristocrat, sweet and naughty as a beloved child, and ferocious as a tiger.

Cairistine Donohue had run away from Scotland to the Colonies to avoid an unbearable future. Now back in England her employment is unexpectedly terminated, leaving her alone with little coin and no prospects. Returning home is not an option. Faced with a life full of hard choices or starvation, Cairis gratefully accepts the position of companion to Lady Ashton.

Cullen Black O’Leary dominates the seas, his business, and the lassies. Returning to England to survey his new estate, Cullen seeks his escort, Cairistine Donohue. He finds her trying to escape him with her red hair flowing and sweet sassy mouth telling him off. He has to take her as his own.

But Cairis’s dark secrets are revealed, threatening to ruin her and destroy their hope for a future. Can she do what her Black Laird requires to secure their future – his way?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy historical romance contains elements of power exchange.

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The White Queen by Addison Cain

Ruth West - Thursday, June 28, 2018

The devil owes the Hatter a favor…

… and he knows just what he wants for his prize.

But unless he can corrupt sweet Alice, he cannot claim her—for one cannot steal a soul that isn’t tainted. That is... unless an innocent offers it of her own free will.

THE WHITE QUEEN is a tale of pure horror by USA Today bestselling author Addison Cain. There is no romance, no white knight. For the twisted Hatter lurks in these pages, ready to devour your soul and haunt your dreams.

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Interview with author Michelle M. Pillow

Ruth West - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Five Facts: I used to be painfully shy--hide behind the television so I didn't have to talk to people shy.

I once pet a rhinoceros' belly. He rolled onto his side like a giant puppy.

I prefer red toenail polish to any other color.

I recently received my 100 published books pin from RWA. I've been published for almost 15 years. I've written in multiple romance genres - paranormal, historical, contemporary, futuristic, sci fi, fantasy - and have recently published cozy mysteries.

I still have my 10 year old dream of publishing a photography book and having my work shown in museums.



Interview:

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Around 10, my dad gave me my first camera, and from that moment on I wanted to be a photographer working for National Geographic.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
When I read the book Travels with Charley by Steinbeck, I had the strongest urge to do what he did--travel around and meet people, see their lives and hear their stories. I want to go to every country.

Do you have any hobbies? I started out as a photographer, and thought that was what I would always do. The writing career launched and took me in a whole new direction. But I still love to pick up my camera when I get a chance.

What was your first kiss like?
Unforgettable...but not for the right reasons. It wasn't good.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I'm an extroverted introvert. I used to be painfully shy. It was hard at first for me to get out there and do reader events and book signings. Now, I still tend to be a private person, but I'm more outgoing.

How do you handle negative reviews?
Luckily, the majority of my reviews are positive ones. I have wonderfully supportive readers! <3

I don't know many people who aren't affected by criticism in some way, but you can't let that negativity infect you. As I've gotten older, I've come to the conclusion that it's only an opinion and if they don't like reading my work there are plenty of other authors they can choose from.

Do you get nervous before a book release?
Nervous and Excited. It usually hits in around the time all the promo and marketing is set and I have nothing to do but sit and wait for the release.



NY Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Michelle M. Pillow

Book: (Un)Lucky Valley Book 1: Better Haunts & Garden Gnomes (June 26)

Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery Romantic Comedy

Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.

Lily Goode wasn't aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don't count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they're both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.

If mysterious accidents don't do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it's up to Lily to discover who's sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.





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Only You by Melanie Harlow

Ruth West - Monday, June 25, 2018

Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after.

As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing.

As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree.

We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down.

But it’s a mistake.

Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us.

I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning.

I want to be the one he asks to stay.

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Everless by Sara Holland

Ruth West - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: Jan 2, 2018



Review:
Everless is a dystopian story of royalty in a fantasy world where one's blood is both the currency and your life expectancy. The story follows Jules Ember and her dangerous journey into the heart of Everless, living among the queen as a servant. There are secrets, betrayals, and lots of twists and turns as the story unfolds.

At times the writing felt slow as we learned what was happening for Jules and the kingdom of Sempera. There was a heavy dose of world building which wasn't bogged down too much but did slow and shift the story at times out of the action sequences. There were also plenty of exciting scenes that made me not want to put the book down, especially as the story grew into the later chapters. The first 100 pages is probably the hardest to get through but it was worth it. By then the characters are well developed and the end is worth reading.

Reviewed by Alicia K.


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Reader Registration is Open

Ruth West - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The 2018 RomCon Reader Appreciation Weekend is being held in Richmond, Virginia this year on October 5-7th. This is a premier weekend event in which you can mingle with dozens of your favorite authors in several genres. This event has been held for several years and for the very first time being brought to the East Coast. We will have over 100 authors represented in several genres of romance including but not limited to: historical, dark erotic, science fiction, contemporary, inspirational, paranormal and erotic romance. We are now open for reader registration

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Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Ruth West - Friday, April 06, 2018

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

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