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Author Spotlight: Kathryn Lively and the Sexy to Go Anthology

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Kathryn Lively – Getting Geeky at Sexy To Go

Recently I received two opportunities to participate in box sets with other authors, all romances. Until this point I had mainly written mysteries and thrillers, though some of my books contained romantic entanglements…always with a happy ending for the characters involved. My first attempt to write a full romance occurred after reading a call for “geek romances,” something that attracted me. As a geek who married a geek, I figured I had the topic well in hand.

My story idea, a romantic comedy of errors set at a sci-fi convention, became Geek Meets Girl, and it was accepted by a publisher. While the writing and submission part came easily, however, certain circumstances resulted in the reversion of the book’s rights. It happens, publishing is unpredictable at times. While I pondered the story’s fate, the first invitation came from a group of authors interested in packaging contemporary romances for a box set. Geek Meet Girl was welcomed, and in September readers will see how a female Time Lord meets the geek of her dreams in Falling in Love. The box set features a few NYT/USA Today bestsellers, so hopefully that goodness will rub off.

While that was happening, I toyed with the idea of serializing another geek-themed romance. Again, set at a con, but on a cruise ship. I thought the added element of a confined space (though these ships are huge) might lend some drama to the story. For much of the year I’ve helped edit and proof stories for a few authors writing the monthly Sexy To Go bundles. Each month, 8 to 12 authors published short romances for the sets. Some authors have used Sexy To Go to serialize longer stories, and I offered to contribute work for the last six sets.

Starting with the June box set, Sexy To Go, Volume 6, you can follow the adventures of Natalie – the only non-geek on a ship full of Trekkers and Whovians, oh my – and a B-list actor trying to get back to A. My story, Geek Overboard, appears with a variety of shorts and serials in the bundles.

Why geek heroes? Why not? I do enjoy romance heroes of all stripes—I’ve read my fair share of alphas, lawmen and cowboys, bikers and billionaires. I like to think each type of hero can have a bit of geek in him, too, plus it’s a milieu in which I’m comfortable. Presently I’m working on my third novella, forming a loose series in geek romance as I write.

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If you’d like to catch up on Geek Overboard, you can find the installments in the following Sexy To Go sets:

Volume 6 – http://amzn.to/1T1dLsV

Volume 7 – http://amzn.to/1eqAAq8

And check out the works by the other 10 authors in both. Falling in Love, which features Geek Meets Girl, will be released in mid-September.

Enjoy! Kat

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Visit me online at http://www.kathrynlively.com

Shades of Desire: 10 Authors, 10 Colors of Titillating.

 
**Shades of Desire**
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Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and
award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in
romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect
shade of desire.
 
 

J.A.
Coffey – Bestselling Author
LIAR, LIAR
Divorced
certified fraud examiner Jessica Barlow catches liars for a living. Sparks fly
when she’s assigned to investigate a dating website owned by a man determined
to guarantee she finds love—even if he has to pretend to be a client!
Wendy
Ely – USA Today Bestselling Author
DANGEROUS FLAMES
Sometimes good men are taught to do evil things and it takes the
strength of a sheltered woman to make things right. When Gabi learns of her
father, she is asked to leave for her own safety. Fine. She’ll go… but she is
taking her secret love with her, even if it’s at gun-point.
Dorothy
Callahan – Bestselling Author
A DECADE FOR DARIUS
Jess
never forgot her first kiss, especially since it came from the guy who taught
her everything she knows about antiques, her livelihood. But if she wins the
priceless inheritance, Jess will risk losing Darius Covington all over again.
Diane
Escalera – Bestselling Author
STILL HOT FOR YOU
Shay
LaCosta screwed up a damn good marriage. Now she’s on a mission to get a little
submission, and get her hunky husband back in her bed.
Lena
Hart – Bestselling Author
HIS BEDPOST QUEEN
Athena
Lewis has a sharp mind and an even sharper attitude. Except when it comes to
“Davie,” the only man who’s ever truly made her feel safe. Yet to protect the
only family she has left, she must embark on a mission that goes against
everything she believes in—and that includes using the last trick she has left.  Her body.
Chanta
Rand – Bestselling Author and Debut Author of the Year
RESISTING DESTINY
Thrown
together for ninety days by a spiteful judge, womanizing attorney, Cayson
Sullivan and street-smart hustler, Destiny Jackson find the only thing they can
agree on is their red-hot attraction for each other.
Emma
Leigh Reed
TRUSTING LOVE
Pregnant
and running from her abusive boyfriend, Chloe Wilder takes refuge in the sleepy
coastal town of Arden. Police chief, Jayden Peterson, thinks the worst crime
that could happen in Arden is jaywalking. Could the real danger be the two of
them falling for each other?
Cindy
Stark – Bestselling Author
WOUNDED
Battle-worn
soldier, Jerry returns home intending to avoid his ex-fiancée. The shrapnel
that wounded him pales in comparison to the gash she left in his heart. Kimber
lost everything when she broke off her engagement, and she’ll fight to win him
back.
Valerie
Twombly – Bestselling Author
SPANISH NIGHTS
Armand has lost everything. His
magic and his freedom are taken when an evil curse is placed on the Jinn, but a
newcomer to town may be his savior. When evil emerges from the shadows, Makayla
learns she must choose between her mortality and Armand’s freedom.
Kristina
Knight – Bestselling Author
MR. RIGHT NOW
Dumped
by her celebrity boyfriend, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash needs a break.
But, between the male escort trying to get into her bed and the tabloid
reporter intent on getting her story, Casey might have been smarter to stay in
New York…

