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Let Love In by Melissa Collins is .99 this weekend only! Proceeds go to charity! #Isupportmentalhealthawareness

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✩★✩★NOW ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS✩★✩★ Contemporary M/M from author Melissa Collins Discover why readers are saying ‪#‎LetLoveLive‬ left them breathless, emotionally sated and an emotional wreck in the best way. ‪#‎MelissaCollins‬ #‎MustRead‬ ‪#‎StandAlone‬ ‪#‎1ClickItTODAY‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

All proceeds raised over the weekend sale will be donated to The Keith Milano Memorial Fund. Information on this charity can be found here at www.keithmilano.org This charity was established by Denise at Shh Mom’s Reading, a well-established name in the blogging / author community, to raise funds and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

Synopsis: Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a STANDALONE. Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered? For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago. Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona – tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough – a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin. Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan’s long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

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The Nightlife in San Antonio (The Nightlife Series) by Travis Luedke

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Author: Travis Luedke

Series: The Nightlife Series

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance/Vampires

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: June 9th 2014

Edition: eBook with Print Coming Soon

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Vampires, Mafia & Mayhem:

The Nightlife San Antonio is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

All she wanted was to escape the police. All he wanted was to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for.

 

EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a Mexican mafia shootout. He can’t explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later and then ducks the San Antonio police and the Feds. Well, the hot sex might have something to do with it.

 

She needed to hide. With no memory of even her name, she didn’t know from who. She only knew she wasn’t safe.

 

Adrian soon learns she is much more than a damsel in distress, and he’s stuck with her. It isn’t long before the past she cannot remember begins to catch up with them both…

 

THE NIGHTLIFE SAN ANTONIO is a non-stop thrill ride through the shadowy borderworld of mafia politics and vampires – and sex.

 

Grab your copy of this urban fantasy romance today!

 

The Nightlife Series novels are Adult Paranormal Romance ~ Urban Fantasy Thriller:

 

#1 THE NIGHTLIFE NEW YORK

#2 THE NIGHTLIFE LAS VEGAS

#3 THE NIGHTLIFE PARIS

#4 BLOOD SLAVE

#5 THE NIGHTLIFE LONDON

#6 THE NIGHTLIFE SERIES OMNIBUS (Books 1-4)

#7 THE NIGHTLIFE SAN ANTONIO

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Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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Book Spotlight featuring Cassandra Carr’s Scorin’ on the Fourth of July

Scorin on the Fourth

Scorin’ on the Fourth of July

A Red Hot and Boom story

 

CASSANDRA CARR

Blurb:  After Mikael signs a free agent contract with the Buffalo Storm professional hockey team, he finds himself agreeing to a part of a charity hockey tournament taking place over the Fourth of July weekend. While there, he meets Terri, the goaltender who recently backstopped the US women’s hockey team to a gold medal. He’s instantly enamored, both by her skill and her beauty, and sets out to learn more about her.
While Mikael has a brand-new life in Buffalo, Terri fears that to be able to continue playing her beloved hockey she’ll have to leave the area, possibly going far away if that’s what it takes to find a professional team willing to take a chance on a female goaltender. She likes Mikael, but fears becoming involved and then having to leave him.
Both Mikael and Terri are facing turning points in their career and must decide if love is worth it or if they’ll leave their passion on the ice.
Break out the fireworks and get ready to kick off your summer with this HOT new collection of stories. Scorin’ on the Fourth of July is part of the Red Hot and BOOM multi-author series (each story stands alone for reading enjoyment).
NOTE: This story is also part of the Buffalo Storm series.

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Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions/Twenty or Less Press, Decadent Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Currently Cassandra also serves as president of Western New York Romance Writers.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, “like” her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.

 

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Excerpt from Bound by Jason Walker w/a Rafflecopter giveaway!

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By Jason Walker

 

Blurb: A BDSM Relationship can be the most intense of a person’s life and, the most trusting and loving.

 

Bound by leather, and unable to move, twenty-three-year-old Haley instinctively knows that tonight she and her Dominant Jerrod are about to share something very special.

 

With her sexual anticipation mounting by the second, her mind travels back to the first time she met this incredible sexual being. To say that Jerrod has changed her life is an understatement, because this most beautiful and charismatic of men has made her truly come alive for the first time.

 

She loves Jerrod to the point of adoration, and even when she challenges the boundaries he sets for her, he disciplines her with a dominant kindness that often brings her close to tears.

 

Will Jerrod take their relationship to the next level? And if he does, is Haley willing to be guided by her beautiful Master?

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Authors Bio:
Beginning his writing career in the 1980s, Jason Walker has 10 Novels and multiple short stories in print, and has won awards and accolades for his work. Exploring the various aspects of sexuality, and the interactions between people, have been a subject of interest for his entire adult life.

 

Married over 20 years, Jason was widowed in 2008. In addition to writing, Jason was a professional broadcaster for many years, and now uses those skills for audio production with a professional studio in his home.

 

Being over a “certain age”, Jason has developed a thick skin and a new openness to feedback, both positive and “constructive”. He welcomes e-mails and other contacts about his writing, and virtually anything else.

 

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Giveaway: Luminosity Publishing is giving away one digital copy of the book, in whatever format the winner would prefer.

 

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Excerpt:

 

It seemed that the harder she pulled against the restraints, the tighter they felt and the more she enjoyed it. Haley was truly bound, and her pleasure, her very existence, felt as if for him alone. Sitting prone in the center of the large room, she could only rely on her hearing and sense of smell to gain any hint of what was happening around her. The blindfold was the first piece in place and promised to be the last removed.

 

Before they began, Haley helped Jerrod remove his shoes. Now she searched the air with her ears for the sound of soft footfalls near or approaching. She had heard her man walk from the room after clicking the wrist restraints into place. Now the quiet was thunderous.

The blindfold had been first, but soon after that was the wide leather collar that kept Haley from bending her head too far forward. Jerrod had placed the bands next. The wide leather straps were wound around her chest and down to her waist. Separate, individual leather bindings were pulled into place on her legs, one around each thigh, and one around each ankle. She was unsure if they were connected as her Master had pushed her to her knees without allowing further movement. The process had taken close to an hour, a glorious, sensual hour for her.

What Haley considered odd was the fact that Jerrod had insisted that she was fully dressed before beginning. Her Master had carefully chosen her outfit, and an old white blouse, tattered jeans and undergarments now pressed against her skin by the restraints he had since applied to her. The cold steel of handcuffs clasped around her wrists and had clicked into place behind her back as the final act of preparation. But preparations for what? She had no idea but had agreed. She was nervous, even a little scared, but her arousal felt palpable.

She perceptibly flinched when Jerrod suddenly spoke. “My love, this night will be filled with pleasures and surprises. I have considered what I know of you, and a few things you may not have even realized about yourself. I plan to act on several of these things. Do you understand and wish to proceed?”

Haley trusted Jerrod completely, and simply nodded her agreement.

Lengthy discussions had preceded this night. There had even been a few test runs, and Haley found each one more exciting and satisfying than the last. Jerrod knew what his sub was willing to do, able to tolerate, wanted to try, and absolutely would not do. She trusted her Master, and knew with all her soul that he would not violate her wishes, while violating her. She wanted her boundaries pushed and in some cases broken, but she also did not want a few very specific things. Being specific was the paramount rule for him when they decided to enter into this special relationship. It had taken her a week to come up with her list of nevers, sometimes, and oftens. He laughed when he looked at the list she had made.
“The only thing on here that matter are the nevers. If it is a sometimes, or an often…well, those are the same thing.”

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Cover Reveal of Misdeeds by Kathryn Kelly w/Rafflecopter giveaway!

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Misdeeds is the follow up to Misunderstood. Misunderstood is the beginning of Johnnie and Kendall’s rocky road to their HEA. Misdeeds continues their rocky road to the HEA they deserve. You can read Misunderstood as a stand alone then Misdeeds, but you don’t want to miss out on the rest of this great series. If you haven’t tried the Death Dwellers MC series, please check it out book 1 is Misled.

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Misdeeds Blurb
John “Johnnie” Donovan is determined to make his relationship work with Kendall Miller, the attorney he met during his cousin’s birthday party. Before he can move on with his future, however, he still has loose ends to tie up from the past in the person of a rival MC’s president who is also Kendall’s ex-boyfriend. As Johnnie tries to balance his club life and personal life, another tragedy forces him to make a choice between the two. Will Johnnie be able to live with the choices he makes?

Kendall Miller is trying to pick up the pieces of her life in the wake of her ex-boyfriend’s assault. She’s ready to move on with her life and the man of her dreams, the sexy VP of the Death Dwellers MC. She demands his complete attention and isn’t willing to share her man with all the baggage of the MC. She doesn’t want to be an afterthought to him nor does she want to live her life in the midst of the clubhouse, especially with the competition taking place between Kendall and the club president’s wife. Then, catastrophe strikes and Kendall’s life is once again altered. Can she and Johnnie have a future together or has their love been doomed from the beginning?

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The Payment Series by Cassandra Carr

The Payment Series by Cassandra Carr

The Payment Series

CASSANDRA CARR

Prized: The Payment series, part 1Prized

After agreeing to a one-year term of service with a benefactor who can pay her debt, Catrina Carter begins training in how to please a man. But will a benefactor be willing to spend such an astronomical sum—one hundred and fifty thousand dollars—just to have her for a year? She’s about to find out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possessed: The Payment series, part 2Possessed

Jared, Catrina’s “benefactor”, has agreed to pay off her debt in exchange for one year of service to him. In addition to taking his own pleasure with her, Jared offers Catrina to friends, colleagues, and even total strangers on his whim. But it’s not all fun and pleasure for Jared. As part of the agreement, he’s tasked with helping Catrina get her life back on track. He’ll succeed even if he has to spank every piece of financial information into her, and he finds he just might have to do that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PurgatoryPurgatory: The Payment series, part 3

Catrina has finished her year-long term of service to Jared, her benefactor, who paid all her debt off. Now she’s on her own again. Will she be able to keep the lessons Jared literally spanked into her topmost in her mind, or will old habits rear their designer heads?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author bio

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions/Twenty or Less Press, Decadent Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Currently Cassandra also serves as president of Western New York Romance Writers.

For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, “like” her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.

 

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What Harlie’s Summer Plans are or not

 

Please?

Please?

 

*reposted from Sweet N Sexy Divas*

 

I’m so boring right now.  Between baseball games/practice, getting my 3rd grader to not have an anxiety attack over a state mandated test and life in general…yes, I’m boring.

I used to not be boring.  My 20’s were wild as hell.  A sometime marvel at how I manage to survive them at times.  At 47, I look back now and realize that my 20’s were a romance book.  But without the HEA…just a HFN.  Some people have asked me to write a book about it but I promised my brother that I wouldn’t until after our parents are buried.  They don’t need to know just how wild I was.  I was considered the good kid.  Never got in trouble, went to church, taught Sunday School, never missed a family event.  Underneath all that, yep, I was wild. 

The stories I could tell about hanging out with the regional rock bands of the 90’s in the Dallas music scene.  Yes, ladies and gents…it would make your toes curl.  Plus, just not at this time.  Yes, hanging out with Zak Wyde from Ozzy’s band, watching my friends from Drowning Pool finally make it and then the lead singer and friend of mine dying of a weak heart.  The stories I could tell you about Pantera.  Yep, lots of stories.  Great guys but I couldn’t hang.  LOL! 

Why am I telling you this right now?  Well a couple of reasons.  The biggest is that I’m writing again.  I know, shocker.  I’m taking the summer off from reviewing (still blogging and promoting) to finish some stuff that I’ve started.  This is what I have to finish:

1.  An anthology call for a publisher.  Its a Bad Boy story at least 5k.  So far, I’ve written 2k and my hero/heroine haven’t had sex yet.  Word count limit is 12k.  Woot!  Oh and the hero might be a “bad boy” but the heroine is the one that takes the lead in the bedroom.

2.  Finish the outline to a YA/NA crossover series.  I’ve outlined book #1 (YA/high school).  Book #2 is the college based book (mature YA) and then the NA after college story.  Need to finish the last one and polish the second one.  Hint:  these books are semi-autobiographical.  At least the first one is and the characters are based on real people that I grew up with.  *sigh*  Nothing worked out, so this is my way of making it work out.  LOL!  But I will tell you, the hero and heroine stay the same.  Each book will be able to stand alone. 

3.  Finish a short romantic suspense w/paranormal elements.  I’ve waited too long to NOT finish it.  Think Andrew Dice Clay (don’t judge) as the hero as an angel.  Yes, as an angel.  But he doesn’t smoke (much) or treat women like dirt.  ;)  But he does drive a 1985 Black Trans Am with t-tops. 

4.  If I have time, write some on the small town contemporary that has some people interested.  This one is a tough one for me.  It deals with my uncle’s death and the fallout but with different occupations.  I’ve already cried during one scene.

So there you have it.  What I planned for the summer in terms of writing.  Yes, reviewing has to take a backseat.  I can’t be put under that much calendar restraint right now.  I don’t have an assistant anymore, just me so it was a decision that I had to make. 

Meanwhile back in Lindale…Only 4 more weeks of regular baseball and then the month of June is All Star baseball.  Yes, baseball takes over from February until the end of June. 

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Book Blast of Rapt (An Erotica Tale) by Laurel Cremant

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By Laurel Cremant

 

 

Blurb: Jessica Sinclair has spent the last year tip toeing around her new boss Lucas Wright. She wants him and he knows it, but she has no intention of giving into temptation. She’s always enjoyed a little pain with her pleasure, but she never thought denial could feel so good. Every meeting drives her to a sexual edge and yet they’ve never shared a simple kiss. Resisting him has become a delicious game.

Lucas Wright has enjoyed playing the waiting game with Jessica. The sadist in him enjoys every quip and parry they share. But every man has his limits and he’s officially reached his. He’d never thought that he would find his perfect match in a woman as stubborn as Jessica, but every teasing encounter has convinced him it’s time to put an end to their games and show her just how sweet surrender can be.

 

 

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“You remember,” he said now with a smile.

“What exactly am I supposed to be remembering?” she asked.

“That I’m an incredibly observant man,” he said.

She remained silent.

“Nothing to say?” he asked.

Licking her lips, she shook her head.

“Excellent.”

He leaned forward in his seat, resting his elbows on his knees, the hand holding his drink dangling down his leg.

“Show me,” he said.

His husky demand rocked her. Did she dare?

“We can always not play,” he said at her hesitation.

No!

Her heart lurched at that possibility. As much as their new game challenged her, she didn’t want it to end. Instead, she licked her lips and held his gaze. It wasn’t difficult. When he was near she remained caught in a strange web of want and greedy expectation controlled only by him.

She unfolded her arms and placed her hands at her sides, curling her fingers tight into her palms. The small bite of her nails digging into her skin helped ground her. Slowly, she uncrossed her legs and pressed her knees tightly together.

His gaze didn’t flicker downward to look, the golden flecks in his eyes seemed to glow and held her transfixed.

“Show me,” he said again.

Taking a deep shaky breath, she unfurled her fingers and clenched the smooth satin of her skirt before pulling it up her thighs, inch by inch before settling the bunched material at her hips.

“More.”

At his husky demand, she spread her legs open, exposing her secret to him, feeling the cool caress of air drift over her naked sex. His gaze didn’t waver—it didn’t dip down to see what she offered to him.

“Perfect. Now isn’t that better?”

She nodded at a loss for words. She did feel better. Something about exposing herself to him—of them both being fully aware of her eagerness to please ratcheted up her need to another notch.

“Good,” he said. “I remember that day so clearly. It was the first time I’ve ever seen you so distracted. Your eyes were glassy and bright. But you know what tipped me off to your naughty little secret?” he asked.

She licked her lips unsure of how to answer.

“You kept squirming in your chair crossing and uncrossing your legs and every now and then you would let out a sexy sigh. That’s when I knew and I wanted to see how long you could last like that. What it would take to break you? That was the day I realized we’d both been playing the same game all along.”

He took another sip of his drink, a small smile playing across his lips.

“I’d wondered about it for a while which is why extended my business trip. I wanted to see if our meetings where as stimulating to you as they were to me.”

She clenched her hands tighter, her breath coming out in deep pants. She wanted him to look at her, to slide his hot gaze down to her center and see how wet and ready she was for him. He didn’t. Lucas continued to speak as if she wasn’t open and bared to him.

“Another test?” she asked, her voice sounding wispy and thin to her ears.

He nodded.

“In a way. That’s when I realized that you and I could be great together. I loved watching you squirm, loved knowing that you sat there with your wet, creaming pussy, and that it was all for me. But most of all I enjoyed denying you that release, of knowing the pain of denial was bringing us both so much pleasure.”

She couldn’t refute the truth in his words, even now as he spoke to her, ignoring her splayed legs, he kept her on edge.

“I’ve always known that I’m a bit of a sadist,” he said. “But I’ve never been into physical pain. I’ve never wanted to whip a woman or spank her until she begged—although I can see the merits in that. My weakness has always been in denial, in a woman giving me ultimate control of her body and arousal, allowing me to determine when and where she gets to come.”

“That day in my office I realized you wanted the same things. You were bringing yourself to the edge of orgasm all because we were both denying you pleasure. If I’m a bit of a sadist Jessica, you are most definitely a masochist.”

“Then what does that make us?” she asked.

A dimple flashed on his cheek as he smirked at her.

“A perfect match,” he said.

 

 

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Laurel is a romance author, who like most writers loves to read. Her first love (pun intended) has always been romance. From the sappy YA romance novel to the more risqué erotica novels, Laurel is a sucker for a good love story.

 

Laurel writes paranormal and contemporary romance and is a self-proclaimed, out of the closet nerd. She admits that she can’t seem to avoid adding a bit of “nerdology” or “geek-dom” to all of her books. Living in Miami, she also admits that she can’t seem to avoid giving her heroines gorgeous shoes, “In Miami, we worship everything strappy, open toed and just plain hot!”

 

Sizzling Romance, Lasting Love

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Author Interview of Diana Ames featuring Royally Trained (A Royals of Colania Novel) w/a GC Rafflecopter giveaway

 

dianaames_royallytrainedfront_zpsc4ef2c59Genre: Erotic Romance/Dark Erotica

 

In a country stuck in the dark ages is a world filled with sex and scandal. Governed by royalty, those in power have many deep-rooted secrets that span generations.

 

Prince Anton’s sordid past has forged his future. He finds his only pleasure from being a sadist, but he knows he must continue the royal bloodline and create an heir for his country. Forced by responsibility, he turns to the one man who can give him the best of both worlds. But will Prince Anton find what he’s searching for?

 

Damian is the ruler of The Dungeon. He is the Teacher, and the only man Prince Anton can trust to provide him with what he needs. He is on a mission to find a virgin submissive to become the prince’s life partner. What happens when the Teacher falls for the woman he’s been ordered to train?

 

As lust and love spiral out of control, Prince Anton and Damian find their lives change unexpectedly because of one independent and defiant woman.

 

 

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Damian was going over the alcohol shipment that had arrived this morning. One of the reasons his sex clubs were so popular was because of the liquor he had shipped in from the mainland. It was expensive, but the quality was much greater than anything produced on Colania. Currently though, it was giving him a headache.  He was missing a case of the high-end scotch he kept on hand.

 

Prince Anton strutted into his office without warning.

 

“Don’t you knock?” Damian said scathingly.

 

“Didn’t know I needed to,” Prince Anton replied.

 

“With all due respect, sire,” Damian said sarcastically, “this is my office in my club. Next time, knock.” Damian rose to his feet, his body fluid like a great jungle cat, before he went to embrace his prince. “Now, what the hell is so important you had to schedule an appointment?”

 

“I have a job for you,” Prince Anton told him. He returned the one-arm embrace stiffly and then moved away with haste. He was uncomfortable with physical contact that he didn’t initiate or control. When the two men sat, he elaborated. “My thirtieth birthday is approaching.”

 

“In a year and a half.” Damian snorted. “Do you think it wise to skip twenty-nine?”

 

“As the last of the monarchy, it is my job to reproduce,” Prince Anton continued. “As much as I would like to see the genes that have shaped me die out, the country would fall into a tailspin. Although we are remote and somewhat undeveloped, we are a rich nation. The power I hold is all that keeps us out of the eye of the world and off the radar for those who would oppress us.”

 

“What does this have to do with me?” Damian asked warily.

 

“I have no desire to repeat history,” Prince Anton said. “We both know that my sexual nature is more like that of the queen than my father.”

 

“Do you want me to train you?” Damian asked, confused. “To help you learn to control your appetite?”

 

“No,” Prince Anton said firmly. “I don’t think either of us could handle taking our relationship to that level.”

 

The two men had grown up together, which accounted for Damian’s lack of respect and boundaries, but Prince Anton wanted to maintain formality between them.

 

“You could be right,” Damian said with a light chuckle. “So, what do you want from me?”

 

“I want you to find her, the woman who will bear the future of the country,” Prince Anton said. “Find her and train her to be what I need.”

 

“You can’t just order up a woman on demand,” Damian told him with a raised eyebrow.

 

“You must find a woman with good genetics although Gilly can look into that after the candidate meets the other criteria,” the prince said, ignoring Damian. “Beautiful, obviously. I’m not particular with features, but it stands to reason if my life mate is attractive, then I will have a better chance with reproduction. I’d also prefer that she not have a single drop of royal blood regardless of past royal practices. I do not wish to produce monsters or further any imperfections through inbreeding, however distant the connection might be. She needs to be completely submissive. I will be in control of any encounters at all times. Whoever she is, she must be willing to leave her past life behind. I refuse to be burdened with in-laws who might not agree with my domination of their daughter.”

 

“That’s quite a shopping list,” Damian said, eyeing the prince harshly. “Anything else you’d like to add before I order a woman for you?”

 

“There is one more requirement,” Prince Anton said seriously. “And this is perhaps the most important of all. She must be a virgin.”

 

“You do realize when I train a woman to cede her control to her master that I have sex with her?” Damian asked incredulously. “Submissives have to learn to respond on command; an untried woman will not have that opportunity.”

 

“I will not have a woman who has felt a man between her thighs before me. I will not have my children born to a woman who will behave as my mother did. She must be pure!” Prince Anton roared.

 

“If I refuse to do this…” Damian didn’t finish the question.

 

“You will not refuse,” Prince Anton said, rising to his feet. “I expect you at the castle within the week. The search begins immediately.”

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Welcome Diana Ames! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a 35 year old wife and mother of two.  I was a stay at home mother while my kids were small, but now that they’re both in school all day, I work part time in an office.  I write at night or whenever I can grab a few minutes of quiet.  I love the outdoors and my family camps for several weeks each summer.

 

Is Royally Trained a single title, or part of a series?

Royally Trained is the first book in a three book series—three books so far, that is.  Each book can stand alone, but if you read them all, I recommend reading them in order as they build on each other.

 

What were your inspirations for the story?

I wanted to write something I would enjoy reading.  I’d been very frustrated with female characters that constantly need a man to save them or that can’t stand up for themselves.  It’s wonderful to have a partner to lean on, but honestly I can’t imagine anyone being so completely helpless.  Likewise I was having issues with reading about strong male characters who were broken on the inside and then one moment changes their entire life, their perspective, even their personalities.  There is almost always a catalyst moment for someone to change, but rarely is it possible for that change to happen in a single moment or without a lot of hard work and professional help.

 

Please share your setting for Royally Trained.   Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?   

Royally Trained takes place on the fictitious island country called Colania.  I’ve lived there in my mind and I visit there frequently as I’m editing.  I chose to create a country because I wanted to take some real liberties with the setting that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.  Plus I really wanted to write about a king or in this case a crown prince.  I was going for realism in personalities, but who wants things to be too real.

 

When did the writing bug first bite?

I’ve been writing as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil and form words.

 

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

There are so many that I love, but to name a few:

V.C. Andrews—The Dollanganger Series (Flowers In The Attic) and The Casteel Series (Heaven)

J.R. Ward—The Blackdagger Brotherhood Series

Stephen King—The Dark Tower Series

Johanna Lindsey has always been a favorite.

I also recently read Hers by Dawn Robertson.  Now there was a female character that didn’t need rescued.

The list could go on and on.

 

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

See the above list of favorite authors. J

 

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

Spare time, I’m not sure I know what that is.  I’m a dance mom and a karate mom and a working mom and a writing mom and a…see the trend?  In the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep, though, you’ll often find me dancing in my living room.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

When I was about 14 or 15, I was lying in bed reading.  The light was to my back, up on the wall.  This shadow in the shape of a person fell across my book and bed, which was strange because I always kept my door locked.  When I turned around, no one was there.

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~About the Author~ 

 

Diana Ames was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, two children, and a variety of crazy pets. Balancing work, wife and mom duties, and writing has been the best and most rewarding challenge of her life. The publication of this novel is the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.

 

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