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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Blog Diva - Saturday, July 01, 2017
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Blog Diva - Monday, June 26, 2017
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Michele Callahan - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
One look, one touch, and there is no denying the heat...
Twenty-one and single, Alexis Lopez hopes her lackluster response to men is a problem she's eager to solve by volunteering for the Interstellar Brides Program. One look at the large, dominant alien who claims she belongs to him sets her body on fire. When he tells her, in explicit detail, how he'll claim her in every way, she is eager to give her mate everything, body and soul.
Von of Everis is a ruthless and high ranking Hunter who's spent years fighting in the Hive wars. But his bed, and his life, are empty until Alexis arrives. One look at his innocent little bride and he knows she belongs to him.
Simple, right? Nope. The match is challenged by one of the most feared warriors on the planet and stolen kisses and mind-numbing pleasure won't save Von from a deadly duel. But Von is a Hunter, a warrior, a protector, and someone is trying to take what belongs to him. Only him. He will do whatever it takes to protect, save and claim his virgin mate.
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Blog Diva - Friday, January 13, 2017
Natalie Montgomery wants a new life. While she may be rich, her life is empty. Her parents were never around, too rich and important to be bothered with a child. And when they present her with a emotionless fiancé, she's done. As a volunteer for the Interstellar Bride Program, she is thrilled to arrive on the hot, desert planet of Trion, and in the arms of a seductive warrior who makes her body burn.
Roark of Trion is not eager for a mate. Danger and the constant threat of war dog his steps. But one look at his new bride, and his mind is changed. Natalie is everything he ever wanted in a woman...so soft, so passionate, so submissive to his every need. An attack on their outpost leaves Roark fighting for his life. For her protection, Natalie is transported back to Earth. Roark thinks she's dead. But she's very much alive and so is his newborn son. Natalie's anger and regret grows with each passing day her mate does not keep his promise to come for her. By the time he discovers his mistake, it may be too late to win back her heart.
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Blog Diva - Monday, January 09, 2017
With five overbearing brothers, Piper Dare must head West to forge her own life. Her trip takes an unexpected turn when she fills in as a mail order bride for a woman she meets on the stage.
Lane Haskins and Spur Drews are stunned by their new bride. A gun toting, foul language spewing redhead is not what they expected. But they don't mind the little wildcat. In fact, they love her instantly.
But their match takes a decided turn and their love—and devotion—is put to a very powerful test.
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Blog Diva - Thursday, December 29, 2016
Kiss the Prince: A Cinderella Story
Ella Miermont's beloved father was executed ten years ago as a traitor to the crown. Despite her noble blood, Ella has been forced to work as a servant in her own home, a slave to her cruel stepmother's whims and the taunts of her stepsisters. But it's the night of the Masquerade Ball, and Ella is determined to pursue pleasure in the arms of a handsome and dominant lover. Just for one magical night.
Prince Dorian of Syrenne is tired of his father's ceaseless matchmaking. When the king tells him he must choose a bride in the next few weeks, Dorian defies him and disguises himself as a servant at the Dungeon Masquerade. There, he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman who submits to his firm hand with a seductive innocence that captures his heart. But all too soon, his lover runs away, leaving nothing behind but a glass slipper and memories of unbridled passion he cannot forget.
Fate seems determined to keep Ella from finding happiness. Her stepmother has promised her to a lecherous old enemy, and once the bride price is paid, she cannot escape that union. Her secret lover, a castle servant named Dorian, has mysteriously disappeared, and besides, there is no hope for a future with him now that she is betrothed. Ella is trying to find a way to escape all her troubles when she stumbles into a plot to kill the Crown Prince. She must forget about Dorian and her own desires, and risk both her life and freedom to stop an innocent man from being murdered – even if he is a member of the royal family who labeled her father a traitor.
But Dorian has been keeping many secrets... and now, his enemies threaten them both.
Welcome to the magical kingdom of Syrenne, where humans coexist with werewolves, vampires, dragons and witches. Where the men are dominant and the women submissive. Where order can only be upheld with the tightest adherence to the laws…
Disclaimer: Kiss The Prince is a magical romance which contains explicit scenes including spanking and elements of BDSM. If such material is likely to offend you, please do not read it. Read More
Michele Callahan - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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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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Blog Diva - Tuesday, March 27, 2018
They're not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.
Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn't. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.
Mariah has a way of getting under Lance's skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won't give in. It's for the best, really, considering there's no way he could lie to a woman like that and he's not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.
These two don't hate each other. They don't really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?
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Ruth West - Monday, March 26, 2018
I’m getting really good at cutting my losses.
First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can’t catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I’m determined to succeed.
That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time . . . practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.
I’m ready to forget the awkward night, yet Noah has no intention of allowing me to move on. Instead, he arranges for me to write a feature on him, ensuring a lot more time together. One embarrassing moment after another, one kiss after another, and before I can stop myself, I realize—I’m falling in love with him.
But when the unthinkable happens, can I even blame him for cutting his losses?
What I wouldn’t give for just one last time . . .
Ruth West - Saturday, January 13, 2018
Julie Martin pulled on Jackson Davenport’s protective urges the minute he stepped outside and saw her go flying off her swing to land in a heap of gangly arms and legs then come up smiling. When he discovered how her parents pressed her into competing in beauty pageants for their own selfish gratification, he took it upon himself to provide her with the friendship the little girl craved. Years later, just when his adult feelings – and body – began to want more from the beautiful young woman she’d grown up to be, Julie moved away to take the modeling world by storm. Jackson’s first encounter with the changes in her personality broke his heart and he severed all ties with her.
Six years later, Julie returns to Jackson a broken woman, unable to cope with the nightmare that changed her life forever. When he discovers her penchant for cutting herself to deal with the fear, he shows her a new side of him she’s never seen before, and a new way to get through the darkness that continues to plague her.
Even though Julie embraces Jackson’s dominant sexuality and the way his painful ministrations work much better at calming her fears, the truth of what happened the night her two friends were murdered stands between them. Will she be able to set aside her guilt to tell him the entire truth, or will she once again lose the only person who can complete her?
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Ruth West - Thursday, December 07, 2017
The feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has nothing on the feud between the Allesandros and the Pascoes.
Alicia Allesandro doesn't know why her father hates Ian's father. She only knows that at his age, if he learns that she is in love with his enemy's son, it would most likely kill him. Ian Pascoe has no idea what lies at the heart of this decades old feud, either. He only knows that his father blames Alicia's father for all the ills that have befallen his family.
But this will not deter these two star-crossed lovers. They are determined to be together—anywhere and anytime. However, it means sneaking around and hiding, which only serves to heighten the excitement of their secret encounters in which Alicia regularly goes over Ian's knee and receives a good, painfully delightful spanking. Fortunately, they have the cold, icy, snowy Northeastern winter weather to help shield them from small town scrutiny, but winter doesn’t last forever and their need is too strong to stop. Can they find a way to be happy together without anyone getting hurt?
Publisher's note: This book is a newly edited and revised version of a book previously published under the same title. This love story contains spanking and sexual scenes.
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Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Arriving home from years abroad, he has no idea of his own celebrity until his boat is met by mobs of screaming ladies. Alaric escapes to his father’s castle, but just as he grasps that he’s not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.
Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. Her love of books and bawdy jokes is purely for the delight of her intimate friends. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper.
Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own . . . until he meets Willa. He’s never lost a battle.
But a spirited woman like Willa isn’t going to make it easy. . . .
The first book in Eloisa James’s dazzling new series set in the Georgian period glows with her trademark wit and sexy charm—and introduces a large, eccentric family. Readers will love the Wildes of Lindow Castle!
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Ruth West - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
When Lady Viola is left at the altar, she feels it is a dream come true. After all, when she turns twenty-one she’ll have an inheritance of her own and will be able to move away from her parents. But the disaster of her engagement doesn’t stop her mother from trying to push her into marriage.
In an effort to thwart her parents’ plans, Viola proposes a scheme to Lord Byron, the fourth son of a duke: act like he is her suitor for six months and she will give him her virtue at the end. But Byron has other ideas. If he is to take part in her plan, he wants to play with her body before the six months are out. After all, there are many things they can do that will keep her virtue intact, and he has many ideas to keep them occupied while they wait for her birthday.