 

REVIEWS
LIAR, LIAR
“One
of the most descriptive, steamiest foreplay scenes that I have ever
encountered!” —Brittany, book blogger & Goodreads reviewer
DANGEROUS FLAMES
It began quickly and almost
immediately, the story had me in suspense. Whether I was hoping for Gabrielle’s
safe escape to her father’s cabin, and for her and Mikolas to get together, I
was on the edge of my seat.”
—Isabella from Chick Lit Goddess Reviews
A DECADE FOR DARIUS
“I’ve never read a romance where the two main characters were
more perfect for each other
.”
Print and Film Fan
STILL HOT FOR YOU
“Diane
Escalera cranks up the heat and gives a story sizzling with seduction and
chemistry between her characters.”
—Book
Lovers, Inc.
HIS BEDPOST QUEEN
“The passion between the main characters is
FIYAH, and they are relatable!”
Amazon Reviewer
RESISTING DESTINY
“The
sexual tension in this book is incredible. These are real people, and it is as
if they could walk right off the pages and into the real world!”
—Rose,
Amazon Reviewer
TRUSTING LOVE
“The
book had me sharing emotions with the characters and had my heart racing the
whole time. I called it “criminal minds in a book”.
WOUNDED
“Powerfully
sweet story of love, hurt and forgiveness.”
—Vo
Pov, Amazon Reviewer 
SPANISH NIGHTS
“This book was steamy, sexy, raw
with a side of chocolate dipped cherries on top!  I finished reading this
book in record time it was so damn juicy!”
–Paranormaly Yours
                                                Spanish Nights Excerpt:

Makayla had been positive Armand was going to kiss her. Instead he’d set her aside and almost seemed angry that she had trusted him. Their ride back to the mainland had been quiet and almost tense. What had caused the sudden change? The kiss on the cheek? Everything had certainly gone to hell after that, but she could have sworn he wanted her.

She brushed the hair from her face. What did she know about men anyway? It had been two years since her last relationship and it had failed. She had failed. The entire idea was a mistake and she should just chalk it up to a lesson learned and move on. Tears stung her eyes. She thought she saw something good and decent in Armand. Even if only for a one-night stand, she thought he would have catered to her every need, giving her something her past relationships always lacked. Maybe she should just hire the deed done. Women did it all the time now and why not? Their sexual urges were the same as a man’s, only the rules were different.

Half an hour later, they were back at the dock and Armand helped her off the boat.

“I’ll escort you home.”

Really? She pursed her lips. “I’m sure you have lots to do. I can see myself home. Thank you again for a nice day.” She spun and started to walk away, but he was on her heels.

“I wasn’t asking.” He moved in beside her.

Kayla kept her gaze ahead. She could feel the heat rising up her neck. “Suit yourself.” If he wanted to walk with her then fine, but she refused to converse with him. The mixed signals he kept sending were making her dizzy. He went from seductive to demanding to angry with god-knows-what. The confusion running through her brain gave her a headache.

Ten silent minutes later, she finally reached her front door. She slipped the key into the lock and turned the handle. The door opened to reveal a darkened room and she could hardly wait to escape back into it. She wondered if the entire trip was a waste. Good manners had her turning around to face the sexy man who’d towered beside her all day.

“Thank you again. It was lovely.”

His hands gripped her upper arms and his body pinned her against the doorjamb. His lips crashed down on hers. Bruising. Demanding. His tongue pushed passed and swept into her mouth. He tasted of danger and sin and she wanted to swallow him whole. Every lean hard muscle of his chest pushed into her breasts causing them to ache. Her nipples pebbled against her bathing suit and begged to have his hot tongue glide across them. His erection, thick and hard, pressed into her belly. She wanted to touch him, but with her arms pinned at her side she could do nothing except remind herself to breathe.