But, as they say, the best laid plans sometimes go awry, and things don’t always turn out as planned. Will Viola and Byron be able to fool everyone with their false courting? Will their arrangement encourage their feelings for each other to grow? Are they both ready to confront and accept any changes in feelings if they occur?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange and explicit scenes. If any of these themes offend you, please do not purchase.
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Ruth West - Thursday, September 07, 2017
When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…
Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
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Ruth West - Wednesday, August 30, 2017
After the death of her father, Leanna Bradley's family in England is facing financial ruin. When Trevor Grayson offers to save them in exchange for marriage, it seems like the answer to her prayers. He is everything she always dreamed of in a husband, and she would gladly give him her heart. But he makes it clear that theirs will be a marriage of convenience, and he warns her not to expect love.
He moves her to his home in Virginia, taking her away from the world she knows. The civil war had taken its toll and his beautiful plantation has now been restored to its luxurious beauty.
Leanna could be very happy there, if not for a certain person from her new husband's past.
Trevor has found the ideal wife in Leanna but he has never recovered after his fiancée left him to elope with another man. He has no intention of allowing a woman to hurt him again. But he soon finds that he cannot resist Leanna's unselfish devotion, and he discovers that his heart is more at risk than ever before.
As they struggle to build trust and lay the foundation for a happy future, his past comes back to haunt them. Trevor must find the courage to show Leanna how much he loves her or he may lose her forever.
Publisher's Note: An action filled, steamy romance, this book contains explicit scenes and the stern disciplining of an adult female.
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Ruth West - Wednesday, April 04, 2018
First the floods consumed the Earth.
Then the Syndicate took everything from me.
My childhood, my first love—my humanity.
No thanks to Peter—my backstabbing best friend—I escaped. But only after I was forced to shoot James, the boy I've loved for years.
Now the Syndicate's cruel experiments have intensified. They will do anything to replicate the abilities they forced on us. To take them down and get James back, I have to trust Peter. After what he did, I don't know if that's possible.
The Syndicate might control the waters of the NeverSea, but they won't control me.
NeverSea is a dystopian fantasy packed with action, romance, and a sci-fi / fairy tale twist. Readers who enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles and Red Queen will love this epic young adult series.
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Ruth West - Thursday, March 29, 2018
There is no action without consequence.
Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, Dani is tough and hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, and driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give to those she cares for the peace she has never known.
There is no power without price.
When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences—and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of Hell on Earth.
There is no future without sacrifice.
With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world, but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race. And no one—not even Ryodan, who would move the very stars for her—can save her this time. Read More
Ruth West - Wednesday, March 28, 2018
In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs "spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well" (USATODAY.com). Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other--one that lurks too close to home...
They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok's pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.
With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf--but can't stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills--his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker--to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn... Read More
Ruth West - Wednesday, December 06, 2017
An Interview with Miranda Nichols, author of Immortal Sleepers.
How did you find your love of writing?
Writing for me has always been my hobby. I’m one of those people who don’t really like firm endings. I like for stories to continue on forever. So I often find myself dreaming up scenarios of what happened after the credits roll or the last page is turned. Then sometimes those continuations evolve into new stories with new characters and new settings and become an entirely new world for me to immerse myself and my readers in.
Did you have any big influences from other authors or even family members?
I draw inspiration from a lot of places so it’s hard for me to give credit to any one person. I’ve garnered a lot of support over the years from my Mom and other family members. I give a lot of credit to my agent, Stephanie Hansen, for pushing me to get my work out there for people to read.
Your characters seem so lifelike, were they made from examples in your life?
My personality is the type that makes it easy for me to relate to and understand other people. This helps a lot during character development. I have a general idea of how my characters think and what their values are. The entire character gets flushed out during the writing process as they react to the situations I put them in. I never really know how things are going to go until they happen, sometimes it’s even a surprise to me. That’s what makes the writing process exciting for me!
Is there anything you want to say to your readers that you haven’t yet had a chance to say?
Please buy my book when it comes out on January 29th! I always appreciate hearing when people enjoy my writing so reviews are always appreciated! And thank you in advance for your support!
Is there anything in the works for you? More books?
Yes, Blood Awakening is the first of the Immortal Sleepers series for which I have a total of twelve books planned. I am currently working on book two in the series, Awakened in Flame. There is a preview for this story at the end of Blood Awakening so be sure to check it out!
Ruth West - Thursday, November 02, 2017
Abducted by alien slavers and taken to a lawless desert world, the last thing starship pilot Mia expects is to find herself in the protective, brawny arms of a wild, blue-skinned alien.
Rescued by gladiators on the alien world of Carthago, Mia is working to find other abducted humans who are still lost. But someone else also needs her help--the untamed alien who's saved her twice. Rescued from vicious fight rings he's fought in since he was a child, Vek is prone to losing control in aggressive fits of rage...and Mia discovers that she is the only who can calm him. As she finds herself drawn to the man beneath the beast, she knows that with his enhanced senses, Vek can help her find her friends.
For years, all Vek'ker has known is death, darkness, and killing. Despite his newfound freedom, he is struggling to control his rages and withdrawal from the drugs his captors used on him. Only one scent soothes him, one voice calms him, and one woman is his light in the dark. Vek will do anything to protect Mia and make her happy...including vowing to find her friends.
With the gladiators from the House of Galen, Vek and Mia follow mysterious clues into a dangerous part of the desert on the trail of the missing humans. They are drawn closer together but as they enter the deadly Illusion Mountains, they have no idea of the dangers lying in wait for them, or how far they will both be pushed to their limits in order to survive.
Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a a wild blue alien and a small, tough woman from Earth). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!
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Ruth West - Friday, September 01, 2017
Joseph Ingram made the mistake of stealing from me—four million dollars. He took my intelligence without paying for it. And thought he could get away with it.
Now I’ll take something from him—something irreplaceable.
But even when Joseph doubles the amount of money he owes me, I don’t give her up.
Nope. I have an image to maintain.
So I keep her.
And I’m not giving her up.
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Ruth West - Saturday, August 26, 2017
At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she’s channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice…and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found.
When Riley gets a call from the only man who’s ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile—ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming—it stirs up dark memories. Thayne’s sister, Cheyenne, has been kidnapped. There are no leads, and the only witness is the victim’s Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother.
Desperate to find Cheyenne, Thayne needs Riley’s expertise. With time running short, they delve into dangerous small-town secrets while fighting against an increasingly ruthless adversary. But when her past and his present collide in a shocking revelation, can they overcome the secrets that have kept them apart?
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Ruth West - Friday, August 11, 2017
After watching his wife die in his arms, former police detective Lincoln Hill never forgot the promise he whispered to her as she drew her last breath. The promise to find their missing daughter, Emma Hill. The daughter he’d never known. The daughter being held captive by a powerful man serving his first term as the mayor of London, England.
Determined to get his daughter back—with more rage in his veins than blood—Linc snatches the mayor’s wife, Mia Ali, at a fundraising event for his re-election campaign. Linc’s terms are straightforward: Emma for Mia. A simple exchange.
At least, it had felt simple.
It had felt simple until he laid eyes on Mia’s gorgeous face for the first time. Until he laid hands on her supple, voluptuous body. Until she laid her hands on his body too—a body that hadn’t been touched by a woman in six long years—lighting fire to his skin with the softness of her warm, nimble fingers. Lighting fire to every inch of him until his bones nearly melted away with the burning need to be inside her.
No matter how beautiful his captive, however—or how deep the attraction—Linc refuses to get addicted to the ebony goddess he’s snatched.
When it comes time to make the exchange, losing Mia is the only option…
Or it might be a fight to the death.
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Ruth West - Sunday, August 06, 2017
Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.
In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.
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Ruth West - Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Will he be the hero that saves us from my mistake?
On the run, with no one to turn to.
I’m doing all I can to stay alive, protect myself, and my little boy.
I left everything behind, determined to start over and give my child a normal life.
I have rules. Rules I have to follow. Rules that keep me alive.
1. Keep my head down.
2. Keep life simple.
3. Trust no one.
That definitely includes retired ex-military, Navy Seal Jonah Bradford. He’s completely off limits.
It doesn’t matter if he wakes up the woman inside of me.
I can’t be that woman anymore. No matter how much he makes me wish I could.
Giving up my career to run the family business wasn’t an easy decision. Once a SEAL, always an SEAL.
Yet, I’ve adjusted. I like my life, but something is missing.
One look at the freckle-faced beauty working at the local diner and I know exactly what it is.
But, I’m alive today by following my instincts and everything about Ally is setting off alarm bells that scream she’s in trouble.
I don’t care. I want her.
The problem is she won’t give me the time of day.
That’s okay. I like a challenge.
I just have to uncover all of her secrets and end the fear that keeps shining in her eyes.
Operation Ally is underway.
True Hero is a standalone romantic suspense novel and part of the True Hearts Series with no cliffhanger and no cheating. It features a sexy ex-military alpha male Hero, a realistic fiery heroine who over comes an abusive past, who just might stumble their way into a happily ever after.
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Blog Diva - Sunday, February 08, 2015
Inspirational Romance is by far my favorite genre in which to write. A perfect example of this is in my novella (the title piece) of my book Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories. My publisher actually gave me the challenge of writing a story to go with a title that she had come up with, Finding Christmas Love. To my delight, my imagination began working overtime, conjuring up a wonderful holiday-focused storyline that would incorporate all of the elements (recurring themes) that I weave throughout my sweet romances. Specifically, love, family, tradition, hope and faith.
In Finding Christmas Love, my protagonist Holly Carlyle is only twenty-two years old, but has faced her share of tragic events that have molded the person that she is today. Having spent her early years up until age eight at the family’s Vermont farmhouse on the property comprising their family’s Christmas tree business, lovingly named, Christmas Tree Farm, Holly’s father moved them to Boston after his wife died. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 25, 2014
A Guide to Edwardian Courtship
By Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall
When eighteen-year-old Kate Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society her main goal is to meet the right young man and secure a marriage proposal by the end of the season. Her overbearing aunt insists her future husband must be a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father's title and estate. When Kate meets Edward Wellington she think he may be the man she has been looking for. But as she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London's East End, Kate’s not sure which man should win her heart.
Kate has spent months preparing for the season and learning all that’s expected of her. Understanding the “rules of courtship” for men and women was part of her training. Here is some of the interesting advice given to guide young men and women during courtship in the Edwardian Era in England.
1. When walking with a lady, the gentleman takes the protective position closest to the street. Leave her the inner side of the pavement. – Beadle’s Dime Book of Etiquette
2. No gentleman should permit a lady, whom he likes, but does not love, to mistake for one hour the nature and object of his intentions. Women may have some excuse for coquetry; but a man has none. – The Illustrated Manners Book Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, September 21, 2014
Julian clenched his hands into fists. Beat up, broken bones... Sophia Montgomery looked like a discarded doll. And now, he’d had to rip out the only bright light left in her life. He knew it was all part of the job, but this time . . . well, this time, it stung.
“I’m so sorry, Sophia.” The apology sounded lame to his own ears.
She looked like a stone statue, wrapped in gauze in places and looking like she’d gone twelve rounds with the heavyweight champion. That she was even alive was a miracle and able to communicate was beyond belief.
Julian faced Alena Borin, Sophia’s grandmother who she didn’t recognize. He needed to remember she’d lost her daughter on top of nearly losing her granddaughter. Sophia’s road to recovery would be long and trying. He put on what he’d perfected as his reassuring smile and held up one finger. “Just one more moment, please.”
He turned back to Sophia. “Your grandmother is back. Do you recognize her now?” Maybe she’d just been confused. Some of the pain medications she took could make anybody loopy. Add to that the trauma she’d endured, and a recipe for blocking things had been built. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, August 24, 2014
An excerpt from Home to Chicory Lane:
Landyn Spencer craned her neck to check the Interstate traffic behind her in the rearview mirror. But all she could see was the U-Haul trailer she was pulling. The extended mirrors on the behemoth were smeared with a dozen hours of rain and dust.
New York was thirteen hours behind her, and with the sun finally coming up she realized she was on familiar territory.
She’d left the city after ten last night, starting out on only four hours of sleep. She’d been watching the lit up Empire State Building fade into the skyline in her rearview mirror, and not until she’d passed through the Lincoln Tunnel and come out on the New Jersey side, had she finally allowed herself tears.
That was a mistake. She’d been crying ever since. But enough. She had to get hold of herself before she got home. She swiped at damp cheeks, took a deep breath, and steadied her gaze on the road in front of her. If her eyes got any more swollen, she’d have to pull the Honda over. And if she did that, chances were good the stupid thing wouldn’t start again. Then she’d really be up the Hudson without a paddle. Besides, right now, she just wanted to put the past––and Chase Spencer––as far behind her as she could. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, July 06, 2014
The Life I’m Living and the Life I’m Observing
I’m a lot like you. Average in so many ways. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, neighbor, friend ... and writer. Perhaps the last descriptor is what makes me different from most people. Yet the life I’m living and the life I’m observing are much the same. I’m always looking for story, the perfect characters, the tension-filled plot, the setting that fights my protagonist’s goals, the balance of emotion and symbolism, witty dialogue, and a novel better than I’ve ever written before.
I write suspense. That means I look at the world through the eyes of my imagination—and possible crime. Nothing is ever as it seems. People, events, situations all have the potential to leap onto the pages of a book with lots of yummy stress and conflict. Story ideas jump at me like mosquitoes in summer. Instead of using bug spray, I look for ways to draw them tighter and force them to react and respond.
I hear part of a conversation and twist it into a crime or a victim’s response. I see people interacting and wonder if someone is in danger. I focus on media reports, and “what-if” sparks a story idea. Read More
Ruth West - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Hell knows no fury like a Master scorned…
James abandons his failed attempts to woo his beautiful coworker, unleashing dark passions he’s kept hidden from the world. Taking Kelsey by force, he will compel her through sexual torture and brutal domination to succumb to his sadistic demands.
Imprisoned in his secluded cabin, Kelsey has no choice but to become James’ obedient submissive, even as she edges precariously close to the brink of madness. There’s got to be someone out there still searching for her, and it’s that hope that keeps her alive…
Previously titled: Claiming Kelsey
Claimed is a Dark Obsession Series novel. Erotic non-con that’s not for the faint of heart. Read only if you dare.
Available on Blushing Books
Ruth West - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
When journalist Sandy Ebelson decides she needs a breakout story to advance her career, where does she set her ambitious eye? Why, on the Castle, an infamous BDSM resort that has plagued her small town for years. Sneaking inside is only as difficult as buying a ticket and filling out a fake application, but when Sandy finds herself matched to ex-military masters Eric and Reeve, carrying out her investigation grows quickly more complicated.
Especially when it comes to Master Reeve, whose rough touch and dark authority make her body respond in ways she’s not at all prepared to understand. Sandy will do anything to get her story, and that includes pretending to be his submissive. What she doesn’t yet know is how much of what she’s doing is really ‘let’s pretend’ and how much is the real her, giving her heart to a man she has every intention of betraying.
Publisher’s Note: Like all the other stories in the Masters of the Castle series, this contemporary romance can be enjoyed as a standalone. It contains elements of power exchange, explicit language, and MFM ménage scenes.
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Ruth West - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Just 99 cents
Janys has been sent to research the archaic customs on Demeter. Slipping out after curfew, she was attempting to spy on a men's gathering when she was caught and, fearful of causing interplanetary problems, the Ambassador refuses to intervene.
Janys is charged with a serious crime, one that could lead to exile on the prison planet of Kollent. Worse, she has no defense – she is a trained sociologist, well familiar with the laws. But she does have some friends on Demeter, and one of them proposes a solution that's likely to save her life: marriage. Once married to a Demetrian man, Janys will be under his control – and correction. Seeing this as her only hope, she agrees.
But what has she agreed to? The Demetrian society believes in strict, severe corporal punishment. She quickly finds herself subject not only to her husband, but to her mother-in-law, for that is the custom of the land. Then an opportunity to escape presents itself. Dare she take it?
Publisher's Note: This full-length science-fiction romance is intended for adults only. It contains explicit themes and power exchange.
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Ruth West - Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Elizabeth “Lizzie” von Klepper has a problem of mythic proportions—she’s the oldest virgin in the world. Invited to perform on Pleasure Island with her best friend, she devises a plan to seduce Solomon, and rid herself of her infernal status. They’d shared a knock your socks into orbit kiss a year ago and that had to count for something, right?
Solomon Ventura adores his best friend, Lizzie. She’s been his best friend since their humble beginnings at Julliard, but deep down he’s yearned for her. And ever since he tasted her, a stolen kiss he’d not been able to forget, he cannot seem to stop his mind from conjuring up myriad fantasies with Lizzie in the staring role. But he’s not the man for her. She’s light where he is dark and his brand of love would shatter the only woman he’s ever cared about.
After a heated exchange, they strike a bargain, and give in to the temptation the other presents. Except as Solomon capitulates to his desire for Lizzie, he worries that now that he has sampled her seductive charms, he cannot remain unaffected. Can Solomon return to just being Lizzie’s friend at the week’s end? Or will their days filled with music and nights suffused with earth shattering seduction destroy them both?
Available on Amazon
Ruth West - Thursday, October 26, 2017
Emmie has spent her life pampered, sheltered, and mostly unaware of just how bad things are inside and outside of the city that she calls home. A place where the rich and powerful can do anything they want. But when reality comes knocking, Emmie doesn't stay and fight, she runs.
After fleeing the city in the dead of night, Emmie expected the hazards of the forest, but she never thought she would run into real danger or be brutally taken by one of the men banished outside the city walls. She never thought she would be tied up and forced to submit to the rules of their society, and she never planned to find herself kneeling before their leader - no matter how gorgeous he was.
Lucian has spent most of his adult life figuring out how to protect those banished by the corrupt men inside the city, but when he meets Emmie, he doesn't just want to keep her safe... he wants to claim her. Body and soul. But once he does, and she despises him for it, how can he possibly show her how good life can be in their world? And how can he show her that a good life might be possible with him?
'Taken by the Enemy' takes readers on a dark journey of discovery where the truths that Emmie has held close since she was a child are turned inside out. The enemy she's been raised to fear might just be her future, and Lucian's people may just be the ones who can save them all.
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Ruth West - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.
Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.
Talk about unhappily ever after.
Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called "Kansas." Now it's up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse...before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.
Available on Amazon
Ruth West - Friday, December 08, 2017
My existence is illegal.
In a world that is barren
And children are conceived through IVF
Love is forbidden.
Marriage is determined by the government
And I discovered on my wedding day
That I was conceived naturally.
The government wants me dead.
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Ruth West - Sunday, September 10, 2017
In Illaria, there is a fate worse than death.
As long as I can remember, I’ve been taught to fear the Necromancer King. He controls the kingdom of Illaria with dark sorcery and the constant threat of his undead army. I never thought I’d have reason to cross his path. Everything changed the day his guards tried to kill me. That’s when I found out my whole life has been a lie. By joining a resistance group called the White Ravens, I’ve claimed new roles. Princess of Illaria, sorceress in training, and threat to the Necromancer King.
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Ruth West - Monday, August 28, 2017
Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt
Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths.
There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary.
Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little.
Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…
Available on Amazon
Ruth West - Saturday, August 12, 2017
Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.
Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she's done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There's only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.
Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.
Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally's best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He'd do anything for Sal--even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she's "more than pretty," and expertly kissing her at parties.
The problem: Sally's been in love with Becks all her life--and he's completely clueless.
This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:
Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?
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Blog Diva - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The technique whereby a person’s beliefs, or what they think they know to be true, are altered. People have been suspending disbelief ever since they could communicate. A hominid embellishing the story of taking down his prey; a tribal elder keeping alive the tale of his peoples’ origins; or a sixteenth century actor and playwright whose famous Sonnet 18 - compares a lady to a summer’s day. All edging out what our senses, or common sense, tells us is true.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, nineteenth century poet and philosopher used the term “a semblance of truth.” So if you tell me the hero of a contemporary romance lived in a building with four walls made of uncontained water, I would have to take my business elsewhere. Or not. True, it’s a contemporary romance and not sci-fi or paranormal, but maybe the hero is a scientist on the cutting edge of force field technology. Maybe the contemporary romance has elements that bleed into other sub-genres. Convince me.
Some writers assume since they are writing fiction, it’s the reader’s responsibility to use his or her imagination when given a scenario that falls outside the realm of the five senses or the world of physics. The responsibility, as I see it, lies with the writer. He or she lays the groundwork, and if they’ve done a credible job, the reader suspends disbelief. Read More
Blog Diva - Sunday, February 02, 2014
Whether you write suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, or erotic romance, the same five rules apply across all sub-genres to make your readers fall in love with your book and your characters.
Rule One: No matter what sub-genre you write, romance is the central theme. Suspense and thrills keep readers turning the pages and historical and paranormal details are fascinating, but that’s not what you’re writing about. Not really.
You’re writing about characters twisting and stumbling their way toward love.
According to the 2012 Romance Book Consumer survey, the top reason for readers to buy your romance is the story (Bowker). Those ups and downs your characters experience in their relationship are the reason that reader picked up or downloaded your book. So no matter how many action scenes you have, what your character does for a day job or how big a part your hero’s pet plays in the plot, romance is the only thing that matters. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Thanks for having me today. I’ve been asked how I get followers. I have about 24,000 followers right now on Twitter. Now I doubt very seriously that all of them are readers of my books, though I would say that about 90 percent of them (my guess, no hard data) are readers of fiction. Why would I say that, well because of where they came from. Read on.
I’m going to use myself as the example in my instructions. This is how you build your Twitter followers. First you need to get rid of all those who you are following but they are not following you back. To do this you need to “flush” them away.
I use Tweepi to do this. You can find them at www.Tweepi.com. Make sure you are signed into Twitter before you go to Tweepi. Then I sign in and do the “flush” option. Just before writing this post, I flushed 161 people who weren’t following me. It took me less than a minute. This leaves me more room to find those who will follow me back. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, January 20, 2014
Book Covers are the FIRST thing people see about your book. The first thing. In a library or online, it's what pulls a reader to your story. Am I one of those people who choose a book by its cover? ABSOLUTELY!
I stand in the New Fiction section of my library and will pick up a book to read the blurb if, and only if, I like the cover. Sometimes I'll pick up the book because the cover is so bad. I'll stare at it amazed it got through the publishing process with something so terrible. And you know there's a book or two out there like that. I know you've seen them yourselves.
I'm breaking down this blog into several parts because there's so much to say about a great book cover. Why am I an expert? Some of you know me from RomCon stuff like blogs, the convention, etc. I'm also the main book cover designer for the Pre-Made Book Cover store and also do all of RomCon's custom cover work. I have a degree in Graphic Design and over twenty years of design experience. This isn't meant as self-promotion (because I'm really not that exciting), but gives a little bit of background why I know what I'm talking about. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, January 13, 2014
Are You A Lazy Writer?
Okay, I know you're now on a diet and exercising to lose those holiday pounds. So what about your mind? Have you exercised your mind lately? Have you stretched yourself as a writer or have you gotten lazy.
Recently, I received a rejection letter that not only said I was using the "same old" plot devices, but that my writing was repetitive. Hmmm...that was a new one. Yes, I admit I used the "same old" plot devices, mistaken identity, etc...but this publishing house is known for wanting the same ole same ole. I tried to write something they would want...I should have put a Cowboy instead of a doctor and they probably would have bought it.
But the repetitive part made me think about my writing. I also read a new author and her sentences jumped off the page at me, and I immediately knew mine didn't do that. Hmmm...I contemplated, have I become a lazy writer? Am I just putting the words down on the page trying to reach the end? Read More