He consumed her.

Armand nipped her bottom lip then pulled away causing her to moan. Even in the dusk of the evening, she could see the desire in his eyes. It burned her soul.

“Querida, never trust a strange man again. I will be your one exception,” he whispered. “Do you understand?”

She swallowed. Her throat parched from the inferno brewing inside her like a wicked storm. “Y-Yes.”

“Good.” He released her then backed away. “Go inside now. I’ll pick you up tomorrow evening for dinner.”

“O-Okay.”

Kayla stepped past the entry and closed the door behind her. She leaned against the cool wood both to quench the fire that raged within and for support. She brought her fingers to her swollen lips and could almost feel him still pressing against her.

“What the hell just happened?”

Her legs were like Jell-O and her heart raced. She hadn’t expected him to kiss her. Not after the way things had ended. Even in her surprise, her body couldn’t help but respond. She had never been kissed like that before. It had been raw. His heat had seeped through her skin igniting something deep inside her.

“So that’s what it’s like? Holy hell.” She pushed herself off the door and walked across the living room on wobbly legs. She needed a cold shower. Ice cold to be exact.

MR. RIGHT NOW
“Mr.
Right Now packs a lot of story into 50,000 words—it demands attention. Steaming
sex scenes, humor and memorable characters.”
—Reader
review on Amazon & Goodreads
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Coming July 2015!

 Special Introduction by Julie Ann Walker

All proceeds go to Wounded Warriors

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HOPE by Jessica Jayne-Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

 

LIVE by Lea Bronsen-After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.

 

FAITH by Cait Jarrod-Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?

 

PERSISTENCE by DC Stone-Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.

 

 

CONTACT INFO

 

CAIT JARROD

Cait’s Classy Chicks Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629181983825796/

Cait’s newsletter: http://caitjarrod.com/contact-cait-andor-signup-for-news-from-cait-newsletter/

Webpage: caitjarrod.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cait-Jarrod-Author/500705936640529?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaitJarrod

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966274.Cait_Jarrod

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CaitJarrod/posts/p/pub

Email: cait.jarrod@gmail.com

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/caitjarrod/

 Author bio:

From writing ‘every girl’s dream heroes’ to ‘strong, down-to-earth heroines,’ Cait Jarrod twists ‘cliff hanging plots’ and ‘clever, unpredictable sub-plots’. She loves diving into a good book as much as she loves writing one. Mother of three gorgeous daughters, she’s married to her best friend, hangs out with a great group of women—the WWC, and loves a good glass of wine.

 

 DC STONE

Website: www.authordcstone.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/authordcstone

Facebook Profile: www.facebook.com/dc.stone.92

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/DCStoneauthor

Email: authordcstone@gmail.com

 Author bio:

DC Stone has over sixteen years of investigative experience, including working as a criminal investigator in the United States military and a private investigator. Currently, she works as an internal affairs investigator by day and a romantic suspense author by night. She has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is dubbed, “The Investigative Whisper.” Commonly called upon to act as an expert witness, she also trains with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. She provides numerous workshops that help authors gain insight into “digging” into a character’s mind to better understand motives, create suspense, and help maintain conflict.

When she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hudson Valley Romance Writers, Rom Vets, RWA Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. She served as the 2014 Vice President and Conference Chair for NJRW. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her at www.authordcstone.com.

 

 

JESSICA JAYNE

Website: http://jessicajayneauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Jessica-Jayne/388268367912903?fref=ts

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/JessicaJayne13

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6545547.Jessica_Jayne

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thejessicajayne/

 Author bio:

“My writing interests very much like my reading interests. Though I mainly write romance type novels with a spicy twist, I have lived what some might call a suspenseful life. As a survivor of stalking and sexual assault, I learned the ins and outs of the legal system pretty quickly. It helped to precipitate my interest in getting my law degree… that and the fact that I grew up around attorneys. So adding suspense to my writing is no big surprise to me or anyone that knows me.”

I am a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English because I could not imagine doing anything else but reading and writing. It is such a pleasure to be able to share all the stories in my head!

 

 

LEA BRONSEN

Email: leabronsen@yahoo.com

Blog/website: http://leabronsen.com/

Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/wildhearted.author

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LeaBronsen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeaBronsen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966248.Lea_Bronse

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lea-Bronsen/e/B00BTFT8KS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1411971446&sr=1-2

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/leabronsen/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/LeaBronsen

Google+: https://plus.google.com/107003196851143670834/posts

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4125675

 Author bio:

Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance.